7am Man Utd news LIVE: Edinson Cavani LATEST, Kounde transfer UPDATE, Maguire sent off REACTION, Romero exit – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED face Newcastle this weekend – but Edinson Cavani will not be able to make his debut. 

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and United are eyeing a swoop for defender Jules Kounde.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay-per-view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    Elsewhere, the EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    And e-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Elsewhere, Gareth Southgate is adamant Harry Maguire is too important to be rested for either club or country – despite his alarming confidence crisis.

    And Rio Ferdinand has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Take Harry Maguire out of the oven.”

    Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

    Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex. I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it. He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.

    “But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better. And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

    Finally, Marcus Rashford has hit back at Boris Johnson after his plan to give out free meals to kids over Christmas was rejected.

    Rashford has been awarded an MBE for leading a charge towards ending child hunger and poverty in the UK.

    The Manchester United star forced the government into a U-turn in July, ensuring hungry kids continued to get free meals over the summer holidays.

    He had called for the scheme to continue over the Christmas period.

    But Prime Minister Johnson has rejected Rashford’s latest call.

  • William Pugh

    “They did not lead and hadn’t even been able to come up with a short-term plan to restructure funding. Enough is enough. Football has to change.”

    The United legend is part of the group – along with former FA chairman David Bernstein and Olympian Denise Lewis – who yesterday published their manifesto for change, ‘Saving Our Beautiful Game’.

    Bernstein, FA boss from 2011-13, said: “We took a poll of fans that found nearly 80 per cent agreed change is needed.

    “There has never been abetter moment for change.”

    Neville told Sky Sports: “The principle is that we don’t trust that football can govern itself and create the fairest deal for all, whether that’s the Premier League, EFL clubs, non-League clubs or the fans.”

  • William Pugh

    CZAR IS BORN

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    Nev, 45, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated a void in the Premier League leadership…

  • William Pugh

    EFL AND SAFETY – EXCLUSIVE

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Many teams were hoping to invite military personnel to lead the tributes before kick-offs.

    But despite being put on standby by the Government to patrol the streets during any future lockdowns, bungling EFL execs do not believe they are safe enough to enter secure, virtually empty football stadiums.

    An email sent to Championship, League One and League clubs yesterday read: “We’ve had a few queries in respect of additional activity for Remembrance fixtures.

    “Due to Covid-19 restrictions and these fixtures being played behind closed doors, no additional personnel who are not attending the fixture to aid the delivery of the match should be in attendance, e.g. bugler or military personnel.

    “We are suggesting however that clubs pre-record activity and this can be played out on matchday.”

  • William Pugh

    HARRY'S COOKED

    Rio Ferdinand has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Take Harry Maguire out of the oven.”

    Ferdinand, 41, said: “It’s obvious to see he’s going through a bad spell.

    “Nobody is immune from having a downturn in form and confidence.

    “If you want to play well, then having that confidence is an absolute necessity.

    “He’s lacking that and it’s very evident in his performances.

    “In these situations – and I’ve been in them as well – you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven.”

  • William Pugh

    PLAY THROUGH

    Gareth Southgate is adamant Harry Maguire is too important to be rested for either club or country – despite his alarming confidence crisis.

    The Manchester United skipper was sent off after half an hour of England’s 1-0 defeat by Denmark on Wednesday for two desperate challenges.

    Southgate said: “My view would be that you’ve got to play your way through these moments.

    “Harry is too important a player for them and us to think about resting him but that would be for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff to make those decisions.”

  • William Pugh

    EUR-OH NO – EXCLUSIVE

    Football bosses are preparing to rip up the format for the Euros – and SCRAP some venues.

    Uefa privately accept there is no way that next summer’s tournament – postponed because of Covid – will be able to go ahead with the planned 12 host cities.

    A worst-case scenario could see one country stage the tournament with four venues being used. Wembley is due to stage seven games, including England’s three group matches, plus the semi-finals and final.

    The competition is sure to go ahead – owing to the millions Uefa will receive from TV companies. And the governing body is hopeful supporters will still be able to attend.

    But some venues are at risk and the tournament will have to be condensed to ensure less travelling.

    Places such as Baku in Azerbaijan – now caught in a conflict with Armenia – plus St Petersburg in Russia will be among the first to be dropped.

  • William Pugh

    MAN OVERBOARD

    Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

    Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex. I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it. He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.

    “But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better. And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

    Mourinho famously branded the Gunners chief a ‘specialist in failure’.

    Wenger, 70, admitted: “That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control. The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what’s been said in press conferences.

    “You hate the guy on the other bench and keep control but sometimes it goes overboard.”

  • William Pugh

    OD ONE OUT

    Odion Ighalo is ready to play this weekend if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picks him.

    The Red Devils travel to Newcastle on Saturday night and the ex-Watford man is waiting in the wings.

    He said: “I’m always ready,“ he told us. “Whenever the gaffer calls me, my idea is just to give my best in training, work hard and wait for my opportunity – to take it.

    “Hopefully, I’ll just keep my head down, keep working hard every day. Come to the training ground every day and give it my best. Whenever the gaffer needs me, I will come and give my best.”

  • William Pugh

    CROWN JULES

    Manchester United target Jules Kounde has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Sevilla confirmed the news on Thursday night following his return from France U21s duty. And Kounde will now miss next week’s Champions League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    The centre-back, 21, will also be sidelined for LaLiga games against Granada and Eibar. But he could make his return to action in Europa against Rennes in a fortnight.

    Europa League winner Kounde was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer.

    But they eventually opted for Benfica’s Ruben Dias instead.

    And Kounde is now reported to be a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • William Pugh

    APPY DAYS

    BT Sport and EE have promised fans football will never feel the same after revealing plans for their incredible 'Match Day Experience'.

    The broadcasters will unveil the new tech on their app next weekend as part of a tie-up with Apple’s new iPhone12 and EE.

    The all-new experience has come to fruition as part of plans to keep fans engaged while unable to watch games live due to coronavirus. Through the app, fans will be invited into the virtual heart of their club’s inner sanctum.

    Supporters will be able to enjoy a rare glimpse of previously hidden parts of the ground, including dressing rooms and the manager’s dugout. On top of that, fans will be able to see groundbreaking, real-time, in-game stats and graphics.

    There is also the option to 'Watch Together' in a live split-screen experience with friends and families through Augmented Reality.

    Fans will also be able to watch the game from any angle – with an incredible new 360-degree camera feature.

  • William Pugh

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Marcus Rashford has hit back at Boris Johnson after his plan to give out free meals to kids over Christmas was rejected.

    Rashford has been awarded an MBE for leading a charge towards ending child hunger and poverty in the UK.

    The Manchester United star forced the government into a U-turn in July, ensuring hungry kids continued to get free meals over the summer holidays.

    He had called for the scheme to continue over the Christmas period.

    But Prime Minister Johnson has rejected Rashford’s latest call.

  • William Pugh

    WISH YOU WERE HERR

    Ander Herrera will miss Manchester United’s visit to Paris after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The midfielder is one of SEVEN PSG stars who will be absent for next week’s Champions League clash.

    Herrera swapped Old Trafford for the Parc des Princes on a free transfer in 2019.

    And he looked set to go up against former Man Utd teammates including midfield partner Paul Pogba – as well as replacement Bruno Fernandes.

    But Herrera will not be involved after contracting Covid-19.

    He is joined on the sidelines by Julian Draxler, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Thilo Kehrer and Mauro Icardi.

  • William Pugh

    COLD SHOULDER – BREAKING

    The EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    Top clubs were locked in talks over a financial package to keep League One and Two afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

    An initial £50m proposal looked braced to be given the green light with Championship clubs not receiving a penny of financial aid.

    But it is suggested lower league clubs stood by the Championship.

    The EFL is now likely to take out a loan and sort struggling clubs out with funds.

  • William Pugh

    BT chief Marc Allera, though, explained: “We had a suggested retail price which was suggested to us by the Premier League.

    “We also have a cost that they’re charging us for those games. We’re certainly not making significant amounts of money out of this, we’re pretty much just covering our costs.

    “The intent of the Premier League to put these games on was to get some money moving into some of the clubs and leagues that are struggling.

    “That’s a good intent, and that’s reflected in the price that they’re charging us, while the price that we charge basically reflects the need for us to cover our costs.”

  • William Pugh

    SHIFT THE BLAME

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay per view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    League chief executive Richard Masters insisted the per match charge, which kicks off with Chelsea’s home clash with Southampton on Sunday, was “set” by the broadcasters, Sky and BT.

    He said: “We are obviously aware of the commercial model that was put in place and we had substantive conversations with BT and Sky about that.

    “But we can’t set prices. Broadcasters have to set the retail price of their own products. That’s the law.”…

  • William Pugh

    OD ONE OUT

    Manchester United reportedly failed in several bids to land Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.

    Spanish outlet Marca claim the Red Devils were prepared to pay big money for the Norwegian following his performances while on loan at Real Sociedad last season.

    Yet the report adds that Madrid held off interest from the Old Trafford outfit to bring Odegaard back to the Bernabeu this summer.

    But it was just the latest effort from United to land the attacker, who first registered an interest in him in 2014, when he was 15.

    Odegaard was making a name for himself as a teenager for local side Stromsgodset but turned down England for Spain.

  • William Pugh

    PUTTING US HOFF

    E-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    According to Parry, the initial talks which led to the drafting of Project Big Picture were instigated by FA chairman Greg Clarke, who lambasted his EFL counterpart during yesterday’s meeting of the 20 top flight clubs.

    Parry’s email, said to have been sent to the EFL clubs, alleged Clarke signalled he was in favour of B teams and a regionalisation of the lower divisions, including non-league clubs.

    However, a number of EFL clubs insisted they had only received a ‘recall’ notice email and had never actually seen a copy of the original email.

    Hoffman’s email to the EFL, which follows his criticisms of Parry in the meeting, accuse the EFL chairman of seeking to ‘create divisions’ by acting as the frontman for the restructure plans which were officially binned by all 20 clubs.

  • William Pugh

    While there was huge anger at the Prem stance, the Championship clubs recognised they would be ‘hung out to dry’ if they rejected the money and jeopardised the very existence of the 48 teams in League One and Two.

    That brought the idea, quickly agreed, that the Board should make clear it will accept the cash on behalf of the whole EFL.

    At the same time, the clubs in Leagues One and Two were said to have agreed they could not merely take the money for themselves at the expense of the Championship, effectively aligning themselves with the 24 top tier teams.

    The plan, which is expected to be ratified this afternoon, will see the EFL confirm it will take the initial £20m for immediate relief but will then take control of the dispersal of the extra £30m which is being forwarded as an interest-free loan.

    That will enable EFL chairman Rick Parry and chief executive David Baldwin to decide where the remaining funds are sent, allowing Championship clubs who are genuinely struggling to take advantage.

    It is envisaged that the vast majority of the £30m will still go to the smaller clubs but allows for some leeway and opportunity of a Championship clubs finds itself significantly distressed.

  • William Pugh

    IN LEAGUE WITH

    EFL clubs are poised to accept the Premier League’s £50m bail out to keep League One and Two alive.

    But the cash will be taken ‘on behalf of the EFL’ and not just the two bottom tiers.

    And EFL chiefs will say they plan to set up an effective £30m hardship fund with the second tranche of Prem money which CAN be used by cash-strapped Championship sides.

    The row between the Prem, FA and EFL has intensified by the selective leaking of emails accusing the various slides of double-dealing. But it seems that the clubs in Leagues One and Two will at least be able to get their hands on the first £20m in survival money that will allow them to continue in business.

    SunSport revealed how Championship sides believed they had veto power over whether to take the money, after the Prem deliberately excluded the EFL top tier.

    But the clubs were informed at a meeting this morning that, as the money came from the Prem and was effectively ‘solidarity’ cash, it was a Board decision, not one which the Championship had to sign off…

  • William Pugh

    WHAT THE FAC

    Manchester United's new signing Facundo Pellistri said his former coach – ex-Red Devil Diego Forlan – has had a huge impact on him.

    He said: “Diego was very important in my career, he was my coach. He advised me a lot. We all know how Diego was as a player, but he’s a very good person too.

    “It’s unbelievable and fantastic to hear such comments from the players they were, and are. Cavani is going to be a team-mate of mine. So I’m very glad and happy to hear those comments.

    “Cavani is a top player and I think he will be a great player here also.

    “[I’m] very excited, because the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. To play in that league is fantastic,” he added.

    “When you are a kid, you don’t imagine [playing in the Champions League], but now it’s real. I’m very happy for this opportunity.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WAYNE'S WORLD

    Wayne Rooney is odds-on to be the next Derby manager to replace the under-fire Phillip Cocu.

    SunSport revealed Rooney is being lined up to take the reins at Pride Park.

    adbrokes have cut Rooney to just 5/6 to be the next Rams boss.

    It's believed Cocu could be sacked in a matter of days if Derby suffer their fourth defeat of the season to Watford on Friday.

    Rooney joined Derby in January this year as player-coach on an 18-month contract — with a further one-year option.

    But there's a strong chance Rooney could be promoted to manager within a year of joining the club.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IN THE RED

    Fan's view: Man Utd have spent over £1 billion on 36 players since Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill left the club in 2013.

    But how many have been a genuine success?

    As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reflects on another disappointing window, the issues at the club really do start with a poor recruitment strategy.

    Here’s five successes and failures since Ferguson’s departure…

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO ARM IN IT

    Roy Keane thinks Gareth Southgate should have consoled Harry Maguire after his disastrous red card in England's 1-0 defeat to Denmark.

    The Manchester United defender is badly out of form, and this continued onto the international stage in devastating style on Wednesday night.

    Speaking to ITV the straight-talking Irishman said: “I think sometimes he [Gareth] knows Harry has had a tough time on and off the pitch, a pat on the back would have helped him.

    “That would have settled him from Gareth.”

    Keane is now worried how Maguire will bounce back from this latest setback with his club side.

    The 49-year-old added: “The only down side is for Maguire, he's going back to a team not full of confidence.

    “I've been in situations before when I was in a situation with brilliant characters, I felt the dressing room was the best in the world. He's not going to get that, in that back four.

    “I wouldn't be anywhere near those lads – I don't see them as leaders.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Arsene Wenger revealed he deliberately snubbed Jose Mourinho from his autobiography because he 'wanted it to be a positive book'.

    The Frenchman, 70, released My Life in Red and White this week with plenty of brilliant untold stories and his version of events.

    But despite the pair's bitter rivalry, it was deemed Mour trouble than it was worth to even make a single mention of Jose.

    Instead Wenger focuses on his battles with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Asked why he omitted the Special One, the ex-Arsenal boss said: “I didn't want to make a book that sorts out some differences.

    “I wanted it to be a positive book. I had more acrimonious battles with Sir Alex than Jose Mourinho.”

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