Manchester divided: What United CEO told fans planning protest
- Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold spoke to fans planning a protest
- He assured them of the club working on the Frenkie de Jong transfer
- Arnold said the club has set aside £200 million for transfers
Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold met fans of the Premier League club who were planning a protest. The 90-minute discussion at the pub saw Ed Woodward's successor outlining what to expect from the Old Trafford side in the coming days.
First off, the 51-year-old British accountant assured that United officials are sorting the Frenkie de Jong deal, which will see the Dutch midfielder move to the English side which is now under former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag's management.
The CEO also assured that there is money to spend on new players during the summer transfer and give the coach and director what they want. However, thus far, United have not made any major transfers in a window that has already seen rival club Liverpool land Darwin Nunez and Manchester City sign Erling Haaland.
Arnold conveyed to fans that ten Hag gave him the list of players the Dutch manager wants and the club is doing its best to land them. The club CEO said that he believes things are moving in a better direction, though the PL side is yet to attract any major talent due to its recent performances and the exclusion from the upcoming Champions League.
He told fans that the money had not been spent in the right manner, referring to United's transfer market howlers that have left the team in the current state of discord. "You can't go to our training ground and say 'by the way, show me where that £1 billion is here'", he was filmed saying.
Noting that the club had set aside £200 million for transfers, and wouldn't let targets slip through, Arnold threw a jibe at his predecessor saying "Do you want me buying the players? Doesn't that ring a bell?", since Woodward used to personally supervise transfers and buy players, a responsibility that ten Hag has now specifically requested to take on.