Man Utd news LIVE: travelling squad REVEALED, Fred 'no plan' blast, Harry Kane interest, Atletico build-up – updates

MANCHESTER UNITED have revealed some of the players who have boarded the plane to Spain where Atletico Madrid awaits.

And Fred – one of the members involved in the trip, has taken a bizarre swipe at the club's hierarchy just hours before their Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.

Fred, 28, said: "At the moment it's all about short-term goals. It's about having better football planning at the club."

However, Ralf Rangnick confirmed that Edinson Cavani is someone who won't be taking part tonight.

The interim boss said: "No Edi will not make the trip. He didn't train, he has not been training the last couple of weeks so he won't be part of the group."

Manchester United are considering rekindling their interest in England captain Harry Kane this summer according to reports.

But any decision will rest with the new manager.

Follow ALL of the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old Trafford right here…

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Ronaldo exit latest

    Manchester United will not stand in Cristiano Ronaldo's way if he decides to depart in the summer.

    Ronaldo has made his frustrations at United's inability to challenge for the Premier League title known.

    According to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils will not block a move if he wants to leave Old Trafford.

    The 37-year-old star would still have one year left on his contract, but the hierarchy would still let him go.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Roma ahead of the summer transfer window

  • Kostas Lianos

    Unitedlinked with Kane again

    Manchester United may reportedly re-ignite their interest in Tottenham superstar Harry Kane.

    But United's next managerial appointment could be crucial to any potential pursuit.

    Kane made his desire to depart from Spurs clear last summer, with the Red Devils being one of his leading suitors.

    According to ESPN, a move for the star striker this summer is said to be a ‘possibility’ though it will cost a fee in the region of £100million.

    The likelihood of such a move being made would only increase should Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino be appointed as United’s new permanent boss

  • Kostas Lianos

    Fred's Man Utd statement

    Manchester United ace Fred has suggested the club is failing to put together a long-term plan for success.

    The midfielder claims having an interim manager in Ralf Rangnick “is a bit strange”.

    Fred said: “I know in football it’s important to get good results as soon as possible, but it’s also important to have a long-term plan. It’s a bit bad for us not to have one.

    “At the moment it’s all about the short-term goals. We don’t know how it’s going to be after the end of this season. It’s about having better football planning at the club”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd preview

    Manchester United will play against Atletico Madrid tonight in their Champions League first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

    Atletico manager Diego Simeone is facing a number of serious concerns before the match.

    Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Yannick Carrasco weren't involved in recent training, while there are also doubts about Luis Suarez's fitness.

    United interim boss Ralf Rangnick, on the other hand, will be missing Edinson Cavani because of a groin problem that didn't allow him to fly to Madrid.

    Rangnick has kept further fitness updates to himself after the weekend's 4-2 victory at Leeds.

    Phil Jones is eligible to play in Europe again and of course Raphael Varane came off the bench at Leeds

  • Jake Lambourne

    ‘It gave me a taste’

    Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli has revealed he was rejected by Manchester United as a teenager.

    The 20-year-old was snapped up by the Gunners in 2019 as he made the £6million move from Brazilian side Ituano.

    Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “My dad and I had watched the Premier League together, all the teams, like Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester.

    “I actually had four different trials at United when I was 13, 14, 15 and 16.

    “This was in Manchester at the club’s training base, where I played in the same age group as Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams, and I met first-team players, like Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra.

    “There was never a moment, though, when they said they wanted me (to sign) there.

    “But it give me a taste and made the adaptation a little easier because I had experienced football in England.

    “Even after those trials, I always believed in myself. My mind is always thinking, ‘I can do it.'”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Ron for the ages

    Cristiano Ronaldo will take to the field tonight as Manchester United kick-off their Champions League round of 16 clash with Atletico Madrid.

    The last time the Portuguese played for the Red Devils at this stage of the competition was against Inter Milan 13 years ago.

    Sir Alex Ferguson's defending champions took on reigning Serie A kings Inter at Old Trafford, having drawn 0-0 at the San Siro a fortnight earlier.

    And Ronaldo and Co came through on a tense evening at Old Trafford.

    Formidable centre-back Nemanja Vidic gave Fergie's side the lead after just four minutes, before CR7 grabbed a second in the 49th to seal a place in the quarter-finals.

    Here's how United line-up.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Sim-ple mistake for Utd

    Man Utd reportedly snubbed Diego Simeone so they could appoint Louis van Gaal instead back in 2014.

    Sir Alex Ferguson retired from football in 2013 after a mammoth 27-year stint at Old Trafford.

    His compatriot Moyes took the helm, only for him to last less than a year as he was sacked after a run of poor results.

    And Man Utd then opted to go with experienced Dutch coach Van Gaal.

    But the history books could have been very different if Man Utd had decided to go another route.

    According to The Times, Simeone was considered as a potential successor to Moyes eight years ago.

    However, Red Devils bosses felt because Simeone was only two-and-a-half-years into his Atletico Madrid contract that he would be tough to prise away from the Spanish side.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Forlan previews Utd vs Atletico

    Diego Forlan believes Atletico Madrid 'could have a hard time' against Manchester United in the Champions League.

    The former Uruguayan frontman, who scored 257 career goals, had successful spells at both clubs.

    He told Marca: "Manchester have players who have a lot of change of pace, a lot of speed and who like one on one.

    “Atletico Madrid are not at their best at the moment, so they are going to be wary of those counter-attacks.

    “If it comes to a game where Manchester find that space and those long runs, Atletico could have a hard time.

    “Atletico will have to keep their lines together to have a good chance of winning the game. It’s a nice game of chess for both coaches.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Edin off to Brazil

    Edinson Cavani is reportedly open to listen to offers from Brazilian side Botafogo in the summer.

    The 35-year-old veteran's contract with Man United is up in the summer and it's unlikely that he'll be extending his tenure at Old Trafford despite the club's interim boss Ralf Rangnick's reluctance to let him go.

    The disgruntled Uruguayan's agents reached out to the South American side to see if they would be interested in doing business for Cavani, according to Goal.

    But talks between the two parties are still fresh and the fine details of any potential deal – such as contract length and wages – haven't been discussed yet.

    Botafogo are hoping find time to meet with Cavani when a delegation from the club travel to England this weekend to amalgamate with Crystal Palace who have entered into a partnership with the South American outfit, the Daily Mail reported.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Keane on the cinema

    Roy Keane has proved he is the king of Instagram once again with another hilarious social media post.

    The Manchester United legend regularly leaves fans in stitches, and his recent trip to the cinema with his grandson was no different.

    Posting a picture of the pair next to each other, Keane is seen sipping on a fizzy drink while his grandson tucks in to some popcorn.

    And Keane joked that the pair had argued on whether to watch horror movie Scream or family animated film Sing 2.

    In the end they went with Keane's choice… Sing 2.

    He wrote on Instagram: "After arguing with him about whether to watch Scream or Sing 2. I finally won. Sing 2 was brilliant."

  • Jake Lambourne

    Premier League managers salaries revealed

    Arsenal look set to offer Mikel Arteta a lucrative £8.3million a year deal to keep him at the club.

    But it would only make him the FIFTH highest earning Premier League manager.

    SunSport exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Arsenal are preparing to hand Arteta the same salary Arsene Wenger was on during his final year at the Emirates.

    However, an annual wage of £8.3m is still less than HALF of Pep Guardiola's pay packet.

    Take a look at every manager's salary below.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Scholes makes Pogba claim

    Paul Scholes believes Paul Pogba is the ONLY Manchester United player who would get into Liverpool's star-studded team.

    He told Premier League Productions: "Pogba in his best form would (get into Liverpool's team).

    "He is indicative of what the club are doing. Every player is inconsistent. People running the club are inconsistent in what they are doing.

    "I have been a big critic of Paul, but if you are an opposing player going to Old Trafford and you are playing against Fred and McTominay – all day long.

    "Now, you don’t know what you are going to get with Paul. But when he is on his game, he is brilliant.

    "But when he isn’t, then against your Liverpool and Man Citys, you might struggle in them areas. Where do Man Utd go next year to replace him?"

  • Jake Lambourne

    Chris and tell for Nkunku

    Arsenal and Man Utd have been told they will need to pay £62.5million for Christopher Nkunku this summer, according to reports.

    The RB Leipzig star is enjoying a sensational campaign, drawing attention from around Europe.

    Nkunku, 24, has bagged 22 goals in all competitions from an attacking midfield role.

    This tally includes a Champions League hat-trick against Manchester City, as well as six strikes in his last six Bundesliga matches.

    Man United and the Gunners are among the teams tracking the Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate.

    But according to Bild, they will have to pay £62.5m for his services.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Race for the top four

    Man Utd will be pipped to fourth place and a Champions League spot next season by Arsenal, a supercomputer has predicted.

    The Red Devils – along with high-fliers West Ham – are currently battling the Gunners for the coveted fourth-place spot.

    Mikel Arteta's troops currently have three games in hand on United, which a Betting Expert's supercomputer has calculated the north Londoners will win to overtake Ralf Rangnick's men.

    Should Arsenal leapfrog United into fourth place, they will end their five-season exile from the top four.

    Fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenham and West Ham, meanwhile, are expected to finish in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Life goes on for Utd

    Man Utd are still planning for life after Paul Pogba with the midfielder entering the final four months of his contract, reports say.

    The Red Devils' form has improved since Interim boss Ralf Rangnick took charge in November last year.

    And Pogba's return to action from a three-month spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury has also strengthened United in the midfield.

    Rangnick – who plans on sticking around at United beyond this season in some capacity – has held positive talks with Pogba over extending his stay at Old Trafford.

    But according to the Manchester Evening News, there is still no inclination that the midfielder will to 'commit' to a new deal, leaving the door open to another FREE transfer away from United.

    As a result, Man Utd are already planning on recruiting a midfielder in the summer transfer window.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Simeone praises Utd under Rangnick

    Diego Simeone likes what he sees of Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United.

    The Atletico Madrid boss has built his managerial career on grinding out results by making the gritty Spanish side hard to beat.

    So the Argentinian prefers to focus on Rangnick losing just one of his 15 games in charge — rather than the fact they have only won eight of them.

    Ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 first-leg clash, Simeone said: "The new manager has given them solidity, teamwork and commitment.

    "We're facing one of the best teams in the world. They've just lost one in 15.

    "They've evolved under the new manager. They're an intense, dynamic team with very good forwards, good players who try to make a huge effort to unite the talent."

  • Jake Lambourne

    Fred hits out at Utd

    Fred has accused Manchester United of failing to put together a long-term plan for success.

    And United’s Brazilian star claims having an interim manager in Ralf Rangnick “is a bit strange.”

    Fred, 28, blasted: “I know in football it’s important to get good results as soon as possible, but it’s also important to have a long-term plan.

    “It’s a bit bad for us not to have one.

    “At the moment it’s all about the short-term goals. We don’t know how it’s going to be after the end of this season.

    “It’s about having better football planning at the club.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Ronaldo fired up for Champions League

    Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid.

    The Portuguese ace, 37, will look to keep his incredible record against Diego Simeone’s men going tomorrow night at the Wanda Metropolitano.

    Ronaldo is sure to receive a hostile welcome from the Atletico fans after his Real Madrid days.

    But the superstar is also facing pressure closer to home.

    That’s because more than half of United fans want him AXED this summer after a frustrating return to Old Trafford.

    However, Ronaldo appears eager to silence his doubters and extend his fine record over Atleti.

    The striker tweeted: “Getting ready for the return of the biggest club competition in the world. Let’s go!”

    Ronaldo, who first faced Atletico during his opening campaign at Real in 2010, has scored a ludicrous 25 goals in 35 games against them.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Ince secures win for Reading

    The Guv’nor is back in the game — and you had better believe it.

    Paul Ince emerged out of the wilderness to lead Reading to a precious win over Birmingham on Tuesday night to ease their relegation concerns.

    Lucas Joao curled in the first after 67 minutes before John Swift notched his 11th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

    Ince may have only taken charge on an interim basis at crisis club Reading — but  he has already made his mark.

    And he arrived in Berkshire with just one job in mind: Save the Royals from dropping into League One.

    Ince had not been seen in the dugout for eight years. Now up he pops to help the Royals earn their first home victory in 11 games.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Manchester United will face Atletico Madrid tonight in their Champions League Last 16 first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

    Atletico manager Diego Simeone is dealing with a number of serious concerns before the match.

    Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Yannick Carrasco weren't involved in training, while there are also doubts about Liverpool legend Luis Suarez's fitness.

    United interim manager Ralf Rangnick, on the other hand, will be missing Edinson Cavani due to a groin problem that didn't allow him to fly to Madrid.

    Rangnick has kept further fitness updates to himself following Sunday's 4-2 victory at Leeds.

    Phil Jones is eligible to compete in Europe again and of course Raphael Varane came off the bench at Elland Road.

    United's flight to Madrid for their Champions League match against Atletico was cancelled at the last minute.

    The Red Devils usually fly with Russian airline Aeroflot to their European games following a commercial agreement.

    But Tuesday's flight, which was scheduled to take off at 4pm, was called off amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick's men instead travelled with UK-based charter airline Titan Airways.

    According to The Athletic, the decision to cancel the flight was mutual between the club and Aeroflot.

    The Russian airline described themselves as 'the official carrier of Manchester United' and have been a long-time sponsor.

    Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered his military to enter and provide “peacekeeping functions” in Donetsk and Luhansk, two Russia-backed separatist territories in Ukraine, which he recently recognised as independent states.

    Meanwhile, United will not stand in Cristiano Ronaldo's way if he decides to leave in the summer.

    Ronaldo has made his frustrations at United's inability to challenge for the Premier League title clear in recent weeks.

    According to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils will not block a move if he wants to leave Old Trafford.

    The 37-year-old star would still have one year left on his contract, but the hierarchy would let him go.

    Reports suggest the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Roma.

    Finally, United have been fined £20,000 by the FA after failing to control their players against Brighton last week.

    Several United aces surrounded referee Peter Bankes after Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk fouled Anthony Elanga early in the second half.

    The ref initially showed Dunk a yellow card, but that was upgraded to a red after checking with VAR.

    The initial decision to only caution the defender was protested furiously by several Red Devils players.

    Bruno Fernandes was booked for his over-the-top reaction during the scuffle.

    The FA then announced that they charged the Manchester giants over the incident

  • Kostas Lianos

    Rangnick on team spirit

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick suggested team spirit is strong ahead of the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

    Rangnick said: "Well I think we also showed it in earlier games, in games before that [Leeds] but in the end as Bruno [Fernandes] just said, it's about getting the right result.

    "The last two games we rewarded ourselves with three points in both games and this is important for the future, in the Champions League games against Atletico but also in the Premier League"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Rangnick on his successor

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick insists he is not at all focused on who will succeed him at the helm.

    Rangnick said: "This is a question not for now, this is a question for the summer.

    "Our full focus is on the present situation, the present tense and the Champions League tomorrow and the Premier League in the last 12 games.

    "All the other issues have to wait until the end of the season"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Not for Ri

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has warned his former club not to sign Wolves' Ruben Neves and Leicester's Youri Tielemans in the summer.

    Ferdinand said on his Vibe With Five podcast: "I like him [Neves], he’s fantastic, he keeps the ball as well as anyone, a really good footballer."

    But when asked if a Neves-Tielemans-Bruno Fernandes midfield trio could be the solution, he added: "That wouldn’t be my choice, I’ve got to be honest.

    "I like them, good players, but if you think that midfield is getting you any closer to the other teams I’d argue against it. Mobility-wise we’d be lacking"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Rangnick addresses political tensions

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick addressed the uncertainty surrounding plans to host the Champions League final in St Petersburg amid military tensions between Russia and Ukraine

    Rangnick said: "What happens is for Uefa and some politicians to decide.

    "We all hope things deescalate, nobody could be interested in war in Europe.

    "This is more important than the Champions League"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ‘Points on the board’

    Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel has backed his former club to pip rivals Arsenal to fourth place in the Premier League.

    Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast: “I think Arsenal have shown some great form.

    “But actually, on current form in the last five games, Man Utd is a little bit better than Arsenal. It’s hard to see but they are.

    “I think having the points on the board rather than games in hand [is more important].

    “It [Leeds] was a great win, let me [be] absolutely clear about that it was a great win, but I still think there is a long, long, long way to go for this team.

    “They’ve still got, in terms of football, so many more things to prove”

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