Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Pogba new contract EXCLUSIVE, Cristiano Ronaldo could LEAVE in summer, Maguire INJURY

MANCHESTER UNITED have offered Paul Pogba a bumper £500k-a-week contract, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The Frenchman would be become one of the best-paid players in the Premier League if he signed on the dotted line.

Meanwhile, West Ham have slapped a stunning £100m asking price on Declan Rice but the Red Devils are confident of tempting him up to the North West.

And United are determined to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves this month, SunSport can also exclusively reveal.

We've also the very latest on Cristiano Ronaldo's future, with reports suggesting he could LEAVE the club this summer.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, updates and gossip on our live blog…

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    Good morning United fans

    Bruno Fernandes will be Barcelona’s No1 summer transfer target if they cannot secure Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

    The 27-year-old Portuguese star has struggled in recent months during Manchester United’s poor run of performances.

    According to El Nacional, Barcelona’s main priority is to sign Haaland in the summer.

    But if they miss out on the 21-year-old Norwegian then next on their list of targets is Man Utd man Fernandes.

    Speaking of Haaland, United are no longer interested in signing Borussia Dortmund ace this summer.

    The Norway international, 21, is one of the most prolific strikers in Europe after scoring 76 goals in 74 games for his current team.

    A host of clubs have been linked with Haaland in recent months, including Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    However, according to the Daily Star, United are not considering making an approach for the highly-rated youngster.

    It’s believed Haaland has “set his heart” on a move to Real and the Red Devils have reluctantly accepted his decision.

    Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Manchester United in the summer if he does not agree with the new managerial appointment, reports say.

    The 36-year-old completed a fairytale return to United in the summer, putting an end to his Juventus nightmare.

    Ronaldo has since netted 14 times in 22 appearances but it wasn’t enough to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job or solidify United’s place in the top-four.

    And according to the Daily Star, Ronaldo’s future beyond the summer depends on who becomes the permanent manager after Ralf Rangnick’s tenure as interim boss comes to an end.

    The report states that new chief executive officer Richard Arnold – who replaced Ed Woodward – will now be under pressure to get the appointment spot on.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Wolves issue hands off warning

    Manchester United have been warned off a £35million swoop for Wolves star Ruben Neves.

    SunSport exclusively revealed that United wanted to sign the 24-year-old midfielder this month.

    But Wolves have yet to receive a bid for Neves or Spanish striker Adama Traore, who is wanted by Tottenham.

    But boss Bruno Lage said: “When you want to do the next step and every time you are selling your best players, then the next step can never happen.

    "We are here with the project and our ideas — that’s everyone: the chairman, sporting director and the manager.

    “The main point is to continue with the same players, try to improve them and go to the next level.

    “Do you receive the money and use it to improve the team, or do you continue with the same players?”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Jones to the World Cup?

    Phil Jones will be included in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the 2022 World Cup.

    That's the view of talkSPORT presenter Andy Goldstein following the Manchester United defender's long-awaited return against Wolves on Monday night.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I’ll make a statement. Phil Jones is going to go to the World Cup with England.

    “We’re not blessed with centre-halves. I think there’s a couple centre-halves he’s better than on his day.

    “I think he’s better than Mings, and I’d rather have Jones in a back two. If Jones carries on like that he’ll be going to the World Cup.

    “In his pomp, I think he’s better than John Stones. I always worry about John Stones. Phil Jones is going to the World Cup.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Maguire a doubt for Villa

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire may have been left out against Wolves because of concerns over his “breathing”.

    That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

    Per United’s media team that same day, Ralf Rangnick revealed the 28-year-old had taken a “knock to the chest” and had “too much pain to play.”

    The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Maguire may be available for the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa on Monday.

    But Dinnery suggests that Rangnick may choose to blood some United youngsters rather than bring the England man back prematurely.

  • Kealan Hughes

    United favourites to land midfielder

    Man Utd are one of two clubs chasing Lazio midfielder Sergey Milinkovic-Savic amid claims an ‘informal agreement’ could soon prompt a transfer, per Calciomercato.

    Juventus are also interested but will reportedly struggle to match Lazio’s lofty valuation of £58.4million.

    Regardless, it is Man Utd who are said to be fronting the queue anyway after giving ‘concrete signals’ of interest to Lazio.

    Milinkovic-Savic has another two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal.

    That leaves Lazio well-placed to rebuff any bids this month, but the report details an apparent pact that could see a summer move become a reality.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Red Devils give up Haaland

    Manchester United are no longer interested in signing Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland this summer.

    The Norway international, 21, is one of the most prolific strikers in Europe after scoring 76 goals in 74 games for his current team.

    A host of clubs have been linked with Haaland in recent months, including Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    However, according to the Daily Star, United are not considering making an approach for the highly-rated youngster.

    It's believed Haaland has "set his heart" on a move to Real and the Red Devils have reluctantly accepted his decision.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Update on Lindelof and Maguire

    Ralf Rangnick was able to deliver some positive news ahead of Manchester United's clash with Aston Villa.

    He revealed Victor Lindelof – who has been absent with Covid-19 – has returned to training.

    Rangnick said: “Victor is back in training, since yesterday, which is very good news for us.

    "Harry hasn’t been able to train, as yet, and we have to wait and see how this develops, tomorrow or the day after.

    "With Harry, there is still a question mark, but Victor will definitely be available for the game on Monday.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Newcastle keen on United outcast

    According to The Telegraph, Newcastle retain a watching brief over Anthony Martial, who is keen to leave Manchester United.

    The Magpies do not want to pay either player’s wages in full, so it is said that Newcastle will look at loan deals later in the month.

    Interestingly, Martial believes there are better options out there than Newcastle, and is currently not interested in a move to St James’ Park.

    Eddie Howe remains on standby regardless of that stance

  • Kealan Hughes

    'A very serious football man'

    Ralf Rangnick must be able to manage the "big egos" within Manchester United's dressing room if he is to succeed as the club's interim manager, according to Roy Hodgson.

    He told Sky Sports: "He's a very serious football man who's had fantastic results wherever he's gone.

    "I have sympathy and empathy with anybody who finds themselves in the firing line because I've been there myself.

    "I think one of the problems with Ralf might have been that people have built up him and his methods in a way which is going to be very difficult to live up to.

    "Certainly in the conversations I've had with him, it's not been a question of 'I know something in football that nobody else knows'.

    "Coming into Manchester United, he's definitely come into a club where there are a lot of big players, a lot of big egos, and trying to mould them together to get that balance that he really wants is never going to be an easy job. It's going to take time."

  • Kealan Hughes

    No new contract for Pogba

    Paul Pogba has moved to dismiss reports he has been offered a new Manchester United deal worth £500,000-per-week.

    The Old Trafford star, who is currently recovering from injury, has entered the final six months of his contract.

    But a spokesman for Pogba has issued a statement to deny suggestions of a recently extended contract offer from United.

    The statement read: "To clarify media reports, Paul has not been offered a new contract in recent months.

    "Paul is fully focused on his recovery from injury with the aim of helping the team as soon as possible."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'We ask you to perform'

    Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has sent a message to the current under-fire squad.

    Speaking in a video on Instagram, Evra said he wants the squad to show their mettle at a time when they are being questioned from all angles in terms of their mentality as well as quality.

    He said: “You know what’s frustrating for the fans? We have the players. Instead of talking about the manager, let’s talk about the players.

    “You are at United – do you understand how lucky you are to play for this club? Show that to us, please. That’s what we are waiting for.

    “The players – we ask you to perform. If you don’t like it when people criticise you when you have a bad game, leave the club!

    “United DNA is winning mentality – winning trophies, but also running, passion, the fighting spirit. Even when you lose but give everything on the pitch, the fans will applaud you but that’s not what is happening right now.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    United target on Spurs radar

    According to a report from L’Equipe, Tottenham Hotspur are one of the clubs still interested in Manchester United target Mauro Icardi.

    Icardi, who has fallen down Mauricio Pochettino’s pecking order at PSG, was previously alleged to be one of the forwards on Tottenham’s radar.

    Foot Mercato claimed last month that the Argentine’s representatives have offered him to Spurs, Barcelona, Juventus and Newcastle ahead of the January transfer window.

    PSG are said to be ready to cash in on the 28-year-old if they receive a ‘reasonable’ offer for the striker.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'We need to work together'

    Ralf Rangnick has labelled Manchester United's display against Wolves "a step back".

    In fact, he picked out just one United player for praise – David de Gea.

    He said: "I mean yes we have made some progress but obviously versus Wolves was a step back, a relapse to habits we have shown in the past.

    "We need to insist we that we need to work together.

    "We can only get better in possession of the ball, together. We have to do things together. With passion, emotion and intensity. This was the problem against Wolves. We were only escorting them.

    "It was only David de Gea who did. He kept us in the game. Second-half was better with a back-three."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'Long, long way to go'

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince believes his old side have a ‘long, long way to go’ and has named four players who aren’t good enough.

    Speaking to The United Stand, Ince said: “Ronaldo’s got a year left, he’s not the future. Nor is [Edinson] Cavani. [Paul] Pogba could be gone. Bruno [Fernandes] could go.

    “You look at the players that are playing now. Fred isn’t good enough, we know that. [Scott] McTominay isn’t good enough, we know that.

    "[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has lost all his confidence, he’s not the right choice. [Jadon] Sancho looks miles off it.

    “If you bring a new manager in, you’ve got to change 80 per cent of the team and still try to keep up to Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea’s standards.

    “Manchester United have got a long, long way to go, and I can’t see Ralf Rangnick being in charge next year.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    'Keep your mouth shut Ronaldo'

    TalkSPORT pundit Trevor Sinclair has urged Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo to keep his head down, insisting the 36-year-old should 'keep his mouth shut'.

    He told talkSPORT: "I'm starting to think that Manchester City dodged a bullet by not signing Cristiano, I really think that.

    "You look at some of the players that are struggling for form at Manchester United, young players, Sancho, Rashford, they're really struggling for good performances.

    "Course you can [blame Ronaldo for that]. Know your role, know your role. You're a footballer, you're hired by the football club.

    'Keep your mouth shut because at times that's the best thing to do. He's causing a lot of problems at the football club."

  • Kealan Hughes

    United youngster heading for loan?

    Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna is reportedly hoping that his relationship with Manchester United will help to smooth over a deal for a highly thought of full-back.

    According to Football Insider, the recently appointed Town boss – and former United coach – has set his sights on bringing in Alvaro Fernandez on loan.

    The 18-year-old is regarded as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, having arrived at United from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2020.

  • Kealan Hughes

    United to play strong team

    Manchester United interim head coach Ralf Rangnick has said that he will select "the best possible team" against Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday night.

    The Red Devils will be looking to bounce back from their league defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out when they begin their FA Cup journey for the 2021-22 campaign in round three.

    He told MUTV: "We will definitely not play with eight or nine different players. Or even 10, as we did against Young Boys in the Champions League.

    "We will try to play with the best possible team, with a strong team. There might be a few changes but I haven't taken the final decisions yet myself.

    "We will definitely try to play this game as if it was a normal Premier League or Champions League game."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Team news for Villa clash

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is a doubt for Monday's FA Cup third-round clash against Aston Villa.

    The 28-year-old centre-back missed the 1-0 home loss to Wolves through injury and has yet to start training again.

    Fellow defender Victor Lindelof returned to training on Thursday after testing positive for coronavirus, but Paul Pogba (thigh) remains sidelined.

    Eric Bailly and Hannibal Mejbri are on international duty at the African Nations Cup.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Barcelona to come knocking soon?

    Bruno Fernandes will be Barcelona's No1 summer transfer target if they cannot secure Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

    The 27-year-old Portuguese star has struggled in recent months during Manchester United's poor run of performances.

    According to El Nacional, Barcelona's main priority is to sign Haaland in the summer.

    But if they miss out on the 21-year-old Norwegian then next on their list of targets is Man Utd man Fernandes.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Transfer battle for Monaco star

    Liverpool have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni, according to The Athletic.

    Reports last summer suggested that United held talks with Tchouameni’s agent about a potential move to Old Trafford back in August and it appears the Red Devils have maintained their interest in the youngster.

    Midfield is an area United need to strengthen as Paul Pogba could leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in June, Nemanja Matic will turn 34 this year while many fans feel the club needs an upgrade on Fred and Scott McTominay.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Rangnick takes tough squad approach

    Ralf Rangnick wants his disgruntled Manchester United players to stop whinging and get on with it.

    Confidence has hit rock bottom in the new manager’s short period in charge that has brought three wins, a draw and defeat in the league.

    Rangnick said: “We have players with contracts expiring in the summer. We have maybe also one or two players who want to leave and are under contract.

    "It's about the players dealing with that in a professional way, everybody has the chance to show in training, to show up, and get a chance to play.

    “If this is not the case, then of course the player, club and agents need to discuss the situation.

    "As far as I can tell so far the players have been dealing with that in a professional I cannot say anything else, if I realise that is not the case I will address that with the players direct."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Paul Parker pulling no punches

    Manchester United have a 'relegation standard midfield', claims former Old Trafford favourite Paul Parker.

    And Parker, 57, believes that the Red Devils' current crop have 'no heart, passion or courage'.

    He told Betfred: "People have spoken about how they’ve seen Rangnick as a mentor, so you look to him for a structure and what can take them to the next step.

    "However, the problem is how can you build when the players you’ve got don’t want to give enough or aren’t good enough to step in. We saw that against Wolves.

    "Manchester United have a relegation standard midfield at this moment in time. It’s a poor midfield and everybody knows it."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'I am very happy here'

    Manchester United midfielder Fred has blasted claims that he wants to leave the club as "fake news".

    The Brazilian was named among a cluster of players – said to be as many as 17 – who had made their unhappiness at United known in recent weeks.

    But taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Over the past few days I have read several fake news involving my name and other MUFC athletes.

    "I'm not in the habit of answering controversial stuff publicly, but this time I will have to.

    "I just want to say that I am very happy here and I have never expressed any dissatisfaction and the possibility of leaving the club.

    "Don't get misled by fake news. We will continue to work with great dedication to pursue our goals."

  • Jake Lambourne

    Rangnick on midfield issues

    Ralf Rangnick has discussed Man Utd's midfield issues as they continuee to be bullied in the middle of the pitch.

    Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he said: "It doesn't help if there is a profile missing. We need to work with the players we have.

    "We have shown we are able to keep clean sheets with these players, but it's what we're doing with and without the ball.

    "We had too many turnovers in that game. We shouldn't make it too easy for the other times when we have the ball.

    "It's about responsible decision-making at the right moment."

  • Jake Lambourne

    Sutton on Man Utd problems

    Chris Sutton has given his take on Manchester United’s issues following their 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night.

    He said: “There are big problems at Manchester United.

    “We knew the problems under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and they are trying to change the way they play but there are issues.

    “Some players run, some don’t run and when you strip it all back that is a massive, massive problem for Manchester United.

    “Watching the game tonight and looking at Chelsea-Liverpool it was night and day the difference in quality.”

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