MANCHESTER UNITED continue to pursue Jadon Sancho as they look to tie up a deal for the England youngster.
Meanwhile, reports suggest the Red Devils are also keeping an eye on Chelsea star N'Golo Kante as Frank Lampard looks to raise funds for his squad.
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REGULION'S UNITED LOVE
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has given United fans an update on Regulion, he says that the left back would LOVE to join United!
ASTON VILLA 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
After 55 minutes, Manchester United find themselves 1-0 down thanks to a strike from Ollie Watkins!
Not a good start from United.
Arsenal fans rave after Gabriel's brilliant debut, whilst also taking aim at Harry Maguire!
The race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is hotting up, Manchester United have reportedly joined the race according to Richard Marrow.
Agreements on the fee, wages and agents fees are all reportedly close to being agreed, wages shouldn't be an issue to resolve.
OLE ON TODAY'S GAME
Ole has spoke ahead of today's friendly against Villa: “It’s going to be a game to give players minutes. Some have trained more than others and some will be more ready than others.
“Some played international games, which actually sometimes you think you don’t really want that but some of them have got valuable minutes there.
“We’ll give the others minutes against Villa so they can all start on a decent level because it’s going to be a long season.
“The result is not going to matter at all, the performance and fitness work are going to be important.”
Giggsy to the rescue!
Let's take a look at what's new in the upcoming 2020-21 Premier League season.
WHAT'S TO COME
Take a look at what Manchester United have to offer this season, the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood!
ROBINSON BACKS DDG
Former England keeper Paul Robinson has backed David de Gea to keep the No1 jersey this season.
The former England No1 told TalkSport: “They’re two top goalkeepers, De Gea starts the season because, from a manager’s point of view, if you don’t start the season with him, you lose him.
“He’s going to want to leave and play elsewhere.
“For Henderson, I think he’s a top goalkeeper, but playing at Manchester United is very different to playing at Sheffield United.
“It’s going to be an interesting battle because he’s certainly good enough to do it.”
Manchester United right back Diogo Dalot could have his future decided as soon as today, according to reports.
There are a number absentees from the United squad, including first choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Wan-Bissaka missing could give Dalot his chance to finally prove his worth in the red shirt, he comes with a lot of hype and praise.
Dalot will be hoping to feature this afternoon against Aston Villa, it's time to either sink or swim.
Manchester United are travelling to the Midlands for their pre season friendly, Villa Park awaits.
The ongoing Jadon Sancho transfer saga is leaving United fans drained.
The English winger has a price tag of £108million, and will not be able to leave unless the price tag is met.
United are weighing up alternative options with Bale, Costa and Joao Felix being targeted.
DONNY TO START
Donny van de Beek is set to start for United today.
According to reports, Manchester United have made a breakthrough to sign Real Madrid left back Sergio Regulion.
The Spaniard spent last season on loan at UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla, where he has impressed massively.
Due to Madrid having Ferland Mendy and Marcelo, Zidane doesn't see Regulion as part of his plans.
Madrid are reportedly set to let the left back leave WITHOUT a buy back clause.
United face Aston Villa today in a friendly ahead of their Premier League opening fixture next weekend.
Manchester United are set to get their Premier League campaign underway next week due to their participation in the later rounds of European competitions.
They were set to face Burnley today, that has since been postponed and they will start their campaign off against Crystal Palace next Saturday.
Manchester City are also set to start their Premier League season next week.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his excitement for the return of the Premier League.
Solskjaer guided United to a third place finish last season, he had this to say: “Very (excited). Of course, now has been a different pre-season and a different summer but it’s been a quick turnaround and we’re excited, of course.
“We’ve had a few weeks away from each other but then we’ve started again.”
Solskjaer also had this to say about new signing Donny van de Beek: “He’s been training only a couple of days but he’s a bright, bubbly character.
“He wants to learn and the first few signs are positive, not that I doubted that one because I’ve followed him for a few years, of course.
“He’s been a talented youngster and now we felt he was ready to come here. He felt it was the best place to come so, for us, it’s a good transfer.”
THREE’S A CROWD
In the latest Premier League prediction, Manchester United are predicted to finish third once again!
The Red Devils finished in the top four last season with an impressive third placed finish, whilst also reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.
United still have a lot of work to do to catch city rivals Manchester City.
According to reports, Manchester United could be set to Bail out Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.
The Red Devils have reportedly admitted defeat in the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho and they’re looking for alternatives.
Bale is on the list of possible target alternatives, alongside Juventus’ Douglas Costa and Atletico Madrid’s wonderkid Joao Felix.
Costa and Bale’s injury records will no doubt be a cause for concern in the United camp, both players have had their fair share.
Felix would also be very pricey, with the Portuguese youngster joining the Madrid based club for £116million in 2019.
Manchester United hope to have star midfielder Paul Pogba back for their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace next Saturday.
The Frenchman has been quarantining for two weeks after contracting Covid-19.
Boss Solskjaer said: “Paul’s had a couple of training sessions so he’s lost out on a few sessions because of the virus, of course.
“But Paul is quick to get fit…. hopefully, he’ll be ready for next weekend. I am not 100 per cent sure though.”
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
United legend Gary Neville has warned that the goalkeeping situation could cause problems.
The United legend told Sky: “The idea that Dean Henderson would come into Manchester United and replace David de Gea as No 1 goalkeeper straight away… it won't happen, I can guarantee it won't happen.
“This has got 'problem' written all over it. The one area of the pitch where you need consistency and stability is your goalkeeper.
“You need to know who your No 1 is, you cannot be flip-flopping. It just does not work; I've never seen it work at any club or at international level.
“Where there is a decision to be made about two goalkeepers you have to pick your No 1, go with him and stick with him, even if there is a mistake.
“Once you take David de Gea out of the team and put Henderson in, you may as well forget about De Gea. That's coming from my experiences at United.”
Luke Shaw is fit ahead of today's pre season friendly against fellow Premier League side Aston Villa.
The left back has struggled with injuries since joining in 2014, only making 139 appearances.
United will be hoping to keep him fit, and hopefully this season they'll be able to see the talent which brought him to the club.
“Welcome to Manchester! Anthony Martial!”
KANTE TO GO
According to reports, Chelsea's N'Golo Kante is a shock target for Manchester United who are plotting a move.
The midfielders future is unclear with the Blues thought to be open to the idea of shifting him on to make funds available.
Chelsea are reportedly willing to accept an offer of around £55million for the midfielder, the funds would no doubt go on a bid for West Ham's Declan Rice.
United are facing Aston Villa in a friendly this afternoon on a day when their rivals return to Premier League action.
Because of their European exertions, United have been given a 30-day break between seasons.
Villa, on the other hand, were set to play Man City who are also on their 30-day break.
The match kicks off at 2pm TODAY at Old Trafford behind closed doors as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets one final rule of his squad before United's first Premier League game of the season next weekend.
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