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MANCHESTER UNITED have agreed a six-month deal with Ralf Rangnick to become their interim manager, according to reports.

The German, who is a practitioner of gengenpressing, is currently manager at Spartak Moscow and he inspired Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

The French club have been irked by reports the former Spurs manager could head to Old Trafford and have reportedly blocked an approach.

United have now put any move for Poch, 49, on hold until at least the summer.

Brendan Rodgers remains in the running, but United will have to stump £8million to prise him away from Leicester City.

In the meantime, former Barcelona, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao manager Valverde remains a popular option to become United's interim manager.

The Spaniard, 57, has been out of work since leaving the Nou Camp last year, when he was replaced by doomed Ronald Koeman.

And Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel wants to see his former team-mate Steve Bruce take temporary charge at the Theatre of Dreams.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland has been urged to join rivals Liverpool over Manchester United or Chelsea.


Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Justin Lawrence


    Ralf Rangnick has become the front-runner to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

    The beleaguered Norwegian boss was spotted at Manchester Airport on Monday boarding a private jet with his family for a short break ahead of the international break.

    The German super-coach comes with a hefty reputation in his homeland.

    He is said to have inspired Premier League bosses Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich supremo Julian Nagelsman with his tactics.

    Nicknamed 'The Professor', he was one of the pioneers of Gegenpressing, a style of play where teams immediately press the opposition after losing possession of the ball.

    His influence has been felt in the modern game, with many teams adopting his philosophy.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United have agreed a deal to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager, according to reports.

    The move is subject to his current club Lokomotiv Moscow allowing him to leave, report The Athletic.

    He is currently head of sports and development at the Russian club but it is believed that United do not think there will be any obstacle to prevent him from leaving.

    Rangnick, 63, will sign on for six months as manager before moving into a consultancy role at the club at the end of the season.

    However, the Red Devils have been unable to get a deal sorted prior to the visit to Chelsea on Sunday.

    That means Michael Carrick will continue in the dugout and have the opportunity to win his first Premier League match as a manager.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher have said that Cristiano Ronaldo could be a 'massive problem' for the next Manchester United manager if he does not continue to score goals for the club.

    Ronaldo has made 15 appearances for United so far this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting two since returning to the club in the summer.

    He was on the scoresheet once again as the reds defeated Villarreal 2-0 on Tuesday.

    Speaking on CBS Sports after the game, Carragher said: "How can a club the size of Manchester United still rely on a guy who’s nearly 37?

    "He was unbelievable, his goal record is unbelievable, but if he doesn’t score he is a passenger in the game.

    "You have to accept that, that’s a fact.

    "But he scores nearly every game so at the moment you can accept it.

    "If Cristiano Ronaldo went four or five games without scoring, that’s a massive problem for Manchester United."

    Henry added:  "I totally agree, but the problem is when your poison is your medicine you will struggle.

    "You watch the game [against Villarreal], at the end Ronaldo saves them, but when they play they are exposed sometimes because they don’t defend as a unit.

    "And we all know if you don’t do that you cannot win games.

    "We’re talking about winning the Champions League and winning the title in England, not finishing second, third, fourth and going to the quarter-finals and semi-finals."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Rafael van der Vaart has questioned if Lionel Messi still has the same desire for football as Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Both players made mega moves this summer with Cristiano heading to Man United and Messi joining Paris Saint-Germain.

    But while Ronaldo's hit the ground running at United, the same can't be said of Messi in Paris.

    And Van der Vaart reckons the difference between the two footballing greats lies in their hunger, which makes the Dutchman sad.

    He said: "It makes me sad. It's a question of desire. Does he [Messi] want it or not? When you compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo, one is fighting to take his team to the next level – and one isn't."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Eric Cantona has seemingly put an end to Manchester United's hunt for a new manager by declaring he's taken up the role.

    United have been searching for a new boss since dismissing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but their recruitment process has had a few bumps.

    Top choices Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino are reportedly unavailable at the moment -leaving United's hierarchy scrambling around for a viable alternative.

    However, their worries have come to an end if Cantona's Instagram is anything to go by as he revealed he's the club's new boss on the social media platform.

    The United icon said in a recorded video: "Hello my friends. I would like to tell you in exclusivity that I am the new manager of Manchester United.

    "I will tell you later the name of my great staff. See you soon."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United will battle it out with a host of Europe's top clubs including Spurs to sign £70million-rated Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are the latest to join the list of clubs keeping tabs of Vlahovic – including Spurs, Newcastle, AC Milan and Juventus.

    The 21-year-old striker is currently one of Europe's most sought after players, having scored 12 goals in 14 games in all competitions so far this season.

    He netted an impressive 21 goals in 37 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina last season, which saw him win the Serie A Best Young Player for 2020-21 award.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Donny van de Beek and partner Estelle Bergkamp enjoyed a heartwarming, football-themed baby gender reveal.

    The happy couple revealed earlier this month that they are expecting their first child.

    And now they know that they will be welcoming a baby girl into the world.

    In pictures shared to Instagram, Donny gave fans a look at his football-related reveal.

    Pregnant Estelle, daughter of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, joined the Manchester United midfielder in a five-aside cage.

    Donny, 24, then booted a football, with the mini ball designed to release smoke of a certain colour when kicked.

    The couple colour coded blue for a boy and pink for a girl.

    Their faces painted a joyful picture as pink smoke rose into the air.

    They then posed for a sweet picture together, grinning at each other in delight.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino.

    Pochettino has been United's top target to replace former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the Old Trafford dugout.

    According to Le Parisien, PSG representatives have met with Zinedine Zidane to discuss the possibility of him taking over at Parc des Princes in the summer.

    Sporting director Leonardo and general manager Jean-Claude Blanc, who is also a good friend of Zidane, met with the French head coach at the Royal Monceau hotel to hold talks.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Real Madrid have halted their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The 28-year-old Frenchman is set to leave Old Trafford for free in the summer when his contract expires.

    And Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the World Cup winner as they prepare to bolster their squad under Carlo Ancelotti.

    But, according to AS, the Spanish giants are no longer interested in bringing Pogba to the club despite him being available for free.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United savagely got rid of any memory of ex-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the club by removing his mural just days after sacking the Norwegian.

    Solskjaer had a giant mural etched on the Sir Matt Busby stand but United ruthlessly took it down just a day after United’s Champions League win in Villarreal.

    The Norwegian took the reins at United in 2019 but his tenure was short-lived following his lack of success in the role.

    The Red Devils initially gave Solskjaer time to get things right but his clock ran out after a string of poor results and expensive signings this season.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Marcus Rashford and fashion brand Burberry have come together to build libraries in underfunded schools across the UK.

    Burberry has announced that it will pay to create libraries in 10 underfunded schools in Manchester, Yorkshire, and London, donating 8,000 books and providing training to a further 200 teachers across the country.

    In addition to this, all 10 schools will take part in the Marcus Rashford Book Club, a programme created by Rashford and Macmillan Children’s Books earlier this year.

    Speaking on his collaboration with Burberry, Rashford said, reported by Dazed: "These children need the escapism of reading more than most, and access to books should not be restricted by the area you grow up in.

    "Coming out of the pandemic, there was a huge need for safe spaces – a space where children could come and just breathe; process their feelings. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved here."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Cristiano Ronaldo could face Robert Lewandowski in an epic showdown in the 2022 World Cup's next round of qualifiers.

    The draw for the next round of qualifying – with a two-round playoff incoming, takes place tomorrow at the FIFA headquarters.

    And as Cristiano's Portugal are one of the seeded sides, and Lewandowski's Poland are unseeded, the two European nations could be drawn against each other.

    The draw begins at 4pm tomorrow and SunSport will be running a live blog so you can keep up with all the action.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Ex-Manchester United star Louis Saha reckons his old club can turn things around despite a tumultuous start to the season.

    The Red Devils have been on a poor run of form which culminated in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But Saha thinks the season won't be a complete disaster if United's attack, including Anthony Martial come together.

    He told 101 goals: "Because the Premier League is a marathon, I still believe they can pick up form and go on a run,’

    "And when they do, they will be unstoppable because those front 4 players are one of the best in the Premier League. Of course, they will need to defend and ensure there’s the right balance.

    "But when they eventually find the right formula and things click – especially in their heads where at the minute there’s too much over thinking – those players are unstoppable when they play naturally.

    "On their game, no-one can touch that front four or five. Martial, when he’s on top form, he is unplayable."

  • Justin Lawrence


    PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and his star-studded squad flew back to France following their Champions League defeat to Manchester City.

    Second half goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus handed Pep Guardiola's side a 2-1 victory over the Ligue 1 leaders as they booked their place in the last 16 as group winners.

    Pochettino was visiting Manchester for the first time since being heavily linked as the long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

    But the Argentine did not entertain any form of speculation at the airport as he signed an autograph before boarding the plane back to the French capital.

    Scorer Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Sergio Ramos were all in attendance for the flight home as they wore disappointed looks following the defeat.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed the talk linking him with the vacant Manchester United job as nothing more than rumours.

    Speculation has been rife that the Argentine will be the next man in charge of United.

    But Poch refused to entertain the idea as there's no need to respond to rumours.

    He said: 'We know their situation. We are living in a business that rumours are there, sometimes negative, sometimes positive.

    "That is not a thing to talk about – the rumours."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Zinedine Zidane is not interested in becoming Manchester United manager, according to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

    The former Real Madrid head coach has been touted as a potential long-term fix at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But Gunners icon Henry, who played alongside Zidane for the France national team, does not believe it is something the World Cup winner is considering.

    Speaking on CBS Sports, he said: “Zidane going to United? I don’t think he would be interested in that now.

    "Why? Because in the back of my head I’m thinking that maybe he’s waiting for the national team job.

    "I think he has that in the back of his mind.

    "So I see it more, although I don’t think Pochettino will leave, but if Pochettino goes then the PSG job will be free for Zidane.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    Mauricio Pochettino signed a Manchester United shirt for a supporter before last night’s Champions League tie between PSG and Man City.

    The Argentine, 49, is one of the Red Devils’ top choices to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

    Paris Saint-Germain are standing firm, however, blocking an approach from United to speak to their manager.

    Pochettino was in town for last night’s clash with Man City at the Etihad.

    And prior to his side’s 2-1 defeat he added fuel to the fire, by signing a young fan’s Man United shirt – despite a PSG representative saying he wouldn’t.

    A United supporter told talkSPORT: “We met Poch today, my kid had his autograph stuff in the bag and the guy goes, ‘see if you can get him to sign a Man United shirt’.

    “That’s my kid’s shirt, what they didn’t post was the photo of him signing it.

    “There was a representative next to him going, ‘excuse me, it’s a Manchester United shirt, he won’t sign it’. And he goes, ‘it’s fine, it’s fine’ and he signed it.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    ONE of Chelsea or Liverpool could pip Manchester City to the Champions League title, says Anfield legend Michael Owen.

    The three English heavyweights are joined by Manchester United in qualifying for the last 16 with a game to spare.

    City came from a goal down to defeat the star-studded Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at the Etihad on Wednesday.

    But former Liverpool striker Owen believes his old club and Premier League leaders Chelsea are a cut above Pep Guardiola’s men.

    He said on BT Sport: “Chelsea and Liverpool have got a little edge on (City).

    “That’s not to say they can’t win it. They definitely can, they’re a top team.

    But I think Anfield is a huge factor for Liverpool in knock-out football. I think they’re a little bit more robust, they’ve got a little bit more know-how.

    “If Chelsea don’t play perfectly I still see them grinding it out. If Liverpool have one bad result, I still see them coming back and battering someone at Anfield.”

  • Alex Terrell


    Former Premier League players Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen have narrowed down Manchester City and Liverpool as the two best fits in the Premier League for Erling Haaland.

    Manchester United legend Ferdinand believes Liverpool are the No1 suitors for the Borussia Dortmund ace.

    Ex-Liverpool man Owen suggested on BT Sport that Manchester City would be the best club for him to go to, to which Ferdinand replied: “I think he suits other teams better, if I’m Liverpool I’d take him right now.

    “I think if he goes to Liverpool that’s a devastating front three, I don’t think it’s as hard for him to adapt if he goes to Liverpool, it’s a different system.”

    He also pointed out it wasn’t that easy to adapt to life at the Etihad, with Jack Grealish yet to fully settle following his £100million move in August.

    “You see Jack Grealish, he’s gone to Manchester City, top player brilliant player we all love watching him [but] it’s quite hard to adapt to get into that team.

    “Not many players go there and adapt immediately.”

  • Alex Terrell


    Henry continued: "Pochettino is not allowed to be Pochettino at times with that team.

    "How do you take (Messi, Mbappe or Neymar) off?

    "So he put Angel Di Maria in midfield – but he was exposed and not helping."

  • Alex Terrell


    Henry claimed: "If you want to win the Champions League, you cannot defend with seven players.

    "It is impossible, I don't care who you are.

    "The full backs are exposed, so it's virtually a three vs one, three vs two on the pitch.

    "Team that win titles – and the Champions League even more so – have their front-three facing the ball.

    "That way the full backs will feel more comfortable with what's going on behind them.

    "But right now they're too exposed. Teams in France cannot expose them, but Man City can.

  • Alex Terrell


    Jamie Carragher has urged Mauricio Pochettino to join Manchester United – as Thierry Henry hinted the Argentine can't cope with his star forward trio, writes DAVE FRASER.

    Paris Saint-Germain threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at Manchester City, ensuring they will finish only second in Group A – potentially facing United in the last 16.

    Pochettino has been hotly-linked with a move to Old Trafford to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked on Sunday.

    The Argentine claims he is 'happy' at PSG and wouldn't leave midway through the season, but there are rumblings he's not content living in the French capital.

    And Carragher has revealed he would join United 'tomorrow' if he was in Pochettino's shoes.

    Carragher told CBS Sports: "Pochettino has got to get out of that club.

    "If he's got the chance to go to Manchester United… I'd be gone tomorrow.

    "I honestly would and it's because of those three stars (Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar)."

  • Etienne Fermie


    Steve Bruce has reportedly been offered to his former club Manchester United by his agent.

    The Mail claims United’s ex-captain has been put forward for the interim role following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit.

    But Roberto Mancini has supposedly SNUBBED an approach from United.

    The 56-year-old former Manchester City boss plans to focus on World Cup qualification with Italy.

    German newspaper BILD report that Mancini turned down contact with the Red Devils as he is to fulfil his 'duty' to help Italy qualify for the World Cup.

    Meanwhile, Lucien Favre’s name has also been thrown into the hat to potentially become interim manager.

    The United hierarchy have allegedly reached out to the 64-year-old to discuss his interest in the post, according to The Telegraph.

    And Brendan Rodgers has again stressed his commitment to Leicester City.

    He said: "I don't take it as anything. For me it's not real. 

    "There's always gossip and speculation and I suppose that will always be there until United appoint a full-time manager.

    "I've always said my commitment is here. My commitment is to this group of players, this team."

    Finally, Jesse Lingard remains determined to leave United despite Solskjaer’s departure.

    The Mail claims the England star is ‘unmoved’ by the managerial change and still has no plans to open up negotiations over a new contract.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Prem clubs are facing a £160million transfer tax each season to support the lower leagues.

    It is a key recommendation of former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch’s ‘fan-led review’ of football.

    But clubs and Prem chiefs are likely to fight the plans — and block calls for an overhaul of the parachute payment system for relegated clubs.

    Crouch and her team, appointed after the failed breakaway European Super League in April, feel the best way to distribute funds from the top down is with a new levy.

    The tax would be “similar to stamp duty” paid on properties for clubs buying players.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Newcastle’s £300million Saudi takeover would NOT have been waved through by a proposed new owners’ test for football.

    Former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and her 'fan-led review' team have recommended a new comprehensive process for the entire game.

    In order to be approved by the proposed new independent regulator who would be appointed by the Government, any owner would have to pass a new 'Integrity Test'.

    While a potential owner would be considered 'of good character' unless there is 'reliable evidence' to the contrary, the regulator would look at 'criminal matters', 'relevant information from credible and reliable sources', past business dealings and 'integrity and reputation' of close family members.

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