5pm Man Utd news LIVE: Players seen arriving for training, Rio Ferdinand wants THREE big signings, Jadon Sancho LATEST – The Sun

OLD TRAFFORD chiefs are preparing for the return of the Premier League.

After the success of the Bundesliga this weekend, United are primed to restart when safe to do so – and we've the very latest on Paul Pogba and Thiago Almada.

Follow live Man Utd updates and transfer gossip below…

  • DAVE DON'T SHAVE

    Keeper David De Gea sported a bushy beard as the Spaniard reported for training along with his team-mates.

    Spaniard De Gea was among those showing off his new lockdown look as he pulled into training with a long beard.

    Team-mate Lee Grant was also snapped coming into their Carrington training base for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had recently teamed up for a group session at a field in Cheshire, with Paul Pogba involved.

  • SHARE THE JOY

    Marcus Rashford was sharing the joy on Twitter this morning.

    The United and England striker retweeted this brilliant video that has gone viral in recent days.

    It shows two young lads having the time of their lives with a giant bottle of Lucozade.

    If you haven't seen it, this is well worth 102 seconds of your day!

  • BETTER CALL SAUL

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has called for his former club to splash out on Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saul Niguez in order to reach the next level.

    The Red Devils had endured a frustrating season under Ferdinand's former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to lockdown – although they had shown signs of improvement after the January acquisition of Bruno Fernandes.

    And while the Portuguese's arrival represents a good start, Ferdinand, 41, thinks it'll take another three big-name signings to get the Red Devils competing for major silverware again.

    He told the BBC's Savage Social podcast: “Sancho, Koulibaly and Saul Niguez.

    “I think Harry Kane's been linked but if I'm pushing for an attacking player I'd still go for Sancho, he gives you that little bit of imagination and I think he gives you that little bit of spice that they haven't got at the moment.”

  • TESTING TIMES

    Several Manchester United stars arrived at training to receive their coronavirus test results.

    Premier League stars are set to receive the results of their first coronavirus test imminently as they prepare to return to group training sessions.

    United's club doctor was the only person allowed at the Aon Training Complex at Carrington on Monday.

    Should players receive negative results, they will begin to be incorporated into larger training groups as they step up their return to action.

    Team-mates will be allowed to return in groups of five but in a non-contact environment – what is being called “phase one” of the return.

  • HOME WIN

    Manchester United have begged fans to “stay away from any stadium at which we are playing” as they reveal their behind-closed-doors game plans.

    In a long email sent to supporters, Old Trafford chiefs pleaded with them to watch matches from the comfort of their own home due to coronavirus.

    The Premier League is hoping to restart on June 12 and will do so behind closed doors and quite possibly NOT at neutral stadiums.

    Man Utd's game against Tottenham is likely to be the first top-flight match back, broadcast as the Friday night game.

    United's email to fans read: “We share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium.

    “But we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.

    “To help with that, the Premier League and their media partners will work to deliver the very best broadcast coverage of our games.”

  • COUT ABOVE

    Manchester United have been urged to make a move for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho by Owen Hargreaves.

    The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Brazilian would be a welcome addition back to the Premier League.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the 39-year-old said: “I love his game, I love him as a player.

    “He is obviously going though a bit of a tough time after leaving Liverpool.

    “Barca didn’t work and Bayern hasn’t really worked, but there is still plenty of time and I would never count him out.

    “I would love to see him back in the Premier League. He makes a lot of teams better.

    “Premier League teams are probably the only ones with the capacity to sign him and, let’s be honest, when he was here he was a dream to watch.”

  • KOUL ON ME

    Manchester United are reportedly back in for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his defence at the end of the season.

    The Red Devils are known to be long-term admirers of the 28-year-old who has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Serie A after joining from Genk in 2014.

    It had been claimed that Liverpool were in pole position to sign the Senegal international with Jurgen Klopp looking to partner him with Virgil van Dijk.

    And Newcastle have also been linked with a shock move for the player should their controversial Saudi takeover be completed.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport via the Daily Express, United have reignited their interested in Koulibaly after learning of the Reds' intent to bring him to Anfield.

  • 'AMAZED IF NOT'

    Jamie Carragher has warned a Premier League star is bound to test positive for Covid-19.

    Tests will be carried out on players today after clubs agreed a return to training.

    Former Liverpool and England star Carragher – now a pundit with Sky Sports – said: “I’ll be absolutely amazed if no one tests positive for Covid-19 up and down this country. I fully expect that to happen.

    “I think the results come out this afternoon and it is something we should not get massively hysterical about if it does happen.

    “I think it will happen and that player then has to isolate. But that’s bound to happen.

    “It’s happened in other countries and it will happen in the Premier League.”

  • 'I FELT EMBARRASSED'

    Gary Neville has branded the end to his glittering career at Manchester United “an absolute disaster”.

    The right-back is still regarded as a legend at Old Trafford after making 602 appearances for the club in 19-and-a-half years.

    A member of the much-lauded Class of 92, he won 20 trophies including eight Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, as well as 85 England caps.

    But he says he was embarrassed by his performances in the months before his retirement in February 2011.

    Neville, now a TV pundit, told Sky Sports' The Football Show: “I’d planned to finish at the end of the previous season and had agreed to go to Sky.

    “But I had really good last ten or 12 games and conned myself, the manager and chief executive David Gill into thinking there was maybe one more season in me.

    “I’d made my mind up I was leaving, I was finishing – and if I’d finished then it would have been perfect.

    “But I took another season and that last season – I obviously finished it in January and retired – was an absolute disaster.”

  • LIFTING THE LID

    Ashley Young showed off his dramatic new lockdown hair – as he cannot fly his beloved barber in from UK to get a much needed trim.

    The former Manchester United captain had been lockdown in Milan since the start of March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    But as Italian teams returned to training this week, Young did so with a full head of hair.

    The ex-England international has had a shaved head since he joined Aston Villa from Watford in 2007 – and fans online were shocked by new his lockdown look.

    One said: “Ashley Young actually has hair. Never thought I'd see the day.”

    Another said: “Who else is seeing Ashley young with hair for the very first time.”

  • KANE YOU BELIEVE IT

    Manchester United have been boosted in their transfer pursuit of Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

    Barcelona have reportedly turned their attention to signing Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez after being knocked back by Spurs in their approach for Kane.

    The Blaugrana are understood to be on the lookout for a new centre-forward to replace the ageing Luis Suarez, 33, who has just one year left on his deal at the Nou Camp.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca had identified Kane as their No1 priority having been left impressed by his lethal finishing in front goal.

    It has been claimed that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu contacted Spurs last year, but Daniel Levy told the Spanish side he was not for sale.

    This had led the LaLiga outfit to look elsewhere, with Inter marksman Martinez now the club's preferred target.

  • IVANT HIM

    Manchester United have been handed a transfer boost after Ivan Rakitic admitted he could leave Barcelona this summer.

    The Spanish giants are looking at all aspects of their finances as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    And it is likely they could look to ship a number of high-profile names out at the end of the season.

    Speaking on Spanish radio, the Croatian said: “[Josep Maria] Bartomeu has not told me anything. Perhaps today he is listening to us and tomorrow he is going to call me.

    “I have never closed the doors to making a big change (in my career).”

  • ON THE BALLO

    Manchester United have “identified” Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure as a potential summer transfer target.

    The 23-year-old only joined the Ligue 1 club for £10m from Lille back in January 2019 and made 21 appearances this campaign until it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Now France Under-21 international’s displays have caught the eye of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Times.

    They claim Old Trafford scouts believe Ballo-Toure would provide perfect competition for Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.

    It also states United are on the lookout for cut-price deals once the window re-opens amid the financial uncertainty over the Covid-19 outbreak.

    However, they could be tempted to swoop for the Monaco defender, who is under contract until 2023.

  • MORNING, UNITED FANS

    The club doctor was the only person to arrive at Carrington yesterday as the entire squad was tested for coronavirus at the weekend.

    But as he prepares for his return to training, Marcus Rashford has admitted he has struggled to cope with the attention of being a United star.

    The 22-year-old has established himself as a key player for both club and country, having started out at the United academy.

    In an ATP Tour chat with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Rashford confessed: “I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch.

    “That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about.

    “You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight.”

    Meanwhile, Liverpool have joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in the race for Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo.

    The 20-year-old has also been linked to Spurs after scoring six goals and making seven assists this season.

    Finally, it has been revealed that United have signed six youngsters from the former youth club of Jesse Lingard and Rashford.

  • MIC DROP

    Michael Essien has named Steven Gerrard and United legend Paul Scholes as the toughest opponents he played against.

    During an Instagram Live interview, he said: “It's between Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes.

    “Those two players were quite tough to play against.

    “They were not only good on the ball but they could tackle really hard.

    “They were really tough but the Premier League was much more tough compared to now.”

  • 'WASN'T PREPARED'

    Marcus Rashford admits he has struggled to cope with the attention of being a Manchester United star.

    In an ATP Tour chat with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Rashford confessed: “I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch.

    “That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about.

    “You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight.

    “Things that you can do with your friends, things that you can do with your family, the places you can go, it all changes.

  • EYE SPY

    Premier League chiefs will send spy squads into club training grounds to prevent managers cheating their way past return-to-work rules.

    The 20 Prem clubs “unanimously” agreed a return to “Stage One” training from Tuesday, allowing players to undergo non-contact work individually or in groups of up to five.

    But with many of the clubs simply not trusting each other to obey the rules, league bosses have assembled a crack squad of snoops who have the right to demand entry and check nobody is sneaking in extra sessions or banned contact work.

    That will include being able to order clubs to hand over video of sessions and their player monitoring equipment.

    Premier League director of football Richard Garlick said: “We have put in place rules and protocols around our ability to monitor clubs.

    “We can request information from videoing of the sessions and GPS data, too, to show how much a team has been training.”

  • WAIT A MIN

    Peter Schmeichel would like Manchester United to sing Son Heung-min from Spurs.

    The legendary goalkeeper allowed fans to bombard him with questions during a Q&A session online.

    One Twitter user asked: “A realistic target you'd like to see Man Utd sign?”

    He simply responded: “Son from Spurs.”

  • SIX OF THE BEST

    United have raided the former youth club of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard by signing six youngsters.

    Fletcher Moss Rangers has a rich history of producing brilliant footballers that end up signing for the Red Devils.

    Danny Welbeck, Wes Brown, Ravel Morrison and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are just four other names who played for Fletcher Moss Rangers before making it on the big stage.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, Cole Umebuani, Teddy Sherwood, Jaice Dore, Rafael Smith, Dane Mullings and Ka’eo Ingram have all joined from the Under-9 side.

  • NIC KNOCK

    Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to lure Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo to the Premier League this summer.

    Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old, while Tottenham are also understood to be interested in the Italian midfielder.

    According to Football Italia, Roma may be forced into selling a number of key stars with the club said to be £250,000 in debt.

    It has been claimed that Zaniolo was worth £71million prior to the coronavirus crisis, but his price tag has dropped, leading Liverpool to try and secure his services.

    And Il Tempo, Il Messaggero and Corriere dello Sport state that the Reds are keeping tabs on the situation at Roma.

  • OH CRIST

    Nani has revealed how living with Cristiano Ronaldo helped him to settle at United in 2007.

    Speaking on the latest UTD podcast, he said: “We were living for a month in th esame house with Cristiano.

    “It was fun for a month. We'd challenge ourselves a lot.

    “We had some great, funny moments and helped each other so much. That's why it was not so hard for me in the beginning and for Anderson too.

    “Cristiano was very competitive. When you're staying in his house for a day, it means he challenges you at any time.”

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Premier League clubs have been warned that matches may have to be played behind closed doors for a YEAR.

    And the stars face 14 days in hotel quarantine before top-flight football can make its return.

    The 20 clubs “unanimously” agreed at their latest “shareholder” meeting that all clubs can now enter “Stage One” of the training protocols.

    The decision is the first step towards a potential return to action in June.

    But League medical chief Mark Gillett warned: “It’s very clear the public and social health situation is not going to change in the next six to 12 months.

    “It is important that people understand that they will have to see these cultural changes.”

  • IN A HARRY

    Harry Kane will leave Tottenham for Manchester United, claims Chris Sutton.

    Speaking on the Squeaky Bum Time podcast, the former Blackburn ace said: “I think he will be off to Man U.

    “Yeah I do, because he won't win anything at Tottenham and United need a top, top striker and he would fit perfectly.”

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