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Manchester United analysis; Premier League reaction, Erik ten Hag, transfers, Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville slammed the 113-year-old’s “unacceptable” efforts to sign new players on Sunday night.

After finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, the Red Devils have failed to make their mark in the summer transfer market.

United have signed just three players under new manager Erik ten Haag, including 30-year-old Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

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Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are on the list of players to leave Old Trafford in the English summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo expected to follow suit.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner sat out United’s season-opener on Monday morning (AEST) and has reportedly handed in a move away from Old Trafford.

Manchester United are said to be interested in the services of former West Ham and Stoke striker Marko Arnautovic, who played for Dutch under-10s Twente 13 years ago.

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However, United’s bid for the 33-year-old has reportedly been rejected by Bologna.

After a quiet transfer window, Neville called United “the easiest team to play against” after their Premier League defeat at Brighton.

“Anyone who’s watched those Manchester United players will know it’s a mediocre performance and the people above him should have known it was an unacceptable situation for Erik ten Haag to hand over that team,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He should have improved more than he was. There is still time in the window but he needs three or four more weeks to work with them.

“Each coach comes in believing that he is a good coach and thinking that he can do better than the previous coach. This is probably the case.” But the truth is, he saw what those players are capable of today.

Christian Eriksen cuts a dashing figure.
Christian Eriksen cuts a dashing figure.Source: Getty Images

“I don’t think any Manchester United fan or pundit who has followed this team over the past 12 months would have expected anything different from the same players playing in the same position.

But the reality is that these players need to be replaced or supported by better players.

It was a memorable start to the season for the Red Devils, who had not lost at home to Brighton since the FA Cup in 1909.

The first match between the two clubs was on 16th January that year at Manchester Bank Street where Manchester United won 1-0.

A new season brings optimism and excitement, but frustration began to mount for United fans from the opening whistle as the hosts nearly conceded within 30 seconds.

But after missing chances in the first half, the Red Devils went 2-0 behind thanks to two quick goals from Pascal Gross.

Midfielder Alexis McAllister gave the hosts a glimmer of hope with an own goal 20 minutes from time, but it was not to be.

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United.Source: Getty Images

Premier League icon Paul Scholes has targeted United after a “shocking” first half set his former club up for defeat.

United may have dominated the game with 62.9 per cent possession, but they managed just two more shots than their English rivals.

Scholes believes the Red Devils need to improve their midfield by calling up two underperforming players.

“(Scott) McTominay was always trying to run with the ball, it was ridiculous. “The quality in the middle of the pitch was very poor,” said Scholes.

“The quality in the middle of the field has not been close enough, but we have seen it in the last few years with these two players.

With Fred and McTominay he (ten tag) only has to go with one but none of them are too many.

“Fred gives the ball away all the time and McTominay constantly runs the ball and then gives it away. Transfer to your best players! It’s not that difficult. It’s a crime like today.”

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The match reached its boiling point when two United fans started fighting in the South Stand at Old Trafford.

Nearby fans watched in shock as the pair began to wrestle with each other, one of the men grabbing the other by the throat.

Another man seems to have stepped in between the two men, trying to separate the two men as he turns around, more supported than the match.

A third Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, criticized the club’s “DNA” as it no longer existed.

“You talk about pre-season, I’ve seen a lot of PR nonsense from Manchester United in the games and I still see the same problems,” said Roy Keane. Sky Sports.

“Same characters, same personalities, especially in midfield.

“There are elements of talent in the team but they are not dealt with when they lose. I go back to the DNA of the club and culture at the training ground, it’s not there. I don’t see a personality, I don’t see a character.

“It’s not all about throwing money away, but if these players don’t arrive and are good enough for Manchester United.”

Meanwhile, cross-town rivals Manchester City got off to a dream start in their title defense with a 2-0 win over West Ham.

Star recruit Erling Haaland scored twice on his Premier League debut for the Citizens.

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