Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Pogba expected to stay, Varane watches Leeds win on TV inside Old Trafford, Haaland latest

MANCHESTER UNITED have begun their Premier League campaign with a crushing 5-1 win over Leeds.

And following that result, reports abound that Paul Pogba is keen to stay at the club.

Watching on at Old Trafford was new signing Raphael Varane as he was unveiled in front of fans following his move from Real Madrid.

But despite being inside the ground, the Frenchman bizarrely decided to watch the game on TV rather than in the stands.

We've also got all the latest on Man Utd's pursuit of Erling Haaland and Eduardo Camavinga.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    SOL DESIGN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have ruled out any further new signings at Man United this summer.

    The Red Devils announced the capture of Raphael Varane before Saturday's 5-1 thumping of Leeds.

    And having also splashed out on Jadon Sancho, Solskjaer admits any other arrivals would be a 'bonus'.

    He explained: "I think anything from now is a bonus. I can’t say we’re going to do more.

    "You never know in football, but that would be a bonus."

  • Anthony Chapman

    DIALL TONE

    Amad Diallo is set to leave Man United on loan this summer.

    And Crystal Palace lead the race to sign the exciting winger.

    Diallo is set for limited game time at Old Trafford this term following Jadon Sancho's arrival.

    Fabrizio Romano claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now let the Ivorian play elsewhere to gain experience.

    And Palace are favourites despite interest from Swiss side Basel.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PAUL STAYING PUT

    Paul Pogba is going NOWHERE next summer, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The 28-year-old Frenchman provided FOUR assists in United's 5-1 demolition of Leeds today, and Red Devils fans will be pleased to hear that talks are ongoing between Pogba's agent Mino Raiola and Old Trafford bosses for a contract renewal.

    Romano reports that no deal has been agreed yet but talks have been ongoing for a number of weeks.

    It was rumoured that Pogba was a target for PSG until Messi's move to Paris, but according to Romano the Messi deal is irrelevant to Pogba's situation at United.

    The Red Devils always believed that he was staying and will work hard to get a deal over the line in the coming weeks.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WARM WELCOME

    Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to Raphael Varane's move to Manchester for the first time.

    Ronaldo and Varane spent SEVEN years together at Real Madrid, winning the Champions League FOUR times in that spell.

    And on Rio Ferdinand's post welcoming Varane to Manchester, Ronaldo commented the word "Grande" which simply translates from Portuguese as "Great."

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WATCHING FROM A-VAR

    Manchester United star Raphael Varane was at Old Trafford for his new team's win against Leeds – but watched the game on the TELLY, THOMAS BLOW reports.

    The 28-year-old defender was pictured bizarrely viewing the 5-1 rout inside, despite being at the famous Manchester ground.

    Varane was unveiled at Old Trafford on Saturday morning before United hammered rivals Leeds in their Premier League opener.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side romped to victory, with star man Bruno Fernandes scoring a hat-trick against the West Yorkshire club.

    Varane stayed at the ground for the match but appeared to watch it on the TV rather than in the stands.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FANS BACK

    Today was the first time Old Trafford was at full capacity for a Premier League game since a 2-0 Manchester Derby win against City on March 8, 2020.

    And the Red Devils made it worth the wait.

    Five goals against bitter rivals Leeds fired United was a perfect way to kick off a new campaign in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are expected to challenge for silverware.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PERFECT PAUL

    Here’s a look at Paul Pogba’s league stats from last season compared to some of the midfield names United have been linked with last season.

    The Frenchman holds the edge when it comes to chances created per game, and that stat has rocketed after FOUR assists today.

    It's the first time ever a Manchester United player has registered four assists in one Premier League.

    The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, but surely United’s top priority is to tie him down to a long-term contract after today’s display.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DOUBLE SWOOP

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba are both out of contract at the end of the season.

    And Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol has backed PSG to offer contracts to both of them come the end of the season.

    That’s following the Parisians signing the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos AND Lionel Messi without paying a fee this summer.

    And Solhekol predicts the French giants to do it again, saying on Sky Sports: “We’ve seen PSG have now got this policy of hoovering up the world’s best players who are available on a free transfer and giving them massive wages.

    “I can see them picking up Cristiano Ronaldo next summer from Juventus and also Paul Pogba from Manchester United, both on free transfers.

    “If they carry on with this policy, why wouldn’t they make those moves?”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STICKING WITH SOCIALS

    Bruno Fernandes has also taken to Instagram to celebrate United's 5-1 demolition of Leeds United.

    Fernandes scored a sensational hat-trick which meant he took home the match ball, and he kept it safe on his journey back from the ground.

    He tagged his wife Anna and said: "I’m bringing something new for our living room decor 😂⚽️"

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by Bruno Fernandes (@brunofernandes.10)

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SANCHO'S SUPPORT

    Jadon Sancho has also taken to social media to show his support for his former club, Borussia Dortmund.

    He's watching them in Bundesliga action against Eintracht, a game they're winning 5-1 with ten minutes left to play.

    The 21-year-old played 137 times for Dortmund during his spell in Germany, netting 50 times and providing 67 assists during his time there.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PAUL ON PAUL

    Paul Scholes has spoken on Paul Pogba's contract situation after the Frenchman's superb display today, which included FOUR assists.

    And the Manchester United legend predicts Paul Pogba will renew his contract at Old Trafford, as he goes into the final year of his current deal.

    Scholes told Premier League productions: "I think he’ll stay, I think he will.

    "When he was playing a couple of years ago in a team that wasn’t quite functioning as well as this one looks like it might do, and with the amount of attacking players he’s got, the ability he’s got, I think he’ll add a lot to this team.

    "I think he’ll end up signing a new contract. If this team carries on in this manner, progressing like it is – I don’t want to get too excited – but it’s a team that can go on and win trophies and that’s what he wants to do."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SANCHO ON SOCIALS

    Jadon Sancho has taken to Instagram to celebrate Manchester United's 5-1 win against Leeds as well as his Red Devils debut.

    The 21-year-old was introduced with 15 minutes to play, replacing Dan James.

    And after the game he said:

    "First minutes as a Red,
    what a start to the season!
    PP [Paul Pogba] x BF [Bruno Fernandes] link up 🥶"

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by Jadon Sancho (@sanchooo10)

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEXT FIVE

    After a perfect start to the season here's a look at Manchester United's next five Premier League fixtures.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side don't face any of the 'Big Six' sides in that run, and will be confident of maximum points from all of those games.

    That would hypothetically make it six wins from six and surely put the Red Devils into an early lead in the Premier League title race.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DAMNING ON DAN

    Some United supporters were left less than impressed with Daniel James' performance in today's 5-1 thrashing of Leeds.

    The Welshman was handed a start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial on the bench.

    But some fans online were less than impressed the winger, who nearly signed for Leeds United from Swansea City in January 2019.

    And some supporters clearly wish he had.

    One wrote: "Please don't forget to take Dan James back with you."

    While another fumed: "Dan James should just follow Leeds back home."

    A third added: "Hope Bielsa still wants Dan James… I'll drive him there myself in exchange for training cones… They don't need to pay."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Manchester United signing Raphael Varane has taken the No.19 after Phil Jones allegedly REFUSED to give up his No.4 jersey, KEALAN HUGHES reports.

    The No.4 is traditionally given to a first-choice centre-back, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof possessing No.5 and No.2 respectively.

    MEN claim Jones has refused to depart with No.4 despite not playing for United since January 2020.

    He is currently fifth choice at United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favouring Eric Bailly over him as well as Maguire, Lindelof and new star Varane.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATTER OF TIME?

    Could Jesse Lingard be on his way back to West Ham United?

    This message by the 28-year-olds agent and brother Louie Scott seems to suggest so.

    He sent a clock emoji to a West Ham account named WestHamLatest (via claretandhugh) that posted a mock picture of Lingard in a Hammers top, fuelling speculation of a return to the London Stadium.

    Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell in East London last season, scoring nine goals in 16 games, and has been linked with a return all summer.

    The midfielder is currently self-isolating following a positive Covid-19 test, but a move could be on the cards when his isolation period comes to an end.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OLE'S EXCITED

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can't wait to get Raphael Varane into training.

    Speaking to manutd.com after today's 5-1 thrashing against Leeds, Solskjaer said:

    "I haven’t spoken to him after the game but, of course, it was a nice moment for him and a nice moment for the fans as well.

    "Them together, they are looking forward to seeing him, he is looking forward to seeing his team-mates and I am looking forward to working with him, [he is a] top professional.

    "I have followed his career throughout and you just see the way he conducts himself and the way he lives his life, so all the chats I have had with him, the club has had with him we have got a top human being as well as a top player.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    "I COULD DO SOMETHING BETTER"

    Bruno Fernandes thinks he can do better, despite a HAT-TRICK today against Leeds.

    When asked if today was a perfect performance, Fernandes told MUTV:

    "I don't know, I don't know.

    "Probably I could do something better, you always can do something better but I'm really happy.

    "I'm happy because the performance from the team was really good, the result was top, having the fans back was better."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    UNSUNG HEROES

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been quick to praise the performances of often criticised Fred and Scott McTominay in today's 5-1 win over Leeds.

    He said: "Those two are brilliant, they’re absolutely top [class].

    "You just see Fred running forward today, scoring a goal. Scott is probably one of the best we have got at arriving in the box at the right time.

    "He is a beast of a man physically; he has only played 20 minutes in pre-season – as a centre-back – because he has been nursing an injury.

    "Today, for me, you can see he is a man. So all the criticism on them two, I am completely against because I love them."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAT ATTACK

    Here are the attacking stats, courtesy of Opta, from what was a scintillating display by the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRANSFER TALK

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left the door open when asked whether any more players would arrive at Old Trafford, but said anything more is a "bonus."

    Speaking after the 5-1 thumping of Leeds, Solskjaer told BT Sport:

    "I think anything from now is a bonus.

    "I can’t say we’re going to do more.

    "You never know in football, but that would be a bonus."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RUBBING IT IN

    Leeds United fans mocked Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho from the Old Trafford concourse on Saturday, KEALAN HUGHES reports.

    Rashford, 23, and new United signing Sancho, 21, were accused of "letting the country down" by the Leeds faithful.

    The fans were of course referring to the pair's misses for England in the Euro 2020 final penalty shoot-out against Italy.

    It was not just a vocal minority, with a crowd of Leeds fans singing "Sancho and Rashford, you've let the country down" – an adaptation of England fans' tune "Scotland get battered, everywhere they go".

    Some supporters could be seen with wide grins on their faces as others filmed the scenes inside the stadium.

    It is a rather insensitive reaction to the Euro disappointment given both players were subject to racist abuse after the penalty misses.

    Shameful Leeds fans chant ‘Sancho and Rashford let your country down’ inside Old Trafford ahead of Man Utd clash

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WATCHING ON

    Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard was very impressed by his teammates in the 5-1 thrashing over Leeds.

    The 28-year-old was not included in the matchday squad as he recovers from a positive Coronavirus test.

    But he has also been linked with a return to West Ham before the transfer window closes.

    He's been linked with a £25million permanent move after impressing at the London Stadium, scoring nine goals in 16 games for the Hammers last season.

    He tweeted PP [Paul Pogba] x BF [Bruno Fernandes] with fire emojis after the midfield pair put on a stunning display today.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SUPER SHAW

    Luke Shaw picked up on his superb form for England at Euro 2020 with a typically marauding performance from left back.

    The 26-year-old nearly had a goal of his own when space opened up for him to shoot on the left hand side of the box, but he rifled a powerful effort straight into the side netting.

    And his heatmap, courtesy of Opta, from the game shows Shaw's willingness to get forward at any opportunity.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PERFECT PAUL

    Here's a look at Paul Pogba's league stats from last season compared to some of the midfield names United have been linked with last season.

    The Frenchman holds the edge when it comes to chances created per game, and that stat has rocketed after FOUR assists today.

    The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, but surely United's top priority is to tie him down to a long-term contract after today's display.

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