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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is set to stay at Man Utd as boss at least until Ed Woodward departs at the end of the year, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Victor Lindelof is set to miss the Champions League clash with Atalanta through injury.

The centre-back looked assured in the win over Tottenham where Ole employed three CBs in defence.

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

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE LOVES CRITICISM

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he relishes the weekly criticism he receives.

    Solskjaer's long-term future at Old Trafford continues to be the topic of fierce debate, despite the top brass' faith in him.

    The board's unwavering support is a welcome reprieve from the constant criticism the Norwegian receives, although the former United hitman is motivated by his very public detractors.

    The 48-year-old said: “Criticism can make you doubt yourself or you can stand up for yourself and I’ve always enjoyed criticism, keep that coming, it’s fine.

    “Journalists, pundits, experts, we’ve all got different jobs and it’s their job to give their opinion. I’m not here to fight with them, I don’t need a spat with anyone"

    Solskjaer was under immense scrutiny following United's embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last month but has refused to dwell on the pasting.

    He said: "The next one is the one that matters and we’ve been working to get consistency and we know that when we get that consistency we will get results and performances.

    “One swallow doesn’t make a summer and it’s important we keep focusing on what we did well in that game and improve on what we didn’t do as well.

    "It is relentless with games every three days and it’s a chance against Atalanta to prove that we can go again.”

    United bounced back from the trouncing by their bitter rivals last weekend with a 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'M SHOCKED CONTE WOULDN'T WAIT FOR UTD

    Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan can't believe Antonio Conte would consider bossing Tottenham when the Manchester United job might soon come up.

    Spurs sacked Nuno Espirito Santo today after the 3-0 home loss to United that, in contrast, gave rival manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more time.

    Jordan told talkSPORT: “Conte would rather choose Tottenham Hotspur over the potential, inevitable opening at Man United sooner rather than later. I’m staggered.

    “Conte didn’t want to stay at [Inter] Milan because he wasn’t given assurances about how much money they would spend.

    “Conte will drive them insane and produce the same outcome, unless (Fabio) Paratici has a different relationship with (Spurs chairman) Daniel (Levy) than anyone else has had before.

    “Tottenham are not Manchester United and don’t have the livery or finances behind them unless there’s a massive sea change."

  • Ian Tuckey

    START OF THE BJORN SUPREMACY?

    Dutch teenager Bjorn Hardley trained alongside fellow Manchester United centre-backs Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane ahead of tomorrow's Champions League trip to Atalanta.

    Hardley, 18, has been in the shadows compared to other United youngsters since arriving from NAC Breda two years ago.

    But he has emerged as a youth-team star this season, earning promotion to United's Under-23s.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    WRIGHTY NOW LIKE KEANO

    Ian Wright "didn't like" Roy Keane amid Arsenal's infamous rivalry with Manchester United but now says the hardman is a "friend" who he can discuss "serious things" with.

    The Gunners' legendary striker Wright and United's combative midfielder Keane regularly faced each other in the 1990s before eventually becoming TV pundits.

    And Wrighty said: "People have to understand that Roy Keane is just an honest man.

    "What I like about Roy Keane is that I see him as my friend. We go and we talk about some serious things. 

    "I see him as my friend now, but like I say, when we played I didn’t like him. I didn’t like him at all.

    "I remember when I won my Premier League medal, when the camera came in I remember saying "Roy Keane winners medal", because Roy Keane one time said to me 'Wrighty you’ve got a cabinet full of losers medals!.

    "It’s the kind of comment I would have said to him if the shoe was on the other foot. But when he said it, it hurts you but I was laughing deep down because it’s a killer, it finishes you, bam. 

    "Even when I reminded him, he said ;nah I didn’t say that'. I said, 'Roy, it’s not something you forget!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE GUNNAR SULKS NO MORE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned there is no time for sulkers as Manchester United look to revive their season.

    After a humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool left Solskjaer fighting for his job, he desperately had to switch things around for their trip to Tottenham.

    He did so, changing to a 3-5-2 formation and named his oldest squad as United boss, with Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, and Edison Cavani, 34, both scoring in the 3-0 win.

    It saw Nuno Espirito Santo instead sacked, as Solskjaer's gamble to field experience over youth payed off.

    But the Norwegian club legend urged United's frustrated benchwarmers not to drag the side down as the look to turn their fortunes around.

    Solskjaer said: "When you’re at a place like this, we’ve got so many players and we don’t have time for anyone to sulk or not give energy to the team.

    If you’re not in the starting XI, you’re there to support your teammates. You come on and do your best when you come on.

    "If you don’t come on, then what’s the single most important thing you can do to help the team? And the attitude was spot on.

    "Yeah, I understand players want to play and nobody is happy when they don’t play.

    "But the squad morale has been really good and it has to be really good.

    "It can’t be that we’ve done one game now and then everyone is thinking about themselves, it’s a team before any individual."

  • Ian Tuckey

    CONTE WOULD WANT KANE AS FOX IN THE BOX

    Antonio Conte revealed he would 'always keep' Harry Kane in the box when previously speaking on the Tottenham striker.

    Conte could be announced at Tottenham boss TODAY after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked this morning.

    And after just one goal in TEN Premier League games, Conte's first assignment would be to try and get the best out of his star man.

    But the 52-year-old seemingly already has a plan to do just that.

    During his work as a pundit during Euro 2020, via the Mirror, Conte said: "Many praise Harry Kane for his ability to go get the ball and play with the team, such as with the equaliser against Denmark.

    "Of course, he’s good at that too, but it’s in the box where he’s clinical and as a coach, I would always keep him in there because he’s devastating."

    And Conte even labelled Kane as one of the world's best strikers when he was in charge of bitter rivals Chelsea in 2017.

    He won the FA Cup and Premier League with the Blues, but revealed if he had to buy any striker in the world then Kane would be on his wish list.

    The Italian told Sky Sports: "For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world.

    "If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane.

    "He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he's strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left.

    "He's a complete player. He's one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m."

  • Ian Tuckey

    5 PLAYERS WHO COULD TRANSFORM UTD IN JANUARY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer produced a huge result just when he needed it most last weekend, writes ASIF NORAT.

    With his Manchester United tenure seemingly hanging by a thread, the Norwegian's system change inspired a 3-0 victory over Tottenham in North London on Saturday.

    The three points have eased pressure for now, but United will need to keep improving if they are to reach their ambitions with Solskjaer at the helm.

    Here are five players he should target in the January transfer window to ignite the Red Devils’ season.

    ADAMA TRAORE
    DECLAN RICE
    FRANK KESSIE
    KIERAN TRIPPIER
    MARCELO BROZOVIC

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR RUN-DOWN ON THESE PLAYERS

  • Ian Tuckey

    COULD CRISTIANO BE NEXT UTD BOSS?

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, according to the bookies.

    Betfair have United’s best player at 14/1 to succeed the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat.

    Betting in the next-Manchester-United-manager market has been given an over-haul by reports previous frontrunner Antonio Conte is about to take the Spurs job.

    The Italian, 52, was priced at 8/11 to take charge following United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    Now 36-year-old Ronaldo – who has bagged seven goals since his fairytale summer return to the Red Devils – is named in the running for the manager’s job alongside the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Graham Potter.

  • Jim Sheridan

    21ST CENTURY FLOPS

    For all their success this century, Manchester United have also endured their fair share of flops in the transfer market.

    The latest player struggling to make an impact at Old Trafford is Dutch international Donny van de Beek.

    But does that disappointing spell earn him a spot in United’s worst XI of the 21st Century?

    The United End’s Tom McDermott shows selections below for his very own team of Red Devils flops – do you agree?

  • Jim Sheridan

    CON-SUL NUNO

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will get in touch with sacked Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, writes Martin Blackburn.

    United’s 3-0 win in North London on Saturday evening effectively cost the Portuguese native his job.

    It could easily have been the Red Devils manager facing the axe had the result gone the other way – so Solskjaer has plenty of sympathy for Nuno.

    The Old Trafford chief said: “It’s never nice to see good men lose their jobs and he’s been working hard.

    “I don’t know what the situation has been so can’t say too much.

    “But as a colleague you are never happy when that happens. You try to get in touch and tell them your feelings.”

  • Jim Sheridan

    BROZO BID

    United are reportedly considering whether to pounce on the opportunity to sign Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic.

    The 28-year-old Croatian midfielder's contract with the Serie A giants is up next summer and talks between the parties seem to have hit a brick wall.

    Money is at the root of Brozovic's reluctance to commit his future to the San Siro club, as the 28-year-old's camp are holding out for £5million-a-year while Inter would rather pay him £4.2m.

    If the squabbling parties can't come to an agreement, the ex-Dinamo Zagreb star could leave on a free transfer next year and his agents are said to already be trying to secure him a new home.

    And the Red Devils, who could do with some extra gusto in the middle of park, are seriously considering if they should secure Brozovic's services, SW claim.

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    POG WALKING?

    Real Madrid are 'confident' they can sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The LaLiga giants are also keen on bringing in Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger to freshen up their squad, say Marca.

    Manchester United star Paul Pogba's contract runs out in the summerCredit: Getty

    The report says Pogba's agent Mino Raiola 'is no longer seen as a potential issue in a deal being done' and Real 'are far more confident of securing the World Cup winner's services than they were a couple of months ago.'

    Pogba is out of contract at United at the end of the season and Marca say his 'stunted contract negotiations at Manchester United' underline the belief he wants a move to the Bernabeu.

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    NORWEGIAN WOOD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's survival as Manchester United manager in the wake of their humiliation against Liverpool might have had something to do with protecting the public image of Ed Woodwward, it has been claimed.

    United executive vice-chairman Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021 and is 'reluctant to get rid of the Norwegian before he leaves as it would provide a damning final comment on his time in charge', according to MailOnline.

    Solskjaer's time as Red Devils boss looked over when the Reds thumped them 5-0 at home nine days ago but Saturday's 3-0 win at Spurs has eased the pressure.

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    RON MANAGER

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, according to the bookies.

    Betfair have United's best player at 14/1 to succeed the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat.

    Ronaldo is a surprise name-in-the-frame as a future Man Utd manager

    Betting in the next-Manchester-United-manager market has been given an over-haul by reports previous frontrunner Antonio Conte is about to take the Spurs job.

    The Italian, 52, was priced at 8/11 to take charge following United's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    Now 36-year-old Ronaldo – who has bagged seven goals since his fairytale summer return to the Red Devils – is named in the running for the manager's job alongside the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Graham Potter.

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    DID PSG MAKE A MISTAKE IN LETTING CAVANI JOIN MAN UTD?

    Paris Saint-Germain made a mistake in letting Edinson Cavani join Manchester United, it has been claimed.

    The Uruguay striker, who joined United from the French giants last winter as a free agent, has repeatedly impressed at Old Trafford despite limited game time.

    Cavani scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's big win at Spurs in what was just his second start of the campaign.

    And French journalist Geoffrey Garétier has suggest PSG dropped the ball in not convincing the star to stay with them for longer.

    He is quoted by Le10Sport as telling Canal+: "Cavani had a huge advantage, it is that he worked for the collective.

    "He pushed himself, he ran, he compensated, he was very generous physically in all areas of the field. And we have to admit that when he left, this profile was not replaced."

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    SANCHO YET TO SCORE OR ASSIST A MAN UTD GOAL

    Jadon Sancho has not scored or provided an assist for a Manchester United goal during his 11 appearances for the club this season.

    Manchester United forked out £73m for Jadon Sancho this summerCredit: EPA

    That surprising statistic has been reported by the Manchester Evening News following Sancho's bench-warming brief in Saturday's big win at Spurs.

    Big things were expected of Sancho, 21, following his £73million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July.

    The England star got the move to Old Trafford on the back of sensational form for the German club.

    In February the former Manchester City winger became the the first and youngest player in Bundesliga history to contribute 50 assists in less than 100 games.

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    MAN UTD TO TAKE PART IN SAFE-STANDING TRIALS

    Manchester United are one of a number of Prem giants set to take part in trials for safe-standing at grounds.

    Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have also signed up for the project which could see their fans being allowed to stand again in specially-modified terraces during matches.

    The Manchester Evening news reports United have installed safe standing areas inside Old Trafford in order to meet the criteria for the trials.

    Safe standing is to be trialled from January 1 after the government gave the Sports Ground Safety Authority the green light to begin assessing stadiums.

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    NEVILLE SAYS SOME MAN UTD STARS 'CAN'T BE TRUSTED'

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville says some of their star players cannot be 'trusted' to put in enough effort during games.

    The retired right-back praised attackers Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani for their contribution to Saturday's big win at Spurs.

    But he believes boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to start with a back five shows that other in the side are not doing the defensive duty.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "This is one of the most defensive Man Utd teams I think I've ever seen.

    "It's a poor reflection on the more talented players in the squad that he can't trust them to do the work without the ball."

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    TELLES COULD BE KEY FOR MAN UTD

    Alex Telles could be a vital piece of the puzzle in a successful Manchester United side.

    Telles could be an asset as an attacking wing-back in a back three at Man Utd

    The Brazilian has failed to dislodge Luke Shaw from left-back since his £13.5million arrival from Porto last year.

    But the more attack-minded Telles could be a better option at wing-back if boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer perseveres with the 3-4-1-2 formation used in Saturday's big win at Spurs, according to the Manchester Evening news.

    Its tactical analysis concludes Solskjaer would be wise to continue with a back three rather than a back four, and that Telles, 28, might be better than Shaw in unlocking the Prem's best defences going forward.

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    BARCA IN FOR VAN DE BEEK?

    Barcelona are the latest club considering a move for Manchester United flop Donny van de Beek, according to reports.

    The Manchester United midfielder has made just FOUR Premier League starts since his £35million arrival from Ajax last year.

    Barcelona have been linked with a loan move for Van de Beek

    Now Spanish media outlet Sport say Barca are lining up a loan move for the Netherlands international in January.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Van de Beek is unhappy with his lack of game time at the Red Devils.

    The Norwegian said: "I know he is not happy but he is a top professional. He doesn't let himself down and he knows this is how it works in football."

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Antonio Conte is still looming in the background despite Manchester United's 3-0 win at Tottenham.

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani eased the pressure on Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with their new strike-partnership and brilliant goal apiece.

    But Solskjaer will be under fire again if United flop at Atalanta in the Champions League tomorrow night.

    And ex-Chelsea chief Conte is said to be high on the wishlist for both the Red Devils and Spurs.

    Conte, though, is reportedly ready to bide his time for a new job until the summer, having departed Inter Milan after winning Serie A last season.

    Ronaldo sweetly volleyed United's opener on Saturday before his skilful spin and intricate pass teed up an equally-classy finish from Cavani.

    Dropped Marcus Rashford then came on for Ronaldo to round off United's redemptive win, six days after Liverpool's 5-0 victory at Old Trafford.

    But Ron, 36, insisted afterwards the flak United have faced is 'normal' for such a massive club.

    He told Sky Sports: “The criticism is so big, it is always there. It doesn’t bother me, I know that one day we are perfect and another day we are c**p."

    “Sometimes life is like that and we have to pass through the bad moments.”

    Finally, fringe midfielder Donny van de Beek is again being linked with Arsenal.

    The Holland star was tipped to depart last summer, with a loan move still possible in January

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE HAILS FERNANDES

    Bruno Fernandes is finally coming to terms with no longer being Manchester United’s main man.

    Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes his Portuguese playmaker has rediscovered his mojo going into this week’s crucial games against Atalanta and Manchester City.

    Fernandes’ nose was well and truly put out of joint by the deadline-day signing of his international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

    For the previous 18 months he had relished his status as the Old Trafford idol with the entire team being set up around his talents.

    But everything changed when Ronaldo returned to become the sole focus of attention.

    And Fernandes found himself trying a bit too hard to recapture top dog status and ended up playing his team into trouble as a consequence.

    But a long, hard chat with boss Solskjaer following last week’s Liverpool humiliation appears to have got him back on track.

    And the change of formation which gave him free rein to try all his tricks behind Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani worked wonders as United took hapless Spurs to the cleaners in Saturday’s 3-0 win.

    It was his sublime pass which teed up Ronaldo’s 39th-minute volley and his tackle on Oliver Skipp which set up Cavani’s first goal of the season to secure the victory.

    A delighted Solskjaer said: “What a ball for Ronaldo’s goal. Bruno really shows his quality when he plays those passes.

    “I’ve been on to him lately about his decision-making because in some games he’s been a bit wasteful and taking too many risks.

    “But Bruno has to be allowed to play that pass if he sees Cristiano, Cavani and Marcus Rashford in position and he’s getting better at that which is good.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO FIGHTS TO AVOID AXE

    Nuno Espirito Santo is fighting to avoid the sack after Daniel Levy held crisis talks today.

    The Tottenham chairman discussed the manager’s future with sporting director Fabio Paratici following Saturday’s humiliating 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United.

    Now Levy must decide whether to fire Nuno, 47, after just five wins from their opening ten games of the  Premier League season.

    Nuno would go down as having the shortest reign of any full-time Spurs manager under Levy with just 124 days in charge if he is axed.

    French flop Jacques Santini was booted out after 155 days back in November 2004.

    Fans turned on the Portuguese on Saturday, chanting ‘We want Nuno out’.

    The atmosphere turned toxic as the North Londoners failed to register a shot on target all game.

    Levy was also subjected to fans asking for him to leave the club, while even Harry Kane was booed when he opted to pass rather than shoot. 

    Tottenham boss Nuno responds to fans booing after Man Utd loss

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO ‘ON BRINK’

    Spurs chief Nuno Espirito Santos is ‘on the brink’ of the sack, according to The Telegraph tonight.

    Tottenham chiefs reportedly held an urgent meeting amid anger at yesterday’s 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASH OF BIRTHDAY WISHES

    How many people have done so much, so well received, so young as Marcus Rashford.

    And Manchester United marked the birthday of "one of our own" today by hailing the England striker and social campaigner as a "role model on and off the pitch".

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