Man Utd news LIVE: Solskjaer 'WON'T be sacked under Woodward', Brozovic free transfer wanted, Cristiano Ronaldo update
1st November 2021

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER bought himself more time as Man Utd boss as his side beat Tottenham 3-0 on Saturday evening.

But some reports suggest the Norwegian will stay until Ed Woodward departs at the end of the year, regardless of results.

Meanwhile Barcelona are said to be increasingly confident of signing Donny van de Beek on loan.

And Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he and Georgina Rodriguez were expected twins with a brilliant volley at Spurs.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

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    RON MANAGER

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, according to the bookies.

    Betfair have United's best player at 14/1 to succeed the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat.

    Ronaldo is a surprise name-in-the-frame as a future Man Utd manager

    Betting in the next-Manchester-United-manager market has been given an over-haul by reports previous frontrunner Antonio Conte is about to take the Spurs job.

    The Italian, 52, was priced at 8/11 to take charge following United's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    Now 36-year-old Ronaldo – who has bagged seven goals since his fairytale summer return to the Red Devils – is named in the running for the manager's job alongside the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Graham Potter.

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    DID PSG MAKE A MISTAKE IN LETTING CAVANI JOIN MAN UTD?

    Paris Saint-Germain made a mistake in letting Edinson Cavani join Manchester United, it has been claimed.

    The Uruguay striker, who joined United from the French giants last winter as a free agent, has repeatedly impressed at Old Trafford despite limited game time.

    Cavani scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's big win at Spurs in what was just his second start of the campaign.

    And French journalist Geoffrey Garétier has suggest PSG dropped the ball in not convincing the star to stay with them for longer.

    He is quoted by Le10Sport as telling Canal+: "Cavani had a huge advantage, it is that he worked for the collective.

    "He pushed himself, he ran, he compensated, he was very generous physically in all areas of the field. And we have to admit that when he left, this profile was not replaced."

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    SANCHO YET TO SCORE OR ASSIST A MAN UTD GOAL

    Jadon Sancho has not scored or provided an assist for a Manchester United goal during his 11 appearances for the club this season.

    Manchester United forked out £73m for Jadon Sancho this summerCredit: EPA

    That surprising statistic has been reported by the Manchester Evening News following Sancho's bench-warming brief in Saturday's big win at Spurs.

    Big things were expected of Sancho, 21, following his £73million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July.

    The England star got the move to Old Trafford on the back of sensational form for the German club.

    In February the former Manchester City winger became the the first and youngest player in Bundesliga history to contribute 50 assists in less than 100 games.

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    MAN UTD TO TAKE PART IN SAFE-STANDING TRIALS

    Manchester United are one of a number of Prem giants set to take part in trials for safe-standing at grounds.

    Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have also signed up for the project which could see their fans being allowed to stand again in specially-modified terraces during matches.

    The Manchester Evening news reports United have installed safe standing areas inside Old Trafford in order to meet the criteria for the trials.

    Safe standing is to be trialled from January 1 after the government gave the Sports Ground Safety Authority the green light to begin assessing stadiums.

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    NEVILLE SAYS SOME MAN UTD STARS 'CAN'T BE TRUSTED'

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville says some of their star players cannot be 'trusted' to put in enough effort during games.

    The retired right-back praised attackers Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani for their contribution to Saturday's big win at Spurs.

    But he believes boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to start with a back five shows that other in the side are not doing the defensive duty.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "This is one of the most defensive Man Utd teams I think I've ever seen.

    "It's a poor reflection on the more talented players in the squad that he can't trust them to do the work without the ball."

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    TELLES COULD BE KEY FOR MAN UTD

    Alex Telles could be a vital piece of the puzzle in a successful Manchester United side.

    Telles could be an asset as an attacking wing-back in a back three at Man Utd

    The Brazilian has failed to dislodge Luke Shaw from left-back since his £13.5million arrival from Porto last year.

    But the more attack-minded Telles could be a better option at wing-back if boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer perseveres with the 3-4-1-2 formation used in Saturday's big win at Spurs, according to the Manchester Evening news.

    Its tactical analysis concludes Solskjaer would be wise to continue with a back three rather than a back four, and that Telles, 28, might be better than Shaw in unlocking the Prem's best defences going forward.

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    BARCA IN FOR VAN DE BEEK?

    Barcelona are the latest club considering a move for Manchester United flop Donny van de Beek, according to reports.

    The Manchester United midfielder has made just FOUR Premier League starts since his £35million arrival from Ajax last year.

    Barcelona have been linked with a loan move for Van de Beek

    Now Spanish media outlet Sport say Barca are lining up a loan move for the Netherlands international in January.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Van de Beek is unhappy with his lack of game time at the Red Devils.

    The Norwegian said: "I know he is not happy but he is a top professional. He doesn't let himself down and he knows this is how it works in football."

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Antonio Conte is still looming in the background despite Manchester United's 3-0 win at Tottenham.

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani eased the pressure on Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with their new strike-partnership and brilliant goal apiece.

    But Solskjaer will be under fire again if United flop at Atalanta in the Champions League tomorrow night.

    And ex-Chelsea chief Conte is said to be high on the wishlist for both the Red Devils and Spurs.

    Conte, though, is reportedly ready to bide his time for a new job until the summer, having departed Inter Milan after winning Serie A last season.

    Ronaldo sweetly volleyed United's opener on Saturday before his skilful spin and intricate pass teed up an equally-classy finish from Cavani.

    Dropped Marcus Rashford then came on for Ronaldo to round off United's redemptive win, six days after Liverpool's 5-0 victory at Old Trafford.

    But Ron, 36, insisted afterwards the flak United have faced is 'normal' for such a massive club.

    He told Sky Sports: “The criticism is so big, it is always there. It doesn’t bother me, I know that one day we are perfect and another day we are c**p."

    “Sometimes life is like that and we have to pass through the bad moments.”

    Finally, fringe midfielder Donny van de Beek is again being linked with Arsenal.

    The Holland star was tipped to depart last summer, with a loan move still possible in January

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE HAILS FERNANDES

    Bruno Fernandes is finally coming to terms with no longer being Manchester United’s main man.

    Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes his Portuguese playmaker has rediscovered his mojo going into this week’s crucial games against Atalanta and Manchester City.

    Fernandes’ nose was well and truly put out of joint by the deadline-day signing of his international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

    For the previous 18 months he had relished his status as the Old Trafford idol with the entire team being set up around his talents.

    But everything changed when Ronaldo returned to become the sole focus of attention.

    And Fernandes found himself trying a bit too hard to recapture top dog status and ended up playing his team into trouble as a consequence.

    But a long, hard chat with boss Solskjaer following last week’s Liverpool humiliation appears to have got him back on track.

    And the change of formation which gave him free rein to try all his tricks behind Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani worked wonders as United took hapless Spurs to the cleaners in Saturday’s 3-0 win.

    It was his sublime pass which teed up Ronaldo’s 39th-minute volley and his tackle on Oliver Skipp which set up Cavani’s first goal of the season to secure the victory.

    A delighted Solskjaer said: “What a ball for Ronaldo’s goal. Bruno really shows his quality when he plays those passes.

    “I’ve been on to him lately about his decision-making because in some games he’s been a bit wasteful and taking too many risks.

    “But Bruno has to be allowed to play that pass if he sees Cristiano, Cavani and Marcus Rashford in position and he’s getting better at that which is good.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO FIGHTS TO AVOID AXE

    Nuno Espirito Santo is fighting to avoid the sack after Daniel Levy held crisis talks today.

    The Tottenham chairman discussed the manager’s future with sporting director Fabio Paratici following Saturday’s humiliating 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United.

    Now Levy must decide whether to fire Nuno, 47, after just five wins from their opening ten games of the  Premier League season.

    Nuno would go down as having the shortest reign of any full-time Spurs manager under Levy with just 124 days in charge if he is axed.

    French flop Jacques Santini was booted out after 155 days back in November 2004.

    Fans turned on the Portuguese on Saturday, chanting ‘We want Nuno out’.

    The atmosphere turned toxic as the North Londoners failed to register a shot on target all game.

    Levy was also subjected to fans asking for him to leave the club, while even Harry Kane was booed when he opted to pass rather than shoot. 

    Tottenham boss Nuno responds to fans booing after Man Utd loss

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO ‘ON BRINK’

    Spurs chief Nuno Espirito Santos is ‘on the brink’ of the sack, according to The Telegraph tonight.

    Tottenham chiefs reportedly held an urgent meeting amid anger at yesterday’s 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASH OF BIRTHDAY WISHES

    How many people have done so much, so well received, so young as Marcus Rashford.

    And Manchester United marked the birthday of "one of our own" today by hailing the England striker and social campaigner as a "role model on and off the pitch".

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    DON’T CONT ON IT

    Antonio Conte insists he won’t be joining a new club until the end of the season, according to reports.

    The former Chelsea boss has been heavily linked with Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham.

    But Conte reportedly is prepared to bide his time and wait to take a job at the start of next season.

    Conte was strongly linked with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United after their drubbing against Liverpool.

    But United won 3-0 at Tottenham on Saturday and their board are keeping the faith with their former striker.

    Credit: AFP
  • Ian Tuckey

    DON DEAL FOR JANUARY?

    Donny van de Beek is again being linked to Arsenal.

    It’s claimed the Gunners are pondering a January move for the Manchester United fringe midfielder after speculation of a summer switch came to nothing.

    Credit: Getty

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta brought in Albert Sambi Lokonga and turned Martin Odegaard’s loan switch into a permanent deal during the last transfer window.

    But he still needs more midfield reinforcements.

    And Gunners’ technical director Edu believes the chances of securing Holland star Van de Beek are growing, according to the Mail.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VOLLEY WAS RON THE MONEY

    Cristiano Ronaldo thumped United back into the good books of their fans with this stunning blend of focus, technique and athleticism yesterday.

    In contrast, poor Harry Kane and Co at the other end failed to conjure a shot between them as the Red Devils coasted home 3-0 at Tottenham.

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    PROOF RON AND CAV CAN STAY TOGETHER

    This exquisite assist from Cristiano Ronaldo and fantastic finish from Edinson Cavani show why under-fire Ole Gunna rSolskjaer was right to finally pair them up yesterday.

    Ronaldo had volleyed a sweet opener before opening Tottenham up for Cavani's deft strike in Manchester United's 3-0 away win.

    Ron's late replacement Marcus Rashford notched the third to buy Solskjaer more time with the Old Trafford board.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CRISTIANO: CRITICISM OF UTD IS 'NORMAL'

    Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off the critics in his post-match interview after starring in Manchester United’s crucial win at Tottenham.

    Ronaldo produced a stunning finish to set United on their way to a 3-0 win at Spurs to ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Ronaldo told Sky Sports: “I believe that something happened for a reason and we have to be happy this afternoon. It’s normal [criticism], the club is so big.

    “The criticism is so big, it is always there. It doesn’t bother me, I know that one day we are perfect and another day we are c**p.

    “Sometimes life is like that and we have to pass through the bad moments.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPURS BOARD DISCUSS NUNO FUTURE

    Tottenham’s board are thought to be pondering boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s future.

    Yesterday’s dire 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United plunged Spurs to eighth.

    And Tottenham fans booed at the final whistle after Harry Kane and Co failed to manage a shot on target.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASHFORD 'UNHAPPY' AT NOT STARTING

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was "fuming" with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision not to start him against Tottenham.

    That is according to former United ace Owen Hargreaves, who claims Rashford showed signs of frustration while celebrating his goal during Saturday's 3-0 victory at Tottenham.

    Solskjaer opted for an experienced attacking duo with a combined age of 70 to lead the line and it paid off as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani scored against Spurs.

    The 23-year-old came off the bench on 71 minutes to replace Ronaldo and sealed the Red Devils' triumph at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: "I think you could see that in his celebration, he was fuming.

    "But when two legends of the game are playing ahead of you it’s hard to complain in a sense.

    "He’s never going to drop Ronaldo, he needed somebody else in there and Cavani was fabulous last season. He probably deserved to start sooner.

    "Having Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood to come off the bench, as much as it will hurt them, maybe right now for the balance of the team, they looked good today and Rashford will get goals coming off the bench, definitely."

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE GRIM RIO-PER

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has shared a Halloween photo in a wheelchair after a mystery illness left him in hospital.

    The former England defender decided to grim and bear it in a costume that might even scare Red Devils.

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    RON THE RIGHT PATH

    Cristiano Ronaldo looked like a “little boy” against Liverpool and the change of formation at Spurs suited him, according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

    Manchester United moved from a 4-3-2-1 to a 5-3-2 for their crunch game against Tottenham, running out 3-0 winners in a convincing victory.

    The Old Trafford legend said: “There’s no doubt this is not Ole’s plan. Leaving Sancho, Rashford and Greenwood on the bench is not the plan.

    “That wasn’t the plan in the recruitment, that wasn’t the plan for Ole how he was thinking he was going to play. He’s played 4-2-3-1 last 37 matches. This is not his plan to go to 5-3-2.

    “But the change of system, it did look like it suited Cristiano Ronaldo. It took the pressure off him from a defensive point of view.

    “Seeing him upfront against Liverpool last week, or against Leicester on his own, he looked like a little boy.

    “But today it suited him perfectly to play in those moments. Today was a good day for him, not just for the goal, but because it looked like he played in a team that he was part of.

  • Simon Mail

    CHEAT SHEET

    He was the man reportedly being lined up to replace him if Manchester United failed to win at Tottenham.

    And now boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stands accused of pinching Antonio Conte’s ideas in order to hold on to his job at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer tweaked his formation to go 3-5-2 in north London, which sparked plenty of amusing posts on social media claiming he had copied the Italian’s tendency to play three at the back.

  • Simon Mail

    DON'T CONT IT

    Antonio Conte insists he won't be joining a new club until the end of the season, according to reports.

    The former Chelsea boss has been heavily linked with Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham.

    But Conte reportedly is prepared to bide his time and wait to take a job at the start of next season.

    Conte was strongly linked with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United after their drubbing against Liverpool.

    But United won 3-0 at Tottenham on Saturday and their board are keeping the faith with their former striker.

    Credit: AFP
  • Simon Mail

    IS OLE SAFE?

    Manchester United's much-needed win at Tottenham appears to have given under fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some breathing space.

    Solskjaer was odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to depart after their humiliating 5-0 drubbing against Liverpool.

    But he was kept in charge for the trip to Spurs and the 3-0 win has seen his odds eased to 2/1 with Betvictor.

    And Nuno Espirito Santo is now the 6/4 favourite to be the next boss to leave after Tottenham's lame home defeat.

    Credit: AP
  • Simon Mail

    BIRTHDAY BOY

    Marcus Rashford can celebrate his birthday in style today after Manchester United's convincing win at Tottenham.

    The England forward would have feared the worst after last week's hammering to Liverpool.

    But Rashford netted the third goal in United's win over Spurs and turned 24 today.

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