Man Utd news LIVE: Maguire injury updates, Villarreal build-up, Ferguson praises Ronaldo, Pogba & Fernandes contracts

MANCHESTER UNITED will look to hit back in the Champions League against Villarreal tomorrow night.

But they will have to do so without Harry Maguire, who is set to be out for around three weeks with a calf problem he picked up in the defeat to Aston Villa.

Luke Shaw is also unlikely to be involved against the team that beat United in the Europa League final, after the England left-back only just came back to training.

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.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at Man Utd's next five games…

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MCTOMINAY TRUST

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has faith the midfield partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay.

    Solskjaer could be set to include the pair in his squad for United's clash against Villarreal.

    The Red Devils boss told a press conference: “First of all, the stats for them two together, we've had many, many good results

    “The energy they give us, the way we broke up play against Villa. I think they’re very, very instrumental together in that respect. Energy and desire.

    “I really like to have the two of them. There's two I can trust that will always, always give you what they've got."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SHAW UPDATE

    Luke Shaw could potentially feature for United against Villarreal despite going off injured against Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told a press conference: "Luke has been in today so I'll give him a chance to be involved, he didn't train with the team.

    “Harry (Maguire) is more or less definitely out it doesn't look good it might take a few weeks.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MAGUIRE INJURY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Harry Maguire will miss United's clash with Villarreal and 'a few weeks' of action after picking up a calf injury during the club's loss to Aston Villa. 

    However, Luke Shaw could potentially be available.

    The Man United boss reportedly said he enjoys the pressure of his role.

    At a pre-game press conference, Solskjaer said: 'That pressure is a privilege.

    'To work in this environment, you have to embrace the pressure. I have been backed. It seems we are sticking to the plan. 

    "'But we are in a results business, we are here to win. I am here to win."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NO PRESSURE

    Unai Emery reckons there is no immediate pressure on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in Manchester United's hot seat.

    The Red Devils boss has come in for criticism following his side's losses to Young Boys in the Champions League, West Ham in the League Cup and Aston Villa in the Prem.

    Emery who was axed by Arsenal after less than 18 months in charge said: "I’ve lived that when I was in Arsenal. Solskjaer has a very great endorsement and respect.

    "Last year, he managed to enter the Champions League and reached the final of the Europa League.

    "This year, he has many challenges ahead and it is true that he has had some negative results, but I do not think that an intelligent direction will change their option about him [because of] those results.

    "I’m not afraid of Manchester United. We respect them. Okay, respect is important. If you lose respect you may lose."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SHAW AND MAGUIRE MISSING

    Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw both missed training ahead of Manchester United's Champions League duel with Villarreal.

    The Red Devils defenders withdrew from United's match against Villa on Saturday with both reportedly undergoing assessment of the problems the forced them off the pitch.

    RTE reports United confirming Maguire and Shaw both sat out training this morning.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to provide an update on their availability for the Red Devils' clash with Villarreal.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    PARKER PENS DEAL

    Manchester United have signed former Arsenal wonder kid Harrison Parker following his Gunners departure this summer.

    Manchester Evening News reports that Parker, 15, announced his switch in a social media post on Monday.

    The England youth international confirmed he had earned a Red Devils contract after impressing on trial in the summer.

    The player called time on his nine-year spell at Arsenal earlier this year.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNAR BACK OLE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjear has the backing of United's backroom bigwigs according to reports.

    ESPN claims their sources at the club have told them Solskjaer is ‘going nowhere’ with the 48-year-old retaining ‘their unequivocal support'.

    The Red Devils boss had come in for criticism following losses to Young Boys, West Ham and Aston Villa.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    DORT EYE MARTIAL

    Borussia Dortmund are rumoured to see Anthony Martial as a potential replacement for Erling Haaland.

    But it thought the German club believe the asking price for the United forward is too expensive.

    The Daily Mail claims United want between £42million and £47million for the striker.

    Haaland, 21, is thought to be am summer target for United, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    FOYTH WARNING

    Villarreal's Juan Foyth has warned his side are 'prepared to suffer' in a bid to beat Man United.

    The Argentina international was one of the players who featured in the Spanish side's defeat of United in the final of the Europa League this year.

    The former Tottenham ace told Spanish outlet AS:"Obviously these teams like Madrid, United, Chelsea or Atletico are very competitive, very complete and one of the best in the world, we all know that.

    "But the idea is to continue working with the same humility, understanding the games, knowing how to suffer when it is necessary to suffer.

    "And we are going to go with the desire to take the three points and position ourselves in the Champions League."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GAZZA REGRET

    Sir Alex Ferguson says not signing Paul Gascoigne during the peak of his playing days was one of his managerial regrets.

    Gazza was on the verge of joining Red Devils in 1988 from Newcastle after winning the PFA's Young Player of the Year award.

    But the playmaker decided to move to Tottenham for a record fee of £2.2million which Ferguson found out about whilst on holiday to Malta.

    Ferguson told the UTD Podcast:"In reality, you have to say, there's only one that always comes to my mind and that's Gascoigne.

    "He was absolutely fantastic. I think if we'd have got him, he would have had a great career, I really do.

    "I'm not saying he didn't have a good career but he would have had a better career with us."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNAR PROVE HIMSELF

    Micah Richards reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to prove he is a top-level manager following questions after United's surprise loss to Aston Villa.

    And the former Man City star reckons the Red Devils gaffer's Champions League record has given his doubters food for thought.

    In his BBC Sport column Richards said: "Solskjaer's record in the Champions League, where he has lost seven out of 11 matches in charge, only fuels his doubters.

    "United's defeat against Young Boys in their opening group game of this campaign added to the pressure he faces every time his side play in Europe.

    "There is an added edge to Wednesday's home game against Villarreal (for United) too.

    "As well as needing a win to get back on track in Group F, United fans will want to see evidence of improvement and progress since they lost to the Spanish side in the Europa League final at the end of May."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    KESSIE CHASE

    Man United are rumoured to be among the European giants keen on AC Milan ace Franck Kessie.

    Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton are also thought to have an eye on the San Siro midfielder.

    Kessie, 24, is set to be out of contract at the end of this season.

    And talks between the player and Milan officials are thought to have hit a brick wall following his reported rejection of a new deal.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    UNWANTED RECORD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to see his side dispatch Villarreal in their Champions League group game tomorrow.

    Should the team lose the Mirror reports the Red Devils boss will have the unenviable record of becoming the first United boss to see his team lose their two opening Champions League games.

    And a defeat would see United end up at the bottom of their group.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ELEVATOR TALK

    Ex-United full-back Fabio Da Silva revealed he found out he was playing in the 2011 Champions League final whilst sharing an elevator with Sir Alex Ferguson two days before the game.

    The clash with Barcelona ended with the LaLiga giants winning the trophy by beating United 3-1.

    Fabio told the Talking Devils YouTube channel: "Two days before the Champions League final we were in the elevator.

    "He hadn’t picked the team yet but he said, ‘Son, just be prepared, you’re going to play. You deserve to play this game.’

    "I can always remember being in the elevator with him coming down to dinner. I’ve never forgotten that since."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MARTIAL MESSAGE

    Anthony Martial's wife appeared to like a social media comment mentioning Zinedine Zidane and the Man United manager's job.

    The Daily Star reports that Martial's wife Melanie had posted a message wishing her followers on Instagram a 'happy Sunday'

    One account reportedly responded with the words 'the sun will shine on us again when Zidane arrives'

    And the Star claims the United striker's wife 'liked' the comment.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HEART OF MATA

    Juan Mata is reportedly eyeing an Old Trafford exit due to a lack of playing time.

    The Red Devils playmaker is set to be out of contract in June 2022 and turns 34in April next year.

    Manchester Evening News reports the player is considering options and could be open to a January move away from the club.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    OVER THE TOP

    Gary Neville reckons Man United players' social media response to Bruno Fernandes' penalty miss was 'embarrassing'.

    The midfielder sent his spot-kick way over the crossbar during United's 1-0 loss to Villa on Saturday.

    Following the game, United stars took to social media to express their support for Fernandes with the club's official Twitter account later sharing a collated collage of players' reactions.

    And some supporters including Neville described it as a bit over the top.

    Neville said on social media: "They 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.

    "They’ve all got these comms managers that are creating personalities that don’t exist!"

  • 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.

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