Man Utd news LIVE: Henderson loan EXCLUSIVE, Olmo eyed by Barca, Ferdinand urges Ole to call him over Ronaldo jibe

MANCHESTER UNITED face West Ham for the second time in four days as the sides meet in the Carabao Cup TONIGHT.

Rio Ferdinand has clarified his criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowing Cristiano Ronaldo on to the touchline during the loss at Young Boys and has urged the Norwegian to call him.

Jesse Lingard netted a late winner on a dramatic afternoon in East London, before Paul Pogba had to be dragged away down the tunnel after arguing with Hammers fans.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Dean Henderson set for a loan move away from the club.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    DEAN LOAN

    Red Devils goalkeeper Dean Henderson is set to ask for another loan move away from Old Trafford after his dream of establishing himself as Manchester United's No 1 fell flat.

    Henderson was due to be given the goalkeeper's shirt this season ahead of David De Gea.

    But the 24-year-old has been suffering from long Covid and unable to even make the bench so far this season.

    In that time De Gea has been in inspired form – not least on Sunday when his injury-time penalty save earned United all three points at West Ham.

    He returned last summer in the belief that he could take the No 1 spot from De Gea. His 13 appearances, however, were not convincing.

    But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still prepared to start him this season until Long Covid initially made him unable to train.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    HIGH PRAISE

    German footballing legend Lothar Matthaus has praised Cristiano Ronaldo for returning to Old Trafford at 36-years-old.

    He said: "I like this change because he didn’t do a simple thing, he returned to the best championship in the world and has already scored four goals.

    "[He has] done very well."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEXT UP

    Here's a look at who the Red Devils face in their next five games, including tonight's clash.

    Four out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's next five are at Old Trafford.

    After tonight Aston Villa and Everton visit the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League, with a Champions League tie against Villarreal sandwiched in between.

    A tricky trip to Leicester follows, but the Red Devils are still yet to face a 'Big Six' team in the Premier League.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAT ATTACK

    Manchester United boast a strong home record over tonight's opponents.

    Since Carlos Tevez’s famous winner for West Ham at Old Trafford back in May 2007 that kept the Hammers in the Premier League, West Ham haven’t managed to win on any of their last 17 visits to Manchester United in all competitions.

    The East London outfit have lost 13 and drawn four of their games at Old Trafford since then.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    JUAN THE MAN

    Juan Mata is set for some rare game time this evening as many of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's big guns will be given the night off for the Carabao Cup.

    But despite the changes, the Spaniard remains fully focused on helping the Red Devils to victory this evening.

    He said: "We will try to win every game, now that we have four or five games until the next international break, and we know if you get into a good rhythm of results, it can be key, especially when you get to November and December which is the most important part of the season.

    "We’ll try to count three points after three points, qualify through the cup and let’s see how we arrive at the next international break."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MISSING MICHAIL

    West Ham's Michail Antonio could miss tonight's Carabao Cup clash at Old Trafford.

    That's despite the Hammers' striker being unavailable for the home defeat to the Red Devils through suspension.

    But according to Sky Sports, David Moyes is likely to save Antonio for the weekend's clash against Leeds.

    With the East London outfit competing both in the league and in Europe, Moyes is expected to ring the changes for tonight's clash.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MART HIS WORDS

    Anthony Martial could be on his way out, with the Red Devils reportedly willing to let the Frenchman leave for £40million.

    According to Eurosport, Barcelona are keen on a move for the 25-year-old should he leave Old Trafford.

    It's been an underwhelming start to the season for Martial, with game time hard to come by.

    And with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and re-emergence of Jesse Lingard that match time look set to decrease further.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATCHDAY

    The Red Devils return to action tonight in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

    West Ham are once again the opponents and Old Trafford is the venue this time around.

    Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side progress they will discover their opponents for the fourth round with the draw set to take place immediately after the conclusion of the game.

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING UNITED FANS

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard hope to put nails in the Hammers for the second time in three days.

    Ronaldo's fourth goal in three games since returning to United and Lingard's late top-corner strike earned Sunday's 2-1 comeback win at London Stadium in the Premier League.

    And tonight what is likely to be a much-changed United side aim to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round against West Ham at Old Trafford.

    Ron is already dreaming of finishing as the top-flight's leading scorer, while Lingard is finally eyeing a starting role this evening as he ponders his long-term future.

    But it's claimed Ronaldo, 36, broke a transfer ‘pact’ with his old club Juventus by returning to United.

    Super-agent Jorge Mendes reportedly offered Ron to Man City and Atletico Madrid but allegedly agreed NOT to sell him after August 15.

    United, though, completed a deal for the Portugal legend two weeks later, on transfer deadline day.

    Meanwhile, Dean Henderson is said to want a January loan move after David de Gea earned the No1 spot for United's Prem games.

    And former Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is being linked with Red Devils' right-back Diogo Dalot.

    Finally, Dutch sub Dillon Hoogewerf bagged a goal and an assist as United's youngsters beat Bradford 3-0 in the EFL Trophy.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DILL TOPS THE BILL

    Dutch sub Dillon Hoogewerf was United's stand-out performer in their youngsters' brilliant 3-0 EFL Trophy win over League two Bradford tonight.

    The striker, 18, bagged an assist and the final goal after coming on at the interval with the score goalless.

    Robbie Savage's son Charlie saw his effort deflect in off Yann Songo'o for the opener.

    Then Hoogewerf played in frontman Joe Hugill, 17 to double United's lead – before drilling home late on.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON'S UTD MOVE 'BROKE JUVE PACT'

    Cristiano Ronaldo broke a transfer 'pact' with his former club Juventus by moving back to Manchester United, reports say.

    The legendary forward, 36, was expected to see out the final year of his contract in Turin.

    But he decided to complete a dramatic deadline day return to former club Man Utd.

    Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, had been working to find a way out of Juventus for his client. And super agent Mendes had offered Ronaldo to both Manchester City and Atletico Madrid.

    But the LaLiga champions turned the chance to sign Ronaldo down due to fears over backlash from their fans.

    According to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Mendes made an agreement that Ronaldo could only move on before August 15 – two weeks before the deadline.

    The two weeks would then give Juve time to identify and potentially sign a replacement. And once the August 15 deadline had passed, the Turin-based club were under the impression that Ronaldo would stay.

    But as events showed, a move to Man Utd materialised quickly and the deal was officially done on deadline day.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO DENIES RIFT AS HE URGES OLE TO CALL HIM

    Rio Ferdinand has sought to dampen talk of a rift between himself and Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

    And the Old Trafford hero insists ‘it’s all love’ with the Red Devils chief whilst urging Solskjaer to call him. 

    The Norwegian, 48, whose side will play West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday night,  recently dismissed the ex-Three Lions ace’s observations on Cristiano Ronaldo and Phil Jones. 

    However, the former Red Devils centre-back has opted to ease any tension following some public exchanges between the pair. 

    On his most recent Vibe with Five show, Ferdinand, 42, said: “He came for me, I can’t believe it!  

    “When I see Ole, I’m going to give him a big hug. I’m going to shake his hand and say, ‘it’s all love, I love you, man!’ I’m his biggest fan. 

    “Some stuff is said in the heat of the moment, and you get things wrong here and there. It’s a phone call, man, just call me.

    “Ole’s at the wheel, it wasn’t happening until I said it. I’ve got no beef, I’ve got no beef with anyone at Man United.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    HENDERSON EYES LOAN DEAL

    Dean Henderson wants a January loan move after his dream of establishing himself as Manchester United's No 1 fell flat.

    But one player who is set to revive his United career is Phil Jones in his first appearance in 20 months in tonight's Carabao Cup tie with West Ham at Old Trafford.

    Henderson was due to be given the goalkeeper's shirt this season ahead of David de Gea.

    But the 24-year-old has been suffering from long Covid and unable to even make the bench so far this season.

    In that time De Gea has been in inspired form not least on Sunday when his injury-time penalty save earned United all three points at West Ham.

    Henderson has been at United since he was 14 and enjoyed two successful loan spells at Sheffield United.

    He returned last summer in the belief that he could take the number one spot from De Gea. His 13 appearances, however, were not convincing.

    But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still prepared to start him this season until Long-Covid initially made him unable to train.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHO HIT FOR SIX

    Most people might agree Jadon Sancho has settled in slower at Manchester United than fellow summer recruits Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.

    And these stats suggest the Former Borussia Dortmund wideman might need to start producing soon.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JOSE EYES DALOT

    Jose Mourinho is looking to sign Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot for the SECOND time in January, reports say.

    Mourinho signed Dalot for Man Utd back in June 2018, six months before he was sacked for a poor start to the 2019/19 season.

    And according to Calciomercato, the legendary serial-winning manager wants to bring Dalot to Italy's capital of Rome to play for Roma in January.

    Dalot brings a wealth of experience in the Serie A, having spent last season on loan at European giants AC Milan.

    Mourinho believes Dalot is the best option out there to strengthen his right-back options.

    The Portugal international would provide competition for current first-team right-back Rick Karsdorp.

    The 22-year-old has two years left on his current deal at Man Utd, and has only played 53 minutes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side this season.

    Should Dalot make the January switch, he's likely to make more than six appearances – the amount he made under the 58-year-old at United – for Mourinho's Champions League-chasing Roma.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'AJ CAN LEARN FROM RONALDO BRAVERY'

    United legend has told Anthony Joshua to learn from Cristiano Ronaldo’s “bravery” ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

    Joshua will defend his WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles against the Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Saturday. 

    And the 31-year-old Watford-born boxer sat down with former Manchester United defender Ferdinand in a William Hill interview ahead of the clash. 

    Joshua asked Ferdinand, 42, who the best player he played with and he replied: “Obviously Cristiano is just ridiculous.

    "When he joined us he was a baby, but his intelligence to grow, his obsession to get better and his desire to be the best was just relentless.

    “I’ve never seen anything like it, just a man possessed to get to the top and would do anything to get there.”

    Joshua then questioned: “What can I learn as an athlete with characters trying to get better at what they do?”

    Rio answered: “I think you’ve gotta be brave – people never talk about Cristiano’s bravery.

    “He was brave to take risks, he came over to another country. He was brave to remain the person that he was, and didn't change really."

    “He became obsessed with the sport that he chose and then drilled down into details which was building a team around himself.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RONDERFUL GESTURE

    A Brazilian footballer who adores Cristiano Ronaldo has offered a glimpse into the affectionate side of the Manchester United star.

    Cesinha, 31, has spent most of his career playing for Daegu FC in South Korea's K-League, and that is how he came into contact with Ronaldo, 36.

    In 2019 Juventus travelled to East Asia and took on a K-League all-star team in a pre-season friendly.

    Cesinha scored to put his side 2-1 up and decided to mark his goal using Ronaldo's trademark ‘Siuuu’ celebration – alongside a few team-mates.

    CR7 initially did not look impressed watching on from the sidelines but he allowed himself a wry smile and showed wonderful humility after the match.

    Cesinha has relived the story in great detail, telling Portuguese outlet UOL: "It was a day that I never wanted to end.

    "I had already agreed with the Brazilian, Éder [partner in Daegu], that if I scored the goal, I would celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo, because here in the League I already did.

    "The goal happened, we made [the celebration] together, and I saw at the time that he was kind of upset. But I went there and I bowed to him, so he could see that it wasn't offending

    "Later, I asked for his shirt, right, yes, for sure [laughs]. He understood, and I said how much I was his fan, that he was my idol and that day was being a dream come true.

    "He was very affectionate, he told me that I was a great player, to always believe in the potential that I can reach unimaginable places. That day never left my head. It was 'the day'."

  • Ian Tuckey

    IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN

    Paul Scholes' legendary 18 years as a Manchester United pass-master – not including his 'emergency' return in 2012-13 – began 27 years ago to the day.

    And despite the higher profile of men like Ronaldo, Beckham and Cantona, the 66-cap England star is arguably the most successful United player of the past three decades.

    Do you agree?

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON AND BRUNO TOP UTD RATINGS

    Few things are easier in football than criticising a computer game's rankings of players and their abilities.

    But you might find it hard to quarrel with the headline list for Manchester United on Fifa22 – at least the first three…

    Cristiano Ronaldo tops Portugal team-mate Bruno Fernandes, ahead of Paul Pogba.

    Then it gets more controversial – Ronaldo's fellow summer recruits Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane filling out the top five.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RUDIGER 'NOW WORLD'S BEST CENTRE-BACK'

    Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has become the best centre-back in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel.

    But the Manchester United icon's high opinion of the Germany international, 28, does not reflect this season's Prem stats.

    Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel: "Since Tuchel has come I think he's arguably been the best centre-back.

    "I think him and [Ruben] Dias would have been close but the effect he has had on his team has been immense.

    "Under Frank [Lampard], it was evident he wasn't Frank's cup of tea. He didn't really like him.

    "There were rumours they were trying to put him in the market to be sold.

    "In Germany, he's always been highly thought of.

    "But when the manager doesn't rate you and you can feel that, I don't care who you are your confidence takes a beating and it's hard to perform."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO DENIES RIFT AS HE URGES OLE TO CALL HIM

    Rio Ferdinand has sought to dampen talk of a rift between himself and Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

    And the Old Trafford hero insists 'it’s all love' with the Red Devils chief whilst urging Solskjaer to call him. 

    The Norwegian, 48, whose side will play West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday night,  recently dismissed the ex-Three Lions ace’s observations on Cristiano Ronaldo and Phil Jones. 

    However, the former Red Devils centre-back has opted to ease any tension following some public exchanges between the pair. 

    On his most recent Vibe with Five show, Ferdinand, 42, said: “He came for me, I can't believe it!  

    “When I see Ole, I'm going to give him a big hug. I'm going to shake his hand and say, ‘it's all love, I love you, man!’ I'm his biggest fan. 

    “Some stuff is said in the heat of the moment, and you get things wrong here and there. It's a phone call, man, just call me.

    “Ole's at the wheel, it wasn't happening until I said it. I've got no beef, I've got no beef with anyone at Man United."

  • Ian Tuckey

    DORTMUND FIGHT TO KEEP BELLINGHAM AND HAALAND

    Borussia Dortmund boss Marcos Rose is determined to keep Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham at the club.

    He said: “The two boys are currently players with us.

    “We are happy to have them and anything else is just rumours. In the summer, we will see how it goes for both players.

    “But I will do everything to ensure they stay. Tie them down (to new contracts)? No idea (what the future holds), let’s see.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    'MASSIVE'

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return is 'massive' for the club, according to the Portuguese's former Old Trafford team-mate Tomasz Kuszczak.

    Asked about the significance of bringing CR7 back, the Pole, speaking on behalf of 888sport, said: "Massive.

    "I mean for me, straight away when I heard the news that there's could be a possibility that Cristiano could join Man United again, this was a massive statement because this is what Man United has needed for a long time.

    "Somebody who can lift the club from the average time it’s had since Sir Alex Ferguson left because being honest, the last couple of years, Man United have been disappointing.

    "The fans haven’t been happy and with players coming and going, different coaches, they couldn't find a rhythm.

    "But now they’ve signed Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best player in the world, in my eyes – obviously I had a chance to play with him.

    "But what Cristiano brings to the club is the fact he has always been the best no matter which league he is playing in. No matter whether it’s for Man Utd in the Premier League, Real Madrid in La Liga, or Juventus in Serie A, he comes in and makes a massive impact, and becomes the main guy.

    "Cristiano is the player who going to change everything. And even after the first game against Newcastle, he’s had a massive impact. We could already see the difference in the fans, the team, the way they play. It’s massive."

    Credit: Bradley Ormesher – The Times
  • Etienne Fermie

    HAR LA LAND

    Raphael Varane has talked up his blossoming partnership with Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire.

    The Frenchman, 28, told TV2: "He is a top player. On the field we are still working to get to know each other better.

    "We try to talk to each other so that we can understand each other even better, and in that way coordinate our movements and our positioning. This applies not only to me and Harry, but to the entire defence.

    "It is understandable that we need some time for things to become automated, but it will happen because the defence consists of quality players who have qualities that complement each other.

    "I think gradually we will develop a better understanding and a better partnership, which in turn will lead to us being able to perform and compete at our maximum level."

    Credit: Rex
  • Etienne Fermie

    LEX IS MORE

    Inter Milan are desperate to flog former Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez to cut their wage bill, reports claim.

    The 32-year-old is one of Inter's highest earners on a salary of around £115,000-a-week despite not being a regular starter at the club.

    Despite playing 30 Serie A games for Inter last season, scoring and providing seven goals as they lifted the Scudetto, the Italians don't think he is worth his wages, Inter Live report.

    In addition to this, the winger spent most of the summer injured, and has only recently returned to action, further frustrating the club's hierarchy and fans.

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