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MANCHESTER UNITED return to Premier League action this weekend with a clash against Aston Villa.

The Red Devils crashed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, but have made a strong start to the new league campaign.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Ousmane Dembele reportedly linked to Old Trafford.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    KEEP RON GOING

    Cristiano Ronaldo will continue playing until he is 40 – and then his mum says he will enjoy life instead of becoming a manager.

    She admitted she dreamed of seeing the Manchester United striker return to the club he began his iconic career at.

    She said: "I’ve already asked him if he wants to be a coach when he stops playing.

    "He told me he wants to enjoy life. He’ll play until he’s 40."

  • Kealan Hughes

    NEW MIDFIELD TARGET

    Tottenham are reportedly interested in Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, with a swap deal for Tanguy Ndombele emerging as a potential option according to The Express.

    The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has reshaped the Old Trafford pecking order, and it's likely to take something of a miracle for Martial to regain a regular spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

    As for Ndombele, Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed last month that the midfielder wanted to leave the club.

    United are said to be keeping tabs on the 24-year-old, who joined Spurs two years ago and was one of their brightest lights during a miserable 2021/21.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    'GET SMOKED'

    Conor McGregor has bragged about earning more money than Cristiano Ronaldo as the former UFC champion continues to defend his first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game.

    The Irishman’s pitch ahead of the Cubs’ MLB match against Minnesota Twins has been the subject of widespread mockery, with McGregor having launched the ball well wide of the catcher.

    McGregor then mentioned the fact that he ranks higher on Forbes’ rich list than Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer, saying: “Smoke them up and down that Forbes I do. Get Messi over. Smoked. Cris. Smoked. Federer. Doubled. All-time Most Power!"

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  • Kealan Hughes

    'I'VE LEARNT A LOT'

    Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot is keen to use the experience garnered from his season-long loan with AC Milan in 2020/21 to help the Reds kick on in the current campaign.

    He told the United website: "I feel very, very good and with lots of energy. I’m excited to start playing and I’m ready to help the team. That’s why I’m here and that’s my job, to be prepared to play. I’m fighting for that and that’s why I stayed, to be ready to play and help the team.

    "I think it was very important in terms of confidence and game time [to go out on loan].

    "I was the only player who was available for every game through the season and that’s an extra thing for me which I didn’t have in the two seasons before that. I feel very energetic, fit and more mature – that’s the big point for me and I’m ready to show everyone what I can do.

    “You learn a little bit of everything, not just because it’s a different culture and a different league and different people – there are always learning points, not just football-wise but outside football too.

    "But on the football side, I’ve experienced very different ways of playing in the Premier League and in Italy – it’s a different style of playing and I adapted to that. I think I’ve learnt a lot of things that can help me succeed this year."

  • Kealan Hughes

    AIMING HIGH

    Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has said that the club has what it takes to fight for major honours this season.

    He told Sky Sports: "We signed good players [in the summer] and we already had a good squad.

    "We are there at the top of the league fighting for every game, of course it is hard, it is the best league in the world.

    "Every game is difficult, we want to fight for the big trophies, try to fight for the Premier League, the Champions League, for everything and I think we have the squad and the players and we have the fans with us so it's amazing. I think the club is at a good point.

    "I think there are top teams fighting for the league, like always in the Premier League. So let's see what happens, be focused on the next games and just prepare properly and put everything on the pitch and in training."

  • Kealan Hughes

    SHE'S THE RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo's mum has praised 'supportive' Georgina Rodriguez and rubbished rumours of a rift between the two.

    Dolores Aveiro also revealed she lost her sense of smell and taste after a stroke last year – but insists her love of football remains unaffected.

    Discussing her relationship with Georgina on Sporting Lisbon's ADN de Leao podcast, Dolores, 66, said: "Yes, yes, she's a good girl.

    "Cristiano is an exemplary father but he has people to help.

    "The children have nannies and they have staff who do a lot of things. Four kids are a lot of work.

    "Georgina is a great support to Cristiano, no doubt about it."

  • Kealan Hughes

    SANCHO STRUGGLES

    Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has criticised Jadon Sancho after the winger's tricky start to life at Old Trafford.

    Ince has told Sancho to play 'proper football' and likened his playing style to that of video game Fifa.

    Sancho has not scored or provided an assist in seven games since his £73million move from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer.

    And Ince has slammed the England star, telling The United Stand: "I get that Sancho is still learning, he's still young.

    "But this is not a FIFA game, it's not all about dribbling and dribbling and trying to beat two, three, four players or little flicks and that.

    "Yeah, it's nice when they come off but the likes of Sancho and Lingard, all these flicks, just play proper football."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'HIS EYES LIGHT UP'

    According to assistant first-team coach Kieran McKenna, Edinson Cavani's exemplary conduct and attitude on the training ground is said to be of huge benefit to a whole host of Manchester United youngsters at Carrington.

    McKenna has highlighted just how much he'd noticed Mason Greenwood taking notes from his team-mate, learning whatever he can from El Matador.

    He told United's website: "How Edinson handles himself off the pitch is well documented but his levels of professionalism, concentration, consistency and how he prepares for every training session – before training and then his concentration during sessions – is outstanding.

    "So on that side of it he’s a fantastic role model but then also in the various parts of his game. The way Edinson fights for the ball with his back to goal.

    "The way he challenges in the air, the way he uses his body up against defenders, is something that Mason needs to do and is working on.

    "I think Mason’s eyes light up when you speak to him about Edinson or when you see the two of them working together. There’s a clear respect and admiration on Mason’s side."

  • Kealan Hughes

    OUS SWOOP

    Manchester United have reportedly opened talks over a transfer swoop for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.

    His current arrangement ends at the end of the campaign and he will be free to leave for nothing – although his team did meet Barca officials before the recent clash with Granada to begin talks over an extension.

    Spanish outlet El Nacional reports that contact has already been made by United with France international forward.

    The Red Devils have allegedly informed Dembele's representatives of their desire to bring him to Old Trafford on a freebie in June.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Barcelona are off the pace in the race for Paul Pogba.

    And United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek are struggling for confidence.

    Speculation over France midfield star Pogba departing next summer has faded.

    But although Real Madrid and Juventus are reportedly still keen, it's claimed Barca accept Pogba would have to take a pay cut to join them.

    Such talk has not distracted United from the fallout from Wednesday's 1-0 home Carabao Cup exit against West Ham.

    United's much-changed side underwhelmed, including £73million summer recruit Sancho and Dutch midfielder Van de Beek.

    And Solskjaer said: “It has something to do with the rhythm. The confidence. Their best form isn’t there, as they haven’t played much.

    “So like I said, there was a bit lacking in terms of quality, but not in terms of effort.”

    Finally, United's position as frontrunners alongside neighbours City to eventually sign 18-year-old Jude Bellingham seems stronger than ever.

    That's due to claims Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might be unwilling to bid for a player at his old club Borussia Dortmund. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    DR ROO-LITTLE

    United legend Wayne Rooney pretended to be Derby's club doctor just to get former club owner Mel Morris to accept a call.

    Ex-England striker Rooney revealed the astonishing truth behind his dysfunctional relationship with the man who plunged Derby into administration.

    Rooney claimed Morris left him to deal with the fallout of the club’s demise — cutting off the rookie Rams boss six weeks ago.

    Roo blasted: “I haven’t spoken to Mel since August 9 — I found it all a bit disrespectful. I am not asking for an apology but as manager I was getting questions from players and staff every day and not being able to answer them. I was hurt by that.

    “He addressed the players and staff as a group on Tuesday, which I attended. But his talk was basically the same as an interview he did on the radio.

    “In my opinion it wasn’t sincere. It wasn’t heartfelt enough and it wasn’t done with enough honesty. But a one-on-one conversation? I still haven’t had that. I tried to phone him but he wouldn’t answer.

    “I actually called him once off the doctor’s phone and he answered. So he could answer calls from the club doctor but not the manager. There is a way of handling things and being open and honest and that just didn’t happen. I was so disappointed.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    FA REPAY £175M COVID LOAN

    The FA will today repay the full £175million government Covid loan – and finally be able to pay England’s Euro 2020 heroes their bonuses.

    The governing body were forced to go cap in hand for emergency funding last December in order to allow them to keep trading through the effects of the pandemic.

    But SunSport understands bosses at Wembley will transfer the full balance back to Whitehall coffers by the close of business.

    And that will at last see them freed from the shackles of the terms of the financing.

    Obstacles that had prevented them rewarding the Three Lions players and staff that reached the final of the Euros last summer.

    All the players have yet to receive any money from the FA for their performances in the tournament.

    This amount is believed to be in the region of £300,000 outstanding per man.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON WANTED TO FACE HAMMERS

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Cristiano Ronaldo WANTED to play against West Ham on Wednesday.

    The 36-year-old scored on Sunday when the two sides met at the London Stadium, helping United to a 2-1 victory.

    But Ronaldo was rested for the Carabao Cup third round fixture at Old Trafford.

    And Manuel Lanzini’s first half strike knocked the Red Devils out of the competition, leaving Solskjaer’s side chasing silverware in just three competitions: the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.

    Solskjaer has revealed that Ronaldo wanted to play against West Ham, but he felt it wasn’t ‘possible’.

    He told Sky Sports: ” We decided more or less before Sunday [to make changes].

    “We need more players to get match fit. Alex Telles is back and has been training for a week. It will be a long season.

    “Cristiano has come in and made a difference already, he wants to play as much as possible but I don’t think it is possible.

    “If you are going to be successful at the end, you need the whole squad and minutes to be shared out.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'VARANE BETTER OPTION THAN WHITE'

    William Gallas is puzzled by Arsenal’s decision to sign Ben White when Raphael Varane was available in the summer.

    The former Gunners captain, 44, thinks there is a gulf in class between the two defenders and is in disbelief that Arsenal paid the bigger transfer fee.

    Gallas argues 23-year-old White still has a lot to prove yet Arsenal could have bought the finished product in Varane – who signed for Manchester United.

    Speaking to GentingBet, Gallas said: “It’s difficult for me to understand why Arsenal spent £50million on one player who is yet to prove himself at the top level and at the same time Manchester United can spend around £40m on [Raphael] Varane who won the World Cup and has four Champions League titles.

    “He’s won the Spanish league. You have to explain to me how it’s possible. Perhaps it’s partly because Ben White is English.

    “Listen, Varane is a different class player compared to White. White is still young. As I said, He hasn’t proved anything yet. How you can put a £50m price on him, you know?

    “I don’t know him. I respect him and I hope he will be a great player, but he hasn’t proved anything yet. You can’t compare White and Varane, I’m sorry. It’s not possible.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    EVRA'S GOT HIS TACTICS OFF PAT

    Former United defender Patrice Evra posed with red sunglasses and a table football game to show off his new tactical understanding – after getting his Uefa A and B coaching badges.

    But Evra's amusing post had a serious side – as he thanked United for "letting me take over" at training and players for "enduring many hours of my yelling".

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV WINS GLOBAL GONG

    Gary Neville has won a global football ambassador gong months after helping put the brakes on unpopular plans for a European Super League. 

    The ex-Manchester United and England defender was honoured for his ‘impact’ on the game off the pitch with a prize previously awarded to Sir Bobby Charlton. 

    Football Business Awards organisers say Neville is being recognised for creating ‘change within his communities for the wider business of football and for the engagement and representation of fans within the game.’

    The Sky Sports pundit shared a post on Twitter with his 4.7million followers stating he was ‘honoured’ to win the prize. 

    Neville, 46, was an outspoken opponent of plans for a breakaway league in Europe which involved six of the Prem’s biggest sides. 

    Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City initially joined six other European sides in the scheme earlier this year. 

    However all six clubs withdrew from the project following a backlash from fans, MPs and pundits including Neville. 

    The Old Trafford hero would later go on to launch a campaign calling for the introduction of an independent regulator to prevent plans for a breakaway happening in secret. 

    And the petition backing the call has received more than 142,800 signatures to date with Neville and Gary Lineker among the high profile figures plugging it on Twitter.

    The Football Business Awards are have been celebrated by clubs in the Premier League, the Scottish Prem and the EFL  

  • Ian Tuckey

    EVRA SO CLOSE TO MANAGEMENT

    Manchester United favourite Patrice Evra has moved a step closer to management after completing his Uefa coaching badges.

    The former left-back, 40, revealed that he’s bagged both his B and A licence after doing part of his coaching at United’s Carrington training ground.

    Evra declared: “B Licence. A Licence. I would like to say a massive thanks to the clubs Man United and DBU Fodboldskole for letting me take over.

    “And to all the players who’ve had to endure many hours of my yelling on the pitch…”

    Evra joined United in January 2006 from Monaco for just £5.5million.

    He played an incredible 379 games before leaving for Juventus in 2014.

    And Evra’s stunning trophy haul made him an Old Trafford icon, with the Frenchman winning five Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.

    Evra, who also won two Serie A titles with Juve, remains extremely close to old boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

  • Ian Tuckey

    YOU'VE BEEN DON

    Manchester United new boy Jadon Sancho has been brutally trolled by West Ham after being nutmegged by Pablo Fornals during Wednesday's Carabao Cup loss.

    The £73million man had a free hit to open his goals account against a heavily rotated West Ham side.

    But the Red Devils found themselves behind after just nine minutes thanks to a well-worked West Ham goal finished off by Manuel Lanzini.

    The game seemed to pass Sancho by, and his evening got worse as he was mercilessly nutmegged by Fornals.

    And West Ham's official Twitter account made sure to draw attention to it, captioning the post: "See ya later."

    Fornals, nicknamed the 'cockney Cazorla' by Hammers fans, received the ball on the edge of his own penalty area.

    Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek and Sancho looked to close Fornals down to make life difficult.

    But the slippery Spaniard scooped the ball through the England international's legs to set West Ham off on a counter attack.

    Sancho – who is used to embarrassing opponents with his dazzling footwork – jogged the humiliation off and completed the very little time remaining in the game.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RO NO…

    Manchester United's 1-0 home Carabao Cup exit against West Ham was more painful for one young Red Devils' fan than most – if this post is true.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON WANTED TO FACE HAMMERS

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Cristiano Ronaldo WANTED to play against West Ham on Wednesday.

    The 36-year-old scored on Sunday when the two sides met at the London Stadium, helping United to a 2-1 victory.

    But Ronaldo was rested for the Carabao Cup third round fixture at Old Trafford.

    And Manuel Lanzini's first half strike knocked the Red Devils out of the competition, leaving Solskjaer's side chasing silverware in just three competitions: the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.

    Solskjaer has revealed that Ronaldo wanted to play against West Ham, but he felt it wasn't 'possible'.

    He told Sky Sports: " We decided more or less before Sunday [to make changes].

    "We need more players to get match fit. Alex Telles is back and has been training for a week. It will be a long season.

    "Cristiano has come in and made a difference already, he wants to play as much as possible but I don't think it is possible.

    "If you are going to be successful at the end, you need the whole squad and minutes to be shared out."

  • Ian Tuckey

    BARCA COULD BE PRICED OUT OF POGBA DEAL

    Manchester United have received a major boost in their bid to keep Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.

    Pogba's contract with United runs out in June and his future appears to be uncertain as some of Europe's biggest hitters are circling in hoping for a free transfer.

    According to Sport, Barcelona are among the star midfielder's suitors and they have been keeping tabs on him for a long time.

    However, the France international would be forced to take a significant pay cut if he agreed to join Barca.

    The Blaugrana have endured a major economic fallout during the coronavirus pandemic and struggled to meet LaLiga's new salary cap rules.

    The Catalan giants believe the 28-year-old is the perfect fit for their club's profile after a tough summer that saw them losing the legendary Lionel Messi on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

    However, Barcelona are bound for some tough financial negotiations with the Frenchman and his agent Mino Raiola.

    That means Pogba's other suitors, such as PSG and Juventus, could have an advantage over Ronald Koeman's side.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BECKS' DEBUT ON THIS DATE

    Manchester United legend David Beckham launched one of the highest-profile careers ever with his debut 29 years ago.

    And the Red Devils posted to remember where it started for the ex-Real Madrid midfielder, who won 115 England caps.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DEVILS' GATE

    Manchester United have installed a heavy-duty security gate at Carrington.

    The move comes after protesting Reds fans stormed the training complex after the club signed up to the European Super League.

    In April, around 20 furious supporters targeted the Aon training complex – just hours before the first team squad were due in.

    The men bypassed security and made their way to the first team training pitch where they unveiled two banners which read ‘Glazers out’ aimed at club owners the Glazer family.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JESS KIDDING

    West Ham skipper Mark Noble jokingly told off Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard for 'diving and screaming' on Wednesday.

    The two players were team-mates at the London Stadium last season and enjoyed a bit of banter as the Hammers won 1-0 at Old Trafford.

    Noble, 34, said: "That's football, he dived and I told him off for screaming.

    "Funnily enough he didn't really do it at our place but he does it here!"

    But Noble was only joking with his ex-colleague, 28, and the two remain close friends after Lingard's exploits in the second half of last season.

    The England winger scored nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances to help West Ham qualify for this term's Europa League.

    Noble added: "We had a laugh on the pitch today, I love Jesse. He's a great character and I'm so pleased he's come here and getting his chance.

    "He's scored some fantastic goals, obviously the one against us was hurtful, he's a great lad and he deserves everything he gets."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHO AND VDB STRUGGLING

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek have been struggling.

    United crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at Old Trafford after losing 1-0 to West Ham following Manuel Lanzini's winner.

    Solskjaer fielded a rotated side in which many hoped to see the likes of Sancho and Van de Beek shining through but the highly-rated pair couldn't deliver.

    The Norwegian manager was asked about the two players' form after the game and admitted that they both lacked confidence and quality.

    Solskjaer said: "I can't complain about the effort.

    "It has something to do with the rhythm. The confidence. Their best form isn't there, as they haven't played much.

    "Good for them to get time, but we didn't get the result.

    "So like I said, there was a bit lacking in terms of quality, but not in terms of effort."

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