7am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho and Grealish 'would have joined before Covid', Caicedo deal 'a clusterf***'

MANCHESTER UNITED failed to make a January signing but are expected to go back in for Jadon Sancho in summer.

One man who could have joined is new Brighton signing Moises Caicedo, but a source at the club described the potential deal as a "clusterf***".

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  • sstreet

    'CLUSTERF***'

    Manchester United did not appear to go in for any big name signings in January as they bide their time until the summer.

    One man who they were interested in though was Ecuadorian star Moises Caicedo.

    However, the Independiente del Valle midfielder ultimately ended up moving to Brighton.

    Sources at Old Trafford told the Manchester Evening News that the club pulled out because the potential deal for Caicedo was a "clusterf***".

  • sstreet

    ON THE WAYNE

    Manchester United did just one piece of transfer business on deadline day and it involved Wayne Rooney.

    Centre-back Teden Mengi will spend the rest of the season on loan at Derby Country.

    Two weeks ago, Rooney was announced as permanent Rams boss after a spell as caretaker player-manager.

  • supal

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    It was a quiet day for the Red Devils on deadline day with very little activity.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moved early in the window for Amad Diallo and that proved to be the only new arrival at Old Trafford this month.

    There were plenty of loan departures, though, with the most notable being Jesse Lingard joining West Ham late last week.

    Solskjaer will be more focussed on tonight’s clash with Southampton and getting back to winning ways.

    Yes, it’s a Premier League matchday and another full bill of midweek action starts tonight.

    For Man Utd it’s a clash with Southampton in a big game to stay in touch with Man City, and hold off a resurgent Liverpool side.

    Solskjaer’s men had a rocky few days with defeat by Sheffield United and a draw at Arsenal meaning a return of just one point from six.

    In his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said: “The momentum shifted for us with the Sheffield United game. I’ve got the delegate’s report from the referee and the two decisions were wrong.

    “They’ve admitted their goal should have been disallowed and our goal should have stood. That’s a big, big momentum changer for us.

    “We are a bunch of nice lads. Maybe we should have made more of a fuss about it.

    “Maybe we should have hung on to that or made them look at it before the game started again.

    “So those are things we have to learn from and use as motivation or energy.”

    Let’s see if that energy works for them tonight. Stay with us for all the Man Utd news and build-up to tonight’s game.

  • supal

    JANUARY WRAP

    Here's the final report card for Man Utd this month.

    IN

    Amad Diallo (Atalanta).

    OUT

    Max Haygarth (Brentford), Ethan Laird (MK Dons) loan, Luca Ercolani (Carpi), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Bayer Leverkusen), Di'Shon Bernard (Salford) loan extension, Jesse Lingard (West Ham) loan, Tahith Chong (Club Brugge) loan, Fecundo Pellistri (Alaves) loan, Teden Mengi (Derby) loan.

  • supal

    EVERY LITTLE HELPS

    MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made sure to get his Deadline Day shopping fix, by nipping to his local Tesco.

    The Red Devils have had a quiet month on the transfer front, only bringing in Amad Diallo from Atalanta.

    So Solskjaer, 47, had little else to be doing today, rather than a regular, mundane task like popping to the shop.

    Clad in full Man United tracksuit and customary mask, the Norwegian clutched a multi-pack of Pepsi Max as he made his way back to his Range Rover.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer popped to the shop on Deadline DayCredit: BackGrid
    OGS was clad in full Man United gear as he made the big tripCredit: BackGrid
  • supal

    FER REAL

    Rio Ferdinand revealed fans once turned up to his house wearing 'balaclavas and hoodies' demanding he signed a new Manchester United contract.

    Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: "I was in my house one day and all of a sudden the bell rings.

    "And someone put their hand over, so I couldn't see the actual camera, couldn't see who was on it.

    "So I thought, 'Who's this cheeky rat? Let me go outside and have a row – whatever it is – don't take liberties coming to my house.'

    "So I jumped on the wall next to my gate, looked over the gate and there's about ten, 15 people there – guys with balaclavas and hoodies on, all ballied up.

    "I'm thinking, 'What, they've come to rob my house?' And then, luckily, one of them shouted, 'Just sign the contract!'"

    Rio Ferdinand revealed details of when a mob turned up at his house to get him to sign a new Manchester United dealCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • supal

    LAMP SHADE

    Ex-Man Utd defender Gary Neville has explosively suggested Frank Lampard was part of a group of Chelsea players who called the media in a bid to get Andre Villas-Boas sacked in 2012.

    Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, the ex-England right-back claimed: "[Lampard's sacking] wasn't really a shock.

    "I thought initially he would get more time, just to let them settle in but you can't be surprised by Chelsea.

    "I go back to Napoli eight or nine years ago, when Villas-Boas had picked a team in the afternoon of a Champions League game. He left out Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and another big player at that time. 

    "I remember Chelsea players at that time ringing up members of the media and trying to get him out. Frank was part of that group."

    Gary Neville has claimed Frank Lampard was part of a group of Chelsea players who helped get Andre Villas-Boas sackedCredit: PA:Empics Sport
  • supal

    GET YOUR PHIL

    Phil Jones has had the door opened to restart his Manchester United career after a ‘disheartening’ year.

    Jones' last appearance came just over 12 months ago and he was not even registered on the squad list at the start of this season.

    Now, after a long road back from knee surgery, he has been made eligible to play again by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose latter years of his own career were blighted by injury.

    United boss Solskjaer said: "It’s disheartening. It’s the worst thing for a football player. When you have injuries that take your passion away and take your chance to play football away.

    "Phil has been a top centre-back and was in the World Cup squad two years back. He was brilliant when I came in so I wish him back into the squad as quick as I can."

    Phil Jones has been handed a Man United lifelineCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • supal

    MET THEIR MATCH

    For the early risers out there… it's match day for the Red Devils.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men take on Southampton tonight at Old Trafford.

    Here's a little stat to get you in the mood.

  • supal

    DEADLINE DAY RECAP

    A bit quiet out there so time for a quick recap – here's the pick of the storylines from deadline day…

    • Liverpool signed two centre-backs – Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies
    • Dele Alli stayed at Tottenham despite interest from PSG
    • Joe Willock (Newcastle) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) both left Arsenal on loan
    • No movement at Chelsea or Manchester United
    • Bournemouth's Josh King joined Everton in a deal announced at 1am
    • Southampton signed Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool in a late swoop

    TEST BOOST

    Premier League Covid positives have finally dropped back to pre-Christmas levels in a further boost to football chiefs.

    Last week’s 2,957 tests across the 20 Prem clubs brought just seven new positive cases.

    That is slightly down from the eight recorded in the seven days up to January 24, although this time there were positive cases in both sampling rounds.

    Four of the positives came in the first batch of tests, of 1,713 players and staff, between Monday and Thursday.

    There were then three positives out of 1,244 samples between Friday and Sunday.

    The seven positives is the lowest total since the week of December 20, when the same number was recorded from only 1,569 tests.

    JAB STAND

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has insisted that footballers cannot be allowed to jump the Covid-19 jabs queue.

    There have been calls for elite athletes to be moved up the priority list to ensure they can play inside secure bubbles.

    But Infantino, speaking at an appearance at the World Health Organisation, dismissed that idea – but also pledged he expected full houses at the 2022 World Cup Finals.

    Infantino said: "The priority for the vaccine is of course for the people at risk and health workers.

    "That is very sure in our minds and we don't consider football players as a priority in this respect.

    "Of course, in the months to come and in the context of international competition and travel, vaccination might be recommended at some point.

    "The Olympic Games are only in the summer but this will happen respecting established order of distribution. The people at risk should have priority."

    TRAVEL PROBLEMS

    Prem clubs have been left up in the air over whether they will be forced to release players for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, Martin Lipton reports.

    Last week’s new UK border rules mean that South American and Portuguese players will be forced to spend 10 days in strict hotel quarantine when they return to British soil.

    SunSport revealed how it could deprive Liverpool of Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino for three games at the start of April.

    And it would bring similar issues for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles and Ederson, Ruben Dias and Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City.

    HURRY REDKNAPP

    Harry Redknapp was in a hurry after he got LOST on his way to the Sky Sports studios in a hilarious transfer deadline day gaffe.

    Redknapp was given an ovation as he finally joined Jim White on set, more than 40 minutes after he was supposed to following his ordeal to get from his Bournemouth home to West London.

    Explaining the palaver, the former Spurs boss said: "I was on the M3, plenty of time and it's taken my three-and-a-quarter hours it took me from Bournemouth.

    "I was going along lovely and then suddenly a sign flashed up saying 'accident J4 to J2'. Closed. Whatever.

    "So I had to divert all the way back and Jim, I didn't have a clue. I've ended up coming up the M4, cutting across to Reading."

    Asked if he has a sat nav, Redknapp added: "We do Jim but I have to be truthful, I've changed my car and I've not been anywhere since because we're in lockdown.

    "I know my way here easy enough. I ain't got a clue how to work the sat nav. I can't work it. It's too complicated."

    AND THE AWARD GOES TO…

    Manchester United have announced their candidates for the club's January player of the month award.

    United have revealed three players in their shortlist and Bruno Fernandes is not among them.

    They are Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire.

    Who will emerge victorious…?

    • supal

      NASTY DEVILS

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to get nasty and start putting refs under pressure.

      He said: “The momentum shifted for us with the Sheffield United game. I’ve got the delegate’s report from the referee and the two decisions were wrong.

      “They’ve admitted their goal should have been disallowed and our goal should have stood. That’s a big, big momentum changer for us.

      “We are a bunch of nice lads. Maybe we should have made more of a fuss about it. Maybe we should have hung on to that or made them look at it before the game started again.

      “So those are things we have to learn from and use as motivation or energy.”

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to show a nastier sideCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    • supal

      FER REAL

      Rio Ferdinand revealed fans once turned up to his house wearing 'balaclavas and hoodies' demanding he signed a new Manchester United contract.

      Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: "I was in my house one day and all of a sudden the bell rings.

      "And someone put their hand over, so I couldn't see the actual camera, couldn't see who was on it.

      "So I thought, 'Who's this cheeky rat? Let me go outside and have a row – whatever it is – don't take liberties coming to my house.'

      "So I jumped on the wall next to my gate, looked over the gate and there's about ten, 15 people there – guys with balaclavas and hoodies on, all ballied up.

      "I'm thinking, 'What, they've come to rob my house?' And then, luckily, one of them shouted, 'Just sign the contract!'"

      Rio Ferdinand revealed details of when a mob turned up at his house to get him to sign a new Manchester United dealCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    • supal

      DRY JANUARY

      If you think it's been a quiet one at Man Utd, well let this put things into context for you.

      Martin Lipton reports that EFL clubs have not declared a PENNY in January transfer fees.

      The astonishing lack of spending is the clearest sign yet of a collapse in the market due to coronavirus.

      Across Europe, as expected, deals were down markedly from this time last year, when Premier League clubs alone spent £230million.

      This year top-flight deals were worth less than £100m, with similar declines across Europe.

      This year top-flight deals were worth less than £100m, with similar declines across Europe.

      Derby signed Teden Mengi on loan from Manchester United in one of the most high-profile temporary deals in the EFLCredit: Rex Features

       

    • supal

      DEADLINE DAY RECAP

      Here's the pick of the storylines from deadline day…

      • Liverpool signed two centre-backs – Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies
      • Dele Alli stayed at Tottenham despite interest from PSG
      • Joe Willock (Newcastle) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) both left Arsenal on loan
      • No movement at Chelsea or Manchester United
      • Bournemouth's Josh King is on the brink of joining Everton
      • Southampton are set to sign Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool

      JANUARY WRAP

      Here's the final report card for Man Utd this month.

      IN

      Amad Diallo (Atalanta).

      OUT

      Max Haygarth (Brentford), Ethan Laird (MK Dons) loan, Luca Ercolani (Carpi), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Bayer Leverkusen), Di'Shon Bernard (Salford) loan extension, Jesse Lingard (West Ham) loan, Tahith Chong (Club Brugge) loan, Fecundo Pellistri (Alaves) loan, Teden Mengi (Derby) loan.

      QUIET NIGHT

      Not much to report from a Man Utd perspective in this window, and certainly nothing much tonight.

      The best we saw was Jesse Lingard moving to West Ham on loan last week.

      • supal

        DEAL SHEETS

        It's that time of deadline day – What is a deal sheet? How do we know if a transfer has gone through? Etc etc.

        Looks like the Premier League website have it covered…

      • Kostas Lianos

        KING'S COURT

        Bournemouth ace Josh King almost joined Manchester United last year before Odion Ighalo's arrival on loan.

        Now King is making headlines on transfer deadline day once more as he is close to a move away from Dean Court.

        This time United are not part of the bidding war for the talented striker.

        Instead, it is Fulham and Everton battling it out for the Norway international

      • Kostas Lianos

        MAN UTD DONE DEALS

        In

        Amad Diallo (Atalanta) £20m

        Out
        Jesse Lingard (West Ham) Loan
        Ethan Laird (MK Dons) Loan
        Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Bayer Leverkusen) £1.8m
        James Garner (Nottingham Forest) Loan
        Teden Mengi (Derby) Loan

        GETTY IMAGES – GETTY
      • Kostas Lianos

        MAN UTD FINALE

        According to Manchester Evening News, there will be no more transfer announcements from Manchester United.

        United aren't expecting any more arrivals or departures before the January transfer window slams shut in less than an hour.

        Marcos Rojo is set to join Boca Juniors but a move may not be finalised this evening.

        However, that won't be a problem as the transfer window comes to a close on February 19 in Argentina.

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