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10pm Man Utd news LIVE: Cavani LATEST, Kounde transfer UPDATE, Maguire sent off REACTION, Romero exit – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED face Newcastle this weekend – but Edinson Cavani will not be able to make his debut. 

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and United are eyeing a swoop for defender Jules Kounde.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • William Pugh

    OD ONE OUT

    Odion Ighalo is ready to play this weekend if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picks him.

    The Red Devils travel to Newcastle on Saturday night and the ex-Watford man is waiting in the wings.

    He said: “I’m always ready,“ he told us. “Whenever the gaffer calls me, my idea is just to give my best in training, work hard and wait for my opportunity – to take it.

    “Hopefully, I’ll just keep my head down, keep working hard every day. Come to the training ground every day and give it my best. Whenever the gaffer needs me, I will come and give my best.”

  • William Pugh

    CROWN JULES

    Manchester United target Jules Kounde has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Sevilla confirmed the news on Thursday night following his return from France U21s duty. And Kounde will now miss next week’s Champions League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    The centre-back, 21, will also be sidelined for LaLiga games against Granada and Eibar. But he could make his return to action in Europa against Rennes in a fortnight.

    Europa League winner Kounde was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer.

    But they eventually opted for Benfica’s Ruben Dias instead.

    And Kounde is now reported to be a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • William Pugh

    APPY DAYS

    BT Sport and EE have promised fans football will never feel the same after revealing plans for their incredible 'Match Day Experience'.

    The broadcasters will unveil the new tech on their app next weekend as part of a tie-up with Apple’s new iPhone12 and EE.

    The all-new experience has come to fruition as part of plans to keep fans engaged while unable to watch games live due to coronavirus. Through the app, fans will be invited into the virtual heart of their club’s inner sanctum.

    Supporters will be able to enjoy a rare glimpse of previously hidden parts of the ground, including dressing rooms and the manager’s dugout. On top of that, fans will be able to see groundbreaking, real-time, in-game stats and graphics.

    There is also the option to 'Watch Together' in a live split-screen experience with friends and families through Augmented Reality.

    Fans will also be able to watch the game from any angle – with an incredible new 360-degree camera feature.

  • William Pugh

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Marcus Rashford has hit back at Boris Johnson after his plan to give out free meals to kids over Christmas was rejected.

    Rashford has been awarded an MBE for leading a charge towards ending child hunger and poverty in the UK.

    The Manchester United star forced the government into a U-turn in July, ensuring hungry kids continued to get free meals over the summer holidays.

    He had called for the scheme to continue over the Christmas period.

    But Prime Minister Johnson has rejected Rashford’s latest call.

  • William Pugh

    WISH YOU WERE HERR

    Ander Herrera will miss Manchester United’s visit to Paris after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The midfielder is one of SEVEN PSG stars who will be absent for next week’s Champions League clash.

    Herrera swapped Old Trafford for the Parc des Princes on a free transfer in 2019.

    And he looked set to go up against former Man Utd teammates including midfield partner Paul Pogba – as well as replacement Bruno Fernandes.

    But Herrera will not be involved after contracting Covid-19.

    He is joined on the sidelines by Julian Draxler, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Thilo Kehrer and Mauro Icardi.

  • William Pugh

    COLD SHOULDER – BREAKING

    The EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    Top clubs were locked in talks over a financial package to keep League One and Two afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

    An initial £50m proposal looked braced to be given the green light with Championship clubs not receiving a penny of financial aid.

    But it is suggested lower league clubs stood by the Championship.

    The EFL is now likely to take out a loan and sort struggling clubs out with funds.

  • William Pugh

    BT chief Marc Allera, though, explained: “We had a suggested retail price which was suggested to us by the Premier League.

    “We also have a cost that they’re charging us for those games. We’re certainly not making significant amounts of money out of this, we’re pretty much just covering our costs.

    “The intent of the Premier League to put these games on was to get some money moving into some of the clubs and leagues that are struggling.

    “That’s a good intent, and that’s reflected in the price that they’re charging us, while the price that we charge basically reflects the need for us to cover our costs.”

  • William Pugh

    SHIFT THE BLAME

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay per view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    League chief executive Richard Masters insisted the per match charge, which kicks off with Chelsea’s home clash with Southampton on Sunday, was “set” by the broadcasters, Sky and BT.

    He said: “We are obviously aware of the commercial model that was put in place and we had substantive conversations with BT and Sky about that.

    “But we can’t set prices. Broadcasters have to set the retail price of their own products. That’s the law.”…

  • William Pugh

    OD ONE OUT

    Manchester United reportedly failed in several bids to land Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.

    Spanish outlet Marca claim the Red Devils were prepared to pay big money for the Norwegian following his performances while on loan at Real Sociedad last season.

    Yet the report adds that Madrid held off interest from the Old Trafford outfit to bring Odegaard back to the Bernabeu this summer.

    But it was just the latest effort from United to land the attacker, who first registered an interest in him in 2014, when he was 15.

    Odegaard was making a name for himself as a teenager for local side Stromsgodset but turned down England for Spain.

  • William Pugh

    PUTTING US HOFF

    E-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    According to Parry, the initial talks which led to the drafting of Project Big Picture were instigated by FA chairman Greg Clarke, who lambasted his EFL counterpart during yesterday’s meeting of the 20 top flight clubs.

    Parry’s email, said to have been sent to the EFL clubs, alleged Clarke signalled he was in favour of B teams and a regionalisation of the lower divisions, including non-league clubs.

    However, a number of EFL clubs insisted they had only received a ‘recall’ notice email and had never actually seen a copy of the original email.

    Hoffman’s email to the EFL, which follows his criticisms of Parry in the meeting, accuse the EFL chairman of seeking to ‘create divisions’ by acting as the frontman for the restructure plans which were officially binned by all 20 clubs.

  • William Pugh

    While there was huge anger at the Prem stance, the Championship clubs recognised they would be ‘hung out to dry’ if they rejected the money and jeopardised the very existence of the 48 teams in League One and Two.

    That brought the idea, quickly agreed, that the Board should make clear it will accept the cash on behalf of the whole EFL.

    At the same time, the clubs in Leagues One and Two were said to have agreed they could not merely take the money for themselves at the expense of the Championship, effectively aligning themselves with the 24 top tier teams.

    The plan, which is expected to be ratified this afternoon, will see the EFL confirm it will take the initial £20m for immediate relief but will then take control of the dispersal of the extra £30m which is being forwarded as an interest-free loan.

    That will enable EFL chairman Rick Parry and chief executive David Baldwin to decide where the remaining funds are sent, allowing Championship clubs who are genuinely struggling to take advantage.

    It is envisaged that the vast majority of the £30m will still go to the smaller clubs but allows for some leeway and opportunity of a Championship clubs finds itself significantly distressed.

  • William Pugh

    IN LEAGUE WITH

    EFL clubs are poised to accept the Premier League’s £50m bail out to keep League One and Two alive.

    But the cash will be taken ‘on behalf of the EFL’ and not just the two bottom tiers.

    And EFL chiefs will say they plan to set up an effective £30m hardship fund with the second tranche of Prem money which CAN be used by cash-strapped Championship sides.

    The row between the Prem, FA and EFL has intensified by the selective leaking of emails accusing the various slides of double-dealing. But it seems that the clubs in Leagues One and Two will at least be able to get their hands on the first £20m in survival money that will allow them to continue in business.

    SunSport revealed how Championship sides believed they had veto power over whether to take the money, after the Prem deliberately excluded the EFL top tier.

    But the clubs were informed at a meeting this morning that, as the money came from the Prem and was effectively ‘solidarity’ cash, it was a Board decision, not one which the Championship had to sign off…

  • William Pugh

    WHAT THE FAC

    Manchester United's new signing Facundo Pellistri said his former coach – ex-Red Devil Diego Forlan – has had a huge impact on him.

    He said: “Diego was very important in my career, he was my coach. He advised me a lot. We all know how Diego was as a player, but he’s a very good person too.

    “It’s unbelievable and fantastic to hear such comments from the players they were, and are. Cavani is going to be a team-mate of mine. So I’m very glad and happy to hear those comments.

    “Cavani is a top player and I think he will be a great player here also.

    “[I’m] very excited, because the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. To play in that league is fantastic,” he added.

    “When you are a kid, you don’t imagine [playing in the Champions League], but now it’s real. I’m very happy for this opportunity.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WAYNE'S WORLD

    Wayne Rooney is odds-on to be the next Derby manager to replace the under-fire Phillip Cocu.

    SunSport revealed Rooney is being lined up to take the reins at Pride Park.

    adbrokes have cut Rooney to just 5/6 to be the next Rams boss.

    It's believed Cocu could be sacked in a matter of days if Derby suffer their fourth defeat of the season to Watford on Friday.

    Rooney joined Derby in January this year as player-coach on an 18-month contract — with a further one-year option.

    But there's a strong chance Rooney could be promoted to manager within a year of joining the club.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IN THE RED

    Fan's view: Man Utd have spent over £1 billion on 36 players since Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill left the club in 2013.

    But how many have been a genuine success?

    As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reflects on another disappointing window, the issues at the club really do start with a poor recruitment strategy.

    Here’s five successes and failures since Ferguson’s departure…

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO ARM IN IT

    Roy Keane thinks Gareth Southgate should have consoled Harry Maguire after his disastrous red card in England's 1-0 defeat to Denmark.

    The Manchester United defender is badly out of form, and this continued onto the international stage in devastating style on Wednesday night.

    Speaking to ITV the straight-talking Irishman said: “I think sometimes he [Gareth] knows Harry has had a tough time on and off the pitch, a pat on the back would have helped him.

    “That would have settled him from Gareth.”

    Keane is now worried how Maguire will bounce back from this latest setback with his club side.

    The 49-year-old added: “The only down side is for Maguire, he's going back to a team not full of confidence.

    “I've been in situations before when I was in a situation with brilliant characters, I felt the dressing room was the best in the world. He's not going to get that, in that back four.

    “I wouldn't be anywhere near those lads – I don't see them as leaders.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Arsene Wenger revealed he deliberately snubbed Jose Mourinho from his autobiography because he 'wanted it to be a positive book'.

    The Frenchman, 70, released My Life in Red and White this week with plenty of brilliant untold stories and his version of events.

    But despite the pair's bitter rivalry, it was deemed Mour trouble than it was worth to even make a single mention of Jose.

    Instead Wenger focuses on his battles with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Asked why he omitted the Special One, the ex-Arsenal boss said: “I didn't want to make a book that sorts out some differences.

    “I wanted it to be a positive book. I had more acrimonious battles with Sir Alex than Jose Mourinho.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FIVE A-SIGHED

    Man Utd's transfer business may not be done just yet with a number of players set to leave the club in the next 24 hours.

    The domestic transfer window closes at 5pm on Friday, allowing Premier League clubs to do business with EFL clubs.

    And there are still a few Red Devils players being linked with exits.

    Sergio Romero, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all face uncertain futures.

    However it is unlikely the trio will drop down into the Championship.

  • Jake Lambourne

    'IMPOSSIBLE'

    Arsene Wenger has revealed why he rejected Robin van Persie's plea to return to Arsenal in 2015.

    In his new book 'Arsene Wenger: My Life in Red and White', he wrote: “Van Persie had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford.

    “He put the team on track for the Premiership title and made it even more difficult for us.

    “But after three years of the four that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson [note: it was Louis van Gaal] sold him to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.

    “He called me because he wanted to come back, but it was impossible.

    “He was at the end of his career and we were investing in young players.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    DON'T BURY MAGUIRE

    Glum Harry Maguire looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders as he arrived at Manchester United training today.

    The Old Trafford captain was sent off just 31 minutes into England's shock 1-0 defeat by Denmark at Wembley last night.

    And the ramifications of that, plus a drop in form and the stress of his Greek arrest all looked to be playing on him during his drive into Carrington.

    Ex-England star and Liverpool hero Jamie Redknapp has come to the defence of under-fire Maguire.

    He said: “It's easy for us to sit here and rip him apart [saying] 'he's having a nightmare, he's conceding goals'. He is having a moment. He's having a really a bad moment in his career.

    “He's going to have to somehow pull himself together, he's got to get back. It's a big weekend for him coming up for Manchester United.

    “He's got to get his confidence back because he's a player really lacking confidence. There is a lot going on in his life and I think we sometimes forget that.

    “When you go out on the football field you think everything is going to be right, but you can genuinely see he's really struggling with his game at the moment.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ERLI START

    Chelsea are reportedly planning a stunning summer swoop for Man Utd target Erling Haaland.

    The Blues have made the Borussia Dortmund striker a key target ahead of next season, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The West Londoners are set to splash more cash on the 20-year-old after splurging over £230million in the latest window.

    Haaland is believed to have a £63m release clause in his Dortmund contract which would facilitate a deal.

    Boss Frank Lampard poached £70m Kai Havertz and £48m Timo Werner from the Bundesliga.

    And the former England midfielder is set to look abroad once again, as he builds his dream forward line.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO-MAN

    Bayern Munich have insisted Manchester United never approached them about Kingsley Coman despite him being linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer

    Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was quick to dispel any rumours of United's interest in Coman.

    He also said the German side wouldn't have considered an offer even if United did make one as Coman still has three years on his contract.

    In an interview with Sport Bild he said: “There was nothing, and we wouldn't have looked into it either.

    “His goal in the Champions League final should explain enough why we are relying on him wholeheartedly.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOAL OF THE DAY

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  • Jake Lambourne

    SPORTING CHANCE

    The mouth-watering Champions League clash between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain WILL go ahead — despite a French coronavirus curfew.

    France president Emmanuel Macron last night declared a four-week state of emergency — with a 9pm-6am curfew in nine cities, including Paris — starting on Sunday.

    United begin their European campaign at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday and there were initial fears the game may have to be moved to POLAND.

    But after contacting the French Football Federation, a Uefa spokesman said: “We have been told the curfew doesn’t apply to professional sporting events.”

    The strict State of Emergency measure was applied to Paris, Lille, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse, Lyon, Grenoble, Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier.

    And the move will affect around 18million people.

    All bars, restaurants, theatres and similar businesses will be forced to shut at 9pm sharp from Saturday – but a full national lockdown is not expected.

    “We're in a second wave,” Macron said in an interview on national television. We have to react.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LIV WITH REGRETS

    Liverpool were on the verge of signing Cristiano Ronaldo for just £4million in 2003… before Manchester United swooped.

    The Reds had watched Ronaldo shine for Sporting against Porto and assistant manager Phil Thompson went for dinner in Portugal with agent Tony Henry to discuss signing Ronaldo.

    Thompson told The Athletic: “I can still remember Tony's exact words. It was all very nice and relaxed. 'It's £4m and it can be paid over the four years of his contract, so £1m a year.'

    Personal terms had not been finalised but the Anfield side believed they had a deal in place – with boss Gerard Houllier going to watch Ronaldo at the Toulon tournament for Portugal Under-20s – until suddenly he had signed for arch-rivals United.

    Thompson added: “On the Tuesday morning, we were having lunch at the training ground and it came up on the yellow strap on Sky Sports, 'Manchester United have signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £12.2m'.

    “Gerard and myself almost choked on our food. I can remember Gerard jumping up and saying, 'What the hell has gone on there?'”

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