2pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘agrees five-year United deal’, Dembele £54m transfer wanted, Pogba on new contract – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED continued their excellent form with a 3-0 win at Aston Villa after Bruno Fernandes won a controversial penalty.

And off the field things seem to be going their way too with claims Jadon Sancho has 'agreed in principle' a five-year contract with the Red Devils worth an initial £140,000 a week.

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  • LOOK OUS TALKING

    Arsenal and Man Utd target Ousmane Dembele is reportedly available for £53.7million.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are keen to get him off their books.

    It has been stated that the Red Devils have identified the French winger as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho.

    He is seen as a cheaper option, but there remains concerns over his fitness.

  • SEEING RED

    Man Utd legend Roy Keane launched a brutal assessment of Tottenham following their 0-0 draw against Bournemouth.

    The Sky Sports pundit accused Jose Mourinho's side for constantly disappointing after they dropped points to the relegation-threatened hosts.

    Keane told Sky Sports: “Tottenham were poor tonight. Bournemouth showed a bit more fight.

    “They went to Sheffield [United], didn’t show any fight, made changes at half time.

    “That’s in Tottenham’s DNA, they will constantly disappoint you. The table doesn’t lie, ninth, that’s where they deserve to be.”

  • TOP SPOT

    Man Utd equalled a Premier League record following Bruno Fernandes' controversial penalty against Aston Villa.

    The Portuguese midfielder swept home a first-half spot-kick after he was deemed to have been brought down by Ezri Konsa.

    The penalty was United's 13th of the season – equalling the Premier League record for spot-kicks awarded in a single campaign.

    The Red Devils have now drawn level with the Crystal Palace team of 2004/05 and Leicester City's title-winning side from 2015/16.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men still have four matches remaining this season to break the record.

  • TURKISH DELIGHT

    Man Utd are set to face either Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen in the Europa League quarter-finals.

    And shuld they progress into the last four, they could be up against fellow Premier League outfit Wolves.

    However they could still face Olympiakos, Roma or Sevilla in the last four.

  • A HELPING HAND

    The Premier League will introduce a new, amended handball rule next season – which would have seen some high-profile disallowed goals this term stand.

    Recent efforts from Harry Kane and Riyad Mahrez are among those to have been chalked off by VAR this season.

    Both were disallowed because of the ball striking an arm in the build-up – but the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have agreed to relax the handball law next term.

    Currently, if the ball has struck an arm in the lead-up to a goal, it is to be disallowed by the on-field referee.

    But next time out, goals will only be ruled out if the handball occurs “immediately” before the effort goes in.

    This wording suggests that the essence of the rule is that a player cannot score directly with their arm – with intent inconsequetial.

    Under the new law, Kane's effort against Sheffield United and Mahrez's late fifth against Liverpool would have been allowed to stand.

  • LEVY IT WITH ME

    Former Man Utd target Eric Dier has demanded Spurs double his £60,000-a-week pay packet in order to stay at the club, according to reports.

    The England defender is ready to hold showdown talks with Tottenham chiefs as he approaches the final year of his contract.

    Dier, 26, wants to stay at the club having forged a working relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

    Mourinho is also keen on Dier staying having become an important figure in the Portuguese's plans moving forward.

    But the Daily Mail report how Dier has stunned Spurs chief Daniel Levy by asking for a new pay packet in the region of £120,000-a-week.

  • UNITED FRONT

    Manchester United are set to learn who they will face in the Europa League quarter-final and semi-final imminently.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men already have one foot in the last eight of the competition thanks to their 5-0 Round of 16 first leg win away at LASK.

    Wolves are also in the pot, but they must get past Olympiacos after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Greece.

    Rangers are another British side looking to see their fate, but they look destined to crash out before the quarter-finals.

    Steven Gerrard's men lost 3-1 to Bayern Leverkusen at Ibrox as the Bundesliga outfit proved too strong for the Scottish side.

  • BETTING TIPS – MAN UTD VS SOUTHAMPTON (Ladbrokes)

    As you'd expect, United on the win market is a measly price – 2/7 gets you £2.85 profit on a tenner.

    We really like the look of the 2/1 on United to win this one but with the Saints scoring.

    While both teams to net on it's own is a very tempting 19/20. While for the more adventurous amongst you, backing the home side to win BOTH halves is 15/8.

    When looking at a goalscorer bet, sometimes it makes sense to play the hot hand.

    Fernandes is the player you want to trust your cash with, although you'd be hard-pressed to find fault with the 7/5 on Mason Greenwood continuing his own streak.

    The Portuguese magician is a bigger price to net anytime than both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, despite four in his last three.

    3/2 for him to score at anytime is the best bet of the week, while 4/1 on the designated penalty taker and set piece specialist bagging the first goal should also be backed.

  • RECORD BREAKERS

  • GONE TOO VAR

    VAR made incorrect penalty decisions all three of Thursday's games, the Premier League have confirmed.

    It has now been clarified that Manchester United and Southampton should NOT have been given spot-kicks – but Spurs did deserve one.

    The Premier League Match Centre admitted the faults when contacted by the BBC's Match of the Day.

    Manchester United reaped the rewards of a dodgy decision during the 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

    Bruno Fernandes went down in the box after a soft collision with Ezri Konsa.

    Referee Jon Moss gave the penalty and his decision was confirmed by video assistant referee Graham Scott.

    United took the lead after Fernandes struck the spot-kick past Pepe Reina.

  • SAN STORM

    Borussia Dortmund's sports director Michael Zorc is already entertaining entertaining the possibility of Jadon Sancho leaving this summer.

    The England international as been heavily linked with a move to Man Utd, while Chelsea are also believed to hold an interest in the winger.

    It is believed that BVB are seeking a fee in the region of £100million for the player.

    Zorc told Kicker: “If Jadon were to leave, we would once again be active in strengthening our attack.

    “There are certainly one or two players we have our sights on.”

  • SON OF A GUN – Simon Phillips (fan's view)

    Chelsea have a massive goal leaking problem; and it was emphasised once again in their 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

    Man Utd goalkeeper Dean Henderson should be a target with Kepa Arrizabalaga continuing to flatter to deceive.

    United will want to keep him, but if they can’t offer him first team football next season, then I believe he will ask for a transfer to go and get settled somewhere as a regular.

    Chelsea could offer him that first team football if they sell or send Kepa out on loan.

    David De Gea does not appear to be looking to end his United career anytime soon, and the club don’t seem to want rid of him either. So there is a chance.

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    It was another superb display last night as the Red Devils eased to victory over Aston Villa.

    Bruno Fernandes added another goal to his list from the penalty spot after a controversial decision to award United a spot-kick.

    Hotshot Mason Greenwood continued his stunning run of form with the second on the stroke of half time.

    And Paul Pogba made it three in the second period as the Old Trafford side moved to within a point of fourth-placed Leicester.

    Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson raked in £2million last year to boost the value of his personal company to more than £12.4million.

    The former Manchester United boss’ wealth continued to soar seven years after he retired.

    He has earned millions from book deals, personal appearances and public speaking engagements.

    Latest accounts for his company ACF (Alexander Chapman Ferguson) Sports Promotions show it declared a profit of £2,085,030 for the year up to June 30, 2019.

    They showed the company had assets of £19million against debts of almost £6.6million.

    Among his investments was a Goldman Sachs private equity fund called Distressed Managers.

    Glasgow-born Sir Alex, 78, still works 20 days a year as a United ambassador. In 2018, he survived a brain haemorrhage.

  • POGBAAAAAA!

    Paul Pogba makes it 3-0 and surely secures the win for United.

    The Frenchman is BACK!

  • GO ON MA-SON!

    Check out this hit from wonderkid Mason Greenwood.

    Gave United a 2-0 cushion right on half-time.

    About 35 minutes left in the game at Villa Park.

  • GOALLLLLLL!!!!!! MASON GREENWOOD!

    United make it 2-0 and it's Mason Greenwood.

    A thumping right-footed strike.

    A bit of luck with the penalty that was awarded for the first but none there.

    Phenomenal finish from the youngster.

  • GOALLLLLL!!!! BRUNO FERNANDES!!!!

    United take the lead against Villa.

    Bruno Fernandes with a coolly taken penalty in the 27th minute.

    He was the man fouled right on the edge of the box.

    1-0 at Villa Park to the Red Devils.

  • GAME ON

    Manchester United are currently in action away at Aston Villa.

    Incredibly, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named the same Red Devils starting XI for the fourth game in a row.

    The first time that has happened since 2006.

  • DON'T LASK DON'T GET

    Manchester United will host LASK in the Europa League.

    But fans will be banned with all remaining matches to be held behind closed doors.

    Uefa have reached the decision amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Europa League tie will be completed on home soil on either August 5 or 6.

  • HOUSE PARTY

    Former Manchester United trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Anderson used to share a mega pad.

    Portuguese Nani, 33, revealed they used to live it up in Ronaldo's home with a swimming pool, ping-pong table and tennis court all part of the crib.

    Nani told The Players' Tribune: “We were all young lads who spoke the same language and we had so much fun.

    “Cristiano had a swimming pool, a ping-pong table, a tennis court – and every day we would compete at something.”

  • GO-JO

    Marcos Rojo's agent has tipped the Argentine defender to leave the Red Devils this summer.

    The 31-year-old star has been on loan in his homeland with Estudiantes.

    Stretty News quote his representative Jonathan Barnett as saying: “I couldn’t comment on what Solskjaer thinks but I think it’s obvious.

    “”I think with Rojo, probably (a move) is more than likely somewhere else.”

  • SOL SEARCHING

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told exec Ed Woodward what's on his transfer shopping list.

    The Norwegian has steered the Red Devils into some great form since Project Restart.

    And now he is looking to bolster the ranks with a new winger, centre-back and striker.

    The Telegraph report he has communicated with Woodward and told him exactly what he wants – with Jadon Sancho still very much the No1 target.

  • TUAN IN A ML

    Manchester United are reportedly looking in house for their next world-beating centre-back.

    The Red Devils believe Axel Tuanzebe can be the man to step up to the plate, saving the club millions in transfer fees.

    The Athletic claim Old Trafford chiefs see the 22-year-old as a new Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a new partner for skipper Harry Maguire, with Swede Victor Lindelof currently pairing up with the former Leicester man.

  • SANCHO GREEN LIGHT

    Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund admitted they are looking for replacements.

    The Red Devils have been linked with the England ace for months and the Bundesliga club appear to be preparing for life without him.

    Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told Kicker:

    “If Jadon left, we would do something again in the offensive area.

    “There are certainly one or two players we are targeting.

    “When you don't have a billionaire or a state backing you up, then you need to be careful how you invest your money.

    “We don't have an end date for corona and without that we simply have no planning security.

    “Should we sell Sancho, then every player will cost £5-10m more. We have nothing to give away.”

  • MATCH DAY

    Manchester United travel to Villa Park tonight to take on struggling Aston Villa.

    Dean Smith's Villa side will be confident of getting a result after their good performance against Liverpool on Sunday.

    United however come into the game in fine form, after scoring eleven goals in their last three league games.

    A win would put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on 58 points, just one behind fourth placed Leicester.

    Kick off is at 8.15pm.

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