11am Man Utd news LIVE: Bellingham’s parents spotted at Carrington, LASK set to be played behind closed doors, Dybala – The Sun03/10/2020
MANCHESTER UNITED are right in the Champions League mix after a huge win over rivals City.
Next up is LASK Linz in Europe before Jose Mourinho's Spurs away in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Paulo Dybala pulled the plug on joining United in the summer at the last minute, while Tahith Chong is close to signing a new deal at the club.
Get all the latest news and gossip from Old Trafford here…
MORE ON LASK
Austrian Chancellor – the equivalent of Prime Minister– Sebastian Kurz is due to make an official confirmation of the new policy this morning.
It is unclear whether that means no spectators at all, including VIP guests and the media.
But supporters of both clubs will be denied access, meaning any United fans who make the trip to Austria will be wasting their time and unable to see the match.
It comes as Barcelona confirmed next week’s Champions League game with Napoli will be played without fans while the Bavarian state government is set to impose a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people, which will mean no fans at Chelsea’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich.
United’s Europa League tie with Austrians LASK is set to become the latest victim of the coronavirus, reports Martin Lipton.
The Austrian government is expected to confirm all games must be played fan-free from today in a bid to contain the virus spread.
And it means United’s match in the 21,000-capacity Linzer Stadium will be the first to meet the new guidelines.
The news is a devastating blow to the Austrian club who had hailed the draw against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as the biggest match in the club’s history.
BRUNO'S GOT X-FACTOR
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is loving Bruno Fernandes' character after the Portuguese's superb performance against rivals City.
Solskjaer said: “The whole club [has been lifted]. Because he has everything I spoke about.
“He works hard, he is humble enough, he’s got the desire and commitment, but he’s also got the X-factor.
“He is a risk-taker, he’s got the courage to make mistakes and if you make enough mistakes it’ll be corrected into fantastic assists or goals.
“You need a character here, you need character at this club, but this team they have got that.
“They have learned through some hard times this season, because we have been a young team and we have started something we believe in and Bruno has helped that.”
RED HOT TOPIC
Gary Neville has raged at authorities for playing football matches behind closed doors.
He tweeted: “I do NOT support matches played behind closed doors.
“If it's necessary to shut down stadiums the associations must find a way of delaying the season and playing the games when it is safe to do so to protect the revenues for clubs that require this income to survive.”
LEFT OUT IN THE COLD
Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed why he played Paul Scholes on the left-hand side of midfield.
During Euro 2004, Scholes was shunted left as Eriksson went for Lampard and Gerrard in the middle for England and he quit Three Lions duty soon after.
The Swede said: “I was always convinced Gerrard and Lampard could play together.
“He came in, he didn't stay as a winger, so it wasn't a big problem for Paul.
“I asked him to think about [international retirement] for one month, during the holiday.
“He didn't want to be away from his family for that long-a-time.”
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