Man Utd news LIVE: Tielemans and Soyuncu transfer raid, Solskjaer 'WILL NOT be sacked under Woodward', Lindelof injured

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is set to stay at Man Utd as boss at least until Ed Woodward departs at the end of the year, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Victor Lindelof is set to miss the Champions League clash with Atalanta through injury.

The centre-back looked assured in the win over Tottenham where Ole employed three CBs in defence.

And the Red Devils are starting to put their January plans in place, with some sources suggesting they will raid Leicester for Youri Tielemans and Caglar Soyuncu.

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

  • The Sun

    YOURI THE MAN FOR ME

    Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign Leicester duo Youri Tielemans and Caglar Soyuncu in the summer.

    Tielemans, 24, will be out of contract at the end of next season and contract talks between the Belgian and the Foxes have stalled.

    Rather than letting him leave for free, Leicester could look to cash in next summer, whilst he can still command a significant transfer fee.

    Soyuncu is in the same boat, with his current deal also expiring in June 2023, and the Turkish defender is no closer to signing a new deal than Tielemans.

    United could therefore look to land both players on cut price deals in the knowledge that Leicester would rather ship them now for cash than lose them for nothing.

    Tielemans is also a target for several of Europe's biggest clubs, including Barcelona and Liverpool.

    And the Red Devils will have to act quickly if they want to get the deal done, with Liverpool thought to be Tielemans' preferred destination.

    But the Merseyside club have set Jude Bellingham as their main target, which leaves United in pole position for Tielemans, with Barca unable to compete for his signature this season.

    The Catalan club are very keen on the Belgian midfielder, but would only be able to sign him for free at the end of next season due to their ongoing financial issues.

  • The Sun

    S-MART COOKIE

    Wonderkid Martin Svidersky, 19, is reportedly reluctant to commit to a new deal at Old Trafford and is eyeing a move abroad in the summer.

    His current deal runs out in June 2022 and could leave for free in what would be a huge blow to the Red Devils.

    United famously lost academy star Paul Pogba to Juventus on a free transfer at the age of 19, only to sign him back for £89m just four years later.

    And although the club are keen to avoid a repeat of this scenario, Svidersky is keen to secure regular first team football away from the Premier League.

    He is thought to be holding out for a move to Italy or Germany with Atalanta, Napoli, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim all interested.

    The Slovakian under-21 started out as a winger, but has since become a holding midfielder whilst playing for Man Utd's under-23s.

    Svidersky joined United's academy in April 2018 from Slovakian team Tatran Presov, progressing through the ranks.

    But with no clear path into the United first team, Svidersky is convinced that his long-term future lies elsewhere.

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's claim that he loves being criticised might be tested if Manchester United lose at Atalanta tonight.

    The Red Devils deflected flak from Liverpool's 5-0 Old Trafford win nine days ago with Saturday's 3-0 triumph at Tottenham.

    But defeat away to fifth-placed Serie A side Atalanta would knock United off the top of Champions League Group F and threaten their hopes of reaching the KO stages.

    Defiant Solskjaer said: “Criticism can make you doubt yourself or you can stand up for yourself and I’ve always enjoyed criticism. Keep that coming. It’s fine.

    “The next one is the one that matters and we’ve been working to get consistency.

    “One swallow doesn’t make a summer and it’s important we keep focusing on what we did well (at Spurs) and improve on what we didn’t do as well."

    But Victor Lindelof is set to miss today's trip after a training injury.

    The Swede shone alongside Harry Maguire and fit-again Raphael Varane in United's much-improved defensive display against Tottenham.

    Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has hit back at claims he was angry at being benched for that vital victory.

    Former Old Trafford midfielder Owen Hargreaves claimed the way sub Rashford rejoiced after netting the final goal showed he was upset.

    But Rashford posted on social media: “Fuming at the manager??! We won the game. That celebration was pure relief! It’s been a hard week.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO 'SORRY' FOR SANTO

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claims sacked Nuno Espirito Santo was 'onto a hiding' when he took the Tottenham job over the summer.

    Ferdinand believes Santo suffered from the strain of swapping Wolves for a so-called much bigger club

    The former England defender told his Five YouTube channel tonight: "I actually feel sorry for Nuno.

    "He was onto a hiding before he even come through the doors.

    "Imagine signing for a massive club in terms of the new stadium and where they’re looking to head, the stadium the infrastructure, the training ground – that is perfect now so let’s get it right on the pitch."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPURS TO GIVE CONTE HUGE WARCHEST

    EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Conte will be   given a £150million transfer warchest to revive Tottenham.

    The Italian, 52, is in advanced talks with Spurs over an 18-month deal worth £15m a year after they sacked boss Nuno Espirito Santo yesterday.

    Ex-Chelsea chief Conte snubbed the chance to take over the North Londoners in the summer as he claimed they were not ambitious enough.

    But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, backed by billionaire owner Joe Lewis, has performed a stunning U-turn by offering Conte a huge contract equivalent to £290,000 a week — plus heavy backing in the transfer market.

    Levy is desperate for a turnaround after his decision to employ Nuno as a cheap stop-gap in the summer backfired.

    The pragmatic Portuguese was axed following Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to Manchester United which saw him and his players booed off.

    Nuno, 47, becomes the shortest-serving Spurs manager in the Prem era — lasting just 124 days and ten league games.

    Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici said: “I regret we have had to take this decision.

    “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed. Nuno’s a true gentleman and will always be welcome here.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RICE MIGHT NOW BE ‘PREM’S TOP MIDFIELDER’

    Declan Rice is a “destroyer” who has become possibly the “best all-round midfielder” in the Premier League.

    So says ex-England keeper Paul Robinson after Rice helped West Ham to fourth, amid reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Gunners’ legend Ian Wright has urged the versatile England star, 22, to keep progressing with the Hammers.

    But the latest verdict of former Spurs hero Robinson suggests 2022 will see another summer of speculation over Rice’s future

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    MARCUS HITS BACK AT 'FUMING' CLAIMS

    Marcus Rashford has hit backs at claims he was angry at being benched for Manchester United's 3-0 win at Spurs.

    Former Old Trafford midfielder Owen Hargreaves claimed the way sub Rashford celebrated netting the final goal showed he was upset.

    But the England striker scoffed at that suggestion on social media.

    Rashford wrote: "Fuming at the manager??! We won the game. that celebration was pure relief! It's been a hard week."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LINDELOF MISSES ATALANTA CLASH

    Victor Lindelof will miss Manchester United's trip to Italy to face Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday after picking up a knock.

    The Swede has not travelled to Bergamo with his teammates after it was confirmed this afternoon that he picked up an injury in training this week.

    Lindelof, 27, has started six of Man Utd's ten league games and all three of their Champions League fixtures so far this season.

    He had a torrid time at the back alongside Harry Maguire against Liverpool last Sunday, but was much improved in Saturday's 3-0 win over Tottenham.

    He played alongside Maguire and Raphael Varane in a back three and Utd were far more defensively sturdy, with Spurs failing to register a single shot on target.

    His absence could provide an opportunity for Eric Bailly to come back into the side, having only featured once for Man Utd so far this season.

    The injury-hit Ivory Coast international managed only 12 league appearances last season and has struggled for game time under Solskjaer when fit.

    Luke Shaw could also play in a back three, having done so in the past under Solskjaer, including in victories against both Chelsea and Man City in 2019-20.

    The Red Devils are currently top of their group in the Champions League after narrow victories over Atalanta and Villarreal at Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE LOVES CRITICISM

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he relishes the weekly criticism he receives.

    Solskjaer's long-term future at Old Trafford continues to be the topic of fierce debate, despite the top brass' faith in him.

    The board's unwavering support is a welcome reprieve from the constant criticism the Norwegian receives, although the former United hitman is motivated by his very public detractors.

    The 48-year-old said: “Criticism can make you doubt yourself or you can stand up for yourself and I’ve always enjoyed criticism, keep that coming, it’s fine.

    “Journalists, pundits, experts, we’ve all got different jobs and it’s their job to give their opinion. I’m not here to fight with them, I don’t need a spat with anyone"

    Solskjaer was under immense scrutiny following United's embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last month but has refused to dwell on the pasting.

    He said: "The next one is the one that matters and we’ve been working to get consistency and we know that when we get that consistency we will get results and performances.

    “One swallow doesn’t make a summer and it’s important we keep focusing on what we did well in that game and improve on what we didn’t do as well.

    "It is relentless with games every three days and it’s a chance against Atalanta to prove that we can go again.”

    United bounced back from the trouncing by their bitter rivals last weekend with a 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'M SHOCKED CONTE WOULDN'T WAIT FOR UTD

    Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan can't believe Antonio Conte would consider bossing Tottenham when the Manchester United job might soon come up.

    Spurs sacked Nuno Espirito Santo today after the 3-0 home loss to United that, in contrast, gave rival manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more time.

    Jordan told talkSPORT: “Conte would rather choose Tottenham Hotspur over the potential, inevitable opening at Man United sooner rather than later. I’m staggered.

    “Conte didn’t want to stay at [Inter] Milan because he wasn’t given assurances about how much money they would spend.

    “Conte will drive them insane and produce the same outcome, unless (Fabio) Paratici has a different relationship with (Spurs chairman) Daniel (Levy) than anyone else has had before.

    “Tottenham are not Manchester United and don’t have the livery or finances behind them unless there’s a massive sea change."

  • Ian Tuckey

    START OF THE BJORN SUPREMACY?

    Dutch teenager Bjorn Hardley trained alongside fellow Manchester United centre-backs Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane ahead of tomorrow's Champions League trip to Atalanta.

    Hardley, 18, has been in the shadows compared to other United youngsters since arriving from NAC Breda two years ago.

    But he has emerged as a youth-team star this season, earning promotion to United's Under-23s.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    WRIGHTY NOW LIKES KEANO

    Ian Wright "didn't like" Roy Keane amid Arsenal's infamous rivalry with Manchester United but now says the hardman is a "friend" who he can discuss "serious things" with.

    The Gunners' legendary striker Wright and United's combative midfielder Keane regularly faced each other in the 1990s before eventually becoming TV pundits.

    And Wrighty said: "People have to understand that Roy Keane is just an honest man.

    "What I like about Roy Keane is that I see him as my friend. We go and we talk about some serious things. 

    "I see him as my friend now, but like I say, when we played I didn’t like him. I didn’t like him at all.

    "I remember when I won my Premier League medal, when the camera came in I remember saying "Roy Keane winners medal", because Roy Keane one time said to me 'Wrighty you’ve got a cabinet full of losers medals!.

    "It’s the kind of comment I would have said to him if the shoe was on the other foot. But when he said it, it hurts you but I was laughing deep down because it’s a killer, it finishes you, bam. 

    "Even when I reminded him, he said ;nah I didn’t say that'. I said, 'Roy, it’s not something you forget!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE GUNNAR SULKS NO MORE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned there is no time for sulkers as Manchester United look to revive their season.

    After a humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool left Solskjaer fighting for his job, he desperately had to switch things around for their trip to Tottenham.

    He did so, changing to a 3-5-2 formation and named his oldest squad as United boss, with Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, and Edison Cavani, 34, both scoring in the 3-0 win.

    It saw Nuno Espirito Santo instead sacked, as Solskjaer's gamble to field experience over youth payed off.

    But the Norwegian club legend urged United's frustrated benchwarmers not to drag the side down as the look to turn their fortunes around.

    Solskjaer said: "When you’re at a place like this, we’ve got so many players and we don’t have time for anyone to sulk or not give energy to the team.

    If you’re not in the starting XI, you’re there to support your teammates. You come on and do your best when you come on.

    "If you don’t come on, then what’s the single most important thing you can do to help the team? And the attitude was spot on.

    "Yeah, I understand players want to play and nobody is happy when they don’t play.

    "But the squad morale has been really good and it has to be really good.

    "It can’t be that we’ve done one game now and then everyone is thinking about themselves, it’s a team before any individual."

  • Ian Tuckey

    CONTE WOULD WANT KANE AS FOX IN THE BOX

    Antonio Conte revealed he would 'always keep' Harry Kane in the box when previously speaking on the Tottenham striker.

    Conte could be announced at Tottenham boss TODAY after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked this morning.

    And after just one goal in TEN Premier League games, Conte's first assignment would be to try and get the best out of his star man.

    But the 52-year-old seemingly already has a plan to do just that.

    During his work as a pundit during Euro 2020, via the Mirror, Conte said: "Many praise Harry Kane for his ability to go get the ball and play with the team, such as with the equaliser against Denmark.

    "Of course, he’s good at that too, but it’s in the box where he’s clinical and as a coach, I would always keep him in there because he’s devastating."

    And Conte even labelled Kane as one of the world's best strikers when he was in charge of bitter rivals Chelsea in 2017.

    He won the FA Cup and Premier League with the Blues, but revealed if he had to buy any striker in the world then Kane would be on his wish list.

    The Italian told Sky Sports: "For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world.

    "If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane.

    "He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he's strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left.

    "He's a complete player. He's one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m."

  • Ian Tuckey

    5 PLAYERS WHO COULD TRANSFORM UTD IN JANUARY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer produced a huge result just when he needed it most last weekend, writes ASIF NORAT.

    With his Manchester United tenure seemingly hanging by a thread, the Norwegian's system change inspired a 3-0 victory over Tottenham in North London on Saturday.

    The three points have eased pressure for now, but United will need to keep improving if they are to reach their ambitions with Solskjaer at the helm.

    Here are five players he should target in the January transfer window to ignite the Red Devils’ season.

    ADAMA TRAORE
    DECLAN RICE
    FRANK KESSIE
    KIERAN TRIPPIER
    MARCELO BROZOVIC

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR RUN-DOWN ON THESE PLAYERS

  • Ian Tuckey

    COULD CRISTIANO BE NEXT UTD BOSS?

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, according to the bookies.

    Betfair have United’s best player at 14/1 to succeed the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat.

    Betting in the next-Manchester-United-manager market has been given an over-haul by reports previous frontrunner Antonio Conte is about to take the Spurs job.

    The Italian, 52, was priced at 8/11 to take charge following United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    Now 36-year-old Ronaldo – who has bagged seven goals since his fairytale summer return to the Red Devils – is named in the running for the manager’s job alongside the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Graham Potter.

  • Jim Sheridan

    21ST CENTURY FLOPS

    For all their success this century, Manchester United have also endured their fair share of flops in the transfer market.

    The latest player struggling to make an impact at Old Trafford is Dutch international Donny van de Beek.

    But does that disappointing spell earn him a spot in United’s worst XI of the 21st Century?

    The United End’s Tom McDermott shows selections below for his very own team of Red Devils flops – do you agree?

  • Jim Sheridan

    CON-SUL NUNO

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will get in touch with sacked Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, writes Martin Blackburn.

    United’s 3-0 win in North London on Saturday evening effectively cost the Portuguese native his job.

    It could easily have been the Red Devils manager facing the axe had the result gone the other way – so Solskjaer has plenty of sympathy for Nuno.

    The Old Trafford chief said: “It’s never nice to see good men lose their jobs and he’s been working hard.

    “I don’t know what the situation has been so can’t say too much.

    “But as a colleague you are never happy when that happens. You try to get in touch and tell them your feelings.”

  • Jim Sheridan

    BROZO BID

    United are reportedly considering whether to pounce on the opportunity to sign Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic.

    The 28-year-old Croatian midfielder's contract with the Serie A giants is up next summer and talks between the parties seem to have hit a brick wall.

    Money is at the root of Brozovic's reluctance to commit his future to the San Siro club, as the 28-year-old's camp are holding out for £5million-a-year while Inter would rather pay him £4.2m.

    If the squabbling parties can't come to an agreement, the ex-Dinamo Zagreb star could leave on a free transfer next year and his agents are said to already be trying to secure him a new home.

    And the Red Devils, who could do with some extra gusto in the middle of park, are seriously considering if they should secure Brozovic's services, SW claim.

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    POG WALKING?

    Real Madrid are 'confident' they can sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The LaLiga giants are also keen on bringing in Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger to freshen up their squad, say Marca.

    Manchester United star Paul Pogba's contract runs out in the summerCredit: Getty

    The report says Pogba's agent Mino Raiola 'is no longer seen as a potential issue in a deal being done' and Real 'are far more confident of securing the World Cup winner's services than they were a couple of months ago.'

    Pogba is out of contract at United at the end of the season and Marca say his 'stunted contract negotiations at Manchester United' underline the belief he wants a move to the Bernabeu.

  • [email protected]

    NORWEGIAN WOOD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's survival as Manchester United manager in the wake of their humiliation against Liverpool might have had something to do with protecting the public image of Ed Woodwward, it has been claimed.

    United executive vice-chairman Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021 and is 'reluctant to get rid of the Norwegian before he leaves as it would provide a damning final comment on his time in charge', according to MailOnline.

    Solskjaer's time as Red Devils boss looked over when the Reds thumped them 5-0 at home nine days ago but Saturday's 3-0 win at Spurs has eased the pressure.

  • [email protected]

    RON MANAGER

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, according to the bookies.

    Betfair have United's best player at 14/1 to succeed the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat.

    Ronaldo is a surprise name-in-the-frame as a future Man Utd manager

    Betting in the next-Manchester-United-manager market has been given an over-haul by reports previous frontrunner Antonio Conte is about to take the Spurs job.

    The Italian, 52, was priced at 8/11 to take charge following United's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    Now 36-year-old Ronaldo – who has bagged seven goals since his fairytale summer return to the Red Devils – is named in the running for the manager's job alongside the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Graham Potter.

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    DID PSG MAKE A MISTAKE IN LETTING CAVANI JOIN MAN UTD?

    Paris Saint-Germain made a mistake in letting Edinson Cavani join Manchester United, it has been claimed.

    The Uruguay striker, who joined United from the French giants last winter as a free agent, has repeatedly impressed at Old Trafford despite limited game time.

    Cavani scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's big win at Spurs in what was just his second start of the campaign.

    And French journalist Geoffrey Garétier has suggest PSG dropped the ball in not convincing the star to stay with them for longer.

    He is quoted by Le10Sport as telling Canal+: "Cavani had a huge advantage, it is that he worked for the collective.

    "He pushed himself, he ran, he compensated, he was very generous physically in all areas of the field. And we have to admit that when he left, this profile was not replaced."

  • [email protected]

    SANCHO YET TO SCORE OR ASSIST A MAN UTD GOAL

    Jadon Sancho has not scored or provided an assist for a Manchester United goal during his 11 appearances for the club this season.

    Manchester United forked out £73m for Jadon Sancho this summerCredit: EPA

    That surprising statistic has been reported by the Manchester Evening News following Sancho's bench-warming brief in Saturday's big win at Spurs.

    Big things were expected of Sancho, 21, following his £73million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July.

    The England star got the move to Old Trafford on the back of sensational form for the German club.

    In February the former Manchester City winger became the the first and youngest player in Bundesliga history to contribute 50 assists in less than 100 games.

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    MAN UTD TO TAKE PART IN SAFE-STANDING TRIALS

    Manchester United are one of a number of Prem giants set to take part in trials for safe-standing at grounds.

    Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have also signed up for the project which could see their fans being allowed to stand again in specially-modified terraces during matches.

    The Manchester Evening news reports United have installed safe standing areas inside Old Trafford in order to meet the criteria for the trials.

    Safe standing is to be trialled from January 1 after the government gave the Sports Ground Safety Authority the green light to begin assessing stadiums.

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