Questions have begun to be asked of Manchester United this summer as the English giants continue to stutter in their attempt to kick start another rebuild under the new managerial regime of Dutchman Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils got off on the wrong foot against Brighton at Old Trafford last weekend in a 2-1 loss in what was Ten Hag’s managerial debut in the Premier League, laying bear the issues that still persist at the club despite his arrival, particularly the manner in which United has failed to do what it must this summer in the transfer window.
Failure to replace Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matić effectively has already bitten the club and brought on justified criticism given their insistence on stubbornly holding out for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, which perhaps only now have they moved on from the idea of reuniting the Dutch international midfielder with his former boss.
Thankfully for United fans, the club seems to be attempting to make considerable headway in a move for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, after club director of football John Murtough flew to Turin to try to speed up negotiations between the club and the 27-year-old French international’s agent - his mother - according to Goal’s Romeo Agresti.
United continues to push for a move for the former Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate, who has just one year remaining on his deal with The Old Lady and has already been given clearance to depart the Allianz Arena this summer.
While questions can be levied regarding whether or not Rabiot is the right player profile to add to United’s midfield this summer, the reality remains that the record Premier League winners need reinforcements as soon as possible to avoid further reliance on a midfield duopoly of Scott McTominay and Fred.
With Marcus Rashford now being linked with serious interest from PSG after negotiations between the club and the player have already begun, there are more questions than answers at Old Trafford this summer after a promising start to the window that saw deals for Lisandro Martínez, Tyrell Malacia, and Christian Eriksen all completed.
Further midfield links to Lazio star Sergej Milinković-Savić could bolster the confidence of the fan base after United has been keen on the Serbian international for a number of years, which could offer a bigger - and more gifted - profile into the team than perhaps Rabiot is capable of providing.
Still, with just weeks remaining and the first team in desperate need of restructuring under Ten Hag, many hold out in the hope that it will be a busy final push into September if United is to make headway in fighting back into the Champions League places this season.