Man Utd news LIVE: Old Trafford could be KNOCKED DOWN, Harry Kane links, Ferdinand's transfer tips – CL latest

OLD TRAFFORD could be KNOCKED DOWN in plans to rebuild an entirely new stadium.

Meanwhile, the club will be hoping to bring the addition of Harry Kane to play in the remodelled venue according to reports.

Manchester City are trying to iron out a deal with Erling Haaland which presents United with the chance to persuade the English hitman come to them instead.

However, Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand believes that his former side should be targeting defensive personnel instead.

Plus keep up to date with all of the build up to Manchester United's Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd 'could build new stadium next to Old Trafford'

    Manchester United will consider playing on at Old Trafford while construction of a new stadium takes place on land surrounding the ground, writes SANDRA BROBBEY.

    According to Telegraph Sport, the 112-year-old would then be demolished before builders can finish the job.

    United's famous stadium is in desperate need of modernising.

    And it was revealed this week that Old Trafford being knocked down and replaced with new stadium was one of a number of options being mulled over by the club.

    The ground has been the Red Devils’ home for over a century and is a world-renowned part of Manchester.

    Aside from the monetary matters and fans’ strength of feeling about the stadium, questions have arisen as to where the Red Devils will play home games if Old Trafford was demolished.

    Tottenham were able to move their home games to Wembley as their £1billion stadium was being constructed.

    At present there are no large scale North West neutral grounds that United could use temporarily.

  • Ian Tuckey

    EXCLUSIVE: Atletico panic after leaving tactics behind

    Atletico Madrid a huge pre-match panic after leaving their tactics board at Old Trafford on the eve of tonight’s clash with Manchester United, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    The Spanish Champions trained at the ground on Monday night before returning to their city centre hotel.

    But after the staff unloaded their kit and equipment they realised something was missing.

    The vehicle that had brought them back had already left.

    A panicked member of the Atletico backroom team immediately asked for it to return so they could get back to Old Trafford.

    It came back and they were understood to have been able to access the ground and recover the board.

    It is not known as yet whether any United staff who will have been cleaning up the away dressing room were able to glean anything from the board that they could pass on to manager Ralf Rangnick.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Fernandes gets compared to Scholes

    Man United ace Bruno Fernandes has been compared to Red Devils legend Paul Scholes by his ex-Sporting Lisbon boss Silas.

    Speaking to Marca about the midfield maverick, Silas said: "Bruno is a footballer who is not easy to stop. He is not like Messi, who dribbles around you.

    "Bruno’s danger is when you’re not seeing him. The ball on the wings… when the ball falls to him and there is no one in front of him, he hits it very well.

    "With the right, with the left. Reminds me of [Paul] Scholes.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo's obsession with diet

    Juventus star Arthur has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo used to SCOLD his former teammates over their diets.

    Juve midfielder Arthur told TNT Sport: “We used to sit together at the table.

    “Sometimes he would look at our plates and say: ‘This is not what you should be eating’.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ferdinand gives United transfer tips

    Rio Ferdinand has named the two centre-backs Man United should sign.

    The former Red Devils ace thinks PSG star Marquinhos and Barcelona ace Ronald Araujo are the perfect pair to add some steel to United's defence.

    Ferdinand said to Vibe with Five: "I would sign Marquinhos.

    "I would sign the Uruguayan at Barcelona [Araujo]."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Root of the Mata

    Man United midfielder Juan Mata has admitted last year was the “worst of his life” because of the illness and subsequent death of his beloved mum.

    Marta Garcia died in March last year aged just 57 after battling what Spanish press described at the time as a “long illness”.

    Her footballer son, at the centre of recent reports he could be offered a coaching role at his current club this summer if he calls time on his playing days, once described her as a key figure in his life.

    And overnight he admitted to a torrid time last season in a moving tribute to Marta, mum to Juan and his sister Paula.

    He also confirmed he was studying for a future coaching role as part of a move to keep his options open once he retires as a player, although he didn’t put a date on when he might hang up his boots.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pallister speaks on Ronaldo

    Gary Pallister insists Cristiano Ronaldo must get used to being benched at Manchester United.

    Pallister told BoyleSports EPL Betting: “At 37 going on 38, I think you would expect not to play every game.

    “Ryan Giggs, who was one of the biggest legends Man United ever had, understood that.

    “It doesn’t mean you have to agree with it but you have to respect the manager’s decision.

    “If Sir Alex had done it, Cristiano Ronaldo might be more at ease with it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Barca 'reach' Kessie agreemeent

    Barcelona have reached a "total agreement" to sign AC Milan star Franck Kessie as a free agent in the summer, reports suggest.

    That is according to Gerard Romero, who claims that Manchester United and Tottenham target Kessie has agreed to move to the Nou Camp in June when his Milan contract expires.

    The Blaugrana have been very active in the transfer market ever since Xavi's return as manager in November.

    The Catalan giants have already signed the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore, Ferran Torres and Dani Alves.

    Barcelona are now keeping tabs on soon-to-be free agents mainly due to their financial issues.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Stam on Ronaldo's influence

    Jaap Stam urges Ralf Rangnick to include Cristiano Ronaldo in decision-making at Man United in order to better the team's performance.

    Stam said to Sky Sports Italy: “Ronaldo showed his strength at Juventus before returning to United,” said Stam.

    “It’s not easy to understand what happens inside the dressing room. It’s vital to talk to him and involve him in the decisions because he can raise the level of the team.

    "United don’t always play well and I believe they must do something more. I hope they’ll make better choices next season, they must return to the top.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Stam gives Ten Hag approval

    Former Man United star Jaap Stam has urged the Red Devils to recruit Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag as their new boss this summer.

    Stam said to Sky Sports Italy: "Ten Hag is doing very well at Ajax; he makes the team a difficult opponent for everyone in Europe and Holland.

    “He is very good at showing the players what to do and also at improving individual players. At Ajax, he obviously has the finances to grow the team with young players.

    “For him, Man United would be another thing compared to what he is experiencing in Holland. He has to take this step forward in his career."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Heading in the right direction

    Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most headed goals as a striker since the 2009/10 season putting rivals to shame with his staggering record.

    The 37-year-old added another headed goal to his collection on Saturday when Manchester United saw off top-four rivals Tottenham with a 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

    Ronaldo bagged himself a hat-trick, his second-ever for the Red Devils with the first coming in the 6-0 win over Newcastle in 2008.

    Since the start of the 2009 season, Ronaldo has scored 66 headers in 414 appearances in Europe's top leagues.

    CR7 averages 0.16 headed goals per game.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo’s new supercar

    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his match-winning treble against Tottenham by turning up to training in a new £200,000 super car.

    The Manchester United ace turned heads at Carrington as he rocked up to the gates in an amazing Aston Martin DBS Superleggera convertible.

    Ronaldo, 37, was already the talk of the town after his incredible performance to sink Spurs on Saturday.

    The striker netted a brilliant hat-trick, including an 81st minute winner, to keep United’s top four hopes alive.

    And Ronaldo celebrated in style by splashing out on a new luxury vehicle.

    The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera boasts a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, providing a mind-boggling 715 hp.

    It has a top speed of 211mph, and can also go from 0-60mph in just 3.4 seconds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Thomas' Tuch is wanted at United

    Gary Neville has revealed that he wouldn't mind seeing Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in Man United's dugout next season.

    When asked in an Instagram Live session about Tuchel, Neville mulled: "Well you couldn’t say no, could you?

    "You couldn’t say no if you got Thomas Tuchel but I’m not sure he’ll leave Chelsea – maybe he would.

    "Well he’s the most certain at the moment I would say, with the fact he’s got recent success in the Champions League and Club World Cup.

    "I thought they were very unlucky not to beat Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final to be honest, the chances they had were unbelievable.

    "So I would be happy with him. And I think he’s done brilliantly the last few weeks handling difficult questions, difficult situation at Chelsea, all the stuff that’s been going on."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Kess it done

    Man United's hopes of recruiting Franck Kessie have been dealt a huge blow after he's reportedly agreed to join Barcelona.

    That's according to transfer guru Gerard Romero who claims the AC Milan has effectively agreed to switch to the Nou Camp this summer when his contract ends.

    Romero also states that all parties involved have come to an amicable agreement.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Atletico warned of Ronaldo threat

    Atletico Madrid star Marcos Llorente admitted that the Spanish side have to watch Man United's Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League last-16 second leg.

    Llorente said ahead of the game: “With players like that you have to be careful and not only with Cristiano.

    "He has other great players with a very high level and you have to be aware of all of them.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Kane urged to join Man Utd

    Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Harry Kane to leave Spurs for Man United or Man City if he wants to win silverware.

    He told talkSPORT: “You’ve got to go. The joke’s over now. He’s given them so much, Harry Kane. This season he’s stayed and they are nowhere near winning a trophy, nowhere near getting top four.

    “He’s going to be 30 before you know it and be one of those players who should have gone to a big club, but stayed at Spurs.

    “If I was him, I’d 100 per cent go to Man City, that’s if they still want him, though, as Haaland is available in the summer.

    “If Manchester United can get the proper manager in, then go to Manchester United."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville on United's weaknesses

    Man United legend Gary Neville named three things his former club lacks to return to the top.

    The former right-back has been seeing the Red Devils fall short against Prem rivals Manchester City and Liverpool since their last league triumph in 2013.

    Neville told Sky Sports: “The two teams at the top, their managers have got complete control in their clubs. Faith, trust, belief all the way through.

    “Pep can leave [Raheem] Sterling out in the derby no one bats an eyelid, brings [Jack] Grealish in, no one thought it would happen but gets on with it because he’s got complete control, no one questions him.

    “Manchester United haven’t got that and they haven’t had it for a number of years."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Cav's off to Spain

    Edinson Cavani reportedly has his heart set on a ‘new experience’ and wants to play in LaLiga.

    After agreeing a new one-year deal, the veteran striker has struggled with injuries this term and looks set to depart when his contract expires in June.

    Barcelona have been linked with a swoop for the ex-Paris Saint-Germain star.

    Now Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on his future.

    And he claims that a switch to Spain is highly likely for him this summer.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville on top-four race

    Gary Neville reckons Man United will pip Arsenal for the Premier League fourth spot.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: "I still think Man United could do it.

    "I don’t trust Arsenal fully, I think it would be brilliant for Mikel Arteta and those young players. They’ve been fantastic.

    "But, I do think they have got some big games still to play. I think Manchester United have still got to go to Arsenal as well, there is a long way to go and United could still do it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gary Neville backs Old Trafford replacement

    Gary Neville has backed plans for Man United to demolish Old Trafford to keep up with the grounds of their rivals.

    He said on Instagram: "There is a story emerging from Old Trafford that they might rebuild the entire stadium and I have just been asked what I think of it.

    "I actually think that it would be the right move. I think by the time that they have spent money on Old Trafford, the existing one, then I think you would be better off building a brand new, better, super stadium.

    "I do think that Manchester United should always be at the forefront of stadiums, have the best facilities and they have fallen behind."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Maur convincing to do

    Man Utd must convince Mauricio Pochettino he is their No1 target to take over next season, reports say.

    According to the Daily Mail, ex-Tottenham boss Poch must feel he is United's top choice before agreeing to move to Manchester.

    The former Spurs gaffer is said to be keen on a move back to England having lived in a Paris hotel for the last 14 months while his family still live in London.

    But Ajax's boss Erik Ten Hag has also emerged as a genuine contender for the United role.

  • Jack Figg

    Morning, United fans

    Cristiano Ronaldo wants United's players and fans to 'show why Old Trafford is known as the Theatre of Dreams' – by securing a Champions League quarter-finals spot.

    Ron wants the Red Devils to follow his hat-trick heroics in sinking Tottenham on Saturday by seeing off Atletico Madrid tonight.

    With United level at 1-1 after the first leg in Spain, the all-time great scorer said: “Let’s recreate the amazing atmosphere that we saw in our last home game.

    “Let’s keep our Champions League dream alive! We are Man Utd! Let’s do this together! Let’s go, Devils!”

    Old Trafford interim boss Ralf Rangnick claims victory this evening will indicate the Red Devils are back in the European elite.

    It comes as United are tipped to make a massive summer bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

    Reports also suggest appointing PSG chief Mauricio Pochettino as permanent boss would boost any hopes of signing the England skipper.

    Poch and Kane led Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final.

    Finally, it's claimed United could opt to DEMOLISH Old Trafford.

    But that's thought to be just one of three alternatives for upgrading the stadium situation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Man City target Haaland tipped for Spain

    Manchester City still face a battle for Erling Haaland as Real Madrid and Barcelona believe he prefers a move to Spain.

    Pep Guardiola’s champs want to do a deal this summer to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker, who has a £64million release clause in his contract.

    That puts City in pole position as their major rivals Madrid and Barca would rather wait for at least another 12 months.

    Both the LaLiga giants are convinced Spain is the 21-year-old’s preference at this stage of his career.

    City are likely to tell him his dream of playing in Spain — where he already owns a property — can still be realised in a few years’ time.

    Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge, who played for City from 2000-03, is happy for him to follow in his footsteps.

    Dortmund plan to have one last go at trying to talk Haaland into staying for another 12 months, by making him the best-paid player in their history.

    That would play into Real’s hands as they want to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG this summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Teddy backs Pochettino 'philosophy' for Utd

    Here's Teddy Sheringham's verdict on Mauricio Pochettino and Old Trafford: "When you look at what Man United demand, what their supporters demand from the last 30 years and what Sir Alex told us he demanded, because of what the supporters expected, because of the Busby Babes all those years ago and the way they played football – we were told not just to win, but win in style – take the game to the opposition.

    “Don’t be scared of the opposition, go for the throat all the time and see what happens.

    “When you look at certain managers around and how they play the game, I think for me, Pochettino controls the ball like Pep Guardiola.

    “It’s not about defending, and hitting other people on the break and working your way around that. He wants to dominate the ball.

    “It’s what Manchester United fans demand, and I think he would be the ideal manager.

    “I know he’s had a blip again in the last Champions League game and everyone’s saying ‘it’s Pochettino, he can’t whatever’, but I think the way he plays the game, and his philosophies on football, I think he’d be ideal for Manchester United.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Red Devils need Poch'

    Manchester United must bring in Mauricio Pochettino and get back to no-fear football like they played under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    That is how United keep “phenomenal” Cristiano Ronaldo and let the good times roll again at Old Trafford, according to Teddy Sheringham.

    The former United striker knows a thing or two about bagging silverware in the twilight of his career, having played a massive part of the club’s glorious Treble-winning season of 1998-99.

    And he believes the Red Devils need to banish the fear factor and “go for the throat” like Fergie’s teams did if Ronaldo stands a chance of winning trophies in his second stint at the club.

    The Portuguese superstar bagged a hat-trick in a masterful performance as United beat Tottenham 3-2 on Saturday.

    But doubts linger over whether he will stay beyond the summer — when United are set to target Paris Saint-Germain boss Poch.

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