3.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Woodward ‘TURNED DOWN’ Haaland in Jan, Sancho now top transfer target, Rashford receives MBE – The Sun

3.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Woodward ‘TURNED DOWN’ Haaland in Jan, Sancho now top transfer target, Rashford receives MBE – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED supremo Ed Woodward reportedly decided against signing Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland in January.

The Red Devils are also targeting a January swoop for Jadon Sancho after failing to lure him from BVB in the summer, while Marcus Rashford has received an MBE for his work with vulnerable children.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED LINKED WITH FRENCH MIDFIELDER

    Manchester United face competition from AC Milan if they want to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

    Lille were willing to listen to offers for Soumare in January, having previously rejected bids from Wolves and Newcastle.

    Lille president Gerard Lopez said Soumare would 'undoubtedly' leave the club last month but a move in the transfer window never materialised.

    According to Telefoot, Inter and Napoli both made last-minute approaches which came to nothing.

  • Daniel Brookes

    CAV A WORD

    Ander Herrera helped convince Edinson Cavani to sign for Manchester United.

    Cavani joined United last week having been a free agent since the expiry of his Paris Saint-Germain contract in June.

    As well as Herrera, who spent five years at United, Cavani also admitted to asking Angel Di Maria – who struggled to adapt during a single season at United – for advice.

    Cavani said: “Yes, I spoke with Ander a lot, as well as other team-mates, like Angel Di Maria.

    “It was genuinely getting to the last minute and I called Ander to have a chat.

    “I have a lot of admiration for Ander, for the kind of person he is and I had the feeling that his words were going to help me out, by telling me a bit about what it was like at United.

    “And so, yes, it's true that after I'd finished talking with Ander, we came to an agreement here with the club.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    WOODWARD PULLED PLUG ON HAALAND MOVE

    Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward decided against signing Erling Haaland in January, according to reports.

    United were in the race for Haaland but were beaten to his signature by Borussia Dortmund.

    ESPN claims Woodward pulled the plug on a deal due to the large agents' fees involved and a dispute over a £70million release clause to be included in his United contract.

    Dortmund ended up agreeing to the release clause, which activates in 2022, and signed Haaland for £18million midway through last season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED TARGET UPAMECANO

    Manchester United target Dayot Upamecano wants to play Champions League football if he leaves RB Leipzig next summer.

    Upamecano signed a new deal last season to tie him to the German club until 2022 but a £38million release clause for the Frenchman activates at the end of the season.

    The Mirror claims United have been keeping tabs on Upamecano but face competition from Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain if they want to land the 21-year-old.

    The report adds United's 'interest will only have intensified following their early season defensive struggles'.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MATA TO SAUDI ARABIA?

    Juan Mata is a target for an unnamed Saudi Arabian club, according to reports.

    A lucrative proposal has been made to the Spanish playmaker whose contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season.

    However, after more than six years of service to United, Mata could be granted an early release from that deal.

    The Express claims Mata is considering his future after falling behind Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in the United pecking order.

  • Daniel Brookes

    REAL RULE OUT POGBA

    Real Madrid have ruled out a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Earlier this week, the France international opened the door to a possible move to the Spanish capital and described playing for Real Madrid as a dream of his.

    Until the 27-year-old's return to the United lineup post-lockdown, Pogab was being linked with Real constantly.

    However, Spanish outlet AS claims Real will prioritise the signing of Kylian Mbappe next summer, while other targets such as Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland are also higher on their wishlist.

    The report also says Pogba would command a yearly salary of around £13.6million, which is too much for Real at this time.

  • Daniel Brookes

    DEMBELE IN JANUARY?

    Spanish outlet Sport claim Ousmane Dembele was 'very close' to a move to Manchester United on deadline day.

    Barcelona hope a solution can be found in January as they look to offload the Frenchman who has two years left on his deal at the Camp Nou.

    As a result, Sport says Dembele could be available for as little as £45million in January.

    While the Frenchman was initially hesitant to join United, a loan move for the Frenchman only fell through when Barca asked him to extend his current contract by a year until 2023, which he refused.

    United completed the signings of young forwards Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore on deadline day so may have dropped their interest in Dembele.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Edinson Cavani has no fear of wearing the iconic No 7 shirt as he bids to join the club’s greats — unlike Alexis Sanchez.

    The Uruguayan completed his free transfer on deadline day and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Cavani, 33, takes over the shirt from flop and fellow South American Sanchez, who had a miserable time before moving to Inter Milan.

    Cavani said: “It’s a fantastic challenge and responsibility, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world.

    “I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by the players you mentioned.

    “It’s a great number. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more an off-the-field thing.

    “Once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.

    “When you get the chance to pull on the No 7 shirt at  Manchester United — worn by some top, top players who have been legends in this country and at this club — it really is a nice responsibility to have.

    “I enjoy challenges and hope I can do it great justice — to leave it in as high regard as the great players who have worn it before me.”

    Meanwhile, Paul Pogba's hopes of engineering a move to Real Madrid will end in disappointment as they eye three new Galacticos, according to reports.

    The La Liga giants are saving their cash ready to make big money moves for Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba, 27, has made it no secret of his admiration to join the Bernabeu club in the past.

    Only on Thursday did he reignite transfer talk by saying: “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?”

    But AS write how Pogba will be left disappointed.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED FOR THE HILLS

    Edinson Cavani has revealed he spoke to Ander Herrera before sealing a move to United.

    He told the club's website: “Yes, I spoke with Ander a lot, as well as other team-mates, like Angel Di Maria, who I was also with at Paris.

    “It was genuinely getting to the last minute and I called Ander to have a chat. I have a lot of admiration for Ander, for the kind of person he is and I had the feeling that his words were going to help me out, by telling me a bit about what it was like at United.

    “And so, yes, it’s true that after I’d finished talking with Ander, we came to an agreement here with the club. I hadn’t known Ander for too long, but we formed and enjoyed a close friendship during that time at PSG, and today we are still very good mates.”

  • sstreet

    DEVIL IN THE DETAIL

    The Premier League has decided to play matches not currently scheduled for TV on Sky Sports and BT Sport pay-per-view for £14.95 in a move condemned by large number of supporters.

    But those fans may have a surprise ally after Ed Woodward reportedly spoke against the proposals.

    According to The Athletic, the Man Utd CEO was the most forceful opponent of the plans.

    Woodward was said to have had concerns over fairness with large numbers of supporters fearing for their jobs amid the pandemic.

    He also asked that clubs at least offer the pay-per-view matches free to season ticket holders.

    However, his complains fell on deaf ears as the other clubs, with the exception of Leicester City, pushed the proposals through.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED STRONG

    Edinson Cavani has no fear of wearing the iconic No 7 shirt at Manchester United as he bids to jointhe club’s greats — unlike Alexis Sanchez.

    The Uruguayan completed his free transfer on deadline day and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Cavani, 33, takes over the shirt from flop and fellow South American Sanchez, who had a miserable time before moving to Inter Milan.

    Cavani said: “It’s a fantastic challenge and responsibility, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world.

    “I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by the players you mentioned.

    “It’s a great number. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more an off-the-field thing.

    “Once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.

    “When you get the chance to pull on the No 7 shirt atManchester United — worn by some top, top players who have been legends in this country and at this club — it really is a nice responsibility to have.

    “I enjoy challenges and hopeI can do it great justice — to leave it in as high regard as thegreat players who have worn it before me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ED IN THE CLOUDS

    Edinson Cavani has shared his excitement at finally becoming a Manchester United player.

    He told the club's website: “I feel very happy to have come to this club. I feel very motivated and I’m really keen to get started training with my team-mates.

    “But the best thing about it is that the club have shown their confidence in me by wanting to bring me in. I was really keen to come here.

    “I’m very motivated by the idea of joining this great club and so, well, here we are today…”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEAGUE OF ITS OWN

    Edinson Cavani has shared his excitement at finally playing in the Premier League.

    He told the club's official website: “Yes, absolutely, it’s my chance to come to the Premier League, which is a very attractive league to play in, and it’s right up there with the best leagues anywhere in the world.

    “For me that’s a real honour, an honour and a new challenge, which really excites me a lot, and I cannot wait to be able to start to feel what it’s like to play in the Premier League.

    “I’ve been lucky enough to have played against a lot of English sides, but now it’s my turn to experience playing and competing every weekend and in every match in the English Premier League.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TRANSFER TALK

    A reminder of the club's much-debated transfer activity…

  • Joe Brophy

    LEIC IS MORE

    Leicester were the ONLY club to vote against proposals to charge fans an extra £14.95 to watch Premier League games in the coming weeks.

    Premier League sides – who have just spent £1.24BILLION in the transfer market – have agreed to put 15 matches behind an extra paywall.

    Leicester fans welcomed news of their club turning down the offer but, like many others, were left fuming with the decision.

    Twitter user Amar wrote: “Absolute farce the price for them but at least you stood up for us, shame other clubs didn’t join.”

    While Ella commented: “As the only voters against it I think Leicester's games should be free.”

    And another fan tweeted: “Absolute joke.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX TO BOX

    Football fans are set for a different kind of live match experience if they decide to shell out £14.95 to watch a single Premier League game on TV.

    The controversial announcement was made on Friday, allowing punters to still view every game while they remain banned from grounds.

    But for matches not being screened by either Sky or BT, fans will have to dig into their pockets and shell out nearly £15 on a pay-per-view basis via Sky Sports and BT Sport Box Office.

    And the new format will also take a different style on the screen too.

    Games on will begin broadcasting just ten minutes before kick-off.

    And there will be NO pundits for analysis before, during or after.

    However, there will still be the usual full Sky Sports nine-camera coverage, giving fans every view needed for an enjoyable experience.

    And all games will have commentary too.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX SETS

    Premier League games to be shown on Box Office for £14.95 have been revealed.

    Top flight bosses announced today that a total of nine games from now to the end of October will be on Sky Sports and BT Sport PPV channels.

    And the first one to be shown for a fee will be Chelsea's clash against Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, October 17 on BT Sport Box Office.

  • Joe Brophy

    DIALL IT UP

    Amad Diallo will become one of Manchester United's most expensive teenagers after a deal was agreed to sign the starlet.

  • Joe Brophy

    DOR SHUT

    Borussia Dortmund were reportedly left baffled after Manchester United made a late £1million offer for Nico Schulz.

    The German giants forked out £22million to sign the defender from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2019.

    But United allegedly tried to lure him away from Germany with a cheeky deadline day bid.

    ESPN claim Dortmund were 'baffled' after the Red Devils offered a loan fee of just under £1million.

    The overambitious move for Schulz has led Dortmund to 'question the credentials of United's recruitment and scouting team'.

    United were willing to pay the 27-year-old's wages for the 2020-21 campaign but Dortmund did not entertain the offer for the 11-cap Germany international.

  • Joe Brophy

    DEAF EYES

    Paul Pogba's hopes of engineering a move to Real Madrid will end in disappointment as they eye three new Galacticos, according to reports.

    The La Liga giants are saving their cash ready to make big money moves for Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba, 27, has made it no secret of his admiration to join the Bernabeu club in the past.

    Only on Thursday did he reignite transfer talk by saying: “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?”

    But AS write how Pogba will be left disappointed.

  • sstreet

    HAAL OF FAME

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to sign both Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland and believes the deals can happen, according to reports.

    ESPN claim the Haaland deal fell through because Ed Woodward failed to agree to Mino Raiola's demands of a £20m agent fee and a £75m release clause starting in 2022.

    However, the fact Dortmund did agree to that clause could give Man Utd extra hope of signing Solskjaer's fellow Norwegian in 18 months.

    The report adds that players who did sign such as Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani were never on the Red Devils' manager's list of potential targets.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT THE PELL

    Diego Forlan reportedly convinced Facundo Pellistri to snub Lyon in favour of Manchester United.

    Pellistri was one of four signings made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on transfer deadline day.

    ESPN claim that former Red Devils star Forlan played a key role in the 18-year-old's move.

    Lyon had prepared a £6.3m bid for Pellistri after their initial offer was rejected by Penarol.

    Reports claimed Pellestri was close to signing a five-year deal with the French side.

    But then Forlan – who was sacked by Penarol last month – stepped in to nudge his countryman in the direction of Old Trafford.

    It is understood that Forlan held talks with Solskjaer and United chief Ed Woodward.

    And he is said to have “convinced” the youngster to pick the Red Devils over Lyon.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX OFFICE

    Football fans are up in arms over the Premier League's decision to charge £14.95 to watch games.

    Gary Neville slammed the top flight for its 'really bad move' while others proclaimed 'football is dead' after the announcement.

    Another person wrote: “£14.95 to watch it on ‘box office’. Glad to see where the clubs priorities lie. They should be doing everything to get fans back in grounds. And doing everything to keep fans involved & engaged until they can. Football is dead.”

    A fellow user fumed: “If you’re a Newcastle United fan: season ticket already paid for. Pubs closed in the north east so can't watch football there. £14.95 per game on PL PPV.

    “Scandalous lack of consideration for fans already going through it.”

  • Kiro Evans

    ON THE BIG SCREEN

    United fans will be some of the first guinea pigs as the league embarks on a new – and seemingly unpopular – pay-per-view system.

    Their game against Newcastle is one of three that will cost £14.95 this weekend:

    Newcastle vs Man Utd – Sat Oct 17 – 8pm

    Leicester vs Aston Villa – Sun Oct 18 – 7.15pm

    West Brom vs Burnley – Mon Oct 19 – 5.30pm

  • Kiro Evans

    MATIC MANAGER?

    Anyone else think Nemanja Matic is looking like an experienced, battle-hardened manager about to take his team into a relegation six-pointer?

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    💬 Nemanja #Matic can't wait to link up with his new team-mates! 🙌 #MUFC

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