1pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Alaba and Milenkovic approaches, Pogba latest, Moises Caicedo wanted

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly made approaches to the agents of David Alaba and Nikola Milenkovic as they look to kick on with some January business.

Meanwhile the Paul Pogba saga rumbles on with Juventus believed to be leading the queue.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford with our blog below…

  • Craig Mahood

    LOOKING PAST TONIGHT

    United will be hoping to reach the League Cup semi-final tonight as that kicks off a busy spell in the calendar.

    Red Devils have seven Premier League games between now and the end of January as they look to close the gap on leaders Liverpool.

    Will they get enough points from these games with visits to Leicester and Liverpool as well as hosting Wolves, Arsenal and high-flying Aston Villa?

  • Craig Mahood

    CLEAN SHEET AGAIN?

  • Craig Mahood

    PREDICTED XI

    Here is our predicted XI for tonight's clash with Everton.

    What changes would you make?

  • Craig Mahood

    FRONT RUNNERS

    Manchester United are at the front of the queue to sign Ecuador rising star Moises Caicedo, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are interested in signing the 19-year-old wonderkid, who has a £5million price tag.

    And respected journalist Fabrizio Romano says United now 'control' the situation.

    He adds that agreeing personal terms on a five-year deal won't be a problem for the Old Trafford side.

    MORE HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    MIDDAY RECAP

    What's been said so far today

    • Ole 'desire' to win trophy ahead of quarter-final
    • Ancelotti 'spoken to by Sir Alex' about taking over at United
    • Shaw: "Silly to rule us out"
    • Meulensteen says Ole has 'hardest job in world football'
    • Rashford honoured as 'one of cities great people'

    RASH RECOGNITION

    A Stanley Chow portrait of Marcus Rashford has been unveiled in Manchester after a public vote names him as one of the cities ‘Great Northerners’.

    The Great Northern Warehouse will host the portrait alongside boxer and campaigner Phil Martin, poet Lemm Sissay and Professor Erinma Bell.

    Rashford was selected for his work in the community and the images are available to view by the public.

    Portraits of the four inspiring individuals will be displayed in the site’s foyer alongside the existing images from this month. 

    In their ‘about Marcus Rashford’ the exhibition say: “A Manchester United and England footballer and political activist, Rashford publicly campaigns on the issues of homelessness and child food poverty in the United Kingdom and has been praised for using his platform to drive societal change.

    “He has received an MBE for his activism and been presented with a City of Manchester Award for his ‘outstanding and exceptional contribution to the city.”

    SNAPS FROM TRAINING

    EXPERIENCE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his side are getting fitter and stronger.

    He also believes there is enough experience amongst his coaching staff to help the players challenge for the title.

    He said: ““We are not even at the halfway point.

    “The league position is not something we look at – we look at the improvement of the team. Now we are getting fitter and stronger. Our fans needed that one.

    “I’m confident myself and my staff have enough experience Mick Phelan had the best seat learning from Sir Alex. Me and Michael experienced it as players. We won the league quite a few times.

    “Of course it is different on the staff. Our job is to make sure the players focus on the next game and if we get to March and are in that position, we are going to enjoy it.”

    MENDES BLOW

    Manchester United and Liverpool target Nuno Mendes has penned a new deal at Sporting.

    The teenager has attracted interest across Europe after impressive displays for the Portuguese giants.

    And they have worked to secure the starlet remains in Lisbon.

    Clubs will now have to pay a sizeable figure to sign the teen, who was valued at 40m euros before signing his improved terms.

    • Craig Mahood

      “SILLY TO RULE OUT”

      Luke Shaw has warned Manchester United critics they would be ‘silly’ to rule United out of the title fight this season.

      United have won six of their last seven and are unbeaten since November 1.

      Shaw hopes the maintained consistency will see them force their way into the title reckoning.

      Shaw told Sky Sports: “The way the Premier League is going at the moment, I think it would be silly to doubt us.

      "The team that takes charge, goes well over the Christmas period, and wins all their games, I think have got a very good chance.

      "We just need to try and get consistency in our game, because we can't keep having one good game and dropping off and then having one bad game.

      “There's no way you can mount a title challenge like that so I think we need to keep consistency and see where it takes us.

      "The Champions League really hurt, but I think performance-wise if we get that consistency, then we'll be in a much better place than we are already.

      “Of course, we've got lots to improve on, all teams do at times, but if we can keep improving and keep that consistency, I'm sure we'll be in a much better place."

    • Craig Mahood

      LESS THAN 10 HOURS TO GO

      Preparations well underway ahead of tonight's tie in Merseyside.

    • Craig Mahood

      LINGARD READY TO GO

      The midfielder is set to play some part in tonight's Carabao Cup quarter-final at Everton.

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    • Craig Mahood

      GOOD ATTITUDE

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Paul Pogba could stay at Manchester United if the club starts winning trophies.

      Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola stated his time at the club was over but Solskjaer has praised the midfielder’s attitude and hopes to win silverware to convince the Frenchman to stay.

      He told ESPN: “It's a demand for the players, a challenge for the players that we want them to improve and get better and better.

      “Paul has been here now for a while and, of course, he wants to win more trophies. He's got a very, very good attitude to training and playing football.

      “He loves football, he's ambitious, he wants to have success – like most of the others that are in the squad. We're not all the same.

      “I would say that this squad has impressed me with their attitude and spirit lately and the way that they go about their work.

      “Of course, it's down to us to win trophies and then we'll see who will be part of the team going forward.”

    • Craig Mahood

      HARDEST JOB

      Solskjaer's former coach Rene Meulensteen, who worked under Ferguson for six years at Old Trafford, explained why being United boss is the hardest job in football.

      Speaking to talkSPORT, the Dutchman said: "They are [in the mix] and everybody is talking about the two games in hand. It shows again what a strange league this is going to be.

      "Ole's been in charge for two years now – he knows that pressure will never go away when you are working for a club like Manchester United.

      "It will always be there and people will always find something to criticise.

      "He just needs to focus and make he takes every game as it comes. There is no point speculating 'what ifs'.

      "United is probably the most difficult club to work for because you need to play attacking and entertaining football and win games. It is the hardest formula.

      "We all saw Mourinho struggling with that and you don't get away with playing that style week in week out at Manchester United."

    • Craig Mahood

      OLE DESIRE

      Ole Gunnar Solksjaer says his players need to win a trophy but learn how to win.

      He has used Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic as examples when they clinched a League Cup trophy under Sir Alex.

      Ole said: "Yes, of course it is something we're aiming for.

      "We want to improve every season and to improve on last year is to get to the final.

      "Of course, when you get to the final, there's only one thing that matters — and that's to lift the trophy.

      "I remember winning my first trophy. Even towards the end of my career, it was Patrice Evra's and Nemanja Vidic's first trophy in the 2006 Carling Cup.

      "It does give something to a team. We are desperate to get our hands on a trophy, and these players are desperate to learn how to win."

       

    • Craig Mahood

      GIVING BACK

      Harry Maguire returned to his hometown to hand out food packages to elderly residents on Monday.

      The Manchester United defender will also be sponsoring his boyhood club, Brunsmeet Athletic FC, in 2021.

      Maguire has been on a mission to spread some festive cheer to the pensioners in Mosborough, Sheffield.

      The 27-year-old recruited the help of brother Joe, sister Daisy and his mother Zoe.

      He paid for the food parcels – which included bread and milk – and personally delivered them to the residents.

      Maguire admitted he felt 'proud' to 'give a little back' to the community that he grew up in.

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    • Craig Mahood

      BIG NIGHT AHEAD

      It's a big night ahead for Man United as they aim to take one step closer to ending their trophy drought.

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Harry Maguire both acknowledged the need to win trophies at United and this competition presents an ideal opportunity.

      But a trip to Goodison could prove tricky.

      They'll be hoping for a similar performance to their league visit recently.

    • Craig Mahood

      CARLO 'WAS CLOSE'

      Carlo Ancelotti admits he was approached by Sir Alex Ferguson regarding taking over at Manchester United, before he joined Real Madrid.

      Sir Alex was integral in the appointment of David Moyes following his resignation from the post.

      Ancelotti revealed that Ferguson spoke to him at the time about taking over the reigns at Old Trafford.

      Speaking ahead of tonight's game, he said: "I can say that I keep a fantastic relationship with Sir Alex.

      "We met when he decided to stop but I was close to Real Madrid. I appreciate the fact at that time he talked to me.'

    • Joshua Jones

      GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

      The Red Devils travel to Goodison Park this evening, as they aim to beat Everton and secure a place in the League Cup semi-finals.

      And both skipper Harry Maguire and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have talked up the importance of winning a trophy this season.

      The former said: “It’s really important this season that we try and get our hands on silverware and win a trophy. 

      “At this club we’re expected to win trophies and we go into this game full of confidence from the result [last weekend]. We’ve got to start winning trophies, we haven’t won in the last two or three years now and it’s important.

      “It’s an important competition for ourselves to build momentum and confidence. It’s an important game and we’re going into it to try and win the game.”

      And Solskjaer added: “We want to improve and we’re expected to win trophies.

      “To improve on last year is to get to the final – and when you get there, there’s only one thing that matters: to lift the trophy.

      “It’s really important we try to get our hands on silverware. We haven’t won in the last two or three years now and it’s important.

      “We are desperate to get our hands on a trophy; these players are desperate to learn how to win.”

      Jesse Lingard could be restored to the bench this evening, having largely been a forgotten man this term.

      But according to Yorkshire Live, the former England star may be on his way to Sheffield United next month, to help with their battle against the drop.

    • Etienne Fermie

      ICYMI – BLADE RUNNER?

      Sheffield United want to sign Jesse Lingard on loan in January, according to reports.

      Yorkshire Live claim Blades boss Chris Wilder has been in contact with Manchester United.

      Wilder wants to sign Lingard on a season-long loan deal to help save his team from relegation.

      His side are slumped at the bottom of the pile with just two points from 14 games.

      A permanent deal is not an option for Sheffield United due to Lingard’s wage demands.

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    • Etienne Fermie

      ICYMI – CRACKER JACK

      Aston Villa ‘are expecting approaches’ from Manchester City and Manchester United in January for Jack Grealish, according to reports.

      The Villa skipper has cemented himself in Gareth Southgate’s England plans after a stellar start to this season.

      And despite only recently signing a new deal at Villa Park, both Manchester clubs are expected to ‘test the water’ in January after vying for his signature in the summer.

      The Mirror also claim he could cost in the region of £100million and it is ‘highly unlikely’ a deal will be struck in January.

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    • Etienne Fermie

      TOUGH CARL

      Former England international Carlton Palmer has ripped into Man United, calling for Mauricio Pochettino to take over.

      He told GiveMeSport: "There's no structure or pattern, there's no continuity," said the former Leeds player.

      "Do you see a pattern to the way they play? Do you see the team evolving? When they come back late in games, they get away with it!

      "I don't advocate for managers to be sacked but I think Ole has had enough time now to get a structure into the side.

      "If I was Man United now, I'd be going to look at Pochettino before I start giving him some more money."

      Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    • Etienne Fermie

      GETTING YOUR PHIL

      Manchester United forgotten man Phil Jones is a target for West Brom and Derby County, according to the Star.

      The centre-back could join up with former team-mate Wayne Rooney at Pride Park, in a bid to revitalise his career.

      Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    • Etienne Fermie

      MADE HIS MARC

      Throwback to when Marcus Rashford netted on his 200th appearance for Man United.

    • Etienne Fermie

      SCOTT TO BE DONE

      Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand wants Scott McTominay to be deployed further forward for the Red Devils.

      He said on Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE: "I think he’s a real box-to-box player. He’s got that energy and dynamism that he can get up and down.”

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