MANCHESTER UNITED will be looking to do the quadruple over Chelsea after drawing Frank Lampard's men in the FA Cup semi-final.
Meanwhile Jack Grealish is reportedly close to buying a new home near Carrington, fuelling rumours that he will move to Old Trafford in summer.
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HOUSE ABOUT THAT?
Jack Grealish is reportedly in the process of buying a house near Manchester United's Carrington training ground, in a huge boost to the Red Devils.
The Aston Villa captain is widely believed to be on the verge of an £80m move to Old Trafford.
And the Express claim Grealish has picked up a luscious property in Cheshire.
OD TO JOY
Odion Ighalo equaled a 95-year-old United record with his FA Cup goal against Norwich.
The Nigerian striker became only the second player in the club's illustrious history to have scored in each of his first four competitive starts for the Red Devils.
According to Opta, Jimmy Hanson was the first to achieve the feat back in 1925 when he bagged in consecutive games against Hull City, Blackpool, Derby County and Aston Villa.
GR-EASY DOES IT
Barcelona players were reportedly involved in a heated row with manager Quique Setien after the draw with Celta Vigo involving Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann.
Barca stars were said to be unimpressed with several Setien decisions in the 2-2 draw – including the introduction of French ace Griezmann and Arthur Melo in the second half.
Spanish newspaper Marca claims Setien, 61, has 'lost the confidence of the dressing room' with the side losing ground in the title race since returning from lockdown.
Speaking after the game, a clearly disgruntled Luis Suarez said: “It's up to the coaches to analyse it,” when he was asked why the team's away form is so poor.
Players are said to 'ignore' Setien during drinks breaks, with assistant Eder Sarabia delivering instructions.
Stars have also complained of feeling their time is being 'wasted' during training sessions, such is the discord between players and coaches.
FA CUP DRAW
Manchester United will look to complete an unprecedented quadruple of victories over Chelsea after they were drawn against the Blues in the FA Cup semi-final.
The Red Devils have already done the double over Frank Lampard's side in the league this season and were responsible for knocking them out of the Carabao Cup.
Local rivals City are expected to face Arsenal in the other semi-final with Pep Guardiola's side currently leading Newcastle in the quarter-final.
You can keep up to date with all that action on our SunSport Live blog.
Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke has claimed that the Red Devils should consider signing Leroy Sane from rivals Man City.
He told Stadium Astro: “United have got a real good attacking bunch of young players, add in Sancho, I like the boy Sane. If I was to airdrop, the boy Sane at City I really do [like].”
“We haven’t got a left-footed sort of winger. The boy [Mason] Greenwood is coming to the fore recently but I like Sane.”
“I really do think this kid is probably the quickest out of all them as well and he’s really got a good attitude.”
“I know he’s got some injuries but if I was brave, if I was Man United manager at this point in time that’s the type of person I would go for.”
DEVIL MAY CARE
Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he would have been 'very upset' with Dean Henderson over his gaffe against Arsenal
He BT Sport: “I spoke about this a while ago, as a defender I would be very upset with the keeper there.
“I'm saying to the keeper 'the front post, nothing goes through the front post'.
“The goalkeeper union might suggest something different but when I was playing that was how I used to feel.
“I'd tell my goalkeeper: 'You defend the near post, if it comes across us defenders have to deal with it and if it goes into the far stick, one of us has to be there'.
“You wouldn't want that to happen if you were playing in that game.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has been spotted relaxing on a yacht in the Mediterranean Sea with partner Georgina Rodriguez and their pals.
The Portuguese superstar scored his second penalty in two games as Juventus beat Lecce 4-0 on Friday night.
The win saw Maurizio Sarri's team extend their lead at the top of Serie A to four points ahead of Lazio.
And Ronaldo has been enjoying the rest of the weekend on a yacht off the east coast of Italy.
On Sunday afternoon, the 35-year-old was seen sunbathing and swimming in the Med.
Ron and Georgina have been off the coast of Genoa this weekend on the rented Mangiomar, a 62ft pleasure cruiser.
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Robin van Persie has said he would bully Arsenal defender David Luiz if he played against him now.
He told BT Sport: “If you play against him, I would go at him, almost try to bully him and to make physical contact with him and move around him and try to tease him a little bit because he is vulnerable.
“The first job you have to do is to defend, be solid and be trustworthy.
“If you have extra, you can dribble, do some nice passes perfect but he needs to focus on his job.”
ALL YOU NEED IS LOV
Liverpoolhave reportedly moved ahead of Manchester United in the race for Kalidou Koulibaly by offering Dejan Lovren as part of a transfer.
Italian outlet Tuttosport claim the Reds believe they can get Napoli to lower their £90million asking price for the Senagalese by offering them the former Southampton defender.
Croatian Lovren, 30, has made just 10 Premier League appearances for the champions this season and has a year remaining on his contract at Anfield.
Man Utd's players are choosing safety over showy with a host of players buying “virtually indestructible” Mercedes G-Wagons.
And while they still cost a fair whack at £100,000 a pop, they sport a very different look to a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Aston Martin.
It means the United car park at their training base in Carrington has been left looking “like an Army base”.
Dan James, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw have all shelled out for the military-looking vehicle.
And the safety first attitude appears to be spreading through the Premier League.
Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling and Liverpool's defensive rock Virgil Van Dijk have all purchased similar motors too.
VAN WITH A PLAN
Former Man Utd striker Robin van Persie has warned it will take 'years' for Arsenal to fix the club's problems.
He told BT Sport: “You can see [Arteta's] hand on this team. But you can see that this team is not fully connected yet.
“If you look at the connection from defence to midfield to strikers, they are not connected, they are not moving as one.
“He is still searching, but I do believe that if you give him time – and he should have all the time he needs, not just months, he should get years – I do believe that he can get it right.”
He added: “The they should now finally find a way to fix set pieces against, corners against, free-kicks, crosses.
“It’s like every cross against Arsenal, you are holding your breath, it’s almost a goal, almost a goal. How do you fix that? You fix it with mental toughness.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced it will be a quiet summer for many teams who have lost so many millions through the lack of matches or lack of fans.
He said: “I think it’ll be a calm transfer window or a sightly different kind of window.
“I think a lot of clubs will have to be careful not to spend too much money.
“You might still not know how much you’ve lost financially during this pandemic and what’s gone on lately.
“We’re quite relaxed. I am very happy with the squad I have. I think it looks better and better.
“And then there is something in front of us screaming that it’s sensible, both from a sporting and a financial perspective. So I know we’re going to try but you can’t make any promises.’
“There are many things which will be factors in terms of what we can do this summer.”
TIME TO BALE OUT
Gareth Bale's Real Madrid future is once again in doubt amid reports of the player's deteriorating relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane.
The pair have a rocky history and Zidane tried to sell the Welshman at all costs last summer.
A move to China was halted by the club and Bale has remained a fringe player in Real's title challenge so far this campaign.
According to ESPN, the situation has managed to worsen with their working relationship “at breaking point” and “worse than ever”.
While putting on a brave face in public, Zidane and his coaching staff are described as dismayed at Bale's reaction to being dropped.
The 30-year-old, still under contract for two more years, hasn't scored in LaLiga since September 1 but can count only one start since football's restart.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laughed off claims his Manchester United side will wrap up the £110million transfer of Chelsea target Jadon Sancho this summer.
But the Old Trafford boss admitted the three months of football lockdown and lack of Champions League football will be massive factors in how much the Red Devils spend this summer.
Solskjaer was being interviewed by former Norway pal Jan-Aage Fjortoft on Viasport Fotball when he was asked specifically about bringing in England winger Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
The former striker laughed it off and said: “I’m good at maths, but I can’t answer that question, Jan Aage.
“There are many good footballers on many teams.”
James Rodriguez has revealed why he snubbed Manchester United in 2013.
The Colombian, who shot to superstardom after a brilliant showing at the 2014 World Cup, was ready to leave Porto after an impressive couple of years.
The playmaker was hotly linked with a move to Old Trafford but ultimately chose Ligue 1 Monaco.
Speaking about snubbing Man Utd, James told Rio Ferdinand’s ‘The Locker Room': “I think there was some kind of talk there.
“My [agent] has a great relationship with the club, and his name is Jorge Mendes.
“Well, we always dream of getting in a big club. Since I was a child I always admired Manchester.
“I always saw those teams with Rio, with [Ryan] Giggs and [Paul] Scholes, there were a lot of prodigious players, and I wanted to get there in that year, but it didn’t happen.
“I thought that I had to play for a club that wasn’t so big. From there I went to France, just before the World Cup.
“My plan was to go to the World Cup, have great participation there, score goals, reach a good level and from there play for a big club. Then the Real Madrid thing happened.”
Jack Grealish has bought a new house near Manchester United's Carrington training complex as he prepares to quit Aston Villa in an £80million deal, reports have claimed.
The attacking midfielder has picked up the luscious property in Cheshire, according to the Express.
He has reportedly told friends he has purchased a home in the North West.
United's Carrington training ground is south of Old Trafford and just west of Sale, about 90 minutes from Grealish's current Midlands base.
Grealish, 24, who reportedly could have left for Spurs for just £5m in 2018, is desperate to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United revolution.
He has been the Villa talisman this season but his heroics do not look as though they are going to keep the Midlands outfit in the top flight.
LAIRD OF THE MANOR
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will promote Ethan Laird to regularly train with his first-team squad.
The 18-year-old will join fellow academy graduates James Garner, Angel Gomes and Teden Mengi in sessions with senior stars.
Laird, who is comfortable at right-back or in the centre, has impressed for the Under-23s after returning from injury at the start of the season.
And Solskjaer revealed that Laird will now sharpen his skills alongside Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Co.
Solskjaer said: “They keep on working every single day.
“Jimmy [Garner] is training with us, Ethan [Laird] will probably come in with the group, Teden has been there.
“Tahith and Angel have been working hard behind the scenes. Hopefully, they keep on developing and get an opportunity and I’m sure they'll take it.”
FEEL THE BUR-N
Ex-Chelsea star Craig Burley has claimed Manchester United have an advantage over Chelsea in the race for the top four.
Speaking on ESPN FC, he said: “There's no doubt that Chelsea have to make sure they nail this top four.
“Fifth place as you know may get Champions League football, but it might not.
“United have improved and we know United's run-in is particularly easy.”
Man Utd skipper Harry Maguire has expressed his delight at his winning goal to the send the club into the FA Cup semi-finals.
Posting a picture of him celebrating the winner against Norwich, he said: “Nothing better than scoring a last minute goal in front of the away fans…..
“I hope we get you guys back ASAP.”
DEVIL YOU KNOW
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that it is harder to win trophies now than during the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.
He said: “We've got to be honest enough to say it is more difficult now.
“We've always had challengers, whether it was Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool. But most of the time it was just one of them challenging us.
“Finishing third wasn't normal. Now there are at least four, maybe five teams that can win the league and the cups.
“For me, every time you see anyone else lift the trophy, it hurts. I reckon that's the feeling for everyone associated with Manchester United.”
MARC MY WORDS
JESSE GO FOR IT
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to offload stars Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez as Manchester United bring in the cash to fund Jadon Sancho's £110million transfer this summer.
The United boss can get £35m for Lingard, with Newcastle among those interested once their takeover is completed.
But the key would be getting rid of striker Sanchez and his £505,000-a-week wages.
Reports suggest United will sell both if the right offers come in.
The duo are not the only players that could be sold by Old Trafford chiefs this summer.
Solskjaer can tighten his squad by selling the likes of defender Diogo Dalot and midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Ian Wright believes Man Utd will be competing with Liverpool if they sign Jadon Sancho.
“That’s the kind of signing they have to make if they’re going to be challenging City and Liverpool,” Arsenal legend Wright said on Match of the Day.
“Martial and Rashford, both of them 19 goals each, last time any Man Utd players got that was Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) and (Dimitar) Berbatov.”
BIG AL'S VIEW
Alan Shearer thinks Man Utd need “three of four big players” to challenge for trophies on a regular basis.
“A right sided midfielder, a centre-forward, a centre-half and maybe another midfielder,” he said.
And when asked if United would go to another level if Sancho joined, he added: “Without a doubt. He's got great ability.”
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