Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo debut may be DELAYED, Lingard to REJECT contract offer, Pogba 'keen on Real Madrid'

MAN UTD are eyeing up three points against Newcastle as the Premier League returns next weekend.

But SunSport can reveal that fixture may not end up being Cristiano Ronaldo's second debut has he will have trained only once after coming out of quarantine.

And Jadon Sancho is set to play, despite leaving international duty with a slight knock.

Meanwhile Paul Pogba is reportedly keen on a move to Real Madrid over PSG.

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  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Just as Cristiano Ronaldo prepares for his second Manchester United debut, Jesse Lingard could be lining up a second and more permanent exit.

    Portugal legend Ron was gleefully pictured back in United training yesterday, following his early release from international duty due to suspension.

    And the 36-year-old is expected to play some part in Saturday's home Premier League game with lowly Newcastle.

    But it's claimed midfielder Lingard might be ready to reject a new United contract

    The 28-year-old has been at Old Trafford a decade but shone on loan for West Ham in the second half of last season.

    That spell revived Lingard's England career, including a two-goal man-of-the-match display against Andorra on Sunday.

    But he is still just a fringe player at United, having reportedly turned down a return to the Hammers last month.

    And United are now also being linked with Leicester's midfield hero Youri Tielemans, especially if Paul Pogba leaves next summer.

    Finally, five squad players could be missing against winless Newcastle.

    Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones are all doubtful.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TWO POSSIBLE UTD LINE-UPS WITH RON

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's super summer of transfer business has left him with an embarrassment of riches that can fill two teams of internationals.

    As our graphics show the Manchester United boss can easily switch his whole XI from Premier League games to domestic cup competitions and not see a huge fall in quality.

    The potential to mix and match from a gruelling midweek Champions League trip to weekend Prem action is also huge.

    The Red Devils had one of their best summers ever in terms of transfer business.

    They landed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and – of course – snatched Cristiano Ronaldo from the grasp of neighbours City to bring him home to Old Trafford.

    Often it’s a case of landing one young player for the future, one unknown and one star – but this time it was three players who could slot into any team in Europe.

    The fact they will all be playing together for United has got Red Devils fans buzzing as they seek a first Premier League title since 2013.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO TREBLES ALL ROUND

    Ex-Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero left a Prem legacy that put many clubs as well as other players to shame.

    And here’s one of the more offbeat but still staggering facts, according to this tweet.

    He totalled more hat-tricks in ten years at the Etihad – 12 – than each of City’s so-called Big Six rival CLUBS managed.

    Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea managed 11 apiece, with Liverpool bagging ten and United seven.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'LL TAKE RON TO THE MAX

    Forget Cristiano Ronaldo, Newcastle showman Allan Saint-Maximin is backing himself to leave Saturday's global audience drooling. 

    While Ronaldo’s Manchester United homecoming against the Magpies will not be shown on UK television, millions across the world will be tuning in.

    Saint-Maximin, 24, has Toon fans purring every week with his box of tricks. 

    Striker Callum Wilson is a doubt with a thigh problem, leaving the travelling Newcastle supporters pinning their hopes on the French flyer. 

    And he said: “I will try to do my best because I’m sure the world will watch this game because of Ronaldo.

    “But I know my quality. It will be a really hard game but I know what I can do so I think everyone will see what I can do on the pitch.

    "Even before Ronaldo signed, they had a great team. 

    "With him now they can look much better, but we have to stay focused because if we just think about Ronaldo we are going to lose the game, for sure.

    "If you give your best and give everything, everything can happen."

  • Ian Tuckey

    CRIS IN, FIVE OUT?

    Five United players could be missing when Cristiano Ronaldo makes his expected return at home to Newcastle on Saturday.

    Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones are doubtful.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON RETURN ROCKS ENRIQUE

    Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has joked he's unhappy Cristiano Ronaldo has rejoined their big rivals Manchester United.

    But the Spaniard believes the Portugal legend, 36, is returning to the Premier League as a different player.

    Credit: PA:Press Association

    Enrique told Sky Sports: "I believe he's more a No9 now even if he sometimes comes from the wing.

    "He's one of the best players in history and I'm not very happy that he's signed for United, to be honest."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HANN'S ACE AND SPACE

    Whizkid Hannibal Mejbri achieved the near impossible in United training – distracting attention from Cristiano Ronaldo's return.

    French-born Tunisia midfielder Mejbri, 18, signed a new long deal in March and has been compared to legendary Old Trafford leaders.

    Credit: Getty

    And nifty footage of the £9.3million ex-Monaco star matching more experienced stars, albeit during the international break

    Mejbri is first seen evading Fred and then feeding Donny van de Beek.

    Former United coach and midfield workhorse Nicky Butt has previously gone pubic about Mejbri's potential.

    Credit: Getty

    He told the Manchester Evening News: "Leaders are always looked at like a Roy Keane, a Steve Bruce, a Bryan Robson, those kind of verbal, real aggression, real leaders.

    "And then you've got leaders like Paul Scholes or David Beckham or Ryan Giggs, who's quiet but really leads by example of how they play and how they work hard.

    "We've got the old-fashioned leaders, if you like, who are going to talk to the players and drive the team," he said.

    "Hannibal (Mejbri)'s a leader. The way he plays his football is 100mph, he's non-stop running up and down."

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    MANS UTD?

    Manchester United are reportedly plotting a move for Leicester star Youri Tielemans.

    The midfielder, 24, is being eyed as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba should the Frenchman leave.

    Credit: Getty

    According to Utd Report, Tielemans is one to watch for the future for United.

    The Belgian scored a brilliant winner in May’s FA Cup final and has been a key player for Leicester since joining in 2019.

    United were credited with an interest in Tielemans before he signed for the Foxes.

    And that interest has been maintained with the Red Devils and Liverpool linked to Tielemans during the summer transfer window.

    Leicester hope to tie him down to a new deal to deter that interest – Tielemans has two years remaining on his current contract.

    And the Foxes will likely drive a hard bargain to let him leave, having signed Tielemans for a club-record £40million fee.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FANS INVADE PITCH FOR BRUNO SELFIES

    This is the moment footy fans invaded the pitch to take selfies with Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes.

    The incident happened on Tuesday as Portugal beat Azerbaijan 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

    Three supporters were able to storm the field and run up to United ace Fernandes without being stopped by security.

    The youngsters looked to be delighted standing in the playmaker’s presence.

    And they instantly produced phones for a round of selfies.

    Fernandes appeared to look a bit shocked that local security were doing nothing to intervene.

    And he ended up posing for photos before the invaders exited, allowing the game to restart.

    Despite having no Cristiano Ronaldo, who was missing through suspension, Portugal were still able to field a strong XI also including Liverpool’s Diogo Jota, as well as Man City trio Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RADACANU THANKS RASHFORD

    Tennis star Emma Raducanu has revealed how 'extremely grateful' she was after Manchester United star Marcus Rashford comforted her after she fell ill Wimbledon.

    Brit Raducanu, 18, who will play in the quarter-finals of the US Open on Wednesday, was unable to continue her fourth-round clash against Australian Alja Tomljanovic at 6-4 3-0 down.

    Raducanu released an emotional statement citing breathing difficulties during her huge match on No1 Court.

    Rashford, 23, has revealed he suffered a similar problem during an Under-16s game against Wales seven years ago.

    He then tweeted that the 'country was proud' of her and wished her the best for the future.

    Speaking to Vogue about the act of kindness, Radacanu said: “[It was] very comforting in that moment.

    "I was feeling like I let people down, so for him to reassure me like that – I was extremely grateful.”

    Rashford tweeted: "It happened to me playing for the national team in U16s against Wales. I remember it to this day. No explanation for it and it never happened again.

    "You should be very proud of yourself. The country is proud of you. Glad to read your feeling better. Onwards and upwards."

    See the full feature in the October issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 10th September. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    OWEN JOINS WENGER’S WORLD CUP DRIVE

    Former Chelsea defender John Terry and ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen have joined ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s Fifa brigade battling for a World Cup every two years.

    The two former England skippers are now on Fifa’s “Technical Advisory group” helping Wenger, which will be launched in Doha tomorrow.

    Wenger’s new team also includes Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and his ex-Stamford Bridge team-mate Geremi, German superstars Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus, Italy’s Marco Materazzi, Roberto Carlos, Peter Schmeichel and Yaya Toure.

    They will give heavyweight support as Wenger officially outlines his World Cup proposals.

    And despite the growing backlash from European football, which brought a rare outbreak of unanimity at a two-day meeting of the European Club Association in Geneva, Wenger and Fifa President Gianni Infantino believe their campaign is gaining momentum.

    Outside Europe, there is thought to be widespread backing for the idea, which could be put to a vote of the 211 Fifa members next year.

    And that reality fuelled the fury and anger in Geneva as Fifa was accused of attempting to railroad the plans through without any proper consultation.

    Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano was among those making their objections public.

  • Ian Tuckey

    5: FACUNDO PELLISTRI

    Uruguayan teenager Facundo Pellistri is yet to make his first team debut for Manchester United.

    The 19-year-old winger scored for the Red Devils against Derby in pre-season, but has now been allowed to join LaLiga side Alaves on loan.

    And he has played in all of the Spanish side's league matches so far this season, although they do sit bottom of the table following three defeats.

  • Ian Tuckey

    4: AXEL TUANZEBE

    Axel Tuanzebe may not have been allowed to go out on loan if Man Utd had failed to bring in World Cup winner Raphael Varane.

    But it is almost certainly a blessing in disguise for the 23-year-old centre-back as he would not have expected to secure many minutes with Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly all in the squad.

    Instead, he has now re-joined Aston Villa for the 2021-22 season and already made two Premier League appearances. He previously spent two campaigns with them in the Championship.

  • Ian Tuckey

    3: ANDREAS PEREIRA

    Perhaps the most high-profile of those loaned out by Man Utd this summer, midfielder Andreas Pereira already has 75 first team appearances under his belt for the Red Devils.

    But with the likes of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic to choose from, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided he did not need him for the 2020-21 season and so allowed him to go out on loan to Lazio.

    And now the 25-year-old has returned to his home country of Brazil for a loan spell at Flamengo, where he has already scored.

  • Ian Tuckey

    2: TAHITH CHONG

    Tahith Chong has not featured for Man Utd since the 2019-20 campaign, spending last season on loan at Werder Bremen and then Club Brugge.

    He has now been farmed out to Championship side Birmingham and has already featured in four of their first five league games.

  • Ian Tuckey

    1: BRANDON WILLIAMS

    Left-back Brandon Williams appeared to be breaking into Man Utd's first team during the 2019-20 campaign when he played 17 times in the Premier League.

    But since the re-emergence of Luke Shaw he has found game time very rare to come by.

    The 21-year-old will now be hoping he can turn a few heads at Old Trafford after being loaned out to fellow Premier League side Norwich City, where he has already made two appearances so far this season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHAT'S NEXT FOR 5 LOANEES

    Five Manchester United players will spend the 2021-22 season out on loan after being offloaded in the summer window.

    The Red Devils needed to trim their squad due to the arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And coming up up here SUNSPORT'S Dylan Terry looks at what's next for the outgoing five….

  • Ian Tuckey

    JAMES: I LOST MYSELF AT UTD

    Leeds new boy Daniel James claims he got trapped "playing it safe" for Manchester United – as he was too worried to play his exciting natural game.

    The Wales speedster swapped his bit-part role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a five-year deal with Marcelo Bielsa's high-energy side.

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Old Trafford return further limited James' hopes for regular action.

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    And the wideman, 23, told the Telegraph he had begun to neglect his bold attacking instincts.

    He said: “I started thinking, ‘What does he do that I can do?’ rather than thinking just about my game and being myself.

    “I got bought for my direct play, running in behind, running with the ball, trying things and not being afraid to lose the ball but slowly I started to come away from that and play a little safe.

    "Safe is dangerous in the position I play. You’re not there to do that – you’re there to score goals and make assists and run yourself into the ground on and off the ball.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON LOSES HIS GLASS ACT

    Cristiano Ronaldo has removed his controversial rooftop gazebo on the orders of Lisbon City Council.

    The returning United hero, 36, admitted defeat after being given just over a fortnight to demolish the “eyesore” glass structure at his £6.5 million Portuguese penthouse.

    The Lisbon apartment block’s design architect had pledged to take the football star to court unless he removes it.

    Jose Mateus accused Ronaldo of “scoring an own goal” and “dishonouring his work” in an astonishing attack on the former Juventus forward as planning chiefs announced an investigation in May soon after the existence of the gazebo was revealed.

    The dad-of-four was informed on July 21 he had two options – consisting of removing the gazebo or altering it in a bid to legalise the add-on.

    He is understood to have been given an August 11 deadline to knock it down after he failed to submit new plans to modify the existing structure.

    Ronaldo’s elder sister Elma Aveiro waded into the planning controversy at one point by branding Mateus “mentally retarded” in an astonishing defence of her footballer brother.

    His other sister, former singer Katia Aveiro who is now based in Brazil, raged: “Do us Portuguese deserve you?"

  • Ian Tuckey

    JESSE 'REJECTS NEW UTD DEAL'

    Jesse Lingard has reportedly rejected a new Manchester United contract due to fears over his playing time at the club.

    The 28-year-old was linked with a move to West Ham over the summer following a superb loan spell in East London last season.

    But he has stayed at Old Trafford in a bid to fight for his place as he enters the last year of his current deal.

    As a result of his contract expiring next summer, Man Utd have attempted to pin the England international down to a new deal.

    However, according to ESPN, the attacking midfielder has declined as he wants to be sure he will receive a healthy amount of first team football in the future.

    It is said that the amount of action he receives will likely determine what he decides about his future.

    He will be able to begin negotiating with clubs from January.

    Prior to the start of the 2021-22 campaign, Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer publicly stated his desire to give Lingard game time by insisting he is 'in the plans' of the club.

  • Ian Tuckey

    STRAIGHT RON HIS GAME

    Cristiano Ronaldo already looks at home training back with Manchester United.

    And Old Trafford chiefs were quick to show the superstar's return on social media.

    Ronaldo, 36, should be fresh for consideration for Saturday's home clash with Newcastle after missing the last two of Portugal's three World Cup qualifiers early this month through suspension.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM WANT ALL-CLEAR ON WORLD CUP SANCTIONS

    Fifa has been put under pressure to announce Prem clubs will NOT be sanctioned for keeping their players back from this week’s World Cup qualifiers.

    Mexico, Chile and Paraguay have demanded their stars should be banned from club action this weekend after they were not released.

    Brazil are also considering a similar stance after six top flight clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City refused to let their players fly back for action.

    But now the influential European Club Association has stepped into the row by suggesting the chaos surrounding Brazil’s abandoned game with Argentina is evidence Fifa must rule out any punishment on Wednesday.

    Charlie Marshall, the ECA chief executive, said: “This has to be sorted out within the next 24 hours.

    “Liverpool and the other clubs need to know if they can play their Brazilians or not or whether Fifa is going to enforce the five-day rule for not releasing the players.

    “If Fifa is not going to sanction the clubs then they need to tell them.

    “It also needs to be explained how Brazilian players based in England should have been able to avoid quarantine there but not Argentina players.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT ALL ADDS UP TO RON AS NUMBER ONE

    Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest male footballer of all time ahead of Lionel Messi, according to a study by a leading maths professor.

    Dr Tom Crawford, a mathematician at the University of Oxford, has comprised a list of the ten best men's players ever by considering seven different factors.

    They are club goals, club titles, international goals, international titles, Ballon d'Or awards, individual records and 'z-factor seasons' which were awarded for particularly standout campaigns such as Ronaldo's 17 goals in the 2013-14 Champions League.

    In his video explaining the process, Dr Crawford firstly narrowed down the potential top ten by only considering those who had won the Ballon d'Or at least twice.

    He was then left with 13 players which he then applied the seven categories to in order to find out a definitive top ten.

    And it was Ronaldo who topped the standings with a score of 537 out of a maximum 700, 34 ahead of Barcelona and Argentina legend Messi.

    He took the No1 spot thanks to his incredible stats when it came to club titles, international goals and individual records, with Dr Crawford giving him a 'G.O.A.T. [greatest of all time] Index score' of 100 per cent ahead of Messi's 94.

    The Portuguese superstar recently broke the men's international goalscoring record with his brace against Republic of Ireland, taking his tally to 111.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ENGLAND TOPS SUMMER SPREE

    English football's summer spending dwarfed the rest of Europe, new Fifa figures reveal.

    England totalled £832.4m from June 1 to August 31 – more than next two countries Italy and France combined.

    Fifa's International Transfer Snapshot  shows Italy spent £343.9m and France £311.4m.

    The Prem's sum includes of course ex-Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku re-joining Chelsea from Inter Milan for £97.5m, Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho moving to Old Trafford for £73m and Ben White's £50m switch from Brighton to Arsenal.

    England also topped the number of incoming transfers (380) and outgoing ones (494).

    And for transfer fees received,England was third on £297.5m, with Germany picking up the greatest sum, £335.9m.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KHABIB: RON 'BORED' AT JUVE

    Cristiano Ronaldo told UFC pal Khabib Nurmagomedov he left Juventus for Manchester United as he was "bored in Italy".

    The MMA legend says Ronaldo added he "wanted to go back to England" and Khabib knew it would happen a MONTH before it was finalised.

    Credit: Instagram / @cristiano

    Ron's deadline-week move shocked football as he was linked to PSG and then Manchester City before old club United pounced.

    But Khabib, who was UFC's longest-running lightweight champ, was far from surprised.

    He told Sport24:  “I don’t want to disclose any personal messages… Ronaldo said he was bored in Italy and wanted to go back to England.

    “I’m also not a fan of Italian football, [but] the English Premier League I won't switch over. Any team there can put on a show."

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