Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Eriksen out for FOUR MONTHS, Sabitzer targeted as replacement, Barca interested in Elanga | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have been dealt a massive blow as Christian Eriksen has been ruled out of action until April or early May.

The former Tottenham man left Old Trafford on crutches following Reading's Andy Carroll's horror tackle during their FA Cup tie.

And as his replacement, United have reportedly approached Bayern Munich for Marcel Sabitzer.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are said to be considering a late move for United forward Anthony Elanga.

The Swede has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford this season and Barca are after an attacker after letting go of Memphis Depay.

Also, United could make a move for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans on Deadline Day or the summer, according to reports.

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  • James Colasanti

    ETH 'not worried' by Chelsea

    Erik ten Hag is not panicked by Chelsea’s big spending this month as the transfer window comes to a close, writes Neil Custis.

    Manchester United have only brought in one outfield player in January in the form of on-loan striker Wout Weghorst.

    The Blues have spent almost £300million this month – and £500m since the summer.

    United boss Ten Hag said: "I can't talk for other clubs, I'm talking for our club, we have a strategy and we keep to the strategy.

    "We want to restore Manchester United to where they belong.

    “We are going in a good direction and it also has to match our financial framework.

    "We have to keep consistent to that plan, to that strategy and we will develop as a club, as a squad.

    "You can see also in the results in the process, that we are making progress, and we keep the process going every day."

  • James Colasanti

    United may need Eriksen cover

    Erik ten Hag could be set for a late deadline day dip into the transfer market with Christian Eriksen out injured until at least the end of April, writes Neil Custis.

    The Danish midfielder picked up an ankle injury after a foul by Reading's Andy Carroll in an FA cup tie on Saturday.

    The Red Devils have Fred as cover but he is a different type of player to the more-creative Eriksen.

    United boss Ten Hag said: "I think you can never fill that gap because every player has his own characteristics.

    "Another player will always fill in in a different way but it doesn't mean you have to be less successful.

    “It's quite clear Christian Eriksen brings top quality to our squad and he has some specifics that are hard to replace, such as his impacts in the final third with his final ball.”

  • James Colasanti

    ‘Nketiah must play alongside Jesus’

    Manchester United legend Paul Parker says Eddie Nketiah’s terrific form for Arsenal means he should keep his place in the side alongside returning Gabriel Jesus.

    Nketiah, 23, has become nine-goal top-scorer at the Prem leaders since filling in for Brazil star Jesus, 25, after he picked up a knee injury at the World Cup.

    Parker told MyBettingSites: “At this moment in time it’s impossible to put Eddie Nketiah on the bench.

    “That is a luxury problem because it is also impossible to put Gabriel Jesus on the bench.

    “Both of the players are too good to be on the bench and they have to play.

    “I don’t know how Mikel Arteta will solve it but he has to play with both of them at the same time.”

  • James Colasanti

    'Eriksen out until April/May'

    Manchester United have given an update on Christian Eriksen's recovery timeline from an ankle injury.

    The Red Devils say their influential Danish midfielder is likely to be sidelines until April or early May while he completes his rehab.

  • James Colasanti

    'United are work in progress'

    Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha says the club still has work to do to convince the world's best players they can achieve their dreams at the Theatre of Dreams.

    Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag believes the club once again has the pulling power to attract the game's top stars.

    But Saha told GGRecon: "I am more confident but at the moment it’s a bit difficult to be too confident in these claims that Manchester United is the ‘best place’ for players.

    "They're still in transition and there are other clubs that are doing great.

    "But I do believe they have a good momentum under Erik ten Hag and they’ve improved in many areas that they needed to improve in."

  • James Colasanti

    Tielemans not moving this window

    A deadline-day exit for Youri Tielemans at Leicester is looking unlikely, writes Tom Barclay.

    The Belgium midfielder has been linked with a move to Prem giants Arsenal and Manchester United.

    But SunSport understands the 25-year-old is set to leave on a free transfer in the summer when his Foxes contract expires.

  • James Colasanti

    Pellistri's Watford loan 'called off'

    Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri's proposed loan move to Watford is not going ahead now, according to The Telegraph.

    The 21-year-old was close to joining the Championship club after positive talks but Red Devils boss Erik Ten Hag now wants to keep him for their run-in.

  • James Colasanti

    Barcelona 'interested in Elanga loan'

    Spanish giants Barcelona may make a late move in this transfer window for Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga, according to ESPN.

    Apparently, Nou Camp chiefs are having an 'internal debate' over whether Elanga could help cover the spot created by departed Memphis Depay and injured Ousmane Dembele.

  • James Colasanti

    Bernard primed for Pompey loan

    Manchester United prospect Di'Shon Bernard is reportedly heading out on another loan move.

    The centre-half, 22, has already had temporary switches to Salford and Hull in recent years and is now set for a spell withLeague One side Portsmouth.

  • James Colasanti

    Maguire 'staying at Manchester United'

    It sounds like Harry Maguire is not off to Serie A this winter – but do not rule it out in the summer.

    Manchester United 'have no plans' to sell their skipper to suitors Inter Milan today, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    But the England defender is said to be still keen to 'win his first trophy in United colours' before he 'assess his future in the summer.'

  • James Colasanti

    Just how rapid is Sotona?

    So former Manchester United youth team forward Deji Sotona has returned English football with Burnley after spells in France and Scotland did not work out.

    Background information on the Irish 20-year-old starlet suggest he is lightening quick – like keep-up-with-Mbappe quick.

    Rivals of the Championship Clarets – you have been warned.

  • James Colasanti

    ‘Everyone needs a Zinchenko’

    Manchester United legend Paul Parker says all succussful sides need a player in the mould of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    The versatile Ukrainian left-sided midfielder has been key to Arsenal’s climb to the top of the Prem.

    Parker told MyBettingSites: “I think that every club in the world would like Zinchenko in their team.

    “He makes such a big difference for Arsenal.

    “He is leading the game together with Martin Odegaard and I think that he is very underrated.

    “He is one of the best players in the league in my opinion.”

  • James Colasanti

    Manchester United linked with Raphinha

    It's the headline that will make Leeds United fans wince (trust me) but Manchester United have been linked with a deadline day move for brilliant Brazilian Raphinha.

    It has not been plain sailing for the winger since his switch to Barcelona from the Whites last summer and The Mirror report the Red Devils might bring him back to the Prem.

  • James Colasanti

    Is Maguire really not needed?

    The Harry-Maguire-to-Inter-Milan noise is not dying down – but would it really be in Manchester United's interest top off-load their oft maligned skipper right now?

    Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane look an uncomplicated first-choice central defensive pairing for the biggest of games.

    But left-back Luke Shaw was playing centre-half a few weeks ago so do the Red Devils really have enough cover there as things stand?

    With the typical focus on a top-four Prem finish along with a very decent shot at three cups, perhaps not.

  • James Colasanti

    Germany move right for Elanga?

    Digging into that Borussia Dortmund loan link for Anthony Elanga a bit more – could that just be a masterstroke?

    The brightest of English talent like Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho have flourished with the German giants in recent years.

    And 20-year-old winger Elanga might just come back to Manchester United from the Bundesliga as a world beater.

    Dortmund did a reasonable job with a certain Erling Haaland too, of course.

  • James Colasanti

    'Ten loan offers' for Elanga

    Manchester United fans probably would not mind seeing how he progresses with them – but it sounds like there are loads of offers from clubs who want Anthony Elanga on loan.

    The 20-year-old Sweden winger cut his teeth in the Red Devils youth teams and has been pushing for a first-team spot.

    But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says they have had "more than 10 bids" to take him on loan.

    Borussia Dortmund and PSV Eindhoven are said to be keen along with clubs in Italy.

  • Jake Sanders

    Youngster loan exit confirmed

    Manchester United goalkeeper Ondrej Mastny has joined Portadown on loan for the rest of the season.

    The 20-year-old has never made a first-team appearance for United, but has featured for the Under-21s in the EFL Trophy.

  • Jake Sanders

    Exits for more United kids

    Two more Manchester United starlets will join Charlie Savage in loan exits today.

    Midfielder Savage, 19, linked up with Duncan Ferguson’s Forest Green Rovers in League One to continue his development.

    And the Mail claims striker Charlie McNeil, 19, is on the cusp of a loan switch to League Two outfit Newport County.

    Defender Di’Shon Bernard, 22, could also leave on loan to League One’s Portsmouth.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Good morning United fans

    It looks to be a quiet day on the transfer front with no real incomings or outings likely to happen at Old Trafford.

    But Harry Maguire is reportedly set to consider his future in the summer following his lack of game-time under Erik ten Hag.

    And United discovered their FA Cup fifth round opponents in Monday's draw with West Ham visiting Old Trafford following their 2-0 victory at Derby.

    It's the ninth time on the bounce the Red Devils have been drawn at home in the cups.

  • Jake Sanders

    United to host West Ham in FA Cup

    Manchester United will host West Ham in the FA Cup fifth round.

    Erik ten Hag's side were paired with the Hammers or Derby in tonight's draw.

    And David Moyes' won 2-0 at Pride Park in the final fourth round to book a date at Old Trafford.

  • Jake Sanders

    Maguire considering future

    Harry Maguire could leave Manchester United in the summer.

    The centre-back has already rejected a loan move to Inter Milan this month but is likely to consider his future at the end of the season, according to the Daily Star.

    Maguire has slipped down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag, making just four Premier League starts all campaign.

  • Jake Sanders

    FA Cup draw

    Manchester United will host Derby or West Ham in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

    Ties will be played the week of the 1 March, but there are no replays at this stage of the competition, so extra-time and penalties will be played if needed.

  • Jake Sanders

    Arsenal make world-record offer for Russo

    Arsenal have made world-record offer in the women's game to sign Manchester United star Alessia Russo.

    According to David Ornstein, the Gunners are trying to take advantage of Russo's contract expiring in the summer.

    Although the bid hasn't yet been accpeted by United.

  • Jake Sanders

    Inter Milan want Maguire

    Inter Milan are keen on signing Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, according to reports.

    The England centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at the Red Devils this season and could be set for a shock move away despite starring at the World Cup.

    The Serie A side have made an inquiry about the 29-year-old's availability and it is believed a loan deal has been proposed.

    However, the player would like to wait until the summer to decide on his long-term future.

    The Daily Mail claim that Maguire is prepared to be patient for his chances in case injuries and suspensions become problems for manager Erik ten Hag.

  • Jake Sanders

    FA Cup draw

    Having continued their winning run in the cups with a 3-1 victory over Reading on Saturday, United will discover their fifth round opponents in the FA Cup later tonight.

    Erik ten Hag's side are ball No.5 with the draw taking place during The One Show on BBC One at 7pm before the final tie of the round between Derby and West Ham.

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