united news 23:07, 25 Aug 2021Updated: 23:07, 25 Aug 2021ERLING HAALAND will leave Borussia Dortmund next summer even if they win the Bundesliga, according to reports from Germany.
And Manchester United are said to be firmly at the head of the race to sign Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fellow Norwegian.
Meanwhile, United are on the lookout for another midfielder with Ruben Neves, Saul Niguez and Eduardo Camavinga all considered if a deal can be done at the right price.
The Red Devils are reportedly prepared to sign Saul this transfer window, but it must be on an initial loan basis.
And Man Utd can still beat Arsenal to the signature of Kieran Trippier if they choose to, with the defender reportedly set on a move to Old Trafford.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s camp will step up their efforts to get him a move to Manchester City this week.
The champions saw their hopes of landing England captain Harry Kane finally dashed on Wednesday.
And the United legend will hope it could open the door for him to make a sensational return to Manchester.
Ronaldo, 36, is looking to engineer a move out of Juventus before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. City have been cool on the prospect of signing him since reports first surfaced earlier this month and that remains the case.
But Pep Guardiola is now faced with continuing a busy season without replacing all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
So it will be up to Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to put forward a proposal which would tempt the City hierarchy to change their minds.
MAN UTD DRAW WEST HAM!
United welcome the Hammers to Old Trafford in the week commencing September 20.
The teams have history in cup competitions and it should make for an exciting encounter.
Carabao Cup third round draw kicking off any minute now…
Stay with us to find out Man Utd’s opponent!
TEAMS IN THE HAT
Here are the 32 teams in the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup now all the second round ties are complete.
UP FOR THE CUP
Man Utd fans don’t have to wait much longer to find out who they will play in the Carabao Cup third round.
And here are the dates they will play if they get all the way to the final.
Round three: w/c 20 September 2021 Round four: w/c 25 October 2021 Quarter-finals: w/c 20 December 2021 Semi-final first legs: w/c 3 January 2022 Semi-final second legs: w/c 10 January 2022 Final: Sunday 27 February 2022 CUP DRAW COMING UP!
Manchester United will tonight discover who they will play in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The draw will take place after the final second-round tie between West Brom and Arsenal.
The Gunners currently lead 4-0.
UK-based supporters will be able to keep a close eye on proceedings, with the draw being conducted live on Sky Sports following that game at the Hawthorns.
And we’ll of course have the latest here on SunSport’s LIVE United blog.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed the 2022-23 season will be his last in charge of Manchester United’s bitter rivals Man City.
The Spaniard’s current contract with the defending Premier League champions – which he extended last November – is set to expire in the summer of 2023.
Guardiola, 50, will have spent seven seasons at the Etihad come the end of his multi-million-pound deal and plans to take a break from club football.
The Catalan said: “After seven years at Man City, I think I’ll have a break. I need to stop and see, learn from other coaches, and maybe take that path.”
Guardiola hopes to return to management with a national team after his second sabbatical.
He added: “In this process, I’d like to coach a national team, a European Championship, a Copa America, a World Cup. I want this experience. A national team will be the next step, yes. It’s the next step.”
IT’S SOL OVER
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has all-but-confirmed that Manchester United’s transfer business this summer is finished.
However, the boss has refused to rule out the possibility of a late arrival, cheekily saying ‘you never know in football’.
Solskjaer told Arilas Ould-Saada: “I don’t think much is going to happen. If something happens, it’s a bonus.
“You never know what happens in the world of football.
“But we’ve had a very good window. I’m happy with what we’ve done.”
RAPH AND READY
Paul Pogba reckon Raphael Varane does not need any help settling into Manchester United.
The two are France team-mates but Pogba told United’s media team the centre-back is mature enough to look after himself.
Manchester United’s players have been put through their paces at Carrington today.
Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani were all pictured in passing drills as the Red Devils prepare for their trip to Wolves on Sunday.
Paul Pogba said Raphael Varane does not need help settling in at Old Trafford.
The stars are team-mates for France but Pogba revealed the former Real Madrid man is adjusting to life at United just fine without him.
Pogba said: “I think he doesn’t need me to settle in.
“He just settles in by himself. He is someone very mature, a very good guy. I think you can see he is very good with everyone already.
“He is really good in the changing room, which is very important in football.
“He’s a top man, a top player and brings his experience, his quality and his personality, even outside the pitch, to help the team.”
Manchester United target Federico Valverde has signed a new contract with Real Madrid until 2027.
And Los Blancos have slapped a whopping £856million release clause on the Uruguayan midfielder in addition to giving him a significant pay rise, according to Goal.
The 23-year-old, who scored three goals and provided one assist in 38 games last season for Madrid, was already tied down until 2025.
But Carlo Ancelotti’s side were so keen to keep Valverde, they added an extra two years along with the hefty release clause to deter prying parties such as United.
The Red Devils had been lining up the Valverde as a potential replacement for the want-away Paul Pogba.
CAN’T HOPE FER MORE
Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal will finish ninth but says Gooners should be grateful if they finish anywhere in the top half.
The former Manchester United defender told his FIVE YouTube channel: “I would be happy with top 10 if I was you lot [Arsenal fans].
“I reckon you finish ninth. I think they’ll finish ninth. Let me look at the league table right now, you’re 19th right now.
“Brighton would bang up Arsenal right now! Brighton would be a problem for you lot!
“He still thinks it’s the O2 Arsenal with the O2 on the shirt. Brighton would smack you up, bruv!
“You lot need to do something because boy. You know what I can’t even laugh this week because Man Utd put a dent in my confidence.”
Former Man Utd defender Gerard Pique’s company has bought the rights to Ligue 1 in Spain after Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, reports suggest.
According to ESPN, Pique’s Kosmos Holding bought the rights for the next three years in collaboration with Enjoy TV and are planning to sub-license them to a television channel or an OTT.
Movistar previously held the rights to Ligue 1 in Spain in a deal worth less than €2.5million (£2.1m) annually, but turned down the chance to renew them this season before Messi left Barca.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner put an end to his scintillating 17-year spell at the Nou Camp once his contract expired this summer.
Pique’s Kosmos also bought the rights to the Copa America final in the summer, which saw Argentina beating Brazil at the Maracana.
ED IN THE GAME
Edinson Cavani poured a bottle of water over his head and his team-mates stopped for a breather in the latest round of training shots released by Manchester United.
The Red Devils are preparing for Sunday’s trip to Wolves as they look to make it 7 points from nine in the Premier League.
Manchester United’s players are back in training ahead of their trip to Wolves on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford was seen running after returning from his shoulder surgery.
And first team stars Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes were also put through our paces.
Man Utd fans can now have new signing Jadon Sancho on the wallpaper on their phones.
The Red Devils released jazzy images of their new winger on Twitter and supporters were lapping them up.
RASH IS BACK
Marcus Rashford is back in training after his shoulder surgery.
The England star had an operation earlier in the summer but was pictured back on the grass at Carrington on Wednesday.
No official return date has been given but Red Devils fans will look forward to seeing their star man back at Old Trafford.
Manchester United and Tottenham have received a transfer blow after Noni Madueke signed a new deal with PSV.
The midfielder has pledged his future to the Dutch side until 2025.
Spurs and United were both said to be keen but the North Londoners will now maintain focus on Wolves winger Adama Traore who is their ‘priority’, according to Fabrizio Romano.
MAD TO SELL HIM
Manchester United received more than five loan bids for Amad Diallo this summer, according to reports.
The winger, 19, has struggled for game time at United since his £37million move from Atalanta – playing just eight times and scoring once. And Fabrizio Romano revealed he has many options on the table if he decides to leave on loan this summer.
The transfer guru told the United Stand podcast: “He received more than five bids, I’m told – all loan bids, of course.
“Basel in Switzerland want him, Sheffield United, also Crystal Palace; many, many clubs from Premier League, from Bundesliga, from many countries.
“But as of now, Amad has not decided yet, he wants to take his time, in some days he will make the final decision together with his agent. From what I am told, he wants to play Premier League football, so let’s see if Sheffield will be able to change his mind.
“But he wants to play Premier League football, so Crystal Palace could be one of the options – and not only Crystal Palace, because also other clubs are enquiring about the situation.”
INTO THE WOLVES’ DEN
Man Utd travel to Wolves on Sunday in the 108th meeting between the two sides since 1892.
United have won 51 of the 107 meetings so far.
Since Wolves were promoted to the Premier League in 2018, United have played the Molineux side nine time with six coming in the league and three in the FA Cup.
Antony Elanga and Juan Mata helped United to their first victory at Molineux since 2012 on the final day of last season which completed the league double over the Midlands side in the process.
Mike Dean will referee Manchester United’s trip to Wolves on Sunday afternoon.
The controversial whistler will be the on-pitch ref while Darren Cann and Dan Robathan will be the linesmen.
Robert Jones will be the fourth official and Stuart Attwell will be VAR.
Kick-off is at 4:30pm at Molineux.
Sources at Manchester United have told ESPN that if PSG agree to let Kylian Mbappe leave, who has a year left on his contract, they could look to make an offer for Paul Pogba.
Pogba is yet to sign a contract extension at Old Trafford and if new terms are not agreed, he will be able to walk away for nothing next summer.
And with news that Mbappe reportedly wants to leave Paris this summer, Ed Woodward an co. could struggle to hang onto their star midfielder.
On the latest episode of The Here We Go Podcast, Romano claimed that Neves was a player of interest for United but that the Red Devils were prioritising two other midfield options ahead of him at the moment.
Romano said: “The three names they always had on the list were Camavinga, Saul and Ruben Neves.
“These were the three names on the list of Manchester United, in this order: first Camavinga, second Saul, third Ruben Neves.”
The Wolves star has also attracted interest from Tottenham this summer, where he could link up with former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Saul Niguez remains a possibility for Manchester United, according to The Athletic.
He is on a list of targets and a crucial factor is Atletico Madrid being open to an initial loan, so the immediate cost could be manageable without the need to bring in cash from outgoings.
United spread the payments for buying Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho over four and five years respectively and it is believed another low original investment might appeal as the transfer deadline approaches.
Executives have known for months Saul is available this summer but meaningful talks are yet to progress, with United taking a cautious approach to the market.
There is anticipation among some insiders that the situation could develop quickly, however, especially as Atletico are keen to get his wages off the books. Chelsea have also been credited with an interest.