Declan Rice 'DID ask about Man Utd' – fans forum hears, Cristiano Ronaldo return and Haaland transfer latest

DECLAN RICE did ask England team-mates Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw about Man Utd on international duty, the club's fans forum heard.

The minutes of that forum read: "Darren noted that they had heard that from players going away with England [and] other national teams that people have started to ask questions about Manchester United again."

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo is looking very carefully at a potential move to Man Utd, according to reports in Italy.

Get all the latest Man Utd news, updates and transfer gossip here…

  • Etienne Fermie

    WORTH A LUKE

    Former Manchester United ace Luke Chadwick has called on his old club to try and use Jesse Lingard in a swap deal for Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish.

    He told CaughtOffside: "I think Jesse Lingard, since his loan to West Ham, has probably been the best player in the Premier League for the past six, eight weeks.

    "It’s been fantastic for him and has perhaps shown that it is time for him to move on to pastures new.

    “If that was possible, and Lingard gets to play week in, week out at a club like Aston Villa, and Man United can attract one of the best players in the league in Jack Grealish, who’s got a huge future in front of him, that could be a fantastic piece of business on both sides.”

    Jesse Lingard and Jack Grealish could move in opposite directions, if Chadwick gets his wishCredit: Paul Marriott – The Sun
  • Etienne Fermie

    GRAN-D OLD TIME

    Manchester United continue their Europa League campaign back against Villarreal at Old Trafford tomorrow night.

    So let's remind ourselves of how they booked their place in the semi-finals.

    Enjoy, Red Devils!

  • Etienne Fermie

    ON THE PAUL

    Fans will be hoping for a brilliant Paul Pogba performance tomorrow night against Roma.

    And the French ace appears to have been feeling good in training today!

  • Etienne Fermie

    GUNNAR HAVE RESPECT

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he meant no disrespect to Roma, when he admitted he hadn't seen them play after beating Granada earlier this month.

    He said: "That was straight after the game and, with all the games we've had, I was just relieved that we had gone through.

    "Of course, I've watched them but I hadn't analysed them and I hadn't seen them in depth to give them enough respect probably.

    “It's a fantastic club with a great history. I've actually got two prized possessions back home – a [Francesco] Totti shirt and a [Daniele] De Rossi shirt – I swapped shirts with them, they're actually signed!

    “We are ready for them,” he added. “My comment was not meant as any disrespect and I think everyone knows that. I have got loads of respect for them.”

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enormous respect for 'fantastic' RomaCredit: EPA
  • Etienne Fermie

    TEAM NEWS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on all the team news ahead of tomorrow night's clash with Roma.

    The Norwegian said: "There are so many games!

    "They’re all fit and available, we didn’t lose anyone from the last game, which was good. It was a hard-fought game of course against Leeds, high intensity. We’re ready and we’ve had good preparation for the rest of the season."

    Quizzed about Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly, he added: "Both of them are available. That’s good.

    "We have managed Marcus and we have had to do it for quite a while. I feel he's gone through the worst now. He's available for selection tomorrow, he's happy with the progress."

    Anthony Martial and Phil Jones both remain out injured.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has updated fans ahead of tomorrow night's gameCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    MORE FROM SHAW

    Luke Shaw has offered his thoughts on why Man United have fallen at the semi-final stage of competitions FIVE times under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    He said: "I think, first and foremost, no semi-final is easy, they’re always tough games.

    “We’ve just missed out on a few, like you said. We’ve had a lot of disappointment from that, so I think we can use that as motivation for this one, the way we felt after them.

    "Like I say, we were very disappointed, we can just reflect on that and put things right tomorrow and start with that.

    "It’s obviously two legs so you know it will only be half-time after tomorrow, but the first leg will always be a very important one and we’ve had a few days to prepare for this and we’re ready for this because we want to win this trophy."

    Luke Shaw wants to put Man United's recent semi-final record rightCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    SHAW THING

    Manchester United star Luke Shaw has spoken of his 'motivation' to reach the Europa League final, after missing his side's 2017 triumph through injury.

    The England star said: "Personally, for me it’s a massive motivation.

    "As you said then, I’ve been quite unfortunate to not be involved in semis and finals, so of course I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night to step out in one.

    "But, of course, from a team point of view, it’s very important. In the past, we’ve missed out on a few finals and I think this season, the way we’ve been playing, the way the confidence is high, we’ve got real belief that we can reach it.

    "Like I said, it’s a massive motivation for not just me, but for the whole team to reach the final. It’s a game we’re looking forward to tomorrow and one we’re very ready for."

    Luke Shaw has been in sensational formCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    WHEN IN ROMA

    Manchester United host Roma in their Europa League semi-final first leg tomorrow night.

    And here is how SunSport's Dave Fraser thinks that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will line his men up at Old Trafford.

    How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line his side up tomorrow night
  • Jake Lambourne

    OLE TRAFFORD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident his side will beat Roma on Thursday.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ONE FER THE FUTURE

    Bruno Fernandes has revealed he dreams of managing Manchester United once he has retired as a player.

    Speaking to the club's website about what he plans to do after retiring from football, he said: “I think I want to be a coach.

    "Honestly, I would like to be a coach. I don’t know which team I would like to manage. Of course, the biggest team if I can manage Manchester United, I will be happy.

    "I can leave now just some words so if people see this, if I’m a manager in the future, the fans can make some pressure to bring me as a coach!

    "But I think I would like to be a coach in the future. I’m not sure but for what I feel for football, for the feeling I have, I think I have to continue to be inside of football because my whole life is about this.

    "So I think, in the future, it needs to be with football too."

  • Jake Lambourne

    EUR KIDDING ME

    Arsenal and Manchester United have been told they will play in front of a 10,000 crowd if they reach next month’s Europa League Final.

    But fans of the two Prem sides are unlikely to be allowed to travel to Poland – with local supporters set to be the only people allowed through the gates.

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced a series of new measures as the country emerges from the Covid crisis.

    That includes outdoor sports stadiums being able to open their turnstiles to up 25 per cent of capacities from May 15.

    The Europa League Final is scheduled for the Stadion Miejski in Gdansk on May 26.

    It is the home ground of Lechia Gdansk and has an all-seater capacity of 41,620. That will allow potentially 10,405 fans inside for the Final.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CROWN JULES

    Sevilla are interested in taking Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech as part of the Blues' bid for Jules Kounde, according to reports in Spain.

    French defender Kounde is rumoured to be one of the hottest properties of the summer transfer market.

    A strong second season with Sevilla has helped put the LaLiga club in position for an unlikely late title challenge.

    And Manchester United are said to be monitoring the player, along with Chelsea.

    Spanish outlet El Gol Digital have claimed that Ziyech could be key to unlocking the deal.

    Selling the midfielder as part of Kounde's move to West London could reportedly chop 50 per cent off the transfer fee.

    Jules Kounde has made himself a key player for title challengers Sevilla
  • Jake Lambourne

    WAGE RAGE

    Liverpool have risen above Manchester United in the Premier League wage bill standings – but still sit miles adrift of Manchester City.

    The official salary totals for the 2019-20 season have now been confirmed.

    Across last season, the Reds paid out a whopping £325million in player wages.

    Meanwhile, Manchester City still top the pile, shelling out an extraordinary £351m on wages last season.

    Man Utd sit third on the list – miles adrift of their local rivals – on £284m, despite David De Gea signing a massive £375,000-a-week contract at the start of the season.

    Last season, Chelsea spent just £1m less than United on wages at £283m.

    Arsenal and Tottenham ran the tightest ship wage-wise, spending just £225m and £181m respectively last term.

    Man City spent the most on players wages in 2019-20, with Liverpool overtaking Man Utd
  • Jake Lambourne

    BIRTHDAY BOY

    Man Utd playmaker Juan Mata has turned 33 today.

    Take a look at his strike against former employers Chelsea two years ago on this day.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RED AHEAD

    Sir Alex Ferguson could be celebrating £296,000 winnings from the past month if his horse triumphs in the Punchestown Gold Cup today.

    Fergie's Clan Des Obeaux has been tipped by Templegate to land the big one in Ireland.

    Victory there would give the Manchester United icon and the horse's two other owners a tasty £127,000 windfall.

    That would come on the back of a magical day at Aintree earlier this month when Fergie cheered home the first three winners.

    The former Old Trafford gaffer co-owns Protektorat, Monmiral and Clan Des Obeaux.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GIGGS IN COURT

    Ryan Giggs has arrived at court this morning charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend.

    The Manchester United legend, 47, is accused of causing actual bodily harm to PR executive Kate Greville, 36, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

    The former United star and Wales national team manager faces an additional charge of engaging in coercive or controlling behaviour against her over a three-year period.

    It’s claimed that throughout their three-year relationship – between December 2017 and November 2020 – Giggs used “harassment, humiliation, degradation and abuse” against Kate.

    Giggs has also been charged with common assault against her younger sister Emma.

    Police were called to Giggs' £1.7million mansion at 10.05pm on November 1 last year after reports of a disturbance. He was arrested and later bailed pending further inquiries.

    Giggs arriving at Manchester Magistrates Court this morning
  • Jake Lambourne

    CREAM OF THE CROP

    Bruno Fernandes has been the cream of the crop for Manchester United this season… and the secret to his udderly brilliant performances could be down to his relentless milk intake.

    The Portuguese superstar has been spotted by eagle-eyed viewers sipping on the white stuff from the substitute bench during moments throughout the season.

    During a Q&A with Red Devil supporters, one asked why he has stopped his ritual, with Fernandes was eager to reassure he is still downing milk.

    As reported on United's official site, he said: "I don’t stop drinking milk. It’s just that the coach is substituting me less than before.

    "Before, he changed me a lot of times and I think in the last games I was not coming off a lot of times so you never see me with the milk.

    "But, honestly, I don’t know if it is milk – sometimes it’s milk and sometimes it’s water with some stuff to help us [with the] recovery.

    "But it’s okay, the milkman for me, I like milk so it’s okay, don’t worry about that. I still do it but sometimes in the dressing room, sometimes I take that drink to my home to drink."

    Bruno Fernandes has been seen drinking milk during matches
  • Jake Lambourne

    TELL ALL

    Man Utd defender Alex Telles has warned his side they will have to wary of Roma striker Edin Dzeko for Thursday’s Europa League clash.

    Speaking to the club’s matchday magazine United Review, the Brazilian said: “We’re always keeping an eye on the teams we may come up against further down the line, so we’ll watch their game.

    I know Roma are a quality team with very good attacking players such as Edin Dzeko. Players who create a lot up front.

    Before adding: ““He’s a quality finisher, he knows how to score goals. You’re dealing with a centre-forward with a real physical presence because of his stature.

    He’s a constant danger so we need to concentrate. I believe we have a very strong and focused backline to deal with this.

    “We know facing a team like Roma in a semi-final that we’re going to be up against quality players. We have to be ready.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHEN IN ROME

    Manchester United’s Luke Shaw believes the Europa League semi-final against Roma could define their season and it’s time they scooped up the trophy.

    Resurgent left-back Shaw said: “These are three massive games coming up and especially the two against Roma, which could sort of define our season.

    “I think we have been in the semi-finals a lot in the last two seasons, and we haven’t been successful in them.

    “So this is a chance for us to take a step in the right direction, get through that and then win the competition.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SCRATCH THE IC

    Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic recognises Roma will be a tough task in the Europa League semi-final but the club need to progress and bring trophies home.

    He said: “I think it’s time to get to the final and win this trophy, but it’s going to be hard.

    “We respect Roma, we know that they are a good squad with a good coach and a big club.

    “It’s going to be interesting, but we have to believe in our qualities.

    “We want to play in that big final and bring trophies to Old Trafford because this club deserves the best.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GARD’S UP

    Jesse Lingard will push for a permanent switch away from Manchester United in the summer, according to reports.

    Lingard, who went a year without a goal at the Red Devils, has scored nine times in his last 11 matches since joining West Ham on loan in January.

    West Ham have no permanent transfer clause in Lingard’s contract meaning he will return to Old Trafford in the summer.

    But EuroSport write how the 28-year-old will look to leave Manchester United.

    The report adds how Lingard was upset by Solskjaer and the lack of opportunities during the first half of the campaign.

    West Ham want to sign Lingard permanently but know his value continues to rise while he impresses on loan.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TV GLEE

    Prem chiefs have wrapped up a new three-year TV deal — worth the same £4.6billion as the current contract.

    In a big success for League boss Richard Masters, Sky, BT, Amazon and the BBC have agreed to extend the terms of the contract which was due to run out next summer for a further three seasons.

    It comes after the Covid chaos of the past 12 months which saw the broadcasters demand a £330million collective rebate from the 20 clubs.

    But concerns about those repayments have been eased by the certainty offered to the clubs with the new deal.

    Sky, paying £3.58bn over three seasons, keep the lion’s share of the 200 games to be broadcast live each season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RY NOT ME?

    Ryan Giggs has reportedly been left fuming after being snubbed in the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer are the first inductees – with Giggs being replaced by former Arsenal star Henry at the last minute.

    The Mirror reports that 'Giggs has been left shocked' by the snub and was 'dropped at the last minute after being charged with assaulting two women'.

    The charges follow an alleged bust-up with ex-girlfriend Kate Greville at his mansion.

    SunSport has since exclusively revealed that the 47-year-old former Manchester United ace could face up to FIVE YEARS in prison.

    The Premier League have not responded to request for comment.

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS,

    Cristiano Ronaldo is “looking very carefully” at a return to Man Utd in case Juventus fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports in Italy.

    TuttoSport claim Ronaldo’s future in Turin is a “thorny and uncertain” issue even if Juve finish second, third or fourth.

    But if they finish outside the top four the club will certainly not be able to afford the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s wages.

    Juventus are currently in fourth position in Serie A, above AC Milan on goal difference alone.

    Ronaldo is also said to be looking at PSG as a potential destination.

    Meanwhile, United are reportedly plotting a shock TRIPLE transfer swoop for Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

    The Telegraph claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to bolster his attacking options this summer after handing Eric Bailly a new deal.

    After being convinced by the Norwegian to stay, Bailly’s contract renewal means United no longer have to prioritise a new defender.

    And they can instead focus their efforts on adding new forwards, with Haaland said to be top of the list.

    The Old Trafford club also remain interested in his Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho, who they failed to sign last summer.

    And finally, Bruno Fernandes has revealed his desire to become a manager after hanging up his boots.

    The Portuguese midfielder said: “I think more [it’s] in my future. Now I’m seeing time passing and seeing kids coming from 2000, 2001, 2002, and my sister is from 2000, so it’s making for some
    confusion in my head.

    “I’m trying to enjoy the football, you know. I think I want to be a coach. Honestly, I would like to be a coach.

    “I don’t know which team I would like to manage. Of course, the biggest team if I can manage Manchester United, I will be happy.

    “I can leave now just some words so if people see this, if I’m a manager in the future, the fans can make some pressure to bring me as a coach!

    “But I think I would like to be a coach in the future. I’m not sure but for what I feel for football, for the feeling I have, I think I have to continue to be inside of football because my whole life is about this. So I think, in the future, it needs to be with football too.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HEAVY COSTS

    Former Boca Juniors star Beto Acosta says he wishes he could have played for the Red Devils in his career.

    He told TNT Sports: “I’d have liked to play for Manchester United.

    “I’d also have loved to go to Italy or Spain.”

    “However, I don’t change anything I did, because it was an excellent career.”

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