Cristiano Ronaldo future EXCLUSIVE, Pogba return boost, Neves transfer, Aston Villa build-up


CRISTIANO RONALDO has had conversations with his agent about his future at Manchester United, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Jorge Mendes has flown to the UK for talks with the 36-year-old over status at Old Trafford following reports of a fall-out between Ralf Rangnick and the senior player, which the club deny.

Paul Pogba is nearing a return to full fitness with United doctors giving him the green light to return to full training after picking up a thigh injury.

SunSport also revealed that United have offered Pogba a new deal before he walks out of the door for nothing.

The Frenchman would be become one of the best-paid players in the Premier League if he signed on the dotted line.

Napoli have signed Axel Tuanzebe on loan after the 24-year-old left Aston Villa following his loan spell there.

Meanwhile, West Ham have slapped a stunning £100m asking price on Declan Rice but the Red Devils are confident of tempting him up to the North West.

And United are determined to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves this month, SunSport can also exclusively reveal.

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  • Lou what?

    Manchester United icon Lou Macari has blasted his former club’s reported dressing room rebels in a stunning rant

    Macari said: “Anyone kicking off in the dressing room, kick them out of the club.

    “Get rid of them and I’m talking about the players doing that by the way.

    “Seventy thousand United supporters can’t be wrong every week.

    “These players have to start showing something”

  • Bele ache

    Barcelona manager Xavi was left ‘speechless’ after Ousmane Dembele demanded £700,000-a-week to sign a new deal.

    That is according to Sky Sport Germany reporter Florian Plettenburg, who reports that Dembele made that request amid links with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Newcastle and Arsenal.

    The forward is out of contract at the end of the season and can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Spain this month.

    But Barca remain hopeful they can convince the France international to extend his Nou Camp stay

  • Ralf road ahead

    Former Premier League and England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his concern for interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick.

    Hodgson told Sky Sports: “He’s a very serious football man, a very very good football man who’s had fantastic results wherever he’s gone

    “I have sympathy and empathy with anyone who finds themselves in a firing line, I’ve been there myself and it’s very easy to think for the grace of God go high [sic] of course I’ve got empathy for him.

    “I think one of the problems might’ve been for Ralf is that people have built up him and his methods in a way that are going to be difficult to live up to.

    “Certainly in the conversations I’ve had with him it’s not something I know about football that nobody else knows, he does know what’s required to produce a good side and get a good team playing together, get the right balance between attacking and defending.

    “Of course, he knows about players and how difficult it is to deal with players and coming in at Man United he has definitely come into a club where there are a lot of big players, big egos and trying to mould that together to get that balance that he really wants is never going to be an easy job, it’s going to take time”

  • Greal love

    Manchester City star Jack Grealish has shared a message to Manchester United ace Axel Tuanzebe after his loan move to Napoli.

    Grealish and Tuanzebe enjoyed two spells together at Aston Villa and built a mutual respect between them.

    The City star posted: “Good luck brother”.

    Tuanzebe will be replacing Kostas Manolas, who returned to Olympiacos last month

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  • Coman blow

    Manchester United have received a transfer blow as Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman is set to sign a new contract with the German champions.

    Coman’s deal expires next year and that attracted interest from United as well as Liverpool, according to Manchester Evening News.

    The winger appeared unlikely to pen a new contract with Bayern but the Bavarians are unwilling to lose another major star for free like they did with David Alaba.

    The France international has reportedly demanded €20million (£16.7m) per season to remain at the Allianz Arena

  • Pochettino close?

    Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino’s move to Manchester United is “almost done”.

    That is according to French reporter Dominique Severac, who told La Chaîne L’Équipe that Pochettino’s arrival at Old Trafford is close.

    He said: “He won’t be able to say anything to each other before the end of the season, but for me, it’s almost done!.

    “I’m telling you what I know. Manchester United wants him, and he wants to go (…) So we are not far from an agreement!”

  • Rangnick admission

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick confirmed he will field a “strong team” on Monday’s FA Cup clash against Aston Villa.

    Rangnick told MUTV: “We will definitely not play with eight or nine different players.

    “Or even 10, as we did against Young Boys in the Champions League. We will try to play with the best possible team, with a strong team.

    “There might be a few changes but I haven’t taken the final decisions yet myself. We will definitely try to play this game as if it was a normal Premier League or Champions League game”

  • More from Rangnick:

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick added: “As far as I can tell, so far the players have been dealing with that in a professional way. I cannot say anything else. If I realise that is not the case I will address that with the players direct.

    “This [players wanting out] is not only an issue with a club like Manchester United. When you have a big squad – and we have a big squad – at least, in the last two games, we had most players available. We had an issue with three centre-backs missing out against Wolves, but in general we had most of the players available, apart from Paul Pogba.

    “And if you have that many players, 10 [outfield] players can play, three being substituted [in], then you have quite a number of players – in our case 12, 13 or 14 – who don’t even play or not are not even in the squad. Those players are unhappy about the situation, it’s obvious, it’s clear.

    “In total, we have a big squad. I tend to explain to players every two or three weeks why they are not playing but obviously I cannot do that in every game and that is an issue in our team and other clubs”

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  • Rangnick message

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has advised the club’s wantaway stars to deal with their future in a professional manner.

    Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata are all out of contract in June.

    Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek, on the other hand, are unhappy about their lack of playing time this season.

    Rangnick said: “We have players with contracts expiring in the summer. We have maybe also one or two players who want to leave and are under contract.

    “It’s about the players dealing with that situation in a professional way. Everybody has the chance to show in training, to show up, and get the chance to play. If this is not the case, then, of course, the player, club and agents need to discuss the situation”

  • Haaland warning

    Borussia Dortmund chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke has ruled out the possibility of Manchester United target Erling Haaland leaving this month.

    Watzke told Der Speigel : “Haaland will not leave in January. No way.

    “Who accepts to sell a top European striker during the winter break when they don’t have to?

    “Next year? Of course, it will be difficult to keep him. Nevertheless we want to and we’ll try”

  • Fern interest

    Ipswich Town are interested in Manchester United full-back Alvaro Fernandez.

    That is according to Football Insider, who claim the League One club’s manager Kieran McKenna has identified Fernandez as an exciting addition to his roster.

    McKenna, of course, is a former United assistant manager.

    Fernandez joined the Red Devils in 2020 from Real Madrid and is yet to make his senior debut

  • Man Utd Link

    Manchester United are targeting Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ahead of the summer transfer window.

    That is according to Calciomercato, who report that Milkinkovic-Savic is among United’s targets to boost their midfield.

    Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba are widely expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

    The Red Devils are also keeping tabs on West Ham’s Declan Rice as well as Wolves’ Ruben Neves

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  • Fred reacts

    Manchester United ace Fred described reports of unrest at Old Trafford as “fake news”.

    The midfielder posted”Over the past few days I have read several fake news involving my name and other MUFC athletes.

    “I’m not in the habit of answering controversial stuff publicly, but this time I will have to.

    “I just want to say that I am very happy here and I have never expressed any dissatisfaction and the possibility of leaving the club.

    “Don’t get misled by fake news. We will continue to work with great dedication to pursue our goals”

  • Rashford hits back

    Manchester United star Marcus Rashford addressed reports of unrest at Old Trafford and claims that the players have lost faith in interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

    Rashford tweeted a long post that read: “I read something earlier that I’d been quiet on here but what can I say that will make this better other than showing you all on the pitch?

    “We’ve all been disappointed with recent performances and we’ve been as disappointed with the news coverage questioning our commitment to not only the manager and the coaching staff but the club.

    “I have endless respect for both and I’m looking forward to bettering my game under the staff at Manchester United.

    “I’m not sulking, I’m not unhappy, am I disappointed in some of my recent performances? Of course I am. I’m my own biggest critic.

    “It’s been a tough start but I’m determined to prove my worth. My dedication and my desire to be here should never be in question. I love this club”

  • Haaland twist

    Manchester United have reportedly pulled out of the race for Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland after discovering he wants to join Real Madrid.

    That sensational report comes from the Daily Star, who claim that United have conceded defeat in an effort to sign Haaland ahead of the summer transfer window.

    The Red Devils have been immense admirers of the star striker and interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who will become a consultant in the summer, really wants to sign him.

    However, there is still intense competition regardless as Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked

  • Maguire injury

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is still nursing an abdominal injury he sustained on December 30 during the 3-1 victory at home to Burnley.

    However, Maguire may be able to return for Monday’s FA Cup clash with Aston Villa.

    Red Devils interim manager Ralf Rangick said: “Harry received that kind of injury that he could play all throughout the [Burnley] game.

    “But he had problems after. Until yesterday, we were hopeful of him being able to play”

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  • Ron turn

    Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo could leave in the summer if he does not agree with the new managerial appointment.

    That is according to the Daily Star, who report that Ronaldo’s future beyond the summer depends on who becomes the permanent manager after Ralf Rangnick’s tenure as interim boss comes to an end.

    That means new chief executive officer Richard Arnold, who replaced Ed Woodward, will now be under extra pressure to get the appointment spot on.

    Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take over at the helm

  • Pog boost

    Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba will return to full training this coming week after getting the green light from the club’s doctors.

    Pogba has been sidelined for two months after sustaining a thigh injury while on international duty with France.

    SunSport understand the star midfielder did some light running with his conditioners at Carrington last week.

    The news is a huge injury boost to United interim manager Ralf Rangnick who feared he would be without the star midfielder for another few weeks.

    The Red Devils’ medical staff are poised to let the 28-year-old rejoin the main group later this week.

    Pogba has impressed Rangnick with his attitude and it is understood he has targeted a first-team return by the end of the month.

    The France international is in the final six months of his deal and can speak to interested clubs on the continent about a free transfer

  • Top Pog

    Manchester United have offered Paul Pogba a new contract worth a whopping £500,000 per week.

    Pogba’s deal runs out in the summer, when he will be free to discuss with clubs across Europe about a potential move.

    The midfielder is being monitored by Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and former club Juventus during the January transfer window.

    SunSport understands he has not yet decided whether he will put pen to paper on fresh terms with United.

    Red Devils sources fear the France international will leave the club, but the new deal is around £100,000 more than the 28-year-old is expected to get across Europe.

    It would make Pogba the highest paid player in Premier League history, on a basic wage of around £400,000 a week before add-ons

  • Tuanzebe talks on Napoli arrival

    Axel Tuanzebe has a message for Napoli fans upon his arrival from Manchester United.

    And the on loan man kep things short and sweet in a video on Twitter, saying: “Hello to all Napoli fans, I’m Axel Tuanzebe.

    “I am very happy to be here and look forward to seeing you at the stadium.

    “Go Napoli forever.”

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  • City ‘dodged bullet’ on Ronaldo

    Former pro Trevor Sinclair believes Manchester City ‘dodged a bullet’ by missing out on signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

    After being linked with the Cityzens, Ronaldo ended up emotionally rejoining the Red Devils.

    And Sinclair told talkSPORT: “I’m starting to think that Manchester City dodged a bullet by not signing Cristiano.

    “I really think that. You look at some of the players who are really struggling for form at Man United, [Jadon] Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford.

    “He’s got to know his role. You’re a footballer, hired by the football club, keep your mouth shut at times – that’s what you’ve got to do.

    Sinclair added: “I think Ronaldo’s causing a lot of problems at the football club.

    “Not just his lack of goals in recent times but the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s gone, and then Michael [Carrick] went in and dropped him for a game.

    “I just feel it’s been one of those signings where it’s looked good, but it’s far from good.”

  • In case you missed it

    Manchester United have reportedly shown ‘concrete’ interest in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    The 26-year-old Serbian international is a target for the Red Devils, according to Calciomercato.

    Juventus are also keen, but his £58million price tag could put off the Serie A club.

    A formal bid is yet to be lodged, but a summer swoop is listed as a possibility.

    Milinkovic-Savic has former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman as his agent, and the report goes on to claim an ‘informal agreement’ is in place between Lazio owner Claudio Lotito and Kezman for the midfielder to move to United.

  • Done deal – Tuanzebe to Napoli

    Serie A side Napoli have confirmed the signing of Axel Tuanzebe on loan for the rest of the season.

    He has successfully completed a medical with the club and could make his against Sampdoria next Wednesday

    Napoli will pay United a £500,000 loan fee with an extra £500k potentially to be paid for bonuses, reports transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The switch to Napoli means Tuanzebe’s season-long loan deal at Aston Villa will come to an end – despite previously wanting to make his stay permanent at Villa Park.

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  • Evra – Ronaldo not best team-mate

    Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to naming the best player he’s ever played with.

    Instead Frenchman Evra gave that crown to Ryan Giggs.

    He told 433: “People always ask me the best player you played with after you signed for United [Manchester United], and they expect me to say Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    “I always say Ryan Giggs, because sometimes he will pass the ball where nobody would see it, and his legacy.

    “I remember with Giggsy, even if you were losing a game in training he would be going mad. Sometimes even the training was more important than the actual game.”

  • Jones thanks United fans support

    Phil Jones also thanked the Manchester United fans for their support throughout a difficult period of his career.

    He continued: “It’s difficult when a player’s out for so long, for whatever reason.

    “All I would say is that any time I represent this club and put the shirt on, I give absolutely everything. I put my blood, sweat and tears into everything I do for this club.

    “I appreciate all the support they [the fans] give me. I’m forever grateful for that. It’s a wonderful, wonderful club to be at and I am grateful.”





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