Harry Maguire admits last season wasn’t good enough
Martinez flew to Manchester on Friday night ahead of a medical with United, who will announce the deal once a visa has been approved.
The Argentine is set to sign a five-year contract worth just over £120,000 a week but there has been another twist in United’s extended pursuit of Frenkie de Jong, with Barcelona appointing the midfielder Dutch ground in his squad for his pre-season tour of the United States.
United have agreed a £72million deal with Barcelona for De Jong, but a move has been blocked by the £17million the player owes in deferred wages to the Catalan club, who he is reluctant to leave.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still hoping to leave United this summer, but Bayern Munich have reiterated they won’t be moving for the unstable Portugal star. “I have a lot of respect for Cristiano Ronaldo, his successes and his career, but again: this [a transfer] was and is not a topic for us,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
Meanwhile, James Garner has revealed he is due to return to training on Monday after missing United’s first two pre-season games with an injury picked up on the first day of the tour.
Ten Hag wants to rule the England Under-21 midfielder before deciding whether to keep him at Old Trafford or loan him out after his successful spell at Nottingham Forest last season.
Around 3,000 fans flocked to Melbourne’s famous Federation Square on Saturday to watch Manchester United stars launch the club’s new away kit.
Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay unveiled the new Adidas white stripe to much fanfare.
The United players had arrived at the scene, accompanied by film crew, club staff and security guards, on a tram in traditional United livery of red, white and black, which had traveled 12 minutes from the five-star W. hotel where the team is staying in Melbourne.
In keeping with the theatrics, the stage had been transformed into a replica dressing room, complete with kit, boots and drinks bottle, but with the set upside down in a nod to United being ‘down under’ in Australia.