5.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Red Devils team vs Tottenham ‘leaked’, Jadon Sancho transfer UPDATE, Marcus Rashford LATEST – The Sun

MAN UTD are just hours away from their Premier League restart at Tottenham Hotspur.

And perhaps fittingly for a clash with Jose Mourinho's side, Paul Pogba has become the centre of attention yet again.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Old Trafford below…

  • FELIX FINE

    Atletico Madrid rejected a £136million bid for Joao Felix from a mystery unnamed Premier League club before lockdown, according to reports.

    The reportedly serious bid would have seen the youngster move at the end of this season but the Spanish outfit immediately rejected the approach, claim Goal.

    Atletico paid £126m for his signature last summer using money made from Antoine Griezmann's departure for Barcelona.

    But he is yet to pay back Atletico's huge investment with just eight goals and three assists from 29 league games this campaign.

  • SANCHO GO?

    Man Utd have been handed a transfer boost with Borussia Dortmund “concerned” over the future of wonderkid Jadon Sancho.

    Sporting director Michael Zorc told German media: “It is clear that we are concerned. But I don't want to talk about that now.”

    Sancho is believed to be open to an Old Trafford switch as he plans a Premier League return.

    Chelsea have also been linked but are understood to be favouring a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.

  • NEW START

    Bayern Munich are reportedly willing to sell David Alaba this summer if he does not sign a new deal.

    Chelsea and Man United have previously been linked with the Austrian star but PSG are also keen.

    Alaba, a self-professed Arsenal fan, is out of contract in 2021 and yet to agree an extension despite lengthy ongoing talks with Bayern.

    His ability to play as a left-back, centre-back and midfielder makes him an incredible asset to any top European squad.

    And the Telegraph claims Bayern will demand a hefty fee from any interested parties.

    Chelsea and United might be able to afford Alaba but it is unlikely Arsenal will have enough cash for his services.

  • TAKE IT EASY

    International players’ union FIFPro has called for a proper summer off AND a winter break to protect players from injury after the post-Covid shutdown.

    FIFPro said: “The impact of COVID-19 means the match schedule will be even more intense over the next two years.

    “Based on medical advice, we advocated for an off-season break of five to six weeks. 

    “In this unique situation, at the very least, the minimum contractually-agreed holiday periods need to be respected – in most countries this is at least three weeks. 

    “This should be followed by a retraining period to avoid injuries.”

  • GAMES AND TELLY

    Here are United's upcoming fixtures and what channel they're being broadcast on.

  • JESSE'S READY

    Jesse Lingard wore a gloves and mask on United's flight down to London to face Tottenham tonight.

  • ONE TO FERGET

    Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes flopped together in a midfield three as Tottenham thrashed Manchester United 3-1 in a FIFA 20 simulation SunSport conducted ahead of tonight's Premier League clash.

    Man-of-the-match Harry Winks showed his United counterparts how to play centre-midfield properly as his side made light work of a disappointing Red Devils team.

    United head to North London tonight hoping for a better result than the one played out on the popular video game this afternoon.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men will move above Chelsea in fourth on goal-difference with a win while Jose Mourinho will be hoping to widen the gap to ninth place Arsenal to four points with victory.

    And if Tottenham are to leapfrog Wolves and Sheffield United into sixth, they will need Harry Kane fit and firing just as he was on the simulation.

  • WAN TRICK PONY?

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been slammed by Graeme Souness – with the Sky Sports pundit saying Manchester United deserve more than tackling from him for £50million.

    Writing for The Times, Souness claimed: “The stats say that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of the Premier League’s top tacklers.

    “But should he not be a bit more than that for £50million?

    “Should he not be the complete package as a right back at that price?

    “He’s good defensively and one-on-one, but it’s the other end of the game, which is so important for a full back now, that he’s not so good at.

    “Especially getting into the last third and delivering the right ball.”

  • MEN IN THE MIDDLE

    How do United's midfielders stack up against each other?

    Well, you'd be surprised at the most prolific of the midfielders… that's if you consider Daniel James as a midfielder.

    The pacey wide-man has certainly had to do more work than some of the more forward thinking wingers.

    Check out ours tats from Premier League games.

  • PLAN AHEAD

    Need to sort out this week's football schedule?

    Hopefully you'll find this handy graphic helpful.

  • MORE ON GREENWOOD

    McTominay continued:“You see Mason and know he's getting a little bit stronger and more like a man.

    “And, for us, in training, it's been good seeing him making that step to really maturing now.

    “He is taking the gym really seriously and everything he is doing really seriously and looks a different player, to be fair.

    “These are exciting times for him as well.”

  • ACE OF MASE

    Scott McTominay has hailed Mason Greenwood for leading from the front when it comes to showing an example to the younger players.

    The Scotland international said: “They have to be ready as well.

    “They're young boys but that doesn't mean you're not necessarily going to get an opportunity under this manager in Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer].

    “He has been top class with young players and you cannot fault him in terms of the way he has managed the younger players and boys like Mason.”

  • 'BEAUTIFUL STADIUM'

    United fans are going nuts for Richarlison after he said he loved Old Trafford.

    Everton’s Brazilian ace told Desipedidos: “When I arrived [at Old Trafford for the first time] the sun was shining right in the middle of the pitch.

    “I was impressed, because it’s a beautiful stadium.

    “You arrive there and feel an atmosphere that’s different.”

  • DREAM MIDFIELD

    Alex Bruce has hinted that Pogba and Bruno WILL start in midfield alongside Fred in tonight’s crunch Premier League clash at Spurs.

    Bruce Jr told Football Insider: “I’m very excited, I think just before lockdown Manchester United were slowly getting back to where we all expect Man United to be

    “Obviously they’ve got the added influence of Pogba and Bruno Fernandes who will be a really, really good partnership in the centre of the park, that’s for sure.

    “It’s going to be interesting to see who he plays, whether it’s going to be McTominay with them or Fred – I’m hearing that he’s going to go with Fred so we’ll have to wait and see how that midfield looks but when you look at them, they’re starting to look like a real strong outfit.”

  • YIPPEE KAI YAY

    United may also be interested, but Bayer Leverkusen may have to drop their valuation of Chelsea target Kai Havertz by as much as £20million, according to reports.

    If the Bundesliga side fail to reach the Champions League they will lose out on significant income next season and need to raise funds elsewhere.

    That may turn Blues fans into overnight Borussia Monchengladbach supporters as Die Fohlen battle with Leverkusen for the final qualification spot.

    The Telegraph detail how Havertz's £90m price tag is outside of Chelsea's own valuation of the 21-year-old, while he also appears too expensive for United, who have their hearts set on landing Jadon Sancho.

    And a failure to reach Europe's top club competition could push Bayer towards the West London side's £70m estimation.

  • 'LEX-TENSION IN PIPELINE

    Inter Milan are locked in talks with Manchester United to extend Alexis Sanchez's loan for another season, according to reports.

    The Manchester United forward has been with the Serie A giants since last summer and was due to return to Old Trafford next month.

    He is expected to sign a short-term extension and finish the corona-hit campaign under Antonio Conte before deciding on his next move.

    Sanchez, 31, has been told he has no future at Old Trafford with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to offload.

    And it appears the Serie A club could throw him another career lifeline, according to Sky Italia.

  • LET THE BUTTON BASHING BEGIN

    FIFA 21 will be released October 9 – and you can get your hands on a series of incredible bonuses if you pre-order.

    With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X coming out later this year, EA Sports have revealed FIFA 21 will be available on both current and next gen consoles.

    But if you buy it then decide to upgrade your console, there's a neat little perk for you.

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO ON THE NEW EDITION OF FIFA

  • HAS A RING TO IT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jurgen Klopp, Frank Lampard, Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho have all been rendered in a hilarious Lord of the Rings parody to celebrate the Premier League restart.

    The video was mocked up by Norwegian channel TV2 Sporten.

  • MAN WITH PRINCIPLES

    Jose Mourinho has congratulated Marcus Rashford for getting the government to perform a U-turn on school meal vouchers.

    The Spurs and former United boss said: “He did amazingly well,I congratulate him for that.

    “It’s a bit strange for me that one football player can make it happen.

    “And if it happen it’s because the government realise it’s the right thing to do.

    “So they shouldn’t wait for one player to come publicly and put some pressure for that to happen.

    “The 18-year-old kid I met a few years ago to be now a man with principles and fight for kids very similar to him when he was a young kid.”

  • GREEN BEHIND THE EARS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with Mason Greenwood’s improvement during lockdown.

    The United boss said: “He's still 18 and this lockdown period has done him all the good in the world because, at his age, they do develop and fill out and Mason's looking more and more like a man, so definitely it will help him.

    “Sometimes early on you could see he was a kid.

    “Now in training he can use his strength better and he has done really well over the three or four weeks we have been training now.

    “And his quality in front of goal has always been there and now he has muscle to push defenders away.

    “I am not sure it was deliberate but the fitness coaches have worked really well with him.”

  • JOSE: IT'S NOT ALL-RIGHT

    Jose Mourinho has branded Dele Alli’s one-match suspension as “unfair”.

    The Tottenham midfielder will miss tonight’s Premier League clash with Manchester United after he was punished for posting an offensive video on social media site Snapchat.

    He said: “I don’t think he deserves a one-match ban.

    “Lots of people made mistakes during this lockdown period. I am one of the examples.

    “In my case I believe it was a very, very, very small mistake that was not reported in the right way.

    “But lots of people in football, and even outside football, made lots of mistakes. I don’t like these kinds of contradictions.”

  • CLOSE TO MY HEART

    Jadon Sancho has heaped praise on England team-mate Marcus Rashford following his successful campaign for free school meals.

    Rashford's persistence led to a dramatic government U-turn to provide £15 a week meal vouchers for poor kids in the UK during the summer holidays.

    The Manchester United striker, 22, has been widely praised with some even calling for him to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

    The Borussia Dortmund wonderkid replied: “I stand by you all the way!

    “Growing up in London a lot of the kids their parents struggled financially so having free school meals was a saviour!

    “This one is close to my heart.”

  • PAULED OVER

    Paul Pogba’s Rolls-Royce has been seized by cops after he was pulled over for driving with a French number plate.

    Officers clocked the Manchester United ace driving his Wraith Black Badge on the M56 and stopped him when he exited near Manchester Airport.

    Greater Manchester Police took the special edition motor and Pogba, 27, was loaded into the back of the patrol car on the A4538 near Hale, Cheshire.

    Foreign cars that have been in Britain for more than six months in a year must be registered with the DVLA and fitted with UK plates.

    But if the owner is a UK resident they must register their car within two weeks of importing it.

    Pictures show the star’s car pulled over on the road near his mansion at 1pm on Thursday.

    READ MORE ON THIS STORY HERE

  • GIVE IT YOUR PAUL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is urging Paul Pogba to show the same leadership for Manchester United as he does with France.

    Midfielder Pogba was an inspirational figure when Les Bleus lifted the 2018 World Cup — but has failed to recreate that form in a Red Devils shirt.

    Ahead of tonight’s trip to Tottenham, boss Solskjaer said: “He is a World Cup winner and we want to have that leadership as well.

    “He is one of the world’s best so hopefully we can get that as soon as possible.

    “Of course Paul has had a difficult season with injuries.

    “But I can see his mentality and focus now he is fit and training. He is ready to prove he has always had quality.”

  • SPIT THE DUMMY

    Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has hit out at Jamie Carragher following his spitting shame.

    The Frenchman launched the attack on the Sky Sports pundit on Twitter following Carragher's criticism of David Luiz.

    Luiz endured a disastrous 28-minute cameo on Wednesday night when he was at fault for Man City's opener.

    He was then shown a straight red card after conceding a penalty in City's 3-0 win over Arsenal.

    After the game, Carragher suggested that fans are unlikely to see Luiz perform in the Premier League ever again.

    And seemingly unprovoked, it sparked a reaction from Silvestre who wrote: “We all thought the same after he spat at football fans but he is back… spitting at football players.”

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