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DEFENDER Raphael Varane has added to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's injury headache after limping out of France's 2-1 win over Spain in the Nations League final.

Solskjaer is already sweating over the fitness of Harry Maguire ahead of the match against Leicester this weekend and will likely be without the World Cup winner.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his world record as international football's top scorer.

He latched on to Diogo Dalot's header across goal for Portugal to bag the first of three in a 3-0 win over Qatar and make it 112 strikes in internationals.

Facundo Pellistri has hinted that United signing Jadon Sancho accelerated his loan to Deportivo Alaves after learning he would not get as much game time at Old Trafford.

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  • Dylan Terry

    KEEPING TABS

    Tahith Chong has revealed Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been on the phone to congratulate him on his impressive Birmingham form.

    The 21-year-old winger moved to Brum in the summer for his third stint away from Old Trafford on loan.

    Having previously been at Werder Bremen and Club Brugge, the ace is now catching the eye for Lee Bowyer’s side in the Championship.

    And the Dutch Under-21 international has told United’s website that the Red Devils boss Solskjaer has been in regular contact while he has been away.

    When Chong was asked if the gaffer had contacted him, he replied: “Yeah, it's always nice to hear from him, and that he's watching the games as well.

    “That's good. The coaches and staff are obviously in contact after the games.

    “I’ve got Darren Fletcher and Kieran [McKenna] and, like I say, even the manager sometimes texting me.

    “You know, after matches, it can be a ‘well done’ or ‘well done, you can improve on this and this’ and, to be honest, the contact has been very good.”

  • Dylan Terry

    PHIL IN

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer added another casualty to his growing injury list on Sunday night.

    Raphael Varane hobbled off during France's Nations League clash against Spain, meaning BOTH first choice centre-backs could now be out.

    The 28-year-old seemingly overstretched while going for a loose ball – and had to be withdrawn before half-time.

    Worryingly though for United the knock came with nobody near the defender.

    And if it forces Varane to be sidelined for Saturday's trip to Leicester then Phil Jones could be set for a sensational Manchester United return.

    Jones has not played for United since an FA Cup clash against Tranmere 19 MONTHS ago.

  • Dylan Terry

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY CHARLTON

  • Dylan Terry

    DIAL OR NO DIAL

    Feyernoord are preparing a fresh bid for Man Utd star Amad Diallo after an injury scuppered his loan move to the Dutch side in the summer.

    Diallo, 19, was signed by the Red Devils from Italian club Atalanta for a reported fee of £21.25m in January, which could rise to as much as £34m with add-ons.

    The Ivory Coast international had been due to go on loan to Feyenoord this summer for more regular first-team football, after only appearing eight times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last season.

    But an injury in pre-season meant that he instead stayed at Old Trafford for his recovery, having only just returned to first-team training after several weeks out.

    But according to Feyenoord transfermarkt, the club are still interested in Diallo and with first-team opportunities likely to be hard to come by at Old Trafford, he could be tempted to make the switch.

  • Dylan Terry

    TOP DOC

    Manchester United showed off a ‘Dr Rashford MBE’ jersey after superstar Marcus Rashford was awarded his honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.

    Rashford, 23, became the youngest person to ever receive one from the uni earlier this week.

    He was awarded their highest honour for his ‘outstanding sense of community’.

    And United revealed a new twist on their No10 kit by showing a jersey with the name printed as ‘Dr Rashford MBE’ on the seats at Old Trafford.

    It’s the latest award given to fan favourite Rashford after he was made an MBE 12 months ago for his battle in extending free school meals during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Accepting his award in front of Sir Alex Ferguson at the Theatre of Dreams, Rashford beamed: “To be here in the presence of a great such as Sir Alex, and those who have played a huge role in my journey to be where I am today, is special.

    “I’m here to receive my Honorary Doctorate for my work around child poverty."

  • Dylan Terry

    THEATRE OF (FURY'S) DREAMS

    Tyson Fury's sensational fight-of-the-century contender has earned him a ‘hero’s homecoming’ scrap in the UK.

    Britain’s WBC heavyweight king wowed the boxing world by TWICE climbing off the canvas to dish out a thrilling 11th-round KO of Deontay Wilder.

    The WBC have ordered him to fight the winner of this month’s bout between Dillian Whyte and Otto Wallin.

    And Fury’s promoter Frank Warren reckons the Manchester United fan is big enough to fill every stadium in England – putting Old Trafford on stand-by for his next title defence.

    Warren said: “I would love that homecoming more than anything the British fans and everything. Can you imagine it?

    “Tyson sells out any stadium in Britain, easy. The fans will come out for him.

    “He deserves that hero’s homecoming now.”

  • Dylan Terry

    BLUE BEAUTY

    Chelsea have the most Premier League goal scorers this season, twice as many as Manchester United.

    Thomas Tuchel’s mega-squad proves depth really does matter at the top level.

    That’s because TWELVE different players have netted in Chelsea’s opening seven league matches of the new campaign.

    That’s three more than champions Manchester City, who alongside the Blues arguably boast the best squad in the division.

    Meanwhile, Man United have seen just six of their players score this term – half of Chelsea’s amount.

  • Jack Figg

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United have been dealt a potential injury blow after Raphael Varane limped off against Spain.

    The France defender, 28, lined up for his country in last night's Nations League final.

    But as the first-half drew to a close, Varane went down without anyone around him.

    Replays suggested the centre-back had stretched too much for a loose ball and medics rushed across the field to give him treatment.

    And Varane was unable to carry on playing as he was replaced by Bayern Munich's Dayot Upamecano.

    Meanwhile, Juventus want to use Aaron Ramsey as a bargaining chip to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The Welshman, 30, has struggled to make an impact in Turin since leaving Arsenal in 2019.

    Juve are believed to have grown frustrated by his persistent injury troubles.

    And according to the Mail, Ramsey himself feels that their training regime is hampering his progress.

    They add that Juve must get the midfielder’s salary off their wage bill, if they are to make a move for Pogba.

    And they would ideally like to include him in any deal made with Man United.

  • Dylan Terry

    DR RASHFORD MBE

  • Dylan Terry

    STAY PUT POG

    Paul Pogba should be delighted to play football in England as the Premier League is the ‘best in the world’.

    That’s the view of Paul Scholes, who has questioned why Pogba is entertaining the transfer speculation currently rife around him.

    He told the Webby & O’Neill show: “I can’t see why he would want to leave here. Why would you want to leave England?

    “You look at Real Madrid – the Spanish league’s gone. Real, Barcelona, they’re an absolute, complete mess.

    “PSG might be another option for him but England is the best now.

    “You look at the top four teams, they’ve got all the best players, the best managers are here, so why would he want to leave?

    “But it’s up to the club. If the club want to keep him then great, if they don’t then we’ll say goodbye.”

  • Dylan Terry

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Juventus want to use Aaron Ramsey as a bargaining chip to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The Welshman, 30, has struggled to make an impact in Turin since leaving Arsenal in 2019.

    Juve are believed to have grown frustrated by his persistent injury troubles.

    And according to the Mail, Ramsey himself feels that their training regime is hampering his progress.

    They add that Juve must get the midfielder's salary off their wage bill, if they are to make a move for Pogba.

    And they would ideally like to include him in any deal made with Man United.

    Pogba, 28, has long been linked with a return to Juventus – with his Red Devils contract set to expire at the end of this season.

    But, amid his blistering form so far this term, there is optimism at Old Trafford that the Frenchman could pen an extension and decide to stay.

  • Dylan Terry

    RAPH BLOW

    Manchester United have been dealt a potential injury blow after Raphael Varane limped off against Spain.

    The France defender, 28, lined up for his country in tonight's Nations League final.

    But as the first-half drew to a close, Varane went down without anyone around him.

    Replays suggested the centre-back had stretched too much for a loose ball.

    And medics rushed onto the field to give him treated.

  • Dylan Terry

    SHAW DEAL

    Manchester United are preparing a contract offer for Luke Shaw, according to reports.

    The left-back, 26, has become the latest United star to join the 'priority list' of players due to receive a new deal.

    SunSport revealed last month that Bruno Fernandes is closing in on a five-year contract worth more than £250,000 a week.

    Harry Maguire has also been told by the club that they want to offer him a bumper new deal.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano England star Shaw is next in line.

    He has become a key player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has less than two years left to run on his current deal.

  • Dylan Terry

    QUITE WRIGHT

    Ian Wright has hit out at Man Utd for how they have handled midfielder Donny van de Beek.

    The Dutchman has struggled to find game time at United since joining last summer.

    And former Arsenal striker Wright has admitted he was ‘baffled’ as to why Van De Beek went to Old Trafford in the first place.

    Wright told Optus Sport: “The way that Ajax play with their possession football, the way that he’s grown up in that Ajax academy knowing how to make moves off of a team that are able to continually hold the ball, is totally different to how Man United play.

    “It’s baffling to me that he went to Man United. It’s not like they’re going to change the way they play for Donny van de Beek to play. The signing was wrong.

    “At this stage, I’ve not seen him play more than three games on the spin for Man United, it’s gone wrong.

    “He has got to get out of there because it’s not going to work for him at Man United.

    “He is not going to get the opportunity to play, and he is somebody that should be playing because he is a fantastic player.”

  • Dylan Terry

    KICKING OFF

    Premier League anti-vax stars have been ­likened to drink-drivers as they were urged to get jabbed.

    The top-flight footballers were told by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to help protect the public after concerns about their slow vaccine take-up.

    Former vaccines minister Mr Zahawi said: “I urge all footballers to listen to Jurgen Klopp. He says we all have a duty to protect one another.

    “He compared it to being drunk behind the wheel because of the harm to others. 

    “So get yourself protected. Protect your community, protect people that might come into contact with you.”

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid said of those refusing the jab: “It is disappointing. They are role models in society.”

  • Dylan Terry

    OUS DEAL

    Liverpool are considering a transfer move for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele, according to reports.

    Dembele, 24, has interested the Reds for some time and could be signed to provide competition for the likes of Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.

    The Frenchman signed for Barca in 2017 for a fee of £138million but his contract expires at the end of the season.

    That means he is affordable, and though Barcelona want to keep him they are requesting he accepts a reduction in his £200k a week wages.

    Dembele has the ball in his court as a result, with Liverpool one of several teams eyeing a free transfer, report TEAMtalk.

    Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the winger.

  • Dylan Terry

    CARROLL DISCUSSES MENTAL HEALTH

    Former Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll has discussed the importance of mental health.

  • Dylan Terry

    THEATRE OF DREAMS

    Old Trafford is the biggest ground in the Premier League.

  • Dylan Terry

    BLUE BEAUTY

    Chelsea have the most Premier League goal scorers this season, twice as many as Manchester United.

    Thomas Tuchel’s mega-squad proves depth really does matter at the top level.

    That’s because TWELVE different players have netted in Chelsea’s opening seven league matches of the new campaign.

    That’s three more than champions Manchester City, who alongside the Blues arguably boast the best squad in the division.

    Meanwhile, Man United have seen just six of their players score this term – half of Chelsea’s amount.

  • Dylan Terry

    KAL HIM UP

    Newcastle are interested in signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.

    The Magpies are expected to spend big in the January transfer window following the completion of PIF's takeover this week.

    And signing a strong, experienced defender is reportedly top of their agenda given they are without a win so far this season.

    Koulibaly is being targeted as the club's first marquee signing of the new era, report Football Insider.

    The centre-back has helped Napoli to the top of the Serie A table with Luciano Spalletti's side winning all seven league games so far.

    But Koulibaly is viewed as a realistic transfer by the Newcastle hierarchy.

  • Dylan Terry

    REDS RAID

    Newcastle are planning a mass transfer raid on Manchester United with FOUR outcasts reportedly in their sights.

    The Magpies are in the market for 'world class signings' after their £300million Saudi takeover and are allegedly looking to test United's resolve in January.

    Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly are the quartet in question, according to the Mirror.

  • Dylan Terry

    McTOMINAY'S MOMENT

  • Dylan Terry

    STAY PUT

    Paul Pogba should be delighted to play football in England as the Premier League is the ‘best in the world’.

    That’s the view of Paul Scholes, who has questioned why Pogba is entertaining the transfer speculation currently rife around him.

    He told the Webby & O’Neill show: “I can’t see why he would want to leave here. Why would you want to leave England?

    “You look at Real Madrid – the Spanish league’s gone. Real, Barcelona, they’re an absolute, complete mess.

    “PSG might be another option for him but England is the best now.

    “You look at the top four teams, they’ve got all the best players, the best managers are here, so why would he want to leave?

    “But it’s up to the club. If the club want to keep him then great, if they don’t then we’ll say goodbye.”

  • Dylan Terry

    SOL CRUSHING

    Manchester United lack a plan and identity under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    That is according to Netherlands assistant manager Danny Blind, who criticised Solskjaer's coaching as he has led United to a mere two wins in six matches across all competitions.

    Blind said: "What is the identity of this team? What is his plan? It is exactly that what is missing with Solskjaer.

    "There is not a tactical plan. His team are not able to put pressure on their opponents like Manchester City.

    "It does not always have to be full pressing, but we don't see any of it – everything in the United team is based on the individual qualities of players.

    "They have those qualities and it often gets a result for the team. But it is never a team result.

    "It has not been looking good in a number of matches. United struggle to be ­dominant – that is the whole problem.

    "After they took the lead against Everton, they started to wait for them in their own half.

    "They want to score on the counter, but that is not good enough for a club like Manchester United.

    "The next thing that you see is how they struggle to turn the game around when Everton equalised. They hardly created any chances.

    "The results are not good. They lost against Young Boys, against West Ham in the cup, against Aston Villa and they were lucky against Villarreal because of [Cristiano] Ronaldo's quality.

    "Against Everton, ­another draw. And they only just got away with that result. It has to improve and it can improve."

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON TARGET

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated breaking yet another international record, writes KOSTAS LIANOS.

    Ronaldo overtook Paris Saint-Germain star and former Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos for most international caps won by a European player.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner registered his 181st cap for Portugal on Saturday's 3-0 win over Qatar in a friendly match at the Estadio Algarve.

    This also means the star forward has scored against a total of 46 different countries.

    Ronaldo tweeted: "Records are always outstanding, but those who fall at the service of our national team take on a special dimension. 

    "181 games with the jersey of the corners are 181 reasons to be proud of! 

    "And scoring against 46 different countries is something I never imagined was possible."

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