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Some of Manchester United’s players will join up with their international sides today as the second break of the season begins.

United have several stars representing their countries as the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup continues, though nations will only be playing two fixtures this time around instead of three, like they did last month.

When the players return to Manchester, however, the fixture list will be getting a lot tougher as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Leicester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Atalanta twice within a three week period.

There is some good news for United though as Marcus Rashford may be fit enough to return to action following the break.

The forward is yet to play this season after undergoing shoulder surgery but returned to full training on Friday and could be in contention for his first appearance of the campaign against the Foxes.

Follow for the latest Man United news all day long.

07:15KEY EVENT

United ‘locked’ in battle for Inter Milan’s Brozovic United, PSG and Tottenham are ‘locked’ in a battle for Marcelo Brozovic.

That’s according to La Gazzetta dello Sport who report United have shown interest in signing the Croatian midfielder and this is not the first time this rumour has appeared, either.

Brozovic, 28, is currently set to be a free agent at the end of the season.

Marcelo Brozovic of Inter Milan18:14Daniel Murphy

Sancho’s mentality means he can be Manchester United’s wildcard attacking weaponManchester United’s star-studded cast of attackers might have to get used to some time on the bench in the weeks ahead.

Arguably no team in Europe has the depth of attacking resources available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which makes the run of form that has produced just two wins in six games even more perplexing.

Those options are increasing as well. Marcus Rashford is back in training and Anthony Martial’s surprise start against Everton yielded a goal and a hint of some confidence returning.

Now, after what should have been a routine start to the season, United see the difficulty level increase. Between October 16 and November 30 there are games against Leicester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Villarreal and Atalanta home and away.

Read on here.

17:12Daniel Murphy

There’s a new manager in the Premier LeagueClaudio Ranieri is the new Watford boss.

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A legend was welcomed to Old Trafford on Saturday16:09Daniel Murphy

Five things Man United must solve during international breakThe international break might have come at the right time for Manchester United after a worrying run of performances, which have seen them drop points in their last two Premier League outings.

While there have been moments of individual brilliance in the opening stages of the new campaign, United have regularly struggled to stay in control of an entire match and have registered only a couple of convincing performances.

After the weekend draw with Everton, questions have once again been asked of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his suitability for the role, though there is no suggestion whatsoever that his current position is under any threat.

With no clear favourite for the Premier League title to emerge yet, there is still hope United can find form and embark on their own mission to the submit.

But in order to do so, they’ll need to be busy over the international break.

Here’s a checklist of things Solskjaer must address:

United have shown flashes of brilliance this season but continue to make the same mistakes15:24Daniel Murphy

De Gea celebrates impressive milestoneHere’s to many more!

14:57Steven Railston

WATCH: Solskjaer discusses defensive issues after Everton draw14:43Steven Railston

OPINION: United have two reasons to feel confident for tough fixturesWhen Manchester United played Leeds on the opening day of the Premier League season, Old Trafford was at full capacity for the first time since the pandemic, the stadium was awash with colour, optimism and noise in the terraces.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side emphatically responded to it on the pitch, delivering an outstanding performance to win 5-1.

Considering some of United’s first-team stars had a less from ideal pre-season under their belts after the European Championship, the pace and tempo of that game was breathtakingly relentless as the players fed off the remarkable atmosphere from the stands.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes — the latter scored a hat-trick — looked unplayable, showcasing their world-class quality and exuding confidence with every touch of the ball, while there were goals for Mason Greenwood and Fred to round off a perfect display.

Read the full article here.

Stones asks questions as United celebrate their second goal. (Image: 2021 Simon Stacpoole/Offside)14:25KEY EVENT

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14:12Steven Railston

Everton break silence on Van de Beek transfer linksEverton’s director of football, Marcel Brands, has commented on his club’s proposal to sign Donny van de Beek in January amid the Dutchman receiving limited game time.

“We had him on our list,” Brands told NOS.

“At the beginning of the transfer window, we inquired at United, then it was impossible. At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute it was cancelled and stopped again.

“It is of course a pity for Donny. He is a very good player, no doubt about it. Such a boy wants to play and wants to return to the Dutch national team.

“But you know that at such a club the pressure is great and the competition is huge. When you see what United had sitting on the bench: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba..”

Donny van de Beek of Manchester United. (Image: 2021 Alex Livesey – Danehouse)13:35Steven Railston

Lingard recalls lowest moment in his careerManchester United’s Jesse Lingard has admitted he was at his ‘lowest’ before his West Ham loan move last season.

Lingard had established himself as an important member of United’s first team over the last few years, but after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, the playmaker was gradually handed limited minutes until he was almost completely frozen out.

The 28-year old had gone from excelling at the 2018 World Cup with England to failing to make a single Premier League appearance last season, but that would change when David Moyes swooped in January to bring Lingard to West Ham on loan.

Lingard then scored nine goals and made three assists across his first nine games at the club – his impact was sensational.

Click here to read what Lingard had to say.

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United. (Image: 2021 Manchester United FC)13:02Liam Wood

Crouch offers United transfer adviceDeclan Rice or Kalvin Phillips? The two England teammates continue to be heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

United have identified their need for a top-level defensive midfield player and that will – as things stand – be the number one priority moving forwad in the transfer market.

Here, pundit and ex-Premier League striker Peter Crouch shares his views on THE hot topic;

Solskjaer will want a midfielder who can link the different units and act as a stable base when the ball is turned over and every great team needs a defensively-minded man capable of progressing the ball. Xabi Alonso was a perfect example during my time at Liverpool. Put Declan Rice or Kalvin Phillips in there – spending another huge amount on a new signing – and it arguably becomes the strongest group in the league.

Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice embrace while on Euro 2020 for England. (Image: Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)12:25Liam Wood

Everton ‘made contact’ with van de BeekDonny van de Beek continues to wait for his big chance at Old Trafford – but there was contact between Everton and a player the Toffees wanted to sign on loan this summer.

That’s according to Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands, who was quoted by NOS about the Dutchman;

We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United. Then it was impossible. At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute it was cancelled. Stopped again. It is of course a pity for Donny. He is a very good player, no doubt about it. Such a boy wants to play and wants to return to the Dutch national team.

Donny van de Beek has only played 141 minutes for Manchester United this season. (Image: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)11:57Liam Wood

Neville agrees with Carragher claimGary Neville says there is no way United will win the Premier League while they remain so vulnerable on the counter-attack.

United dropped points at home for the second league game in succession at the weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were torn apart on the counter-attack a week earlier in defeat to Aston Villa and, once again, in midweek against Villarreal – although they won that game thanks to an extraordinary goal from Alex Telles and a late winner from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thanks to their world-class squad, United will always stand a chance of winning any match, but the pundit believes they will only claim the title if they adjust their tactics and start taking control.

Read the full story and Neville’s comments here

Gary Neville (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)11:20Liam Wood

PFA award – Coral reveals favouritesIt’s only early days in the Premier League title race – and the ongoing quest for individual accolades, too.

Cristiano Ronaldo has proved there is plenty left in the tank since his sensational return from Juventus.

However, the Portuguese superstar has plenty of competition from a number of other world-class superstars.

According to bookmakers Coral, these are the favourites to be crowned PFA Player of the Year come May.

Mohamed Salah – 4/1

Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/2

Kevin de Bruyne – 7/1

Romelu Lukaku – 7/1

Bruno Fernandes – 12/1

Jack Grealish – 12/1

Kane / Pogba / van Dijk – 16/1

10:57Liam Wood

Carragher dismissed United title chargeLiverpool great Jamie Carragher reckons United will fall away from title contention this season.

United started the campaign with four wins from five matches, but are now without a victory in their last two games.

Aston Villa won 1-0 at Old Trafford before Everton rescued a point at the same venue this Saturday lunchtime when Andros Townsend fired past David de Gea to cancel out an opener from Anthony Martial.

After a thrilling 2-2 draw between Liverpool and City at Anfield on Sunday, United are two points off top spot.

A summer of spending and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo – after deals were struck up for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – has raised expectation levels at Old Trafford.

However, the pundit has now outlined why he doesn’t see United challenging for the biggest trophies.

Read the full story and Carragher’s comments here

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher (Image: 2021 Newcastle United)10:22Liam Wood

United and Liverpool to fight for target – reportsUnited and bitter rivals Liverpool are set to lock horns at Old Trafford this month, but reports indicate they are set for another battle in the transfer market.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and key figures reponsible for deals at the Premier League giants issued a triple statement of intent during this summer window – signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, they were unable to land a top quality defensive midfield player.

That’s despite being heavily linked with Declan Rice, while subsequent reports have suggested United could switch their focus to England teammate Kalvin Phillips.

As per the Transfer Window Podcast, though, it is Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma they are really after.

That same source claims Liverpool are also in the market for the Mali international, 25.

09:45Liam Wood

Solskjaer makes United admissionOle Gunnar Solskjaer is confident United will improve despite a patchy start to the season.

United have won five of their ten games across all competitions and were eliminated from the League Cup in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham.

Although they sit in the top four of the Premier League going into the October internationals, United’s performances have been largely unconvincing and some supporters are starting to become impatient with Solskjaer, rewarded with a three-year contract in July.

United face Leicester City (A), Liverpool (H), Tottenham (A) and City (H), as well as a Champions League double-header with Atalanta, between the October and November internationals. United have form for winning big games under Solskjaer – amid mounting pressure – but the Norwegian insists they cannot rest on their laurels ahead of a crucial period.

Read the full story and Solskjaer’s comments here

09:10Steven Railston

Neville criticises Ronaldo for post-match reactions Gary Neville thinks the images of Cristiano Ronaldo storming down the tunnel following Manchester United’s weekend draw with Everton will put ‘immense pressure’ on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ronaldo, 36, was named on the bench for the first time in the Premier League since 2009 at the weekend but was brought on to try and influence the match 12 minutes into the second-half.

The Portuguese forward cut a frustrated figure as Everton soon netted an equaliser and grew into the match against a disjointed United side which lacked any real attacking cohesion.

At the full-time whistle Ronaldo looked annoyed as he strode down the Old Trafford alone muttering to himself and club great Neville believes such a reaction will reflect negatively on former teammate Solskjaer.

Read what Neville had to say here.

08:42Steven Railston

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OPINION: Ronaldo moment shows United pressure has increased on SolskjaerThe tunnel operatives at Old Trafford have had to be alert for the past two weekends, given Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to make a swift exit on successive Saturdays.

Against Aston Villa and Everton the final whistle has been greeted by Ronaldo turning swiftly on his heels and heading straight for the corner of the Stretford End, sparing no time for handshakes with the opposition.

This isn’t to slight Ronaldo, but rather to point out the relentless will to win that still characterises one of the game’s greatest competitors — even at 36 when he’s won all there is to be won at the club game.

It’s been quite a week for Manchester United and Ronaldo at Old Trafford. The defeat to Villa and two more dropped points to Everton are the kind of results that just won’t suffice in a title race and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner knows that better than anyone.

Read the full article here.

Cristiano Ronaldo showed his frustration after Manchester United drew with Everton (Image: 2021 Manchester United FC)07:39Steven Railston

United board have ‘confidence’ in SolskjaerDaniel Murphy

Cristiano Ronaldo move was right decision at wrong time from Solskjaer and Manchester United Full marks for the idea. Zero marks for the timing or execution.

Cristiano Ronaldo did not start the Premier League clash against Everton this Saturday lunchtime – but he still took centre stage at Old Trafford for reasons beyond his control.

And no, I don’t mean that woeful attempt from Andros Townsend to replicate his iconic ‘Siiuuu’ celebration.

Ronaldo Fever has swept across the UK as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to settle back in these shores following THAT sensational return to Manchester United from Juventus during the summer transfer window.

Even at 36, he remains in peak condition physically.

Read on here.

Cristiano Ronaldo was included on the bench for Manchester United against Everton. (Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images)Daniel Murphy

How Manchester United could line up when Marcus Rashford returns from injury Marcus Rashford could be set to return from a shoulder injury for Manchester United’s fixture against Leicester City on October 16th.

The 23-year-old has been a mainstay of United’s forward line in recent seasons and is likely to walk back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side when he’s fully fit despite the stiff competition for places.

But who will miss out when Rashford returns? We take a look at what United’s front three could look like…

Marcus Rashford has been back in Manchester United training (Image: 2021 Manchester United FC)Daniel Murphy

Jadon Sancho has given Manchester United a reason to be positive It’s safe to say that Jadon Sancho hasn’t yet lived up to his lofty expectations since arriving at Manchester United.

United waited so long to finally get their man, after failing in three previous attempts to sign him, that the start Sancho has made can only be seen as underwhelming.

He has made nine appearances so far but is yet to register a goal or an assist and he is already finding himself struggling to get into the side.

Who could have possibly imagined that United’s £70million winger, the player they chased for so long, would have only made two starts in the Premier League so far from a possible seven?

Read on here.

Jadon Sancho of Manchester United (Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Daniel Murphy

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