9.15am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho deal ‘almost done’, Greenwood signs £40k-a-week new deal, Neville wants Sarr – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley today where they will hope to complete a season quadruple over Chelsea.

Meanwhile Mason Greenwood will put pen to paper on a £40k-a-week new contract and Jadon Sancho's switch to Old Trafford is edging closer.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • THE HEND OF THE ROAD

    Chelsea have stalled over signing Dean Henderson as Sheffield United confirm talks with Manchester United for the on loan keeper, according to reports.

    The Blades have also signed keeper Wes Foderingham as a potential replacement to Henderson but the Blues are still weighing up their options, according to the Sunday Express.

    Henderson – among a number of other keepers – has been linked with a Stamford Bridge move for some time as Frank Lampard searched for a replacement to out of favour Kepa who is likely to leave at the end of this season.

  • GOOD MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Ahead of the showdown with Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Frank Lampard's claims that VAR has “favoured” Manchester United of late.

    The Red Devils have had a league-high seven goals against them disallowed by the video assistant this season – with the latest being Jordan Ayew's Crystal Palace strike on Thursday night.

    Upon hearing the accusations of VAR “favouring” United, Solskjaer hit back as he said: “I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this.

    “It looks like there's a narrative, it looks like people want to influence whoever's making the decisions. I hear people talking about luck, that we've been lucky more than unlucky.

    “If you look at the factual decisions, I don't want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts, but if you're offside, you're offside.

    Meanwhile, United have boosted their Under-18s squad with three new signings.

    The Red Devils have made a double swoop from Sunderland as they look to snap up the stars of the future.

    The club have confirmed that eight youngsters have been offered deals to play for their youth side and three of them are new additions.

    Teenage Mackem duo Logan Pye and Joe Hugill have made the move to Old Trafford.

    Forward Hugill has already appeared for Sunderland's Under-23 side and Pye is an England Under-16 star.

    In other news, Jadon Sancho has revealed he will “wait and see” what happens in regards to his future – while admitting Liverpool legend John Barnes was his dad's idol growing up.

    The England star, 20, is being chased by a host of Premier League clubs this summer, including the champions and Manchester United.

    When asked about what the summer held for Sancho, the Borussia Dortmund star said: “I don't know what to say to that. It's hard to say. That's the future. You never know what could happen, so we will wait and see.”

  • BACK FLAW

    Frank Lampard has warned his gaffe-prone defenders Manchester United’s red-hot attack is a “different animal” to the Norwich frontline they shut out.

    Chelsea began the season with a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

    He said: “We will have to be very much on top of ourselves when it comes to the quality of opposition.

    “No matter what, they can hurt any defence or any team with the individual quality they have. 

    “It was good to get a clean sheet against Norwich.

    “This will be a different animal and we will have to defend very well.”

  • GREEN DREAM

    Mason Greenwood's fine season will earn him a bumper new Old Trafford deal —  just nine months after he signed his last.

    Manchester United’s striker, 18, was only handed a new £25,000-a-week five- year contract in October.

    He has been such a big success that United are set to rip that up and reward him with near double-your-money terms.

    A year ago he was picking up £800 a week — but his new deal will see that rocket to around £40,000.

  • CANT BE SERIOUS

    Leicester and Newcastle have joined the queue of clubs interested in signing Norwich star Todd Cantwell this summer.

    The 22-year-old midfielder has been a rare positive from a dismal season for the relegated Canaries.

    And according to MailOnline, two more clubs have have joined the chase.

    Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and German giants Bayern Munich are all monitoring the England U21 man.

  • SUTT'IN WRONG?

    Chris Sutton has highlighted TWO problems Chelsea have ahead of their showdown against United.

    The ex-Blues striker has claimed Frank Lampard's side have problems at centre-back and in the heart of midfield.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “Frank Lampard was sensible enough to sell the error-prone David Luiz to Arsenal at the start of the season.

    “But he hasn't been able to nail down his preferred centre back pairing.”

    Before he added: “N'Golo Kante has missed their last three matches because of a hamstring injury.

    “He's set to miss this semi final, too, and you worry for Chelsea in midfield because of that.”

  • LING BLING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reassured Jesse Lingard that the club “value” him.

    He said: “Jesse is a part of the club and he's worked really hard.

    “He deserves his chance to come back in and we know his qualities.

    “We know that Jesse's got different quantities to other players and he knows that we value him.”

  • SANCH-GO?

    Jadon Sancho has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League this summer.

    The Borussia Dortmund star has been questioned over the speculation surrounding his future.

    He told World Soccer Magazine: “I don't know what to say to that.

    “It's hard to say. That's the future. You never know what could happen, so we will wait and see.”

  • NEV-ER SAY NEVER

    Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to consider signing Watford winger Ismail Sarr.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “Manchester United need a right winger. He's a big, big talent, honestly he really is.

    “We've seen his performances before but tonight he was a shining light, even in that first half there were periods where Watford did attack and it was through him.”

  • GETTING SHIRTY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co have been showing off their new Adidas training kit!

    Super suave…

  • MACKEM WELCOME

    The Red Devils have boosted their Under-18s squad with three new signings.

    United have made a double swoop from Sunderland as they look to snap up the stars of the future.

    The club have confirmed that eight youngsters have been offered deals to play for their youth side and three of them are new additions.

    Teengage Mackem duo Logan Pye and Joe Hugill have made the move to Old Trafford.

    United execs have also brought in Czech goalkeeper Radek Vitek from Sigma Olomouc.

  • SHAW THING

    Injured Luke Shaw sat in the passenger seat as he was driven into Manchester United’s Carrington training base today.

    The England left-back, 25, suffered an ankle problem in the 1-1 draw against Southampton.

    And Shaw was forced to miss Thursday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hoping he would be fit for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

    But Shaw will not be in the team playing at Wembley.

  • WHAT’S UP, DOC?

    Marcus Rashford will be out to continue his hot streak against Chelsea tomorrow.

    Who can doubt the doctor?

  • CROUCH END

    Peter Crouch has admitted to coming very close to lamping Rio Ferdinand, despite being good mates with the Manchester United legend.

    A tense North-West derby between the Red Devils and Liverpool in 2005 had the pair in each other’s faces.

    Crouch wrote in the Daily Mail: “Put it this way – if you play 5-a-side against your mates, are you going to smash into them to get the ball? Of course you are!

    “The closest I ever came to exchanging blows with someone on a pitch was Rio Ferdinand during a Liverpool-Manchester United game.

    “We were England teammates at the time and he’s one of my closest friends now. When we think about the squabble now, it’s just something to laugh about.”

  • SANCHO SPEAKS

    Jadon Sancho has spoken out about his future as links to a summer transfer to Man Utd continue.

    He told World Soccer: “I don’t know what to say to that.

    “It’s hard to say. That’s the future.

    “You never know what could happen, so we will wait and see.”

  • EXCLUSIVE – MARC OF A GOOD MAN

    Marcus Rashford has trademarked his name in the United States.

    After signing up with Roc Nation management – owned by rapper Jay-Z – last month, the striker is aiming to create a global brand.

    The 22-year-old has filed official documents that would allow him to market hundreds of products.

    The application to the US Patent and Trademark Office has been accepted and will be published in America’s Trademark Official Gazette on ­Tuesday before being approved. Anyone with an objection has 30 days to lodge a complaint.

    A source said: “This is a smart move.

    “It protects his image rights in the US and shows that Jay-Z is keen to make the American audience more aware of Marcus as a sportsman and a socially aware role model.”

  • JES YOU WAIT

    Jesse Lingard also came in for praise in the manager’s press call.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the midfielder has been hard at work despite being out of the team lately.

    Will he start tomorrow? It still feels somewhat unlikely…

    The manager stated: “Jesse is a part of the club and he's worked really hard.

    “He deserves his chance to come back in and we know his qualities.

    “We know that Jesse's got different qualities to other players and he knows that we value him.”

  • SMALL CHANGE

    Chris Smalling could join Roma as soon as next week, according to reports.

    A £25m asking price has been a sticking point, but Ed Woodward is now said to have lowered his demands.

    And according to La Roma, that means the defender could join for £14m over the coming seven days.

  • RED WOOD

    Amid calls to rest Mason Greenwood, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has credited the youngster with his stunning form with adding a bit of muscle and staying focused.

    The manager told today's press conference: “He's coped really well with the demands on him. Of course, throughout the season we've managed him as well as we could.

    “He's come back after the lockdown flying, his sharpness is there, his fitness, he's gained a few kilos as we all see and he's gained a lot of experience and confidence in his own abilities.

    “So, there's only two games left of the league, hopefully two in the FA Cup and three or four in the Europa League. He'll be fine, there's no chance he'll burn out. He's been excellent.”

  • TO BE FRANK

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Frank Lampard's worries that Manchester United might be given a favourable VAR call tomorrow evening.

    The boss said: “If you look at the factual decisions – I don't want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts – but if you're offside you're offside, that's clear.

    “Talking about lucky; the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us; that might be two points for us.

    “Talking about the red card [Oriol] Romeu should have had against us when he almost got Mason Greenwood crippled, that should've been a red card, maybe that would've helped us.”

    He added: “There's a narrative there but we have to focus on our games, we let other people talk about that. I don't wanna go too much into it because I might be in trouble! I hope I'm not now!

    “I'm pretty relaxed on these and refs are gonna be making objective decisions and are not gonna be influenced by any emotion in any way, so I don't think they'll read [what Lampard said].”

  • MARTIAL LAW

    Louis Saha believes Anthony Martial is in the “form of his life”.

    The forward is revelling in the central striker role handed to him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And former United striker Saha told the club website: “It’s fair to say Anthony is in the form of his life, for me.

    ”He’s definitely a player that excites me as a fan and an ex-player. I have been in that position where Anthony is, in that No 9 shirt, and I understand the pressure behind it.

    “But I like his reaction; his desire to hurt defenders in many ways.

    “He has the quality as well to score 25-plus goals and, when you see the goals he’s scoring, not everybody can do that.”

  • ON THE SPOT

    Frank Lampard has warned his Chelsea players not to give Manchester United any shout at a penalty on Sunday.

    The Red Devils have won 13 spot-kicks this season, the most of any top-flight side.

    And the Blues boss wants his side to be extra wary of their tricky feet.

    He told reporters: “They have to be [more cautious].

    “Because when players of such high level, quality and speed of the Manchester United forwards travel quickly you have to move your feet and not dive in on them.

    “You need to understand the qualities of the opposition, with players like that. Fernandes is very clever in his movement. We saw that at Aston Villa to make something feel like a penalty where maybe it even isn’t.

    “As a player we can talk about VAR decisions and whether they’re right or wrong.

    “But if a player is going to dangle a leg and not move their feet then you obviously do leave yourself open to penalties, VAR or no VAR.”

  • WANTED MEN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give Timothy Fosu-Mensah the chance to earn a long-term contract – with German clubs set to pounce.

    Fosu-Mensah played at left-back in United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in midweek.

    The United boss had been chasing Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

    But, with the Foxes wanting as much as £60m for the England man, 22-year-old Fosu-Mensah could be the solution.

    He signed a one-year contract extension in April so he could not leave United on a free this summer.

    But if he does not sign a new contract before the end of the summer deadline, he will be sold.

  • ACADEMY SIGNINGS

    Manchester United have signed three new players to their Under-18s side.

    Logan Pye and Joe Hugill have signed from Sunderland.

    An England U16 international, Pye places in defence with Hugill a striker.

    And a goalkeeper, Radek Vitek, has also joined from Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic.

  • SHAW THING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Luke Shaw is OUT of tomorrow's cup semi-final.

    Brandon Williams is set to deputise at left-back after also missing the midweek win at Crystal Palace.

    The Manchester United boss said: “Luke will be out.

    “I can't see him recovering.

    “Brandon will hopefully be okay, he'll try to join in training today with his eye. We'll see if he can see the ball when he comes in! He should be fine.”

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