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MANCHESTER UNITED co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer could be ready to use a US hedge fund to STAY at the club.

Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassin bin Hamad al-Thani, were among the bidders told last week they would be invited to meetings at Old Trafford for the next stage of the potential £6billion takeover.

Elsewhere, United are confident they will land England captain Harry Kane this summer – if Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League.

United have made contact with the Tottenham star's camp through a third party and have been encouraged by the response, SunSport can exclusively reveal.


Stay up to date with all the latest from Old Trafford…

  • Kealan Hughes

    Man Utd takeover hots up

    Manchester United's takeover talks are set to ramp up further as club chiefs prepare to meet potential new owners on THURSDAY.

    According to The Mail, those bids that have made it through to the second stage of the process are now due to meet Man Utd bosses on Thursday.

    It comes as merchant bankers Raine Group – put in charge of finding a buyer or investors – step up talks with potential bidders.

    And a "period of due diligence" is already underway, with interested parties beginning that process last Monday.

    Bidders are able to request financial information before travelling to Old Trafford for more in-depth discussions.

    Neither Sheikh Jassim or Ratcliffe are expected to be at the talks, but representatives for both are set to attend.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Timber open to summer transfer

    Ajax defender Jurrien Timber has opened the door to a possible move to Manchester United after Erik ten Hag's side failed to sign him last year.

    The 21-year-old centre-back was one of Ten Hag's first targets when he walked through the door at Old Trafford, with the Dutchman keen to improve United's defence.

    Timber said no to the Red Devils but he has revealed he is open to a potential summer transfer.

    He said: "Timber opened up on his Ajax future: "Transfer? You never know what crosses your path. This summer I will look at my options and make a decision.

    "I feel good at Ajax, that's important for now. Last summer there was interest, but I chose to stay at Ajax."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Real Betis stars risk suspension

    Manchester United host Real Betis in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie on Thursday – and the Spanish side risk having four players suspended for the second leg.

    Four Betis players have picked up two yellow cards this season. They include former Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, with the Chilean recording two bookings in the group stage.

    Centre-backs German Pezzella and Luiz Felipe are also one yellow card from a ban, as is right-back Aitor Ruibal.

    Meanwhile key man Nabil Fekir has been sidelined with an ACL injury.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Man Utd still want Caicedo

    Manchester United remain keen to sign Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo this summer.

    United saw offers of £60million and £70m rejected by the Seagulls in the January transfer window.

    Caicedo, 21, then agreed a new four-year deal with Brighton earlier this month to keep him at the club until 2027.

    Yet despite recruiting in the mid-season window AND seeing Caicedo pen a new deal, Football Insider understand the Red Devils are still interested in the Ecuadorian international.

    Arsenal and Chelsea are also thought to be in for the South American – who is reportedly still keen on a big move at the end of the season.

  • Kealan Hughes

    United in hunt for midfielder

    Manchester United have reportedly held "internal talks" about signing Brighton forward Alex Mac Allister.

    The Argentine, 24, has attracted interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City following a stellar campaign for club and country.

    Caught Offside are reporting that Man Utd have been internally discussing the possibility of signing him in the summer transfer window.

    It is understood a fee of around £60million would get a deal over the line.

  • Dylan Terry

    Morning, United fans

    Mohammed Kudus has been added to Erik ten Hag's wishlist.

    But there's mixed news over fellow strike targets Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen.

    That's the pick of the gossip as United prepare for tomorrow's Europa League home tie against Real Betis.

    Boss Ten Hag will surely make changes for the last-16 first-leg tie following Sunday's record-equalling 7-0 Prem loss at Liverpool

    The Dutchman, as well as skipper Bruno Fernandes, is still coming under fire for that Anfield annihilation.

    Transfer wise, Ten Hag is tipped to launch a third raid on old club Ajax.

    In came £57million defender Lisandro Martinez and £85m winger Antony during the summer.
    Now Ghanaian Mohammed Kudus, 22, is expected to attract Ten Hag's attention at the end of the season.

    United are also rated strong favourites ahead of Bayern Munich to sign England skipper Kane – IF the frontman leaves Tottenham in the summer.

    But Arsenal are regarded as serious rivals to sign Napoli main man Osimhen.

    Finally, there's more talk of Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial departing Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

     Erik ‘adds Kudus to wishlist’

    Erik ten Hag could raid old club Ajax for a third time.

    Ghanaian Mohammed Kudus, 22, is tipped to be a summer target, partly as he can play as an out-and-out frontman or at No 10.

    Ten Hag brought in £57million defender Lisandro Martinez and £85m winger Antony in his first transfer window.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Merson blasts Ten Hag selection

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson has been staggered by Erik ten Hag’s selections – and partly blames it for Liverpool’s 7-0 win.

    Ex-England striker Merson can’t believe the roles given to Wout Weghorst and Marcus Rashford.

    He believes Weghorst is NOT a No 10 and should have lined up against Virgil van Dijk – leaving Rashford t face Liverpool’s “weakest defender” in Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Sky Sports pundit Merson wrote: “The manager, for me, has been getting away with it.

    “Yes, he’s done great in a way. But Wout Weghorst as a No 10, I’m not having that.

    “It’s Manchester United Football Club and you’ve got Weghorst as a 10 – he can’t turn and run, he can’t pass through the eye of a needle. What is the thinking?

    “I’m not blaming Ten Hag because they lost, but why play Marcus Rashford against Virgil van Dijk? He plays out wide every week.

    “You’ve got Liverpool’s weakest defender in Trent Alexander-Arnold having a free ride. Trent wouldn’t have believed his luck. Man Utd got it tactically wrong.

    “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the set-up of the team – there is only one manager who could have got away with that and that is Ten Hag.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Don't Bet on Case

    Casemiro is a doubt for Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Real Betis on Thursday.

    The Brazilian has been an integral player for the Red Devils since his £70million summer switch from Real Madrid.

    But even he was powerless to prevent United’s 7-0 mauling at Liverpool on Sunday.

    According to ESPN, Casemiro sustained an injury against the Reds.

    He was substituted on 77 minutes, replaced by Marcel Sabitzer.

    Casemiro will be assessed by medical staff before United’s Europa League round of 16 first leg against Betis at Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Maguire and Martial again tipped for exit

    Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial are once more more being tipped for summer departures.

    United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly even more certain his squad needs bolstering following Sunday's 7-0 humiliation at Liverpool.

    England centre-back Maguire also wants regular football.

    And Martial could be one of those to lose out when Ten Hag prioritises a new striker at the end of the season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fans angry with Weghorst claim

    United fans have scoffed at Wout Weghorst's claim he touched the "This is Anfield" sign to "wind up  Virgil van Dijk.

    One supporter posted a GIF of Will Ferrell in the film Anchorman saying "I don't believe you".

    A second wrote: "B*****s should never put the United top on again touching the dirty badge."

    A third tweeted: "What a lot of c**p."

    A fourth commented: " Is that a valid explanation? When you see the video and not just the still image I can kinda see it, but he left his hand hanging for waaaay too long on that thing."

    A fifth said: "You believing this?"

    While a sixth added: "Virg is halfway down the tunnel and still got his hand on the sign."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wout explains his touching decision at Anfield

    Wout Weghorst has given a bizarre explanation for touching the 'This is Anfield' sign before Manchester United's hammering by Liverpool.

    The on-loan striker was filmed touching the famous sign above the tunnel before Sunday's 7-0 battering at the hands of the Reds.

    United fans were quick to tear into the Dutchman after seeing the footage, so much so that he gave a lengthy explanation on social media.

    He said: "Normally I never react on media topics, but for this one it's worth it because you amazing United fans are so important to me.

    "So I just want to clarify the video that is doing the rounds.

    “From the national team, I know that Virgil [van Dijk] always touches that sign and the only intention I had was to stop him touching it and wind him up before the game.

    “As a child I always supported FC Twente, and as a proud player now for Manchester United, my dedication to this incredible club can never be questioned.

    “Sunday was a terrible day for all of us, we are putting everything into making it right in the next weeks.

    “We will bounce back together and achieve our aims this season.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Osimhen 'working hard' to fulfil Prem dream

    Manchester United and Arsenal target Victor Osimhen says he's "working hard" to achieve hisdreaming of playing in the Premier League.

    The Napoli striker is rated by some as the world's top No 9 on current form.

    And the Nigerian, who was previously linked with Chelsea, told a recent press conference:“A lot of people worldwide consider the Premier League as the best and the strongest League

    “But, of course, I’m on a process, I’m in a phase.

    "Now, I’m in one of the best Leagues in the world, which is the Italian Serie A.

    “Of course, I’m working so hard to make sure I achieve my dream in playing, of course, in the Premier League some day.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Premier League top scorers

    It is every Premier League striker’s dream to add a Golden Boot to their cabinet – but a certain Norwegian forward seems to have written his name all of the award already!

    Last season, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Son Heung-min were forced to share the prize after bagging 23 goals each.

    But Manchester City machine Erling Haaland has already smashed that tally with so much of the campaign left to play.

    1. Erling Haaland – Man City – 27
    2. Harry Kane – Tottenham – 18
    3. Ivan Toney – Brentford – 14
    4. Marcus Rashford – Man Utd – 14
    5. Gabriel Martinelli – Arsenal – 11
    6. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 11
    7. Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham – 11
    8. Rodrigo Moreno – Leeds – 10
    9. Miguel Almiron – Newcastle – 10
    10. Bukayo Saka – Arsenal – 10
  • Ian Tuckey

    Garnacho labelled 'rude, not humble'

    Alejandro Garnacho has been blasted as "rude" and "not humble" for trolling Barcelona.

    The winger, 18, came off the bench at Old Trafford last week to help United KO Barca in an epic Europa league tie.

    Afterwards he shared a photo of his celebrations and added: "The big team passes the round."

    But ex-Argentina striker Carlos Morete, 71, was upset with his countryman's behaviour.

    The former River Plate herotold D Sports Radio: "Garnacho is rude, not very humble.

    "When they eliminated Barcelona, ​​he said that the big team won. He was playing against Barça, not against Getafé.

    "I hope the kid gets off the horse, shuts up, doesn’t talk nonsense and learns."

    Barcelona boss Xavi had responded to Garnacho's jibe: "I think you have to celebrate with your teammates and not celebrate as a provocation for the other."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners lead Victor chase

    Arsenal are leading Manchester United in the chase for Victor Osimhen, according to reports.

    The red-hot Napoli striker is high in-demand having enjoyed a stunning campaign in Serie A.

    Osimhen, 24, has turned heads by scoring 21 goals in all competitions – with his side top of the table and still going strong in the Champions League.

    Man United are on a striker hunt this summer and the Nigerian is high on their wishlist.

    But according to Italian outlet Rai, Arsenal have overtaken them in the race.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Glazer duo hatch plan to stay

    United co-chairman Joel and Avram Glazer could be ready to use a US hedge fund to STAY at the club, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassin bin Hamad al-Thani, were among the bidders told last week they would be invited to meetings at Old Trafford for the next stage of the potential £6bn takeover.

    But behind the scenes there is increasing speculation that the two most prominent members of the Glazer family are seeking to engineer a buy-out of their siblings to ensure they remain at the United helm.

    And that could spark a fan backlash in the wake of Sunday’s humiliation at Liverpool.

    It has been known for weeks that Joel and Avram are the least-minded of the six brothers to sell up.

    While the other four want to cash in, they are understood to feel that the club can add value with internal investment, including on the proposed Old Trafford replacement, making a future sale even more lucrative.

    That split within the family has been blamed by some analysts for the sales process – which started in November and has a deadline of the end of May – being on a go-slow.

    And it has now emerged that there is a growing belief that the two board members are ready to get into financial bed with Los Angeles-based Ares Management to put together a deal their brothers will accept and to remain in charge at Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Hw Red Devils may look if Kane joins

    If United are successful in signing the England international this is how the striker could lead a new formation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd strong favourites to sign Kane… if he moves

    United are clear favourites to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

    That's according to Ladbrokes, who've installed Erik ten Hag's side at 2/1 to land the England skipper.

    Bayern Munich are a distant second in the betting market with the Bundesliga heavyweights still requiring a replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

    Newcastle are considered 'best of the rest' at 14/1, ahead of European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at 20/1 and 25/1 respectively.

    Kane turns 30 in July and his £200,000-a-week deal expires in June 2024.

    He's achieved his ambition of becoming Spurs' all-time top scorer and SunSport understand that Manchester United are confident they can lure him to Old Trafford.

    Ladbrokes odds

    • Manchester United – 2/1
    • Bayern Munich – 10/1
    • Newcastle – 14/1
    • PSG – 20/1
    • Real Madrid – 25/1

    Neville still backs Man City over Arsenal in title race

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville is still sticking to his guns that Arsenal will NOT win the Premier League.

    Speaking on on The Gary Neville podcast, he said: "I thought City had a more difficult game. They were more likely to drop points in my mind, if anybody – I didn’t think either team would, to be fair.

    "So City did their job and then you expect Arsenal to go and comfortably win.

    "The fact that they’ve won in that way gives them that extra spirit and extra momentum, because it is a game you’d expect them to win 2-0 or 3-0 just because Bournemouth are second from bottom. But they made it really difficult for themselves.

    "They’ve got a real momentum, they've got a spirit building, the fans are with them, I would say to them they’ve got to stop conceding goals."

    He then added: "City still aren’t playing at their fluent best. We’ve got a hell of a title race."

    Before concluding: "I made my prediction at the start of the season and I'm not going to change my opinion on Manchester City."

    Kane and Abraham to make Old Trafford switch?

    Manchester United are set to overhaul their attack next summer.

    SunSport exclusively revealed the club have made contact with Harry Kane over a transfer.

    Meanwhile, a report from The Athletic suggests club scouts have been watching Tammy Abraham.

    The two Englishman would represent an interesting new attacking dynamic for Erik ten Hag next season.

    Frenkie de Jong could also arrive into the Man Utd midfield.

    So how could they line up? Perhaps like this?

    • Dylan Terry

      Man Utd's potential line-up next season

      Manchester United are set to return to the transfer market this summer as the bid to bolster their squad.

      The Red Devils have their eye on a number of targets come the end of the season… namely Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.

      But how could they shape up at the start of the 2023/24 campaign? Well, let's take a look.

    • Dylan Terry

      De Gea addresses fans after Liverpool loss

      Man Utd keeper David de Gea has admitted the 7-0 loss to Liverpool was “disastrous”.

      After the game, he wrote: "I know these messages don’t sit well on such a day.

      "This was a disastrous moment for us and these results shouldn’t happen, especially with the journey we are all on.

      "We have a duty to this club, a responsibility to represent the badge, but we have many opportunities to look ahead, many games coming fast and we have to lock our focus on these."

    • Dylan Terry

      Kane vs Osimhen head-to-head

      Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen are both being talked up as potential targets for Manchester United in the summer.

      But which striker should Erik ten Hag go for? SunSport has put together a table comparing the two superstar forwards.

    • Dylan Terry

      Man Utd next five fixtures

      Manchester United will bid to bounce back from a 7-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool when they take on Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday.

      They then return to Premier League action against Southampton in what is a favourable fixture off the back of the astonishing loss at Anfield.

      Here are Man Utd's next five fixtures:

      • Real Betis (H) – March 9 (8pm) – Europa League
      • Southampton (H) – March 12 (2pm) – Premier League
      • Real Betis (A) – March 16 (5.45pm) – Europa League
      • Fulham (H) – March 19 (4.30pm) – FA Cup
      • Newcastle (A) – April 2 (4.30pm) – Premier League

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