Man Utd news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo rant EXCLUSIVE, Bruno Fernandes LATEST, Dani Olmo transfer interest
23rd October 2021

CRISTIANO RONALDO launched the hairdryer treatment on his Man Utd team-mates during the 3-2 win over Atalanta, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

With the side 2-0 down, the Portuguese star furiously said "Are you not ASHAMED?" to his team-mates.

On the transfer front, United are eyeing up a swoop for Spanish star Dani Olmo, according to reports.

Meanwhile Donny van de Beek is reportedly set for a January exit from Old Trafford, with Everton and Newcastle waiting to secure his signature.

Follow ALL the latest news, updates and transfer gossip from Old Trafford…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GRIEZING PALMS

    Antoine Griezmann is making plans for a life after football as an agent and has hired a former Manchester United star to help him.

    The Atletico Madrid forward, 30, has appointed Terry Gibson to help him establish a foothold in the English game with his agency, By&For.

    Griezmann's agent Hector Fernandez is currently leading the project with the France World Cup winner's sister, Maud.

    Gibson, 58, worked as a scout for Bolton under Sam Allardyce and has become a leading authority on Spanish football.

    But now Gibson will be the lead UK football co-ordinator for Griezmann's agency.

    So far, Griezmann is the only established client with By&For.

    However, it is believed that Gibson and former Brighton midfielder Andrea Orlandi, one of their representatives in Spain, will be able to find loan deals for Premier League based talent struggling for game time in LaLiga.

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    SUNSPORT EXCLUSIVE

    In case you missed it, Bruno Fernandes is a shock injury doubt for Manchester United's massive Premier League clash with rivals Liverpool.

    Fernandes completed a full 90 minutes against Atalanta on Wednesday but was on the end of some strong challenges.

    He went into Carrington for warm down training on Thursday but by the afternoon the extent of his exertions had clearly caught up with and he was limping heavily.

    Now manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping it is nothing more than aches and pains when he is assessed so his Portuguese playmaker can line up in Sunday’s vital Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

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    YOUR UP

    Manchester United have recently been linked with a move for Leicester City star Youri Tielemans.

    The 24-year-old has less than two years remaining on his current contract, and rejected the Foxes latest offer of a new deal.

    But if the Red Devils want to make a move for the Belgian international they will face stiff competition.

    According to Calciomercato, United's rivals Chelsea and Liverpool are also monitoring the playmaker.

    And there's interest from Europe too.

    Juventus, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid AND Atletico Madrid are all reportedly keen on a move for the Leicester man.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RED FURY

    A strong police presence is expected at Old Trafford on Sunday when Manchester United take on fierce rivals Liverpool.

    The same fixture was postponed back in May when United fans protested against the owners following the failed Super League venture.

    Hundreds of fans managed to break into the stadium to stage their protest.

    And fans also managed to block the players from leaving the hotel, leading to the postponement.

    Fans tried to disrupt the fixture again 11 days later by slashing Liverpool's team buses tyres, but the game went ahead and the visitors won 4-2.

    And the Daily Mail are reporting there will be an increased police presence around the team hotels and coaches in particular, to avoid a repeat of last season's events.

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    STAT ATTACK

    Did you know, Manchester United have won just one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D6 L3), losing at Old Trafford 4-2 last season.

    And after that win in May, the Reds are looking to secure consecutive league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since January 2002.

    Before that victory five months ago, Jurgen Klopp's side had not won at Old Trafford since 2014.

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    VICTOR'S VERDICT

    Victor Lindelof has been promoted to the Manchester United first team in the absence of Raphael Varane.

    The 27-year-old has been at Old Trafford since 2017, and has recently been promoted to Sweden captain.

    When asked about the role, he told United's club website: “The way I am as a captain, I think I’m quite calm. Obviously I take responsibility and I try to be a leader.

    “I’ve gained some experience over my career so far and I just try to help out and be a leader on the pitch and off it as well.

    “I’m not the type who stands up and screams in your face or something like that. I try to show it on the pitch in my actions, with my presence and my calmness.

    “I think people feel they can talk to me as well and that they can listen to me when I speak as well. I think that’s the way I am as a captain and also as a leader.”

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    TEN YEARS TODAY

    Sorry to do this to you, Red Devils fans.

    But it's TEN years to the day since Manchester City thrashed United 6-1 at Old Trafford.

    It was an iconic match that signalled a big change in Manchester, with the Citizens going on to claim the title that season.

    And ever since then City have established themselves as title contenders each and every season.

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    TWO OF THE BEST

    Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to compare Mohammed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.

    But he did liken the pair's professionalism, saying: “You need luck, because things can happen, but I think the professionalism of both is the one thing you can compare, 100 per cent. It is probably the same.

    “Mo is incredibly professional. He is really the first one in and very often the last out of all the players.

    “He is constantly interested in all the things he can do and has to do to keep or improve the standard. I think he still has a lot to give.

    “Why should we compare? Obviously, both are world-class players. Even though Ronaldo’s left foot is not bad, I would say Mo’s left foot is probably better.

    “Cristiano may be better in the air and his right foot is probably better.

    “Speed-wise, both are pretty quick and desperate to score goals but I’ve never really thought about that. I’m not too interested in comparing, sorry.”

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    WATCH OUT FOR ANTHONY

    Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed talented youngster Anthony Elanga has a role to play at Old Trafford for years to come.

    Matic told the club's official website: "I’m always happy to help players when they are good lads who want to improve. I can see some of them have great potential and are the future of the club.

    "Anthony is one of the young players who respects the players that are older than him and the players that have more experience.

    "So I am very happy with the way he improves and the way he is training and playing in games.

    "So I think he is a very important player for us, in the future, as I see him in the first XI in the next upcoming seasons.

    "I don’t know what is the secret of the United Academy but, every year, they bring a couple of top players to the first team."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    INJURY DOUBT

    SunSport exclusively revealed that Bruno Fernandes is an injury doubt for Manchester United's clash against bitter rivals Liverpool tomorrow.

    The news comes as a massive blow to United fans.

    With 26 shots and 31 chances created, Bruno has been directly involved in a higher share of his team’s attempts this season than any other player in the Premier League (41% – 57/138).

    Nine of his chances created have been for Mason Greenwood, with no player setting up a teammate more so far this term.

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    CONT ME IN

    Premier League-winning manager Antonio Conte IS interested in managing Manchester United, but wants to be backed enough to finally win the Champions League, reports say.

    The Italian is being linked with taking over from under pressure boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Journalist Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window podcast: "I think there are two obvious candidates in terms of coaches who have achieved at the top level of the game, who are out of work and would be available to Manchester United without compensation fees.

    "One is Zinedine Zidane and one is Antonio Conte. Conte's position, I'm told, is that he is interested in the Manchester United job but not without restrictions.

    "Antonio Conte, when he chooses his next club, wants a club where he can win the Champions League.

    "He wants to demonstrate, he's wanted to do it for a long time, that he is one of the very best coaches in world football.

    "To do that he knows he has to win the Champions League, so Manchester United are interesting because of the squad they've got, because of their status and because of the resource that is behind them."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DAVID'S DELIGHT

    Red Devils midfielder Scott McTominay also heaped praised on United's no1 between the sticks.

    McTominay told the club's official website: "He’s been absolutely brilliant.

    "My mum said ‘David’s been amazing hasn’t he?’ – she usually gets too nervous to watch the games and can’t watch.

    "David has been brilliant, some of the saves he’s made… big moments. He made two big saves the other night, one after the other, which were huge.

    "If one of them had flown in, then the momentum was back with them, things like that are so important and people don’t realise the positivity and the reaction that the group has to things like that.

    "We want him to make those saves and we need those saves because it’s so important and long may it continue."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STEP UP

    Manchester United's 1968 European Cup winner David Stepney has tipped David De Gea to win Player of the Year at Old Trafford after a superb start to the season.

    He told the Times: “It was unknown in my day that the Manchester United goalkeeper would be player of the year.

    “That should never be the case for Manchester United. A certain Mr Cristiano Ronaldo might have something to say about this year’s award, but David is playing really well.

    “He’s been making some remarkable saves. David was under pressure last season because Dean [Henderson] got his chance and took it. The fact of the matter is that it does wake you up sometimes.

    “You’re number one and all of a sudden you’re not. It was bad timing for Dean. He will have to wait for his chance. His next game might be in the FA Cup and that’s a while away unless David gets injured.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RED LIGHTS

    Manchester United face several injury concerns heading into their huge Premier League clash with fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

    SunSport exclusively revealed on Friday that Bruno Fernandes is feeling the effects of the 3-2 win over Atalanta and is a doubt for the weekend.

    Both Fred and Marcus Rashford – who made his first start of the season on Wednesday – are in a race to be fit for the crunch game against Jurgen Klopp's men, with the England international said to have suffered a dead leg.

    Anthony Martial is expected to be available for selection, but centre-back Raphael Varane remains on the sidelines.

    Another selection headache for Solskjaer is whether he opts to select Paul Pogba in central midfield.

    The Frenchman started in the 4-2 defeat to Leicester but was then dropped in the Champions League.

    However, he did come on with 25 minutes remaining and helped United turn the tide in their favour.

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    TRASH TALK

    Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed the Reds are a 'better team' than Manchester United ahead of the clash between the sides at Old Trafford.

    He said: "Liverpool are a better team.

    "They’ve proven that over the last few years and at the start of this season and if Liverpool play well, that could be enough to win.

    "But even if they do win this game, it will be very tight."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'START OF SOMETHING'

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he hopes Wednesday night's comeback win against Atalanta is the start of a good run for his side.

    Before the game the Red Devils had won just one of their last five in all competitions.

    And Solskjaer said: "I saw a team in the first half as well giving everything for each other. But we needed half-time against Atalanta to push that belief a little bit more.

    "Hopefully it’s the end of a bad period for us. Teams always go through bad spells and good teams come together.

    "If that was the start of something big, that’s what we hope.

    "The focus and determination in the lads has been really good since our bad performance against Leicester."

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    IN FORM

    Manchester United will be desperate to put an end to Liverpool's long unbeaten run when they face off at Old Trafford tomorrow.

    The Reds are unbeaten in 18 league games, the longest current run in the top four tiers of English football (W13 D5).

    Away from home, the Jurgen Klopp's side have scored at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League games (17 in total).

    Only Man Utd last season had a longer run of scoring three goals away from home in the competition (6).

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    'CONFLICTED'

    Zinedine Zidane has recently been linked with the Old Trafford hot seat after current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under fire.

    And according to outlet Marca, the Red Devils are interested in hiring Zizou as manager.

    Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly recommended the Frenchman for the role after working under him at Real Madrid.

    The 49-year-old won the Champions League three times and La Liga twice during his spells at the Bernabeu.

    But he's said to be 'conflicted' about returning to the game, and is currently enjoying his time away from management.

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    INJURY UPDATE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he is not yet sure when Raphael Varane will make a return from injury.

    The Frenchman picked up a knock while on international duty, and has missed the Red Devils last two games.

    It has seen Victor Lindelof step into his position at the heart of the Manchester United defence alongside Harry Maguire.

    Speaking on Varane, Solskjaer said: "He’s working hard. As I said, it’s hard to put a time limit on players that you don’t really know, but he’s been on the grass and who knows?"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PHILL YOUR BOOTS

    Manchester United sold Dan James to improve relations with fierce rivals Leeds ahead of a transfer swoop for Kalvin Phillips next summer, reports say.

    James joined Leeds in the summer transfer window for £25million.

    But according to the Daily Mail, Man Utd sanctioned the sale in order to improve relations with fierce rivals Leeds.

    The Red Devils also want to strengthen their hand in negotiations when they make a move for England international Phillips.

    A move for the 25-year-old won't happen until the end of the season, though.

    Phillips is expected to sign a new deal at Leeds, but the report states inserting a release clause in the new contract could be beneficial for all three parties.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DEAN DEAL

    Borussia Dortmund reportedly tried to sign Dean Henderson on loan in the summer transfer window.

    According to the Times, the 24-year-old could head out on loan in January.

    That's after the German giants were keen on a move in the summer.

    And Henderson missed the majority of pre-season following Covid complications he has found first team action hard to come by this season.

    It means he could seek another loan move when the transfer window re-opens, but it remains to be seen whether Dortmund once again come in for the keeper.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MORE FROM RON

    Ronaldo also said on his post-Everton reaction: "Everyone knows me. I've always been like that; I'm not going to change now with my age.

    "I will always give 100 per cent for this club and my reactions is part of what I am. I don't want to hurt anybody. I know there will be eyes on me because of what I am, what I achieve, what I win.

    "They don't want to give me credit for the good things; they're always going to find the bad things but for me it's not a problem.

    "Life's a constant lesson and I still learn with my mistakes, trying to improve the next game."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'LIKE A LOSS'

    Cristiano Ronaldo has also spoken out on that post match incident against Everton.

    CR7 stormed down the Old Trafford tunnel after dropping points against the Toffees.

    And he said: "I don't like to lose. [It was a] draw? Draw – but for me, to draw against Everton – who have my whole respect – at home is like a loss.

    "Maybe I'm thinking wrong, but this is the way I motivate myself and win stuff during my career and I play for the most important clubs in the world."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHY OH RY

    Manchester United are interested in signing Ajax wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch, according to reports.

    But the Red Devils will have to deal with tricky super-agent Mino Raiola to do so.

    The Mirror report that undeterred, United are still set to go head to head with rivals Liverpool for midfielder Gravenberch's signature.

    Already a Dutch international at 19, the midfielder could be the answer to the Red Devils' issues in the centre of the park.

    While Liverpool opted not to sign a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum over the summer, only for their own wonderkid Harvey Elliott to be struck down by a serious injury.

    Gravenberch's contract expires in June 2023 but Ajax haven't given up on sealing an extension.

    And the player's father believes that he would be best served completing his development in Amsterdam.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RON THE CRITICS

    Cristiano Ronaldo has some choice words for those who have criticised him since his emotional return to Old Trafford.

    He said: "I know when the team needs my help defensively. But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win and to score goals – [the defensive side] is part of my job.

    "The people who don't want to see that is because they don't like me but to be honest I'm 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me? I sleep good at night.

    "I go to my bed with my conscience very good. Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things.

    "Criticism is always part of the business. I'm not worried about that. And I see it as a good thing to be honest.

    "If they worry about me or they speak about me, it's because they know my potential and value in football still. So it's good.

    "I'll give you an example: if you're in a school and you're the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they'll say they don't like him."

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