7am Man Utd news LIVE: Ed Woodward ‘TURNED DOWN’ Haaland transfer, Sancho is main January target, Rashford awarded MBE – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED supremo Ed Woodward pulled the plug on a possible deal for Dortmund star Erling Haaland in January, according to reports.

The Red Devils are also targeting a January swoop for Jadon Sancho after failing to lure him from BVB in the summer, while Marcus Rashford has received an MBE for his work with vulnerable children.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka has hinted at a possible switch of nationality after missing out on being selected for Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

    Wan-Bissaka recently deleted an England flag from his Instagram bio and changed it to one of DR Congo, leading to speculation he may opt for the latter at international level.

     

    Man Utd are also believed to be interested in Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare but they will face stiff competition from AC Milan.

     

    Lille are willing to listen to offers for Soumare in January, having previously rejected bids from Wolves and Newcastle.

     

    United could also move for Burnley’s James Tarkowski as they look to bolster their defensive options.

     

    Boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer has previously stated that defence is not a key area to be strengthened, but after their latest 6-1 defeat to Tottenham, it is an area the club may revisit in January.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    LET'S HAVE HABEEB

    Habeeb Ogunneye is reportedly at the centre of tug-of-war between the FA and their counterparts in Nigeria.

    FA officials are thought to have made the first approach to the highly-rated Manchester United starlet, according to All Nigeria Soccer.

    And the Red Devils academy winger has received a call-up to the Three Lions Under-16 squad training camp.

    It is thought the United starlet is likely to make his debut in England's Under-16 side when they take on Scotland in a friendly later this month.

    And Ogunneye has been widely tipped to break into United's Under-18 side in future.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DDG CLEAN SHEET

    Man Utd keeper David de Gea kept a clean sheet in tonight's 1-0 Nations League victory over Switzerland.

    Mikel Oyarzabal scored the only goal of the game helping Spain maintain their undefeated run in their Nations League group with two wins and one draw.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAFE FOR NOW!

    United fans……. you're only safe for now, Man Utd are back in action next weekend against Newcastle!

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON STILL TOP

    Take a look at Man Utd's highest sales…….. no surprise with Cristiano Ronaldo still top for a then world record fee!

  • Joshua Mbu

    CAVANI READY TO GO

    A brief message from Man Utd new boy Edinson Cavani.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PELLISTRI SPEAKS

    Man Utd new boy Facundo Pellistri has spoken about his move to the Premier League.

    He told Telemundo: “It is incredible that just over a year ago I made my debut in first team, It was unimaginable and to play in the first division with Penarol and now to play for Manchester United, I would never have dreamed of it and it is something very emotional for me and my family.

    “There was a lot of talk about the two transfers and luckily they tried to leave me out as much as possible so I would to go crazy.

    “First came Lyon and then Manchester United and I am very happy with the opportunity.

    “It’s a league that I always watch with my parents, seeing the great teams and you can’t imagine going to play there.

    “Now that I have the chance to play there, I’m eager to start new adventure and see how the rhythm is and if it is as intense as they say.

    “It is the biggest club, I’ve come through the youth system, I was at the club for more than seven years, I lived everything, many experiences, very nice things like debuting at the Campeon del Siglo stadium [Penarol’s home ground] among others.

    “It was a dream and a pleasure to play for the team.

    “I am leaving with a lot of desire to return one day.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    MARCUS MBE

    Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been awarded an MBE for his efforts to helping children in need.

    Rashford helped force a government u-turn on the decision to scrap school meal vouchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In his response to the news on twitter, Rashford said: “This is a very special moment for me and my family, but particularly my mum who is a real deserving recipient of the honour.

    “The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    CAV A LAUGH

    Looks as if Edinson Cavani's move to Man Utd isn't popular!

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED TARGET TARKOWSKI

    James Tarkowski has been added to Man United's list of defensive targets.

    The Athletic claims the Burnley defender and RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's top targets to shore up his leaky backline.

    The Red Devils failed to strengthen the centre of their defence over the summer but could revisit the issue in January.

  • Daniel Brookes

    WAN-BISSAKA CONSIDERS ENGLAND SWITCH?

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka has hinted at a potential international from England after missing out on Gareth Southgate's squad once again.

    Wan-Bissaka, 22, is eligible for both England and DR Congo and has represented both nations at youth level.

    However, the right-back has yet to make his senior England bow and seems to be below at least Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Keiran Trippier and Reece James in the pecking order.

    Wan-Bissaka recently deleted an England flag from his Instagram bio and changed it to one of DR Congo, leading to speculation he opt for the latter at international level.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED LINKED WITH FRENCH MIDFIELDER

    Manchester United face competition from AC Milan if they want to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

    Lille were willing to listen to offers for Soumare in January, having previously rejected bids from Wolves and Newcastle.

    Lille president Gerard Lopez said Soumare would 'undoubtedly' leave the club last month but a move in the transfer window never materialised.

    According to Telefoot, Inter and Napoli both made last-minute approaches which came to nothing.

  • Daniel Brookes

    CAV A WORD

    Ander Herrera helped convince Edinson Cavani to sign for Manchester United.

    Cavani joined United last week having been a free agent since the expiry of his Paris Saint-Germain contract in June.

    As well as Herrera, who spent five years at United, Cavani also admitted to asking Angel Di Maria – who struggled to adapt during a single season at United – for advice.

    Cavani said: “Yes, I spoke with Ander a lot, as well as other team-mates, like Angel Di Maria.

    “It was genuinely getting to the last minute and I called Ander to have a chat.

    “I have a lot of admiration for Ander, for the kind of person he is and I had the feeling that his words were going to help me out, by telling me a bit about what it was like at United.

    “And so, yes, it's true that after I'd finished talking with Ander, we came to an agreement here with the club.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    WOODWARD PULLED PLUG ON HAALAND MOVE

    Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward decided against signing Erling Haaland in January, according to reports.

    United were in the race for Haaland but were beaten to his signature by Borussia Dortmund.

    ESPN claims Woodward pulled the plug on a deal due to the large agents' fees involved and a dispute over a £70million release clause to be included in his United contract.

    Dortmund ended up agreeing to the release clause, which activates in 2022, and signed Haaland for £18million midway through last season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED TARGET UPAMECANO

    Manchester United target Dayot Upamecano wants to play Champions League football if he leaves RB Leipzig next summer.

    Upamecano signed a new deal last season to tie him to the German club until 2022 but a £38million release clause for the Frenchman activates at the end of the season.

    The Mirror claims United have been keeping tabs on Upamecano but face competition from Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain if they want to land the 21-year-old.

    The report adds United's 'interest will only have intensified following their early season defensive struggles'.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MATA TO SAUDI ARABIA?

    Juan Mata is a target for an unnamed Saudi Arabian club, according to reports.

    A lucrative proposal has been made to the Spanish playmaker whose contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season.

    However, after more than six years of service to United, Mata could be granted an early release from that deal.

    The Express claims Mata is considering his future after falling behind Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in the United pecking order.

  • Daniel Brookes

    REAL RULE OUT POGBA

    Real Madrid have ruled out a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Earlier this week, the France international opened the door to a possible move to the Spanish capital and described playing for Real Madrid as a dream of his.

    Until the 27-year-old's return to the United lineup post-lockdown, Pogab was being linked with Real constantly.

    However, Spanish outlet AS claims Real will prioritise the signing of Kylian Mbappe next summer, while other targets such as Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland are also higher on their wishlist.

    The report also says Pogba would command a yearly salary of around £13.6million, which is too much for Real at this time.

  • Daniel Brookes

    DEMBELE IN JANUARY?

    Spanish outlet Sport claim Ousmane Dembele was 'very close' to a move to Manchester United on deadline day.

    Barcelona hope a solution can be found in January as they look to offload the Frenchman who has two years left on his deal at the Camp Nou.

    As a result, Sport says Dembele could be available for as little as £45million in January.

    While the Frenchman was initially hesitant to join United, a loan move for the Frenchman only fell through when Barca asked him to extend his current contract by a year until 2023, which he refused.

    United completed the signings of young forwards Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore on deadline day so may have dropped their interest in Dembele.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Edinson Cavani has no fear of wearing the iconic No 7 shirt as he bids to join the club’s greats — unlike Alexis Sanchez.

    The Uruguayan completed his free transfer on deadline day and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Cavani, 33, takes over the shirt from flop and fellow South American Sanchez, who had a miserable time before moving to Inter Milan.

    Cavani said: “It’s a fantastic challenge and responsibility, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world.

    “I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by the players you mentioned.

    “It’s a great number. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more an off-the-field thing.

    “Once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.

    “When you get the chance to pull on the No 7 shirt at  Manchester United — worn by some top, top players who have been legends in this country and at this club — it really is a nice responsibility to have.

    “I enjoy challenges and hope I can do it great justice — to leave it in as high regard as the great players who have worn it before me.”

    Meanwhile, Paul Pogba's hopes of engineering a move to Real Madrid will end in disappointment as they eye three new Galacticos, according to reports.

    The La Liga giants are saving their cash ready to make big money moves for Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba, 27, has made it no secret of his admiration to join the Bernabeu club in the past.

    Only on Thursday did he reignite transfer talk by saying: “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?”

    But AS write how Pogba will be left disappointed.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED FOR THE HILLS

    Edinson Cavani has revealed he spoke to Ander Herrera before sealing a move to United.

    He told the club's website: “Yes, I spoke with Ander a lot, as well as other team-mates, like Angel Di Maria, who I was also with at Paris.

    “It was genuinely getting to the last minute and I called Ander to have a chat. I have a lot of admiration for Ander, for the kind of person he is and I had the feeling that his words were going to help me out, by telling me a bit about what it was like at United.

    “And so, yes, it’s true that after I’d finished talking with Ander, we came to an agreement here with the club. I hadn’t known Ander for too long, but we formed and enjoyed a close friendship during that time at PSG, and today we are still very good mates.”

  • sstreet

    DEVIL IN THE DETAIL

    The Premier League has decided to play matches not currently scheduled for TV on Sky Sports and BT Sport pay-per-view for £14.95 in a move condemned by large number of supporters.

    But those fans may have a surprise ally after Ed Woodward reportedly spoke against the proposals.

    According to The Athletic, the Man Utd CEO was the most forceful opponent of the plans.

    Woodward was said to have had concerns over fairness with large numbers of supporters fearing for their jobs amid the pandemic.

    He also asked that clubs at least offer the pay-per-view matches free to season ticket holders.

    However, his complains fell on deaf ears as the other clubs, with the exception of Leicester City, pushed the proposals through.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED STRONG

    Edinson Cavani has no fear of wearing the iconic No 7 shirt at Manchester United as he bids to jointhe club’s greats — unlike Alexis Sanchez.

    The Uruguayan completed his free transfer on deadline day and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Cavani, 33, takes over the shirt from flop and fellow South American Sanchez, who had a miserable time before moving to Inter Milan.

    Cavani said: “It’s a fantastic challenge and responsibility, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world.

    “I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by the players you mentioned.

    “It’s a great number. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more an off-the-field thing.

    “Once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.

    “When you get the chance to pull on the No 7 shirt atManchester United — worn by some top, top players who have been legends in this country and at this club — it really is a nice responsibility to have.

    “I enjoy challenges and hopeI can do it great justice — to leave it in as high regard as thegreat players who have worn it before me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ED IN THE CLOUDS

    Edinson Cavani has shared his excitement at finally becoming a Manchester United player.

    He told the club's website: “I feel very happy to have come to this club. I feel very motivated and I’m really keen to get started training with my team-mates.

    “But the best thing about it is that the club have shown their confidence in me by wanting to bring me in. I was really keen to come here.

    “I’m very motivated by the idea of joining this great club and so, well, here we are today…”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEAGUE OF ITS OWN

    Edinson Cavani has shared his excitement at finally playing in the Premier League.

    He told the club's official website: “Yes, absolutely, it’s my chance to come to the Premier League, which is a very attractive league to play in, and it’s right up there with the best leagues anywhere in the world.

    “For me that’s a real honour, an honour and a new challenge, which really excites me a lot, and I cannot wait to be able to start to feel what it’s like to play in the Premier League.

    “I’ve been lucky enough to have played against a lot of English sides, but now it’s my turn to experience playing and competing every weekend and in every match in the English Premier League.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TRANSFER TALK

    A reminder of the club's much-debated transfer activity…

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