Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Glazer pens open later to fans, Haaland £150m transfer war, Maguire injury latest

MAN UTD are preparing a £90m transfer bid for England captain Harry Kane, as the Glazer family look to placate angry fans.

Meanwhile Dortmund are now reportedly willing to sell Jadon Sancho for £85m – the fee United were willing to pay for the winger last summer.

On the pitch, United fought back to beat Aston Villa 3-1 – but the victory came at a cost with captain Harry Maguire limping off injured.

Get all the latest Man Utd news and transfer updates here…

  • Jack Figg

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park yesterday to ensure Man City's title party was kept on ice.

    Bertrand Traore opened the scoring for the home side before a Bruno Fernandes penalty, a Mason Greenwood strike and an Edinson Cavani header sealed the win.

    Harry Maguire limped off injured before Ollie Watkins got a late red card after he was booked for the second time for diving.
    The image of the skipper hobbling away caused major panic for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And after the game, the Old Trafford chief revealed Maguire could miss the Europa League final later this month.
    Solskjaer said: “Hopefully [the Europa League final] will be OK with Harry. I don’t know.

    “We need to check it. It might be a few weeks or a month – we don’t know. It was his calf or lower leg. I think the player landed on him and he twisted something.”

    In-form left-back Luke Shaw credited Solskjaer’s team talk for inspiring the second-half rout. He told Sky Sports: “Going 1-0 down in the first half we knew it was going to be a hard game.

    “We have been in this situation so many times – second half we came back much better. That’s a positive but we need to start the first half better than we normally do.

    “Maybe we’re not ready for the game but we have the quality and can’t keep counting on second-half performances. [Solskjaer] said exactly what I have just said… we have been in this situation a lot of times, we have the quality, are a fit team and we always believe.”

    Elsewhere, United have missed out on a £200million sponsorship deal due to the fall-out from their failed bid to join a European Super League.

    Pressure from protesters against all the club’s commercial partners has forced Manchester-based The Hut Group to withdraw from an agreement to sponsor the club’s training kit.

    They were due to replace AON with the words MyProtein, a firm owned by THG, on the tops in a ten-year deal.

    But United are now looking for a new sponsor and feeling nervous about how toxic their brand may now be, with a huge part of their income coming from sponsorship.

    A fan group calling itself NOTAPENNYMORE has launched a social media campaign aimed at the club’s main sponsors which include Adidas who sell United kit around the world.

    They issued an open letter to all the commercial partners claiming their products would be targeted causing The Hut Group to pull out. This has happened a week after protests at Old Trafford and the club’s Lowry hotel base forced their home game against Liverpool to be postponed.

  • William Pugh

    MAKING HIS MARC

    Wayne Rooney has hailed Marcus Rashford’s development and admits he used the Manchester United star’s incredible rise to inspire his own Derby youngsters.

    Rooney, 35, played alongside Rashford, 23, at Old Trafford for 18 months after the striker was given a shock debut by Louis van Gaal in February 2016.

    Injuries to United’s front line saw Rashford thrust into the limelight for the last-32, second leg Europa League tie against Midtjylland.

    Despite being just 18 years old and having hardly trained with United’s senior squad, Rashford scored twice on his debut.

    He hasn’t looked back since, going on to become a key player under current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as well as England gaffer Gareth Southgate.

    And Rooney, who secured Derby’s Championship status on Saturday in dramatic style, has revealed he motivated some of the Rams’ youngsters by telling them about Rashford’s brilliant story.

  • William Pugh

    MAG FEAR

    Harry Maguire is a major doubt for the Europa League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

    The United captain was forced off with quarter of an hour to go following a bruising afternoon at Villa Park, in which the Red Devils fought back from a goal down to win 3-1.

    The image of the skipper hobbling away while cause major panic for Solskjaer.

    And after the game, the Old Trafford chief revealed Maguire could miss the Europa League final later this month.

    Solskjaer said: "Hopefully [the Europa League final] will be OK with Harry. I don’t know.

    "We need to check it. It might be a few weeks or a month – we don’t know. It was his calf or lower leg. I think the player landed on him and he twisted something."

  • William Pugh

    ROM DECISION

    Ashley Young admitted he was baffled by Manchester United's decision to sell Romelu Lukaku.

    The wing-back added he simply 'could not understand' why they allowed the Belgian to leave for Inter Milan. Young – who joined Lukaku at Inter six months later – said: "I said it at the time, I couldn’t understand the decision.

    "Whether it was made quickly or not, Romelu has proved a lot of people wrong. He’s worked unbelievably hard. There was talk that he was overweight and couldn’t do this or that.

    "He’s smashed records and made history in Italy, he’s been unbelievable for the club.

    "For me he was fantastic even in the Premier League, to go out there and face another challenge, I think it was the right choice for him.

    "He deserves all the plaudits he is getting."

  • William Pugh

    SOU-PER MAN

    Yves Bissouma has reportedly requested to leave Brighton at the end of the season – amid intense interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.

    Bissouma joined the Seagulls from Lille in 2018 for a fee that could rise to £15.7million with add-ons. The 24-year-old has shone bright this season proving he is one of the Premier League's most talented box-to-box midfielders.

    The Mali international's impressive performances at the Amex Stadium have caught the eye of Arsenal, Liverpool and City. According to the Sunday Times, Bissouma has asked to be allowed to leave Brighton, who rate him at £40m.

    That development paves the way for an intense bidding war between three of the Premier League's biggest clubs.

    Liverpool are reportedly most interested in the midfielder as manager Jurgen Klopp has been ‘personally researching’ his character as well as off-field behaviour to make sure he is the right fit for the Reds.

    In fact, Klopp sees him as a potential successor to Georginio Wijnaldum, who looks set to exit Anfield on a free transfer once his contract expires in June.

  • William Pugh

    OL THANKS TO YOU

    Luke Shaw has revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pep talk inspired Manchester United's comeback win over Aston Villa – but urged his team-mates to start games faster.

    The Red Devils once again went into half-time trailing after Bertrand Traore gave the hosts an early lead at Villa Park.

    But Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood scored within four minutes of each other shortly after the restart, with substitute Edinson Cavani sealing the win with three minutes to play.

    And in-form left-back Shaw credited Solskjaer's team talk for inspiring the second-half rout. He told Sky Sports: "Going 1-0 down in the first half we knew it was going to be a hard game.

    "We have been in this situation so many times – second half we came back much better. That's a positive but we need to start the first half better than we normally do.

    "Maybe we're not ready for the game but we have the quality and can't keep counting on second-half performances. [Solskjaer] said exactly what I have just said… we have been in this situation a lot of times, we have the quality, are a fit team and we always believe."

  • William Pugh

    WHAT A LOAD OF KIT

    Manchester United have missed out on a £200million sponsorship deal due to the fall-out from their failed bid to join a European Super League.

    Pressure from protesters against all the club’s commercial partners has forced Manchester-based The Hut Group to withdraw from an agreement to sponsor the club’s training kit.

    They were due to replace AON with the words MyProtein, a firm owned by THG, on the tops in a ten-year deal.

    But United are now looking for a new sponsor and feeling nervous about how toxic their brand may now be, with a huge part of their income coming from sponsorship.

    A fan group calling itself NOTAPENNYMORE has launched a social media campaign aimed at the club’s main sponsors which include Adidas who sell United kit around the world.

    They issued an open letter to all the commercial partners claiming their products would be targeted causing The Hut Group to pull out. This has happened a week after protests at Old Trafford and the club’s Lowry hotel base forced their home game against Liverpool to be postponed.

  • William Pugh

    ERIC BAILLY (for Maguire, 78 mins) – N/A

    Filled in for Maguire when the Man Utd captain went off injured in the latter stages.

    NEMANJA MATIC (for Fernandes, 86 mins) – N/A

    Had very little time to make any sort of notable impact on the game.

  • William Pugh

    MARCUS RASHFORD – 6

    Rashford dropped deep effectively to find Wan-Bissaka and Shaw in behind on the overlap in the early stages of the match.

    But he then seemed to drift through the game without exposing the space Villa would often leave in the channels.

    Clearly cannot lead the line in the same way Edinson Cavani does so brilliantly on a regular basis, but made a difference on the right by setting up the Uruguayan for the team's third goal.

    SUBS

    EDINSON CAVANI (for Greenwood, 65 mins) – 8

    Made a goal-saving clearance shortly after coming on, heading away inside the six-yard box when it looked as if a Villa player was ready to nod into an empty net.

    Then wonderfully glanced home with world class accuracy from a Rashford delivery for his 15th goal of the season.

  • William Pugh

    BRUNO FERNANDES – 7

    Early on Fernandes unquestionably looked the most lethargic of the front four as he failed to produce the kind of link-up play that Rashford, Greenwood and Pogba were all offering up.

    But his ice cool demeanour from 12 yards allowed him to tuck the equaliser away from the penalty spot with consummate ease.

    As the match went on he began to have more of an impact but couldn't quite find the perfect ball to open up the opposition.

    PAUL POGBA – 7

    Continues to look better on the left of a front three than he did as one of the holding midfielders.

    Showed some nice touches to get attacks going with balls up to Fernandes and Rashford. Also won the second half penalty.

  • William Pugh

    SCOTT MCTOMINAY – 6

    Seemed to be overrun in the midfield in the first 30 minutes or so as the hosts enjoyed large periods of possession without enough pressure in between the lines from him or Fred.

    Was a bit better in the second half, however his creativity was still lacking when he had the opportunity to pick a forward pass.

    FRED – 6

    Was a passenger for much of the match, offering very little going forward and not particularly offering a great deal of support for Maguire and Lindelof.

    The defensive midfield position still feels like the one area where Solskjaer's side are really lacking in quality.

    MASON GREENWOOD – 8

    Looked sharp from the outset as he was denied from close range by a smart save from Martinez and then forced the Villa No1 into another smart stop before the break.

    He produced one of the best moments of quality all afternoon with a sumptuous turn and strike to give Man Utd the lead.

    Always looked a threat cutting in off the right hand side and should now be considered a definitive starter for the Red Devils.

  • William Pugh

    HARRY MAGUIRE – 6

    Kept everything neat and tidy with his distribution out from the back.

    Was not helped out by the poor game Lindelof was having next to him as it often felt like Maguire was reluctant to drive forward because he may leave the back door open.

    Shown a yellow card in the second half for cynically pulling back Watkins, maintaining his record as the most booked player in the Premier League this season.

    Was also taken off for the first time in the league campaign after suffering an injury late on.

    LUKE SHAW – 7

    Could have netted his second goal of the season after some lovely link up play with Pogba saw him rifle a shot towards the top corner, only to be denied by Aston Villa keeper Emi Martinez.

    Was one of Man Utd's best attacking outlets down the left-hand side, taking full advantage of Bertrand Traore's reluctance to track back.

  • William Pugh

    AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 8

    As always the Man Utd right-back was defensively superb, showcasing why he is considered one of the best tacklers in the Premier League.

    Also laid the ball into the path of Greenwood for the young English forward to turn and fire home United's second.

    Made an incredible sliding challenge to block a Watkins shot with seven minutes remaining when Man Utd looked to have been cut open.

    VICTOR LINDELOF – 5

    Failed to read Traore's cute turn for the goal and then lacked the alertness to get across and block the shot.

    Also regularly got caught too high up the pitch and when Villa broke Traore, El-Ghazi and Watkins were able to find the areas to hurt Man Utd.

    A match like today validates why Man Utd have been linked with signing so many centre-backs to partner Maguire next season.

  • William Pugh

    EVER GREEN

    Manchester United kept the rivals Manchester City waiting to be crowned Premier League champions after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park.

    The Red Devils went in at half-time a goal down following a superb strike from Bertrand Traore, but a Bruno Fernandes penalty, expertly taken Mason Greenwood drive and Edinson Cavani header gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side all three points.

    Here is how SunSport's Dylan Terry rated the Man Utd players performances on Sunday afternoon.

    DEAN HENDERSON – 6/10

    The only shot he really had to deal with in the first half ended up in the back of the net, but you can't blame him for that as it was a superb finish from Traore.

    Did not make any errors that would lead you to think David de Gea can regain his place in between the sticks.

  • William Pugh

    VERDICT CONTINUED…

    Of course for some United fans Solskjaer will never be the right man, that was apparently Mauricio Pochettino.

    At United there is a belief that for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired there are signs that they can challenge for the title again particularly with a good summer in the transfer market.

    Goodness me, win their next two games at home to Leicester and Liverpool this week and the gap at the top between themselves and Manchester City will be just four points going into the last few games of this season.

    They have actually lost less games than City – four to their five – and it has been costly draws in games they have been on top in which has failed to make the race tighter.

    Still second place after third last season shows progress for Solskjaer and that first piece of silverware as United boss is also close now having reached the final of the Europa League.

    The shame of course for Solskjaer is that his achievements are now being overshadowed as the fall-out from the Glazers move to join a European Super League continues to resonate.

  • William Pugh

    MAN UTD VERDICT – NEIL CUSTIS

    For all the criticism faced by Manchester United’s hierarchy they have at least got one thing right – keeping faith with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Having fired David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer must have feared being in the Glazer’s sights earlier this season.

    Even those who loved him as a Man Utd player had turned on the man they felt was not experienced or hard enough to be the boss of the club he served so well on the pitch.

    Their first four home games of the season only fuelled the boiling anger as they lost three and drew the other one including a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of his predecessor, then Spurs boss Mourinho.

    The credit for holding his nerve should really go to Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward rather than the owning Glazer family who just aren’t close enough to anything going on at the club to make these decisions.

    Woodward had sat down with Solskjaer and set out a vision for the future and who can argue against the fact that the trajectory over the last two seasons has been an upward one…

  • Thomas Blow

    UNITED WIN AT VILLA PARK

    Manchester City will have to wait to secure the Premier League title as United have won at Villa Park.

    Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani were enough to secure a 3-1 win against Aston Villa.

    United's next game is against Leicester on Thursday.

  • Thomas Blow

    UNITED LEAD

    City's title celebrations have been put on hold!

    Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood have given United a 2-1 lead at Villa Park.

    But Harry Maguire is about come off with an injury – on the day he's broken the record for the most starts by a United player.

    13 minutes left to play.

  • Thomas Blow

    THE MAIN MANA

    Manchester United are battling it out with Ajax in the transfer chase for Kamaldeen Sulemana, according to reports.

    The Ghanaian winger, 19, has been in good form for Danish side Nordsjaelland this season.

    According to the Daily Mail, Ajax already saw a bid of £10million rejected in January.

    But the Dutch giants still want to complete a deal for the teenage wide man.

    Ajax director of football Marc Overmars is expected to be in Denmark on Monday to watch Nordsjaelland's clash with Copenhagen.

    The report adds that United remain very interested – as do German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

  • Thomas Blow

    VILLA LEAD

    The hosts have taken the lead at Villa Park!

    If it stays this way, Manchester City will become Premier League champions again.

    United have it all to do.

  • Thomas Blow

    OLE ON SELECTION

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed his team selection for today's game against Aston Villa.

    The United boss said: "We’re happy going through to a final and knowing we have something to look forward to.

    "But now we have five important games in the league, to build momentum, build confidence, get as many points as we can.

    "We managed to make a few changes during the game [on Thursday], we took the full-backs off, Paul came off early.

    "We’ve got loads of fresh legs and fresh minds, players that want to show to me they want to play more games and especially the last one."

  • Thomas Blow

    VILLA TEAM NEWS

    And here's how Aston Villa line-up…

  • Thomas Blow

    UNITED TEAM NEWS

    The United team for today's match against Aston Villa is in.

    Kick-off is at 2:05pm.

  • Thomas Blow

    PROTEST COMING

    United are preparing for another fan protest against the Glazers this week.

    The Red Devils are due to play twice at Old Trafford, against Leicester on Tuesday and Liverpool on Thursday.

    It is understood the protest will take place on Thursday – and United are set to take extra precautions after last week's events.

    This image is believed to have been taken outside of Old Trafford today.

  • Thomas Blow

    LAST TIME AGAINST VILLA

    United won 2-1 the last time they faced Aston Villa thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes.

    Defeat for the Red Devils today would gift Manchester City the Premier League title.

    And, considering City's superior goal difference, a draw would all but end the race too.

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