12.30pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Rice on 'incredible' Milan win, Milenkovic 'impressive offer', Granada draw reaction
19th March 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED had a keen viewer in Declan Rice as they overcame AC Milan in the Europa League.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are leading the chase for Nikola Milenkovic and have made an 'impressive offer', according to reports in Italy.

And there is plenty of reaction after United drew Spanish side Granada in the Europa League quarter finals.

Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…

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  • Etienne Fermie

    RON THE WAY?

    Real Madrid star Marcelo has teased fans that rumoured Manchester United target Cristiano Ronaldo could return to the Bernabeu from Juventus in the summer.

    Speculation has been rife that Los Blancos could re-sign the 36-year-old, with the Portugal international reportedly keen to make the switch.

    With just a year remaining on his deal in Italy, it has been claimed that Juve could cash in on the five-time Ballon d'Or winner at the end of the season.

    Amid the ongoing rumours, left-back Marcelo has hinted that Ronaldo could be in line for a shock return.

    The Brazilian commented on an Instagram video of him and Ronaldo celebrating after the victory against the Reds in Kiev three years ago.

    Captioning the post, 433 said: "That @marcelotwelve @cristiano connection @realmadrid."

    Marcelo was quick to respond, as he simply stated, 'Soon,' followed by two emojis that have been left open to interpretation.

    Marcelo teased fans about Juventus forward Ronaldo possibly returning to Real in the summer
    Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo won numerous trophies together at Real Madrid
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    EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS

    Manchester United will play Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals.

    And should they progress, they will face Ajax or AS Roma in the semis.

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    EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

    Manchester United will face Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals.

    The Spanish side boast former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado upfront.

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    UNDER-23S IN ACTION

    Manchester United's Under-23s are getting underway against their Spurs counterparts.

    Here's how they line up, including highly-rated youngsters Shola Shoretire and Hannibal.

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    VAN DER SHRIEK

    Donny van de Beek poured cold water on suggestions he is unhappy at Manchester United with his passionate celebration during the Red Devils' win at AC Milan.

    The Dutchman has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    He joined United from Ajax in a £39million move at the end of last season.

    But the 23-year-old has played just 26 times in all competitions since the transfer.

    Reports in recent days suggested the Holland international wants to quit Old Trafford already because of a lack of game time.

    Dutch legend Ronald de Boer also confirmed the midfielder is 'not happy' with the amount of time he has spent out of the team and the squad.

    But the Ajax youth coach added he is certain Van de Beek is willing to stay and fight for his place.

    And judging by the 17-cap star's reaction to Paul Pogba's winner in Italy on Thursday, former Barcelona ace De Boer is right.

    Pogba replaced injured Marcus Rashford at half-time with the score at 0-0 on the night and 1-1 on aggregate.

    Donny couldn't hide his delight when Pogba scored
  • Etienne Fermie

    MOR OF RAVEL

    Former Manchester United prodigy Ravel Morrison is training with Sheffield Wednesday ahead of a possible free transfer.

    The 28-year-old midfielder was tipped as a youngster to be one of England's hottest prospects, but he failed to develop into a world class player.

    And now, after spells at the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, Morrison is linking up with Wednesday as he looks to save them from relegation to the third tier.

    Having trained recently with Huddersfield Town, The Star understand he is now with Wednesday and close to reaching a free transfer agreement.

    Morrison most recently turned out for ADO Den Haag
  • Etienne Fermie

    ITALIAN JOB

    Manchester United got the job done in Milan tonight with a cool 1-0 victory over the Serie A giants in their own backyard.

    Paul Pogba's strike settled the tight tie, sending the Red Devils into the quarter-finals.

    Let's remind ourselves of how it went down at San Siro.

  • Etienne Fermie

    CHEEKY DEVILS

    Bruno Fernandes posted a celebratory selfie alongside match-winner Paul Pogba after last night's terrific 1-0 win over AC Milan at San Siro.

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    LEFT MARC

    Marcus Rashford felt a 'twinge' during Manchester United's win over AC Milan and was subbed off as a precaution.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the England star had a problem and the Red Devils boss did not want to 'take a risk'.

    He said: "Marcus had a twinge, we couldn't take a risk with him. Hopefully he won't be too bad."

    Marcus Rashford came off injured during Man Utd’s win over AC Milan
  • Etienne Fermie

    JULES IN THE CROWN

    Sevilla have slashed their asking price for Manchester United target Jules Kounde, according to reports.

    The French defender, 22, has impressed in LaLiga for Julen Lopetegui's side.

    Club chiefs were initially demanding around £77million for the impressive centre-back, whose contract runs until 2024.

    But according to El Gol, that price has now been slashed to £51m.

    Jules Kounde could be available for £51mCredit: Rex
  • Etienne Fermie

    FRIENDS REUNITED

    Paul Pogba was Manchester United's hero last night in Milan, as he bagged the only goal to send the Red Devils through to the Europa League quarter-finals.

    And after the game, the Frenchman caught up with old pal and team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    The duo, who played together at Old Trafford, even swapped shirts after the match.

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    CAV A LOOK AT THAT

    Boca Juniors president Juan Roman Riquelme is 'in talks' with Manchester United star Edinson Cavani, according to reports.

    The Uruguayan has become a popular figure at Old Trafford since joining on a free transfer last summer.

    But amid reports that he is unsettled in England, the 34-year-old could return to South America at the end of his United contract.

    And according to Infobae, Riquelme is working on sealing a deal.

    Cavani, 34, could leave United this summerCredit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    SEAL THE GREAL

    Manchester United could be beaten to £100million target Jack Grealish by rivals Manchester City – who hope use midfielder Douglas Luiz as leverage.

    The Etihad giants have a buy-back option on the Brazilian midfielder they sold to Villa in 2019.

    It means City can re-sign Luiz for around £25m up until the start of June — but the 22-year-old is thought to be worth considerably more.

    City could be prepared to let Luiz stay at Villa Park if it gave them a run at Grealish this summer.

    And that would be an ace up the sleeve of the champions-elect for boss Pep Guardiola as he makes the England ace a major target.

    Jack Grealish could leave his boyhood club this summerCredit: AFP
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    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League quarter finals last night after victory against AC Milan.

    Super-sub Paul Pogba came off the bench to score in a 1-0 win for the Red Devils, making it 2-1 on aggregate.

    The Red Devils now eagerly await the draw that takes place today from midday, with the likes of Ajax and Roma waiting.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Pogba’s match-winning performance on his return from injury, saying: “We’ve missed Paul.

    "He’s very important for us, he will give us a big boost for the rest of the season.

    “Today he made a big difference.”

    Meanwhile, Man Utd and Chelsea are reportedly locked in a huge transfer battle to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.

    According to AS, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barca have joined the race to land the highly-rated defender.

    The 21-year-old French talent has attracted significant interest after his form for Leipzig.

    But with Dayot Upamecano joining Bayern Munich this summer, Leipzig may not be prepared to sell another key defender unless they receive a major offer.

    Finally, Jesse Lingard has been called up by England after nearly two years in the international wilderness.

    Having become a forgotten man at United in the first half of this season, JLingz appeared to have no chance of going to the Euros.

    But his fantastic loan spell at West Ham, during which he has scored four goals and assisted a further two in six games, has brought him back into Gareth Southgate's plans.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAPPY HENDING

    Dean Henderson has replaced David de Gea as  Manchester United's first-choice keeper, says Paul Scholes.

    He told BT Sport: "I think it's Henderson. I think he has taken it over. 

    “I thought David [De Gea] had been lucky after the Everton game to keep his place, I thought there were a couple of mistakes where he could have done better.

    “There had been a few things before that, a couple of things after that. Not glaring and obvious mistakes, but I just feel a bit more confident with Henderson in there. 

    "He seems a little bit more relaxed. David has been an amazing keeper for United, he's been brilliant and he still will be if Dean doesn't take his chance. 

    "I just think the time has come to give Henderson a run of games in the team and see how he does. 

    "I think he possibly should be No1 for England if he carries on this form."

    Paul Scholes has praised Dean Henderson's performance against AC Milan
  • Anthony Chapman

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Paul Pogba’s match-winning performance against AC Milan on his return from injury.

    The Man Utd boss beamed: “We’ve missed Paul. He’s been out for almost two months and any team would miss him.

    “He’s very important for us, he will give us a big boost for the rest of the season.

    “Today he made a big difference.”

    Paul Pogba made the difference against AC Milan
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    AC MILAN 0 MAN UTD 1 (1-2 AGG)

    Super-sub Paul Pogba scored just two minutes after coming on to send Manchester United into the Europa League quarter-finals.

    The midfielder mad his long-awaited return from injury as he replaced Marcus Rashford at the break in the San Siro.

    And his impact was instant as he ended a goalmouth scramble to give the Red Devils a 2-1 aggregate lead.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    JOSE NO MOUR?

    Jose Mourinho is the new favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post.

    The ex-Man United boss saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb 3-2 on aggregate – having won the first leg 2-0.

    According to Betfair, Mourinho was 14/1 before tonight’s horror show.

    And now he is just 13/10 to leave the London club.

    • Jose Mourinho: 13/10
    • No Manager To Leave: 13/5
    • Steve Bruce: 7/2
    • Sam Allardyce: 5/1
    • Paul Heckingbottom: 11/1

    *Odds according to Betfair

    FIRING BLANKS

    The first 45 minutes are nearly over at the San Siro and United are still drawing 0-0.

    The Red Devils have struggled to create opportunities against Milan, who are packing the midfield while playing without a recognised striker.

    Remember, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men MUST score to stay in the tie, having conceded a late equaliser at Old Trafford in the first leg for 1-1.

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    TOP OF LEAGUE

    Man Utd have the most sustainable squad in Europe.

    That is the headline news from a study which suggests United should be challenging for glory both in the Champions League and the Premier League.

    The CIES Football Observatory released its findings on sustainable squad management with United ruled the top dogs.

    Clubs were ranked on three main areas with age structure, group stability and contractual policy assessed to determine the most sustainable teams.

    The report claims the Red Devils are well placed to qualify for the Champions League 'without too much difficulty' in the coming seasons, and are also in a position to 'eventually lift again the Premier League trophy'.

    TEAM NEWS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named an unchanged team to face AC Milan tonight.

    That means Dean Henderson continues in goal ahead of David De Gea, with Luke Shaw beating Alex Telles to the left-back spot.

    It also means Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek only make the bench after returning from injury.

    And Amad Diallo is also still waiting for his first start despite scoring in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 clash.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

    • Anthony Chapman

      UP FOR THE CUP

      The FA Cup is back this weekend with a place in the last four at stake.

      The likes of Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City are still in the competition.

      But just who has made the most quarter-final appearances since the turn of the century?

      Find out below!

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      VAN DE BLEAK

      Aajax legend Ronald de Boer claims Donny van de Beek is ‘not happy’ at Manchester United.

      He told TalkSport 2: “It’s not true that he asked Man United to leave.

      “[But[ His agent also told me that of course he’s not happy that he’s not playing.

      “He’s only had two starts under Solskjaer and that’s not what he hoped for when he joined Man United.

      “But he’s not panicking at all, he told his agent he’s so happy at Man United because the club is one of the best in terms of how they treat him, he feels loved.”

      Donny van de Beek is unhappy with his lack of minutes at Man Utd
    • Anthony Chapman

      FOR GLORY

      Former Man United striker Diego Forlan has been appointed as manager of second-division Uruguayan side Atenas.

      Forlan will make his debut as Atenas manager in around two months time with the restart of Uruguay’s second division.

      His return to management comes less than a year after his sacking from former club Penarol where he won four of his 11 games in charge.

      Club Atletico Atenas play in San Carlos, a city in the Maldonado Department of southern Uruguay.

      They are the most successful team from outside the capital Montevideo.

    • Anthony Chapman

      EUR IN LUCK

      Man Utd have been given a boost ahead of their clash with AC Milan – with the Italian giants missing FOUR key players.

      The Serie A side are without Ante Rebic, Alessandro Romagnoli, Davide Calabria and Rafael Leao for the second leg of tonight’s Europa League last-16 clash.

      But Milan boss Stefano Piolo has been given a major boost though after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was passed fit for the clash.

      Theo Hernandez and Hakan Calhanoglu will also return for Milan having missed the first leg.

      Rafael Leao is one of four absentees for Milan tonight

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