Man Utd news LIVE: Spurs build-up, Solskjaer has 'no assurances', Rodgers 'preferred for manager job', Ronaldo latest
30th October 2021

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has had NO assurances from the Manchester United board with Brendan Rodgers the preferred candidate to replace him.

Solskjaer said: “I’ve had communication with the board and I don’t expect them to give me assurances.

“When you have a performance and a spell like we’ve had, that’s not what I call about and say.

“We’re in a poor run of form. My job is to put things right and that’s what I’m trying to do.

“I’m not here to ask for assurances.”

The Leicester boss has impressed the United hierarchy after guiding the Foxes into two seasons of European football, despite the fact that they have agonisingly missed out on the Champions League.

The Norwegian is understood to have a stay of execution lasting this weekend and next after multiple calls for the club to pull the plug on his tenure.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he is expecting twins with partner Georgina Rodriguez.

And SunSport can reveal that the Portuguese star is looking to keep playing international football into his FORTIES with the goal of playing in the 2026 World Cup.

And on the transfer front, United have received a boost in their pursuit of Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman.

The winger is stalling over a new deal and the German side are reportedly unwilling to let him leave for nothing at the end of the season.

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

  • Joshua Mbu

    AWAY DAYS

    United fans will be travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today.

    Both team's managers are under pressure, after turning in some questionable performances.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEV HITS BACK

    Man Utd legend Gary Neville has hit out at super agent Mino Raiola.

    United are said to have made a better offer for Erling Haaland than Borussia Dortmund did.

    But despite the offer, Dortmund was the 'right place' for the superstar.

    Neville responded: "Yes and we all know why.

    "He structures his deals with clubs that will give him a large % of the transfer fee when the player leaves!"

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    Man Utd face Tottenham later today.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'SIN'

    Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli says it was a 'sin' to have Cristiano Ronaldo at the club whilst having an empty stadium for a year and a half.

    On the now Manchester United ace, Agnelli said: "It was an honour and a pleasure to have him. 

    "We can only applaud him for what he did on the field and thank him for how much he made us rejoice. The one sin is to have had him with a year and a half of an empty stadium.

    "Alvaro Morata is right, though, it is the Juventus shirt that requires responsibility.

    "Juventus is bigger than everyone, than anyone who has participated. Juventus comes before anyone."

  • Joshua Mbu

    SACK RACE

    IT is not often that both sets of supporters get the chance to sing “sacked in the morning” at the opposing manager, writes MARK IRWIN.

    But that will be the case at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow when the Manchester United circus rolls into North London.

    For while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the odds-on favourite as next Premier League boss to get the sack, Nuno Espirito Santo is not far behind him in the betting.

    And a heavy beating for either could prove fatal to their survival prospects.

    Solskjaer has been under non-stop scrutiny since rampant Liverpool wiped the floor with his team at Old Trafford last Sunday.

    The Norwegian nice guy is still clinging to the United wheel but knows his days are surely numbered if he gets it wrong again tomorrow evening.

    So it’s a good job for him that he’ll be up against a Spurs team who appear to have even less faith in their manager.

    As both Solskjaer and Nuno have discovered, it’s not easy following on from Jose Mourinho after he has sucked all the life out of a club.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NET SPEND

    Man Utd have the biggest net spend since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'FANS ARE AMAZING'

    Diogo Dalot says Manchester United are ready to bounce back to winning ways, as he and his team-mates prepare to take on Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    He told Man Utd.com: "I think the fans, they describe what the club is about.

    “Even in the bad moments, they’re always there, they're always there supporting us.

    "This needs to drive us as well, when things are not going the way that we wanted.

    "Saturday is a fantastic opportunity for us to turn this around, to get back to the good results and we are looking forward to it.

    "We know that we've come in with some results that we didn't want. But we need to move forward, and Tottenham is the perfect game to play.

    "Against a very good team, away from home, with our away fans that are amazing in supporting us. We just need to see that as an advantage to go into Saturday and win the game."

  • Kealan Hughes

    PEP TALK

    Many Manchester United fans are calling for the sacking of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the Norwegian has the support of rival boss Pep Guardiola.

    With Solskjaer coming under fire from all angles, City boss Guardiola has said that he feels sorry for the United manager due to the stresses of his job.

    Asked whether he had any sympathy for Solskjaer, Guardiola replied: “Of course. At United, everything that happens is doubled.

    “The influence of them, like Liverpool, they are the greatest teams in England for many years.

    "When it happens, their victories are double, defeats are double. Of course, it’s not a surprise.

    “If I don’t have good results, I’ll be treated the same. Every manager. Nobody can survive bad results, no one. So expectations are so high at United, you have to win.

    “For a long time the team doesn’t win the Premier League, they do and they work to get results in terms of titles because their history demands it. When I took over Barcelona, I knew it. I had to win. Otherwise, another manager will be in this position."

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United visit Tottenham for a major Premier League clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Under-fire United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received a major injury boost as Raphael Varane is included in the squad.

    Varane is fit again after missing the last two matches due to a thigh injury he picked up during the Nations League finals with France.

    But fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba is suspended following his red card in the defeat against Liverpool.

    Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to make history by playing in a record SIXTH World Cup.

    Ronaldo has already had a stellar international career with Portugal, winning Euro 2016.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is also the all-time top international goalscorer with a staggering 115 goals in 182 appearances for his country.

    SunSport understands the forward is keen to play up in the 2026 tournament, being hosted in the US, Canada and Mexico.

    The 36-year-old is super-fit and keeps in top shape while having an outstanding injury-free record.

    And United are leaning towards hiring Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers instead of Antonio Conte.

    According to ESPN, the Red Devils’ hierarchy prefer Rodgers due to Conte's "abrasive" personality.

    SunSport exclusively revealed the Manchester giants had drawn-up a four-man shortlist to replace under-fire manager Solskjaer.

    Those are Conte, Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik ten Hag, all of which pose as early front-runners.

    The Leicester boss, however, insists he remains focused on the Foxes despite reports linking him with the top job at Old Trafford.

    Rodgers said: "My focus is always here with Leicester and developing the football club and challenging for honours.

    "The directors, staff and players all have the same vision"

  • Kostas Lianos

    CONT ON IT

    Barcelona legend Rivaldo has advised Manchester United to sign Antonio Conte if they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The former Ballon d'Or winner said: "He has the pedigree to coach a big European club, especially in a country where he has already managed which will make things easier for him in terms of adaptation.

    "With him at the helm, United will become a more pressing team with offensive football and intensity, which could fit better with the players the club currently have in the squad and Conte also demands a lot from his players which might increase their commitment going forward.

    "In my opinion, he would be a nice option for the club if there is a change.

  • Kostas Lianos

    TEAM NEWS

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that he has a full squad for Tottenham, except for Paul Pogba.

    Pogba is suspended after the red card he saw against Liverpool last week.

    Solskjaer said: "Paul is suspended but apart from that it's a fully fit squad which is a very strange position to be in, to have 25 outfield players and five keepers this week.

    "All fit"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM SOLSKJAER

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had a "difficult week"

    Solskjaer said: "It's been a difficult week, of course, we've had to deal with the result and performance against Liverpool which we know wasn't good enough and that's something that footballers have to deal with.

    "That's why we're in this game, you have to look forward to the next game, make sure you're ready.

    "And when you get to that next game sort it out and challenge the problems. We've had a good week on the training field"

  • Kostas Lianos

    OLE ON PLAYERS

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the players are ready to fight back after last week's 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool.

    Solskjaer said: "We definitely need a reaction and it's my job as well to put the players in the right frame of mind.

    "I'm responsible for the reaction, the result, the performance. We've worked on the pitch, worked on everything that needs to be sorted for a footballer.

    "It's not just frame of mind, it's the approach strategy, game plan, tactics, technically, we've had a good week and I feel the boys are ready to give their best as they always do.

    "The performance, nothing went to plan and that was nowhere near our best"

  • Kostas Lianos

    KOUL MAN

    Napoli star, and former Manchester United transfer target, Kalidou Koulibaly is open to joining either Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    However, Koulibaly has rejected the prospect of moving to Juventus out of loyalty to the Partenopei.

    Italian reporter Valter De Maggio quoted the defender via Arena Napoli, saying: “Koulibaly answered me like this: ‘Me at Juventus? Are you crazy?! I would never go and play for another Italian club.

    “‘If I decided to leave Napoli, I would only do it for two, maximum three clubs in the world.

    “‘I’m talking about [Pep] Guardiola’s Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona at the most.

    “‘But believe me: I would never go to Juventus: I could not betray the Napoli fans’.

    “From these words, you can understand the value of the man Koulibaly”

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOLSKJAER SPEAKS UP

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has looked back at a difficult week following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool that has put him under immense pressure.

    Solskjaer said: "I think it affects everyone around, I spoke about it last week.

    "I think Mikel Arteta said something about what we have to deal with as managers in high profile situations and that's what we've got used to.

    "I'm as focused as ever. I've had players come up to me.

    "For example I don't read social media but when Paul came up to me, angry. We expect to be criticised, hands up, the performance wasn't good enough, we don't expect, we can't accept when lies are made up.

    "Paul told me what he put up on his social media. We're better than that as a group – the culture, environment is better, we can't stand for blatant lies.

    "They've gotta stand up and say so. All the opinions and reports, fine, but don't make up lies about players or me"

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    RODGERS REACTS

    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers insists he remains focused on the Foxes despite reports linking him with Manchester United's dugout.

    Rodgers is reportedly the United hierarchy's top pick to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Rodgers said: "My focus is always here with Leicester and developing the football club and challenging for honours.

    "The directors, staff and players all have the same vision"

  • Kostas Lianos

    BERB-ING QUESTION

    Dimitar Berbatov issued a match prediction ahead of Tottenham's clash with Manchester United, two teams the legendary striker played for.

    Berbatov has backed Spurs to inflict more misery on United after last week's 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool.

    The Bulgaria great told Metro: "Unfortunately, I must say that I think Manchester United are going to have a difficult time after being humiliated by Liverpool.

    "Now is the moment for Spurs to play United and if they are smart enough they will win the match.

    "I think Spurs will take advantage in this one and I expect the crowd to really get behind them"

  • Kostas Lianos

    TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS

    Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo will make a late assessment on Bryan Gil ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester United.

    Gil hobbled off during the midweek Carabao Cup win at Burnley with a hamstring injury.

    The winger now faces an uphill battle to be fit for tomorrow's match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Ryan Sessegnon, on the other hand, will definitely be sidelined due to a hamstring injury of his own

  • Kostas Lianos

    TOTTENHAM VS MAN UTD PREVIEW

    Manchester United visit Tottenham on Saturday for a major Premier League clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

    Under-fire United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received a major injury boost as Raphael Varane is included in the squad.

    Varane is fit again after missing the last two matches due to a thigh injury he picked up during the Nations League finals with France.

    But fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba is suspended following his red card in the defeat against Liverpool

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    COMAN THROUGH

    Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman.

    Coman has two years left on his Bayern contract but is yet to agree terms over a new deal.

    According to the Daily Mail, the German champions are keen to cash in on the winger this summer rather than lose him on a free.

    The Bavarians' refusal to meet the 25-year-old's wage demands is said to be one of the main reasons that he wants to leave the club.

    However, United have no issues with providing the France international the pay packet he desires

  • Kostas Lianos

    GOING RON AND ON

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wants to make history by playing in a record SIXTH World Cup, reports SunSport's Daniel Cutts.

    Ronaldo has already had a stellar international career with Portugal, winning Euro 2016.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is also the all-time top international goalscorer with a staggering 115 goals in 182 appearances for his country.

    SunSport understands the forward is keen to play up in the 2026 tournament, being hosted in the US, Canada and Mexico.

    The 36-year-old is super-fit and keeps in top shape while having an outstanding injury-free record

  • Kostas Lianos

    CON HEIR

    Manchester United are leaning towards hiring Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and NOT Antonio Conte.

    According to ESPN, United's hierarchy prefer Rodgers due to Conte's "abrasive" personality.

    SunSport exclusively revealed the Red Devils had drawn-up a four-man shortlist to replace under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Those are Conte, Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik ten Hag, all of which pose as early front-runners

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEWCASTLE LING

    Newcastle are interested in signing Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard ahead of the January transfer window.

    Lingard has been struggling to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up and appears to be searching for more opportunities.

    The winger has been linked with a number of teams, including the Magpies who have just turned into the world’s most expensive outfit after a £300million takeover.

    West Ham are also said to be keeping tabs on the England international after his stunning loan stint last season

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    'PUNCH DRUNK'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United need to take a leaf out of boxing champ Tyson Fury’s book when they get knocked down.

    Fury was floored twice by Deontay Wilder before composing himself to come back and claim victory in their heavyweight trilogy clash.

    Solskjaer said: “Of course, you have to hold hands up and that performance is not acceptable, and we have to look at why it was not acceptable.

    “I use the analogy that it felt like we were a boxer being punch drunk, knocked down in the first four mins or first round.

    “We had a chance, we conceded a goal, we wanted to sort it out, and went a bit too open and too frantic against a good team.

    “You see Tyson Fury when he gets knocked down a few times, it's remarkable how composed he is and takes a count of five,six seven, he gets up and goes again.

    “We got up too early and tried to sort it. Minds have to be better but we've had to look at different things as well, the communication has to be direct.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    CON HEIR

    Man Utd are leaning towards hiring Brendan Rodgers and NOT Antonio Conte due to his 'abrasive' personality, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 48, is clinging to his job at Old Trafford amid a horror run of form.

    SunSport exclusively revealed United had drawn-up a four-man shortlist to replace the Norwegian.

    Conte, Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik ten Hag were the early front-runners.

    But that appears to have been whittled down to Conte and Rodgers.

    And ESPN claim Rodgers, 48, is leading the way, with the Old Trafford board worried about Conte's 'abrasive' personality.

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