Manchester United’s despicable situation in the transfer market is understandable. The Red Devils have endured a terrible start to their new era under Erik Ten Hag and seem to be in shambles at multiple levels.
The Premier League club lost their opening two league games including a 4-0 thrashing away to Brentford. Several players have rejected United’s approaches this summer, including Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, and there is now a new addition to that list.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Matheus Cunha has responded to the proposal from Manchester with a resounding no. Moreover, Atletico Madrid also are said to have communicated that they have no intention of parting ways with the Brazilian.
United were reportedly ready to offer €50 million for the striker’s services, but the Spanish side demanded that the player’s release clause be triggered, a figure believed to be upwards of the proposed fee.
Cunha is happy under Diego Simeone’s management and is willing to fight for a starting spot this season.
Though the Brazilian saw only ten minutes of action against Getafe in the league opener, it is clear that the manager trusts him as he was given Luis Suarez’s #9 jersey ahead of the season.
The youngster joined Atletico Madrid from Hertha Berlin in 2021 for a fee of €26 million. His deal with the Spanish side sees him at Wanda Metropolitano until June 2026.
The 23-year-old scored six goals and provided four years in 29 La Liga appearances last season. Given that the season is long and challenging, there is little doubt that Cunha will see s lot of minutes this campaign.
Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”
Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.
To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.
Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.
Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:
“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.
“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”
Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.