10pm Man Utd news LIVE: Romero BEGGED to leave, Kounde transfer, Cavani OUT vs Newcastle, Real Madrid enter Haaland race – The Sun
13th October 2020

EDINSON CAVANI will miss out on his Manchester United debut this weekend as he remains in coronavirus protocol.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and United are eyeing a swoop for defender Jules Kounde.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Anthony Chapman


    Leyton Orient chief Nigel Travis backs Man Utd and Liverpool’s Project Big Picture, claiming coronavirus will wipe out Football League clubs in six weeks.

    He told BBC Radio Five Live: “If clubs don't get something soon you will see clubs disappear, I would predict, within five to six weeks.

    “One thing I need to quash is, this isn't about the pandemic, this is about a crisis in football that goes back many years.

    “Before the pandemic, 75 per cent of clubs were losing money – that can't continue.

    “The pandemic has, if you like, exacerbated the problem and we need to get it fixed.

    “I know you are talking about 'Project Big Picture' – this is a great proposal as far as we are concerned.

    “It is certainly very promising and clubs need it. Something like this has to go through.”

  • Anthony Chapman


    Man Utd are lining up a move for Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga next summer.

    Mundo Deportivo claims the youngster has been identified as a target for Paul Pogba.

    Real Madrid are known to also be interested in Camavinga, as well as Pogba.

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    Premier League clubs will be able to show traditional 3pm Saturday kick-offs under the new 'Project Big Picture' but only on their own channels.

    According to the Times, one of the proposals state that if the broadcast blackout is lifted, clubs would then own the rights to show their matches.

    It means the prospect of top clubs generating even more money from fans.

    Saturday 3pm kick-offs have always been under a British broadcast blackout which was lifted during the pandemic with fans unable to attend matches.

    Premier League clubs will hold a crisis meeting on Thursday where the majority are likely to oppose the new structure.

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    Sergio Romero has begged Manchester United to let him leave after his transfer window hell.

    It is understood the outcast stopper does not want any sort of pay-off from the club, despite being owed around £1.5m.

    He wants to be released from his contract by the end of the month, and fancies a switch stateside to Major League Soccer.

    If United refuse to let him go, Romero will see out the final few months of his deal, which runs out next summer.

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    Juan Mata reportedly rejected a lucrative £200,000-a-week deal from Saudi Arabia to stay and fight for a place at Manchester United.

    Spanish outlet Sport reports the midfielder, 32, snubbed a big-money move to the Middle East, preferring to remain at Old Trafford for the last year of his contract.

    Mata turned down a £40,000 pay rise as the former Chelsea star reels in £160,000 a week at Old Trafford.

    The unnamed Saudi club improved on their initial rejected offer but it was not enough to tempt Mata away.

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    Man United and Liverpool's radical plans to restructure the Premier League will be outlined at an emergency meeting of all 20 clubs on Thursday.

    The Mail claims Reds owner John Henry and United counterpart Joel Glazer held crisis talks on Monday in the face of rising criticism.

    There is thought to be a recognition that the controversial plan to effectively give the Big Six veto power and a greater share of broadcast revenue may have to be watered down.


  • Anthony Chapman


    Former Man United and Arsenal star Danny Welbeck is wanted by Brighton.

    The striker was released from his Watford contract following their relegation to the Championship.

    And the Mail claims Graham Potter wants to bring Welbeck back to the Premier League on a free transfer.

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    Juventus are leading the race to sign David Alaba on a free transfer next summer.

    SportMediaSet claims the versatile defender will leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires.

    Man Utd and Chelsea were both linked with moves for Alaba in the last window.

    But the Austrian looks set to join Juve despite also being monitored by Man City and PSG.

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    Real Madrid and Barcelona are joint-favourites to sign Paul Pogba.

    The midfielder’s Manchester United future is in doubt as his contract runs down.

    And Real and Barca are both priced at 6/4 by Ladbrokes to sign Pogba in 2021.

    Elsewhere, Juventus are listed at 7/2 to re-sign the World Cup winner.

    Paris Saint-Germain are 9/2, with Inter Milan completing the list at 10/1.

  • Marc Mayo


    Manchester United head to Newcastle on the weekend, giving the club the chance to recall this classic strike.

    After some trademark industry from Javier Hernandez, Paul Scholes teed up Giggs for a remarkable first-time finish.

    And, yes, United did go on to win the game – a 3-0 victory on the opening day of the 2010-11 season.

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    Erling Haaland has teased Real Madrid fans with a picture of himself and Martin Odegaard.

    The Norwegian pair featured in Sunday’s 4-0 rout of Romania, with Haaland bagging a hat-trick.

    And, while Manchester United fans harbour dreams of signing the teenager, it was Los Blancos getting excited by this post.

    Reports in Spain suggest Haaland will be a big target for Madrid in 2022, with Kylian Mbappe on their radar next summer.

    View this post on Instagram

    My guy Ødda 🇳🇴

    A post shared byErling Braut Haaland (@erling.haaland) on

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    Manchester United have reportedly lined-up teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga to replace Paul Pogba – but will face a fight with Real Madrid.

    Reports say the Red Devils have 'put in place' a mechanism to sign the 17-year-old as interest in him rises.

    Spanish outlet AS report that United are putting the building blocks in place to sign the young midfielder from Rennes.

    His contract runs down in 2022 and he has already turned down a renewal from the surprise Ligue 1 league leaders.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are reportedly 'posing a threat' to Real Madrid, who have long had ambitions to capture Camavinga.

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    Manchester United certainly need a centre-back and Jules Kounde is a no-brainer – if they can do a deal.

    The 21-year-old has been impressive since landing in Sevilla from Bordeaux last year.

    That earned admiring glances from Manchester City, to which he recently said: “It's part of my progression and I'm doing whatever it takes to make it happen.

    “I was obviously happy [with City's interest]. It would have been a good opportunity, but I'm in Seville and I'm very happy there.”

    Agent Jonathan Kebe added: “Any footballer likes to talk about his game. Of course, it is a compliment that a club as important as Manchester City is interested in you.

    “There was an offer, the club studied it, said ‘no’, and that’s it. There’s no more. We will never leave if Sevilla doesn’t want us to.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Manchester United have entered the race for Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

    It was Manchester City who were strongly linked to the Frenchman during the autumn window, with a bid reportedly rejected.

    But ESPN now believe the Red Devils will make a play for Kounde in January.

  • Marc Mayo


    Anthony Martial “almost conned” Manchester United when signing as a striker, Paul Scholes has remarked.

    With a goal-getter the former midfielder’s top demand for his old club in the transfer market, he feels Martial has never quite fitted the bill.

    Scholes said on Stadium Astro: “The problem with United’s forwards is that none of them is an actual centre-forward.

    “Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good.

    “He’s started this season quite poorly again, which makes you think he isn’t. It’s misleading. That’s why I’ve kept saying we need a top-class No. 9.”

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    Mike Phelan is no fan of the Premier League’s new pay-per-view games plan.

    The former Manchester United assistant believes his old club will be targeted for more Box Office games in a bid to raise revenue.

    He told the Manchester Football Association: “I think it's just the nature of the game. They're always trying to push the boat out a little bit more.

    “We're one of those pay-per-views this weekend and when it comes to pay-per-view it seems to be Man United, because I do think they command that pay-per-view audience.

    “It seems a little bit harsh from my point of view and in particular the circumstances we find ourselves in.

    “I think it's important the game projects itself as an instrument now to make people a little bit happier in the face of all this disturbance we live in at the moment and I always think football should be free to air.”

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    Marcus Rashford has thanked a young Liverpool fan who was inspired to draw his portrait.

    The England striker, recently named an MBE, has been hailed for his work in securing free school meals for disadvantaged kids.

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    Roy Keane is favourite to take over at Salford City.

    Ladbrokes have the Manchester United legend at just 2/1 to succeed Graham Alexander after the Irishman was in the stands for the weekend draw with Tranmere.

    Paul Scholes was placed in temporary charge of the League Two side, who are co-owned by Class of 92 favourites including Gary Neville and David Beckham.

    Fans were surprised to see Alexander sacked yesterday with Salford fifth in the table and unbeaten in the league so far.

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    Paul Pogba is 'interested' in a shock free transfer to skint Barcelona, according to shock reports.

    The Frenchman's Manchester United future remains unclear with just one year left to run on his current contract – although the Red Devils do have a 12-month extension clause.

    And according to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are hoping to take advantage by landing Pogba for nothing next summer.

    The LaLiga side are struggling for cash and were unable to spend big in the transfer window this summer as a result.

    So the report suggests they will make a swoop for the World Cup winner, 27, with a Bosman agreement able to be arranged as early as January.

  • Marc Mayo


    Real Madrid are reportedly keeping tabs on the Borussia Dortmund pair Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna.

    Spanish outlet Marca claims that Los Blancos will target Norwegian Haaland if they cannot sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

    The striker, 20, is said to have a £63million release clause in his Dortmund contract and is considered the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema.

    Manchester United have also been linked with the hotshot forward.

  • Marc Mayo


    Edinson Cavani is OUT of Manchester United's game with Newcastle.

    The club have confirmed that their new signing will be under quarantine at the time, as per Government guidelines on arrivals from abroad.

    However, Cavani will be free to face Paris Saint-Germain in a week's time.

    Anthony Martial is also unavailable for the trip north, due to a three-game ban.

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    Manchester United have been slammed by Ian Holloway over their role in ‘The Big Picture’.

    The former Blackpool boss outlined his thoughts on the plan, dreamt up by the Red Devils, Liverpool and EFL chairman Rick Parry, that would see extra power and funds handed to the big-six.

    Holloway fumed on talkSPORT: “I have never been so disgusted in my whole life.

    “If we can’t get Simon Jordan in there to tell the people what to do, I’m relying on Oliver Dowden [the culture secretary] right now to carry through the threats. He needs to look at it.

    “It cannot be right or the way forward. Basically, they’ve got a gun to all our heads and trying to take over football and make sure they will get richer. That’s not what football’s about.

    “It’s embarrassing. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in my life. It’s horrendous. It’s a time when everyone is struggling the most. They’ve come up with this. How are they the top six when Manchester United are 16th?”

  • Marc Mayo


    Facundo Pellistri has been snapped in Manchester United training kit for the first time.

    The Uruguayan, 18, signed for £9million on deadline day and is tipped to go straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team mix.

  • Marc Mayo


    Sergio Romero is reportedly fuming with the club after they blocked a potential move to Everton.

    The Toffees were keen to bring in the Argentine shot-stopper on loan to provide competition for Jordan Pickford, but the Red Devils rejected their approach.

    Romero – who has just one year left on his contract at Old Trafford – has fallen down the pecking order following Dean Henderson's return.

    According to The Athletic, Everton had a £2million loan offer turned down for the ex-Sampdoria star.

    His failed transfer has away has angered Romero, with the shot-stopper also furious having not been told he would be omitted from United's Champions League squad.

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    Edinson Cavani could become a brilliant veteran signing akin to Henrik Larsson – but Paul Scholes has his doubts.

    The Red Devils hero admitted he found it “very strange” to see United sign the former Paris Saint-Germain striker on a free transfer earlier this month.

    Scholes told Stadium Astro: “Five, six years ago, yeah he’s a great signing, he’ll take us to that next level possibly. But I just don’t think he’ll take us to the next level now.

    “But that’s what Manchester United seems to be now, it seems to be – I think of the forwards we have… Cavani, he should be a loan signing.

    “If you’re struggling without a centre-forward it should be a two or three month loan signing just to get through a sticky period. Similar to what Henrik Larsson did.

    “I see Cavani as that kind of person, not at 33 coming to sign a two-year contract. I find it very strange. But he won’t, he’ll be loving it. I’m sure he will.”

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