Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Leon Goretzka BOOST, Rashford return EXCLUSIVE, Pogba 'will NOT sign new deal this summer'

MARCUS RASHFORD could return to the Manchester United line up this month, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The England star underwent shoulder surgery two weeks ago, but is ahead of schedule in his comeback.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is not set to sign a new contract with Manchester United this summer, according to reports.

Though the Frenchman is reported to be warming to the idea of staying with the Red Devils, he is set to wait until after the end of the transfer window on August 31 before considering a new deal.

If Pogba does not sign a new contract he will be free to leave for nothing next summer.

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  • Thomas Blow

    MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    SunSport last night exclusively revealed that Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is making steady progress as he returns from shoulder surgery.

    And the forward could even be back in training by the end of this month.

    The Manchester United striker, 23, had an operation two weeks ago.

    Rashford’s injury hampered the end to his season as he played through the pain barrier at Euro 2020.

    And our man Daniel Cutts reports that he is having rehab sessions twice a week and United are hopeful he could even be back playing at the end of September, weeks before his planned return date. 

    He could start light training within the next ten days – and the club are delighted at the speed of his recovery.

    It is understood Rashford has carried out water treadmill work, resistance work and squats to build up strength.

    He is in less pain now but is still wearing a brace and on a special programme for the next couple of weeks.

    Meanwhile, forgotten man Andreas Pereira is set to finally leave Old Trafford.

    The Brazilian midfielder is set to return to his homeland to play for Flamengo, having agreed a season-long loan deal.

    In other news, Jesse Lingard is expected to be involved against Southampton this weekend, having re-joined the group after recovering from Covid-19.

    The former West Ham loanee missed out on a potential return to competitive action last weekend after being ruled out by illness.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RASH RUSH

    SunSport Exclusive by Daniel Cutts

    Marcus Rashford is making steady progress after shoulder surgery and could be back in training by the end of the month.

    The Manchester United striker, 23, had an operation two weeks ago.

    Rashford’s injury hampered the end to his season as he played through the pain barrier at Euro 2020.

    He is having rehab sessions twice a week.

    And United are hopeful he could even be back playing at the end of September.

    That would be weeks before his planned return date.

    Rashford could start light training within the next ten days.

    And the club are delighted at the speed of his recovery.

    Marcus Rashford could return to training this month after recovering quickly from shoulder surgery
  • Etienne Fermie

    S-MART SIGNINGS

    Anthony Martial has hailed Man Utd’s new arrivals Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

    The French striker told the club’s website: “”Varane, I know already, of course.

    “And the skill set he has, I know he will bring a lot to our team, in addition to his long experience, so we are all really delighted with these two new players we have.”

    He added: “Varane is a big-time player. I don’t think he [Varane] will need too much time to adapt to his new environment, but I’m there for him for whatever little help or advice he may need.

    “He has all his experience – he’s a player who has won a lot during the time of his career at Real Madrid and also in the French national team, so I am sure he will bring all his powers, as he really is a top player and I know things are going to go well for him here at United.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    BACK LIN BUSINESS

    Man United have been boosted by the return of Jesse Lingard this week.

    And the England star could be back in action against Southampton at the weekend.

    The 28-year-old is back in the fold after an impressive loan spell at West Ham last season.

    But his return to competitive action for the Red Devils was cruelly delayed by a positive Covid test.

    Thankfully, he is fighting fit and raring to go at the weekend, despite lingering West Ham links continuing to persist.

    Jesse Lingard is back in training at CarringtonCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    FERD-CLASS GUNNER

    Rio Ferdinand has revealed he wanted to join Arsenal after leaving Manchester United – but Arsene Wenger rejected the "mad" idea.

    Old Trafford legend Ferdinand believed he could help the "dressing room culture" at United's fierce rivals – but instead joined Queens Park Rangers.

    And the ex-England centre-back admits Wenger was "right" to turn him down as he went on to flop in his one season with the Championship Superhoops.

    Ferdinand, now 42, exited Old Trafford in 2014 after lifting six Premier League crowns and winning the Champions League in his 12 years.

    And he told his YouTube channel: "The maddest thing is I thought about [joining] Arsenal.

    "I said, 'Arsene, listen, I am leaving Man United and if you want, I will come and try and help the dressing room etc. because I think you need help in that department'.

    "'I will obviously play but, more importantly, I will come for the culture'.

    "He didn't take me up on the offer and he was right because my performances at QPR weren't up to the levels.

    "But in the changing room, I believe I could have helped him, because that is where a lot of the culture derives from."

    Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign Ferdinand
  • Etienne Fermie

    A-MAD DECISION

    Man United starlet Amad Diallo is set to go out on loan, according to reports.

    The Ivorian starlet impressed at times last term, but the Red Devils want him to gain another season of experience before giving him more game time.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said on his Here We Go podcast: "Amad will go on loan, it is confirmed.

    "He has a proposal from Basel but also from Premier League clubs – Crystal Palace, Sheffield United. Many clubs are interested in Amad but he’s not decided yet.

    "He wants Premier League football so let’s see what happens."

    Amad Diallo is set to go out on loanCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    AU GO ON THEN

    Manchester United are interested in AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

    The French side are said to value the 21-year-old at around £34m.

    Transfer expert Duncan Castles said: "Manchester United, [Tchouameni] very much falls within their scouting remit.

    "The targeting of that kind of younger cadre of players who can develop into top stars has been more of a focus in recent years.

    "He is an obvious fit for Manchester United if the change in midfield happens that we've been talking about for so long, which is that Paul Pogba doesn't sign a new contract at Man United or is sold this summer.

    "Again, most likely avenue for that to happen is Paris Saint-Germain at present.

    "Then you bring in Tchouameni who would certainly be much lower maintenance than Pogba, should be more consistent in his performance.

    "If they have that space in their squad created by Pogba, then Tchouameni is one of the options to replace.

    "He would be cheaper than options like Declan Rice, who has been mentioned as an option for them. I'm told Monaco value him at around €40m."

    Aurelien Tchouameni is on Man Utd's radarCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    WHERE THERE'S A WILL

    Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams is set to join Norwich City on loan, according to reports.

    The youngster burst onto the scene at Old Trafford during the 2019-20 campaign.

    But opportunities were at a premium last term, following the arrival of Alex Telles.

    On Williams' situation, The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell confirmed that a loan deal with Norwich is set to be sanctioned after this weekend's clash with Southampton.

    Brandon Williams is set to leave Man Utd on loanCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    RAPH AND READY

    Manchester United have confirmed that new signing Raphael Varane could make his debut this weekend against Southampton.

    The Frenchman was unveiled to fans ahead of last Saturday's 5-1 thumping of Leeds United.

    And since getting the deal over the line, Varane has joined his new team-mates in training.

    The World Cup winner is set to wear the No19 shirt at United.

    Raphael Varane has joined Man United training with his new Man United team-matesCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    HOME FROM HOME

    Manchester United have unveiled new away dressing rooms amid a £20milion revamp that the Glazers promise is just the start.

    Old Trafford chiefs say a whole range of upgraded facilities are ON TOP of a £100m spree co-chairman Joel Glazer pledged at a fans' forum in June.

    Away teams used a temporary structure last season because of Covid-19 rules.

    But now visitors have a larger changing room on the other side of the player tunnel.

    Sky Sports showed in a video clip that the tunnel itself has improved media facilities, mainly for post-match interviews.

    Man Utd have a new away dressing room
  • Etienne Fermie

    FANNING THE FLAM

    Andreas Pereira is set to join Brazilian side Flamengo, according to reports.

    The midfielder is rather a forgotten man at Man United, having spent last season on loan at Lazio.

    He resurfaced in pre-season, scoring a wondergoal against Brentford before being named on the substitutes' bench for Saturday's 5-1 rout of Leeds.

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, his time at Old Trafford is set to come to an end for good.

  • Etienne Fermie

    THE LAST DON

    Donny van de Beek is 'wasting away' at Man United, according to former Netherlands international Marciano Vink.

    Vink, 50, told Voetbal Zone: "He is wasting away at United.

    “Of course he has one of the best, currently No10s in Europe as a competitor. Bruno Fernandes is fantastic.

    "If you see what he did against Leeds United last weekend… I think you get really small on the bench, you want to go home and kick in all the doors there.

    "You've got Scott McTominay, you've got Paul Pogba… It just won't work. You saw when he came in last season that he was a shadow of the player he was at Ajax. He walked with his soul under his arm.

    "The balls he got were then just behind him, or not played well, and then you don't get into your rhythm. It got worse by the week."

    Credit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    DETECTIVE WORK

    Former Manchester United employee Romain Poirot will look after Arsenal's French network.

    The Lyon-based scout spent over two years at Old Trafford following stints in Watford and Udinese's setup, plus Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.

    At Eastlands, Poirot worked with a number of clubs in the City Group, including Yokohama F. Marinos, New York City FC and Melbourne City.

    In describing his role, Poirot told SciSports, via football.london: "My job at Manchester City was to be on top of the best players at Manchester City which meant that I was organising my job like an algorithm.

    "I would say it was really important to know where to spot the best players and at which tournaments.

    "When you are a scout you try to find the truth all of the time but it is very hard to find it.

    "I was really attracted by the data-driven mindset to recruitment. When you are a scout you need to be prepared to learn and improve all of the time."

  • Etienne Fermie

    ANT'S THE MAN

    Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara has called on the North Londoners to replace Harry Kane with Patrick Bamford or Man United star Anthony Martial.

    He told talkSPORT: "I just look at the situation and think, ‘you know what? We might be okay without him’. The way we play, the way we’re now setting up with that pace, that front three, why don’t we do something different?

    “We’ve had Harry Kane for a long period of time. He’s a club legend, we love him, we haven’t won anything.

    “I know it’s not his fault but we haven’t won anything with him so why don’t we change and do something different, go a different direction, like, don’t call me crazy when I say this, like a (Anthony) Martial, like a Patrick Bamford, someone with a bit of pace.

    "The way we played at the weekend, I really enjoyed, (Steven) Bergwijn, Son, (Lucas) Moura the pace around the team was really good, I loved it."

    Anthony Martial could replace Harry Kane at SpursCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    VAR VA VOOM

    Still sinking in, Man United fans?

    Here's a sneak peek at Raphael Varane in his Red Devils gear during his official photo shoots for this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TWO GOOD

    Rio Ferdinand has named two perfect options that Manchester United should make a move for before the transfer window shuts this summer.

    Ferdinand believes there are two “perfect” options to join this month before the window shuts – Saul Niguez and Declan Rice.

    He told his FIVE Youtube channel: “I think if the right player becomes available for the right price, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go and get him.

    “The problem is who is out there and who could be a good fit? Saul Niguez would be a perfect fit and he’s asking price was £160m a couple of years ago, now it’s more like £40-50m.

    “In today’s game that’s a decent price for someone like him who has Champions League experience. I’m a big fan of his. If you can get him in this window, I think you do it.

    “I think Declan Rice would be a massive addition to this squad. I’m a massive fan of his. I would love to see him keep progressing.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    A quite magnificent performance from Paul Pogba on Saturday against the Leeds.

    The Frenchman chipped in with FOUR assists in the 5-1 win.

    Take a look at his assists below.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BEEK-A-BOO

    Former Holland international Marciano Vink has claimed that Donny van de Beek is 'wasting away' at Man Utd after joining from Ajax last summer.

    He told Voetbal Zone: "He is wasting away at United. Of course he has one of the best, currently number tens in Europe as a competitor.

    "Bruno Fernandes is fantastic. If you see what he did against Leeds United last weekend… I think you get really small on the bench, you want to go home and kick in all the doors there.

    "You've got Scott McTominay, you've got Paul Pogba… It just won't work. You saw when he came in last season that he was a shadow of the player he was at Ajax. He walked with his soul under his arm.

    "The balls he got were then just behind him, or not played well, and then you don't get into your rhythm. It got worse by the week.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SARR SEARCHING

    Manchester United are said to be one of a number of clubs interested in FC Metz midfielder Pape Matar Sarr.

    That’s according to Football Insider, with the 18-year-old said to be rated at around £28million.

    Chelsea and Real Madrid are also keen on the signature of the one-cap Senegal man, with Sarr scoring four goals in 27 Ligue 1 games from defensive midfield for Metz last season.

    United and Chelsea are willing to loan Sarr back to Metz for the upcoming season to help his development, with the youngster highly rated among Europe’s top clubs.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PAUL

    Paul Ince has become the latest Manchester United figure slamming Graeme Souness for his criticism of Paul Pogba.

    Former Liverpool and Scotland star Souness outlined his belief that the United ace had put in what was 'expected' of him with four assists against Leeds.

    Ince told The United Stand, via the Star: "It’s a new season, a new start, it’s a new Manchester United. [Pogba] was outstanding. Just leave it at that.

    "We don’t need Graeme Souness to start trying to slaughter Pogba when he’s been outstanding. I don’t get it.

    "Pogba only thought about leaving because he didn’t see Man United competing with the top sides.

    "That’s understandable, it’s like Harry Kane at Tottenham. Kane wants to leave because he wants to win trophies."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAA LA LAND

    Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose has declared that striker Erling Haaland could stay at the club beyond next summer.

    That is despite the Norwegian ace boasting a £65million release clause that becomes active in the summer of 2022.

    The likes of Man Utd, City, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked for the ex-Red Bull Salzburg star.

    Rose told SportBild: "He still has a long-term contract with us. Just because the public is constantly talking about him leaving BVB next summer, that doesn't necessarily have to be the case.

    "In the end, Erling has to decide for himself where he sees his future.

    "In any case, we are happy that he is currently playing for us – and, who knows, possibly it'll be even more than just one season if we write an extraordinary story here."

  • Jake Lambourne

    NECK AND NECK

    Man Utd legend Gary Neville has stated he cannot separate his beloved side and Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title.

    The Red Devils thrashed Leeds 5-1 on Saturday, before Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win over Norwich.

    Commenting on the two teams, Neville told Sky Sports: "Honestly, I can’t separate them.

    "You should say Liverpool because obviously what has happened over the last few years.

    “Last season was a major blip for them. [Virgil] van Dijk back, but I think Manchester United will be an improvement on last season.

    "I alluded Liverpool will miss [Georginio] Wijnaldum and they do need a midfield player.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SON OF A GUN

    Former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton believes Mason Greenwood could spearhead a title charge for Man Utd this season.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "It's like having a new player for United this season.

    "I don't want to go too early on him, but before the start of the season you are thinking it's going to be [Edinson] Cavani – they are going to have to rely on Cavani.

    "But his performance against Leeds was that good where you're thinking, could Ole have actually thought before a ball was kicked this season… Greenwood, can I rely on him as well as Cavani?

    That changes. I didn't think before a ball was kicked United could win the league this season, because I think there are better teams and better squads.

    "Maybe the centre-forward position might be an issue, because of Cavani's age and whether he will play enough of the games. But if Greenwood comes to the fore maybe, just maybe, they are in with a shout."

  • Jake Lambourne

    S-MART SIGNINGS

    Anthony Martial has hailed Man Utd's new arrivals Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

    The French striker told the club's website: ""Varane, I know already, of course.

    "And the skill set he has, I know he will bring a lot to our team, in addition to his long experience, so we are all really delighted with these two new players we have."

    He added: "Varane is a big-time player. I don't think he [Varane] will need too much time to adapt to his new environment, but I'm there for him for whatever little help or advice he may need.

    "He has all his experience – he's a player who has won a lot during the time of his career at Real Madrid and also in the French national team, so I am sure he will bring all his powers, as he really is a top player and I know things are going to go well for him here at United."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RON RIOT

    Man Utd legend Crsitiano Ronaldo has dismissed speculation linking him with a return to Real Madrid as 'disrespectful'.

    In a statement slamming the rumours, he declared: "Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work.

    "Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career.

    "However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position.

    "More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff."

    Read more of what he had to say by clicking HERE.

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