Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Zidane not available until SUMMER, Kounde hints at move, Red Devils 'back in for Trippier'

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Premier League action this weekend against Watford – but it's still matters off the pitch which are dominating the headlines.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's men were beaten in the Manchester derby before the international break and speculation remains about his potential successor.

But in a blow for the Red Devils, Zinedine Zidane has reportedly informed the club he is not available until next summer.

According to reports in Germany, the Frenchman has indicated to Old Trafford bosses that he wants to have a break from football until the end of the season.

We've also the very latest on Jules Kounde, with the Sevilla star the leading name as United target a new centre-back.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Zinedine Zidane has told Manchester United he won't be available until the summer.

    And Jules Kounde is again the leading name mentioned as a new Red Devils centre-back.

    Those are the top two lines overnight for gossip concerning Old Trafford.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to quit and remains convinced he will revive United's fortunes.

    But he would certainly be under immense pressure if Watford condemn the Red Devils to a seventh loss in 13 games when Premier League action returns on Saturday.

    Ex-Real Madrid chief Zidane has been rated favourite to succeed Solskjaer should the Norwegian be sacked.

    But German outlet Bild say ZZ has let Old Trafford chiefs know he wants to take a break from football until the end of the season.

    On the transfer front, Sevilla's France star Kounde has hinted in a tweet he's open to moving on.

    United and Chelsea are long-time admirers of the 22-year-old.

    Midfielder Paul Pogba is in Dubai for warm-weather training as he steps up his recovery from a thigh injury.

    Finally, outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists United are still ‘prioritising success on the pitch’ after a 16% rise in club revenues was eclipsed by a 23% surge in wages.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD TURN UP HEAT ON OLE

    Manchester United turned up the heat on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – with a reminder that on-field success is still the No 1 priority.

    The club’s wage bill has rocketed by almost 25 per cent to a huge £354MILLION a year.

    And United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told under-fire manager Solskjaer it is time to give value for money.

    Woodward declared: “Our top priority is success on the pitch.

    “The manager,  players, everyone at the club are determined to achieve that objective.”

    Solskjaer will be without injured Paul Pogba for Saturday’s crunch at Watford as the midfielder recovers from a thigh injury.

    The summer arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho helped to push up United’s wage bill by 23.1 per cent.

    Revenues for the three months to September 30 were up 16 per cent to £126.5m as supporters finally returned to Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BIRTHDAY PARTY DELIGHT FOR RON'S DAUGHTER

    Cristiano Ronaldo's daughter Alana enjoyed a fun-filled fourth birthday party at the weekend.

    Mum Georgina Rodriguez shared a video on Instagram showing what Alana and her friends got up to at the mega-bash.

    Inside Cristiano Ronaldo’s daughter Alana’s 4th birthday party including bumper cars, laser tag and football vs Marcelo

    Having arrived early at the venue, Alana entered a big children’s play area covered in decorations.

    After an explore, Alana and her friends then jumped into dodgems for some driving fun.

    But the party was only getting started as they then embarked on a game of laser tag in the dark.

    Alana and pals also took a whirl on a spinning tea cup ride.

    And they then sat down for a much-needed breather with a bite to eat.

    Manchester United star Ronaldo was not at the party as he linked up with the Portugal squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ERIK IDEAL

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Erik ten Hag would be a perfect fit for Man Utd.

    He declared: “Now I don’t know Ten Hag personally but he’s doing a fantastic job at Ajax.

    “Let’s remember that Ajax isn’t a small club. They’re a massive club – the biggest club in Holland.

    “Yes, it’s different and the landscape is different but it’s still a huge club that he’s got to work with and the expectation levels there every day are to win.

    “That’s something that will be there every day and would be there if he was to come to Manchester United.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON'S A RED HOT DEVIL

    Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo has yet again showed off his chiselled physique after sharing a snap of himself in the sauna.

    The 36-year-old took to his Instagram story to upload a picture in his underwear to his 367 million followers.

    In the photo, a sweaty-looking Ronaldo smiles for the camera in a selfie as he starts his preparations for the weekend trip to Watford.

    His former United team-mate Patrice Evra has lifted the lid on Ronaldo's love for saunas in his bid to keep in peak condition.

    Recalling a time he popped round his house, he said: "Cristiano, first of all, as a person and human being, is so generous, so nice and people don't see that face. But he is a winner. He is addicted.

    "For example, when we had training at 10am, Cristiano was already there for 8am. When we had finished training, he was still on the pitch practising.

    "When he invited me for lunch… don't ever go for lunch, because you are going to have one of the most boring lunches at Cristiano's. It is salad, plain chicken and water. There isn't even fizzy water.

    "After that, we went into the garden, trained for a little bit, went swimming, went to the sauna and at one point I looked at him and said: 'Bro, we have just finished a training session, why do we have to a second training session?'"

  • Ian Tuckey

    SAGNA HITS BACK AT POGBA CRITICISM

    Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has hit out at fans for expecting too much of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    And Sagna is equally irked at suggestions his fellow Frenchman doesn’t care – insisting Pogba’s persona is deceptive.

    He Metro.co.uk via freebets.com: “I love Paul and the way he plays.

    “It seems like things have been a little difficult between him and the fans at times because they expect so much from him

    “They want him to be perfect because he’s so charismatic on the pitch and can create so much space they want him to do everything. A bit like now with Ronaldo.

    “Pogba got a lot of stick for his recent sending off [in United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool]. Yes it was a bad tackle, but he’s trying to fight and get the ball back for the team. 

    “What do you want him to do, just stand and watch? People think he doesn’t care, that he’s smiling but knowing him he was disappointed.

    “I don’t know if he belongs at Manchester United. I’d love to see him shining in the team – he loves Manchester.

    “What do you want him to do, just stand and watch? People think he doesn’t care, that he’s smiling but knowing him he was disappointed.

    “I don’t know if he belongs at Manchester United. I’d love to see him shining in the team – he loves Manchester.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD & CHELSEA TARGET KOUNDE IN EXIT HINT

    Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has posted a cryptic tweet hinting he’s ready to leave as Manchester United and Chelsea circle.

    The 23-year-old was heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but the LaLiga outfit blocked his move after rejecting the £42.8million offer.

    The Spanish side were only prepared to part ways with the French centre-back should a potential suitor cough up his £69million release clause.

    Manchester United are the latest club to enter the race to secure his services, with it claimed they are keen to pair him up with Raphael Varance.

    And Kounde has left fans begging for him to join their club after he tweeted out a song lyric from Warren G’s 2015 track Keep On Hustlin’.

    He said: “Can’t stop gotta claim what’s mine.”

    Commenting on his post, one user messaged: “He’s still a target for Chelsea. Still very possible it happens in January.”

    Another remarked: “You’re talking about the Chelsea shirt huh?”

  • Ian Tuckey

    POOR CHOICE

    Micah Richards has admitted he was proven wrong about Alexis Sanchez’s transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United.

    Richards thought Sanchez was bound to be a hit at United because he done so well for the Gunners.

    But to Richard’s surprise, the Chile ace’s move to Old Trafford didn’t go to plan and he was shipped to Inter Milan shortly after.

    Reflecting on Sanchez’s time at United, Richards told the BBC’s Top 10 podcast: “He became a laughing stock at Manchester United.

    “At Arsenal he was quality and he worked hard. He had skill and creativity. He was a go-to man.

    “It was sad when he went to United because I thought it was going to be a great move for him.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ZZ 'NOT READY FOR UTD'

    Zinedine Zidane has told Manchester United he won't be available until the summer.

    That's the claim from German outlet Bild after suggestions the Red Devils are keen on the ex-Real Madrid chief if current boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer gets sacked

    It's even been reported that United have approached ZZ about taking the job.

    Bild's Christian Falk says Zidane told the Red Devils he wants time out from football until the end of the season.

    Credit: AFP
  • Ian Tuckey

    WOODWARD VOWS UTD WILL FOCUS ON TEAM NOT PROFITS

    Ed Woodward insists Manchester United are still 'prioritising success on the pitch' after a 16% rise in club revenues was eclipsed by a 23% surge in wages.

    Old Traffdord salaries rose£354million, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho having joined.

    Woodward, who is due to step down as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the end of 2021, said: "While these financial results today demonstrate our resilience through the pandemic, our top priority is success on the pitch.

    "The manager, players and everyone at the club are determined to achieve that objective."

    Credit: EPA
  • Ian Tuckey

    COPS ARREST 10 MORE FANS

    Police have arrested ten more fans in connection with the protests that caused Manchester United vs Liverpool to be postponed back in May.

    Cops conducted dawn raids this morning after receiving several warrants across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

    Officers smashed doors down as they made further arrests – taking the total number up to 18.

    Ten men aged between 20 and 51 were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and burglary.

    In pictures taken this morning, armed cops can be seen hammering on doors and taking suspects away in cuffs.

    Over 1,000 supporters gathered at Old Trafford on May 2, to protest against the Glazer's ownership in the wake of the attempted European Super League breakaway.

    The match was subsequently postponed, as fans managed to break into the stadium itself.

    Flares were let off, while projectiles were thrown at police and camera equipment damaged.

    A further 200 fans gathered at the Lowry Hotel, where Man United players and staff were staying pre-match.

    Cops have spent the months since pouring over CCTV footage in order to spot people involved.

    In addition to latest arrests, Greater Manchester Police released images of 36 further suspects that they'd like to speak to.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POGBA TRAINING IN DUBAI

    Paul Pogba is undergoing warm-weather training in Dubai as the midfielder steps up his recovery from injury, Manchester United have confirmed.

    The 28-year-old, the club’s £89million record signing, is expected to be sidelined for up to TWO MONTHS after injuring his right thigh training with France last week.

    United released a statement on Wednesday confirming he has been granted permission to spend the first part of his rehabilitation programme in the United Arab Emirates.

    It read: “Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has travelled to Dubai to undertake the next phase of his rehabilitation in warm weather conditions.

    "The 28-year-old reported for international duty with France at the beginning of last week and unfortunately suffered an injury while training. 

    "Pogba is now working diligently on his rehabilitation.”

    Pogba headed to Dubai with a coach to monitor his progress as he attempts to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling side.

    And after vowing to ‘come back strong’ from the setback, the star has wasted no time in getting to work in the gym in the Middle East, even sharing several snaps of a recent workout on Instagram.

    Speculation continues to mount over his future with the £290,000-a-week World Cup winner’s contract due to expire at the end of the season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RED DEVILS BACK IN FOR TRIPPIER

    Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a swoop for Kieran Trippier.

    And a transfer would also see Diogo Dalot reunited with Jose Mourinho at Roma.

    Gianluca Di Marzio claims Trippier remains a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was chased unsuccessfully by United over the summer.

    Atletico Madrid refused to sell the England right-back following his pivotal role in their LaLiga title win last term.

    But with Atleti now playing a new system and already falling five points off the summit, Trippier’s future in Spain is looking less secure.

    And that could finally pave the way for him to join United, who have also been less than convincing this term.

    It’s reckoned negotiations could start shortly ahead of a potential January switch.

    And should United get their hands on Trippier, it could see Portugal international Dalot leave Old Trafford.

    He is said to be a target for Roma boss Mourinho.

    The Special One signed Dalot for United in 2018.

    And Mourinho believes his compatriot can provide some much-needed depth at full-back.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PETIT: ZZ WOULD SNUB UTD

    Ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit reckons Zinedine Zidane will reject a move to Manchester United to hold out for the French national position.

    Zidane has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But Petit thinks Zidane.s next role will as France boss when Didier Deschamps possibly steps down after the next World Cup.

    Petit said: “I’m pretty sure after the 2022 World Cup Deschamps will leave the national team and join a club.

    “Zinedine has been mentioned as the next France manager for years, ever since he left Madrid the first time, so it would not be a surprise for anyone if that was his next job.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'UNHAPPY HENDERSON'

    Dean Henderson is ready to leave Manchester United, reports claim.

    And there’s no shortage of Premier League interest in the goalkeeper with Newcastle the frontrunners for his signature, according to Sky Bet.

    However, Eddie Howe and Co. could face stern competition from several Premier League rivals including West Ham, Watford and Crystal Palace.

    Sky Bet also think Ajax, Brentford and Norwich could challenge if Red Devils chiefs green-light his departure.

  • Justin Lawrence

    ZIN THE WAY

    Zinedine Zidane's wife Veronique could stand in Manchester United's way of hiring the French gaffer to replace under fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    According to the Daily Record, United would be interested in bringing Zidane to the Theatre of Dreams should they terminate Solskjaer's contract.

    It has been stated that Zizou, who departed Real Madrid in the summer, is attracted to the opportunity at taking charge.

    Though the news reports insists his dancer partner Veronique isn't keen on living in Manchester, and would prefer her husband to take a longer break.

    And Bild reporter Christian Falk has revealed that Zidane is now set to wait until next year before making a decision on his future.

  • Justin Lawrence

    CASH OUT 

    Liverpool are often hailed for their savvy spending in the transfer market.

    However, the Reds lead the way for Premier League clubs with the most money spent on agent fees between 2017 and 2020.

    It’s said the Reds spent a whopping £118.7million on agent fees over the last several years.

    That helped Klopp secure vital signings including Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho as he led Liverpool to trophy heaven.

    The fee is over £8m more than the £110m splashed by closest English competitor Chelsea, who saw their spending pay off with a second Champions League title last season.

    Meanwhile, Premier League champions Man City paid out £103.3m to agents, while Man Utd spent even less with £93m.

  • Justin Lawrence

    FUN IN THE SUN

    Paul Pogba is undergoing warm-weather training in Dubai as the Manchester United midfielder steps up his recovery from injury.

    The 28-year-old, the club’s £89million record signing, is expected to be sidelined for up to TWO MONTHS after injuring his right thigh training with France last week.

    He has now been granted permission by United to spend the first part of his rehabilitation programme in the United Arab Emirates.

    Pogba headed to Dubai with a coach to monitor his progress as he attempts to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling side.

    And after vowing to ‘come back strong’ from the setback, the star has wasted no time in getting to work in the gym in the Middle East, even sharing several snaps of a recent workout on Instagram.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RED RODGE

     Brendan Rodgers is the clear favourite for the Manchester United job.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced the Northern Irishman at 4/6 to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer's tenure is hanging by a thread after a series of disappointing results.

    The Red Devils have won just three of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions and trail leaders Chelsea by nine points.

    United were comprehensively outclassed by rivals Liverpool and Manchester City before the international break.

    And that's led two claims that senior players have lost faith in the Norwegian.

    SunSport understand United chiefs held an emergency board meeting to discuss future plans and potential replacements.

    Rodgers is their first-choice option and Betfair agree with the 48-year-old the 4/6 odds-on frontrunner for the position.

  • Justin Lawrence

    CRIST ALMIGHTY

    Manchester United's wage bill has rocketed by nearly a quarter following the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

    The sum has gone up to £354million a year a leap of 23.1per cent.

    The figure came out as the club announced their first quarter results for this financial year which showed club revenues for the period up by 16 per cent to £126.5million.

    The club’s Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward insisted that the club’s overriding priority was success on the pitch rather than on the balance sheet.

    Woodward said: “While these financial results today demonstrate our resilience through the pandemic, our top priority is success on the pitch.

    “The manager, players and everyone at the club are determined to achieve that objective.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    POOR CHOICE

    Micah Richards has admitted he was proven wrong about Alexis Sanchez’s transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United.

    Richards thought Sanchez was bound to be a hit at United because he done so well for the Gunners.

    But to Richard’s surprise, the Chile ace’s move to Old Trafford didn’t go to plan and he was shipped to Inter Milan shortly after.

    Reflecting on Sanchez’s time at United, Richards told the BBC’s Top 10 podcast: “He became a laughing stock at Manchester United.

    “At Arsenal he was quality and he worked hard. He had skill and creativity. He was a go-to man.

    “It was sad when he went to United because I thought it was going to be a great move for him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    LEW AND BEHOLD

    Robert Lewandowski reportedly cornered Matty Cash while on international duty with Poland to quiz him all about life in the Premier League.

    The 24-year-old defender, who has Polish grandparents, recently switched his allegiance from England and won his first two caps for them over the past week.

    After coming on as sub in the 4-1 win over Andorra, he was hooked at half time of their World Cup qualifying defeat to Hungary.

    However, away from the pitch, a fresh report states that at the team hotel he was pulled aside for a lengthy chat with his adopted country’s biggest superstar.

    And The Athletic claims the star, who was previously linked with a transfer to Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, wanted to know all about life in England’s top-flight from the Villa ace.

  • Justin Lawrence

    DEAN DILEMMA

    Dean Henderson is ready to leave Manchester United, reports claim.

    And there's no shortage of Premier League interest in the goalkeeper with Newcastle the frontrunners for his signature, according to Sky Bet.

    However, Eddie Howe and Co. could face stern competition from several Premier League rivals including West Ham, Watford and Crystal Palace.

    Sky Bet also think Ajax, Brentford and Norwich could challenge if Red Devils chiefs green-light his departure.

  • Justin Lawrence

    'FIRMLY NOTED'

    Jesse Lingard's brother Louie has hit back at West Ham fans who believe the club don't need to sign the Manchester United ace in January.

    The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Hammers, scoring nine and assisting five – helping them to a sixth place finish.

    However, a permanent summer move failed to materialise with Lingard keen to stay at his boyhood club and fight for his place.

    ut Lingard has only played 154 minutes of football this term – scoring two and assisting one.

    The England international has since been linked with a move back to West Ham, as well as newly mega-rich Newcastle ahead of the January transfer window.

    Some West Ham fans have questioned whether bringing Lingard back to the club is worth it, with Said Benrahma finally coming good this season.

    And Lingard's brother Louie says the 'staggering' amount of Hammers fans who don't want the midfielder back will be 'firmly noted', hinting it could play a part on where the ace will play his football next.

    Responding to a West Ham fan page on Instagram, Louie said: "From the comments I can see that most would believe use don’t need him and wouldn’t even start.

    "Exact same was said before he last came. Staggering to see that many don’t actually want him either. Firmly noted."

  • Justin Lawrence

    PET STOP

    Ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit reckons Zinedine Zidane will reject a move toManchester United to hold out for the French national position.

    Zidane has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But Petit thinks Zidane.s next role will as France boss when Didier Deschamps possibly steps down after the next World Cup.

    Petit said: “I’m pretty sure after the 2022 World Cup Deschamps will leave the national team and join a club.

    “Zinedine has been mentioned as the next France manager for years, ever since he left Madrid the first time, so it would not be a surprise for anyone if that was his next job.”

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