Man Utd news LIVE: Lingard available for £15m EXCLUSIVE, Pogba backed to STAY, Ronaldo LATEST, Varane injury update

RAFAEL VARANE limped out of France's win over Italy on Sunday – and Man Utd face a nervous wait to see the extent of his injury.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his world record as international football's top scorer.

SunSport can also reveal that United could accept £15million for Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window.

And Paul Pogba – who also starred in France's Nations League triumph – has been backed to stay.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    DONNY ON THE MOVE?

    According to La Stampa newspaper, Juventus have opened talks with Donny van de Beek’s agent ahead of a possible January move.

    The Dutch midfielder has been struggling with playing time at Manchester United and Juventus are long time admirers of the former Ajax midfielder.

    With both Inter and Juventus looking for midfield reinforcement in the summer, Serie A is considered a possible destination for the 24-year-old.

    La Stampa reports that Juventus director Federico Cherubini has ‘made contact’ with the player’s agent ahead of a possible move in the winter transfer window.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'MUST IMPROVE'

    Nigel Winterburn believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot just be reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo if he wants to win the league this season.

    He told Paddy Power: "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has more than just Cristiano Ronaldo to bail the team out from poor performance.

    "They have individual players like Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood too. They’re not reliant on just one player.

    “They’re a bit slack when they lose the ball and make it too easy for the opposition.

    "That’s something a manager must instill in a team and Manchester United must improve the dirty side of their game. It’ll be interesting to see if Ole can get this group of players doing that moving forward.

    “Ole knows that if he doesn’t win every game, people will say he hasn’t got enough experience and that a different manager would, but we don’t necessarily know that. Winning the league is not a forgone conclusion anymore like it used to be under Sir Alex.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    FLY GUYS

    Manchester United's French duo Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane pose with their Nations League medals on board their private jet.

    The pair were involved as France beat Spain on Sunday – and they shared images on social media.

    Although Varane is smiling after adding another medal to his illustrious collection, United will be sweating over the Frenchman's fitness ahead of Saturday's trip to Leicester.

    Varane was withdrawn just before half-time with a suspected groin injury.

  • Kealan Hughes

    NO LING-ERING

    Manchester United will consider a cut-price £15million for Jesse Lingard in January if he continues to refuse a new deal, SunSport can reveal.

    The England forward has struggled to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI since his return this summer.

    He has come off the bench to score a winner at former club West Ham and set up Cristiano Ronaldo's goal against Villarreal.

    The 28-year-old has been in talks over an extension to his contract, which runs out at the end of the season.

    SunSport understands he has been offered terms around £135,000-a-week, a decent increase on his current deal.

    The academy graduate is interested in staying, but wants assurances he will get regular first-team action.

     

  • Kealan Hughes

    ON YOUR MARCS

    Marcus Rashford has revealed that he is "fully free" from injury and ready to play with his "favourite player" Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend.

    The England forward has yet to play a game this season having undergone shoulder surgery in the summer following the conclusion of the Euros.

    Speaking to the BBC, Rashford explained: "My recovery is – I wouldn't say coming to an end because obviously I have to keep looking after it – but I'm in a much better place physically and mentally.

    "Last year was a very long season for me, I got this injury at the end of September and gradually it got that little bit worse, but now I'm fully free of that, I feel much better physically and mentally."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'TOXIC'

    Phil Jones says youngsters breaking into the football world must be mentally capable of handling the ‘toxic’ social media environment.

    The 29-year-old Manchester United defender has now turned his back on his online accounts after being on the receiving end of some harsh treatment.

    Speaking to the UTD podcast, Jones said: “I stepped away from social media a long time ago but it's difficult because all your friends read it, your family read it and they support you, they want the best for you.

    “They don't want to see their mate, their husband, their dad getting slaughtered all over the papers or all over the media, so it's tough because mentally I was going through a tough time and (then) to read stuff as well…

    “It's difficult but it's something I've learned to deal with, especially over the time I've been at United and the more experience you get, the older you get, the better you learn to deal with those things.

    “I suppose for young players coming into the game now, not just at Man United, but all over the world, it's a very hostile, toxic place to come into and they've got to be able to deal with that mentally as well as physically.”

  • Dylan Terry

    POG PRAISE

    Raphael Varane has lauded Paul Pogba’s ‘positive’ influence on Manchester United’s squad.

    And the Red Devils newbie revealed his France compatriot played a huge part in his decision to swap Real Madrid for Old Trafford.

    Varane was speaking to Premier League World ahead of Les Bleus’ 2-1 Uefa Nations League final triumph over Spain on Sunday.

    The centre-back, 28, whose club play Leicester City next, said: "He (Pogba) spoke to me about the club, about the atmosphere, about the expectations and, of course, he is a great player.

    "He has a great energy, a very positive energy, and he is a leader for the group.

    "He spoke to me about the club, about the atmosphere, about the expectations."

  • Dylan Terry

    BIRTHDAY GIFT

    Scott McTominay dedicated his first Scotland goal to his grandparents.

    The Manchester United midfielder, 24, will still be celebrating after he produced a crucial last-ditch winner against Israel on Saturday.

    And he instantly said it was in honour of his granddad Frank who is celebrating his birthday today.

    The matchwinner said afterwards: “It's probably not the best goal I'll score, but in terms of importance, as you can see from what it means to all the Scotland fans here, it's amazing.

    “I'm struggling to put it into words. I don't know what minute it was, but it was one I will never forget.

    “It came at me pretty quickly and it was bouncing.

    “Do you know what? It's my grandad's birthday on Monday, so I knew I had to score before it so yeah, that was one for my grandparents in Scotland.”

  • Dylan Terry

    BOX-TO-BOXING

    Tyson Fury wants to defend his world heavyweight title at Old Trafford… and KO Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester’s No 1 attraction.

    And the Gypsy King has told the Red Devils’ footballing superstar: “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us!”

    WBC champ and Red Devils fan Fury recently knocked out Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas trilogy fight.

    But the Manchester-born fighter spoke beforehand about featuring in a world title bout at United’s 76,000-seater stadium for the first time since the famous Chris Eubank-Nigel Benn draw in front of 42,000 there 28 years ago.

    Speaking from his Las Vegas fight camp, Fury, 33, told SunSport: “I have two fights left out here but I’d love to bring a world title fight back to Manchester.

    “It has always been a dream of mine to fight at Old Trafford. The last fight there was Eubank versus Benn in 1993 and that was massive.

    “I’m really happy Ronaldo’s back at Old Trafford – but this town ain’t big enough for the both of us!

    “If I lived in Manchester it would be a problem. But I’m an hour up the motorway in Morecambe so he’s got plenty of distance.”

  • Dylan Terry

    INCE NOT ON

    Former Manchester United hardman Paul Ince has urged Donny van de Beek to leave Old Trafford in January for the 'good of his career'.

    The 24-year-old has played SIX minutes of Premier League action this season – and Ince believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deceived the Dutchman when signing him from Ajax.

    Ince, 53, told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: "If I'm going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I'm going to say is, 'Am I going to play? Where do you see me fitting in, within the system, within the team?'

    "As a manager you have two choices – you can either tell the truth or not tell the truth.

    "From what I'm seeing for the last year and a half, he's not told Donny [van de Beek] the truth, he hasn't had any game time. He's got £35million sitting on the bench.

    "I can hold my hands up if I'm on the bench and the team are winning and playing well.

    "You can't tell me that Fred and [Scott] McTominay are playing well week in and week out, and even [Paul] Pogba because they're not.

    "But he seems to play them all the time, and I'm sitting there watching them play, I would be livid.

    "He's been professional, he's done everything by the book. Ole's come out saying he's in my plans, obviously he's just blatantly lying, he has to move in January for the good of his career."

  • Dylan Terry

    ROO-ING MISSED OPPORTUNITY

    Since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003, Chelsea have hardly struggled to attract big name stars.

    The Russian has poured millions into his beloved Blues, particularly in his earlier years with the club.

    He quickly set his stall out in his first few seasons at the helm by bringing the likes of Arjen Robben, Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba to West London.

    That's not to mention highly-rated young Porto coach Jose Mourinho.

    And while Chelsea have hardly struggled for trophies in the following years, scooping five league titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League triumphs, it is astonishing to think that they could have had even more.

    Yes, the Blues were within touching distance of signing a whole host of other superstars…including WAYNE ROONEY and PAUL POGBA.

  • Dylan Terry

    RASH DECISION

    Marcus Rashford has sensationally admitted that he played almost the ENTIRE of last season with a shoulder injury.

    The forward has been out of action since Euro 2020, but has revealed he is in a 'much better place' now as he nears a return.

    The 23-year-old decided to go under the knife in August after England's heartbreaking Euro final defeat against Italy.

    Incredibly Rashford played 64 TIMES in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign – the majority of which were while he was injured.

    But he is now back in training with the Red Devils and is nearing a return to first team action.

    He could even be included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's matchday squad for Saturday's trip to Leicester.

    He told BBC Breakfast: "My recovery is – I wouldn't say coming to an end because obviously I have to keep looking after it – but I'm in a much better place physically and mentally.

    "Last year was a very long season for me, I got this injury at the end of September and gradually it got that little bit worse, but now I'm fully free of that, I feel much better physically and mentally."

  • Dylan Terry

    FAC FACTS

    Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri has suggested that Jadon Sancho’s arrival at Old Trafford made him decide to head out on loan.

    Speaking to The Athletic about his pre-season with United, Pellestri said: “I felt stronger in the first team, I scored in a game at Derby for the first team.

    “It was a very hard pre-season, the hardest I’ve ever had. Physically, you are really pushed, the training is such a high level.

    “New players came in, including in my position [Sancho] so I thought it was a good idea to go on loan again.

    “The best thing for a player is to play, and for a young player, to get experience.”

  • Dylan Terry

    RAM IT HOME

    Juventus want to use Aaron Ramsey as a bargaining chip to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The Welshman, 30, has struggled to make an impact in Turin since leaving Arsenal in 2019.

    Juve are believed to have grown frustrated by his persistent injury troubles.

    And according to the Mail, Ramsey himself feels that their training regime is hampering his progress.

    They add that Juve must get the midfielder’s salary off their wage bill, if they are to make a move for Pogba.

    And they would ideally like to include him in any deal made with Man United.

  • Dylan Terry

    SOL SEARCHING

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and football director John Murtough mutually agree Erling Haaland is the best option for the club long-term, reports say.

    Haaland is one of the best talents in Europe at the moment and has a prolific goal scoring record.

    The 21-year-old has scored 68 goals and provided 19 assists in 67 games for Borussia Dortmund.

    And he also scored the most goals in the Champions League last season, beating United's Cristiano Ronaldo to the award, who at the time was at Juventus.

    His goal scoring ability has seen his value increase by almost £100million at Dortmund, and he has attracted interest from pretty much every big club across Europe's top leagues, including Man Utd.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer and Murtough agree that Haaland is the best long-term option available in Europe to replace their aging strike force of Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

  • Dylan Terry

    KEEPING TABS

    Tahith Chong has revealed Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been on the phone to congratulate him on his impressive Birmingham form.

    The 21-year-old winger moved to Brum in the summer for his third stint away from Old Trafford on loan.

    Having previously been at Werder Bremen and Club Brugge, the ace is now catching the eye for Lee Bowyer’s side in the Championship.

    And the Dutch Under-21 international has told United’s website that the Red Devils boss Solskjaer has been in regular contact while he has been away.

    When Chong was asked if the gaffer had contacted him, he replied: “Yeah, it's always nice to hear from him, and that he's watching the games as well.

    “That's good. The coaches and staff are obviously in contact after the games.

    “I’ve got Darren Fletcher and Kieran [McKenna] and, like I say, even the manager sometimes texting me.

    “You know, after matches, it can be a ‘well done’ or ‘well done, you can improve on this and this’ and, to be honest, the contact has been very good.”

  • Dylan Terry

    PHIL IN

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer added another casualty to his growing injury list on Sunday night.

    Raphael Varane hobbled off during France's Nations League clash against Spain, meaning BOTH first choice centre-backs could now be out.

    The 28-year-old seemingly overstretched while going for a loose ball – and had to be withdrawn before half-time.

    Worryingly though for United the knock came with nobody near the defender.

    And if it forces Varane to be sidelined for Saturday's trip to Leicester then Phil Jones could be set for a sensational Manchester United return.

    Jones has not played for United since an FA Cup clash against Tranmere 19 MONTHS ago.

  • Dylan Terry

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY CHARLTON

  • Dylan Terry

    DIAL OR NO DIAL

    Feyernoord are preparing a fresh bid for Man Utd star Amad Diallo after an injury scuppered his loan move to the Dutch side in the summer.

    Diallo, 19, was signed by the Red Devils from Italian club Atalanta for a reported fee of £21.25m in January, which could rise to as much as £34m with add-ons.

    The Ivory Coast international had been due to go on loan to Feyenoord this summer for more regular first-team football, after only appearing eight times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last season.

    But an injury in pre-season meant that he instead stayed at Old Trafford for his recovery, having only just returned to first-team training after several weeks out.

    But according to Feyenoord transfermarkt, the club are still interested in Diallo and with first-team opportunities likely to be hard to come by at Old Trafford, he could be tempted to make the switch.

  • Dylan Terry

    TOP DOC

    Manchester United showed off a ‘Dr Rashford MBE’ jersey after superstar Marcus Rashford was awarded his honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.

    Rashford, 23, became the youngest person to ever receive one from the uni earlier this week.

    He was awarded their highest honour for his ‘outstanding sense of community’.

    And United revealed a new twist on their No10 kit by showing a jersey with the name printed as ‘Dr Rashford MBE’ on the seats at Old Trafford.

    It’s the latest award given to fan favourite Rashford after he was made an MBE 12 months ago for his battle in extending free school meals during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Accepting his award in front of Sir Alex Ferguson at the Theatre of Dreams, Rashford beamed: “To be here in the presence of a great such as Sir Alex, and those who have played a huge role in my journey to be where I am today, is special.

    “I’m here to receive my Honorary Doctorate for my work around child poverty."

  • Dylan Terry

    THEATRE OF (FURY'S) DREAMS

    Tyson Fury's sensational fight-of-the-century contender has earned him a ‘hero’s homecoming’ scrap in the UK.

    Britain’s WBC heavyweight king wowed the boxing world by TWICE climbing off the canvas to dish out a thrilling 11th-round KO of Deontay Wilder.

    The WBC have ordered him to fight the winner of this month’s bout between Dillian Whyte and Otto Wallin.

    And Fury’s promoter Frank Warren reckons the Manchester United fan is big enough to fill every stadium in England – putting Old Trafford on stand-by for his next title defence.

    Warren said: “I would love that homecoming more than anything the British fans and everything. Can you imagine it?

    “Tyson sells out any stadium in Britain, easy. The fans will come out for him.

    “He deserves that hero’s homecoming now.”

  • Dylan Terry

    BLUE BEAUTY

    Chelsea have the most Premier League goal scorers this season, twice as many as Manchester United.

    Thomas Tuchel’s mega-squad proves depth really does matter at the top level.

    That’s because TWELVE different players have netted in Chelsea’s opening seven league matches of the new campaign.

    That’s three more than champions Manchester City, who alongside the Blues arguably boast the best squad in the division.

    Meanwhile, Man United have seen just six of their players score this term – half of Chelsea’s amount.

  • Jack Figg

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United have been dealt a potential injury blow after Raphael Varane limped off against Spain.

    The France defender, 28, lined up for his country in last night's Nations League final.

    But as the first-half drew to a close, Varane went down without anyone around him.

    Replays suggested the centre-back had stretched too much for a loose ball and medics rushed across the field to give him treatment.

    And Varane was unable to carry on playing as he was replaced by Bayern Munich's Dayot Upamecano.

    Meanwhile, Juventus want to use Aaron Ramsey as a bargaining chip to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The Welshman, 30, has struggled to make an impact in Turin since leaving Arsenal in 2019.

    Juve are believed to have grown frustrated by his persistent injury troubles.

    And according to the Mail, Ramsey himself feels that their training regime is hampering his progress.

    They add that Juve must get the midfielder’s salary off their wage bill, if they are to make a move for Pogba.

    And they would ideally like to include him in any deal made with Man United.

  • Dylan Terry

    DR RASHFORD MBE

  • Dylan Terry

    STAY PUT POG

    Paul Pogba should be delighted to play football in England as the Premier League is the ‘best in the world’.

    That’s the view of Paul Scholes, who has questioned why Pogba is entertaining the transfer speculation currently rife around him.

    He told the Webby & O’Neill show: “I can’t see why he would want to leave here. Why would you want to leave England?

    “You look at Real Madrid – the Spanish league’s gone. Real, Barcelona, they’re an absolute, complete mess.

    “PSG might be another option for him but England is the best now.

    “You look at the top four teams, they’ve got all the best players, the best managers are here, so why would he want to leave?

    “But it’s up to the club. If the club want to keep him then great, if they don’t then we’ll say goodbye.”

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