England kick-off their 2022 World Cup adventure today, facing Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium, kick-off 1pm UK time.
Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are likely candidates to start for the Three Lions, whereas Marcus Rashford is being considered as an outsider to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s first starting line-up of the tournament. The 2018 semi-finalists are strong favourites to win Group B and get off to a winning start.
The tournament got underway yesterday afternoon with Ecuador recording a comfortable 2-0 win over hosts Qatar, courtesy of a first-half double from Enner Valencia. Closer to home, meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is still dominating the headlines from a United perspective.
It is now just over a week since details of the 37-year-old’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan came to light. The full interview was aired on Wednesday and Thursday evenings last week, resulting in United now considering the idea of terminating the striker’s contract.
Meanwhile, United are already being linked with a flurry of names ahead of the January transfer window opening in the not-too-distant future.
France boss Didier Deschamps has explained why he has not called up Anthony Martial – or anyone – to replace the injured Karim Benzema in his World Cup squad.
It’s not only United’s England players who are in action today – Tyrell Malacia will be taking to the pitch as the Netherlands take on Senegal at 4pm.
It will be the 23-year-old’s first World Cup, having made just six caps before today.
Spanish outlet Marca reports that Champions League holders Real Madrid are not looking to bring in any strikers in January despite Karim Benzema’s thigh injury, and so will not entertain a return for Ronaldo.
The Ballon d’Or winner was ruled out of the World Cup over the weekend after sustaining the setback in training, but the Spanish giants are supposedly against the idea of bringing back all-time scorer Cristiano.
The article adds that Los Blancos do not believe they will sign anyone at all in the new year with the club confident in the squad they have.
France manager Didier Deschamps has revealed why he has opted against replacing the injured Karim Benzema in his World Cup squad.
Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are both expected to start for England against Iran in their World Cup opener later today.
talkSPORT suggest the United duo will feature on the leftside of a back-four but Marcus Rashford will have to settle for a place on the bench.
It’s good news for United fans.
As we have reported previously, talks are progressing well over a new deal for Alejandro Garnacho, and there is confidence from the club that it will be announced soon.
Cristiano Ronaldo was linked with a return to Real Madrid over the weekend, but this report in Spain says the La Liga giants won’t be signing any strikers in the January window.
Anthony Martial was allegedly involved in an angry confrontation with United youngster Dan Gore last week.
According to the Guardian, the French forward has since apologised to the teenage midfielder after he retaliated following a strong tackle from the 18-year-old.
It is suggested that Erik ten Hag informed Gore that challenging a first-team player should not occur in the session because of the risk of injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that he shared a joke with Bruno Fernandes during their awkward handshake when meeting up for international duty last week.
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he does not have to worry about what other people think following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan last week.
This was unexpected.
Cristiano Ronaldo has turned up for Portugal’s media duties this morning.
There will be United involvement in the World Cup later today.
Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Marcus Rashford could all feature in England’s opener against Iran, while Tyrell Malacia could play for the Netherlands against Senegal.
Former United duo Daniel James and Dylan Levitt could also feature for Wales when they take on the USA.
United centre-back Raphael Varane is in contention for France’s World Cup opener against Australia tomorrow evening.
The defender, who joined United from Real Madrid in August 2021, suffered a hamstring injury last month, ruling him out of each of United’s last six matches. However, he is now in a strong enough condition to make his return, just in time to try and help France defend their World Cup crown.
According to a report by Tuttosport, United have been joined ‘in the race’ to sign Lyon utility player Malo Gusto by Real Madrid and Juventus.
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United have been frequently linked with the 19-year-old, who can play at both right-back and right-midfield, in recent weeks. He is considered as one of the most exciting youngsters in European football.
It is claimed that several other clubs are also interested in his signature. Adding a new right-back to their ranks is set to be a leading priority for United in 2023.
Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has once again pledged his future to Barcelona, putting another dent in United’s hopes of signing him anytime soon.
The Dutchman, who is currently in Qatar with the Netherlands squad for the World Cup, was United manager Erik ten Hag’s top target throughout the summer transfer window to strengthen the Reds’ midfield options. Despite agreeing a fee with Barcelona, United were still unable to land his signature.
The Reds have continued to be heavily linked with him and speculation about his future is continuing to gather pace. However, he has outlined his hopes of staying in Spain long-term.