Manchester United are now just two days away from the start of their 2022/23 Premier League campaign. United finished a disappointing sixth last season, but welcome Brighton to Old Trafford on Sunday in what will mark manager Erik ten Hag’s first competitive game in charge. The Dutchman will be determined to get off to a winning start and build on the momentum that has been created during pre-season. The visit of the Seagulls could see Ten Hag hand out three United debuts, with summer signings Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen all champing at the bit to bag a starting berth. But the number of potential debutants for Sunday’s clash is not expected to increase, with no further deals understood to be close to being wrapped up. United continue to remain in talks with Barcelona about the prospect of signing midfielder Frenkie de Jong. It is almost three months since the Reds first registered an interest in his signature and they are still yet to make a breakthrough. Meanwhile, Ten Hag will speak to the media today at 1:30pm to look ahead to the season opener, and the Manchester Evening News will have every angle covered. TODAY’S BIG TALKING POINT: Can United show just how ambitious they are ahead of the transfer window closing? Have your say here. Keep on top of all the very latest United news throughout the day by visiting the live blog below:09:20George SmithSURVEY: Take part in our big United survey ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener! 09:00George SmithOPINION: Glazers must address two errors they’ve made in United ownershipWhen a fan protest has its own dedicated Wikipedia page, you know it had the desired effect. Of course, the real intention of Manchester United supporters who chose to protest outside Old Trafford and the team’s Lowry Hotel on May 2nd 2021, was to get the club’s clash with Liverpool called off — and they achieved that, too.Looking back, ask any fan involved with those protests more than a year ago and, with the benefit of hindsight, they’ll dismiss the impact of the European Super League — quickly suggested and scrapped in even speedier style — as the prompt for the unrest. The real smoking gun was the way the Glazers were (and still are) running United, even if the Super League played its part in igniting the fury.Click here to read more.A sign outside Old Trafford during the anti-Glazer protests in May 2021 (Image: 2021 Getty Images)08:30George SmithSesko to make a decision ‘next week’Manchester United transfer target Benjamin Sesko is set to make a decision on his future as soon as ‘next week’, according to a report by Sport Klub in Slovenia. The Red Bull Salzburg striker has emerged as a target for the Reds, with Erik ten Hag keen to bolster his attacking options ahead of the transfer window closing. It has been claimed that United have already submitted an offer for his signature. Chelsea, however, are also being credited with interest in him. Striker Benjamin Sesko is on Manchester United’s radar. (Image: Neil Baynes – FC Red Bull Salzburg/FC Red Bull Salzburg via Getty Images.)08:15George SmithWhere United stand on Frenkie de Jong amid reports he prefers ChelseaManchester United commence their Premier League season against Brighton on Sunday afternoon and it remains all-systems go on and off the training ground before that curtain raiser.After signing Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez this summer, Erik ten Hag continues to pursue his priority target, Frenkie de Jong, while speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is still at fever pitch even after his return to Carrington – lacing up his boots for the first time this pre-season against Rayo Vallecano.Click here to read more. (Image: 2022 AMA Sports Photo Agency)08:00George SmithRoma ‘confident’ of signing BaillyAccording to a report by Calciomercato, as cited by SocCity, Roma are ‘confident’ of signing Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly this summer. A number of clubs have been heavily linked with the Ivory Coast international in recent weeks, including Premier League side Fulham. Roma manager Jose Mourinho was responsible for bringing Bailly to Old Trafford back in 2016, meaning his past relationship with the defender might win him this particular battle.Roma want to sign him on loan.The United defender could be on his way to Rome (Image: Getty Images)07:50George SmithICYMI: Telles seals United exitManchester United left-back Alex Telles joined Sevilla on a season-long loan deal yesterday.United sources have confirmed Sevilla are covering Telles’s wages in full and there is no obligation to buy.Telles, 29, is the second first-team squad member to leave on a season-long loan after Dean Henderson moved to Nottingham Forest. The promoted Premier League side are also covering the goalkeeper’s full wages.Click here to read the full story.George SmithGood morning!Hello, and welcome along to today’s Manchester United live blog from the Manchester Evening News. The new Premier League season starts this evening and we will be on hand throughout the day to bring you all the very latest news ahead of United’s season opener against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. No need to refresh the page, updates should appear automatically.
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