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12th April 2022

ERIK TEN HAG has reached a verbal agreement to join Man Utd this summer, according to reports.

The Ajax boss is said to have won out in the recruitment process over PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is reported to have rejected a move to Old Trafford.

And keep up to date with the fallout from Cristiano Ronaldo's post-Everton phone incident.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd target Antony 'set for Juve'

    Potential new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag could reportedly miss out on top target Antony.

    Ajax boss Ten Hag has reportedly 'verbally agreed' to take over at Old Trafford from interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

    And the Dutchman was hoping to bring Ajax winger Antony, 22, with him.

    But according to Calciomercato, Ten Hag and United could miss out on their top target to Serie A giants Juventus.

    The Serie A side are said to have "intensified" talks with the Brazilian's representatives in the hopes of signing him this summer.

    Antony could be picked up for a bargain fee of around £29million.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Agreement in principle'

    The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims United have reached a “verbal agreement in principle” with Ten Hag to become manager.

    Now he states that the Red Devils need to reach an agreement with Ajax for compensation.

    And they just have to finalise details of his four-year contract, which will begin in the summer.

    This latest report also adds that no official announcement will be made until after the Dutch Cup Final with PSV on Sunday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Utd verbal agreement for Ten Hag'

    BREAKING: Unitedhave reportedly reached a “verbal agreement in principle” for Erik ten Hag to become their next manager.

    The Dutchman, who is currently at Ajax, has emerged as the favourite to take over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag will need time and backing

    Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has told potential new boss Erik ten Hag to finish inside the top four AND surround himself with coaches he trusts to be a success,, writes JOSHUA MBU

    Dutchman Ten Hag has emerged as the favourite to take over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

    he is also said to have impressed Old Trafford chiefs with his vision for the club.

    However, Ten Hag has been warned against a move to United by Holland head coach Louis van Gaal, who managed the Red Devils between 2014-2016.

    Van Gaal branded United a "commercial club" in an apaarent dig at the board prioritising profit over on-field success.

    The highly-rated manager has also been warned by United legend Gary Neville, who called his former club a "graveyard for reputations.".

    But fellow Dutchman and United legend Stam has instead given Ten Hag helpful advice on how to succeed at Old Trafford.

    Stam has told his compatriot to surround himself with people he trusts and to secure consistent top-four finishes.

     Stam told Voetbal Primeur: "The most frustrating thing for me is that you don’t see a clear way of playing football at Manchester United.

    "If you look at the managers they have had, I wonder if they were given the time or could get it across to the players who were there at the time.

    “The question is also whether the players could translate what a coach wanted, that’s not always the case.

    "The owners may fully support you and give you the time and space to build up something, the outside world thinks differently. As soon as things don’t go your way and you don’t get any points, the grumbling often starts."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juve want £84m for De Ligt

    Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with Juventus centre-back Matthew de Ligt – but he could cost around £84million.

    Calciomercato say the Italian giants are keen to keep the former Ajax superstar.

    Chelsea are thought to have monitored the 22-year-old this season.

    And United have reportedly trailed him in past campaigns

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arenal & Chelsea in bookies' list to sign Salah

    REAL MADRID are the front runners in the race to sign Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.

    Sky Bet are placing the Spanish giants at 7/1 favourites to seal the Egyptian's signature, ahead of the likes of PSG and a host of Premier League clubs.

    The Egyptian will be 30 at the start of next season, and with contract talks stalling and his current deal expiring in June 2023, Liverpool may be prepared to cash in on him now instead of losing him for free next summer.

    In his time in Merseyside, Salah has won the Premier League, Champions League, the Premier League Golden Boot twice, and finished third for the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 and 2021.

    PSG are judged to be Real Madrid's closest challengers to Salah's signing, with Sky Bet pricing the transfer at 10/1.

    Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle and Chelsea are all in the picture too, all of whom, it appears, are prepared to offer Salah higher wages than Liverpool are.

    SKY BET ODDS:

    • Real Madrid 7/1
    • PSG 10/1
    • Arsenal 14/1
    • Manchester City 18/1
    • Newcastle 18/1
    • Chelsea 20/1

    4 Prem stars in list of Europe’s most valuable rookies

    Arsenal’s Albert Sambi Lokonga is the only player with a Prem giant in a list of Europe’s 20 most valuable rookies.

    But Crystal Palace duo Marc Guehi and Michael Olise, plus Southampton full-back Valentino Livramento, HAVE made the pick.

    RB Leipzig provide the top two – Josko Gvadiol and Dominik Szoboszial.

    But the Three Lions ace only made his Premier League debut THIS season following his move to the Eagles.

    Because of that, Guehi is a Big Five Leagues ‘rookie’.

    And the former Blues defender is fifth-most-valuable ‘rookie’ in Europe, according to data from the CIES Football Observatory.

    But what is a ‘rookie’? Any player who is yet to reach their 23rd birthday and made their Big Five league debut this season falls into that bracket.

    Guehi, valued at £41.7m amid his stellar season, cracks the top five and is the best of FOUR Premier League players in the top 20.

    Yet the real young talent appears to be coming out of RB Leipzig…

    The top two players on the list both hail from the Bundesliga giants – with Josko Gvardiol and Dominik Szoboszlai streets ahead.

    Klopp hints at joining fight for Nunez

    Liverpool could join Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in a £68million summer hunt for Benfica strike sensation Darwin Nunez.

    That's the speculation after Kop manager Jurgen Klopp praised the Uruguay striker as having a 'big career ahead'.

    Nunez netted Benfica's consolation in Liverpool's 3-1 Champions Leaguequarter-final first-leg win in Portugal.

    And he's expected to meet with a new agent to discuss a possible summer transfer.

    'Flamengo U-turn on buying Pereira'

    Flamengo have withdrawn their offer to sign Manchester United outcast Andreas Pereira in a dramatic U-turn, reports suggest.

    According to Esporte, the Brazilian giants looked set to bid almost £9million for Pereira, who has been playing for them on loan since last year, but had a change of heart at the eleventh hour.

    The midfielder's lacklustre performances in the last two months combined with the club's legal issues with the Central Bank are said to be behind the withdrawal.

    Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim has pulled the brakes on all signings until the court case is concluded.

    This comes after club representatives Marcos Braz and Bruno Spindel flew to Manchester in February to negotiate a deal with United.

    But even during that time, Braz and Spindel were warned by other Flamengo officials that this investment would be risky.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Rooney 'staying at Derby'

      Derby's would-be new owner insists Wayne Rooney WILL remain manager next season.

      United legend Rooney has said he's committed for the rest of the season – but is worried by the time it's taking administrators to sell the second-bottom Championship club.

      But prospective buyer Chris Kirchner tweeted that Rooney has 'told me he's staying'.

      Former England skipper Rooney has already confirmed he 'can work on my plans now and see where Chris wants to go'.

      The former Everton superstar says he 'loves' Derby, adding: "The players and fans have been brilliant to me."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Ten Hag would need top 4 finish & his own coaches

      Old Trafford legend Jaap Stam says Erik ten Hag must finish in the top four in his first season AND appoint coaches he trusts – if he takes over Manchester United this summer as expected.

      Ten Hag is overwhelming favourite to land the permanent job, with interim chief Ralf Rangnick possible moving to a technical role.

      And fellow Dutchman Stam revealed what he believes is going wrong – and what Ajax manager Ten Hag should prioritise to make it right.

      Sport Witness quote Stam as saying: “The most frustrating thing for me is that you don’t see a clear way of playing football at Manchester United.

      “If you look at the managers they have had, I wonder if they were given the time or could get it across to the players who were there at the time.

      “The question is also whether the players could translate what a coach wanted. That’s not always the case.

      “In the beginning, people still go along and say that you get time. But you don’t get that at a top club. The owners may fully support you and give you the time and space to build up something – the outside world thinks differently.

      "That is why it is so important for Erik to gather the right people around him that can help him in that respect."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Berbatov took Dim view of joining City

      Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he told his agent to ‘f**k off’ when it was suggested that he move to Manchester City instead.

      In an interview with The Athletic, the Bulgarian has recalled his deadline day move to Old Trafford in 2008.

      Berbatov made the move to United from Tottenham for £30million, but newly-rich City attempted to hijack the deal at the last minute.

      “It was a true story because I can be really direct when I want to be,” revealed the former star striker.

      “I follow my own path and along the way of course there will be people who are disappointed in my decision, like the Spurs fans were when I decided to go and follow my dream.

      “But then getting close to that dream we get that call from City giving their proposition to my agent.

      “He was looking at me and asked what I thought. I said, ‘Just f**k off, we’re going to United.

      “‘In my dreams, this is the badge, the shirt, the manager, the players, the history.”

      Berbatov won two Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford, and also claimed the Golden Boot in 2011 after netting 20 goals in a season for the Red Devils.

    • Ian Tuckey

      'Petulant' Ronaldo told to set better example

      United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed for his "petulant" behaviour at Goodison Park.

      Ronaldo made headlines on Saturday's after United's 1-0 loss at Everton when he allegedly slapped a mobile phone out of a teenage Toffees supporter's hand while he limped down the tunnel.

      Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan criticised the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's attitude and insisted he should buy a new phone for 14-year-old Jake Harding.

      However, Jordan believes the Portugal captain shouldn't face police action after the incident.

      Jordan told talkSPORT: “I think we need to be careful with using the word assault. What you have seen is a player behave petulantly… we need to be careful how we categorise things.

      “It was inappropriate from Ronaldo, whatever fit or peak he is in, whatever he is not used to. He is not used to playing in teams which lose in the manner Manchester United do, he has not played his career in teams that lose like this, but he has time to get used to this.

      “You don’t ever get used to being a loser, if you have been the winner all your life, do you? So, his behaviour is unacceptable. He should absolutely apologise. He should buy the kid a new phone. These are things you should want to do, because, ultimately, you have behaved badly for a moment.

      “But, to take it in to an assault, and take it up the gears and take it in to some idea that football players are bringing the game in to disrepute, I think it is stretching it a little bit.

      “This is a player who has reacted poorly, who probably did not even focus on what he was doing, probably just pushed it away, and ultimately what has happened is a kid’s phone has been pushed on to the floor.

      “There is no excuse where someone as iconic in people’s minds."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Harry will get better

      Former Manchester United ace Rio Ferdinand has launched to the defence of Harry Maguire, comparing his plight to one of the great centre-backs of the 21st century: Gerard Pique.

      Speaking on the Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand pointed to Maguire’s international performances as a true sign of his ability.

      “In an England shirt he’s been nothing but phenomenal. He’s been unreal. You can’t say he’s a dead player,” said Ferdinand.

      “But they play a particular way of football that probably suits him. Gerard Pique was at Man United, you could argue that he might not have had the career that he’s had at Barcelona if he had stayed at Man United because of the way he plays.

      “It’s like boxing, styles make fights – it’s the same in football. Man United’s football, and the way that they are trying to play, hasn’t suited him.

      “But also it’s form and confidence. His confidence has taken a big knock and I don’t care who you are – you could be Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Mbappe, all of these players – if their confidence is low, they are not the same player.”

    • Sam Dymond

      Payet: No regrets over United snub

      French football genius Dmitri Payet has lifted the lid on why he rejected a move to Manchester United back in the day.

      The Red Devils made a bid for the attacking midfielder in 2017 while he was ripping up the Premier League with West Ham.

      However, despite desperately wanting to leave the Hammers – and eventually going on strike – Payet ignored United's advances, and ended up joining Marseille.

      During an interview on Le Vestiaire, Payet revealed: "I'm not someone who lives with regrets. I made a choice which was not just related to football but it was to family, and to come back to Marseille.

      "There were other clubs, big clubs. There were Manchester United and others.

      "It was a personal and family choice. I think it was the best for me and my family."

      Payet, now 35, showed that he's still got it by scoring a sensational goal just last week for Marseille against PAOK in the Europa Conference League.

    • Sam Dymond

      Brexit may scupper Van Persie return

      Robin van Persie has been heavily linked with a sensational return to Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag's assistant if the Ajax boss takes on the Manchester United job.

      However, it has now emerged courtesy of The Times (via Manchester Evening News) that Brexit could put an immediate end to any thoughts of a Theatre of Dreams reunion.

      Ten Hag has previously indicated that he would want to be joined at United by someone who knows both the club and the Premier League well.

      Van Persie fits the criteria perfectly, but having only been assistant at Feyenoord since 2020, may not have enough coaching experience to guarantee himself a work permit under post-Brexit legislation.

    • Sam Dymond

      United face battle for former stopper

      Manchester United face a fight with Tottenham Hotspur if they are to bring Sam Johnstone back to Old Trafford this summer.

      The England goalkeeper is out of contract at West Bromwich Albion, at the end of the season and has been continually linked with a return to the club where he began his career.

      United are in the market for another keeper with Dean Henderson likely to depart, and Johnstone has been flagged as the perfect backup to David de Gea.

      However, Sky Sports are reporting that Tottenham have also made enquiries for the 29-year-old with Antonio Conte wanting better greater competition for 35-year-old captain Hugo Lloris.

    • Sam Dymond

      United rivalries still the pinnacle

      Liverpool's recent Premier League rivalry with Manchester City is nothing compared to those that Manchester United participated in – and that's according to a former Liverpool star.

      Glen Johnson represented the Anfield club for six years, but took issue with comments made by former teammate Jamie Carragher that the current City and Liverpool rivalries are the best the competition has ever known.

      “In terms of what [Manchester City and Liverpool are] fighting for, of course the rivalry is up there," Johnson said in an interview with bettingodds.com.

      "But I don’t think it’s going to be like the games we had growing up such as Manchester United versus Arsenal, and Liverpool versus Manchester United.

      "I think they were much bigger games in terms of rivalry and, for me, Liverpool’s biggest derby is always going to be against Manchester United.

      "I think what Jamie means is that the standard of the two teams means that this is their biggest game.”

    • Sam Dymond

      Bottom of the table banker?

      Manchester United will be expecting to return to winning ways when their campaign resumes on Saturday.

      The Red Devils welcome bottom of the table Norwich City to Old Trafford, and few will be giving the Canaries much of a chance despite United's recent below-par performances.

      However, it's worth bearing in mind that United have come unstuck on two of the last four occasions that they have hosted the 20th-placed side in the Premier League – having only lost one such game in their previous 21 attempts (W16 D4).

      Those two most recent defeats came against Sheffield United in January of last year, and versus West Bromwich Albion back in April 2018.

    • Sam Dymond

      Rio: Maguire yet to Pique

      Former Manchester United ace Rio Ferdinand has launched to the defence of Harry Maguire, comparing his plight to one of the great centre-backs of the 21st century: Gerard Pique.

      Speaking on the Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand pointed to Maguire's international performances as a true sign of his ability.

      "In an England shirt he’s been nothing but phenomenal. He’s been unreal. You can’t say he’s a dead player," said Ferdinand.

      "But they play a particular way of football that probably suits him. Gerard Pique was at Man United, you could argue that he might not have had the career that he’s had at Barcelona if he had stayed at Man United because of the way he plays.

      "It’s like boxing, styles make fights – it’s the same in football. Man United’s football, and the way that they are trying to play, hasn’t suited him.

      "But also it's form and confidence. His confidence has taken a big knock and I don’t care who you are – you could be Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Mbappe, all of these players – if their confidence is low, they are not the same player."

    • Sam Dymond

      Van Gaal progressing after treatment

      Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that his first spell of treatment for prostate cancer can be considered successful.

      The Dutchman recently announced that he has been suffering with an aggressive form of the disease, and has undergone 25 radiation sessions.

      "I've been through everything," the 70-year-old Netherlands boss told Dutch news agency ANP (via The Daily Star).

      "I had 25 radiation treatments. Then I had to wait five or six months to see if it had done its job. It did."

    • Sam Dymond

      Join City? Never, swears Berba

      Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he told his agent to 'f**k off' when it was suggested that he move to Manchester City instead.

      In an interview with The Athletic, the Bulgarian has recalled his deadline day move to Old Trafford in 2008.

      Berbatov made the move to United from Tottenham for £30million, but newly-rich City attempted to hijack the deal at the last minute.

      "It was a true story because I can be really direct when I want to be," revealed the former star striker.

      "I follow my own path and along the way of course there will be people who are disappointed in my decision, like the Spurs fans were when I decided to go and follow my dream.

      "But then getting close to that dream we get that call from City giving their proposition to my agent.

      "He was looking at me and asked what I thought. I said, 'Just f**k off, we're going to United.

      "'In my dreams, this is the badge, the shirt, the manager, the players, the history."

      Berbatov won two Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford, and also claimed the Golden Boot in 2011 after netting 20 goals in a season for the Red Devils.

    • Sam Dymond

      Paul Pogba a PSG priority

      Paris Saint-Germain have made signing Paul Pogba this summer their priority, according to Foot Mercato in France.

      It is now almost certain that Pogba will depart Manchester United at the end of his contract in June, having turned down 'gigantic offers' to remain at Old Trafford.

      And PSG sporting director Leonardo sees the 29-year-old as the ideal star to improve the French club's midfield.

      The Red Devils paid £89million for the Frenchman back in 2016, but will now lose him for nothing for a second time.

      Pogba previously left for Juventus in 2012, having progressed through the United academy.

    • Etienne Fermie

      Morning, United fans

      Darwin Nunez, Erling Haaland and Christopher Nkunku are in the transfer spotlight – as United fans plan a protest against club owners the Glazers.

      Uruguay striker Nunez is tipped to DEFINITELY leave Benfica this summer, with the Red Devils, Chelsea and Arsenal all keen.

      The 22-year-old is under contract until 2025 but will meet with his new agent to discuss a move.

      Benfica want close to the £113m they got from Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix – but HALF that fee seems far more likely.

      Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund goal machine Haaland reportedly believes United can't fulfil his ambitions.

      That leaves neighbours Man City and Real Madrid hot favourites to duel over the Norway frontman.

      But United are tipped to finally pursue RB Leipzig midfielder Nkunku.

      Old Trafford interim chief Ralf Rangnick is a known fan of the 24-year-old.

      And this season has very much been Nkunku's best so far, with a staggering 28 goals and 18 assists in 42 games.

      Finally, supporters group 'The 1958' wants fans to vent their frustration against the club owners before Saturday's home Prem match with Norwich.

      Seventh-placed United are rank outsiders for a top-four finish and will again be trophyless this term.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Ten Hag and Poch too good for Utd's Disneyland

      COMMENT: Imagine the scene, maybe 12 months from now, writes DAVE KIDD.

      Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are sipping cappuccinos together in a pavement cafe, as these elite coaches tend to do, and reminiscing about the time they were the shortlist for the Manchester United job.

      “We dodged a bullet there, heh Erik?” chuckles Poch, after United’s caretaker- interim boss Steve Bruce has been sacked with his team in the bottom half of the Premier League.

      It is an unlikely scenario but one which United undoubtedly deserve.

      We are told, on genuinely good authority, that United have offered the job to Ajax boss Ten Hag, rather than Paris Saint-Germain gaffer Poch, because they believe the Dutchman would “fit in better to their structure”.

      You mean to say Man Utd are claiming to have an actual structure?

      Nobody who watched them shamble to defeat in Saturday’s underachievers derby against Everton would imagine it — nor anyone who’s observed United for most of the past nine years.

      But, in fact, chief executive Richard Arnold does the important stuff, like bragging about the club’s social media reach.

      And United will soon appoint a "deputy football director" to assist "football director" John Murtough and "technical director" Darren Fletcher.

      Then there’s “head of corporate development” Matt Judge, who is busy in recruitment.

      Oh, and Ralf Rangnick will still be hanging about in the background being a tactical genius for six days a month.

      Perhaps Ten Hag could report to Rangnick via a dotted line in the management structure.

      READ DAVE KIDD'S FULL VERDICT HERE

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