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Man Utd are preparing for a busy summer on and off the pitch with the Premier League pencilled to return on June 12.

The Red Devils are also looking forward to the transfer window where their No1 targets are reportedly Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, while the idea of a swap between Paul Pogba and Aaron Ramsey has some support among the United hierarchy.

Follow all the latest updates from Old Trafford below…

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Premier League clubs opposed to the restart fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title, REPORTS MARTIN LIPTON.

    And they say that will wreck the integrity of the competition.

    Jurgen Klopp caused a storm in February by fielding the Reds’ youth team in a 1-0 FA Cup replay win over Shrewsbury.

    Now some top-flight rivals are arguing he will repeat the trick as soon as his runaway leaders bag the title — and they claim that is a reason to stop Project Restart.

    Monday’s meeting of the 20 shareholder clubs will be a critical staging post on the journey towards a potential June 12 return to playing matches.

    Clubs that have already played Liverpool twice this term fear they will suffer if Klopp opts to protect his stars once the Prem crown is theirs.

  • THE HEND

    Chris Wilder has told Manchester United it would be ‘morally’ wrong for them to recall Dean Henderson.

    But the Sheffield United manager will respect the decision of any of his players to pull out of Project Restart on coronavirus health grounds if the Premier League resumes on June 12.

    Highly rated goalkeeper Henderson, 23, is on a season-long loan from Man Utd but his Blades deal expires at the end of next month.

    Wilder said: “It’d be morally correct to leave him playing at Sheffield United for the last ten games of the season.

    “Although we all know that because of the legalities and the situation regarding expiry of loans, United might take that decision.

    “But we’re not a threat to Man U so I’m sure they’ll be quite happy with the players that they’ve got to see them through the season. The Ford Fiesta ain’t going to get past the Ferrari!”

  • MORNING MAN UTD FANS,

    SunSport have exclusively revealed how the club are stepping up their pursuit of Jack Grealish.

    It is believed that AstonVilla would demand around £70m for one of their prize assets, and are reluctant to let him leave this summer.

    But if Dean Smith's side are relegated when the Premier League eventually restarts, he could be available for as little as £50m.

    Manchester United could reignite their interest in £38.5million-rated Hirving Lozano this summer, according to reports.

    The Red Devils were believed to be chasing the Mexican last year, but missed out when Napoli smashed their record transfer fee to land the tricky attacker.

    And according to Corriere dello Sport, United chiefs are attracted by not just Lozano’s footballing abilities – but also his potential marketing value.

    Meanwhile, Timo Werner will reject Manchester United in favour of signing for Liverpool, German reports say.

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  • BOARD OF YOU

    Ander Herrera revealed that a disagreement with Manchester United's board led to his summer exit from the club.

    The midfielder told ESPN: “When I look back a year ago, my intention was not to leave Manchester United.

    “I had some different opinions with the board but I respect them. I respect them a lot.

    “They do things for Manchester United and I disagree with the people who say they don't. They really suffer when things don't go well and they really fight to bring Manchester United back.

    “I disagreed with some of the decisions they made but this happens in football. In happens in every company.

    “Apart from that, I respect them. I had a great relationship with Ed Woodward and with the owners when they came so I have nothing to complain about with them.”

  • FREDEMPTION

    Man Utd midfielder Fred has opened up on his “awful” start to life at Old Trafford.

    In a toxic environment under former boss Jose Mourinho, the Brazilian initially struggled for form following his £52million switch from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018.

    Speaking to Associated Press he pulled no punches, admitting: “I believe the first season was very difficult for me.

    “There was the process of settling down here, but also other personal things that were happening in my life, such as the birth of my son.

    “So I believe it was a mix of reasons that made me have an awful first season.

    “I’m definitely settled in every aspect now. I’ve been enjoying some good performances and the chance of playing a great sequence of games. That was also helpful. I’m delighted with this season.

    “I’m now playing well and hopefully I can keep the momentum if the league returns. I just want to give my best for this club, trying to be a key part of the team.”

  • DAN THE MAN

  • EL JURADO

    Man Utd have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Barcelona youngster Marc Jurado this summer.

    Diario Sport claims the 16-year-old right-back has struck personal terms with United after snubbing a Nou Camp contract extension.

    Jurado has come up through the ranks at Barcelona for the past nine years.

    However, he has decided to try his luck in England despite still being a teenager – just like Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique.

    Barcelona were confident of keeping Jurado tied down to the club after seeing fellow prospects Ansu Fati and Ilaix Moriba commit to new deals.

    However, United are now toasting the capture of the highly-rated prodigy as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to invest in youth and bring back the glory years to Old Trafford.

  • JACK THE LAD

    Exclusive by Daniel Cutts – Man Utd are stepping up their pursuit of Jack Grealish – in a £50m move for the Aston Villa star.

    The 24-year-old midfielder has been high on United's wishlist for the whole season, with scouts having watched him a number of times.

    The Red Devils are favourites to land the attacking midfielder after tracking him for the past 18-months or so with a view to a deal.

    It is believed Villa would demand around £70m for one of their prize assets, and are reluctant to let him leave this summer.

    But if Dean Smith's side are relegated when the Premier League eventually restarts, he could be available for as little as £50m.

  • DEAL BREAKERS

    Premier League clubs have been given until June 23 to settle the futures of their soon to be out-of-contract stars.

    There are 86 top-flight players set to be available on a free transfer come June 30, but the league are desperate for fair ground rules to be implemented surrounding their futures and the integrity of the competition.

    Clubs are expected to have three options.

    According to The Athletic, the first could see them hand out-of-contract stars a “season 2019-20” extension, taking them until midnight of the day that the campaign finally finishes – with no change in terms.

    The second would be to make a normal offer of a multi-year extension, while the third will be to notify them that no offer is forthcoming.

    High-profile stars Willian, David Silva and Jan Vertonghen are among the 86 set to be left in limbo.

  • BLOCK SHOCK

    FA bosses will intervene if Prem clubs try to null and void the season.

    SunSport reported today the “Special Share” granted to Wembley chiefs at the formation of the Prem allowed them to block any attempt to axe relegation from the top flight.

    But senior FA officials also believe the powers would let them step in and overturn any vote to end the season prematurely.

    That aligns with the belief of Premier League chief executive Richard Masters that the competition cannot be cut off in its prime.

    It could set up a possible clash between the two bodies, although at this stage they appear to be on the same page and that would only change if the League’s stated position was overturned by its 20 member clubs.

    The FA are also understood to believe that proper criteria of “sporting merit” should be applied to determining relegation issues and European qualification if the League cannot resume and be played to a conclusion.

    One senior official declared: “The ideas of either null and void or no relegation is simply unacceptable.”

  • RAMPAGE

    Juventus ace and former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey can handle playing for Manchester United, according to former Wales boss Chris Coleman.

    He told beIN Sports: “If it’s not going to happen for him, he’s definitely the type of player that could handle playing for Manchester United.

    “Because when you play for Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you’re playing for another club in the same league, a smaller club with all due respect, and the weight of the jersey is not the same.

    “When you’re playing for a big club you’ve got to be able to handle that week in, week out. And he’s certainly got the appetite for that.”

  • GREAT SCOTT

  • CRACKDOWN

    Spitting, shirt swapping and team celebrations will all reportedly be banned when Premier League football returns from the coronavirus blackout.

    The top flight is pushing ahead with plans to resume matches on June 12 in a bid to finish the season and avoid financial meltdown.

    But strict sanctions will be in place in a bid to prevent any new Covid-19 cases among players, according to the Telegraph.

    Stars will also be prohibited from sharing water bottles under measures to get football back under way.

    The new rules could be in place for up to 12 months as football chiefs desperately try to finish the season.

  • REAL DEALS

    Real Madrid are set for a mass exodus with reported Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal targets Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez on their way out this summer.

    According to Marca, the Bernabeu hierarchy have given strict orders for the club to sell before they buy due to the financial uncertainty surrounding the killer virus.

    Bale and Rodriguez are just two of five big-earners set to be axed by Zinedine Zidane.

    It’s reckoned Paul Pogba, Eduardo Camavinga and Erling Haaland are all on his shopping list.

  • BANK BRUNO

    Sampdoria are reportedly considering legal action against Sporting CP over Bruno Fernandes' transfer to Manchester United.

    Portuguese media outline discussions between the clubs that could lead to an official Fifa complaint as the Italians seek £4million from the fee paid by United in January.

    No wrongdoing is suspected of the Red Devils but Sampdoria believe they are entitled to ten per cent of the profit made by Sporting on the player's move.

    According to A Bola, the Lisbon club insist any clauses held from Fernandes' 2017 switch to Portugal were voided when he officially terminated his contract a year later.

    In May 2018, several Sporting stars cancelled their deals following an attack on the training ground by furious fans.

    A major disagreement with the then-club president was solved by his exit and the likes of Fernandes agreed to new terms to stay with the team.

    It is reported that Lisbon believe this return to the club absolved them of commitments to Sampdoria in any future transfer.

    The Genoese side sold the 25-year-old for £7m three years ago with a ten per cent sell-on clause attached to any profit of his next move.

  • HOW COULD YOU

    Howard Webb has revealed that he wanted to see Cristiano Ronaldo miss a penalty for Manchester United – after realising he'd made his biggest-ever mistake.

    In April 2009, a match between the Red Devils and Tottenham at Old Trafford turned in the home side's favour after a controversial penalty call.

    With United 2-0 down, Michael Carrick hit the deck after a challenge from Heurelho Gomes and the referee pointed to the spot, only for replays to show the goalkeeper clearly getting the ball.

    And Webb has admitted wanting to see Ronaldo fluff his lines before the forward drilled the ball home to start a dramatic 5-2 comeback win for United.

    He told The Athletic: “I was just hoping that Ronaldo would miss the penalty. But he didn’t.

    “It was obvious within seconds I’d got the decision wrong. There was something more to this.

    “I was left with the decision I had taken with no independent evidence that I’d got it wrong other than a gut feeling, and I was just hoping that Ronaldo would miss the penalty. But he didn’t.”

  • JADON WAIT

    Man Utd are reportedly ready to shelve their move for Jadon Sancho and wait until next summer to seal £100million deal from Borussia Dortmund.

    The Red Devils have been leading the chase for the 20-year-old England international attacker for months, with both Man City and Chelsea also keen.

    Dortmund are refusing to lower their valuation on the star and are under no financial pressure to sell once the transfer window re-opens.

    Now the Daily Mirror claims that could lead to United postponing a swoop for Sancho until the summer of 2021.

    United have been working on the move for months and believed they were close to getting it over the line.

    The Old Trafford club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already warned fans that huge transfers look unlikely due to the “realities that face the sport” amid the coronavirus.

    And today’s report states they “clearly have concerns about spending that level of money not just from a financial point of view but how it would be viewed by society” this summer.

  • DARK ARTS

    Gary Neville believes the Premier League is trying to blackmail clubs into playing again – by threatening them with relegation if they refuse.

    Top-flight chiefs will meet on Monday to discuss how best to implement Project Restart and complete the season, currently suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

    A number of clubs at the bottom of the table are said to be against plans to play matches at neutral venues. But they have been warned if they do not agree, the season could be scrapped, which could result in them facing the drop.

    Outspoken TV pundit and Salford owner Neville said: “You can call them negotiations between the clubs or you can call them blackmail, whichever way you want to put it.

    “There is no doubt we’ve got a divided Premier League at this moment in time in respect of what the clubs want and that isn’t healthy going into this situation.

    “When you think about the message from day one in this global pandemic, everyone talked about a social approach, being together and be kind.

    “But football is not a nice place at the moment, it is full of self-interest.”They are somehow trying to get to an agreed position but it really is getting dirty behind the scenes – that we’ll relegate you if you don’t play.

    “What about health? It is unsavoury the way football is perceived at this moment in time by people outside. The clubs at the bottom were always going to get bullied by the rest of the league into playing.”

  • JUDGEMENT DAY

    RB Leipzig have reportedly dropped their asking price Man Utd transfer target Dayot Upamecano.

    United and joined by Arsenal in the race for the 21-year-old.

    But with Upamecano fast approaching the final year of his contract, Leipzig are believed to be willing to lower their asking price in order to ensure that they are not left empty handed at the end of his contract in 2021.

    According to Bild, they will accept bids of around £34million for the Frenchman, having previously been expected to stick to his £52million release clause.

    Bayern Munich have been seen as front-runners for Upamecano's signature, but the coronavirus pandemic has shifted their transfer strategy.

    The Bundesliga champions will now prioritise prising Leroy Sane from Manchester City, as well as acquiring a new right-back.

  • DOUBLE DECCERS

    West Ham should double Declan Rice's wages in order to keep him at the club, according to Hammers legend Tony Cottee.

    Manchester United and Chelsea have been most heavily linked although Hammers boss David Moyes recently joked he'd take Blues whizkid Billy Gilmour in return if Rice's old club came knocking.

    But Cottee told the We Are West Ham podcast his old side should pay up in order to hold on to their £70million rated star.

    When asked about Rice's future, Cottee said: “There's only two ways to keep Declan at our football club.

    “That is to win a cup or to play in Europe. They are the only two ways to keep a young talented player like Declan at the club for the next two or three years.

    “The problem is, your career goes so quickly and Dec needs to see the club making progress, he doesn't want to be fighting a relegation battle every year.

    “West Ham need to have a good cup run and be in the top ten.

    “And the one other thing the club can do at this moment in time to protect Declan and to protect the club is to give him a new contract.”

  • AL OR NOTHING

    Sir Alex Ferguson fought many title deciders with Arsenal but Patrice Evra has revealed one startlingly simple approach from the Manchester United legend.

    Speaking to the UTD club podcast, the Frenchman revealed: “I remember a game. It was sometime we were playing against Arsenal.

    “It was Sunday, it was sunny, and the speech of Ferguson was like 15 seconds.

    “He was like, 'Guys, it's Sunday, it's really sunny outside. I don't want no one to f*** up my Sunday'.

    “And you know if you missed a cross or something – you don't want to be the person to do that!

    “Don't ruin his Sunday! It's very important for him!”

  • WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO

    Willian has handed denied having talks with Tottenham.

    The forward's Chelsea contract expires this summer and the club have only offered him a two-year-deal but the winger wants three, with United and Arsenal also linked with the Brazilian.

    Earlier this week it was reported Willian had agreed to move to Spurs having discussed the move with his “friend” and old manager Jose Mourinho.

    But the 31-year-old has flatly denied that is the case, according to ESPN.

    Brazilian journalist Joao Castelo-Branco tweeted: “Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham. Absolutely no deal even close there. willian thfc cfc.”

  • FEEL THE WERN

    Timo Werner will reject Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of signing for Liverpool, German reports say.

    The RB Leipzig striker, who has a release clause of £51million, has his heart set on joining the European champions to work with German manager Jurgen Klopp.

    According to Bild, Chelsea and United have contacted Werner’s agent to register their interest in a summer move, but the player is said to have no interest in the pair.

    The problem for the 24-year-old is Liverpool do not want to commit to signing him just yet until they find out what effect the coronavirus pandemic will have on their finances and the transfer market.

    And The Guardian reports that Anfield bosses have reached out to Werner’s representatives to work out a way to delay a transfer until later in the summer.

    But they run the risk of his modest £51million release clause expiring in June, then allowing Leipzig to crank up the asking price for their star striker.

  • TACO BALL

    Manchester United could reignite their interest in £38.5million-rated Hirving Lozano this summer, according to reports.

    The Red Devils were believed to be chasing the Mexican last year, but missed out when Napoli smashed their record transfer fee to land the tricky attacker.

    Lozano’s debut season in Italy has been less than satisfactory however, with the 24-year-old struggling for minutes prior to football’s coronavirus-enforced suspension.

    And according to Corriere dello Sport, United chiefs are attracted by not just Lozano’s footballing abilities – but also his potential marketing value.

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