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BRENDAN RODGERS is house hunting in Cheshire, with the Northern Irishman favourite to become Manchester United boss.

SunSport can exclusively reveal the former Liverpool and current Leicester manager and his family are looking at houses in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.

Meanwhile, United are reportedly ready to do a swap deal which would see them sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla, with Edinson Cavani heading the other way.

Cavani has found his playing time restricted since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who drew a blank as Portugal played out a 0-0 draw in Ireland.

United and Ireland legend Roy Keane believes there is 'something going wrong' regarding the club's England representatives.

Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho were left out of Gareth Southgate's latest squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

He said: "Every case is different, Sancho hasn't been getting many minutes recently.

"The issue I suppose with Rashford and Greenwood is that whenever they're selected it seems to be an issue.

"I know they've had injuries, I understand that, but we know their quality and when Gareth is asked about them he says 'yeah I spoke to Marcus…' It seems like a big conversation."

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

  • Justin Lawrence

    SEAL OF APPROVAL

    Paul Scholes named Papa Bouba Diop as one of the toughest opponents he came up against.

    The former Fulham, Portsmouth and Senegal international sadly passed away at the age of 42 in November 2020.

    Over his 718 appearances for the Red Devils, Scholes faced virtually every great player of his generation.

    But he has revealed it was former Fulham man Bouba Diop – who was nicknamed The Wardrobe – along with Patrick Vieira that caused him the most problems.

    Scholes told Savage Social: “Do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? Big, massive. They used to call him The Wardrobe!

    “You get involved physically with him and you’re wasting your time.

    “I always found him awkward to play against. He wasn’t a Vieira, of course he wasn’t, but he still had talent.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    NEYM’S THE BEST

    Brazil legend Cafu reckons fellow countryman Neymar is ‘technically better’ than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo and Messi are usually at the forefront of the world’s best debates but Cafu thinks the pair don’t possess the same technical abilities as Neymar.

    But the Paris Saint-Germain star has to become more of a leader to assume his rightful position ahead of Messi and Ronaldo.

    Cafu told Marca: “Neymar is technically better than Messi, better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he must assume the responsibility of a leader,’ Cafu told Marca.

    “One must dedicate themselves 100 per cent to football. I’m not better than Neymar, but I am better than other right-backs because I dedicated myself to that.

    “He (Neymar) has to become a captain.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    RON-PRINT

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Manchester United youngsters Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood should all follow Cristiano Ronaldo's blueprint.

    Ronaldo's been on fire since joining from Juventus in the summer, scoring 11 goals, and Ferdinand thinks the English trio should be taking tips from the Portuguese star.

    Ferdinand told The Mail: "For Jadon, Marcus [Rashford] and Mason [Greenwood], those three attacking players, they should be especially soaking this up.

    "Even these first 11 goals [from Ronaldo] which they’ve seen, that would be enough [to teach them]."

  • Justin Lawrence

    THREE AND EASY

    Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer policy was like a "slow conveyor belt" according to his former defender Gary Neville.

    Unsurprisingly during his 26 years at Old Trafford the boss oversaw a whole host of big name incomings and departures.

    According to Neville, who was the first-choice right-back during his own trophy-laden 19-year spell at United, transfer policy was split into three categories.

    Speaking on the Sky Sports podcast, the 46-year-old footie pundit said: "His policy was to promote youth wherever possible, that was number one before he even looked at the external market.

    "Number two was to look at the best in the Premier League, those he could trust, and still have growth and be with the club for a long time.

    "And then he always wanted emerging international talent that could come over to Manchester, that he could work with and develop into great players."

  • Justin Lawrence

    ZIN HIM IN

    Manchester United are reportedly ramping up their pursuit of Zinedine Zidane to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Solskjaer's position as United boss has been under threat recently and Zidane's been one of the many names linked with replacing the Norwegian.

    Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is the current favourite to get the United job if Solskjaer gets the boot.

    But according to The Sunday Times, the club's hierarchy are considering Zidane again for the role instead.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SPECIAL RON

    Ex-Manchester United star Nani reckons Cristiano Ronaldo's summer arrival has made the club special.

    Cristiano returned to United from Juventus after being linked with Manchester City, but Nani doesn't think there was any other place than Old Trafford that would've been the right fit for the Portuguese playmaker.

    Nani told the Athletic: "It's special now with Cristiano there.

    "Obviously, when you see the news and the situation of him at Juventus you could imagine that there was no better place for him to go than to go back."

  • Joshua Mbu

    OLD PALS

    Jesse Lingard has reacted to old West Ham team-mate Michail Antonio's first international goal.

    The forward scored in Jamaica's 1-1 draw against El Salvador.

    Lingard reacted to Antonio's Instagram post, saying: "Love that.

    "Well done big bro.”

    The England international is linked with a move back to West Ham, and as SunSport exclusively revealed, he could be picked up for just £10million.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HOUSE HUNTING

    Man Utd managerial target Brendan Rodgers is house hunting in Manchester, SunSport exclusively revealed.

    The Leicester City boss has emerged as a prime target to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, should he get sacked.

    The Red Devils are in poor form and need something or someone to give them a boost.

    Rodgers is believed to be looking in the Wilmslow and Alderley Edge area.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RED REDEMPTION

    Man Utd are on a rotten run of form, but have an opportunity to bounce back next Saturday.

    The Red Devils face newly promoted Watford.

  • Chisanga Malata

    GOOD MORNING, UNITED FANS

    SunSport have exclusively revealed how Jesse Lingard could leave Manchester United for £10million in January – less than half the price they valued him at in the summer.

    When West Ham tried to sign him in the last window, after a successful loan move, United insisted they wanted £25m.

    Yet United will let him go now, if they can get £10m when the window reopens, even if that means selling to a top four rival in West Ham.

    In other news, United are said to be on the verge of offering David De Gea a new contract.

    That’s according to Fichajes reporter Ekrem Konur, who claims United have been so impressed with the keeper, they want him to remain at Old Trafford for the long-term.

    De Gea has just 18-months left on his contract, and the Red Devils reportedly do retain an option to trigger a one-year extension.

    Meanwhile, Utd are back in talks to sign Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.

    According to Il Tempo, United are in negotiations to bring the 31-year-old to Old Trafford having missed out on his signature in the summer.

    And this would allow Roma to sign Diogo Dalot, who has played second fiddle to Aaron Win-Bissaka this term.

    United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as the Germans fight to keep him at the club.

    Such is their desire to avoid selling him, BVB are prepared to double his wages, according to Bild.

    It has been stated that Dortmund are willing to offer him £15million-a-season to convince him to stay.

    And finally, Man Utd are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz.

    El Nacional report how Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on the 18-year-old midfielder.

    Despite it being claimed that the Blues and Los Blancos have shown the most interest in prising the midfielder away from Germany, the player is believed to prefer a move to Barca

  • Jake Lambourne

    JES THE TICKET

    EXCLUSIVE – Jesse Lingard could leave Manchester United for £10million in January – less than half the price they valued him at in the summer.

    When West Ham tried to sign him in the last window, after a successful loan move, United insisted they wanted £25m.

    That was £7m more than the Hammers were willing to pay, and Lingard himself was keen to prove he still had an Old Trafford future.

    But after only eight appearances – and a solitary start in the League Cup – the attacker is no nearer to winning a regular slot, and has dragged his heels over signing a new deal.

    Lingard, 28, has continued to train hard and has not been putting the pressure on for a move, with his contract up this season.

    Yet United will let him go now, if they can get £10m when the window reopens, even if that means selling to a top four rival in West Ham.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FLO RIDA

    Arsenal and Man Utd are just two clubs that are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz.

    According to El Nacional, Chelsea, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on the 18-year-old midfielder.

    It has been claimed that the Blues and Los Blancos have shown the most interest in prising the midfielder away from Germany.

    Though the player is said to be keen on a move to Barca, with the youngster a fan of new boss Xavi.

    Though any potential suitor may have to wait until 2023 to sign Wirtz, who has chipped in with seven goals and as many assists from 14 games this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    OLE TRAFFORD

    Former Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton has declared that Man Utd must appoint an elite manager if they wish to finish in the top four.

    He told Football Insider: "It’s a difficult situation. He’s been given that extra leeway because he’s a legend of the club.

    “I totally understand that, but if Man United are truly going to challenge for the top four – they need an elite manager.

    “They need someone to galvanise the team. I’ve worked on a couple of their games this season, the Leicester game – they look like a team of individuals.

    “They’re not pressing as one, they’re not an effective unit.

    “It’s going to take someone big to come in and sort that out."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL OF JOKES

    Nemanja Matic claims that Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba is the club’s funniest player.

    According to Matic, Pogba keeps the mood light in the United changing room with his antics.

    But the Frenchman’s got an angry side to accompany the jokes, Matic also revealed.

    In a Q&A with the club, when asked who the most humorous Red Devils star was, Matic said: “The funniest character in the dressing room is Paul, Paul always gets angry.

    “And it’s funny to watch him, erm, someone else? No, I will say Paul.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

    Man Utd are reportedly back in talks to sign Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.

    The England international was linked with a move to the Red Devils in the summer.

    But the LaLiga side demanded United to activate his whopping £51.2million release clause, which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were unwilling to do.

    According to Il Tempo, United are in negotiations to bring the 31-year-old to Old Trafford.

    And this would allow Roma to sign Diogo Dalot, who has played second fiddle to Aaron Win-Bissaka this term.

    United would only allow Dalot to depart if they are able to sign the ex-Tottenham defender.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MICH

    Rangers have been told to consider Man Utd coach Michael Carrick to succeed Steve Gerrard as manager at Ibrox.

    Speaking on BBC Sportsound, former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam said: "I’ll throw a name in the hat. Michael Carrick – he has been at Man United, a big club, good coach. It was a gamble with Steven.

    “Will they go down that same route? Will they go for an experienced name?

    "There will only be three or four people that know.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RODGER THAT

    Brendan Rodgers is the bookies’ odds-on favourite to become the next manager at Manchester United.

    The current Leicester boss is priced at 4/6 with Betfair to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils slumped to another high-profile defeat.

    In a matter of days Rodgers’ odds have been slashed from 4/1 to being the odds-on market leader.

    Rodgers leads second favourite Zinedine Zidane (5/1) by a fair distance in the bookie’ market.

    And Solskjaer is odds-on with Betfair at 4/9 to be sacked.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Gascoigne has lifted the lid on the reason why he decided against joining Manchester United in 1988.

    The 54-year-old eventually signed for Tottenham from Newcastle, despite giving Sir Alex Ferguson his word that he would ply his trade at Old Trafford.

    Gascoigne told United's website: "There was the Gaffer [Robson] and Neil Webb, always together [on England duty].

    "I'm thinking – and I probably shouldn't say this, because he'll [Sir Alex Ferguson] probably be watching – but I thought: 'I'm never going to get a game here'.

    "And then Neil Webb did his ankle. He got taken off and I got the chance to play with the Gaffer [Robson] in midfield [for England], which, for me, was probably one of the best feelings ever.

    “I think that's one of the reasons I didn't join Man United.

    “Because it was just Neil Webb and the Gaffer, constantly [for England] – and Neil Webb obviously played for Man United – so I thought: maybe I'll not get a game. That was one of the reasons.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MAC OR BREAK

    Cristiano Ronaldo could be the factor that "makes or breaks" under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Steve McClaren.

    Speaking on the Performance podcast:, he saidI: :"I think what they’ve done in the summer by signing Ronaldo and Varane, to a certain extent, serial winners all their career. No one in that dressing room knows how to win. That’s important, the psychology of it.

    "I remember walking into that dressing room and every one of them at Manchester United, [Peter] Schmeichel all the way through to [Ryan] Giggs in that one to 11, even the likes of Phil Neville, [Nicky] Butt, Scholesy [Paul Scholes] those players on the fringes had won things so they knew how to win things.

    "He [Solskjaer]’s brought Ronaldo and Varane – Ronaldo especially – he knows how to win. What he’s got to do, he’s having from what I hear such an influence in that dressing room, he’s number one and they’re looking at him.

    "If he doesn’t have a dessert for dinner, the rest of the players don’t have a dessert for dinner so he’s got the followers."

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAMP DE BEEK

    Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell has urged his former club to take Donny van de Beek off Manchester United’s books.

    De Beek’s had a torrid time at United but Campbell reckons the Dutch star is a hidden gem that could flourish with Arsenal.

    “Speaking on the Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Campbell said: “There’s been a rumour about van de Beek at Manchester United.

    “It’s (not playing under Solskjaer) not his fault, how is it his fault?

    “He was at Ajax, he was unbelievable at Ajax. Gets signed by Manchester United and they won’t play him.

    “I don’t know, I’m just saying it’s a rumour. I only want what’s best for Arsenal and I believe that van de Beek can play if given the opportunity. The boy can play.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    BIT RICH

    Micah Richards and John Terry have leapt to the defence of Harry Maguire after his England goal celebration controversy.

    Maguire's been getting a lot of stick lately from critics who haven't been impressed with his United performances.

    And the Red Devils captain seemingly responded to the criticism by covering his ears after scoring for the Three Lions in their 5-0 win over Albania.

    His response didn't go down well with Roy Keane who labelled Maguire's theatric's 'embarrassing.'

    However, Richards was in Maguire's corner and wrote on Twitter: "People: Footballers are like robots, they have no personality!

    Harry Maguire. Scores the opening goal for his country, celebrates with real passion whilst referencing those who have been criticising him.

    "People: That's embarrassing."

    John Terry felt the same and chipped in with: "100% Agree mate."

  • Justin Lawrence

    'GOOD LUCK'

    Danny Mills thinks Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have committed a 'sackable offence' for trying to convert Jadon Sancho into a wing-back.

    With United making a tactical switch to three central defenders and two wing-backs, Sancho is being trained to play on the right-hand side of the defence.

    But ex-Manchester City and England defender Mills thinks the decision to train the tricky winger in a slightly more defensive position is a 'sackable offence'.

    He exclusively told Football Insider: "Good luck turning him into a wing-back!

    “He didn’t play for England too much in the Euros because I don’t think he was reliable enough to track back and do the defensive side of it. Dortmund never played him there.

    “You bought a winger who is going to create chances and score goals. Suddenly you’re going to play him at wing-back in an unbelievably leaky defence. It’s like, really?

    “That’s almost a sackable offence in itself."

  • Justin Lawrence

    HAA LA LAND

    Erling Haaland could be set to double his wages at Borussia Dortmund as the Bundesliga outfit fight to keep him.

    The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away BVB in 2022 with the striker boasting a £64million release clause in his contract.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are just two Premier League clubs known to be interested in the Norway international.

    And Manchester City are also understood to be keeping tabs on the ex-Red Bull Salzburg centre-forward as a replacement for Sergio Aguero.

    Meanwhile LaLiga giants Real Madrid are claimed to be one of the leading frontrunners to secure his services.

    But potential suitors have been warned that any deal could cost as much as £250m after wages and agent fees.

    Such is their desire to avoid selling him, BVB are prepared to doubles his wages, according to Bild via Inside Futbol.

    It has been stated that Dortmund are willing to offer him £15million-a-season to convince him to stay.

  • Justin Lawrence

    IDOL BECKS

    Emile Smith Rowe has revealed that ex-Manchester United ace David Beckham is his favourite England player.

    Arsenal star Rowe made his England debut this week and explained that he was in awe of Beckham when he was growing up.

    When speaking to the Three Lions YouTube channel, he said: “My England hero? I’m gonna go for Becks.

    “I have to, I have to say Beckham first.

    “The set-pieces, the free-kicks and all that — everything about him man. I have to give it to him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    DE GEA STAY

    Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of offering David De Gea a new contract.

    Despite receiving criticism over the course of the last few seasons, the Spanish shot-stopper has been in fine form during the opening stages of the 2021-22 campaign.

    That’s according Fichajes reporter Ekrem Konur, who claims United have been so impressed with the keeper, they want him to remain at Old Trafford for the long-term.

    De Gea has just 18-months left on his contract, and the Red Devils reportedlyManchester United do retain an option to trigger a one-year extension.

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