Man Utd news LIVE: Van de Beek updates, Alex Ferguson praises 'fantastic' Ronaldo, Pogba & Fernandes contracts LATEST

MANCHESTER UNITED will look to hit back in the Champions League this week after a disappointing loss to Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Dean Henderson linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

And Donny van de Beek may consider his future if he fails to get into the United team against Villarreal on Wednesday night.

JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)

Follow ALL the latest news, updates and transfer gossip from Old Trafford…

  • Sandra Brobbey

    KALVIN QUEST

    Man United are reportedly keen on luring Kalvin Phillips away from Leeds.

    The Daily Express claims the club sees the Elland Road midfield star as an alternative target to Declan Rice.

    And reports suggest Leeds would be after at least £60million for the player which is less than West Ham's reported £90m asking price for Rice.

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    DONNY'S DECISION

    Donny van de Beek could be set to decide on his Red Devils future after the team's clash with Villarreal, according to reports.

    Manchester Evening News claims may reevaluate his place at United should he not feature against the Spanish side on Wednesday evening.

    The former Ajax ace has made three appearances for United so far this term.

  • Justin Lawrence

    UNITED DUO

    Manchester United are reportedly working on trying down Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to long-term contracts.

    It has been reported by numerous sources over the past couple of months that United will be entering discussions with the players and have already started talks with both of them.

    Fabrizio Romano discussed the two players’ contract situations in his column in Benchwarmers.

    Romano explains that fresh new terms have been on the table for a couple of months for the French midfielder and the club is awaiting his final decision.

    However, talks with Fernandes are looking more promising Romano has claimed.

    He added: "Of course, optimism is much more on the Bruno Fernandes front.

    "Talks with his agent began in the first week of July and Manchester United know that renewing his contract is essential.

    "Bruno is more than just a leader, on and off the pitch.

    "That’s why the club is negotiating a new long-term deal to reward him, knowing that the Portuguese is very happy at Old Trafford."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    SOL HARD

    Teddy Sheringham has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aware that his days as Manchester United are numbered if he doesn't win a trophy this season.

    The Norwegian's made some big signings this summer in the form of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And if he doesn't justify his spending with silverware, Solskjaer will face the boot, his ex-United striking partner Sheringham reckons.

    He told the Daily Mail: "Without a doubt there is pressure on him this year to win something. If he doesn't win something, he knows the writing is on the wall.

    "They have made the big signings in Varane and Sancho. That would be enough but then Ronaldo becomes available, United acquire him and they need to see results now."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    RED WERNER

    Timo Werner could've played for Manchester United instead of Chelsea if things went his way.

    The secret information was revealed in court documents in a case involving Werner's agent Karl-Heinz Forster and his former associate Murat Lokurlu.

    The pair are currently embroiled in a row involving Werner being sorted out in a German court.

    Information from the volatile case said WhatsApp messages involving Werner and Lorkulu suggested United ‘were his favourites’ while Chelsea was in amongst a list of ‘great alternatives’.

    The 25-year-old also was up for a move to United's bitter rivals Liverpool the documents revealed.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RON WEDDING

    Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is desperate for the Manchester United star to propose to her.

    After five years of dating, Georgina is ready to tie the knot with the footballing icon.

    But the 27-year-old has conceded that the choice isn't hers to make and marriage is just a dream for now.

    She made the revelation in the trailer of her upcoming documentary on Netflix titled 'Soy Georgina'.

    When one of her pals asked her if Cristiano was going to walk her down the aisle, Georgina exclaimed: "It doesn't depend on me … I wish!"

  • Justin Lawrence

    JAAP SCRAM

    Manchester United icon Jaap Stam has been SACKED by MLS outfit FC Cincinnati.

    The Americans axed their Dutch tactician on Monday after a 4-2 defeat to DC United, leaving them second-bottom in the Eastern Conference.

    Stam picked up just ONE win since June in a run lasting 16 matches.

    And the former Reading manager has paid for the bad results with his job.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RASH READY

    Manchester United are reportedly planning to have an indoor friendly to help Marcus Rashford get fit.

    If all goes well for the forward then he is likely to be available to feature when United travel to Leicester City in the Premier League on October 16.

    Rashford tweeted on Monday about his recovery, hoping that he would be allowed to return to contact training, having already re-joined his teammates in training last week.

    However, the striker hasn't played a competitive game since the Euro 2020 final so United reckon an extra game will allow Rashford to regain some of his sharpness.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    HOLY GHOST

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes must've been possessed by a ghost when he missed his penalty against Aston Villa, a report has bizarrely claimed.

    That's one of the only rational excuses for Fernandes' glaring miss, Sports Witness have reported.

    It's either a ghost or the antics of Villa keeper Emiliano Martínez who are responsible for distracting the midfielder who usually has no issue slotting penalties home, Witness believe.

    But whatever the reason for Fernandes' poor effort, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must get the blame, the publication concluded.

    They wrote: "Emiliano Martínez ‘distracted’ Bruno, and Bruno – or the ghost that took hold of him – shot wildly into the clouds.

    "The entire fault belongs to Solskjaer. Because he failed when he couldn’t."

  • Justin Lawrence

    LET'S CAV HIM

    Barcelona are rumoured to be keen on an Edinson Cavani loan swoop to strengthen their frontline following a tricky start to their season. 

    And the Daily Star claims the Uruguay international has become unsettled at Man United following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

    Despite their financial concerns, the Express claims Barca chiefs are making plans for January transfers with Cavani said to be among their top targets. 

    It is thought Cavani, 34, had agreed to extend his contract with United the understanding he is still regarded as a key member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

    The Star claims Barcelona will up the ante in their quest to bring the Uruguayan to LaLiga. 

  • Justin Lawrence

    SANCHO PAIN

    Jadon Sancho's poor start to his Manchester United career is hurting the soul of the Borussia Dortmund executive who sold him to the club.

    Dortmund's chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke who gave the green light for Sancho's £73million move revealed that the 21-year's lack of games at Old Trafford is painful to watch.

    Watze reckons that Sancho, who's only made two starts out of five Premier League games, is suffering because of his lack of international games for England.

    He said: "Of course, I keep track of what he's doing. It also hurts my soul that he is so neglected.

    "I love Jadon, when you see him play you get tears in your eyes. I think his problem is that he's not that settled in the English national team."

  • Justin Lawrence

    ON THE SLIDE 

    Manchester United have slipped three places to tenth in the latest Uefa coefficients.

    Europe’s governing body of the game bases their results on clubs who competed in the five previous seasons of the Champions League, Europa League and the new Europa Conference League.

    The rankings determine the seeding of each club in relevant Uefa competition draws.

    United were dumped out of the Champions League last season and found themselves in the Europa League.

    Now those setbacks have hit them hard in Uefa’s latest coefficients after they slid from seventh to ten in the rankings.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    WESN'T TRUE

    Sir Alex Ferguson has poured cold water on reports that Manchester United want to sign Wesley Sneijder when he was in charge.

    Despite being heavily linked with the Dutchman, Fergie claimed United were never even interested in the midfielder.

    When asked about Sneijder on the UTD podcast, the Scotsman said: "Well, you mention the boy Sneijder.

    "That's come up a lot of times but we were never interested in Sneijder. I don't know where that came from but you get a lot of them.

    "Every Sunday, in The People, when I first came, they were throwing names in all the time."

  • Justin Lawrence

    FERNAN-MESS

    Gary Neville had some harsh words for Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes after he issued a statement for his penalty miss against Aston Villa.

    Fernandes’ miss cost United getting a draw in the Villa game and the midfielder penned an apology to the Old Trafford faithful claiming he’ll do better in future.

    But Neville wasn’t amused with the Portuguese playmaker’s statement which he felt lacked authenticity.

    The pundit thinks that Fernandes, along with other Premier League stars need to put some heart into their messages to fans or don’t say anything at all, especially not through their PR teams.

    When asked by a fan his thoughts on what Fernandes said on Twitter, Neville wrote: “It’s embarrassing!

    “They [players] need to sack their PR people, speak with some authenticity and get on with it. I’m going to go big on this in the next few weeks.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    CANT BE SHAW

    A new mural dedicated to Manchester United star Luke Shaw has caught the eye of fans – for a striking resemblance to Eric Cantona.

    The Adidas artwork going up in the town of Darwen is nearing completion and early images have emerged online.

    Twitter user @LukeShawArmy posted snaps of the large mural being worked on.

    Supporters online praised the artwork yet could not help but notice the similarities it has with Cantona.

    One United fan posted on Twitter: "Class painting, thought it was Cantona."

    Another user Kaya quipped that the mural looks like the result of Shaw and Cantona's love-child.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RASH BACK

    Marcus Rashford is reportedly set for an early return from injury for Manchester United.

    The striker could be back in action after the international break, The Evening Standard reported.

    On his Twitter account, the 23-year-old revealed he is likely to return to contact training next week following a meeting with United's doctors.

    He wrote: "Happy Monday. I see the doctor on Friday for a consultation.

    "All being well, I will get the green to join in with contact training again."

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    UNWANTED STAT

    Manchester United take on Villarreal on Wednesday in the Champions League.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side lost to Young Boys on Match Day 1, and the Red Devils have never lost their opening two matches of a major European campaign in their history.

    After coming under fire in recent days after three losses in their last four games, it's a record Solskjaer really doesn't want his name next to.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB

    Teddy Sheringham has also revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo's experience is 'invaluable,' and could lead the Red Devils to glory.

    He told Sportsmail: "It is invaluable when you have that in your team. People who calm others down at the right time.

    "Ronaldo leads by example. I understand he made an unbelievable speech before he played a couple of weeks ago about the desire he has to produce great footballing moments.

    "There's so many years after playing football you can watch and admire from a distance but when you're fit and able, give it your best shot and you never know where it could take you."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TROPHY NEEDED

    You can add Teddy Sheringham to the growing list of pundits and former players who believe Ole Gunnar Solskajer needs to win a trophy this season in order to keep his job at Old Trafford.

    He told Sportsmail: "Without a doubt there is pressure on him this year to win something. If he doesn't win something, he knows the writing is on the wall.

    "They have made the big signings in Varane and Sancho. That would be enough but then Ronaldo becomes available, United acquire him and they need to see results now.

    "Ole is still a young manager and he is gaining experience while on the job. At the top level he only knows United and that is a hard job to leave. I think he is progressing but he needs to take it to the next level.

    "I think everybody is willing him to do well, they want him to do well because he is a Manchester United legend.

    "That gives him some scope but you have to emphasise, he needs to win something. It's not rocket science."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AMAD BACK

    United youngster Amad Diallo has taken to Instagram, showing fans that he is back in Red Devils training gear.

    The 19-year-old was supposed to go out on loan to Feyenoord in the summer, but an injury in August just before the deal went through forced the move to be cancelled.

    But now fans have been boosted by his return to Carrington.

    However first team opportunities at Old Trafford seem scarce, and the club are likely to once again list the winger for loan in January.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SPANISH STRUGGLES

    Did you know, Manchester United are winless in their last seven games against Spanish teams in the Champions League.

    The Red Devils have lost four and drawn three of the last seven.

    Their last victory against Spanish opposition came against Real Sociedad back in October 2013 (1-0).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoken about Jadon Sancho’s slow start to life at Manchester United.

    The 21-year-old has failed to score or provide an assist in seven games for the Red Devils.

    Watzke told Sport, via Fabrizio Romano: “I love Jadon Sancho. When you see him playing you get tears in your eyes.

    “It hurts my soul that he is given so little consideration… I think his problem is that he’s not set in the English national team.”

    Credit: PA
  • Giacomo Pisa

    ANOTHER RON RECORD

    If Cristiano Ronaldo plays against Villarreal on Wednesday he will break Iker Casillas’ record for Champions League appearances.

    It will be an incredible 178th game in the competition for the evergreen CR7.

    However, Ronaldo has never scored against Villarreal in four previous appearances against them in the competition, only facing Lille and Benfica as often without finding the net (also four games against them).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RIGHT OR RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to take Manchester United's next penalty following Bruno Fernandes' howler against Aston Villa – despite having a WORSE record.

    In league competition since the start of the 2017-18 season, Ronaldo has taken 31 penalties during spells at Real madrid, Juventus and now United.

    Ronaldo has converted 26 of those, missing just five for a success rate of 83.9 per cent.

    Interesting, he recently missed a penalty for Portugal during their 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland, with Fernandes also on the pitch at the time.

    During his days at Sporting Lisbon and Man Utd, Fernandes has scored 25 of his 27 penalty efforts – a conversion rate of 92.6 per cent.

    However, both of Fernandes' misses have come at United, including his weekend howler against Villa, making his Premier League record nine out of 11 (81.8 per cent).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    VIVA RONALDO

    And here's a look at what that 'desire' helped CR7 to achieve during his first spell at Old Trafford.

    Source: Read Full Article