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17th October 2022

MANCHESTER UNITED have sent scouts to watch AC Milan star Rafael Leao.

The Red Devils sent people to scout the Portugal international on Tuesday as AC Milan fell to defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

Erik ten Hag is thought to be a huge fan of the 23-year-old and could look to make a move for the left-winger.

Furthermore, Cristiano Ronaldo was reunited with his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who was on the pitch prior to the 0-0 draw with Newcastle United.

Ronaldo's Portugal teammate Diogo Dalot reportedly wishes to remain at Old Trafford after making the right-back slot his own this season.

Barcelona had previously been linked with a move for the defender, however it is now believed that he wishes to remain in Manchester.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Eddie Howe reacts

    Newcastle manager Eddie Howe seemed satisfied with his team's performance against Manchester United.

    Howe told Sky Sports: "Certainly in the first half, I feel we should've been leading. I thought we executed the game plan really well, we were aggressive and on the front foot. We unsettled their rhythm and there were those moments for Joelinton which could have been very different.

    "He's unlucky with the first header as it was a brilliant effort and he's unlucky with the second one as well. I thought we could've had a penalty as well with Callum Wilson's challenge.

    "Physically we seemed to suffer in the second half as there was a bit of illness in the camp in midweek. There were a couple of players playing today who weren't 100 per cent fit.

    "Maybe that was one of the reasons and I don't think we were great on the ball either today. We gave the ball away at times which was uncharacteristic of us. That takes its toll on you physically"

  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Ten Hag

    Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag admits his players should have taken their chances against Newcastle.

    Ten Hag told Sky Sports: "The performance was good, a clean sheet, we pressed well, we controlled the game and in stages we were good on the ball – especially in the second half.

    "Then, we dictated the game and in the end we could – we should – have scored the winning goal. One from Fred, and then [Marcus] Rashford had to score.

    "In the end we could have got the win, we deserved the win, and it is a big compliment to the team that we deserved this with a physical performance against one of the most physical teams in the league. They [Newcastle players] all had cramp and we kept going"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Fuming Ten Hag

    Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was left fuming with referee Craig Pawson following the goalless draw with Newcastle.

    United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal ruled out after nicking the ball from Nick Pope after believing a free-kick had already been taken, only for it to be ruled out.

    On the disallowed goal controversy, Ten Hag said: "I don't have a comment, everyone has seen it.

    "I shared that with them [the officials]. Everyone has seen what happened today on the pitch"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Sancho slammed by Shearer

    Premier League legend Alan Shearer accused Manchester United star Jadon Sancho of "f****** diving" during their goalless draw with Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

    United were left frustrated by Eddie Howe's side as they failed to find a way through the Magpies' organised defence and only managed a goalless draw at Old Trafford.

    Sancho felt he should have had a penalty when Sean Longstaff appeared to swipe the winger's legs from under him after he had cut inside.

    But referee Craig Pawson waved play on, much to the fury of the Red Devils' supporters.

    VAR did not feel a clear and obvious error had taken place, so play continued in Manchester.

    Newcastle legend Shearer felt the England international was simulating the contact.

    Speaking on Twitter, the Prem record scorer said: "Keep on f…. Diving you might get one eventually!!!"

  • Sam Dymond

    Greenwood remanded in custody

    Mason Greenwood has today been denied bail after appearing in court charged with attempted rape, ABH and controlling behaviour.

    The Manchester United striker, 21, has already been held in custody for two nights after he was charged on Saturday.

    Greenwood will now be remanded until his next court appearance on November 21 at Minshull Street Crown Court.

    The footballer appeared at Greater Manchester Magistrates' Court today where he was supported by his family.

    His alleged victim was also seen being supported by a female friend as she sat outside the courtroom.

    Greenwood, who wore a grey hoodie, white t-shirt and grey joggers, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

  • Sam Dymond

    Shaw: Improving United need time

    Manchester United are a team in transition and need time to reach their potential, according to left-back Luke Shaw.

    However, the England international insists that he and his teammate are extremely encouraged by the new ideas that Erik ten Hag has brought to the club.

    “There have been very good signs – clear signs – of what this manager wants," Shaw told reporters.

    “He wants intensity, he wants aggression, he wants us to play high, press high and, of course, when we have the ball, to play football.

    “There’s a lot of movement, a lot of playing in between the lines, and I think we are in a transition.

    "It takes a bit of time, but there are very positive signs at the moment and we, as players, can see that in day-to-day training with him.

    “The meetings we have are very positive; it is the start of something new, so things like this take time.”

  • Sam Dymond

    United in hunt for Leao

    In-demand AC Milan forward Rafael Leao is high on Erik ten Hag's hitlist for next summer.

    United sent scouts to the San Siro on Tuesday night to watch the Portuguese international against Chelsea — just as they did for the first Champions League meeting between the teams at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

    Ten Hag is said to be a huge fan of the speedy left-footer, who can play down either flank as well through the middle.

    Leao is in the final 18 months of his AC Milan contract, and has so far rejected improved terms to sign a new five-year deal.

    That has raised hopes that he could be up for grabs next summer with a fee of around £60m being mentioned.

    But United will face competition from Chelsea, who have been tracking the 23-year-old for months.

  • Sam Dymond

    Ronaldo reunited with Sir Alex

    Cristiano Ronaldo was reunited with his old mentor Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon.

    The Manchester United legend was on the pitch prior to the home game with Newcastle on Sunday to present awards to both Ronaldo and David de Gea.

    De Gea was honoured on the day of his 500th appearance for United while the club also paid tribute to the Portuguese superstar, who last week scored the 700th club goal of his career.

    Ronaldo played 292 games under Ferguson during his first stint with the Red Devils, scoring 118 goals in the process.

    Credit: @Cristiano Twitter
  • Sam Dymond

    Barca target Dalot to stay

    Diogo Dalot wants to remain at Manchester United – despite interest from Barcelona.

    The right-back has become a target for the LaLiga giants after a consistent run of starts in the Premier League this season.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, however, the Portuguese defender has no intention of quitting Old Trafford.

    Dalot's contract with the Red Devils runs out at the end of the season, but he is eager to sign a new deal.

    The 23-year-old joined the Premier League club in 2018, but has only become a first team regular in the last year; he is the only United player to start all 13 games in all competitions this season.

  • Sam Dymond

    Charged Greenwood arrives at court

    Mason Greenwood has today arrived at court charged with attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour.

    The Man Utd striker, 21, has been held in custody for two nights after he was charged on Saturday.

    Greenwood was pictured being driven into Greater Manchester Magistrates' Court today in a prison van.

    Police swooped on the footballer's £15,000-a-month rented home in Trafford on Saturday.

    He was held on suspicion of being in contact with his alleged victim in a breach of his bail conditions.

    The Crown Prosecution then authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge the footballer.

    The alleged offences relate to one woman and are said to have taken place between December 1, 2018, and October 15, 2022.

    Greenwood is accused of coercively controlling the alleged victim for almost four years and attempting to rape her on October 21, 2021.

    He also allegedly assaulted her on December 12, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

    Attempted rape carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted.

    Credit: Splash.
  • Sam Dymond

    United players return family tickets

    Manchester United players have given up tickets assigned to family members in order to help supporters see next weekend's match at Chelsea, according to The Athletic.

    United's travelling fans had their allocation for the trip to Stamford Bridge cut by 600 tickets – after they had been sold by the club.

    The game was originally meant to be played last month, but was postponed following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

    In its new slot of 5.30pm on Saturday night, The Met considered United's original allocation 'a policing concern'.

    Now United's leadership group – a faction which includes senior squad members Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, David de Gea and Tom Heaton – have agreed to hand back the complimentary tickets put aside for friends and family of the players.

    It is understood that each members of United's 20-man matchday squad usually receive a pair of tickets for each fixture.

  • Sam Dymond

    Bruno pays tribute to De Gea

    Bruno Fernandes has paid tribute to his Manchester United teammate David de Gea after the goalkeeper reached a major milestone.

    The Spanish stopper made his 500th appearance for the Red Devils in yesterday's draw with Newcastle – and kept a clean sheet to boot.

    The 31-year-old made his Red Devils debut back in 2011, playing in the 3-2 Community Shield win over rivals Manchester City at Wembley.

    Posting on Twitter after Sunday's game, midfielder Fernandes wrote: "500 times DDG. Something that should make you and everyone that follows you through these 11 years really proud of the achievement!

    "It's an honour for me to share many moments with you and more to come."

    Credit: @D_DeGea Twitter
  • Sam Dymond

    Blank afternoon for Red Devils

    There was plenty of attacking intent but ultimately no goals at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

    In 30 years of the Premier League, it was only the 76th occasion that Manchester United had been involved in a goalless draw.

    However, 31 of those 0-0 results have come since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

    That number is the most of any side in the top-flight since the start of 2013-14.

  • Sam Dymond

    Howe rules out Ronaldo swoop

    Eddie Howe watched his Newcastle side take an impressive point at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon – and then ruled out making a move for Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Magpies are one of the few English sides that would be able to afford the Portuguese legend following their takeover by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium.

    However, according to 90 Min, manager Howe revealed that the 37-year-old forward is not on their radar as he's too old – but added that Ronaldo's return to United has not been a mistake.

    "We're trying to provide long-term growth, we've got a longer-term vision," the Newcastle boss told the assembled press.

    "At the moment, we have quite an ageing squad, so we need to invest more in young players. That's probably a big part of our progression, we need to get the average age down.

    "So, it might not be a signing that we would necessarily look to make, but that's not underestimating the quality of the player."

    "He's an outstanding player. You look at his goal record last year, that was incredible. So, for me, the transfer has worked, it's been a success."

  • Sam Dymond

    Good morning, Manchester United fans

    Alan Shearer accused Manchester United star Jadon Sancho of “f****** diving” during their goalless draw with Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

    The Red Devils were left frustrated by Eddie Howe’s side as they failed to find a way through the Magpies’ organised defence.

    Sancho felt he should have had a penalty when Sean Longstaff appeared to swipe the England man’s legs from under him after he had cut inside.

    But referee Craig Pawson waved play on, much to the fury of the Man Utd supporters.

    VAR did not feel a clear and obvious error had taken place, so play continued.

    And Newcastle legend Shearer felt Sancho was simulating the contact.

    Speaking on Twitter, he said: “Keep on f…. Diving you might get one eventually!!! ️.”

    Meanwhile, Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag disagreed with the decision.

    He said: “I don’t have comment, everyone has seen it.”

    David De Gea’s future is up in the air – with the Red Devils yet to extend his current contract.

    His deal expires next summer, but he’s adamant he wants to stay at Old Trafford.

    He said: “I feel good and want to play more years and most important is to try to win trophies and help the team as I try to do every day.”

  • Jon Boon

    Georgina watches Ronaldo play

    Cristiano Ronaldo wished he had partner Georgina Rodriguez's sunglasses as she watched the Manchester United icon vs Newcastle.

    Ronaldo couldn't disguise his grumpiness at being subbed in the 0-0 draw, whereas Georgina stayed cool throughout in her sunnies and jumper dress, alongside the couple's children.

    The Argentinian model, 27, looked immaculate – unlike United, who failed to score despite FIFTEEN attempts on goal.

    Influencer Georgina stood out in the stands more than Ronaldo did on the pitch in her pale ribbed dress, longline cream coat, knee-high beige boots and large hooped ear-rings.

    She posted her arrival photos with the words: "On our way to see daddy."

  • Jon Boon

    Ron and Sir Alex hug it out

    Cristiano Ronaldo shared a hug with his former manager and mentor Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

    The Manchester United forward was brought to the club by the legendary Scottish coach 19 years ago.

    Credit: PA

    He spent six years under Fergie – a spell which launched him to superstar status as he bagged 118 goals in 292 appearances.

    And the pair won a host of trophies together including three Premier League titles, the Champions League, FA Cup and two League Cups.

    Ronaldo then returned for a second spell with United last year, albeit without Ferguson at the helm.

    But the two reunited ahead of the Red Devils' clash with Newcastle as Ronaldo received an award for reaching an incredible 700 league goals.

  • Jon Boon

    Shaw's warning

    Luke Shaw was frustrated after Man Utd's 0-0 draw with Newcastle at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    He said: "I think overall, disappointed [with the result]. Games like this at home, we have to be winning these games, especially as a team with what we want to achieve and where we want to be.

    "I think games like today are very important to pick three points up on, of course we didn't do that today so it's disappointing but you know we've got another big game on Wednesday, so full focus on that."

  • Jon Boon

    Telling lies

    Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong says there's a campaign against him when he was about his future, and if it was a burden being the best paid player at Barcelona.

    He told Ziggo Sport: "I don't think I am. There has been a campaign. Look, I never spoke a word myself. But the club is spreading, or the media that's part of the club, has been spreading lies and a lot is fake.

    "In each of the first three years I played here, I cut my salary. So eventually money has to come back and it will drop on your normal salary so of course it will look bigger. I think many people don't understand this, the numbers the media are spreading are fake."

  • Jon Boon

    Sancho accused of diving

    Alan Shearer accused Manchester United star Jadon Sancho of "f****** diving" during their goalless draw with Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

    The Red Devils were left frustrated by Eddie Howe's side as they failed to find a way through the Magpies' organised defence.

    Sancho felt he should have had a penalty when Sean Longstaff appeared to swipe the England man's legs from under him after he had cut inside.

    But referee Craig Pawson waved play on, much to the fury of the Man Utd supporters.

    VAR did not feel a clear and obvious error had taken place, so play continued.

    And Newcastle legend Shearer felt Sancho was simulating the contact.

    Speaking on Twitter, he said: "Keep on f…. Diving you might get one eventually!!! ⚫️⚪️."

  • Jon Boon

    De Gea's thoughts

    David De Gea is ruing a missed opportunity to win three points against Newcastle.

    "I think we miss another opportunity to win the three points," he told MUTV.

    "I think we fight until the end, to be honest. We had a couple of massive chances at the end but that is football, sometimes you miss your chances and at least we keep a clean sheet.

    "I think that's really important because I think Newcastle is a great team, they're doing very well over the season, so yeah, let's keep doing well, recovering well, because on Wednesday we have a big game again."

  • Jon Boon

    De Gea's future

    David De Gea's future is up in the air – with the Red Devils yet to extend his current contract.

    His deal expires next summer, but he's adamant he wants to stay at Old Trafford.

    He said: "I feel good and want to play more years and most important is to try to win trophies and help the team as I try to do every day."

  • Jon Boon

    Bizarre Ronaldo booking

    Cristiano Ronaldo picked up a bizarre yellow card this afternoon as Manchester United drew a blank against Newcastle United.

    The Portuguese forward was handed his first Prem start since August as the Red Devils looked to keep up their top four chase.

    The 37-year-old was frustrated by the stubborn Toon, however, being starved of service as United laboured.

    As Nick Pope stood over a free-kick outside Newcastle's box, Ronaldo bizarrely stole the ball, skipping past the confused Magpies goalkeeper and firing the ball into the net.

    Amid the confusion, baffled Toon players appealed to referee Craig Pawson.

    The goal wasn't awarded – and Pawson looked distinctly unimpressed by Ronaldo's cheeky attempt.

    CR7 even picked up a yellow card for his efforts, as he was deemed to have wasted time.

  • Jon Boon

    Fuming Ten Hag

    Erik ten Hag wasn’t happy with the refereeing decisions today.

    His comments after the game suggest so, anyway.

    He said: “I don’t have comment, everyone has seen it.”

  • Kiro Evans

    Goalless

    It's been a frustrating afternoon for Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag's side unable to find a way through Newcastle.

    It finished 0-0 despite huge chances at the end for Fred and Marcus Rashford.

    A lot will also be made of Cristiano Ronaldo vigorously shaking his head as he was subbed off in the closing stages.

    We have all the match reaction here.

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