Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Haaland LATEST, Ruben Neves EXCLUSIVE, Red Devils urged to buy £100m Rice, Rangnick updates

MANCHESTER UNITED have been urged to splash the cash on Declan Rice after SunSport revealed the club are confident of landing the England man next summer.

West Ham have slapped a stunning £100m asking price on the Three Lions star, but the Red Devils are confident of tempting him up to the North West.

Meanwhile United are determined to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves this month, SunSport can also exclusively reveal.

The Portugal ace, 24, has two years left on his current deal at Molineux – but has spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League.

We've also the very latest on Erling Haaland as Premier League clubs continue to eye a swoop for the Dortmund superstar.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, updates and gossip on our live blog…

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  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Borussia Dortmund will make one last bid to persuade Erling Haaland to extend his stay with them beyond the summer.

    And the German club say they want D-day over Haaland's future to come in the next few weeks rather than dragging on indefinitely.

    Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea are ready to pounce for the Norwegian hitman who has a £64 million release clause this summer.

    There is also likely be interest from Real Madrid while Barcelona say they could move despite their recent cash woes.

    But Dortmund say they will sit down for talks with Haaland his agent Mino Raiola to try to convince him to stick around.
    Ralf Rangnick will lean heavily on club sports psychologist Sascha Lense when Manchester United return to training today to get some much-needed confidence back in the team.

    As soon as the new Red Devils boss was appointed he brought the highly rated Lense onto his staff to get into the players’ ‘hearts, brains and blood’.

    Lense is the first person to have such a role at the club in 20 years.

    Now Rangnick will be hoping his work can pay off in the days before United take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

  • Dylan Terry

    Sutton on Man Utd problems

    Chris Sutton has given his take on Manchester United's issues following their 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night.

    He said: “There are big problems at Manchester United.

    “We knew the problems under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and they are trying to change the way they play but there are issues.

    “Some players run, some don’t run and when you strip it all back that is a massive, massive problem for Manchester United.

    “Watching the game tonight and looking at Chelsea-Liverpool it was night and day the difference in quality”

  • Dylan Terry

    Birmingham loan United defender Mengi

    Birmingham have confirmed the capture of highly rated Manchester United defender Teden Mengi on loan for the remainder of the season.

    The Red Devils academy product will link up with friend Tahith Chong, who has played 13 times for the Championship outfit.

    Mengi – who has experience playing European football – can help shore up Birmingham's leaky defence.

    The Blues are currently sat 18th in the second tier and lost their last outing 2-1 to QPR.

    And they have conceded 11 goals in their last five games.

  • Dylan Terry

    Van de Beek considers leaving

    Donny van de Beek is considering QUITTING Manchester United this month, according to reports.

    That is despite assurances over playing time by new manager Ralf Rangnick.

    According to ESPN, the midfielder is weighing up his options as he looks for a route out of Old Trafford.

    Van de Beek, 24, has not started a single Premier League game this season – and only begun four last term following his £40million transfer from Ajax.

    Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has made it clear he will only pick players regularly playing for their clubs for the World Cup.

    And Van de Beek – already axed from the national team – knows he needs to be playing to earn a spot on the plane to Qatar.

  • Dylan Terry

    Tuanzebe set for Napoli loan

    Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is set to sign for Napoli on loan until the end of the season.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano has said: "Deal signed and sealed right now for Axel Tuanzebe.

    "Paperworks signed between Manchester United and Napoli. Straight loan until June for €600k loan fee plus €600k bonuses.

    "Medical expected to take place on Friday in Italy. Here we go confirmed."

  • Dylan Terry

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead over Tottenham with a deflected effort off of Davinson Sanchez.

    And now a defensive calamity has led to Ben Davies inadvertently turning home an own goal.

    Nightmare for Spurs.

    Remember, Liverpool or Arsenal will meet the winner of this two-legged tie in the final.

  • Dylan Terry

    Smalling agrees to be vaccinated

    Chris Smalling finally agreed to get a Covid-19 jab after the Italian government clamped down on Serie A anti-vaxxers.

    A new rule making it mandatory for all footballers in the top-flight to have at least one coronavirus vaccination comes into force on Thursday.

    Around ten players across the league, including Roma defender Smalling, had previously refused any dose of the vaccine.

    But the former Manchester United ace, 32, agreed to get jabbed before Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to AC Milan so he can continue to play.

    According to Football Italia, Smalling was just one of around ten players in Serie A not to have had the jab.

  • Dylan Terry

    Bailly goes to AFCON

    Manchester United have confirmed defender Eric Bailly is going to join up with Ivory Coast for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

    A club statement read: "Manchester United's Eric Bailly is set to link up with the Ivory Coast squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off this weekend.

    "We can confirm the defender is looking to be involved in the tournament, which is being held in Cameroon, despite missing Monday's Premier League game against Wolves due to injury.

    "Eric was forced off during the second half of the 3-1 win over Burnley, his fourth outing in the league this term. Raphael Varane and Phil Jones formed the centre-half pairing last time out, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof also absentees.

    "Bailly is a key figure for his country and scored when the Elephants reached the quarter-finals at the Olympics last year, losing to Spain at that stage.

    "Fellow countryman Amad is not in the Africa Cup of Nations squad but Hannibal will represent Tunisia this month, following his fine recent showing in the Arab Cup."

  • Dylan Terry

    Next player to leave odds

    Here are the odds for the next player to leave Manchester United:

    • Anthony Martial – 1/1
    • Jesse Lingard – 11/8
    • Juan Mata – 6/4
    • Phil Jones – 2/1
    • Dean Henderson – 3/1
    • Donny van de Beek – 4/1
    • Dylan Terry

      Rangnick turns to psychologist Lense

      Ralf Rangnick will lean heavily on club sports psychologist Sascha Lense when Manchester United return to training today to get some much-needed confidence back in the team.

      As soon as the new Red Devils boss was appointed he brought the highly rated Lense onto his staff to get into the players’ ‘hearts, brains and blood’.

      Lense is the first person to have such a role at the club in 20 years.

      Now Rangnick will be hoping his work can pay off in the days before United take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

    • Dylan Terry

      De Gea tops keeper charts

      Manchester United star David De Gea is the best performing goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues this season – in one department at least.

      De Gea, 31, has outperformed his Premier League rivals in terms of saving expected goals this season. Incredibly, he has saved 7.5 shots that were expected to hit the back of the net.

      That has won United countless points – his five saves against Norwich a prime example of how crucial he is to the Red Devils.

      Wolves keeper Jose Sa is next on the list with 6.6 expected goals saved, and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris closes out the top three with 1.6.

      By comparison, other top keepers in the Premier League fall some way short of De Gea.

      Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale has won several plaudits for his displays this season but he has stopped just 0.4 expected goals this term, which suggests he has not overperformed like De Gea.

    • Dylan Terry

      Dortmund give deadline to Haaland

      Borussia Dortmund will make one last bid to persuade Erling Haaland to extend his stay with them beyond the summer.

      And the German club say they want D-day over Haaland’s future to come in the next few weeks rather than dragging on indefinitely.

      Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea are ready to pounce for the Norwegian hitman who has a £64 million release clause this summer. There is also likely be interest from Real Madrid while Barcelona say they could move despite their recent cash woes.

      But Dortmund say they will sit down for talks with Haaland his agent Mino Raiola to try to convince him to stick around.

      Director Sebastian Kehl said: “We will sit down with Erling and his team over the next few weeks and discuss the situation. It would be good if the situation does not drag on forever.

      “He is in very good hands at Dortmund and we as a club can continue to be a good option for him.”

    • Dylan Terry

      More from Ince – talks Rangnick

      Paul Ince has questioned Ralf Rangnick's preparations ahead of Manchester United's defeat to Wolves on Monday night.

      The 54-year-old said: “I think he’s [Rangnick] had enough time [to prepare the team] – they’ve not played for three weeks.

      “I know Carrington’s been shut for six days, but he’s had 12 days of training, he must know what personnel he’s gonna play, and how they’re gonna play – he must do.

      “As Jamie [Redknapp] says, Pep [Guardiola] does, [Jurgen] Klopp does – we just look like we’re at sixes and sevens at Man Utd.

      “Everybody looks lost! Everyone’s turning round to say ‘what’re we doing? we’re unsure about this. Is this the right way to go?’"

    • Dylan Terry

      Ince backs Poch for Man Utd

      Mauricio Pochettino should be Manchester United’s next manager, says club legend Paul Ince.

      The 54-year-old said: “I thought Pochettino was the man, I’ve always clamoured for him to be the man. He still might be the man if PSG don’t win the Champions League.

      “But whoever the man is has to have a four-year project. This team needs investment.

      “The recruitment has been poor over so many, many years. It needs the right man, with the right philosophy and the right project to take this club forward.

      “You can’t, as Jamie said, have a manager in the next season and if things aren’t going well after five months – we start booing him – it ain’t gonna work.”

    • Dylan Terry

      Mike Phelan to the rescue?

      Mike Phelan has reportedly been asked to help unify the Manchester United dressing room and avoid any further turmoil this season.

      Sir Alex Ferguson’s former No2 first returned to the club in 2019 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and remains the assistant manager.

      That is despite Solskjaer being sacked and replaced by Ralf Rangnick, who later hired New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC coach Chris Armas to his staff, after Michael Carrick left.

      Phelan’s role at the club looked to be in danger when Rangnick signed as interim boss at the end of the season.

      But now, according to The Telegraph, he is seen as the ideal man to ‘build bridges in a dressing room’ which is said to be divided into cliques.

      It is claimed Phelan recently held a two-hour talk with Rangnick and will now help the German in bringing the squad together.

    • Dylan Terry

      Man Utd eye Dortmund's Zagadou

      Manchester United have reportedly opened talks over a free transfer for Dan-Axel Zagadou.

      The Borussia Dortmund defender, 22, is in the final six months of his contract.

      And Fussball Transfers claims Ralf Rangnick is eager to snap up Zagadou for nothing when his deal expires this summer.

      United targeted a move for the France U21 star last year during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.

      And Zagadou was also wanted by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta before he moved for Brighton’s Ben White.

      Zagadou has played 13 times for Dortmund this season after recovering from a lengthy knee injury.

    • Kostas Lianos

      Maur upheaval

      Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino should be Manchester United's next manager, says club legend Paul Ince.

      Ince told Sky Sports: "Like Jamie [Redknapp] says, they won't be solved in a year. Maybe the two years.

      "When I watched Chelsea [vs] Liverpool yesterday I was just dreaming that I could see Man United playing like that one day because it was an unbelievable standard of football.

      "I thought Pochettino was the man, I've always clamoured for him to be the man. He still might be the man if PSG don't win the Champions League.

      "But whoever the man is has to have a four-year project. This team needs investment.

      "The recruitment has been poor over so many, many years. It needs the right man, with the right philosophy and the right project to take this club forward.

      "You can't, as Jamie said, have a manager in the next season and if things aren't going well after five months – we start booing him – it ain't gonna work"

    • Kostas Lianos

      Neves land

      Manchester United are determined to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves this month, reports SunSport's Jordan Davies.

      Neves has two years left on his current deal at Molineux but has previously spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League.

      United have been mulling over a potential bid for the midfielder since the summer as they are looking to strengthen in the middle of the park.

      SunSport understands the Red Devils could make an offer of around £35million to lure the Portugal international.

      Wolves, however, are believed to only be listening to offers upwards of £40m for their star man – who has also drawn interest from Arsenal in the past.

      The 24-year-old is happy at Wolves, but is unlikely to sign an extension on his deal as he eyes the next stage in his development

    • Kostas Lianos

      Lage's success explained

      Wolves manager Bruno Lage explained his team's win over Manchester United occurred because of the way he read the opponents' full-back positions.

      Lage said: "The most important thing for us is to see where the full-backs are.

      "To find the spaces, when they are defending and when they are attacking, to see where they are.

      "If you look in the first half, when they are defending and trying to block – I saw it from the bench – they have [Edinson] Cavani trying to block Ruben [Neves], Cristiano Ronaldo trying to control [Conor] Coady and the wingers inside.

      "So the space is outside. That’s why [Nelson] Semedo and [Fernando] Marcal had a lot of chances and a lot of ball in the first half and the boys found those spaces.

      "That’s why it’s so important when you have the ball to know where the space is and when they are defending, if [Francisco] Trincao and [Daniel] Podence understand that if the full-backs are in front of them or, if they go, it is not your man, so control the space inside.

      "That’s why it was so important that we work hard on these questions, the players understood the plan and we deserved the three points"

    • Kostas Lianos

      TWO TARGETS

      Manchester United have prioritised Wolves star Ruben Neves and Marseille ace Boubacar Kamara in their search for a new midfielder.

      That is according to Sky Sports, who report that Kamara and Neves are United's main targets in the January transfer window.

      The Red Devils have been keeping tabs on Neves since the summer and are still in contact with his agent Jorge Mendes.

      Newcastle and Roma are also interested in Kamara, who is able to discuss terms of a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of France

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    • Kostas Lianos

      "Big problems"

      Interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is dealing with "big problems" after the loss to Wolves, according to former Blackburn and Chelsea ace Chris Sutton.

      Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live: "There are big problems at Manchester United.

      "We knew the problems under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and they are trying to change the way they play but there are issues.

      "Some players run, some don't run and when you strip it all back that is a massive, massive problem for Manchester United.

      "Watching the game tonight and looking at Chelsea-Liverpool it was night and day the difference in quality"

    • Kostas Lianos

      DOUBLE IMPACT

      Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is "excited" about the prospect of facing Manchester United twice in the same week.

      Gerrard said: "I’m excited about that and always have been. I just hope my players feel the same way. They are two great fixtures, an opportunity in the Cup and an opportunity in the league.

      “We need to respond. We need to react and find some of the grit we had in the earlier fixtures because it seems to have been missing in the last two.

      “Grit is the word. We showed a lot of grit in the opening games and a lot of fight.

      “The second goal [against Brentford] was a catalogue of errors and there is no grit or fight in there. No-one was showing the right aggression”

    • Kostas Lianos

      Van de Beek update

      Manchester United ace Donny van de Beek is still considering a move away from Old Trafford.

      Interim United manager Ralf Rangnick has made it clear he wants Van de Beek to stay in January.

      That's according to ESPN, who report that the midfielder will 'continue to assess his options for a potential move away.'

      The Red Devils will reportedly allow the Netherlands international's representatives to submit any options but, like Anthony Martial, a loan move must cover all his wages and include a fee.

      The 24-year-old is also sceptical about getting the opportunities Rangnick has promised and is desperate for game time so he can fight his way back into Holland's squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup

    • Kostas Lianos

      Wonder-Phil return

      Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand was impressed with former team-mate Phil Jones' "class" return against Wolves.

      Ferdinand said during another episode of Vibe with Five: "For someone to come in from the cold like that, you have to tip your hat to someone like that.

      "They were playing him maybe to put him in the shop window, first and foremost, but if he plays well enough, the manager might change his mind. That can happen in football very quickly.

      "I'm just pleased he got through the game unscathed, no injuries. He put in a decent performance after such a long time out, not easy to do. So you've got to tip your hat to Phil Jones.

      "He's come in for a lot of stick, a lot of my words have been misinterpreted a little bit – but you've got to say 'well done' in terms of the amount of time he's been off the pitch, to come in and play in the Premier League and play at the standard he did.

      "Albeit his header was the one that fell to [Joao] Moutinho's foot before he scored, but I thought he [Jones] was class for long periods in the game"

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    • Kostas Lianos

      Alvarez situation

      River Plate star Julian Alvarez's former youth coach Rafal Varas has endorsed a potential move to Manchester United but expects the striker to stay until the end of the year.

      Varas told Radio Republica: “For me he wants to stay a little longer in River to go to the World Cup.

      “Julian is going to adapt and explode at any club there.

      "I’d like him to go to Real Madrid or Manchester United”

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