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MANCHESTER UNITED are gearing up for their FA Cup third round tie against Watford after losing their Carabao Cup semi-final to rivals Manchester City.

Meanwhile on the transfer front, the Red Devils confirmed the signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta, while we've the latest on potential target Jack Grealish.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    MBAP ON THE MENU

    Real Madrid are targeting transfers for Kylian Mbappe, Eduardo Camavinga and David Alaba, according to reports.

    And the Spanish giants also want to tie three first-team stars down to new contracts in what would be a bumper 2021.

    Credit: Reuters

    According to AS, Los Blancos hope to make a move for the Paris Saint-Germain forward in the summer – although they may face competition from Liverpool.

    Real were desperate for Mbappe, 22, to refrain from signing a new contract at the Ligue 1 champions – and so far he has not put pen to paper.

    That means by the end of this season, he will have just 12 months remaining on his deal.

    His price tag remains unclear and new boss Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to keep one of the world’s best players in his squad.

    But the LaLiga title holders have made their desire no secret and want to line Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Erling Haaland – a 2022 target to coincide with Karim Benzema’s contract expiry – up front together.

    Zinedine Zidane is also keen on Camavinga, the highly-rated 18-year-old Rennes midfielder who already has three senior French caps.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GHEE CAN BE A WHIZ FOR BRAGA

    Much-wanted ex-Manchester United midfielder Dion McGhee has completed his switch to Portuguese top-flight club Braga.

    The 20-year-old trialled with Newcastle after United released him last summer, before being linked with Rangers, Derby and Antwerp.

    And McGhee's new club posted a picture of their new arrival on social media, alongside his words: "I came to SC Braga because it is a great club, with a lot of history."

    The Oldham-born ace spent 14 years on United's junior books.

    Now he believes Braga, coached by former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal, offer him the best route towards fulfilling the successes he was tipped for.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WAT A THRILL FOR ODION

    United striker Odion Ighalo "can't wait" to come out of the cold and face old club Watford in the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

    The Nigeria star, 31, barely used by United this season, told the Hornets' website: "It’s always exciting.

    Odion Ighalo is tipped to play some part against Watford on SaturdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    "Hopefully it will be the second time I’ve played against Watford since I left.

    "I can’t wait to see the lads I had such a good time with.

    “Me playing for Manchester United today, they saw what I did with Watford in the Premier League, that’s why I have the opportunity to be here today.

    "So my story would not be complete in my career, my life, without mentioning Watford.”

    But Ighalo seems certain to head back to parent club Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    IGHALO TO FACE OLD CLUB WATFORD

    United striker Odion Ighalo will be recalled against his old club Watford in the FA Cup.

    That's all but a promise from Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after the on-loan Shanghai Shenhua striker has been out of the squad for most of the season.

    Solskjaer said: “He’s been training really well… He’s not lost any of his quality.

    "It’s been difficult for him to be out of the squad as many times as he has because he did really well up until the summer.

    "Hopefully I don’t need to put him on in that we need goals, but hopefully he can join in.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD 'WANTED TRIPPIER'

    Manchester United were keen on Kieran Trippier – until the FA suspended him for alleged betting offences.

    That's the claim from talkSPORT, amid suggestions United want current right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to provide more assists. 

    Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier was reportedly a target for Man Utd in recent weeksCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ex-Spurs star Trippier, 30, has regained his England place in the past 12 months, since shining for LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer publicly insists Wan-Bissaka "has improved" and is better at getting forward

    But it is still thought United want the option of more attacking thrust from his position.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FAC'S WRITTEN OFF

    Manchester United have confirmed that Facundo Pellistri’s chances of an FA Cup debut have been dashed by testing positive for Covid-19.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I think we’ve done well to follow the protocols as we have.

    “We’ve had the odd case and Facundo Pellistri got a positive, so he reported that on his Twitter site.

    “We don’t normally comment on who they are but Facundo is well and hopefully he’ll be back with us soon.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD HAPPY NOT TO BUY

    Manchester United won’t do anything in the January transfer window, according to the club’s former No2 Rene Meulensteen.

    Amad Diallo has arrived from Atalanta – but the deal was agreed in the summer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is supposedly ‘happy’ with his existing squad.

    Former Fulham boss Meulensteen told talkSPORT: “I don’t think they’re really going to do anything in the January transfer market, I think that’s been made clear by Ed Woodward and Ole.

    “I think they’ve got clear ideas on how to take it forward, it’s a long-term process and I think he’s happy with the squad he’s got.

    “If they had all their players available against Man City, including [Edinson] Cavani, it could have been a different game.

    “I don’t think they will do anything.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM GIANTS QUEUE UP FOR MILIK

    Arkadiusz Milik is being chased by the 'best Premier League clubs', his agent claims.

    The Napoli striker is at loggerheads with his current club, with his contract set to expire in the summer.

    Arkadiusz Milik is attracting interest from around Europe

    He hasn't made a single appearance all season, after being left off Gennaro Gattuso's squad lists.

    But out of sight hasn't meant out of mind for some of Europe's top clubs.

    Agent Fabrizio De Vecchi explained: "The best clubs in the Premier League, Atletico and Marseille are interested in Arek. Of course, no team offers what Napoli asks for."

    As for last summer, he continued: "Roma and Juve were also close to signing him, but for different reasons, and in some cases still difficult to understand, the negotiation did not work out.

    "But this often happens in football. If they come back to him? I don't rule it out, but I can't be the one to say it."

  • Ian Tuckey

    ROJO, ROMERO ON WAY OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Argentina duo Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero will soon leave Manchester United.

    Centre-back Rojo, 30 and keeper Romero, 33were allowed to return home over Christmas after failing to make an appearance all season.

    The Red Devils have asked them to find transfers this month, ahead of their contracts expiring in the summer.

    Solskjaer said: "Both of them have contracts until the summer and they're not going to be extended. We're looking for them to find clubs.

    "Marcos has been given time to go home, so he's still in Argentina. Sergio has been back home as well to see his family but they're pros, working hard and ready if they call in for us.

    "Marcos will have to travel and do the quarantine before."

  • Ian Tuckey

    DIAL 19 FOR SUPERSTAR OF THE FUTURE

    Manchester United's new 18-year-old winger Amad Diallo will wear the No19 shirt.

    Old Trafford boss  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the former Atalanta star as "one of the most exciting prospects in the game".

    And as United confirmed Diallo's kit number, Solskjaer said: "As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself…

    "Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.

    "It will take time for him to adapt but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition. 

    "He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come."

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'M DON WITH TALKING

    United’s Donny van de Beek is so ‘disappointed’ with his lack of game time he reportedly doesn’t want to give interviews anymore.

    Van de Beek signed for United from Ajax for £40million in the summer but has been used sparingly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Dutch media have kicked up a fuss after the midfielder featured for just 762 minutes in 20 games.

    Voetbal International journalist Suleyman Ozturk said: “I think Donny is also disappointed by this situation and therefore doesn’t want to give interviews. He’s upset about the situation.”

  • Josh Graham

    PREM COVID CLAMPDOWN

    Premier League bosses laid down the Covid law for the first time since the summer when the protocols were agreed with the Government and scientific experts – and warned there will be sanctions if players continue to hug, shake hands or swap shirts.

    Those regulations demand players wear masks at ALL times on match-day other than when they are playing, engaged in warm-up sessions and giving socially-distanced post-match interviews.

    Clubs must now ensure they follow instructions to transport first team players and staff to matches in three separate coaches.

    In addition, all external staff working for travel services or in hotels used for stays must have returned negative Covid tests, while each club must submit a risk-assessed travel plan to the League for every game.

    Amid suggestions that too many hangers-on have been accessing grounds on match days, clubs have again been ordered to ensure they each have a maximum of 10 representatives in directors’ boxes.

    At training ground, indoor meetings will be banned unless they are fully socially-distanced, with canteens banned other than on matchdays the previous day.

    And clinical passports will be required by players and staff at training ground, with Prem-appointed compliance officers having the right to ask for spot-checks of credentials.

  • Josh Graham

    OD TO JOY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hand Odion Ighalo an outing against old club Watford in the FA Cup this weekend.

    The Hornets travel to Old Trafford for a third-round tie kicking off at 8pm on Saturday.

    Former Watford striker Ighalo was a shock signing for the Red Devils last season and his loan move from Shanghai Shenhua is set to expire at the end of the month.

    The United boss said: "Odion, it’s special for him against Watford. He will be involved; he’s in the squad.

    "He’s been training really well. I was just saying before, I don’t know how many goals be scored, but he was the top scorer by a mile in round robin we just had in training.

    "So he’s not lost any of his sharpness or his quality. It’s been difficult for him to be out of the squad as many times of course, because he did really well up to the summer.

    "This season he’s not had as many opportunities, but he’s never let himself down as a professional and a human being."

  • Josh Graham

    MAD MOVE

    A Roma scout knew Amad Diallo would become a 'champion' after watching him in action for just FIVE minutes at the age of 12.

    Manchester United have now completed a £37million move for the 18-year-old winger from Atalanta.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described him as 'one of the most exciting young prospects in the game'.

    Boca Barco president Enzo Guerri has recalled that day while speaking to Tutto Mercato Web.

    He said: "I remember a very funny story with a Roma scout.

    "He came to see him in a match and, after a control aimed at the chest by Diallo in the fifth minute, he turned his back to the field and went away.

    "I immediately asked him for an explanation and he answered me: ‘Things like that, at the age of 12, only potential champions do. Seeing him in this competition is of little use, take him to Roma to train with our team’."

  • Josh Graham

    CUP TO NO GOOD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United side are aiming to finally get over their semi-final hoodoo by winning this year's FA Cup.

    The Red Devils begin against Watford at Old Trafford tomorrow and the Norwegian said his side can bounce back from the disappointment of their Carabao Cup KO at the hands of noisy neighbours City.

    Solskjaer said: "We can react to disappointments and we enter this competition wanting to win.

    "We will field a team that I am confident can win."

  • Josh Graham

    CONFIRMED: PELLISTRI COVID BLOW

    Manchester United have confirmed that Facundo Pellistri's chances of an FA Cup debut have been dashed by testing positive for Covid-19.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "I think we've done well to follow the protocols as we have.

    "We've had the odd case and Facundo Pellistri got a positive, so he reported that on his Twitter site.

    "We don't normally comment on who they are but Facundo is well and hopefully he'll be back with us soon."

  • Josh Graham

    NO JAN PLAN

    Manchester United won't do anything in the January transfer window, according to the club's former No2 Rene Meulensteen.

    Amid Diallo has arrived from Atalanta – but the deal was agreed in the summer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is supposedly 'happy' with his existing squad.

    Former Fulham boss Meulensteen told talkSPORT: "I don’t think they’re really going to do anything in the January transfer market, I think that’s been made clear by Ed Woodward and Ole.

    “I think they’ve got clear ideas on how to take it forward, it’s a long-term process and I think he’s happy with the squad he’s got.

    “If they had all their players available against Man City, including [Edinson] Cavani, it could have been a different game.

    “I don’t think they will do anything.”

  • Josh Graham

    CHRISTMAS GIFT

    Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have been nominated for the Premier League's player of the month for December 2020.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is up for the manger's prize after steering the Red Devils to an unbeaten final month of last year.

  • Josh Graham

    DEVIL'S WORK

    Bruno Fernandes has dished out a rallying cry to his Manchester United team-mates after yet another semi-final exit.

    The Red Devils crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.

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    It was their fourth successive last-four cup exit inside a year – two coming against their noisy neighbours in the same competition, a loss against Chelsea in the FA Cup and Europa League disappointed against Sevilla.

    And star man Fernandes took to Instagram to insist the Red Devils cannot make the same mistakes.

    It read: "I’m very sad and disappointed to once again don’t reach a final.

    "We have a lot to fight yet but we have to learn and understand that we can’t make the same mistakes anymore.

    "We need to make an effort to further improve and be able to fight for trophies!"

  • Josh Graham

    KEEPING HIS BEEK CLOSED

    Manchester United's Donny van de Beek is so 'disappointed' with his lack of game time he reportedly doesn't want to give interviews anymore.

    Van de Beek signed for United from Ajax for £40million in the summer but has been used sparingly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Donny van de Beek reportedly does not want to give interviewsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Dutch media have kicked up a fuss after the midfielder featured for just 762 minutes in 20 games.

    Voetbal International journalist Suleyman Ozturk said: "I think Donny is also disappointed by this situation and therefore doesn’t want to give interviews. He’s upset about the situation."

  • Josh Graham

    DIALL UP

    Manchester United new boy Amad Diallo will wear the No19.

    After finalising his move from Atalanta, the 18-year-old will don Marcus Rashford's old shirt.

    Danny Welbeck, Gerard Pique and Dwight Yorke are some of the former Red Devils to have run out with 19 on their back.

    Diallo will wear No19 for Manchester United
  • Josh Graham

    TOON EXODUS

    A trio of Manchester United stars could be set to swap Old Trafford for Tyneside.

    As referenced in The Guardian's Rumour Mill, Steve Bruce has reportedly tapped up his United contacts.

    And left-back Brandon Williams, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard are all being eyed up.

    The three could all make loan moves to the Magpies to bolster Bruce's squad.

  • Josh Graham

    VORY EXCITED

    Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly is keen to help countryman and Manchester United newbie Amad Diallo settle in.

    Winger Diallo finally sealed his move from Atalanta this month and has been chatting with centre-back Bailly.

    In Saturday's United review, Bailly said: "“I know Amad. I speak with him. He’s a young player with good talents but we know it is important to keep calm with any new guys.

    "I think he will do well but it important to keep calm with him.

    "I am ready to help him. I’m ready to help every player. That, for me, is very important.

    "When I came to this team, I had players with big experience. I remember [Wayne] Rooney, Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic], Antonio Valencia. Players like this helped me when I came.

    "So when young players come, it’s very important to help these guys."

  • Josh Graham

    COVID KO

    Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri has reportedly returned a positive Covid-19 test.

    The Uruguayan teenager looked set to make his senior debut against Watford in the FA Cup tomorrow but has had his hopes dashed.

    Talent agency Equipo TMA announced Pellistri had tested positive but is not experiencing any symptoms.

    The agency are believed to be the player's representatives.

    United are yet to confirm the news regarding the 19-year-old.

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING UTD FANS,

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised United fans one of the most exciting young players in world football with the arrival of Amad
    Diallo.

    The Red Devils have confirmed the £37million transfer of 18-year-old Diallo from Atalanta as their first January signing.

    He said: “As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.

    “Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.”

    Diallo himself has admitted it is a dream come true to finally seal his move to Old Traford.

    The winger – who is yet to decide on his shirt number – told the United website: “After waiting since the summer, it is finally
    a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United.

    “I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.

    “This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game.

    “The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.

    “I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”

    And finally, United’s wantaway keeper Sergio Romero is reportedly nearing a move to Boca Juniors.

    The Manchester Evenings News claim the Argentinian has already said his goodbyes to his Red Devils teammates ahead of his Old Trafford exit.

    The 33-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, is expected to end his six-year stint with the club in this month’s transfer window.

    Romero has been training in Argentina and local reports in Buenos Aires claim he is keeping fit in the Argentinian capital ahead of a move to Boca.

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