6am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Pogba OUT in January EXCLUSIVE, Upamecano latest, De Gea slammed

MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing for a derby showdown with City on Saturday – but all eyes are on Paul Pogba.

We've also the very latest on their pursuit of Leicester forward Harvey Barnes and defender Dayot Upamecano.

Get all the latest news, updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    SunSport's Neil Custis revealed club chiefs want Paul Pogba out of the club in the January transfer window.

    His agent’s disgracefully-timed statement on the eve of United’s crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig was the final straw.

    United had flat out refused to be bullied by Raiola, who has been an irritant during Pogba’s second spell at the club.
    But now the Red Devils top brass are ready to accept defeat and let their £89million club-record signing go.

    They want their money back but may have to drop the asking price as low as £50m to find a buyer for the French World Cup winner.

    Pogba, 27, favours a return to Juventus. The Italian giants would welcome back their four-time Serie A winner — but it is whether they have the cash.

    United could have sold the midfielder to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 but their £180m fee was never going to be met by the Spaniards and the chance was gone.

    Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala is set to be used to tempt United into a deal for Pogba.

    The Juventus forward has been left out numerous times by coach Andrea Pirlo this season, while Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has made his frustrations clear.

    According to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Juve will attempt a straight swap deal, arguing the Frenchman’s value has decreased due to Raiola’s comments.

    And the deal is financially feasible, it is said, because both players earn similar amounts in wages.

    Finally, United are staring at a potential £50million financial black hole after their Champions League debacle.

    By failing to make the last 16, the club have missed out on a potential £46m in extra Champions League earnings, in addition to the further £18m from three more possible home games in the competition.

    In stark contrast, even if they go all the way to win the Europa League Final in Gdansk in May, United would only bank £12.55m in prize money, although they would have the possibility of an extra home match.

    Winning just three of their group games, and losing the other three, gives United Champions League bonuses of £21.2m – the three defeats cost them a further £7.2m.

  • Joe Brophy

    POG JUST FOR XMAS

    Exclusive by Neil Custis: Manchester United chiefs want Paul Pogba out of the club in the January transfer window.

    His agent’s disgracefully-timed statement on the eve of United’s crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig was the final straw.

    United had flat out refused to be bullied by Raiola, who has been an irritant during Pogba’s second spell at the club.

    But now the Red Devils top brass are ready to accept defeat and let their £89million club-record signing go.

    They want their money back but may have to drop the asking price as low as £50m to find a buyer for the French World Cup winner.

    Pogba, 27, favours a return to Juventus. The Italian giants would welcome back their four-time Serie A winner — but it is whether they have the cash.

    United could have sold the midfielder to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 but their £180m fee was never going to be met by the Spaniards and the chance was gone.

  • Joe Brophy

    S-MART CHOICE?

    Anthony Martial could be allowed to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

    With the Red Devils looking into a deal for Paulo Dybala, the club are said to be plotting their long-term strategy up top.

    And according to Eurosport, that could mean moving on Martial with there being an ‘increasing’ possibility of the Frenchman being allowed to leave.

  • Joe Brophy

    STORM BRU-ING

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believe the club have become over-reliant on Bruno Fernandes.

    He told BT Sport: “He’s a top-class player, isn’t he?

    "They took their time getting him, didn’t they? I think they were linked with him for a couple of years, but they finally took the gamble to take him and they’ve been rewarded with it.

    "He’s been brilliant, look at his numbers, his goals, his assists. Before he came, United couldn’t create a chance; under Mourinho, and Ole’s first little bit, but since he’s been in the team – he makes them tick.

    "Sometimes it only takes one player to do that. Look at the weekend, he didn’t start at the weekend, but he came on – and they probably wanted to rest him for tonight – but they couldn’t afford to because he totally transforms the team.”

  • Joe Brophy

    POG OFF

    Manchester United should cash in on Paul Pogba, according to former club coach Rene Meuelensteen.

    He told Sky Sports News: "This has been a constant point of discussion since Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United.

    "With a big game around the corner against Leipzig, to put that out in the media is very poor practice from his agent.

    "I don’t know how much Paul would have had an influence on it, but I would have thought that it’s important as a player that you want the best for the team, that you want to make sure they concentrate on a big game like that. It’s a big distraction.”

    Asked whether United should stick or twist with Pogba, Meulensteen replied: "I would have gone twist. I think it’s important that you look at the team and where you want to go."

  • Joe Brophy

    CAM ON THEN

    Manchester United and Real Madrid are leading candidates to sign teenager Eduardo Camavinga.

    The French midfielder is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in European football.

    And he's attracted plenty of attention in recent days having reportedly told Rennes chiefs that he wishes to leave next summer.

    Bookmakers Betfair have installed Real Madrid as 9/4 favourites to secure the 18-year-old's coveted signature.

    Zinedine Zidane is a huge admirer of his compatriot, who's high on his list of potential additions.

    Manchester United aren't far behind at 4/1.

    The Red Devils are on the look-out for a central midfielder after Mino Raiola revealed Paul Pogba is actively looking to leave Old Trafford.

  • Joe Brophy

    TRIP BACK TO ENGLAND?

    Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Kieran Trippier.

    The England right-back will enter the final 18 months of his Atletico Madrid contract in January.

    And Sky Sports claim United are monitoring his situation in Spain with a view of bringing him in to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

  • Joe Brophy

    DROPPED HIS GUARD

    Jesse Lingard reportedly has no intention of renewing his Manchester United contract.

    Corriere dello Sport claim AC Milan and rivals Inter are in the chase for the England star, whose current Old Trafford deal expires in the summer.

    Lingard is yet to taste a minute of Premier League football this season having been restricted to just two League Cup appearances.

  • Joe Brophy

    NO MOUR

    Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at old side Manchester United by claiming it’s ‘not fair’ they’ve dropped into the Europa League.

    Mourinho, who led United to glory in the 2017 final, said: “Of course now United become one of the top favourites to win the competition.

    “The teams that drop from the Champions League are always strong teams.

    “Normally they don’t belong at the level of the Europa League and United is one of the top teams.

    “When you have eight new teams in the competition and eight teams that belong to another level, and they drop to the Europa, of course the level of the competition is going to improve.

    “No doubts, and when the quality improves, the attention improves. It’s a good thing for the competition.

    “But by the sports point of view is where I think it is not fair. A team that doesn’t succeed in one competition drops to another.

    “Imagine the third team in the Europa League – now there is another competition – and the third team, instead of finishing, goes to another competition in the hierarchy of European football.

    “In football, when for some real we don’t succeed… unlucky, next season. But it is the way it is and is not a problem for me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    EUR KIDDING

    Manchester United suffered European heartache at the hands of RB Leipzig in the Champions League last night.

    Their disappointment, however, is far from the worst suffered by English clubs on the continent.

    Click HERE for a closer look at five particularly awful nights for Premier League clubs in Europe.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Paulo Dybala is set to be used to tempt Manchester United into a deal for Paul Pogba.

    The Juventus forward has been left out numerous times by coach Andrea Pirlo this season, while Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has made his frustrations clear.

    According to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Juve will attempt a straight swap deal, arguing the Frenchman’s value has decreased due to Raiola’s comments.

    And the deal is financially feasible, it is said, because both players earn similar amounts in wages.

  • Joe Brophy

    POST BAIL

    Bayer Leverkusen ace Leon Bailey will reportedly be scouted by four Premier League teams including Manchester United on Thursday night.

    The winger has caught the eye of a number of Europe's big boys with a string of stellar displays for the Bundesliga outfit.

    Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and United are said to be four of the teams interested in signing the 23-year-old, who has played a key role in Leverkusen's impressive start to the season.

    And according to the Daily Mail, the Premier League quartet will send representatives to watch the Jamaican in action in Leverkusen's Europa League clash with Slavia Prague.

    They claim scouts from all four clubs will be in attendance at the BayArena to take notes on the £36million-rated man.

  • Joe Brophy

    REDS' ROUGH RIDE

    Manchester United are staring at a potential £50million financial black hole after their Champions League debacle.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered humiliation as they lost to RB Leipzig to slip into the Europa League.

    But with United’s finances already suffering as a result of the Covid crisis, the price of failure is even starker.

    Playing in front of an empty Old Trafford since March has cost United around £6m in revenue from each home game without fans, adding up to £78m so far.

    But the United bean counters had anticipated a run into the knock-out stage at least.

    By failing to make the last 16, United have missed out on a potential £46m in extra Champions League earnings, in addition to the further £18m from three more possible home games in the competition.

    In stark contrast, even if they go all the way to win the Europa League Final in Gdansk in May, United would only bank £12.55m in prize money, although they would have the possibility of an extra home match.

    Winning just three of their group games, and losing the other three, gives United Champions League bonuses of £21.2m – the three defeats cost them a further £7.2m.

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK TO BUSINESS

    It's back to the drawing board after Manchester United's shambolic Champions League campaign.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side crashed out of the competition in the group stage on Tuesday after enduring a 3-2 defeat against RB Leipzig.

    Failure in the competition is set to leave a £50million black hole in the club's bank balance.

    But it won't deter the club from making moves in the transfer window as they continue the rebuild on the pitch.

    Solskjaer will specifically look to strenghten the right flank having been linked with a new right-back in recent weeks.

    Here's how they could line-up with two key signings…

     

  • Marc Mayo

    GET YOUR PHIL

    Phil Jones’ future will not be resolved until he overcomes a knee injury.

    Newcastle are just one team linked to the Manchester United defender, who has been out of action all season.

    With a potential return later in the month, there may be movement on his transfer destiny.

    But ChronicleLive report on any thoughts in that regard being shelved until he can return to action.

    Credit: Getty – Contributor
  • Marc Mayo

    KWIK-E-MART

    Anthony Martial could be allowed to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

    With the Red Devils looking into a deal for Paulo Dybala, the club are said to be plotting their long-term strategy up top.

    And that could mean moving on 25-year-old Martial.

    According to Eurosport, there is an ‘increasing’ possibility of the French forward being allowed to leave.

  • Marc Mayo

    EUROPA ODDS

    Manchester United’s defeat last night may be a blessing in disguise if they can claim the Europa League crown.

    Ladbrokes have the Red Devils down as favourites ahead of the last-32 being fully confirmed.

    The English clubs in the next round are the four best-backed teams, followed by two Serie A giants.

    Europa League champions odds:

    • Manchester United – 5/1
    • Tottenham – 6/1
    • Arsenal – 7/1
    • Leicester – 10/1
    • Milan – 10/1
    • Napoli – 12/1

    STILL SHINING

    Another game, another goal for Bruno Fernandes last night.

    You can’t keep a good man down…

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    SIT DOWN, SHUT UP

    Paul Scholes has called on Paul Pogba to quieten Mino Raiola – or fire him.

    The agent’s comments about the midfielder’s future have unsettled Manchester United and Scholes feels he is doing Pogba a disservice.

    The Red Devils legend told BT Sport: “Paul Pogba is the problem. Paul pays this man to represent him and he represents him badly because Paul is a good lad.

    “Everybody looking from the outside, because of his agent, will think he’s a bad lad, he’s trouble in the dressing room. He isn’t.

    “There’s two options Paul has, he either tells him to shut up or he sacks him.”

    BIG FANS

    Manchester United fans have been credited as the ‘most likely to sell out an away end’ by a new survey.

    Footy Accumulators’ Top-Flight Traits survey, taken by 2,000 supporters of Premier League clubs, rated which supporters were viewed most favourably throughout the league.

    And United were voted the most likely to sell out an away end by 24 per cent of fans.

    West Brom came up last with 0.3 per cent of the vote.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal were adjudged as the most likely to boo their own team, leave early or bet against their side.

    SPARE CHANGE

    SunSport's Martin Lipton has outlined how Manchester United will lose out financially after last night's loss.

    By failing to make the last 16, United have missed out on a potential £46m in extra Champions League earnings, in addition to the further £18m from three more possible home games in the competition.

    In stark contrast, even if they go all the way to win the Europa League Final in Gdansk in May, United would only bank £12.55m in prize money, although they would have the possibility of an extra home match.

    The club anticipated making the last eight, with £8.05m – the qualification bonus minus the £450,000 prize fund for the last 32 of the Europa League – out of the window.

    The exit means United will also take a smaller share of the £28.9m second half of the English “market pool” TV payments, with each round progressed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City making their slice of the pie smaller.

    • Marc Mayo

      EUROPA DRAW

      So, let’s get on with it.

      Manchester United will find out their Europa League last-32 opponents next week.

      At noon on Monday, December 14, the Red Devils will be drawn with Red Star Belgrade the only confirmed unseeded team going into Thursday’s games.

      Four of the third-place Champions League teams will be seeded, which should include United.

      Games will be played on February 18 and 25.

      Credit: Getty – Contributor
    • Marc Mayo

      FER REAL

      Rio Ferdinand feels Manchester United have let the Paul Pogba situation get out of control.

      The ex-defender has called upon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward to resolve the dispute with Mino Raiola.

      He told BT Sport: “How are you allowing an agent to talk like this?

      “You nip it in the bud the first time he does it – now this isn’t the first time Raiola has spoken about a player and put the focus on Manchester United.”

      He recalled: “I was at United when Wayne Rooney was talking about leaving. Sir Alex Ferguson went in the media and said, ‘Listen, he’s being advised badly by his agent and I’m gonna nip it in the bud’.

      “Couple of days later, Rooney signs a new contract. You’ve got to nip it in the bud.”

    • Marc Mayo

      NOT MEND TO BE

      AC Milan have added their name to the shortlist to sign Sporting CP star Nuno Mendes.

      The full-back has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus and Wolves.

      But La Gazzetta dello Sport say Milan fancy their chances with the 18-year-old if Diogo Dalot’s loan move from United does not become permanent.

      Mendes has a £40.5million release clause in his contract.

    • Marc Mayo

      DY-ABOLICAL

      Manchester United target Paulo Dybala was seen taunting Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman after the Dutchman told the Juventus bench to 'shut up'.

      Dybala and the rest of Juve's subs were trying to get Clement Lenglet sent-off after he gave away a penalty during Barca's 3-0 Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

      And Koeman did not react kindly.

      Footage shows the angry ex-Everton boss approaching the subs and gesticulating before his path is blocked by a Juve coach.

      Watch Dybala taunt Koeman after he tells Juventus bench to ‘SHUT UP’ as they demand Barcelona’s Lenglet is sent off

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