Gary Neville calls European Super League talks CRIMINAL, Varane talks, Haaland contract boost, Milenkovic EXCLUSIVE

MANCHESTER UNITED have been blasted as CRIMINAL by former great Gary Neville over talks of a European Super League.

Meanwhile the Red Devils have reportedly been handed a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland and are also reportedly chasing Rafael Varane.

Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM NEVILLE

    He told Sky Sports: “I’ve benefited from football hugely, I’ve made money out of football, I invest money into a football club. Now, I’m not against money in football. But the principles and ethos of fair competition and the rights to play the game.

    “So Leicester win the league – they go into the Champions League. Manchester United aren’t even in the Champions League! Arsenal aren’t even in the Champions League, watched them earlier on today, they are an absolute shambles of a football club at the moment. Tottenham aren’t in the Champions League. And they want a God-given right to be in there.

    “They’re an absolute joke and honestly the time has come now, independent regulator, stop these clubs having the power base. Enough is enough.”

    Neville added: “Deduct them all points tomorrow – put them at the bottom of the league and take the money off them.

    “Seriously you have got to stamp on this, it’s criminal. It is a criminal act against football fans in this country. Make no mistake about it. This is the biggest sport in the world, in this country and it’s a criminal act against the fans, simple as that.

    “Deduct points, deduct their money and punish them.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NOW OR NEV-ER

    Gary Neville has been lauded for his impassionated rant against plans for the European Super League.

    He told Sky Sports: “Well the reaction to it is that it’s been damned. And rightly so.

    “I mean I am a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life but I’m disgusted, absolutely disgusted.

    “Honestly, we have to wrestle back the power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league and that includes my club.

    “And I’ve been calling for 12 months as part of another group for an independent regulator to bring checks and balances in place to stop this happening.

    “It’s pure greed. They are impostors. They are impostors. The owners of this club, the owners of Liverpool, the owners of Chelsea, the owners of Manchester City are nothing to do with football in this country.

    “There’s 100-odd years of history in this country from fans that have lived and loved these clubs. And they need protecting, the fans need protecting.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SEEING RED

    Gary Neville has said clubs should have points DEDUCTED for signing up to a European Super League.

    The plans, pushed by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United and AC Milan, are backed by the financial muscle of US investment giant JP Morgan.

  • Joe Brophy

    MANCHESTER UNITED 3 BURNLEY 1

    Mason Greenwood struck twice in the second-half to keep Manchester United’s faint title hopes flickering.

    The Red Devils looked set to drop points at home against Burnley for a fifth straight season when James Tarkowski headed them level early in the second-half.

    But just six minutes from time Greenwood collected a pass from Paul Pogba and his shot was deflected off Jack Cork before beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

    This win cuts City’s lead at the top to eight points with six games apiece remaining – and while it remains possible United are clearly not for chucking in the towel.

  • Joe Brophy

    FAN FRENZY

    Football finally welcomed back fans as 4,000 Leicester and Southampton followers streamed to Wembley for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final

    The lucky ‘few’ strolled in the sunshine to the home of football without the usual packed pavements for such a big match.

    But they looked ultra-relaxed and just happy to be there after the government let the FA select the clash as a one-off pilot event.

    That’s before the May 17 nationwide date when crowds of up to 10,000 can officially return.

  • Joe Brophy

    MANCHESTER UNITED 1 BURNLEY 1

    Mason Greenwood had opened the scoring for the Red Devils after the break before the visitors equalised minutes later.

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVER-AWARE

    Jonny Evans reckons lifting a trophy with Leicester would be up there with anything he achieved at Manchester United.

    At the age of 21, Evans had already won world, European and English titles with the Red Devils and admits he probably took silverware 'for granted'.

    Ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Southampton, the Northern Ireland star, now 33, said: “Winning something with Leicester is definitely a more difficult thing to do.

    “That’s not putting any slight on Manchester United’s achievements. You see now how difficult it has been for them to win the league and to win as many trophies as under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    “The resources and everything they’ve got, they’re a club set up to be a winning machine. But it’s something Leicester are trying to do.

    “Maybe winning something with Leicester would be an achievement up there with one of the best for me, on a personal level.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HELPING HEND

    Chris Wood has the ball in the net straight after kick-off but thankfully for Dean Henderson the goal is ruled out for offside.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BETTER CALL SAUL

    Man Utd could reportedly meet Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez's release clause in the summer.

    The Daily Star have claimed that the Red Devils are ready to activate his £43m clause as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes up a new midfielder.

    Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested in the Spain international.

    But it has been stated that Saul could be tempted by a switch to the Premier League.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    Here is how Man Utd start against Burnley at Old Trafford.

  • Jake Lambourne

    EURO MILLIONS

    Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have reportedly signed up for a European Super League.

    The development of the Super League is seen as a rival to Uefa’s Champions League, which is set to revamped with a new 36-team tournament to come into force in 2024.

    Sources have told The Sunday Times that five British clubs have already agreed to the plan, with only Manchester City among the ‘Big Six’ yet to do so.

    The Super League proposals include:

    – The 15 founder clubs sharing an initial 3.5billion (£3.1billion) euro “infrastructure grant” ranging from £310million to £89million per club which can be spent on stadiums, training facilities or “to replace lost stadium-related revenues due to Covid-19”.

    – The format would see two groups of 10 clubs who play home and away, with the top four from each group going through to two-legged quarter-finals, semi-finals and a one-legged final.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    VERY GREEN

    Man Utd forward Mason Greenwood is 'years away' from playing as the club's central striker, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Norwegian said: "Mason isn’t just a natural finisher – he’s a natural footballer. He is so smooth and he’s matured so much this season.

    "You can see his body has developed and he’s getting stronger. His consistency is getting better and better and he will start scoring more goals, that’s for sure.

    "I have been really impressed and happy with his development this season. He’s come through that difficult patch as a stronger person and a better player.

    "Maybe in the future he can play as a central striker, but I still think that’s a few years away. Being a centre-forward in the Premier League is probably the hardest position to play.

    "At the moment, I think Mason is more suited to playing that wide role, dropping into pockets, finding space and running in behind.

    "I don’t want him with his back to goal and having two centre-backs up his backside. I think we have found a good way to develop him, but he might end up as a No 9."

    Solskjaer feels Greenwood's style of play lends itself to him playing on the wing
  • Jake Lambourne

    KANE IS ABLE

    Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has urged Harry Kane to leave Tottenham, as he declared Man Utd could be a good option.

    Writing in the Mirror, he said: "He [Kane] knows he probably has one big move left in him, and if he’s to ensure he has no regrets, no ‘what might have been’ moments like me, then he has to think about his future.

    "Will he win a title at Spurs? Unlikely. They’re not going to even make the Champions League next season, so they’re a long way short.

    "And they may even be looking at a new manager again in the summer. Which could mean more years of rebuilding… and waiting.

    "There will be clubs interested too. Manchester United have been mentioned, strongly. And City too. Both would be strong options for him, no doubt.

    "Who knows, he could be the missing ingredient United need to take that final step, and if City were to sign him, then…well, it doesn’t bear thinking about if you’re a fan of any other Premier League club."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DOUBLE BRU

    Paul Scholes believes Manchester United’s Special Bru should be combined with the flair of the Pog to produce a devastating punch.

    He told BT Sport: “Solskjaer likes the two sitting players. I don’t think there’s a need for both of them,

    “They need to get Pogba in a linking role with Bruno. If they do, it frees up another position for a forward player.

    “The awareness and cleverness they both have allows each other to link up.

    “United’s two cleverest players are Fernandes and Pogba so if you can get them close together, they’ll score a lot and provide goals for others too.”

    Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes continue to impress for Man Utd
  • Jake Lambourne

    NOT KEANE

    Roy Keane fears he has been overlooked for the Celtic job — despite talks with the Scottish giants.

    The Manchester United legend hoped to get a shot at his dream appointment and was backed by ex-Hoops boss Martin O’Neill.

    But Keane’s chances are now fading fast after Eddie Howe’s interview and the delay in hearing from Celtic.

    The Irishman, 49, who managed Sunderland and Ipswich, split opinions in the club’s hierarchy, with some liking his passion while others wanted a more modern coach.

    And although he is desperate for the job, Keane has told mates he feels the chance has gone.

    Former Bournemouth manager Howe remains in pole position to take over at Celtic Park.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEAFENING SILENCE

    Premier League clubs are set to agree a social media boycott, according to reports.

    Top-flight teams want to send a message that racism will not be tolerated and will launch a war against online hate.

    According to Daily Mail, teams are planning to go silent on social media for 24 hours either side of their game on the ‘Weekend of Action’ between May 1-3.

    And the report adds that the Premier League will also boycott social media for the duration of the round of fixtures.

    Clubs have been asked to confirm their support for the plans by 2pm on Monday 19 April, the report states.

    The move is a bid to ramp up pressure on social platforms to act against online hate and abuse after a spate of recent incidents.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MAN UTD NEWS

    Hello and welcome to SunSport's rolling Man Utd news blog.

    Red Devils star Paul Pogba is reportedly demanding £500,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford.

    The French star, 28, is currently under contract until June 2022.

    And his agent, Mino Raiola is said to have told senior members of the United hierarchy his client will sign a deal, but ONLY if it's worth a staggering half a million per week, according to the Daily Star.

    Should United agree to Pogba's demands, it would make him the highest paid player in the club's history.

    The Daily Star also claim that PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus have all been informed how much it would cost to secure his signature.

    Incredibly, with image rights included to that base wage Pogba could net somewhere in the region of £800,000-a-week.

    In other news, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United can still pull off a title miracle.

    He said: “Can we catch City? Stranger things have happened in football. Bigger leads have been given away.

    “They have been strong and it’s probably too much to hope and ask for. But as long as we do our job then that’s the main thing.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the race for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports.

    The 27-year-old French centre-back has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford at the end of the season as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract with the Spanish giants.

    BILD journalist Christian Falk understands Chelsea are keen to acquire Varane’s signature as they look to bolster their defensive options.

    And finally, SunSport have exclusively revealed that United are on the trail of Metz teen sensation Pape Sarr.

    The Senegalese 18-year-old won his first cap for his country in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo last month.

    That came only four months after his league debut for the French club in November.

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