The last round of international fixtures have now been completed and Manchester United’s galavanting stars will soon return to Carrington ahead of Saturday’s return to action against Leicester City.
Meanwhile, United’s hunt for a new manager goes on and after Luis Enrique ruled himself out of the running on Monday he was seemingly joined by fellow Spaniard Julen Lopetegui, the current Sevilla manager, on Tuesday.
Lopetegui has been under consideration to manage United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November but the Spaniard has said there is ‘no doubt’ he will remain at Sevilla next season.
“The [speculation], I can’t help it,” Lopetegui told El Chiringuito . “I am where I want to be. Continue on the Sevilla bench next season? I have no doubt.”
That’s it from us today, but we’ll have more United news for you tomorrow, so make sure to tune back in with us then.
United are reportedly ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
The Telegraph claim the Reds have a stronger interest in the £60m man, who has netted 26 times in 33 matches this season.
But Nunez has made it clear that he wishes to play at the highest level, which includes Champions League football, which could hinder United if they fail to reach the top four.
Manchester United have been tipped as favourites to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
The Serb has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with his name cropping up once again ahead of the summer transfer window.
Reports in Italy (via Sport Witness) suggest Juventus are also interested, but still rate United as favourites to land the midfielder.
Paul Pogba’s impending departure could play a role in Milinkovic-Savic’s potential destination, with the Frenchman being touted to rejoin Juve.
Paul Pogba will reportedly have to take a major pay cut if he is to secure a return to Juventus this summer.
The midfielder looks likely to leave United for a second time, although his next destination remains a mystery. A return to Turin could be on the cards, with Juventus reportedly interested in signing the 29-year-old for a second time.
Pogba’s hefty wages though could prove to be stumbling block for the Serie A giants. According to Calciomercato (via Team Talk), Juve have put a ceiling of around £8.5million on the wages they’re willing to offer the midfielder per season.
That would reportedly see his weekly wages drop by almost a half from what he currently earns at United. Pogba though is said to still have friends in Turin, which could play a part in his decision-making.
Manchester United appear to moving things along on their preferred candidate to become the club’s next permanent manager…
Newcastle have reportedly joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to sign Alexander Isak this summer.
The Sweden international has been linked with a number of clubs over the past year, having impressed for his country at Euro 2020. Isak was touted for a move during the January transfer window, although he ended up staying at Real Sociedad.
There are plenty of rumours though that he could be on the move during the summer, with United among those tipped to sign him. They wouldn’t be the only club interested though.
Arsenal have also been linked and, according to the Daily Mail (via Caught Offside) Newcastle have now joined the race for the 22-year-old.
Manchester United are reportedly willing to offer Anthony Martial to Tottenham in their attempts to land Harry Kane this summer.
Kane has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with United on the lookout for a new striker.
And with Martial, who is currently on loan at Sevilla, looking likely to leave, he could form part of a deal to bring the England captain to the Reds.
ESPN claim Martial could be offered to Spurs as part of a deal, with Tottenham having previously targeted the French forward, although he is said to prefer a move to Spain or Italy.
Everton star Vitali Mykolenko has revealed the kind gesture Donny van de Beek has made to him amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mykolenko told UA Tribuna of the various gestures that have been made to him from team-mates and others at Goodison Park amid the ongoing conflict in his home country, including a special gesture from United’s on-loan midfielder.
A teenager has received a jail sentence after sending out racist tweets to England footballer Marcus Rashford following the Euro 2020 final. Justin Lee Price sent out the offensive messages to the Man United star while he watched the game from his bedroom in his Midlands home, the court heard.
The tweets were directed to Mr Rashford after he missed a penalty during the shoot-out. The highly offensive message used derogatory language towards the player as England lost the match to Italy.
Following a police investigation into his tweet, Price changes his Twitter username in an attempt to avoid detection. But he changed his mind and confessed to the tweets after his mother convinced him, Birmingham Live reports.
Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford were considered heroes for helping England reach the European Championship final in the summer, but Rashford was left out of the squad just eight months later and Maguire was booed by England supporters.
It has been quite the comedown for the Manchester United pair since that Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy at Wembley. Both players took holidays in Greece after that tournament but pre-season was just around the corner. Maguire reported for United training three weeks after leaving the Wembley dressing room, while Rashford underwent an operation upon his return instead.
Maguire had played more than 4500 minutes of club football the season leading up to the tournament and he received just 21 days rest to get over England’s defeat. It was a rushed preparation for Maguire. Although the centre-back was exceptional at Euro 2020 for England, he started the season slow for United — that was no surprise — and then sustained a calf injury against Aston Villa in September.
Manchester United will play pre-season friendlies in Australia and the Far East this summer as part of their first pre-season tour for three years.
A friendly against Liverpool in Bangkok to be played on Tuesday, July 12 will be officially confirmed tomorrow in a press conference in the Thai city. United’s summer schedule will also include games in Australia, which are expected to follow the friendly with Liverpool.
United will play games in Melbourne and Perth with local media reports suggesting fixtures will be against Melbourne Victory and Aston Villa in Melbourne and then a second game against Villa in Perth, although it’s understood those opponents might not be accurate. United will confirm the full schedule at a later date.
Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have missed out on bonuses worth at least £5 million after United’s poor season, in which they have been left fighting for Champions League football, report the Daily Star.
The article claims in an attempt to make up for Ronaldo’s drop in wages after leaving Juventus, he successfully negotiated significant bonuses into his two-year contract worth at least £5 million.
However, it’s said Ronaldo now won’t be handed that bonus.
Manchester United signed Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. So the appointment of Justin Cochrane as head of player development and coaching in the academy was hardly going to rival those in terms of headlines.
United were expected to contend for the Premier League this season with those signings, but that challenge never really began. This season now cannot end quick enough.
But while it has been a campaign of disappointment and failure, that mediocrity has not festered down throughout United’s academy. The club’s youth setup continues to impress and their season should be celebrated.
Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui appears to have ruled himself out of the running to become the next Manchester United manager.
Lopetegui has been under consideration to manage United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November but the Spaniard has said there is ‘no doubt’ he will remain at Sevilla next season.
“The [speculation], I can’t help it,” Lopetegui told El Chiringuito. “I am where I want to be. Continue on the Sevilla bench next season? I have no doubt.”
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has taken to social media to reflect on a week playing for his country.
Maguire was subject to bizarre choruses of boos during England’s 3-0 friendly victory over Ivory Coast on Tuesday night. The United captain has struggled for form domestically this season, though his performances for the Three Lions in their run to the Euro 2020 final last summer were stellar.
Maguire tweeted just six words alongside a picture of him in action at Wembley, and England flag and love-heart emojis, saying: “Enjoyable week playing for my country.” His muted reaction comes after several of his international teammates, as well as boss Gareth Southgate, condemned the boo boys.
Borussia Dortmund will ‘target’ Anthony Martial this summer, according to 90Min.
The Frenchman, following a lack of opportunities at Old Trafford earlier this season, joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season in January but that move isn’t working out as was hoped.
It is also claimed that the Bundesliga club will look to try and poach Timo Werner from Chelsea.
Perhaps take this rumour with a pinch of salt…
United are ‘prepared’ to make a bid for Tammy Abraham, per Corriere della Sera,.
The article claims United are ready to offer £76million [90 million euros] to sign Abraham, who is also said to be attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester City with his goals at Roma.
Chelsea are understood to have a buy-back clause until 2023.
Manchester United pair Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo combined to send Portugal to the 2022 World Cup as they beat North Macedonia in their playoff final.
The United duo delivered the all-important moment in Porto as Ronaldo provided the assist for Fernandes’ first-half strike, with the midfielder adding a second after the break as Portugal secured a 2-0 victory. It means Ronaldo will play in his fifth World Cup in his quest to add the final trophy missing from his collection.
Having overcome Turkey just a few days previously, Portugal knew they were just 90 minutes away from booking their place at this year’s tournament. Few could have predicted the team standing in their way though.
Manchester United fans were delighted with the international link-up between Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo after the former scored Portugal’s opener.
The United pair were up against North Macedonia in a 2022 World Cup qualifier and wasted no time in taking the lead. A sublime one-two between the club and international teammates saw Ronaldo play in Fernandes, who found the back of the net with a composed finish. The duo celebrated together as a sign that they can work together.
Much has been made of Ronaldo and Fernandes allegedly failing to combine at Old Trafford over the course of the season and fingers have pointed towards the former Real Madrid star as to why Fernandes’ goal output has decreased this season. However, the combination worked on the international stage to give A Seleção the lead.
England manager Gareth Southgate called on Harry Maguire to prove his doubters wrong when the Three Lions take on the Ivory Coast at Wembley Stadium.
The Manchester United defender has endured a difficult season since returning from the Euros where he helped England reach the finals, losing to Italy on penalties. Back in Manchester, the United captain has faced calls to be dropped from the starting line-up due to a number of costly mistakes and overall poor performances.
The former Leicester City defender was not chosen to start the 2-1 win over Switzerland last weekend but was recalled to the starting 11 on Tuesday, much to the displeasure of some of the watching fans inside Wembley who appeared to jeer his name when it was read out before kick-off and once again when he touched the ball after the game started.
Diego Forlan has questioned compatriot Edinson Cavani’s opportunities at Manchester United as he approaches his final months at the club.
After a fine first season where he struck 17 goals, Cavani has missed 23 of United’s 40 matches this term and only started six games, scoring twice.
Cavani’s tendency to declare himself unavailable for games has started to irk some United supporters and interim manager Ralf Rangnick and former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both made it clear Cavani plays on his own terms.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was booed while playing for England on Tuesday night and has spoken for the first time since the 3-0 win against the Ivory Coast.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been seen by many as the rightful United skipper given that Maguire has struggled for form this season. The Portugal striker has worn the armband for the Red Devils before and spoke then about what it was like to lead out such a prestigious club.
One person who could be out the door for United is Paul Pogba, who has yet to agree to a new contract and can walk away for free at the end of the season. And former club Juventus have reportedly set their cap in terms of what they are willing to pay the Frenchman.
Maguire was booed before kick-off and then again once the match started, much to the dismay of his team-mates and manager Gareth Southgate. Both have defended the former Leicester City defender, sticking up for him in press conferences after the game and on social media, while Maguire stayed silent on the matter.
However, he has now taken to social media himself to break his silence.
Ronaldo’s captain comments
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer and instantly became one of the leaders in the dressing room.
Though he wasn’t the team’s captain, there wasn’t much discourse at the time of his arrival for him to take the armband away from Maguire. But as the season progressed and the results didn’t go United’s way, not to mention Maguire’s dramatic drop in form, calls for Ronaldo to step up and grab the armband grew louder.
Having captained the Red Devils in 2008, Ronaldo spoke about what it meant to captain United on a personal level.
Read the full story here.
Pogba’s possible Juventus wage
Paul Pogba’s contract expires at the end of the season and the midfielder will be free to join any team of his choosing and United won’t receive a penny in transfer fees.
A new deal has been on the table from the club but as of yet, the Frenchman has yet to accept terms as he weighs up his next move. One team linked with signing the 28-year-old is his former club Juventus, who sold the midfielder to United for £89million back in 2016 after four successful years in Serie A together. However, returning to Italy would mean taking a pay cut for Pogba.
It has been reported that the Italian club can only offer €10m (£8.5m) in wages, despite not having to pay for the World Cup winner.
Manchester United have been dealt an injury blow ahead of the return of the Premier League against Leicester City with striker Edinson Cavani picking up a problem while on international duty.
The striker was making his first start for club or country since February when he lined up for the World Cup qualifier against Chile on Tuesday night. The 35-year-old has come off the bench for the last two Man United games after recovering from a groin strain.
He however lasted under 30 minutes before being substituted off with an injury. The extent of the injury is unknown with the club confirming that his availability against City is now ‘in doubt.
The news comes as City were also dealt an injury blow on Tuesday night with defender Luke Thomas being left out of the England U21 squad. The full-back is said to have returned to Leicester to undergo assessment on an injury.
Brendan Rodgers will though be hoping to continue to welcome back players at Old Trafford. Both Jonny Evans and Timothy Castagne made their comebacks from injury against Brentford before the international break, while Wesley Fofana could be available after making his comeback vs Rennes a few days earlier.
Erik Ten Hag is among a handful of names linked to the top job at Manchester United; club insist no preferred candidate for the role; Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino are the frontrunners to be next permanent manager at Old Trafford
United held official talks with the 52-year-old last week which were billed as “very positive”, and Sky Sports News understands that a process of due diligence has followed over what it would entail should they choose to hire him.
Ajax granted permission for the formal discussion to take place and have not been obstructive to the process.
Sources close to Ten Hag and the Dutch club have suggested that dialogue has taken place over the financial element as well as how to handle a possible announcement – should the process progress that way – in terms of timing and presentation, given Ajax are in a tight title race.
However, United insist this is premature, and no formal enquiry has been put forward in that regard. They have made it very clear that they do not have a preferred candidate yet to take charge next season, and are simply following a rigorous process to settle on the right man.
Ascertaining compensation figures and ease of appointment will be done with all candidates. The club feels it is unfair to portray Ten Hag as the frontrunner for the position when they are still working through their shortlist.
Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique are also under consideration, while Julen Lopetegui seemingly ruled himself out of contention by saying: “I am where I want to be. Continue on the Sevilla bench next season? I have no doubt.”
Sources have intimated Ten Hag would be the easiest to secure as Ajax expect him to leave and have been smooth to negotiate with.
Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, will part company with Pochettino on their terms and not that of another club.
It has been reported they would have to fork out between £15m to £20m if they sack the Argentine and his staff, an outlay that would be saved if he was offered and accepted another job.
Pochettino and Ten Hag have long been considered the favoured options for the job, a line of reporting that hasn’t been discouraged by United.
Interest in Enrique is complicated by his commitment to Spain, who he is due to lead at the World Cup in Qatar.
Harry Maguire is facing a fight for his Manchester United future; Mesut Ozil has no plans to leave Fenerbahce; Everton will sell Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer after their financial woes were revealed
Harry Maguire is facing a fight for his Manchester United future.
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter is open to discussions about becoming Eddie Jones’s successor.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck is confident he has not breached any rules or undermined the integrity of the club’s sale by facilitating a meeting between Tom Ricketts and the club’s former player Paul Canoville.
Fulham have received a bailout of nearly £250m from their billionaire owner Shahid Khan as they count the cost of a disastrous Premier League campaign a year ago.
FIFA has been slammed for allowing banned Russian delegates to attend congress in Qatar.
Five substitutions are expected in the Premier League next season
Groups rivalling the Ricketts consortium bid for control of Chelsea are angry at what they believe to be preferential treatment shown to the Chicago Cubs owners.
Arsenal beat Brentford 4-1 in a match behind closed doors as Alexandre Lacazette scored a hat-trick.
“Superstar” horse Jet Powered is expected to make his debut on Saturday.
Everton will sell Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer after their financial woes were revealed.
Adidas have revealed the ball for this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar.
Mesut Ozil has no plans to leave Fenerbahce.
Manchester United are reportedly looking to include Anthony Martial in a deal for Harry Kane this summer, with Sevilla not having an option to buy the France international when his six-month loan deal expires at the end of the season.
Alec Stewart says the county game can still produce top Test players for England.
Nick Kyrgios has refused to apologise for his Miami Open meltdown.