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MANCHESTER UNITED suffered disappointment against Southampton as a last-minute Michael Obafemi equaliser saw them remain in fifth position – no longer a Champions League spot.

The overturning of Man City's European ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport means only the top four will qualify for next season's competition.

And on the transfer front we have the latest updates on Jadon Sancho, Thiago Alcantara and Mikel Oyarzabal.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Bruno Fernandes' blossoming link-up with Paul Pogba amid an 18-game unbeaten run have not stopped United from being linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Real Sociedad winger Mikel Oyarzabal.

    Liverpool target Thiago was also on United's wishlist seven years ago when he instead chose to swap Barcelona for the Bundesliga.

    And although Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho remains the big name on everyone's lips for an Old Trafford move. United are reportedly rivalling neighbours City for Oyarzabal.

    Meanwhile, getfootballnewsfrance say United have made an opening bid of £900,000 for FC Sochaux's 15-year-old centre-back Willy Kambwala.

    But Kambwala's French second-tier club are tipped to hold out for far more.

    And United's long-term interest in Paulo Dybala is surely over after the Argentina striker signed a three-year contract extension at Juventus. 

    Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher has rated their frontman Anthony Martial as the “most surprising” hit of the post-lockdown Premier League.

    As ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men arm up for Thursday's trip to Crystal Palace, Fletcher told MUTV. “There’s always been question marks about his work-rate and his desire but he’s definitely putting that right/

    “I think he’s been fantastic. I think we’re seeing somebody on the cusp – if he keeps this going – of being a real elite No.9 goalscorer.” 

  • TIGHT FOR UTD

    Chelsea's 1-0 defeat of bottom side Norwich means they are four points clear of Leicester and Manchester United with two games left.

  • F/T: CHELSEA 1 NORWICH 0

    BLUES 4 POINTS CLEAR OF UTD

  • UTD 'BID' FOR WHIZKID WILLY

    United have got serious in their hunt of FC Sochaux's 15-year-old centre-back Willy Kambwala – with an opening bid of £900,000.

    That's the claim from getfootballnewsfrance– although Kambwala's French second-tier club are tipped to hold out for far more.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to still recruit top teen talent.

    But his main summer targets remain big–name stars like Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Moussa Dembele and James Maddison.

  • MARTIAL SET FOR 'ELITE' LEVEL

    Anthony Martial has been rated the most “surprising” hit of the post-lockdown Premier League.

    And former United midfielder Darren Fletcher also claims the Frenchman's improved attitude means he will become an “elite no 9 goalscorer”.

    Ex-Scotland midfielder Fletcher said on MUTV Group Chat after Monday's 2-2 draw with Southampton. “I think his endeavour, his work-rate… the talent has always been there.

    “There’s always been question marks about his work-rate and his desire but he’s definitely putting that right and he’s been the most surprising player for me [since the restart].

    “I think he’s been fantastic. I think we’re seeing somebody on the cusp – if he keeps this going – of being a real elite No.9 goalscorer.

    “His attitude all night was a real positive for me.”

  • KOUL ON HIS FUTURE

    Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle over the summer, admits his future is up in the air.

    He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “In football, you never know what happens.

    “I never spoke to Napoli about leaving. If we have to find a solution, we will find it, but I have never talked about the transfer market.

    “I also read in the newspapers about my future. But I only want to think about playing, 

    “I am 100 per cent [committed to] Napoli and it bothers me to be linked, every day, to this or that European club.”

  • ALL GO FOR ALCANTARA

    Bayern Munich's Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is being linked with United again

    The Bundesliga's supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested last month the 29-year-old wanted to leave.

    That sparked talk of a £31million move to Liverpool.

    and now United are reportedly keen on a player they were interested in seven years ago from Barcelona to Bayern.

  • UTD STILL ON COURSE

    Gary Neville still believes Chelsea and United will pip Leicester to a top four spot.

    Despite Southampton's last-gasp equaliser earning a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Monday night, Neville told Sky Sports:“You would say at this moment in time Manchester United and Chelsea are still favourites.

    “But that result against Southampton will just put a seed of doubt in their minds that wasn't there before.”

    “I think Wolves and Sheffield United are too far off. I just can't see the three above them making the mistakes that they would need to jump up.”

    United are currently in fifth on goal difference.”

  • UTD ON ZABAL

    United have joined neighbours City in pursuing Real Sociedad winger Mikel Oyarzabal, according to reports.

    Todofichajes say the Red Devils have shown an interest just weeks after City were linked with the Spaniard, 22

    Pep Guardiola's side have been monitoring him since Leroy Sane's £55million move to Bayern Munich.

    But now United are in contention as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes reinforcements down the flanks.

    The club have been very strongly linked with a move for City academy product and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but Oyarzabal would be far cheaper.

  • IT'S PAUL OVER

    United's pursuit of Paulo Dybala appears over with the Argentine set for a long-term deal at Juventus, reports say.

    The in-form forward will commit his future to Turin by signing a three-year extension to his current deal until the summer of 2025.

    Juventus plan to make Dybala the “face of the club” once legendary team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo hangs up his boots.

    According to TuttoSport, the 26-year-old will receive a salary in the region of £9.1million-a-year to become the second highest paid player at the club behind Ronaldo.

    Dybala was on the brink of joining the Red Devils last summer and even held talks with club chiefs before a deal fell through in the final stages.

    Juventus were open to letting him leave having also agreed a deal with Tottenham but now he has become an integral figure under Maurizio Sarri.

  • 'SUCCESS DEPENDS ON HIS HEAD'

    Emilio Alvarez said Of Pogba: He told AS: “I do know that he is a footballer with all the talent to play at any club in the world. Physically he is incredibly gifted.

    “Where he has problems is the area of the demands that come with being a star signing.

    “At United, he was weighed down by the responsibility and the pressure of being a multi-million euro signing.

    “He was anxious to show his level.

    “I stayed with him after training and did extra work. I can tell you that he has incredible dexterity, talent and is incredible athletically.

    “His success depends on his head. He needs to make challenges and to be more self-critical. He could be a great signing for Madrid.”

  • PRESSURE BA HIT PAUL

    Paul Pogba was weighed down by the pressure of being Manchester United's record signing, according to the club's former goalkeeping coach.

    Emilio Alvarez suggested Pogba found life as the Red Devils' “star signing” tough after returning from Juventus.

    United forked out £89million in 2016 to bring the French midfielder back from Serie A.

    But he has not quite hit the heights expected after making the big-money move.

    Alvarez believes that is down to the burden of coming with such a big price-tag rather than any lack of talent or ability.

    David De Gea's former coach left Old Trafford in September and Pogba was also linked with a dramatic move away.

    Real Madrid were keen on the World Cup winner and Alvarez, who started out as a keeper for Los Blancos, believes Pogba could excel in the Spanish capital.

  • SANCHEZ'S PERFECT TEN

    Inter Milan's United loanee Alexis Sanchez has been in hot form since the lockdown.

    And how about this for a stat from Monday's 3-1 defeat of Torino…

  • THE KIT HITS THE FANS

    United's £75m-a-year kit deal is second only to Liverpool's blockbuster £80m-a-year partnership with Nike.

    But that £75m figure will drop to £50m if they fail to make the top four.

    Manchester City's two-year Champions League ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday.

    That means it is officially only the top four who will get into Europe's top club competition next season.

  • UTD'S £25m TOP FLAW

    United face losing £25million of their £75m-a-year Adidas sponsorship if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

    United drew 2-2 with Southampton last night to dent their hopes of getting into Europe's top club competition.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side failed to qualify for the Champions League last season too.

    To do so again would bring about a massive financial hit, report the Daily Mail.

  • FOOTBALL'S COMMIE HOME

    Martyn Williams, a researcher who monitors North Korean TV, has explained the league’s latest territorial breakthrough.

    He told Pen News: “Liverpool and Man United seem to get more exposure.

    “The last five games shown, for example, were: Liverpool v Man United, Man United v Norwich, Man City v Everton, Liverpool v Wolves, and Man City v Man United.

    He added: “[It is] pretty much the only foreign content on air right now. This is interesting because it's a new window on the world for North Koreans.”

  • SHOCK KORE ROLE FOR UTD

    The Premier League has long succeeded in taking English football to some far-off lands, now including North Korea.

    While citizens would be risking a death sentence to indulge in foreign films, there is now no punishment for catching an English top-flight match.

    The separatist country’s communist leaders are said to have switched on the Premier League’s broadcasts late last year.

    And North-West rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are making early strides as the region’s most popular teams.

  • UTD GETTING TIGHTER

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire believes that his side have improved at defending set-pieces this season – despite conceding from one at the death last night against Southampton.

    He told Sky Sports after the match: “We have improved on defending set plays.

    “We had a terrible record at the start of the season but have been really good on them. They can't get in when we have four men around the goal so we'll have to look at it.

    “We are disappointed at the moment but we'll dust ourselves down.”

  • MAR THE MERRIER

    With his goal against Southampton last night, Anthony Martial joined a select group of Manchester United heroes that have scored 50 Premier League goals for the club.

    Let's take a look at the other greats to have achieved this feat.

  • SCHOLES' GOALS

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes doesn't think that Michael Obafemi's last-gasp strike has changed all that much in the top-four race – despite preventing the fifth-placed Red Devils from climbing to third.

    He told Premier League Productions: “I don't think it's changed that much. Obviously they would have liked to have won the game and get into the top three. But they've still got to win the games.

    “Even if they'd won three or 4-1, it didn't really matter. They've still got to beat Crystal Palace, West Ham, and then Leicester. I still think that's the case.

    “Leicester will be a difficult game, we know that, but it's exciting until the end of the season for neutrals to watch.”

  • SOL DESTROYING

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that his side “didn't deserve to win” against Southampton last night.

    Following the 2-2 draw, the 47-year-old said: “We never got the rhythm in our passing that we wanted.

    “We thought we had three points in the bag but we possibly didn’t deserve to win. We played some fantastic football at times, but football is decided by key moments in games.

    “You are not going to be given three points at this level, you have to work for them against a good side like Southampton. We’re disappointed, but that’s how it is. I thought we defended well until that last corner.”

  • MARC TO THE PARC?

    Marcus Rashford is a “top target” for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to reports.

    The homegrown talent has been a major attacking force for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, alongside Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.

    But according to The Independent, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is “unwavering” in his desire to lure the 22-year-old to France – believing that “England don’t realise how good a player Rashford actually is”.

    The Red Devils would demand upwards of £100m for their No10.

  • BRANDED WILLIAMS

    Brandon Williams showed off a nasty gash on his head on his way into Manchester United training on Tuesday.

    The youngster, 19, only came off the bench after 75 minutes to replace the injured Luke Shaw against Southampton.

    But he lasted less than 15 minutes before taking a sickening blow to the head after colliding with Kyle Walker-Peters.

  • CASE FOR THE DEFENCE

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire believes that his side have improved at defending set-pieces this season – despite conceding from one at the death last night against Southampton.

    He told Sky Sports after the match: “We have improved on defending set plays.

    “We had a terrible record at the start of the season but have been really good on them. They can't get in when we have four men around the goal so we'll have to look at it.

    “We are disappointed at the moment but we'll dust ourselves down.”

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