1.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Pochettino ‘approach’, Basaksehir defeat reaction, Rio scathing, Chukwueze transfer eyed – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED returned to Champions League action tonight – but were defeated again by Instanbul Basaksehir.

Off the field, we've the very latest on Ryan Giggs' arrest while Phil Jones could be set for a shock move to the Championship.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

  • Joe Brophy

    FER REAL?

    Bruno Fernandes struggled yet again for Manchester United on Wednesday as he gave the ball away a staggering 34 TIMES against Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The 26-year-old played the whole game in Turkey as his side lost 2-1, while team-mate Donny van de Beek was hauled off after 61 minutes despite impressing.

  • Joe Brophy

    WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright has blasted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claiming Mikel Arteta would have Manchester United challenging for the title.

    Speaking on Wrighty's House podcast, he said: “Can I just say something, I'm just going to blast it in: If Arteta is managing Man United they are challenging.

    “Because, for me now I've got to the point where, when you look at the inconsistency of Man United with the components they have, the team that they have, what they should be doing.

    “We're talking about [Paul] Pogba here, World Cup winner, you've got [Axel] Tuanzebe who can't even get on the pitch after marking arguably two of the most exciting and brilliant players in the world.

    “He's using two holding midfielders when if he's playing Tuanzebe he doesn't need that! And you've got a manager who, for me, is playing off of vibes, he's managing off of pure vibes.

    “Look at what Arteta has done in his time at Arsenal. We're seeing coaching change, we're seeing coaching on the field, we're seeing impact.

    “Look at [Mohamed] Elneny, came out of the blue, found him and said, 'He can do this for me, he can do that for me'. He's making the parts work.

    “And looking at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who's got a Man United team with this [Alex] Telles – I think Telles looks like someone who could do something.

    “Harry Maguire is starting to get back to what he can do, we know what Harry Maguire can do, with Tuanzebe next to him and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, and the goalkeeper is starting to find his form, they should be doing better than that.

    “What they did against Arsenal the other day, for me, for Man United, coming off the back of the two results, was embarrassing.

    “Roy Keane was saying the players will get him the sack. It's not just the players.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAUR TO COME

    Manchester United have approached Mauricio Pochettino about becoming the club's next manager, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News claim the Red Devils have made contact with Poch's representatives.

    SunSport has contacted Manchester United for comment.

    United have endured a dismal start to the season under Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the club 15th in the Premier League table and the pressure ramping up.

  • Joe Brophy

    RON OF US

    Alvaro Morata has defended Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting the Juventus superstar is 'loved by everyone.'

    The United legend was slammed by former Juve player Pasquale Bruno for having 'no respect for team-mates.'

    Yet after their 4-1 Champions League victory over Ferencvaros, in which Morata scored twice, the Spaniard said: “I don't have to say who Cristiano is and what he does.

    “He is always available, he makes himself loved by everyone, he is in the group.

    “He is our most important player and we hope he will always take us to the next level.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Manchester United's chances of winning the 2021 Champions League aren't looking too clever after a shock 2-1 defeat away to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    But who are the runners and riders three games into this season's European competition?

    Data crunched by FiveThirtyEight has reigning champs Bayern Munich as the hot favourites to be crowned kings of Europe again.

    Hansi Flick's side have a 26 per cent chance of winning the final at this stage.

  • Joe Brophy

    POG BACK

    Juventus chief Fabio Paratici says he ‘loves’ Paul Pogba and has refused to rule out a transfer move for the Manchester United star.

    The Frenchman returned to Old Trafford in 2016 from the Italian side but has been linked numerous times with a move back.

    Now the flames have been stoked again as Paratici talked up their chances of signing the midfielder amid the current coronavirus financial climate.

    He said: “Paul Pogba as our target? In this moment he's a Man Utd player, it's difficult to think about transfers.

    “We love Pogba, he's a fantastic player but it's too early to talk about our targets for the future”.

  • Joe Brophy

    FERGET IT

    Robin van Persie has claimed that United broke Sir Alex Ferguson’s golden rule to not run “less than the opponent” in their 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    He told BT Sport: “They missed the urgency to commit.

    “In my time at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson said: ‘I don’t mind losing as long as my team is not running less than the opponent and I want to see commitment going forward and as well defensively’.

    “I’m pretty sure Basaksehir ran more than Manchester United. That should never be the case in any game. That has nothing to do with quality or abilities. That’s extra. You need to commit, to be there with 100 per cent focus.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TAKEN TO SCHOL

    Paul Scholes has hit out at Anthony Martial for 'doing nothing' in the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The former midfielder said on BT Sport: “The movement from the centre-forwards was virtually non-existent.

    “Anthony Martial, the amount of times I looked up when a midfielder had the ball, he was just stood in between the two centre-backs doing nothing.

    “I’m a big fan of Martial but the amount of times I looked up and he was walking, he has have to realise as a centre forward – every now and again you have to move if you’re going to score a goal.

    “You can’t just be walking in front of two centre-backs doing nothing.

    “When a midfield player has got time on the ball – I look up he’s walking, Rashford is coming to the ball – it’s not his strength.

    “Sometimes experienced players like a Matic have to tell them. They almost need coaching through a game.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SCHOL-DED

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted for a diamond shape in midfield for their last two matches.

    Nemanja Matic was deployed as anchor against Leipzig, but Fred moved back there to allow Scott McTominayto return for Sunday’s defeat to Arsenal.

    Another ex-United ace, Paul Scholes, also stated on BT Sport how he believes the players are just not good enough at his old club.

    He said: “I think it's been very confusing since the start of the season, very inconsistent.

    “I think the problem goes back to the Tottenham game. That frightened the team, conceding those six goals.

    “Then they brought the two midfield players in who their job really was to protect the back two centre-backs. And it worked.

    “It's more like counter attacking football, playing like the away team at home. And it worked for them. But you're struggling now to get the balance to attack.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BLAME GAME

    Robin van Persie believes Fred is the main reason Harry Maguire is struggling for form.

    Speaking to BT Sport before United's defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, where Fred was left on the bench, Van Persie said: “Everyone is talking about Maguire being fantastic on the ball, so far he's not been fantastic on the ball going forward, with his passing.

    “But that's not only down to him.

    “Before the show I talked with Owen [Hargreaves] about the positioning of the team overall and in some situations the team is not well positioned.

    “You see Fred coming to take the ball from centre-back, he should not do that. Maguire should do that.

    “He can do that forward pass. He should player higher up the pitch, where it is more difficult to play, but it gives everyone more options.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SOLSKJAER'S REACTION

    Speaking after his side's disappointing 2-1 loss to Turkish side Basaksehir, he said: “The performance wasn’t good enough against a team that worked and ran and hit us on the break.

    “They scored two goals that teams do when you don’t defend well. We played a short corner and forgot about the man up front and that’s unforgivable. Two soft goals.

    “And then we didn’t have enough to come back in the second half. We threw everything at it but couldn’t break them down.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    RIO NOT AMUSED

    Rio Ferdinand was scathing about Manchester United's defending against Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The Red Devils were simply suicidal in their approach to marking former Newcastle and Chelsea ace Demba Ba, 35.

    The striker was given the run of two-thirds of the pitch as he ran through on goal for the opener, with only Nemanja Matic anywhere near him.

    With a picture of United's attacking shape, he said on Instagram: “The goals against us….please tell me someone is going nuts in that changing room and people are being made accountable.

    “The shape of the team when we lose the ball for the 1st goal.”

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United lost their 100 per cent record in Europe this season with a 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba was among the scorers in Turkey as United paid for their defensive frailties.

    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to comment if his job is on the line.

    He said: “I decline to comment. It is early and opinions are out there all the time.

    “I have got to stay strong. I am employed by the club to do a job and will do it to the best of my ability.”

    Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood is in line for an England recall after Danny Ings underwent knee surgery.

    The Man Utd star was dropped from the last squad after breaking lockdown rules in Iceland.

    Fellow exile Phil Foden is also set to return for the games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

    Finally, Sir Alex Ferguson's former right-hand man Rene Meulensteen has said Paul Pogba is not world class.

    He told TalkSPORT: “If I really look at the world class players: Pele, [Diego] Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer, Eusebio, [Bobby] Charlton, all of them spring to mind.

    “Then there’s [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and so forth, those are the players [at the top].

    “Paul has been class [in the past] and don’t get me wrong, it’s not a criticism, it’s an observation and an opinion. I don’t think at this moment in time the performances that he’s produced warrant that title.

    “I think he needs to bring a lot more to Manchester United. If you ran a poll with Manchester United and you say Paul Scholes in his prime or Paul Pogba in his prime, you have to choose one of them, who would you put in your midfield?

    “I think the answer is quite simple.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Premier League clubs are poised to make a pay-per-view U-turn — because of lockdown.

    They have been under pressure to make a decision on what to do with the games not being shown on Sky or BT after the international break.

    The top flight had been veering towards cutting the controversial £14.95-a-game charge to either £9.95 or £7.50.

    But with the country now under lockdown until December 2, Prem bosses are set to suggest the best option would be a short-term return to the Project Restart situation, where all matches were available to fans.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S CHARLIE WYETT

    Mason Greenwood is in line for an England recall after Danny Ings underwent knee surgery.

    The Man Utd star was dropped from the last squad after breaking lockdown rules in Iceland.

    Fellow exile Phil Foden is also set to return for the games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S NEIL CUSTIS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to comment if his job is on the line after a 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    He said: “I decline to comment. It is early and opinions are out there all the time.

    “I have got to stay strong. I am employed by the club to do a job and will do it to the best of my ability.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    RATINGS BY JOSHUA JONES

    Scott McTominay was a rare bright spark in Man Utd’s Turkish defeat.

    But Axel Tuanzebe had a game to forget as the Red Devils lost their 100 per cent record in this season’s Champions League.

    READ OUR FULL PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    VERDICT BY NEIL CUSTIS

    It seems almost sacrilege to say it but is Bruno Fernandes actually not very good at the moment.

    Fernandes was not the dominant figure tonight. When he was on the ball he just kept losing it.

    And his loose pass to Juan Mata led to the opening goal.

    READ THE REST OF THE VERDICT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME OVER

    A bad night for United in Turkey as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loses another game.

    The Red Devils succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to end their 100 per cent run in Europe this season.

    And the pressure is sure to be turned up even more on Solskjaer, especially with Mauricio Pochettino back on the scene…

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME ON

    It's 2-1 to the home side in Istanbul, with Anthony Martial pulling one back before the break.

    Scott McTominay is on at half time.

    But can United fight their way level in Turkey?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    UN-BA-LIEVABLE

    Demba Ba turned back the years as he netted Istanbul Basaksehir's opener against Man United.

    The former West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker is now 35 years old.

    But he showed no signs of slowing down as he sprinted an entire half of the pitch to make it 1-0 to the Turkish side in Istanbul in the 12th minute.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    OLE IN ONE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Man Utd can bounce back from their defeat to Arsenal with victory in Turkey tonight.

    Speaking ahead of the 5.55pm GMT kick-off, he said: “We've had a great start in the group.

    “If we can go and win tonight that's a good response from the disappointment at the weekend.”

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM NEWS IN

    Dean Henderson and Axel Tuanzebe both start for Man Utd this evening.

    But there is no place for Edinson Cavani, who remains on the bench.

    Donny van de Beek gets a go in midfield alongside Juan Mata.

    And Anthony Martial returns in attack, while academy defender Teden Mengi is named as a sub.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    POTENTIAL LINE UP

    Edinson Cavani could be handed his first Manchester United start when the club face Istanbul Basaksehir today.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make a number of changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Though the Norwegian could persist with his narrow diamond formation he used against the Gunners and RB Leipzig in last week's 5-0 win.

  • William Pugh

    DEAL OR NO DEAL

    The ten highest release clauses in world football are ALL from LaLiga.

    Not a single Premier League star makes the list as Real Madrid and Barcelona are taking no risks when it comes to losing their big-name stars.

    Barca found out the hard way in 2017 when Paris Saint-Germain matched Neymar's £198m release clause and landed the Brazilian.

    Therefore it is no surprise that they have since learned their lesson.

    Barca and their fierce rivals dominate the list of the highest release clauses in world football as SunSport reveal the top ten.

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