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MANCHESTER UNITED continued their excellent form with a 3-0 victory at Aston Villa after Bruno Fernandes won a controversial penalty.

And off the field they are reportedly close to signing three new players – Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa and Leicester's Ben Chilwell.

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    Manchester United are very close to agreeing a £50m-60m deal for Fiorentina striker Federico Chiesa, according to Corriere Fiorentino.

    However, that doesn't necessarily mean he will join the club.

    The Red Devils will reportedly need to be “very convincing” to get their man as he is not looking for a transfer abroad.

    But that could be problematic for Chiesa as the only other club apparently willing to meet Fiorentina's demands are Newcastle, should their Saudi takeover go through.


    Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe has signed a new contract in the French capital, ending speculation linking him with Man United and Arsenal.

    A World Cup winner with France, Kimpembe has made over 100 appearances for PSG since his debut in 2014.

    The 24-year-old has extended his deal until 2024, which would appear to rule out a move to the Premier League.

    He said: “Paris is my team, and the club where I came through the ranks.

    “To be able to be here for the long-term is a real honour for me.”


    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits his side's pre-season plans are “up in the air” due to the coronavirus crisis.

    “When do we start the league?” he said. “That obviously is determined by how far we go in Europe, so you can't really decide on the programme, the training programme.

    “That's just the way of working in this job, that you've always got to plan for different scenarios.

    “But the uncertainty of dates, how much holiday can you given them, how will next season look like – it's still a little bit up in the air.”


    Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves was on the receiving end of a Sir Alex Ferguson “hairdryer” after a Manchester United-Middlesbrough match over a decade ago.

    The United icon took issue with a question asked by Shreeves after Ronaldo had gone down for a penalty, with bystanders needed to prevent a physical confrontation.

    “We had a huge falling out which threatened to get very out of hand in the tunnel,” said Shreeves.

    “Fergie was in the right and I was in the wrong.

    “We sorted it out very amicably, very quickly and it was never mentioned again.”


    Man Utd have been told exactly how much Jadon Sancho will cost.

    Reports claim Borussia Dortmund have insisted the England star will not go for less than £116m.

    Sancho has entered the last two years of his deal and it's believed he wants to leave the German club.

    Solskjaer and Chelsea boss Lampard appear the front runners to land the 20-year-old.


    Here's a chance to relive Pogba's goal against Villa.

    He seems a new man with Fernandes next to him.


    Solskjaer has informed Man Utd chief Woodward that he'd like a new winger, centre-back and striker, according to reports.

    The Norwegian has overseen a superb Old Trafford resurgence in 2020, with the Red Devils currently unbeaten in 16 matches.

    But ambitious Solskjaer, 47, doesn't want to stop there.

    According to The Telegraph, he has informed Woodward of his plans for the summer – with the likes of Jadon Sancho remaining on the agenda.

    The pursuit had appeared to go cold, with Borussia Dortmund still holding out for £90million for the English starlet.

    But he remains United's No1 target this summer, and they will work hard to get the deal over the line – without being held to ransom.

    The Red Devils are examining Sancho alternatives, however, with Argentine Thiago Almada having previously been linked.

    According to Duncan Castles, however, Adama Traore has emerged as a “cheaper alternative” – although Wolves may have something to say about that.


    Man Utd will battle it out with Chelsea and Man City for £60million Ben Chilwell.

    The Leicester left-back has emerged as a major transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer as the Red Devils boss builds a side to challenge for the title next season.

    And the move will cast doubt over the future of Chilwell’s England team-mate Luke Shaw.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was convinced he had Chilwell lined up as part of his spending spree that has seen £80m pair Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech arrive.

    The Blues are clearing the decks for more big-name reinforcements.

    They are hopeful of selling left-back Emerson Palmieri to Inter Milan in a £15m deal.

    City are also keen on landing Chilwell to replace Benjamin Mendy but United are moving into pole position for the 23-year-old England international.


    Nani says Cristiano Ronaldo made Manchester United “allergic” to defeats.

    He says the current Juve star's relentless pursuit of perfection rubbed off on those around him.

    Nani told the Players' Tribune: “Not many mentioned Manchester United. But my agent, Jorge Mendes, wrote down the names of all the clubs and said, 'For me, the best team you can choose is this one'. He pointed at Man Utd.

    “Before I knew it, I was looking for a house in Manchester.

    “At the start I was supposed to move into a hotel, but Jorge asked me 'Would you mind staying with Cristiano?'

    “So I moved in with him and Anderson, who had just arrived at Man Utd.

    “Cristiano had a swimming pool, a ping-pong table, a tennis court — and every day we would compete at something.

    “By the time Anderson and I left that house, we had become allergic to defeat.”


    Man Utd boss Solskjaer has shot down suggestions Greenwood could suffer burnout.

    The 18-year-old has been a regular in the United side since the restart following the stoppage due to the coronavirus outbreak and has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season.

    Ole says he is not worried about playing him too much.

    He said: “At that age he has so much energy, he has no fear, you just want to play football.

    “If we had a day off he'd probably go and play football with his mates.

    “I'm not worried about Mason this season, of course we have to look after him over his career. He is a fantastic boy to work with and he just loves playing. He is getting rewards for his hard work.”


    Solskjaer says Man Utd's transfer plans remain a fluid, ever-changing thing.

    A lot of it is down to whether or not his side make the Champions League next season.

    It is not yet clear how long the summer window will remain open.

    The club have been linked with Ben Chilwell, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish and the manager said “quite a lot of planning” was going on.

    He said: “There’s so many small decisions and of course sometimes transfers are out of our hands as well. If the team is going well, what do we need and what don’t we need?

    “That is the way we’re working and you’ve got to plan for different scenarios. Uncertainty of dates, how much holiday can we give them and what will next season look like… it’s a little bit up in the air.”


    Reports claim United may not have to look too far in the upcoming window to find their next midfield superstar.

    Hannibal Mejbri, 17, is being touted to follow in the Portuguese's footsteps.

    Purchased from Monaco last year for a fee which could rise to £9.3m, the French teen is expected to have a big future at United.

    He has impressed the academy and youth team coaches and will look to rise through the ranks further through the summer.


    Solskjaer says there will be no “panic” about transfers if Man Utd miss out on the Champions League.

    Ben Chilwell, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish are among the names being touted for a big-money move to Old Trafford this summer.

    Utd currently occupy that all-important fifth spot – which could be enough to get into the UCL.

    But even if his side do not qualify, Solskjaer says they will not change their transfer plans accordingly.

    He said: “I don’t think it’s about dramatic decisions. I don’t think the club would either panic or suddenly go crazy with plans that we’ve already talked about for years to come.

    “You do have to have a long-term plan. Of course, short-term maybe some decisions will be easier to make if you get into the Champions League.”


    So this is very interesting from Solskjaer, in the context of the below report on players getting more money for making the Champions League.

    Asked about the impact of failing to qualify for UCL, he said: “I don’t think the club would panic or suddenly go crazy with the plans we have already talked about. You have to have a long-term plan.

    “Some decisions would be easier to make if we get into the CL.”


    A GAMBLER breathed a huge sigh of relief after betting his £55,000 inheritance on Liverpool winning the Premier League.

    Manchester United fan Tony Ward, 55, had been waiting nervously on his mega-flutter since lockdown in March.

    But the dad of three collected £91,000, including his stake, when Jürgen Klopp’s side were confirmed as champions last month.

    Tony inherited £55,000 when his mum Rose died in 2017 aged 82 — and put the lot on Liverpool back in October, at odds of 4/6.

    He said: “Liverpool were always looking like they could win the title. I picked them after a long, long debate.”


    Paul Pogba has vowed to keep pushing Mason Greenwood all the way “to the top”.

    That, of course, suggests the World Cup winner sees his future at Old Trafford.

    Greenwood scored his fourth goal in three games and 16th of the season in all competitions in the 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

    Asked about what it is like to play alongside Greenwood at the moment, Pogba said: “I enjoy this kid in training and in the game.

    “I will keep pushing him to be at the top. He has so much to do and can do even more.

    “What he is doing right now, he is showing he can play in this team.”


    Tributes are pouring in for Sir Bobby Charlton's brother, England and Leeds icon Jack Charlton, who has died aged 85.

    United may have had the Neville brothers, but these two were the original legendary brotherly duo in English football.

    Nobody who lived in 1966 will ever forget what they achieved.


    Man Utd qualifying for the Champions League could have a negative impact on their transfer plans.

    Reports claim players are in line for a 25 per cent wage increase should they get into the UCL.

    We have already seen with the likes of Alexis Sanchez the difficulty of offloading stars on big-money deals.

    Sanchez, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jesse Lingard are among the names rumoured to be on their way out this summer.


    Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a £50million-plus deal for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa.

    The 22-year-old has impressed at the Serie A giants since breaking into their first team back in 2016.

    His impressive performances have earned him a regular place in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad – as well as admiring glances from Old Trafford.

    According to Italian outlet Corriere Fiorentino, the Red Devils are “very close” to meeting Fiorentina’s £60m valuation for the forward.

    Yet the report adds that United will need to be “extra convincing” if they want to secure Chiesa’s signature.

    The youngster and his dad have “always made it clear” they are not looking at a transfer abroad.


    Manchester United will battle it out with Chelsea for Ben Chilwell.

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that the Red Devils are making inroads in their bid for the £60million-rated defender.

    Meanwhile, Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir await Manchester United once the Red Devils bypass LASK in the Europa League last-16.

    A very tricky semi-final awaits the winners of that tie with Wolves, Sevilla and Roma on the same side of the draw to United.

    Should they see through their 5-0 lead over the Austrians, they will play their quarter-final on August 10, at 8pm in RheinEnergieStadion.

    Istanbul lead Copenhagen 1-0 after their first leg.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacted to the draw by focusing on the second leg with LASK, due to be played on August 5 at Old Trafford.

    The boss told his club’s website: “Well, I don’t want to look too far because I just think we should focus on the next game.

    “We’re in a position now where we’re just focusing on the league but of course, when you look at the ties that can come.

    “We could play Wolves, we could meet Ashley [Young] and Romelu [Lukaku, both of Inter Milan] so there’s definitely games to be looking forward to and we just have to keep on our run.

    “Hopefully we can go through to the quarter-finals but again, as we said, it’s about finishing off the LASK tie first.”

    Elsewhere, Gary Neville has claimed that Premier League VAR officials are “frightened” to overrule decisions made by the on-site referee.

    He tweeted: “On VAR. Send the Ref to the screens for goodness sake! The 'we know better' than Europe way is failing badly. The officials off-site are frightened to death to overrule on-site colleagues.”

    Manchester United made the most of what was, in all respects, a very lucky penalty decision last night as Bruno Fernandes clattered into Ezri Konza and was awarded a spot-kick – that VAR agreed with.

    The league has since admitted the outcome should have been no penalty.


    Manchester United will battle it out with Chelsea and Man City for £60million Ben Chilwell.

    The Leicester left-back has emerged as a major transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer as the Red Devils boss builds a side to challenge for the title next season.

    And the move will cast doubt over the future of Chilwell’s England team-mate Luke Shaw.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was convinced he had Chilwell lined up as part of his spending spree that has seen £80m pair Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech arrive.


    Kelechi Iheanacho believes the race for European football is wide open despite Manchester United’s resurgence.

    The Red Devils sit just a point behind the striker’s Leicester team after differing restarts.

    Next up for the Foxes is a trip to Bournemouth on Sunday night before United face Southampton.

    Iheanacho told Sky Sports: “The race is on. Anyone can get into the top four, anyone can get into the top six.”

    “Bruno [Fernandes] is a top player. They've got Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba back in the team now.

    “They're flying. But that's not what we need to worry about. We just need to focus on our games.”


    Alexander Sorloth, Crystal Palace flop on loan at Trabzonspor, is a very wanted man – apparently.

    Turkish outlet Fanatik name a whole host of top clubs who they reckon are chasing the centre-forward.

    Napoli, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Lille, Chelsea and Juventus are all said to be monitoring Sorloth after he bagged 29 goals and 9 assists in 44 games this season.


    A potential Europa League quarter-final tie with Istanbul Basaksehir would be of great interest to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Turkish league leaders would be next up for United if both teams qualify from their last-16 ties, with Istanbul facing Copenhagen.

    For Solskjaer, such a match-up would have a personal element.

    He told the club website: “It’s exciting for me because if it’s Istanbul then they’ve got an ex-player of mine, Fredrik Gulbrandsen that I managed at Molde for a few years.

    “I’ve seen them coming through lately and they’re improving as a team and obviously Copenhagen is managed by my mate Stale Solbakken, so that’s exciting.”


    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is excited to face Manchester United on Monday night.

    The Saints travel to Old Trafford with Hasenhuttl seeing the clash as a chance to educate his young side.

    He said: “[United] have at the moment an unbelievable run and this is exactly what we like the most.

    “Because then we can see how good we are and we can go into this challenge and be competitive against such an opponent.

    “This is exactly the challenge we need. If we want to get better, we need challenges against such teams. We can learn a lot.”

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