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RICHARD ARNOLD will replace Ed Woodward as Manchester United executive vice-chairman in January, SunSport can reveal.

Woodward's understudy Arnold, 50, has been waiting in the wings for a promotion and the switch has been rubber stamped by the Glazers.

Arnold has been at the club for more than a decade and had been in charge of transfers at Old Trafford before the appointment of John Murtough last year.

Meanwhile United are still looking to make a transfer tilt for Jules Kounde.

The French international defender, 22, is also a target for Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard could be a surprise addition at the Nou Camp, though Barcelona reportedly face competition from AC Milan.

And it is also reported that the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo is beginning to convince Paul Pogba to stay at Old Trafford.

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  • Dylan Terry

    RICH REWARD

    RICHARD ARNOLD will be named new executive vice-chairman at Manchester United after Ed Woodward steps down.

    Arnold, 50, is currently group managing director.

    He assumes the new role at the end of the year.

    That will make him the main man answering to United’s American-based owners, the Glazer family.

    SunSport understands the appointment has been ratified by co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer.

    But an official announcement is not due until nearer the end of the year.

    Arnold has been Woodward’s long-term right-hand man and the appointment will complete a seamless transition at the top.

  • Dylan Terry

    MARC OUR WORDS

    Manchester United want Marcus Rashford to bulk up to prevent further injury, according to reports.

    The England star is fit again after shoulder surgery in August.

    And the Red Devils want him to stay available for as long as possible.

    As a result they will look to him to do some serious work in the gym, according to the Mail.

    Rashford is available for selection against Leicester on Saturday,

    The 23-year-old gained four kilos of lower body muscle during his rehab but has dropped mass in his upper body as a result of his restricted shoulder movement.

    The Red Devils think additional muscle mass up top may help to fend off injury in the future.

  • William Pugh

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Paul Pogba is so delighted with Cristiano Ronaldo's impact that he is tempted to extend his Manchester United stay beyond this season.

    And Barcelona are tipped to join AC Milan and West Ham in pursuing Pogba's midfield team-mate Jesse Lingard.

    That's the pick of the transfer gossip around Old Trafford as United warm up for Saturday's Premier League clash at Leicester.

    It's claimed Pogba loves the spotlight shifting from him to Ronaldo since the legend's deadline-day return.

    And it's thought that could help persuade the in-form Frenchman to consider rejecting PSG, Real Madrid and old club Juve.

    But former United and Three Lions defender Gary Neville reckons starting Ronaldo means United can't play a pressing game – as the Portugal superstar has never worked hard enough when up front.

    Meanwhile, Lingard has returned from England duty to even greater speculation over his Old Trafford future.

    The 28-year-old is expected to turn down a new United contract, paving the way for January talks with foreign suitors and a free transfer move next summer.

    Finally, the Red Devils will name Richard Arnold as their new executive vice-chairman to succeed Ed Woodward later this year.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POLICE FRUSTRATED BY PREM RESPONSE ON ONLINE ABUSE

    Manchester City, Brighton and Norwich are the only Premier League clubs to say they are willing to work with police to help players deal with online racist abuse.

    Chief Con Mark Roberts wrote to all 92 clubs across the four divisions in the summer as the National Police Chief Council’s football lead.

    But he was left disappointed by the commitment shown – with the lack of interest from the top flight particularly alarming.

    Online hatred has surged since Euro 2020 and clubs have said they will take a firm stance to stamp it out.

    But Roberts said: “We hear all the slogans, we hear all the commitment. But when we try to take some positive steps to support player and clubs, we need a bit more than words.

    “Only 49 have come back with a positive response and so far only eight clubs have facilitated us getting the officers, PFA and Kick it Out in to speak to the players.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEW DEVILS

    Man Utd are being tipped to sign a new midfielder next summer as they look to bolster their already impressive squad.

    But how would the Red Devils look with a fresh feel to the centre of their side?

    Check out how United could line up next season:

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARNOLD SET TO BE WOODWARD SUCCESSOR

    Richard Arnold will be named new executive vice-chairman at Manchester United after Ed Woodward steps down.

    Arnold, 50, is currently group managing director.

    He assumes the new role at the end of the year.

    That will make him the main man answering to United’s American-based owners, the Glazer family.

    SunSport understands the appointment has been ratified by co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer.

    But an official announcement is not due until nearer the end of the year.

    Arnold has been Woodward’s long-term right-hand man and the appointment will complete a seamless transition at the top.

    He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POGBA AND HAZARD SHOULD BE ON TOON LIST

    EXCLUSIVE: Chris Waddle called on old club Newcastle to dream big – by targeting players like Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Real Madrid playmaker Eden Hazard, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    Following their controversial Saudi takeover last week, Toon legend Waddle told SunSport: “Paul Pogba’s out of contract isn’t he?

    “Now people might say about Newcastle — but money talks.

    “If they sell the dream about what we’re going to win and achieve, it might.”

    Ex-England winger Waddle, 60, added: “And then, do you raid the big teams?

    “Your Bayern Munichs and teams like that and say ‘we want him, we want him’.

    “Test them. Could you get somebody like Eden Hazard out from Real Madrid? On loan even until the end of the season and then pay a fee.

    “Federico Chiesa, yes. Moussa Diaby. Anthony Martial, not fitting in to Manchester United — all available. Donny van de Beek.

    “And then do you test teams like Arsenal for your people like Emile Smith Rowe?

    “What about Kalvin Phillips at Leeds? Declan Rice. Marco Asensio at Real Madrid.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD CAN'T BE A PRESSING TEAM WITH RON

    Gary Neville claims Cristinao Ronaldo was not even a hard-worker during his Manchester United prime – so they certainly can't expect to play a pressing game with him at the front now.

    Fellow Old Trafford legend Neville told The Overlap: "With it comes big positives, but with it also comes problems. Ronaldo had to be managed shall we say…

    "In the 2008 Barcelona semi-final away from home, Cristiano Ronaldo was shoved up front on his own, and Rooney and Ji-Sung Park were shoved wide, and Tevez was brought back to [mark] Busquets.

    "You couldn't carry him in the big games because he generally doesn't work hard enough.

    "So he's playing up front now – you're never going to press from the front. 

    "So the idea that Manchester United can become a pressing team with Cristiano up front is never going to happen. He wasn't pressing 10-15 years ago.

    "So what you say then is, 'what's the style of Manchester United?', well they're a counter-attack team."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'BARCA AND MILAN IN FOR LINGARD'

    Barcelona and AC Milan are tipped to join the race for Jesse Lingard when his Manchester United contract ends next summer.

    The England midfielder is thought to have rejected a new United deal and is sure to interest Prem rivals such as former loan club West Ham.

    Now ESPN say a string of European outfits are also on Lingard's trail.

    Clubs outside England can negotiate with the 28-year-old from January 1.

    Credit: Getty

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    IS HAALAND PERLING YOUR LEG WITH TREBLE TRICKSHOT?

    Manchester United and City target Erling Haaland bamboozled social media with a crazy penalty trickshot… but did he fake it?

    The Borussia Dortmund striker somehow managed to balance three footballs on top of each other, carefully placing them in position.

    At the first attempt, the second ball rolled off – giving the impression he managed to get the physics just right next time around.

    Erling Haaland wows social media with crazy three-ball penalty trick… but did the Man Utd transfer target fake it

    With the three footballs seemingly standing freely, he took a few paces back and then stepped up to sidefoot the highest ball into a target in the top left corner with that lethal left foot of his.

    The other two balls remained perfectly stacked up – and Haaland, kitted out in full Dortmund gear, repeated the trick twice more to obliterate the target and reacted in apparent shock at pulling it off.

    The Bundesliga’s official Twitter account posted the 38-second clip on Thursday afternoon and within four hours it had racked up 5.5million views.

    But while it looked mightily impressive, fans on social media were not sure whether the shots were quite as authentic as they appeared.

    One wrote: “The fact that none of the balls fell off when he hit the top one is… hard to believe.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SILENT DEVILS

    Patrice Evra has revealed he once went “three months” without speaking to fellow Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic – forcing boss Alex Ferguson to CHANGE Rio Ferdinand’s position so that the defence could still communicate properly.

    Evra told United’s official website: “We had a fight, and didn’t speak.

    “We played together and we didn’t even say a word. I never told him to go left or go right. He was the same.

    “Ferguson had to swap Rio Ferdinand to play on the left side with me.

    “It was like that for three months until, after a game, I remember he came to me in the dressing room and gave me a high-five.

    “Everyone was like ‘finally’ because we were best friends together, Vida and me. We have a deep story together.

    “I love him so much. We struggled but we were really real, me and him.

    “If we were doing something wrong, we’d argue but, in the same way, it was a really great relationship.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    AGREE WITH FERGIE?

    Alex Ferguson has stirred up fierce social media debate by claiming Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003-4 Premier League season to win the title “stands above anything else”.

    That’s quite something coming from a Manchester United boss who won the Treble amid fierce rival with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.

    It’s difficult to compare or measure such outstanding achievements but few could doubt Arsenal’s Invincibles’ campaign holds an iconic fascination.

    And the documentary movie Arsene Wenger: Invincible’ is out next month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'RON BOOSTS CHANCES OF POGBA STAYING'

    Paul Pogba is no longer the biggest name in town after the return of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United this summer.

    But reports say the France international ‘loves’ having CR7 alongside him at Old Trafford.

    And that is thought to have done United’s chances of agreeing a new deal with the midfielder the world of good.

    The Athletic reports Ronaldo’s arrival has reinvigorated Pogba, who is also enjoying more of an attacking role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

    The 28-year-old is into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.

    The likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have joined long-time suitors Real Madrid in circling for his signature.

    Pogba is allowed to talk to foreign clubs in January with the threat of leaving United on a free transfer next summer.

    He recently revealed he still speaks to former Juve team-mates but signalled he would wait until the end of the season to decide his future.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UEFA TO PROBE 'RACIST ABUSE' AT ELANGA

    Uefa will investigate an incident of alleged racist abuse aimed at Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga.

    The alleged incident is said to have occurred at the end of Sweden’s Under-21 Euros qualifier against Italy on Tuesday.

    Elanga, who was taken off in the 72nd minute, was involved in an incident with opposition players after the final whistle.

    And the Swedish Football Association claim that the United winger, 19, was racially abused by an Italian player.

    European soccer's governing body said in a statement: "In accordance with Article 31(4) of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations, a Uefa Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the incidents."

    The Italian Football Federation (FIGC), however, has denied the allegations.

    They said: “The FIGC categorically denies that an opponent was subject to racist abuse by an Under-21 National Team player during yesterday's match.

    “We understand that no such incident was observed by the match officials or the UEFA delegate.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEW MAN IN THE MIDDLE

    Man Utd are being tipped to sign a new midfielder – OR TWO – next summer as they look to bolster their already impressive squad.

    But how would the Red Devils look with a fresh feel to the centre of their side?

    Check out how United could line up next season:

  • Ian Tuckey

    ON CLOUD NINE

    A host of Premier League clubs have chipped in to hire a private jet to get their South American stars back in time to play this weekend.

    The Daily Mail says Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are ‘understood to be involved in clubbing together for an aircraft’ which costs ‘six figures’.

    Brazil’s World Cup qualifying clash with Uruguay will kick off at 1:30am on Friday UK time.

    That has nine players from England’s top-flight involved, and they will take off immediately after the clash in Manaus.

    United striker Edinson Cavani and midfielder Fred, Man City’s goalkeeper Ederson and forward Gabriel Jesus plus Liverpool pair Alisson and Fabinho will all be on-board.

    And the report claims that Leeds United’s Raphinha is also expected to fly back too.

    Chelsea star Thiago Silva and Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz are set to travel home as well.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JESSE: BRUNO'S GOT MY BACK

    Jesse Lingard has revealed the overwhelming support he has received from his Manchester United midfield team-mate Bruno Fernandes during his troubled past season and a half.

    England ace Lingard is tipped to exit Old Trafford when his contract runs out next summer, despite returning from West Ham following a successful half-term on loan.

    Credit: Getty

    The 28-year-old wrote in The Players’ Tribune: “After that Bruno Fernandes referred to me as the ‘best player in the Premier League’ in an interview with United … me!!

    “Can you believe that?!? That’s coming from Bruno!

    “I’ve got a lot of love for Bruno. He was dropping me messages of support throughout my loan.

    "To get that recognition from someone at his level was just amazing.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WELL ABOVE PER

    Andreas Pereira shows Manchester United what they're missing with incredible 35-yard free-kick for Brazilian Serie A side Flamengo.

    Pereira, 25, is making the most of his loan spell in Brazil after scoring a stunning 35-yard free-kick for Flamengo in a 3-1 win over Juventude.

    Pereira desperately wanted to make the switch to Lazio permanent at the end of last season, but failed to convince the club that he was worth shelling out for.

    Andreas Pereira scores stunning free kick for Flamengo against Juventude

    Man Utd reportedly wanted £21m for the Brazilian, which Lazio were not willing to pay, turning their attentions instead to West Ham's Felipe Anderson, who they signed in a £3m deal.

    Pereira's contract at Old Trafford expires in June 2023 and it remains to be seen whether he will play for the Red Devils again, with his loan in Brazil set to expire at the end of the season.

    With his ambition to make the Brazil squad for the World Cup next year, Pereira will need to play regular football going into next season, leaving a permanent exit from Old Trafford likely.

    And with three goals in his eight league appearances for Flamengo so far this season, including this magnificent free-kick, he could well be on his way to entering Tite's plans.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WAYNE EXPECTS GAIN FOR KANE AFTER PAIN

    Wayne Rooney has backed Harry Kane to recover from his current dip in form.

    And the Manchester United legend says he can think of hundreds of reasons why Kane, 28, will soon be scoring for club and country.

    The Spurs striker suffered a rare international substitution after failing to sparkle in England's 1-1 draw with Hungary on Tuesday, and has yet to get off the mark in the Premier League this season.

    But England's greatest ever marksman Rooney insists Kane is still the man he expects to join Alan Shearer and himself in the Premier League's exclusive 200-goals club.

    The Derby County boss said: "Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world but when you don't score, unfortunately, people have their opinions, which they're entitled to of course.

    "Personally I think it's a bit of an over-reaction if I'm honest because it's the first game for a while he hasn't scored for England.

    "Even for Tottenham he's still scored a few goals this season, although not in the Premier League.

    "However Harry is a good enough player and a big enough person to come through this little sticky period.

    "All strikers go through moments where you don't score. Tottenham are not in the best vein of form themselves and that's down to the team.

    "The moment Harry gets his first goal in the Premier League he'll get back to scoring on a regular basis."

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD NAME RON PLAYER OF MONTH

    Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a September player-of-the-month double to underline his remarkable return to Manchester United.

    After winning the Premier League award, United handed the 36-year-old their own gong.

    That was certainly a less controversial choice than the Prem made – as many felt Mo Salah's all-round attacking contribution for Liverpool had edged out Ron's goal-getting.

  • Ian Tuckey

    EVRA'S LOVE AND WAR WITH VIDIC

    Patrice Evra has revealed he once went "three months" without speaking to fellow Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic – forcing boss Alex Ferguson to CHANGE Rio Ferdinand's position so that the defence could still communicate properly.

    Evra told United's official website: “We had a fight, and didn't speak.

    “We played together and we didn't even say a word. I never told him to go left or go right. He was the same.

    "Ferguson had to swap Rio Ferdinand to play on the left side with me.

    “It was like that for three months until, after a game, I remember he came to me in the dressing room and gave me a high-five.

    “Everyone was like 'finally' because we were best friends together, Vida and me. We have a deep story together.

    “I love him so much. We struggled but we were really real, me and him.

    "If we were doing something wrong, we'd argue but, in the same way, it was a really great relationship.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    VAN DE BEEK LINKED TO JUVENTUS

    Newcastle are reportedly weighing up a January swoop for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot which could see Donny van de Beek make the move to Turin.

    The Magpies are set to splash the cash in the New Year following their £300million takeover with the club boasting the wealthiest owners in world football.

    Club chiefs are compiling a list of potential recruits despite boss Steve Bruce set to be sacked.

    And according to Calciomercato, France international Rabiot is being targeted by the Toon.

    They state that Newcastle are interested in the 26-year-old and could look to bring him to St James’ Park in the winter transfer window.

    Rabiot has featured regularly for the Old Lady since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019, but has never convinced the Juve faithful of his quality.

    And it has been claimed that the Serie A giants would be prepared to offload the player in order to bring in Van de Beek from Manchester United.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JET BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS

    A host of Premier League clubs have chipped in to hire a private jet to get their South American stars back in time to play this weekend.

    The Daily Mail says Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are ‘understood to be involved in clubbing together for an aircraft’ which costs ‘six figures’.

    Brazil’s World Cup qualifying clash with Uruguay will kick off at 1:30am on Friday UK time.

    That has nine players from England’s top-flight involved, and they will take off immediately after the clash in Manaus.

    United striker Edinson Cavani and midfielder Fred, Man City’s goalkeeper Ederson and forward Gabriel Jesus plus Liverpool pair Alisson and Fabinho will all be on-board.

    And the report claims that Leeds United’s Raphinha is also expected to fly back too.

    Chelsea star Thiago Silva and Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz are set to travel home as well.

  • Dylan Terry

    NEW DEVILS

    Man Utd are being tipped to sign a new midfielder next summer as they look to bolster their already impressive squad.

    But how would the Red Devils look with a fresh feel to the centre of their side?

    Check out how United could line up next season:

  • Dylan Terry

    LOU BEAUTY

    Georgina Rodriguez has admitted she was ‘left speechless’ by Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest gift – a £105,000 designer jewellery trunk.

    The 27-year-old model showed off her amazing present from the Manchester United legend, who recently added another record to his collection over the international break with Portugal, to her Instagram fans.

    The astonishing Louis Vuitton Malle Vendome boasts eight drawers for the stunning brunette’s most expensive bracelets, necklaces and rings.

    Georgina wrote alongside a photo of two of their four children getting their first glimpse of the gift: ‘I’m speechless, Cristiano.’

    The Malle Vendome was designed to celebrate the opening of the new Louis Vuitton boutique on Vendome Square in Paris.

    The 4ft 6ins high trunk has eight drawers as well as a mirror and a bust where Georgina can hang some of her most-treasured necklaces.

    The pretty brunette draped herself in diamonds worth £78k at the start of last month when she arrived at the Venice Film Festival wearing four glitzy rings, floral necklace and earrings by Giardini Segreti.

    Her jewellery collection is estimated to be worth a staggering £2.6million.

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