Man Utd news LIVE: Rashford team 'upset' by Solskjaer 'stick to football' comments, Pogba 'has no interest in new deal'

MANCHESTER UNITED are reeling after a 4-2 defeat to Leicester that suggests they may spend another season without challenging for the title.

And Cristiano Ronaldo was one player who trudged off the pitch in a huff in the East Midlands, with Solskjaer having to convince the superstar to clap the away supporters.

The Portugal captain is believed to have told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he is ready to play every game after being dropped for Edinson Cavani two weeks ago.

Meanwhile some reports suggest Marcus Rashford's camp is upset by the United boss' comments suggesting he needs to prioritise his football over social causes.

And with results taking a turn for the worse, there are some reports that Paul Pogba, who is out of contract in summer, has no inclination to sign a new deal.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    DON OVER

    Jadon Sancho is a victim of the current Manchester United team and does not deserve to be blamed for his difficult start, according to club legend Gary Neville.

    The Red Devils suffered yet another dismal result on Saturday as they were beaten 4-2 by Leicester – their third successive Premier League game without a win.

    Sancho was hooked in the 65th minute after an uninspiring performance on the left wing, with his replacement Marcus Rashford scoring eight minutes from the end of the game.

    But Neville does not believe it is right to lay the blame at the 21-year-old's door during this tough period for the team.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “Sancho at this moment, he’s a victim of the current performances of the team.

    “You’d like a player like that to come into a settled unit and he’s just still finding his feet."

  • Justin Lawrence

    MIDFIELD ISSUE

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be fuming that the club didn't buy a central midfielder in the summer.

    Despite splashing out on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Norwegian was still desperate to land a midfield marshal.

    However, Manchester Evening News claim there's a bunch of reasons why Solskjaer's wish wasn't granted.

    One of the main factors was that United were unable to offload Paul Pogba as not one club made an offer for the Frenchman.

    This meant United's midfield had no space for anyone new.

    But MEN say that could change soon as Pogba's United contract us up this summer and he could re-join Juventus.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    NICE RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo's mum showed off stunning artwork depicting the Manchester United star with the rest of the family.

    Dolores Aveiro took to Instagram at the weekend to wish her son good luck against Leicester City.

    She wrote: "Good luck @manchesterunited ⚽️⚽️A good Saturday to all of you little kisses 😘😘😘❤️".

    Dolores accompanied the post with a picture of herself smiling at home.

    And in the background of her post, a huge framed family portrait made by Mr Bring Colombia can be seen on the wall.

    As well as Cristiano, it features sisters Elma and Katia, as well as big brother Hugo – in addition to Dolores herself.

    Credit: Instagram, @doloresaveiroofficial

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    VIOLENT RIVALRY

    Ex-Manchester United star Roy Keane and former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira's rivalry was so intense that violence was always on the cards.

    According to ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the pair hated each other so much that he never ruled out them coming to blows.

    But despite the threat of an altercation, Wenger explained that he enjoyed their clashes.

    The Frenchman said to talkSPORT: "I enjoyed the rivalry.

    "You speak of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira; Keane was always on the fringe of violence even if he was a great player."

  • Justin Lawrence

    CON MAN

    Ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reportedly has one eye on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United job.

    Solskjaer has faced increased pressure in recent times due to a string of poor results and tactical decisions.

    And critics calling for the Norwegian's exit grew louder following United's 4-2 loss to Leicester on the weekend.

    Now it's been claimed by Manchester Evening News that Conte is ready and waiting to take on the role at Old Trafford if the club's hierarchy give Solskjaer the boot.

  • Justin Lawrence

    FLOP GEAR

    Glum Manchester United stars trundled into training this morning after a public dressing down from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Norwegian was fuming with Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Leicester, their fourth loss in seven games.

    After the match, he threatened to drop some of his underperforming stars.

    As players arrived today, most knew that their places could be under threat for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Atalanta at Old Trafford.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    SERGEJ IN INTEREST

    Liverpool are one of a number of European giants eyeing a move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.

    Serie A champions Inter Milan and Italian rivals Juventus, along with LaLiga heavyweights Real Madrid, are also interested in the 26-cap Serbia star, according to Calciomercato.

    We reported in the summer how Manchester United have also reignited their interest in Milinkovic-Savic, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to team him up with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

    Chelsea, Tottenham, Juventus and Paris-Saint Germain have also been linked with the 26-year-old Serb.

    It is thought Liverpool view Milinkovic-Savic as an ideal replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who left as a free agent to join Paris Saint-Germain in June.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RASH REACTION

    Marcus Rashford's camp is reported to be ‘upset’ with comments by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should ‘prioritise his football’.

    The Manchester United forward made a goalscoring return from injury in the Red Devils’ 4-2 defeat by Leicester on Saturday.

    United boss Solskjaer had used his pre-match press conference to call on the England international to focus on his on-pitch duties.

    Now The Athletic reports those comments have irked the Rashford camp, who resent any suggestion their man is not a dedicated professional.

    Rashford has made headlines away from the pitch for his campaigning work to end child poverty and improve school meals.

  • Justin Lawrence

    YORKE CAN DO IT

    Ex-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke reckons his former side can still win the Premier League title this season.

    The Red Devils sit five points behind league leaders Chelsea after their loss to Leicester on the weekend.

    But unlike his other ex-United peers, Yorke thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side can still turn things around.

    He said: "It’s only five points. We’re only eight games into the season. I’d have been a bit concerned if we were a bit more adrift, but that’s not the case.

    "The one thing that United have been good at under Ole is getting big results against the big teams, and that will close the gap."

  • Justin Lawrence

    HOME IMPROVEMENTS 

    Manchester United are set to overhaul both their stadium and training ground in the coming months.

    Reports suggest United officials have begun the search for an architect to lead a major revamp of their Old Trafford home.

    And significant improvements are also planned at their Carrington training centre.

    The news comes after club bosses were criticised for the state of The Theatre of Dreams, which was last expanded back in 2006.

    Those developments saw capacity increase to around 76,000 after the north-west and north-east quadrants were opened up.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NEV-ER READY

    Gary Neville believes Harry Maguire was 'well off it' during Manchester United's defeat to Leicester at the weekend.

    The England centre-back returned from injury to start at the King Power Stadium but endured a horror 90 minutes as the Red Devils were beaten 4-2 by Brendan Rodgers' side.

    And Neville does not believe the Man Utd captain was at 100 per cent ahead of the game on Saturday.

    Speaking on an Instagram Live, he said: "Maguire is overrated? No, Maguire is a fantastic player.

    "Maguire wasn’t ready yesterday, he was nowhere near being ready for that match. I think he was thrust back in because of Varane’s injury. Maguire was well off it yesterday."

  • Justin Lawrence

    FRIENDLY FIRE 

    Cristiano Ronaldo's fairytale return to Old Trafford is starting to look like a nightmare as Manchester United struggle for results.

    And the iconic forward is beginning to find himself in the firing line as fans questioned his efforts in United’s 4-2 thrashing by Leicester.

    Fan ‘thenextantman’ wrote on Twitter: “Ronaldo creates many problems and solves very little.

    "If he keeps on playing like this then it wouldn't surprise me if we shipped him off in January. he must do more or step aside.”

    User ‘Jnz2001’ added: "The reality is he will be 37 in less than six months. He can still poach goals but how much more is he really contributing to winning football?”

    Supporters vented their frustration after a lacklustre United were smashed by the energetic Foxes on Saturday.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RED ALERT

    Manchester United fear more fan protests ahead of this weekend's clash with Liverpool, according to reports.

    The Red Devils' last clash with their rivals from Merseyside had to be postponed back in May after supporters broke into Old Trafford.

    According to the Daily Star, United are consulting with Greater Manchester Police after protest plans were allegedly circulated on social media.

    Last time around, players weren't allowed to leave the Lowry Hotel as trouble escalated.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    BAL-RON D'OR? 

    Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or this year, according to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar made a sensational return to Old Trafford in the summer 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid.

    And Ferguson, who was said to be instrumental in convincing Ronaldo to return to United, believes his performances over the last 12 months should see him scoop the award for the sixth time.

    Speaking to Marca about who should win the coveted prize in 2021, the legendary coach said: “Cristiano Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or.

    “This year he’s broken record after record.”

  • sstreet

    HOFF YOU GO

    Premier League clubs are reportedly fed up with chairman Gary Hoffman and his handling of the Newcastle takeover has brought matters to a head.

    A majority of clubs are now said to want Hoffman gone, believing he does not have the necessary clout from a government, political and communication perspective, The Athletic reports.

    While the top six had reservations, the loudest voices against the takeover came from clubs whose bid to avoid relegation could be put in peril as a result, along with those who expect to be challenging for Europe.

    Three of those teams – Everton, West Ham and Leicester – also have female CEOs, and their opposition to the Saudi takeover is said to have been strengthened as a result.

    Burnley were also believed to have been particularly vocal against the buyout.

  • sstreet

    RASH CHALLENGE

    Marcus Rashford's camp is reportedly 'upset' by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's comments stating that he should prioritise his football over social causes.

    The Man Utd boss said: "He is coming into the best age for a footballer and he's got a challenge on his hands here at Manchester United – and has a challenge on his hands to play for England.

    "Marcus has done some remarkable and fantastic things. But now he maybe needs to prioritise his football."

    According to The Athletic, Solskjaer's comment, which United claim were misinterpreted, went down badly with Rashford's team as he has always been known for his dedication on the training ground.

    Those surrounding Rashford also note that he delayed an operation to finish the season with Man Utd last year and play for England in Euro 2020, then returned six weeks ahead of schedule after it was completed.

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Claims that United players are worried about Jadon Sancho's form and attitude have diverted the spotlight on troubled boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Times' Duncan Castles told The Transfer Window Podcast some Old Trafford stars have privately questioned £73million England winger Sancho's value.

    Ex-Borussia Dortmund hero Sancho, 21, has been quiet for United and erratic for England since his summer switch.

    Meanwhile, it's claimed Sevilla’s France centre-back Jules Kounde would prefer joining United to Chelsea.

    El Nacional even suggest the 22-year-old – targeted by Chelsea in the last transfer window – has asked his agent to hold talks with the Red Devils. 

    Back on the pitch, Solskjaer insists he still believes in his squad, despite Saturday's 4-2 Premier League slump at Leicester.

    And publicly at least, the Norwegian says it's more about cutting out mistakes than changing systems for Wednesday's home Champions League clash with Atalanta.

    But Paul Pogba blasted United's weekend display and fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic apologised to fans.

    Matic said: "They deserve much, much better than this. But we have 14 points – we are still in the title race."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'WOBBLE YOUR HEAD' IF YOU COMPARE OLE TO ALEX

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has blasted the “balloons” who claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given time to turn Manchester United around like Alex Ferguson.

    Ex-Scotland, Celtic and Derby star Burley blew away the argument that Solskjaer is slowly returning United to their glory days.

    The 50-year-old pundit responded to yesterday’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester by posting on Twitter: “One or two balloons saying Sir Alex Ferguson was given time so so should Solskjaer!

    “Ferguson got the Man Utd job off the back of a stellar managerial record and huge success at Aberdeen.

    “Dethroning the Old Firm and beating Real Madrid in a European final.

    “Give your head a wobble.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GAY STAR FEARS COMING OUT

    A gay Premier League star has had therapy because he is so frightened of coming out, telling pals: “I will be crucified.”

    The ace revealed he has sought professional psychological help amid fears of how rival fans will react.

    He said: “It’s 2021 and I should be able to be free to tell everyone who I am.

    "But there are some fans on the terraces for whom it is still very much the 1980s.

    “I want to be open with people because it’s who I am and I am proud. But the truth is I will be crucified.”

    Gay Premier League star is in therapy as he fears abuse from fans if he comes out

    The player admitted he is riddled with doubt, saying: “When I play, I feel like the fans may guess and they are judging me.

    “Am I coming across as camp? Can they tell from the clothes I wear off the pitch? It has had a terrible effect on me mentally. It’s terrifying.”

    The top-flight Brit has spoken to campaigner Amal Fashanu — niece of ex-Norwich star Justin, who came out in 1990 and took his own life in 1998.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SOLSKJAER POSITION ‘100% SAFE’ – FOR NOW

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is having another rocky time.

    Yesterday’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester perhaps ended returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo’s honeymoon period and re-open defensive concerns.

    Bu The Athletic’s respected reporter David Ornstein claims Solskjaer’s position is “100% safe” – at least on the board’s current thinking…

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD'S SHEAR FOLLY

    Alan Shearer reckons Manchester United made a mistake by not buying a central midfielder in the summer.

    United lost 4-2 to Leicester yesterday and Shearer believes they needed a midfielder that can take games by the scruff of the neck.

    Speaking on Match Of The Day, Shearer said: “That was Manchester United’s problem last season, they didn’t invest in that position and it’s the same again.

    “There’s no one in there to really press and take control from the front. You can’t do that in the Premier League.

    “They will always score, Man United, because of the brilliance they have going forward. But you cannot press if you haven’t got that aggression.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'UTD PLAYERS WORRIED BY SANCHO STRUGGLE'

    Manchester United players are worried about Jadon Sancho's lack of impact, reports suggest.

    The Times and Daily Record’s Duncan Castles believes some United stars have even privately questioned signing the £73million England winger over the summer

    Sancho, 21, has been quiet for United and erratic for England after hitting 50 goals in 67 games for Borussia Dortmund.

    Castles told The Transfer Window Podcast Sancho’s Old Trafford team-mates have 'major question marks’ due to his form plus his attitude in training.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    WENGER AND ZZ HAIL BENZEMA FOR BALLON D’OR

    Zinedine Zidane and Arsene Wenger believe Karim Benzema should be a serious contender for stopping PSG's Lionel Messi and Manchester United's returning superstar Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or.

    Ex-Real Madrid boss Zidane claims the Bernabeu striker ‘deserves’ to win the world player of the year award.

    Credit: Rex

    And former Arsenal manager Wenger’s only question mark over Benzema is his lack of honours in the past year, although the 33-year-old did help France win the Nations League this month.

    Zidane said: “Benzema deserves the Ballon d’Or. He’s an incredible player.

    “I’ve had the great honour of managing him. He can do it all on a pitch. He’s a cut above.”

    Wenger, meanwhile, said: “There are no untouchables this year.

    “In his individual performances and consistency, Benzema is at a top level.

    ‘The question is, does the weight of trophies play a decisive role?’

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV: ‘RESILIENT’ CHELSEA CAN PIP KOP AND CITY

    Gary Neville believes Chelsea have a ‘great shout’ of winning the Premier League title as he hailed the club’s dogged resilience.

    The Blues moved back to the top of the table yesterday after winning 1-0 away at Brentford having survived a second half onslaught from the Bees.

    Neville highlighted the squad depth and mental toughness of Thomas Tuchel’s side, who were missing Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.

    The ex-Manchester United defender told Sky Sports: “I think Chelsea can win the title.

    “I know people will say Manchester City or Liverpool and you can’t disagree with that given what they’ve done over the last three or four years.

    “City’s performance at Chelsea a few weeks ago was incredible, but I do feel this Chelsea team are resilient and are tough to play against.

    “I can’t think that any team in the league would like to play against them.

    “I know Brentford have enjoyed the last 10 to 15 minutes, but this was a tough game for them for the first 70-80 minutes.

    “They couldn’t get into it, they had to change and they had a bit of joy at the end.

    “That was a Chelsea team that had a few players missing as well, and they’ve got so many to come back.

    “They had so many good players coming off the bench too, so I feel they’ve got a great shout of winning the title.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'UTD NEEDED A NEW CENTRAL MIDFIELDER'

    Alan Shearer reckons Manchester United made a mistake by not buying a central midfielder in the summer.

    United lost 4-2 to Leicester yesterday and Shearer believes they needed a midfielder that can take games by the scruff of the neck.

    Speaking on Match Of The Day, Shearer said: “That was Manchester United’s problem last season, they didn’t invest in that position and it’s the same again.

    “There’s no one in there to really press and take control from the front. You can’t do that in the Premier League.

    “They will always score, Man United, because of the brilliance they have going forward. But you cannot press if you haven’t got that aggression.”

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