MANCHESTER UNITED have ended their shock pursuit of Marko Arnautovic due to fan backlash.

The Red Devils made a surprise swoop for the Bologna forward earlier this week – much to the amazement of the Old Trafford faithful.

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But fan backlash to the move has prompted the Premier League big boys to pull the plug on the deal.

That’s according to The Athletic, who claim “complaints from fans” was a contributing factor to the club nixing the deal.

They also claim Serie side Bologna priced the former West Ham man out of the “low-cost bracket”.

United are now expected to move on to pursuing and securing other attacking reinforcements before the transfer window shuts on August 31.

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United’s pursuit of Arnautovic shocked many, including former Prem striker Chris Sutton.

During an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, the former Chelsea man said: “That’s madness, thinking about signing [Arnautovic].

“I thought it was a spoof, it’s ridiculous.

“It’s a real wrong move in terms of the eyes of the supporters.

“There’s a million other players out there United should have been linked with. I do no get that.

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“It’s an absolute PR disaster. If Arnautovic comes in, that’s going to put Ten Hag under so much pressure.”

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