Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Zidane 'in United talks', eight players 'MISLED' by Solskjaer, Ronaldo consoled by mum

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Premier League action this weekend as they take on Watford at Vicarage Road.

But there is reportedly discontent behind the scenes, with eight players feeling they've been 'misled' over their first-team chances this season.

And to make matters worse for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, one journalist has reported that Man Utd are in talks with Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman is reported to be a popular choice with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, both of whom he managed at Real Madrid.

However, the talks are said to be difficult as Zizou is reported to be keen on coaching a national team next.

We also have all the fallout from Portugal's defeat to Serbia, which mean Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes will have to negotiate a play-off to make it to the World Cup.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

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    Manchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after it was reported Real Madrid have ‘accepted he is going to the Premier League’.

    The Spanish giants were thought to be interested in signing the Norwegian, whose release clause enables him to leave Borussia Dortmund for £64million.

    But now it has been reported that Madrid believe Haaland will join an English club when he leaves the German outfit.

    As reported by Sport, journalist Josep Pedrerol said: “Real Madrid assumes that Haaland will play in England next year and they have it ruled out.”

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had previously stated he wanted to sign both Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

    He said: “Which one do I choose to build a new project? I take both without a doubt.

    “At Real Madrid, there are always the best players in the world. Florentino will bring them both back.”

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    Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong has been spotted back at Carrington as he begins his recovery from an injury which cut his loan-spell at Birmingham short.

    The Curacao-born winger had been impressing for Lee Bowyer's side in the Championship but returned to United at the start of the month to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured thigh tendon he suffered in training.

    The United academy graduate was spotted by photographers arriving at the club's training facilities on Tuesday morning as he continues his rehabilitation with the hope of playing again by next spring.

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    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed how Mario Balotelli once made him so angry he had to be restrained by team-mates.

    United played Manchester City in an FA Cup semi-final in 2011 as Yaya Toure’s goal proved to be decisive in a 1-0 win for the eventual champions.

    Unsurprisingly tensions were high with plenty at stake in the Manchester derby and Ferdinand was angered by Balotelli’s actions at full-time.

    He said on his FIVE Youtube channel: "That semi-final, that was the moment when I thought “OK they (City) are here to stay.

    "That was when Balotelli, remember what happened after the game? I wanted to kill him that day.

    "I get on with him but at that moment in time…he was celebrating and giving gestures to our fans.

    "And I was like that is disrespectful and I was going nuts.

    "He was a mad talent, what happened with his career?"

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    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking charge of their next match against Watford but a report claims that could ‘change fast’.

    Speculation is building over who could replace Solskjaer if the Red Devils decide to pull the trigger after a poor run of form which has seen them slip down the table to sixth.

    The Manchester Evening News claims that ‘the board has made no decision over the future of Solskjaer and as of this moment he will still be in charge of the Watford game, but situations may change fast’.

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    Everton will renew their interest in Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek once the January transfer window opens, according to ESPN's Rob Dawson.

    The Dutchman joined the Premier League club in August of last year after impressing with Ajax, however he has struggled for game-time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers confirmed in September that talks had taken place with the Toffees over the summer, however Manchester United eventually blocked the move on the penultimate day of the window.

    Everton are now preparing to once again attempt to rescue van de Beek from his troubles at Old Trafford with a loan deal in January, with Rob Dawson claiming that a host of clubs are interested in the player.

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    Manchester United and Manchester City discussed plans to merge and form a super club in the 1960s.

    City vice-chairman Frank Johnson proposed the idea in 1964 when his club were in the Second Division and the Red Devils had just finished runners-up in the top flight.

    The idea came about just two decades after City allowed United to use their Maine Road stadium while Old Trafford was being rebuilt after the Second World War.

    But the red side of Manchester gave the plan very little consideration as they opted against merging to form one team.

    Speaking to Manchester Evening News in 2013, football historian Gary James said: “The idea was killed by both clubs before it ever became public.

    “I spoke to Eric Alexander whose dad Albert was chairman at the time, and he said Frank Johnson, who came up with the idea, often came up with crazy ideas.

    “Another of his plans was to make the entire league regionalised into north and south.

    “But City were at a real low in their history at the time. In terms of league position, it wasn’t as bad as 1998-99, but in terms of general morale, atmosphere and support it was by far the lowest point in the club’s history."

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    Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly ready to explore a move for Manchester United's Donny van de Beek during the January transfer window.

    The 24-year-old has only made five appearances for the 20-time English champions this season, with just two of those coming in the Premier League.

    Van de Beek continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford, and a recent report claimed that the Netherlands international is determined to secure a January exit.

    Everton, Newcastle United and Barcelona are among those to be credited with an interest in his services ahead of the winter transfer window.

    However, according to the Birmingham Mail, Wolves are firmly in the mix, with Bruno Lage's side keen to sign the Dutchman in 2022.

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    Azeem Rafiq believes individuals within the sport of football have shown where cricket – and wider society – needs to follow their example.

    Speaking at a DCMS hearing on Tuesday morning, Rafiq recounted several horrific instances of racist abuse he had suffered while playing with Yorkshire.

    He said: "I’m not fully in tune with football but what I’ve seen over the last year and a half is some high-profile footballers showing the world how to behave, with Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson.

    “Clearly there has been some sort of shift in football.

    “A lot of people said this to me at the start: ‘we would have never expected this from cricket’.

    “Cricket has been allowed for a long time, it’s a boys’ network, people that come in as a player in ‘92 and are still director of cricket at Yorkshire now. It shows how closed that network is."

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    West Ham lead a clutch of clubs looking to sign Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard.

    That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed David Moyes' side at 2/1 to recapture the attacking star.

    But Eddie Howe's Newcastle have also entered the running and could prove stern competition under their new owners.

    Lingard enjoyed a phenomenal loan spell at the London Stadium last season.

    The 28-year-old scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances in all competitions and returned to the England setup.

    However, he has been unable to replicate that form since returning to Old Trafford.

    Lingard has started ONCE under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this campaign and made five top-flight appearances – totalling just 63 minutes of action.

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    Newcastle United will make a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in the January transfer window, according to Eurosport.

    The 24-year-old goalkeeper is reportedly available on loan in the January transfer window.

    Newcastle are believed to be interested in signing a keeping in the new year, and are set to enquire about Henderson,

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    Cristiano Ronaldo was consoled by his Serbian replica Nemanja Radonjic after the underdog's shock victory over Portugal on Sunday.

    Ronaldo, 36, held back tears following Serbia's last-gasp 2-1 win in the World Cup qualifier which saw Portugal crash into the play-offs.

    But as the Manchester United star sat in a heap, Serbian winger Radonjic, dubbed 'SR7' for his similarities on the pitch to Ronaldo, ran over to give him a helping hand.

    The heart-warming moment was captured on camera and posted to Radonjic's Instagram account with the caption: "Hand to the greatest, " accompanied by the goat emoji.

    Radonjic, 25, earned the 'SR7' moniker while playing for Marseille last season where he scored five goals and provided one assist.

    Speaking on his comparison to the five-time Ballon d'Or, Radonjic previously said: "I saw that my team-mates compared me to Ronaldo on Instagram.

    "It may be because we have a similar game during games and training."

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    Scott McTominay says he has "recovered well" from the illness which ruled him out of two crucial World Cup qualification matches for Scotland.

    The midfielder shared an update on his recovery via social media on Monday evening, prior to Scotland's clash with Denmark, and it's positive news for Manchester United.

    On Monday, the 25-year-old said: "Tough one to take not being available to help the boys this past week through not being well but I’ve recovered well and just want to wish the (Scotland) squad the best of luck for tonight."

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    Sevilla president Jose Castro has reiterated that Jules Kounde will only be sold if his valuation is met in full.

    The France international has been linked with Manchester United in the past and supposedly remains a target for the Red Devils.

    Chelsea are also said to be interested but have been reluctant to trigger Kounde's £68m release clause in the summer transfer window, with Sevilla refusing to negotiate.

    Kounde still has two-and-a-half years to run on his deal at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where he has spent three seasons, and the La Liga side are remaining firm on their stance.

    Castro said: "We're not going to change our position.

    "If the proposal we receive is out of market, we will sell our players to sign new ones."

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    Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani believes everybody must have faith that situations can be turned around.

    He said: "It’s a great point to bring up, talking about faith, because I think when you talk about faith, I don’t think you need to move the conversation directly on to religion.

    "I believe that when someone mentions faith, it can be applied and can be practised in many other areas of life, in many other aspects of life.

    "I think that faith is important for all human beings. Because in many things that we are going to do, we need to have faith. Have faith in our families, have faith in a friend.

    "Have faith in your life partner. In your wife, your girlfriend. Have faith in your team-mates. Or have faith in your work colleagues.

    "It doesn’t matter if it’s within football or whatever other discipline. Have faith in God.

    "That there exists an all-powerful being, as they say, that can help you to keep moving forward. I’d say it’s about faith in the general sense. A faith that helps you to turn situations around.

    "That helps on occasions to achieve important goals. That can sometimes help you to withstand sadness. That can help you deal with a difficult situation or problem, of which there can be many. But more especially when there is an illness."

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    Patrice Evra warned 'don't ever go for lunch' at Cristiano Ronaldo's house… as it's like a 'second training session'.

    The duo played together for three years at Manchester United between 2006 and 2009.

    He told talkSPORT: "Cristiano, first of all, as a person and human being, is so generous, so nice and people don't see that face. But he is a winner. He is addicted.

    "For example, when we had training at 10am, Cristiano was already there for 8am. When we had finished training, he was still on the pitch practising.

    "When he invited me for lunch… don't ever go for lunch, because you are going to have one of the most boring lunches at Cristiano's; it is salad, plain chicken and water. There isn't even fizzy water.

    "After that, we went into the garden, trained for a little bit, went swimming, went to the sauna and at one point I looked at him and said: 'Bro, we have just finished a training session, why do we have to a second training session?'"

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    Anthony Martial could be offered to Juventus as soon as the January transfer window opens, according to Calciomercato.

    The report states the English club’s requests for a move ‘could reach £40-£45million’, and that’s described as a ‘reckless figure’ given the player’s lack of game time this season.

    Instead, Calciomercato believe Juventus could offer a one and a half year loan, with a buying option set at £25m in summer 2023.

    Juventus would also contribute to the Frenchman’s wages over that period.

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    Manchester United’s players are reportedly becoming increasingly dubious about some of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decisions, particularly his treatment of Jesse Lingard.

    The Red Devils have endured a difficult start to the new season with their form taking a nose-dive in recent weeks, only managing to pick up four points from a possible 18 in their last six Premier League matches.

    According to The Telegraph, Lingard’s continued omission from the team is ‘a source of bemusement’ among his teammates, who clearly feel he is deserving of a bigger role in the team.

    The 28-year-old thrived on loan at West Ham last season but is yet to start a Premier League match this season for United and is unlikely to sign a new contract given his lack of game time, with his current deal expiring in the summer.

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    Manchester United central defender Harry Maguire has praised Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale on Instagram.

    Ramsdale shared a post after making his England debut, describing it as a dream come true.

    And in response the United captain wrote: "Well done mate and well deserved. What a journey it's been so far."

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    Harry Maguire led England to a 10-0 victory over San Marino as he scored the opener in a one-sided win.

    The header – Maguire's seventh goal for the Three Lions – means he is England's highest goalscoring defender, overtaking John Terry.

    And after the match the former England skipper tweeted: "Congratulations mate. England's highest-scoring defender.

    "Let’s see if a few of these pundits talk about that."

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    Manchester United are close to agreeing a new fan share scheme in a bid to make amends for their part in the European Super League scandal.

    According to the club, discussions with the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) have been underway for many months to get the scheme up and running.

    A statement released by the club yesterday reads: “We are in advanced talks with MUST about a Fans’ Share Scheme which would open a path for fans to build, over time, a meaningful ownership stake in Manchester United.

    “This would give fans a strong collective voice within our ownership structure and help cement a new spirit of long-term partnership between fans and the club.

    “There are significant legal and regulatory complexities being worked through, together with MUST and expert advisers.

    “As well as making progress on the Fans’ Share Scheme, we are also creating a Fans’ Advisory Board as a new channel for board-level dialogue with supporters and this is close to launch.”

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    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Erik ten Hag would be a good fit at the club following his success at Ajax.

    The former England defender told his FIVE Youtube channel: "For any manager coming into a new club, it's almost like you've got to show people why you're there immediately.

    "I use Antonio Conte as a good reference point for that.

    "Whenever he joins a new club, there are no negotiables and he tells them, 'this is what's happening, this is what I am – if you're not with me you can go.'

    "I think that's the type of attitude and the type of mentality that separates the good managers from the top managers.

    "Now I don't know Ten Hag personally but he's doing a fantastic job at Ajax.

    "Let's remember that Ajax isn't a small club. They're a massive club – the biggest club in Holland.

    "Yes, it's different and the landscape is different but it's still a huge club that he's got to work with and the expectation levels there every day are to win.

    "That's something that will be there every day and would be there if he was to come to Manchester United."

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    Eight frustrated United players feel 'misled' over their lack of first-team chances and Zinedine Zidane is being talked up as the next Old Trafford boss.

    And if that's not dramatic enough gossip, it's also suggested Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane would be happy to big up their ex-Real Madrid boss ZZ for the job.

    The Telegraph claim Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial have all expected more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

    And Solskjaer is understood to have admitted he could have given star names like Bruno Fernandes more rest time.

    Lingard has repeatedly been linked with a move to former loan club West Ham.

    And now some reports indicate fellow midfielder Van de Beek has had enough of his own bit-part role.

    Wolves, Newcastle and Everton are the latest clubs mentioned over VDB, including for a possible January loan move.

    It's also alleged in some quarters Old Trafford legend Ronaldo and centre-back Varane would be keen on Zidane taking over.

    That's if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked, which would surely be a big step closer if Watford inflict United's seventh defeat in 13 games in the Premier League this Saturday.

    Finally, Red Devils' skipper Harry Maguire opened England’s 10-0 win in San Marino last night with a soaring, scoring header, just like he did in Friday’s 5-0 Wembley triumph over Albania.

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    Donny van de Beek has decided enough is enough, writes TRISTAN BARCLAY.

    That’s if reports he has decided to quit Manchester United are to be believed.

    The out-of-favour midfielder has made just two Premier League appearances for the Red Devils so far this season.

    And he has never really settled at Old Trafford after his whopping £39million move from Ajax last year.

    Now the Dutchman is looking for a way out in January rather than spend the rest of the season warming the bench.

    An escape route could come in the form of Wolves, who are understood to be tracking the player.

    The 24-year-old is reported to favour a move to Spain or Italy, but Bruno Lage’s side remain a Premier League option.

    Newcastle could be another destination as they kick off their new Saudi-led era under boss Eddie Howe.

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    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire opened England's 10-0 win in San Marino tonight with a soaring, scoring header, just like he did Friday's 5-0 Wembley triumph over Albania.

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    But there was no sliding, ear-cupping celebration this time despite his equally-emphatic finish.

    United legend Roy Keane slammed Maguire's 'embarrassing' rejoicing three days ago – following 'disgraceful' form for United.

    But the centre-back has reportedly been carrying a slight injury over those recent weeks.

    And now, at Watford this Saturday, Maguire has the chance to show he's back to his best for country AND club.

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    For all the reaction on England's record-breaking win, led by Harry Kane's foursome first half, go to our match blog HERE.

    It's the seventh time in a row the Three Lionshave qualified for the World Cup finals.

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