Manchester United will train today ahead of Saturday’s match versus West Ham. – Sport Media News

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Ralf Rangnick’s side produced a much-improved second-half performance to beat Brentford 3-1 on Wednesday night to get their hopes of a Champions League spot back on track after recent poor displays.

There was a big boost for United in the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who made his return to the side after missing the last two outings through injury. The Portuguese superstar was far from happy at being substituted, though, as his side strode to victory, with Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford getting the goals to put the result beyond doubt in London.

Having seen off Brentford, their attentions will now turn to a huge game against West Ham.

In transfer news, reports emerged again on Thursday night that suggested Jesse Lingard could join Newcastle on loan.

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has responded to reports that he is in line to takeover at Goodison Park.

Rooney is one of the likely figures to take on the role at the Merseyside club according to the bookies and his work at Derby County under tricky circumstances has only fuelled the rumour mill.

The former striker at Old Trafford started his career at Everton and supported them growing up.

Manchester United’s record when it comes to signings made over the past few transfer windows has been a mixed bag.

None have really hit the heights of Bruno Fernandes in terms of impact and he’s the only player who has really been a resounding success bar maybe Edinson Cavani.

The rest are either considered to be ‘occasionally fantastic but too inconsistent’ or ‘does the job but nothing outstanding’.

However, it’s very easy to shoehorn players into these categories and label them ‘transfer failures’ when other factors such as hefty transfer fees are often used as a way to criticise them. I believe Fred falls into this category.

Since Wednesday night’s victory over Brentford, a lot of the talk has been less about the result but more about the Portuguese superstar.

His angry reaction following being substituted for Harry Maguire has caught the eye of the footballing world.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick addressed the situation in his pre-match press conference before tomorrow’s visit of West Ham United.

Ralf Rangnick has confirmed Victor Lindelof will not play for United against West Ham after a burglary at his family’s home.

Lindelof’s wife, Maja, revealed there was a break-in at their house on Wednesday night while Lindelof was in London with the United squad for their 3-1 Premier League win at Brentford.

Maja Nilsson-Lindelof was at home with the couple’s two sons when the break-in occurred, but they managed to hide in a room.

Rangnick spoke with Lindelof on the flight back from London and the pair discussed the traumatic event on Friday morning, when it was agreed Lindelof would remain with his family.

A dead-bat response from Ralf Rangnick when asked about Jesse Lingard and his future.

Newcastle are firmly interested in the England forward during the January transfer window;

United prospect Zidane Iqbal is ready to make his senior debut for Iraq after a final decision was made on his international future.

The 18-year-old was born in Manchester but he qualifies for Iraq through his citizenship – and has already played for the U23s; captaining and scoring for that age-group team.

Iqbal remains eligible to represent England, Iraq and Pakistan, but his international has now been mapped out seemingly.

Having made his United debut in the Champions League this season – summoned from the bench for a late cameo against Young Boys – the Academy starlet is set to be included in the Iraq squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Iran and Lebanon.

Ralf Rangnick is set to speak with the media during his latest press conference.

West Ham are next up for United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Some more from Louis Saha as he sets a revised target for Ralf Rangnick this season.

Entertainment is the next order! The former United man was speaking to Genting Casino;

Louis Saha has backed United to cement a top-four place this season – especially if they get Marcus Rashford firing again.

After undergoing shoulder surgery last summer, the England striker initially found form upon his return with three goals from four early-season outings.

However, he then went 11 games without a goal before netting against Brentford on Wednesday night.

Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood set the tone for United at the Community Stadium – while Rashford struck late on in west London to secure three points.

It was a result which helped United keep pace in the quest to qualify for the Champions League.

United have issued an injury update on Scott McTominay before the showdown with West Ham.

Does United need a new winger? No. Well, they are linked with one anyway.

Barcelona are trying to get rid of Ousmane Dembele and it is no surprise to see him linked with an Old Trafford move in order to drum up interest.

Fichajes claim United are ready to sign the French winger this month and are even close to a deal.

United have been long-term admirers of Erling Haaland but a move this summer looks unlikely.

ESPN even claim United are out of the race to sign the Norwegian forward with Real Madrid clear favourites for a deal.

Haaland, 21, is expected to leave Dortmund at the end of the season due to a €75 million release clause becoming active in his contract at the Bundesliga club this summer.

It is suggested that United are now looking at attacking alternatives to the former Salzburg striker.

Police are launching a crackdown on drivers who illegally park their cars on matchdays at Old Trafford.

Trafford council and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have joined forces with Manchester United and are targeting fans who leave their vehicles on verges, foot paths, roundabouts and other unauthorised locations near the stadium.

The authorities said culprits pose a danger to pedestrians, other road users and themselves, as well as making it difficult for emergency vehicles to attend accidents and emergencies nearby.

Over the Christmas period, the council and GMP issued 779 fines to vehicles parked illegally. Those caught face a charge of up to £70.

Another day, another perceived crisis at United.

The Daily Star say United chief Richard Arnold, who will officially replace Ed Woodward at the club next month, is set to hold talks with Cristiano Ronaldo in the coming weeks.

Ronaldo is reportedly ‘disillusioned’ with life at Old Trafford.

Sevilla are still prioritisng a move for Anthony Martial this month, according to reports.

Marca state Martial is still the top target for the La Liga side but add that Lyon forward Moussa Dembele has been identified as the back-up option.

United have issued an injury update on Scott McTominay before their showdown with West Ham.

United returned to winning ways in the rearranged Premier League match against Brentford on Wednesday night as goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford settled the scores.

It was a much-improved display from Ralf Rangnick’s team upon the restart.

However, while those three points helped United maintain their push for top-four, there was concern for Scotland international McTominay when he had to be replaced for the final few minutes. The 24-year-old was seen clutching his lower back and, twice, went to the ground in quick succession.

Ousmane Dembele appears set to leave Barcelona during the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old was previously a target for United and – with his contract due to expire this summer – his name has, yet again, done the rounds with a view to signing for the Old Trafford giants.

However, the club are well-stocked in attacking quarters and Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland is a top target moving forward in that regard.

Having finished as runners-up to City in the Premier League last term, figures upstairs in the United boardroom issued a triple statement of intent during the summer window that included signing Jadon Sancho and returning five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

In trying to fix the minefield that has been United’smidfield this season there has been endless combinations of systems and players and a growing weariness that this is an issue that can only be fixed through cash.

As the campaign has gone on the decision not to sign a central midfielder last summer has looked more and more costly, but through all of the tinkering, there has been a reluctance to try Scott McTominay in a holding midfield role.

The academy graduate is never deployed without a midfield chaperone alongside him and that can give him licence to get forward and he can score goals, but he also has the attributes to become a defensive midfielder and that is where the gap is for United at the moment.

It has taken until mid-January for United to move to a 4-3-3 that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earmarked for them back in July and, while the performances at Aston Villa and Brentford have had their imperfections, the balance in midfield has finally looked better.

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