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Manchester United suffered an injury blow earlier this week as the international break began.

Midfielder Paul Pogba limped out of France training on Monday after appearing to injury his right thigh. In a video released by French publication RMC Sport, Pogba can be heard loudly shouting in pain after shooting and then immediately clutching his upper leg.

There has also been an update on the fitness of Edinson Cavani, who was ruled out of the Manchester derby on Saturday.

Uruguay left Cavani out of their squad before Saturday’s game versus Manchester City and his injury has now been confirmed.

“The issue was like this. Before starting the season, I had discomfort in the tendon,” Cavani told El Observador. They are difficult injuries and I decided to have the treatment so that it does not continue to get worse.

England play on Friday and Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw could feature.

Follow the live blog below for all of the day’s breaking United news.

08:10Daniel Murphy

The Liverpool decision that could give Manchester United transfer advantageLiverpool sold Rhian Brewster, Dominic Solanke and Jordon Ibe for almost £60million under Michael Edwards.

Manchester United allowed Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Romero to leave the club for free under Ed Woodward.

United made an astounding loss through transfer fees and wages on those players — Sanchez was on around £350,000 per week — while Liverpool raised almost enough money to cover their £75m signing of the colossus Virgin Van Dijk with their three sales.

Read on here.

Jurgen Klopp with Michael Edwards [left]. (Image: 2019 Liverpool FC)07:45Daniel Murphy

James Garner could be in action for England U21s tonight07:25Daniel Murphy

United ‘ready to trigger Rodgers contract clause’ if Solskjaer sackedUnited are prepared to trigger a clause in Brendan Rodgers’ contract to make him their next manager should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be sacked.

Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford is looking increasingly bleak following back-to-back home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City, leaving the club nine points off the pace after just 11 games.

The Norweigan still has backing at boardroom level, though Rodgers is top of the list of possible replacements as the club look to appoint a British successor.

As reported by the Daily Star, Old Trafford chiefs believe Rodgers would be keen on taking the job, provided a deal can be struck with his club Leicester.

Rodgers is believed to have a release clause in his contract should a Champions League club come calling, but United wouldn’t hesitate in meeting it if they need to appoint a new boss.

Brendan Rodgers the manager Leicester City. (Image: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)07:22Daniel Murphy

United have avoided Jose Mourinho repeat to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer waitWe have reached the final days of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United reign, the only question that remains is how long the last chapter will be.

There seems to be an acceptance that Solskjaer has run out of support as the long-term candidate to drive United forward, but for now he remains in charge, with no obvious replacement ready to step in and fill his shoes.

It’s hard to imagine a run of results that could save Solskjaer now. The successive home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City have exposed his limitations, a bubbling up of doubts suddenly flowing uncontrollably to the surface with those miserable performances.

Read on here.

Jose Mourinho said finishing second to Man City as United manager was one of his ‘greatest achievements’07:20Richard Fay

Paul Pogba ‘will sign new contract on one condition’Paul Pogba’s future is up in the air but a report claims he is still happy to sign a new contract at the club.

L’Equipe say Pogba ‘has made no secret’ of his desire to extend his stay with United but only if he is made the highest-earner at the club following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Paul Pogba has been sidelined again for Manchester UnitedSteven Railston

Cavani confirms treatment for latest injury setbackManchester United’s Edinson Cavani has confirmed that he is undergoing treatment for a tendon injury.

Cavani, 34, has been plagued with injury problems since his move to United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last year.

The centre-forward started against Tottenham in the Reds’ 3-0 win in October, looking excellent alongside Cristiano Ronaldo but, despite him making a substitute appearance against Atalanta in the Champions League, he was ruled out of the Manchester derby.

Uruguay left Cavani out of their squad before Saturday’s game versus Manchester City and his injury has now been confirmed.

Read what Cavani had to say here.

Edinson Cavani of Manchester United.Steven Railston

OPINION: United’s defensive record is among relegation candidatesExcitement, expectation and the warmth that only hope can bring swirled around Old Trafford on the opening day of the season.

Manchester United had just finished second in the Premier League and the signing of Jadon Sancho had followed. Old Trafford was at full capacity for the first time since the pandemic and supporters were in full voice, anticipating the beginning of something truly special. That alone ensured a rousing atmosphere and that was before Raphael Varane was unveiled on the pitch prior to kick-off.

United have got a lot wrong since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. That extends to something as insignificant as transfer announcements – Alexis Sanchez playing the piano comes to mind – but the unveiling of Varane exuded class, world-class quality and more.

Varane parading on the pitch increased the noise to yet another level in Old Trafford. The atmosphere was electric throughout the full 90 minutes and the players fed off the energy to produce an emphatic performance, something they’ve since failed to match.

Read about United’s record here.

United’s defence has been awful this season. (Image: Getty Images 2021)Steven Railston

England could miss out on Manchester United’s IqbalManchester United’s teenage sensation Zidane Iqbal is a target for the Iraq national side, with England set to lose out on his services.

Iqbal’s first football coach Stewart Hamer warned the MEN in September that England needed to be more “proactive” in securing the attacking midfielder’s talents and his words look to have been ignored, according to Sky Sports.

The 18-year-old spent the last international break with the Iraq Under-23 side where he impressed in a 1-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia.

His impressive displays for Neil Wood’s United youth side this season has yet to earn him a call-up to any England national age group.

Read the full story here.

Zidane Iqbal is a target for the Iraq senior national sideSteven Railston

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