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MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing for a crunch derby with Man City on Super Sunday.

On the transfer front, we've the very latest on Erling Haaland while it's reported United spoke to Leon Bailey during January.

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  • Josh Graham

    ‘STATS NOT EVERYTHING’

    Bruno Fernandes has hit back at claims he falls short against the Premier League heavyweights.

    Manchester United midfielder Fernandes has 15 league goals this season, but only two have come against the so-called Big Six and Leicester — a penalty against Tottenham and a goal against the Foxes.

    Bruno Fernandes said there’s more to football than statsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    He said: “I know people expect Bruno to score or assist in every game because when I arrived, I was playing really well.

    “I want to do that, it’s the most important thing. But as a player, I don’t look for the Big Six or the rest of the league.I look at every game the same way.”

    He told Sky Sports: “I saw an interview from Luke (Shaw) saying ‘people now care more about stats than the performance’.

    “This is the truth. Because now they’re expecting from me just goals and assists and not performances.

    “I don’t need to see the stats to see if I play well or not. I know when I play well or not.”

  • Josh Graham

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly keeping tabs on Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane as alternatives to Erling Haaland.

    The Athletic claims the Red Devils have made Borussia Dortmund superstar Haaland as their prime target this summer.

    Yet the report adds that United could be in the conversation for Paris Saint-Germain ace Mbappe.

    The World Cup winner is entering the final year of his contract in the French capital and could look to leave should Mauricio Pochettino’s side fail to win the Champions League.

    And United legend Rio Ferdinand recently begged his former employers to ‘move heaven and earth’ to sign Haaland or Mbappe.

    Tottenham’s England captain Kane is another striker listed as a player United admire closer to home.

    Meanwhile. United will reportedly have to fork out an extra £4.2million if Bruno Fernandes is named PFA Player of the Year.

    The player-voted award is set to be fought over by the Portuguese star with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Harry Kane and Ruben Dias.

    Should Fernandes, 26, prevail it will be another clause activated for his employers to stump up for.

    According to The Times, United paid Sporting CP an initial £46.6m to sign the attacking midfielder in January 2020.

    Since then, two clauses have been met worth £4.2m each, for starting 25 games and qualifying for the Champions League.

    Picking up the PFA honour will trigger another £4.2m in an agreement which could also be met by him finishing in the Ballon d’Or top three.

    And finally, Paul Merson believes Man Utd are ‘on the verge of a meltdown’ due to their poor form in the Premier League.

    Writing in the Daily Star, Merson said: “Manchester United are on the verge of a meltdown – because that’s what it would be if they don’t finish in the top four.

    “They were top of the league not so long ago and if you’re in with a chance of winning the title and then you don’t finish in the top four, that’s a major collapse."

  • Alex Terrell

    DON'T SKIP A BEAT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to be a team of leaders — not just Bruno Fernandes, writes PHIL THOMAS.

    The Portugal midfielder, 26, has been the Red Devils’ star man this term.

    Yet even he has shown signs of fatigue of late and opponents have started singling him out as the man to keep quiet.

    Now, ahead of today’s Manchester derby, the United boss urged the rest of his players to step up.

    Solskjaer said: “We expect everyone to be a leader, everyone to take that responsibility.

    “Of course it might be Bruno, but I know teams are trying to man-mark him at times.

    “Taking responsibility is important for everyone. Don’t wait for things to happen, you’ve got to make things happen.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FIGHTING BACK

    Sir Alex Ferguson had an 80 percent chance of death following a brain haemorrhage in May 2018, his doctor has revealed.

    The legendary football manager, 79, admitted in his upcoming documentary Never Give In, that he had a 20 percent chance of survival following a brain haemorrhage.

    The former Manchester United manager said: “I remember falling and so after that I don’t remember a thing.

    “It was sudden. It stopped. It just stopped. It was no man’s land.”

    His doctor added: “So I remember estimating his mortality – at that point in time it was 80 per cent. It was an 80 per cent chance he would not survive.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Merson believes Man Utd are ‘on the verge of a meltdown’ due to their poor form in the Premier League.

    The Red Devils – who have won just two out of their last eight top-flight matches – face rivals Man City on Sunday.

    Writing in the Daily Star, Merson said: “Manchester United are on the verge of a meltdown – because that’s what it would be if they don’t finish in the top four.

    “They were top of the league not so long ago and if you’re in with a chance of winning the title and then you don’t finish in the top four, that’s a major collapse.

    “United have stopped scoring goals and teams below them have winnable games.

    “They have opened the door. And they could be caught.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TOP MARCS

    Manchester United need to be on top form to halt rivals City's winning run tomorrow.

  • Joe Brophy

    DO US A BRU

    Manchester United will reportedly have to fork out an extra £4.2million if Bruno Fernandes is named PFA Player of the Year.

    The player-voted award is set to be fought over by the Portuguese star with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Harry Kane and Ruben Dias.

    Should Fernandes, 26, prevail it will be another clause activated for his employers to stump up for.

    According to The Times, United paid Sporting CP an initial £46.6m to sign the attacking midfielder in January 2020.

    Since then, two clauses have been met worth £4.2m each, for starting 25 games and qualifying for the Champions League.

    Picking up the PFA honour will trigger another £4.2m in an agreement which could also be met by him finishing in the Ballon d’Or top three.

  • Joe Brophy

    HA LA LAND

    Erling Haaland struck twice in the first nine minutes to light up Der Klassiker – showing why Manchester United are so keen on the Borussia Dortmund striker.

  • Joe Brophy

    ON TARGETT

    Gareth Southgate is reportedly considering a call-up for Aston Villa’s Matt Targett.

    The England boss has been impressed with the 25-year-old’s form for Dean Smith’s side and is weighing up whether to include him, according to The Mirror.

    And he could recreate his impressive partnership with left-sided team-mate Jack Grealish on the international stage when Southgate names his next squad on March 18.

    Targett has started all 25 of Villa’s Premier League games and helped them to keep 13 clean sheets.

    He could challenge fellow in-form star Luke Shaw for the left-back role after his sensational form for the Red Devils.

  • Joe Brophy

    DEVIL MAY CARE

    Despite claims from rival fans that Manchester United benefit from VAR, the Red Devils would be on the same point total if technology was not used in the Premier League this season.

  • Joe Brophy

    REGGAE, SET, GO

    Jamaica could field as many as TEN England-qualified stars, including ex-Manchester United star Ravel Morrison, at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    The Reggae Boyz are making waves on the international scene after it was revealed they have approached a number of players about switching allegiance.

  • Joe Brophy

    FIRING BLANKS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is concerned by Manchester United's misfiring attack.

    He told the BBC: "Of course it's a concern. You say when you have three clean sheets in a row that will help you win games because we have the quality to do that.

    "But we haven't produced that quality so we just have to find that spark again.

    "We have to find that quality again and we'll win games. If we keep on having clean sheets at least we'll have a foundation to build on."

    The United boss added: "Still, we've gone 10 games unbeaten. Three weeks, four weeks ago we couldn't defend, then we were really well attacking-wise – that's the narrative anyway.

    "Now the narrative is that we can't score a goal. It's been a week without us scoring goals.

    "It's not long ago we played fantastic football against Sociedad, got good goals against Newcastle, Southampton. It's sometimes margins, you know, in football."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FUEL'S GOLD

    will hope Manchester United can turn on a derby show as electric as his new £140k car.

    The Swedish defender’s environmentally-friendly hybrid upstaged his team-mates’ familiar array of gas-guzzling sportscars when they turned up for training.

    Lindelof’s Polestar 1 shows his support for a little-known home-country firm.

    But with Eric Bailly back in the United side, and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly keen to add a FOURTH centre-back this summer, Lindelof will hope his Old Trafford has more mileage than his new car.

    Its electric charge lasts just 77 miles, but Polestar say that’s the longest range of any hybrid.

    And a top speed of 155mph looks even more incredible when you consider it does 470 miles to the gallon, when combining petrol and electricity.

    Victor Lindelof could be a trendsetter with this Polestar electric car
  • Jake Lambourne

    VIEW TO A KYL

    Man Utd are reportedly keeping tabs on Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane as alternatives to Erling Haaland.

    The Athletic claim the Red Devils have made Borussia Dortmund superstar Haaland as their prime target this summer.

    Yet the report adds that United could be in the conversation for Paris Saint-Germain ace Mbappe.

    The World Cup winner is entering the final year of his contract in the French capital and could look to leave should Mauricio Pochettino’s side fail to win the Champions League.

    And United legend Rio Ferdinand recently begged his former employers to 'move heaven and earth' to sign Haaland or Mbappe.

    Tottenham's England captain Kane is another striker listed as a player United admire closer to home.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FER-NOMENAL

    Manchester United midfielder Fred has revealed how Bruno Fernandes took the Prem by storm upon his arrival at Old Trafford.

    He said: “I think it surprised. His impact was very fast, you know.

    “He arrived here and already took over the midfield, called for the lead and took it.

    “Think he’s a great player, he came here to help us. I’m very happy with this.

    “He’s a very good guy, we see that he works a lot on a daily basis. A guy who’s always trying to win, you know?

    “He doesn’t like to lose. So his mentality is very cool, very good.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOVE FOR BRU

    Gary Neville has claimed that Bruno Fernandes is struggling due to a lack of movement from his Manchester United team-mates.

    Speaking on Sky Sports after the Crystal Palace clash, he said: “He was sloppy from the first few minutes and he’s not been at his best these last couple of weeks.

    “Maybe there’s a suggestion that he’s run himself into the ground and that could be true but you’ve got to have things happening in front of you as well.

    “And I thought [Marcus] Rashford on the left, [Mason] Greenwood on the right, [Edinson] Cavani in the middle… they all stayed in their spots and when you watch the real fantastic front-three attacks – and even this front-three at times over the last few months at their best – those runs where they’re diagonally running across and there’s movement… there was no movement.

    "They were playing in straight lines which means from Bruno Fernandes, that those two in midfield for Palace never got moved all night.

    "Gary Cahill and [Cheikhou] Kouyate at centre-back for Palace tonight, Cahill hasn’t been moved out of position all night.

    "He’s been a fantastic centre-back in the Premier League for many years but I didn’t once see Greenwood make a run in behind him, I didn’t see Rashford make a run in behind.

    "There was no movement, no urgency and they were static and then Bruno ends up being easily marked, easily picked up."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOAL OF THE DAY

    What a strike this was from Steve Coppell.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LINDELOF CONTINUED

    “Obviously it’s a big game coming up and it’s a game that everyone wants to play.

    “We are going to play against a very good team, but we are also a very good team. It’s going to be a challenge like always.

    “It’s a derby game and we have to be ready for what they can bring to the game.

    "I think everyone will be 100 per cent ready for that and hopefully we can perform at a high level.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BET VICTOR

    Victor Lindelof has declared Man Utd have to be wary of City's attacking threats at the Etihad on Sunday.

    He told the Red Devils' website: "They can change system sometimes and you have to be ready for anything.

    “There’s a lot of movement there with and without the ball and you have to be ready for anything.

    “If they don’t play the game with a striker you have to look at the game in a different way, maybe try and close some spaces that you wouldn’t do if they had a no.9.

    “I don’t know how they will play against us, but we will have to wait and see. However and whichever way they play, we will be ready for that.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BAILEY'S ON ICE

    Man Utd have reportedly already held transfer talks with Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.

    The Red Devils are said to have made contact with the 23-year-old's representatives in January, according to journalist Jonathan Shrager.

    The report states Tottenham and AC Milan were two other clubs who also sounded out the Jamaican star's availability at the start of the year.

    But the Bundesliga ace is believed to be solely focused on performing for Leverkusen for now.

    United have sent scouts to watch Bailey play over the last 18 months and he could be a cheaper alternative signing to Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    The player's deal at Leverkusen runs until 2023 and the German club are keen to extend his stay but they face a tough ask to get him to re-sign.

    Manchester United have held talks with Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey
  • Jake Lambourne

    SHAW THING

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  • Jake Lambourne

    LAND AHOY

    Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Erling Haaland with Chelsea reportedly confident of signing the Borussia Dortmund striker this summer.

    Haaland has scored a whopping 43 goals in 45 appearances for the Bundesliga big boys, a run of form which has caught the eye of a number of clubs.

    And according to ESPN, the Blues reckon they can entice the 20-year-old to swap the Westfalenstadion for Stamford Bridge.

    They claim the Chelsea brass believe they can tempt the youngster to up sticks with a lucrative financial package and the opportunity to spearhead an expensive starting XI.

    The Blues, however, could face an uphill battle to acquire Haaland services as he's reportedly not receptive to the idea of joining them.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MERSON CONTINUED

    "Look at the players they [United] have. Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James.

    “There’s a lot of ammunition there. Players who can hurt you. But too often it’s all about Bruno Fernandes. 

    "They’re always waiting for him to do something special. But teams are targeting him now and he’s getting tired. It’s taking a toll on him.

    “He’s been carrying a massive football club on his shoulders for too long this season. Someone else has to step up.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Merson believes Man Utd are 'on the verge of a meltdown' due to their poor form in the Premier League.

    The Red Devils – who have won just two out of their last eight top-flight matches – face rivals Man City on Sunday.

    Writing in the Daily Star, Merson said: "Manchester United are on the verge of a meltdown – because that’s what it would be if they don’t finish in the top four.

    “They were top of the league not so long ago and if you’re in with a chance of winning the title and then you don’t finish in the top four, that’s a major collapse.

    “United have stopped scoring goals and teams below them have winnable games.

    "They have opened the door. And they could be caught.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    AD ENOUGH

    Wolves will listen to transfer offers for out-of-form Adama Traore at the end of the season, reports say.

    The winger had interest from Barcelona and Manchester Utd and City last campaign, but his £70million price tag was deemed as too steep.

    According to the Daily Mail, Wolves are still open to moving on Traore, as they look to bring in funds for a summer reshape for Nuno Espirito Santo.

    But, with the Spaniard off the pace currently, his value is set to be drastically slashed.

    Traore is without a goal and has just one assist in his 26 Premier League games so for this term.

    That is compared to the four goals and nine assists he managed last season.

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