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ERLING HAALAND reportedly claims that Manchester United CANNOT fill his ambitions at this point in his career.

The Dortmund goal-machine is on the verge of a Bundesliga exit and is hopeful of bigger and better challenges.

Meanwhile, it has been speculated that Paris Saint-Germain have made Paul Pogba a priority in the summer transfer window.

Elsewhere, former United attacker Dimitar Berbatov reveals what he responded to his agent when Manchester City came knocking.

And keep up to date with Cristiano Ronaldo post-match phone incident.

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  • Sam Dymond

    United rivalries still the pinnacle

    Liverpool's recent Premier League rivalry with Manchester City is nothing compared to those that Manchester United participated in – and that's according to a former Liverpool star.

    Glen Johnson represented the Anfield club for six years, but took issue with comments made by former teammate Jamie Carragher that the current City and Liverpool rivalries are the best the competition has ever known.

    “In terms of what [Manchester City and Liverpool are] fighting for, of course the rivalry is up there," Johnson said in an interview with bettingodds.com.

    "But I don’t think it’s going to be like the games we had growing up such as Manchester United versus Arsenal, and Liverpool versus Manchester United.

    "I think they were much bigger games in terms of rivalry and, for me, Liverpool’s biggest derby is always going to be against Manchester United.

    "I think what Jamie means is that the standard of the two teams means that this is their biggest game.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Bottom of the table banker?

    Manchester United will be expecting to return to winning ways when their campaign resumes on Saturday.

    The Red Devils welcome bottom of the table Norwich City to Old Trafford, and few will be giving the Canaries much of a chance despite United's recent below-par performances.

    However, it's worth bearing in mind that United have come unstuck on two of the last four occasions that they have hosted the 20th-placed side in the Premier League – having only lost one such game in their previous 21 attempts (W16 D4).

    Those two most recent defeats came against Sheffield United in January of last year, and versus West Bromwich Albion back in April 2018.

  • Sam Dymond

    Rio: Maguire yet to Pique

    Former Manchester United ace Rio Ferdinand has launched to the defence of Harry Maguire, comparing his plight to one of the great centre-backs of the 21st century: Gerard Pique.

    Speaking on the Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand pointed to Maguire's international performances as a true sign of his ability.

    "In an England shirt he’s been nothing but phenomenal. He’s been unreal. You can’t say he’s a dead player," said Ferdinand.

    "But they play a particular way of football that probably suits him. Gerard Pique was at Man United, you could argue that he might not have had the career that he’s had at Barcelona if he had stayed at Man United because of the way he plays.

    "It’s like boxing, styles make fights – it’s the same in football. Man United’s football, and the way that they are trying to play, hasn’t suited him.

    "But also it's form and confidence. His confidence has taken a big knock and I don’t care who you are – you could be Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Mbappe, all of these players – if their confidence is low, they are not the same player."

  • Sam Dymond

    Van Gaal progressing after treatment

    Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that his first spell of treatment for prostate cancer can be considered successful.

    The Dutchman recently announced that he has been suffering with an aggressive form of the disease, and has undergone 25 radiation sessions.

    "I've been through everything," the 70-year-old Netherlands boss told Dutch news agency ANP (via The Daily Star).

    "I had 25 radiation treatments. Then I had to wait five or six months to see if it had done its job. It did."

  • Sam Dymond

    Join City? Never, swears Berba

    Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he told his agent to 'f**k off' when it was suggested that he move to Manchester City instead.

    In an interview with The Athletic, the Bulgarian has recalled his deadline day move to Old Trafford in 2008.

    Berbatov made the move to United from Tottenham for £30million, but newly-rich City attempted to hijack the deal at the last minute.

    "It was a true story because I can be really direct when I want to be," revealed the former star striker.

    "I follow my own path and along the way of course there will be people who are disappointed in my decision, like the Spurs fans were when I decided to go and follow my dream.

    "But then getting close to that dream we get that call from City giving their proposition to my agent.

    "He was looking at me and asked what I thought. I said, 'Just f**k off, we're going to United.

    "'In my dreams, this is the badge, the shirt, the manager, the players, the history."

    Berbatov won two Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford, and also claimed the Golden Boot in 2011 after netting 20 goals in a season for the Red Devils.

  • Sam Dymond

    Paul Pogba a PSG priority

    Paris Saint-Germain have made signing Paul Pogba this summer their priority, according to Foot Mercato in France.

    It is now almost certain that Pogba will depart Manchester United at the end of his contract in June, having turned down 'gigantic offers' to remain at Old Trafford.

    And PSG sporting director Leonardo sees the 29-year-old as the ideal star to improve the French club's midfield.

    The Red Devils paid £89million for the Frenchman back in 2016, but will now lose him for nothing for a second time.

    Pogba previously left for Juventus in 2012, having progressed through the United academy.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Morning, United fans

    Darwin Nunez, Erling Haaland and Christopher Nkunku are in the transfer spotlight – as United fans plan a protest against club owners the Glazers.

    Uruguay striker Nunez is tipped to DEFINITELY leave Benfica this summer, with the Red Devils, Chelsea and Arsenal all keen.

    The 22-year-old is under contract until 2025 but will meet with his new agent to discuss a move.

    Benfica want close to the £113m they got from Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix – but HALF that fee seems far more likely.

    Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund goal machine Haaland reportedly believes United can't fulfil his ambitions.

    That leaves neighbours Man City and Real Madrid hot favourites to duel over the Norway frontman.

    But United are tipped to finally pursue RB Leipzig midfielder Nkunku.

    Old Trafford interim chief Ralf Rangnick is a known fan of the 24-year-old.

    And this season has very much been Nkunku's best so far, with a staggering 28 goals and 18 assists in 42 games.

    Finally, supporters group 'The 1958' wants fans to vent their frustration against the club owners before Saturday's home Prem match with Norwich.

    Seventh-placed United are rank outsiders for a top-four finish and will again be trophyless this term.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag and Poch too good for Utd's Disneyland

    COMMENT: Imagine the scene, maybe 12 months from now, writes DAVE KIDD.

    Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are sipping cappuccinos together in a pavement cafe, as these elite coaches tend to do, and reminiscing about the time they were the shortlist for the Manchester United job.

    “We dodged a bullet there, heh Erik?” chuckles Poch, after United’s caretaker- interim boss Steve Bruce has been sacked with his team in the bottom half of the Premier League.

    It is an unlikely scenario but one which United undoubtedly deserve.

    We are told, on genuinely good authority, that United have offered the job to Ajax boss Ten Hag, rather than Paris Saint-Germain gaffer Poch, because they believe the Dutchman would “fit in better to their structure”.

    You mean to say Man Utd are claiming to have an actual structure?

    Nobody who watched them shamble to defeat in Saturday’s underachievers derby against Everton would imagine it — nor anyone who’s observed United for most of the past nine years.

    But, in fact, chief executive Richard Arnold does the important stuff, like bragging about the club’s social media reach.

    And United will soon appoint a "deputy football director" to assist "football director" John Murtough and "technical director" Darren Fletcher.

    Then there’s “head of corporate development” Matt Judge, who is busy in recruitment.

    Oh, and Ralf Rangnick will still be hanging about in the background being a tactical genius for six days a month.

    Perhaps Ten Hag could report to Rangnick via a dotted line in the management structure.

    READ DAVE KIDD'S FULL VERDICT HERE

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Cristiano should thank Benzema’

    Cristiano Ronaldo should thank Karim Benzema for his success at Real Madrid, ex-Bernabeu star Antonio Cassano claims.

    The Manchester United star was a massive hit at the Bernabeu scoring 450 goals in 438 games for Los Blancos.

    But he was just one part of the famous BBC trio – alongside Benzema and Gareth Bale.

    Benzema was often overlooked next to the superstar pair but played a big role in their success, producing 47 assists for Ronaldo.

    Because of that former Real player Cassano feels Ronaldo is in debt to Benzema and suggested the Manchester United star should thank him every day.

    He told Bobo TV, via Area Napoli: “Cristiano Ronaldo has to pray in the morning and say, ‘Thank you, Benzema, that you played with me’.

    “Ronaldo scores and will always score, but he’s a different player; Benzema is a goalscoring centre forward. But he’s also (Zinedine) Zidane, he’s a (number) nine, ten and a nine and a half.

    “In football, there are not only titles and goals, (Zinedine) Zidane scored few goals, but he is one of the greatest in history, (Juan Roman) Riquelme too. 

    “Goals are useful, titles are useful, but they are not the fundamental things.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd fans plot anti-Glazer protests

    Manchester United fans are planning new protests against the Glazer family ahead of Saturday’s game against Norwich, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

    The Red Devils slumped to a third defeat in five matches when they were beaten at Everton at the weekend – to leave their top four hopes in tatters.

    Their final chance of silverware this season vanished when they lost to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League last month.

    Now a United supporter group called ‘The 1958’ are rallying fans to make their feelings heard this weekend.

    Following a march, they plan to stand outside the stadium for the first 17 minutes of the clash with the Canaries – to mark the number of years the Glazers have owned the club.

    In April and May last year, protests were staged over United’s involvement in the ill-fated European Super League fiasco.

    The Prem fixture against bitter rivals Liverpool had to be postponed due to the chaos caused inside and outside Old Trafford.

    The statement reads: “This isn’t another Liverpool; we believe this was a one-off unique event. This is the start of the constant, relentless, peaceful and legal protests and actions against our owners.

    “We know the challenges ahead of us and we will not waver or detract from these goals.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wolves ready to replace Arsenal & Utd target Neves

    Wolves are close to finding a replacement for midfielder Ruben Neves.

    SunSport recently reported that the Portuguese international could be plucked by Manchester United this summer if Erik ten Hag is appointed manager.

    Arsenal and Barcelona are also interested, with Neves, 25, stalling on agreeing to a contract extension as he eyes playing European football next season.

    Neves is contracted at Wolves until 2024, and manager Bruno Lage has admitted that it will cost the top sides £100m to prize him away from the Midlands.

    But SunSport now understands that Wolves are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and are looking at Benfica B starlet Martim Neto to potentially fill Neves’ boots.

    The 19-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Benfica first team after coming through the academy, but is one of the most highly-rated players at the club.

    It is believed Neto will soon make his first team debut to increase his transfer fee – which currently stands at around £10m – while his contract also runs out in the summer.

    However, incoming Benfica manager Roger Schmidt will have the final say and wants to cast an eye over him in pre-season.

    Portugal U19 international Neto has recently changed representatives and is now with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has ties with several players in the Wolves squad, as well as boss Lage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Haaland 'rules out Man Utd'

    Manchester City and Real Madrid seem to have a clear lead in the fight to sign Erling Haaland after claims he's handed Man Utd a brutal snub.

    Reports sparked by ESPN suggest the Norway goal machine doubts the Red Devils can match his ambitions.

    And with United seventh in the Prem – six points adrift of fourth place – it even looks unlikely they could offer the 21-year-old Champions League football.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nunez ‘WILL leave Benfica this summer’

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea could lead a £67million chase for Darwin Nunez after it’s claimed the striker will DEFINITELY leave Benfica this summer.

    Those three Prem clubs reportedly lead the interest in the Uruguay superstar.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romana says Nunez will meet with his new agent to discuss a move.

    The 22-year-old is under contract until 2025 and Benfica want close to the £113m they got from Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix in 2019.

    But a fee of around £58m-£70m seems more likely.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd 'in for Nkunku'

    Manchester United are tipped to finally pursue RB Leipzig midfielder  Christopher Nkunku.

    Old Trafford interim chief Ralf Rangnick has reportedly been frustrated that the Red Devils have not already recruited the twice-capped Frenchman.

    And Sky Sports' Florian Plettenberg claimed today 'United are considering the option' of signing him.

    Rangnick is a known fan of the 24-year-old.

    And that admiration will surely have soared this season as Nkunku has amassed an incredible 28 goals and 18 assists in 42 games.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wolves ready to replace Arsenal & Utd target Neves

    Wolves are close to finding a replacement for midfielder Ruben Neves.

    SunSport recently reported that the Portuguese international could be plucked by Manchester United this summer if Erik ten Hag is appointed manager.

    Arsenal and Barcelona are also interested, with Neves, 25, stalling on agreeing to a contract extension as he eyes playing European football next season.

    Neves is contracted at Wolves until 2024, and manager Bruno Lage has admitted that it will cost the top sides £100m to prize him away from the Midlands.

    But SunSport now understands that Wolves are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and are looking at Benfica B starlet Martim Neto to potentially fill Neves’ boots.

    The 19-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Benfica first team after coming through the academy, but is one of the most highly-rated players at the club.

    It is believed Neto will soon make his first team debut to increase his transfer fee – which currently stands at around £10m – while his contract also runs out in the summer.

    However, incoming Benfica manager Roger Schmidt will have the final say and wants to cast an eye over him in pre-season.

    Portugal U19 international Neto has recently changed representatives and is now with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has ties with several players in the Wolves squad, as well as boss Lage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Ronaldo should pray and thank Benzema'

    Cristiano Ronaldo should thank Karim Benzema for his success at Real Madrid, ex-Bernabeu star Antonio Cassano claims.

    The Manchester United star was a massive hit at the Bernabeu scoring 450 goals in 438 games for Los Blancos.

    But he was just one part of the famous BBC trio – alongside Benzema and Gareth Bale.

    Benzema was often overlooked next to the superstar pair but played a big role in their success, producing 47 assists for Ronaldo.

    Because of that former Real player Cassano feels Ronaldo is in debt to Benzema and suggested the Manchester United star should thank him every day.

    He told Bobo TV, via Area Napoli: "Cristiano Ronaldo has to pray in the morning and say, 'Thank you, Benzema, that you played with me'.

    "Ronaldo scores and will always score, but he's a different player; Benzema is a goalscoring centre forward. But he's also (Zinedine) Zidane, he's a (number) nine, ten and a nine and a half.

    "In football, there are not only titles and goals, (Zinedine) Zidane scored few goals, but he is one of the greatest in history, (Juan Roman) Riquelme too. 

    "Goals are useful, titles are useful, but they are not the fundamental things."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd fans plot anti-Glazer protests

    Manchester United fans are planning new protests against the Glazer family ahead of Saturday’s game against Norwich, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

    The Red Devils slumped to a third defeat in five matches when they were beaten at Everton at the weekend – to leave their top four hopes in tatters.

    Their final chance of silverware this season vanished when they lost to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League last month.

    Now a United supporter group called ‘The 1958’ are rallying fans to make their feelings heard this weekend.

    Following a march, they plan to stand outside the stadium for the first 17 minutes of the clash with the Canaries – to mark the number of years the Glazers have owned the club.

    In April and May last year, protests were staged over United’s involvement in the ill-fated European Super League fiasco.

    The Prem fixture against bitter rivals Liverpool had to be postponed due to the chaos caused inside and outside Old Trafford.

    The statement reads: "This isn't another Liverpool; we believe this was a one-off unique event. This is the start of the constant, relentless, peaceful and legal protests and actions against our owners.

    “We know the challenges ahead of us and we will not waver or detract from these goals."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Surely can't Lingar for long?

    Jesse Lingard seems sure to exit Old Trafford this summer.

    And this tweet explains just one of the reasons why – his brilliant loan form for West Ham last season, including a goal return way better than he's ever achieved for United.

    The Hammers, Newcastle and possibly even Arsenal are the current frontrunners for Lingard, 29, who has 32 England caps.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'No player has grown at Utd' – Nev

    Gary Neville claims Old Trafford has become a 'graveyard' for managerial reputations and the progress of first-team players.

    United legend Nev believes Erik ten hag will think closely before – narrowly – deciding to accept the permanent boss job this summer.

    But the ex-England defender blasted the Red Devils for going backwards in the past decade.

    He told Sky Sports: "There isn't a player who has grown at United.

    "Ralf Rangnick (interim boss) came in with an incredible reputation and he still has that reputation but he's now starting to be wounded by what's happening around him.

    "He looks weaker on the touchline due to performances on the pitch that are nothing to do with him.

    "i do believe the Man Utd players do want to do well but what they are showing at the moment is nowhere near good enough."

  • Ian Tuckey

    How 'Young Trafford' might look

    United would look very impressive if they built next season around "young, hungry players", writes KOSTAS LIANOS.

    That is what United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney suggested when discussing his former club's disappointing season.

    The Derby manager claimed the signing of 37-year-old legend Cristiano Ronaldo didn't work out as hoped and it's probably time the Red Devils made way for youth.

    Rooney told Sky Sports on Monday Night Football: "I think he’s [Ronaldo] scored goals, he’s scored important goals in the Champions League early on in the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham.

    "But I think if you look to the future of the club you would have to go with younger, hungry players to do the best to lift Manchester United over these next two, three years.

    "And obviously Cristiano is getting on a bit. He certainly isn’t the player he was when he was in his 20s. And that happens, that’s football. He’s a goal threat but I think the rest of the game they need more, they need young, hungry players."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron sweats off phone row

    United striker Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as he worked up a sweat in his sauna, writes ALEX COLE.

    The 37-year-old is recovering ahead of Saturday's home game against Norwich.

    Ronaldo posted the steamy, smiley snap to his Instagram story.

    It is a much needed break for the Man Utd star after his outburst in the aftermath of the 1-0 loss to Everton seemingly resulted in a 14-year-old fan's phone being broken.

    Ronaldo has since apologised and invited the Evertonian to Old Trafford to watch a game.

    He said: "It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing.

    "Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.

    "I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd target Nunez 'WILL leave Benfica this summer'

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea could lead a £67million chase for Darwin Nunez after it's claimed the striker will DEFINITELY leave Benfica this summer.

    Those three Prem clubs reportedly lead the interest in the Uruguay superstar.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romana says Nunez will meet with his new agent to discuss a move.

    The 22-year-old is under contract until 2025 and Benfica want close to the £113m they got from Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix in 2019.

    But a fee of around £58m-£70m seems more likely.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lampard favourite to be next Prem boss axed

    Everton boss Frank Lampard is still favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked.

    That's according to Betfair, who've priced the Toffees boss at 5/2 to leave before the end of the season despite Saturday's crucial victory over Manchester United.

    Lampard replaced Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park in January.

    The 43-year-old enjoyed a brief bounce with two victories in his opening three games in charge.

    But things took a nosedive.

    Everton had picked up ONE Premier League win in seven before the weekend's win over Manchester United at Goodison Park.

    Anthony Gordon's deflected 27th-minute drive secured an unexpected three points and moved the Merseyside outfit four points clear of 18th-placed Burnley with eight fixtures remaining.

    There had been rumours that owner Farhad Moshiri would travel to Liverpool to make a change following the 3-2 defeat at Turf Moor last week.

    BETRAIR ODDS

    • No Manager To Leave – 6/4
    • Frank Lampard – 5/2
    • Roy Hodgson – 4/1
    • Thomas Tuchel – 9/1
    • Brendan Rodgers – 20/1
    • Ralf Rangnick – 20/1
    • Jesse Marsch – 20/1
    • Dean Smith – 22/1
    • Graham Potter – 25/1

    Supporters protest at training ground

    The Manchester United fans are revolting – and they’re now starting to take action against their underperforming players.

    The Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst reports that one supporter even went to extreme lengths this weekend in letting their feelings known.

    The day after defeat at Goodison, a cardboard sign was strapped to a pole outside United’s Carrington training ground that read: “Embarrassing s**tbags. Not fit to wear the shirt get out of our club!!”

    Fans plan new Glazer protest

    Disgruntled Manchester United fans are preparing another protest against the Glazer family before this Saturday's Premier League game with Norwich at Old Trafford.

    Supporters' group, The 1958, have planned both a march to the stadium before kick-off, and then a demonstration outside for the first 17 minutes of the contest – one minute for every year that the Glazers have owned the football club.

    United fans protested en masse last year following the announcement of plans for a European Super League, eventually leading to their home match with Liverpool being postponed.

    In the aftermath, the Glazers made a number of promises regarding the running of the club that fans don't believe have materialised.

    A statement from The 1958 reads: "This isn't another Liverpool; we believe this was a one-off unique event. This is the start of the constant, relentless, peaceful and legal protests and actions against our owners.

    "We know the challenges ahead of us and we will not waver or detract from these goals."

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