‘Disrespect!’ — Manchester United fans send Frenkie de Jong message after Barcelona current decision on the Dutch star.
To play center-back against Real Madrid for Barcelona, Frenkie de Jong came off the bench.
After Frenkie de Jong, who is a target for Manchester United, was once again played out of position in a preseason game, supporters believe Barcelona is trying to send a message to the central midfielder.
De Jong, 25, is still United’s top target this summer, despite the fact that transfer negotiations have stagnated. Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, and Lisandro Martinez have all been signed by Manchester United as part of their rebuilding effort under newly appointed manager Erik ten Hag.
The guy Erik Ten Hag really wants, though, is De Jong, who he coached for 18 months with Ajax before the player made a name for himself in Europe. Three years ago, De Jong joined Barcelona, and United and the cash-strapped Catalan giants had an agreement in principle for him to join.
De Jong and his Barcelona teammates traveled to the United States for their preseason tour despite the fact that negotiations about his transfer had been ongoing for almost three months.
However, the former Ajax graduate has been shockingly employed as a center defender in the last two games after coming off the bench.
In fact, it is what happened when Barcelona and Real Madrid played in the early hours of the game on the Las Vegas Strip.
Naturally, Manchester United supporters watched that match closely as Raphinha, a summer acquisition for Barcelona, settled the score with a 1-0 triumph.
But De Jong stole the show, particularly when he continued in a new position. Barcelona boss Xavi favored using other players in center midfield.
The Spanish manager was asked about the future of Frenkie De Jong after the game and he claimed that he doesn’t like to send message, that De Jong is a good lad and he likes him and he will help the team as a centre-back.
It’s a clear message to the player to leave the club as soon as possible.