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SIR JIM RATCLIFFE, the UK's richest man, has entered the race to buy Manchester United according to reports.

The Old Trafford club were put up for sale by the Glazers back in November, although they're still waiting to find a suitable buyer.

Elsewhere, West Ham are considering a shock loan move for United defender Harry Maguire.

And reports suggest that the Red Devils are ready to accept their huge £80million loss on the England international

Meanwhile, Alejandro Garnacho is "refusing to sign new £20k-a-week Manchester United contract" amid Real Madrid and Juventus transfer interest.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    Morning, United fans

    The Red Devils could lead a £100million fight for Goncalo Ramos – but first aim to go second in the Prem tonight.

    Boss Erik ten Hag is pondering a role for new loan striker Wout Weghorst at Crystal Palace this evening.

    A draw takes fourth-placed United above Newcastle and victory would mean leapfrogging neighbours Man City too.

    Frontmen Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have lingering fitness issues following Saturday's 2-1 derby comeback win over City.

    And midfielders Fred and Casemiro are both one booking away from a ban for Sunday's trip to leaders Arsenal.

    So Ten Hag has intriguing selection issues against a Palace side who are 12th after five losses in six games across all competitions.

    But new United keeper Jack Butland won't even be on the bench tonight as he's ineligible to face his parent club.

    West Ham are reportedly considering a shock loan approach for United central defender Harry Maguire.

    And it's claimed Ten Hag is more relaxed about recruiting a new right-back.

    That's partly because Aaron Wan-Bissaka has impressed as Diogo Dalot's stand-in.

    United now appear likely to keep uncapped Englishman AWB this month, despite reported interest from Wolves and old club Palace.

    As for Portugal's World Cup star Ramos, the Red Devils are tipped for a summer bidding war with PSG and Newcastle.

    Finally, the UK’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is said to have entered the race to buy United – two months after the Glazers put the club up for sale.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Enzo deal 'not dead'

    Chelsea have reportedly stayed in touch with Benfica over Enzo Fernandez.

    Manchester United were also linked with the World Cup-winning Argentina midfielder.

    And although his Portuguese club appeared to shut the door on a move, journalist Simon Phillips told GiveMeSport "dialogue is still open" between Benfica and Stamford Bridge.

    The 10-cap star, 22, is rated at around £70million.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Back Weghorst to sink Gunners'

    Wout Weghorst’s brief message for Manchester United fans today sparked a wave of optimism from Red Devils’ followers on social media.

    Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie were among Holland heroes previously recruited at Old Trafford.

    And one fan wrote of new loanee Weghorst: “We’ve a great record with Dutch strikers, let’s hope this trend continues!”

    Another supporter might have been looking for reaction when he posted: “Better than Haaland.”

    But this message spoke for many: “Could be a really good signing for us, provides us with different options up front.

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if he scores 10 goals or more this season.”

    The Red Devils visit Crystal Palace tomorrow night ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Prem leaders.

    And one supporter posted: “Weghorst to score 2 goals against Arsenal on Sunday. My money on it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal favourites to sign Rice

    Arsenal are rated 2-1 favourites ahead of Chelsea at 3-1 to sign Declan Rice this summer.

    Liverpool and the two Manchester United giants are regarded as very much outsiders as Prem giants monitor West Ham’s England midfielder.

    The Gunners are tipped to focus on securing on the 24-year-old at the end of the season after losing out to Chelsea for Mykhailo Mudryk.

    Coral’s John Hill said: “It looks as though there is going to be a fight for Declan Rice’s services this summer and we make Arsenal the favourites.

    “As we have seen this month, Chelsea can bully most teams in the transfer window, and they are second best in the betting to land Declan Rice, should they go for the defensive midfielder.

    • Coral odds for Declan Rice’s club on September 1 2023: 2-1 Arsenal, 3-1 Chelsea, 8-1 Liverpool, 10-1 Manchester United, 12-1 Manchester City

    Ratcliffe ‘joins race to buy Utd’

    The UK’S richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has entered the race to buy Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Old Trafford club were put up for sale by the Glazers back in November, although they’re still waiting to find a suitable buyer.

    But The Times have claimed that Ratcliffe has now confirmed that he’s in the running to takeover from the Americans.

    The report states that bids are expected from the US, the Middle East and Asia, but the 70-year-old is the first to publicly express his interest.

    A spokesperson said: “We have formally put ourselves into the process.”

    Formal bids are set to happen at the beginning of February with a view to changing the owners by the end of the season.

    But a potential takeover, which would be music to the ears of United fans, can only happen if the Glazers agree on a price.

    And they’re thought to be looking for more than £5 billion.

    This comes less than two months after the Red Devils were put up for sale.

    A takeover would be another boost to Erik ten Hag and Co with things going swimmingly on the pitch.

    Ronaldo set for Navas reunion

    Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set to be joined by Keylor Navas at Al-Nassr.

    The duo starred together during their days at Real Madrid.

    And Ronnie’s new Saudi side are in transfer talks with PSG to sign their No2 stopper following an injury to David Ospina.

    A deal could be done by the weekend, with PSG in the Middle East to play a friendly against a Saudi All-Star XI captained by Ronaldo.

    Ten Hag ponders Wout role at Palace

    United boss Erik ten Hag admits he is pondering what role Wout Weghorst should play at Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    The Holland striker should be available after completing his loan switch from Burnley in time.

    Anthony Martial, who went off at half-time after begging to start, and match-winning sub Marcus Rashford had fitness issues in Saturday's 2-1 comeback triumph at neighbours City.

    So Weghorst's arrival takes the pressure off up front.

    Red Devils' midfielders Fred and Casemiro are one booking away from a ban that would rule them out Sunday's trip to Prem leaders Arsenal.

    Red Devils tipped for £100m Ramos fight

    Manchester United, PSG and Newcastle could battle for £100million-rated Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos this summer.

    Portugal's World Cup star seems certain to stay with his home-country club in January.

    But Benfica are braced for a tug of war over the 21-year-old in the next transfer window.

    Vieira rates Utd title contenders

    Patrick Vieira believes Manchester United can challenge top two Arsenal and Man City for the the Pem crown.

    Ahead of the Red Devils' visit to his Crystal Palace side tomorrow, the Arsenal legend said: "When you look at the last couple of games played, the number of wins they had and how close they are to the top, I think they can be [in a title race].

    "It's a different United [to last season].

    "What will be important for us is to play like we did [against Chelsea]: with a lot of intensity and with a lot of discipline.

    "At home, in front of our fans, if we manage to play the kind of game we played [against Chelsea], we will have more chance of winning the game."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Osimhen on 'higher level' than Erling

      Rumoured Arsenal and Newcastle target Victor Osimhen has been rated a better all-round striker than Erling Haaland.

      Ex-Hull City and Russia manager Leonid Slutsky believes Napoli's Osimhen is a "higher-level, long-term player" than Manchester City goal machine Haaland.

      Manchester United have also been linked with Nigeria star Osimhen, 24, in the past.

      But it's Arsenal who have been mentioned more often recently.

      And Slutsky told the Comment Show on YouTube: “It is difficult to say who will score more. The leagues are different.

      “In England, it’s probably harder to score in general than in Italy. But Manchester City may be easier to score for than Napoli. 

      “It is difficult to say who will score more. The leagues are

      “Osimhen, it seems to me, has a cleaner game. For me, in terms of a set of qualities, he surpasses Haaland.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Wout 'better than Haaland'

      Wout Weghorst's brief message for Manchester United fans today sparked a wave of optimism from Red Devils' followers on social media.

      Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie were among Holland heroes previously recruited at Old Trafford.

      And one fan wrote of new loanee Weghorst: "We’ve a great record with Dutch strikers, let’s hope this trend continues!"

      Another supporter might have been looking for reaction when he posted: "Better than Haaland."

      But this message spoke for many: "Could be a really good signing for us, provides us with different options up front.

      "I wouldn't be surprised if he scores 10 goals or more this season."

      The Red Devils visit Crystal Palace tomorrow night ahead of this weekend's trip to the Prem leaders.

      And one supporter posted: "Weghorst to score 2 goals against Arsenal on Sunday. My money on it."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Weghorst message for United fans

      Wout Weghorst set foot on the Old Trafford turf for the first time as a Manchester United player and sent a gleeful message to fans.

      The Red Devils posted a clip of the Holland and Burnley striker, 30, who cut short his temporary spell with Besiktas last week to join United on loan for the rest of the season.

      He said: "Hello, United fans. Wout Weghorst here. I'm really happy, really proud, to join this amazing club and can't wait to get started.

      "For the first time on the pitch now, so hopefully soon together."

      Weghorst then signed off with a thumbs-up.

    • Ian Tuckey

      'Tough' fight to land Caicedo

      Chelsea and Manchester United will find it "tough" prising Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo from Brighton.

      The Seagulls are thought to want £75million-plus and no bid has yet been made.

      And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano believes Brighton will dig in over a 21-year-old who has also been linked to Liverpool.

      Speaking exclusively to wettfreunde, Romano said: "Chelsea wants Moises Caicedo. But Brighton are a tough team to negotiate with.

      "We saw that in the summer when Chelsea signed Marc Cucurella.” 

      He added: “I think that Chelsea had a brilliant transfer window. They have signed a lot of good players but we don't know yet if it will work.”

      “Chelsea are really investing big money. They have signed big talents and top players, so they are definitely the king of this transfer window.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Utd only fourth favourites to sign Rice

      Arsenal are rated 2-1 favourites ahead of Chelsea at 3-1 to sign Declan Rice this summer.

      Liverpool and the two Manchester United giants are regarded as very much outsiders as Prem giants monitor West Ham's England midfielder.

      The Gunners are tipped to focus on securing on the 24-year-old at the end of the season after losing out to Chelsea for Mykhailo Mudryk.

      Coral’s John Hill said: “It looks as though there is going to be a fight for Declan Rice’s services this summer and we make Arsenal the favourites.

      “As we have seen this month, Chelsea can bully most teams in the transfer window, and they are second best in the betting to land Declan Rice, should they go for the defensive midfielder.

      • Coral odds for Declan Rice’s club on September 1 2023: 2-1 Arsenal, 3-1 Chelsea, 8-1 Liverpool, 10-1 Manchester United, 12-1 Manchester City

      Martial 'begged to start' against City

      Erik ten Hag has revealed Anthony Martial BEGGED to start in Man Utd’s derby win over City.

      Ten Hag explained: “We decided — and he decided as well — to start. He begged to start.

      “I knew the start would be so important in this game and he is really good at pressing and he is a really big element in our pressing.

      “But I needed to re-evaluate at half-time and also to avoid him getting injured so we took him off, but it also had a negative impact on our game after half-time.”

      • Ian Tuckey

        Neville compares Klopp to Fergie struggle

        Gary Neville has compared Liverpool's struggles this season to his bad spells at Manchester United and backed Jurgen Klopp to turn things around.

        The Reds sit ninth in the Premier League table and are in danger of not qualifying for European football next year.

        Form has hit another rough patch for Liverpool, losing their last two league games to Brentford and Brighton, on top of scraping a draw in the FA Cup versus Wolves.

        However, Old Trafford legend Neville is confident their form is just a season's "dip".

        He related to the challenging time, admitting he had seen similar under Sir Alex Ferguson at United, saying: "There was the odd season of a dip and that could be this.

        "But it's stark sometimes to see it because you watch them and they're a mess at the back, they're all over the place. You look like you can score a goal against them on every attack.

        "They are going to have to regroup, I think Klopp will regroup. He's not the type to shirk it, Klopp, he's a massive character.

        "I think he's put in an unbelievable managerial performance, equal or better than Pep Guardiola has [at Manchester City] in these five, six, seven years, I really do. 

        "They [Liverpool] have got new owners coming in. They have spent money but imagine if Klopp is given the money that Chelsea have given their manager.

        "If Klopp can get that level of money – that £200m to £250m – from the new owners and if he spends it wisely, then he's going to be empowered next season to transform that team."

      • Ian Tuckey

        Ronaldo set for Navas reunion

        Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set to be joined by Keylor Navas at Al-Nassr.

        The duo starred together during their days at Real Madrid.

        And Ronnie’s new Saudi side are in transfer talks with PSG to sign their No2 stopper following an injury to David Ospina.

        A deal could be done by the weekend, with PSG in the Middle East to play a friendly against a Saudi All-Star XI captained by Ronaldo.

      • Ian Tuckey

        Ronaldo set to be skipper vs Messi’s PSG

        Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly make his Saudi Arabian debut as CAPTAIN as he prepares to face off with old rival Lionel Messi.

        Ronaldo and Messi have been at the forefront of world football for well over 15 years.

        Both continued to reach new heights, including dominating the famous Ballon d’Or trophy from 2008 to 2017.

        However, Ronaldo finally called time on his European career after signing for Saudi side Al Nassr following the mutual termination of his deal at Manchester United.

        Ronaldo signed a record-breaking £173million-a-year contract at the club.

        And now, according to Marca, Ronaldo will make his debut in an exhibition match against Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain.

      • Ian Tuckey

        Ratcliffe 'joins race to buy Utd'

        The UK'S richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has entered the race to buy Manchester United, according to reports.

        The Old Trafford club were put up for sale by the Glazers back in November, although they're still waiting to find a suitable buyer.

        But The Times have claimed that Ratcliffe has now confirmed that he's in the running to takeover from the Americans.

        The report states that bids are expected from the US, the Middle East and Asia, but the 70-year-old is the first to publicly express his interest.

        A spokesperson said: "We have formally put ourselves into the process."

        Formal bids are set to happen at the beginning of February with a view to changing the owners by the end of the season.

        But a potential takeover, which would be music to the ears of United fans, can only happen if the Glazers agree on a price.

        And they're thought to be looking for more than £5 billion.

        This comes less than two months after the Red Devils were put up for sale.

        A takeover would be another boost to Erik ten Hag and Co with things going swimmingly on the pitch.

      • Ian Tuckey

        Hammers linked to shock Maguire loan bid

        West Ham are considering a shock loan move for Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, reports say.

        The centre-back has fallen out of favour with Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag, making only four league starts.

        And despite a good winter World Cup showing, still Ten Hag has lost faith in Maguire.

        It has even see him field left-back Luke Shaw, 27, in a central partnership with Raphael Varane, 29.

        According to The Mirror, United are prepared to make a huge loss on the defender they paid £85million for in 2019.

        And it is claimed West Ham are ready to make a move for the unsettled England international in a bid to sign him on loan.

        It comes as Wolves attempt to prise Craig Dawson away from London.

        Dawson, 32, is rated at around £7m and is keen on a return from to the Midlands having played before at West Brom.

      • Ian Tuckey

        Utd now 'happy to keep Wan-Bissaka'

        Aaron Wan-Bissaka's surprise run in the team could have saved his Manchester United career.

        Wolves and old club Crystal Palace are thought to have been monitoring the right-back.

        But the uncapped Englishman has performed solidly in the last four games after finally coming in for Diogo Dalot.

        And boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly ready to take the position off his transfer priorities.

      • Ian Tuckey

        ‘Most Utd fans disappointed by Antony’

        Paul Parker believes £85.5million winger Antony “seems very immature on the pitch” and has “disappointed” most Manchester United fans.

        The ex-Old Trafford defender claims the Brazil ace, 22, recruited from Ajax in August, has yet to adjust to English football.

        Former England star Parker told Soccernews: “Antony has done okay for Man United.

        “He hasn’t been amazing but he is also young and needs to adapt to the Premier League.

        “But honestly, I think that the vast majority of the fans have been disappointed by him.

        “They expected a different kind of player. They expected him to be very quick and run past defenders but he hasn’t really done that.”

        “I personally think that he is thinking too slow and he seems very immature on the pitch. He needs to beat people more and believe in himself because he has the abilities to be a very good winger for Man United.”

      • Anthony Chapman

        Martial desperate to show worth

        Erik ten Hag has revealed Anthony Martial BEGGED to start in Man Utd’s derby win over City.

        Ten Hag explained: “We decided — and he decided as well — to start. He begged to start.

        "I knew the start would be so important in this game and he is really good at pressing and he is a really big element in our pressing.

        "But I needed to re-evaluate at half-time and also to avoid him getting injured so we took him off, but it also had a negative impact on our game after half-time."

      • Anthony Chapman

        Garnacho says no to deal

        Alejandro Garnacho has reportedly rejected a new Man Utd deal.

        That’s amid links with Real Madrid and Juventus after a breakout season.

        The Independent claims Garnacho, currently earning £7,000 a week, has turned down a £20k a week offer from United.

        He believes he deserves more after becoming an important player, putting Real and Juve on red alert.

      • Anthony Chapman

        Rashford leading man for United

        Dwight Yorke reckons Marcus Rashford has “easily” become Man Utd’s best player.

        He told Marriott Bonvoy: “I knew all along that he was the best player at United. I watched him close up on my course at the pro-license. I went there and saw a kind of talent I hadn’t seen for some time.

        "Yes he went through a period of time that was difficult for him and people started writing him off, but you listen to my interviews. I said he was easily the best but for some reason previous managers couldn’t get the best out of him. I think that was such a waste of time.”

        “I’m really happy that he’s getting the rewards now, but is it a surprise to me? No. Is it a surprise to other people? Maybe, yeah. But I know football too well and I know when I see someone close up what a special player he is.”

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