Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo future EXCLUSIVE, Pogba return boost, Neves transfer, Aston Villa build-up

CRISTIANO RONALDO has had conversations with his agent about his future at Manchester United, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Jorge Mendes has flown to the UK for talks with the 36-year-old over status at Old Trafford following reports of a fall-out between Ralf Rangnick and the senior player, which the club deny.

Paul Pogba is nearing a return to full fitness with United doctors giving him the green light to return to full training after picking up a thigh injury.

SunSport also revealed that United have offered Pogba a new deal before he walks out of the door for nothing.

The Frenchman would be become one of the best-paid players in the Premier League if he signed on the dotted line.

Napoli have signed Axel Tuanzebe on loan after the 24-year-old left Aston Villa following his loan spell there.

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

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

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Varane's wary of Aston Villa

    United defender Varane is wary of the threat Villa pose when the two clubs meet in the FA Cup tomorrow.

    Varane and his United teammates are desperate to get their season back on track against Villa.

    But the ex-Madrid star knows that Steven Gerrard's side won't be easy opponents.

    He told United: "I think they’re a really good team and we have to be prepared to play against a team who know how to play on the counterattack and who play well with the ball.

    "So physically and tactically… everything will be important in this game because we know we face a good team."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jones feels like a footballer again

    Phil Jones has revealed that he feels like a footballer once more after making his United return.

    Jones was given his first start in two years by new United boss Rangnick when the Red Devils took on Wolves on Monday.

    And Jones was grateful for the opportunity given to him by Rangnick.

    He told United's website, reported by The Athletic: "All I would say is that any time I represent this club and put the shirt on, I give absolutely everything,” Jones said. “I put my blood, sweat and tears into everything I do for this club.

    “I appreciate all the support they (the fans) give me. I’m forever grateful for that. It’s a wonderful, wonderful club to be at and I am grateful.

    “I feel like a footballer again and (to) feel the ball at your feet and the rain and the grass, it’s just a great feeling.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Varane wants FA Cup success

    Raphael Varane is determined to win the FA Cup with United.

    The Red Devils were dumped out of the Carabao Cup and Varane is adamant that his team have to do better in the FA Cup.

    But first, United will have to get past Aston Villa who they face in the competition's third-round tomorrow.

    Speaking on United's website, Varane said: "Yes I think it’s really important for us.

    "We want to make the fans happy and obviously we want to win. Our mentality is just to be focused on our performance and to be ready for this game."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Maguire could've signed for another club

    United captain Maguire has revealed that he could've signed for another team before joining the Red Devils.

    But the chance to help United return to the glory days they had under Sir Alex was an opportunity Maguire couldn't turn down.

    Plus, he wanted to emulate the feats of United legends Rooney, Ferdinand and Vidic.

    And although the Red Devils are going through a rough patch, Maguire still thinks the club can turn things around and win trophies if they stick together.

    He told the United's media: I could have signed elsewhere but I wanted to be at United and help get them back to the winning ways that the club had in the Sir Alex era.

    "It will come if we all stay together. I grew up idolising the likes of Wayne, Rio and Vidic.

    "I want to repeat what they achieved."

  • Justin Lawrence

    David Beckham’s new £5million superyacht

    Life looked to be plain sailing for David Beckham as he took to sea on his new £5million yacht yesterday.

    The ex-England and Manchester United ace went for a first cruise on his mega-boat with wife Victoria and family, including her parents

    The vessel is named Seven — matching his shirt number for the Red Devils and as his country’s skipper, plus the middle name of ten-year-old daughter Harper.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rashford has respect for Rangnick

    Rashford has insisted he has ‘endless respect’ for Manchester United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

    A number of reports have emerged over the past few days claiming that there is unrest inside the dressing-room at Old Trafford as the squad struggle to adapt to the German’s methods.

    But Rashford, who has struggled for form himself this campaign due to injury and only has three goals to his name, has now hit back at claims he and his team-mates have a problem with the manager.

    The 24-year-old wrote on Twitter: “We've all been disappointed with recent performances and we've been disappointed with the news coverage questioning our commitment to not only the manager and the coaching staff but the club.

    “I have endless respect for both and I'm looking forward to bettering my game under the staff at Manchester United.

    “I'm not sulking, I'm not unhappy, am I disappointed in some of my recent performances? Of course I am. I'm my own biggest critic.

    “It's been a tough start but I'm determined to prove my worth. My dedication and my desire to be here should never be in question. I love this club.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Xavi speechless on Dembele demands

    Barcelona boss Xavi was reportedly left ‘speechless’ after Ousmane Dembele demanded £700,000-a-week to sign a new deal.

    Sky Sport Germany reporter Florian Plettenburg claims the winger put forwarded his wage request this week amid links with a January move to Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

    Dembele is out of contract at the end of the season and can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Spain this month.

    Bayern have been linked with a possible switch following his successful stint at Borussia Dortmund.

    But Barcelona remain hopeful they can convince Dembele to extend his Nou Camp stay.

    However, the Frenchman’s demands for £700k per week did not go down well with manager Xavi.

    He was reportedly left aghast when informed by club chiefs.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Man Utd – Aston Villa double header

    Manchester United take on Aston Villa TWICE within the space of five days.

  • Alex Terrell

    More on Ronaldo – Exclusive

    A source close to Ronaldo's situation said: "Cristiano is very concerned about what is happening at United.

    “The team is receiving a lot of criticism and he knows he is regarded as one of the leaders.

    “There are quite a lot of problems and Cristiano is feeling the pressure and is very stressed by the situation.

    “He desperately wants his United move to be a success, but he is starting to recognise that winning trophies with the current set up could be a real struggle.

    “Jorge came to see him and they spent time chatting through how things are going, what they think are the problems, how they might be solved and what the solutions may be.

    Nothing has been ruled out

  • Alex Terrell

    More on Pogba's training comeback

    Pogba, 28, has impressed Rangnick with his attitude and it is understood the midfielder has targeted a first team return by the end of January, writes PHIL THOMAS.

    He is in the final six months of his deal at United and can speak to interested clubs on the continent about a free transfer in the summer.

    Yet insiders insist that has not stopped Pogba from getting his head down and focusing on returning to help United’s push for a top four finish.

    Rangnick was still insisting that it will be a while before the World Cup winner is fully back in the swing of things ahead of Monday's FA Cup tie with Villa.

    He said: “I was told a week ago, it would be a minimum of at least another four or five weeks before he is fit for training again.

    “I saw him this morning before the training session, he was in the locker room, and I hope he will be back as soon as possible.”

  • Alex Terrell

    Pogba nears fitness return – Exclusive

    Paul Pogba will return to full training in the coming week after getting the green light from the Manchester United doctors.

    Pogba has not pulled on a red shirt for two months after damaging a thigh on international duty with France.

    It has been a difficult rehab for the Frenchman, who spent some time in Dubai in a bid to get back to action before the end of January.

    Now there is light at the end of the tunnel after he did some light running with his conditioners at Carrington last week.

    The news is a huge injury boost to boss Ralf Rangnick who feared he would be without the midfielder for another few weeks.

    United’s medical staff are poised to let him rejoin the main group later this week.

  • Alex Terrell

    Exclusive – Ronaldo agent crisis talks

    Cristiano Ronaldo has held crisis talks with his agent Jorge Mendes about his future at Manchester United, writes RICHARD MORIARTY.

    Mendes jetted into the UK to address Ronaldo’s fears his dream return to Old Trafford is in danger of ending in disaster.

    Ronaldo has bagged 14 of United’s 29 goals in all competitions this season.

    But it is understood the Portuguese superstar is frustrated by how Man Utd are performing.

    The ex-Real Madrid star is also disillusioned with interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s tactics and style of football.

    A source close to Ronaldo revealed: “Cristiano is very concerned about what is happening at United.”

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  • Alex Terrell

    Good morning Manchester United fans

    Manchester United have reportedly pulled out of the race for Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland after discovering he wants to go to Real Madrid.

    The sensational report comes from the Daily Star, who claim that United have conceded defeat in an effort to sign Haaland ahead of the summer transfer window.

    The Red Devils have been immense admirers of the centre-forward and interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who will become a consultant in the summer, really wants to land him.

    But there is still intense competition regardless as Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked.

    Meanwhile, United have offered Paul Pogba a new contract worth a whopping £500,000 per week.

    Pogba's deal runs out in the summer when he will be free to discuss with teams outside of England about a potential move.

    The midfielder is being monitored by Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and former club Juventus amid the ongoing January transfer window.

    SunSport understands the France international has not yet decided whether he will put pen to paper on fresh terms with United.

    Red Devils sources fear the 28-year-old will leave the club, but the new deal is around £100,000 more than he is expected to get across Europe.

    It would make the Frenchman the highest paid player in Premier League history, on a basic wage of around £400,000 a week before add-ons.

    And Pogba will return to full training this coming week after getting the green light from the club's doctors.

    The ex-Juventus star has been sidelined for two months after sustaining a thigh injury while on international duty with France.

    SunSport understand the midfielder did some light running with his conditioners at Carrington last week.

    The Red Devils' medical staff are poised to let Pogba rejoin the main group later this week and the player is understood to be targeting a first-team return by the end of the month.

    Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo could leave in the summer if he does not agree with the new managerial appointment.

    That is according to the Daily Star, who report that Ronaldo's future depends on who becomes the permanent head coach after Rangnick's tenure as interim boss comes to an end.

    That means new chief executive officer Richard Arnold, who replaced Ed Woodward, will now be under more pressure to get the appointment spot on.

    Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take over at the helm

  • Kostas Lianos

    Lou what?

    Manchester United icon Lou Macari has blasted his former club's reported dressing room rebels in a stunning rant

    Macari said: "Anyone kicking off in the dressing room, kick them out of the club.

    "Get rid of them and I'm talking about the players doing that by the way.

    "Seventy thousand United supporters can't be wrong every week.

    "These players have to start showing something"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Bele ache

    Barcelona manager Xavi was left ‘speechless’ after Ousmane Dembele demanded £700,000-a-week to sign a new deal.

    That is according to Sky Sport Germany reporter Florian Plettenburg, who reports that Dembele made that request amid links with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Newcastle and Arsenal.

    The forward is out of contract at the end of the season and can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Spain this month.

    But Barca remain hopeful they can convince the France international to extend his Nou Camp stay

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ralf road ahead

    Former Premier League and England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his concern for interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick.

    Hodgson told Sky Sports: "He's a very serious football man, a very very good football man who's had fantastic results wherever he's gone

    "I have sympathy and empathy with anyone who finds themselves in a firing line, I've been there myself and it's very easy to think for the grace of God go high [sic] of course I've got empathy for him.

    "I think one of the problems might've been for Ralf is that people have built up him and his methods in a way that are going to be difficult to live up to.

    "Certainly in the conversations I've had with him it's not something I know about football that nobody else knows, he does know what's required to produce a good side and get a good team playing together, get the right balance between attacking and defending.

    "Of course, he knows about players and how difficult it is to deal with players and coming in at Man United he has definitely come into a club where there are a lot of big players, big egos and trying to mould that together to get that balance that he really wants is never going to be an easy job, it's going to take time"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Greal love

    Manchester City star Jack Grealish has shared a message to Manchester United ace Axel Tuanzebe after his loan move to Napoli.

    Grealish and Tuanzebe enjoyed two spells together at Aston Villa and built a mutual respect between them.

    The City star posted: "Good luck brother".

    Tuanzebe will be replacing Kostas Manolas, who returned to Olympiacos last month

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Coman blow

    Manchester United have received a transfer blow as Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman is set to sign a new contract with the German champions.

    Coman's deal expires next year and that attracted interest from United as well as Liverpool, according to Manchester Evening News.

    The winger appeared unlikely to pen a new contract with Bayern but the Bavarians are unwilling to lose another major star for free like they did with David Alaba.

    The France international has reportedly demanded €20million (£16.7m) per season to remain at the Allianz Arena

  • Kostas Lianos

    Pochettino close?

    Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino's move to Manchester United is"almost done".

    That is according to French reporter Dominique Severac, who told La Chaîne L’Équipe that Pochettino's arrival at Old Trafford is close.

    He said: “He won’t be able to say anything to each other before the end of the season, but for me, it’s almost done!.

    “I’m telling you what I know. Manchester United wants him, and he wants to go (…) So we are not far from an agreement!”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Rangnick admission

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick confirmed he will field a "strong team" on Monday's FA Cup clash against Aston Villa.

    Rangnick told MUTV: "We will definitely not play with eight or nine different players.

    "Or even 10, as we did against Young Boys in the Champions League. We will try to play with the best possible team, with a strong team.

    "There might be a few changes but I haven't taken the final decisions yet myself. We will definitely try to play this game as if it was a normal Premier League or Champions League game"

  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Rangnick:

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick added: "As far as I can tell, so far the players have been dealing with that in a professional way. I cannot say anything else. If I realise that is not the case I will address that with the players direct.

    "This [players wanting out] is not only an issue with a club like Manchester United. When you have a big squad – and we have a big squad – at least, in the last two games, we had most players available. We had an issue with three centre-backs missing out against Wolves, but in general we had most of the players available, apart from Paul Pogba.

    "And if you have that many players, 10 [outfield] players can play, three being substituted [in], then you have quite a number of players – in our case 12, 13 or 14 – who don't even play or not are not even in the squad. Those players are unhappy about the situation, it's obvious, it's clear.

    "In total, we have a big squad. I tend to explain to players every two or three weeks why they are not playing but obviously I cannot do that in every game and that is an issue in our team and other clubs"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Rangnick message

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has advised the club's wantaway stars to deal with their future in a professional manner.

    Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata are all out of contract in June.

    Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek, on the other hand, are unhappy about their lack of playing time this season.

    Rangnick said: "We have players with contracts expiring in the summer. We have maybe also one or two players who want to leave and are under contract.

    "It's about the players dealing with that situation in a professional way. Everybody has the chance to show in training, to show up, and get the chance to play. If this is not the case, then, of course, the player, club and agents need to discuss the situation"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Haaland warning

    Borussia Dortmund chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke has ruled out the possibility of Manchester United target Erling Haaland leaving this month.

    Watzke told Der Speigel : "Haaland will not leave in January. No way.

    "Who accepts to sell a top European striker during the winter break when they don't have to?

    "Next year? Of course, it will be difficult to keep him. Nevertheless we want to and we'll try"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Fern interest

    Ipswich Town are interested in Manchester United full-back Alvaro Fernandez.

    That is according to Football Insider, who claim the League One club's manager Kieran McKenna has identified Fernandez as an exciting addition to his roster.

    McKenna, of course, is a former United assistant manager.

    Fernandez joined the Red Devils in 2020 from Real Madrid and is yet to make his senior debut

  • Kostas Lianos

    Man Utd Link

    Manchester United are targeting Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ahead of the summer transfer window.

    That is according to Calciomercato, who report that Milkinkovic-Savic is among United's targets to boost their midfield.

    Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba are widely expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

    The Red Devils are also keeping tabs on West Ham's Declan Rice as well as Wolves' Ruben Neves

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