8.30am Man Utd news LIVE: Pochettino manager ‘approach’, Everton build-up, Solskjaer under pressure, Chukwueze transfer – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are prepping for their Premier League clash at Goodison Park after being beaten by Instanbul Basaksehir.

It has fuelled more speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job, even though the club are saying he will not be sacked – but they have been linked with a shock move for former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

  • Joe Brophy

    DOR IS OPEN

    Erling Haaland reportedly has a verbal agreement in place to leave Borussia Dortmund in 2022.

    Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are among the clubs that want to sign the 20-year-old.

    According to AS, a pact has been made between his agent, Mino Raiola, and the club.

    Haaland will be able to leave Dortmund in 2022 despite only joining them last year.

    The source states that Real Madrid are in pole position to secure his signature.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAUR SUPPORT

    Mauricio Pochettino would have the 'support' of the Manchester United squad should he replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

    It follows claims on Thursday that the Red Devils had approached the former Tottenham boss about taking over.

    However SunSport understands there has been no contact with the 48-year-old, though Solskjaer is sweating over his future at Old Trafford.

    According to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer remains a popular figure with the players, though there are concerns about whether he is the right man to get them back on track.

    It's claimed that should Solskjaer, 47, be sacked by United, the dressing room would support the club's decision if they brought Pochettino in.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    The Red Devils have made a dismal start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and could fall to 17th in the Premier League table at the weekend.

    And this has prompted United chiefs to contact Mauricio Pochettino over becoming the Norwegian’s successor, the Manchester Evening News have claimed.

    The Argentine has been out of work for nearly a year now, after being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur during last season’s November international break.

    Pochettino, 48, admitted on Sky Sports Monday Night Football this week that he is ready to return to work.

    Meanwhile, seven United players have been called up by home nations for the upcoming internationals.

    Harry Maguire, Dean Henderson and Marcus Rashford have all been selected by Gareth Southgate – although there is no place for the eligible-again Mason Greenwood.

    Ethan Galbraith has been selected by Northern Ireland and will be hoping to add to his solitary cap – while Dan James will be joined by youngster Dylan Levitt in the Wales squad.

    Scott McTominay, meanwhile, is in the Scotland squad, as they face Serbia in their crunch Euro 2020 playoff final.

    Elsewhere, David de Gea had good news to share, as he and girlfriend Edurne Garcia confirmed that they are expecting their first child.

  • Etienne Fermie

    SOL DESTROYING

    From SunSport's Neil Custis: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sweating on his Manchester United job as concern grows inside Old Trafford over recent performances.

    The under-fire boss will definitely be in the dugout at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime to face Everton.

    But a fourth Premier League defeat in just seven games could drop them to 17th in the table and leave Solskjaer hanging on to his job by a thread.

    United insist there has been NO contact with Mauricio Pochettino, who is odds-on favourite to replace Solskjaer in his first job since being axed by Tottenham almost a year ago.

    But the international break would allow the Red Devils to make the change without games getting in the way.

    For the full story, click here.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – MAUR TO COME

    Manchester United have approached Mauricio Pochettino about becoming the club's next manager, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News claim the Red Devils have made contact with Poch's representatives.

    SunSport has contacted Manchester United for comment.

    United have endured a dismal start to the season under Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the club 15th in the Premier League table and the pressure ramping up.

  • Etienne Fermie

    BAD PHELAN

    Manchester United coach Mike Phelan noticed how horribly out of shape his side were before the Demba Ba goal – but it was too late, according to Paul Scholes.

    The BT Sport pundit said: “It's completely down to organisation, surely you always have someone back on the halfway line?

    “You see Mick Phelan on the side, pointing to Matic and saying, 'You should be there.' You're always goal-side there. It's like under-10s football. You need one behind, one in front. I can understand if it's the last minute maybe and you're going for a goal but it's after what, 15 minutes? It's embarrassing.

    “What the back four were doing, I have no idea. United have really struggled about them attacking-wise, we spoke a lot about the balance of the team before the game.

    “They've gone with one holding player today, I think the play going forward, the possession, has been okay. But defensively, they're absolutely all over the place. The defenders have to be better, don't they?

    “I think the forward play could be better as well. They've kept possession at times really well without having that final real bit of quality. Defensively, they've got to take responsibility, you've got to defend one-v-ones at times at Manchester United. They seem incapable of doing it.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    BRAITH YOURSELVES

    Ethan Galbraith is Manchester United's 'little Andres Iniesta or Xavi', according to Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough.

    He told the Man Utd website: “Ethan, over the last six months, we've seen a maturity in his play and the way he goes about his work day to day.

    “He's excelled with the Under-21s and he's a different type of player to anyone we've got in the senior squad.

    “Hopefully it’s the start of a long career for him.

    “Hopefully, he relishes his time from the start in this squad, rather than coming in from the Under-21 squad.

    “He has earned his right with the way he has gone about his play for the last six months.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    SORRY FOR OLE

    Dimitar Berbatov understands why Manchester United are being linked with Mauricio Pochettino given the team's recent form.

    But the former Red Devil thinks the club should focus on signing a defender rather than sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    He told Betfair: “If there's truth to the Mauricio Pochettino rumours, it's hard to blame United really.

    “When the team plays bad, the buck stops with the boss, and this has always been true.

    “I saw him recently as a guest commentator, and he said he is ready to work again, so it's hard to stop those rumours.

    “The one thing that won't change, however, are the players. A new boss won't change how they play.”

    Berba then added: “”I still say United need a defender before they need a manager, a defender that is tactically aware.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    CAN'T LIV UP

    Manchester United lack the dressing-room leaders Liverpool boast, according to Jason McAteer.

    He told FreeSuperTips: “Liverpool have players, especially the likes of Henderson, James Milner and Virgil van Dijk. They're in there for a reason.

    “When Jurgen isn’t in the dressing room, they're reiterating the standards and quality in place that Jurgen Klopp wants from the team. Manchester United don’t have that. You’d look around their dressing room and just see there’s no leaders there. Maguire, Pogba, Martial, Greenwood, Rashford. They’re all too young and just fighting for themselves and not the team.

    “I can’t imagine Ole going in there, pointing fingers and questioning players on their attitude and desire. That is something the players should be demanding from each other. I’m confused with the Cavani signing, he hasn’t even started a game yet? United bring in these big players, and just have no idea of where to play them or what to do with them.

    “In contrast I’ve been watching Liverpool over the past five years and now they've progressed and grown, the blueprint is there because they’ve won everything and that’s how you do it. The most impressive thing about them is the standards they set. In the Atalanta game, Curtis Jones passed the ball out of play when it should have been a simple one to his team-mate.

    “He got battered by all of the team and particularly Jordan Henderson, and they were 5-0 up with twenty minutes to go. That to me was a real example from the captain of a team demanding that his players aren’t sloppy and continue at a really high quality for a well performing side.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    CALLED UP

    Seven Manchester United stars have been called up by home nations for the upcoming international break.

    Skipper Harry Maguire will join up with Gareth Southgate's England squad, as well as fellow Red Devils Dean Henderson and Marcus Rashford.

    There is no place, however, for Mason Greenwood.

    Scott McTominay is involved with Scotland, while youngster Ethan Galbraith will hope to add to his one senior Northern Ireland cap.

    Elsewhere, Dan James and Dylan Levitt are in the Wales squad.

  • Etienne Fermie

    DOTING DAD GEA

    David de Gea and his girlfriend Edurne Garcia are expecting their first baby.

    The Manchester United keeper took to Instagram to announce the news.

    Spaniard De Gea shared a picture of a baby's bottle alongside one of his personalised goalkeeping gloves and a microphone in a nod to Edurne's singing career.

    He posted some love heart emojis and a baby face and simply captioned it: “BabyIsComing.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    DOR AJAR

    Manchester United received a boost in their Jadon Sancho pursuit after Borussia Dortmund admitted there is a 'limit' to how long they can bat away interest.

    The Red Devils made England ace Sancho, 20, their No1 transfer target over the summer but his Bundesliga employers held firm and a £108million move failed to materialise.

    But now United are set to go back in for the former Manchester City academy product.

    And they have renewed hope after Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke hinted they may eventually have to cash in amid the pandemic.

    The 61-year-old exec told Sport Bild: “We could have made a big, valuable transfer in the summer, that’s well known. But we’re glad it didn’t come to this.

    “Of course, we will also implement transfers again in the future, because Covid is clearly throwing us back.

    “Even the biggest clubs are feeling the effects of the pandemic, be it Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid.

    “At some point you come to the limit of what you can answer for. You can even see that in Munich right now with David Alaba as an example.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    TROUBLE BRU-ING

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has admitted that the Red Devils must start performing better on a more consistent basis.

    He said: “I think of course after two defeats it’s hard to think or say something about this. But I think we need to look one week ago. Everyone was talking about we’re going well, we’re doing amazing games.

    “We won against Newcastle, we won against Paris, we beat Leipzig. We draw against Chelsea in one game when we can win. But of course the points we have in the league is not the points we want.

    “Today was important for us winning the game to be comfortable in the table. And, of course, making one or a few points again we (would have almost) passed the group. But now it’s the same, we need to do the same: going for every game, trying to win, and it will not be different now in the Champions League.

    “We are in a good position. Of course in the league we are not in a good position – we all know that. We need to do much better, and we need to do something more than say ‘do something in the next game’ already because it will be a difficult game for us. Our focus now needs to be already there.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TAKE STAT

    Robin van Persie claimed Manchester United broke Sir Alex Ferguson's golden rule of running further than your opponents in their loss to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The former Dutch striker, 37, reckoned the Turkish side outran United – something that would've boiled Fergie's blood – but the stats appeared to show otherwise.

    Yet according to Uefa's official data, United covered 108.6km in total compared to their Turkish opponents who ran 106.479km in the 90 minutes.

    United also came out on top in both halves, despite going in at the break 2-1 down as former Chelsea ace Demba Ba found acres of space in the United backline.

    The Red Devils ran 55.148km in the first period, edging out their hosts who covered 54.239km.

    After the interval, the figures were again close but United topped the stats by just over 1km after running 53.452km to Istanbul's 52.24km.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAUR OR LESS

    Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Mauricio Pochettino and the former Spurs manager could revolutionise Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.

    According to reports from the MEN, United chiefs have contacted Poch's representatives as the pressure builds on Norwegian boss Solskjaer.

    But here's how the Red Devils could line-up if the move goes through, with Solskjaer also favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked.

  • Joe Brophy

    WINGING IT

    Manchester United made an audacious £45million move for Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby on deadline day but failed, according to reports.

    After a summer spent chasing Jadon Sancho, it appears the Old Trafford hierarchy attempted a late dash at another wide man.

    Reports from Sport Bild say the Red Devils tried to recruit Bayer Leverkusen's Diaby for big money.

    They were apparently willing to pay £45m (€50m) to try and sway the German club.

    But Leverkusen blocked the move and are looking to extend his contract.

    Sporting director Rudi Voller said: “It wasn’t just Kai Havertz this summer.

    “We had three or four other players who were the focus of foreign clubs. One of them was Moussa Diaby.”

    Sports Bild suggest Manchester United were the main club in contention, although their neighbours Manchester City were also interested in the Frenchman.

  • Joe Brophy

    GREEN WITH ENVY

    Phil Foden has been recalled to the England squad for this month's triple-header of fixtures but Mason Greenwood misses out.

    The Manchester pair were banished from the side by boss Gareth Southgate when they broke Covid guidelines by sneaking two Icelandic girls back to their hotel room in September.

  • Joe Brophy

    FER REAL?

    Bruno Fernandes struggled yet again for Manchester United on Wednesday as he gave the ball away a staggering 34 TIMES against Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The 26-year-old played the whole game in Turkey as his side lost 2-1, while team-mate Donny van de Beek was hauled off after 61 minutes despite impressing.

  • Joe Brophy

    WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright has blasted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claiming Mikel Arteta would have Manchester United challenging for the title.

    Speaking on Wrighty's House podcast, he said: “Can I just say something, I'm just going to blast it in: If Arteta is managing Man United they are challenging.

    “Because, for me now I've got to the point where, when you look at the inconsistency of Man United with the components they have, the team that they have, what they should be doing.

    “We're talking about [Paul] Pogba here, World Cup winner, you've got [Axel] Tuanzebe who can't even get on the pitch after marking arguably two of the most exciting and brilliant players in the world.

    “He's using two holding midfielders when if he's playing Tuanzebe he doesn't need that! And you've got a manager who, for me, is playing off of vibes, he's managing off of pure vibes.

    “Look at what Arteta has done in his time at Arsenal. We're seeing coaching change, we're seeing coaching on the field, we're seeing impact.

    “Look at [Mohamed] Elneny, came out of the blue, found him and said, 'He can do this for me, he can do that for me'. He's making the parts work.

    “And looking at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who's got a Man United team with this [Alex] Telles – I think Telles looks like someone who could do something.

    “Harry Maguire is starting to get back to what he can do, we know what Harry Maguire can do, with Tuanzebe next to him and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, and the goalkeeper is starting to find his form, they should be doing better than that.

    “What they did against Arsenal the other day, for me, for Man United, coming off the back of the two results, was embarrassing.

    “Roy Keane was saying the players will get him the sack. It's not just the players.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAUR TO COME

    Manchester United have approached Mauricio Pochettino about becoming the club's next manager, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News claim the Red Devils have made contact with Poch's representatives.

    SunSport has contacted Manchester United for comment.

    United have endured a dismal start to the season under Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the club 15th in the Premier League table and the pressure ramping up.

  • Joe Brophy

    RON OF US

    Alvaro Morata has defended Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting the Juventus superstar is 'loved by everyone.'

    The United legend was slammed by former Juve player Pasquale Bruno for having 'no respect for team-mates.'

    Yet after their 4-1 Champions League victory over Ferencvaros, in which Morata scored twice, the Spaniard said: “I don't have to say who Cristiano is and what he does.

    “He is always available, he makes himself loved by everyone, he is in the group.

    “He is our most important player and we hope he will always take us to the next level.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Manchester United's chances of winning the 2021 Champions League aren't looking too clever after a shock 2-1 defeat away to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    But who are the runners and riders three games into this season's European competition?

    Data crunched by FiveThirtyEight has reigning champs Bayern Munich as the hot favourites to be crowned kings of Europe again.

    Hansi Flick's side have a 26 per cent chance of winning the final at this stage.

  • Joe Brophy

    POG BACK

    Juventus chief Fabio Paratici says he ‘loves’ Paul Pogba and has refused to rule out a transfer move for the Manchester United star.

    The Frenchman returned to Old Trafford in 2016 from the Italian side but has been linked numerous times with a move back.

    Now the flames have been stoked again as Paratici talked up their chances of signing the midfielder amid the current coronavirus financial climate.

    He said: “Paul Pogba as our target? In this moment he's a Man Utd player, it's difficult to think about transfers.

    “We love Pogba, he's a fantastic player but it's too early to talk about our targets for the future”.

  • Joe Brophy

    FERGET IT

    Robin van Persie has claimed that United broke Sir Alex Ferguson’s golden rule to not run “less than the opponent” in their 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    He told BT Sport: “They missed the urgency to commit.

    “In my time at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson said: ‘I don’t mind losing as long as my team is not running less than the opponent and I want to see commitment going forward and as well defensively’.

    “I’m pretty sure Basaksehir ran more than Manchester United. That should never be the case in any game. That has nothing to do with quality or abilities. That’s extra. You need to commit, to be there with 100 per cent focus.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TAKEN TO SCHOL

    Paul Scholes has hit out at Anthony Martial for 'doing nothing' in the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The former midfielder said on BT Sport: “The movement from the centre-forwards was virtually non-existent.

    “Anthony Martial, the amount of times I looked up when a midfielder had the ball, he was just stood in between the two centre-backs doing nothing.

    “I’m a big fan of Martial but the amount of times I looked up and he was walking, he has have to realise as a centre forward – every now and again you have to move if you’re going to score a goal.

    “You can’t just be walking in front of two centre-backs doing nothing.

    “When a midfield player has got time on the ball – I look up he’s walking, Rashford is coming to the ball – it’s not his strength.

    “Sometimes experienced players like a Matic have to tell them. They almost need coaching through a game.”

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