united news 13:34, 26 Aug 2021Updated: 13:34, 26 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.
Solskjaer is also said to be keen on Declan Rice, reportedly believing the Red Devils will never be able to challenge for the title without him.
But a more realistic transfer target this summer could be Eduardo Camavinga, with United said to have “accelerated” their interest in the Rennes man.
There are also reports that the Red Devils are prepared to sign Saul Niguez 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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RONALDO TO CITY – TOM MCDERMOTT’S FAN VIEW
For United fans, the thought of Cristiano Ronaldo joining the ‘noisy neighbours’ is one that is hard to accept.
Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel and Dennis Law have represented both teams.
But I’m with Gary Neville when he says that there are certain clubs a former Manchester United player shouldn’t join – and City are one.
Ronaldo’s impact at United was incredible but those memories would be tarnished if he joined City’s pursuit of domestic and European honours.
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Scott McTominay has posted a picture and message on his Instagram after undergoing surgery on a groin injury.
The midfielder wrote: “Just to let you all know I’ve had minor surgery on an issue which has needed managing for the last couple of months.
“I hate missing games so to be missing Wolves on the weekend & the international break is so disappointing but that’s part and parcel of the game.
“Wishing all the boys the best of luck and I will be back sooner than you think.”
Man Utd target Federico Valverde has signed a new contract with Real Madrid until 2027.
And Los Blancos have slapped a £856million release clause on the midfielder in addition to giving him a 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.
The Red Devils had reportedly been lining up the Valverde as a potential replacement for the want-away Paul Pogba.
Man Utd have reportedly decided Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland is their No1 transfer target.
The Red Devils are on the hunt for a new striker to succeed veteran Edinson Cavani, whose contract expires next summer.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and football director John Murtough have ‘mutually’ agreed on Haaland as their preferred option.
Credit: Getty LOOK OUT, KEANE
Man Utd youngster Amad Diallo will wear the legendary No16 shirt at Old Trafford this season.
The jersey was made famous by former captain Roy Keane in the nineties and noughties before Michael Carrick inherited it.
Discussing the move, Diallo said: “When I was told that I was getting the number 16 shirt, I was happy.
“I know that Michael Carrick had previously worn that shirt for a long time and so it is a number worn by a legend of the club.
“So I have to respect the number and the players who wore it before me.”
MCTOMINAY UNDERGOES SURGERY
Scott McTominay faces a spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a groin problem.
Man Utd haven’t confirmed how long the Scotland international will be out for, although he will miss the match against Wolves on Sunday.
The club have confirmed: “Scott has undergone surgery for an ongoing groin injury that was causing significant pain when playing.
“Having tried all other treatment options in pre-season, surgery was deemed necessary to resolve the issue.
“We hope to have him back soon.”
MAN UTD’S BIGGEST TRANSFERS
Just in case you’d forgot, here are United’s most expensive signings…
Paris Saint-Germain reportedly want a whopping £188million for Kylian Mbappe with Real Madrid leading the race to sign the forward.
And Sporting director Leonardo is thought to be expecting the player to stick to a pledge to not leave for free, according to French outlet Le Parisien.
It is thought club chiefs hope Mbappe will either extend his PSG career or leave before the transfer deadline should he desire a move to pastures new.
Manchester United have also been linked with the player in recent days.
ROBSON ON STRIKERS
United hero Bryan Robson has been discussing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s forward options in an interview with the club’s website.
Robson said: “Ole has got Anthony Martial or Paul to the left, then you’ve got Dan James and you’ve got Jadon Sancho on the right – or Mason Greenwood if you want to play him there.
“And then Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata, they’re going to give you great attacking options for that free role just in behind the forwards.
“Edinson Cavani, through the middle as striker, and Martial can definitely play there as well.
“But you’ve also got the option now, with Mason being a year older and getting that little bit stronger, can Mason make a real mark for himself? Because he is a tremendous finisher.
“So there are great options.”
MAN UTD NEXT FIVE GAMES
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The Red Devils have won a record 20 league titles, although Liverpool are just behind on 19.
United are just the second English team to have won the Champions League, Europa League and the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup after Chelsea.
Fans will be desperate to add to this impressive tally this season and end a five-year trophy drought at Old Trafford.
ED-ING TO OLD TRAFFORD?
Manchester United have reportedly ‘accelerated’ their interest in Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga.
According to transfer specialist Duncan Castles, United are considering a move for the teenage midfielder before the end of the window.
Camavinga, 18, has one year left on his Rennes contract.
United are also believed to be interested in Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21, but not Atletico Madrid ace Saul Niguez.
HE’S THE RON
Manchester City have reportedly offered Cristiano Ronaldo a two-year contract after missing out on Harry Kane.
But rumours suggest the English champs don’t want to pay a transfer fee for the 36-year-old forward – a legend at rivals Manchester United.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, City are offering to pay Ronaldo around £230,000-a-week.
And it’s believed the English club want to keep fellow forward Gabriel Jesus – despite earlier reports suggesting a swap deal could be possible.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has tipped Arsenal to scrape a top-half finish in the Premier League this season after their horror start.
The Gunners suffered 2-0 defeats in their opening two matches – firstly away at Brentford and then at home to Chelsea.
Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: “I would be happy with top ten if I was you lot [Arsenal fans].
“I think you will 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!”
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Bryan Robson has backed United’s midfield to deliver this season.
The icon told the club’s official website: “I think we have a good mix.
“Ole often likes to play with two defensive midfielders and he’s got good options in there with Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred.
“Then we have the attacking options. In certain games, if you feel you’re going to be really dominant, do you really need two defensive midfielders or can you put Paul Pogba in there?
“That’s going to be another attacking option to getting forward and scoring goals.
“With Paul, I think Ole’s got the option of where to play him. He proved last season that he can play to the left side of the attack as well.”
United legend Bryan Robson has been discussing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in an interview with the club’s official website.
On the goalkeepers, Robson said: “We’ve got two top goalkeepers in David De Gea and Dean Henderson.
“There’s great experience with David, and Dean is an up-and-coming player who really wants to kick on. So that’s great competition.
“And then also Tom Heaton and Lee Grant have a lot of experience. So we’re looking very strong as far as the goalkeeping position is concerned.”
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United defender Phil Jones could still leave Old Trafford before the transfer deadline following interest from Championship club Fulham.
According to 90min, Fulham are among a handful of Championship teams considering a move for Jones.
The most likely scenario would be a loan – with United still paying the majority of his wages – but it could give him regular playing time.
Jones hasn’t played competitive football for the Red Devils since January 2020, with Newcastle and Watford also thought to be keen.
MORNING MAN UTD FANS
The Red Devils have drawn West Ham at home in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
United will welcome the Hammers to Old Trafford in the week commencing September 20.
Elsewhere, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has all-but-confirmed that 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.”
Marcus Rashford also returned to training after shoulder surgery.
He was pictured doing some light running drills and having a chat with Solskjaer at Carrington.
Finally, it emerged United are in pole position to sign Erling Haaland for just £64million next summer.
The Red Devils are one of many teams tracking the Borussia Dortmund striker.
But with his release clause set to kick in, Bild say United may well be at the front of the queue to secure a cut-price deal – especially because the ex-Molde man ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League.
However, that would mean having to deal with Mino Raiola to get the transfer done because the controversial agent represents Haaland.
Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his personal ties with his compatriot can also ensure United win the race for the man widely considered one of the very best strikers in world football.
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.”