5.45pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Moises Caicedo wanted in January, Dybala and Bernardeschi offered for Pogba

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly looking to sign Ecuador star Moises Caicedo in January, when he will likely be eligible for a work permit under post-Brexit rules.

Meanwhile Juventus are said to be leading the chase for Paul Pogba and have reportedly sounded out United over a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford with our blog below…

  • Josh Graham

    RIP FITZ

    Manchester United are mourning the loss of former player John Fitzpatrick who has sadly passed away aged 74.

    The Scottish defender made history by replacing Denis Law to become the first substitute ever used by the Red Devils in 1965 against Tottenham.

    He made 147 appearances for the club.

  • Josh Graham

    CUPSET

    This season’s Carabao Cup Final has been put back two MONTHS in the hope of fans being allowed inside Wembley.

    The campaign’s first piece of silverware was due to be decided on February 28.

    But with fears growing that the new Covid-19 restrictions in London and the South East could be in place for months, the EFL announced its showpiece event will now be held on April 25, kicking off at 4pm.

    The EFL explained: “It is the objective of the League to stage the Final with as many supporters in attendance as possible.

    “The decision has therefore been taken to move the Final from its original date of Sunday 28 February 2021 to later in the year.”

  • Craig Mahood

    VIC PAIN BARRIER

    VICTOR LINDELOF’S joy at scoring in the 6-2 trouncing of Leeds United was short lived.

    By the next morning he will have been feeling the effects of an ongoing back problem and returning to the club’s treatment room for help.

    It first started 14 months ago after playing on a plastic pitch away to AZ Alkmaar and has worsened again over the last two months.

    Lindelof said: “I’ve been having a lot of pain and I still have problems with it.

    "I’m in every day trying to sort it out but the schedule is very, very tight so I’m just trying to keep it under control. It’s been difficult, particularly after games.

    "It's been tough. I've been struggling a lot over the past couple of months, so it's very important for me to do the treatment and recovery right.

    “I’m trying to be as smart as possible with it when I’m playing, when I’m doing my recovery and having treatment.”

    READ MORE HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    WELL DONE!

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has congratulated Marcus Rashford his award on Sports Personality of the Year.

  • Craig Mahood

    ROMERO ON THE MOVE?

    United third-choice keeper Sergio Romero will be looked at by Leeds ahead of a proposed move, says Kevin Phillips.

    The former Sunderland striker believes Marcelo Bielsa's side need a goalkeeper and someone of Romero's experience could do a similar job for them as Martinez has done for Aston Villa.

    He told Football Insider: “I think Romero is a goalkeeper Leeds will look at.

    “Whether they are looking to bring in a goalkeeper as a first choice or to challenge, they will be shopping in that market.

    “They will want someone with experience and he has the experience of playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world. He can handle that pressure.

    “It just depends on whether Romero wants to come and fight for a spot or take a similar route to Emiliano Martinez at Villa. Tom Heaton was out injured so he was guaranteed to play straight away. It depends on the player.

    “I would certainly imagine Leeds have some interest in that.”

  • Craig Mahood

    SCOTT CENTURION

    Scott McTominay has addressed the United support after making 100 appearances for the Red Devils.

    “I’m so proud to make my 100th appearance for this football club.

    “Thank you for all of your support over the years.

    “It’s obviously a pleasure for myself to play for you all and have your support behind me.

    “Thanks very much.”

  • Craig Mahood

    UNITED JOIN CAICEDO RACE

    Manchester United are tracking Moises Caicedo of Independiente del Valle ahead of a January move, according to reports.

    The 19-year-old made his Ecuador debut in October and United want him to move in the new year, following new work permit regulations.

    Caicedo played for in the 4-0 win against Orense at the end of last week and follows in the footsteps of teenage signings Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo.

    And the Manchester Evening News report United are keen to add Caicedo to their ranks as the highly-rated teen attracts interest from around the world.

    Solksjaer said last week he was unsure if Diallo – set to join next month from Atlanta – would go straight into first team.

    He said: “"With Amad, hopefully we can get him in and we'll see how the squad looks and how he looks and how he settles as soon as possible. They're talented players that we believe will have a long career here. It's important we find the right time."

  • Craig Mahood

    'BIZARRE, STILL WON'T WIN TITLE'

    Manchester United are still not good enough to win the title despite Sunday's trashing of Leeds, says Gary Neville.

    The defender-turned-pundit was left baffled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 'bizarre' side who are now third with a game in hand.

    He told his Sky Sports podcast: "Their form is really good.

    "They're scoring goals, coming back in matches, [vs Leeds] they've played well, it's a big game against Leicester on Boxing Day, but there's something not right.

    "But then when you look at where they are in the league, and they can go two points behind Liverpool.

    "If you'd said at the start of the season they would be in that position, coming into Christmas, you'd have snapped everyone's hands off.

    "For Manchester United it was about closing the gap, no one ever thought they would be in a position to go so close.

    "They're going to go second in the league if they can win that game in hand.

    "It doesn't feel like Manchester United have played like that.

    "There has been talk of the manager's job, going out of Europe was a big problem, the performances at times have been horrible."

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  • Craig Mahood

    MAGUIRE TOP OF THE TREE

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has played more minutes than any other professional footballer in 2020.

    Maguire beat Ruben Dias, Lionel Messi and team-mate Bruno Fernandes – who make up the rest of the top-four of outfield players.

    The stats from CIES Football Observatory show Maguire edging out Marcelo Lomba – goalkeeper of Brazilian side Internacional – by five minutes.

    Maguire has played every minute since signing from Leicester last summer.

    The skipper has been on the park for 4745 minutes – just over 79 hours.

    Ruben Dias was next on the list with 4344 minutes, Messi then on 4293 minutes with Fernandes just behind on 4164.

  • Craig Mahood

    BRUNOOOOOOO

    Another exceptional display from Bruno Fernandes yesterday in the 6-2 win over Leeds.

    Only outdone by Scott McTominay's early double and overall dominant display.

    Fernandes was his usual composed self for his penalty and scored a well-taken goal in the first-half.

    He also assisted McTominay earlier in the clash.

    Some seriously impressive numbers. Where would United be without him?

  • Craig Mahood

    XAVI IN LIVERPOOL SNUB

    Barcelona legend Xavi has left Liverpool off a list of Premier League giants he would like to manage, preferring rivals such as Manchester United instead.

    Xavi, 40, dreams of managing old club Barca but hailed the Premier League's 'atmosphere, packed stadiums' and players as an exciting alternative.

    The ex-midfielder told Sky Sports: "Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.

    "Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job."

  • Craig Mahood

    LUNCHTIME ROUND-UP

    In case you missed it, here's a recap of what's happened at Old Trafford this morning.

    • Bosnich says Solksjaer must consolidate top four before worrying about league success.
    • Roy Keane believes United 'best of the rest' behind Liverpool.
    • Dybala links cooled by Andrea Pirlo as Juve boss hails 'champion' midfielder.
    • United join race to sign Brighton's midfield star Yves Bissouma.

    TAKING THE BISS

    Manchester United have joined Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

    The Seagulls star is attracting glances thanks to dominant displays in the engine room for Graham Potter's side.

    A midfielder looks set to be on the Old Trafford agenda after agent Mino Raiola cast serious doubts on Paul Pogba's long-term future.

    But United are likely to face additional competition from Real Madrid.

    According to Spanish publication Defensa Central, Bissouma has been identified as a cheaper alternative to Pogba and Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga.

    Brighton are claimed to demand around £37million for his signature.

    SWITCH DY-ING

    Andrea Pirlo reveals Paulo Dybala remains a key member of his Juventus squad despite links with Manchester United.

    Reports claim talks over a new deal have stalled for the Argentinian to stay in Turin.

    He has regularly been linked as the man Juve would swap with United in order to lure Paul Pogba back to Italy.

    Asked if the 27-year-old is part of his plans, Pirlo said: "Absolutely.

    "Champions like him are always fundamental in strong teams."

    ALTHOUGH…

    Would Sancho command the same fee as in previous windows?

    • Craig Mahood

      SANCHO TO ANFIELD?

      Mohamed Salah's 'fall-out' at Liverpool could be bad news for Manchester United's pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

      Close friend Mohamed Aboutrik claimed at the weekend that the Egyptian international is unhappy at Anfield.

      Aboutrika told BeIN Sports: "I called Salah about his situation at Liverpool and he is upset, but that would never affect his performance on the field.

      "I know that Salah is not happy in Liverpool, he told me the reasons why he is not happy but they are secrets and I cannot talk about it in public.

      “One of the reasons that made Salah angry was that he was not the captain against Midtjylland."

      Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Sancho and said in the past he would be 'surprised' if he joined Liverpool as he was sure he'd head to Old Trafford.

      But the transfer figure that Salah would command, coupled with a giant hole on the right wing, could spell trouble for United's pursuit of the Englishman.

    • Craig Mahood

      MONDAY MOTIVATION

      Plenty to be positive about at Manchester United this morning.

    • Craig Mahood

      SCOTTYNALDINHO

      Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes registered two goals and an assist in the 6-2 win against Leeds yesterday.

      But he was upstaged by midfielder pal Scott McTominay who also bagged a brace and set up Dan James.

      Fernandes was denied the chance of a hat-trick with Solksjaer hooking him shortly after his second goal.

      But the Portguese ace was clearly in good spirits after the game and had a new name for the Scottish international.

    • Craig Mahood

      BIG SCORERS

      Manchester United had scored three goals in their opening six Premier League games at home.

      That 'Goals For' column looks a lot healthier now with the SIX they bagged yesterday.

      Only Liverpool have scored more league goals than the Red Devils this campaign.

    • Craig Mahood

      BEST OF THE REST

      Roy Keane insists Manchester United can challenge Liverpool for the title.

      The United legend described Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side as the 'best of the rest'.

      He told Sky Sports: "I don't believe McTominay there when he said they don't look at league tables.

      "Everybody looks at league tables. Players and staff. That's what you're playing the game for.

      "You want to know where you are obviously and where you're heading to.

      "It's been a nice few days for United. They had to beat Sheffield United and Leeds just to put another marker down.

      "I still think Liverpool are the strongest but United I think could be the best of the rest."

    • Craig Mahood

      OUT OF THE ORDINARY

      Former United stopper Mark Bosnich believes Manchester United must look to consolidate a top four finish this year, as he admits he doesn't fancy them for the title.

      The Aussie does also say that if anything 'out of the ordinary' was to happen with the league, then it would be this year.

      Speaking on Sky Sports News, he said: "If you look around the league there isn’t really anyone, except for Liverpool, who have looked like being title winners.

      "If there was ever going to be a season where a shock occurred or something happened a little out of the ordinary, it would be this year.

      "I think Manchester United could possibly still be mentioned as winners, but I don’t personally believe they will.

      "I think they need to concentrate and consolidate a top four spot, but I wouldn’t rule them out."

       

    • Craig Mahood

      WHERE WE STAND

      It wasn't too long ago that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was one of the favourites to be the next manager to go.

      Now they sit in third place, six points off Liverpool with a game in hand.

      The next three games – Leicester (A), Wolves (H) and Aston Villa (H) – will give a better indication of where United sit at the moment.

      But there's no denying it's been a good turnaround in league form.

    • Craig Mahood

      CHALLENGERS

      MANCHESTER UNITED ace Marcus Rashford believes the team are now 'capable of winning big trophies'.

      That 6-2 thrashing of Leeds yesterday pushed them into third spot in the Premier League, five points behind leaders and defending champions Liverpool.

      Now Rashford, who surprisingly failed to score in the rout, believes Solskjaer's men are ready to win some silverware.

      The 23-year-old told the Utd Podcast: "I believe the team we have now is capable of winning big trophies.

      "I feel like we are close but we are not quite there. We just need to make that final push to be a team that can win trophies and fight for everything.

      "In the big games, we go toe-to-toe with any team and we know that we can do it.

      "We have confidence on the pitch that we can beat them, whether it is Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain.

      "Against the big teams we show that we can go head-to-head and give them a game. The players know that, the manager knows that.

      "We are just so close to that bit when you are winning trophies. But for me the sooner we get to that, the better. There is nothing bigger than winning the Premier League or the Champions League – that is what the dream is.

      "The fact that we have been knocked out of the Champions League obviously hurts. But we can't change it now. It's happened and the only way to respond is by winning the next game."

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    • Dave Fraser

      GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

      United battered old rivals Leeds United yesterday 6-2, thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Victor Lindelof and Dan James.

      Marcos Rojo could finally be on his way out of the club, with Premier League duo Newcastle United and Sheffield United interested in taking the 30-year-old on loan.

      Marcus Rashford has been honored with a special award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year bash. 

      The Manchester United star has gone above and beyond this year, leaving no stone unturned in his bid to see the government feed hungry children in the UK.

      Ex-United boss Louis van Gaal believes that current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in the job due to being a United legend. 

      Van Gaal told the Daily Mirror: “Solskjaer is an ex-player, so they will not sack him as quickly as someone else.

      “United won’t sack a manager during the season, especially Solskjaer.

      “I see all the stories about Solskjaer and his future in the media.

      “But they waited with sacking me until the end of the season and that could happen to him.”

      United are looking at making a move for Ecuadorian whizkid Moises Caicedo, according to reports.

      The 19-year-old is already capped at international level and is a regular for Independiente del Valle.

      However, ex-boss David Moyes is also looking at bringing the midfielder to the Premier League with West Ham.

    • Joshua Mbu

      BIG-MONEY TRANSFERS

      Former United striker Romelu Lukaku is one of the most expensive signings in history.

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