United have reached an agreement in principle to sign Adrien Rabiot

Erik ten Hag is anticipating a busy week in the transfer market after watching his new team lose to Brighton 2-1 on the first day of the season. Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle to sign Adrien Rabiot. After a largely encouraging pre-season, during which Ten Hag started to put his plans into practice, the Dutchman was handed a stark reminder of the scope of the task he faces. Manchester United got outplayed by Graham Potter’s men.

The Seagulls took control as Pascal Gross scored twice in the first half, but despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s intoduction, United were able to make a comeback. The new manager is seeking to swiftly alleviate the unrest surrounding the 13-time Premier League champions, so it’s the worst possible start for him.

And today, with the booing still resonating in the Manchester sky, there are indications of quick and forceful action. One Manchester United target is reportedly Marko Arnautovic, for whom a bid of £7.6 million has already been rejected.

The biggest issue in Ten Hag’s squad, which is in the center of midfield, would not be resolved by that, but it would provide him another alternative moving ahead. The need for a new midfielder was evident even before Brighton’s destruction, as Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Juan Mata all left as free agents.

The main aim for Ten Hag this summer has been Frenkie de Jong, but irritation is rising over Barcelona’s obstinate negotiating style. Rabiot fills that gap since United managers have the Juventus star on their list of potential replacements and are hoping to negotiate a deal.

The 27-year-old is entering the final season of his contract with the Italian powerhouses and may be a more cost-effective choice than paying the rumored £71.5 million required to sign De Jong. According to The Manchester Evening News, a sum has now been agreed upon with Juventus, and the player’s mother agent, Veronique, will work out the final terms with the player.

Scott McTominay may also change sides, according to Turin news source JuveDipendenza, with the Bianconeri considering him as a possible Pogba replacement. Despite receiving criticism for the Scotland international’s performance against Brighton, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri is expected to be a major fan of the player’s tactical discipline.

Both McTominay and his dependable companion Fred struggled to prevail in their respective skirmishes despite starting at the base of United’s midfield. Along with Bruno Fernandes, the United midfield gave up position 25 times in the first half, with McTominay finishing with a pass success of only 67%.

Paul Scholes lashed out at his display in the post-match analysis, labelling some of his decision making as “criminal”. “McTominay was always trying to run with the ball, ridiculous. The quality in the middle of the pitch was really poor.

“With Fred and McTominay, he [Ten Hag] is going to have to go with just one of them but even one of them is probably too many.

“Fred gives the ball away all the time and McTominay is trying to run with the ball constantly and then gives it away. Pass it to your best players! It’s not that difficult. It’s criminal on a day like today.”

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