Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ole holding 'crisis talks', Watford build-up, Zidane 'learning English', Lingard EXCLUSIVE

Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ole holding 'crisis talks', Watford build-up, Zidane 'learning English', Lingard EXCLUSIVE

11/20/2021

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Premier League action against Watford – but it's still matters off the pitch which are dominating the headlines.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's men were beaten in the Manchester derby before the international break and reports suggest he has held crisis talks with senior members of his squad.

According to reports in Germany, Zinedine Zidane has told United that he wants to wait until summer before moving back into management.

However, former France team-mate Emmanuel Petit says he understands that the ex-Real Madrid boss is currently learning English.

And SunSport can exclusively reveal Jesse Lingard is eyeing a switch to West Ham after rejecting new terms with the Red Devils.

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

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can draw the sting from his critics with victory at the Hornets this afternoon.

    The Manchester United boss still believes he is backed by the board and fans.

    But the Red Devils won just one of their last six Premier League games before the international break.

    And Solskjaer is 4/7 favourite to be the next Prem manager sacked.
    Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers leads the betting to succeed Solskjaer at 8/1.

    Zinedine Zidane is 6/1, Mauricio Pochettino 11/1 and Cristiano Ronaldo not a complete outsider at 25/1.

    Solskjaer said: “Fans are still supporting the team and the club, they’ve been through this period, backed the team through the rebuild.

    “When you lose a game you’re always disappointed and under pressure, we’ve been communicating openly and honestly."

    Main man Cristiano Ronaldo has urged United to dig deeper than ever to get back on track.

    The Portugal striker posted on social media: “Time to roll up the sleeve once again and just get the job done!"

    Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard used Instagram to make a huge hint he’s heading to former loan club West Ham after contract talks with United collapsed.

    The £10million-rated England midfielder is tipped for a £10million permanent departure in January.

    Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand has urged the Red Devils  to do ‘what ever it takes’ to sign England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 18, from Borussia Dortmund.

    Finally, thigh-injury victim Paul Pogba has again updated fans on social media about his recovery from Dubai, saying the clock is ticking on his recovery.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BREAK WAS NO OLE-DAY

    If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thought he was going to get away from it all with his short break to Norway, he was wrong, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    The trials and tribulations of the Premier League’s most under pressure manager followed him back to Molde, where life must have seemed much simpler when he was in charge there.

    Accompanied by his wife and two sons, the idea was to freshen up for the battle ahead. It is doubtful how relaxing it must have been as Solskjaer analysed United’s troubled run.

    He kept in touch with the coaching staff left behind, studied the players on TV while they were on international duty and went through the stats and footage from United’s humiliating home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.

    Solskjaer said: “No, you can’t break off. You never do. You live and breathe football.

    “You switch your phone off for a few hours and spend time with your family but you watch your players on the international stage. You analyse your own games, which we’ve gone through in detail.

    “The technology helps so we can still keep in touch if we’re not in the same room or on the same continent so we’ve worked hard on a few priorities.

    “The staff are incredible 24-7, they work to improve the state of the team and when we came back on Monday everyone was ready to have a good week.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE: MAGUIRE CAN PROVE KEANE WRONG

    Under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to prove Roy Keane wrong.

    The Manchester United boss yesterday defended himself, the team and most notably his captain ahead of today’s trip to Watford.

    Keane labelled Maguire ‘embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace to Man United’ after cupping his ears to the crowd following his goal for England against Albania.

    But Solskjaer said: “His family, his club we are all very happy with him and all back him and he’s such a top professional and he’s going to prove critics wrong.

    “The so-called experts have their opinions and that’s their job to put their opinion that’s not something we have to worry too much about.

    “As a true example of a Man United player Harry is always there for his team and his country.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JESSE HINTS AT WEST HAM RETURN

    Jesse Lingard posted a huge hint he's heading back to West Ham after Manchester United contract talks collapsed.

    SunSport revealed earlier on Friday the England midfielder is poised for a £10million return in January following loan success with the Hammers last season.

    And Lingard, who will be 29 next month, put up an Instagram photo of himself celebrating two goals while in action for the Hammers.

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Jesse Lingard is still an important part of his squad

    West Ham main man Declan Rice then sent anticipation spiralling further – with a snap of the pair rejoicing Lingard's wonder goal in a 3-2 win at Wolves in April.

    Ahead of Saturday's clash, Three Lions' anchorman Rice wrote: "What a goal this was on our last trip to Molineux."

    Lingard has already begun making personal arrangements for the switch down south after ten years at Old Trafford.

    The 32-cap star turned down a new United deal in early September and has barely figured in boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans recently.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO: UTD NEED JUDE

    Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to do ‘what ever it takes’ to sign England wonderkid Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.

    Midfielder Bellingham,18, has already been linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford.

    And United legend Ferdinand believes the former Birmingham hero is the ideal player for now and especially the future.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RONALDO RALLYING CALL

    Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Manchester United to dig deep to get back on track.

    The Red Devils return to Premier League action at Watford tomorrow after six losses in 12 games.

    And the United legend posted on social media: "Time to roll up the sleeve once again and just get the job done!

    "Let's chase what we are trying to achieve this season."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HOW UTD COULD LINE UP

    Manchester United return to action this weekend for the first time since their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City before the international break.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side travel to Vicarage Road to take on a Watford side that have lost their last two Premier League games.

    And SunSport understands the Man Utd manager may see this as an opportunity to shake things up ahead of a crucial eight days which also includes away matches against Villarreal and Chelsea.

    Three players who could be brought in from the cold are Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho.

    Van de Beek has barely had a look in so far this season, racking up just 16 minutes worth of game time in the Premier League.

    He could come in for Fred who may be keen for a rest having started for Brazil in their draw with Argentina on Tuesday.

    Much like Van de Beek, Lingard has not started a Prem game since returning from his loan spell with West Ham.

    But he has netted twice off the bench and could finally get his shot against The Hornets.

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is in regular contact with the club and refuses to comment on future

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON CAN BE THE BOSS – BUT NOT YET

    Cristiano Ronaldo has shown all the hallmarks of a manager but has no chance of succeeding Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    That's the verdict of Liverpool legend Ian Rush, who believes the United striker's touchline antics with Portugal show his passion to direct the play from off as well as on the pitch.

    United visit Watford on Saturday after six defeats in 12 games immediately before the international break.

    And Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers is odds-on favourite for Old Trafford if under-pressure Solskjaer departs.

    The Norwegian has insisted he is no quitter and believes he will turn the Red Devils around.

    But Solskjaer is odds-on to be the next Premier League manager axed and Ronaldo, 36, has risen up the list of contenders to replace him.

    Rush said: "I do see him as a leader. "But unless he has Sir Alex Ferguson alongside him I don’t see him managing Manchester United any time soon.

    "We kind of got a glimpse of Ronaldo as a manager when Portugal won the Euros in 2016, when he had to go off injured. 

    "He was so passionate on the touchline, barking orders and motivating the team, and maybe we saw the makings of a manager there.

    "We know he’s very demanding which you need to be as a manager, and he does like to have control of things too. 

    "But to manage a big club like Manchester United you need proper managerial experience and that’s why I don’t buy into the story of him replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer."

  • Ian Tuckey

    POGBA STARTS CLOCK ON UTD RETURN

    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is working hard towards making his return from injury.

    The 28-year-old star has taken to social media once again to update United fans on his progress after suffering a thigh injury while on France duty.

    Pogba posted a picture on his Instagram story of himself stretching out his thigh as he continued his warm-weather training in Dubai.

    And he simply captioned the picture 'tic-tac' – French for 'tick-tock' – with an hourglass emoji.

    The midfielder is counting down the days until he can make his Manchester United return.

    He is currently out in Dubai after jetting out to complete the first phase of his rehabilitation programme for the injury that could keep him out for two months.

    United confirmed the news on Wednesday in a statement that read: “Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has travelled to Dubai to undertake the next phase of his rehabilitation in warm weather conditions.

    "The 28-year-old reported for international duty with France at the beginning of last week and unfortunately suffered an injury while training. 

    "Pogba is now working diligently on his rehabilitation.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ROSSI ENDS LONG SPAL OUT OF THE GAME

    Ex-Red Devils striker Giuseppe Rossi has returned to football by signing for Serie B outfit SPAL.

    Rossi spent 11 MONTHS out of the game following his departure from Real Salt Lake in January.

    Rossi, 34, has spent the last few weeks on trial with SPAL and he has done enough to win a contract.

    He has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season, according to Estense.com.

    SPAL President Joe Tacopina is confident Rossi will make a huge difference to his team.

    He told Calciomercato: “He is my great project. He played a friendly match last week and scored a wonderful goal.

    “He feels well, but he will need some time. Slowly, he will be ready. Rossi can make the difference as nobody has his qualify in Serie B.”

    It means Rossi will play in Italy for the first time since 2018, when he turned out for top-flight side Genoa.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD'S BACK PAIN IS OFFICIAL

    Manchester United's defending has left a lot to be desired this season, with the Red Devils having the seventh-worst defence in the Premier League.

    The club have kept just four clean sheets in 14 Prem games and ex-Liverpool man John Barnes believes it's because they don't defend 'as a complete team'.

    When it comes to total tackles (139) and duels won (468), United rank BOTTOM of all Premier League clubs.

    And they're the second worst in the league for aerial duels won (130) and interceptions (81).

    Manchester United's 17 goals conceded and two clean sheets make up a small amount of dignity, but both stats are still the joint-seventh worst in the league.

    And they can count themselves lucky it's only the seventh worst, with their expected goals conceded the fifth worse out of the 20 Prem teams.

    The lack of desire to win the ball back is also clear, with United making the fourth-least ball recoveries (606) out of anybody this campaign.

    Error strewn performances from the likes of club captain Harry Maguire mean the club have also made seven mistakes leading to shots – the second worst in the league.

    Three of those have come from Maguire himself, with Luke Shaw contributing two.

    Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, David De Gea and Nemanja Matic are all guilty of one error leading to an opposition shot too.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEXT UP

    Let’s take a look at Man United’s next five games as the Premier League returns this weekend…

  • Justin Lawrence

    SWITCH IT UP

    Martin Keown reckons Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to switch up his squad or face the sack.

    The Arsenal legend thinks if United were winning games, benched stars such as Juan Mata and Donny van de Beek would understand Solskjaer's position.

    But as that's not the case, Keown believes the fringe players at United should be given a chance, or Solskjaer risks alienating his stars.

    Keown told talkSPORT: “When they’re winning games, I think it’s easier to look at the likes of [Alex] Telles, and [Donny] van de Beek, and [Juan] Mata, and [Phil] Jones, and to say, ‘Okay, we’re not picking you because we’re winning games.’

    “But now that dressing room must be interested in what’s happening on the inside because there will be a lot of anger, nobody is getting any joy out of this.

    “The 11 he picks isn’t winning and the squad, as well, are not getting any reward.

    “There now has to be some changes to the personnel. Or, ultimately, they change the manager.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    JESS SET

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants Jesse Lingard to stay at the club and fight for his place.

    Lingard's been linked with a move to West Ham after rejecting United's latest contract offer but Solskjaer isn't willing to let Lingard go without a fight.

    The Norwegian understands that Lingard wants more game time, however, he still sees the England national as a key member of the Red Devils squad.

    Solskjaer told United: “Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me.

    “He’s definitely disappointed he’s not played more, of course.

    "But with regards to contract situations, I’ve not been in the talks very closely, so for me Jesse’s still a big, important part of this squad.

    "He gives energy and quality to the group every day."

  • Justin Lawrence

    INSTA-HAM

    Jesse Lingard posted a huge hint he's heading back to West Ham after Manchester United contract talks collapsed.

    SunSport revealed earlier today the England midfielder is poised for a £10million permanent return in January following his loan success with the Hammers last season.

    And Lingard, 29 next month, put up a smiling Instagram photo of himself in action for the Hammers smiling and celebrating scoring two goals.

    He has already begun making personal arrangements for the switch after ten years at Old Trafford.

    Lingard turned down a new United deal in early September at United and has barely figured in boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans recently.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MOST BACKED

    More bets have been taken on Manchester United to win the Premier League title than any other top-flight team, according to Betfair.

    Despite struggling in recent weeks, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been backed more than Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool for 2021-22 glory.

    he Red Devils are anchored in sixth position and trail leaders Chelsea by nine points having won just ONE of their last SIX.

    But clearly punters think a drastic change of fortunes could be just around the corner with 19 per cent of all bets placed going for the Old Trafford heavyweights.

    United were available at 8/1 to wrestle the title away from City at the beginning of the campaign.

    However, they can now be backed at a whopping 109/1 on Betfair Exchange, despite boasting one of the strongest squads in the division.

    Pep Guardiola’s side are currently the favourites to retain the title at 8/11.

    Despite not having the most amount of bets placed on them, they are the team with the most money wagered on them, at £2.2million.

    Chelsea and Liverpool are the next most popular at 14 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

  • Justin Lawrence

    HAVE PATIENCE

    Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has urged Manchester United to be patient with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Solskjaer's been under pressure after a string of poor results at the United helm but Ranieri reckons the Norwegian will come good if given time.

    He said: “Give time to Solskjaer. I am confident with him, he just has to continue this job.

    “But look, Solskjaer is doing very well; of course, Manchester United want to win every time. And they want to come back to the Sir Alex Ferguson era, that’s normal.

    “But the pressure is a positive pressure, for him and for everyone working in Manchester.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    OLE'S GUNNAR STAY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he still has the backing of the board and fans at Manchester United.

    The Red Devils boss is under pressure having presided over just one Premier League win in six and back to back home drubbings at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

    But Solskjaer said: “The players, the staff, myself, the club, we are working to one goal to improve, get better results, fans are still supporting the team and the club, they've been through this period, backed the team through the rebuild.

    “When you lose a game you're always disappointed and under pressure, we've been communicating openly and honestly. There's one game that matters and what goes on after that.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT YET

    Brendan Rodgers is still a long way off being the top manager Manchester United need to lead them to glory.

    That's the view of Trevor Sinclair who reckons Rodgers needs to at least get Leicester into the Champions League before he can be considered for the United job.

    Sinclair told talkSPORT: “I feel Brendan really does needs to get them in to the Champions League spots to again be regarded someone I would say is a top, top manager.

    “At the moment he is not anywhere near it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HEY JESSE 

    Jesse Lingard looks to be on his way to West Ham in the New Year in a £10million move.

    The Manchester United midfielder has already begun making personal arrangements for the permanent move back to the capital.

    The England international rejected a new contract offer in early September at United and has barely figured in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans recently.

    Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at the high flying West Ham in the second half of last season.

    His nine goals and five assists in the Premier League helped propel David Moyes side into Europe.

    Moyes wanted to sign Lingard permanently in the summer but said he couldn’t as Solskjaer wanted him back.

  • Justin Lawrence

    ER HOW MUCH?

    Erling Haaland's transfer will cost a staggering £295MILLION with the fee and wages combined, according to reports.

    The Borussia Dortmund striker, 21, is one of the hottest talents in world football with plenty of admirers at the biggest clubs.

    Chelsea and Manchester United are among the sides leading the chase for his signature next summer – with Manchester City and Real Madrid also interested.

    But whoever can successfully lure the Norwegian away from Dortmund knows it will not be cheap.

    It is well documented Haaland has a £64m release clause in his contract which kicks in next summer – although AS state clubs may have to pay up to £85m.

    And although that will mean the transfer fee is relatively cheap for a potential Ballon d'Or winner and guaranteed goalscorer, that would be just a fraction of the overall cost.

    Haaland's agent Mino Raiola will ensure the best deal for himself and the player.

    And according to AS, that is likely to mean more than £210m more in investment through wages alone.

    A five-year deal would be a likely contract length for any agreement reached.

    That would equate to Haaland pocketting a whopping £42m per year – or more than £800,000 per week.

    Add into the mix agent fees and bonuses and the total figure would far exceed £300m overall across five years.

  • Justin Lawrence

    KEANE TO WIN

    Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed that Roy Keane is so harsh in his commentary because he's a winner.

    Cole and Keane played together for United under Fergie and the Irishman has always been verbally brutal with his honesty.

    Cole said to Sky Sports: “He’s very honest. He makes me laugh. I get on very well with him.

    "But when you played with someone like that, you know what he’s talking about and what he wants from you.

    "It’s that simple. With Roy he’s black and white. Roy wants to win.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    CRESS PLAN

    West Ham star Aaron Cresswell revealed that the Hammers beat Liverpool by doing the opposite of Manchester United who lost 5-0 to the Reds.

    If the Hammers went at the Kop giants like United did, they would've got thumped too, Cresswell reckons.

    He said: "If you'd said to me, going up against Liverpool, you're going to go expansive and try to beat them at their own game, then there would be only one winner.

    "With all due respect, that's what happened to Manchester United.

    "The gaffer's tactics in each game have been spot on. We've got variety. Whether we need to go in behind to Michail Antonio, or play through the lines, or how Declan Rice drives the team on, or get goals from set pieces."

  • Justin Lawrence

    REAL DEAL

    Zinedine Zidane would add pleasant training sessions at Manchester United and get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo if he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    That is according to Zidane's long-time assistant at Real Madrid David Bettoni, who claims Zizou always wanted to fire his players up by making them have the desire to return to training.

    Reports suggest the French head coach is among the candidates to replace Solskjaer, who has come under fire following United's six defeats in 12 matches.

    Bettoni told RMC Sport's show After Foot: "We were talking about principles of the game, how to get the ball played, different organisation of the team.

    "But, above all, the phrase that always came to mind with Zidane was: 'I want the notion of pleasure to be in all exercises'.

    "He also added that he wanted the players, when they got home, to have the desire to return to training. It is the first word that marked me from Zizou.

    "I can simply say that what I have lived with him is reality. It is true that Zidane is an atypical coach, [he] is not someone who talks a lot to the media.

    "And this is because he is like that and does not play a role of being a character playing the discreet. He has always been like this.

    Afterwards, we also felt that he was someone who had been a great player, who had been trained by great coaches and who told himself that he wanted to be a coach, so he prepared a lot for it.

    "He had a knowledge of football that made him make decisions, the tactic was reserved for his staff and the players."

  • Justin Lawrence

    NO FAITH

    Paul Merson reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's days are numbered as Manchester United boss even if they beat Watford this weekend.

    The Arsenal icon thinks United will win the Prem clash against the Hornets but doesn't believe it will be enough to save the Norwegian's job.

    He said: "This is a perfect game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get his side back to winning ways, so you have to go for a Manchester United win here.

    “It’s a nice, winnable fixture for them, but it has to be said that it just prolongs the inevitable."

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