9.45pm Man Utd news LIVE: Romero ‘wants contract cancelled’, Upamecano transfer failed over £200k, Traore £90m target – The Sun

SERGIO ROMERO is reportedly keen to set up a meeting with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward to cancel his contract.

The Argentine was left furious after being dropped from both Man Utd's Champions League and Premier League squads.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Joe Miles

    FIVE ALIVE

    Manchester United's next five games look like this following the bore draw with Chelsea.

    • Man Utd vs RB Leipzig – October 28
    • Man Utd vs Arsenal – November 1
    • Istanbul Basaksehir vs Man Utd – November 4
    • Everton vs Man Utd – November 7
    • Man Utd vs West Brom – November 21

    SHAW-LY NOT

    Luke Shaw has praised Chelsea goalkeeper following his performance during Saturday's 0-0 draw.

    The Manchester United star said: “I feel like we created the better chances.

    “Their keeper made wonderful saves at times.

    “I was right behind [Rashford's shot] and, like I said, their keeper was very good today.

    “He made a couple of very good saves that kept them in the game.”

    GETTING THEIR FIL

    Manchester City are reportedly on the brink of signing Manchester United target Filip Stevanovic from Partizan Belgrade.

    The Red Devils were believed to be close to signing the Serbian winger back in August.

    But with the move having fallen through, City are set to pounce.

    According to the MEN, Pep Guardiola's side will pay around £6million for the teenager.

    It is not believed that Stevanovic, 18, will slot straight into City's first-team squad – making an immediate loan likely.

    He could return to Partizan for the remainder of the campaign.

    IN A HARRY

    Ex-Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has revealed why Chelsea were not given a penalty against Manchester United.

    Harry Maguire was seen with his arms wrapped around Cesar Azpilicueta in the penalty area in the first half on Saturday.

    He told Premier League Productions: “I think it's solely because the ball is in play and he cleared it too quickly.

    “I think he looked at it, cleared it very quickly and didn't scrutinise it.

    “I think when you look at it in depth, as we have, there's no doubt whatsoever if Martin Atkinson is sent to the monitor, I think he'd make a different decision.”

    LUK AT HIM NOW

    Antonio Conte has claimed Romelu Lukaku was a “rough diamond” at Manchester United before his move to Inter Milan.

    The manager told Sky Sport Italia: “Romelu is a different player to what he was a year ago.

    “I always said in the past that he was a rough diamond that I wanted to work with.

    “He is working and you can see the way he receives the ball, the way he moves, everything has improved.”

    FROM END TO END

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons a full Stretford End would have roared Manchester United on to victory against Chelsea.

    Despite many indoor theatres and other venues being open to spectators, fans are still not permitted into football stadia due to coronavirus restrictions.

    Solskjaer fumed: “If we had that stadium or the Stretford End full we could have created more urgency. It lacks, that game lacks.

    “You're here watching the game and it's a different sport. We miss the fans.

    “It's the same for all teams but everyone agrees that football now has a little less in it, the edge has gone and we can't wait to get the fans back.”

    BEEKS AND TROUGHS

    Patrice Evra claims Manchester United DON’T need new £40million summer signing Donny van de Beek.

    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the midfielder will get his chance despite being left on the bench for yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

    Evra told Sky Sports: “We’re talking about van de Beek. Nothing against the kid, but why have we bought him?

    “He’s watching the game from the stand every game. We don’t need him, that’s the truth.”

    'MY TYPE OF STRIKER'

    Michael Owen is confident that Edinson Cavani will be a success at Old Trafford.

    After the Uruguay ace almost scored with his first touch during his debut on Saturday, Owen told Premier League Productions: “I love this guy's movement, he's my type of striker.

    “I've always said half a yard at the near post is better than two or three yards at the back post because invariably the ball doesn't get there.

    “And if it does, defenders turn, spin and close you down.

    “The timing of his run, he's on his toes.”

    REF ERROR

    Former referee Keith Hackett has slammed Martin Atkinson for failing to give Chelsea a penalty against Manchester United.

    Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta attempted to get his head onto a ball into the United box only to be effectively bear-hugged by Harry Maguire.

    But Atkinson decided it wasn't a foul and VAR also cleared the decision, leaving Chelsea fans furious.

    His decision has left Hackett questioning his decision.

    He said: “It is evident that something is radically wrong with our referees.

    “Last weekend we witnessed Jordan Pickford’s serious foul play going unpunished where VAR and the referee made a catastrophic error by taking no action.”

    VAN START

    Donny van de Beek is still yet to start a single league game for Manchester United.

    Many critics have are questioning van de Beek’s lack of minutes after a few stand-out substitute performances for United.

    But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that de Beek will get his fair share of games and said: “Don’t worry about that. He’ll get his games. Don’t worry about that.”

    POG INSTRUCTOR

    Paul Pogba was spotted translating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s instructions to Manchester United debutant Edinson Cavani.

    Photos have surfaced of Pogba helping his new team-mate get to grips with Solskjaer’s tactics before his appearance.

    It was spotted by ports journalist JS Grond-Tran, who wrote on Twitter : “What talent, this Paul Pogba Polo, which translates the OGS instructions to Edi Cavani in Spanish.

    “Well, OK, maybe it's in Italian or quite simply in French.”

    SAHA SAGA

    Louis Saha has hit back at Paul Scholes’ claim that Anthony Martial ’almost conned’ him at centre-forward for Manchester United, insisting the Frenchman has already proven himself in the role.

    Scholes said: “Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good.”

    But Saha has come to the defence of Martial and said that Martial has more than proved his worth to the side.

    He said: “He was tremendous last year and he can evolve with players around him.

    “I disagree [with Scholes] a little bit.”

    FLEXIBLE FERNANDES

    Former Manchester United assistant Steve Mclaren believes that Bruno Fernandes's body language while playing isn't good.

    Fernandes was unusually quiet in United's draw against Chelsea after he was moved from central midfield to the right flank.

    While covering the match Mclaren said: “I’ve been watching Bruno Fernandes and he’s disappointed.

    “I saw it last week against Newcastle, when he went out wide, and I’m seeing it again now. His body language is not good, he’s not getting involved.”

    POGBA'S ABSENCE EXPLAINED

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explainedhis reasoning for benching Paul Pogba in Manchester United's last three matches.

    There have been questions on the star's future as he has not started in any recent matches.

    But Solskjaer has revealed that it's because Pogba is still returning to full fitness.

    He said: “He's been out for a while with coronavirus this summer, so he's getting better and better and maybe more his shape.”

    GO POG

    Ex-Manchester United star Paul Ince has said the time has come for Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford and make the move to Real Madrid.

    Pogba was left out of the starting eleven against Chelsea and Ince believes he should've started the game.

    He said: “Paul Pogba should be on the pitch, this is a big, big game.

    “But I think it is time to move on. He has come out in the last two weeks and said he wants to join Real Madrid.”

    POOR POGBA

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that they may have rushed Paul Pogba back too soon after he tested positive for coronavirus.

    The Frenchman's performances were criticised in recent games and Solskjaer has admitted that playing him at the time may have been “unfair”.

    He said: “Maybe I was unfair to him starting him that early in the first few games but he's coming on and he's done great when he's come on.”

    UP AN AT 'EM

    Manchester United missed out on signing RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano — because of a row over just £200,000, writes Alan Nixon exclusively for SunSport.

    Germans Leipzig signed him for £9million in 2017.

    And he is now worth around £55m and rated one of Europe’s best centre-halves.

    But the French defender could have been playing FOR United in the Champions League this week, instead of facing them, if a fee had been agreed five years ago.

    Upamecano was at Old Trafford with his mum and agent as a deal was lined up with then club Valenciennes — only to fall apart over a small sum of money.

    The defender, 21, was just 16when he arrived at United in the hope of sealing his dream deal to one of Europe’s giant clubs.

    But instead, Upamecano and his party went away upset as United chiefs only offered £500,000 while the French club demanded£700,000.

    It was considered too much to pay for a player who was already in the France under-16 and U-17 teams and tipped for the top.

    An insider in the deal said: “Dayot wanted to join United and the fee really was nothing.

    “At first he got the red-carpet treatment but then they would not go that bit further with their offer and he was gone.”

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Sergio Romero is planning showdown talks with Manchester United bosses to discuss his future.

    The Argentine goalkeeper is 'baffled and angry' at his omission from the Red Devils' Premier League and Champions League squads after he was denied a move on deadline day.

    Romero, 33, came close to joining Everton on the final day of the transfer window but United refused to budge on their £10million asking price.

    Another player seemingly sidelined by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is new signing Donny van de Beek.

    The 23-year-old joined United from Ajax in a £40million deal in the summer but was an unused substitute in their 0-0 draw with Chelsea yesterday.

    Gary Neville questioned the decision to sign the Dutchman in commentary: “What is a little bit of a mystery is the use of Van de Beek since he’s been signed for £40m.

    “He doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in every game. It’s a bit of a mystery that one.

    “He must be thinking: 'What am I doing here?' at this moment in time.”

    Elsewhere, United will reportedly challenge Liverpool and Man United in the race for Wolves wideman Adama Traore.

    However, Wolves' £90million asking price could prove to be a stumbling block.

    UNITED BEATEN TO SERB TEENAGER

    Man United look set to be beaten to the signature of Serbian starlet Felip Stefanovic.

    Mozzart Sport claims Manchester City have stolen a lead in the chase for the 18-year-old Partizan Belgrade winger.

    City are hoping to get a deal over the line in January, and plan to offer Stefanovic a four and a half-year contract.

    ROMERO RAGES

    Goalkeeper Sergio Romero wants showdown talks with Man United this week.

    The Argentine stopper found out via social media he had missed out on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Premier League squad.

    The 33-year-old has plummeted down the United pecking order following Dean Henderson's return to the club and is now even behind last season's third-choice keeper Lee Camp.

    Romero spent the off-season in South America looking for a new club and a deadline day move to Everton fell through when United refused to budge on their £10million asking price.

    UNITED EYE TRAORE

    Manchester United are among a number of teams chasing Wolves winger Adama Traore, according to CalcioMercato.

    United will face competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City for the Spanish international.

    Juventus and Barcelona have also shown interest in Traore but have been put off by Wolves' £90million price tag.

    Traore has been offered a new contract at Molineux, with his current deal set to expire in 2023, but he has yet to put pen to paper.

    PELLISTRI IMPRESSES

    Man United coach Neil Wood has praised new signing Facundo Pellistri after the Uruguayan made his first start for the club.

    After making the bench for United's Champions League win at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, the 18-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the under-23s' match against Everton on Friday.

    Impressed by what he saw, Woods told MUTV: “It was 'welcome to England!'

    “But it was great for him to get 90 minutes on the pitch and a first taste of English football.

    “I'm sure he can build from this experience.”

    VAN DE BEEK VERDICT

    Gary Neville has questioned Man united's decision to sign Donny van de Beek.

    The Dutchman was an unused substitute in United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea today.

    Neville said: “What is a little bit of a mystery is the use of Van de Beek since he’s been signed for £40m.

    “He doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in every game. It’s a bit of a mystery that one.

    “And the more he doesn’t start, and the more he doesn’t come on, the more you’re thinking, 'Well £40m player, ordinarily you’d get him in the team'.

    “He must be thinking: “What am I doing here?” at this moment in time.”

    FULL-TIME

    It ends all square at Old Trafford!

    Neither side could find a breakthrough but at least Manchester United fans got to have a look at new boy Edinson Cavani, who almost scored with his first touch.

    As for Chelsea, having Mendy back in goal with Thiago Silva in front of him, it was the key to keeping the clean sheet.

    Plenty of post match reaction to come so follow along on the live match blog!

    FT: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 CHELSEA LIVE BLOG

    BORE CRAW DRAW

    Roy Keane wore a familiar stone-cold expression as he watched his Salford side draw 1-1 with Crawley.

    The Manchester United legend was in attendance at Moor Lane alongside former team-mate Nicky Butt.

    Both Red Devils heroes are part of the Project 92 Limited group – alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville – that part-own Salford City.

    And with Keane not on Sky Sports duty for Manchester United vs Chelsea, he made the most of a free afternoon to watch his side – currently being managed by Scholes.

    But he could not mastermind a victory as George Francomb cancelled out former United striker James Wilson's second-half opener.

    The result leaves Salford eighth after eight games in League Two with three wins, four draws and just one defeat.

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