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UNITED LATEST 23:11, 9 Nov 2021Updated: 23:11, 9 Nov 2021OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER’S reign at Manchester United is hanging by a thread, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The question is when not if he will be sacked by the club.

And in another SunSport exclusive, Paul Pogba could have played his final game for United.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has revealed he TURNED DOWN the chance to manage Manchester United.

The legendary Arsenal boss, whose rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson was infamous, could have gone to Real Madrid or Barcelona as well.

And Phil Jones is reportedly attracting the attention of up to THIRTEEN clubs – despite not being in action for around two years.

The former England centre-back has endured a nightmare time with injuries but United have been flooded with enquiries about his availability.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

PAUL OVER

EXCLUSIVE – Paul Pogba could have played his last game for Manchester United.

The club’s £89million record signing is expected to be sidelined for up to two months after injuring his right thigh in training with France on Monday.

That would take the World Cup winner into January, when he can begin talking to other clubs about a move in the summer — when his United deal ends.

Discussions over a new contract at Old Trafford have been completely shelved.

United’s hierarchy are fed up of the circus that surrounds him, particularly with his agent Mino Raiola.

They are now happy to let the 28-year-old midfielder’s contract expire, leave him out of the team if necessary and allow him to go as a free agent.

TRANSFER BOOST

Manchester United target Franck Kessie has reportedly rebuffed a fresh contract offer from AC Milan.

The Serie A club have raised their offer to ££5.5million a year but the Ivory Coast international is holding out for around ££7.7m per year, according to Sky Sports Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 24-year-old has attracted interest from all around Europe including Manchester United, PSG and Barcelona with his contract due to expire next summer.

The central midfielder is free to sign a pre-contract with any European club in January which would set in place a move for the following season.

‘WHAT’S THE POINT?’

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has claimed that Manchester United are a better team without Cristiano Ronaldo.

He told Sky Sports News: “I personally think Man Utd are a better football team without Cristiano Ronaldo.

“They had a good unbeaten run last year by playing a certain way – counter-attacking football. You don’t get that with Ronaldo. That’s gone now. They don’t have that pace anymore.

“What’s the point in having a 20-goal a season striker if you don’t win anything?

“It’s like Harry Kane at Spurs. Having a striker scoring that many goals doesn’t guarantee you a top-four spot.”

‘NORWICH ARE MORE AMBITIOUS’

Manchester United have been savaged by Chris Sutton after Norwich sacked Daniel Farke while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in his job despite their shocking form.

He said on BBC Radio Five Live: “Norwich are more ambitious than Manchester United because at least they’ve been decisive.

“Their expectation is to stay in the Premier League but they have made a change, rightly or wrongly.

“But Manchester United – what is the expectation, are they going to win something with the current manager and this squad? No, everyone can see that.

“Manchester United are still living off the history of when they were a good team and that’s the issue and there are no excuses, there is nowhere to hide this season.

“I like Ole, he’s a nice bloke but he’s being outcoached and out-thought by the top guys.”

‘BRILLIANT’

Former Manchester United star Kleberson believes Declan Rice would be better suited to rivals City than the Red Devils.

He told Paddy Power: “Declan Rice could play for any of the top Premier League teams. He had a brilliant season last year, a great Euros with England and has started this season incredibly well.

“He’s still young so will continue to grow and become a better player, but already in his career, you can see how much he’s improved and grown up as a midfielder, especially technically.

“The top teams are always looking for players who have Premier League experience and have had strong performances over a long period of time, which is exactly what Declan Rice has had.

“The best teams are always on the lookout for players as they need a big squad due to the number of games that they play throughout the season.

“It would be good to see Declan Rice play for Manchester City as they base their play around keeping the ball for long periods of time, which is something that Declan Rice likes to do.

“The style of play that Pep Guardiola creates would be perfect for him and the way Pep interacts with his players, is something that Rice would benefit from massively.”

JERSEY BOYS

Edinson Cavani has reportedly ‘put out’ by Jadon Sancho asking for his No7 shirt at Manchester United.

But the veteran striker had no issues giving it up for Cristiano Ronaldo when the club legend returned on deadline day.

When the issue of the No7 jersey came to light, Cavani is said to have been ‘put out’.

The Uruguayan instead held on tightly to his squad number as Sancho was eventually given the No25 upon completing of his ££73m switch.

LOOKING FOR ERIC

AC Milan are targeting Eric Bailly as a potential replacement for Alessio Romagnoli, according to Calciomercato.

Bailly has played in Raphael Varane’s absence in recent games but has spent much of the previous 18 months of the sidelines.

And with Manchester United linked to centre-back Jules Kounde, it is possible they would be willing to let Bailly leave.

MARTIAL OFF?

Italian giants Juventus have placed Manchester United striker Anthony Martial on a five-man shortlist of strikers viewed as an alternative to Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.

The 21-year-old Serbian international is thought to be the ‘Old Lady’s’ number one target, but could prove difficult to entice given the Premier League interest circulating.

Vlahovic has already confirmed he has no plans to extend his stay in Florence, as a result a number of Europe’s top sides have declared an interest – including Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

In turn, Juve have drawn up contingency plans in the scenario they fail to get the Fiorentina star – with Martial named as one of the back-up strikers.

RON TO WATCH

Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Manchester United should they miss out on Champions League football next term, according to the Express.

Upon signing for the club he said: “I am not here for a vacation.

“As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again.

“I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.

I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”

So far, Ronaldo hasn’t disappointed.

He’s scored nine goals from 13 outings so far this term, including five in the Champions League alone.

But United are stuck in a shambolic rut under Solskjaer, who appears lost when it comes to a solution.

And, therefore, it’s certainly feasible Ronaldo will look to leave should the Red Devils continue to fall.

‘WE ALL PLAY FOR THE BADGE’

Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United have the “desire and ambition” to get out of what he has described as a “difficult patch”.

Rashford said: “The United team is the United team and we all play for the badge and the club, something for me I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.

“And for the players that we sign, they see United as the great club it is and they want to give everything they can for the badge.

“And those things remain the same whether you’re in good spells or bad spells.

“I know at the moment we’re in a difficult patch but the desire and ambition never changes.”

Credit: PA ‘IT’S FLATTERING’

Monaco sensation Aurelien Tchouameni says he is flattered by recent transfer speculation linking him with moves to Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The 21-year-old, who signed from Bordeaux in January 2020, enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1 last season and has emerged as one of Europe’s best young midfielders.

He told L’Equipe: “When I started in Bordeaux, the media were already wondering every summer if Aurelien Tchouameni was going to move to a bigger club.

“It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.

“In 2018, they were already talking about Juventus or Milan.

“I know for a fact that what is true in October is not necessarily what’s true in June. If I start to think that I’m going to leave, it will show directly in my performances on the pitch.

TRANSFER STEAL

Manchester United hope to gazump Chelsea’s transfer pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

The Blues spent most of the summer trying to sign the France international but ultimately failed in their pursuit.

The 22-year-old is widely reported to have a release clause of around £68m and United could apparently take advantage of that clause in the January transfer window.

United are believed to have the resources available to finance the deal, despite spending big last summer.

OLE SAFE

Man Utd have had no contact with any other managers over replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The manner of their recent losses to Liverpool and Man City has seen large parts of the United fanbase turn on Solskjaer with some demanding a change of manager.

Reports over the weekend indicated that Man Utd had ‘verbally agreed’ a deal for Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers to replace Solskjaer at the helm, while France legend Zinedine Zidane and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino have also been linked.

However, reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims there have been “no talks” between Man Utd and any other managers about replacing the Norwegian.

Romano tweeted: “Three days after derby defeat, there are still no contacts between Manchester United board and other managers. No talks.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still supported by main part of board members. Joel Glazer only one who can change the situation – but there’s still no signal.”

DON THE WAY

Estelle Bergkamp has shown off her baby bump on holiday after last week revealing that she and partner Donny van de Beek are expecting their first child.

The Manchester United ace, 24, received the amazing news amid what’s been a miserable season on the pitch.

Van de Beek has hardly played, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer limiting him to the odd cameo appearance.

But his personal life is going better than his professional one, with partner Estelle, daughter of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, pregnant.

Van de Beek has been given the week off by Solskjaer, after being dropped from the Netherlands squad due to a lack of game time.

The Norwegian jetted off with his family yesterday – while Donny and Estelle appear to have done the same.

TO BE FRANCK

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has been slammed by the Italian press as they accuse the 24-year-old of being ‘distracted’ ahead of a potential transfer.

Kessie is in the final 12 months of his current contract with Milan and has been linked with a transfer move to Manchester United.

But Milan will attempt to ward off any potential interest in their star, with il Corriere dello Sport reporting this morning that the Italian giants are preparing to make a fresh attempt to tie Kessie down to a new deal.

The report goes on to highlight that the Serie A side aren’t concerned by Kessie’s inconsistent performances this term and remain determined to strike a deal over a new contract with the coveted midfielder.

CAV A BREAK

Edinson Cavani revealed he is receiving recurring treatment for a muscle problem in a fresh injury blow for Manchester United.

The Uruguay striker missed the Red Devils’ 2-0 home loss to Manchester City on Saturday with the issue.

And he is expected to be sidelined for a while as he tries to recover.

Cavani, 34, suffered similar problems in his heel at the start of the campaign after getting injured in a pre-season friendly.

He has now sought help after aggravating the pain in United’s 3-0 win at Tottenham on October 30 – the game in which he grabbed his first goal of the season – but still came off the bench against Atalanta last week.

OLE GONER

EXCLUSIVE – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reign at Manchester United is hanging by a thread.

The question now is when not if he will be sacked by the club.

Solskjaer took advantage of the international break to fly back to Norway with his family and get away from the flak.

The mood at Old Trafford has turned to one of resignation among players and staff that he is on his way.

Solskjaer has lost six of his last 12 games including embarrassing back to back home defeat at the hands of their closest rivals.

Read more HERE.

CROWN JULE

Man Utd are plotting a £68million move for Chelsea transfer target Jules Kounde.

The Red Devils splashed out on the Sevilla star’s French international teammate Raphael Varane in the summer.

But the defender has suffered some injury woes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continue to slump after crushing defeats to Liverpool and Man City.

Now a fresh report states they are targeting Kounde to help shore up their leaky defence – and Sevilla are fearful of receiving a bumper January offer for their prized asset.

That is according to Spanish outlet AS’s report today.

IN OR OUT?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as Manchester United manager is one of the most pertinent questions in English football right now.

The Norwegian boss has watched his side lose four of their last six Premier League games, with the humiliations at home to Liverpool and Manchester City in particular leading to many wanting him sacked.

But his old Man Utd teammates remain divided on his future, with a number of them publicly addressing how they see Solskjaer’s current situation.

Here are just some of the opinions from those who played alongside him.

Read views from the likes of Gary Neville, Peter Schmeichel and Roy Keane by clicking HERE.

SOL SEARCHING

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not believe one of his players said Manchester United ‘lacked belief’ during their 2-0 defeat to bitter rivals Man City at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian was involved in an awkward exchange with a reporter – after his side lost their sixth game in 12 on Saturday – when asked what he thought of Harry Maguire’s comments.

United captain Maguire told Croatian TV after the game: “We got punished for a first half which wasn’t aggressive and it wasn’t on the front foot.

“And we lacked that little bit of belief.”

Having heard the centre-back’s comments, experienced reporter Alison Bender put them to under-fire Solskjaer and the 48-year-old looked shocked to hear what his skipper had said.

Bender asked: “It’s always a worry as a manager when you hear your players saying that they lacked belief, particularly when you’ve got players like Cristiano Ronaldo in your side…”

A concerned looking Solskjaer interrupted and asked: “Have they said they lacked belief?!”

Read more HERE.

WINGING IT

Jadon Sancho is reportedly being used a right wing-back in Manchester United training as he looks for regular game time.

There are several mitigating factors for his early struggles, according to the Athletic.

And while his attacking contributions have been non-existent, he has shown impressive defensive diligence when he has featured.

The England international replaced Eric Bailly at half-time of United’s 2-0 home defeat to Sancho’s old club City on Saturday.

And he showed flashes of defensive intelligence to keep the scoreline at just 2-0.

As a result of such displays, United coaches have reportedly used him as a right wing-back in training in preparation for future use of the 3-4-1-2 system Solskjaer used against City.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been criticised for his lack of attacking prowess from the right side of defence.

NEV-ER IN DOUBT

Gary Neville has hit back in defence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand admitted the Norwegian’s time at the club may be up.

The Red Devils were humiliated at Old Trafford yet again on Saturday as they were outclassed in a 2-0 defeat to local rivals and Premier League champions Manchester City.

The loss has left many pundits scrambling for answers, with Solskjaer’s ex-teammate Ferdinand conceding the manager should ‘hand over the baton’.

In response to Rio’s comments, a social media user asked if Neville would also call for Solskjaer to be relieved of his duties or to step aside.

Speaking on Twitter, the ex-Man Utd full-back replied: “Never. Thank you for asking though.”

United have won just one of their last six Prem games, a run which includes defeats to Aston Villa, Leicester, Liverpool and Man City.


EMILE SMITH WHOA

Rio Ferdinand  has likened red-hot Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe to Robert Pires and Alexander Hleb amid his incredible run of form.

Speaking about Arsenal on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “There’s a team, there’s a united team.

“There’s a togetherness that I haven’t seen at Arsenal for a long time. There’s nobody doing more right now than Emile Smith Rowe.

“He reminds me, with more end product it seems right now and I think he’ll go onto levels, his style is a little bit [Alexander] Hleb.

“He plays low, socks similar, the way he moves and manipulates the ball, can keep people off balance all game.

“He’s got a bit of Hleb about him. He’s got a Robert Pires vibe a little bit.”

MUM’S PRISE

Marcus Rashford today took his mum to watch him receive an MBE from Prince William for his heroic school meals campaign.

The England striker, 24, was pictured gleaming with mum Melanie in the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the ceremony hosted by the Duke of Cambridge.

Rashford is being recognised for his campaign which helped feed 1.3million of Britain’s poorest kids over the summer holidays.

It resulted in the Government changing policy over its free school meals vouchers during lockdown and made the striker a national hero.

Marcus previously said he was “honoured and humbled” to receive the recognition — and dedicated his award to mum Melanie.

He said of the news last year: “As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22.

“This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.”

GETTING SHIRTY

Premier League chiefs have refused to allow top flight clubs to wear their “away” shirts at home on Boxing Day as a charity scheme.

Shelter wanted all the home teams to wear their second strips for the December 26 games as a sign of support for action on homelessness.

Brighton and Wolves are understood to be the keenest to take part, although other clubs signalled their willingness to support the initiative.

Shelter have pushed for the move, asking clubs to back their attempt to transform the Boxing day short swap into an annual event.

The charity, which says homelessness has rocketed since the start of the pandemic, also hoped that the unworn home shorts could be signed and auctioned off to raise funds.

But League chiefs blocked the initiative, pointing to the Prem rulebook which explicitly states clubs must wear home shirts for home games.

Rule M 22.1 states: In selecting the choice of Strip the following order of precedence shall apply unless authorised by the Board: 1st priority: the outfield players of the Home Club who shall wear their home Strip.”

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