Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Pogba may not play for United again EXCLUSIVE, Rodgers favourite to replace Solskjaer

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER'S reign at Manchester United is hanging by a thread, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The question is when not if he will be sacked by the club.

And Brendan Rodgers is reportedly the favourite to take the job should Solskjaer be dispensed with.

This comes after Tottenham snapped up Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane privately ruled himself out of contention.

In another SunSport exclusive, Paul Pogba could have played his final game for United.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has revealed he TURNED DOWN the chance to manage Manchester United.

The legendary Arsenal boss, whose rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson was infamous, could have gone to Real Madrid or Barcelona as well.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    NEW TRAFFORD

    EXCLUSIVE – Man Utd are trying to polish up far more than their stumbling first team stars.

    While most focus has been on the team’s one step forwards, two steps back campaign, staff behind the scenes have been working since summer to revamp the face of the club.

    In August word came from the top that the Glazers, after talks with outgoing chief executive Ed Woodward, wanted to spruce up Old Trafford and Carrington.

    The training ground and, in particular, the stadium are showing signs of wear and tear.

    Club employees have been insisting for over 12 months that some infrastructure had fallen into disrepair due to the pandemic shutdown.

    So staff were set to work on a tidy-up campaign with the in-house title of Project Shine.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MICKEY DELIGHT

    Mickey Thomas has revealed he is cancer free.

    The former Manchester United, Chelsea and Wales star was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus almost two years ago. 

    He admitted it was touch and go whether he would survived.

    But Thomas, 65, has made a miraculous recovery after life-saving surgery to remove the tumour. 

    And the Welshman announced on social media he has won his battle after his latest six-monthly check-up.

    Thomas tweeted: “Great result yesterday – after CT scan my results came back and now I’m cancer free. So happy.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    JU BEAUTIES

    Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are both reportedly being targeted by Juventus if they fail to land Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Old Lady are battling both Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the Serbian striker from Fiorentina.

    The 21-year-old is out of contract in 2023 and has so far resisted penning an extension, leading to speculation he could soon be departing for £68million.

    Juventus are desperate to snatch him from their Serie A rivals – however they have also allegedly drawn-up a list of five potential alternatives.

    Calciomercato claims boss Max Allegri has identified both Manchester United outcast Martial and Arsenal's Lacazette as other options.

  • Jake Lambourne

    STRIKE FORCE

    Barcelona are desperate to add some firepower when the transfer window opens in January.

    Marca claim the ailing giants are targeting a trio of forwards this winter, with Timo Werner, Edinson Cavani and Raheem Sterling on the wishlist.

    Barca are languishing ninth in LaLiga and recently sacked manager Ronald Koeman after a woeful start to the season.

    Club legend Xavi has been brought in to steady the ship but his transfer options will be limited with the club in a dire financial state.

    The Catalans are struggling under a mountain of debt and any signings in January are likely to rely on players leaving too.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FER-GET IT

    Neil Warnock has named his three greatest Premier League managers – and incredibly Sir Alex Ferguson only makes fourth spot.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: "Since the Premier League started if I was picking my top five managers… I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one.

    "Only because he changed the whole outlook on modern footballers. He brought so many things in that had never been thought of.

    "The nutritionist, the fitness guys, video, technology. He changed the whole course of it when he came into the Premier League."

    Warnock continued: "[Pep] Guardiola would be second, his influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic.

    "I would put [Jurgen] Klopp third because I think he’s just beginning and he will get even better."

    Before adding: "Fourth, I would probably go with Sir Alex [Ferguson] just in front of Jose Mourinho because he has done it for longer.

    "I just think he was in an era where it was all about man-management, it wasn’t down to all the backroom staff, and Sir Alex was probably the best at that."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RON THE WAY OUT

    Cristiano Ronaldo could ask to leave Manchester United if they don't qualify for next season's Champions League, according to reports.

    United sit two places and five points outside the top four and if their fortunes don't transform, they could lose their talisman at the end of the season.

    Ronaldo has saved the day with dramatic late goals on several occasions this season since his summer switch from Juventus.

    But the superstar's heroics alone have not been enough to stop the Reds from losing six of their last 12 with the pressure mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And if they finish outside the top four and fail to win the Champions League, United could be playing in either of the Europa competitions next season, or worse, no European football at all.

    If United are absent from Uefa's flagship tournament, Ronaldo, 36, could look to quit Old Trafford, according to the Express.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NOT SOL SEARCHING

    Man Utd's board are reportedly NOT speaking to other managers about potentially replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Solskjaer is under huge pressure at Old Trafford following the club's 2-0 defeat against Manchester City.

    But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has stated that the Red Devils still support their Norwegian gaffer.

    He tweeted: "There are still no contacts between Manchester United board and other managers. No talks.

    "Ole Gunnar Solskjær still supported by main part of board members. Joel Glazer only one who can change the situation – but there’s still no signal."

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAN IT BE DON?

    Jadon Sancho could be used as a WING-BACK when Manchester United take on Watford.

    The Red Devils return from the international break with a trip to Vicarage Road on November 20.

    And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to get the best out of his stuttering squad, that could see a major shake-up for the £73million winger.

    Sancho, 21, has featured for just 342 minutes in the Premier League this season, starting three times.

    Here's how United could line-up against the Hornets.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PAUL

    Paul Pogba has declared he is 'going to come back strong' as he limped around on crutches.

    The Frenchman picked up a thigh injury on international duty but vowed to stay positive as he awaits further test results.

    Taking to Instagram on Tuesday to speak directly to United fans, he said: "Hi everyone, how you doing? Hope you're well.

    "As you can see, I got a little injured. Hopefully it's not too bad. I'm going to do probably another scan in those days to see how bad it is.

    "Yep, we're here but we're gonna come back strong. We don't lose faith and we don't lose the positive vibe. We keep smiling, everything happens for a reason, we're blessed still.

    "And we're gonna come back and we keep it up. That's how it is. OK my guys, thank you again for the support. All love. God bless you all. And we're gonna be back soon."

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    SunSport understand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign at Manchester United is hanging by a thread.

    The question now is when not if he will be sacked by the club.

    Solskjaer took advantage of the international break to fly back to Norway with his family and get away from the flak.

    The mood at Old Trafford has turned to one of resignation among players and staff that he is on his way.

    Also, SunSport can reveal Paul Pogba could have played his last game for Manchester United.

    The club’s £89million record signing is expected to be sidelined for up to two months after injuring his right thigh in training with France on Monday.

    That would take the World Cup winner into January, when he can begin talking to other clubs about a move in the summer — when his United deal ends.

    Discussions over a new contract at Old Trafford have been completely shelved.

    United’s hierarchy are fed up of the circus that surrounds him, particularly with his agent Mino Raiola.

    They are now happy to let the 28-year-old midfielder’s contract expire, leave him out of the team if necessary and allow him to go as a free agent.

    Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford today took his mum to watch him receive an MBE from Prince William for his heroic school meals campaign.

    The England striker, 24, was pictured gleaming with mum Melanie in the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the ceremony hosted by the Duke of Cambridge.

    Rashford is being recognised for his campaign which helped feed 1.3million of Britain’s poorest kids over the summer holidays.

    It resulted in the Government changing policy over its free school meals vouchers during lockdown and made the striker a national hero.

    Marcus previously said he was 'honoured and humbled' to receive the recognition — and dedicated his award to mum Melanie.

    He said of the news last year: “As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22.

    “This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    PAUL OVER

    EXCLUSIVE – Paul Pogba could have played his last game for Manchester United.

    The club’s £89million record signing is expected to be sidelined for up to two months after injuring his right thigh in training with France on Monday.

    That would take the World Cup winner into January, when he can begin talking to other clubs about a move in the summer — when his United deal ends.

    Discussions over a new contract at Old Trafford have been completely shelved.

    United’s hierarchy are fed up of the circus that surrounds him, particularly with his agent Mino Raiola.

    They are now happy to let the 28-year-old midfielder’s contract expire, leave him out of the team if necessary and allow him to go as a free agent.

  • Kealan Hughes

    TRANSFER BOOST

    Manchester United target Franck Kessie has reportedly rebuffed a fresh contract offer from AC Milan.

    The Serie A club have raised their offer to ££5.5million a year but the Ivory Coast international is holding out for around ££7.7m per year, according to Sky Sports Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The 24-year-old has attracted interest from all around Europe including Manchester United, PSG and Barcelona with his contract due to expire next summer.

    The central midfielder is free to sign a pre-contract with any European club in January which would set in place a move for the following season.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'WHAT'S THE POINT?'

    Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has claimed that Manchester United are a better team without Cristiano Ronaldo.

    He told Sky Sports News: "I personally think Man Utd are a better football team without Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "They had a good unbeaten run last year by playing a certain way – counter-attacking football. You don't get that with Ronaldo. That's gone now. They don't have that pace anymore.

    "What's the point in having a 20-goal a season striker if you don't win anything?

    "It's like Harry Kane at Spurs. Having a striker scoring that many goals doesn't guarantee you a top-four spot."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'NORWICH ARE MORE AMBITIOUS'

    Manchester United have been savaged by Chris Sutton after Norwich sacked Daniel Farke while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in his job despite their shocking form.

    He said on BBC Radio Five Live: "Norwich are more ambitious than Manchester United because at least they’ve been decisive.

    “Their expectation is to stay in the Premier League but they have made a change, rightly or wrongly.

    “But Manchester United – what is the expectation, are they going to win something with the current manager and this squad? No, everyone can see that.

    “Manchester United are still living off the history of when they were a good team and that’s the issue and there are no excuses, there is nowhere to hide this season.

    "I like Ole, he’s a nice bloke but he’s being outcoached and out-thought by the top guys."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'BRILLIANT'

    Former Manchester United star Kleberson believes Declan Rice would be better suited to rivals City than the Red Devils.

    He told Paddy Power: “Declan Rice could play for any of the top Premier League teams. He had a brilliant season last year, a great Euros with England and has started this season incredibly well.

    "He’s still young so will continue to grow and become a better player, but already in his career, you can see how much he’s improved and grown up as a midfielder, especially technically.

    "The top teams are always looking for players who have Premier League experience and have had strong performances over a long period of time, which is exactly what Declan Rice has had.

    "The best teams are always on the lookout for players as they need a big squad due to the number of games that they play throughout the season.

    "It would be good to see Declan Rice play for Manchester City as they base their play around keeping the ball for long periods of time, which is something that Declan Rice likes to do.

    "The style of play that Pep Guardiola creates would be perfect for him and the way Pep interacts with his players, is something that Rice would benefit from massively."

  • Kealan Hughes

    JERSEY BOYS

    Edinson Cavani has reportedly ‘put out’ by Jadon Sancho asking for his No7 shirt at Manchester United.

    But the veteran striker had no issues giving it up for Cristiano Ronaldo when the club legend returned on deadline day.

    When the issue of the No7 jersey came to light, Cavani is said to have been ‘put out’.

    The Uruguayan instead held on tightly to his squad number as Sancho was eventually given the No25 upon completing of his ££73m switch.

  • Kealan Hughes

    LOOKING FOR ERIC

    AC Milan are targeting Eric Bailly as a potential replacement for Alessio Romagnoli, according to Calciomercato.

    Bailly has played in Raphael Varane's absence in recent games but has spent much of the previous 18 months of the sidelines.

    And with Manchester United linked to centre-back Jules Kounde, it is possible they would be willing to let Bailly leave.

  • Kealan Hughes

    MARTIAL OFF?

    Italian giants Juventus have placed Manchester United striker Anthony Martial on a five-man shortlist of strikers viewed as an alternative to Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.

    The 21-year-old Serbian international is thought to be the 'Old Lady's' number one target, but could prove difficult to entice given the Premier League interest circulating.

    Vlahovic has already confirmed he has no plans to extend his stay in Florence, as a result a number of Europe's top sides have declared an interest – including Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

    In turn, Juve have drawn up contingency plans in the scenario they fail to get the Fiorentina star – with Martial named as one of the back-up strikers.

  • Kealan Hughes

    RON TO WATCH

    Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Manchester United should they miss out on Champions League football next term, according to the Express.

    Upon signing for the club he said: "I am not here for a vacation.

    "As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again.

    “I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.

    I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”

    So far, Ronaldo hasn’t disappointed.

    He’s scored nine goals from 13 outings so far this term, including five in the Champions League alone.

    But United are stuck in a shambolic rut under Solskjaer, who appears lost when it comes to a solution.

    And, therefore, it’s certainly feasible Ronaldo will look to leave should the Red Devils continue to fall.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'WE ALL PLAY FOR THE BADGE'

    Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United have the “desire and ambition” to get out of what he has described as a “difficult patch”.

    Rashford said: “The United team is the United team and we all play for the badge and the club, something for me I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.

    “And for the players that we sign, they see United as the great club it is and they want to give everything they can for the badge.

    “And those things remain the same whether you’re in good spells or bad spells.

    “I know at the moment we’re in a difficult patch but the desire and ambition never changes.”

    Credit: PA
  • Kealan Hughes

    'IT'S FLATTERING'

    Monaco sensation Aurelien Tchouameni says he is flattered by recent transfer speculation linking him with moves to Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

    The 21-year-old, who signed from Bordeaux in January 2020, enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1 last season and has emerged as one of Europe’s best young midfielders.

    He told L'Equipe: "When I started in Bordeaux, the media were already wondering every summer if Aurelien Tchouameni was going to move to a bigger club.

    "It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.

    "In 2018, they were already talking about Juventus or Milan.

    "I know for a fact that what is true in October is not necessarily what’s true in June. If I start to think that I’m going to leave, it will show directly in my performances on the pitch.

  • Kealan Hughes

    TRANSFER STEAL

    Manchester United hope to gazump Chelsea’s transfer pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

    The Blues spent most of the summer trying to sign the France international but ultimately failed in their pursuit.

    The 22-year-old is widely reported to have a release clause of around £68m and United could apparently take advantage of that clause in the January transfer window.

    United are believed to have the resources available to finance the deal, despite spending big last summer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    OLE SAFE

    Man Utd have had no contact with any other managers over replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The manner of their recent losses to Liverpool and Man City has seen large parts of the United fanbase turn on Solskjaer with some demanding a change of manager.

    Reports over the weekend indicated that Man Utd had ‘verbally agreed’ a deal for Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers to replace Solskjaer at the helm, while France legend Zinedine Zidane and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino have also been linked.

    However, reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims there have been “no talks” between Man Utd and any other managers about replacing the Norwegian.

    Romano tweeted: “Three days after derby defeat, there are still no contacts between Manchester United board and other managers. No talks.

    “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still supported by main part of board members. Joel Glazer only one who can change the situation – but there’s still no signal.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    DON THE WAY

    Estelle Bergkamp has shown off her baby bump on holiday after last week revealing that she and partner Donny van de Beek are expecting their first child.

    The Manchester United ace, 24, received the amazing news amid what's been a miserable season on the pitch.

    Van de Beek has hardly played, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer limiting him to the odd cameo appearance.

    But his personal life is going better than his professional one, with partner Estelle, daughter of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, pregnant.

    Van de Beek has been given the week off by Solskjaer, after being dropped from the Netherlands squad due to a lack of game time.

    The Norwegian jetted off with his family yesterday – while Donny and Estelle appear to have done the same.

  • Kealan Hughes

    TO BE FRANCK

    AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has been slammed by the Italian press as they accuse the 24-year-old of being 'distracted' ahead of a potential transfer.

    Kessie is in the final 12 months of his current contract with Milan and has been linked with a transfer move to Manchester United.

    But Milan will attempt to ward off any potential interest in their star, with il Corriere dello Sport reporting this morning that the Italian giants are preparing to make a fresh attempt to tie Kessie down to a new deal.

    The report goes on to highlight that the Serie A side aren't concerned by Kessie's inconsistent performances this term and remain determined to strike a deal over a new contract with the coveted midfielder.

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