William Gallas warns Erik ten Hag against signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus


    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Erik ten Hag of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground on August 10, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
    Erik ten Hag is looking at make a number of late transfer window signings (Picture: Getty)

    Manchester United have been warned against signing Adrien Rabiot by former Arsenal defender William Gallas.

    Erik ten Hag’s need for midfield reinforcements was highlighted by Sunday’s morale-sapping 2-1 defeat against Brighton at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils lost the likes of Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba earlier this summer and have failed to source repacements.

    A three-month long pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong appears set to end in dismal failure, while Ten Hag was forced to rely upon Scott McTominay and Fred against the Seagulls.

    Both midfielders were roundly criticised for their performances last weekend and United have now embarked on a desperate scramble to find a short term solution in what remains of the window.

    Rabiot, a talented but often controversial figure, has been heavily linked with a move and is said to be on the verge of £15million move to Old Trafford from Juventus.

    Gallas, however, believes the 27-year-old is ill-suited to the Premier League and would be destined to become another expensive misfit.

    Adrien Rabiot has been linked with a £15million move to Man Utd
    Adrien Rabiot has been linked with a £15million move to Man Utd (Picture: Getty)

    ‘I’m not sure it’s not a good choice to bring him to Man United,; Gallas old Genting Casino.

    ‘Rabiot was a good player when he played at PSG, when he went to Juventus, he hasn’t had a good season. Maybe he will return to form at Manchester United, but the Premier League is tougher and more physical, he needs to be ready for it.

    ‘Players don’t understand the levels of physicality of the Premier League until they witness it first-hand.’

    United’s scattergun approach represents a far cry from the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson and Gallas knows the legendary manager would not have stood for the lack of aptitude displayed the current decision makers.

    He added: ‘Sir Alex would have been mad with this board, he would have got players before the end of the transfer market window.

    ‘All clubs seem to get deals last minute now, and so are Man United right now.

    ‘That’s why Man United have spent so much money, they are buying players just to make the fans happy, but the players end up not performing. I’m sure Sir Alex is not happy with the current situation at the club.’

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