MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to do a swap deal which would see them sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla, with Edinson Cavani heading the other way.

Cavani has found his playing time restricted since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who drew a blank last night as Portugal played out a 0-0 draw in Ireland.

United and Ireland legend Roy Keane believes there is 'something going wrong' regarding the club's England representatives.

Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho were left out of Gareth Southgate's latest squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

He said: "Every case is different, Sancho hasn't been getting many minutes recently.

"The issue I suppose with Rashford and Greenwood is that whenever they're selected it seems to be an issue.

"I know they've had injuries, I understand that, but we know their quality and when Gareth is asked about them he says 'yeah I spoke to Marcus…' It seems like a big conversation."

Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot must now get a point at home to Serbia on Sunday to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

In a SunSport exclusive, Paul Pogba could have played his final game for United.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has revealed he TURNED DOWN the chance to manage Manchester United.

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

  • Chisanga Malata

    GOOD MORNING, UNITED FANS

    SunSport have exclusively revealed how Jesse Lingard could leave Manchester United for £10million in January – less than half the price they valued him at in the summer.

    When West Ham tried to sign him in the last window, after a successful loan move, United insisted they wanted £25m.

    Yet United will let him go now, if they can get £10m when the window reopens, even if that means selling to a top four rival in West Ham.

    In other news, United are said to be on the verge of offering David De Gea a new contract.

    That’s according to Fichajes reporter Ekrem Konur, who claims United have been so impressed with the keeper, they want him to remain at Old Trafford for the long-term.

    De Gea has just 18-months left on his contract, and the Red Devils reportedly do retain an option to trigger a one-year extension.

    Meanwhile, Utd are back in talks to sign Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.

    According to Il Tempo, United are in negotiations to bring the 31-year-old to Old Trafford having missed out on his signature in the summer.

    And this would allow Roma to sign Diogo Dalot, who has played second fiddle to Aaron Win-Bissaka this term.

    United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as the Germans fight to keep him at the club.

    Such is their desire to avoid selling him, BVB are prepared to double his wages, according to Bild.

    It has been stated that Dortmund are willing to offer him £15million-a-season to convince him to stay.

    And finally, Man Utd are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz.

    El Nacional report how Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on the 18-year-old midfielder.

    Despite it being claimed that the Blues and Los Blancos have shown the most interest in prising the midfielder away from Germany, the player is believed to prefer a move to Barca

  • Jake Lambourne

    JES THE TICKET

    EXCLUSIVE – Jesse Lingard could leave Manchester United for £10million in January – less than half the price they valued him at in the summer.

    When West Ham tried to sign him in the last window, after a successful loan move, United insisted they wanted £25m.

    That was £7m more than the Hammers were willing to pay, and Lingard himself was keen to prove he still had an Old Trafford future.

    But after only eight appearances – and a solitary start in the League Cup – the attacker is no nearer to winning a regular slot, and has dragged his heels over signing a new deal.

    Lingard, 28, has continued to train hard and has not been putting the pressure on for a move, with his contract up this season.

    Yet United will let him go now, if they can get £10m when the window reopens, even if that means selling to a top four rival in West Ham.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FLO RIDA

    Arsenal and Man Utd are just two clubs that are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz.

    According to El Nacional, Chelsea, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on the 18-year-old midfielder.

    It has been claimed that the Blues and Los Blancos have shown the most interest in prising the midfielder away from Germany.

    Though the player is said to be keen on a move to Barca, with the youngster a fan of new boss Xavi.

    Though any potential suitor may have to wait until 2023 to sign Wirtz, who has chipped in with seven goals and as many assists from 14 games this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    OLE TRAFFORD

    Former Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton has declared that Man Utd must appoint an elite manager if they wish to finish in the top four.

    He told Football Insider: "It’s a difficult situation. He’s been given that extra leeway because he’s a legend of the club.

    “I totally understand that, but if Man United are truly going to challenge for the top four – they need an elite manager.

    “They need someone to galvanise the team. I’ve worked on a couple of their games this season, the Leicester game – they look like a team of individuals.

    “They’re not pressing as one, they’re not an effective unit.

    “It’s going to take someone big to come in and sort that out."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL OF JOKES

    Nemanja Matic claims that Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba is the club’s funniest player.

    According to Matic, Pogba keeps the mood light in the United changing room with his antics.

    But the Frenchman’s got an angry side to accompany the jokes, Matic also revealed.

    In a Q&A with the club, when asked who the most humorous Red Devils star was, Matic said: “The funniest character in the dressing room is Paul, Paul always gets angry.

    “And it’s funny to watch him, erm, someone else? No, I will say Paul.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

    Man Utd are reportedly back in talks to sign Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.

    The England international was linked with a move to the Red Devils in the summer.

    But the LaLiga side demanded United to activate his whopping £51.2million release clause, which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were unwilling to do.

    According to Il Tempo, United are in negotiations to bring the 31-year-old to Old Trafford.

    And this would allow Roma to sign Diogo Dalot, who has played second fiddle to Aaron Win-Bissaka this term.

    United would only allow Dalot to depart if they are able to sign the ex-Tottenham defender.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MICH

    Rangers have been told to consider Man Utd coach Michael Carrick to succeed Steve Gerrard as manager at Ibrox.

    Speaking on BBC Sportsound, former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam said: "I’ll throw a name in the hat. Michael Carrick – he has been at Man United, a big club, good coach. It was a gamble with Steven.

    “Will they go down that same route? Will they go for an experienced name?

    "There will only be three or four people that know.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RODGER THAT

    Brendan Rodgers is the bookies’ odds-on favourite to become the next manager at Manchester United.

    The current Leicester boss is priced at 4/6 with Betfair to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils slumped to another high-profile defeat.

    In a matter of days Rodgers’ odds have been slashed from 4/1 to being the odds-on market leader.

    Rodgers leads second favourite Zinedine Zidane (5/1) by a fair distance in the bookie’ market.

    And Solskjaer is odds-on with Betfair at 4/9 to be sacked.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Gascoigne has lifted the lid on the reason why he decided against joining Manchester United in 1988.

    The 54-year-old eventually signed for Tottenham from Newcastle, despite giving Sir Alex Ferguson his word that he would ply his trade at Old Trafford.

    Gascoigne told United's website: "There was the Gaffer [Robson] and Neil Webb, always together [on England duty].

    "I'm thinking – and I probably shouldn't say this, because he'll [Sir Alex Ferguson] probably be watching – but I thought: 'I'm never going to get a game here'.

    "And then Neil Webb did his ankle. He got taken off and I got the chance to play with the Gaffer [Robson] in midfield [for England], which, for me, was probably one of the best feelings ever.

    “I think that's one of the reasons I didn't join Man United.

    “Because it was just Neil Webb and the Gaffer, constantly [for England] – and Neil Webb obviously played for Man United – so I thought: maybe I'll not get a game. That was one of the reasons.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MAC OR BREAK

    Cristiano Ronaldo could be the factor that "makes or breaks" under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Steve McClaren.

    Speaking on the Performance podcast:, he saidI: :"I think what they’ve done in the summer by signing Ronaldo and Varane, to a certain extent, serial winners all their career. No one in that dressing room knows how to win. That’s important, the psychology of it.

    "I remember walking into that dressing room and every one of them at Manchester United, [Peter] Schmeichel all the way through to [Ryan] Giggs in that one to 11, even the likes of Phil Neville, [Nicky] Butt, Scholesy [Paul Scholes] those players on the fringes had won things so they knew how to win things.

    "He [Solskjaer]’s brought Ronaldo and Varane – Ronaldo especially – he knows how to win. What he’s got to do, he’s having from what I hear such an influence in that dressing room, he’s number one and they’re looking at him.

    "If he doesn’t have a dessert for dinner, the rest of the players don’t have a dessert for dinner so he’s got the followers."

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAMP DE BEEK

    Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell has urged his former club to take Donny van de Beek off Manchester United’s books.

    De Beek’s had a torrid time at United but Campbell reckons the Dutch star is a hidden gem that could flourish with Arsenal.

    “Speaking on the Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Campbell said: “There’s been a rumour about van de Beek at Manchester United.

    “It’s (not playing under Solskjaer) not his fault, how is it his fault?

    “He was at Ajax, he was unbelievable at Ajax. Gets signed by Manchester United and they won’t play him.

    “I don’t know, I’m just saying it’s a rumour. I only want what’s best for Arsenal and I believe that van de Beek can play if given the opportunity. The boy can play.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    BIT RICH

    Micah Richards and John Terry have leapt to the defence of Harry Maguire after his England goal celebration controversy.

    Maguire's been getting a lot of stick lately from critics who haven't been impressed with his United performances.

    And the Red Devils captain seemingly responded to the criticism by covering his ears after scoring for the Three Lions in their 5-0 win over Albania.

    His response didn't go down well with Roy Keane who labelled Maguire's theatric's 'embarrassing.'

    However, Richards was in Maguire's corner and wrote on Twitter: "People: Footballers are like robots, they have no personality!

    Harry Maguire. Scores the opening goal for his country, celebrates with real passion whilst referencing those who have been criticising him.

    "People: That's embarrassing."

    John Terry felt the same and chipped in with: "100% Agree mate."

  • Justin Lawrence

    'GOOD LUCK'

    Danny Mills thinks Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have committed a 'sackable offence' for trying to convert Jadon Sancho into a wing-back.

    With United making a tactical switch to three central defenders and two wing-backs, Sancho is being trained to play on the right-hand side of the defence.

    But ex-Manchester City and England defender Mills thinks the decision to train the tricky winger in a slightly more defensive position is a 'sackable offence'.

    He exclusively told Football Insider: "Good luck turning him into a wing-back!

    “He didn’t play for England too much in the Euros because I don’t think he was reliable enough to track back and do the defensive side of it. Dortmund never played him there.

    “You bought a winger who is going to create chances and score goals. Suddenly you’re going to play him at wing-back in an unbelievably leaky defence. It’s like, really?

    “That’s almost a sackable offence in itself."

  • Justin Lawrence

    HAA LA LAND

    Erling Haaland could be set to double his wages at Borussia Dortmund as the Bundesliga outfit fight to keep him.

    The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away BVB in 2022 with the striker boasting a £64million release clause in his contract.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are just two Premier League clubs known to be interested in the Norway international.

    And Manchester City are also understood to be keeping tabs on the ex-Red Bull Salzburg centre-forward as a replacement for Sergio Aguero.

    Meanwhile LaLiga giants Real Madrid are claimed to be one of the leading frontrunners to secure his services.

    But potential suitors have been warned that any deal could cost as much as £250m after wages and agent fees.

    Such is their desire to avoid selling him, BVB are prepared to doubles his wages, according to Bild via Inside Futbol.

    It has been stated that Dortmund are willing to offer him £15million-a-season to convince him to stay.

  • Justin Lawrence

    IDOL BECKS

    Emile Smith Rowe has revealed that ex-Manchester United ace David Beckham is his favourite England player.

    Arsenal star Rowe made his England debut this week and explained that he was in awe of Beckham when he was growing up.

    When speaking to the Three Lions YouTube channel, he said: “My England hero? I’m gonna go for Becks.

    “I have to, I have to say Beckham first.

    “The set-pieces, the free-kicks and all that — everything about him man. I have to give it to him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    DE GEA STAY

    Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of offering David De Gea a new contract.

    Despite receiving criticism over the course of the last few seasons, the Spanish shot-stopper has been in fine form during the opening stages of the 2021-22 campaign.

    That’s according Fichajes reporter Ekrem Konur, who claims United have been so impressed with the keeper, they want him to remain at Old Trafford for the long-term.

    De Gea has just 18-months left on his contract, and the Red Devils reportedlyManchester United do retain an option to trigger a one-year extension.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAJOR REGRET

    Manchester United icon Bryan Robson admits that it was 'the biggest mistake of his life' to turn down the England manager's job.

    Robson was offered the chance to lead the Three Lions when Terry Venables was given the boot, but the 64-year-old opted to stay with Middlesbrough.

    When asked if he'd be interested in the role by ex-Arsenal coach Don Howe, who would've set-up the move, Robson declined in what turned out to be his biggest regret.

    Robson told the Mail: "I gave him an instant, gut reaction 'no'. I said I didn't feel I was ready for England and I'd be going back to managing Middlesbrough.

    "That was the biggest mistake of my life. I should have asked for the weekend to think it over and had I done so I would have agreed.

    "Too late. The offer would never come again. They went and gave the job to Glenn Hoddle, who had even less experience of management than I did."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SO KEANE

    Tony Cascarino reckons Roy Keane was waiting for a reason to rip into Harry Maguire.

    Keane blasted Maguire for his goal celebration after scoring for England yesterday, and Cascarino believes the retired centre-midfielder couldn't wait to get stuck into the England star.

    Cascarino told talkSPORT: “When he goes for you, he really goes for you. I always laugh.

    “Unfortunately for Harry, Roy has only had a few months of watching him play badly.

    "He’s probably thought, ‘If you do something like you just did, I’m going to give it to you’.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    NO RESPONSE 

    Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke applied for the Aston Villa manager job but got no response before Steven Gerrard's appointment.

    Villa sacked fan-favourite Dean Smith following five successive defeats and replaced him with Liverpool great Gerrard, who enjoyed immense success as Rangers boss.

    Yorke started his career at Villa Park in 1990 and spent eight years with the West Midlands club where he amassed 73 goals in 221 appearances before his move to United.

    The legendary striker tried out for the top job at his former team's dugout but never received an answer.

    Yorke told Sky Sports: “I have to say at this point in time, although I have a fantastic relationship with Wes [Edens, Villa co-owner], I still haven’t been able to get a response.

    “You still would like them to say, ‘It’s not possible, we have other options, maybe another time when the job becomes available again’.

    “You just like to be acknowledged, but you’re not even getting that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAGUIRE DEFENCE

    England boss Gareth Southgate has praised Harry Maguire's character after the Three Lions win over Albania.

    Maguire got on the scoresheet in England's 5-0 rout against Albania, but his celebrations weren't well-received by pundits such as Roy Keane.

    However, Southgate leapt to Maguire's defence saying: “It’s been a difficult period for him, coming back too early really but he’s a player that wants to be out there for his team.

    “I think he’s shown huge responsibility in doing that, so he never ducks that challenge, and it was great to see him scoring tonight again.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    SO CHILDISH

    Tony Cascarino has labelled Harry Maguire childish for his England goal celebration.

    Maguire's come under fire recently for his poor performances for Manchester United and Cascarino reckons he should be able to handle pressure maturely.

    Speaking on Maguire's celebration, Cascarion said: "If you play badly, and you have a bad time, you’re going to get stick. It’s plain and simple. It is what it is. People are going to criticise you if you make mistakes.

    “If you play for Manchester United and you don’t play to a certain standard, it’s not good enough for Man United and it’s not good enough for England.

    “I thought it was a bit childish. I thought, ‘Really?’ You’ve got stick, but you haven’t play well enough not to get stick.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    FRIENDLY FIRE 

    Brazilian midfielder Casemiro booted the ball off international team-mate Fred's face.

    Fred was a bit too close to the Real man as he attempted to hook the ball high into the air.

    And it bounced clean off the United midfielders face, leaving him dazed.

    Fred will have a sore lip today, that's for sure.

    Brazil went on to win the tight contest 1-0, maintaining their perfect unbeaten record in the qualifying group.

  • Justin Lawrence

    GOT IT RON

    Manchester United owner Avram Glazer was left red-faced when he got a Cristiano Ronaldo fact wrong at a public speech to American students.

    While addressing pupils at his old university in Louisiana, Avram attempted to use Cristiano's elite athleticism to inspire them.

    All was going well until the United supremo got the age when Cristiano joined the club wrong.

    He claimed Cristiano first joined the Red Devils aged 16 when infact, he arrived when he was 18.

    Avram blooped: "Cristiano Ronaldo joined us when he was 16 years old – from the day he joined Manchester United, he was the first person at practice and the last person to leave practice.

    "Great athletes are not just born great but they have to work extra hard and they try their best, you have to be as focused as possible and try to achieve what you can achieve."

  • Justin Lawrence

    NO DIRECTION

    Harry Maguire insists his celebration in England's World Cup qualifier against Albania 'wasn't directed' at anyone.

    The Manchester United skipper cupped both of his ears after opening the scoring in the Three Lions' 5-0 win at Wembley on Friday night.

    Maguire's gesture appeared to be a message to his vocal critics, but the under-fire centre-back is adamant there was no meaning behind the celebration.

    In his post-match interview, the £80milllion defender said: "No, it wasn't directed at no one.

    "It was a knee slide, I obviously put my hands on my ears, but no.

    "I'm Manchester United captain, of course I'm going to get criticism when the team isn't doing well, I fully expect that.

    "But of course it's not directed at no one."

  • Justin Lawrence

    CAV SOME OF THAT

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only hated four players throughout his career – and one of them is Manchester United star Edinson Cavani.

    Former LA Galaxy star Michael Ciani has revealed Ibrahimovic did not like people getting close to the Uruguayan.

    Ibrahimovic played alongside Cavani at Paris Saint-Germain from 2013 until 2016 before he joined Manchester United.

    The pair formed a formidable partnership on the pitch, but did not get along with each other on a personal level.

    Following his time with Ibrahimovic in America, Ciani has lifted the lid on the relationship between the pair.

    Speaking to RMC Sport, he said: "If you are close to Cavani, Ibra does not like it.

    "Either you are with Ibra, or you are against him."

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