Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Osumane Dembele u-turn, Rio Ferdinand's HARSH verdict, Ronaldo vs Messi returns

Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Osumane Dembele u-turn, Rio Ferdinand's HARSH verdict, Ronaldo vs Messi returns

BARCELONA have reportedly made a u-turn on the selling of Manchester United transfer target Osumane Dembele.

The out of favour winger is set to be offered a short term contract having performed well in the last couple of games.

Rio Ferdinand encourages his former club 'write off the next year or two in terms of trophies, minimum' and focus on rebuilding the club.

Manchester United and PSG have been offered the chance to compete in a star-studded pre season Australian tournament which could see Ronaldo go up against Messi for old time sake.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    Ferdinand wants United to copy Reds

    Rio Ferdinand believes that Manchester United need to 'humble themselves' and copy Liverpool's blueprint for success.

    He said on his Vibe with Five show: "The problem I have is that Ralf has come in but then you're going to have to change it again for someone else's style of football.

    "It's then going to be another upheaval, new style to implement and players understanding that.

    "I think personally United have got to write off the next year or two in terms of trophies, minimum – say 'we're going to rebuild what we have, get our recruitment right and there is a certain style of play under this new manager that we are going to go with and he is going to have time to get it all right.

    "There is going to be mistakes, a few things that go wrong but we are going to stick with this guy and give him a minimum of two years to work it out' and see the progress and that development happen.

    "It's going to take that long, and you can't have that transition and win. It doesn't happen. Liverpool didn't do it. How long did it take Klopp to win? You have to take a leaf out of other team's books.

    "Sometimes you've got to humble yourself and take stock and say in reality, that is where we are at."

  • Etienne Fermie

    More on Man Utd Akanji chase

    Dortmund though are keen for the 26-year-old to agree fresh terms.

    But his reported £160,000-a-week demands, double his current salary, could price Dortmund out of an extension.

    Freiburg’s Nico Schlotterbeck and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara are both being targeted by Dortmund to fill the void should Akanji depart.

    Any potential move could spell trouble for United captain Harry Maguire.

    The England centre-back has come under massive scrutiny for his displays this term.

    Question marks have been raised over his ability at the very top level and a swoop for Akanji would suggest he would be seen as a replacement for the ex-Leicester City man.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Man Utd in defender chase

    Manchester United have reportedly made an offer for Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji.

    The Switzerland international has caught the eye after a string of good performances in the Bundesliga.

    Akanji's current contract expires in 2023, meaning Dortmund could be forced to sell this summer in order to yield maximum profit.

    German outlet SportBILD previously reported that he could be sold for as little as £20million at the end of the season.

    Now the same publication has claimed that the defender has an ‘offer from Manchester United on the table’.

    Interim Red Devils boss Ralf Rangnick is believed to be a big fan of the ace and wants to bring him to Old Trafford.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Ronaldo to play with son?

    Cristiano Ronaldo Jr has begged his dad not to retire – because he wants to play together on the pitch with him.

    The Manchester United hero turned 37 last month and some are suggesting he is starting to show his age on the pitch.

    But he has previously placed on record his desire to keep going into his 40s and reiterated that plan earlier this year.

    However, he may stay in the game longer than even he might have expected to keep his son happy.

    Cristiano Jr is showing plenty of promise, starring in the Juventus academy before making the switch to link up with United's youngsters this season.

    Ronaldo said: "My son tells me, 'Dad hold on a few more years – I want to play with you.'"

  • Etienne Fermie

    Ronaldo and Messi head to head

    With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi set to do battle once again in pre-season, feast your eyes over their head to head record.

    It's bad news for United fans, however, with the Argentine edging CR7 on goals and victories.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Man Utd in pre-season talks

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could renew their rivalry with talks reportedly underway for a pre-season meeting.

    Manchester United and PSG have both been offered the chance to compete in a star-studded tournament in AUSTRALIA this summer.

    Barcelona have also been invited alongside Ronaldo and Messi's new sides.

    Spanish outlet SPORT have reported that Barca are looking at the competition Down Under as a chance to 'strengthen the club's current economic situation'.

    The report adds that Manchester United and PSG are waiting to see how their seasons pans out before making any decisions on their pre-season plans.

  • Etienne Fermie

    United hold talks with midfielder

    Manchester United and Chelsea have held talks with Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

    A deal will be difficult to complete, however, as 'half of Europe' want to sign the highly-rated midfielder.

    Tchouameni's stunning performances for AS Monaco have seen his future become a hot topic of discussion going into this summer.

    According to Spanish paper Sport, Prem duo United and Chelsea are looking to get in ahead of their rivals and have already held discussions with Tchouameni's representatives.

    But in a blow to both of them, they add that the player himself would rather play in LaLiga.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Cristiano Ronaldo summer transfer odds

    Sporting Lisbon are favourites to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

    That's according to Sky Bet, who've made the Portuguese outfit 7/2 favourites to capture the Manchester United star this summer.

    The Mirror claimed Ronaldo, 37, will quit United in the summer if they are unable to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

    It's thought that the club's officials wouldn't stand in his way and believe his return was an 'error of judgement' based on commercial factors.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Youth Cup clash all set

    Manchester United's Under-18s now have a date set for their FA Youth Cup semi-final clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    The Young Devils will get the opportunity to play at Old Trafford as they look to book their place in the final.

    United's semi-final clash will take place on Wednesday 9 March, kicking off at 7pm.

  • Etienne Fermie

    New Man United manager update

    Red Devils football director John Murtough has stressed that United are conducting a 'thorough process' as they look to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's permanent successor.

    He said: "We know that consistency is key as we strive for a top-four finish this season.

    "I want to reiterate however that this is not the ultimate objective for Manchester United, and everyone at the club is focused on challenging for the top trophies.

    "We are now conducting a thorough process for the appointment of a new permanent manager who will take charge this summer, with the objective to get us back to challenging for those domestic and European titles."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Wes Brown's player of the month

    Former Manchester United star Wes Brown believes that Anthony Elanga deserves to win the Red Devils' player of the month award for February.

    The ex-right-back told the club's website: "Anthony Elanga has been absolutely brilliant.

    "It's just the energy he brings – he starts it from the front, he tries to run in behind, he's a player we need at the moment.

    "He puts pressure on defenders and he has scored some good goals for us as well.

    "As a young player, you want him to do all the best because you know how hard it can be, and he has definitely been a spark for us. He is somebody that we need at the moment."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Sancho believes rest is key

    Man United winger Jadon Sancho believes that getting enough rest is vital to Premier League stars.

    He told the club's media team: "For sure, I feel like that’s very important, especially when you’ve got games back to back.

    "You need your legs and especially when you’re a winger – I need to get up and down the pitch.

    "I definitely need my legs to recover as quickly as possible to go again.

    "It’s definitely important and I’m just trying to be a better version of myself."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Sancho 'learning from the best'

    Manchester United star Jadon Sancho has admitted that playing with such great players has been an excellent learning curve in his first season at Old Trafford.

    He told the club's media team: "I’m here with a lot of great players and I’m learning from the best.

    "You’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane… all these guys have won major trophies and just being in the changing room with them gives you a blessed feeling.

    "I’m definitely learning from them, on and off the pitch, especially in terms of their recovery and how they make themselves better.

    "I’m taking in all the information I can and trying to put it into my game."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Fans laugh at Ronaldo dancing

    Cristiano Ronaldo is no stranger to the odd commercial venture outside of football, but one advertising effort from 2019 has gone viral again and has left fans wincing.

    Viewers have been left in disbelief that the 37-year-old would sign up to such a cringeworthy ad.

    In the video Ronaldo is seen scoring a free kick inside a packed stadium before running off and pulling out his trademark 'Siu' celebration.

    But everybody in the crowd suddenly turns orange as they make a purchase through the app, with Ronaldo then shown an orange card.

    He too dons an orange top with Shopee branding as a cringeworthy tune starts playing.

    But it gets even worse when CR7 starts dancing along to the music, waving his arms side to side.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Man United icon questions skipper

    Manchester United should consider selling Harry Maguire this summer, according to Paul Parker.

    The former Red Devils defender says they already have the foundations of a centre-back pairing in Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane.

    And he thinks they should cash in this summer and move on from the 28-year-old England star.

    Parker spoke to the Express and claimed: "If United, in my opinion, were to get somewhere near to their money back on Harry Maguire, I think they'll have to think about it.

    "I think Lindelof and Varane, you know, they could build something on there maybe, in a mode of what they're looking for and where the club wants to be.

    "You're talking about players who are definitely more agile, a little bit quicker, better defenders in one against one situations and I think you have to look at it that way.

    "Me, personally, for United to go forward, that's the starting area."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Napoli price United out of transfer

    Man United will not pay Napoli's £100million asking price for Victor Osimhen, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are interested in the Nigerian as they look to bolster their attack this summer.

    Ralf Rangnick, who is set to move into an advisory role at the end of the season, is a big fan of the centre-forward.

    But Napoli will expect to be paid a premium for their star striker, having shelled out a club record £70m to recruit him from Lille in 2020.

    According to the Star, United have been 'priced out' of a move.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Man Utd summer transfer blow

    Franck Kessie is reportedly on the verge of signing for Barcelona, in a blow to Manchester United.

    The AC Milan star's San Siro contract is set to expire this summer, sparking plenty of interest from around Europe.

    United are keen on Kessie, while Tottenham would also like to secure his signature.

    But according to Spanish paper Sport, Barca have won the race for the 25-year-old's signature.

    They claim that Kessie has chosen to snub offers from England in order to join the LaLiga giants.

  • Etienne Fermie

    United chief in Amad Diallo update

    Darren Fletcher insists Amad Diallo is 'doing really well' at Rangers.

    Giovanni van Bronckhorst landed the big money Manchester United signing on loan in January as he boosted his ranks for the title run-in with Celtic.

    Quoted by The Athletic, Fletcher said: "We currently have 13 young players and academy products on loan and playing regularly in other divisions or leagues.

    "Hopefully we'll see players like Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi, Jimmy Garner, Ethan Laird, Tahiti Chong and Amad Diallo reap the benefits of that.

    "All of them are doing really well on loan and we're excited to bring them back in pre-season to see how they fare with out first-team players."

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    Man Utd target's price rise

    Benfica are set to raise their asking price for star striker Darwin Nunez amid plenty of Premier League interest, according to reports.

    The Uruguayan has had a stunning campaign in Portugal, gaining plenty of admirers in the process.

    Manchester United, Newcastle and West Ham are among Nunez's potential suitors – but he won't come cheap.

    The forward reportedly would have been available for around £50million in January.

    But according to Portuguese paper Record, that fee is now set to go up.

    Benfica have a strong bargaining position, with Nunez under contract under 2025.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Red Devils crash out of Youth League

    Manchester United have crashed out of the Uefa Youth League at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.

    The Young Devils drew 2-2 on the night, before falling 3-1 on penalties.

    United were undone by an Englishman, with Londoner Jamie Bynoe-Gittens scoring twice for the Germans before netting the winning spot kick.

    The Red Devils' goals were scored by Charlie McNeil and Rhys Bennett.

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    Donny van de Beek hits back

    Dutch midfield ace Donny van de Beek has taken an apparent swipe at Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by declaring he ‘wants to show some people are wrong’ during his Everton loan spell.

    He said: “Yes [I have a point to prove] but it is also for everyone around me.

    “If I play well, I do it for them, for my girlfriend and for my family and friends.

    “I want to give joy to those people and to the fans. Then I want to do it for myself.

    "Of course sometimes I am disappointed and frustrated. But I always try to stay positive and believe there will be a day it will change.

    “I can only change it with hard work, I want to show that some people are wrong and I still have the quality to play. I always aim to do this.”

  • Joshua Jones

    Good morning Red Devils fans

    Ralf Rangnick has all but been ruled out of the running to become the next Manchester United boss.

    And that opens the door to Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag of Ajax to take over.

    The German, 63, already has a two-year consultancy deal at Old Trafford on the table come the end of the season — but almost certainly not the opportunity to remain in charge of the team.

    Football director John Murtough said: “We are now conducting a thorough process for the appointment of a permanent manager who will take charge this summer with the objective to get us back to challenging for domestic and European titles.”

    Meanwhile, United and Chelsea have held talks with Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

    A deal will be difficult to complete, however, as ‘half of Europe’ want to sign the highly-rated midfielder.

    Tchouameni’s stunning performances for AS Monaco have seen his future become a hot topic of discussion going into this summer.

    According to Spanish paper Sport, Prem duo United and Chelsea are looking to get in ahead of their rivals and have already held discussions with Tchouameni’s representatives.

    But in a blow to both of them, they add that the player himself would rather play in LaLiga.

  • Dylan Terry

    Barca set to offer Dembele new deal

    Ousmane Dembele is reportedly poised to agree a new deal with Barcelona in a remarkable turn of events.

    The French winger was all set to leave the club before the transfer window slammed shut. But the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal Chelsea and Tottenham, all linked with the 24-year-old, failed to make their move.

    But the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal Chelsea and Tottenham, all linked with the 24-year-old, failed to make their move.

    It also looked at one stage as though PSG were closing in on his signature on deadline day.

    But that move was scuppered by Financial Fair Play regulation. That saw Dembele forced to stick it out at the Nou Camp.

    But now, according to Mundo Deportivo, the former Borussia Dortmund man could agree a new contract – so long as he doesn’t demand too much.

  • Dylan Terry

    Ronaldo's glittering Man Utd career

    Cristiano Ronaldo made himself a Manchester United legend during his first spell at the club.

    But what do those six years between 2003 and 2009 look like in numbers?

    Well, here they are.

  • Dylan Terry

    Rangnick not favoured in Man Utd manager hunt

    Ralf Rangnick has all but been ruled out of the running to become the next Manchester United boss.

    And that opens the door to Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag of Ajax to take over.

    The club revealed it is stepping up its search for a long-term replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who walked away with around £8million after being sacked in November.

    Rangnick is in interim charge but as United revealed their latest accounts, he hardly got a vote of confidence when it came to a statement about finding a new man.

    The German, 63, already has a two-year consultancy deal at Old Trafford on the table come the end of the season — but almost certainly not the opportunity to remain in charge of the team.

    Football director John Murtough said: “We are now conducting a thorough process for the appointment of a permanent manager who will take charge this summer with the objective to get us back to challenging for domestic and European titles.”

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