7am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sergio Ramos shock target, Raphael Varane switch eyed, Roberto Mancini boss LATEST – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED welcome West Brom this weekend as they return to Premier League action.

On the transfer front, the Red Devils are reportedly weighing up a shock move for Sergio Ramos while we've the very latest on the link with Raphael Varane.

Follow ALL the latest Man Utd transfer news below…

  • Josh Graham

    WAY TO GO

    Wayne Rooney has confirmed he wants to become Derby’s next boss.

    The England and Manchester United legend, 35, claims he would lack ambition if he did not want to take over the rock-bottom Championship club.

    We revealed on October 15 that Rooney was in line to replace Phillip Cocu, who was axed on Saturday.

    Rooney, one of four interim Rams bosses, said: “I wouldn’t be an ambitious person if I didn’t want the job.

    “My ambition is to go into management, especially when you see the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker all getting good jobs and doing really well.”

  • Josh Graham

    WAYNE'S WORLD

    Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney remained impressively poker-faced as he outlined his first priority as co-caretaker manager of Derby.

    “While I’m in this position I’ll be giving myself a new three-year-deal,” revealed the tracksuit-clad player-boss, before breaking into that familiar Rooney grin.

    Yet even if he was serious about slipping on a set of golden-handcuffs tying him down to Derby for the foreseeable future, the 35-year-old made it clear . . . he would have to run it by his own Rams’ management committee first!

    Right now, Rooney only forms 25 per cent of Derby’s interim management team — the remaining 75 per cent consists of first-team coach Liam Rosenior, goalkeeper coach Shay Given and first-team development coach Justin Walker.

  • Josh Graham

    DAN THE MAN

    Daniel James has vowed to fight for his Manchester United place after less than three hours of league action this season.

    The winger produced a top display for Wales in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Finland, recording a superb goal and an assist.

    But despite falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford and being linked to a move to Leeds, James will not give up on his United dream.

    The 23-year-old said: “Man United is my club and I love it there — whether I’m playing or not.

    “There were times I played a lot last season and I may not have played as much this time.

    “But I’m sticking in there and I’ll always be in and around it. I’ll never think differently to that.”

  • Josh Graham

    ZLANTA CLAUS

    Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already in the Christmas spirit after gifting his AC Milan team-mates a Playstation 5.

    Three members of the Rossoneri squad took to their Instagram story to thank the 39-year-old after getting their hands on the in-demand console.

    The PS5 only hit the shelves today, with customers desperately trying to purchase the Sony console.

    And the likes of Mateo Musacchio, Samu Castillejo and Rafael Leao were all grateful that they didn't have to endure the stress of trying to secure the PS5.

    Spanish winger Castillejo thanked the Swedish maverick on social media, as he took a picture of the console on top of his Lamborghini supercar.

  • Josh Graham

    DIM VIEW

    Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has had his say on who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should play up front.

    The Bulgarian is in favour of a front three with Edinson Cavani through the middle and Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford out wide.

    Berbatov told Betfair: “I want the big Uruguayan to score more for United, after getting his first against Everton a couple of weeks ago, but to do that he needs to play more minutes.

    “I want to see Cavani play down the middle, with Anthony Martial on the left and Marcus Rashford to the right. When he has come on, Cavani has looked sharp so far for United and made some excellent runs.

    “At 33, he’s in great shape and, with young guys around him, he could be lethal for United.

    “Saturday’s home match against struggling West Brom would be a perfect opportunity for Solskjaer to play Cavani in the centre of the United attack.”

  • Josh Graham

    ERLI WRITE-OFF

    Manchester United's hopes of landing prolific Norwegian striker Erling Haaland have been dealt a huge blow.

    The Borussia Dortmund forward's father has reiterated his 20-year-old son has no intention to leave BVB.

    United missed out on signing Haaland from RB Salzburg and he moved to Dortmund for £17million instead in January 2020.

    Haaland's dad Alf-Inge, a former Leeds and Manchester City player himself, told Sport 1: “When you play well, it’s only logical that big clubs knock on the door. But we’re talking about speculation here.

    “At the moment it is not in Erling’s or in my head that another club will be vying for him.”

  • Josh Graham

    HARRY UP

    Manchester United's training group were without Edinson Cavani and skipper Harry Maguire on Thursday.

    The Manchester Evening News reports the pair were absent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad gathered at Carrington after the international break.

    Maguire suffered a bruised foot in England's 4-0 win over Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday and is believed to be a doubt for West Brom on Saturday.

    Uruguayan Cavani was sent-off for a late studs-up challenge on Everton's Richarlison in Brazil's 2-0 win on Tuesday night.

  • Josh Graham

    DON'T BE RASH

    Marcus Rashford is asking parents to send him snaps of their kids reading before bed and he will share them on his Instagram story.

    The Manchester United striker is launching his own book club after he exclusively revealed in The Sun he had only seen bedtime stories in films because his mum was too busy working.

  • Josh Graham

    POR BLIMEY

    The Portuguese speakers are back in town at Manchester United.

    Portugal's midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes and Brazil's Alex Telles are back at Carrington after the international break.

    Telles appears to have recovered after another coronavirus scare.

    United host West Brom on Saturday night.

  • Josh Graham

    NOT KHED-DING

    Manchester United have reportedly been given a boost after summer transfer target Sami Khedira revealed he’s dreaming of a Premier League transfer.

    The Red Devils were strongly linked with a swoop for the Juventus midfielder in September after he entered the final year of his contract.

    New Turin boss Andrea Pirlo opted against releasing Khedira early on a free transfer. But the 33-year-old hasn’t made a single appearance under the new regime.

    And Khedira is now looking for a way out of Juventus for one last shot with a top club.

    Khedira told Sky Germany: “When I was a child it was always a big dream of mine to be a Premier League player.

    “I am really happy and satisfied with my career until now but one thing is still missing because I always had this dream and it has never come true… to be a part of the Premier League.

    “I have watched so many Premier League games since I was young and even now I am following the Premier League a lot.”

  • Josh Graham

    HEFTY BIL

    West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is fully aware of the size of the task on his hands ahead of their game against Manchester United.

    The Baggies travel to Old Trafford on Saturday for an 8pm kick-off.

    He said: “Still they are Man United. They didn’t start the season the way they wanted to, especially at home, but even at home they still had some really top performances like against Leipzig.

    “They are Man United. They are a great squad with some great individuals, they are looking to make their first win at home.”

  • Josh Graham

    JE-ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY

    Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng lavished praise on Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford's 'exemplary' off-field work.

    The England striker has campaigned for an end to child poverty along with an extension to free school meals and exclusively revealed to The Sun his new book club aimed at spreading the joy of reading for kids.

    German star Boateng is no stranger to charity work himself, helping food charity Tafel during the pandemic.

    He told Goal: “He is already very far for his age and is absolutely exemplary.

    “One can only compliment him for his commitment.”

  • Josh Graham

    LUK OF THE DRAW

    Romelu Lukaku was 'unfairly blamed' during his time at Old Trafford, according to his Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

    The forward spent two years with Manchester United after Jose Mourinho signed him for £75million, before moving to Inter Milan last summer – where he notched 34 goals last season.

    Martinez told talkSPORT: “My relationship with Romelu was from a young player when he came to Everton on loan. Then we made a massive effort to get him on a permanent basis and he was the transfer record at that time.

    “You can see the player going through phases, good moments, bad moments, but what we’ve seen with Romelu is he’s never lost his outstanding quality which is scoring goals.

    “Now we’ve seen a real maturity in his play. The time he had at Manchester United, he was so desperate to win trophies and he took a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and probably took a lot of blame, in my eyes, very unfairly.

    “But going to Italy, he’s in the middle of a new project, he’s taken that responsibility and those difficulties he had in England in a good way.

    “The player we have now is a player in the best maturity moment of his career.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CITY LICKER

    Manchester United have reportedly put ex-Man City boss Roberto Mancini on a managerial shortlist should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leave.

    Tuttosport claims United and Paris Saint-Germain are both keeping close tabs on Mancini as he looks to guide Italy to the Nations League finals.

    United are not understood to be considering axing Solskjaer despite a mixed start to the new campaign.

    But should that decision ever be made in the future, Mancini is said to be one potential option for the Red Devils.

  • Joe Brophy

    RETURN-STILE

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden believes there is a “definite chance” of fans starting to return to Prem and EFL grounds by Christmas.

    PM Boris Johnson has already signalled his desire to see the turnstiles open for the first time since March.

    It is likely that any numbers will be limited, with fans proving they are Covid-free on an “electronic passport” app on their phones.

    But speaking to talkSPORT, Dowden gave the most upbeat assessment when asked if fans could be back by the end of the year.

    He said: “There is definitely a chance of it. We have to be guided by the scientific evidence.

    “If we can just open the door ajar a little bit and start to prove in the lowest risk areas we can make this work I would love for us to be able to do that.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TESTING TIMES

    Premier League bosses face Covid-19 D-Day today as they discover how many of their returning international stars are available for this weekend.

    It threatens to disrupt preparations for the start of the most intensive period of action of the entire season, with 10 Prem rounds scheduled between this weekend and January 2.

    Even before the round of tests, Liverpool are definitely without Mo Salah for their game with Leicester, Arsenal lost both Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac, with doubts over Willian, while Spurs cannot field Matt Doherty against Manchester City.

    But League chiefs are privately more concerned about how many players could be ruled out for the next two weekends – as any infected cases that go undetected initially emerge in the coming days.

    Every player coming back to their clubs from their national team duties must test negative for the virus before being allowed to meet or train with their club-mates.

    Prem clubs agreed in the summer that, as long as 13 senior players were Covid-free, games would have to go ahead – unless all the senior goalkeepers were infected.

  • Joe Brophy

    BRU REVELATIONS

    Bruno Fernandes revealed some of the in-depth secrets behind his unusual-but-effective penalty style – including why he does his famous jump.

  • Joe Brophy

    BAIL OUT

    The Government has announced the full details of its £300m sports bail out.

    Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston outlined the 'winter survival package' in a Commons statement that provides much-needed security for sports peering into the financial abyss as a result of the Covid crisis.

    Football’s lowest reaches will receive £28m, including the pre-announced £10m Lottery funding for the National League.

    Steps 3-6 of the pyramid, from the tier below National Leagues North and South to regional leagues, will be able to claim part of the £14m on offer, with £3m available to the upper two levels of the women’s game.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Sports clubs are the beating hearts of their communities, and this £300 million boost will help them survive this difficult winter period.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TOP BHOY

    Alex McLeish believes Celtic can make a ‘very strong statement’ by signing Dean Henderson on-loan.

    He told Football Insider: “Yeah, he’s quite special. From the footage I saw of him from the whole of last season he was at a fabulous level.

    “His team actually had a great season built on the back of some fantastic work by him.

    “That’s what they say about a goalkeeper, they can save you, a good club goalie, 10 points a season, an international goalie 15 points a season, a world-class goalie, 20-odd points a season.

    “These are the numbers that these goalkeepers, along with the coaches, strive to make and that, for me, would be a very strong statement.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BECK IN THE BIG TIME

    David Beckham will feature on a special edition FIFA 21 cover with the Manchester United legend is also added as an Ultimate Team icon.

  • Joe Brophy

    REAL COUP

    Manchester United are tracking Sergio Ramos over a stunning free transfer, according to reports.

    The Real Madrid defender is out of contract at the end of the season so would be available for nothing.

    And the Red Devils are exploring the possibility of making a swoop, report Marca via the Manchester Evening News.

    The Los Blancos captain will be able to enter pre-contract negotiations from January to wrap up a summer deal in advance.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would no doubt jump at the chance to bring into his side an experienced, top-quality centre-back and leader.

    And Ramos – who has 660 Real Madrid appearances, 178 Spain caps and 18 major trophies for club and country – certainly fits the bill.

  • Joe Brophy

    NEW REAL-ITY

    Manchester United target David Alaba wants a free transfer to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in January – and talks are set to begin soon, according to reports.

    The left-back's contract runs out at the end of this season and it is believed he already has his sights set on his next destination.

    But the situation is far from wrapped up with other European giants like Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona prepared to offer big money to lure the 28-year-old to their clubs.

    Marca report that Real Madrid are very much the favourites and the Spanish club are getting ready to pounce.

    The article says Los Blancos are 'counting the days' to begin negotiations of Alaba's pre-contract.

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK WITH A BANG

    Former United striker Michael Owen has predicted the club to beat West Brom 2-0.

    He told BetVictor: “West Brom come into this after a string of poor results. Aside from putting three past Chelsea, they haven’t looked great at the back and have been equally poor going forward.

    “United have still to find their rhythm and they must find a way to get their best players all on the pitch at the same time, which is obviously easier said than done.

    “You can’t keep Pogba on the bench, and if he can’t secure a regular place in the side soon, he may have to consider his options.

    “For all United are inconsistent, they are up against a side that are really struggling, and I expect them to win this comfortably.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAUR TO COME

    Manchester United managerial target Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly still open to becoming Barcelona coach, even if he has rejected the LaLiga giants TWICE.

    As a former Espanyol player and manager, the Argentine's past is thought to have ruled him out of the running for the Camp Nou job.

    However, according to Evening Standard, he was asked to take over on two separate occasions in the past year.

    Barcelona controversially sacked Ernesto Valverde in January and, although Xavi was the favourite, Pochettino is said to have turned down the job before Quique Setien was hired.

    Ronald Koeman then came in to replace Setien after the disastrous 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the summer.

    Once again, Pochettino reportedly rejected the opportunity and is now a year out of a job.

  • Joe Brophy

    EYE ON LAI

    Manchester United plan to scout Konrad Laimer when they play RB Leipzig in December, according to reports.

    And the Austrian midfielder could even be seen as a potential Paul Pogba replacement.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, United are preparing for the Frenchman to leave the club next summer.

    The report adds that the Red Devils will make the most of the upcoming Champions League clash to cast their eye over Leipzig ace Laimer.

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