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EX- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he is battling prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old is currently the manager of his home nation of Holland and revealed live on TV on Sunday night that he faces a fight with the deadly disease.

Van Gaal made the shock announcement during the “Humberto” show on on Sunday evening.

On the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo was absent from Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

Manager Ralf Rangnick confirmed the Portugal star has "flu-like symptoms".

United lost crucial points in their ambitions to reach the Champions League after the Foxes draw at Old Trafford.

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  • John Hutchinson

    Good morning Man Utd fans!

    Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he is battling prostate cancer.

    The 70-year-old is currently the manager of his home nation Holland.
    But the Dutchman has now revealed live on TV tonight that he faces a fight with the deadly disease.

    Van Gaal made the shock announcement during the “Humberto” show on on Sunday evening.

    Man Utd legend Andy Cole has told the club NOT to sign Declan Rice this summer.

    Instead Cole, 50, reckons the Red Devils should target Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation Jude Bellingham.

    Meanwhile, Torino have set a £25million asking price on Brazilian defender Gleison Bremer, according to reports.

    The 25-year-old signed for the Italian side in 2018 and has since made 105 appearances.

    In that time he has recorded 13 goals and five assists.

    His consistent performances in Serie A has made him one of the most in-demand players in Europe with a number of clubs fighting for his signature, including Man Utd.

  • Jon Boon

    Van Gaal's cancer battle

    Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he is battling prostate cancer.

    The 70-year-old is currently the manager of his home nation Holland.

    But the Dutchman has now revealed live on TV tonight that he faces a fight with the deadly disease.

    Van Gaal made the shock announcement during the “Humberto” show on on Sunday evening.

  • Jon Boon

    Ferdinand blasts Man Utd

    Rio Ferdinand has blasted Man Utd for their handling of Paul Pogba's contract.

    The French World Cup winner's contract is set to expire in the summer, and he is yet to sign a new deal with the club.

    The Red Devils could, therefore, lose a player they paid a once world record £90million fee for for nothing.

    “Business has been done poorly at the club,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.

    “We shouldn’t be allowing players to get down to this stage in their contracts. I don’t think it should happen.

    “Economically, to let someone you’ve spent £80m, £90m on, plus wages, leave on a free transfer is absolutely criminal. Twice, it’s like they’ve pulled our pants down twice.”

  • Jon Boon

    United's battle for Araujo

    Barcelona aim to fend of interest from Premier League clubs Manchester United and Chelsea for Ronald Araujo, according to reports.

    Araujo has had a breakout season for Barcelona this campaign and courted the interest of Europe's top clubs.

    And reports say the 23-year-old wants to be paid more than Barcelona are currently offering in the latest contract renewal.

    According to SPORT, Barcelona must raise their offer if they have any hope of keeping one of their best assets at the club.

    Last month, ESPN reported the 23-year-old earns £4.2million a year at the Nou Camp, or £80,000 a week.

  • Jon Boon

    Ex-Utd star booed at Ajax

    Daley Blind has been booed by his own Ajax fans – prompting fury from his boss Erik ten Hag.

    The former Manchester United star, 32, has played more than 300 times for the Amsterdam club across two spells, winning 10 trophies in the process.

    His success and longevity hasn't seen him escape the rage of his team's fans, however, who booed him off against Feyenoord prior to the recent international break.

    "This is unacceptable. Daley brought this club and Dutch football so much yet he still gets treated like this by his own fans, ten Haag said after the game.

    "Unacceptable. We can learn a lesson from other countries where players are treated with more respect."

  • Jon Boon

    Get Bellingham

    Man Utd legend Andy Cole has told the club NOT to sign Declan Rice this summer.

    Instead Cole, 50, reckons the Red Devils should target Borussia Dortmund's teenage sensation Jude Bellingham.

    He told Sky Sports: "£150m for a holding midfield player? That's a lot of money.

    "Not sure how many goals he's going to get you from that position.

    "We were just talking, if the opportunity comes about when Rice is available in the summer and you had Bellingham come available, who would you spend your £150m on?

    And Cole made his feelings clear on who he would rather United sign.

    He continued: "Personally, I would go with Bellingham, he's 18 years of age and he goes that way, that way [points up and down], he creates chances, he scores goals.

    "For such a young man, his ability is absolutely frightening. Bellingham has something extra, just energy."

  • Jon Boon

    Bremer price set

    Torino have set a £25million asking price on Brazilian defender Gleison Bremer, according to reports.

    The 25-year-old signed for the Italian side in 2018 and has since made 105 appearances.

    In that time he has recorded 13 goals and five assists.

    His consistent performances in Serie A has made him one of the most in-demand players in Europe with a number of clubs fighting for his signature, including Man Utd.

  • Jon Boon

    Cole offers Rangnick Rashford advice

    Man Utd legend Andy Cole has offered Ralf Rangnick advice on how to handle Marcus Rashford's current situation.

    The England forward is currently struggling for form and has found himself on the bench in recent weeks.

    He was also left out, when he was the only recognised forward, after Cristiano Ronaldo was ruled out against Leicester City on Saturday evening.

    "I think it's a strange one," Cole told Sky Sports speaking about the situation.

    "I saw yesterday that the manager has come out and said he's trained well in the last couple of weeks but that it was a straight decision between him and Paul Pogba. If Pogba and Marcus can't get into that United team, United do have problems.

    "We all go through a lack of confidence when it comes to football but the only way to get it back is to play games.

    "I can't speak for him, but from the outside looking in, Marcus' form has been very up and down. At this stage, he needs an arm around the shoulder, someone needs to sit down, talk to him and find out exactly what's going on.

    "There's no way you can get in the team at the age he did and all of sudden that talent disappears – confidence is a big thing."

  • Jon Boon

    Akanji interesting Red Devils

    Borussia Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji is rumoured to be "considering a move to England".

    The 26-year-old is out of contract at Dortmund at the end of next season but could look to depart this summer.

    Akanji is eager to take the "next step" in his career by heading to the Premier League, according to German outlet Sport1.

    The 39-cap Swiss international has been linked with Manchester United in recent weeks.

    Reports from Bild last month claim the Red Devils are set to offer the defender a deal worth up to £240,000-a-week.

    More clubs from England are thought to be interested, although they remain unnamed.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Mourinho confronts reporter

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho has publicly accused a journalist of being violent and aggressive when talking about him.

    The 59-year-old had no reservations when confronting Italian journalist Alessandro Austini during a pre-match press conference ahead of Roma's clash with Sampdoria on Saturday.

    Austini approached Mourinho to ask a question about his tactics, but the answer he was given was not expected.

    The ex-Man United boss responded by saying: "I was expecting a much more aggressive question, more negative and violent after I listened to you on the radio.

    "I didn't expect such an easy question. My conclusion is that you are much more aggressive and violent on the radio but when you come here you s*** yourself a little bit in front of me."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo breaks silence

    Cristiano Ronaldo has finally broken his silence after being absent from the Manchester United squad.

    The 37-year-old missed the Red Devils' clash with Leicester on Saturday due to illness.

    But, he has since broken his silence on social media by posting a photo on Instagram with the caption "Family is everything."

    In the picture he is sat with Georgina Rodriguez and his four children.

    Ronaldo has made no reference to missing the Leicester game yet.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville’s warning to Ricketts family

    Gary Neville has issued a warning to the Ricketts family after Chelsea fans protested against them owning the club.

    “I have to say, if I was the Ricketts family and I was getting that type of hostility on the way in… move away, move away. The fans are important. If you’re the government.

    “I don’t know if it’s the government who are in charge of the bid, or Bruce Buck, or the organisation appointed by Roman Abramovich – but I would say that we have to make sure that the biggest clubs in the country.

    “We’ve seen here with the Glazer family, Mike Ashley at Newcastle, it drains the life. Not just out of the club, but out of the city and everyone watching. That cannot happen at football clubs.

    “It’s not just about best bids, it’s about what the fans want. The Ricketts family are trying to reach out to Chelsea fans, but they do have some historic issues that need dealing with and explaining. At this moment in time, they are not being explained very well.

    “In this current light, with what’s happened with the Super League, Big Picture, Derby, Bury, what’s happened with all of these issues with Roman Abramovich and the links to Putin [something Abramovich has always denied], we have to start bringing back some sort of moral compass in determining who owns a football club.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Van De Beek injury

    Donny van de Beek was left OUT of Everton’s trip to West Ham after picking up an injury in his warm-up.

    The Dutchman was due to start in midfield at the London Stadium until his pre-match knock was revealed.

    Mason Holgate replaced Van de Beek in midfield while Frank Lampard was also without injured pair Nathan Patterson and Andre Gomes.

    The on-loan Manchester United playmaker had spoken to Sky Sports before the game amid Everton’s poor run of form.

    Van de Beek said: “I think everyone has to stand up and take some responsibility.

    “That’s the only way to turn it around to win games. Everyone has to show responsibility now.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag's blunt response

    Erik Ten Hag issued a blunt response when asked by the press about Louis Van Gaal's plea for him not to take the Man United job.

    Ten Hag wanted to concentrate on Ajax's pursuit for the title and told reporters: "I don't want to react to it. We are in a title race, all focus is on that."

    And when pressed for a response to what Van Gaal said, Ten Hag firmly responded: "You don't need to ask me again."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ferdinand: Rashford should've started

    “What must Rashford be thinking now?”

    “Maybe there’s new contract negotiations behind the scenes, but if you’re him, you’re sitting there thinking ‘wow, this gaffer doesn’t fancy me.

    "How can I stay here and sign this contract given the team would rather play without a striker than play with me?’

    “All the signs are so wrong. I’m not saying he’s perfect or played particularly well the last few weeks, but at the same time it’s the wrong signal."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville slams Man United

    Gary Neville has slammed Man United for being "really bad" against Leicester.

    He told Sky Sports: "That was really bad out there today. I thought it (international break) might work for Manchester United, give them a little break from the club, come back and just have a right go in these last nine games.

    "This is going to be a long two months for those Manchester United players and those Manchester United fans if they are going to play like that because it was really poor out there today."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo makes kid's day

    Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as he signed a young fan's shirt on Friday just hours before falling ill and missing Manchester United's clash with Leicester.

    The Portuguese star made a kid's day as he stopped to sign their replica shirt at Carrington.

    Ronaldo, 37, was leaving the Red Devils' training ground at around 2.15pm when he gave the youngster his autograph.

    He subsequently fell ill, experiencing "flu-like symptoms" before missing out on United's game.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Haaland race heats up

    Manchester United and Chelsea were both in talks to sign Erling Haaland, reports claim.

    But now Man City and Real Madrid lead the race to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker, according to SPORT.

    The report also claims Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and his father Alf-Inge met several clubs also including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Scholes' toughest opponent

    Paul Scholes named Papa Bouba Diop as one of the toughest opponents he came up against.

    The former Fulham, Portsmouth and Senegal international sadly passed away at the age of 42 in November 2020.

    He said: "Do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? Big, massive. They used to call him The Wardrobe!

    "You get involved physically with him and you're wasting your time.

    "I always found him awkward to play against. He wasn't a Vieira, of course he wasn't, but he still had talent."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville on winter World Cup

    Gary Neville believes the World Cup should be held in winter every 20 years.

    Ex-England defender Neville, 47, said: "We have to have a winter World Cup every 20 years.

    "If you say you don't, you're saying you don't think the Middle East as a region should have a World Cup because you can't play in the middle of June in the Middle East.

    "Forget Qatar, that's a regional issue.

    "The World Cup will have to be shifted to our winter every 20 or 24 years if we're going to be fair and give every region in the world access, which I think we all believe we should.

    "America, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe – all should have access to the World Cup."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Don't get Poch

    Jamie Redknapp doubts 'serial underachiever' Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to take over at Man United.

    He said: “They need to get the right manager in, Pochettino has been a serial underachiever as much as I like him.

    “Can he go and do it at Manchester United? There’s no real belief that he can.

    “Ten Hag’s done a great job at Ajax where you should really win the league, you’ve got the best players.

    “So, it’s not going to be easy, and as much as it’s the manager getting them right, it’s also that personnel.

    “I always think you look at certain clubs and you go ‘I’d love to be in that Liverpool dressing room working with those players. I’d love to be working at City with the players there.’

    “I look at that United dressing room and I think that looks fractured. I think there’s a few poisonous characters there that could cause problems.

    “I wouldn’t want to be in there. I don’t think that’s a dressing room that’s pulling together.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal are favourites for top four

    Arsenal have been made clear favourites to clinch the Premier league fourth spot by bookmakers.

    Ladbrokes have placed the Gunners at 4/9 to win the race for the top four after Man United dropped points at Leicester.

    Arsenal are followed closely by Tottenham, who Ladbrokes have at 2/1.

    And the Red Devils are now at 7/1 following their draw with the Foxes.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Mikel Arteta has worked wonders up to this point this season, and with a top four spot very much being Arsenal’s to lose, the odds strongly suggest the Gunners will be playing Champions League football next year.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Fernandes on United defeat

    Bruno Fernandes has revealed that the Man United squad are disappointed after they drew with Leicester.

    He told MUTV: "Everyone is disappointed.

    "This result was not the result that we want but there is nothing we can do now.

    "We have to look ahead to the next game and understand that the standard of this club has to be higher and better, and we know that we are capable of that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Merson on United job

    Paul Merson doubts Graham Potter is the right man to lead Man United going forward after previously endorsing the Brighton boss.

    He said on Sky Sports: "We were talking six weeks ago, I was waxing-lyrical, I thought he was unbelievable, great manager, could be the next Manchester United manager.

    "All of a sudden, he starts changing his team, popping it around, taking Lamptey off when they're on top against Newcastle and Bissouma doesn't play in a game then they bring him on.

    "Does he start believing in his own publicity and I think it's backfired. It's all about timings; if they were where Arsenal are now, he would be majorly thought of as one of the top runners for the Man United. Now? No chance."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville wanted Rashford to start

    Gary Neville has slammed Ralf Rangnick for not starting Marcus Rashford against Leicester.

    He said: "This is going to be a long two months for these Manchester United players and Manchester United fans if they are going to continue to play like that.

    "It was really poor out there today and I did not have a clear idea of what they were trying to do.

    "I know he has been in poor form and lacked confidence, but for Cristiano Ronaldo to pull out this morning and then for Paul Pogba to go in and change the system of play and the way that the game has been approached.

    "And not just put Rashford in as a straight swap when he has trained for the last ten day.

    "I just think there are too many things at this club at this moment in time that are uncertain."

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