Pogba loves Man Utd but wanting to prove himself at the top saw him quit once – and it could happen again, says Berbatov – The Sun

PAUL POGBA loves Manchester United but his need to prove he can play at the top saw him leave once – and it could happen again, says Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian striker was at Old Trafford when Pogba was a youngster, before the Frenchman quit for Juventus in 2012.


But Berbatov told Betfair Pogba is "shy" and "hard-working" despite his outgoing social media demeanour and just wants to be the best he can be.

Looking back at the World Cup winner's early days at Old Trafford, Berbatov said: "I remember when Paul Pogba used to come and train with us in the first team.

"He would put in the effort to impress the boss, the coaches and the players. You could see straight away the talent in Pogba.

"Even then he had that big stride and he could read the game and intercept passes really well, it was difficult back then to go past him.

"The only thing he was lacking back then was that confidence, because he was coming from the second team and training with the first team which was a big thing.

"Of course, he was a bit shy, he probably could have done better but it's understandable when you are in that situation because you are in awe of the players around you and that can sometimes stop you from performing."

He was always meant to come back to United because I think he loves it there.

Berbatov continued by saying Pogba was right to quit United for Juventus – and again made the correct call in returning in 2016 for a then-world-record £89million.

The ex-United and Tottenham star said: "People say he should have stayed at United and developed playing under Sir Alex Ferguson…

"In the end he didn't get much of a chance to play and his desire to play more football was the reason he went to Juventus in my opinion.

"He went to Juventus and he was unbelievable, the goals he scored, the way he clicked with the players around him was great.

"He was always meant to come back to United because I think he loves it there and he associates himself with English football – the way the training is, the way the games are and the culture of it.

"He's still one of the best even though he gets criticised most of the time, of course, he can do better but he needs to stay fit and healthy which is exactly what I want for him.

"I think it was the right decision for him to move to Italy, he wanted to prove to everybody that he could play at that age and he did exactly that."

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How Man Utd could line-up after £140m loan and Real Madrid stars Martin Odegaard and Rodriguez swapped for Paul Pogba – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED'S £140million loan has boosted their chances of signing some big names this summer.

But Paul Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from the club after making just seven league appearances this season.

Solskjaer has confirmed Pogba is fit to play when football returns and he has been pictured at Carrington this week.

Real Madrid have reportedly offered United four big-name stars in a swap deal for the French World Cup winner.

Martin Odegaard, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vasquez and former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz will be included.

United fans have been drooling over the thought of a Pogba and Fernandes partnership in the midfield after they were spotted training together this week.

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Man Utd scrap pre-season tour plans with first trip to India cancelled amid pandemic and other clubs to follow – The Sun


MANCHESTER UNITED have pulled the plug on a lucrative tour to India this summer as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bite.

Old Trafford chiefs have already admitted that due to the Covid-19 they will not go on tour over the next few months.

United had planned to play a match in India as football continues to grow in the sub-continent.

Pre-season tours have become big business for Premier League clubs with United heading to the Far East and Australia last summer.

United's chief financial officer Cliff Baty revealed that this year's tour had been cancelled.

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Man Utd joined by City in £70m transfer race for Kai Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen striker high on shopping list – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY have joined the £70m transfer race for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

The 20-year-old German has been one of the best forwards in Europe this season, scoring 12 goals already including two on Monday against Werder Bremen.

The attacking midfielder has been scouted by some of the elite clubs across the continent, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

And City have joined that extensive list, with Pep Guardiola understood to be a huge admirer of his talents.

He will be one of the most targeted players when the transfer window opens this summer, with Leverkusen demanding around £100m.

But he could be available for around £70m due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the market, causing fees to crash.

City are starting to look at life without David Silva, as the 34-year-old's career at the Etihad slowly comes to an end after a stellar career.

Havertz is a different type of midfielder, who plays further forward and is expected to become a full-time No9 in the future.

Sergio Aguero does not have long left in Manchester either, and the German could eventually move into his position one day.


Guardiola has sent scouts to watch the Leverkusen star, who is understood to be open to the idea of playing abroad.

Bayern Munich have shown interest, but also want Leroy Sane, and they would not be able to afford deals for both players.

The Premier League Champions have no intentions of selling their German winger, and would demand upwards of £100m to let him leave.

City will have a decent budget to spend this summer, but how much depends on their Champions League future next season.

Their appeal will be heard at The Court of Arbitration for Sport, who will decide their fate over a two-year axe from Europe next month..

They were found guilty of breaching strict Financial Fair Play rules by Uefa in February, and were also handed a heavy fine.

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Man Utd ‘don’t have the money for £100m Jadon Sancho’ transfer, taunt rival fans as damning figures show huge debt rise – The Sun

RIVAL fans lined up to mock Manchester United's dwindling hopes of signing Jadon Sancho after the club's troubling financial picture was revealed.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and a lack of Champions League football, debts soared to £429million – a rise of £127.4m.

Ed Woodward has previously insisted big-money acquisitions are off the table in the coming summer.

Yet rumours of the Red Devils landing Sancho, Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish or James Maddison have refused to go away.

Therefore supporters of rival clubs took aim at their optimistic United counterparts – although some still harboured ambitions of bringing in the Borussia Dortmund star themselves.

Twitter user Vince wrote: "Man United fans will hide their faces now their club's little secret has been revealed. It's official, you don't have the money for Sancho."

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Man Utd ‘make contact with Alassane Plea’s reps’ over transfer after stunning goalscoring season for Monchengladbach – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly lining up a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made contact with the French forward’s representatives over a stunning move to Old Trafford this summer.

Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

And it’s reckoned Plea is available for just £25m when the transfer window opens.

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Man Utd ready to step up £52.5m Milan Skriniar transfer hunt with Inter Milan willing to sell defender this summer – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are hoping to sign highly-rated Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer, according to reports.

The 25-year-old's performances for Antonio Conte's side have put him on the radar of Europe's biggest clubs.

Technically proficient and physically imposing, the 6ft 2in defender is viewed by many as the ideal modern defender.

And according to the Mirror, Inter have decided to cash in on the Slovakian – despite him still having three years remaining on his contract.

The Italians, who currently occupy a Champions League spot in the Serie A table, will demand around £52.5million for Skriniar – having splashed out £30m to sign him from Sampdoria in 2017.

This deal made him the most expensive Slovakian in football history, and any move away from San Siro would smash that record once again.

He has made 118 appearances at the heart of Inter's defence as they have steadily improved in the last three years.

The likes of Manchester City and Barcelona have been interested in Skriniar.

But United's biggest competition will come from Real Madrid.

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Five Bundesliga stars Man Utd could sign including Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Kai Havertz – The Sun

GERMAN football returns this Saturday with Bundesliga stars, and potential Manchester United transfer targets, back in action.

The Red Devils' desire for Jadon Sancho is well known but there are a number of other star players on show that could fit the bill in Manchester.

Timo Werner, Erling Haaland, Kai Havertz and Dayot Upamecano are just some of the incredibly talented youngsters starring in the division.

Games get back underway behind closed doors on Saturday, with every remaining fixture shown live on BT Sport.

Borussia Dortmund are first up with the Ruhr Derby versus Schalke 04 at 2.30pm, the same time as RB Leipzig's clash with Freiburg, before Bayern Munich travel to Union Berlin on Sunday.

Here, SunSport runs down the star names United may be keeping tabs on when the action resumes.

JADON SANCHO

Ed Woodward has stated that United are unlikely to be making any big-name signings this summer – but if they are, they will surely start with Sancho.

Personal terms talks are thought to have been going on for months ahead of United launching an official bid to Dortmund.

And with 14 goals and 15 assists to his name, Borussia will be looking to the England winger to help close up their four-point gap to Bayern.

With wins in each of his last four Bundesliga appearances, Sancho hitting the ground running could convince United to do what it takes to bring him back to Manchester.

ERLING HAALAND

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were highly tipped to capture the Norwegian hotshot before he signed for Dortmund in the summer.

The chances of a fresh move at the end of the coming season may be pretty slim but scouts will no doubt be keeping tabs on his progress.

A staggering start of 12 goals in 11 games opened the floodgates on Haaland's time in Germany and he is thought to be available for around £63million.

United might like to let the teenager accrue a little experience before making their next swoop but if rival interest from Real Madrid becomes serious they may have no choice but to fire off a bid.

KAI HAVERTZ

After a couple of seasons in the mire, Bayer Leverkusen returned to the Champions League this year and they have Kai Havertz to thank.

Already capped seven times by Germany at the age of 20, the attacking midfielder rifled home 20 goals last campaign.

Although he struggled to star in Europe's elite club competition this time around, many expect Havertz to develop into the latest Bundesliga star.

Whether this summer is the right time for him to leave could depend on who can afford him, with United joined by Chelsea and Liverpool in sniffing around.

DAYOT UPAMECANO

Football's coronavirus-affected transfer market may still find room to squabble over Dayot Upamecano this summer.

Out of contract in 2021, the RB Leipzig centre-back will nevertheless be highly valued by his wealthy club.

Arsenal failed with a £55m bid last year and could come back again, possibly being joined by United.

A defender is reportedly on Solskjaer's wishlist but admittedly drops below the need for attacking reinforcements – should those deals fail, watch this space.

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1pm Man Utd news LIVE: Angel Gomes to QUIT for Chelsea, Dembele wants United transfer, Jadon Sancho latest – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are set for a busy summer in the transfer market.

As Premier League clubs hope to restart the campaign when safe to do so, the Red Devils are reportedly eyeing up a move for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer news below…

  • BETTER CALL SAUL

    BIG MAN UTD TRANSFER NEWS!

    According to TodoFichajes, Atletico Madrid midfielder is close to signing for the Red Devils.

    They claim that United are on the verge of sealing a £70million deal to bring him to Old Trafford.

    Atletico have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, and need to flog their best players to make money.

    Negotiations are said to be practically over, with an announcement to be made at the end of the season.

  • WELL I NEV-ER

    Gary Neville has called for Project Restart to be delayed until July as “25 per cent” of players are concerned about playing.

    The Government have given the go ahead for the Premier League to resume behind closed doors from June 1.

    But the former Manchester United defender has urged the English top-flight to consider pushing back the restart date.

    Speaking on Sky Sports' The Football Show, he said: “I don't think anybody is clear, in football or in the country.

    “You've all seen the fallout of the rambling mess we had to witness on Sunday night.

    “It became a little bit clearer yesterday with the further info that was released, but I think the Premier League were hanging their hat on further guidance that they didn't get.

    “Maybe at this moment in time they need to be thinking on a July start rather than a June start. We're getting closer and closer to a deadline.”

  • ANGEL DELIGHT

    Angel Gomes is reportedly close to QUITTING Manchester United amid stalemate over a new £30k-a-week contract offer.

    Chelsea could get one over their rivals by prising the 19-year-old away from Old Trafford for free when his deal runs out this summer.

    The United starlet's contract expires on July 1 but he is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with the clock running out.

    Old Trafford are desperate to keep the academy graduate in their clutches and have tried to tempt the youngster with hefty new terms.

    But as reported by Goal, the negotiations between the youngster and Old Trafford remain in a deadlock.

    He was originally offered a £20,000-a-week deal at the start of the season but the hotshot's entourage have been concerned over the ace's lack of first-team game time.

    Chelsea have suggested they are willing to match United's contract offer to Gomes with Frank Lampard keen to add the star to his exciting crop of youngsters.

  • ALM WRESTLE

    Man Utd have stolen a march on Premier League rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Argentine talent Thiago Almada, according to reports.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to invest in youth as he looks to transform his Red Devils squad.

    And the 19-year-old Velez Sarsfield playmaker fits the bill following his four goals in the Argentine top division this campaign.

    It was previously revealed how Almada has attracted interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City linked.

    But Solskjaer is not willing to hang around and reports claim he has already swooped for his signature.

    According to Tutto Mercato Web, the boss has made contact with the club over his potential availability.

    It adds that the player has a £22million release clause but Solskjaer is looking to pay in the region of £16m.

  • UNITED FRONT

  • PJAN OF ACTION

    Juventus star Miralem Pjanic has reportedly “refused” to join Manchester United to pursue a move to Barcelona. 

    Cash-strapped Barca are ready to offer the Bianconeri a number of aces in return for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international.

    Pjanic has clocked up 167 appearances for Juventus since arriving at the Allianz in 2016, and has won six major trophies – including three Serie A titles – but he looks set to leave in the summer. 

    United had hoped to secure the midfield maestro's services as part of a swap deal for wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to inject even more creativity into his midfield, following the signing of Portuguese maestro Bruno Fernandes.

    But according to Sport, the 30-year-old has snubbed a move to Old Trafford and PSG after receiving an offer for a dream move to the Nou Camp.

    The report claims that the Catalan giants have reached a verbal agreement with Pjanic and have offered up a number of players to secure the Juve star's signature.

  • AD ENOUGH

    Man Utd have been in contact with Adrien Rabiot’s representatives over a possible move from Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

    The Frenchman, who joined the club just last summer, has started 11 matches in Serie A and 16 in all competitions this campaign.

    Maurizio Sarri is overloaded in central midfield, favouring the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi over Rabiot.

    Calciomercato say United are ‘serious’ about signing Rabiot and the Frenchman’s agent is ‘at work’ trying to seal a move to the Premier League.

  • HES A KEEPER

    Man Utd's third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant has been keeping himself in shape in his garden.

  • KING HENRY

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been voted the Premier League’s greatest-ever striker.

    The Frenchman beat the Prem’s all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer and Manchester United’s club record scorer Wayne Rooney in Sun Sport’s exclusive poll.

    Over 33,000 readers cast their vote amongst the star-studded list of names available.

    But it was the Gunners hero who prevailed with a huge 38 per cent of the votes, followed by Shearer and Rooney.

    Rooney just edged out Man City icon Sergio Aguero, with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba completing the top five.

  • ROMERO WORLD

    EXCLUSIVE – Man Utd's Sergio Romero has been ordered to tear down a £20,000 adventure playground on his front garden — after neighbours ­likened it to a “theme park”.

    The Argentinian goalkeeper, 33, and wife Eliana installed the enormous playhouse for their two young daughters without planning permission.

    It boasts a clubhouse, 12ft-high castle, a 10ft slide and a 14ft-high penthouse den.

    The family’s £2.8million mansion is a few doors down from former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s home.

    After Romero retrospectively applied for planning permission, one neighbour in Wilmslow, Cheshire, complained: “This enormous installation is more suited to a commercial theme park than a quiet residential road.”

    Another said: “Usually such a structure would be expected to be positioned in the back garden.”

    A council official who later inspected it agreed it was too big and impacted “the street scene and the wider neighbourhood”.

  • PREM WORRY

    EXCLUSIVE – Premier League clubs should brace themselves for a raft of possible injuries post-lockdown according to the leading compiler of player fitness data.

    According to data supplied by Premier Injuries Limited, 38 of the 46 Premier League footballers whose nations reached the quarter-finals or beyond ended up getting injured or ill during the 2018-19 season.

    This equates to 83% being sidelined after being rushed back so soon into competition.

    Ben Dinnery of Premier Injuries Limited said: “Even with the best intentions in the world, you won’t get a player to maintain the fitness required to perform at the highest level working in self-isolation.

    “They will have a base line of fitness but ideally in any pre-season programme for the first 7-10 days, you are testing and building fitness.

    “Then you introduce competitive play into that – i.e. friendlies. We don’t have time to prepare that for the players. So there is an increased risk of injuries. Introducing five subs from Fifa is one solution.

    “But there is no escaping our competitive play is different to any other in the world no matter how much planning or preparation you do.”

  • GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Lyon striker Moussa Dembele is wanted by Chelsea – but prefers a move to United.

    According to the Daily Star, the ex-Celtic hitman has told the Red Devils he is keen on joining them.

    And United are growing increasingly confident of landing the 23-year-old in a £60m deal.

    United could have saved £51MILLION on Bruno Fernandes if they’d waited until the summer transfer window, according to Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas

    He told SIC: “The crisis caused by Covid-19 harms the European football industry in general.

    “But, of all countries, Portugal is the most affected because 50 per cent of revenues come from the sale of players.

    “Fernandes was sold for £68m in January.

    “Today, what would he be worth? Maybe £17m? £27m? Nobody knows.”

    Premier League chiefs got the Government’s green light for a return to action next month.

    But the good news came with red flags as the 20 clubs were faced with a number of issues including scrapping neutral venues, a £760m broadcasting bill and doubts from players over returning.

  • COSTLY BRU-WOE

    United could have saved £51MILLION on the Bruno Fernandes if they’d waited until the summer transfer window.

    That’s according to Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas, who claims the £68m United paid for Fernandes in January would not be feasible this summer amid the coronavirus crisis.

    Varandas believes United would be getting Fernandes for a snippet of the fee they did shell out had they waited until the end of the season.He told SIC: “The crisis caused by Covid-19 harms the European football industry in general.

    “But, of all countries, Portugal is the most affected because 50 per cent of revenues come from the sale of players.

    “Fernandes was sold for £68m in January.“Today, what would he be worth? Maybe £17m? £27m? Nobody knows.”

  • MAN U OR A MOUSSA

    Lyon striker Moussa Dembele could be close to a £60million switch to United, reports say.

    The uncapped Frenchman, 23, formerly of Fulham and Celtic, is thought to have been trailed by Old Trafford scouts over the past year.

    And the Daily Star suggest United are now confident of signing the former Under-21 international.

    Lyon missed out on European football next season as Ligue 1 was halted early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    And their president Jean-Michel Aulas believes that could mean selling some players.

  • CASH FEARS UNITE PREM CLUBS

    Two months of nitpicking and name-calling has weakened the bonds holding together the Premier League’s 20 clubs.

    But if there is one thing that unites them, it is cold, hard cash.

    And while some of the strained relationships will perhaps never be the same again, the thought of watching millions of pounds disappear down the drain proved the catalyst for a new resolution.

    Even the biggest of the Prem giants will be hit by losing their share of more than £300million being demanded back by broadcasters for a disrupted, delayed and virus-distorted season.

    Waving goodbye to all £760m they have already banked between them for the final quarter of the season would be a hammer blow to every one of them.

    League chief executive Richard Masters, who has recognised the scale of his job in recent weeks, denied vitriol had been an issue but agreed that the bitterness had to end.

    He said: “When we’re dealing with some of the challenges and complications, it’s understandable there are differences of opinions between clubs.

    “We were able to paint a picture about what would happen in various scenarios, playing out the season and not playing out the season.

    “The way the clubs came together, I feel people can see some of the issues are now starting to be addressed and I can see momentum building.

    “What there was, was a view that we were better together and talking through one voice and better off acting at all times like a collective. That was the unanimous view.”

  • DON'T PUNCTURE MY HALO

    ODION IGHALO will plead with Shanghai Shenhua not to end his Manchester United dream when his Old Trafford loan runs out at the end of the month.

    The Chinese Super League club have upped their valuation of the Nigeria striker, 30, to around £22million if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep him on for when the season resumes in June.

    Ighalo is desperate to stay for the final nine league games — as well as helping United in the FA Cup and Europa League.

    Now he is ready to put his case to Shenhua.

    But with the Chinese season also starting in June, the club want Igahalo back unless United pay up.

    United had signed the former Watford front man in January for a loan fee of £3million until the end of the season.

    But with the seasonsuspended due to the coronavirus timeis fast running out. Ighalo had been valued at £15m when he first arrived, but FOUR goals in eight games made Shenhua’s hierarchy revise their valuation.

  • RYAN ALMOST WENT WANDERING

    Ryan Giggs almost quit Manchester United in 2003 and could have signed for BOLTON WANDERERS.

    The Welshman ended up staying with Sir Alex Ferguson's side and went on to win ten more trophies with the Red Devils before his retirement in 2014, aged 40.

    Giggs told BeIN Sport: “Around 2003/04 I didn’t have a great start to the season.

    “It was the summer that David Beckham went, that was the probably the closest I got to going.

    “My form wasn’t great, and it was the transition period where I’d gone from flying winger to coming in a little bit more inside.

    “If I hadn’t ended the season strong, who knows. I was in and out of the team towards the end of my career but I was fine with that.

    “I was 35 to 40, I was fine, and I had got my head around that quite quickly, that I would be in and out of the team.”

    Inter Milan and Juventus were both linked with the United legend and even Sam Allardyce’s high-flying Bolton were keen.

  • PREM RETURN GETS GOV GREEN LIGHT
    Premier League chiefs were given the Government green light for a return to action next month.
    But the news came as the 20 clubs:

    • Were told they face a £375m repayment bill from broadcasters even if the season is played out, with demands for the full outstanding £760m if it is scrapped
    • Forced Prem bosses to go back with a plea to let the season be completed in home stadiums rather than neutral venues
    • Received a grilling as FA chairman Greg Clarkewarned Wembley would not sanction the season being voided or relegation scrapped
    • And were still seeking to agree medical protocols that the players will accept as a condition to return to training.The apparent U-turn on neutral grounds came amid a groundswell of opinion from clubs that league chiefs had kowtowed too swiftly to pressure from police.
    • Clubs asked why there had been no real pushback to police concerns over fans congregating outside grounds where matches were being played behind closed doors.

    ROSE: PREM RETURN IS 'F***ING JOKE'

    Danny Rose slammed plans to bring football back, fuming: “I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale – lives are at risk”.

    The Premier League is plotting a return in June, with the government keen to lift the country’s spirits.

    But the Newcastle defender, on loan from Tottenham, is aghast at plans to return while death rates remain high.

    On Instagram, Rose blasted: “It's a f****** joke, I'm not even going to lie.

    “The government is saying bring football back because it's going to boost the nation's morale, I don't give a f*** about the nation's morale. People's lives are at risk, you know what I mean?

    “Football shouldn't even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively. It's b*******.

    “We'll see, I think I'm getting tested on Friday, so we'll just have to wait and see.

    “I listened to the announcement, no football until June 1st or something, I don't even pay attention to any of that.

    “I'm sad that people are getting sick and being affected. Football should be the last of things that need to be sorted.

    “I think everyone will get tested as soon as they get back and we'll see what happens.I just hope the numbers stay low so we can get back to normal as soon as possible.”

    UTD DUO ARE TWO KEEN

    United stars Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah got a little bit ahead of themselves on Monday — and weresent home for their troubles.

    The good pals, both 22, thought they would make the most of the Government’s lockdown easing by training outdoors together at the private Saint Ambrose College in Cheshire.

    However, the new guideline on being allowed outside with one person who is not from your household does not come into force until WEDNESDAY.

    And red-faced defenders Wan-Bissaka and Fosu-Mensah, were then told to HOP IT by college staff because they did not have permission to be there.

    The duo were snapped using a football and doing keepy-uppies in between shuttle runs.

    And they certainly practised social distancing rules by maintaining the required two-metre gap at all times.

    Premier League players are expected to return to training this month while adhering to new health and safety guidelines.

    LAY THE ODDS ON LEAVING

    PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa has been offered to Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle, reports in Italy suggest.

    The 13-cap France star has been a regular for his country's top club this season but is not expected to be offered a new contract.

    Serie A giants Inter Milan and Juventus are also tracking the 27-year-old, according to FC Inter.

    But although he would available on a free transfer, his £100,000 weekly wages will deter all but the most keen suitors.

    £35M LOS AND GAIN

    United are lining up a £35million raid for Benfica goal machine Carlos Vinicius, according to reports.

    The Brazilian striker heads the Portuguese scoring charts with 15 goals in 19 Primeira Liga appearances – and 20 from 33 games in all competitions.

    Vinicius, 25, has already attracted interest from Liverpool. A £15million buy from Napoli last summer, he is under contract until 2024.

    Lisbon media now claim Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign the striker during the close season.

    Vinicius has an £88m release clause in his contract.However the inflated figure is seen as highly unrealistic with the transfer market hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

    And Portuguese media reports say United are ready to test Benfica's resolve by offering 40 million euros – £35m.

    The Red Devils have already made one highly successful signing from Portugal this year in Bruno Fernandes.

    'UNLESS RONALDO QUITS, POGBA CAN'T JOIN JUVE'

    Juventus could only afford to sign Paul Pogba this summer if Cristiano Ronaldo retires.

    That's the blunt verdict of European football expert Gabriele Marcotti – not least as the coronavirus pandemic adds to clubs'financial woes.

    Juve's Adrian Rabiot, 25,has been linked with a part-exchange deal involving Manchester United's fellow France midfielder Pogba, 27.

    But as Pogba still has two years left on his Old Trafford contract, Marcotti believes the possible £100milion transfer fee plus huge wages would be beyond the Serie A champions.

    He toldESPN FC: “What they're talking about is some complicated thing where Miralem Pjanic goes to Barcelona and then Pogba comes in.

    The fact of the matter is I think everything is on hold until they get a clear picture of finances and Pogba is happy at United.

    “He would be happier at a United team that was competing for the title.

    “But the way his wages are now, I don't see Juventus making this work, unless Cristiano retires or something, which obviously would be bad for other reasons.

    “I should clarify, the bit about Cristiano Ronaldo retiring, it's purely hypothetical, I have no suggestion he will anytime soon.”

    UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS OR FAILURE

    Uefa are reportedly considering ditching qualifiers for the 2020/21 Champions League and Europa League.

    Sides like Celtic and Ajax are set to rely on the play-off pathway for reaching European football's elite club competition when next season eventually kicks off.

    The highest placed teams from leagues such as the SPFL, Eredivisie and Swiss Super League are typically left to fight it out for the final six group stage spots but are potentially facing a major change of rules.

    A report in The Times outlines concerns that there will simply not be enough time to play out qualifiers for either competition.

    The 2019/20 tournaments are set to be completed in August due to the coronavirus pandemic, after the protracted domestic campaigns are allowed to finish this summer.

    A start date of October 20 has been set for the next campaign's group stage, leaving little time for play-offs to take place.

    Clubs across France, the Netherlands and other countries where football has been subject to a lengthy ban may not play again until September.

    It is reported that the four rounds of Champions League qualifiers could be shortened to either one-legged rounds or even a shootout between the 12 highest-ranked countries in Uefa's coefficient system who are not already represented.

    MOUR THAN TIC-KED OFF

    Former Chelsea academy starlet Jordan Houghton has revealed that Jose Mourinho threatened to sell Nemanja Matic at half-time in a friendly, just six months after buying him for £21million.

    Facing AFC Wimbledon, the Blues were without most of their big-name stars, who were still resting after 2014 World Cup exertions.

    But that didn't stop a furious Blues boss Mourinho – who later managed Matic at Manchester United – tearing into his stars when they came in at the break 2-0 down to their League Two opponents.

    Among the worst to get it was midfielder Matic, who was subsequently hooked.

    Houghton, who came on for Marco van Ginkel with 21 minutes remaining that day, has reminisced over his memories of the match, and of his time growing up at Chelsea in general.

    The 24-year-old, now of MK Dons, told Goal: “I got [John] Terry's signed shirt in the under-9s as he was my idol at the time but I was nervous because I thought I wasn't supposed to do it.

    “It was surreal that I trained and played with him. I see him as a friend now which is more surreal.

    “We played together against Wycombe and AFC Wimbledon and it was under Mourinho.

    “Against Wimbledon, I remember Mourinho absolutely hammering Matic and threatening to get rid of him, so that was an eye-opener! I then went on tour with the first team.”

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10.30am Man Utd news LIVE: Onana could replace De Gea, ALL kits for next season leaked, Woodward called an ‘evil genius’ – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing for a busy summer on and off the pitch with the Premier League waiting on Boris Johnson's speech tonight before announcing its return.

But the Red Devils are reported to be unhappy with David De Gea's performances and may call upon Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to replace him.

Follow all the latest updates from Old Trafford below…

  • PAUL OVER

    Paul Pogba had his summer move away from Manchester United “arranged” before coronavirus put plans on hold.

    Clubs have had to tighten the purse strings due to the pandemic – which has left his dream move to Real Madrid on the rocks.

    According to AS, Pogba had reached an agreement with his club that he would leave in the summer.

    The wantaway midfielder had everything in place – until the Covid-19 crisis left the sporting world at a standstill.

  • SERGE SPLURGE

    Tottenham have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the transfer race for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    The 25-year-old is under contract until 2024, with the Serie A club valuing him at £80million.

    The Serbian has caught the eye with five goals and seven assists in 30 games as he and his team-mates mounted a surprise title challenge prior the campaign being suspended.

    However, Calciomercato claim Lazio could come under big pressure to hold onto their prized-asset with a queue of clubs looking to snap him up.

    And Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side are the latest name to join his list of admirers.

  • MORNING UNITED FANS

    Captain Harry Maguire is celebrating after his wife Fern gave birth to their second child.

    The Old Trafford skipper has welcomed Piper Rose Maguire into the world yesterday, and shared the news on social media.

    Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Eduardo Camavinga would be a Real Madrid player, had coronavirus not arrived on the scene and disrupted the football transfer market so severely.

    The Rennes midfielder is one of the most exciting talents in Europe and United are battling Real Madrid and Barcelona for his signature.

    Meanwhile former Old Trafford star Lee Martin has revealed what it’s like to score an FA Cup winner for United and what happened when Sir Alex Ferguson signed Denis Irwin.

    He revealed: “After the final we went on a tour to Ireland and I twisted my back in a game at Waterford. I’d been having problems with it and was out for a few months.

    “The gaffer said I’d be straight back in, but he’d signed Denis after the FA Cup victory and he was brilliant. So yes, maybe I didn’t play as many as I could have.

    “But if you’d told me at 16 I would play 110 games and score the winner in the FA Cup final I’d have snapped your hand off.

    “I was a United fan, I still am, and it was just a great time. We all felt it was the start of a new team and to play my part in it is something I’m so proud of.”

  • FOUL PLAY – EXCLUSIVE

    Some Premier League clubs are alarmed at the prospect of playing at neutral grounds also used as coronavirus testing centres.

    Manchester City plan to continue sharing facilities with the NHS for at least three more months.

    More than 350 nurses are currently training in the Etihad Stadium suites, while more than 1,000 coronavirus tests are done there daily.

    The Etihad is understood to be one of eight proposed neutral venues to be used for football’s Project Restart.

    But one Prem club official said: “We would find it worrying for a ground still in use as a testing centre to be picked as a neutral venue.”

  • OPTING OUT – EXCLUSIVE

    One Premier League club fears being without FIVE stars due to Covid-19 health concerns if the season restarts.

    We revealed last week how over half the teams in the division had made it clear they would not force their players to turn out if they were worried for themselves or their family.

    SunSport has learned one top-flight boss has discovered five of his first-teamers do not want to be involved.

  • HOLD ON – EXCLUSIVE

    A top police official has called for the Premier League to DELAY next month’s proposed return.

    West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson claimed even behind-closed-doors matches at neutral venues increase the risk of escalatingcoronavirus.

    He said: “I understand people want to seefootball resume but safety must come first. I can’t see how matches could take place without significant risks.

    “What happens ifthousands of fans turn up? How could the police enforce social distancing? How could they keep rival groups apart?

    “Even if fans did not turn up, the police would have to be on hand in case they did.

    “My officers are doing important work looking after the public and need to concentrate on that.”

  • “Season ticket holders could soon be asking for their money back and we’re still having to pay all the players’ wages.

    “Many clubs have struggled to pay the wages in April and May and June’s pay-day becomes almost apocalyptic when the tax bills start arriving.

    “If we get to June 30 with no rescue package in place, quite a few clubs will go into administration, including some from the Championship.

    “And once one goes, it will become like a house of cards.”

  • EF-HELL

    Football League clubs face decimation unless they get a financial lifeline from top-flight outfits within the next seven weeks, according to an anxious Championship club exec.

    The insider told SunSport: “Unless there is a redistribution of wealth from the top of the game, many clubs won’t be able to survive for much longer.

    “The Championship teams need help from the Premier League. If we don’t get it soon a lot of clubs will be staring into the abyss of administration.

    “We have no money coming in from gate receipts, sponsorship or merchandising and we’re being told we’ll be playing behind closed doors for the rest of the year…

  • SILVER LINING – EXCLUSIVE

    When Lee Martin hit Manchester United’s FA Cup winner 30 years ago on Tuesday, it set them on the road to three decades of near total dominance.

    He said: “On the day of the first game Paul Ince said to me at breakfast ‘one of us could be a hero at the end’.

    “He was probably thinking it was more likely to be him than me, though.

    “It was just a great time for us all, it felt like the start of something, Sir Alex’s first trophy.

    “I’m still asked about my goal, I’ll never tire of that. For a local lad who had grown up as a United fan, it was fantastic.”

  • MARCS, SET, GO!

    Marcus Rashford was on fire as United romped to victory over Liverpool in this Saturday night throwback.

  • EXTRA TIME

    Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk believes the coronavirus pandemic will have players considering their retirement.

    He told BT Sport: “The whole build-up to the game as well as seeing the boys, obviously, we are spending so much time together and then we aren't for two months.

    “The feeling you have now is something you have never had before.

    “It makes you appreciate a little bit more. It's going to be strange. I don't want to think about retirement but it's definitely going to be a strange thing.

    “It makes you think how difficult it is for players to make the decision to retire.

    “Obviously you need to work hard and provide for your family but there is going to be a period of uncertainty when you have no idea what to do, like at the moment, as you have no idea what will happen.”

  • RISE FROM THE ASH-ES

    Premier League 'B' teams could be the EFL's potential saviour according to former FA boss Dan Ashworth.

    The financial implication of the coronavirus pandemic could have devastating and wide-ranging effects on the whole football pyramid according to Brighton's technical director.

    He told The Mirror: “Everyone starts by looking at their own house. Our budgets, what our outgoings and incomings are.

    “A few years ago, we explored strategic loan clubs, B teams, partner clubs, those sort of things.

    “Maybe things like that come back on the table because if there is a shortage of money and everybody has to cut their cloth accordingly.”

  • EASY CAM, EASY GO

    Manchester United target Eduardo Camavinga would already be a Real Madrid player if coronavirus had not struck, according to reports.

    The midfielder is one of the most exciting young talents in Europe and United have been ready to battle Madrid and Barcelona for his signature since at least last month.But the Frenchman would already have already agreed terms with the Bernabeu side if it was not for Covid-19, according to Spanish outlet Marca.

    Camavinga is said to be willing to sign for the Spanish giants but is aware he has to wait for a resolution to the current crisis before the deal can through.

    The midfield maestro only signed a new deal at Rennes last summer to tie him down until 2022 but the report says he is “seriously considering” parting ways with the French club in the next transfer window.

    Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is said to be a huge fan of the teen with the player believed to be a top priority as the Spanish outfit look to sign a defensive midfielder.

  • SATURDAY NOSTALGIA

    Manchester United are showing a throwback of their 2017/18 game vs Liverpool on their official website at 7pm tonight.

    Easy watching for Marcus Rashford fans.

  • PLAYING CARDS

    Edwin van der Sar believes that he owes a lot to Louis van Gaal, who was recommended the goalkeeper during a game of cards.

    As an unknown 19-year-old, the 6ft 6in stopper had been turning out for Dutch minnows VV Noordwijk.

    The former Manchester United star told Ziggo Sport: “I think I would not have played at Ajax without Louis.

    “He played with a group of friends once a month and my trainer at Noordwijk played with him.

    “He said, 'Louis, you should come and have a look. I have a right winger and a goalkeeper.'

    “Well, my trainer was a bit big-mouthed, so Louis said, 'share those cards, come on'.

    “A week later I received a letter from Ajax, an invitation to come and try out on a trial basis.”

  • BABY BOOM

    Harry Maguire's partner Fern Hawkins has given birth to the couple's second child Piper Rose Maguire.

    Three Lions ace Maguire and fiancée Fern now have two girls after the birth of Lillie Saint Maguire in April 2019.

    Fern shared a candid image of the couple on Instagram with their newborn – delivered in hospital amid the Covid-19 pandemic – and the photo has received over 5,000 likes.

    She said: “Welcome to this crazy world our second baby girl Piper Rose Maguire xxx You are SO loved.”

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  • STRIP TEASE

    United's three kits for next season have reportedly been leaked with the third kit boasting a bold dazzle camo zebra design.

    The club are yet to release the new strips officially but Barcelona's YouTube channel appeared to reveal the United home jersey.

    In a Pro Evolution Soccer match between Barca and the Red Devils, Lionel Messi was pictured wearing this season's Barcelona home shirt but Pogba was not in United's.

    And interestingly, the kit Pogba wore matched a design that was previously doing the rounds on social media after being leaked by FootyHeadlines.

  • ED ACHE

    Louis van Gaal has described United chief executive Ed Woodward as an “evil genius”
    – and blames him for his sacking back in 2016.

    The Reds axed the Dutchman two years into his three-year contract and just days after lifting the FA Cup.

    Taking a swipe at Woodward, he told Dutch podcast Een-tweetje met Yves: “I blame Ed Woodward, my CEO at Manchester United, much more than Mourinho.

    “In my view, Woodward is the evil genius.”

  • REAL ISSUE

    Paul Pogba's dream move to Real Madrid is on the rocks over his wage demands, according to reports.

    The midfielder is hoping to leave Old Trafford this summer with Los Blancos, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain all showing an interest.

    Pogba, 27, reportedly earns around £290,000-a-week on his current contract that expires next summer with the option of an extra year.

    And it appears his wages are proving to be a big stumbling block following the coronavirus pandemic.

    Covid-19 is having a huge impact on football finances with many clubs forced to tighten the purse strings.

  • POWER SERG

    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be allowed to leave Lazio at the end of the season says club Sporting Director Igli Tare.

    The Serb was a top United target during the Jose Mourinho era and the Red Devils still reportedly have some interest in him now.

    Tare told Sky Sport Italia: “The player's desire is crucial.

    “Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn't be a problem.

    “Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.

    “When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”

  • GREEN LIGHT

    United and Arsenal have some of the most talented teenagers on the planet, according to the latest rankings.

    Red Devils made the top 10 alongside Gunners trio Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and William Saliba.

    Football Talent Scout have released a list of the top 50 players in the world that were born after 1 January 2001.

    Olympique Lyon attacking midfielder Rayan Cherki has topped the pile despite only being 16 years old.

    I think this video shows exactly why Greenwood made the cut…

  • TOTT WANT THOMAS

    United are reportedly behind Tottenham in the race to sign Thomas Meunier on a free transfer.

    The right-back, 28, will become a free agent this summer when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires.

    Meunier will have no shortage of offers from across Europe.

    But the report suggests it is Spurs who are leading the chase.

    In April it was revealed Mourinho personally phoned Meunier to try and convince him to move to North London.

  • ED IN THE GAME

    Ajax have confirmed Manchester United target Donny van de Beek will be up for grabs this summer.

    Chief Executive Edwin van der Sar told Reuters: “Last year, we made verbal agreements with Onana, Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season, and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers.

    “Nothing has changed. There won't be a 50 per cent discount. The clubs can forget about that.”

  • HOSPITAL PASS

    Premier League players are set to start being tested for coronavirus next Thursday – and will get the results in just 24 hours.

    This means footballers will receive their results quicker than NHS workers on the frontline.

    The Telegraph claim players will be given early tests during training sessions to ensure there are no mass outbreaks hitting one or two teams and wiping them out before the season can begin.

    NHS and social care workers, plus anyone over 65 who has symptoms, wait up to 72 hours for their results.

  • UNITED FRONT

    A mobile coronavirus testing unit has been set up just outside of Old Trafford.

    Members of the army are on hand to help out!

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