Man Utd news LIVE: Pogba offered Barcelona transfer, Tchouameni wanted, Ronaldo 'deserves Ballon d'Or more than ever'

RICHARD ARNOLD will replace Ed Woodward as Manchester United executive vice-chairman in January, SunSport can reveal.

And one transfer that could happen under the new CEO is a move for Monaco's Aurelien Tchouameni.

Meanwhile, some sources report that Paul Pogba has been offered a shock move to Barcelona.

And Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes says the Portugal captain has never deserved the Ballon d'Or as much as he does this year.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    BARC TO THE TOP

    Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been offered to Barcelona, according to reports.

    The Frenchman, 28, is out of contract next summer.

    And according to ESPN, agent Mino Raiola has touted his services to a number of clubs ahead of his free agency – with Barca the latest to be contacted.

    Juventus, PSG, Real Madrid and even a host of Prem clubs have also been made aware of Pogba's availability.

  • Etienne Fermie

    THE RON DECISION

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his rotation policy, after coming under fire for benching Cristiano Ronaldo against Everton last time out.

    The Norwegian said: "If you can go and play six games in six days and play the same XI every time, it's great.

    “But it is about rotation. We need to get to April and May with everyone firing. We got to May in the final stretch of last season and we were too tired. I manage the players for the club.”

    On Ronaldo specifically, he added: “It's nice to have him on the pitch, he'll always come up with the goods. The more we have him on the pitch, the better.

    “He's an exceptional player, exceptional finisher, goalscorer, exceptional pro, it's hard to leave him out.”

  • Dylan Terry

    RASH RETURN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad for the trip to Leicester has a somewhat depleted look to it – with a host of stars set to miss Saturday's clash.

    But there is a welcome boost with Marcus Rashford set to be included in the squad for the first time this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the summer.

    With first choice centre-backs Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane out injured SunSport take a look at who could feature for Solskjaer on Saturday.

    Victor Lindelof is likely to keep his place from the draw against Everton, with Eric Bailly or Phil Jones set to come in for the stricken Varane.

    Paul Pogba may also be promoted to the starting line-up and play a holding role in the absence of Fred who will not return from international duty with Brazil in time.

    Anthony Martial could keep his place in the front four after scoring against Everton last time out, with Ronaldo expected to lead the line after being dropped against Everton.

  • Dylan Terry

    TABLE TOPPERS

    Brighton are officially the most improved team in the Premier League as things stand after seven games played.

    Chelsea and Manchester United have also bettered their points tallies and league positions this campaign compared to the same stage of the 2020/21 season.

    Second-placed Liverpool are a position and a point worse off, while Arsenal and Tottenham have both picked up two less points than they had at this stage last season.

    The Gunners were ninth in the league after seven games last campaign, while Jose Mourinho's Spurs were fourth.

  • Dylan Terry

    SOLSKJAER ON NEWCASTLE TAKEOVER

    Manchester United boss Solskjaer has also given his thoughts on the recent Saudi takeover of Newcastle.

     He said: “It has not been my focus but I noticed it has happened.

    “It is going to change the picture. I didn’t think it would go through but it has. It’s a fantastic club with traditions.

    “Long-term it will be interesting to watch. It has been the talk of football. It is results they want but it is not my focus. I don’t want to join the political discussion.”

  • Dylan Terry

    'MAKE OR BREAK'

    Gary Neville believes Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at Manchester United is a problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as it increases pressure on him to succeed.

    In a live fan debate on The Overlap, Neville said: "What I do think now, three years in, this is his third full season… performance has to improve.

    "So the problem that Ole has got at the moment is Ronaldo coming means it’s make or break.

    "You have to win with Ronaldo, you have to win a trophy. He’s not coming here not to win a trophy and be second, third and fourth.

    “Second thing [problem] is the performances are poor. I don’t think they’ve even played well enough a lot of the games they’ve won.

    “The performance levels, if you watch all the top teams – City, Liverpool, Chelsea (United don't compare). I disagree with Scholesy, I do think Chelsea will challenge for the title.”

  • Dylan Terry

    SOLSKJAER ENJOYING ATTACKING STYLE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it is 'nice to be an attacking player' in his side at the moment.

    "We have added some exciting players going forward and scored goals," the Norwegian said.

    "It's a nice time to be an attacking player.

    "We need to keep that going. We need to make sure we are hard to play against. I can’t think Atalanta or Liverpool – it's only Leicester that I can think about.

    "We are looking forward to this run. All the best players want to play against the best teams and we have some of the best teams coming up."

  • Dylan Terry

    SOLSKJAER GIVES SELECTION UPDATE

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has updated the media on his squad's fitness following the international break and ahead of their clash with Leicester tomorrow.

    He said: "[During the] internationals sometimes, it's a time to cross your fingers.

    "Raphael [Varane] is out for a few weeks. Victor [Lindelof] and Eric [Bailly] played and got good game time.

    "Fred and Edinson [Cavani] played a full game but we're not counting on them and giving them time to recover. Harry [Maguire] also had his first time on the grass, so we look quite strong.

    "[Marcus] Rashford is in the squad. I can’t tell you if he will start but has worked really hard. Has been bright this week. Fit and raring to go."

  • Dylan Terry

    BULK UP RASH

    Manchester United want Marcus Rashford to bulk up to prevent further injury, according to reports.

    The England star is fit again after shoulder surgery in August. And the Red Devils want him to stay available for as long as possible.

    As a result they will look to him to do some serious work in the gym, according to the Mail.

    Rashford is available for selection against Leicester on Saturday,

    The 23-year-old gained four kilos of lower body muscle during his rehab but has dropped mass in his upper body as a result of his restricted shoulder movement.

    The Red Devils think additional muscle mass up top may help to fend off injury in the future.

  • Dylan Terry

    POG TO BARCA?

    Barcelona have been linked with several players who could arrive on free transfers next summer.

    Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen have become the latest stars linked with a move to the Nou Camp.

    But Barcelona are still recovering from the financial turmoil which saw losses of £408million and the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

    That meant the club was restricted to free-agent signings with Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia all arriving for nothing.

    And President Joan Laporta could be planning the same transfer strategy for next summer.

    Paul Pogba is one such target with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid also said to be keen on the midfielder.

    His future is still not clear despite Manchester United reportedly edging closer to agreeing a new deal.

  • Dylan Terry

    POLICE FRUSTRATED BY PREM RESPONSE TO ONLINE ABUSE

    Manchester City, Brighton and Norwich are the only Premier League clubs to say they are willing to work with police to help players deal with online racist abuse.

    Chief Con Mark Roberts wrote to all 92 clubs across the four divisions in the summer as the National Police Chief Council’s football lead.

    But he was left disappointed by the commitment shown – with the lack of interest from the top flight particularly alarming.

    Online hatred has surged since Euro 2020 and clubs have said they will take a firm stance to stamp it out.

    But Roberts said: “We hear all the slogans, we hear all the commitment. But when we try to take some positive steps to support player and clubs, we need a bit more than words.

    “Only 49 have come back with a positive response and so far only eight clubs have facilitated us getting the officers, PFA and Kick it Out in to speak to the players.”

  • Dylan Terry

    TOP FOUR FAILURE?

    Manchester United will finish fifth in the Premier League this season, according to a supercomputer.

    It has been predicted that Chelsea will stroll to Premier League glory, winning the title by a comfortable 10-point margin, calculations say.

    Surprise supercomputer calculations also show newly-promoted Brentford will finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

    And Southampton will be relegated without a single win all season – including 17 draws at home.

    Newly-rich Newcastle, meanwhile, will have to sweat on their Premier League status before eventually finishing fourth from bottom.

    Liverpool will be Chelsea’s closest challengers and finish 10 points behind the Blues in second place.

    And reigning champions Manchester City will be 13 points further adrift in third place, according to the calculations.

    That means it will be bad news for Man Utd as they’ll be made to settle for fifth place.

  • Dylan Terry

    CALVIN LINE

    Norwich are big admirers of Aberdeen wonderkid Calvin Ramsay, but now Manchester United have reportedly joined the race for the young defender.

    The right-back has been interesting a number of Premier League clubs since bursting onto the scene this season.

    Leicester, Everton and even Man Utd are among the sides monitoring the 18-year-old's progress.

    Norwich are particularly keen and Aberdeen are braced for bids when the transfer window reopens in January.

    Ramsay has shot to prominence in the Dons first team this season and impressed with his rampaging displays down the right.

    The full-back, who can also play in midfield, looks to be from the Andy Robertson mould after providing an impressive seven assists in his 15 appearances so far this term.

  • Dylan Terry

    POG ON THE TYNE?

    Chris Waddle called on old club Newcastle to dream big – by targeting players like Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

    Following their controversial Saudi takeover last week, Toon legend Waddle told SunSport: “Paul Pogba’s out of contract isn’t he?

    “Now people might say about Newcastle — but money talks. If they sell the dream about what we’re going to win and achieve, it might.”

  • Dylan Terry

    KING COLE

    Manchester United legend Andy Cole is celebrating his 50th birthday today.

  • Dylan Terry

    FAN FAVOURITE

    Cristiano Ronaldo's fairytale return to Manchester United continues after he was named the club’s Player of the Month for September.

    The 36-year-old beamed as he collected the latest gong to go with the Premier League accolade he collected last week.

    Red Devils fans voted CR7 as their best player for last month after seeing him notch five goals on his return to the club.

    The forward released a short video message thanking fans on United’s official website.

    He said: “Thank you to all the fans for voting me for player of the month, thank you guys!"

    Ronaldo was also named Premier League Player of the Month – winning the award for the first time in thirteen years.

  • Dylan Terry

    WHO IS RICHARD ARNOLD?

    Arnold, 50, had previously worked as Group Managing Director and Company Director of Manchester United PLC, having been at the club for more than a decade.

    He joined United during the 2007/08 season, with the responsibility to grow the club's sponsorship business, retail, merchandising, apparel and product licensing business.

    Arnold was nominated for SportBusiness International's Sports innovator of the year list in 2011 for his work in this sector.

    He was promoted to the Group Managing Director as David Moyes's reign began in 2013, driving commercial partnerships.

    Arnold (right) is set to succeed Woodward at the end of the year
  • Dylan Terry

    RICH REWARD

    RICHARD ARNOLD will be named new executive vice-chairman at Manchester United after Ed Woodward steps down.

    Arnold, 50, is currently group managing director.

    He assumes the new role at the end of the year.

    That will make him the main man answering to United’s American-based owners, the Glazer family.

    SunSport understands the appointment has been ratified by co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer.

    But an official announcement is not due until nearer the end of the year.

    Arnold has been Woodward’s long-term right-hand man and the appointment will complete a seamless transition at the top.

  • Dylan Terry

    MARC OUR WORDS

    Manchester United want Marcus Rashford to bulk up to prevent further injury, according to reports.

    The England star is fit again after shoulder surgery in August.

    And the Red Devils want him to stay available for as long as possible.

    As a result they will look to him to do some serious work in the gym, according to the Mail.

    Rashford is available for selection against Leicester on Saturday,

    The 23-year-old gained four kilos of lower body muscle during his rehab but has dropped mass in his upper body as a result of his restricted shoulder movement.

    The Red Devils think additional muscle mass up top may help to fend off injury in the future.

  • William Pugh

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Paul Pogba is so delighted with Cristiano Ronaldo's impact that he is tempted to extend his Manchester United stay beyond this season.

    And Barcelona are tipped to join AC Milan and West Ham in pursuing Pogba's midfield team-mate Jesse Lingard.

    That's the pick of the transfer gossip around Old Trafford as United warm up for Saturday's Premier League clash at Leicester.

    It's claimed Pogba loves the spotlight shifting from him to Ronaldo since the legend's deadline-day return.

    And it's thought that could help persuade the in-form Frenchman to consider rejecting PSG, Real Madrid and old club Juve.

    But former United and Three Lions defender Gary Neville reckons starting Ronaldo means United can't play a pressing game – as the Portugal superstar has never worked hard enough when up front.

    Meanwhile, Lingard has returned from England duty to even greater speculation over his Old Trafford future.

    The 28-year-old is expected to turn down a new United contract, paving the way for January talks with foreign suitors and a free transfer move next summer.

    Finally, the Red Devils will name Richard Arnold as their new executive vice-chairman to succeed Ed Woodward later this year.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POLICE FRUSTRATED BY PREM RESPONSE ON ONLINE ABUSE

    Manchester City, Brighton and Norwich are the only Premier League clubs to say they are willing to work with police to help players deal with online racist abuse.

    Chief Con Mark Roberts wrote to all 92 clubs across the four divisions in the summer as the National Police Chief Council’s football lead.

    But he was left disappointed by the commitment shown – with the lack of interest from the top flight particularly alarming.

    Online hatred has surged since Euro 2020 and clubs have said they will take a firm stance to stamp it out.

    But Roberts said: “We hear all the slogans, we hear all the commitment. But when we try to take some positive steps to support player and clubs, we need a bit more than words.

    “Only 49 have come back with a positive response and so far only eight clubs have facilitated us getting the officers, PFA and Kick it Out in to speak to the players.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEW DEVILS

    Man Utd are being tipped to sign a new midfielder next summer as they look to bolster their already impressive squad.

    But how would the Red Devils look with a fresh feel to the centre of their side?

    Check out how United could line up next season:

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARNOLD SET TO BE WOODWARD SUCCESSOR

    Richard Arnold will be named new executive vice-chairman at Manchester United after Ed Woodward steps down.

    Arnold, 50, is currently group managing director.

    He assumes the new role at the end of the year.

    That will make him the main man answering to United’s American-based owners, the Glazer family.

    SunSport understands the appointment has been ratified by co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer.

    But an official announcement is not due until nearer the end of the year.

    Arnold has been Woodward’s long-term right-hand man and the appointment will complete a seamless transition at the top.

    He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POGBA AND HAZARD SHOULD BE ON TOON LIST

    EXCLUSIVE: Chris Waddle called on old club Newcastle to dream big – by targeting players like Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Real Madrid playmaker Eden Hazard, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    Following their controversial Saudi takeover last week, Toon legend Waddle told SunSport: “Paul Pogba’s out of contract isn’t he?

    “Now people might say about Newcastle — but money talks.

    “If they sell the dream about what we’re going to win and achieve, it might.”

    Ex-England winger Waddle, 60, added: “And then, do you raid the big teams?

    “Your Bayern Munichs and teams like that and say ‘we want him, we want him’.

    “Test them. Could you get somebody like Eden Hazard out from Real Madrid? On loan even until the end of the season and then pay a fee.

    “Federico Chiesa, yes. Moussa Diaby. Anthony Martial, not fitting in to Manchester United — all available. Donny van de Beek.

    “And then do you test teams like Arsenal for your people like Emile Smith Rowe?

    “What about Kalvin Phillips at Leeds? Declan Rice. Marco Asensio at Real Madrid.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD CAN'T BE A PRESSING TEAM WITH RON

    Gary Neville claims Cristinao Ronaldo was not even a hard-worker during his Manchester United prime – so they certainly can't expect to play a pressing game with him at the front now.

    Fellow Old Trafford legend Neville told The Overlap: "With it comes big positives, but with it also comes problems. Ronaldo had to be managed shall we say…

    "In the 2008 Barcelona semi-final away from home, Cristiano Ronaldo was shoved up front on his own, and Rooney and Ji-Sung Park were shoved wide, and Tevez was brought back to [mark] Busquets.

    "You couldn't carry him in the big games because he generally doesn't work hard enough.

    "So he's playing up front now – you're never going to press from the front. 

    "So the idea that Manchester United can become a pressing team with Cristiano up front is never going to happen. He wasn't pressing 10-15 years ago.

    "So what you say then is, 'what's the style of Manchester United?', well they're a counter-attack team."

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