3.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Ighalo returning to China, Josh King transfer, Sancho LATEST, new away kit leaked online – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are kicking on with training ahead of the Premier League's likely restart in June.

But they could be without Odion Ighalo, who faces a nervous wait to find out whether he will be permitted to stay at Old Trafford or forced to return to Shanghai Shenhua.

Get all the Red Devils news and updates here…

  • STRIKER POSE

    Marcus Rashford has shared a picture of himself when he did modelling as a kid.

    A young footballer appeared on the back of a Kellogg's cereal packet advertising free swimming vouchers.

    He shared this long-distance shot on his Insta stories.

    Brilliant!

  • NOT SO SUPER

    The Women’s Super League and Championship seasons have been ended, according to the FA.

    Promotion and relegation are yet to be decided.

  • ON YOUR SAY 'SSO

    United are still interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Correntin Tolisso, according to reports.

    The Frenchman appears to be surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena and Bayern would entertain selling him.

    Tolisso, 25, has played 24 games in all competitions this season.

    According to Bild’s Christian Falk: “At the moment there are no concrete negotiations. The player is currently injured.

    “I do not rule out there is still interest in the future. Bayern would sell him.”

  • BAD NEWS FOR ZLAT

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have played his last game in professional football with reports claiming the AC Milan striker has suffered a suspected Achilles injury.

    The Swedish striker – who turns 39 in October – only signed a short-term deal with the Serie A side when he re-joined the club on a free transfer midway through the season.

    And with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, his future not only at Milan, but in football is in doubt.

    Taking to Twitter, SportMediaset journalist Pietro Balzano Prota said: “Bad injury for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    “Medical tests are expected but it could be a long stop.”

    According to Sky Sports Italia via Marca, the former Manchester United marksman is feared to have ruptured his Achilles tendon.

  • NO COMING BECK FROM THAT

    Sir Alex Ferguson famously split David Beckham's eyebrow open after a furious spat following a defeat to Arsenal in 2003.

    And now former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has shed more light on the details of the incident, revealing the other players had to step in to prevent the pair having it out.

    Speaking to FourFourTwo, Silvestre – who played the full game – said: “I was there. Everyone was shocked, but things like this happen in dressing rooms.

    “It was a random kick by the boss – it was just unfortunate that the boot went straight into Beckham’s face!

    “He was very angry and we had to intervene to prevent a confrontation. But that was the end of it then.

    “Still, it impacted their relationship, and was probably among the reasons why David left that summer and signed for Real Madrid.”

  • OD DECISION

    United fans are reacting to news that Josh King could replace Odion Ighalo after the Nigerian's loan stint ends.

    Ighalo's loan spell was only due to last until the end of May, due to the fact that he has commitments with his owning club Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League.

    But the Norwegian striker, who came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, is not a name that excites United fans.

    Solskjaer did try to sign King, 28, before the winter window shut at the end of January, but managed to capture Ighalo instead.

    King has scored four goals and has two assists in 20 games this season.

  • GREEN BEHIND THE EARS

    Mason Greenwood posted an adorable picture of himself as a lad in a scarf and shirt at Old Trafford.

    And then another one of him celebrating a goal at the Theatre of Dreams, with the caption: “Dream big.”

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    Dream big 💭

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  • GETTING FIT

    United players were back at work on Bank Holiday Monday ahead of the club ramping up their preparation for Project Restart.

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was spotted driving into Carrington in his Range Rover before Marcus Rashford and Co followed him in.

    The squad trained together for the first time last Wednesday after Premier League teams voted for Phase One of the resumption plan.

    However they have been initially kept apart, allotted different arrival slots and socially distanced to avoid an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Sunday's news that the two-metre distancing rule is being removed will allow top-flight sides to push towards their return to match action.

    Players are set to be able to train in pairs and small groups before this week's upcoming Premier League summit – where full-contact training will be up for discussion.

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  • BROUGHT TO BROOK

    Manchester United are still keen to sign Bournemouth star David Brooks, according to the MEN.

    Brooks, 22, has suffered an ankle injury that has kept him out for much of the season after making a big breakthrough last year.

    And his form has caught the attention of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who can call on Wales boss Ryan Giggs for advice on his temperament.

    Warrington-born Brooks scored seven and had five assists in his debut Premier League season.

  • CONTACTS BOOK

    Neville added: “I would be touching him, elbowing him. I wanted that contact.

    “If you were playing against a Michael Owen he wouldn’t want contact, he’d want to spin off your shoulder and play away from you.

    “But if you were playing against Emile Heskey he would bump into you, he would shove into you, he’d grab you, he’d hold you.

    “It depends on player by player, position by position. So the idea that you can have Covid coaches is a bit of a nonsense.

    “We’ve seen the games in Germany in the last couple of weeks and defenders are still marking at corners very tightly.”

  • TOUCH 'N NO

    Gary Neville has branded the Premier League’s plan to ask clubs to assign a coach to monitor contact as “nonsense”.

    That is just one of the protocols laid out in the second phase of Project Restart – which the top flight hopes to roll-out within the next week.

    The former Manchester United and England defender Neville said: “We saw Jadon Sancho over the weekend go and celebrate with his team-mates. A lot of football is around instinct.

    “I would say it’s player by player. The way Jamie Redknapp used to play, he would always be looking for space, he didn’t want player contact because he was trying to move into space to receive the ball.

    “Whereas I was constantly mauling my opponent, even off the ball.

    “I wanted to know where he was all the time and my hands would be all over him.”

  • SHOT IN THE FOOT

    Gary Neville revealed he and brother Phil missed England’s ‘dentist’s chair’ night out before Euro 96 – on the advice of David Platt.

    Boss Terry Venables and his squad were slammed after photos from their trip to the Far East emerged of stars such as Paul Gascoigne and Teddy Sheringham glugging down alcoholic cocktails poured into their mouths as they laid back on a dentist’s chair in one of the city’s rowdy bars.

    Former Manchester United defender Neville said: “We were going to go out to be fair, but David Platt came over to me, Phil, Nick Barmby and Jason Wilcox and said ‘Lads, I’ve been around England squads a long time, I know these lads and tonight is one to miss.

    “So me, Phil, Barmby, Wilcox, Platt and Sol Campbell ended up sitting on our own in this room in the hotel.

    “It was only the day after when the story broke that we realised what David Platt meant.

    “Me and Phil were only 19 and 20 at the time and we weren’t going to go against what David Platt said.”

  • HEN PECKED

    Transfer guru Antero Henrique is reportedly being chased by both Manchester United and Newcastle as they look to appoint him as their director of football.

    The 52-year-old is currently without a job having left his role as Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director last summer after three years spent in the French capital.

    Henrique was responsible for the signings of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in 2017, and he has already helped out the Red Devils this season.

    According to Le10Sport, the Portuguese technician played a key role in helping the club lure Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January.

    And now they claim United are ready to bring Henrique to the Theatre of Dreams, who they state is already working on an another potential signing.

  • GO AWAY

    United fans are divided over the club's away kit for 2020/21 after it leaked online.

    The black design, officially described as 'legacy green', was set to be launched this month but will come out later this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Supporters taking a look online via FootyHeadlines were torn between praising the kit's back-to-basics approach and being underwhelmed by the design.

    It was pointed out that next year's offering has many similarities with the current season's third kit, leading to criticism for a lack of imagination.

    Furthermore, the Chevrolet logo continues to be a bug bear for those who feel it clashes with the white club badge and Adidas logo.

  • WE'RE IN TUNE

    Bruno Fernandes has claimed that – given the choice – he would isolate with Juan Mata, because the Spaniard sings his song!

    The Portuguese said: “I would choose Juan, because if I isolate with Juan I can listen to my song all day, every day!

    “He always sings it to me! It’s not the atmosphere of Old Trafford, but Juan is the kind of guy who puts all his heart in the song, so when he sings the music for me is really nice!

    “Normally I arrive before him, and he comes at breakfast, gives me his hand and starts to sing the song — Bruno, Bruno, Bruno!”

  • BRING AND 'BI

    United have joined Arsenal in the race to land wantaway Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.

    Rabiot, 25, has only managed 11 Serie A starts after struggling to cement his role in Juve's congested midfield.

    And now boss Maurizio Sarri will offload if he receives an offer in the region of £27million.

    According to Gazzetto dello Sport, United are looking to make their move and have already held talks with his mother Veronique who acts as his agent.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his squad when the transfer window opens and sees Rabiot as a bargain buy.

    It is also suggested that United have sent scouts to watch him in action on several occasions over the campaign.

  • CURT REPLY

    Paul Scholes' son Aaron is continuing the Twitter spat with former Birmingham, Sheffield United and Peterborough midfielder Curtis Woodhouse.

    Woodhouse, 40, has also taken to boxing in recent years.

    But he pulled no punches when describing Scholes and Red Devils pal Ryan Giggs as “overrated”.

    The row seems to have gotten bitter when Woodhouse tweeted: “Paul made you famous, now run along and spend his trust fund.”

    But Scholes Jr had a witty reply.

  • NO JESSING AROUND

    Lingard added: “I couldn't wait to get back to football but since being back it's been great.

    “At the moment we're currently training in groups with specific time slots.

    “It's been good just to get my boots on and back on the grass with the balls and around my team-mates and coaches.”

  • IT'S BEEN A LING TIME

    Jesse Lingard says Manchester United players have felt perfectly safe since returning to training last week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad returned to Carrington on Wednesday after the two month shutdown due to the Coronavirus.

    Lingard said: “If it wasn’t a safe environment then we wouldn’t be training.

    “But we follow the right protocols, we get tested every two days and we keep our distance, obviously, group training as well.

    “At the moment we're taking everything so steady and we're waiting on the government to give the green light for the next step.

    “None of the players would be there if we didn’t feel it was safe.”

  • DAY OF THE TACKLE

    Premier League stars were cleared to kick off close-contact training on Sunday in a boost for the return of top-flight football.

    New Stage Two guidance lets elite athletes train in pairs and small groups and waives the two-metre social distancing rule.

    The news put a smile on the face of Wilfried Zaha as he began Crystal Palace training on Sunday.

    And the easing of restrictions came as just two new positive results returned from 996 Premier League tests last week. They were logged at different clubs and the figure is four fewer than the week before.

    More testing is due today and tomorrow before league bosses decide on Wednesday whether full-contact training will resume.

  • TIMO TO THINK

    Owen Hargreaves has told Timo Werner that he “could see him” at Manchester United after urging the RB Leipzig striker not to join Liverpool.

    Werner hit a hat-trick in Leipzig's 5-0 thrashing of Mainz on Sunday, topping up his tally to 30 goals for the season.

    And Hargreveas said: “Well, he's not going to get past Bobby Firmino, who is one of my favourite players to watch.

    “I think that's the thing. Wherever he goes, he has to play. With the way United play right now, I could see him there. They need a number nine.

    “Chelsea could be a good fit, I just think he's perfect for Liverpool in a way, but he's not guaranteed to start.

    “If he's happy rotating in the front three then yes, he'd be a great fit for Jurgen Klopp.

    “He works hard, he's a good goal-scorer, he's a good team-mate, all those things they need but he's not going to play ahead of Roberto Firmino, I just don't see that. He's too good in that team.”

  • MORNING UNITED FANS

    United fear loan star Odion Ighalo could have to say his goodbyes next week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to extend the Nigerian’s loan spell by a further three months to keep him until the end of the season.

    His parent club Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal – and want him back to start preparations for their new season.

    With the initial deal due to expire at the end of the month, his last day with United will be Sunday.

    Ighalo, 30, has made it clear he wants to finish the season at Old Trafford after scoring four goals in eight matches.

    Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard says Manchester United players have felt perfectly safe since returning to training last week.

    The Old Trafford star said: “If it wasn’t a safe environment then we wouldn’t be training.

    “But we follow the right protocols, we get tested every two days and we keep our distance, obviously, group training as well.

    “At the moment we're taking everything so steady and we're waiting on the government to give the green light for the next step.

    “None of the players would be there if we didn’t feel it was safe.”

    Finally, United could miss out on the signing of Edinson Cavani as Inter Milan are said to be leading the race for his signature.

    The Red Devils, Chelsea, Atletico and even soon-to-be rich Newcastle have been linked to the 33-year-old.

    But according to L'Equipe, the Italian giants are the firm favourites to sign him from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • TOBI, OR NOT TO BE…

    Manchester United face competition from neighbours City for the signing of Vinicius Tobias..

    The Red Devils have reportedly been keeping a close eye on the 16-year-old Internacional star.

    But Tuttomercatoweb claim Pep Guardiola's side are hopeful of agreeing a deal for Vinicius.

    City want him to make the move to the Premier League when he turns 18.

  • 'IT'S BEEN GREAT'

    Jesse Lingard says Manchester United players have felt perfectly safe since returning to training last week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad returned to Carrington on Wednesday after the two month shutdown due to the Coronavirus.

    The Old Trafford star said: “If it wasn’t a safe environment then we wouldn’t be training.

    “But we follow the right protocols, we get tested every two days and we keep our distance, obviously, group training as well.

    “At the moment we're taking everything so steady and we're waiting on the government to give the green light for the next step.

    “None of the players would be there if we didn’t feel it was safe.”

  • OD DEAR

    United fear they will have to wave goodbye to on loan forward Odion Ighalo next week.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to extend the Nigerian’s 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.

    So with the initial deal due to expire at the end of the month, his last day with United will be Sunday – unless there is a late breakthrough.

    Ighalo, 30, has made it clear he wants to finish the season at Old Trafford after scoring four goals in eight matches prior to the campaign being stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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7pm Man Utd news LIVE: Jimenez transfer LATEST, Sancho transfer ‘discouraging’ Gomes, Matondo backup plan – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are ready for a busy summer on and off the pitch as the Premier League aims to kick on with Project Restart.

But there are concerns that their transfer pursuit of Jadon Sancho is pushing Angel Gomes closer towards Chelsea, while a move for Raul Jimenez is also reportedly being considered.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer news below…

  • WERNING LIGHT

    Jurgen Klopp's hopes of landing Timo Werner received a surprise boost as RB Leipzig tweeted: “Liverpool fans, You love Timo Werner. So do we. Let’s support him together!”

    But Manchester United and Chelsea target Werner failed to score in Leipzig's 1-1 draw with Freiburg as the Bundesliga returned after the coronavirus pandemic.

    But RB excited Anfield supporters on social media with their post asking them to back the Germany striker, 24.

    They even rammed home the message by adding the hashtag YoullNeverWalkHimHome, albeit an offbeat offshoot of Liverpool's “You’ll Never Walk Alone” chant.

    All this strengthens the Reds' position as favourites to sign the 29-cap star, who is thought to have a £52million release clause.

  • KISS OF STRIFE

    Former Man Utd target Marcus Thuram could be punished after appearing to kiss his team-mate while celebrating a goal.

    German top flight rules have banned players from celebrating with their team-mates during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Borussia Monchengladbach star looked to peck his fellow player on the cheek after scoring his side's second against Frankfurt.

    Any contact outside of challenges is banned – and subs have even been made to sit two metres apart.

    Thuram, 22, the son of France legend Lilian, could now be punished by Bundesliga bosses, possibly in the form of a fine, if he is deemed to have broken the rules.

  • GREAT SCOTT

    Fans were left stunned by Scott McTominay's physique as the Manchester United midfielder showed off his shredded abs.

    Anyone fearing that players will be unable to maintain their fitness during football's shutdown can be pointed towards the Scot's busy work-rate.

    A picture uploaded to Instagram showed McTominay and a friend posing after a workout, with the United star's ripped abs on full display.

    It was captioned: “Big week complete.”

    Many fans replied with how impressed they were with the 23-year-old's work, although there was one cheeky dissenting voice.

    Bruno Fernandes commented: “Scottttyyyyy training with the ball is really important, don't forget that!”

  • THE LAST WORD

    RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is ready to stay in Germany for another year in order to seal a “dream” move to Liverpool.

    In a slap in the face to Reds' rivals Manchester United and Chelsea, the striker has said he would stay at the Bundesliga club, which would then give him the choice of his next move: Anfield.

    he Premier League champions-elect have been battling for the Germany international for much of this season.

    He could replace either Mo Salah or Sadio Mane if huge offers come in for the players.

    The Athletic claim he will stay and then get closer to the end of his Leipzig contract, when a much cheaper release clause kicks in.

    It is due to finish in 2023 and in a year's time, his value will have decreased.

    Werner, who has hit 27 goals in 34 games for Leipzig this season, has a release clause valued at £53m this summer.

    But that figure drops to £35m in 2021 and just £22m in 2022, the website claims.

  • KAN'T SEE IT

    Manchester United will not sign Harry Kane as he will likely move abroad, according to Paul Ince.

    The Red Devils have been linked with the Tottenham striker for months but the ex-United midfield Guvnor thinks he will look further afield in pursuit of a “new challenge”.

    He told Paddy Power: “I cannot see Kane to Man Utd happening. I can see him going, yes, and wanting to leave Tottenham, but not to join United.

    “What people are forgetting is that United have got Marcus Rashford up front.

    “He’s always wanted to play up front, but what you need to remember is he can also play off the left-hand side, as we’ve seen from plenty of his goals this season.

    “Plus, between him and Anthony Martial, Kane coming in would also bring some competition to the side.

    “There’s always been a sense of competition at United, and it would be nice to see that back again, players fighting for their places.

    “So if you’re looking at Rashford left, Kane centre and Jadon Sancho on the right, it sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?

    “But it probably sounds like a dream for a reason, it is a dream.”

  • IRN BRU

    How Man Utd fans will be hoping Bruno Fernandes picks up how he left off once the football season resumes in England

  • UNSTOPPA-BALE

    Dani Ceballos reckons his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale will set the Premier League on fire if he returns to England.

    The on-loan Arsenal midfielder is convinced the Welshman – a target for Manchester United – is better suited to the Prem rather than life in LaLiga.

    He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “The Premier League is a league that suits him quite well, but he's an important player for Real Madrid.

    “Let's not forget everything he has given the club.

    “Whoever does not trust him has to put on the Champions League finals.

    “He has given enough to the club.”

  • DEVIL IN DISGUISE

    Bundesliga football returned with “Supreme Leader” Owen Hargreaves appearing as a pundit on a big screen from his house.

    The German league is back underway behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, and former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves was on punditry duty for BT Sport.

    But the ex-England international was likened to a “dictator” by freaked out fans as he was seen in the middle of the other two presenters.

    Another said: “Football is back, being led by Supreme Leader Hargreaves.”

  • PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Manchester United star Fred has revealed that he wants Paul Pogba to stay at the club.

    He told Esporte Interativo: “Pogba is a great player.

    “The people who are here on a daily basis with him know that. Everyone who watched the World Cup and watched his football knows that he’s a great player. And for sure we want him to stay. Because he will add us a lot.

    “He’s a guy who has an immense quality, he’s a strong player for the Premier League. He knows how to play the Premier League. So I’m sure I want him to stay because I’m sure he will help us a lot.

    “We’re in the same position, but the more quality players on the team, the better. You will not build a team with 11 players. You need a strong squad. So I really hope that he stays, and if he stays, I’m sure he will be a very strong reinforcement for us next season.”

  • FOOTBALL'S BACK

    Live football is back with a bang as Borussia Dortmund take on fierce rivals Schalke in the Bundesliga.

    Jadon Sancho and Co have not played since their Champions League exit to PSG in March and know a win is needed here to keep the pressure on league leaders Bayern Munich.

    You can keep up with all the drama in our SunSport Live Blog HERE.

  • WICK BURNT OUT

    Former Manchester United star Luke Chadwick admits cruel jokes about his appearance on BBC show They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.

    Speaking to The Athletic, Chadwick, who is now a coach at Cambridge United, revealed the torment he went through.

    The 39-year-old said: “When they started bringing it [my appearance] up, they were bringing me to the attention of millions of people.

    “I remember the first time and someone texting me to say, 'Nice appearance on They Think It's All Over'.

    “I was so shocked because I was quite naive back then, even if I was playing occasionally for Manchester United.

    “I watched it the next week and I could see people laughing at these jokes about me. It was obviously funny to other people but, to me, it didn't feel like that.”

  • GAR AND GET IT

    Manchester United are reportedly set to loan out academy midfielder James Garner at the end of the season.

    The Merseyside-born teenager has been among Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's homegrown talents making their way in the first-team, alongside the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.

    However, with only a handful of appearances in cup competitions, a spell away from the club to gain experience is thought to be the best option.

    According to MEN, a loan stint is inevitable with first-team coach Michael Carrick a big fan of the youngster.

  • TIMES CHANGED

    Former Manchester United star Viv Anderson has incredibly recalled the £1-PER-YEAR boot deal he agreed as a player.

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  • JADONE

    Manchester United fans hoping to watch Jadon Sancho this afternoon are set to be disappointedby reports the winger has picked up an injury.

    The 20-year-old is reportedly set to start Borussia Dortmund clash against Schalke on the bench after picking up a calf injury.

    The Bundesliga will become the first major European league to return this afternoon following the coronavirus crisis.

    Yet the Athletic claim that Dortmund will be without Sancho for their crunch return against rivals Schalke, with the 20-year-old set to be named on the bench.

  • DOR OPEN

    Rio Ferdinand has reiterated his desire for Manchester United to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

    Asked if the Red Devils should sign the England star, Rio said: “I hope they do, man.”

    “He’s got that imagination, that carefree spirit – almost like that playground footballer vibe that I love. And he’s bringing it all to the big stage.”

  • GOT YOU, BEEB

    The BBC could get the nod to show Premier League games for FREE.

    Sky and BT Sport will show 47 of the remaining 92 games left to play once the coronavirus shutdown ends.

    These broadcasters will also get the opportunity to show the majority of the other matches live.

    But proposals have emerged that could see the BBC's Match of the Day show up to five matches between June 19 and the scheduled end of Project Restart in July, claim The Times.

    Government and broadcasting industry insiders have confirmed that the option of giving matches to the BBC is “very much on the table”, the newspaper reveals.

    Crucially, matches where it is feared that rival fans could congregate and clash might be picked for free-to-air TV.

  • RON'S RETIREMENT HOME

    Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly building a new mansion in one of Portugal’s most prestigious residential areas.

    Work has just started on the mansion respected Portuguese daily Correio da Manha says will be the latest addition to the football star’s property empire.

    It says the 35-year-old plans to use the house as an investment, although popular magazine TV 7 Dias claimed he planned to use it as a family home after his retirement.

    A source described as a future neighbour told the magazine: “The land was fenced off recently and it was purchased by Ronaldo.

    “This is where he’s coming to live with his family when he finishes his career.

    “Everyone round here knows it and of course we’re happy. Ronaldo is Ronaldo.”

  • HAAVE TO SIGN HIM

    Manchester United remain on red alert over Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

    Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that Real Madrid are still keen to sign the 19-year-old this summer.

    Los Blancos are set to watch Haaland on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund return to Bundesliga action.

  • SERGING BACKWARDS

    Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has no plans to force away from Lazio this summer.

    Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim the Serbian has performed a U-turn over his decision to leave the Serie A side since Simone Inzaghi took charge.

    The 25-year-old is now set to be offered a new £3.5million-a-year deal as a reward .

  • WILL I NEVER

    Manchester United have been handed a blow by the news that Leicester will reportedly resist any summer approach for Wilfred Ndidi.

    Allnigeriasoccer.com claim that both the Red Devils and Paris Saint-Germain remain interested in the midfielder but there have been no official approaches.

  • DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Manchester United are reportedly plotting a double swoop for the Bellingham brothers this summer.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is allegedly prepared to offer 16-year-old Jude the chance to play first-team football next season.

    And 90Min claim the Red Devils are also interested in landing his younger brother Jobe.

    The youngster plays for the Birmingham City academy and has represented England at youth level.

    Jobe, who recently celebrated his 15th birthday, has already represented the club's Under-18 squad.

  • ZLAT'S ALL THAT

    Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the best player he has ever played with.

    He told the club's website: “I’ve played with some really good players but, if I have to pick one, I’ll go for Zlatan.

    “I think he’s a great player and I got the chance to play with him in the national team and also in United. He’s the best player.”

  • ALL'S NOT WELL

    Aaron Cresswell has hit out at Project Restart – claiming the players are not being given a say on how to get back to football.

    The West Ham defender tweeted: “I think it’s been made pretty clear players opinions don’t count for much along with the head medical officer of fifa?

    “It’s been 10 weeks since we last played to try get a poll to see we’re (sic) players stand?”

  • MORNING UNITED FANS

    FInally, we have the return of top European football today as the Bundesliga resumes behind-closed-doors.

    And the standout clash is Saturday afternoon’s meeting between title-chasing Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, the game considered to be Germany’s biggest local derby.

    Now the Premier League will be praying the day proves a success — to show how the English game can get going again too.

    One of Manchester United’s top transfer targets Jadon Sancho will be in action later – but Paul Lambert believes the Dortmund star Sancho should think twice before leaving for United or any other club.

    Former midfielder Lambert won the Champions League with Dortmund in 1997 when they beat Juventus 3-1 and the Scotsman marked Zinedine Zidane out of the game.

    The Ipswich manager, who now plays for Dortmund’s Legends team and watches all of their games on TV, said: “Sancho is already at one of the biggest clubs in the world, which gets over 80,000 for every league game.

    “So, potentially, the lad has a big decision to make. Dortmund is a special club and you only realise it once you leave.

    “United are one of the biggest clubs in the world but is the atmosphere at Old Trafford as good as the Westfalenstadion? The answer is no.

    “He will have to ask himself will he fit in with the right players if he leaves? Will he keep making progress?

    “Dortmund will be in the Champions League but we are not yet sure about United and whether they will be.

    “If he comes home, it should be for football or family reasons, not money.”

    Meanwhile, United midfielder Jesse Lingard is living with former academy team-mate Larnell Cole.

    Speaking to ESPN about life in quarantine, he said: “Larny has been with me since day one of lockdown.

    “He lives on his own and my brother is in Greece and I would have been on my own as well, so it was the perfect time to get him in.

    “We didn’t know how long it was going to be for, but he’s still here!”

    Stay right here for all the very latest Manchester United news throughout the day.

  • GO AND GET JIM

    Duncan Castles has backed up claims from Portuguese daily Record that Man Utd are very keen to sign Raul Jimenez.

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Man Utd target Adrien Rabiot ‘refuses to return to Juventus after lockdown’ as he aims to force Premier League transfer – The Sun

ADRIEN RABIOT has reportedly refused to return to Juventus after lockdown as he looks to force his way out of the club.

Manchester United have been heavily linked to the 25-year-old after sending scouts to watch him "several times" this season.

Serie A clubs have been given the go ahead from the government to return to training as of Monday.

A number of Rabiot's Juventus team-mates have flocked back to Turin as they prepare for football to return.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back in Italy on Monday and has to spend 14 days in quarantine after being on lockdown in Madeira.

According to Sport, Rabiot has not even been in touch with his club to tell them when he will be back.

He still has four years remaining on his Juventus deal after he joined them for free from PSG last summer.

But the Frenchman looks set to leave after failing to cement his spot in Maurizio Sarri's side.

He has made 24 appearances across all competitions, but has not yet scored or made an assist.

Manchester United look the most likely club to offer the former Ligue 1 star an escape route this summer.

Juventus are reportedly prepared to include Rabiot in a swap deal for top target Paul Pogba.

Manchester United looks the most likely destination as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are long-term admirers of the midfielder.

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Man Utd and Chelsea transfer blow as Juventus step up pursuit of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow with Juventus stepping up their pursuit of Federico Chiesa.

The Fiorentina star, 22, is on plenty of clubs' radars ahead of the summer transfer window, with Inter Milan also showing interest.

Goal report Juventus are planning to try and sign the winger after Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso admitted the Old Lady want their man.

Speaking of interested clubs, he told Radio Bruno Toscana: "There's Juventus, but there are also other teams in Europe."

There is no new deal on the table for the 17-cap Italy international, with his current contract expiring in 2022.

Commisso added that if the right offer comes in for Chiesa, thought to be valued at around £60million, they will not stand in his way.

He said: "We had a meeting before Christmas if I'm not mistaken.

"If he wants to go then I'm sorry, but we'd accommodate him, providing the offer is fair. We must also see what he's worth.

"[His price] may have dropped since last year. It must suit everyone, although there's a chance that he'll stay.

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9am Man Utd news LIVE: Jack Grealish drops Red Devils hint, Dembele wants United transfer, Jadon Sancho shirt number – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are hoping for a return to training on May 18 but Paul Pogba has surprisingly been encouraged to leave the club by Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand.

Meanwhile Moussa Dembele is reportedly interested in a move to Old Trafford and Barcelona could throw a spanner in the works as United look to snap up Jadon Sancho.

Follow all the latest Old Trafford news and transfer gossip below…

  • GREALISH TEASE

    Sancho might have a rival for the number 7 shirt after Jack Grealish dropped this little hint.

    During a Q&A on Instagram on Thursday evening, the Aston Villa midfielder – who wears 10 for his club – was asked what number he would wear if that was unavailable.

    To which Grealish replied: “No 7. I used to love 7 growing up because of Cristiano.”

    United believe they can land Grealish for around £60million, making him a cheaper alternative to another target James Maddison, who is valued at around £80m.

  • LUCKY NUMBER 7

    Jadon Sancho is being offered the chance to follow in the footsteps of legends by wearing the number 7 shirt at Manchester United.

    The Sun understands United have agreed almost every detail of Sancho’s move to Old Trafford — down to the small print.

    And they have reportedly set aside the iconic number 7 shirt for the 20-year-old, which was previously won by greats like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and George Best.

    The shirt was last worn by Alexis Sanchez, before he was shipped out on loan to Inter Milan.

  • ODION TRACK TO BE A STAR

    Odion Ighalo has backed Mason Greenwood to be a Manchester United star for years to come.

    “He's very young and exciting. Very good player, left and right, he can shoot and score goals,” Ighalo said of Greenwood during an Instagram live appearance.

    “He's a player for the future for Man United. He's doing well now but in two or three years he is going to be doing very, very well.”

    On Paul Pogba, Ighalo added: “He's a nice guy. A good player. He laughs with everybody. He's a very good guy.

    “Hopefully he will be back soon from his injury to hit the ground running.”

  • GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Yesterday was a busy day as it emerged the Premier League faces an ENTIRE season behind closed doors and huge financial losses unless a coronavirus vaccine is created.

    However, plans are still being worked on for a season restart and Prem chiefs are considering using neutral grounds across the country with matches pencilled in for June 12.

    Arsenal’s Emirates, Man City’s Etihad and West Ham’s London Stadium are certain to be among the venues used if the government approve the early June date.

    However, each game’s venue will be kept SECRET to stop fans gathering outside amid coronavirus spread fears.

    Prem clubs are said to be scrambling to buy face-masks as stars return to training ahead of the potential restart.

    But after Sergio Aguero admitted players are scared on Thursday, SunSport can exclusively reveal today Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Mark Noble have been flooded with calls from worried players about whether it's safe for football to return.

    In order to squeeze this season in, the Carabao Cup could be scrapped next year to make way for fixtures in frantic 23-team Premier League campaign.

    While Gary Neville chipped his ideas in again and suggested a radical plan to move the Prem ABROAD in order to finish this season in a coronavirus-free country.

    Man Utd are “not happy” with playing games behind closed doors after Ed Woodward admitted fears and “uncertainty” over the season restart.

    United’s players are also taking legal advice over potential missed pay rises that would cost them up to £50million if coronavirus KOs the season.

    But in far more positive news, generous Red devils star Marucs Rashford raised enough money to feed two million people a week and revealed his own struggles growing up.

    In transfers, Man Utd are prioritising Jack Grealish over boyhood United fan James Maddison despite tracking the Leicester star for more than a year.

    And Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey's agent deleted an Instagram post asking fans to vote for the midfielder’s next club with the options including Man Utd.

    The Old Trafford side received a blow as Real Madrid and Barcelona entered the chase for Borussia Dortmund's star man Jadon Sancho.

    And the England ace was warned off a United transfer by Paul Ince who says there's “no evidence” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can make him better.

    It emerged United will trigger Paul Pogba’s contract extension unless they receive a bid in excess of £83million.

    And the Red Devils risk a Dean Henderson row as they plot ANOTHER loan for the keeper currently on loan at Sheffield United despite him being desperate to return to his parent club.

    Elsewhere, Phil Neville said his “idiot” brother Gary blanked him and “played to the cameras” on his return to Man Utd with Everton.

    And Gary revealed he was summoned to a club office to be peacemaker between Cristiano Ronaldo and Rooney after the 2006 World Cup wink incident.

    Former Red Mikael Silvestre claimed Ronaldo only has “three tricks” and is no match for Brazilian Ronaldo.

    Thierry Henry insisted Man Utd rival Ruud van Nistelrooy was the only one of the two “obsessed” with the Golden Boot award… as the Frenchman gave up penalties to his teammates.

    And finally, ex-United goalkeeper Ben Foster remembers irate Sir Alex Ferguson “nailing” him after howler in a dramatic win over Man City.

  • LYON IN WAIT

    Moussa Dembele would find it hard to reject a move to Man Utd, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    The Red Devils are using data analytics to aid their summer transfer business and Dembele is one of the names that has come up.

    While United have yet to get in contact with the Lyon striker, they view the 23-year-old as being the perfect age and the fact he would count as homegrown due to his time at Fulham also appeals.

    Timo Werner and a permanent deal for Odion Ighalo are also being considered but the club will not be signing Harry Kane, the report adds.

  • PER SHAPED

    Manchester United's Andreas Pereira will land a dream move to Santos one day, the club’s president confirmed

    The midfielder is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots a squad overhaul.

    And according to club president Jose Carlos Peres, he has already been in contact with Pereira over WhatsApp.

    Speaking to Gazeta Esportiva, he said: “I have Andreas Pereira on WhatsApp and I have been talking to him.

    “He’s done well at Manchester United. He will certainly the wear the club’s [Santos] shirt one day.”

  • PLAYER POWER – EXCLUSIVE

    Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Mark Noble have been inundated by calls from worried players over whether it is safe for football to return.

    After Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero revealed he and many players are “scared” by amidst the coronavirus crisis, it emerged the English trio are top flight stars’ primary port of call.

    PFA bosses have also received a spate of calls and messages from worried players.

    Tottenham’s Kane, Liverpool’s Henderson and West Ham’s Noble, though, have emerged as figureheads for stars to contact with their concerns.

  • OUTFOXED

    Man Utd's Treble winners and Arsenal’s Invincibles are not as great as Leicester’s 2016 miracle men, according to Jamie Carragher.

    I“Whenever that list is compiled, Leicester City’s 2016 title stands alone as the greatest achievement, certainly in the Premier League era.

    “At a time when money talks at the top, and the top six have such a financial advantage over everyone else, Leicester’s win was such a shock and an anomaly I am not sure how it can be beaten.

    “The achievement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 treble winners was unprecedented.

    “Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ achieved what no club had managed since Preston North End in 1889, going unbeaten for an entire league season.

    “But Leicester will remain as the greatest title winners.”

  • ONE TO FERG-ET

    Ex-Man Utd goalkeeper Ben Foster remembers irate Sir Alex Ferguson “nailing” him after a howler in a dramatic win over Man City.

    Foster, now with Watford, said: “I remember coming in at full-time and Ferguson nailed me.

    “We’d just won the game, so everyone was buzzing. He shut everyone up to nail me. He said, ‘You pull this s**t ever again and that’s you f***ing done’.

    “Thankfully he kept me in the team and I had a few more decent games — but then I dropped another clanger.”

  • “If you look at the number of my assists I gave in the game and sometimes I was in front of the goal and I squared it that would answer that question [about being obsessed].

    “I would not have all those assists if I was only just thinking about the Golden Boot.”

    Henry amassed 175 goals and 74 assists in 258 Prem games for Arsenal from 1997-2007 – that’s 0.68 strikes per match.

    Ex-PSV Eindhoven paocher Van Nistelrooy netted 95 times and provided 13 assists in 150 Prem games for United from 2001-6 before joining Real Madrid – a match average of 0.63 goals.

  • VAN BOOT LOCKED

    Thierry Henry insists Ruud van Nistelrooy was the only “obsessed” one in their famous, five-year Golden Boot battle – as the Arsenal legend gave up penalties to team-mates.

    Van Nistelrooy‘s then-Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand revealed the striker’s post-match mood often depended on whether he and/or Henry had scored.

    Henry said: “It became a story between me and him because it was always him or me [for the Golden Boot].

    “But I don’t know if you remember I used to give penalties away… I used to give penalties away!

    “When Edu played his last game for Arsenal and I was battling with Ruud van Nistelrooy for the Golden Boot I gave him the penalty…

  • NO HOME GAMES

    The Emirates, Etihad and London Stadium will be among “up to ten” neutral venues if the Government allows the Premier League to play out its season from June 12.

    Prem chiefs were told during Friday’s video conference that clubs would have to give up “home” advantage – and of course that all 92 remaining matches would be behind closed doors.

    It was agreed following a series of discussions and briefings that matches will be restricted to specific stadiums throughout the country – with clubs in effect sacrificing “home advantage”.

    Clubs also accepted police advice that the chosen venues should, if possible, be away from congested urban areas.

    But no club will be allowed to play in their own own home ground in a bid to equalise the unprecedented scenario. The clubs agreed to meet again next Friday, 24 hours after the next lockdown announcement.”

  • ED ACHE

    Manchester United are “not happy” with playing games behind closed doors as chief executive Ed Woodward admits he is uncertain whether the season can restart.

    United chief executive Woodward revealed on a fans' forum conference call that he is not a fan of games played in front of no crowd, but fears it may be the only option.He said: “No decisions have been made yet but we think it is possible that the initial games, particularly the ones related to finishing or trying to complete this season, will probably have to be played behind closed doors.

    “We're not necessarily happy about that – clearly football requires our fans in the stadium for it to be complete – but public health must come first and… this is down to the Government.

    “It's important to get back to playing football and complete this season once it's safe to do so.”

  • HIT ME BABY ROM MORE TIME

    Manchester United have posted a Sergio Romero appreciation tweet for the stopper who has managed 38 clean sheets from 58 appearances for the Red Devils…

  • IN THE RED

    Manchester United players are taking legal advice over missed pay rises that would cost them up to a combined £50million if coronavirus KOs the season.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad were due to be awarded 25 per cent pay hikes if they qualified for the Champions League.

    Should the season be cancelled and deemed void, players could be forced to go without as they currently sit in a qualification spot.

    Man Utd currently sit fifth in the Premier League – but would qualify thanks to neighbours City’s two-year European ban.

  • BARC AND BITE?

    Barcelona could be ready to chuck a spanner into Manchester United's pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

    According to SportBild, the Catalans are looking at the winger as a potential cheaper alternative to Neymar.

    While United are still being quoted a whopping £100m for Sancho, Barca believe they can get him cheaper as they have youngster Ansu Fati – one of Dortmind's top transfer targets.

  • STOCKY BALBOA

    Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez shows he’s not letting the doubts about his future get him down with a Rocky Balboa-inspired training session during lockdown.

    The striker, said to be one of a number of players Ole Gunnar Sokskjaer is trying to offload, filmed himself doing sprints in his spacious back garden to music from the Rocky IV soundtrack.

  • RON RAGE

    Gary Neville was summoned to the Manchester United office to act as peacemaker between Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney after the famous World Cup wink.

    The former United ace has spoken out about the time Rooney received his marching orders during a heated quarter-final tie with Portugal, which Ronaldo played a part in.

    Neville, 45, said: “The first day back in pre-season after the 2006 World Cup I was called into the office with Wayne and Cristiano to sit down and see if there was a problem.

    “It felt like the whole country was against him and it felt like a Beckham moment when he came back from the World Cup in 1998.

    “Everyone rallied around him and it was the same with Ronaldo. He likes proving people wrong but they shook hands and there was no problem.

    “Rooney knows on a football pitch anything goes, you’re just trying to win.”

  • SOL SEARCHING

    Paul Ince has warned Jadon Sancho to consider if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to turn him into a world star before he agrees to join Manchester United.

    Sancho is top of the list of players United want to bring to Old Trafford this summer and they are willing to break the bank to seal a deal with Borussia Dortmund.

    Ince said: “When it comes to transfers, it’s not just about the team, it’s about the manager.

    “Let’s look at Raheem Sterling as an example, Pep Guardiola has turned him into a world class player through his coaching and guidance.

    “Sometimes as a player, it’s about looking at a team’s manager and coaching staff and whether they’d take you to that next level. That’s a decision Sancho will need to make.

    “We know that Pep is experienced in that area, we know he can improve a player. But can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? We don’t know that, whatsoever.

    “We have no clue what he’s like at developing a player of that magnitude.

    “He’s clearly trying to develop a young team, so that will help, but in terms of actually the man to man management and development of someone like Sancho, he’s a total unknown.

    “We’ve not seen any evidence yet that he can take a player to the next level.”

  • PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey's representatives have had to apologise after a bizarre Instagram post appeared to ask fans to select the Ghanaian's next club.

    JJ Sports Management, who represent the Atletico Madrid midfielder, posted a picture of him above the line: “Pick his club”.

    Beneath, five badges were featured – including Arsenal's, Man Utd's, as well Bayern Munich's, Paris Saint-Germain's and Juventus'.

    Having swiftly deleted the post, the agency were forced to offer a grovelling apology.

    Their statement read: “In view of the publication that was made today Wednesday 29 April 2020 on our Instagram account, regarding the future of our player Thomas Partey, from JJ Sport Managers we want to convey that this publication was not approved by the company management.

    “An internal investigation has been opened to find out what exactly happened, we are sure that this has not been intentional on the part of any of our workers and it is probably an unfortunate mistake.

    “The publication has been deleted as soon as we have become aware of its existence.

    “In addition, the keys of all our social profiles have been modified to restrict access only to essential personnel.”

  • SERI-OUS

    All 20 teams in Italy's Serie A have voted to finish the 2019/20 season in full.

    An emergency meeting was held today amid reports that Torino and Brescia wanted the campaign to be axed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But it has now been revealed that every team in the league shares the belief that the season should be completed.

    The top flight has been suspended since March, but players are preparing to return to training on May 18.

    Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has warned this does not necessarily mean the season will resume.

    He has also confirmed the league could axed unless an agreement is reached over the medical protocols that will be in place.

  • HEN DO

    Man Utd are set to loan Dean Henderson out once again as the academy stopper is forced to bide his time at Old Trafford, according to reports.

    The 23-year-old has impressed in his maiden Premier League campaign this season while being borrowed by Sheffield United.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have considered bringing Henderson back to play second fiddle to David De Gea.

    The England youth international, however, is not thought to be keen on the prospect of warming the bench.

    While Henderson is not yet on the cusp of displacing De Gea, who signed a contract up to 2023 with the option for a further year, club chiefs ARE thought to see him as a viable candidate to eventually succeed the 29-year-old.

    According to ESPN, United will prioritise securing another loan deal for their talented goalkeeper.

  • NEV-ERLAND

    Gary Neville has suggested finishing the Premier League season abroad in a coronavirus-free country.

    The English top-flight faces an entire season being played behind closed doors unless a vaccine is created.

    Speaking on The Football Show, he said: “If the Premier League are really serious about delivering the matches that remain in a safe environment they would move it to two or three spots that are within three or four hours of this country that are coronavirus free.

    “They would take the Premier League players, broadcasters and media over, quarantine for a week or two and then deliver it in an environment that has proven it can handle this virus.

    “There are a couple of hotspots in Europe that haven't got coronavirus which could handle the Premier League finishing.

    “If they were serious about it and wanted to deliver it with a safe outcome, they could do that.

    “In this country I'm not sure they can deliver it with the amount of coronavirus which is around, especially with the amount of movement of it out there and the logistic issues.

    “I'm not sure they can deliver what they want to do.”

  • PAUL TO ONE SIDE

    Man Utd are prepared to trigger an automatic extension option in Paul Pogba's contract if the midfielder does not leave this summer.

    Real Madrid and Juventus are circling with intent for the Frenchman but will reportedly have to fork out at least £83million to cut a deal.

    With Pogba's contract expiring in June 2021, there is talk of United losing their record signing for free at the end of next season as an agreement over a new deal appears unlikely.

    However they do possess an automatic 12-month renewal on the player's existing terms that Marca believe will be taken up if necessary.

    The upcoming market is expected to be incredibly muted compared to recent years amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    United are not expected to let up on their valuation of Pogba, Le10Sport naming a price of at least £83m while Real and Juve hope to start the bidding at £52m.

  • TOP MARCS

    Marcus Rashford has led the way during the coronavirus pandemic by helping a charity supply two million meals a week for vulnerable children.

    Supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Co-Op have thrown their weight behind FareShareUK after the Manchester United forward advocated the project.

    Having relied on free school meals as a child, the England star took it upon himself to raise awareness of those in need during the country's lockdown.

    And Rashford has announced that two million meals are now being delivered every week – with his personal donation being doubled.

    Charities such as FareShare, which distributes food to 11,000 different organisations across the UK, are even more vital with schools shut and they thanked the 22-year-old for his contribution.

    They wrote: “We are blown away by your generosity Marcus Rashford.

    “Your support is the reason we can keep helping people in need. We can't thank you enough.”

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Man Utd target Ben Yedder shunned gangs and crime and grew up with Riyad Mahrez in rough Paris suburb before epic rise – The Sun

WISSAM Ben Yedder has sparked a five-club tug-of-war for his services after starring again this season.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, Liverpool and Tottenham are all said to be monitoring the 29-year-old Monaco striker, who has scored 19 goals in all competitions.

But Ben Yedder came up the hard way, playing on the streets in the most dangerous area of Paris.

His best friend was another immigrant son Riyad Mahrez, who would go on to became a Premier League star for both Leicester City and Manchester City.

The £40million-rated forward was born to Tunisian parents, but opted to represent France – making his international debut in 2018.

His epic rise hasn't been easy though.

A ROUGH CHILDHOOD

Being born in Sarcelles was the making of the man and it gave Ben Yedder the drive to succeed.

Not many mange to break away from the gangs and crime that surrounded his upbringing, but he was determined.

“I had a pretty difficult childhood,” Ben Yedder told Uefa.com.

“Not many people succeed, there are lots of talented young players and lots of players with huge potential and so it’s hard to come looking for players there.

"It’s really tough because there are lots of players who, unfortunately, just lack a bit of success.”



HE PLAYED FUTSAL

Before he turned professional, Ben Yedder honed his talents and technique in the unforgiving futsal world.

He played for Garges Djibson in the Championnat de France de Futsal Division One, as well as the French national team and under-21s.

Fifth-tier team UJA Maccabi Paris Metropole saw his potential and took a punt on him and he soon moved to his first professional club Toulouse after that.

"In futsal, I picked up specific technical skills," Ben Yedder said in an interview with Bleacher Report.

"It also really improved my reaction time. In terms of footing and balance, too, futsal teaches you a lot. And most importantly, you learn to be very clinical in front of goal.

"These skills are what really helped me when I first started out in professional football.

“Whether it is in duels with defenders or against keepers, I use a lot of what I learnt and perfected playing futsal all those years ago."

IN THE GHETTO WITH MAHREZ

Ben Yedder and Mahrez knocked about on the same estate, playing a brand of street football to pass the days by.

He looks back on those times fondly, as well asmhow they've both gone on to succeed since.

“It’s great to look back at when we used to play in the neighbourhood, seeing mum shouting and also how we grew up playing in football tournaments between the estates," Ben Yedder said.

"We’d go to another estate and play them. Also, seeing yourself progress bit by bit – those are all happy memories."


CLASSIC TWITTER TROLL

Over the years, former Sevilla star Ben Yedder has taken potshots at Arsenal, Man U, and even A.C. Milan on social.

He's certainly not afraid to say what he feels, while rubbing salt onto the wounds of suffering footy fans.

When Sevilla fought back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw against Liverpool in 2017 he tweeted, 'hope @acmilan watched it' referencing the 2005 Champions League final.

After knocking Manchester United out of the 2018 Champions League, scoring twice at Old Trafford, Ben Yedder was quick to share a fan's tweet that predicted the Red Devils fate.

He humorously captioned the tweet: "He knew even before me."

Arsenal's Emirates Cup also came under fire, with Ben Yedder taking offence to the competition's rules that meant the Gunners won the trophy, even though Sevilla won both their games.

He jokingly tweeted in 2017, 'We win 2/2 but we are not first. Give us back the cup Arsenal ahaha.'

Then, when one fan decided to have a pop at him, Ben Yedder got even funnier.

He wrote: 'Ahaha. Don't be mad bro. You may get your revenge in Champions Le…… Oh wait.' Of course, Arsenal weren't in the Champions League.




WEST HAM MISSED OUT

The Hammers passed up the opportunity to sign Ben Yedder for just £8m in 2016 for one very simple reason.

They thought he was too small (he's 5ft 6in) and wouldn't be strong enough for the rigours of English football.

Given that he's scored Champions League doubles against Liverpool and Man United in the past in the highest level of club football, that decision now appears to have backfired.

The Hammers could be left ruing missing out on Ben Yedder, especially if he stars against them next season.

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Five budget transfers Man Utd could seal after Woodward warns of post-virus cut-backs including long-term target Cavani – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED supremo Ed Woodward last week warned that it would not be "business as usual" for clubs in the transfer market this summer.

With the global coronavirus pandemic having decimated the football calendar, clubs around the world will have to cut their cloth accordingly in order to survive the unprecedented crisis.

The Red Devils still hope to complete a move for top-target Jadon Sancho, but even so it will be a difficult window to navigate.

Woodward told a virtual fans' forum: "Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.

“As ever our priority is the success of team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality."

With these financial pressures in mind, we take a look at five bargains that the Red Devils could secure this summer.

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7.45am Man Utd news LIVE: Pogba and Lingard to be sold for Sancho funds, Ramsey and Pjanic exchanges offered – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are gearing up for a big summer in the transfer market.

But they may have to sell some big names to afford Jadon Sancho following Ed Woodward's comments.

Follow all the latest Old Trafford news and transfer gossip below…

  • MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Juventus are willing to offer United big-name player exchanges for Paul Pogba – just as Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the need for a summer clear-out to bring in new signings.

    Aaron Ramsey, Miralem Pjanic and Adrien Rabiot are reportedly the bait as Pogba's old club Juve hope to beat Real madrid to the French World Cup winner – IF United cash in.

    Old Trafford chief executive EdWoodward warned on Friday the coronavirus pandemic will curb transfer budgets.

    But Solskjaer still wants Borussia Dortmund's England attacker Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, although a move for Tottenham's £200million-rated England skipper Harry Kane has been ruled out.

    So that means some or all of Pogba, Chris Smalling Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira could be sold to fund huge transfers.

    James Maddison has faded off the radar a bit, but it seems Leicester are still wary of United's interest as they are being linked with Red Bull Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai.

    The Hungary midfielder, 19, is also said to have been targeted by Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Meanwhile, United midfielder Scott McTominay has named Old Trafford legend Cristiano Ronaldo as the perfect role model on and off the pitch.

    McTominay told the UTD podcast: “For me, looking up to somebody like that, the physique he’s got, the way that he applies himself.

    “I have just seen a picture of him two days agoreading and revising different things that he’s trying to learn in his life off the pitch. People are just far too comfortable too quickly in their life.”

  • OLE FACES CLEAR-OUT

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be forced into a major clear out to boost his end of season transfer kitty.

    And that might include cashing in on Paul Pogba if a sizeable offer comes in for the French World Cup winner.

    United chief executive Ed Woodward warned on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic is going to severely restrict transfer budgets.

    Solskjaer remains interested in signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish – although a move for Harry Kane has been ruled out.

    However the Old Trafford boss may need to sell the likes of Pogba and Chris Smalling if he wants to make significant changes to his squad.

    Others who could be sold to generate funds include Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira – all of whom should command interest.

    Before the pandemic cast a big shadow, Solskjaer had big plans to rejuvenate United’s attacking options in the close season.

    As well as a winger, the Norwegian had a centre forward and an attacking midfielder on his wish-list – with both Grealish and James Maddison strongly linked. United were also keeping a close eye on former target Matthijs de Ligt – who has struggled to settle at Juventus.

  • FIVE SUBS PER TEAM CAN COME ON

    Premier League clubs are set to get the chance to make FIVE substitutes when the season can be resumed.

    Fears over player burn-out and injuries with remaining games crammed into a matter of five weeks or less will lead to the “temporary” Law change.

    SunSport revealed earlier this month how top flight bosses were keen on the idea to help prevent injuries.

    And now a Fifa proposal to introduce the short-term measure has been made – with the four Home Nations having to decide if it should be approved worldwide.

    If it is approved, then it would be down to the 20 Prem clubs to decide if they wanted to adopt the change for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign.

    Football’s Law-making body the International FA Board has been asked to consider the Law change as a matter of urgency.

    Under the proposals, the current rules stating a maximum of three substitutes in a 90-minute competitive match would be amended to allow two extra replacements.

    But teams would still only have three exchange “windows” per match – either during breaks of play or at half-time – meaning they could not make five individual player swaps but only five in total.

    SunSport understands that Fifa has huge concerns at the repercussions for players of the expected tight timetable when matches are given the green ligh

    Uefa has already set an August 2 deadline for the end of domestic campaigns in Europe, allowing for the Champions League and Europa League to be played out between August 7 and 29.

    Prem players could still be weeks away from being allowed to train, with the Government’s lockdown in place until at least May 7.

    The Sun revealed that Downing Street sees the return of football as a huge morale-booster for the country and a sign of normality coming back.

  • FOXES EYE MADDISON REPLACEMENT

    Leicester are eyeing Chelsea and Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai as a potential replacement for Manchester United-linked James Maddison.

    Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen on Red Bull Salzburg's Hungary mifielder, 19.

    Maddison, 23, has been strongly tipped for a summer exit, with United favourites.

    And Szoboszlai is regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young stars after an impressive season in Austria.

    His agent Matyas Esterhazy said: “There are some great options and England is definitely a very good one for the future.

    “But the main thing now is to survive the crisis and finish the season, hopefully as champions.”

  • JUVE A CHANCE OF A POG SWAP

    Juventus will offer United Aaron Ramsey, Miralem Pjanic or Adrien Rabiot as part of a swap deal for Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The Serie A champions are desperate to land the Frenchman and hope to offload some of their surplus stars in the process.

    Juve will try use the trio as bait according to Italian outlet TuttoSport.

    But Real Madrid are also keen on the French World Cup winner.

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8pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho transfer ‘almost done’, Dalot fighting for future EXCLUSIVE , Kane LATEST – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the Premier League.

That doesn't look set for anytime soon as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, but we have the very latest for you on Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, Ousmane Dembele and James Rodriguez.

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  • HARRY'S HIGH HOPES

    Harry Maguire has set himself a target of winning another Premier League trophy following his first taste of title success with Leicester.

    The Red Devils skipper believes the club should aim higher than a top four finish next season.

    United haven't won a Premier League title since the 2012-13 season when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge.

    The team are currently eight points behind third-placed Leicester who they paid £80million to for Maguire last summer.

    Maguire told Sky Sports: “We don't want to be challenging for this Champions League spot, we want to be challenging for titles.”

  • RUN OUT OF LUK

    Romelu Lukaku believes he and most of his Inter Milan teammates contracted coronavirus as early as January.

    The former Manchester United star made the stunning claims in HLN, explaining that 23 out of 25 first-team stars all got sick during a week off at the start of the year.

    He said: “We had a week off in January. We came back and I swear 23 out of 25 players were sick. No joke.

    “We played at home against Radja Nainggolan’s Cagliari and after 25 minutes one of our defenders had to leave the field.

    “He couldn’t go on and almost passed out. Everyone was coughing and having a fever. It also bothered me.”

    Before he added: “We were never tested for corona at that time, so we will never know for sure.”

  • DOUBLE TROUBLE

    United can start getting excited at the prospect of Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane joining if these odds are anything to go by.

    Betfair have priced up the prospect of both world football stars linking up at Old Trafford.

    Sancho is ODDS-ON at 8/11 to be pulling on a United shirt before September 1 when the transfer window closes.

    Kane is a 6/4 shot to be spearheading the United attack – which in itself is an extraordinary price.

  • BLOM-SHELL

    Denis Irwin has claimed the Jesper Blomqvist tried to avoid Roy Keane for a while after his pass led to Roy Keane put in a tackle that saw him booked.

    Keane missed the 1999 Champions League final after his stunning performance in the semi that saw United come from 2-0 down at Juventus to win 3-2.

    It was the greatest performance of Keane's career, but overshadowed by missing the final – and it would be the only chance in his career to play in a Champions League final.

    He probably would have missed it anyway, after getting injured in the opening minutes of United's FA Cup semi-final win over Newcastle.

    Irwin said: “I remember Jesper Blomqvist was trying to avoid Keaney for a few weeks after that semi-final because it was his pass that led to the booking.”

  • SMALL MATTER

    Roma have reached an agreement with Manchester United and Arsenal to keep Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan beyond June 30, according to reports.

    The Premier League stars are both currently at the Italian giants for the season.

    But with the 2019-20 campaign set to run well beyond the loan contract end date of June 30 due to coronavirus, clubs are facing a battle to keep hold of players on expiring deals.

    Both players currently away on loan and stars with contracts expiring on June 30 face an uncertain future with the deadline for the season to be ended lifted.

    Now reports claim Roma have reached an agreement with Man Utd and the Gunners to keep them until the season's real end – whenever that may be – say Corriere dello Sport.

    The Serie A side currently sit fifth in the standings, with the season currently locked down.

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7am Man Utd news LIVE: Club think they will sign Jadon Sancho; Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, James Maddison transfer LATEST – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the Premier League.

That doesn't look set for anytime soon as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, but we have the very latest for you on Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, Ousmane Dembele and James Rodriguez.

Get all your Man Utd news and transfer gossip below…

  • PAUL LIKES PAUL

    Paul Scholes had compared Paul Pogba to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

    Pogba has suffered hefty criticism from the likes of Scholes since returning to Old Trafford.

    But the former Oldham boss the UTD Podcast: “I played a bit with Paul and everyone knows the talent he’s got.

    “He’s been brilliant for Juventus, brilliant for France in the World Cup and really good at times here [at United] as well.

    “He can do everything as a midfield player and you’d probably liken him to Steven Gerrard with the pace, the power, the skill. He can do absolutely everything.”

  • GOOD MORNING, RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United are not going to be spending big bucks on Harry Kane because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he already has a striker just as good.

    It wasn’t long after Solskjaer took charge that he pulled Marcus Rashford to one side and told him the extent of the belief he had in the young striker’s ability.

    It was in that conversation that he told him he could be as good as Tottenham hitman Kane.

    With Rashford just 22 and Kane turning 27 in three months, Solskjaer knows he will also get plenty more years out of how own man by sticking with him as his main striker.

    Rashford was having his best scoring season with 19 before a back injury cut short his campaign in January.

    But he will be fit again for the final nine games when football returns from coronavirus lockdown.

    Meanwhile, United have added Kai Havertz to their summer transfer targets with the star in “constant communication” with Leverkusen over his future.

    The 20-year-old has caught the eye of Europe’s big guns following a series of impressive displays for the Bundesliga club.

    And he is now on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wishlist along with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Leicester’s James Maddison.

    Bayern Munich are also keen on the ace, but Havertz has recently hinted he would rather move abroad.

    Finally, Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is reportedly interesting United and Arsenal but a bid is being held back by injury concerns.

    Despite costing an initial £92million back in 2017, Dembele is said to be among those available for the right fee.

    For that price, a return of just 19 goals in 72 games across almost three full seasons has led to the Frenchman being labelled a serious flop.

    Nevertheless, United and Arsenal are reportedly investigating Dembele's rocky injury history to determine whether it is down to bad luck, Barcelona's mismanagement, or a more deep-rooted problem affecting the player, who has missed 26 games this season.

  • WE CAN WIN IT

    United captain Harry Maguire has his sights set on winning the Premier League title, insisting finishing in the top-four should not be the limit of the club's ambition.

    Before coronavirus brought British football to an immediate standstill, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions to close to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

    He told Sky Sports: “I knew when I first came to Manchester United, (something) that Ole said to me loads and loads it's a building process but we'll be where we want to be.

    “I can see where we're heading and the style he wants to implement on the team.

    “Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of aspects we need to improve to get to the top of where we want to be. We don't want to be challenging for this Champions League spot, we want to be challenging for titles.

    “We know there's still a lot of improvement to get there, but we're on the right track and I'm sure eventually we will get there.”

  • NO RASH DASH

    Manchester United are not going to be spending big bucks on Harry Kane because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he already has a striker just as good.

    It wasn’t long after Solskjaer took charge that he pulled Marcus Rashford to one side and told him the extent of the belief he had in the young striker’s ability.

    It was in that conversation that he told him he could be as good as Tottenham hitman Kane.

    With Rashford just 22 and Kane turning 27 in three months, Solskjaer knows he will also get plenty more years out of how own man by sticking with him as his main striker.

    Rashford was having his best scoring season with 19 before a back injury cut short his campaign in January.

    But he will be fit again for the final nine games when football returns from coronavirus lockdown.

  • NEV'S NICE TOUCH

    Gary Neville has “overwhelmed” Brighouse Town with a “significant” donation – as he holds the non-League club close to his heart for being the last team he watched with his late father Neville.

    The Manchester United legend and Salford City co-oner pledged the unspecified amount on the part-timers' JustGiving page after the coronavirus pandemic ended the season early for football below the sixth tier.

    Neville said: “Brighouse Town holds a special place in my heart even though the result did not go in our favour with Salford City suffering a 3-1 defeat on the day.”

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