Erik ten Hag had been looking at the experienced Bologna striker as a bargain this summer.
Manchester United have pulled out of a controversial move for Marko Arnautovic following a furious fan backlash. Since news of the proposed transfer broke on Sunday, Richard Arnold, the CEO, has been inundated with complaints from supporters.
Arnold’s email address was shared on social media, prompting supporters to express their outrage in large numbers.
Erik ten Hag decided to pursue the Austria international after growing dissatisfied with Manchester United’s failure to sign other forward targets such as Darwin Nunez, Antony and Benjamin Sesko.
Arnautovic pursuit is off. Massive fan backlash – which United clearly didn’t anticipate #mufc
— James Robson (@jamesalanrobson) August 9, 2022
Why has Manchester United withdrawn?
Fans were outraged by the pursuit of Arnautovic, who has previously been accused of using racist language.
They were also put off by the short-termism of signing a 33-year-old who had previously played in the Premier League for West Ham and Stoke City.
United expected Arnautovic to be a low-cost option worth around £8 million and a potential game-changer off the bench.
Bologna’s attempts to raise his price also influenced the decision to withdraw interest, but fan unrest was a major factor.