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MANCHESTER UNITED are still aiming to land Jadon Sancho from Dortmund – but BVB are reportedly sticking firm with their asking price.

And Graeme Souness has urged the Red Devils to go out and get unsettled Lionel Messi, claiming he could "absolutely" see him at Old Trafford.

Get all the latest updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • 'DEVIL'S DECISION'

    David De Gea has defended his position at Manchester United, insisting “I am still the number one”.

    The Spanish goalkeeper has come under pressure this season after a number of calamitous errors not least in the FA Cup semi-final.

    He got the nod over Sergio Romero for the Europa League semi-final on Sunday and conceded twice as United went down 2-1 to Sevilla.

    But De Gea said: “I trust in myself.

    “I have shown my qualities all the years. So I will just stay available for the manager.

    “I'm always ready to play and try to help the team, as I have always done.”

  • SMALL FRY

    Roma are reportedly refusing to give up on a permanent deal for Manchester United misfit Chris Smalling.

    However, SunSport understands United want £20million to let Smalling leave.

    And with coronavirus wrecking finances around the world, Roma are unable to afford that fee.

    But Gianluca Di Marzio claims the Italians are refusing to give up on Smalling and are hopeful of negotiating an affordable fee with the Red Devils.

  • CHONG THE WAY UP

    Man Utd star Tahith Chong wants to emulate players like Kevin De Bruyne and Serge Gnabry after he signed a season-long loan with Werder Bremen.

    Both players excelled in their careers after moving to the Bundesliga from the Premier League.

    And the 20-year-old said: “It’s definitely in the back of your head when you come here.

    “The club’s history and reputation for helping players like Gnabry and De Bruyne advance their careers is always good to hear, so I’m sure this the right place to continue my development.”

  • WHERE WAS THE MAG-IC?!

    Harry Maguire struggled to come to terms with United's Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla.

    He said: “It's difficult [to take]. The boys are devastated.

    “We created numerous amounts of chances. We've got to win the game. The best team lost and they punished us for missing the chances. We've been ruthless at times this year, but today we weren't.

    “It means a lot to us. The boys are devastated. We've got a good group of lads.

    “We know what it means to play for this club: losing isn't acceptable. Getting to semi-finals isn't acceptable.

    “We've got to now really concentrate on taking it further, taking another step.”

  • YOUNG FER-NOMENON

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand revealed the first time he knew Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be a superstar.

    The TV pundit explained how Ronaldo dazzled as an 18-year-old for Sporting Lisbon in a pre-season friendly against United in 2003.

    He had such an impact that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and chief exec David Gill delayed the team bus by an hour as they desperately tried to sign the Portuguese winger after the game.

    The match was held to christen the opening of the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon and United wasted no time in beating off the competition to poach Ronaldo for themselves.

  • SEE 'OU LATER

    Manchester United youngster Aliou Traore has completed a season-long loan deal to join French side SM Caen.

    The Red Devils teenager has headed back to his homeland in search of regular first-team football at the Ligue 2 outfit.

    The 19-year-old Frenchman can play either in central midfield or in wide areas.

    He has impressed since his 2017 move from Paris Saint-Germain and scored four goals in 14 appearances for United U23s as they earned promotion last season.

    Traore will wear the number 15 shirt at Caen, who finished 13th in France’s second division last term after being relegated from Ligue 1 in 2019.

    The highly-rated youngster is yet to feature for United’s first-team and recently admitted he was ready to make the jump.

  • JOURNEY ENDS HERE

    Bruno Fernandes has posted a heartfelt message to United fans over the ending of his side's Europa League voyage.

    He said: “Unfortunately our journey in the @europaleague ends here.

    “It wasn’t what we expected. We wanted to be in the final and fight for the trophy we so desired.

    “Whilst we congratulate @sevillafc for making it to the final, we still played well and we didn’t deserve to stop here.

    “It is now time for rest and to reflect so that we come back even stronger and reach the goals we set ourselves for the next season!

    “Thank you to all my team-mates and staff who welcomed me so well over these past months at the Red Devils.”

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    Unfortunately our journey in the @europaleague ends here. It wasn’t what we expected. We wanted to be in the final and fight for the trophy we so desired. Whilst we congratulate @sevillafc for making it to the final, we still played well and we didn’t deserve to stop here. It is now time for rest and to reflect so that we come back even stronger 💪🏻 and reach the goals we set ourselves for the next season! Thank you to all my teammates and staff who welcomed me so well over these past months at the Red Devils. I hope to continue to learn and grow everyday with you, and that we conquer many titles in the future! Together we loose , together we make mistakes and together we grow ❤️ #MUFC

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  • ROUGH LANDING

    United arrived back home after their Europa League loss to Sevilla – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still seemingly fuming about his side's defending.

    The Red Devils slipped to a 2-1 semi-final defeat against the European specialists and extended their trophyless streak to three years for the first time in more than 30 years.

    And on his arrival back in Manchester, Solskjaer could be seen looking frustratedly at airport stuff.

    The United boss shrugged and gestured as he got off the shuttle bus, as if he was explaining his tactical disappointment to the bemused worker.

    The rest of the Man Utd squad were also seen arriving home, all wearing face-coverings – with the exception of Paul Pogba, who was sporting a do-rag along with his burgundy club tracksuit.

    CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE OF THE PLAYERS RETURNING HOME

  • OUT OF BLACK, INTO RED

    It is becoming increasingly clear why Borussia Dortmund want to sell Jadon Sancho.

    The club have revealed they have made a lost £45million this season, a £61m swing from the £16m profit they made last year.

    Manchester United, who think the player is overvalued at around £108m, have been told to cough up Dortmund’s asking price for Sancho.

    But now it is clear the effect coronavirus is having on football clubs, who cannot invite fans into stadia.

  • BIG FORTNIGHT AHEAD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that United are prepared for a hectic few weeks, with the Norwegian determined to get transfer business over the line.

    Solskjaer said: “It’s going to be a strange summer.

    “We’ve only got a couple of weeks away from each other before we get going again. That’s going to be a mental challenge.

    “Of course, we’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players we have but still we’re looking to improve.

    “It’s a strange one. The league starts very quickly but the market is open for so long.

    “We’ve got to be smart and clever.”

  • COST-BENEFIT

    Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Juventus winger Douglas Costa.

    Sky Sport Italia claim the Red Devils have been a fan of the Brazilian for several years but have concerns over his injury record.

    Costa, who turns 30 next month, recently revealed he considered quitting football due to his fitness issues.

    The Juve ace has suffered 18 different major injuries during his career – including a calf problem that ruled him out for nearly four months last season.

    Costa has made just seven Serie A starts this term and has struggled to replicate his best form since his move from Bayern Munich.

    He is one of the main players thought set to be sold to raise funds for new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo this summer.

  • JUVE GOT THE RON MAN

    Juventus reportedly no longer consider Cristiano Ronaldo ‘non-transferable’ and could decide to cash-in for £54million.

    Sport claim Paris Saint-Germain are keeping an eye on developments and may make a move after the Champions League has finished.

    Ronaldo’s super-agent Jorge Mendes has already been offering him out to Europe’s biggest clubs ever since Juventus’ European Cup exit.

    Despite a record-breaking campaign in front of goal and another Serie A title, the Portugal superstar’s season ultimately ended in disappointment.

    Defeats in the Suppercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia final were compounded by crashing out of the Champions League.

    In the wake of the fall to Lyon, Maurizio Sarri was sacked and replaced by inexperienced club legend Andrea Pirlo.

  • NO TROPHY… YET

    United fans appear to have faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and that they'll win trophies again soon.

  • BRUNO ON BUST-UP

    Bruno Fernandes has revealed he and Victor Lindelof have buried the hatchet after having a heated argument following Sevilla's winner last night.

    He said: “I think it’s normal when you take a goal.

    “We had 10 minutes after to score again and everyone was mad, it’s not about me or Victor it’s about the team.

    “What’s happened between me and Victor is normal, in football it happens, it’s looking to each other.

    “There will be much more times this happens in other teams.

    “What’s important now is to see the mistakes everyone did and looking to improve in the next games.”

  • RIO WISDOM

    There is a simple explanation for last night's defeat, according to Rio Ferdinand.

  • ALL GONG WRONG

    Manchester United have gone three seasons without winning a trophy for the first time since 1987-89.

    Those were the days when Sir Alex Ferguson nearly lost his job… before perfecting the trophy-winning machine that were his great United sides.

    But he needed to win the 1989 FA Cup before his side went on to win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1990.

  • WORK LIKE A DEVIL

    Harry Maguire played more minutes than any other footballer in the world during an exhausting 2019-20 season.

    But the season ended in defeat as Manchester United crashed out of the Europa League after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Sevilla.

    The 6ft 4in defender arrived at Old Trafford last summer in a blockbuster £80million transfer.

    While the fee raised eyebrows, he didn't miss a single minute of his side's 2019-20 Premier League campaign – the first outfielder to achieve such a feat since Gary Pallister in 1994-95.

    And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has almost always leaned on him in the cup competitions too.

    With the Red Devils having reached semi-finals of both domestic cups, as well as the latter stages of the Europa League – the games have come thick and fast.

  • MORE SCHOLES ON DEFENDING

    Scholes added: “There’s a lot wrong with the goal.

    “You can almost blame the whole back four for this goal.

    “Williams doesn’t get to the ball, where Maguire is, I don’t know.

    “But for me Lindelof is the biggest problem.”

  • CON-VICT

    Paul Scholes was NOT impressed with Victor Lindelof’s marking as Luuk de Jong ghosted behind him to score a Sevilla winner last night.

    Scholes said: “As much as United deserved to win, there’s no doubt about that, they were the better team, you have to say the second goal, the defensive part of that was shocking.

    “Lindelof and [Harry] Maguire, both out past the near post, there’s one centre-forward, Lindelof has to see him.

    “Then Wan-Bissaka has to cover for him if he doesn’t think he sees him.

    “Surely Lindelof as a centre-half, he’s got his centre-forward, he’s got to be looking at him, his body angle’s all wrong.”

  • LEAKY BLINDER

    The Premier League's opening day fixtures appear to have been leaked – with Manchester United vs Arsenal on the agenda.

    The 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League campaign was launched on Saturday, giving fans the chance to build their teams nice and early.

    But some eagle-eyed supporters have noticed an apparent blunder – with players' next opponents seemingly being listed.

    Should these be correct, the Premier League's September 12 return will be headlined by a blockbuster clash between Man Utd and Arsenal at Old Trafford.

    If true, the pair will meet for the first time since New Year's Day, when Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis goals inspired the Gunners to a rousing 2-0 victory.

  • MORE SCHOLES

    The former Old Trafford midfielder added: “We talk about hundreds of millions these days to get these players, but these are the players that win you trophies, these are the ones that win you medals.

    “We know all this Sancho stuff is going on, they need to spend more money.

    “If they want to win trophies, they’ve got to start spending the money.

    “They created chances tonight but if you think of Sancho in that team tonight I think United are scoring.”

  • SAN'S A SHINER

    Paul Scholes believes Manchester United would have beaten Sevilla if they had Jadon Sancho in the team.

    Scholes has now urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start spending serious cash on star signings if he wants to win trophies any time soon.

    United squandered numerous chances in their 2-1 Europa League semi final defeat to Sevilla in Cologne on Sunday night.

    The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all passed up golden opportunities to hit the target during a dominant 15 minute spell after the break.

    United had gone up 1-0 in the clash thanks to an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes.

    Scholes told BT Sport: “I don’t think they played badly, I thought they were really good tonight against a really good Sevilla team.

    “But that 15-20 minutes after half time with all those chances, you’ve got to score them.

    “We talk about quality, we talk about spending money on a centre forward and wide players.

  • JADON'T GO

    Jadon Sancho could “regret” moving to Manchester United and should stay at Borussia Dortmund, according to Paul Ince.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been chasing the £108million-rated England winger, 20, all summer.

    Old Trafford icon Ince told the Daily Star: “At Dortmund he's playing every week and that's what he wants.

    “He's still going to be scoring goals for Dortmund in the Champions League next season.

    “There's no rush for him. He can take his time and he's still got lots to learn.

    “Sancho can keep developing at Dortmund. He doesn't want to return to the Premier League and regret it.”

  • LOOKING SHOT

    United’s poor finishing cost them tasting Europa League glory this season.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in their semi-final clash in Cologne.

    But just like in the previous round against Copenhagen, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side missed a whole host of chances to kill the game off.

    In these two games, United had FORTY-SIX shots at goal – but have only two scored penalties from Bruno Fernandes to show for it.

    Solskjaer was desperate to end the season with some silverware to add to an impressive third-placed finish in the Premier League.

    But it is perennial Europa league winners Sevilla who progress through to the final back in Cologne.

  • GOOD MORNING MANCHESTER UNITED FANS 

     

    Red Devils fans reckon Sergio Romero will leave the club this summer, according to Manchester Evening News.

    The Old Trafford number two stopper was dropped from the starting line-up of the club’s semi-final Europa League clash against Sevilla.

    The keeper, who is 33, had featured in every game for United in the competition previously this season. 

    United’s chances of sealing a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer appear to be getting slimmer. 

    Mundo Deportivo claims Dortmund’s chief executive has insisted the star will remain at the club next season. 

    United are reported to be leading the race to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile. 

    Media in France claim an offer of £27.2million will be enough to seal a switch to Old Trafford for the Ligue 1 star. 

    And Ole Gunner Solskjaer has warned that United are lagging too far behind rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. 

    The Daily Star reports the Old Trafford boss is urging the club’s board to spend big if they want to see the side battling for league titles again. 

    And United target Moussa Dembele could leave Lyon this summer according to the Ligue 1 club’s president. 

    The former Celtic striker scored twice against Man City after coming on as a sub in Lyon’s quarter-final clash against the Etihad side. 

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