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Manchester United host Brighton at Old Trafford on an action-packed Sunday in the Premier League. Erik ten Hag will be hoping for a good start to his first game as Red Devils manager and Old Trafford fans will be determined to help the Dutch manager start an exciting new era for United.

Graham Potter is hoping to absorb the latest blow after selling star full-back Marc Cucurella to Chelsea for £60m and the Seagulls will be eyeing a top-half finish. United’s pre-season has been overshadowed by the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who continues to push for a move to play in the Champions League. However, Ten Hag and United have maintained that the Portuguese is not for sale, adding Ronaldo’s decision to leave United’s last pre-season friendly at half-time: “There were a lot of players who left but the spotlight is on Cristiano. That is not right. So do your research and find that there are still many players left.”

United have also struggled to find reinforcements for their new manager as the Frenkie De Jong saga seems to see no end and the Barcelona midfielder is now heavily linked with Chelsea. Anthony Martial is out with a thigh strain but there is good news for Ten Hag as Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw appear to be over their recent illnesses. Follow the latest updates from Old Trafford:


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Erik ten Hag has told Manchester United players ahead of the club’s Premier League opener the minimum that is required and that is “total commitment” from the team.

Ten Hag writes in his program notes: “Total commitment of all in a minimum requirement.

The name of the club says it all: Manchester United. Everyone has to be on the same team, working together, playing for their teammates, the fans and the badge on their shirt.”


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Harry Maguire has admitted Manchester United’s performances were “far from acceptable” last season as he prepares to lead the team under Erik ten Hag for the first time.

“This club is all about winning trophies. We need to improve a lot from where we were last season,” Maguire told Sky Sports. “The past year was far from acceptable for this club. We were knocked out of the trophies early, we didn’t give our fans anything to look forward to.

Commenting on Ten Hag’s start, Maguire said: “It was really good, obviously a fresh start after last season. Ten Hag has injected a lot of energy and positive vibes and the guys have settled in really well so far.

“It was only the pre-season, but we are fit and ready to go. We are looking forward to the season.”


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The United players arrived at Old Trafford more than two hours before kick-off. That’s a lot earlier than usual.

Remember when United kept coming late under Jose Mourinho a few seasons ago? Ten Hag wants to change that.


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It’s a perfect day in Manchester and Old Trafford is looking as fresh as the first day of the season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘happy to be back’ after Man Utd return in 45 minutes

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he was “happy to be back” to play for Manchester United after playing 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano.

Ronaldo missed United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia for family reasons as he is reportedly looking to leave the club, but he checked in at the training ground earlier this week to discuss his future with new boss Erik ten Hag.

The 37-year-old played 45 minutes against the La Liga side – his first appearance for United since the 4-0 defeat at Brighton last season – before being withdrawn at half-time in a pre-planned move.

He later posted a picture of him playing on social media with the caption, “Happy to be back!”

United ended their pre-season with a draw when Ronaldo’s substitute Amad Diallo canceled out an Alvaro Garcia Rivera goal in the 48th minute.


Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained: Why Barcelona’s standoff is part of growing trend

If Frenkie de Jong’s long and drawn-out transfer saga wasn’t messy enough already, there’s a way to make it that much messier. “De Jong should consider legal action against Barcelona and all players should stand behind him,” Gary Neville tweeted last week. “A club that spends fortunes on new players while not paying full money to those they have under contract is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be done with bullying like this and stop it.”

Predictably, Neville’s tweet did not go down well with Barcelona supporters – some even going so far as to pretend his infamous tenure as Valencia manager was about to expire even worse than it actually was – but you don’t have to be a former Manchester United right-back to sympathize with the sentiment behind it. For a financially strapped club like Barça, kicking a player out so he can fund a summer of extravagant spending is one thing. To do so while refusing to pay him the wages owed to him is quite another.

earlier this month, brand revealed that De Jong agreed to defer some 17 million euros in wages on extending his contract during the pandemic. To help Barcelona deal with the financial impact of Covid-19, the Netherlands international signed a two-year extension until 2026, increasing his base salary from €14m a year to €3m for 2020-21 and €9m last season reduced. This left €16m deferred to be spread over the remaining four years of his contract, plus €1m to be paid last year.


Erik ten Hag’s encouraging start was undermined by Manchester United’s well-known problems

Of all the noise Manchester United’s summer has made, something comes through with encouraging clarity – and it really is the most important element of all.

That is the general admiration for Erik ten Hag’s coaching.

Players enjoy the work and the feeling of an idea coming together. There is imagination and improvement. There is clarity and, above all, authority.

It says a lot that there have been no negative leaks.

A cynical view might be that of course this always happens with a new manager, but the more salient point is that the level of coaching is not something this United side has experienced. Ten Hag marks an undeniable break with recent history. Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, he is the first manager to find himself both on an upward trend and at the forefront of playing methods in his career.


Alex Telles leaves Manchester United on loan for Sevilla

Manchester United left-back Alex Telles has joined Sevilla for a season.

The 29-year-old joined Old Trafford from Porto in October 2020 and made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.

Telles has mostly played as a substitute for Luke Shaw and was pushed further down the pecking order with the arrival of Feyenoord’s Tyrell Malacia in the summer.

Brandon Williams has also returned to the club after spending last season at Norwich and Telles is on loan at Sevilla for the 2022-23 season.


Erik ten Hag coy over Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability for Manchester United opener

Erik ten Hag has been hesitant about Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability for Manchester United’s season opener but reiterated that the wanton striker is part of his plans for the new season.

The 37-year-old is keen to leave Old Trafford after just a year at the club, with whom he won numerous trophies in his first tenure.

Ronaldo missed the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to a family issue and played his first 45 minutes before the new season in United’s final warm-up friendly against Rayo Vallecano last Sunday.

Asked if the Portuguese will play Brighton in the Premier League opener, Ten Hag said: “We’ll see Sunday.”

Ronaldo was among a number of players to leave the Rayo friendly early – something the manager told a Dutch broadcaster was “unacceptable” to those involved.


Manchester United players believe in Erik ten Hag’s approach, reveals Luke Shaw

According to Luke Shaw, everyone is happy working with Erik ten Hag and believes in the new manager’s approach as Manchester United prepare to start a season they are dying to finish on silverware.

Around this time last year there was hope and expectation around Old Trafford after some eye-catching acquisitions followed to second place in both the Premier League and Europa League.

But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was out the door in November and interim replacement Ralf Rangnick faltered as United slipped home to sixth in a humiliating end to an unforgettable season.

The 4-0 defeat at Brighton in the penultimate game underscored everything that was wrong with United starting the new season at Old Trafford against Graham Potter’s Seagulls. Man United vs Brighton LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more today

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