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MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing for a derby showdown with City on Saturday – but all eyes are on Paul Pogba.

We've also the very latest on their pursuit of Leicester forward Harvey Barnes and defender Dayot Upamecano.

Get all the latest news, updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Manchester United reportedly remain keen on signing Jack Grealish.

    The Athletic claims Aston Villa’s star man and captain has ‘admirers’ at Old Trafford after some fine performances this season.

    Grealish, 25, has six goals in ten games and has also earned five England caps after making his international debut against Denmark in September.

    United kept tabs on Grealish over the summer while they tried and failed to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

    In other news, Mauricio Pochettino would 'definitely' take the top job with pressure growing on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

    During the Q&A, The Athletic's Man Utd expert Laurie Whitwell revealed Pochettino would 'definitely' be keen on taking over at Old Trafford.

    Whitwell said: "[Man Utd] would definitely take the job.

    "He’s been out of work for more than a year now and United are still one of the best draws in football."

    Meanwhile, Juventus have stormed into pole-position in the battle to sign Manchester United's Paul Pogba.

    The midfielder's agent, Mino Raiola, dropped a transfer bombshell earlier this week.

    Real Madrid were initially installed as favourites to sign the 27-year-old, priced at 11/4.

    But they've drifted to 5/1 over the past 24 hours with Pogba's former club Juventus now the standout market leaders.

  • Joe Miles

    POWER PLAY

    Joleon Lescott knows the exact day when the balance of power in Manchester finally started to shift.

    Who can forget the 6-1 at Old Trafford in October 2011, or the Vincent Kompany winner six months later which put City on the brink of the title?

    Lescott said: “It’s City at the moment in Manchester. It’s been six or seven years for United’s decline, if you want to call it that.

    “City have been on the rise for longer obviously, the dominant force in domestic competitions for ten years. No one can say otherwise.

    “The progression at City had to coincide with United’s decline because you can’t have two teams who are the best, can you?”

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  • Joe Miles

    NUNO NO CHANCE

    Liverpool and Manchester United face losing out to Real Madrid in the race to sign Portuguese wonderkid Nuno Mendes.

    The Spanish giants have stepped up their interest in the Sporting Lisbon left back, 18.

    AC Milan and Juventus are also among the host of top clubs on the trail of Mendes, who made his professional debut only six months ago.

    It was reported that Sporting had increased the teenager’s release clause from £41m to £62m in a bid to scare off potential buyers.

    But those terms are yet to be agreed and Real are ready to make their play for one of the hottest young talents in Europe.

  • Joe Miles

    EXCLUSIVE by Martin Blackburn

    The sight of Sergio Aguero on the bench tomorrow will terrify Manchester United, says Joleon Lescott.

    His former City team-mate Lescott said: “He’ll definitely be keen to play a part.

    "He’s one of the top derby goalscorers — him and Wayne Rooney.

    "And if you see him on the bench, the teamsheet, it’ll be in the back of your mind — knowing he can come on.

    “He enjoys scoring and he’d want to come and do just that. If it’s 2-0 and it’s comfortable and he comes on, he still wants a goal.

    "So United are going to have to be at it and aware.”

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  • Joe Miles

    MADE HIS MARC

    Marcus Rashford was speaking tonight as he won a British Sports Awards' gong for Sport for Social Change.

    Sky Sports quote Rashford as adding: "All the good things that have happened this year it's come from Manchester United giving me the opportunity as a kid.

    "I don't just remember the last year or the last five years, I'm talking about the times when nobody in my family drove and I had to get to training.

    "United had people to come and take me to the training ground and take me back home.

    "When I was six, seven, eight years old, I'm talking about the times when they put me into accommodation when my mum was struggling at home, when I was 11 years old and I was up there until I was 16, 17, so it's a lot deeper than what people see sometimes."

  • Joe Miles

    RASH DECISION

    Marcus Rashford can't imagine ever leaving Manchester United – as the bond runs deeper than his playing career.

    The England striker and now award-winning social campaigner says wearing another club's shirt "wouldn't sit right".

    The Mancunian, 23, said: "The bond that I have with United is much greater than just these last five years, and it will forever be greater than my actual career.

    "For me, I never look beyond Manchester United. As a kid I've never looked beyond Manchester United in my mind, it wouldn't sit right for me to be pulling on another shirt.

    "I just want to do the best I can for the club whilst I'm here, so hopefully I'm here for the long term."

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  • Joe Miles

    SILVER LINING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he has to win trophies to avoid being branded a failure, according to Teddy Sheringham.

    He told CardsChat: "When you play for United, you understand what the situation is. You listen to Roy Keane and that's what it's all about – United to win things.

    "Not to come in the Champions League spots, not to get second, not a bold runner up.

    "You're there to win things, you are in the biggest club in the country, in Europe, maybe veen the world, so you're expected to win things.

    "Ole knows that, he's been around that feeling, that way of life and he knows that anything but success and winning trophies is a failure."

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  • Joe Miles

    GO FOUR IT

    Wes Brown reckons Chelsea and Manchester United will both make the top four this season.

    Speaking to Ladbrokes, the ex-United star said: "It's Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Man United who make the top four for me.

    "I've said that from the start of the season and I don't really want to go and change my mind now, even though Tottenham are doing well.

    "I just feel like Tottenham always do this, I don't know why, but I just think they're going to drop off a little bit."

  • Joe Miles

    ED'S IN THE RIGHT PLACE

    Ed Woodward is reportedly reluctant to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and appoint Mauricio Pochettino.

    According to the Times, the executive vice-chairman is currently against getting rid of Solskjaer.

    Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table after ten games.

    But Woodward believes the club are heading in the right direction under Solskjaer.

  • Joe Miles

    FRED ALERT

    Fred could make a return to the starting XI for this weekend's Manchester derby.

    The Red Devils have released some early team news ahead of the meeting with City.

    A statement on United's website reads: "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to recall Fred, given he has appeared in 14 of 17 matches across all competitions this season.

    "His record is only bettered by Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka."

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  • Joe Miles

    'CALLED ME OFTEN'

    Edinson Cavani has revealed the two clubs he REJECTED before joining United.

    The forward rejected moves to Inter Milan and Juventus because of his respect for former club Napoli.

    Speaking to Mondo Napoli, he said: "It is for this reason that I said no to many Italian clubs including Juventus, who called me often, and also Inter.

    "I couldn't make such a gesture to the Neapolitans."

  • Joe Miles

    PAUL OVER?

    Paul Merson has claimed this weekend's Manchester derby will be 'make or break' for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Writing for Sky Sports, he said: "For me, this is a massive football match.

    "I would say that if he doesn't get through this, that could be it.

    "I think it's make or break for Ole. That is unless Man Utd have a different plan, and think differently about this club than everyone else."

  • Joe Miles

    THE GREAL DEAL

    Manchester United reportedly remain keen on signing Jack Grealish.

    The Athletic claims Aston Villa’s star man and captain has ‘admirers’ at Old Trafford after some fine performances this season.

    United kept tabs on Grealish over the summer while they tried and failed to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

    Grealish eventually penned a new five-year contract to stay at Villa Park.

    But it’s reckoned United have not been put off in their pursuit of the playmaker.

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  • Joe Miles

    HELPING HEND

    Dean Henderson has reportedly held showdown talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his future.

    The keeper has started just four games for United this season as David De Gea remains as the No1.

    According to Manchester Evening News, he has told Solskjaer that he needs regular game time if he wants him to stay at the club.

    The 23-year-old is prepared to leave on loan in January to get some more minutes under his belt.

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  • Joe Miles

    POCH THIS SPACE

    Mauricio Pochettino would 'definitely' take the Manchester United job with pressure growing on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

    The Athletic's Man Utd expert Laurie Whitwell recently fielded fans' questions.

    During the Q&A, he revealed Pochettino would 'definitely' be keen on taking over at Old Trafford should he be approached.

    Whitwell said: "[Man Utd] would definitely take the job.

    "He’s been out of work for more than a year now and United are still one of the best draws in football."

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  • William Pugh

    'NOT GOOD ENOUGH'

    Bruno Fernandes has broken his silence after Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League, slamming his side’s appalling performance.

    The Red Devils slumped to 3-0 down in their crunch clash with RB Leipzig in Germany, with a late rally not enough to save their skin.

    Alongside a picture of himself looking glum after the game the Portuguese wrote: "Not good enough from us, we have to do much better to represent a such big club and specially playing in the @championsleague with big teams!"

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  • William Pugh

    BLUNDER-FUL

    As we approach the jam-packed Christmas schedule, the Premier League table is already starting to take shape.

    But which players are the biggest culprits when it comes to blunders?

    We take a look, with some help from bettingodds.com, with some big names making the list…

  • William Pugh

    TEENAGE DREAMS

    Manchester United bosses are on a mission to unearth more homegrown talent.

    And they want to pinch promising kids right from under the noses of their southern rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Iconic star David Beckham began his career playing football as a kid for Ridgeway Rovers in Chingford, London.

    And now the club is looking for a scout to operate down south to find more footballing gems.

    The club have placed an advertisement on its website looking for an expert to find players aged 12-18 they can sign for the academy side.

    And the role also includes occasional international travel to watch exciting new prospects overseas.

  • William Pugh

    NO ANGEL DELIGHT

    Angel Di Maria pointed the finger at Manchester United and ex-boss Louis van Gaal for his Old Trafford nightmare.

    United smashed the British record transfer fee when they shelled out £60milion to Real Madrid for the Argentine winger in 2014.

    Speaking on radio station France Bleu, he said: “I only stayed one year. It wasn’t the best period of my career, or they didn’t let me have my best time there.

    But he only lasted a season and United fans only saw flashes of his quality under Van Gaal.

    He made just 32 appearances and scored four goals in a miserable year in England and was moved on to Paris Saint-Germain for £44m.

    “There were problems with the coach at the time. But thanks to God, I was able to come to PSG and be myself again.”

  • William Pugh

    'I WAS A LUNATIC'

    Rio Ferdinand enjoyed boozing so much as a youngster he would go on benders and drink ten pints of Guinness before hitting the shots.

    The Manchester United, Leeds and West Ham icon has revealed he was part of a major drinking culture early in his career which saw him juggle football with nights out partying.

    In an interview with the Guardian in 2019, Ferdinand, 42 – who came through the ranks at the Hammers – said: "I used to go through a load when I was younger. I could probably do eight, nine, ten. Then I’d move on to the vodkas.

    “I could go through loads. I could go all day drinking, then wake up and go again when I was younger. I always say to people who ask if I have any regrets about playing, I wouldn’t have drunk alcohol.

    “When I was younger I did. I was a lunatic. When I was at West Ham, elements of my career are a blur.

    "People talk about performances and results at certain times in them games and I just sit and nod my head. I haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about. I don’t remember.

  • William Pugh

    ICYMI – FOUR HIT FOR SIX

    Exclusive by SunSport’s Martin Lipton: England’s Big Six could ALL be part of a new-look Champions League.

    The latest blueprint unveiled to the Prem elite opens the way for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United AND Spurs to all share millions in extra Euro revenue from 2024.

    But the rest of the Prem would have to finish in the top FOUR to get their passport to the big time.

    Uefa chiefs’ latest plan intends to fend off the genuine threat of a breakaway European Super League.

    Europe’s governing body is now working with the European Club Association, headed by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, to find a format acceptable to the biggest clubs.

  • William Pugh

    WHO EUR GONNA GET

    The draw for the Europa League knockout stages will take place in Nyon, in Switzerland, on Monday afternoon.

    Manchester United are one of 26 confirmed sides in the pot and the other six spots will be filled on Thursday night after the final group-stage fixtures have been played.

    Eighteen of those teams have qualified via their Europa League groups, while the other eight have dropped out of the Champions League.

    CONFIRMED CLUBS IN MONDAY’S DRAW

    AC Milan, Ajax, Antwerp, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Braga, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kiev, Granada, Hoffenheim, Krasnodar, Leicester City, Lille, Olympiacos, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, RB Salzburg, Red Star Belgrade, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Slavia Prague, Tottenham Hotspur, MANCHESTER UNITED, Villarreal.

  • William Pugh

    He is quoted by Goal as telling Portuguese newspaper Record: “We weren’t champions, it’s true.

    “But we won the Europa League, the League Cup, the Super Cup.

    “And, in a fight with a Manchester City, who did not fulfil, as proved later, the Financial Fair Play, we were runners-up at a time when, having sporting truth, we would have been champions.”

    United finished 19 points behind City that season, famously denying their rivals an early April crowning with a 3-2 comeback win at Eastlands.

    The Citizens nonetheless broke the Premier League record for most points, wins and biggest winning margin.

    Finishing with 81 points, Mourinho’s Red Devils would have matched Leicester’s triumph two years earlier as the joint-sixth lowest points total for a title-winning side.

  • William Pugh

    NO WAY JOSE

    Former Manchester United assistant manager Ricardo Formosinho has claimed a lack of ‘sporting truth’ prevented the club’s Premier League title win in 2017-18.

    Manchester City swooped to the crown that year with a record points total.

    However, Pep Guardiola’s side were charged with Financial Fair Play breaches by Uefa following their massive transfer market spending.

    Initially banned from the Champions League for two years, the Etihad Stadium side denied all allegations.

    A successful Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal saw the ban quashed and City were only fined £8.9million for failing to cooperate with the Uefa investigation.

    The allegations led Formosinho, 64, to claim United could have won the title…

  • William Pugh

    SOL SEARCHING

    Manchester United's players believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘constant tinkering’ is contributing to the club’s struggles, according to reports.

    Fresh scrutiny has been placed on the Red Devils manager, after his side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

    And while members of his squad are ‘sympathetic’ towards Solskjaer’s position, The Telegraph report that they feel the chopping and changing has made it difficult to build partnerships on the pitch.

    Solskjaer, 47, switched to a 3-4-1-2 formation for just the second time this season against the Germans.

    And with such little time between matches in this congested season, preparation for each formation has been hindered.

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