Man Utd news LIVE: PSG 'block Pochettino approach', Schmeichel wants Bruce as interim boss, Valverde LATEST

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino as boss.

The French club have been irked by reports the former Spurs manager could head to Old Trafford and have reportedly blocked an approach.

United have now put any move for Poch, 49, on hold until at least the summer.

Brendan Rodgers remains in the running, but United will have to stump £8million to prise him away from Leicester City.

In the meantime, former Barcelona, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde remains a popular option to become United's interim manager.

The Spaniard, 57, has been out of work since leaving the Nou Camp last year, when he was replaced by doomed Ronald Koeman.

And Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel wants to see his former teammate Steve Bruce take temporary charge at the Theatre of Dreams.


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

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    Roberto Mancini has supposedly SNUBBED an approach from Manchester United.

    The 56-year-old former Manchester City boss plans to focus on World Cup qualification with Italy.

    German newspaper BILD report that Mancini turned down contact with the Red Devils as he is to fulfil his 'duty' to help Italy qualify for the World Cup.

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    Peter Schmeichel wants to see Steve Bruce as the interim manager of Man Utd.

    He explained: "I just like the idea, if it is an interim, get somebody who knows the club. Get somebody who is known by the club as well.

    "Somebody like Steve Bruce, that would be fantastic.

    "I would love to have somebody who comes in now to put pressure on the players.

    "A new voice, get them out there performing. Without making massive changes in style, or system.

    “You have to take small steps, you can’t just jump straight in and say we are going to play a pressing game.

    “You can’t do that, the first thing you have to do is give confidence to everybody in the team."

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    Lucien Favre is the latest name to be thrown into the hat to potentially become Manchester United's interim manager.

    The United hierarchy have allegedly reached out to the 64-year-old to discuss his interest in the post vacated by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Telegraph.

    Favre's one of many high-profile names to be linked with the United job recently.

    The Swiss native's a wanted man in the Premier League and has previously been in talks with both Newcastle and Crystal Palace but neither switch materialised.

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    Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are the two favourites for the Man Utd job.

    But how do the PSG boss and Leicester gaffer stack up against each other?

    Check out our info below!

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    Former Man Utd defender Jon Spector has urged his old side to sign Kieran Trippier and Declan Rice in January.

    Also name-checking Ruben Neves, he told “Trippier could be a really good solution for them. 

    “Even if they changed to a back four, I still think he fits in really well within the team, and I’d love to see a player like him at United.

    “Declan Rice would be a fantastic option. Ruben Neves as well has been very good for Wolves and could be a good option for them."

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    A mural of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ripped down from the Sir Matt Busby stand at Old Trafford today.

    In a poignant image, three workers in hi-vis jackets could be seen removing the image of Solskjaer waving.

    And fans are now waiting to see who Man Utd appoint as his replacement.

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    Man Utd target Brendan Rodgers has again stressed his commitment to Leicester City.

    He said: "I don't take it as anything. For me it's not real. 

    "There's always gossip and speculation and I suppose that will always be there until United appoint a full-time manager.

    "I've always said my commitment is here. My commitment is to this group of players, this team.

    “So it (leaving) doesn't come across my mind to be honest.”

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    Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery is the latest shock addition to the list of candidates being considered for the Man United job.

    According to German paper Bild, the Villarreal gaffer is in full contention to take charge at Old Trafford.

    But there has so far been no contact between United and Emery after they played each other in the Champions League last night.

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    Harry Maguire enjoyed some downtime following Tuesday night's crucial win over Villarreal with a celebratory round of golf.

    Maguire took to the course after Manchester United booked their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

    The United skipper headed out with his clubs on Wednesday morning – complete with woolly hat – just hours after returning from Spain.

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    Chelsea flop Hakim Ziyech is the Premier League player most prone to mistakes – and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is second.

    New research has shown which Premier League players are making the most errors and how often they’re making them.

    Out-of-favour Blues playmaker Ziyech has the dubious honour of topping the gaffe charts, making a mistake once every 4.29 minutes.

    United midfielder Pogba cocks up once every 4.37 minutes and has notched up a whopping 145 blunders already this season.

    The study by sees Manchester City’s reliable Fernandinho also feature in the top ten, making a mistake once every 4.87 minutes.

    Most mistake prone player per club

    Thomas Partey – 78 mistakes (8.05 minutes per mistake)

    Aston Villa:
    Jacob Ramsey – 83 (7.23)

    Bryan Mbeumo – 151 (6.11)

    Tariq Lamptey – 32 (5.09)

    Burnley: Matej Vydra – 43 (5.00)

    Chelsea: Hakim Ziyech – 49 (4.29)

    Crystal Palace:
    Conor Gallagher – 157 (6.10)

    Everton: Allan – 123 (8.56)

    Leeds: Kalvin Phillips – 130 (6.23)

    Wilfred Ndidi – 96 (7.50)

    Konstantinos Tsimikas – 59 (6.59)

    Man City: Fernandinho – 38 (4.87)

    Man United: Paul Pogba – 145 (4.37)

    Newcastle United:
    Sean Longstaff – 112 (6.49)

    Kieran Dowell – 46 (4.54)

    Mohamed Elyounoussi – 137 (5.44)

    Emerson Royal – 107 (7.15)

    Watford: Juraj Kucka – 174 (4.90)

    West Ham:
    Tomas Soucek – 161 (6.64)

    Wolves: Ruben Neves – 123 (7.34)

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    Michael Carrick dedicated Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Villarreal to sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    He told BT Sport: “We came here to win the game, I believed we would.

    “We were ready and it was a tough game. The boys dug in and showed a little bit of everything.

    “Let’s be honest, I don’t think anyone would have expected to come out here and play pretty football from the word go.

    “When you have suffered results-wise and you’re not in a great vein of form, it’s not easy to come out and let everything click.

    “We had to dig in and we had to fight and it didn’t go our way at times and the game looked like it was drifting away then the subs made a massive impact. The boys gave everything.

    "I enjoyed it. It’s not been an easy couple of days for everyone at the club and I can enjoy it so much.

    "But it feels like that result is for Ole and I can’t get away from that. We had a job to do and thankfully it all went to plan."

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    Cristiano Ronaldo took his goal tally to an incredible 799 with his late strike against Villarreal on Tuesday.

    Remarkably, he has hit that amount from just 1,095 games and has the chance to make it 800 against Chelsea on Sunday.

    Should he score at Stamford Bridge CR7 would take his Manchester United tally to 129.

    Since his return Ronaldo has popped up with a few late winners for the Red Devils, scoring in the last minute against Villareal and Atalanta in the Champions League.

    And overall, the 90+ minute has been his most prolific time to score, with 45 goals coming in that period.

    But Ronaldo's most prolific spell did not come at United.

    He has 450 goals for Real Madrid and the five teams he scored most goals against all play in Spain; Ronaldo has 20 goals or more against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Getafe.

    Those stats are not surprising considering Ronaldo's ability to score all types of goals.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly the forward has scored a majority of his goals with his right foot – 508, or 63 per cent.

    CR7 has 149 goals with his left foot and his powerful leap has helped him score 140 headers.

    And although Ronaldo's free-kick ability has declined in recent years – his last came in July 2020 – he has netted 57 free-kicks and 141 penalties.

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    Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has branded Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire ‘really s***’ on live television.

    Van der Vaart let rip at the centre-back as he previewed United’s Champions League clash with Villarreal for Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport.

    He said: "I talk about Harry Maguire so much, so I try to avoid him. But he is really s**t. I have said this so often.

    "I can't get away from the fact United have paid €90m for him. That's how much he cost!

    "Where did they look for him? You'll find players like him at any amateur club in Holland.

    "I think it is unbelievable. He is no top-class defender – and he demonstrates this every week.

    "If you go out and sign players like him, I can understand why you end up having financial problems."

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    Declan Rice is now attracting interest from top clubs across Europe as well as England.

    The 22-year-old holding midfielder has taken his game to another level this season after the Euro 2020 heartbreak with England.

    Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have all registered an interest in Rice.

    But now it appears he’s attracting suitors from abroad.

    And if West Ham wanted to tie Rice down, it would risk putting themselves into financial trouble.

    Eurosport’s Dean Jones said on The Done Deal Show: “There’s not anything particular in terms of talks, but basically, if West Ham are going to keep Declan Rice, they’ve got to almost put the club in financial trouble, because it’s such a big deal to now sign Declan Rice.

    “Every big club in the Premier League wants him. There are even clubs, I’m told, abroad that are starting to look at him as the real deal.

    “I think personally, he will stay in the Premier League anyway, so I don’t think that’ll come into the question.”

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    Manchester United are reported to have interviewed Rudi Garcia as a possible interim manager to lead them through to next summer.

    The Red Devils installed Michael Carrick as caretaker after sacking club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday.

    Club officials plan to replace Carrick quickly with an experienced short-term boss until the end of the season.

    That will give the Old Trafford hierarchy time to find and appoint a long-term manager for the 2022/23 season.

    Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take over but United may have to wait – despite claims he was ready to join them immediately.

    Veteran tactician Garcia is understood to have spoken with United bosses ahead of their Champions League victory over Villarreal – Carrick’s first match in charge.

    The 57-year-old Frenchman has never managed in England but has a track record of breathing new life into ailing clubs.

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    Manchester United have had an approach for Mauricio Pochettino knocked back by PSG.

    The French club have been annoyed by reports that United could poach their manager and that he is desperate to move to Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils board have now shelved any plans to get the 49-year-old away from the French capital until at least the summer.

    United are searching for a new manager after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Saturday following the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

    Pochettino and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers are the leading candidates to replace him full-time.

    Michael Carrick has been put in temporary charge and had a good start to his caretaker reign with a 2-0 Champions League win away to Villarreal last night.

    He will remain at the helm for Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge and the 4.30pm kick-off against Premier League leaders Chelsea.

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    Mauricio Pochettino has already decided on his first two signings as Manchester United boss, according to reports.

    PSG boss Pochettino, 49, has become the frontrunner to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Man Utd manager following his sacking on Sunday morning.

    But the Argentine has reportedly sought reassurance that he will be able to strengthen the squad, having already identified his two main targets.

    Pochettino is said to be keen to add Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, 23, to the defensive ranks at Old Trafford to help shore up their leaky backline.

    Pochettino is also a huge admirer of Kieran Trippier, having already worked with him for four years at Tottenham.

    The former Spurs boss signed Trippier from Burnley for just £3.5m back in 2015, with the full-back going on to make 114 appearances under Poch's reign.

    The 31-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Man Utd in the summer, and Trippier was reportedly so confident of a move that was already house hunting.

    But the Red Devils were reluctant to meet Atletico Madrid's £34m asking price and after their £18m bid was rejected, they decided to stick with Diogo Dalot.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in Champions League history to score three late winners in one season with his goal last night.

    The Portuguese superstar bailed Manchester United out once more with his classy finish away at Villarreal.

    He broke the deadlock on 78 minutes after Fred’s interception, lofting the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

    Jadon Sancho blasted in his first Red Devils goal in the 90th minute to make it 2-0.

    But it was Ronaldo who grabbed the winner.

    United have won three of their five Champions League group stage matches so far – enough to book their place in the knockout stages.

    And in all three, Ronaldo has settled it inside the last 15 minutes.

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    Manchester United interim boss Michael Carrick has praised his side's pressing during their 2-0 win over Villarreal last night.

    "Yeah of course it did impress me, the pressing one," he told the club website when talking about the first goal.

    "If you look back over time, we have pressed as a team, especially on goal kicks and when the goalkeeper got the ball, we do try to press.

    "Sometimes, it hasn’t worked and we haven’t been good enough to do it, but certainly the intention is to do that. When we have changed our approach and, certainly over the last few years, we have tried to implement that the best we can.

    "Fred is one of the best around at doing it and I thought he played a massive part in the first goal. Cristiano finishes it off but Fred has done terrific."

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    Manchester United legend Roy Keane looked like he enjoyed himself at the ITV Palooza as he left with Arsenal hero Ian Wright.

    The straight-talking pundit climbed into a cab with his on-screen pal as the pair headed home from the after party in London.

    The unshaven Keane took a back seat as he loosened his collar after the broadcaster’s annual Christmas party – a notoriously boozy bonanza.

    Wright went up front in an all-navy number, complete with flat cap and his trademark thick black glasses.

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    Pep Guardiola endorsed the credentials of Mauricio Pochettino by insisting titles are not necessary to be a top manager.

    The PSG boss is in the frame to become Manchester United’s next manager following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

    On Wednesday night he goes head-to-head with Pep, who has a glittering CV from his time with Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

    And speaking about the Argentine, Guardiola said: “Yes you can be a top manager without titles, of course. The managers who have the chance to win titles are at top top clubs with good investments and exceptional players.

    “Otherwise it’s impossible to win. That doesn’t mean the managers in the Championship or in the PL but outside the top six at the top cannot be excellent managers.

    “They can be in tactics, and communication, leading the team, as human beings. it’s not necessary to win titles to be a top manager.

    “I’m pretty sure the managers get better every year. Every season we go through you have a lot of learning every season, I’m pretty sure he’s an excellent manager.”

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    Jadon Sancho scored his first goal for Man Utd with a well placed finish.

    The big money summer signing finished United’s game against Villarreal to book the club’s place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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    Jamie Carragher brutally mocked Rio Ferdinand with a 'Carrick's at the wheel' tweet after Manchester United beat Villarreal on Tuesday night.

    Interim boss Michael Carrick took charge United's 2-0 win at Villarreal as the Old Trafford outfit booked their spot in the Champions League last 16 with a game to spare.

    And ex-Liverpool star Carragher has poked fun at former England team-mate Ferdinand as the interim boss got off to a winning start.

    Carragher cheekily tweeted: "Man Utd might not thank me, but get the contract out put it on the table & let him sign it.

    "Let him write whatever numbers he wants, let him sign the contract.

    "Carrick’s at the wheel, man!"

    The tweet is almost word-for-word the excitable rant of Ferdinand after the Red Devils sensationally beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Parc des Princes to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals in 2019.

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    Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he is ‘very happy at Paris Saint-Germain’ amid Manchester United rumours – but refused to rule out a move to Old Trafford, writes SunSport's DAVE FRASER.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning just hours after the 4-1 humiliation at Watford.

    On the rumours linking him with United, Pochettino said: “I’m very focused on football.

    “I’m, not a child, I’ve spent my whole life playing football and spent 12 years as a coach – I know rumours will always be there.

    “Sometimes positive and negative. But they cannot distract you. That’s football.

    “We are focused 100 per cent to get the best result we can. So we can’t talk about that.

    “I respect my club, PSG. What other clubs are doing is not my problem. I need to focus on PSG.

    “I was a player here and love the club and fans. It’s a fantastic time to be at the club.

    “Football is today, not tomorrow. Football is about results… two years ago, we left Tottenham and a few weeks before there were a lot of rumours about us and look what happened.

    “It’s about winning. It’s about the results.

    “My contract is until 2023 – this season and one more. I don’t say anything different.

    “I’m happy in Paris – that’s a fact. I’m happy in Paris.”

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    Borussia Dortmund hope doubling Erling Haaland’s wages and delaying his cheap release clause will convince him to stay at the club, according to reports.

    The Norwegian striker, 21, is one of the hottest properties in world football with his brutal goalscoring rate.

    Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are among the European elite fighting over his signature.

    But according to Sky in Germany, Dortmund are preparing to table a new contract for Haaland.

    That offer would see his wages leap from around £145,000 per week to £290,000 per week.

    The report also adds that the release clause in Haaland’s current deal – £63million which becomes active next summer – would be postponed by another 12 months.

    That could see Dortmund hold on to the player for an extra year or get a more reasonable transfer fee if they sold him at the end of this season.

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