Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo celebration a 'welcome gift' from Jesse Lingard, Pogba keen on Real Madrid

MANCHESTER UNITED are eyeing up three points against Newcastle as the Premier League returns next weekend.

And Jadon Sancho is set to play, despite leaving international duty with a slight knock.

One man who seems certain to play in that fixture is Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned from Portugal early after picking up a suspension following a booking against Ireland.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    ACE'S PLEA

    Marcus Rashford is calling on voters to write to their MP to urge them to back recommendations to end what he calls the “child hunger pandemic”.

    The England and Manchester United footballer said that child food poverty was getting worse.

    Rashford, 23, is backing more free school meals eligibility, long-term Holiday Activities and Food Programme funding and eligibility for the Healthy Start campaign widened.

    He said: “You can fill 27 Wembley stadiums with the 2.5million children struggling to know where their next meal is coming from.

    “I hope we will see the required investment pledged in the Autumn Spending Review. 

    I will be writing to my MP about it and encourage you all to do the same.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    FAB-TASTIC

    Man Utd will pay Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer fee to Juventus in FIVE instalments.

    The Serie A side will pick up £2.5million per year until 2026, according to Fabrizio Romano.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON'S RETURN

    Retrace Cristiano Ronaldo's journey.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PLAYING WITH THE BEST

    Paul Pogba has said he'll be playing "with the best" now he's team-mates with Cristiano Ronaldo.

    He told Telefoot: "It's always a pleasure to play with the best. 

    "It's also a plus for the players to be able to train with a great player. He's going to raise the level of the team."

    He also told Sky Sports that the "level (of the team) goes up" as a result of Ronaldo's arrival.

    He said: "Everybody knows [what Ronaldo brings]. He's already a legend in this club and he's coming back, so obviously it's huge for us, for the club.

    "He's going to bring his experience, his quality and obviously when he comes the level [of the team] goes up."

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON TOP

    Twelve years after his £80million exit to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is still Man Utd's biggest sale.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'WELCOMING GIFT'

    Jesse Lingard put his own twist on Cristiano Ronaldo's iconic celebration when he scored against Andorra yesterday.

    The Man Utd academy product has called it a "welcoming gift" ahead of Ronaldo's second stint at the club.

    He told beIN Sport: "Me and Mason were thinking about celebrations this week and obviously we mixed my celebration with Cristiano’s and I said I’d do it if I scored.

    “It’s a little welcoming gift for him.

    "He’ll settle in very quickly and it will help the team tremendously this season.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOP PERFORMANCE

    Jesse Lingard completed 90 minutes for England yesterday against Andorra.

    The midfielder played 86 minutes more than he's played for Man Utd this season (4).

    Lingard got two goals and one assist.

  • Joshua Mbu

    VAN DE BLEAK

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return is bad news for Donny van de Beek, according to the Dutchman's agent.

    The midfielder worked tirelessly over the summer to return to pre season in ripped shape.

    But that hard work is yet to bear rewards, with Van de Beek having been an unused substitute in all three of the Red Devils' matches so far this season.

    And with Ronaldo having now returned to Old Trafford, Van de Beek's agent Guido Albers has revealed that he tried to move his client across the North West before last week's transfer deadline.

    He told Ziggo Sport: "Cristiano arrived on Friday which we knew was bad news for us.

    "[Paul] Pogba plays on the left, and with Cristiano's arrival it means another extra player in midfield with Pogba moving away from the left.

    "We had conversations with Solskjaer and the board. We took the initiative to find a club and our search ended up at Everton. 

    "We opened talks with Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri.

    "On Monday night [prior to deadline day] we received a call from Solskjaer and the club who told us that a transfer was out of the question and that he had to report himself to training the next morning."

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    Man Utd face Newcastle next on September 11.

    And the returning Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut for the club.

  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Two goals for England, four minutes for Manchester United.

    Jesse Lingard went from bit-part Red Devil to chief Lion as his livewire display and double dose of drilled finishes led a 4-0 Wembley stroll over Andorra.

    But the 28-year-old could be benched in Poland on Wednesday – a rehearsal for his expected role for United when Cristiano Ronaldo is tipped for his second debut at home to Newcastle on Saturday

    Midfielder Lingard is thought to have rejected a chance to repeat his West Ham wonder loan form of last season in a possible permanent move, yet he has made just one fleeting appearance as a sub for United so far this season.

    But against Andorra he confirmed he has the energy and all-round game worthy of, if not demanding, more regular action.

    United posted “That’s our guy” and “great stuff” after his man-of-the-match performance for all-changed England.

    But with Ronaldo extra fresh due to being banned for the last two of Portugal's three internationals this week, Lingard could again fade into the background this weekend

    Unbeaten United host winless Newcastle, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unlikely to let sentiment enter his thinking.

    Old Trafford chiefs will let fans swap their Edinson Cavani No7 shirts for the Uruguayan's new No21 top – after Ron reclaimed the number made famous by George Best and David Beckham.

    Finally, ex-United striker Romelu Lukaku insists he is not in ex-Juventus hero Ronaldo's league.

    Chelsea new boy Lukaku said: “Don’t ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RONALDO SHOCKS PIERS MORGAN

    Cristiano Ronaldo believes he’s the world’s greatest footballer – but he shocked Piers Morgan by naming Lionel Messi as the best he’s faced.

    Ronaldo‘s “unlikely” friend Morgan insists the legend’s huge self-confidence is wrongly mistaken for arrogance.

    But the TV celebrity admits he was surprised when Manchester United‘s returning hero Ron, 36, named 34-year-old GOAT rival Messi as his finest opponent.

    Morgan wrote in the Mail on Sunday: “‘Who’s the greatest footballer you’ve ever played against?’ I asked Cristiano Ronaldo. 

    “It was 1am on the candlelit terrace of his favourite restaurant in Turin, Italy, where he was still playing for Juventus before his recent sensational decision to rejoin Manchester United.

    “It was time for the big question. ‘Messi,’ he replied, immediately and emphatically.

    ‘Really?’ I said, surprised that he would name his biggest rival.

    ‘For sure. He is the best I’ve played against.’

    “Then he grinned. ‘But Piers, you are asking me the wrong question’

    ‘OK. What’s the right question?’ ‘You should just ask me who is the greatest player…’

    ‘I think I know the answer,’ I replied, laughing.

    “Ronaldo winked and we clinked glasses. He believes he’s the best to ever play the game. And I agree with him.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    KEANE TROLLS GUNNERS

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane trolled Arsenal after birthday boy Bukayo Saka rounded off England's 4-0 win over Andorra.

    Saka headed into the same Wembley wherehe missed the deciding penaltyin July's Euro 2020 final shootout defeat against Italy.

    And with Arsenal reeling from three straight Prem losses, Keane told ITV: "I'm sure he can enjoy the win, because he's not getting any at club level."

    The punditry panel, including Arsenal legend Ian Wright couldn't help but see the funny side to Keane's off-the-cuff remark.

    Saka, though, was focused on his role in a predictably-straighforward England victory.

    The (just) 20-year-old told ITV: "The perfect birthday present for me. I am really happy we got the win and I can celebrate my birthday with this."

  • Ian Tuckey

    BRAZIL GAME SUSPENDED AS HEALTH CHIEFS RUSH ON

    Brazil’s World Cup qualifier with Argentina was sensationally suspended after Brazilian health chiefs entered the PITCH and stopped play – as three Prem stars had not completed quarantine.

    Emi Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso all started for Argentina despite being ordered to isolate for Covid-related reasons.

    The trio, plus Emi Buendia, travelled from England to play for Argentina, but the UK is on Brazil’s red list.

    The players were supposed to complete a stint in quarantine.

    They were ordered to go into isolation immediately – but three of them were part of Lionel Scaloni’s starting XI to face Brazil.

    The Prem aces failed to evade the authorities, though, as health officials raced on to the pitch and halted the game after seven minutes.

    The likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar appeared to remonstrate with the health chiefs but their efforts – so far, at least – have failed.

    Even if the four players avoid quarantining in Brazil, they won’t enjoy the same luck when they return to the UK.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD HAIL LIONS' HERO JESSE

    Manchester United saluted Jesse Lingard after their bit-part player was England's main man at Wembley this afternoon.

    The midfielder reportedly told West Ham last month he was not interested in joining them permanently from United.

    And although he's been starved of Prem minutes this season, the 28-year-old fired home twice when looking lively throughout England's 4-0 stroll against Andorra.

    United posted "That's our guy" and "great stuff".

  • Ian Tuckey

    'SCHOLES GOOD ENOUGH FOR ARSENAL'

    Football fans reckon England’s Soccer Aid team could beat Premier League strugglers Arsenal at this moment in time.

    The Gunners failed to score or pick up a point in their first three Prem games of the season, with pressure mounting on manager Mikel Arteta.

    Arsenal lost to newly promoted Brentford, European champions Chelsea and Prem holders Manchester City in the opening weeks of the season.

    Arteta’s side have managed just one win this term, a 6-0 rout over West Brom’s kids in the League Cup.

    England’s Soccer Aid XI – which lost 3-0 to a World XI – was made up of ex-professionals and celebrities.

    Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Paul Scholes were among the Three Lions legends on display, with singer Olly Murs leading the team.

    After seeing the XI, one fan tweeted: “England’s Soccer Aid XI would beat Arsenal at the moment.”

    While Soccer Aid winner Piers Morgan tweeted: “I’d take Paul Scholes in Arsenal’s current midfield.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    LINGARD LEADS 4-0 ENGLAND WIN

    Two-goal Jesse Lingard led England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Andorra in second gear at Wembley.

    Harry Kane’s penalty made it 2-0 on 72 minutes to spark a late spree topped off by birthday boy Bukayo Sako heading the fourth for the runaway Group I leaders.

    Jude Bellingham shone in the first half, while debutant striker Patrick Bamford had few chances to shine directly on goal.

    And generally the all-changed Three Lions dominated without hitting top form, although 62nd-minute subs Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount heled rev up the action.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LINGARD DOUBLE LEADS ENGLAND STROLL

    Two-goal Jesse Lingard boosted his chances of breaking into the Manchester United team with his lively 90 minutes in England's 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Andorra.

    He rifled home right-footers on 18 and 78 minutes, as well as twice going close.

    United target Kieran Trippier filled in comfortably for the Three Lions at left-back.

    Credit: PA

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    CAVANI FANS CAN SWAP THEIR TOPS

    Manchester United will allow fans to exchange their Edinson Cavani No7 shirts after he gave the number up for Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The 34-year-old wore the No7 shirt last season and produced some impressive figures.

    Cavani scored an incredible 17 goals across all competitions, living up to the high expectations of the United No7 jersey previously worn by the likes of Ronaldo, David Beckham and Eric Cantona.

    The Uruguayan became a Red Devils fan favourite as a result of his goal scoring exploits.

    But Cavani stepped back from the jersey to allow Ronaldo to wear the famous No7 again.

    And he will instead take up the No21 shirt left by Dan James, who departed permanently for Leeds.

    Fans who bought the Cavani No7 jersey before Ronaldo's dramatic return will be able to exchange the shirt subject to proof of purchase, according to The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell.

    Whitwell said on Twitter: "Fans who bought this season’s kit with Cavani 7 on the back from United Direct/Manchester United Megastore can exchange it for a new shirt, subject to proof of purchase."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MESSI IS RON'S GOAT-TO HERO

    Cristiano Ronaldo believes he's the world's greatest footballer – but he shocked Piers Morgan by naming Lionel Messi as the best he's faced.

    Ronaldo's "unlikely" friend Morgan insists the legend's huge self-confidence is wrongly mistaken for arrogance.

    But the TV celebrity admits he was surprised when Manchester United's returning hero Ron, 36, named 34-year-old GOAT rival Messi as his finest opponent.

    Morgan wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "'Who's the greatest footballer you've ever played against?' I asked Cristiano Ronaldo. 

    "It was 1am on the candlelit terrace of his favourite restaurant in Turin, Italy, where he was still playing for Juventus before his recent sensational decision to rejoin Manchester United.

    "It was time for the big question. 'Messi,' he replied, immediately and emphatically.

    'Really?' I said, surprised that he would name his biggest rival.

    'For sure. He is the best I've played against.'

    "Then he grinned. 'But Piers, you are asking me the wrong question'

    'OK. What's the right question?' 'You should just ask me who is the greatest player…'

    'I think I know the answer,' I replied, laughing.

    "Ronaldo winked and we clinked glasses. He believes he's the best to ever play the game. And I agree with him."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MASE THE ACE FOR DEVILS

    Mason Greenwood has been in impressive form of late and has been awarded Man Utd’s Player of the Month award after scoring three goals in three games for the Red Devils.

    The striker was forced to withdraw from England’s provisional Euro 2020 squad in order to recover from an underlying injury, and having the summer off seems to have worked out well for the youngster.

    The 19-year-old scored just 12 goals in 52 games in all competitions last year, but was played primarily on the right wing.

    Solskjaer is seemingly more prepared to give Greenwood a chance playing in his preferred position through the middle this season, a decision which has paid off for the Norweigan thus far.

    But the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and the return to fitness of Edinson Cavani could force Greenwood back out wide again for the foreseeable future.

  • The Sun

    SUNNY SUNDAYS

    Cristiano Ronaldo is already loving life back in Manchester after posting pictures of him and his family enjoying a rare spot of sunshine whilst quarantining.

    Ronaldo is set to join his teammates at Carrington on Wednesday for his first training session as a Man Utd player and appears to be re-adjusting well to life back in England.

  • The Sun

    INTERNATIONAL DUTY

    One Red starts for England at Wembley against Andorra and it's Jesse Lingard, who looks like he'll be playing out wide as part of a front three including the two birthday boys Bukayo Saka and Patrick Bamford.

    Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw both make the bench, meanwhile there's no place for Jadon Sancho who pulled out of the squad due to injury.

  • The Sun

    PHOTOBOMB

    Not too sure about this animation, but this could be an indication that Ronaldo might be taking set-piece duties over from Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United.

    It'll be an interesting watch to find out how the two attackers go about sharing dead-ball responsibilities, particularly when Bruno Fernandes has been so successful with free-kicks and penalties.

     

  • The Sun

    PAST MEETS PRESENT

    Ex-Man United striker Romelu Lukaku has responded to comparisons between himself and Ronaldo in humble fashion by stating: "Don’t ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football.

    "I'm not going to rank him from first to third but he's in there."

    The two Premier League new boys battled it out in Serie A last season for Inter Milan and Juventus respectively, with Ronaldo winning the golden boot but Lukaku's Inter winning the Scudetto.

    Both have returned to the Premier League this summer in two of the most high profile transfers of recent years and both of their new clubs will surely be able to bank on them scoring a fair few goals.

    It will be fascinating to watch the two battle it out again for both Chelsea and Man United and see who comes out on top in the Prem.

  • The Sun

    MANCHESTER VIA FRANCE

    Man United's French contingent already includes the likes of Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial.

    But fans are now clamouring for the signing of Monaco's exciting young midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni, who impressed for France in his international debut against Ukraine alongside Paul Pogba.

    The wonderkid was a vital part of the Monaco team that finished third in Ligue 1 last season, making 36 league appearances.

    The 21-year-old has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, but the London club has since signed Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul on loan with an option to buy, effectively putting them out of the race.

    With Real Madrid also signing Tchouaméni's international teammate Eduardo Camavinga, United could be in pole position for his signature, should they choose to pursue him in the summer.

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