Cristiano Ronaldo 'to get Man Utd No 7 shirt', Sancho injured on England duty, James to Leeds, Martial LATEST

DEADLINE DAY has been and gone with Manchester United completing the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese icon, 36, has been confirmed as a United player once again after moving from Juventus.

Ronaldo is also set to take back his famous number 7 shirt from Edinson Cavani and could even take penalty duties off the ever-reliable Bruno Fernandes.

Elsewhere, Daniel James has crossed the Pennines to sign a £30m deal with Leeds.

While Dortmund have issued a final hands off warning on Erling Haaland, with the chase for the striker's signature likely to rumble on.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    UPDATE ON AINSLEY

    After Ainsley Maitland-Niles' dramatic Instagram story in which he publicly stated he wanted to leave Arsenal, tensions now seemed to have eased between him and the club.

    Journalist David Ornstein said during a live stream for The Athletic: “Ainsley Maitland-Niles has held clear-the-air talks with Mikel Arteta. For now, they have gone on to a better footing, normal service resumed, he’ll be back in training, and he’s said to be a key part of Arteta’s plans.

    “I think actions now speak louder than words. A player who’s under contract until 2023 and wants game time desperately. He’s 24 years old now, so he’s coming into a really important period of his career.

    “A key part of this was that Everton made an offer that Arsenal weren’t happy with – [a] loan with an option to buy, Arsenal see him as an academy product, a top player who’s had international honours – you either make us a really good loan offer, which by that, I presume means a high loan fee, or a permanent transfer. They turned down £20m last year from Wolves.

    “But now they seem to be in a good space. And he’ll be staying at Arsenal for the coming season, or at least until January.”

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    'WIN-WIN'

    Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes there are no downsides to Dan James initial £24million move to Leeds United.

    The 23-year-old signed for the Whites on deadline day, with game time set to be scarce at Old Trafford following Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival.

    And Neville said on Sky Sports: "It’s really good for Dan James. It’s one of those where this is a win-win.

    "He came to United and always did his very best, he was a massive threat on the counter-attack, but United have a lot of players in those areas.

    "It’s really important for young players to go and play, and Leeds have always wanted him. They wanted him the first time round when United got him instead.

    "He’ll suit the way they play, the way they play with such pace on the counter-attack. He’ll love it there – the crowd’s a big crowd, a club that demands a lot."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'COUNT ON ME'

    Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he is planning to have face-to-face talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about his role in his team.

    And with Solskjaer yet to win silverware as the Red Devils boss, Ronaldo has vowed that his former team-mate can count on him to deliver.

    Speaking to United's website about whether he has spoken to the Norwegian gaffer, he said: "Well, we had a chat.

    "But of course I’m going to have time to speak with him face to face, to know what he expects.

    "As you know, I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.

    "But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants. So I’m available for everything.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SANCHO WORRY

    England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed Jadon Sancho has picked up an injury while on international duty.

    In his press conference ahead of thr Three Lions' clash against Hungary, Southgate said: "We've got a small knock with Jadon this morning so we're going to assess him."

    The news comes as a worry to Manchester United fans with Sancho starting just one Premier League game before picking up the injury.

    It's not yet clear how long Sancho will be out, but with it being a 'small knock' it's not expected to be too long.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HAALAND BOOST

    Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland.

    Former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the 22-year-old sensation will leave Germany when he leaves Borussia Dortmund.

    Bayern are notorious for signing Dortmund's best stars, but when it comes to Haaland Rummenigge doesn't think the Munich club have a chance.

    He told Sport Bild: "He [Haaland] has become an absolute figurehead in the league.

    "But I'm afraid he won't be staying in the Bundesliga. The numbers that are circulating show that it's difficult to keep him in Germany.

    "I assume that his future lies abroad."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WINDOW WONDERS

    SunSport reckons this team could certainly challenge for the title if they played together – especially with the devastating attack.

    Manchester United have three representatives in the side, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho on the wings between former Red Devil Romelu Lukaku.

    And Raphel Varane lines up at the back, meaning three out of United's four summer signings are selected in the side.

    Meanwhile, the likes of Kurt Zouma, Martin Odegaard, Emi Buendia, Joe Willock, Dan James, Odsonne Edouard and Patson Daka were among the best signings to make the fantasy bench.

    The total transfer cost of the starting XI, three of whom signed on deadline day, adds up to a whopping £457.5m.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EYES ON ERLING

    Manchester United WILL try to sign Erling Haaland summer, despite the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    According to ESPN, the Red Devils are set to continue the pursuit of theit top target next summer.

    And when the season does come to an end Haaland will be available for as little as £65million thanks to a release clause in his contract that becomes active.

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer is desperate to bring fellow Norwegian Haaland to Old Trafford, and with the pair having previously worked together at Molde a deal could be on the cards.

    ESPN even report that the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo will help United get the Haaland deal over the line, due to Haaland's desire to play alongside the footballing great.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    OUTGOINGS

    We all know who Manchester United have signed this summer, but who has left the club in the past few weeks?

    • Dan James – Leeds, £25m
    • Tahith Chong – Birmingham, loan
    • Joel Pereira – contract expired
    • Sergio Romero – contract expired
    • Nathan Bishop – Mansfield, loan
    • Reece Devine – St Johnstone, loan
    • Max Taylor – Rochdale, free
    • Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa, loan
    • Ethan Laird – Swansea, loan
    • Dylan Levitt – Dundee United, loan
    • Brandon Williams – Norwich, loan

    ON THE MOVE

    Cristiano Ronaldo has also spoken on his decision to return to Manchester in his first interview since re-signing for United.

    He told manutd.com: "I think it’s the best decision that I have made it. It’s right on point in my opinion.

    "I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things."

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      FATHER FIGURE

      Cristiano Ronaldo has been speaking to Manchester United's official website on the role Sir Alex Ferguson had in bringing him back to the club, and the special relationship he has with his former boss.

      He said: “As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key.”

      “I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon.

      “For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me. He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person.

      “I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      NO THANK YOU

      Ligue 1 side Lyon made a late effort to sign Anthony Martial.

      According to L’Equipe the club tried and failed to bring the 25-year-old to France on deadline day.

      He's said to have turned down a move to the side where he made his professional debut in 2012.

      Instead Martial will stay at United, where he has been the subject of criticism in recent weeks.

      And he’s set to have his playing time significantly reduced after Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival from Juventus, and Marcus Rashford set to make a return from a shoulder injury in the coming weeks.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      DAN DEAL

      Daniel James leapfrogged David Beckham to become Manchester United's fourth most expensive sale.

      The Welsh winger, 23, completed his transfer to Leeds on deadline day, penning a five-year contract.

      And the £25million switch to Elland Road – which could rise to £30m – is among the biggest fees received by the Red Devils.

       

    • Giacomo Pisa

      IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

      Manchester United reportedly blocked Donny van de Beek from joining Everton on loan on deadline day.

      That is despite the £35million midfielder ‘wanting to leave’ Old Trafford.

      And according to AD in his homeland, the Dutch international was hoping to secure a transfer away this summer to get playing regularly again.

      Everton was the most likely destination with the Toffees willing and able to meet the demands of the £125,000-a-week flop.

      But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put the brakes on a move and prevented the centre-mid from leaving, labelling a deal as ‘non-negotiable’ and promising the midfielder he will ‘get his chances’.

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    • Giacomo Pisa

      ATTACKING THREAT

      Manchester United legend Gary Neville doesn't think it will take Cristiano Ronaldo long to settle back into life at Old Trafford, but he isn't sure on what United's best options are going forward.

      Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "I don't think he will have to adapt too much.

      "Manchester United have got fantastic forward players, they've got good creative players in [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes and [Donny] Van de Beek.

      "So with [Jadon] Sancho out wide, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial and [Mason] Greenwood, they should create plenty of chances for him.

      "Obviously the question would be – I love Cavani – so it will be a question as to whether they play either or, or whether they can both play together somehow.

      "Including myself, everyone is thinking that Cristiano is going to play No9, but could he play just to the left of Cavani?

      "And then Greenwood or Sancho to the right, which I just think would be a guarantee of goals."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      BIGGEST DEALS

      This has been a transfer window to remember and here is the Premier League’s top five biggest blockbuster moves.

      Manchester United are responsible for two out of the five biggest deals, with former Red Devil Romelu Lukaku also on the list.

      1. Jack Grealish (Manchester City from Aston Villa, £100m)
      2. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea from Inter Milan, £97.5m)
      3. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, £73m)
      4. Ben White (Arsenal from Brighton, £50m)
      5. Raphael Varane (Manchester United from Real Madrid, £41m)
    • Giacomo Pisa

      RON REJECTION

      Cristiano Ronaldo sensationally offered Barcelona his services before he rejoined Manchester United.

      That's according to Diario Sport, who claim Barcelona immediately rejected the chance to sign the 36-year-old.

      Instead CR7 returned to Old Trafford in an initial £13million deal.

      He's expected to make his second debut for the club on September 11 against Newcastle.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      NOT ENOUGH

      Sky Sports pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville doesn't think the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo will be enough to lead them to a first Premier League title since 2013.

      Neville said: "The big question every Manchester United fan, probably every fan in the Premier League will be asking is is it enough for them to challenge for the title and win the the title?

      "I don't quite feel it is. I still think there are a couple of teams that are better.

      "I think the Premier League is the strongest since the mid-2000s. 

      "I think it's an unbelievably strong Premier League at this moment in time with great coaches, great teams and great players and that's been strengthened by this transfer window."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      OLE'S SHOPPING TROLLY

      Manchester United were the second biggest spenders of the summer.

      The Red Devils ended with a net spend of £100m according to Transfermarkt's figures.

      That's after capturing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo – but also selling Dan James to Leeds for £25m on deadline day.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      NO DEAL

      West Ham pulled out of a deal for Jesse Lingard because they refused to match Manchester United's £30million valuation.

      According to the Telegraph David Moyes and Co. refused to pay the asking price for the 28-year-old who has just one year left on his Old Trafford deal.

      Instead the Hammers opted to sign Croatian international Nikola Vlasic in a £25million deal.

      Lingard had been West Ham's top target after an impressive loan spell in East London during the second half of last season, but in the end the Hammers were not prepared to meet his £30million fee.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      WRONG PRIORITIES

      However Ince thinks United will pay the price for not signing a central midfielder.

      The Red Devils were linked with moves for Eduardo Camavinga, Saul Niguez and Ruben Neves, but all failed to materialise.

      And Ince said: "They can't keep playing the way they're playing.

      "Even with Ronnie I still think United are a bit behind City and Chelsea, but they are a lot closer than they would have been.

      "The midfield is an area that's not really been touched…[Jadon] Sancho is going to be a top player, but surely the priority should have been to get a top-class midfielder. I don't think we've got that.

      "If you look at the spine of the team, you've got [Harry] Maguire and Varane at the back and the likes of Ronaldo and Rashford up top, it looks strong, but in that middle area it looks a little bit open."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      PAUL'S PLEASED

      Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince thinks the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo is 'great' for both fans and players alike.

      He said: "I think United needed a lift.

      "You thought if Manchester City got Harry Kane it was going to be all over.

      "Then [Romelu] Lukaku goes to Chelsea and you think, 'wow'. United needed a centre-forward for sure.

      "Then suddenly, bam, Ronnie's back in town and comes to Old Trafford. It's great for United fans, it's great for the team.

      "You put him alongside [Raphael] Varane and they are serial winners."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      DALOT NO GO

      Manchester United reportedly had an £18million offer rejected by Atletico Madrid for Kieran Trippier which blocked Diogo Dalot's switch to Borussia Dortmund.

      According to Sport1 reporter Patrick Berger, United failed in a late move to bring Trippier back to England after two years in Spain.

      He tweeted on deadline day: "Diogo Dalot will NOT join Borussia Dortmund as Manchester United can’t find a right-back replacement.

      "Understand Atletico Madrid turned down a €21m [£18m] bid from Man Utd for Kieran Trippier.

      "The Englishman will now definitely stay in Spain. No move in this transfer window!"

    • Giacomo Pisa

      VIVA RONALDO

      If you haven't seen them already United fans, here are some pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo back in a Red Devils shirt.

      His second United debut is just ten days away, with CR7 set to feature in the clash against Newcastle on September 11.

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    • Giacomo Pisa

      ON THIS DAY

      On this day in 2008 Dimitar Berbatov signed for Manchester United from Spurs.

      Berba scored 56 goals in 149 games for the Red Devils, and also provided 27 assists during his spell at Old Trafford.

      He won the Premier League twice (2009 and 2011) during his time at United, even bagging the golden boot award for his 20 goals in the 2010/11 season.

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    • Giacomo Pisa

      SUMMER SPENDING

      According to analysis by the Deloitte Sports Business Group, this summer represented the lowest gross spending between season window since 2015.

      The analysis suggests top-flight clubs spent a combined £1.1billion before 11pm last night, 11% less than last summer's window.

      And Deloitte report that the gross spending is down 20% on 2019, largely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

      Despite that the number of players signed by Premier League clubs actually increased.

      Last summer 132 signings were made, while 148 new deals were announced before yesterday's deadline.

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