Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ole holds 'crisis talks', Zidane 'learning English' amid interest, Lingard EXCLUSIVE

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Premier League action tomorrow against Watford – but it's still matters off the pitch which are dominating the headlines.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's men were beaten in the Manchester derby before the international break and reports suggest he has held crisis talks with senior members of his squad.

According to reports in Germany, Zinedine Zidane has told United that he wants to wait until summer before moving back into management.

However, former France team-mate Emmanuel Petit says he understands that the ex-Real Madrid boss is currently learning English.

And SunSport can exclusively reveal Jesse Lingard is eyeing a switch to West Ham after rejecting new terms with the Red Devils.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Justin Lawrence

    OLE'S GUNNAR STAY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he still has the backing of the board and fans at Manchester United.

    The Red Devils boss is under pressure having presided over just one Premier League win in six and back to back home drubbings at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

    But Solskjaer said: “The players, the staff, myself, the club, we are working to one goal to improve, get better results, fans are still supporting the team and the club, they've been through this period, backed the team through the rebuild.

    “When you lose a game you're always disappointed and under pressure, we've been communicating openly and honestly. There's one game that matters and what goes on after that.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT YET

    Brendan Rodgers is still a long way off being the top manager Manchester United need to lead them to glory.

    That's the view of Trevor Sinclair who reckons Rodgers needs to at least get Leicester into the Champions League before he can be considered for the United job.

    Sinclair told talkSPORT: “I feel Brendan really does needs to get them in to the Champions League spots to again be regarded someone I would say is a top, top manager.

    “At the moment he is not anywhere near it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HEY JESSE 

    Jesse Lingard looks to be on his way to West Ham in the New Year in a £10million move.

    The Manchester United midfielder has already begun making personal arrangements for the permanent move back to the capital.

    The England international rejected a new contract offer in early September at United and has barely figured in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans recently.

    Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at the high flying West Ham in the second half of last season.

    His nine goals and five assists in the Premier League helped propel David Moyes side into Europe.

    Moyes wanted to sign Lingard permanently in the summer but said he couldn’t as Solskjaer wanted him back.

  • Justin Lawrence

    ER HOW MUCH?

    Erling Haaland's transfer will cost a staggering £295MILLION with the fee and wages combined, according to reports.

    The Borussia Dortmund striker, 21, is one of the hottest talents in world football with plenty of admirers at the biggest clubs.

    Chelsea and Manchester United are among the sides leading the chase for his signature next summer – with Manchester City and Real Madrid also interested.

    But whoever can successfully lure the Norwegian away from Dortmund knows it will not be cheap.

    It is well documented Haaland has a £64m release clause in his contract which kicks in next summer – although AS state clubs may have to pay up to £85m.

    And although that will mean the transfer fee is relatively cheap for a potential Ballon d'Or winner and guaranteed goalscorer, that would be just a fraction of the overall cost.

    Haaland's agent Mino Raiola will ensure the best deal for himself and the player.

    And according to AS, that is likely to mean more than £210m more in investment through wages alone.

    A five-year deal would be a likely contract length for any agreement reached.

    That would equate to Haaland pocketting a whopping £42m per year – or more than £800,000 per week.

    Add into the mix agent fees and bonuses and the total figure would far exceed £300m overall across five years.

  • Justin Lawrence

    KEANE TO WIN

    Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed that Roy Keane is so harsh in his commentary because he's a winner.

    Cole and Keane played together for United under Fergie and the Irishman has always been verbally brutal with his honesty.

    Cole said to Sky Sports: “He’s very honest. He makes me laugh. I get on very well with him.

    "But when you played with someone like that, you know what he’s talking about and what he wants from you.

    "It’s that simple. With Roy he’s black and white. Roy wants to win.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    CRESS PLAN

    West Ham star Aaron Cresswell revealed that the Hammers beat Liverpool by doing the opposite of Manchester United who lost 5-0 to the Reds.

    If the Hammers went at the Kop giants like United did, they would've got thumped too, Cresswell reckons.

    He said: "If you'd said to me, going up against Liverpool, you're going to go expansive and try to beat them at their own game, then there would be only one winner.

    "With all due respect, that's what happened to Manchester United.

    "The gaffer's tactics in each game have been spot on. We've got variety. Whether we need to go in behind to Michail Antonio, or play through the lines, or how Declan Rice drives the team on, or get goals from set pieces."

  • Justin Lawrence

    REAL DEAL

    Zinedine Zidane would add pleasant training sessions at Manchester United and get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo if he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    That is according to Zidane's long-time assistant at Real Madrid David Bettoni, who claims Zizou always wanted to fire his players up by making them have the desire to return to training.

    Reports suggest the French head coach is among the candidates to replace Solskjaer, who has come under fire following United's six defeats in 12 matches.

    Bettoni told RMC Sport's show After Foot: "We were talking about principles of the game, how to get the ball played, different organisation of the team.

    "But, above all, the phrase that always came to mind with Zidane was: 'I want the notion of pleasure to be in all exercises'.

    "He also added that he wanted the players, when they got home, to have the desire to return to training. It is the first word that marked me from Zizou.

    "I can simply say that what I have lived with him is reality. It is true that Zidane is an atypical coach, [he] is not someone who talks a lot to the media.

    "And this is because he is like that and does not play a role of being a character playing the discreet. He has always been like this.

    Afterwards, we also felt that he was someone who had been a great player, who had been trained by great coaches and who told himself that he wanted to be a coach, so he prepared a lot for it.

    "He had a knowledge of football that made him make decisions, the tactic was reserved for his staff and the players."

  • Justin Lawrence

    NO FAITH

    Paul Merson reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's days are numbered as Manchester United boss even if they beat Watford this weekend.

    The Arsenal icon thinks United will win the Prem clash against the Hornets but doesn't believe it will be enough to save the Norwegian's job.

    He said: "This is a perfect game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get his side back to winning ways, so you have to go for a Manchester United win here.

    “It’s a nice, winnable fixture for them, but it has to be said that it just prolongs the inevitable."

  • Justin Lawrence

    CAN'T HAPPEN

    Joe Cole reckons it's impossible for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers to manage Manchester United after his stint as Liverpool head coach.

    Cole thinks the fans United fans won't accept Rodgers because of his role at Anfield.

    Cole said: “Brendan right, you can’t manage Liverpool. And then go to Manchester United.

    “You can’t. I just can’t see it. Disaster. The fans will turn against him straightaway. It will be ‘you scouse this and you scouse that’.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    MUST WIN

    Nemanja Matic has emphasized the importance of Manchester United starting off the week with a win over Watford this weekend.

    United have a busy schedule of games coming up and Matic reckons a win against Watford will put the Red Devils on the right track to build momentum going into the hectic Xmas run.

    He said: "We have a very difficult match against Watford then after that with Villarreal away and then Chelsea.

    "Very busy and it’s important to start the week with a win…it’s very important to build momentum, game by game, especially now because Christmas is coming, Boxing Day as you know is always busy for us. Lot of games so we have to be ready for that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gathered his most senior players to hold crisis talks on how to save Manchester United's season.

    The Red Devils are reeling after losing six out of their last 12 games, with Solskjaer calling a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof AND Nemanja Matjc.

    According to the Mail Online, Solskjaer rallied his troops in a 10am meeting on Thursday to talk through matters at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer reportedly wanted to brainstorm how the club could turn their fortunes around, as well as discuss tactical changes.

    And he's turned to his most senior players to establish a plan for moving forward.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RING THE BELL

    Manchester United have been urged to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund by club legend Rio Ferdinand.

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could utilise Bellingham in a number of different ways.

    He could partner Fred in a standard 4-2-3-1, offering dynamism to a solid midfield base – allowing attacking talent like Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to shine.

    Or he could be the attacking talent himself, playing as the most advanced attacking midfielder in a 3-5-2 formation, supporting frontmen Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani directly.

    Alternatively he could sit at the base of midfield in an ultra-attacking team, particularly should United be chasing a goal.

    Bellingham could sit behind Paul Pogba and Fernandes, with wingers like Rashford and Greenwood also supporting Ronaldo, as the Red Devils go full throttle to score.

  • Justin Lawrence

    BLADDERED

    Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Roy Keane were 'bladdered' on the pitch after the 1999 Champions League final triumph, Gary Neville has revealed.

    Scholes and Keane both missed the historic game as they had picked up bookings in the second leg of their semi-final against Juventus.

    And Neville, who played in the game, has now spoken about how the suited up pair of Scholes and Keane were absolutely hammered by the full-time whistle.

    Speaking about his memories from immediately after the game, he told Sport Bible: “It was just absolute mayhem. I remember us all sitting on the pitch and singing Sit Down by James – which is on camera – and thinking ‘wow’.

    “I remember Scholesy and Keaney coming through with their suits on absolutely bladdered, been drinking all day. They had to, didn’t they?!"

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Thomas Muller’s wife blocked a secret transfer to Manchester United during Louis van Gaal's reign as manager.

    The German was a key target for Van Gaal, who was looking to build a title-winning team.

    Bild claims Muller snubbed a salary worth nearly £17million a year after talking to his wife.

    And Bayern Munich were also not keen on doing business, turning down an £84m transfer fee.

    Meanwhile, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has slammed speculation linking him to Manchester United as 'really disrespectful'.

    Responding to a reporter’s question, he said: "There's two things. Firstly it is really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager in place, a good manager and a good man, who is working hard at the club.

    "Secondly I can't really comment on it, because it is not something that is real.

    "I am here as the Leicester City manager, proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership.

    "That's about it, all the other noise around that is something we can't control."

    Finally, Man Utd are monitoring RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo ahead of a potential transfer, according to reports.

    United are keen on the Spaniard but Barcelona's interest in Olmo, 23, has complicated matters.

    But with Barcelona struggling financially and also chasing Raheem Sterling there is a chance United could swoop in to sign Olmo, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at Man United's next five games as the Premier League returns this weekend…

  • Anthony Chapman

    HEY JUDE

    Rio Ferdinand has called on Manchester United to sign teenage superstar Jude Bellingham because of his versatility as a midfielder.

    Ferdinand said: “[He can play in] any [position]. He’s that good.

    “Serious. In the England youth teams there are times when he’s played as the holding midfielder. Times he’s played as the 8 and been box-to-box.

    “And also times when he’s been told he can join the attacks more. He has the capabilities and capacity to play all of the roles, he’s that good.

    “I think for him, I see him as being someone who can do it all. There aren’t many midfielders in the game now that can attack and defend – affect the game at both ends. 

    “When you are one of the super clubs, there are talents out there that make you think if we have the capacity and financial muscle, then he’s one you don’t want to miss.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FREEDOM DAY

    Jesse Lingard appears to be nearing the Manchester United exit door after talks over a contract extension collapsed.

    The 28-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer but he allegedly has ‘no intention’ of restarting negotiations. 

    That is due to his frustration at United’s behaviour during discussions earlier this season, according to The Times.

    The first offer made to the England international was worth less than his current package.

    He now looks set to walk away from Old Trafford for nothing in June and is also believed to be considering asking to leave on loan in January for the last six months of his contract due to a lack of action.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZINE LIVES

    Zinedine Zidane is learning English amid reports linking him with the Manchester United manager's job, says Emmanuel Petit.

    He told bookmakers.co.uk: “If you are a manager of a football club you need to speak different languages.

    "I know Zinedine speaks different languages but I’m pretty sure English is not one of them.

    “There are so many examples of wrong decisions in football – not necessarily the wrong decision about someone’s ability, but about the dressing room being a right fit given all the different nationalities.

    “Communication is very important, so if you do not speak the language when you arrive at a club like Manchester United, that could be a big problem.

    “I’ve been told that he has been learning English recently, so I think he knows it’s important for his career, but Zinedine being linked with Manchester United – I don’t believe it, to be honest.

    “Of course, he’s a big name but he never played in the Premier League and has very little connection with it, so as I said, I don’t believe it.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ODDS ON

    Brendan Rodgers remains the bookies' favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd.

    According to Betfair, he is ahead of Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino.

    But the likes of Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick are also in the running should United decide to make a change.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PHIL ME IN

    Phil Neville jokingly stated that Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot to thank him for as he helped his career in a big way in the early days.

    The Inter Miami boss said: "I think Cristiano's got to thank me a lot you know because I played in that game in Sporting Lisbon when he kept dancing past me down that wing.

    "The game when after the game Sir Alex signed him in the dressing room.

    "I played in that game and you witnessed in 90 minutes someone that was going to be very special, no doubt about it.

    "And it's not often you can say that about someone.

    "So I just hope he comes up to me after the game and says thanks for your efforts in helping me get where I am today."

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZID CHASE

    PSG have sounded out Zinedine Zidane as the man they want to replace Mauricio Pochettino.

    Frenchman Zidane has also been linked with the Manchester United job as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford.

    But the Red Devils will have to go head-to-head with the French giants if they want to recruit Zizou.

    According to Le10 Sport, via AS, Pochettino is not 'reaching the level' that is expected of him in Paris.

    Instead PSG view 49-year-old Zidane as their 'dream' appointment.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MULL IT OVER

    Thomas Muller’s wife wife blocked a secret transfer to Manchester United during Louis van Gaal's reign as manager.

    The German was a key target for Van Gaal, who was looking to build a title-winning team.

    Bild claims Muller snubbed a salary worth nearly £17million a year after talking to his wife.

    And Bayern Munich were also not keen on doing business, turning down an £84m transfer fee.

  • Anthony Chapman

    OL SO CHEEKY

    Man Utd are monitoring RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo ahead of a potential transfer, according to reports.

    United are keen on the Spaniard but Barcelona's interest in Olmo, 23, has complicated matters.

    But with Barcelona struggling financially and also chasing Raheem Sterling there is a chance United could swoop in to sign Olmo, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.

  • Anthony Chapman

    IN FROM THE COLD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be ready to roll the dice and gamble against Watford by bringing in two of Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho.

    All three were able to rest and train at Carrington over the last fortnight as they were not involved in international duty.

    Now after six defeats in 12 – a run that has left Solskjaer’s job hanging by a thread – the Norwegian may consider next Tuesday's Champions League away trip to Villarreal more important than a trip to face the Hornets.

    Stung by recent criticism of his treatment of the three, he is perhaps in a no lose situation by starting two, or indeed all three, at a club that stands a place above the relegation zone after four defeats from their last five games.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HOT ROD

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has slammed speculation linking him to Manchester United as 'really disrespectful'.

    Responding to a reporter’s question, he said: "There's two things. Firstly it is really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager in place, a good manager and a good man, who is working hard at the club.

    "Secondly I can't really comment on it, because it is not something that is real.

    "I am here as the Leicester City manager, proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership.

    "That's about it, all the other noise around that is something we can't control."

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