Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Zidane 'learning English' amid United interest, Kounde drops hint, Dani Olmo monitored

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Premier League action tomorrow against Watford – but it's still matters off the pitch which are dominating the headlines.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's men were beaten in the Manchester derby before the international break and speculation remains about his potential successor.

According to reports in Germany, Zinedine Zidane has told United that he wants to wait until summer before moving back into management.

However, former France team-mate Emmanuel Petit says he understands that the ex-Real Madrid boss is currently learning English.

We've also the very latest on Jules Kounde, with the Sevilla star the leading name as United target a new centre-back.

And the Red Devils are also reported to be monitoring RB Leipzig and Spain star Dani Olmo.

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

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Thomas Muller’s wife blocked a secret transfer to Manchester United during Louis van Gaal's reign as manager.

    The German was a key target for Van Gaal, who was looking to build a title-winning team.

    Bild claims Muller snubbed a salary worth nearly £17million a year after talking to his wife.

    And Bayern Munich were also not keen on doing business, turning down an £84m transfer fee.

    Meanwhile, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has slammed speculation linking him to Manchester United as 'really disrespectful'.

    Responding to a reporter’s question, he said: "There's two things. Firstly it is really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager in place, a good manager and a good man, who is working hard at the club.

    "Secondly I can't really comment on it, because it is not something that is real.

    "I am here as the Leicester City manager, proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership.

    "That's about it, all the other noise around that is something we can't control."

    Finally, Man Utd are monitoring RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo ahead of a potential transfer, according to reports.

    United are keen on the Spaniard but Barcelona's interest in Olmo, 23, has complicated matters.

    But with Barcelona struggling financially and also chasing Raheem Sterling there is a chance United could swoop in to sign Olmo, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at Man United's next five games as the Premier League returns this weekend…

  • Anthony Chapman

    HEY JUDE

    Rio Ferdinand has called on Manchester United to sign teenage superstar Jude Bellingham because of his versatility as a midfielder.

    Ferdinand said: “[He can play in] any [position]. He’s that good.

    “Serious. In the England youth teams there are times when he’s played as the holding midfielder. Times he’s played as the 8 and been box-to-box.

    “And also times when he’s been told he can join the attacks more. He has the capabilities and capacity to play all of the roles, he’s that good.

    “I think for him, I see him as being someone who can do it all. There aren’t many midfielders in the game now that can attack and defend – affect the game at both ends. 

    “When you are one of the super clubs, there are talents out there that make you think if we have the capacity and financial muscle, then he’s one you don’t want to miss.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FREEDOM DAY

    Jesse Lingard appears to be nearing the Manchester United exit door after talks over a contract extension collapsed.

    The 28-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer but he allegedly has ‘no intention’ of restarting negotiations. 

    That is due to his frustration at United’s behaviour during discussions earlier this season, according to The Times.

    The first offer made to the England international was worth less than his current package.

    He now looks set to walk away from Old Trafford for nothing in June and is also believed to be considering asking to leave on loan in January for the last six months of his contract due to a lack of action.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZINE LIVES

    Zinedine Zidane is learning English amid reports linking him with the Manchester United manager's job, says Emmanuel Petit.

    He told bookmakers.co.uk: “If you are a manager of a football club you need to speak different languages.

    "I know Zinedine speaks different languages but I’m pretty sure English is not one of them.

    “There are so many examples of wrong decisions in football – not necessarily the wrong decision about someone’s ability, but about the dressing room being a right fit given all the different nationalities.

    “Communication is very important, so if you do not speak the language when you arrive at a club like Manchester United, that could be a big problem.

    “I’ve been told that he has been learning English recently, so I think he knows it’s important for his career, but Zinedine being linked with Manchester United – I don’t believe it, to be honest.

    “Of course, he’s a big name but he never played in the Premier League and has very little connection with it, so as I said, I don’t believe it.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ODDS ON

    Brendan Rodgers remains the bookies' favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd.

    According to Betfair, he is ahead of Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino.

    But the likes of Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick are also in the running should United decide to make a change.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PHIL ME IN

    Phil Neville jokingly stated that Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot to thank him for as he helped his career in a big way in the early days.

    The Inter Miami boss said: "I think Cristiano's got to thank me a lot you know because I played in that game in Sporting Lisbon when he kept dancing past me down that wing.

    "The game when after the game Sir Alex signed him in the dressing room.

    "I played in that game and you witnessed in 90 minutes someone that was going to be very special, no doubt about it.

    "And it's not often you can say that about someone.

    "So I just hope he comes up to me after the game and says thanks for your efforts in helping me get where I am today."

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZID CHASE

    PSG have sounded out Zinedine Zidane as the man they want to replace Mauricio Pochettino.

    Frenchman Zidane has also been linked with the Manchester United job as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford.

    But the Red Devils will have to go head-to-head with the French giants if they want to recruit Zizou.

    According to Le10 Sport, via AS, Pochettino is not 'reaching the level' that is expected of him in Paris.

    Instead PSG view 49-year-old Zidane as their 'dream' appointment.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MULL IT OVER

    Thomas Muller’s wife wife blocked a secret transfer to Manchester United during Louis van Gaal's reign as manager.

    The German was a key target for Van Gaal, who was looking to build a title-winning team.

    Bild claims Muller snubbed a salary worth nearly £17million a year after talking to his wife.

    And Bayern Munich were also not keen on doing business, turning down an £84m transfer fee.

  • Anthony Chapman

    OL SO CHEEKY

    Man Utd are monitoring RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo ahead of a potential transfer, according to reports.

    United are keen on the Spaniard but Barcelona's interest in Olmo, 23, has complicated matters.

    But with Barcelona struggling financially and also chasing Raheem Sterling there is a chance United could swoop in to sign Olmo, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.

  • Anthony Chapman

    IN FROM THE COLD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be ready to roll the dice and gamble against Watford by bringing in two of Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho.

    All three were able to rest and train at Carrington over the last fortnight as they were not involved in international duty.

    Now after six defeats in 12 – a run that has left Solskjaer’s job hanging by a thread – the Norwegian may consider next Tuesday's Champions League away trip to Villarreal more important than a trip to face the Hornets.

    Stung by recent criticism of his treatment of the three, he is perhaps in a no lose situation by starting two, or indeed all three, at a club that stands a place above the relegation zone after four defeats from their last five games.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HOT ROD

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has slammed speculation linking him to Manchester United as 'really disrespectful'.

    Responding to a reporter’s question, he said: "There's two things. Firstly it is really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager in place, a good manager and a good man, who is working hard at the club.

    "Secondly I can't really comment on it, because it is not something that is real.

    "I am here as the Leicester City manager, proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership.

    "That's about it, all the other noise around that is something we can't control."

  • Justin Lawrence

    GET YOUR OWN

    Dimitar Berbatov thought Harry Maguire may have celebrated his England goal against Albania covering his ears because they were hurting.

    But if Maguire was taken aim at his critics with the celebration, Berbatov reckons the United defender should find his own unique one because the ears gesture is reserved for strikers.

    The former United hitman told Betfair: “Against Albania I saw his goal celebration and a lot of players when they score goals do something similar, maybe it’s because their ears are hurting.

    “This celebration is usually reserved for strikers who are getting criticism for not scoring, but for Maguire as a defender he should figure out a celebration for when he keeps a clean sheet.

    “I get it though, we’re all human beings and criticism can get too much. We all try our best, sometimes things don’t work out and people make mistakes, just try to correct them.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    'GIVE ME CRISTIANO' 

    Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has hilariously slammed suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo makes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's life harder.

    The Hornets are set to host Manchester United on Saturday at Vicarage Road with Solskjaer still under fire after a turbulent start to the campaign, despite some bright transfer business last summer, which saw Ronaldo coming back.

    Reports suggest Ronaldo is making things harder for Solskjaer as he piles pressure by insisting the team should be performing much better.

    Asked if the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's presence is causing problems for his former team-mate, Ranieri quipped: "Give me Cristiano, please. It's no problem."

  • Justin Lawrence

    GREAT HELP

    Birmingham boss Lee Boywer has praised Manchester United for their handling of Tahith Chong following his injury.

    Chong was at Bimringham on loan this season but had to return to United when he got injured.

    But Bowyer has revealed the Red Devils have been very supportive in the difficult situation.

    He said: “I won’t go into too much detail but Man United have been great. They are helping us out the best they can so I am really, really grateful to them for that. They have been really good.

    “I won’t give any more information because I think that’s personal but they have been great.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ALL OR NOTHING

    Rio Ferdinand has issued a stern warning to Tottenham's Dele Alli, suggesting that this could be his final chance in North London under new boss Antonio Conte.

    Alli has been slipping under the radar at Spurs ever since Mauricio Pochettino left the club at the end of 2019.

    His dramatic dip in form has not only been a concern for Tottenham fans, but also for former England captain Ferdinand.

    On his FIVE podcast, he said: "Conte, he doesn’t suffer fools, he doesn’t accept standards that are below what he sets. So I’m sure this is again a great opportunity.

    "He’s now got a manager who’s going to have huge demands, be demanding of him constantly every day. And that might be the turning point for Dele."

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOP SCOT

    Ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given Denis Law's new statue a thumbs up – despite it not depicting the football icon wiping his nose.

    United legend Law's statue was unveiled in Aberdeen and Ferguson who gave a speech, labelled the ex-striker as the greatest Sottish player to grace the pitch.

    Fergie said: “I think this statue definitely captures him – the only thing is I don’t see him wiping his sweater on his nose.

    "It is an honour for me to speak by this wonderful statue in the city of Aberdeen.

    “I think Denis epitomises a Scotsman, he showed fantastic courage at 15 years of age, to go down to Huddersfield, as a young kid, not many have the courage to do that type of thing.

    “He had the chance to be a great player, he took the chance and his career was incredible. He was a fantastic player. He was the greatest Scots player of all time, no question.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    RODGER THAT

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has slammed reports linking him with Manchester United manager as disrepectful.

    Rodgers also slammed the rumours as fake news and insists he's only focused on the Foxes next game with Chelsea.

    He said: "Firstly, it’s really disrespectful for you to ask the question when there is a manager in place at the club. A good manager and a good man who is working at the club.

    "Secondly, I can’t really comment on it because it’s not real. I’m proud to be here at Leicester City.

    "I’m privileged to be here and I’m fully committed to the players, the club the ownership. All the other noise is something we can’t control.

    "The only thing I’m thinking about is Chelsea and getting ready for that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    'I'LL FIGHT YOU'

    Neil Ruddock was worried Eric Cantona was going to 'kill him' in his comeback game after being banned for the infamous 'kung fu kick'.

    The Frenchman received a nine-month suspension in 1995 after launching into the crowd to kick a Crystal Palace fan in the face while the game was going on.

    His comeback match then came for Man Utd against a Liverpool side featuring Ruddock in October '95.

    And the defender has now revealed how he wound him up during the game.

    Speaking on the All to Play For podcast, he said: “He used to wear his collar up – I used to put it down.

    "I carried on, and he said, ‘I’ll fight you in the tunnel’, I went ‘yeah of course you will you n**’.

    “He was going to kill me after. Robbie Fowler scored and I was going ‘1-0’. It was his first game back after his Kung-Fu kick.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    PROUD

    Paddy kenny is still very proud of the fact he stopped Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in the two matches he faced against him in 2006-07.

    Ronaldo, 36, will not want to remember their meeting at Brammall Lane.

    The game has been immortalised by Ronaldo's shocking miss from four yards out.

    Ryan Giggs had squared the ball across goal to an unmarked Ronaldo, leaving the Portuguese with the easy task of tapping home – but he spooned his effort miles over the bar.

    Asked whether CR7 should have scored against him, Kenny told The Star: "He definitely should have.

    "I get people mentioning the Ronaldo miss to me all the time.

    "I tell them that I put him off! He had one eye on the fat cat, flying back across goal at him!

    "It’s still a good memory, though – I had two games against one of the world’s best that season, and he didn’t score. Even if he should have!"

  • Justin Lawrence

    WES HIM IN

    Leicester star Wesley Fofana has put Prem sides Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert by admitting playing for either team would be a dream.

    The Prem giants have been keeping tabs on the Foxes defender, with Chelsea reportedly aiming to make a move in January.

    And Fofana is open to a move to the Prem giants he revealed to Actu Foot.

    Fofana said: “A club that makes me dream? There’s Marseille, Real Madrid, Barça. In the Premier League, there are Chelsea, United, City… But you have to work to make your dreams come true. Through work, you can achieve anything."

  • Justin Lawrence

    RED RODGE 

    Brendan Rodgers is the clear favourite for the Manchester United job.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced the Northern Irishman at 4/6 to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

    Rodgers is their first-choice option and Betfair agree with the 48-year-old the 4/6 odds-on frontrunner for the position.

    Sources close to Rodgers have revealed he and his wife are now searching for a property in the Cheshire area.

    The Daily Star report that the former Liverpool boss would find it 'almost impossible' to reject United's advances.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RON BOND

    Patrice Evra revealed the similarities he shares with Cristiano Ronaldo that made them bond at Manchester United.

    Their inital connection was the fact that Frenchman Evra could also speak Cristiano's native language, Portuguese.

    The pair's sense of humour and palpable drive also drew them closer during their time with the Red Devils.

    Evra, detailing thir relationship to Man Utd, said: "We became friends because I speak Portuguese and it’s because of our work ethic.

    “We like to work really hard and give everything.

    "That work ethic and the funny side, banter. Cristiano loves banter and I do too, so all of that.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ZIN-GLISH LESSONS

    Zinedine Zidane is learning English amid reports linking him with the Manchester United manager's job.

    That is according to his former team-mate and Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit.

    Zidane, 49, remains one of the favourites to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hot seat.

    And ex-France international Petit reckons he is having lessons in the language – it is unconfirmed if 'pass to Cristiano' was the first phrase he picked up.

    But the Highbury hero does not necessarily think that means he will be taking over the Red Devils.

    He told booksmakers.co.uk: “If you are a manager of a football club you need to speak different languages.

    "I know Zinedine speaks different languages but I’m pretty sure English is not one of them.

    “There are so many examples of wrong decisions in football – not necessarily the wrong decision about someone’s ability, but about the dressing room being a right fit given all the different nationalities.

    “Communication is very important, so if you do not speak the language when you arrive at a club like Manchester United, that could be a big problem.

    “I’ve been told that he has been learning English recently, so I think he knows it’s important for his career, but Zinedine being linked with Manchester United – I don’t believe it, to be honest.

    “Of course, he’s a big name but he never played in the Premier League and has very little connection with it, so as I said, I don’t believe it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    RON FURY

    A raging Cristiano Ronaldo laid into Serbia's stars after they blocked Portugal's automatic route to the World Cup next year.

    Cristiano had a goal disallowed in Portugal's 2-1 loss to the European minnows and after the game, he let the Serbs know how lucky they were to win the game.

    According to Portugal's manager Fernando Santos, the United star was so livid he had to go on the pitch and calm him down.

    Santos told the media: "I went to the field to support and comfort the players, [Ronaldo] was telling a Serbian player: 'You wouldn't be laughing if the goal I scored there hadn't been cancelled out'. What I told him was to take it easy."

    "When the game was over, the disappointment was brutal. If it was for the Portuguese, imagine for the players and staff. The players were on the ground."

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