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MANCHESTER UNITED are continuing with training ahead of the Premier League's likely restart in June.
But they could be without Odion Ighalo, who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to stay until the end of the season but appears likely to be recalled by Shanghai Shenhua this week.
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United are considering moves for Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.
According to Goal, two of those on his wish list are Werner and Dembele.
At 24 and 23 respectively, they have enough experience to come straight into the starting XI but should have their best years ahead of them.
GIFT OF THE RAB
Real Madrid have reportedly joined the race to sign Rabbi Matondo from Schalke.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been heavily linked to the former Manchester City academy star.
According to Diario Madridista, Madrid president Florentino Perez is keeping a close eye on Matondo.
It is reported that Matondo's progress in the Bundesliga has “not gone unnoticed” by Zinedine Zidane.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how the Manchester United squad have been getting on at training.
During an MUTV Group Chat interview, he said: “We're back in training which has been great.
“The boys have been fantastic, the weather's been good and they've enjoyed.”
Before he added: “Everyone's looking sharp, everyone's been in a good mood and we've been splitting up in groups so fours and five together and they've really done well.
“Hopefully, they can as I said, step up and go to bigger training groups but so far it's been good.”
THREE & EASY
The Premier League have finally given the go head for 3pm games to shown live on TV – with some matches even set to be aired for FREE.
Top-flight bosses have dropped its opposition to the game being shown to compensate for them being behind closed doors.
The long-standing blackout was lifted last month, but Prem bosses initially claimed they still wouldn't allow 3pm matches to be broadcast.
But now they have had a “change of heart”, according to The Times – with the previously blocked games now allowed to be shown.
There are 92 Premier League matches left to be played this season, with the restart pencilled in for June 12, although some fear it may be more like June 26.
Every match will be broadcast via some medium to make up for the fact fans are not allowed to watch live from inside the stadium.
United's players have returned to training fit and healthy, delighting medical staff.
SunSport understands that not a single player has reported back overweight despite the coronavirus delay to the season.
Two or three stars, including keeper David De Gea, have returned to social distancing sessions LIGHTER because of doing less weight training.
Conditioning staff are said to be “chuffed to bits” that the players have been looking after themselves in lockdown.
United are concentrating more on cardio exercises this week and “are hoping the restrictions will be lifted quicker” so they can introduce some of the gym equipment.
Dimitar Berbatov has claimed the Premier League should bend the rules to allow United to sign Odion Ighalo's replacement.
The striker's loan deal is set to expire on May 30 – and he could return to Shanghai Shenhua if fresh terms are not agreed.
Berbatov said: “United need to know what is happening with him.
“If they know they will lose him, they need to find someone else to replace him.”
Before he added: “If a team is losing a loan player because of the situation, the federation should allow a team to get someone else because of the situation.
“If Ighalo goes, United should be allowed to get a replacement.”
Alex McLeish has revealed Manchester United tried to sign Jack Grealish when he was in charge of Aston Villa.
Speaking to the Claret and Blue podcast, he said: “When we played Man United w heard he was in a restaurant being courted by one of the agents to try and get him to Man United.
“We were a bit alarmed about that so we fought well to keep him.
“We knew he loved Villa, his old man as well.
“We had them in speaking to them. They're lovely people.
“That asked for something and the club went it's too much but, finally, you come to an agreement and everybody's happy.”
United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.
According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.
Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',
“Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.
“He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”
NOT TOO KEANE
Teddy Sheringham has claimed Paul Pogba lacks the Roy Keane factor that United need.
He told Sky sports: “People mention top players and captains. When things weren't going right in our time, Roy Keane put things right.
“He would drive our team on, he would dig deep and make sure we had a say in every game we played in because of his desire.
“When you look at Pogba, yes, he may be a talented boy, but does he have the same mentality?
“Does he really dig deep and get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough? The answer for me is NO.”
United have ordered Antero Henrique to get them Correntin Tolisso, according to reports in France.
The former PSG sporting director is being lined up as a potential director of football at Old Trafford.
According to Le 10 Sport, the club are hoping to recruit Tolisso when he leaves the Allianz at the end of the season.
United are set to lose Odion Ighalo this week as talks with Shanghai Shenhua over extending the stay have stalled, according to reports.
The Nigerian, 30, made a last-ditch loan move to Old Trafford in January as emergency cover in attack to replace injured Marcus Rashford.
His contract with the Red Devils runs until May 31, four days after the Europa League final was scheduled to take place.
With the season suspended, SunSport reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to extend the loan spell by a further three months to take in the end of the season.
But his parent club Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal – and want him back to start preparations for their new season which is due to kick-off in late June.
And according to ESPN, the Chinese Super League team are unwilling to budge on their stance.
ON THIS DAY
Beckham, into Sheringham…
AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!
May 26 for every United fan is a special day.
IN HIS IMAGE
Contract rebel Angel Gomes has named Andres Iniesta as the footballer he tries to emulate as the skilful attacking midfielder stalls over a new contract.
Hopes that the 19-year-old WILL sign a new deal at United are increasing after his increased presence on the club’s official channels.
Gomes told ManUtd.com: “In terms of who I model parts of my game on, I’d say [Andres] Iniesta. He was always one of my idols.
“[He was] a big player I watched while growing up. [He played] in similar positions as me and I’ve always tried modelling my game on Iniesta.
“In terms of footballers when I was young it was always Ronaldinho, the Brazilian players, Robinho [plus Portuguese] Cristiano Ronaldo at the time.
“I remember the Joga Bonito stuff with the freestyling and stuff like that. As a youngster, all you wanted to do was practise skills, so I’d say players like Ronaldo [were my inspiration].”
OLD LADY COUNTS PENNIES
Juventus have told Paul Pogba to drop his £11million-a-year wage demands if he wants a return to the Old Lady.
According to Tuttosport, the World Cup winner will have to lower his salary expectations and can expect a lower rate than he earns at Old Trafford.
Pogba was a world record £89m signing when he re-joined United in 2016.
GLAZE INTO THE FUTURE
Manchester United owners the Glazers were only willing to let Saudi investors buy 20 per cent of the club, according to reports.
That is because the family want to see United restored back to the top of the Premier League tree.
It had been previously claimed that the Glazers were willing to sell for between £2billion and £3bn.
But despite mounting debt, placed over the head of the club, the Glazers’ presence appears to be constant for the foreseeable future, according to the Athletic.
MARC OF THE MAN
Marcus Rashford has revealed that 2.8MILLION children have received meals during lockdown with money he has helped raise, along with a special recognition award from the city of Manchester.
The United striker tweeted: “Wouldn’t normally share these types of things but this certificate is not just for me, it belongs to you all.
“Each and every one of you that has contributed the few £s you can, you’ve all made a huge difference.
“2.8million children a week are receiving meals they otherwise wouldn’t have during this lockdown because of YOUR help.
“I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of you all and @fareshare.
“From being young I knew that if I ever got in a position that I could help I would and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”
Cristiano Ronaldo looked ready to go at Juventus training before rounding off the session with an incredible trick shot.
The Portuguese star, 35, flicked a football into a basketball hoop from long range, proving he's not going to be rusty following lockdown.
Ronaldo let out a roar as the ball tickled the net on its way down – reminiscent of his infamous Ballon d'Or outburst.
And he looked in top shape as he put in the work ahead of a proposed return to action on June 13.
Cesc Fabregas admits he is still angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash with Manchester United… sixteen years later.
The Red Devils ended the Gunners' 49 game unbeaten run after their incredible Invincibles season and the Spaniard has lifted the lid on the fiery match.
Fabregas said: “We were so disappointed, we were angry, we were upset for the way it went.
“Don’t get me wrong, it had to come to an end the Invincibles, the 49 games, and it can happen. It was at Old Trafford, against a great team, against a great Manchester United team.
“But I think it’s the way it happened. First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to [Jose] Antonio Reyes, mamma Mia!”
Manchester United are set to let Dean Henderson stay at Sheffield United for the rest of season – despite his loan deal expiring in June.
The England hopeful, 23, is currently on loan at Bramall Lane with United chiefs facing a moral dilemma over whether to recall him.
United and the Blades are both vying for the final Champions League qualification spot, worth £60million.
But Old Trafford chiefs are set to be kind and allow him to finish off the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United.
GOOD MORNING, UTD FANS
Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso is the new man on the transfer speculation list – as United are once again linked with fellow 25-year-old France midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The Bundesliga champions are reportedly willing to sell Toliss as he has made just seven starts this season.
And Juventus ace Rabiot has also struggled to hold down a regular place for the Serie A kings.
Now Gazzetto dello Sport say United are in talks with his mum and agent Veronique.
Rabiot was initially linked with a swap deal involving Juve target Paul Pogba but now he is thought to be available at £27million.
Talking of Pogba, ex-France and Barcelona striker Christophe Dugarry rates him the “ideal signing”for Real Madrid – but former Bernabeu star Uli Stielike says the 27-year-old is not “humble” enough to be a wise buy.
Meanwhile, loanee Odion Ighalo faces an uphill battle to persuade Shanghai Shenhua to let him stay with United beyond May 31 – for the rest of the extended Premier League season.
The Chinese Super League club appear determined that the Nigeria striker, 30, returns for the start of their season next month.
And United starlet Angel Gomes dreams of emulating Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta.
The England Under-20 midfielder told United's website: “In terms of who I model parts of my game on, I’d say Iniesta.
“He was always one of my idols… a big player I watched while growing up.”
SANCHO ALTERNATIVE SUS-SED
Chelsea are being linked with Porto's Mexico winger Jesus Corona – as a cheaper alternative to Manchester United target Jadon Sancho.
Corona, 27, who can also play as a wing-back, would also boost Frank Lampard's squad if, as expected, Willian and Pedro move on this summer.
United are rated favourites to sign £100million-rated England attacker Sancho, 20, should he leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.
But the coronavirus pandemic is likely to mean less spending this summer.
So the chances of mega-fee players like Sancho and United midfielder Paul Pogba moving on in the summer have reduced dramatically.
PLAY-DAY LOANS: EXPERT VIEW
As SunSport revealed some Prem clubs might consider payday-style loans, a financial expert involved in this area explains why the sport has arrived at such a situation.
The specialist said: “Football has lived way beyond its means for years and now they’ve run out of money.
“It’s like any other market in a downturn, so when you’re desperate for money you go to the people who have it and they dictate the terms.
“Firms are being asked for loans from clubs who don’t necessarily have the assets to command better rates.
“Liquidity in football clubs is very low and most of those looking for cash are asking for tide-over money of £30m-50m over six months.
“There’s no rule to say the lender can’t set whatever rate it likes if they know the client is desperate.”
Cash-strapped Premier League clubs are considering payday-style loans with huge interest rates to stay in business.
City investors are looking to cash in on the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic by charging 25 PER CENT on borrowings up to £100million.
At least four struggling Prem outfits are at the mercy of private equity or venture capitalist firms offering loans at rates massively above the Bank of England base rate of 0.1 per cent.
Lack of match-day revenue and uncertainty over how and when football will return have created a black hole in revenue for clubs.
And with games behind closed doors likely in the immediate future, clubs are unable to borrow cash against season ticket sales and normal game-day income.
They are also discouraged from using potential earnings from broadcast deals as collateral for loans.
BEST BA NONE
Ex-Barcelona striker Christophe Dugarry claims Paul Pogab would be the “ideal” signing for Real Madrid.
United midfielder Pogba's chances of moving to the Bernabeu or old club Juventus seem to have faded due to football taking a massive financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
But former France, Milan and Birmingham star Dugarry told RMC Sport: “We have all observed that this [Real squad] is ageing a little. “It has problems projecting, breaking lines and reaching the second line when there are centres.
“Pogba can do it. He is a boy who can score goals. For me, he is the ideal boy to give Real Madrid what is missing.
“A year has passed that has been difficult for him, because he has injuries and his team does not perform well, but every time he has been able to play, he quickly recovers his level.”
BUK TO THE FUTURE
Bukayo Saka appears to have told Manchester United and Liverpool they must be kidding if they hope to sign him.
Arsenal have reportedly been struggling to reach an agreement with speedster Saka, 18, over extending his contract beyond 2021.
But the ex-Gunners schoolkid posted a cute picture of himself in his very earliest days with the Londoners – smiling serenely as he posed in a teamshot.
Saka's Instagram snap soon attracted tens of thousands of likes – with, inevitably, many fans urging him to pen a new deal.
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