Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ruben Neves EXCLUSIVE, Ed Woodward STANDS DOWN, Haaland latest, Red Devils urged to buy Rice

MANCHESTER UNITED executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has finally stepped aside following the Super League debacle.

Woodward's exit will now take effect from February 1 when Richard Arnold will take over as Chief Executive.

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.

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

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

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

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    Fernandes interest

    Barcelona are interested in Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, sensational reports from Spain suggest.

    According to El Nacional, Fernandes is 'unhappy' at Old Trafford and Barca are looking to offer an alternative.

    This comes after recent reports claimed that United's caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick is battling a dressing-room rift which threatens to completely derail the season.

    A number of stars feel certain senior team-mates have too much sway with Rangnick on big decisions.

    One well-placed club source branded the club’s set-up a ‘shambles’

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    TWO TARGETS

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

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

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

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

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    Van de Beek race

    Newcastle could test Manchester United’s stance on Donny van Beek this month.

    According to The Telegraph, United interim manager Ralf Rangnick wants Van de Beek to stay at Old Trafford.

    But the Magpires will enquire about the playmaker regardless to see if a deal is possible.

    The Netherlands international has struggled for minutes ever since his move from Ajax in 2020

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    Zak attack

    Manchester United are reportedly targeting Borussia Monchengladbach ace Denis Zakaria.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, United are prioritising the signing of a new midfielder.

    And according to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils are tracking Zakaria, who is out of contract in the summer.

    But the Manchester giants could face competition from Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

    And Gladbach appear to be valuing the Switzerland international at £25m

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    Being Franck

    Tottenham have joined the transfer war for AC Milan star and Manchester United transfer target Franck Kessie.

    That is according to the Evening Standard, who report that Spurs manager Antonio Conte has identified Kessie, whom he remembers from his time in Serie A, as a top target.

    United are also immensely interested in the midfielder as he could come rather cheap because his contract expires in June.

    The north Londoners need a spark in the middle of the park following a rather poor start to the season

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    Al or nothing

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Arsenal to sign Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak.

    Ferdinand said during the latest edition of Vibe with Five: "He will be a good signing.

    "Another young talented player. He has done really well in the Euros for Sweden, I thought.

    "He is a talented player, man"

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    Alvarez stance

    Manchester United have no plans to sign River Plate star Julian Alvarez this month.

    According to Manchester Evening News, United are not keen to seal Alvarez, with a club source stating 'there is nothing in the reports at all'.

    The striker has registered a total of 18 goals and seven assists in just 21 league appearances.

    The Argentina international's impressive performances have led to interest from various European clubs

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    Ed's gone

    Ed Woodward has stepped down as Manchester United's executive vice-chairman.

    Woodward's exit will take effect from February 1 and Richard Arnold will replace him.

    The 50-year-old executive announced last April he would leave his role in the wake of United’s failed bid to join the controversial European Super League.

    Today ends nearly nine turbulent years as the Red Devils' most powerful executive had a fractured relationship with a large chunk of the fans

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    Zagadou contact

    Manchester United have contacted Borussia Dortmund ace Dan-Axel Zagadou's agent.

    That is according to Fussball Transfers, who claim that United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is a big admirer Zagadou, having tried to sign him back in 2017 for RB Leipzig.

    Newcastle are also keeping tabs on the centre-back, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

    Rangnick wants to add reinforcement in defence following a string of injuries suffered by Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof

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    Dan the man

    Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a loan move for Borussia Dortmund ace Dan-Axel Zagadou.

    Zagadou would be available for free in the summer when his contract with the Dortmund expires.

    According to FootMercato, United are looking to bring the centre-back on a temporary basis this month ahead of a permanent deal at the end of the season.

    Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is assessing his options in defence after a string of injuries.

    Red Devils captain Harry Maguire missed the 1-0 loss by Wolves after picking up a knock.

    Eric Bailly tweaked his hamstring playing against Burnley last week and Victor Lindelof is trying to shake off the effects of Covid-19

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    Captain's orders

    Manchester United should sell Cristiano Ronaldo next summer, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.

    Agbonlahor told Football Insider: ‘You’ve seen the difference in [Bruno] Fernandes since Ronaldo has come in. 

    “Before Ronaldo came in, Fernandes was the main man. Now Ronaldo’s the main man.

    “Ronaldo was captain against Wolves. Before Ronaldo came it was Fernandes who was captain when Harry Maguire was out and now he’s on the bench.

    “There’s going to be tension there. If you look at the whole situation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know he made a mistake by bringing Ronaldo in, simple as that.

    “Yes, Ronaldo has scored but he’s scored goals that [Mason] Greenwood would have scored, [Marcus] Rashford would have scored in that position.

    “For me, I would let Ronaldo go in the summer. Let Greenwood, [Jadon] Sancho and Rashford play together”

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    More from Shaw

    Shaw added: "We're at home with our crowd behind us, we have to put more pressure on them, we have to bring the intensity.

    "Us players, we have been here a long time, maybe tonight we struggled, I didn't think we were all there together.

    "We felt like we were struggling, it was tough. We know we need to be better. You look our squad, at the players we have, we have unbelievable quality but sometimes quality isn't enough.

    "We need to bring the intensity, be more aggressive, more motivation. Inside the dressing room, we know what we want but out on the pitch we need to give 100 per cent.

    "To win these types of games we all need to be 100 per cent committed. It is tough and disappointing.

    "We have time now to refocus back, we've got a long training week and maybe the manager can bring some more ideas to what he wants on the pitch"

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    'Disappointing'

    Reports suggest Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is dealing with division in the dressing room.

    This comes after Luke Shaw blasted his United team-mates' lack of commitment following their shock defeat at home to Wolves.

    Shaw told Sky Sports: "Obviously not good enough. We really struggled, we couldn't get hold of the ball.

    "When we didn't have the ball we weren't aggressive enough. We weren't on the front foot. We didn't put them under any pressure.

    "It maybe looked like an easy game for them. A very disappointing performance and result.

    "At times it was clear to see. We didn't have many options on the ball and we weren't on the front foot"

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    Rangnick reminder

    As previously reported, SunSport understand Manchester United's caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick is battling a dressing-room rift which threatens to completely derail the season.

    A number of stars feel certain senior team-mates have too much sway with Rangnick on big decisions.

    One well-placed United source branded the club’s set-up a ‘shambles’.

    A source claimed: “The players have their own cliques, one of which is making the others feel like they need to step up a level when it is the whole team that’s struggling.

    “The players are demoralised. There is a belief within one section of the squad that some players get selected, regardless of their displays.

    "So everything is a complete shambles”

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    Mike drop

    Sir Alex Ferguson's former No2 at Manchester United Mike Phelan has reportedly been asked to help unify the dressing room and avoid any further turmoil this season.

    Phelan first returned to the club in 2019 under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and remains the assistant manager.

    According to The Telegraph, he is seen as the ideal person to 'build bridges in a dressing room' which is said to be divided into cliques.

    It is claimed Phelan recently held a two-hour chat with interim manager Ralf Rangnick and will now help him bring the squad together.

    SunSport revealed Rangnick is battling a dressing-room rift which threatens to completely derail their season.

    A number of stars feel certain senior team-mates have too much sway with the German head coach on big decisions.

    One well-placed United source branded the club’s set-up a ‘shambles’

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    Rice touch

    Manchester United have been urged to splash the cash for West Ham star midfielder Declan Rice this summer by former player Paul Parker.

    Parker told bettors.ng: “If you wanted to spend a fortune on a midfield player, go and get Declan Rice.

    “Declan is the best central midfielder in the country.

    “If City wants to pay £100million for Jack Grealish, if someone wants you to pay £160million [for Rice] then you gotta pay it because Jack Grealish wasn’t worth £100million. They’ve set a mark now”

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    Neves land

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

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

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

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

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

    The 24-year-old is happy at Wolves, but is unlikely to sign an extension on his deal

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    Erl's court

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

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

    Director Sebastian Kehl said: “We will sit down with Erling and his team over the next few weeks and discuss the situation.

    “It would be good if the situation does not drag on forever

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

    Haaland has been linked with Manchester United ever since 2019 when he played for Red Bull Salzburg

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    On the Lewk out

    Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has his heart set on a summer transfer to England or Spain and has put Premier League clubs on alert.

    That is according to Sky Sports Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck, who claims that Lewandowski, who was previously linked with Manchester United, and his agent Pini Zahavi will push for a move in the summer.

    Behrenbeck said: “What we know about Lewandowski and his agent Pini Zahavi…

    “Lewandowski really wants to have this one big move, to Spain or the Premier League. Really great markets for players.

    “So Lewandowski and his agent will try to get this move in the summer.

    “But until this time Bayern want to extend his contract. So what is happening at Bayern at the moment?

    “The first point of contact is Lewandowski to extend his contract and if this doesn’t work they will be back in the game around Erling Haaland.

    “But at the moment, they want to extend his contract. But Lewandowski is dreaming of Spain and the Premier League”

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    Good morning Man Utd fans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Sutton on Man Utd problems

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

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

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

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

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

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    Birmingham loan United defender Mengi

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

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

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

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

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

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    Van de Beek considers leaving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Tuanzebe set for Napoli loan

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

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

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

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

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

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

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

    Nightmare for Spurs.

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

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