5pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Diallo signing CONFIRMED, Grealish LATEST, Van de Beek urged to LEAVE club

MANCHESTER UNITED are out of EFL Cup after defeat to rivals City at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile on the transfer front, the Red Devils confirmed the signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta, while we've the latest on potential target Jack Grealish.

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  • Joe Brophy

    DIALLO DONE

    Manchester United have confirmed the £37million signing of 18-year-old Amad Diallo from Atalanta as their first January signing.

    The clubs agreed a deal before the transfer window closed in October but the teenager stayed with his boyhood club for the first half of the 2020-21 season while work permits, personal terms and a medical were finalised.

  • Joe Brophy

    SERGI-GO

    Manchester United's wantaway keeper Sergio Romero is reportedly nearing a move to Boca Juniors.

    The Manchester Evenings News claim the Argentinian has already said his goodbyes to his Red Devils teammates ahead of his Old Trafford exit.

    The 33-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, is expected to end his six-year stint with the club in this month's transfer window.

    Romero has been training in Argentina and local reports in Buenos Aires claim he is keeping fit in the Argentinian capital ahead of a move to Boca.

  • Josh Graham

    GIVE IT A JESS

    Manchester United's Jesse Lingard has been linked with a move to West Ham.

    The Star claims the Hammers have opened talks with the player's agent.

    Lingard, 28, is entering the final six months of his contract at Old Trafford.

    David Moyes is looking to reunite with the attacking star after coaching him at the Red Devils.

  • Josh Graham

    MEUL IT OVER

    The way Manchester United played in the Carabao Cup semi-final 'would not have been allowed' under Sir Alex Ferguson, according to the Scot's old No2 Rene Meulensteen.

    Rene Meulensteen implied Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have changed tactics against CityCredit: Action Images – Reuters

    Via talkSPORT, he said: "If you look back at the amount of United wins in the last minute of games and extra-time, it was all based on keeping the pressure on but mainly making sure there was the quality and the composure.

    "The game that springs to mind was the game also against City when Michael Owen scored the winner, and if you look at that, that was on the highest quality when Ryan Giggs played in the ball to Owen.

    "Sir Alex would never have allowed that [how United ended the game on Wednesday night].

    “He would have changed things tactically to even put more more pressure on the opposition and force them to make mistakes. But there was always quality that got the goal that was getting us the draw or the win.”

  • Josh Graham

    NOT RACIST

    Edinson Cavani was NOT racist when he wrote the “negrito” comment that earned him a three-match ban.

    But FA disciplinary beaks agreed they had no option other than to impose the minimum sanction available to them – and suggested Manchester United should have warned Cavani about unacceptable language.

    Edinson Cavani was not racist when he used the word 'negrito' onlineCredit: AFP or licensors

    South American football chiefs have rushed to Cavani’s defence after the Uruguay striker was banned last week, demanding the FA rescind the punishment of thre ban and £100,000 fine.

    The charge came after Cavani’s response to an Instagram congratulatory message from a friend, Pablo Fernandez, after his match-winning contribution off the bench at Southampton on November 29.

    While Cavani and Manchester United said they accepted the ban, the Old Trafford outfit insisted they expected the FA to state the striker’s comments carried no racist intent.

    And in the full written reasons for the commission decision, published by Wembley chiefs, it emerged that the FA made clear it was NEVER their case to question Cavani’s intent.

    However, the three-man commission, which included former Aston Villa and Bolton midfielder turned lawyer Gareth Farelly, did suggest United should have explained the regulations that were brought in by English football in August.

  • Josh Graham

    PELL OF A CHANCE

    Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri has been promoted into the first-team squad ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie against Watford.

    The MEN reports the 19-year-old has made the step up from the Under-23s after a number of impressive performances.

    He joined on deadline day in the summer window from CA Penarol.

    The Uruguayan forward could make a senior debut at Old Trafford this weekend.

  • Josh Graham

    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Manchester United defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were blasted for 'costly' after the Red Devils crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage.

    United lost 2-0 to rivals Manchester City and former France ace Frank Lebouef has taken aim at the back four.

    He told ESPN: "Football is made of mistakes and that’s what it is. You concede goals because you make mistakes. The thing is with Manchester City this season they don’t make mistakes.

    "Stones and Ruben Dias have been absolutely fantastic.

    "It’s not the case for Manchester United where on the first goal, I want to know what Maguire has to say about that. He doesn’t react, the ball comes close to him and he doesn’t react.

    "The second goal, the first thing you know when you’re a defender is when you kick the ball away you never kick it in the middle of the park.

    "You kick it on the side. Wan-Bissaka did it straight to Fernandinho’s feet."

  • Josh Graham

    MIND GAMES

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant Manchester United do not have a psychological problem in semi-finals.

    The Red Devils boss suffered a fourth successive last-four cup exit last night as the noisy neighbours across Manchester KO’d them 2-0 – leaving Solskjaer with the unwanted record of losing as many domestic semi-finals in the last 12 months as Sir Alex Ferguson did during his 26 years as United boss.

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said their semi-final hoodoo is not psychologicalCredit: AFP

    The Norwegian said: “It is not psychological. You meet good teams in the semis and at the moment they are the best team in England and we did not have enough. I don’t think it’s a mental issue.

    “We played a really good Man City team. When they play well, you have to play really well to beat them.

    “That is the reality of where we are at. We are getting closer. This is a much better United compared to a year ago in that semi.

    “That is positive but that is not enough. Tonight it was about that lack of quality compared to them. When you get to this stage of a competition, you are always playing against the better teams and it is fine margins.

    “So I repeat, it’s not a mental thing. We need to be better, that’s it. It comes down to having the right practices, some habits and some desire at times.”

  • Josh Graham

    RED RETURN

    Manchester United have recalled goalkeeper Matej Kovar from loan at Swindon Town.

    The 20-year-old headed to the County Ground last summer to spend the campaign with the Robins.

    Now the Czech stopper has had that stint cut short – although he is expected to go elsewhere for the remainder of the season.

    Kovar started impressively at Swindon but kept just one clean sheet in 20 appearances for the League One strugglers.

    He will link back up with United’s Under-23 squad back at Carrington.

    But the club are looking into the possibility of sending him out to another EFL team.

    Swindon want to replace him before the weekend and have been linked with Bournemouth’s Mark Travers.

  • Josh Graham

    NO GARN DO

    Manchester United youngster James Garner will NOT be able to face his parent side in the FA Cup.

    Garner is on loan at Watford but FA rules forbid him taking the field against the Red Devils.

    Th 19-year-old will sit out of Saturday's third-round tie.

    There are three former United men in the Championship side's squad including keeper Ben Foster, midfielder Tom Cleverley and defender Craig Cathcart.

  • Josh Graham

    TABLE TOPPER

    Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is back at the top of Premier League's highest-paid directors.

    Accounts posted at Companies House show the 49-year-old earned a whopping £3.09million last season.

    Ed Woodward is the best paid Premier League execCredit: PA:Press Association

    He lost top spot to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in the 2018-19 season after he raked in a staggering £7m.

    The Times reports that figure included a generous £3m bonus after Spurs moved into their new stadium.

    Levy's earning dipped to £2.96m last season, slightly below that of Woodward.

    The main reason for the drop was because Levy took a 20 per cent pay cut for two months at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Woodward's latest salary is a tiny drop of the previous year where he earned £3.16m.

  • Josh Graham

    'DISAPPOINTED'

    Paul Pogba spoke of Manchester United's players' disappointment after crashing out in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup to neighbours Manchester City again.

    The French midfielder told MUTV: "Of course it is disappointing because it is not the first one against City at home.

    “We are disappointed with the result, obviously, with the two goals from set-pieces.

    “It can go both ways but we lost today. It is not the first one, like I said.

    “It is very annoying to lose because there is a trophy behind all of this. We have to do better, we have to do better for sure.

    "It is details. Details make the difference all of the time and now when it is big games like this, it is details and at set-pieces we lost.

    We have to learn, we have to get through this because, after this, there are big games coming up after tonight and tomorrow we will go again."

  • Josh Graham

    KNICKER-BOCA GLORY

    Marcos Rojo could finally end his Manchester United turmoil after agreeing a two-year deal with Boca Juniors, according to reports.

    The Argentine defender is on the brink of heading back to his homeland after being frozen out at Old Trafford.

    Marcos Rojo could be set to finally quit Old TraffordCredit: Getty – Contributor

    Rojo, 30, spent the second half of last season on loan with boyhood club Estudiantes.

    He has yet to feature for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side this campaign and is happy to leave in search of regular football.

    According to ESPN, Rojo has agreed personal terms with Boca Juniors but the fee remains a stumbling block.

    The Argentine giants are hoping to sign him for nothing as he approaches the final six months of his contract.

    United do have the option of extending his £100,000-a-week contract by a further year.

  • Josh Graham

    SOL SEARCHING

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to reveal if he will rest star man Bruno Fernandes against Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday.

    Fernandes was not at his fluent best in the 2-0 defeat to rivals Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final last night.

    Bruno Fernandes as United lost another semi-finalCredit: EPA

    And Solskjaer said after: "Well, we go into every game wanting to win, of course we do. There will be a few changes, of course there will as it's such a season that we have to.

    "We have shown quality when we have had to do that before and we will make a few changes. I will see Thursday morning who is fit and who is not fit and who is ready to go.

    "He wants to play every game, Bruno. Of course, it's a long season. 

    "Let's see what team we come with on Saturday so I'll have a chat with him about how he feels."

  • Josh Graham

    CANT COMPARE

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane has criticised Bruno Fernandes for failing to show up against City and insists he cannot be compared to Eric Cantona.

    The Red Devils were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in the semi-final last night as they lost 2-0 at Old Trafford.

    After watching the 26-year-old’s subdued display, hardman Keane told Sky Sports: “It's not easy winning football trophies.

    “Fernandes has had great praise for the last few months and people have been comparing him to [Eric] Cantona etc.

    “Fernandes didn't really do much tonight.

    “The top players turn up in the big occasions.

    “And that's what the Cantona's used to do – they get their hands on trophies. That's where this team are a little bit short.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits neighbours City deservedly inflicted United's FOURTH successive semi-final defeat.

    John Stones's deflected opener on 50 minutes and Fernandinho's first-time volley late on earned City a Carabao Cup final spot against Tottenham.

    Old Trafford boss Solskjaer said: “It was about a lack of quality compared to them. They deserved to win.

    “I’m disappointed to concede at two set-plays.

    “After they scored, we had more of the ball but we didn’t have the edge to create a goal."

    Meanwhile, Dutch legend Ronald de Boer has urged unused sub Donny van de Beek to LEAVE – after just two Premier League starts since arriving from Ajax in the summer.

    De Boer believes Van de Beek will be anxious for more game time ahead of the Euros and should speak to United about his opportunities.

    He said: “If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be loaned or even sold.

    “Of course it doesn’t look great now, but with a great performance it can suddenly change completely."

    And United would reportedly have to pay Aston Villa if they want England midfielder Jack Grealish in the summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE: CITY DESERVED IT

    United boss Solskjaer admitted neighbours City were worthy 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final winners.

    He said: "Tonight it was about a lack of quality compared to them. They deserved to win.

    "I'm disappointed to concede at two set-plays.

    "After they scored, we had more of the ball but we didn't create enough.

    "We didn't have the edge to create a goal. We did put them under pressure."

  • Ian Tuckey

    GO FIGURE…

    Here's the stat breakdown on United's 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at home to neighbours City.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAN UTD SUBS – RATINGS

    SUBS

    Mason Greenwood (for McTominay, 74') – 5

    Came on to change shape of United's attack but was fairly anonymous on the right flank.

    Donny van de Beek (for Fred, 87') – N/A

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAN UTD RATINGS – CONTINUED

    MARCUS RASHFORD – 5

    Found space well between the channels to split City when going forward.

    But didn’t create too much for his team when he did get a go on the ball.

    ANTHONY MARTIAL – 4

    Stayed very central but was always half a second off the pace.

    Couldn’t get the better of Stones or Ruben Dias, who tiki-taka’d their way around his pressing and looked blunt throughout.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAN UTD RATINGS – CONTINUED

    SCOTT McTOMINAY – 5

    Ran hard for his side to keep the pressure on City’s midfielders.

    But looked awkward at times in a technical battle against Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.

    PAUL POGBA – 5

    Wasn’t able to work his usual magic as he kept getting pulled out wide.

    Looked slow at times but was always available for a teammate’s pass.

    BRUNO FERNANDES – 6

    Clever passing and movement as he put in a typical performance as the No10.

    Was targeted constantly by Fernandinho and made sure the ref knew about it, eventually resulting in the City veteran getting a rare yellow card.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAN UTD RATINGS – CONTINUED

    HARRY MAGUIRE – 6

    A commanding presence, he orchestrated his fellow defenders well.

    Once or twice a bit forgetful in his pressing duties though.

    LUKE SHAW – 5

    Was given a tough battle against Mahrez, who constantly cut inside on his left foot.

    As a result, he found himself tucked in centrally and was often a passenger on the break.

    FRED – 5

    Tenacious as ever but lacking that extra bit of quality to get a real foothold in the middle of the park.

    Showed his frustration at times as the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden passed him by with precise passes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAN UTD RATINGS VS MAN CITY

    DEAN HENDERSON – 7

    Made a number of fine saves to keep United in the game and prevent the scoreline from being bigger, including a brilliant dive to deny a scorcher from Riyad Mahrez.

    But he could have done better when John Stones snuck in to fire home City’s winner and was slow to react to Fernandinho's effort.

    AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 6

    Recovered well after being targeted by Raheem Sterling early on.

    But couldn’t really get out of his own half to make an impact up the other end.

    VICTOR LINDELOF – 6

    Held his defensive line fairly well to keep City’s slick passers at bay.

    But looked tired as the game went on after returning from injury.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: MAN UTD 0 MAN CITY 2

    After three semi-final defeats last season, United exited the Carabao Cup at the same stage to their neighbours tonight after a close-fought clash.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! MAN UTD 0 MAN CITY 2

    Fernandinho doubled City's lead on 83 minutes.

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