Man Utd transfer news LIVE: £50m John McGinn wanted EXCLUSIVE, Frenkie de Jong interest, Cristiano Ronaldo injury latest

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Ralf Rangnick is set to make his Old Trafford bow against Crystal Palace today.

However, journalists in Russia have labelled him "the biggest fraud" in the country's football history following his departure from Lokomotiv Moscow.

Meanwhile, off the pitch Rangnick is already putting the club's January transfer plans in place.

SunSport can reveal United are keen on signing John McGinn to replace Paul Pogba, but the Aston Villa midfielder could cost £50m.

The Red Devils are also reportedly preparing a cheeky £47m bid for Frenkie de Jong, who cash-strapped Barcelona are keen to keep.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, gossip and updates here.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HAARD BARGAIN

    Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted Erling Haaland can leave under ‘certain conditions’, handing a boost to Manchester United and Chelsea, writes JOSHUA MBU.

    The 21-year-old is believed to have a £64million release clause, which has attracted a number of top clubs from across Europe. 

    And in order for Dortmund’s hand to be forced in negotiations, Zorc admits teams will have to meet ‘certain conditions’ as there’s ‘no need to sell him’.

    In an interview with German outlet Sport1, Zorc said: “The fact is that he has a contract. But it’s also a fact, and this is no secret, that he can leave the club under certain conditions.

    “Both Erling and the club are dealing with the issue very professionally. We’ll see how things progress.

    “There is, despite the pandemic, no economic need to sell him. That is also a fact. We will sit down and see how the talks go.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING UTD FANS

    Amadou Haidara will become Ralf Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32million release clause now.

    Should United be willing to cough up the full amount in January, Leipzig have given a broad hint that they will let him go at once.

    Sources in Germany claim Rangnick – who took him to Leipzig from Salzburg two years ago – has already spoken to Haidara’s agent Volker Struth, and a deal is all but agreed.

    Elsewhere John McGinn is still on Manchester United’s radar as they prepare for a new future under Rangnick.

    SunSport previously revealed United’s interest in the summer of 2019, with Sir Alex Ferguson a big fan of McGinn.

    Villa would not have considered a bid of less than £50m back then — and would want even more now.

    Ralf Rangnick plans a dinner date with Sir Alex Ferguson to thrash out how to drag Manchester United back to their feet.

    He said: “He only came back from New York on Thursday and has to stay at home because of quarantine and Covid regulations.

    “But I am very much looking forward to meeting him over the next two or three weeks.

    “Darren Fletcher told me he wants to arrange a mutual lunch or dinner with him.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BEST MATES

    Ralf Rangnick arrives in Manchester hailed as the Messiah who can knock Liverpool and Co off their perch — yet it is Kop fans who should be giving thanks.

    Two decades ago, Rangnick’s words of wisdom helped set Jurgen Klopp on the road to management, eventually leading him all the way to Anfield.

    Hours before he took his first training session with United, he chuckled at the memory of that phone call and what it led to.

    “Jurgen said, ‘Do you think that is too much to ask?’ I told him it was the right thing to do — and I am sure he got what he wanted!”

    Needless to say, Klopp didn’t get a similar call for his thoughts when Rangnick had the chance to head to England himself.

    But Klopp made it clear he expects his mate to be a hit, admitting United’s manager spells bad news for the rest of the Prem.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Ralf Rangnick plans a dinner date with Sir Alex Ferguson to thrash out how to drag Manchester United back to their feet.

    Rangnick, who looks set to be without Cristiano Ronaldo against Palace, plans to sit down with Fergie and pick his brains.

    He said: “He only came back from New York on Thursday and has to stay at home because of quarantine and Covid regulations.

    “But I am very much looking forward to meeting him over the next two or three weeks.

    “Darren Fletcher told me he wants to arrange a mutual lunch or dinner with him.

    “The important thing is to celebrate this DNA the club still has, but implement it into the transformation to modern football. You need to have a certain idea of what we want to stand for. How do we want to be seen?

    “How do we want to play and how do our fans want us to play?”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RED FACED

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka filmed pals inhaling nitrous oxide from red balloons last month.

    The Manchester United star posted footage to his Snapchat account.

    In clips obtained by the Star, Wan-Bissaka films his friends in the back of a car with the red balloon to hand.

    He then sits in a hotel room with the other men, as they inhale from the balloons.

    One man holds a canister of Smartwhip – which contains nitrous oxide.

    At no point in the series of clips does Wan-Bissaka inhale from the balloons.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BOGEY TEAM

    Crystal Palace have taken seven points from their last four league meetings with Manchester United.

    They’ve won two, drawn one and lost one out of their last four games.

    That’s as many as they’d managed in their previous 23 against them (W1 D4 L18).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RANGNICK EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United’s new boss Ralf Rangnick made his first appointment at Old Trafford – his stunning partner Flor.

    The 63-year-old German snuck his girlfriend into the stadium as he watched the Red Devils beat Arsenal 3-2.

    And he tried out a new formation in a bid to dodge scrutiny – by sitting in the row behind his Mexican lover.

    He breezed into the ground on Thursday night hand-in-hand with the pin-up brunette, reports said.

    Rangnick and Flor have been a couple for over a year, but rarely appear together in public.

    A source said: “Ralf knew that all eyes would be on him, so sat behind his girlfriend.

    “But he is head-over-heels about Flor and wanted her to share in the excitement of his new club.

    “They make a great team off the pitch, and now Ralf needs to get United dazzling on it.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EXCLUSIVE

    John McGinn is still on Manchester United’s radar as they prepare for a new future under Ralf Rangnick.

    SunSport previously revealed United’s interest in the summer of 2019, with Sir Alex Ferguson a big fan of McGinn.

    Villa would not have considered a bid of less than £50m back then — and would want even more now.

    McGinn has three and a half years left to run on the deal he signed at Villa Park last December.

    The Scotland international, 27, has scored three goals and provided one assist in 13 Premier League games so far this term.

    His ability on the ball plus coolness under pressure is something United scouts are understood to have noted.

    That’s in addition to his ability to play a high pressing style so valued by new boss Rangnick.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EXCLUSIVE

    Amadou Haidara will become Ralf Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32million release clause now.

    The RB Leipzig midfielder was tipped for an Old Trafford move the minute Rangnick was announced as United manager.

    Yet it was not expected to happen until the summer, when his clause with the Bundesliga side kicks in.

    But if United are willing to cough up the full amount in January, Leipzig have given a broad hint that they will let him go at once.

    Sources in Germany claim Rangnick – who took him to Leipzig from Salzburg two years ago – has already spoken to Haidara’s agent Volker Struth, and a deal is all but agreed.

    The only sticking point was the fact he is off to the African Cup of Nations with Mali, although it is not said to be a major hurdle.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ‘KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING’

    Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has backed Manchester United to finish 4th come the end of the season.

    The Red Devils are fighting with the likes of West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham for the final Champions League position.

    Speaking on LFC TV though, Lawrenson believes Ralf Rangnick will guide Utd into Europe’s elite competition.

    He said: “To be honest with you, and as loathe as I am to say it, I think Manchester United will finish fourth.

    “I think this new guy coming in, I think he knows what he’s doing.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRUNO TRIBUTE TO CARRICK

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has tipped Michael Carrick to be a ‘really good manager’ after he quit the club following victory over Arsenal.

    Carrick was placed in temporary charge of United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month.

    Speaking to Amazon Prime after last night’s game, Fernandes backed Carrick to have a future in management.

    He said: “I’ve said to him I was really mad to be off on his first game and I tell him now at the end of this game.

    “But honestly for me Michael can be a really good manager in the future if he gets that chance.

    “He knows how to speak, he knows a lot of football.

    “He was one of the great players that not a lot of people talk about. For what I have seen he can be a top coach.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BOGEY TEAM

    Crystal Palace have won their last two away league games against Manchester United.

    That’s as many as they’d managed in their previous 22 visits to Old Trafford in the league.

    Before that they had lost 17, drawn three, and won just two at the Theatre of Dreams.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN CONTENTION

    Cristiano Ronaldo IS with Manchester United’s squad ahead of tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace.

    According to MEN, CR7 joined up with Ralf Rangnick and Co at the team hotel today.

    The 36-year-old is a doubt for the clash after picking up a knock in the 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

    Sources at United suggested the Portuguese talisman may have hurt his knee doing his trademark jump celebration after scoring the winning penalty in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Jesse Lingard could become Newcastle’s highest-paid player as they line up a January transfer, reports suggest.

    According to The Times, the Toon have made him their No1 target and would be prepared to offer a ‘substantial transfer fee’.

    They would also want to make Lingard the top earner in their history.

    Miguel Almiron currently holds that title with his £100,000-a-week package at St James’ Park.

    However, following the club’s Saudi takeover, they have cash to spend.

    And they need players who will hit the ground running.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ‘BULLY’

    Rockstar Rod Stewart believes Man Utd legend Roy Keane can be a ‘bully’ while working as a pundit.

    Keane is famed for his no nonsense criticism, and has been particularly damning in his view of United skipper Harry Maguire this campaign.

    And speaking on talkSPORT, Stewart said: “I think Roy can be a bit of a bully sometimes, I admired him as a player but he’s a bit of a bully.”

    He went on to say: “I think there is a way of speaking your mind and I think he is far too aggressive.

    “He was an elite player but do you think he would – do you think he could be a good manager with that approach?”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEW MAN

    Adnan Januzaj left Manchester United four years, after being tipped for big things as a youngster.

    Things never really worked out for him at Old Trafford, but he is enjoying a new lease of life at La Liga side Real Socieda.

    When asked how he had changed since leaving the Premier League, Januzaj told CNN: “It’s a massive difference.

    “In the past few years, I’ve learned so many things — good things, bad things, everything.

    “The good things, I keep doing. My talent will never, never disappear.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIME’S UP

    Former Premier League winger Trevor Sinclair finds it hard to see a future for David De Gea at Manchester United.

    Sinclair reckons De Gea doesn’t fit in with Rangnick’s famed pressing tactics.

    He said on talkSPORT: “With Ralf [Rangnick] coming in, wanting to play a high line, I think he’s going to have to be sweeper keeper.

    “So De Gea’s time at Man United is probably going to end quite shortly.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RON DOUBT

    SunSport exclusively revealed this morning that Cristiano Ronaldo is a big doubt for Ralf Rangnick’s debut in the Manchester United dugout on Sunday with a knee injury.

    The absence of Ronaldo would be a major early blow for Rangnick, who yesterday vowed to get the best of the 36-year-old superstar.

    Sources at United suggested the Portuguese talisman may have hurt his knee doing his trademark jump celebration after scoring the winning penalty in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

    Yet Ronaldo played on and even did a full length run of the pitch late on when United broke forward. He was eventually substituted in the 88th minute and walked awkwardly off the pitch.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OWEN’S PREDICTION

    Former Manchester United man is backing Ralf Rangnick to come away from his first game in charge of the club with all three points.

    The Red Devils take on Crystal Palace at 2pm on Sunday.

    He told Bet Victor: “The main man, Cristiano Ronaldo, again stole the headlines with his 800th and 801st career goals in the win against Arsenal. It will be very interesting to see how Ralf Rangnick gets on as the United boss and how he manages Ronaldo.

    “That’s now two defeats in a row for Palace. They had a few chances against Leeds on Tuesday but to concede in the last minute must be a tough one to take.

    “Palace have given the top sides some problems this season, and I don’t think this will be easy for United. I think they will have just too much though, 2-1.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RALF SPOTTED

    Ralf Rangnick has been pictured at Carrington today passing on instructions to his Manchester United players.

    How much of an impact will he have made before tomorrow’s clash against Crystal Palace?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FESTIVE FIXTURES

    Manchester United are in action FIVE times before Christmas.

    Here’s a look at Ralf Rangnick’s first five outings, how many points are you expecting from these games, Red Devils fans?

    • Crystal Palace (H)
    • Young Boys (H)
    • Norwich (A)
    • Brentford (A)
    • Brighton (H)
    • Giacomo Pisa

      VARANE ON MAGUIRE

      Summer signing Raphael Varane has spoken out on what it’s like to play alongside the heavily criticised Harry Maguire.

      Injury to Varane has prevented the pair from building a partnership as of yet, but that could change under Ralf Rangnick.

      Varane told the Telegraph: “We have complementary qualities. I like to protect the back of the defence and he likes to go [slaps hands] in the contact.

      “So, we can do both, but, obviously, because of our characteristics we prefer some situations and that’s why we are complementary.

      “We can also play with Victor, Eric or Phil, who have their own qualities, so there are many options.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      MORE ON RALF

      Lokomotiv’s former club president Nikolay Naumov blasted Rangnick’s appointment, saying: “He is not a coach, but rather a secretary.

      “Rangnick doesn’t need someone like [Jose] Mourinho or [Roberto] Mancini, but rather a man who will follow his instructions.

      “They came to the club with just one goal – to turn Lokomotiv into a business of buying and selling players.

      “Results aren’t important for them, and they need an anonymous coach who was willing to take a good salary and do what they say.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      RALF WRECKED IT

      Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has been dubbed the ‘biggest fraud in Russian football history’ by disgruntled reporters in Russia.

      Rangnick penned a three-year deal with the Russian side in July as head of sports and development.

      But he left for United just five months into his deal… after reportedly upsetting locals along the way.

      Rangnick arrived at a side that had just come third in Russian top flight, also winning the domestic cup.

      According to Goal, he is now being blamed for ‘dismantling’ that successful side – which now finds itself 12 points behind table toppers Zenit after just 16 games.

      Sergey Kolesnikov of Russian outlet Sportbox claims that Rangnick has even been labelled ‘the biggest fraud in Russian football history’.

      While agent Dmitry Selyuk, whose clients include Yaya Toure, likened him to fictional crook Ostap Bender.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      DIO-GO

      Jose Mourinho is eyeing a swoop for his former player Diogo Dalot.

      The Portuguese full-back has previously been linked with a move away from Manchester United.

      According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma see Dalot as a ‘concrete option’ for the January transfer window.

      Dalot already has experience playing in Serie A, having spent time on loan at AC Milan.

      And Mourinho himself was the man who signed Dalot for United, and could be set to repeat the feat in the New Year.

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