4.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Ole on Upamecano, Edinson Cavani set to start, transfer battle with Liverpool – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing to face RB Leipzig in the Champions League tonight.

And the match will give boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to see transfer target Dayot Upamecano up close.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

  • Jack Figg

    MIKE FRIGHT

    Mike Dean has been named the referee for Manchester United's crunch clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

    But the appointment did not go down well… with BOTH sets of supporters left 'upset' and 'equally worried'.

    He has reffed more matches (513, second is 415), shown more red cards (105, second is 67) and awarded more penalties (173, second is 96) than any other official in Premier League history.

    Arsenal fans were also quick to point out his and United's penalty records.

    One said: “Mike Dean ref for the Arsenal United game? Yeah, congrats on the two penalties and the win.”

    Another wrote: “Mike Dean has given Man United more penalties than any other team. Manchester United get penalties every other game.”

  • Jack Figg

    FANDEMONIUM

    Man Utd are plotting to bring back 23,500 fans to Old Trafford after two months of talks with the Government.

    Premier League supporters are yet to return to the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Other top clubs in Europe including Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have hosted fans this season.

    And United hope to be the first English top-flight side to have supporters back.

    Old Trafford boasts a mammoth 76,000 capacity.

    And the Red Devils reckon they can safely fit 23,500 socially distanced fans in the mammoth arena.

  • Jack Figg

    CAN'T HAK IT

    Man Utd are eyeing up a free transfer for AC Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports.

    The Italian giants have been locked in talks with the Turkish international, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

    They have so far failed to find an agreement, however, with the player understood to be 'frustrated' by Milan's £54,000-a-week offer.

    And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Man United are willing to offer the playmaker a five-year contract to come to Old Trafford.

    The proposal would also represent a nice pay boost for the ex-Bayer Leverkusen ace.

    Gazzetta also claim, however, that Calhanoglu would prefer to stay in Italy.

  • Jack Figg

    BAK TO IT

    The January transfer window is only two months away and Schalke’s Ozan Kabak is reportedly a target for Manchester United.

    Inter and AC Milan are also said to be tracking the 20-year-old.

    CalcioMercato report on the former Galatasaray ace being rated at around £30million, with Liverpool also linked previously.

  • Jack Figg

    OWN GAL

    Ethan Galbraith has signed a new long-term contract with Man Utd.

    Galbraith has come through their academy system and was one of eight graduates to make their first-team debut last season.

    The deal will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2023, with the option to extend for a further year.

  • Jack Figg

    HE’S FER REAL

    Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand was excited by striker Edinson Cavani’s debut for Manchester United.

    The Uruguayan forward came off the bench and went close to a winner against Chelsea, in a cameo that the ex-defender believed to be promising.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand proclaimed: “The introduction of Cavani has only got to be a plus point.

    “Just seeing the two chances, the sniffer-poacher goals opportunities that he sniffed out, bodes well for the future.”

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    Feliz por el debut. A seguir trabajando, lo mejor está por venir 💪💪💪💪 Happy for the debut. Let's keep working hard, the best is still to come 💪💪💪💪 🔴 #MUFC @manchesterunited

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  • Jack Figg

    PAUL-ING HIS LEG

    Jesse Lingard showed off his hilarious Paul Pogba impersonation.

    The England midfielder walks around and gestures like team-mate Pogba.

    Frenchman Pogba then asks, 'Is that me? Yeah.' Before letting out a laugh.

  • Jack Figg

    RACING AWAY

    Sergio Romero has been offered a return to former side Racing Club.

    The Argentine was furious to be left out of Manchester United's 25-man Premier League and Champions League squads this season, after being denied a Deadline Day loan move to Everton.

    Romero, 33, is desperate to leave Old Trafford, after being overlooked in favour of David de Gea, Dean Henderson and Lee Grant.

    The MEN claim that the 96-cap stopper has held showdown talks with United chiefs.

    And SunSport revealed that Romero wants his United contract terminated a year early, so that he can find a new club.

  • Jack Figg

    OLE'S DILEMMA

    Man Utd host RB Leipzig in their second Champions League game of the season on Wednesday night.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a real selection dilemma on his hands for the game.

    In last week's tournament opener, the Man Utd boss – fearful of Paris Saint-Germain's front-three – sent out a back-five.

    Axel Tuanzebe thrived on the right-side of the central trio, keeping superstar Kylian Mbappe uncharacteristically quiet.

    Despite his stunning performance, he was left out of the team for the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, with Solskjaer reverting to his preferred 4-2-3-1.

    Despite Leipzig posing a tough test, Solskjaer will be more confident – and, playing at home, too – is more likely to send out an attacking team.

  • Jack Figg

    SOL SEARCHER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised midfielder Fred – who is keeping Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba out of the side.

    “He's a very valuable player of the squad.

    “A great boy to have in and around the team, and very positive and his performances on the pitch have been very positive when he’s been on.

    “He's getting better and better and more used to the Premier League but his fitness and sharpness is very important for us in midfield alongside Scott.

    “They've had some fantastic games.”

  • Jack Figg

    CHANGE OF ART

    Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand claims Mikel Arteta must change Arsenal's “mentality” after “reality hit home” with defeat against Leicester.

    And Ferdinand feels the Gunners have fallen apart since £40million midfielder Thomas Partey completed their transfer deadline dealings.

    Former West Ham star Ferdy told his FIVE YouTube channel: “They’ve been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now.

    “They’ve been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now.

    “They’ve got to respond. I’ve said it about Everton and I’m going to say the same thing about Arsenal. It’s how you respond to these situations.

    “Too many times in the past Arsenal have not responded in these situations and have gone on runs losing games and they drift away.

    “They can’t have that happen this season.”

  • Jack Figg

    'FALSE AND DEFAMATORY'

    Brandon Williams has threatened legal action after 'defamatory' allegations about him were circulated on Twitter.

    The defender, 20, has featured twice this season for the Red Devils in EFL Cup wins against Luton and Brighton.

    A statement from Williams' representatives, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, reads: “Brandon Williams is aware of rumours circulating on Twitter.

    “Brandon vehemently denies any wrongdoing whatsoever.

    “The allegations posted on Twitter are false and defamatory. We have urgently raised these matters with Twitter.

    “Brandon has instructed his legal team to take the action that they think necessary.

    “We will not hesitate to bring proceedings against those who choose to repeat the false and defamatory allegations.”

  • Jack Figg

    GO FIGURE

    The figures for the first two rounds of the Premier League's pay-per-view matches have been revealed with an average of 39,000 viewers paying £14.95.

    There have so far been ten games shown on PPV since it started on October 17, though none of the fixtures have attracted an audience of more than 100,000.

    According to the Daily Mail, the average number of purchases has been 39,000.

    That is still higher than the average attendance for the last Covid-19-free Premier League season which was 38,168 in the 2018-19 term.

    But the vast majority of fans have balked at the £14.95 price to watch games, with just two fixtures gaining between 70,000-90,000 viewers.

    And three of the matches have attracted less than 10,000 viewers – leaving clubs to consider lowering the price.

  • Jack Figg

    UP AND AWAY

    Man Utd will reportedly look to activate the release clause of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano next summer.

    The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford during the latest transfer window, but he instead signed a new deal with the Bundesliga side.

    SunSport reported earlier this month how the Red Devils were still keen on luring the centre-back away from Germany.

    And now the Times claim United will look to bring Upamecano to England at the end of the season.

    It's reported that he has a release clause of around £38million that will become active next summer.

    While £38m appears relatively cheap for a top centre-back, United could have signed the France international for just £700,000 from Valenciennes in 2015, but refused to offer more than £500k.

  • Jack Figg

    LEIP OF FAITH

    RB Leipzig have got one over on Manchester United by booking up The Lowry ahead of Wednesday's game.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed the importance of his team staying at the Salford hotel before home games.

    But the Red Devils have been dealt a huge blow ahead of this week's Champions League fixture.

    RB Leipzig's squad were pictured arriving to the hotel in Salford on Tuesday afternoon.

    As the Bundesliga side have set up camp there, Solskjaer's men have had to go elsewhere.

  • Jack Figg

    MAN DOWN

    Dortmun boss Lucien Favre believes Jadon Sancho’s links with Manchester United may have contributed to his “slow” start this season.

    The England winger, 20, was strongly tipped to join the Red Devils in a British record £108million move.

    And boss Favre believes United’s public interest has played some role in Sancho’s unspectacular start to the season.

    Favre said: “Every player has slow periods.

    “There was a lot of talk about Jadon in the summer, something like that can also have an influence.

    “But no player is consistently in top form for a year, that’s impossible. You have to accept that.”

  • Jack Figg

    GUNNER HELP

    Mesut Ozil has pledged to help end child poverty after donating 1,400 meals a DAY to 11 North London schools.

    The selfless Gunners star, 32, began supporting local food shelters at the beginning of lockdown in March.

    With the coronavirus pandemic leaving at-need families stranded, Ozil was quick to react to help his community.

    But now – seemingly inspired by Marcus Rashford's heroic works for charity – Ozil has begun helping schools as well.

    Selected children in the country are entitled to a free meal per day – but not during the school holidays.

    Manchester United star Rashford has been lobbying the Government for months demanding that changes.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Donny van de Beek will be a big player for Red Devils this season.

    Having spent £40million on the 22-year-old Ajax star and lauded his midfield versatility, fans and pundits have been scratching their heads as to why Solskjaer has used him so sparingly.

    But the Norwegian said: “The pressure is on getting results and picking a team that we think is going to win the next game and even planning the next two, three, four games because we need to win more than one game.

    “But it’s a nice challenge and a nice problem to have. I’d rather have that one than having to play players that are not ready and not really ready for the Premier League.

    “When players come into a new league, a new team, it's always going to take time to adapt.

    “When Donny has played, he's played really well. I think it says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don't have to use him every single game because we have other players as well.

    “I also think it says everything about our ambitions, we want to push on, we want to challenge for trophies this season. Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.”

    Meanwhile, United are plotting to bring back 23,500 fans to Old Trafford after two months of talks with the Government.

    Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche told Sky Sports: “We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to develop the right processes and measures.

    “That’s to make sure we can have around 23,500 people in the stadium safely at social distancing.

    “I guess sometimes it’s quite amusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as in an aeroplane, restaurant or even in a cinema.

    “But we know we’ve got the plans and the processes ready to deliver match day here safely.”

    And lastly on the transfer front. United and Liverpool are reportedly in a race to sign Icelandic whizkid Isak Bergmann Johannesson.

    The right winger, 17, has won rave reviews this season with Swedish top-flight club IFK Norrkoping.

    He is the son of Joey Gudjonsson – the ex-Aston Villa, Wolves, Leicester, Burnley and Huddersfield midfielder – and was born in Sutton Coldfield.

    Liverpool scout Mads Jorgensen checked on the teenager in Norrkoping's 2-2 draw with AIK on Monday, according to Expressen.

    And United, Juventus and other top European clubs are said to have previously been on Johannesson's trail.

  • Joe Brophy

    FANDEMONIUM

    Manchester United are plotting to bring back 23,500 fans to Old Trafford after two months of talks with the Government.

    Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche told Sky Sports: “We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to develop the right processes and measures.

    “That’s to make sure we can have around 23,500 people in the stadium safely at social distancing.

    “I guess sometimes it’s quite amusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as in an aeroplane, restaurant or even in a cinema.

    “But we know we’ve got the plans and the processes ready to deliver match day here safely.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DON BOOST

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Donny van de Beek will be a big player for Manchester United this season.

    Having spent £40million on the 22-year-old Ajax star and lauded his midfield versatility, fans and pundits have been scratching their heads as to why Solskjaer has used him so sparingly.

    But the Norwegian said: “The pressure is on getting results and picking a team that we think is going to win the next game and even planning the next two, three, four games because we need to win more than one game.

    “But it’s a nice challenge and a nice problem to have. I’d rather have that one than having to play players that are not ready and not really ready for the Premier League.

    “When players come into a new league, a new team, it's always going to take time to adapt.

    “When Donny has played, he's played really well. I think it says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don't have to use him every single game because we have other players as well.

    “I also think it says everything about our ambitions, we want to push on, we want to challenge for trophies this season. Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FLEXIBLE APPROACH

    Scott McTominay has stressed the important of United's midfielders being flexible this season.

    He said: “When we play different rotations in midfield I feel like we’re all capable of playing with each other. There’s not just one stereotype of who plays with who.

    “The manager is dead right that sometimes certain players need a break and we’re all happy to play with each other. We’re all adaptable in how we play. “

    McTominay added: ““Our pre-season was very minimal, that’s just how it panned out with the virus.

    “So games are a good chance to get fit, now we’re starting to see proper fitness levels and everyone is now focussed on getting in the team and staying there.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SPOT OF BOTHER

    Manchester United were awarded a whopping 22 penalties during the 2019/20 season…

  • Joe Brophy

    SAK RACE

    Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly in a race to sign Icelandic whizkid Isak Bergmann Johannesson.

    The right winger, 17, has won rave reviews this season with Swedish top-flight club IFK Norrkoping.

    He is the son of Joey Gudjonsson – the ex-Aston Villa, Wolves, Leicester, Burnley and Huddersfield midfielder – and was born in Sutton Coldfield.

    Liverpool scout Mads Jorgensen checked on the teenager in Norrkoping's 2-2 draw with AIK on Monday, according to Expressen.

    And United, Juventus and other top European clubs are said to have previously been on Johannesson's trail.

  • Joe Brophy

    MIKE FRIGHT

    Mike Dean has been named the referee for Manchester United's crunch clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

    But the appointment did not go down well… with BOTH sets of supporters left 'upset' and 'equally worried'.

    He has reffed more matches (513, second is 415), shown more red cards (105, second is 67) and awarded more penalties (173, second is 96) than any other official in Premier League history.

    Arsenal fans were also quick to point out his and United's penalty records.

    One said: “Mike Dean ref for the Arsenal United game? Yeah, congrats on the two penalties and the win.”

    Another wrote: “Mike Dean has given Man United more penalties than any other team. Manchester United get penalties every other game.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BAK TO IT

    The January transfer window is only two months away and Schalke’s Ozan Kabak is reportedly a target for Manchester United.

    Inter and AC Milan are also said to be tracking the 20-year-old.

    CalcioMercato report on the former Galatasaray ace being rated at around £30million, with Liverpool also linked previously.

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