8am Man Utd news LIVE: De Gea at war with Jorge Mendes, Keane tipped for Salford job, players fume over Romero treatment – The Sun

MARCUS RASHFORD capped off a terrific week by celebrating his MBE with a goal for England.

Meanwhile at Old Trafford, goalkeeper David De Gea has reportedly fallen out with his former agent Jorge Mendes.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    UNITED NATIONS

    Arsene Wenger wants a World Cup or Euros every summer.

    And he is willing to see the Nations League scrapped in order to accommodate the major shake up.

    Wenger, 70, was appointed Fifa's head of global football development last year and suggested the new plans to improve the international game.

    The ex-Arsenal boss – whose home nation France are the reigning world champions – told Bild: “We need to get rid of the Nations League and find clearer events that everyone understands.

    “If you ask people in the street what the Nations League is, you won’t find many able to explain it.

    “We need to have as few events as possible. One World Cup and one European Championship every other year would probably be more appropriate for a modern world.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Some Man Utd stars are furious at Sergio Romero's treatment, according to reports.

    The backup goalkeeper failed to secure a move away from Old Trafford during the last window as United reportedly refused to let him go for a penny less than £10million.

    The Argentine has now been left out their Champions League squad – replaced by Dean Henderson.

    And that has left members of the Red Devils' dressing room angry, according to ESPN.

    Roy Keane is second-favourite with the bookies to take over as Salford manager after Paul Scholes was named as caretaker on Monday.

    And Axel Tuanzebe has hit back at claims that Edinson Cavani's transfer was a panic buy and says he's one of the best.

    Speaking to the Metro he said: “Edinson [Cavani] will be another addition to the team with his experience, his knowledge of the game and it’ll be great to learn from him.

    “Any smart traits and how to mark someone of his calibre – it’s what you want to come up against – the best – to improve your own abilities.”

    And finally, Arsene Wenger has revealed how painfully close Arsenal came to signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

    The then-Gunners chief revealed he 'had an agreement' with Sporting Lisbon to sign the Portuguese star in the summer before embarking on the famous 'Invincibles' season.

    Wenger revealed all after being asked if there were any players he regrets missing out on during his career.

    He told The Guardian: “I would say there is not one player… there are 50. We had an agreement with Sporting and Man Utd took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo.”

  • William Pugh

    HOMES UNDER HAMMER

    Premier League chiefs want the head of Rick Parry — as it emerged Spurs and Liverpool would get a £150million stadium rebate under Project Big Picture.

    Parry’s future as EFL chairman is under serious threat after football’s civil war intensified.

    Top-flight clubs and League bosses want Parry OUT after he was the frontman for Liverpool and Manchester United’s widely panned scheme.

    The news two of the Big Six wealthiest clubs — both criticised for plans to furlough staff in lockdown — will be huge winners from the proposals added to the turmoil.

    Another day of drama saw all-out war, with:

    – Prem leaders calling off any more EFLbailout talks in protest.

    – Seething club bosses wanting Parry to step down by Thursday’s EFL board meeting, with even some Championship sides admitting the plan is dead.

    – Prem chiefs accusing Parry of seeking to use backing from Liverpool and United to return to the Prem as CEO.

  • William Pugh

    HERE'S JOHNNY – COMMENT

    Well, we can all see the Big Picture now.

    For all the pungent guff which surrounds them, we can see the deep cynicism at the heart of Liverpool Football Club, under the ownership of John W Henry’s Fenway Sports Group.

    And we can see the willingness of Manchester United — under the shambling, grasping Glazer family — to act as lap dogs to their supposedly bitter rivals at Anfield.

    Project Big Picture, authored by Liverpool’s American bankrollers, supported by United, and peddled by their useful idiot, former Liverpool chief executive and current EFL chief Rick Parry, is an extraordinary piece of work.

    It is a scheme of naked greed, unconvincingly dressed up as charity, and concocted with the supreme arrogance of people who take the rest of English football for fools. We have all heard the idea that Liverpool FC are not just a football club but some sort of spiritual and political movement, a force for the common good.

    And we have all seen the club’smisty-eyed ‘This Means More’ marketing campaign. Well, after the revelation of Project Big Picture, we certainly know that this means more power and wealth for Liverpool and their new best friends at United.

  • William Pugh

    A boss capable of turning good players into greats and transforming a club without massive spending.

    Pochettino is playing it cute,keeping his head down at his family homes in north London andBarcelona, shunning TV punditry and saying little on the record.

    And with the restrictions of behind-closed-doors football, it is impossible for Pochettino to join the old vulture culture of out-of-work bosses turning up at a match where a manager appears to be a dead man walking.

    So he waits. That’s what he does. Tick follows tock follows tick follows tock. With perhaps the occasional scan of Rightmove to check out high-end properties in the Manchester commuter belt.

    Because after the collapse ofthe Saudi takeover of Newcastle, which was certainly of interest to Pochettino, Manchester is still his most likely destination.

  • William Pugh

    POCH YOUR STEP – COMMENT

    He has been waiting for almost a year now, Mauricio Pochettino.

    The middle of November will mark the anniversary of the Argentine’s sacking by Tottenham.

    And 12 months of inactivity is a long time for such a workaholic, football-obsessive.

    We are not quite into Alan Curbishley territory yet, where he becomes an 11-2 shot for every Premier League vacancy, without ever taking another managerial job.

    For now, Pochettino remains the king across the water for every major club contemplating a change in the dugout.

    A 48-year-old, who has never lifted a major trophy as a manager, yet whose work in establishingTottenham as Champions League regulars, marks him out as a rarity…

  • William Pugh

    JUST PLAIN ROM

    Some Man Utd stars are furious at Sergio Romero's treatment, according to reports.

    The backup goalkeeper failed to secure a move away from Old Trafford during the last window as United reportedly refused to let him go for a penny less than £10million.

    The Argentine has now been left out their Champions League squad – replaced by Dean Henderson.

    And that has left members of the Red Devils' dressing room angry, according to ESPN.

  • William Pugh

    CAM I HAVE IT

    Eduardo Camavinga went home with Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt after France's 0-0 draw with Portugal and vowed: “I won’t wash it”.

    The in-demand Rennes star was left on the bench as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner played all 90 minutes of Sunday night's Nations League stalemate.

    Despite not making it onto the pitch, Camavinga had seemingly already won the respect of his idol – with Ronaldo giving him his game-worn jersey.

    In France's previous game, the midfielder has scored a stunning overhead kick in the 7-1 drubbing of Ukraine.

    After the game, Camavinga took to Snapchat to share a picture of the grubby shirt with his pals and he captioned the pic: “I won't wash it.”

    Camavinga has made no bones of the fact he is desperate to move to Real Madrid having grown up watching Ronaldo strutting his stuff at the Bernabeu prior to his 2018 exit.

  • William Pugh

    SALF-ODDS

  • William Pugh

    YOU KEANE ROY?

    Man Utd legend Roy Keane is second-favourite with the bookies to take over as Salford manager after Paul Scholes was named as caretaker on Monday.

    The Irishman, 49, was spotted looking unimpressed in the stands at the club's game with Tranmere at the weekend.

    Keane watched on as the visitors scored twice in the last five minutes to secure a point, which led to Graham Alexander being sacked.

    And now Keane is being tipped with taking over at Salford – after Scholes was installed as temporary boss.

    The former Man Utd hardman hasn't managed since 2011 after a tough two years at Ipswich.

    Keane had spent two years at Sunderland prior to his spell in Suffolk.

  • William Pugh

    NOT KEANE ON IT

    Roy Keane has hit out at Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu for his reaction to a challenge during Wales vs Ireland.

    The 20-year-old who is on loan at Sheffield United collided with Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph and went down holding his head – seemingly trying to win a penalty – but ex-Republic of Ireland captain Keane was not having any of it.

    He said: “Just disgraceful, really.

    “This Ampadu, like, what's the game coming to?

    “He should be ashamed of himself, grabbing his head. I'd be embarrassed if I was him. Ridiculous.”

  • William Pugh

    Teysera, 47, made his name with the band La Vela Puerca, who have scored hits in South America.

    Infamous for their controversial logo – a drawing of the snout of a pig smoking marijuana – they formed in 1995 and play many types of music including punk and ska.

    Pellistri was backstage one of their most iconic stadium shows – at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires – to celebrate his birthday.

    Teysera led the band with a rendition of 'happy birthday' for his godson during the gig, which the crowd sang back.

  • William Pugh

    READY TO ROCK

    On transfer deadline day last week, Manchester United added two Uruguayans to their expensively-assembled squad.

    One of them, of course, was Edinson Cavani – universally known as a goal-getter in Serie A and Ligue 1 through the years, and will provide competition upfront for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

    But the other, 18-year-old Facundo Pellistri, is relatively unknown on our shores and one for the future.

    Little fanfare was made when the exciting winger signed from Penarol for £9million.

    However, sounding the drum – quite literally – could be his rock star godfather.

    Uruguay singer Sebastian Teysera, who boasts over 20 million views on YouTube, is also Pellistri's biggest fan…

  • William Pugh

    POOR OLD PARRY

    Under-fire EFL chairman Rick Parry was plunged into a second crisis as chief executive David Baldwin quit after just three MONTHS in the job.

    Baldwin filled the vacancy left by December’s departure of Shaun Harvey only in June.

    But he has now announced he will walk out ofhis role in March, leaving Parry and the EFL scrambling to find a replacement.

    Baldwin, a former chief exec at Bradford and Burnley, insisted his decision was “not linked” to the Project Big Picture furore.

    He said: “Clearly, accepting this position pre COVID-19 means the situation is now very different to the one I originally envisaged.

    “That is coupled with it being a very different environment inside the EFL compared to the one I left in 2015/16. Taking those two factors into consideration and balancing the needs of my family, health and well-being, I feel the decision to leave is the right one.”

  • William Pugh

    KANE AIM

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes his old club should abandon their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and go after Harry Kane or Erling Haaland instead.

    An interview clip tweeted by Stadium Astro's Alison Bender said: “Scholes tells me he wants Kane or Haaland, forget Sancho, he’s not the position they need. We also chatted a lot about defenders.”

    He also expressed his frustration with club officials for apparently failing to financially back Solskjaer and other former managers in the transfer market.

    In the same interview he said: “I don’t think he’s the first one who hasn’t been backed.

    “I think [Louis] van Gaal and [Jose] Mourinho especially had a moan about that and it’s understandable when they aren’t getting the players they want.

    “There’s been a lot of money spent but has it been spent on the first choices these managers want? I’m not too sure.”

  • William Pugh

    CAM AND GET HIM

    Manchester United could reportedly replace Paul Pogba with countryman Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba's deal expires next summer, but United do have the option to extend it for another season.

    But according to Spanish newspaper AS, plans are being drawn up to prepare for the 27-year-old's departure.

    And Rennes starlet Camavinga has emerged as a potential long-term replacement.

    United have 'put in place the mechanism' to sign Camavinga – and it started by already dealing with his agent.

    Camavinga is managed by Mousa Sissoko, who also looks after Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

  • William Pugh

    Clubs could also make backdated requests to cover recently-finished work, allowing Spurs and Liverpool to cash in.

    Up to £250m would be available for teams who have been in the top flight for at least 12 of the last 15 seasons.

    And clubs who have been in the Premier League for four straight seasons or eight out of ten seasons could claim £100m.

    The measures would also allow Liverpool to get back half of the estimated £60m costs of the planned expansion of the Anfield Road Stand.

  • William Pugh

    CASHBACK

    Tottenham and Liverpool will be entitled to multi-million pound rebates for their stadium rebuilds under the small-print in Project Big Picture.

    Spurs would be eligible to claim back £125million of the £1billion cost of their new 62,000 capacity home at white Hart Lane.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, the joint architects of the package with Manchester United, could rake back £30m of the cost of their new main stand at Anfield.

    The news of the potential pay-outs will only add to the backlash by the 14 Premier League clubs left out of the loop.

    Under the proposals, a new 'infrastructure fund' worth £150m per year would be set aside from the Premier League revenue stream for 'assistance payments' for clubs embarking on stadium projects…

  • Jake Lambourne

    CRISTIAN-OH NO

    Arsene Wenger has revealed how painfully close Arsenal came to signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

    The then-Gunners chief revealed he 'had an agreement' with Sporting Lisbon to sign the Portuguese star in the summer before embarking on the famous 'Invincibles' season.

    Wenger revealed all after being asked if there were any players he regrets missing out on during his career.

    He told The Guardian: “I would say there is not one player… there are 50. We had an agreement with Sporting and Man Utd took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo.

    “But we had an agreement basically. He had the shirt of Arsenal, I had lunch with him and his mother at the training ground.

    “It’s one example but there were so many. The history of a big club is full of missed great players.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEVIL DELIGHT

  • Jake Lambourne

    YOUNG DEVIL

    New Man Utd signing Facundo Pellistri is ready to following his switch from Penarol.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Scholes has been named as Salford's interim manager after the club's Class of 92 owners sacked Graham Alexander.

    A statement released on Monday confirmed the former midfielder's appointment.

    Scholes, 45, was part of the consortium to buy 50 per cent of the minnows back in 2014.

    A club statement read: “Salford City Football Club announces that manager Graham Alexander has left the club with immediate effect. The club met with Graham this morning and after discussion have agreed to part company.

    “The club would like to thank Graham for his contribution and all his hard work. In his first season he guided the team to Wembley, resulting in promotion to League 2 and in his second season he reached the Leasing.com Trophy final.

    “The club would like to wish him all the best and success in the future. First team coach, Chris Lucketti, will also leave the club.

    “Paul Scholes will act as the interim head coach while the club looks to secure a new manager. Warren Joyce, currently in isolation, will join Paul once he is able to.”

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