Manchester United are on the eve of a return to competitive action as the Reds continue their preparations for Burnley on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.
The round-of-16 tie at Old Trafford is the first match since the World Cup began in Qatar just over a month ago. United have played a couple of matches against Cadiz and Real Betis in Spain during the break but were beaten on both occasions with several first-team players missing from their squad.
Championship side Burnley are the toughest non-Premier League team United could have drawn with Vincent Kompany’s team sitting top of the second tier. Wednesday’s clash also marks the first time the Reds have played a competitive fixture since Cristiano Ronaldo departed the club following his Piers Morgan interview.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has taken aim at what he believes are unhelpful reports regarding a new contract that is reportedly being prepared by United for him. It is claimed that the Reds are willing to offer him £400k per week in order for the England man to stay in Manchester.
Rashford is now in the last year of his contract at Old Trafford. But, the Reds do have the option to extend his deal for a further year should they wish to.
MEN Sport understands that United will be taking up this clause with all players who are in the final year of their deals and that have it in their contracts, including David de Gea.
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United ‘make offer’ for Griezmann
According to a report by Fichajes, United have tabled a €60million (£52.5m) offer for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
The versatile Frenchman, who can play up front in midfield, is reportedly on the radar of several clubs after enjoying a fantastic World Cup campaign in Qatar. He played a key role in helping France reach their second successive final.
Burnley get Roberts boost ahead of United clash
Burnley right-back Connor Roberts will be available for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup clash with United after the red card he collected at the weekend was overturned.
The Welshman was sent-off in the closing stages of the Clarets’ 3-1 win over Middlesbrough after being accused of clearing a goal-bound effort off the line with his hands. However, video replays clearly showed that the ball hit the crossbar and not Roberts’ hands.
The FA have confirmed that his red card has been rescinded and will be allowed to face United.
Ferdinand issues Bellingham plea
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand has pleaded with Jude Bellingham to make the move to Old Trafford.
The Borussia Dortmund star is the subject of interest from a plethora of clubs, including United, and is being tipped to leave the German giants in 2023.
The likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid are reportedly leading the pursuit for his signature, but United remain interest.
Click here to see what Ferdinand has had to say.
Five World Cup stars United are tracking ahead of possible transfers
There is a little under a fortnight to go until the January transfer window officially opens for business.
United are hoping to be active next month and have pinpointed the addition of a striker as their top priority. But what other areas of the squad could United strengthen in 2023?
Click here to find out more.
FC Porto ‘set’ Costa price amid United links
According to a report by Correio de Manha, as cited by Sky Sports, United will have to fork out £65million to sign FC Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
The Reds have been heavily linked with the Portuguese shot-stopper in recent months and could choose to strengthen their goalkeeping department in the summer. Uncertainy surrounds David de Gea’s future while it remains to be seen what will happen to Dean Henderson following the conclusion of his loan spell at Nottingham Forest.
World Cup finalists to return ‘next week’
Dalot named in World Cup U23 Team of the Tournament
Some might say it’s a dubious XI, given the goalkeeper was responsible for Portugal’s elimination, Alphonso Davies hardly covered himself in glory for Canada and the calculation is more complicated than the Hadron Collider.
But Diogo Dalot did have a good World Cup once Portugal started playing him. Kudus, Bellingham and Gakpo are three players of interest to United, too.
ICYMI: United get Varane boost
If you missed the big news yesterday, it is understood that United defender Raphael Varane was only taken off during Sunday’s World Cup final because of fatigue.
The centre-back was taken off during France’s heartbreaking defeat to Argentina in the 23rd minute of extra-time. He had been struggling with illness in the days leading up to the final in Qatar.
Click here to read the full story.
United have ‘bid rejected’ for 15-year-old wonderkid
According to a report by Ole, United have had a ‘bid rejected’ by Ecuadorian side Independiente de Valle for for 15-year-old wonderkid Kendry Paez.
The club, who produced Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder and former United transfer target Moises Caicedo, is developing a reputation for developing some of the most exciting players in the world.
It is claimed that Indepdeniente consider Paez as the ‘jewel’ in their crown and have already promoted him to the first-team squad, despite him being only 15.
United ‘interested’ in Thuram
According to a report by Bild, United are ‘interested’ in signing Borussia Monchengladbach and France striker Marcus Thuram in the upcoming January transfer window.
United are planning to recruit a new striker next month following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure last month.
Thuram is out-of-contract at the end of the season and could, according to the report, be available for just £10million. He is also generating interest from Arsenal.
Juventus chief ‘dreaming’ of Dalot
According to a report by Italian giants Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by Sport Witness, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has highlighted United right-back Diogo Dalot as his ‘dream’ signing.
The Portugal international has been in exceptional form for United so far this season, becoming a key figure in manager Erik ten Hag’s plans. The Reds are keen to tie him down to a new contract.
United have ‘initiated fresh contact’ over De Jong
According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, as cited by Barca Universal, United have already ‘initiated fresh contact’ about the possibility of making a fresh attempt to sign Frenkie de Jong.
United were desperate to land the Barcelona midfielder during the summer and chased his signature for more than 100 days. In the end, they were forced to switch focus and sign Casemiro instead.
However, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, the Reds are prepared to make a fresh attempt to bring him to Old Trafford.
United’s next six fixtures
United are back in action tomorrow evening, resuming their domestic campaign at home to Burnley in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. With that said, here is a quick glance of United’s first six games after the restart:
- Burnley (H) – Carabao Cup 4th round – December 21
- Nottingham Forest (H) – Premier League – December 27
- Wolves (A) – Premier League – December 31
- Bournemouth (H) – Premier League – January 3
- Everton (H) – FA Cup 3rd round – January 6
- Man City (H) – Premier League – January 14
Supercomputer predicts season for United
A supercomputer has predicted bad news for Ten Hag for the rest of this campaign.
United resume their season on Wednesday night when they welcome Burnley to Old Trafford.
But this supercomputer does not think the 2022/23 restart will bode well for the Reds.
Read more here.
Rashford hits back at contract reports
United’s forward has hit back at reports which claim that he is set to be offered a £400k per week contract by the Reds.
Rashford is currently in the last year of his deal.
However, there is a clause which the Reds will activate which will keep him at the club for a further year no matter what.
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