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MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready for another go at landing Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho.

Also on the transfer front, we've the very latest from Old Trafford on reported interest in Paulo Dybala.

Follow all the latest with our blog below…

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Juventus have reportedly made Manchester United star Paul Pogba a top transfer target this January.

    Andrea Pirlo is desperate to bring Pogba back to Italy, though Eurosport have claimed the clubs are miles apart in their valuation of the player.

    The Old Lady want to pay no more than £50million for Pogba, and are entertaining the idea of a swap deal too.

    One player that could be involved in any swap is Paulo Dybala.

    But they could face some competition for the Argentine star if Mauricio Pochettino gets the Paris Saint-Germain job.

    According to Tuttosport, if Poch is the man chosen to replace Thomas Tuchel, he would be keen on signing countryman Dybala.

    In other news, Daniel James could be set for a move away from Old Trafford.

    The winger, who has struggled for form lately since exploding onto the scene, is being chased by four clubs.

    According to reports, West Brom have made an enquiry about taking James on loan.

    Leeds, Brighton and Burnley are also interested in the 23-year-old – who scored against the Whites in a 6-2 rout last week.

    And finally, Manchester United have reportedly been priced out of a move for David Alaba with Real Madrid said to be leading the race.

    The Athletic claim the Red Devils will not be entering the running for the Austrian after being made aware of the costs associated with the move.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GREAT SCOTT

    Scotland boss Steve Clarke has stated he will move Man Utd ace Scott McTominay back into midfield, but only at the right moment.

    The Red Devils midfielder has slotted in at centre-back on international duty, but that could change soon.

    Clarke told Sky Sports: "Eventually I’d like to get Scott back into midfield, if I could do.

    “But I won’t upset the balance of the team, or the shape of the team, just to do that.

    “If I haven’t got the right personnel to play the three-at-the-back system, then maybe I will go back to a four.

    "There will be plenty of matches where two central defenders will be enough and then there will be a chance for Scott to go back into midfield.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MEULING IT OVER

    Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that the Red Devils will be praying talisman Bruno Fernandes stays fit in 2021.

    The Portuguese playmaker has been instrumental in United’s recent form – starring in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

    And Meulensteen says the importance of Fernandes cannot be underestimated.

    “I think United can only have one New Year’s Wish and that’s for Fernandes not to get injured or suspended,’ Meulensteen told Stadium Astro.

    “His energy is unbelievable. Look at this goal again – it’s absolutely fantastic. The timing of the run and ball from Edinson Cavani is fantastic.

    “As soon as Fernandes gets on the ball the likes of Marcus Rashford are on their way. Fernandes is just so, so important for United. He gives them rhythm, he’s a winner, he’s a leader, he creates assists and he scores goals.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    CARRY RON PLAYING

    Man Utd icon Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to continue playing for 'more years' after he was named Player of the Century at the Globe Soccer Awards.

    The Juventus superstar, 35, was handed the award in Dubai and attended the glitzy event alongside partner Georgina Rodriguez.

    He said: "It's really beautiful. I just want to say thank you to everyone.

    "Thanks to the people who voted for me, my team-mates, clubs and national team, family and friends – especially my girlfriend and my children who help me to be a better person.

    "It is an exceptional achievement. It gives me the motivation to move forward.

    "To be named the best is a great honour, I hope that this situation [the Coronavirus pandemic] is over next year and that we can have more fun, thank you very much. I hope to still be able to play for more years."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUB ED

    Edinson Cavani has been informed he will need to adapt to being a sub with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to use him from the bench.

    Solskjaer told the Manchester Evening News: "Of course, Edinson has been away injured for a little while.

    "He played a full game, it was a physically demanding game for him on Wednesday night at Everton, so we decided on having him on the bench. 

    “He made an impact straightaway, great pass.

    “It will have to be that way for a while for him now, that he gets used to English football and the demands of this season because it's very much stop-and-start and a game every three days.

    "He made a great impact today and in the squad."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MARTIAL LAW

    Former England star Trevor Sinclair believes Anthony Martial could face the axe from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    He told talkSPORT: "How many chances does Anthony Martial want?

    "I was watching him at the end of last season and I thought the penny had dropped, he was being given the ball simply and he was getting his goals.

    “But he seems to have reversed in his application and gone back to that player that frustrated a lot of people.

    "If Manchester United were to be taken seriously, I think they have to come to places like Leicester City and win the game."

  • Jake Lambourne

    IRN BRU

    Bruno Fernandes has spoke of his delight that the Man Utd squad were disappointed following their 2-2 draw away at Leicester.

    He told MUTV: "I think it's good to be disappointed. I was really happy when I got into the dressing room because everyone was disappointed and saying the things that we have to do better. I think it's good as it's creating a mentality, a winning mentality. 

    “We were not happy enough with this point despite knowing we played against a good team.

    “Of course, I'm frustrated as I know we had the chances to get the three points, which is important for us as we want to win all our games.

    "I think I've said before that we have a good team and we have the chances to win this game. The goal was a little bit lucky but we have no time to be disappointed.

    “We have just three days, another game in three days, and we have to do much better to get the points, as we'll play against a good team [Wolves at Old Trafford on Tuesday].”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL ORDER

    Paul Scholes hopes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to start Victor Lindelof at right-back against Leicester was a one-off.

    Lindelof deputised for the injured Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the Boxing Day clash while Eric Bailly filled in at centre-back as United were forced to settle for a point at the King Power Stadium.

    Reflecting on the match, Scholes told BT Sport: "I thought both teams could have won the game but United had the better chances.

    "A few difficult moments for United. I think Lindelof at right-back… I don’t think we’ll see it again. I hope we don’t see it again!

    "There has to be a better option than that.

    "I thought Tuanzebe was excellent when he came on, because Harvey Barnes was a real threat down that left side."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PARK IT IN

    Take a look at Park Ji-sung's cracking curling effort against Fulham in 2009.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    FIRST DYBS

    Man Utd are once again being linked with a transfer swoop for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.

    But they could face some competition for the Argentine star if Mauricio Pochettino gets the Paris Saint-Germain job.

    According to Tuttosport if Poch is the man chosen to replace Thomas Tuchel, he would be keen on signing countryman Dybala.

    Pochettino tried unsuccessfully to bring Dybala to Tottenham during his tenure in North London.

    United also came close to signing Dybala in the summer of 2019, but that move broke down over wages and agents' fees.

  • Jon Boon

    BACK OFF

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Victor Lindelof was substituted against Leicester because of a chronic back injury.

    “Yeah he’s struggling with his back,” he told BT Sport.

    “He’s struggled for a little while. We might have to do something. Let’s see what it is.”

    Speaking to MUTV, Solskjaer added: “His back again I think, so we’ll just have to assess that one before Wolves. Then again, Eric is fit now, Axel is fit now, so of course we might have to look at that one again.”

    Lindelof is therefore a doubt ahead of United's match against Wolves on Tuesday.

  • Jon Boon

    FRANK BRUNO

    Bruno Fernandes has jokingly spoken of his battle to play more minutes than team mate Harry Maguire.

    A recent study by the CIES Football Observatory revealed that Maguire has played more minutes than the Portuguese playmaker in 2020.

    And that's something Fernandes is not happy about.

     "I'm not happy," he joked.

    "I need to say this to the coach: 'I want to be the first one!'

    "Of course, it's really important to play.

    "The more games and more minutes you play, the more confidence you have.

    "It's always like that. I feel the confidence from the staff and the coach.

    "It's very important for me as this is part of the way I am settling down."

  • Jon Boon

    RASH OPINION

    Marcus Rashford has lauded Edinson Cavani, after the Uruguayan made a big impact off the bench against Leicester City in a 2-2 draw.

    The former PSG target man set up Bruno Fernandes to score, what seemed like a winner, for the Red Devils – before Axel Tuanzebe turned a Jamie Vardy effort into his own net.

    And Rashford has revealed he is impressed by Cavani since he arrived on transfer deadline day.

    “He's a top player, he has lots of qualities and I think he gives us another dimension that's different to what we already have in the team,” the England international told MUTV.

    “It's good to play with him and to see him scoring and assisting is important for any forward and we need to keep up between us what we've been doing.

    “For that goal, it was all the way from back, I think it was Eric [Bailly] who stepped up and played a good ball through the lines.

    “It was a great turn from Edinson and he drove at Jonny [Evans] who then he had a decision to make, whether to step out to him or stay back and let him shoot. Edinson played a nice pass and it was a good goal, but to concede and to throw it away is difficult to take.

    “It feels like a loss in the changing room. I think we deserved to win the game and we had the chances to win the game, but we didn't quite get over the line. Now we just need to recover and go again in the next one.”

  • Jon Boon

    AL BUT LOST

    Manchester United have reportedly been priced out of a move for David Alaba with Real Madrid said to be leading the race.

    Latest reports claim the Red Devils will not be entering the running for the Austrian after being made aware of the costs associated with the move.

    The report adds that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to maintain a squad of balanced earnings as much as possible.

    And that rules out of a move for Alaba – who is reported to have turned down a £200,000 per week contract offer from Bayern Munich.

    Spanish giants Madrid are thought to be leading the race as Zinedine Zidane's side are ready to provide the defender's desired salary.

    But Los Blancos woud have to wait until the summer to land Alaba on a free – with Bayern against letting him leave early in January.

  • Jon Boon

    TURIN REUNION

    Juventus are said to have made Manchester United star Paul Pogba a top transfer target this January, according to a report.

    The French World Cup winner enjoyed much success in Turin with the Serie A giants before moving to Old Trafford.

    And boss Andrea Pirlo is desperate to bring Pogba back to the Italy, where he is still revered.

    However, Eurosport claim that the teams are miles apart in their valuation of the player.

    Juventus want to pay no more than £50million for Pogba, and are entertaining the idea of a swap deal too.

    Real Madrid are also believed to be keen on adding Pogba to their ranks – as it appears likely he will leave the club in January or in the summer.

  • Jon Boon

    EDIN THE RIGHT WAY

    Edinson Cavani has been warned that he will have to get used to his role as a super-sub.

    The Uruguayan has started just once in the Premier League since signing on a free transfer on deadline day.

    And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the 33-year-old, who came on as a sub against Leicester on Boxing day, will have to adjust to the demands of English football before he's ready for a starting berth.

    "Of course, Edinson has been away injured for a little while," Solskjaer said. "He played a full game, it was a physically demanding game for him on Wednesday night at Everton, so we decided on having him on the bench. He made an impact straightaway, great pass.

    "It will have to be that way for a while for him now, that he gets used to English football and the demands of this season, because it's very much stop-and-start and a game every three days.

    "He made a great impact today and in the squad."

  • Jon Boon

    DAN'S THE MAN

    Manchester United winger Daniel James could be set for a move away from Old Traford.

    The wideman, who has struggled for form lately since exploding onto the scene, is a four-way transfer scramble for his services.

    According to reports, West Brom have made an enquiry about taking him James on loan.

    Leeds, Brighton and Burnley are also interested in the 23-year-old – who scored against the Whites in a 6-2 rout last week.

    With James unable to break into the first team regularly, experience away from Manchester may just give him much-needed match-time.

  • Marc Mayo

    YOU CAN CAV IT ALL

    Paul Scholes reckons Manchester United can challenge for the league – with Edinson Cavani merely a bench option.

    The ex-midfielder has talked up Mason Greenwood's chances of leading the line for the Red Devils.

    He told BT Sport: "Leaving the best players out, I wasn’t really including Cavani in that.

    "I know he’s a top centre-forward but he’s coming to the end of his career now.

    "I was thinking more Mason Greenwood. I know he didn’t come into the game today.

    "But I think when those three start together; Greenwood, Martial, Rashford with Fernandes in behind, I don’t think anybody can handle that. I think it’s too good."

  • James Orr

    VIC CROKED

    United have been handed a fresh injury blow with defender Victor Lindelof coming off in the 2-2 draw away at Leicester City.

    The 26-year-old was named in the starting line-up filling in at right-back for the absent Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    Lindelof was forced off on the 66 minute mark with a back injury – an issue he has been struggling with – and he was replaced by super sub Edinson Cavani.

    After the game, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave an injury update on the Sweden international.

    Solskjaer told Man United's club website: "It is his back again I think.

    "So we will just have to assess that one before Wolverhampton.

    "Then again, Eric is fit now, Axel is fit, so of course we might have to look at that before Wolverhampton. 

    "We don't have time to worry about it. This time around, we have around 30 hours to prepare for this game and hopefully the players will use them wisely."

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING MAN UNITED FANS

    United managed to get a point away at Leicester City yesterday with goals coming from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.

    Unfortunately there’s a new name on the injury list with Victor Lindelof picking up a back injury on the 66 minute mark.

    Former West Ham forward John Hartson believes that Declan Rice would be a good signing for United.

    The 21-year-old is also being tracked by his former club Chelsea who want to bring him back to the club.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro, Hartson: “I think he’s better than Fred, I think he’s better than McTominay. 

    “[Bruno] Fernandes is outstanding, he’s been Manchester United’s best player in the last 12 months since they bought him. 

    “[Paul] Pogba, we’re not quite sure what Pogba is going to turn up – some weeks he’s great, others he is languishing and doesn’t look up to it. 

    “I think he would be a great signing for them.”

    Kevin Sinclair believes Anthony Martial is running out of chances to prove himself at Manchester United.

    Martial has just three goals in 15 appearances for United this season, and was frustrated again as United drew 2-2 at Leicester.

    Sinclair told Talksport: “How many chances does Anthony Martial want?

    “I was watching him at the end of last season and I thought the penny had dropped, he was being given the ball simply and he was getting his goals.

    “But he seems to have reversed in his application and gone back to that player that frustrated a lot of people.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    DAN'S THE MAN

    Sam Allardyce is looking to bring Manchester United winger Dan James to the Hawthorns in January, according to the Daily Star.

    Allardyce is keen to bring the Wales international in on loan to help the club in the fight to stay in the Premier League.

    He can expect some competition from fellow Premier League competitors with the likes of Leeds, Burnley and Brighton all interested.

    The 23-year-old heading into this weekend had only played four times in the league.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GREAT SIGNING

    Former West Ham forward John Hartson believes that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice would be a good signing for Manchester United.

    The 21-year-old is also being tracked by his former club Chelsea who want to bring him back to the club.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro, Hartson: "I think he’s better than Fred, I think he’s better than McTominay. 

    "[Bruno] Fernandes is outstanding, he’s been Manchester United’s best player in the last 12 months since they bought him.

    "[Paul] Pogba, we’re not quite sure what Pogba is going to turn up – some weeks he’s great, others he is languishing and doesn’t look up to it.

    "I think he would be a great signing for them."

  • Joshua Mbu

    ON THE MARC

    Marcus Rashford joined a prestigious group of legendary ‘Rs’ as Manchester United were held by Leicester.

    The England striker opened the scoring at the King Power to make it 50 Premier League goals.

  • Joshua Mbu

    POG TOP

  • Joshua Mbu

    STAR MAN

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