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18th November 2020

MANCHESTER UNITED are back in Premier League action this weekend as they face West Brom.

But the Red Devils look set to miss out on a potential move for Brazilian forward Hulk who reportedly wants to rejoin Porto, while we've the very latest on reports suggesting Raphael Varane is a United target.

Follow ALL the latest Man Utd transfer news below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    'FUTURE IS YOURS'

    Reece James has celebrated his younger sister, Lauren, being called-up by England for the first time.

    The Chelsea star, 20, beamed on Instagram as he congratulated his sibling on her debut Lionesses bow.

    Reece has established himself as arguably England's No1 right-back – battling Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker for the starting spot.

    And now Manchester United star Lauren, 19, is hoping to lead England's women to glory.

    Lauren had been called-up for the Lionesses game against Norway on December 1.

    However, due to coronavirus, she will be forced to wait for her debut, with the match having since been called off.

    On the teenage striker's international call-up, proud brother Reece captioned his snap: “Congratulations @laurennjjames on your first @lionesses call up. Keep working hard. The future is yours.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GREAT DANE

  • Joe Miles

    KURT OUT

    Chelsea's Kurt Zouma is the Premier League's best header of a football in the 2020-21 season so far, beating Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.

    The Frenchman has won a staggering 96.3 per cent of his aerial duels, according to CIES Football Observatory.

    Zouma has won 26 out of his 27 headed battles, easily the best record in the Premier League.

    But that success rate of over 96 per cent is also the best in Europe – not just in the 'Big Five' leagues, but the entire continent.

    Amongst Premier League players, only Maguire can boast a tally of 90 per cent or more, aside from Zouma.

    The Man Utd skipper has won 27 of his 30 aerial battles – a success rate of exactly 90 per cent.

  • Joe Miles

    OH MAN

    Roberto Mancini has reportedly emerged as a shock contender to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United.

    With the Red Devils slumped at 14th in the Premier League table, Solskjaer's future at the club has been questioned.

    Tuttosport claim Mancini is an alternative option – even though he lifted the Premier League with rivals City.

    But it is understood Mauricio Pochettino is still the firm favourite to take over at Old Trafford.

  • Joe Miles

    ED'S UP

    Edinson Cavani would have been a good signing for Liverpool, claimed Steve Nicol.

    The former Liverpool ace told ESPN: “Edinson Cavani is a good option coming off the bench for any team.

    “I wouldn’t have had a problem if Liverpool had signed Cavani for coming off the bench with 20 minutes to go.”

  • Joe Miles

    INJURY UPDATE

    Manchester United could be without Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial for Saturday's showdown with West Brom.

    The club's official website has revealed that both players will be assessed ahead of the game at Old Trafford.

    Lindelof was forced off the pitch during Sweden's 4-2 defeat to France in the Nations League on Tuesday.

    Martial remained on the bench for France after he was hauled off against Portugal with a back injury.

  • Joe Miles

    VAR FETCHED

    Manchester United have the opportunity to sign Raphael Varane for well below £100million, according to stunning reports.

    The Real Madrid centre-back, 27, is considered one of the top centre-backs in world football.

    But the Manchester Evening News claim Los Blancos would be open to selling the Frenchman.

    United tried to sign Varane way back in 2011 under Sir Alex Ferguson but were pipped when Zinedine Zidane – then working behind the scenes at the Bernabeu – intervened.

    So as the Lens teenager joined Real Madrid, United bought Phil Jones from Blackburn.

  • Joe Miles

    REDDY TO GO

    Manchester United have outlined SIX targets for the club to achieve before the end of 2020.

    As revealed on the official club website, they are…

    • Champions League qualification.
    • Reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
    • Climb the Premier League table.
    • Set a new club record with eight consecutive away league wins.
    • Secure bragging rights at Manchester derby.
    • Beat old rivals Leeds on December 19.

    RED ALERT

    United still have 12 games matches to play in the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup before the end of 2020.

    This means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be in action roughly every FOUR days.

    Following the international break, the Red Devils will return to action against West Brom on Saturday.

    United will then face Istanbul Basaksehir before taking on Southampton then Paris Saint-Germain.

    HEARTBREAK HOTEL

    Premier League clubs are furious at new Government restrictions surrounding team meals.

    The Department for Digital, Media and Culture have banned teams eating together while cooped up in hotels around matches.

    And the Mail report that PL, as well as EFL, chiefs are attempting to rally against the changes.

    Currently, players returning from international duty will have to rely on room service for their meals.

    And they will have to eat alone in their rooms until at least December 2, as lockdown again tightens around the country.

    BEING FRANC

    France boss Didier Deschamps has called for Manchester United to take note of Paul Pogba's impressive form while on international duty.

    He said: “Just see what he was able to do in Portugal and what he did tonight.

    “I know him, I know he works. He has pride and above all, he has talent.

    “When you have to defend, he can defend. When he has the opportunity to express himself, he is able to do so.

    “Paul is a top-level player and I hope what he did with us will be useful to him when he gets back to his club.”

    'THERE'S A PATHWAY'

    Anthony Elanga wants to follow in the footsteps of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood at Manchester United.

    The 18-year-old forward told PA News Agency: “You look at the likes of Mason and Rashy, there is a pathway there.

    “It just shows you that if you’re willing to put the work into it and continue to work hard day in, day out in training there’s a pathway for you there.

    “Obviously we’ve got a manager in Ole trusting the youngsters, so there’s a pathway there and I’ve just got to keep working hard.

    “In training I’m always working hard and the way that I train is the way that I play.

    “You can see that in the results and I’m just happy at the moment, I’m enjoying my football.”

    SCOT TO BE KIDDING

    Ex-Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis has lifted the lid on when he once told legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson to 'f*** off'.

    Kanchelskis, now 51, could easily have gotten on the wrong side of Ferguson, after being the subject of a prank from his team-mates while learning English.

    Revealing in an excerpt from his upcoming autobiography, Kanchelskis wrote: “Whenever a foreign footballer comes into a dressing room, he will be taught how to swear.

    “I've seen exactly the same thing with Brazilian players when I have been managing in Russia. They also taught me the correct way to address the manager of Manchester United.

    “Almost the first time I came across Alex Ferguson in the corridors of the Cliff, he said to me, 'All right Andrei, how's it going?

    “I smiled at him and replied, 'F*** off, Scottish b******'. Ferguson stopped dead in his tracks and then began to smile as he heard laughter echoing down the corridor, while I stood there bewildered.”

    PAUL OVER

    Paul Scholes has claimed he was 'devastated' when 'best mate' Nicky Butt left Manchester United in 2004.

    The Old Trafford legend told DAZN: “It was all part of football. When you start out with five or six lads, you hope that you'll be there for the next 20 years.

    “Unfortunately it doesn't always work out that way. You lose people along the way.

    “Nicky went and Nicky was my best mate, I'd grown up with him since I was 12 or 13.

    “You're devastated, I really was devastated.”

    'DON'T THINK HE MEANT IT'

    Richarlison has surprisingly defended Edinson Cavani following the Uruguay star's red card.

    The Everton and Brazil star told CBF TV after the game: “It was a ball dispute and of course he went over the top.

    “If my foot was planted there on the floor, maybe it could even have broken my ankle.

    “But I don't think he meant it. I think he went there to get the ball but missed and took my foot.

    “It's a normal game situation.”

    LOST HIS ED

    Edinson Cavani was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Richarlison during Uruguay's 2-0 defeat to Brazil.

    The veteran striker, 33, was given his marching orders following a VAR review into his dangerous challenge on the Everton forward.

    The ex-Paris Saint-Germain star raked his studs down Richarlison's leg as his fellow forward attempted to power away with the ball.

    Cavani was originally shown a yellow for the challenge before he was dismissed by referee Roberto Tobar following a VAR review.

    NUN BUT YOU

    Leicester City are set to battle it out with Manchester United and Arsenal for Sporting Lisbon's Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old left-back has earned plenty of plaudits since breaking into the Sporting first team after lockdown.

    He is now the first-choice left-back for Ruben Amorim – starting all nine matches this season and helping unbeaten Sporting to the top of the league.

    And according to the Daily Mail, Premier League table-toppers Leicester are considering making an approach to sign Mendes.

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS 

    Paul Pogba has been criticised after making more suggestive comments while on international duty with France. 

    The midfielder said being with his country was a 'breath of fresh air' and added: “It's not that in the club we don't have fun, but here it's not the same. We laugh. It's really a family.”

    Pundit Micah Richards slammed his comments as 'disrespectful'.

    Meanwhile, reports suggest United will cull a number of fringe players from their squad at the next transfer window. 

    The players believed to be in trouble are outcasts Phil Jones, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Sergio Romero and Marcus Rojo as the club looks to slash the wage bill. 

    Off the pitch, Marcus Rashford revealed his extraordinary campaigning work had led him to the world of books. 

    After months spent trying to make sure no child in Britain goes hungry, the tireless footy player has now turned his attention to getting more kids into reading. 

    PREDICTED LINE-UP

    Reminder of how we think an injury-hit Man United will line-up against West Brom this weekend:

    IRON BRU MENALITY

    Bruno Fernandes is saying all the right things as he continues to impress United fans on and off the pitch.

    CITY SLICKERS

    Good night for some players on the Blue side of Manchester tonight.

    Manchester City's Ferran Torres and Rodri have both scored as Spain batter Germany 3-0 in the first half of their Nations League meeting.

    Meanwhile, Paul Pogba's France lead Victor Lindelof's Sweden 2-1.

    MAUR TO COME

    Mauricio Pochettino remains out of work but the former Tottenham boss is expected to be back in football before long, according to Ossie Ardiles.

    Pochettino was sacked by Spurs a year ago but has taken his time away from football as he prepares for his next job.

    Former Tottenham manager Ardiles believes the Argentine knows what he wants as he plots his next job.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ardiles said: “He knows exactly what he wants to do.

    “Football is his life, so he’s been watching everything and he likes to talk about football.

    “He’ll take his time and, before long, he’ll be working again.”

    NATIONS LEAGUE CLASH

    United fans will have a couple of players to watch tonight as France host Sweden in the Nations League.

    For the home side, Paul Pogba will start in the midfield following his controversial comments which may have landed him in hot water.

    The talented midfielder told RTL being with the national team was a 'breath of fresh air' and said “it's not that in the club we don’t have fun, but here it’s not the same. We laugh. It’s really a family.”

    On the other side, Victor Lindelof starts at centre-back as he looks to hold off France's waves of brilliant attacking players.

    MO PROBLEM

    Covid-struck Mo Salah has thanked people for their support and promised to rally back after his spell out in quarantine.

    The Liverpool star caught the virus during the international break and adds to a list of Reds' absentees as the Premier League inches towards a return.

    'DISRESPECTFUL'

    Paul Pogba has been accused of lacking respect for Manchester United after his latest suggestive quotes while off on international duty with France.

    The talented midfielder told RTL being with the national team was a 'breath of fresh air' and said “it's not that in the club we don’t have fun, but here it’s not the same. We laugh. It’s really a family.”

    Pundit Micah RIchards said the latest comments overstepped the mark.

    He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He needs to have a little bit of respect for Man United because I've backed him to the hilt so many times.

    “We've come out before and said he shouldn't have his agent saying things for him, which we all agree on, but going away with your national team because you're playing well with your national team, then sort of creating problems in the team that has shown a lot of faith in you and put a lot of trust in you. I think it's disrespectful.

    “I'm not the one to jump on any bandwagon with Pogba, I still believe he should stay, I still believe he's good enough to take the team where they need to go to if he's fully focused.”

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