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Richard Arnold had no idea Man Utd fans were recording and feels ‘disappointed’

Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold had no idea the fans he met in a local pub were recording their chat and has been left disappointed by the whole incident, say reports.

Arnold admitted the Red Devils had "burned through cash" and described the last 12 months at the club as a "f******* nightmare" in an honest assessment at a boozer close to his home.

The 51-year-old successor to Ed Woodward reportedly asked the fans not to film their frank discussion and has been left disappointed by the video, according to the Daily Mail. United are also said to be upset that a member of the group invited to the chat decided to leak the video.

Arnold spoke about a variety of issues during the chat, designed to ward off a planned protest outside his Cheshire home. The club's CEO discussed recruitment, the Glazers and new boss Erik ten Hag in a wide-ranging conversation.

"A lot of our players are young, they’re young lads, they came back after a torrid time at the Euros, [Marcus] Rashford, [Jadon] Sancho, the abuse they got after the Euros, they’ve come back for the new season, the crowd were on them," he said.

"I’m not surprised their confidence has gone. For me, I want to put us back together as a club, so we’re all solid, to be successful. I’m going to do my bit to make sure the money’s there, that’s all I can do," he added, hinting at transfer funds for Ten Hag.

He continued: "You might not like our current owners — I can’t help that. But if you want someone else to come in they will see that the fans love the team and that is positive. But last year was a f***ing nightmare. There was hate at every game.

"We spent a billion pounds on players. We have spent more than anyone in Europe. I’m not thrilled where we are. It doesn’t sit easy with me and I worry how we get this sorted for the future. What’s happened is we have f***ing burned through cash," he said.

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"You can’t go to our training ground and say ‘show me where the £1billion is because we haven’t spent money well historically. I’m not here to defend [chairman] Joel [Glazer]. He must speak for himself.

"But you have taken the time to come here and make your views known – and I respect that. We’ve blown through an enormous amount of money."

Arnold continued by adding that money is available for United to sign new players, adding that Ten Hag is keen on former Ajax star Frenkie de Jong, who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

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