Wanted: Players to restore heart to Manchester United | sport

If Marko Arnautovic, an aging and hazardous striker accused of bigotry, is Manchester United’s answer, so they’re in an even bigger mess than portrayed. If Adrien Rabiot, a decent but hardly game-changing midfielder with the occasional attitude problem, is the answer for United, then even more questions need to be asked of the hierarchy.

A club of United’s stature needs a longer-term recruitment strategy, preparing carefully to sign the right players, without suddenly panicking and ending up with the wrong ones.

Forgive the stalled record, but the lack of thought and attention emanates from above – from the owners, the Glazer family, who seem almost content with this serial underperformance as long as the dividends are rolling in. United need stronger goalkeepers, owners who

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