Man Utd news LIVE: Brozovic transfer eyed, five players 'unhappy' with Solskjaer, Pogba new contract EXCLUSIVE

MANCHESTER UNITED were held by Everton in their final game before the international break.

That leaves Ole Gunnar Ole Solskjaer's side fourth in the table, although some reports suggest up to FIVE players are 'unhappy' with his leadership.

On the transfer front, United are reportedly keeping tabs on Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic ahead of the January transfer window.

And SunSport can exclusively reveal the club want Paul Pogba's contract situation sorted by Christmas.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ROY STORY

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane has predicted Manchester City will win the Premier League title.

    As it stands, Chelsea lead in the table with Liverpool second, City third and United completing the top four.

    Keane suggested those four teams will advance to the Champions League next season – but believes the Citizens are likeliest to defend their crown.

    The legendary midfielder told Sky Sports: "You look up there, it's the top-four out there.

    "If you analyse Liverpool over the last week you'll think they conceded three at Brentford [and] two today, that's not a great sign.

    "But they've got brilliant players going forward, world class players going forward.

    "But I still think any of these teams and Chelsea included will do well to finish ahead of Man City"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM LINGARD

    Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard shared some more insight about his recent loan at West Ham that allowed him to regain his old form.

    The forward also revealed one of his goals was to return to the England team.

    Lingard said: "He allowed that and then it was just about me knuckling down and focusing on what I needed to do at West Ham, and that was to do well, score goals, make assists and try and break back into the England side.

    "From the start of the season not being in the England side to the end of the season getting into the 33 [man squad] before the Euros was a massive achievement and it just showed what you can do with hard work, concentration and dedication"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    TURNING POINT

    Manchester United star Jesse Lingard opened up about problems he encountered off the pitch that affected his performances before turning things around last season during his loan stint at West Ham that allowed him to return to Old Trafford as a new man.

    Lingard said: "Things can happen off the field that can obviously affect your physical performance on the field and your mental performance as well, but if you hide and try and brave it with a smile, it’s never good.

    "At the time, I just wasn’t me, even my own family could see it wasn’t me; I was doing things that I’d never done in my whole life and it was just one of those phases I went through and I had to try and pick myself up and get back on my feet.

    "I spoke to the manager at various times about getting me out on loan in January because I wasn’t getting the game-time at United.

    "When you’re at your lowest, you think you’re never going to get out of that, but there’s always an option to do that.

    "Like I say you’ve just got to bite the bullet and grit your teeth and knuckle down and that’s what I did. As soon as I went on loan I was ready from the get-go to play"

  • Kostas Lianos

    B-ROMANCE

    Manchester United are keeping tabs on Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who claim United are "locked" in a transfer battle with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham.

    The Red Devils have been holding a long-term interest in the midfielder and are believed to be in the market to add some firepower in the middle of the park.

    The Croatia international's contract with Inter runs out at the end of the season

  • Kostas Lianos

    POGBA EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United want to have a final decision over the future of Paul Pogba by Christmas, according to SunSport's Duncan Wright.

    Pogba is in the last year of his United contract and would be free to talk with other clubs in January.

    Red Devils bosses are desperate to avoid having a circus drag out into the second half of the season which could overshadow a potential challenge for trophies.

    The Manchester giants have been in regular conversation with the star midfielder's agent Mino Raiola in an attempt to thrash out terms on a new contract which could top £400,000 a week.

    And over the past couple of months it is understood United have grown increasingly confident they will be able to tie the France international down for the majority of the rest of his career in peak fitness

  • Kostas Lianos

    STORMING OFF

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was totally unhappy after the draw with Everton at Old Trafford as he immediately stormed off down the tunnel.

    Ronaldo came off the bench on 57 minutes but couldn't help his team get the three points.

    The star forward was also in no mood to speak to Andros Townsend after the Toffees star copied his signature celebration once he scored the visitors' equaliser.

    The Portugal international didn't even look at Townsend, who tried to talk to him, as he marched towards the dressing room.

    Cristiano Ronaldo storms off angry after Everton game

  • Kostas Lianos

    FIVE GUYS

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is dealing with five ‘unhappy’ players following a run of poor results, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Those are Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek.

    Ronaldo stormed towards the Old Trafford tunnel after the Red Devils dropped points against Everton, Sancho is playing in an infamiliar position and Pogba's contract is expiring.

    Meanwhile, De Gea also looked upset after the draw against the Toffees whereas Van de Beek's frustration was visible against Villarreal

  • Kostas Lianos

    MOVE CAN BE HAAL-TED

    Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland may not leave despite his bargain £65million release clause coming to effect in the next summer transfer window.

    Haaland has been linked with a move to Manchester United among other clubs, such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

    But former Sheffield United ace Jan Age Fjortoft believes the Norway international could still opt to stay at Dortmund.

    Fjortoft told Sport Bild: “I think the Haaland team and the family don’t know where he’s going either.

    “Because the football world is changing. There are so many things that affect that.

    “They don’t know where he will play in the 2021-2022 season. Haaland and his team are always looking for development.

    “And if that is the case in Dortmund, then he will stay there”

  • William Pugh

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    United's players deserve criticism for slacking and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves sacking for benching Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Those two stark claims followed Saturday's tame 1-1 home draw with Everton.

    Star midfielder Bruno Fernandes has warned United to step on the gas not OFF it after taking a lead.

    Andros Townsend rewarded Everton's pressing by cancelling out Anthony Martial's first goal since February.

    And Fernandes said: "We played really well first half, created a lot of chances. In the second half we slow it down again.

    "Once again we make that mistake. We have to learn… because we cannot do this anymore. We did it so many times."

    In contrast, ex-England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor singled out Solskjaer's decision to rest/drop Ronaldo.

    The Portugal legend came on with United 1-0 up, having bagged five goals since his deadline return from Juventus.

    Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: “It’s a sackable offence not to start Ronaldo in itself.

    “He’s in that squad to win the Premier League this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not going to win the league for Manchester United.”

    But Ajax hero Danny Blind insists Ronaldo forces United to ditch "their familiar pattern".

    Blind told told Dutch paper Sportnieuws Ronaldo causes "miscommunication" and other problems by not pressuring defenders off the ball.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'UTD ACES FRUSTRATED'

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly struggling to keep his glamorous squad happy.

    The Red Devils have won just two of their last six games and the Norwegian must get his team ready for a daunting run of fixtures.

    After the October international break, Man Utd face Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in consecutive Premier League games.

    Solskjaer’s team also have two huge Champions League games against Atalanta, which could determine their future in the competition.

    And according to The Telegraph, five of the Old Trafford club’s biggest stars are ‘unhappy’ with the team’s direction under Solskjaer.

    They name Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Donny van de Beek.

    Read HERE for our summary of the situation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPECIAL KAI IS NEW ROO-NITED STARLET

    Kai Rooney is starting to make a name for himself in Manchester United's academy – hitting FOUR goals against Liverpool.

    Wayne Rooney's son, 11, scored all of his team's goals but couldn't stop his side from suffering a 5-4 defeat away to their arch rivals.

    Kai, playing for the Under-12s, revealed the result on his Instagram account – managed by dad Wayne and mum Coleen.

    The talented youngster is documenting his progress on social media and has already scored plenty of goals for the club.

    Kai joined the Red Devils last December, signing a contact alongside his parents.

    After his kid put pen to paper, Wayne wrote on Instagram: "Proud day. Kai signing for Man Utd. Keep up the hard work son."

    Rooney Jr – an Everton fan – had multiple offers but chose to join the club where his dad enjoyed the majority of his success.

    Wayne, who is currently the manager of Championship strugglers Derby County, is the leading scorer in Man Utd's history with 253 goals.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ANNOY KEANE

    Roy Keane admits Kyle Walker still ‘irritates’ him

    Ex-Manchester United captain remains unconvinced by City’s England right-back Walker, 31, and believes “his pace gets him out of trouble”.

    Keane told Sky Sports: “I’ve been critical of him in the past.

    “He makes too many mistakes and he relies on his pace to get him out of trouble but he’s had a very good career.

    “I can be quite critical with defenders, especially when it’s a head job.

    “That’s what irritates me, the concentration – but big player for Man City and England so the kid’s doing something right.”

    Walker is one of the quickest players in the Premier League and usually recovers well if he, or his defensive colleagues, make an error.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ZLATAN’S ELECTR-VIC FERRARI TREAT FOR 40TH

    AC Milan’s ex-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has treated himself to a brand new Ferrari to celebrate his 40th birthday.

    Ibrahimovic splashed over £400,000 for a Ferrari Sf90 Stradale, the model’s first ever electric car, which can reach 211mph.

    The legendary striker shared a snap of his lavish new wheels on Instagram with the following caption: “Happy Birthday to Zlatan.”

    The Sweden international has created quite a tradition as he also got himself a car on his 38th and 39th birthday.

    The former Manchester United superstar spent a whopping £1.4million on a rare Ferrari Monza SP2 two years ago.

    The Swede then gifted himself a new Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition in red last year.

    He celebrated his new rides in the exact same manner with an identical post on social media.

    Those aren’t the only luxury cars the former Paris Saint-Germain ace has in his swanky garage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CRUNCH TIME FOR OLE

    The next few matches should tell us much about what this season holds for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

    A haul of 14 points from the first seven Prem games — and within one win of the top — is a steady enough start on the face of it.

    But do not be fooled because they have not played any of the title contenders yet.

    And their two biggest rivals Manchester City and Liverpool lie in wait in a daunting run of games over the next five weeks.

    Compare the fixtures Solskjaer’s men have chalked off with those who City and Chelsea have faced and you see why the jury is very much out on United.

    Yet things are about to get serious for them. They also face away games at Leicester and Tottenham before the November international break.

    And to complicate matters further, there is a key Champions League double-header with Atalanta, who are no mugs.

    United struggled to beat the traditional big six last season, winning only twice — against City and Tottenham.

    The best thing you could say is that when United have needed a big result for their manager, they tend to find one.

    And they will need one soon to get themselves going again after a hugely disappointing last couple of league matches.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV ON THE FENCE!

    Gary Neville gave out TWO Man of the Match awards during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester City.

    The Sky Sports commentator couldn't decide between Reds ace Mohamed Salah and City star Phil Foden – so they shared the accolade.

    Both players were worthy recipients of the award after scoring stunning goals in the 2-2 thriller at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

    Foden cancelled out Sadio Mane's opener with a sweet left-footed strike before Salah restored Liverpool's lead with a mesmerising run and finish.

    But the hosts couldn't hold on as Kevin De Bruyne scored nine minutes from time and the points were shared.

    Discussing Salah during the game, Neville said: "Mo Salah is on a different level."

    And while chatting about Foden, the Manchester United icon admitted: "What a player he is. Foden is an absolute joy to watch."

    But fans were not happy with Neville's decision on social media, believing the award shouldn't be shared.

    One critic tweeted: "Joint Man of the Match is like half-and-half scarfs – there are no place for them in football."

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE BENCHING RON IS 'SACKABLE OFFENCE'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer benching Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday was a "sackable offence".

    That's the verdict of Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor after Ronaldo's 33-minute role in Manchester United's tame 1-1 home draw with Everton.

    Ex-England striker Agbonlahor, 34, claims United's only chance of winning the Premier League is fielding their star men as much as possible.

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    Ron came on as United led through Anthony Martial's first goal since February.

    But Andros Townsend drilled Everton's point-sver on 65 minutes.

    And Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: "It’s a sackable offence not to start Ronaldo in itself

    "He’s been brought in on probably £700,000 a week so to play games and win leagues for Manchester United.

    "He’s in that squad to win the Premier League this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not going to win the league for Manchester United."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHEZ HIINTS AT INTER EXIT IN CRYPTIC POST

    Former Arsenal and Manchester United frontman Alexis Sanchez hinted he could be on his way out of Inter Milan with a cryptic social media post.

    Sanchez has been struggling at Inter this season as he has only been able to amass a total of 70 minutes across all competitions as well as one assist in four appearances.

    The Chile legend, 32, was an unused substitute on Saturday when the Nerazzurri defeated Sassuolo 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium with manager Simone Inzaghi preferring Joaquin Correa and Lautaro Martinez up front.

    Inzaghi also brought summer signing and former Manchester City star Edin Dzeko from the bench.

    Sanchez took to Instagram after the match and posted a controversial story showing an abandoned Ferrari covered by sand with a message in Spanish.

    The Chile international appeared to be slamming the club for the lack of minutes he is getting at the San Siro.

    Sanchez’s message read: “Realise that you can worth a lot, but if you are in the wrong place, you are not going to shine.”

    The 32-year-old deleted the post a few minutes later but it had already gone viral by then.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PARK PURGES UTD FANS TO STOP 'RACIAL INSULT' SONG

    Park Ji-sung has appealed to Manchester United fans to stop singing a song that includes a racial stereotype about Koreans.

    For years, the Old Trafford faithful belted out a song that referenced South Koreans eating dog meat – a reference that can be used as a racial insult.

    Ex-United midfielder Park knows the fans who sang the song – which was belted out in United's trip to Wolves in August – mean no harm but wants them to put an end to it.

    He told the official UTD podcast: "I really request the fans to stop singing that word.

    "It causes discomfort to Korean people when they hear that song. It's time to stop."

    He added: "I know that United fans don’t mean any offence to him for that song, but still I have to educate the fans to stop that word [dog meat], which is usually these days a racial insult to the Korean people."

    Park spent nine-trophy laden years at the Theatre of Dreams and endeared himself to Red Devils fans with his work rate and penchant for scoring big goals.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FLASHY RASHY NECKLACE

    Manchester United hero Marcus Rashford was among the special guests at last night's Boxstar Celebrity Boxing event.

    The fit-again England ace, 24, wore a 'Rashy' necklace as he watched ex-Old Trafford midfielder Clayton Blackmore take on Bez from the Happy Mondays.

    And Rashford was able to celebrate a United victory as Blackmore edged out Red Devils fan Bez, aka Mark Berry, on points.

    The event, held in Manchester, saw many famous names take to the ring – including DJ Tom Zanetti and Love Island star Luke Mabbott.

    Other fighting celebs included Dan Osborne, Jamie Jewitt, Jake Quickenden, Marcel Somervile and Simon Webbe.

    Rashford was taking a well-earned break from rehab as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery.

    The England international went under the knife in August and returned to contact training with his team-mates on Friday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    '5 UNHAPPY UTD STARS'

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly struggling to keep his glamorous squad happy.

    The Red Devils have won just two of their last six games and the Norwegian must get his team ready for a daunting run of fixtures.

    After the October international break, Man Utd face Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in consecutive Premier League games.

    Solskjaer's team also have two huge Champions League games against Atalanta, which could determine their future in the competition.

    And according to The Telegraph, five of the Old Trafford club's biggest stars are 'unhappy' with the team's direction under Solskjaer.

    They name Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Donny van de Beek.

    Read HERE for our summary of the situation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'RONADLO BAD FOR UTD TACTICS'

    Cristiano Ronaldo does not allow Manchester United to play "in their familiar pattern".

    That is according to Ajax legend Danny Blind, who suggested Ronaldo is to be blamed for United's recent struggles in domestic and European competitions.

    In the last three weeks the Red Devils have lost to Young Boys as well as Aston Villa, got eliminated from the Carabao Cup, scraped wins against West Ham and Villarreal and drew with Everton on Saturday.

    Blind claims the five-time Ballon d'Or winner "only thinks about goals" and lets his team-mates worry about getting the ball.

    The former Netherlands manager compared the star forward to Paul Pogba, who he claims is more vocal on the pitch.

    Blind said told Dutch paper Sportnieuws: “Ronaldo doesn’t really need to play an active role.

    “Like: ‘take your time’. You also see the other players looking at you like, ‘how are we going to solve it then?’

    “Normally, the striker runs from one central defender to the other. This caused a lot of miscommunication. Now, they are not playing in their familiar pattern.

    "When the ball was deflected, you saw Paul Pogba coaching that they had to put all the pressure on.

    “Ronaldo did not do that, he is not like that. He only thinks about goals and hopes others will conquer the ball.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WRIGHT 'N RON: OLE'S CRIS BLUNDER

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for not starting Cristiano Ronaldo in Man Utd’s 1-1 draw against Everton.

    Speaking on Match of the Day, he said: “Very surprised, simply because if you’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo, yes you do have to create a structure for him to fit in because [Edinson] Cavani works so hard, but he [Ronaldo] is not missing that header if he’s on the pitch.

    “When you’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to build the team and structure around him, so it can work for him.

    “Cavani presses, he closes down, his movement is great but I think, this is the kind of chance, if he [Ronaldo] is on the pitch, I don’t think he misses those chances.

    “So whatever Ole is saying about what we’re saying as pundits, if you’ve got him in your team, a match-winner, and you can’t set it up for him to be playing in there, to do what he does, it’s ever likely he’s going to walk off the pitch like that.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    PEREIRA FACES BAN FOR QUARANTINE BREACH

    On-loan Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira could face a SIX-GAME ban for breaking quarantine rules when he arrived at Flamengo.

    Those travelling from the United Kingdom to Brazil face a 14-day quarantine upon arrival due to the country's Coronavirus regulations.

    And Pereira could be punished by the Superior Sports Court for Football in Brazil for not following the rules.

    Pereira, according to the STJD, only completed half of the fortnight-long quarantine.

    In a statement released on Friday, they said: "Flamengo and Andreas Pereira will be judged next Friday, October 8, by the Fifth Disciplinary Committee of the Superior Court of Sports Justice for Football.

    "The club was denounced for having climbed halfway before the mandatory 14-day quarantine period established by ANVISA Ordinance 655/2021 for travelers passing through the United Kingdom.

    "The player will be liable for conduct contrary to discipline or sports ethics.

    "The virtual session is scheduled to start at 10:30 am and will be broadcast live on the STJD do Futebol website."

    Flamengo could be handed a penalty for their part in the ordeal, and Pereira could be handed a one to six-game suspension.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'POGBA SHOULD HAVE STARTED'

    Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has questioned why Manchester United didn’t start Paul Pogba against Everton.

    The Match of the Day pundit also believed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was wrong to bench Cristiano Ronaldo.

    He said: “The other thing I’ve found strange too is that you’re not just taking out your best goalscorer, you actually started on the bench your best creator.

    “Pogba and Ronaldo were left out.

    “Obviously, hindsight is a wonderful thing, I think it’s fair to say they’ll both be in the starting lineup next week, probably.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BRU KNOWS WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN

    Bruno Fernandes has expressed his frustration after Manchester United dropped more points at home against Everton.

    Anthony Martial put United in front but Fernandes believes his team took their foot of the gas and allowed Everton a way back into the match.

    Andros Townsend equalised after half-time and it was the Toffees who looked most likely to find a winner – leaving Fernandes infuriated.

    After the match he said: "Of course, I think it's really difficult for us.

    "We played really well first half, create a lot of chances. In the second half we slow it down again. Once again we make that mistake. We have to learn.

    "We have to learn and the time is now because we cannot do this anymore. We did it so many times. We cannot slow the game down when we're winning.

    "We have to make it quicker, score once again one, two goals and after, OK, you can slow it down and make them run a little bit more.

    "But we have to carry on now. There's no point… we can be frustrated because of the result, of course, but we have to come back after the national team and then be ready for the next games."

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