Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag continues to reshuffle his team after a disastrous start to his reign at Old Trafford.
After losing on the opening day of the season, United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, plunging the 13-time Premier League champions to the bottom of the table.
Ten Hag only managed to bring in three players in their first season and have suffered their share of transfer frustrations. Frenkie de Jong was the Dutch manager’s main target, but a deal for his compatriot now looks impossible.
And with just over two weeks to go, United are rushing to secure deals to provide their new manager with a squad capable of competing with their Premier League rivals. As well as the arrivals, there will be plenty of departures, including academy graduates James Garner and Hannibal Mejbri.
Garner, once described as the ‘next Michael Carrick’, is reportedly available for just £14m, while Hannibal looks set to join Birmingham City on loan. According to reports, the Tunisian international will join the Championship club on a temporary deal for the rest of the season.
The move will clear the slate for the two players involved in the alleged training ground brawl in May, which followed United’s 4-0 defeat. Hannibal and Alex Telles were allegedly involved in a brawl at Carrington just days after the Red Devils were humiliated by Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Such was the disagreement that Ralf Rangnick was forced to end training early, with the German clearly furious. Ten Hag has since replaced Rangnick on the bench, but has chosen to let the culprits go, and Alex Telles has already joined Sevilla on loan until next summer.
The Brazilian full-back had fallen down the pecking order after the arrival of Tyrell Malacia, and curiously hinted that he had no qualms about leaving the mess at his parent club behind.
“I am very happy to be at this great club,” Telles said on his arrival in Seville. “As soon as I got the message to come here, I didn’t think twice.”
The Manchester Evening News reports that another training ground brawl rocked the team last week, just days before the disastrous trip to the capital to face the Bees. The report claims there was a huge row in the Carrington dressing room on Thursday.
On Sunday morning, Ten Hag took his struggling charges back to their training headquarters, cancelling their planned day off following the debacle in west London. The players endured a gruelling session in the scorching heat and were said to be “broken”.
The Times, according to the Daily Express, reports that Ten Hag, who continues to insist he will turn things around at United, has criticised his players in private. He is now in a race against time to secure signings this week, with a daunting game against arch-rivals Liverpool next Monday.