Man Utd news round up: Barca star Frenkie de Jong is “disgusted,” and Marcus Rashford sends a warning.
Frenkie de Jong was at the center of a summer transfer mess between Barcelona and Manchester United. Despite weeks of talks, they couldn’t come to an agreement on a deal for him.
Manchester United beat Cypriot minnows Omonia Nicosia 1-0 in the last second on Thursday to keep control of their Europa League fate. They must now quickly turn their attention to Sunday’s Premier League game against Newcastle.
Frenkie de Jong, a midfielder for Barcelona, is said to be “disgusted” with his life at Camp Nou, even though he turned down the chance to play for the Red Devils in the summer. Erik ten Hag also sent Marcus Rashford a warning and was told to give David de Gea a new long-term contract.
‘Disgusted’ Frenkie de Jong speaks out
De Jong is reportedly “disgusted” by how Barcelona has treated him this season. He was led to believe that Xavi would make him a key player for the team.
In one of the biggest transfer sagas in recent years, the Dutchman turned down the chance to join United in the summer. After getting his wish to stay at Camp Nou, things haven’t gone the way he wanted them to.
Sport says that the Dutch player was supposed to play a “decisive” role for the Blaugrana this season, but he has only made four of a possible 12 starts. The former Ajax star is angry that Xavi put him on the bench for Barcelona’s must-win Champions League match at home against Inter Milan on Wednesday.
After Omonia failed, Marcus Rashford sent a warning.
Rashford, a forward for United, was told by Ten Hag that he needs to score more goals if he wants to stay a regular starter. On Thursday, Rashford had 10 shots on goal against Omonia Nicosia, but none of them went in.
The Red Devils didn’t beat the Cypriot minnows until the 93rd minute of their Europa League match at Old Trafford on Wednesday. They had missed several chances to take the lead earlier in the game. Now, Ten Hag has told his players, and Rashford in particular, that they need to be careful.
The manager said about the English player, “He did a lot of good things, but he knows he needs to be more precise and score a goal.” When you move so well and make such good combinations and actions, you have to stop.”
Erik ten Hag told to consider David de Gea future
Rio Ferdinand says United’s No. 1 goalkeeper De Gea deserves a new contract because of how well he has played recently. Ten Hag may be looking for a goalkeeper who can play with the ball, but De Gea is not that kind of goalkeeper.
This season, De Gea has played in all of United’s Europa League games, while summer signing Martin Dubravka hasn’t played a single minute for the Red Devils. The way the Spaniard played against Omonia on Thursday showed that Ferdinand was right when he said that Ten Hag should think about his long-term plans.
“I would make a deal with him. The Man United legend said of De Gea, “I think his character says a lot.” “I think he’s good enough with his feet, but his best skill is stopping shots. “Yes, that’s why he’s there.”