It’s a new week for Manchester United as their attention quickly diverts towards Norwich City on Saturday.
United’s miserable season continued on Saturday as Anthony Gordon’s first-half effort proved to be the difference, handing Frank Lampard’s Everton side a massive boost in their bid for survival. United now sit six points off the top four.
Their next opponents ran out 2-0 winners against fellow strugglers Burnley as they kept their hopes of survival alive thanks to goals from Pierre Lees-Melou and Teemu Pukki.
Dimitar Berbatov believes Manchester United are “suffering” from their lack of options up front.
Manchester United are one of the clubs being linked with a move for Darwin Nunez this summer, with the Benfica striker tipped to be on the move…
Reports in France suggest Paul Pogba is closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The midfielder looks set to leave Old Trafford for a second time, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
According to FootMercato, Pogba has met with PSG sporting director Leonardo, and has indicated he and his family would be happy to move to Paris.
Pogba has also been linked with a return to Juventus, although the report claims the Italian club are not interested in a move.
Manchester United will reportedly inform Mauricio Pochettino if they decide to appoint Erik ten Hag as their new manager.
The Paris Saint-Germain boss has long been one of the frontrunners for the Old Trafford hot seat, although has fallen behind Ten Hag in recent weeks.
With United intending to have their appointment sewn up before the end of the season, their final decision could be made soon.
According to The Athletic, United intend to keep both of their main candidates up to date on the process, meaning they will find out when one or the other gets the job.
James Garner has been issued a challenge by Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper for the rest of the season.
It’s set to be a big summer for the 21-year-old, with Forest still gunning for promotion to the Premier League, with the midfielder set to return to Manchester United for next season. Speaking to NottinghamshireLive, Cooper said:
Reports are suggesting Manchester City and Liverpool could scupper any hopes Manchester United had of signing Jude Bellingham.
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are both said to be huge admirers of the 18-year-old, who has gone from strength to strength since making the move to Germany from Birmingham City. The teenager has been involved in 27 goals in 85 appearances since joining Dortmund in 2020.
Reports over the weekend suggested City were keen on bringing Bellingham to the Etihad, and placing him alongside Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.
That interest looks to have sparked Liverpool into action, with Team Talk suggesting the Reds are stepping up their efforts in response.
Reports in the Netherlands look to confirm Erik ten Hag is set to leave Ajax this summer – although his destination is not yet entirely clear.
Algemeen Dagblad columnist Hugo Borst is convinced Ten Hag will leave the Eredivisie. Writing about Ajax’s recent performances, in quotes relayed by Sport Witness, he says:
We know Manchester United fans aren’t happy with the Glazers, but this fan’s attempts to find a new owner didn’t work out too well…
Manchester United’s experiment has failed.
After turning to Ralf Rangnick, a man that had that had only been a manager for two out of the last ten years, to salvage their season and to try any guide them to a top-four finish to secure Champions League football for next season, United now face the grim reality of missing out on Europe altogether. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton was the latest reason for why United’s supporters won’t be rushing out to buy the season review DVD.
In a season that has featured too many embarrassing performances and disappointments to list, the defeat on Merseyside felt like a new low. Rangnick is not to blame for all of United’s current woes, not by any stretch of the imagination, but he has failed to get the best out of a talented group, even though it is fair to ask if anyone else could have done any better in the circumstances.
Manchester United fans are planning another protest against owners the Glazers ahead of the weekend Premier League game against Norwich City.
Saturday saw United defeated at relegation-threatened Everton, a third loss in five games, to leave their top-four hopes all but extinguished. With managerial target Erik ten Hag yet to commit to the Old Trafford job, fans are again looking to make their feelings known.
Named ‘The 1958’, the United fan group have called for the “head of the snake” to be removed, expressing concerns that the Glazers are not sticking to commitments made following the fallout from the European Super League fiasco. As such, supporters have been called upon to protest before and during the match against Norwich City on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo showed he’d “had enough” during Manchester United’s dismal defeat to Everton, according to former teammate Owen Hargreaves.
The Portuguese ace cut a frustrated figure at Goodison Park as United’s hopes of a top four finish were all-but ended by a 1-0 defeat. With seven games left in their season, they now find themselves six points off the pace, with a less-than favourable run-in to contend with.
Having missed out on the previous weekend’s draw with Leicester through illness, Ronaldo was back in the line-up on Merseyside on Saturday. His presence made little difference though, with United offering very little after falling behind midway through the first half.
It says a lot about the state of the modern Manchester United that a manager who has Ajax at the top of his CV is dictating the conditions he needs to accept the vacancy at Old Trafford, but you can hardly blame Erik ten Hag for wanting assurances over what he’s getting himself into.
The biggest club in the world or the most chaotic soap opera in football? United won’t stop trumpeting their cause to be the former, but record numbers of Tik-Tok engagements and noodle partners aren’t going to make a new banner in the Stretford End.
On the pitch, this club has become a laughing stock. Standards are as low as they’ve been in decades and any United fans brave enough to tune in to events at the Etihad yesterday would have barely recognised the sport being played by Manchester City and Liverpool.
Former club captain Gary Neville believes prospective Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag should be on the phone to Donny van de Beek to find out what life is really like at Old Trafford.
Neville made the admission during his latest Sky Sports podcast, reflecting on the Reds’ dismal 1-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday lunchtime. Anthony Gordon scored the only goal of the game to boost the Toffees’ survival hopes and inflict yet another new low on United’s season.
The Reds’ hopes of securing a top-four finish this season now hang by a very fine thread, with Tottenham Hotspur now six points clear of Ralf Rangnick’s side. The summer cannot come quickly enough for United, in the hope that it will mark the beginning of a huge clear out and a new dawn.
Arsenal and Barcelona are interested in signing Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
Neves, 25, has been recurringly linked with Manchester United in the last four years but the club is yet to register their interest with the Portugal international’s representatives.
Neves is contracted to Wolves until 2024 and coach Bruno Lage suggested he was worth £100million but Wolves could cash in on Neves if he is unwilling to sign a new contract.
Sir Alex Ferguson was at the Etihad on Sunday but not Goodison Park on Saturday. Ferguson is too craven to speak out against the owners of Manchester United, still a paying employer and where he has a row of seats in the directors’ box, and he has long known actions speak louder than words.
If Mancunian schoolchildren went to City one week and United the next, as they did in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, they might have thought they were watching a different sport. City’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool was a culture shock for anyone subjected to watching United on a weekly basis, becoming as torturous as Alex’s therapy in A Clockwork Orange.
City and Liverpool play at a pace that suggests they are on fast-forward. The football is fabulous but just as striking is the work ethic. Every player in those teams strives to justify their starting role every week.
When the electronic board was raised in the 64th minute at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, it was surprising to see Marcus Rashford substituted off the pitch for Anthony Elanga. Not much seems to make sense at Manchester United anymore.
Rashford made his 200th Premier League appearance for United at the weekend. He wouldn’t have started in that match if United had the luxury of more attacking options. Rashford has struggled all season, he’s endured an overwhelmingly difficult campaign and didn’t deserve to start against Everton based on form, but he did make the starting XI and it was yet another precious opportunity.
Although Rashford has regularly failed to take such chances this term, he looked determined not to make the same mistake against Everton. Rashford started the game well and looked bright from the first whistle. The difference in Rashford was stark.
Manchester United’s Ethan Laird was left out of Bournemouth’s matchday squad again this weekend.
Laird has played just 40 minutes since joining Bournemouth on loan in January. Laird had originally started the season on loan at Swansea, but United made the decision to recall him from that spell in Wales to send him back out to Bournemouth.
That decision has proved to be disastrous. Laird was highly regarded at Swansea and he played in every possible game for the Championship club this season – Laird made a total of 20 appearances – before his loan move was cancelled by United.
There will finally be a day when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic leaves Lazio and he’s never linked with a transfer to United again, but that time is yet to come, so it feels like groundhog day instead.
It’s now been claimed that United ‘face competition’ from Paris Saint-Germain in the race for the midfielder as both clubs look to make a ‘super offer’ for the Serbian, according to Lazio News 24.
The article claims United are ready to put a bid of €70m (£58.5m) on the table.
We’ve heard it all before…
Amad’s loan spell could be about to end prematurely, according to Football Insider sources.
The United youngster made a late cameo in Rangers’ resounding 4-0 win over St. Mirren on Sunday but saw a gilt-edged opportunity go begging – that was just his fourth appearance for Rangers.
Amad’s loan spell started brightly after scoring the opener on his debut in a 3-3 draw with Ross County, but since then the move hasn’t gone to plan and he could be on his way back to Old Trafford.
It’s safe to say Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United hasn’t exactly gone to plan.
When he arrived back in Manchester 12 years after his departure to conquer the world, he had a very clear aim in mind — to continue growing his massive medal collection. “I think it’s the best decision that I have made,” he told United’s official site upon signing for the club from Juventus.
“It’s right on point in my opinion. I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things.”
RB Leipzig aren’t interested in Erik ten Hag, according to Sport1.
United interviewed Erik ten Hag last month and Ajax expect him to become United’s next manager. The Dutchman is currently in the running to win two trophies with Ajax this season.
However, there have been claims that Leipzig could hijack United’s pursuit of Ten Hag, but the report has now been called ‘nonsense’. It is said Leipzig are ‘satisfied’ with Domenico Tedesco.
United continue to ‘push’ for Youri Tielemans, according to CBS.
The fresh news claims United and Arsenal are both trying to pursue Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, who is about to enter the final year of his contract and who could be available for £25m.
It’s also claimed there is no truth in repeated Liverpool links to the player.
Ten Hag has repeatedly refused to be drawn to comment on the increasing speculation that he is to become the next United manager.
Injuries are piling up for Manchester United after they suffered two fresh blows during a 1-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday afternoon. Fred was forced off in the first half at Goodison Park and Cristiano Ronaldo later suffered a cut to his leg — but was able to play the entire 90 minutes.
Ralf Rangnick has seven days to patch up his squad for the Premier League meeting with Norwich City and he has already provided a less than encouraging update on Fred (hip). United were without four players for the game with Everton as Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani sat out.
Cavani suffered a calf problem while on World Cup qualifying duty for Uruguay last month. Here is the current state of play on the treatment table at Carrington.
Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has named the defender he believes to be the best centre-back in the world.
Vidic made a name for himself at Old Trafford, making over 200 Premier League appearances for United between 2005-2014. In that time he won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, a Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Vidic named the player he believes to be the best centre-back in the world. He went on to suggest that said defender’s only weakness is the fact he’s playing for the wrong club – presumably referencing the fact he should be playing for United.
Gary Neville has waxed lyrical about title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool in a glowing verdict that also acted as a dig to Manchester United – and other members of the chasing pack. United suffered an alarming defeat during their latest Premier League fixture at Everton on Saturday afternoon.
It was a result which left their top-four hopes in tatters. Tottenham remain in pole position after watching all three of their rivals – Arsenal, West Ham and United – go down over the course of this matchday.
As for City and Liverpool, meanwhile, they were poised to play out a mouth-watering title showdown at the Etihad Stadium. Before that game, Neville outlined what sets City and Liverpool apart.