1pm Man Utd news LIVE: Bruno Fernandes target for Real Madrid and Barca, Pogba deal EXTENDED, Maguire Newcastle DOUBT – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are set to return to Premier League action this weekend – and Alex Telles is primed to make his debut.

Meanwhile, Harry Maguire is a doubt for the clash while Paul Pogba has received the backing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his comments on one day playing for Real Madrid.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    FANCY A BRU

    Man Utd would become one of the biggest ever exits from Manchester United were he to leave.

    SunSport has exclusively revealed that Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to lock horns over his signature.

    The Spanish giants are closely monitoring Fernandes’ situation despite the player having spent just eight months at Manchester United.

    It comes after the Portuguese ace was substituted at half-time in the 6-1 drubbing by Tottenham and then reportedly went on the attack against boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the changing rooms.

    Were Fernandes to leave Old Trafford, he'd command a huge fee.

    He is currently valued at £72million by transfer specialists Transfermarkt, but with a contract running until 2025, Manchester United would be able to insist on much more.

    There is no suggestion the Red Devils' would sanction his move.

    However, their top players have been prised away in the past – with two of their greatest ever players going to Real Madrid.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Former Man Utd gaffer Jose Mourinho has joined calls for the Premier League to rethink its pay-per-view games programme.

    This weekend sees five matches take place behind a new £14.95 price barrier, even though fans are still not allowed inside grounds.

    The decision reverses the opening up of every game to Sky Sports and BT Sports subscribers, a move which took place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    And Mourinho has said he 'feels sorry' for fans who are once again being asked to fork out, with no other choice if they want to watch these matches.

    The Tottenham boss told reporters: “£14 is a lot of money.

    “You cannot even share with your friends as they cannot come to your house [in London].

    “It is difficult. I feel sorry for the fans.

    “But hopefully this stops quickly and we can have some people in the stadium.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ALLEG UP

    Man Utd have reportedly added Massimiliano Allegri to their shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Mauricio Pochettino is another name linked to the Old Trafford dugout, should the club make a change.

    Solskjaer, 47, is under mounting pressure after United's poor start to the campaign.

    Losses to Crystal Palace and Tottenham have heightened doubts over the Norwegian's ability to push his team to the next level.

    And The Transfer Window podcast claim that Allegri, 53, could end his sabbatical to manage United.

    However, it is said that Mauricio Pochettino is ahead of the former Juventus coach as the Red Devils' first-choice candidate.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PARIS PLIGHT

    Man Utd are set to face a depleted Paris Saint-Germain side on Tuesday with Marco Verratti a doubt for the match.

    A trip to France's capital kicks off the Red Devils' Champions League campaign, with Thilo Kehrer and Mauro Icardi set to miss out.

    PSG have confirmed a thigh issue for Verratti picked up during the international break.

    There are serious doubts over Icardi's availability while he suffers from a knee problem.

    And Thomas Tuchel has admitted that a hamstring injury is set to keep German defender Kehrer out for 'a few weeks'.

    The PSG coach was left bemoaning an injury crisis ahead of Friday's match with Nimes, however, Les Parisiens dispatched their opponents with a 4-0 win, thanks to a brace from Kylian Mbappe.

    Marquinhos and Julian Draxler missed the trip south and may return to face United.

  • Jake Lambourne

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  • Jake Lambourne

    IRN BRU

    EXCLUSIVE: Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to lock horns in a battle to get Bruno Fernandes out of  Old Trafford.

    The Spanish giants are closely monitoring Fernandes’ situation despite the player having spent just eight months at Manchester United.

    While Fernandes denies there are serious problems at the club, the midfielder was unhappy about being subbed at half-time in this month’s 6-1 loss against Spurs.

    He was also very vocal in a dressing-room row at the break before being told by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was being swapped for Fred.

    When asked yesterday why he had subbed the player, Solskjaer refused to explain.

    He said: “There are many reasons behind subs in a game and if I explain every time I take a player off, I don’t think that’s the right thing.

    “I explained to Bruno and he accepted it, no problem.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    EDIN FOR THE TOP

    Diego Forlan believes Edinson Cavani can become the 'new Zlatan Ibrahimovic' at the club.

    Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Forlan said: “Edinson is still a great player. I've not seen any decline in him yet. I think he's a top signing for United, just like Zlatan was.

    “He's that type of player. He'll lead by example, by how he trains and how he plays. He'll be a positive influence for the young players.

    “He's a winner who has won lots of trophies, a goalscorer who has scored wherever he has been, he assists too.

    “He's strong and his physique will be fine for English football. He's quick, he's highly motivated.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    DIMI A BREAK

    Phil Jones has named his dream Manchester United five-a-side team – and there is one major surprise.

    On his decisions, 27-year-old Jones told Goal: “I'll go David [De Gea] No brainer.

    “Five-a-side so, do you know what? I'm going to be stupid here. I'm going to put Berba there (in defence). Berbatov.

    “Berba used to annoy me in training, every single training session. He used to play at centre-half and when I said to him 'no, the manager asked me to play there', he was like 'no, go somewhere else'.

    “He was unbelievable. I'll put Berba there.

    “And I'll put… I'll put Vida [Vidic] in there as well just because he throws himself at everything.

    “Then I'm going to go with Scholesy. And I've got to go Wazza [Rooney].”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BEST FRENEMIES

    Jose Mourinho has mocked Arsene Wenger's decision to axe him from his new book and claims it's because his old rival could 'never beat me'.

    The Tottenham boss does not feature at all in the former Arsenal manager's memoirs – despite the legendary battles they had over the years.

    When asked about his absence in the autobiography, the Portuguese manager told a press conference: “[It's] because he never beat me.

    “You are not going to do a chapter about 14 matches that you never win so why should he speak about me in a book.

    “A book is a thing to make you happy, make you proud. So I understand perfectly the situation.”

    While Mourinho did have by far the better head-to-head record, Wenger can boast of two wins.

    The Frenchman got his first win in the 2015 Community Shield at the start of Mourinho's disastrous season in charge of Chelsea which saw him sacked by December.

    His Arsenal then beat Mourinho's Manchester United 2-0 in the Premier League in 2017

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    FAIR COP

    David Moyes has revealed he had a HELICOPTER ready to sign Gareth Bale – only for the ace to snub Manchester United and join Real Madrid instead.

    The Hammers boss said: “Gareth Bale was probably the first name I thought of when I got the job. I thought Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player. He was the right type.

    “I wanted Gareth Bale to be my first signing at Manchester United. But it was already down the road a bit with Real Madrid. I tried to hijack it. I tried to get him.

    “Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid. They offered more money to the player.

    “We did everything we could to try and get the player. We even had a helicopter at the training ground to take him and bring him back. We thought we had a chance.

    “But he chose Real Madrid and he made a brilliant decision because he went on to win four Champions Leagues. He’s had a brilliant career.”

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Harry Maguire isin Manchester United's squad despite injury scare and recent horror form, with new boy Alex Telles also making the trip.

    Maguire, 27, was a doubt after picking up a knock before he was sent off for England in the 1-0 loss to Denmark on Wednesday in the Nations League.

    But the United skipper has been included, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the club have triggered the one-year extension in Paul Pogba’s contract.

    His deal was up at the end of this season with no announcement that the club had taken up the opportunity to extend it by a further year.

  • Jack Figg

    BRUHAHA

    Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to lock horns in a battle to get Bruno Fernandes out of  Old Trafford.

    The Spanish giants are closely monitoring Fernandes’ situation despite the player having spent just eight months at Manchester United.

    While Fernandes denies there are serious problems at the club, the midfielder was unhappy about being subbed at half-time in this month’s 6-1 loss against Spurs.

    He was also very vocal in a dressing-room row at the break before being told by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was being swapped for Fred.

    When asked yesterday why he had subbed the player, Solskjaer refused to explain.

    He said: “There are many reasons behind subs in a game and if I explain every time I take a player off, I don’t think that’s the right thing.

    “I explained to Bruno and he accepted it, no problem.”

  • Jack Figg

    HARRY UP

    Harry Maguire isin Manchester United's squad despite injury scare and recent horror form, with new boy Alex Telles also making the trip.

    Maguire, 27, was a doubt after picking up a knock before he was sent off for England in the 1-0 loss to Denmark on Wednesday in the Nations League.

    But the United skipper has been included, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    The centre-back was sent for an early bath after picking up two bookings in the space of 31 first-half minutes.

    Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate publicly backed the under-fire £85million man.

  • Jack Figg

    MAN OVERBOARD

    Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

    Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex. I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it. He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.

    “But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better. And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

    Mourinho famously branded the Gunners chief a ‘specialist in failure’.

    Wenger, 70, admitted: “That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control. The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what’s been said in press conferences.

    “You hate the guy on the other bench and keep control but sometimes it goes overboard.”

  • Jack Figg

    PLEASE, SER

    Sergio Romero has begged Manchester United to let him leave after his transfer window hell.

    The Argentine goalkeeper, 33, was desperate to quit Old Trafford, with Everton holding talks over a deal.

    Romero has fallen behind David De Gea and now Dean Henderson in the pecking order after his successful Sheffield United loan.

    His wife even pleaded with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to let her husband go in a blistering social media tirade.

    Reports claim Romero and his wife were left fuming after finding out Everton had been willing to pay Romero's full £100,000-a-week pay-packet.

    The keeper has now held talks with United and his reps and asked to get him a switch away to get regular action.

  • Jack Figg

    CROWN JULES

    Man Utd target Jules Kounde has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Sevilla confirmed the news on Thursday night following his return from France Under-21s duty.

    And Kounde will now miss next week’s Champions League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    The centre-back, 21, will also be sidelined for LaLiga games against Granada and Eibar.

    But he could make his return to action in Europe against Rennes in a fortnight.

  • Jack Figg

    PLAY THROUGH

    Gareth Southgate is adamant Harry Maguire is too important to be rested for either club or country – despite his alarming confidence crisis.

    The Manchester United skipper was sent off after half an hour of England’s 1-0 defeat by Denmark on Wednesday for two desperate challenges.

    Southgate said: “My view would be that you’ve got to play your way through these moments.

    “Harry is too important a player for them and us to think about resting him but that would be for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff to make those decisions.”

  • Jack Figg

    BURNED COLE

    Man Utd legend Andy Cole lifted the lid on the explosive argument with Kevin Keegan which sealed his move from Newcastle.

    Cole told the UTD Podcast: “I know me and Kevin had a fallout, he cheesed me off with the way he treated Clarky one day.

    “Then we lost a game [Wimbledon] and I was cheesed off because we lost, so when we came to the hotel Kevin told me to 'do one'.

    “And I said 'alright, no problem', I packed my bags and walked out. The relationship was never the same.

    “I wasn’t looking to leave Newcastle, I was very happy there.

    “When that episode happened at the hotel I basically said 'nah, I’m not going to have you talking to me like that'.

    “So when I went walking for five days, we had a meeting, settled it and he handed me a new contract but I don’t think he let go of that situation.”

  • Jack Figg

    EUR-OH NO – EXCLUSIVE

    Football bosses are preparing to rip up the format for the Euros – and SCRAP some venues.

    Uefa privately accept there is no way that next summer’s tournament – postponed because of Covid – will be able to go ahead with the planned 12 host cities.

    A worst-case scenario could see one country stage the tournament with four venues being used. Wembley is due to stage seven games, including England’s three group matches, plus the semi-finals and final.

    The competition is sure to go ahead – owing to the millions Uefa will receive from TV companies. And the governing body is hopeful supporters will still be able to attend.

    But some venues are at risk and the tournament will have to be condensed to ensure less travelling.

    Places such as Baku in Azerbaijan – now caught in a conflict with Armenia – plus St Petersburg in Russia will be among the first to be dropped.

  • Jack Figg

    CZAR IS BORN

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    Nev, 45, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated a void in the Premier League leadership…

  • Jack Figg

    LONG HAUL PAUL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the club have triggered the one-year extension in Paul Pogba’s contract.

    His deal was up at the end of this season with no announcement that the club had taken up the opportunity to extend it by a further year.

    Solskjaer said: “Paul's our player, he's going to be here for another two years and sure he’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best from Paul and I'm sure in the next couple of years we'll get the best out of him.”

    “We need a response as we always do after we lose a game. You want to win the next one, we want to try and dominate the game.

    “The result is very important, but we want to see positive body language and mindset.

    “You don't get anywhere being negative. We want to go out there, go for the win and see players who want to work for the points.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    DIS-UNITED

    Manchester United players are beginning to question Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's training methods, according to reports.

    The Norwegian’s ability to turn the slump around, and quickly, could be a deciding factor in his Old Trafford future.

    Murmurings over Mauricio Pochettino will not go away without a decisive turnaround in form.

    And, according to The Independent, players are questioning whether Solskjaer is the elite-level manager clubs like United crave.

    A source in the report describes sessions as “basic” and “lacking in creativity”.

    There is still a lot of positivity and warmth around the squad for the Norwegian, it is said, with anger currently held back in favour of disappointment.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    STARS' RETURN

    United's players arrived for training today with Daniel James sporting a cut under his eye.

    The Welshman played in Ryan Giggs' side's late 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Wednesday.

    He is expected to be available for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer though as United head to St James' Park for tomorrow evening's Premier League clash at Newcastle.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    UNITED FIXTURES

    Here are the Red Devils' upcoming games, now that we know kick-off times, following the Premier League FINALLY releasing the game times.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    MORE FRED

    The Brazilian told ManUtd.com: ”Of course now, it's important for us players to look ahead.

    ”What happened in the last few games is in the past.

    “We have to think ahead, about the games coming up, for us to go on a great run. We need to aim to get points, do our best so we don't have to play catch up further down the line.

    “We need to do our best now in these upcoming games, look ahead and get the wins.“

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