The Erik ten Hag era began in shambolic fashion on Sunday as United were humiliated at Old Trafford by a Brighton side who were full value for their 2-1 victory.
United had enjoyed an encouraging pre-season campaign on the pitch, but the cohesion they displayed during victories over Liverpool and Crystal Palace, in particular, was in short supply as they delivered a chaotic and confused performance.
Ten Hag has struggled to attract a number of his top transfer targets this summer and a failure to bolster the club’s forward line forced the former Ajax boss to field Christian Eriksen in an unfamiliar false nine role against the Seagulls.
The ongoing speculation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future has, meanwhile, cast a show over the start to Ten Hag’s tenure, while an injury to Anthony Martial has provided another headache.
A shortage of strikers prompted United to consider a move for ex-West Ham and Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic over the weekend.
Bologna’s refusal to accept United’s opening offer, coupled with complaints from fans that followed news of the interest in Arnautovic, has persuaded the club to look elsewhere, however.
According to ESPN, United have been offered the opportunity to open talks with Morata who was wanted by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2017.
The Spain international was keen on a move to Old Trafford but he eventually joined Chelsea, while Romelu Lukaku, who had been on the verge of returning to Stamford Bridge, moved to United where he failed to convince.
Morata spent two difficult seasons in west London and struggled to adapt to the physical demands of English football.
The 29-year-old has since endured something of a nomadic career which has taken in loan spells at both Juventus and Atletico Madrid.
Morata has been deemed suprlus to requirements by Atleico, however, and with just one year left on his contract is being offered to various club around Europe.
United are also interested in PSV Eindhoven’s 23-year-old winger Cody Gakpo who is said to be keen on joining the Red Devils.
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