Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo is 'the reason Haaland started playing football', Pogba to STAY in January

MANCHESTER UNITED have returned to training after a Covid outbreak and are targeting a return to action on December 27 against Newcastle.

And reports suggest that boss Ralf Rangnick will be given £75m in January to improve his squad.

Rangnick is said to have spoken to Erling Haaland's dad as United look to snap up the Dortmund star, who previously stated Cristiano Ronaldo is the reason he started playing football.

Meanwhile Paul Pogba is reportedly going nowhere in January, despite being able to leave on a free transfer this summer.

The Red Devils are also keen on completing the transfer of Boubacar Kamara in the January transfer window, according to reports.

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  • Dylan Terry

    Buy Carragher a Ronaldo shirt?

    Roy Keane has suggested buying Jamie Carragher a Manchester United shirt with Cristiano Ronaldo’s name on the back for Christmas.

    Keane, 50, appeared on SkyBet’s Driving Home for Christmas YouTube series alongside Micah Richards.

    He was asked by the former Manchester City defender what he’d be buying Carragher for Christmas, before coming up with a brilliant reply.

    The ex-Old Trafford skipper said: “A United jersey with Ronaldo on the back, that’d be nice wouldn’t it? Because he’s always slagging him off.”

    Keane did go on to admit that Carragher is a ‘decent footballing person’.

    Richards then said: “He’s got a strong opinion, he knows what he’s talking about. But Keane joked: “Well, I wouldn’t go that far.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Man Utd’s next five games

    Manchester United are preparing to play five games in just 19 days as they enter a busy festive period of football.

    How many wins will they pick up from these games?

  • Dylan Terry

    Man Utd hope to return

    Manchester United have not played a game since beating Norwich 1-0 on December 11.

    The coronavirus outbreak within their squad has seen their matches against Brentford and Brighton postponed.

    But they are set to return to action on Monday when they travel to relegation-threatened Newcastle.

    Can Ralf Rangnick’s side recover the momentum they were building after six games unbeaten?

  • Dylan Terry

    When attending a Prem game

    Here’s what you need to know about attending a Premier League game in the coming days.

  • Dylan Terry

    Man Utd announce assistant coach

    Manchester United have announced Ewan Sharp as an assistant coach and analyst.

  • Dylan Terry

    Prem fixtures on UK TV

    Here are the Premier League fixtures being aired on UK TV between Boxing Day and December 28.

    It’s a busy few days!

    • Sunday December 26: Liverpool v Leeds
      BT Sport (12.30pm)
    • Sunday December 26: Aston Villa v Chelsea
      Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (5.30pm)
    • Sunday December 26: Brighton v Brentford
      Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (8pm)
    • Monday December 27: Newcastle v Man Utd
      Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (8pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Arsenal v Wolves
      Amazon Prime Video (12.30pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Crystal Palace v Norwich
      Amazon Prime Video (3pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Southampton v Tottenham
      Amazon Prime Video (3pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Watford v West Ham
      Amazon Prime Video (3pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Leeds v Aston Villa
      Amazon Prime Video (5:30pm)
    • Tuesday December 28: Leicester v Liverpool
      Amazon Prime Video (8pm)

    Richards pokes fun at pundit Neville

    Micah Richards has revealed the hilarious Christmas gift he would buy Manchester United icon Gary Neville.

    The former Manchester City star made the quip during a festive chat with Roy Keane who lifted the lid on what Nev was like in the dressing room.

    Keane played with Neville for years at Old Trafford while Richards has only recently become a colleague of the ex-right-back through their punditry work at Sky.

    And in a chat for Sky’s Micah Richards and Roy Keane Driving Home for Christmas, the ex-City and Aston Villa ace told the Irishman what he’d buy Nev.

    He said: “I know what I’d get him. A mask so he shuts up.” Keane interrupted and said: “Ahhhh, Gary’s alright.”

    Richards was quick to clarify his statement and replied: “Oh no, he’s class Gary but why does he talk so much? He’s got an opinion about everything.”

    Man Utd eye Kieran Trippier

    Manchester United and Tottenham are among a whopping NINE Premier League clubs reportedly interested in Kieran Trippier.

    The right-back has been heavily linked with a return to England since leaving for Atletico Madrid from Spurs back in 2019.

    But Atletico’s insistence any buyer pays his £50million release clause in full has so far put off potential suitors.

    90Min now reports United are among a host of clubs looking to bring the England international back home.

    The 31-year-old’s high energy would fit well into new boss Ralf Rangnick’s ultra-pressing style.

    Spurs are also thought to be interested as new manager Antonio Conte sets about his rebuild of the squad.

    Marcus Rashford on positive feeling

    Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has revealed the squad are upbeat heading into a busy Christmas period despite recent games being postponed.

    He told the club website: “Everyone is looking forward and everyone is very positive at the minute.

    “We were all disappointed when the last game got cancelled but, at the end of the day, there’s nothing you can really do about it.

    “We have to just focus on the next game that will be played and hopefully that game goes ahead.”

    • Dylan Terry

      Govt cut Covid isolation period

      Premier League sides have received a timely boost after the government reduced the Covid-19 self-isolation period from ten days to seven.

      That means a whole host of big names could return to action for the round of Boxing Day games this weekend.

      But they will have to show a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row.

      The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said its analysis suggested a seven-day isolation period alongside two negative lateral flow test results had nearly the same protective effect as a 10-day isolation period without testing.

      Health secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement: “We want to reduce the disruption from Covid-19 to peoples’ everyday lives.”

      Any player who contracted the virus on December 17 could now be in contention for Sunday’s games, provided they are coronavirus negative.

    • Dylan Terry

      Martial holds talks with Rangnick

      Anthony Martial held talks with Ralf Rangnick over his Manchester United future — amid interest from Sevilla.

      The France forward’s agent has already made it clear his client wants to move next month.

      Newcastle have been strongly linked but Sevilla is his preferred destination, although the Spanish club favour an initial loan for the remainder of the season.

      A knee injury kept Martial, 26, out of Rangnick’s first two games in charge but he is now closing on a return.

      But with Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford in the squad, he could find himself surplus to requirements when fully fit again.

    • Etienne Fermie

      GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

      Man United are reportedly plotting to land Sergej Milinkovic-Savic next summer.

      Il Messagero claims the midfielder wants to leave Lazio at the end of the season.

      And United see him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who has six months left on his contract.

      But the Red Devils face a battle to get Milinkovic-Savic, with Real Madrid and Juventus also keen.

      Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo led his team-mates back into United training after their Carrington complex re-opened following a Covid outbreak.

      And teammate Marcus Rashford said: said: “The lads have been training and today we brought all the rest of the lads back to training, there are only a couple left that will be coming in tomorrow.

      “So, we’ve pretty much got the full squad back, which is a positive going into the week.”

      Finally, Nigel Winterburn believes Paul Pogba holds all the power at Man United.

      He told Paddy Power: “Paul Pogba coming back into the team at Manchester United is completely down to him. 

      “He either needs to buy into what the new manager is trying to do, or he needs to look for a move away from the club. 

      “Paul Pogba is a quality player and is someone who wants to be involved weekly, and if he’s not doing that, he won’t be happy.”

    • Anthony Chapman

      Next up

      Let’s take a look at United’s next five games…

    • Anthony Chapman

      Martial in transfer exit talks

      Anthony Martial has reportedly held showdown talks with Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick.

      The striker wants to quit Old Trafford next month after failing to impress this term.

      And Sevilla are ready to hand Martial an escape with a loan move until the summer.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Man Utd back in town

      Cristiano Ronaldo led his team-mates back into Manchester United training after their Carrington complex re-opened following a Covid outbreak.

      And teammate Marcus Rashford said: said: “The lads have been training and today we brought all the rest of the lads back to training, there are only a couple left that will be coming in tomorrow.

      “So, we’ve pretty much got the full squad back, which is a positive going into the week.”

    • Anthony Chapman

      Poborsky shows off new hairstyle

      Former Man Utd ace Karel Poborsky has ditched the gorgeous curls he once wore during his playing days for a shorter, slick look.

      The Czech Euro 96 star looks almost unrecognisable compared to his old self.

      The 49-year-old former winger has cut off the famous hair and opted for a shorter look, but has a tidy beard to go with it.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Dusan Vlahovic tipped for greatness

      Micah Richards believes Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs transfer target Dusan Vlahovic will shine if he moves to the Premier League.

      Richards declared: “I have watched him a couple of times now.

      “He is lightning. It’s ridiculous. He has got 16 in 18 [Serie A games] this season.

      “His left foot is like a wand. I am telling you now, he is everything, he is everything you need.”

    • Anthony Chapman

      Kamara turning down Marseille deal

      Premier League target Boubacar Kamara has reportedly told Marseille he is leaving on a free transfer next summer.

      The centre-back has emerged as a transfer target for Man Utd, claims L’Equipe.

      And reports linked Kamara with Arsenal during the last summer window.

      He will be able to agree a pre-contract with English sides from next month.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Man Utd’s highest-ever goalscorers

      Wayne Rooney remains Man United’s top scorer of all time.

      Will the likes of Mason Greenwood or Marcus Rashford end up breaking it?

    • Anthony Chapman

      Winterburn backs United for fourth

      Nigel Winterburn believes Man Utd will finish above Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham for the final Champions League spot.

      He told Paddy Power: “I’d imagine that United would be favourites to get that spot, but you never know in football. 

      “Any one of those teams could go on a storming run from now till the end of the season and solidify that final spot in the top four. 

      “It will be the team who is most consistent over the final half of the season who will finish fourth.” 

    • Anthony Chapman

      Isolation time cut for players

      Premier League sides have received a timely boost after the government reduced the Covid-19 self-isolation period from ten days to seven.

      That means a whole host of big names could return to action for the round of Boxing Day games this weekend.

      But they will have to show a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Man United’s biggest-ever sales

      Ralf Rangnick is set for a mini clear-out in January.

      But will United bring in any big fees to go towards future signings?

    • Anthony Chapman

      United eye Milinkovic-Savic bid

      Man United are reportedly plotting to land Sergej Milinkovic-Savic next summer.

      Il Messagero claims the midfielder wants to leave Lazio at the end of the season.

      And United see him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who has six months left on his contract.

      But the Red Devils face a battle to get Milinkovic-Savic, with Real Madrid and Juventus also keen.

    • Anthony Chapman

      More from Winterburn on Pogba

      “If Pogba likes the style of football that Ralf Rangnick is bringing into Manchester United, then I’m sure he’ll get his head down and work hard for the team.

      “But if not, then he’ll look to move. 

      “As Pogba is a quality player, I have no doubt that he won’t be short on offers from other clubs fighting for his signature.” 

    • Anthony Chapman

      Winterburn on Pogba plans

      Nigel Winterburn believes Paul Pogba holds all the power at Man United.

      He told Paddy Power: “Paul Pogba coming back into the team at Manchester United is completely down to him. 

      “He either needs to buy into what the new manager is trying to do, or he needs to look for a move away from the club. 

      “Paul Pogba is a quality player and is someone who wants to be involved weekly, and if he’s not doing that, he won’t be happy.”

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