1pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo 'offered to United last summer', AC Milan build-up, Cavani latest
11th March 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED are getting set to face AC Milan in tonight's Europa League clash after getting John Murtough and Darren Fletcher on board in new roles.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo was offered back to United last summer.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    DEAL OR NO DEAL

    A SENSATIONAL report in Italy claims Manchester United REJECTED the chance to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo after being offered him by Juventus.

    Despite being under contract in Italy until 2022, CR7 has been linked with a big-money move to both China and the USA’s MLS previously.

    Italian journalist Emanuele Gamba told Calciomercato that he thinks Ronaldo will stay at Juventus for at least another 12 months.

    However, he claims that the forward’s agent Jorge Mendes offered the icon’s services to both United and Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

    Gamba said: “Will he leave? I think the only time there was a chance for that was last summer, and I think his staff moved in that direction.

    “I believe Mendes moved to see if there were any possibilities and did not find them.

    “I doubt that a year later, with an even older and more out of fashion Ronaldo, these possibilities will reappear.”

    He added: “Mendes had urged Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to make a move, who both said no.

    “Frankly, I don’t see the possibility of anything different happening now, at least in Europe.”

    Cristiano Ronaldo could have departed Juventus last summer
  • Etienne Fermie

    SCRATCH THE IC

    Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic opened the door to a potential return to Benfica after admitting the Portuguese side are 'always in the heart'.

    The Serbian spent two-and-a-half years at the Lisbon side between 2011 and 2014 – either side of stints at old club Chelsea.

    Matic said he is 'very happy' at Old Trafford and does not think about leaving but did not rule out a return to Portugal if his former side came knocking.

    In an interview with Sport TV, the 32-year-old said: "I still don't think about finishing my career. Let's see. For me, Benfica was always in the heart. Let's see what the future will bring.

    "If Benfica ever thinks it needs me again, let's think about it, but now I'm very happy at Man United, I don't think about leaving, but in football you never know.

    "If one day I return to Portugal, the only team I wanted to play in Portugal was Benfica. I was very happy there. Benfica is one of the best clubs in the world. I was very happy there in the team, with the fans and with everyone in the club.

    "Whenever I have time, I like to go through Lisbon. My family also likes it a lot and misses everyone from Lisbon."

    Matic spent the best part of three years in Portugal between 2011 and 2014
  • Etienne Fermie

    TEAM NEWS

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Marcus Rashford is a major doubt for tonight's clash with AC Milan.

    He said: "He's still getting treatment but he didn't join in the training today (Wednesday). Even though normally I'm a very optimistic guy, I still think he's going to be out tomorrow night and a doubt for the weekend.

    "But that 60-70 yard recovery run [against City, which led to the injury] just showed the hunger and spirit and the humility in our work that we've got at the moment.

    "It was probably worth it there and then, but you're never happy when you lose players for games."

    The Norwegian then added: "I'm not sure if anyone will be back.

    "David [De Gea] is not available. Donny [van de Beek], no. Paul [Pogba], no. Edinson, maybe, but probably not. Juan [Mata], no and Marcus, maybe, but probably not. So it's similar to Sunday, but maybe we've lost Marcus."

  • Etienne Fermie

    SAVE YOUR CASH

    Manchester United pair David de Gea and Dean Henderson are being paid over £200,000 each per shot blocked in the top flight, according to figures compiled by BettingOdds.com.

    The pair both rank among the top ten most expensive goalkeepers per save in the Premier League.

    De Gea and Henderson are No3 and No6 on the list respectively
  • Etienne Fermie

    FAMILY FIRST

    The pregnancy of Edinson Cavani’s model girlfriend has been cited as one of the reasons the striker is planning to return to South America.

    Argentinian press are reporting Jocelyn Burgardt is close to having the couple’s second child and they want to be in Uruguay in June so the birth can take place there.

    The 34-year-old is said to be eyeing a move to Boca Juniors after just one season at United, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Wednesday he was hoping to convince Cavani to stay when the weather in Manchester improved.

    His dad Luis claimed his son did not feel 'comfortable' in Manchester and wanted to be closer to his family in an interview earlier this week with TyC Sports, but made no mention of Jocelyn’s pregnancy.

    The couple’s daughter India turns two in May and Cavani also has two sons called Bautista and Lucas from his relationship with former wife and childhood sweetheart Maria Soledad Cabris.

    Argentinian media outlet Infobae cited Jocelyn’s pregnancy as one of the three reasons the striker wants out of Old Trafford.

    They also added that his close relationship with Boca vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme and his unhappiness at his three-match ban earlier this season for using the word ‘negrito’ in an online post were other reasons he wanted to leave.

    Edinson Cavani's partner is pregnant with their second child
  • Etienne Fermie

    BOTHAM TO THE TOP

    Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham believes that his former club are only two players away from being title-winners.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes during the launch of their 5-A-Side Bet, he said: "When I'm looking at this current Manchester United side, I'm thinking two players would turn them into a team capable of sustaining a title challenge.

    "It's difficult though because you're looking at United compared to Manchester City, who are the best team in the league at the moment, and I'm saying they're probably two players off being able to compete with them for the league.

    "But that's not taking into consideration the business that City themselves might be looking to do.

    "If they bring in an Erling Haaland, all of a sudden they're pulling even further away in terms of being the best side in the Premier League."

  • Etienne Fermie

    GETTING LAIRDY

    Manchester United wonderkid Ethan Laird has been praised by MK Dons boss Russell Martin.

    The Red Devils academy starlet is currently spending the second half of the season in Milton Keynes.

    And asked about the talented teen, Martin said: "Ethan did really well. We just need to get him the ball more, he didn’t get enough of it in the second half.

    "Ethan is getting better and better, he’s listened and focused on the detail. He’s frustrated he’s not got more assists and goals because he’s certainly capable of it."

    Ethan Laird, 19, is on loan at MK DonsCredit: Rex Features
  • Etienne Fermie

    UNITED'S NU DEAL

    Manchester United face competition from some of Europe's biggest clubs to sign Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Nuno Mendes.

    Liverpool, Juventus and AC Milan are also reportedly in the race to land the highly-rated left-back.

    The 18-year-old defender has been earning rave reviews at Sporting and the European giants are lining up to sign him.

    According to A Bola, Juventus and AC Milan have joined the race to land the teenager.

    Mendes has a £63million release clause and United may have to fork out this amount if they want to land their target.

    Liverpool reportedly had a £19m offer turned down in December for the defender with Sporting determined to hold on to their star.

    Nuno Mendes is attracting the interest of Manchester United
  • Etienne Fermie

    RUN OF THE MIL

    Manchester United take on AC Milan this evening at Old Trafford.

    And here is now SunSport think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line his side up this evening.

    How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line his side up this evening
  • Etienne Fermie

    BACK AT IT

    Manchester United are back in action this evening, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men resume their Europa League campaign.

    The Red Devils take on AC Milan at Old Trafford, and skipper Harry Maguire is ready!

  • Etienne Fermie

    THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

    Manchester United's Under-18s triumphed 2-0 against Salford in their FA Youth Cup derby last night.

    And the victory was capped off by this wonderful effort from Charlie McNeill.

    Take a bow!

  • Etienne Fermie

    BECK OFF

    SunSport EXCLUSIVE by Steve Brenner

    Manchester United's new football director John Murtough turned down the chance to join Inter Miami before landing the top job at Old Trafford.

    David Beckham and his MLS team held talks with highly-rated Murtough and were keen to bring him to South Florida to complete a total revamp behind the scenes. 

    He was to be given an all-encompassing role similar to the one which was announced on Wednesday. 

    But despite showing interest in the post, Murtough decided to stay in Manchester and was rewarded by United supremo Ed Woodward for his loyalty.

    Becks, who has already replaced last season's coach at Inter as well as sporting director Paul McDonough, will now move onto new targets for the position.

    John Murtough, left, has been rewarded for staying at Old Trafford
  • Etienne Fermie

    NOT JUST WAN

    Manchester United reportedly want to sign a new right-back this summer to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    The ex-Crystal Palace man, 23, has been the undisputed No1 choice since his £50million transfer from Selhurst Park in 2019.

    In fact, the defender has missed just five Premier League matches for United.

    But according to transfer guru and journalist Fabrizio Romano, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring another option in.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to face some competition next seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Man City’s 5-2 win over Southampton put them 14 points clear of United at the top of the Premier League last night.

    And in transfers, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes a change in the weather could convince Edinson Cavani his future lies in Manchester.

    On a not unfamiliar soaking wet day in the North West, Solskjaer was quizzed on quotes from the striker’s father saying he wanted to quit United.

    But ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with AC Milan, the old Trafford chief said: “Edinson is fully focused on being available for us and working really hard to get fit.

    “From my bad Spanish and his better English, he’s very proud to play for Manchester United. He’s always going to give his best, if it’s beyond this season as well.

    “The decision hasn’t been made. As we’ve said, he’s made a great contribution so far.

    “We’re just working on getting him back on the pitch and fit and we’ll convince him when the weather in Manchester improves.”

    Elsewhere, Ryan Giggs’ Euro 2020 dream is in the balance after a fresh setback.

    The Wales manager will miss three more games including the opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers this month as he has been kept on ‘special leave’ by the Welsh FA with his ‘assault’ case still under investigation.

    And finally, The planned full reopening of Prem turnstiles next season will see a return of the Saturday afternoon TV “blackout”.

    Government pressure saw clubs agree to all top-flight games being screened from June’s resumption. That came with the FA’s blessing for 3pm matches to be broadcast live for the first time since the mid-1960s.

    Sky and BT reluctantly agreed and that carried over into this term with gates shut.

    This was apart from a brief spell before Christmas when 17 matches were played in front of small crowds.

    But the two main broadcasters are keen for the original terms of their £1.665billion annual deal — covering 20 of the 380 total games — to be restored once fans are back.

  • William Pugh

    WALES WAIT

    Ryan Giggs' Euro 2020 dream is in the balance after a fresh setback.

    The Wales manager will miss three more games including the opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers this month as he has been kept on ‘special leave’ by the Welsh FA with his ‘assault’ case still under investigation.

    Giggs‘ future remains uncertain as the Manchester United legend waits to hear if there is a case to answer with his file currently with the Crown Prosecution Service.

    As a result, Robert Page will continue as caretaker boss for the qualifying clashes against Belgium on March 24 and the Czech Republic on March 30 as well as a friendly with Mexico in between.

    That takes Giggs’ absence as Wales boss to a total of SIX matches since his arrest on November 1 on suspicion of assaulting his on-off girlfriend. Giggs, 47, whose bail from Greater Manchester Police has been extended until May 1, denies the allegations.

    But the lingering doubts over Giggs – as well as the exit of chief executive Jonathan Ford following a vote of no confidence from the FAW council earlier this week – leaves the Welsh FA in a major crisis ahead of the Euros with no guarantee that the manager’s situation will have a resolution from the CPS by then.

    If Giggs is charged, then Page is likely to take charge at the Euros.

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    SILVA LINING

    Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are reportedly leading the race to sign Arsenal target Andre Silva.

    Todofichajes claims the Eintracht Frankfurt striker has acquired a large following after some impressive displays this season.

    Silva, 25, has scored 19 Bundesliga goals in just 22 games after netting 12 while on loan at Frankfurt last term.

    Silva, who has also played for Porto, AC Milan and Sevilla, has 16 goals in just 37 games for Portugal too.

    And after an unsettled start to his professional career, the hitman looks to finally be finding his best form.

    SunSport previously revealed United will be given the chance to sign him for £30million but only if Edinson Cavani leaves.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • William Pugh

    EDIN FOR SUMMER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes a change in the weather could convince Edinson Cavani his future lies in Manchester.

    On a not unfamiliar soaking wet day in the North West, Solskjaer was quizzed on quotes from the striker’s father saying he wanted to quit United.

    But ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with AC Milan, the old Trafford chief said: “Edinson is fully focused on being available for us and working really hard to get fit.

    “From my bad Spanish and his better English, he’s very proud to play for Manchester United. He’s always going to give his best, if it’s beyond this season as well.

    “The decision hasn’t been made. As we’ve said, he’s made a great contribution so far.

    "We’re just working on getting him back on the pitch and fit and we’ll convince him when the weather in Manchester improves.”

    Credit: Getty
  • William Pugh

    BACK TO BLACK – EXCLUSIVE

    The planned full reopening of Prem turnstiles next season will see a return of the Saturday afternoon TV “blackout”.

    Government pressure saw clubs agree to all top-flight games being screened from June’s resumption. That came with the FA’s blessing for 3pm matches to be broadcast live for the first time since the mid-1960s.

    Sky and BT reluctantly agreed and that carried over into this term with gates shut. This was apart from a brief spell before Christmas when 17 matches were played in front of small crowds.

    But the two main broadcasters are keen for the original terms of their £1.665billion annual deal — covering 20 of the 380 total games — to be restored once fans are back.

    It means a return of the traditional block of Saturday afternoon kick-offs for games that are not available to watch live in the UK. A Prem source said: “Broadcasters agreed to cover more games as a huge service to fans.

    “But the value of their deals was based on exclusivity and a certain number of matches. There will have to be talks with clubs on what the threshold of fans will be for us to revert to the original deals.”

    Credit: Getty
  • William Pugh

    YOUNG DEVILS MARCH ON

    Man Utd's U-18s have progressed to the FA youth Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win at Salford.

    Goals from Daniel Gore and Charlie McNeill either side of half-time saw Neil Ryan's side through.

  • William Pugh

    HORRIBLE PHIL-ING

    Phil Foden admitted it was horrible to lose to Manchester United in the derby last week after his side beat Southampton 5-2 tonight.

  • William Pugh

    SHAW OF IT

    Dimitar Berbatov claims Luke Shaw is undoubtedly England’s best left-back.

    And the Manchester United star’s transformation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proves he’s finally grown as a player.

    Berbatov told Betfair: “I thought Luke was man of the match (against City). He was great in that game. He was going into tackles, working hard, passing well and playing in a no-nonsense manner. His transformation under Ole shows that he has grown into the position.

    “I saw a meme saying that since United signed Alex Telles, Shaw has turned into the best defender in Europe. If we put the joke aside, this is what competition can do for you sometimes. You feel comfortable, then the team buy someone in your position and you realise that you need to prove how good you are.

    “This then brings the best out of you. Competition is certainly one of the factors that has helped him develop and improve. It also comes down to personal motivation, you don’t know about his private life and whether he feels comfortable. He was great on Sunday, as was the whole team.

    “There are lots of good players in both the left and right-back positions for England. Gareth Southgate has decisions to make and he is now the best left-back in my opinion. He now just needs to back it up. He just needs to stick to his trends, keep it simple and he’ll be an even better player.”

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • William Pugh

    ORDUZ ORDEAL – CONTAINS SCENES SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND DISTRESSING

    A sports anchor cheated death after a giant screen fell on top of him during a live broadcast.

    ESPN FC Radio Colombia host Carlos Orduz suffered a minor injury to one of his teeth and a small nosebleed in the horrific-looking accident.

    Footage of the dramatic moment left viewers fearing for Carlos’ safety.

    But he took to Twitter to assure people he was OK later in the evening, writing: “Good night and greetings. I’m Carlos Orduz.

    “With regards to the incident that happened at the beginning of our programme on ESPN Radio, I’d like to assure to that I’m fine.

    “I’ve been checked and nothing has happened apart from the shock I suffered. I appreciate your messages of support.”

  • William Pugh

    ON THE MEND

    Manchester United and Liverpool have been joined in the race for Sporting Lisbon’s Nuno Mendes by Juventus and AC Milan.

    A Bola claims the Italian duo are eager to sign the highly-rated left-back, 18, this summer. Mendes broke into the Sporting XI last season and has so far clocked up 18 games for the Portuguese giants.

    Man United are known to be fans despite splashing out on Alex Telles last summer. Liverpool were linked with a move for Mendes in December too.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal were eager to snap him up in last summer’s transfer window. And reports added Leicester had also joined the battle after losing Ben Chilwell to Chelsea.

    Such was the interest in Mendes that Sporting quickly moved to sign left-back Matheus Reis from Rio Ave in January, ensuring they would not be left short in that position.

    And there are now even more clubs in the race with Juventus and Milan eager to bring Mendes to Serie A. However, the report adds that Sporting have no intention of selling Mendes.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • William Pugh

    STUCK IN LIN-BO

    Jesse Lingard has hinted he might join West Ham on a permanent transfer from Manchester United at the end of the season.

    The midfielder has been in sparkling form for the Hammers and – ahead of their game against his parent club at Old Trafford on Sunday – suggested he is 'ready for new challenges ahead'.

    Some fans have taken that to mean he wants to become a permanent resident in East London while others are not so sure.

  • William Pugh

    TAYL OF GO

    Portsmouth are eyeing up a free swoop for Manchester United defender Max Taylor as he continues his fight back from cancer.

    The centre-back, 21, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2018. But he is back on the pitch aiming to get his career back on track.

    Taylor is out of contract at Man Utd at the end of the season.

    And he is currently enjoying a trial spell at Portsmouth – most-recently playing all 90 minutes of the 2-1 reserve team win over Luton on Tuesday.

    Pompey are now keeping tabs on Taylor’s situation, keen to make his trial spell permanent in the summer.

    Taylor has been at the Old Trafford giants since the age of 14.

    Credit: Getty – Contributor

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