FDJ will not tolerate not having UCL and will have clauses written into any contract if he comes , it'll literally be a one shot deal based on an understanding with ETH, the only reason he comes is because of ETH - and bugger all to do with 'the word' of the club to strengthen the squad
Less so Rabiot but he's got previous form for acting up if things don't go his way. So it really is down to the ownership to build something with the manager
One worrying factor is that if things drag on until the end of August, with the current lot we could already be way adrift.
07/08/2022 14:00 Manchester United v Brighton 13/08/2022 17:30 (Sky Sports) Brentford v Manchester United 22/08/2022 20:00 (Sky Sports) Manchester United v Liverpool 27/08/2022 12:30 (BT Sport) Southampton v Manchester United
None of these are easy games. So let's say we get them there will then be a settling in period, say another two Games.
01/09/2022 20:00 (BT Sport) Leicester City v Manchester United 04/09/2022 16:30 (Sky Sports) Manchester United v Arsenal
Not easy either.
So our challenge for a UCL place next season could already be in Jeopardy.