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MANCHESTER UNITED returned to training after a Covid outbreak and are targeting a return to action on December 27 against Newcastle.

Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho, Phil Jones, Tom Heaton and Dean Henderson were unaccounted for though at Carrington.

And reports suggest that boss Ralf Rangnick will be given £75m in January to improve his squad.

Sources at Old Trafford say the return to training will be staggered ahead of Monday's match in the North East.

And Rangnick is said to have spoken to Erling Haaland's dad as United look to snap up the Dortmund star.

The Red Devils are also keen on completing the transfer of Boubacar Kamara in the January transfer window, according to reports.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    United eye Milinkovic-Savic bid

    Man United are reportedly plotting to land Sergej Milinkovic-Savic next summer.

    Il Messagero claims the midfielder wants to leave Lazio at the end of the season.

    And United see him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who has six months left on his contract.

    But the Red Devils face a battle to get Milinkovic-Savic, with Real Madrid and Juventus also keen.

  • Anthony Chapman

    More from Winterburn on Pogba

    “If Pogba likes the style of football that Ralf Rangnick is bringing into Manchester United, then I’m sure he’ll get his head down and work hard for the team.

    “But if not, then he’ll look to move. 

    “As Pogba is a quality player, I have no doubt that he won’t be short on offers from other clubs fighting for his signature.” 

  • Anthony Chapman

    Winterburn on Pogba plans

    Nigel Winterburn believes Paul Pogba holds all the power at Man United.

    He told Paddy Power: “Paul Pogba coming back into the team at Manchester United is completely down to him. 

    “He either needs to buy into what the new manager is trying to do, or he needs to look for a move away from the club. 

    “Paul Pogba is a quality player and is someone who wants to be involved weekly, and if he’s not doing that, he won’t be happy.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Duo battle for Januzaj

    West Ham and Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing former Manchester United ace Adnan Januzaj.

    The 26-year-old’s contract at Real Sociedad expires in the summer of 2022.

    According to Todofichajes, Januzaj has rejected Sociedad’s latest offer to stay at the club.

    And he is open to a Premier League return with West Ham.

    But Barca are also set to make an offer to keep Januzaj in Spain.

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    Prem return for Sotona

    Chelsea are preparing a move for ex-Man United starlet Deji Sotona.

    The teenage forward is currently playing at French side OGC Nice.

    And the Telegraph claims Chelsea have reignited their interest after failed to sign him last summer.

    Sotona made waves at United after becoming the fastest player at the club with a top speed of 22.9mph.

    He is now ready to return to England this winter and Chelsea are hopeful of sealing a deal shortly.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Parker on Rashford social work

    Former Manchester United man Paul Parker has called for Marcus Rashford to ‘wake up’ and stop thinking that he’s a politician.

    Parker played for United over 100 times between 1991 and 1996, but has been critical of Rashford when analysing United’s tactical set-up.

    Parker told bettingexpert.com: “Manchester United are playing a system, which is very narrow, for which they haven’t really got the personnel to play.

    “Too many wide players are being asked to tuck in and start inside and then go outside.

    “Look at the likes of [Jadon] Sancho, [Mason] Greenwood, and Rashford.

    “If he [Rashford] can wake up and remember he’s a footballer rather than thinking he’s a politician, then it might work.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Utd January budget now set

    Manchester United will reportedly have £75million to spend in January as Ralf Rangick targets a squad overhaul.

    And according to the Express, the 63-year-old will have £75m to splash out on in January.

    A central midfielder is said to be a priority, with Boubacar Kamara and Amadou Haidara both strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Alvarez not ruling out transfer

    It was reported earlier that Manchester United are interested in a move for River Plate striker Julian Alvarez.

    The 21-year-old Argentine is firmly focused on securing a World Cup spot with his country.

    And the striker has not ruled out a January move.

    Both Milan clubs, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid all rumoured to been keen on the youngster.

    As reported by Calciomercato, Alvarez said: “Frankly, I don’t know what will happen, now I just think about celebrating.

    “In January we will see. We all know how much the World Cup means to a player. When I make my decision, I will choose what is best for me.”

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Newcastle in Jones January enquiry

    Manchester United defender Phil Jones is a wanted man, after reports linking him to Benfica surfaced earlier.

    And now 90min report that Newcastle have enquired after Jones’ services.

    Eddie Howe is desperate for reinforcements in a bid to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.

    A loan deal is the most likely option, with the 29-year-old not playing competitive football until January 2020.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Keane tips rivals for title

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane has backed cross-city rivals City to win the league yet again this campaign.

    Speaking on Micah Richards & Roy Keane Driving Home for Christmas, Keane said: “We did a game last year. I didn’t write off City, but I said they lost their mojo. Then they won the league like a doddle.

    “I know they put in the hard work, but they won it from United being second. I’d never bet against City, I’ve learned my lesson from last year.

    “It doesn’t mean Liverpool and Chelsea can’t pip them to the title, but Pep’s the man.

    “I look at all the managers and he’s the best.

    “You look at Pep’s CV and people say ‘he’s got the best players’, but you still have to manage them, find a style of play. If you were going to pick a team to watch, it’d be Man City.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Utd ‘make contact’ with Haaland

    Manchester United have ‘made contact’ with Erling Haalan over a possible deal, reports suggest.

    According to FourFourTwo, Ralf Rangnick is making it his personal mission to sign Haaland once again, having done so already for RB Salzburg.

    Rangick is also said to be good friends with Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge.

    It’s understood that the Borussia Dortmund sensation has a £68million release clause inserted in his contract.

    And Rangnick is set to personally try and convince the Norwegian to move to Old Trafford.

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    QPR kids ‘amazed’ by Park

    QPR coach Chris Ramsay went on to say that the academy players have been left star-struck by Park – who won 19 trophies as a player.

    His glittering career included winning FOUR Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League, with Manchester United.

    Ramsay gushed: “The lads are amazed.

    “We have to make sure we get them to do their training rather than just stand there looking at Ji! 

    “He has won everything you can win so he’s been able to speak to the lads about things most people wouldn’t know about because of his experiences.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Former Utd star impressing QPR

    It was reported in recent days that former Manchester United hero Park Ji-Seung has taken up a coaching role with QPR U16s.

    The former player is spending time with the West Londoners as part of his B coaching license, learning under Chris Ramsay.

    And Ramsay has been full of praise for Park, telling QPR’s official website today: “Ji has been really diligent and has actually attended more coaching sessions than he was supposed to.

    “He has been really enthusiastic in his coaching.

    “Ji asks questions and is so humble that you would never know the stature of the man. His work ethic has been outstanding.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Utd confirm Sharp has joined

    Manchester United have confirmed that Ewan Sharp has joined the club as an assistant coach and analyst.

    He leaves his role at Lokomotiv Moscow, where he had previously been working with Ralf Rangnick.

    Sharp has previously worked at New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, and also spent time as director of performance analysis at Northwestern University in the United States.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI – Utd to hire coach

    Ralf Rangnick is set to appoint another staff member as his Old Trafford backroom shake-up continues.

    Both Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna have left the club since Rangnick joined.

    And now the 63-year-old is reportedly set to be joined by his former analyst Ewan Sharp, according to Sky Sports.

    Sharp is set to leave Lokomotiv Moscow to become an analyst and an assistant coach to Rangnick.

    His previous experience includes being a coach at Toronto FC.

    Chris Armas has already been added to United’s squad, with Sharp now set to follow.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Liverpool join Utd in chase

    Manchester United are set to battle old rivals Liverpool for the signature of Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland.

    The striker is understood to be available for as little as £64million if a potential buyer can match that trigger.

    And Sky Sports report that Liverpool have entered the fray as they search for a genuine No.9 to lead the line.

    Both Premier League giants will also face competition from Spain’s heavyweights in a likely bidding war.

    Real Madrid are known to have been in contact with Dortmund over a possible move.

    And Barcelona are hopeful their close ties with the player’s agent Mino Raiola can tempt the player in their direction.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Dalot ‘blocked’ from leaving Utd

    Ralf Rangnick has reportedly ‘blocked’ Diogo Dalot from leaving Manchester United in January.

    Former United boss Jose Mourinho was said to be keen on bring Dalot to Roma on loan.

    But Italian outlet Calciomercato claim Rangnick has rejected the offer, and wants the Portuguese full-back to stay at Old Trafford.

    Dalot has impressed under Rangnick, starting in both Premier League games since the German arrived at the club.

    The 22-year-old had been largely frozen out under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But now Rangnick seems to prefer him to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and sees him as part of his plans.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Utd target staying at Barca

    Ousmane Dembele has chosen to turn down transfer interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in order to stay at Barcelona.

    The Frenchman is out-of-contract at the end of the season and had been linked with a move away, specifically to Old Trafford.

    Barca though were always keen for Dembele to sign a new deal.

    And now it seems that they have got their wish, with the wide-man looking like he is close to agreeing terms to stay.

    As cited by Barca Universal, Xavi said: “I feel positive with him again.

    “Ousmane says that he wants to continue, that he is happy here.

    “It is a matter of agreeing with his representative. He knows about the importance he will have if he stays.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ‘Negotiations progressing’ for Martial move

    Reports suggest that ‘negotiations are progressing’ for Anthony Martial to leave Manchester United.

    It was reported earlier that there are three sides interested in a loan move for the forward.

    One of those is Sevilla, who have ‘positioned’ themselves for a deal, according to RMC Sport.

    And when asked about the links to Martial, Sevilla sporting director Monchi was quoted by Estadio Deportivo saying: “We will do what we can, I speak with Julen Lopetegui every day and he knows what we are working on.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Cavani to Barcelona ‘great deal’

    Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks.

    And ex-Utd frontman Dimitar Berbatov has urged Cavani to seal a switch to Barca should the opportunity arise.

    Berbatov told Betfair: “Despite a good season last time out, Cavani hasn’t played enough.

    “When someone like Ronaldo comes into the club, he takes all the spotlight, he plays every game and in the world of football this happens.

    “If there’s a chance for Cavani to leave the club, if there is an offer from Barcelona, then of course he will be thinking about taking it to get more football,

    “And if he will get more game time in La Liga then I will support him and say ‘go there and play, it sounds like a great deal, great money and you’re not 24 anymore.’”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Three sides in for Martial

    Anthony Martial looks destined to leave Manchester United in January after his agent publicly revealed that the Frenchman wanted out.

    And reports suggest there are three clubs in the race for the 26-year-old forward.

    Barcelona, Juventus and Sevilla are all said to be keen on a move for the Frenchman, according to Sky Sports.

    All three clubs are targeting an initial loan deal, with the option for a permanent move later down the line.

    Martial is understood to be most interested by the prospect of joining Sevilla, as that is where he would be likely to get the most game time out of the three interested parties.

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    Williams not bothered by Ronaldo

    Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams has revealed that he is not concerned about not being at Old Trafford this season.

    Cristiano Ronaldo emotionally returned to the club, but instead of being part of it, Williams was sent out on loan to Norwich.

    However, Williams has told YouTube broadcaster Jamal Niaz: “I get asked this question a lot, about missing out on being there this season.

    “But this is my career, I know what I have to do and what is the right thing for me.

    “I am not looking at what is going on at United this season. I am not interested in being there this season because I have a job to do with Norwich. That is my job.

    “I will go back in the summer and of course if I was a team-mate of his it would be fantastic.”

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    Jones January target for Benfica

    Portuguese side Benfica are keen to give Phil Jones a chance to resurrect his career, reports suggest.

    The 29-year-old hasn’t played for United since an FA Cup tie in January 2020.

    And now Benfica are looking to snap up Jones on a six-month loan deal, according to the Daily Mail.

    United would prefer a permanent deal, but given Jones has been out of action for nearly two years a loan move seems more realistic.

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    Rangnick warned on Utd future

    Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves believes Ralf Rangnick’s consultancy position at Manchester United could be in danger if the club don’t finish in the top four.

    Rangnick signed a deal to be interim boss until the end of the season, before staying on in a consultancy role for a further two years.

    But Groves told talkSPORT: “Manchester United should be nailed on for the [top four].

    “If Ralf Rangnick doesn’t get Manchester United fourth, he shouldn’t be anywhere near Manchester United.

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