Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Mancini linked SHOCK, Arsenal build-up, Ronaldo fumes after Ballon d'Or Messi accusation

RALF RANGNICK has been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager until the end of the season.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow sporting director is also interested in RB Leipzig's £33m midfielder Amadou Haidara.

Rangnick could yet earn the permanent role with the Red Devils reportedly considering adding an optional extension clause in his contract.

But surprisingly, Roberto Mancini is being linked with the permanent United post, despite previously managing City.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at a story from France Football Editor-in-Chief Pascal Ferre, which said he wouldn't retire until he had won more Ballon d'Or's than Lionel Messi.

And we've all the latest build-up as Man Utd prepare to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday evening.


Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Ian Tuckey


    Mikael Silvestre laughs when he is told that Manchester United players are currently being criticised for their presence on social media.

    The ex-Red Devils defender is reminded of a time when he felt the wrath of a certain Sir Alex Ferguson for his own online mishaps.

    Frenchman Silvestre explained: “I was one of the first players in the Premier League to have a website, in the early 2000s.

    “In France, it was very trendy so I thought it would be cool to have one. I would have an interview on the phone after the game and it was published there in French on my website.

    “But an English paper picked it up and I remember my quotes were used as a headline the day after the game and the boss was like: ‘You have to stop it’ and I did!

    “I was being very honest about the team’s performance and that was the headline: ‘Silvestre said the team didn’t do well’ and the gaffer was mad.

    “He said: ‘I’m in charge of the communication – you play football!’”

  • Ian Tuckey


    United could lose out on £17million after Andreas Pereira's error in the Copa Libertadores final.

    The 25-year-old, who is currently on loan at Flamengo from Old Trafford, produced a costly slip to hand Palmeiras the trophy.

    With the score 1-1 between Flamengo and Palmeiras after 90 minutes a tense final headed into extra time.

    And four minutes into the additional period Pereira dropped into the backline to pick up the ball.

    He scuffed his initial pass, before slipping on his second attempt, leaving Deyverson through on goal.

    And the Palmeiras striker duly converted to net what turned out to be the winning goal.

    The error means Flamengo may now opt against signing him permanently at the end of the season – something which could dent new boss Ralf Rangnick's future transfer plans.

    “You can count on me, I’ll stay here until we win the next one,” Pereira told Flamengo fan group Raça Rubro Negra after his error.

  • Ian Tuckey


    MAN UTD'S FANS ADVISORY BOARD: Two members of the already established Fans’ Forum, Ian Stirling and Rick McGagh, have been appointed to the board along with Manchester United Supporters Trust Chair Jonathan Deitch and it’s Chief Executive Duncan Drasdo, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    The other fan places will be taken by Deborah Henry, Chair of the Manchester United Women’s Supporters’ Club, and communications consultant Oli Winton.

    Dave Pennington a retired senior civil servant and another MUST board member has been named as special advisor to the co-Chairs.

    Collette Roche, Manchester United Chief Operating Officer, said: “The launch of the Fans’ Advisory Board is an historic step to ensure that the supporters’ perspective is always heard and understood right up to the highest levels of the club. This will improve decision-making and reduce the risk of conflict with fans on the most important issues.

    “We agree with the independent Fan-Led Review of Football Governance that fans must have a strong voice in the running of the game, and we believe that our Fans’ Advisory Board and proposed Fans’ Share Scheme are consistent with that important goal.

    “We are delighted to have attracted such a high calibre of individuals to the Board, all with a strong passion for United combined with the skills to advocate on behalf of fans. I am looking forward to working with Chris and the other representatives to get the Board up and running and establish a key role for it at the heart of the club.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United have announced the make-up of their Fans Advisory Board in the wake of protests at Old Trafford last season, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    There are seven fans representatives in the group which will be co-chaired by barrister and lifelong United fans Christopher Saad and the club’s Group Managing Director Richard Arnold.

    The group was set up to ensure better fan representation with major decisions made by the club.

    The attempt to breakaway into a European Super League caused a mass protests last season which saw the club’s home game with Liverpool last May postponed.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United staff compared Donny van De Beek to Henrik Mkhitaryan during his early struggles at the club, according to reports.

    The Dutchman, 24, has struggled for game time since his move to Old Trafford.

    He has made just four Premier League starts since the beginning of last season, despite scoring on his debut against Crystal Palace.

    And after struggling initially, staff at United were reminded of another expensive flop, Mkhitaryan, according to ESPN.

    There were also fears he would struggle to adapt to the workload and intensity of the Premier League, which is why he was initially selected for Champions League matches only.

    Mkhitaryan, like van de Beek, arrived for a significant fee of £26million in 2016 and quickly fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

    He had to settle for substitute appearances in his first three games but when his big chance came in a start against Manchester City, he wasted it.

    A minor injury followed and Mourinho soon lost faith in his marquee signing and Mkhitaryan had to wait until December for his next start.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Freddy Adu has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo took him under his wing during a trial at Manchester United.

    The former American wonderkid, 32, was just 14 years old was he was given a professional contract by DC United in 2004.

    And he was tipped by many as a future Ballon d’Or winner after making his senior USA debut two years later aged 16.

    Adu’s young career took another amazing turn in 2006 when Premier League giants United handed him a trial.

    The teen spent a fortnight training at Carrington with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

    But he was unable to play or make his move permanent after failing to land a work permit.

    However, Adu remembers his brief stint at United fondly.

    That’s because global superstar Ronaldo looked after him, providing useful advice while also making humble gestures including inviting Adu out for dinner.

    Adu, who has not retired but is without a club, told “That was the coolest moment of my career when I went to Manchester United, I was only 16 years old at the time. 

    “I was there for almost a month and I got to meet everybody like Wayne Rooney – and it was when Manchester United were at the peak of their powers. 

    “Cristiano Ronaldo was there at the time and it was when he was becoming the best player in the world. Scholes was still there, Giggs was still there – it was amazing!

    “[Any advice from players?] Ronaldo! Everybody is always talking about Ronaldo is arrogant, he is this and that, but let me tell you that out of all of the players that were there – he was the one person out of all of them that made it a point to come to me, to talk to me, offered to take me to dinner. 

    “I mean, he was an amazing person. Of course, I already had huge respect for Ronaldo, but after that, I had so much respect for him and he literally became my favourite player just because of the kind of person that he was and what I witnessed.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Michael Carrick revealed he is yet to speak to incoming Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

    Rangnick, 63, has been confirmed as manager but is awaiting a work permit to take over the reins.

    Michael Carrick yet to speak to incoming interim Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick

    That means Carrick will be in the dug out once more against Arsenal.

    And asked whether he has communicated with the incoming boss, Carrick replied: “No, because of the process and work permit, we haven't been able to.

    “So we've carried on, it's worked well the last two games and hopefully will tomorrow.

    “I haven't really got anything to update you on, other than the work permit process is ongoing as we speak and I'm in this position, as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea, getting the boys ready for the game tomorrow night.”

    Rumours of the pair working together to select the team against Chelsea arose after Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped.

    Gary Neville suggested Rangnick would have influenced the starting eleven, with the pace of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in attack indicating a pressing style.

    But Gary Lineker suggested there was zero truth in those claims.

    And Carrick also stated in his pre-match interview he was responsible for the team and given the restrictions placed on Rangnick, he will likely decide the team to play Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday.

    Carrick also spoke highly of Fred at the weekend so the Brazilian will likely continue in midfield.

    It will be interesting to see if Carrick reverts to United's familiar shape or continues with a narrow midfield after picking up an unlikely point at Stamford Bridge.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Soccer sourpuss Phil Neville has admitted he’s the Billy No-Mates of football and has no interest in making friends.

    The glum former Manchester United and England star has shunned family pleas to mix more since becoming coach of David Beckham’s US club Inter Miami.

    Former England Women’s coach and much maligned TV pundit Phil, 44, said: "I don't have many friends. I don't want many friends.

    “Sir Alex Ferguson used to say to us 'you only need six friends in your life – the ones that are going to carry your coffin'.

    "He'd say 'just get six friends around you, they're the ones that are going to go to the grave with you'.

    "So I've never been one to have lots of friends."

    Anti-social Phil said he counted only Man Utd team-mates David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and his brother Gary as close mates – but rarely spoke to them.

    He added: "Obviously, Nicky, Scholesy, Gary, Becks and Giggsy are my close friends – they're almost like my brothers – and I don't see them at all now.

    “We're on WhatsApp groups and stuff like that, but they're getting on with their lives.

    "But apart from that I've not come to Miami and made friends. That's not the type of person that I am.

    "I've got probably one friend out here that I've met that I played golf with yesterday.

    "My grandad hated people – he only wanted his family around him.

    “When I used to go on holiday with my two children we used to go to Barbados and the kids used to wander off and I used to drag them back.

    "Like 'don't you go mixing with those kids, we've got our own little unit here, I don't want anyone infiltrating us'.

    "We just didn't like anyone.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    New Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has taken his first steps around Old Trafford.

    The 'interim manager' was given a stadium tour by football director John Murtough.

    The 63-year-old will NOT be in charge for United's home game against Arsenal on Thursday, with caretaker Michael Carrick in the dugout.

    And he faces a race against time to be in charge for the home game against Crystal Palace on Sunday, due to visa issues.

    Because he has not had enough managerial jobs over the last five years, he does not meet the criteria from the Home Office by default.

    So, according to The Telegraph, the 63-year-old's case will be heard by a panel who will have to fast-track the application.

    Rangnick has held various director-type roles in the past five years, his latest with Russian side Locomotiv Moscow.

    He was announced as the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked after the dismal 4-1 defeat at Watford.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United staff compared Donny van De Beek to Henrik Mkhitaryan during his early struggles at the club, according to reports.

    The Dutchman, 24, has struggled for game time since his move to Old Trafford.

    He has made just four Premier League starts since the beginning of last season, despite scoring on his debut against Crystal Palace.

    And after struggling initially, staff at United were reminded of another expensive flop, Mkhitaryan, according to ESPN.

    There were also fears he would struggle to adapt to the workload and intensity of the Premier League, which is why he was initially selected for Champions League matches only.

    Mkhitaryan, like van de Beek, arrived for a significant fee of £26million in 2016 and quickly fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

    He had to settle for substitute appearances in his first three games but when his big chance came in a start against Manchester City, he wasted it.

    A minor injury followed and Mourinho soon lost faith in his marquee signing and Mkhitaryan had to wait until December for his next start.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United could make two changes to their starting XI for Thursday’s clash against Arsenal.

    The Red Devils battled for a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday under caretaker boss Michael Carrick.

    However, the team selection – which saw Cristiano Ronaldo axed – looked to be heavily influenced by new interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

    The German is still unavailable to take his place in the dugout tomorrow due to work permit reasons.

    But he is sure to have his say again after United pressed successfully against the Blues.

    That's despite being without injured quartet Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani.

    Likely to keep the same 4-3-1-2 system, the first change is sure to see captain Harry Maguire return in defence.

    The centre-back was suspended for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

    And Eric Bailly could find himself back on the bench instead of Victor Lindelof.

    The other change will likely see Ronaldo return up front after his shock axe on Sunday.

    That means one of Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho will be benched.

    However, the latter could have a better chance of remaining in the team after scoring United’s sole goal in London.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Ralf Rangnick wants to completely overhaul his Manchester United side with THREE major signings, according to reports.

    The German was officially appointed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's replacement earlier this week and has been getting his claws into his under-performing squad.

    But according to reports, the former Leipzig boss wants to increase United's firepower by bringing BOTH Erling Haaland and Timo Werner to Old Trafford.

    That's according to Bild, who claim the 63-year-old will look to use his relationship with Haaland's father – Alfe-Inge – to try to secure his services.

    Rangnick knows Haaland well having been sporting director at Red Bull Salzburg during the 21-year-old's breakthrough season in the winter of 2019.

    The United chief will also reportedly look to utilise his relationship with the struggling Werner- who he coached during his two spells in charge of Leipzig – to prise him from Chelsea's clutches.

    In addition to signing Haaland and Werner, Rangnick is said to be keen on landing Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara.

    Rangnick is reportedly planning wholesale changes to the squad he recently inherited.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Michael Carrick denied there had been any input by new interim coach Ralf Rangnick into the side he put out at Chelsea on Sunday, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    In truth, despite the surprise decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo in favour of a front three of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and – as a false nine – Bruno Fernandes, that seemed very much the case.

    United dropped off to allow Chelsea domination of possession and despite cashing in on Jorginho’s blunder to go ahead, were hanging on for a draw at the end of the game.

    Whether the German will be able to have an immediate effect for Thursday’s game with Arsenal at Old Trafford is also unclear.

    United hope to get Rangnick’s visa processed swiftly but it still means a maximum of two full training sessions ahead of the match.

    But what United fans can expect is a radical change in approach – and a signal that Rangnick’s side will be much more similar to protege Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool than some of the stuff they have been served up with under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    That will probably mean the sort of aggressive high press Liverpool have used with less frequency in the past two seasons, although it is something that is still in the Anfield locker.


  • Giacomo Pisa


    Pictures of Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford this afternoon have been leaked on social media.

    He's expected to be in the building for tomorrow's clash against Arsenal, but will not be in the dugout as a work permit has not been granted in time.

  • Giacomo Pisa


    This is what Michael had to say when asked about his own managing philosophy, and whether he was willing to learn from Ralf Rangnick.

    He said: "I think you always have your own ideas, whether it be a player, certainly players have got their own ideas, as a coach, a manager or whatever it may be.

    "As an individual, there's certain things you prefer or certain things that come natural to you. I'm always prepared to learn, I've obviously learned an awful lot over the last week.

    "I've learnt on the job, if you like, but as a back-up I've seen what goes on close hand over recent years.

    "So, it was a bit of a step but maybe not as much as people think."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    It's been several years since a match between United and Arsenal played a significant role in the destination of the Premier League title.

    But SunSport thought it'd only be right to take a stroll down memory lane and devise a starting XI featuring some clubs' best players ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

    Who would you have in your best XI's?

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Michael Carrick was quizzed by reporters on a whirlwind last 10 days in his press conference ahead of tomorrow's clash against Arsenal.

    He said: "I think obviously a lot has happened in the last week or 10 days and I've had to certainly adapt and take on a new challenge and some skillsets maybe out of my comfort zone that I've never had to tackle before.

    "I've enjoyed seeing how I've coped with that at times. You don't know until you're in that situation and you have to learn on the job.

    "I can say, for the most part, I've enjoyed it."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Former Premier League striker Michael Owen is backing the Red Devils to come out on top against Arsenal tomorrow evening.

    The ex-Liverpool man believes Mikel Arteta's side are still 'behind' the Red Devils.

    Owen told BetVictor: "Manchester United v Arsenal is a fixture that always grabs newspaper headlines, and with the introduction of Ralf Rangnick, this is sure to be no different.

    "It’s still hard to grasp what Manchester United are in terms of style of play, but I do believe the German will have them far more organised, especially at set plays.

    "For Arsenal, there’s definitely been improvement here, although to be honest, I do think they’re slightly behind Manchester United when you look at the sides pound-for-pound.

    "With that in mind, I’m going for a home win for the Red Devils."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Michael Carrick remained tight-lipped when asked by reporters on any injury news ahead of tomorrow's clash.

    All that the stand-in boss confirmed was that skipper Harry Maguire would return to the squad after suspension.

    When asked for an update, he said: “Nothing really new.

    “There are always niggles at this time of year, playing a lot of games. There are always players you’re waiting on a little bit, to an extent.

    “Obviously, Harry is coming back into the squad after his suspension but we’ll see who is fit and available for tomorrow [Thursday].”

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Michael Carrick has once again played down his decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo for the clash against Chelsea on Sunday.

    He said: "Those type of decisions get blown up bigger than they are.

    "Decisions are made for a lot of different reasons. I didn’t see it as a major decision. It wasn’t within the camp.

    "They got on really well. The game went well. Not a problem at all."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Michael Carrick has insisted he is yet to speak to Ralf Rangnick.

    That's despite the German being confirmed by the club as interim boss.

    Carrick has told the media: "Because of the process and the work permit, we haven’t been able to [speak to each other]." 

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Michael Carrick has been speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow's home clash against Arsenal.

    And the stand-in United boss has stood by the much maligned midfielder Fred.

    Carrick said: "[It] gets overlooked he is first choice for a good Brazil team.

    One of the biggest things people don’t see is the desire to be a team player.

    "[He] twisted his ankle against Villarreal, seen a lot of players come off, he got through that, no way he was going to miss the next game."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Ralf Rangnick will 'try to convince' Erling Haaland to sign for Manchester United.

    According to Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk, Rangnick will try to use his existing relationship with the star striker to lure him to Old Trafford.

    Rangnick signed Haaland for RB Leipzig while he was director of football at the Austrian club.

    And the 63-year-old could try and repeat the feat once again, although this time round he will have to trigger Haaland's £64million release clause at Borussia Dortmund.

    The interim United boss is said to be close to Erling's father Alf-Inge, who also acts as his agent alongside Mino Raiola.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa


    Manchester United are reportedly plotting a free transfer swoop for Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric.

    According to El Nacional, the Red Devils are keen to add the 36-year-old to their midfield ranks.

    The Croatian international is out of contract at the Bernabeu at the end of the season and able to begin negotiations with English clubs from January 1.

    Newcastle have also been linked with the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner, with Spurs also said to be keen on bringing their former player back to North London.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa


    Young Boys have been given special permission to travel and play Manchester United without quarantining.

    The Champions League clash faced being moved from Old Trafford because of the Omicron strain.

    Restrictions have been placed on arrivals into Switzerland from Britain as a result of the new variant, which means Young Boys feared needing to quarantine when re-entering the country.

    But now the Swiss side have confirmed they been given an exemption which will allow them to play in Manchester without quarantining afterwards.

    They posted on Twitter: "YB has received a special permit from the Canton of Bern for the away games in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Youth League.

    "This means that players and staff do not have to be in ten-day quarantine after their return journey."

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