Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ole holding 'crisis talks', Zidane 'learning English' amid interest, Lingard EXCLUSIVE

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Premier League action tomorrow against Watford – but it's still matters off the pitch which are dominating the headlines.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's men were beaten in the Manchester derby before the international break and reports suggest he has held crisis talks with senior members of his squad.

According to reports in Germany, Zinedine Zidane has told United that he wants to wait until summer before moving back into management.

However, former France team-mate Emmanuel Petit says he understands that the ex-Real Madrid boss is currently learning English.

And SunSport can exclusively reveal Jesse Lingard is eyeing a switch to West Ham after rejecting new terms with the Red Devils.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Ian Tuckey


    Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Manchester United to dig deep to get back on track.

    The Red Devils return to Premier League action at Watford tomorrow after six losses in 12 games.

    And the United legend posted on social media: "Time to roll up the sleeve once again and just get the job done!

    "Let's chase what we are trying to achieve this season."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United return to action this weekend for the first time since their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City before the international break.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side travel to Vicarage Road to take on a Watford side that have lost their last two Premier League games.

    And SunSport understands the Man Utd manager may see this as an opportunity to shake things up ahead of a crucial eight days which also includes away matches against Villarreal and Chelsea.

    Three players who could be brought in from the cold are Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho.

    Van de Beek has barely had a look in so far this season, racking up just 16 minutes worth of game time in the Premier League.

    He could come in for Fred who may be keen for a rest having started for Brazil in their draw with Argentina on Tuesday.

    Much like Van de Beek, Lingard has not started a Prem game since returning from his loan spell with West Ham.

    But he has netted twice off the bench and could finally get his shot against The Hornets.

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is in regular contact with the club and refuses to comment on future

  • Ian Tuckey


    Cristiano Ronaldo has shown all the hallmarks of a manager but has no chance of succeeding Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    That's the verdict of Liverpool legend Ian Rush, who believes the United striker's touchline antics with Portugal show his passion to direct the play from off as well as on the pitch.

    United visit Watford on Saturday after six defeats in 12 games immediately before the international break.

    And Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers is odds-on favourite for Old Trafford if under-pressure Solskjaer departs.

    The Norwegian has insisted he is no quitter and believes he will turn the Red Devils around.

    But Solskjaer is odds-on to be the next Premier League manager axed and Ronaldo, 36, has risen up the list of contenders to replace him.

    Rush said: "I do see him as a leader. "But unless he has Sir Alex Ferguson alongside him I don’t see him managing Manchester United any time soon.

    "We kind of got a glimpse of Ronaldo as a manager when Portugal won the Euros in 2016, when he had to go off injured. 

    "He was so passionate on the touchline, barking orders and motivating the team, and maybe we saw the makings of a manager there.

    "We know he’s very demanding which you need to be as a manager, and he does like to have control of things too. 

    "But to manage a big club like Manchester United you need proper managerial experience and that’s why I don’t buy into the story of him replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is working hard towards making his return from injury.

    The 28-year-old star has taken to social media once again to update United fans on his progress after suffering a thigh injury while on France duty.

    Pogba posted a picture on his Instagram story of himself stretching out his thigh as he continued his warm-weather training in Dubai.

    And he simply captioned the picture 'tic-tac' – French for 'tick-tock' – with an hourglass emoji.

    The midfielder is counting down the days until he can make his Manchester United return.

    He is currently out in Dubai after jetting out to complete the first phase of his rehabilitation programme for the injury that could keep him out for two months.

    United confirmed the news on Wednesday in a statement that read: “Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has travelled to Dubai to undertake the next phase of his rehabilitation in warm weather conditions.

    "The 28-year-old reported for international duty with France at the beginning of last week and unfortunately suffered an injury while training. 

    "Pogba is now working diligently on his rehabilitation.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Ex-Red Devils striker Giuseppe Rossi has returned to football by signing for Serie B outfit SPAL.

    Rossi spent 11 MONTHS out of the game following his departure from Real Salt Lake in January.

    Rossi, 34, has spent the last few weeks on trial with SPAL and he has done enough to win a contract.

    He has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season, according to

    SPAL President Joe Tacopina is confident Rossi will make a huge difference to his team.

    He told Calciomercato: “He is my great project. He played a friendly match last week and scored a wonderful goal.

    “He feels well, but he will need some time. Slowly, he will be ready. Rossi can make the difference as nobody has his qualify in Serie B.”

    It means Rossi will play in Italy for the first time since 2018, when he turned out for top-flight side Genoa.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United's defending has left a lot to be desired this season, with the Red Devils having the seventh-worst defence in the Premier League.

    The club have kept just four clean sheets in 14 Prem games and ex-Liverpool man John Barnes believes it's because they don't defend 'as a complete team'.

    When it comes to total tackles (139) and duels won (468), United rank BOTTOM of all Premier League clubs.

    And they're the second worst in the league for aerial duels won (130) and interceptions (81).

    Manchester United's 17 goals conceded and two clean sheets make up a small amount of dignity, but both stats are still the joint-seventh worst in the league.

    And they can count themselves lucky it's only the seventh worst, with their expected goals conceded the fifth worse out of the 20 Prem teams.

    The lack of desire to win the ball back is also clear, with United making the fourth-least ball recoveries (606) out of anybody this campaign.

    Error strewn performances from the likes of club captain Harry Maguire mean the club have also made seven mistakes leading to shots – the second worst in the league.

    Three of those have come from Maguire himself, with Luke Shaw contributing two.

    Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, David De Gea and Nemanja Matic are all guilty of one error leading to an opposition shot too.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Let’s take a look at Man United’s next five games as the Premier League returns this weekend…

  • Justin Lawrence


    Martin Keown reckons Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to switch up his squad or face the sack.

    The Arsenal legend thinks if United were winning games, benched stars such as Juan Mata and Donny van de Beek would understand Solskjaer's position.

    But as that's not the case, Keown believes the fringe players at United should be given a chance, or Solskjaer risks alienating his stars.

    Keown told talkSPORT: “When they’re winning games, I think it’s easier to look at the likes of [Alex] Telles, and [Donny] van de Beek, and [Juan] Mata, and [Phil] Jones, and to say, ‘Okay, we’re not picking you because we’re winning games.’

    “But now that dressing room must be interested in what’s happening on the inside because there will be a lot of anger, nobody is getting any joy out of this.

    “The 11 he picks isn’t winning and the squad, as well, are not getting any reward.

    “There now has to be some changes to the personnel. Or, ultimately, they change the manager.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants Jesse Lingard to stay at the club and fight for his place.

    Lingard's been linked with a move to West Ham after rejecting United's latest contract offer but Solskjaer isn't willing to let Lingard go without a fight.

    The Norwegian understands that Lingard wants more game time, however, he still sees the England national as a key member of the Red Devils squad.

    Solskjaer told United: “Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me.

    “He’s definitely disappointed he’s not played more, of course.

    "But with regards to contract situations, I’ve not been in the talks very closely, so for me Jesse’s still a big, important part of this squad.

    "He gives energy and quality to the group every day."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Jesse Lingard posted a huge hint he's heading back to West Ham after Manchester United contract talks collapsed.

    SunSport revealed earlier today the England midfielder is poised for a £10million permanent return in January following his loan success with the Hammers last season.

    And Lingard, 29 next month, put up a smiling Instagram photo of himself in action for the Hammers smiling and celebrating scoring two goals.

    He has already begun making personal arrangements for the switch after ten years at Old Trafford.

    Lingard turned down a new United deal in early September at United and has barely figured in boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans recently.

  • Justin Lawrence


    More bets have been taken on Manchester United to win the Premier League title than any other top-flight team, according to Betfair.

    Despite struggling in recent weeks, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been backed more than Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool for 2021-22 glory.

    he Red Devils are anchored in sixth position and trail leaders Chelsea by nine points having won just ONE of their last SIX.

    But clearly punters think a drastic change of fortunes could be just around the corner with 19 per cent of all bets placed going for the Old Trafford heavyweights.

    United were available at 8/1 to wrestle the title away from City at the beginning of the campaign.

    However, they can now be backed at a whopping 109/1 on Betfair Exchange, despite boasting one of the strongest squads in the division.

    Pep Guardiola’s side are currently the favourites to retain the title at 8/11.

    Despite not having the most amount of bets placed on them, they are the team with the most money wagered on them, at £2.2million.

    Chelsea and Liverpool are the next most popular at 14 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has urged Manchester United to be patient with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Solskjaer's been under pressure after a string of poor results at the United helm but Ranieri reckons the Norwegian will come good if given time.

    He said: “Give time to Solskjaer. I am confident with him, he just has to continue this job.

    “But look, Solskjaer is doing very well; of course, Manchester United want to win every time. And they want to come back to the Sir Alex Ferguson era, that’s normal.

    “But the pressure is a positive pressure, for him and for everyone working in Manchester.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he still has the backing of the board and fans at Manchester United.

    The Red Devils boss is under pressure having presided over just one Premier League win in six and back to back home drubbings at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

    But Solskjaer said: “The players, the staff, myself, the club, we are working to one goal to improve, get better results, fans are still supporting the team and the club, they've been through this period, backed the team through the rebuild.

    “When you lose a game you're always disappointed and under pressure, we've been communicating openly and honestly. There's one game that matters and what goes on after that.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    Brendan Rodgers is still a long way off being the top manager Manchester United need to lead them to glory.

    That's the view of Trevor Sinclair who reckons Rodgers needs to at least get Leicester into the Champions League before he can be considered for the United job.

    Sinclair told talkSPORT: “I feel Brendan really does needs to get them in to the Champions League spots to again be regarded someone I would say is a top, top manager.

    “At the moment he is not anywhere near it.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    Jesse Lingard looks to be on his way to West Ham in the New Year in a £10million move.

    The Manchester United midfielder has already begun making personal arrangements for the permanent move back to the capital.

    The England international rejected a new contract offer in early September at United and has barely figured in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans recently.

    Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at the high flying West Ham in the second half of last season.

    His nine goals and five assists in the Premier League helped propel David Moyes side into Europe.

    Moyes wanted to sign Lingard permanently in the summer but said he couldn’t as Solskjaer wanted him back.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Erling Haaland's transfer will cost a staggering £295MILLION with the fee and wages combined, according to reports.

    The Borussia Dortmund striker, 21, is one of the hottest talents in world football with plenty of admirers at the biggest clubs.

    Chelsea and Manchester United are among the sides leading the chase for his signature next summer – with Manchester City and Real Madrid also interested.

    But whoever can successfully lure the Norwegian away from Dortmund knows it will not be cheap.

    It is well documented Haaland has a £64m release clause in his contract which kicks in next summer – although AS state clubs may have to pay up to £85m.

    And although that will mean the transfer fee is relatively cheap for a potential Ballon d'Or winner and guaranteed goalscorer, that would be just a fraction of the overall cost.

    Haaland's agent Mino Raiola will ensure the best deal for himself and the player.

    And according to AS, that is likely to mean more than £210m more in investment through wages alone.

    A five-year deal would be a likely contract length for any agreement reached.

    That would equate to Haaland pocketting a whopping £42m per year – or more than £800,000 per week.

    Add into the mix agent fees and bonuses and the total figure would far exceed £300m overall across five years.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed that Roy Keane is so harsh in his commentary because he's a winner.

    Cole and Keane played together for United under Fergie and the Irishman has always been verbally brutal with his honesty.

    Cole said to Sky Sports: “He’s very honest. He makes me laugh. I get on very well with him.

    "But when you played with someone like that, you know what he’s talking about and what he wants from you.

    "It’s that simple. With Roy he’s black and white. Roy wants to win.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    West Ham star Aaron Cresswell revealed that the Hammers beat Liverpool by doing the opposite of Manchester United who lost 5-0 to the Reds.

    If the Hammers went at the Kop giants like United did, they would've got thumped too, Cresswell reckons.

    He said: "If you'd said to me, going up against Liverpool, you're going to go expansive and try to beat them at their own game, then there would be only one winner.

    "With all due respect, that's what happened to Manchester United.

    "The gaffer's tactics in each game have been spot on. We've got variety. Whether we need to go in behind to Michail Antonio, or play through the lines, or how Declan Rice drives the team on, or get goals from set pieces."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Zinedine Zidane would add pleasant training sessions at Manchester United and get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo if he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    That is according to Zidane's long-time assistant at Real Madrid David Bettoni, who claims Zizou always wanted to fire his players up by making them have the desire to return to training.

    Reports suggest the French head coach is among the candidates to replace Solskjaer, who has come under fire following United's six defeats in 12 matches.

    Bettoni told RMC Sport's show After Foot: "We were talking about principles of the game, how to get the ball played, different organisation of the team.

    "But, above all, the phrase that always came to mind with Zidane was: 'I want the notion of pleasure to be in all exercises'.

    "He also added that he wanted the players, when they got home, to have the desire to return to training. It is the first word that marked me from Zizou.

    "I can simply say that what I have lived with him is reality. It is true that Zidane is an atypical coach, [he] is not someone who talks a lot to the media.

    "And this is because he is like that and does not play a role of being a character playing the discreet. He has always been like this.

    Afterwards, we also felt that he was someone who had been a great player, who had been trained by great coaches and who told himself that he wanted to be a coach, so he prepared a lot for it.

    "He had a knowledge of football that made him make decisions, the tactic was reserved for his staff and the players."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Paul Merson reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's days are numbered as Manchester United boss even if they beat Watford this weekend.

    The Arsenal icon thinks United will win the Prem clash against the Hornets but doesn't believe it will be enough to save the Norwegian's job.

    He said: "This is a perfect game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get his side back to winning ways, so you have to go for a Manchester United win here.

    “It’s a nice, winnable fixture for them, but it has to be said that it just prolongs the inevitable."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Joe Cole reckons it's impossible for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers to manage Manchester United after his stint as Liverpool head coach.

    Cole thinks the fans United fans won't accept Rodgers because of his role at Anfield.

    Cole said: “Brendan right, you can’t manage Liverpool. And then go to Manchester United.

    “You can’t. I just can’t see it. Disaster. The fans will turn against him straightaway. It will be ‘you scouse this and you scouse that’.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    Nemanja Matic has emphasized the importance of Manchester United starting off the week with a win over Watford this weekend.

    United have a busy schedule of games coming up and Matic reckons a win against Watford will put the Red Devils on the right track to build momentum going into the hectic Xmas run.

    He said: "We have a very difficult match against Watford then after that with Villarreal away and then Chelsea.

    "Very busy and it’s important to start the week with a win…it’s very important to build momentum, game by game, especially now because Christmas is coming, Boxing Day as you know is always busy for us. Lot of games so we have to be ready for that."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gathered his most senior players to hold crisis talks on how to save Manchester United's season.

    The Red Devils are reeling after losing six out of their last 12 games, with Solskjaer calling a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof AND Nemanja Matjc.

    According to the Mail Online, Solskjaer rallied his troops in a 10am meeting on Thursday to talk through matters at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer reportedly wanted to brainstorm how the club could turn their fortunes around, as well as discuss tactical changes.

    And he's turned to his most senior players to establish a plan for moving forward.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United have been urged to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund by club legend Rio Ferdinand.

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could utilise Bellingham in a number of different ways.

    He could partner Fred in a standard 4-2-3-1, offering dynamism to a solid midfield base – allowing attacking talent like Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to shine.

    Or he could be the attacking talent himself, playing as the most advanced attacking midfielder in a 3-5-2 formation, supporting frontmen Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani directly.

    Alternatively he could sit at the base of midfield in an ultra-attacking team, particularly should United be chasing a goal.

    Bellingham could sit behind Paul Pogba and Fernandes, with wingers like Rashford and Greenwood also supporting Ronaldo, as the Red Devils go full throttle to score.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Roy Keane were 'bladdered' on the pitch after the 1999 Champions League final triumph, Gary Neville has revealed.

    Scholes and Keane both missed the historic game as they had picked up bookings in the second leg of their semi-final against Juventus.

    And Neville, who played in the game, has now spoken about how the suited up pair of Scholes and Keane were absolutely hammered by the full-time whistle.

    Speaking about his memories from immediately after the game, he told Sport Bible: “It was just absolute mayhem. I remember us all sitting on the pitch and singing Sit Down by James – which is on camera – and thinking ‘wow’.

    “I remember Scholesy and Keaney coming through with their suits on absolutely bladdered, been drinking all day. They had to, didn’t they?!"

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