Manchester United ‘leaked’ news they were in talks over Arnautovic transfer claims Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer has suggested the club leaked news of his talks with Marko Arnautovic

Manchester United ‘leaked’ news the club were in talks to sign Marko Arnautovic to gauge fan reaction before pulling out, claims Alan Shearer… and says the failed deal sums up the ‘mess’ in what are the Red Devils.

  • It was reported last week that Manchester United wanted to sign the Austrian striker
  • The club withdrew following furious fan reaction to the reports
  • Erik ten Hag has seen his reign as Man United boss get off to a rocky start

Alan Shearer has sensationally claimed Manchester United leaked the news they were in talks to sign Marko Arnautovic to gauge fan reaction.

It emerged last week that the club were in discussions with Bologna over Arnautovic’s transfer and fans reacted furiously on social media to the reports.

Speaking at the match the day after United’s ignominious 4-0 defeat at Brentford, Shearer insisted that he believed the club had leaked the fact that he was in discussions for the Austrian.

Alan Shearer has suggested the club leaked news of his talks with Marko Arnautovic

“I’m convinced that someone at Man United leaked the story linking them with Marko Arnautovic just to see what the reaction was,” he said.

“The backlash was so bad that they had to withdraw afterwards. I’m pretty sure of that [leaked].’

The former Newcastle striker, who spurned United and Sir Alex Ferguson on several occasions, said the whole saga was indicative of a club currently unsure of itself and in disarray.

Shearer said the move was indicative of a club that is in complete disarray and doesn't know what it's doing

Shearer said the move was indicative of a club that is in complete disarray and doesn’t know what it’s doing

Erik ten Hag's reign has gotten off to the worst possible start with two consecutive defeats

Erik ten Hag’s reign has gotten off to the worst possible start with two consecutive defeats

“I think that pretty much sums up where Manchester United are. They’re in a mess,” he added.

United, for the first time in 30 years, find themselves at the foot of the Premier League table with the club struggling to bring in new faces as the transfer window nears its conclusion.

Ten Hag find themselves staring down the barrel of criticism from all corners, as pundits and fans alike line up to offer their two cents on one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Ben Mee dived past Lisandro Martinez to score Brentford's third inside the opening 30 minutes of the game.

Ben Mee dived past Lisandro Martinez to score Brentford’s third inside the opening 30 minutes of the game.

The Dutchman became the first United manager in more than a century – since John Chapman in 1921 – to lose his first two competitive games in charge. After the game, the former Ajax man criticized his players and said he could have changed any number of them at half-time.

“It’s rubbish, it’s poor, we need higher standards than that,” said Ten Hag after goals from Josh Dasilva, Ben Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo condemned United to a desperate loss.

“The good players we had should have been better,” he said. Ten Hag made three substitutions after the first-half horror show and continued: “I could have changed eight more.

Erik ten Hag has plenty to think about after a miserable performance ahead of a tricky clash against rivals Liverpool

Erik ten Hag has plenty to think about after a miserable performance ahead of a tricky clash against rivals Liverpool

“You can have a plan, but the plan went in the bin. I can come up with a number of reasons why, but they seem to be excuses, and the excuses aren’t there. At the top we have to deliver and we haven’t done that.

United face a chariot race to finish their transfer window with no one left in uncertain terms as the current squad simply isn’t up to the high standards expected of the club.

United’s traveling contingent in south-west London made it known what they thought of their players after the game, with fans booing those brave enough to walk past and acknowledge them after the defeat.

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