11.45am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Kounde 'top summer target', Sergio Ramos LATEST, Dembele eyed, Sancho UPDATE

MANCHESTER UNITED missed the chance to keep pace with crosstown rivals City after a goalless draw with Arsenal.

The transfer window shuts tomorrow and the Red Devils are still active in the market, although Jules Kounde is reportedly their top summer target.

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  • Daniel Brookes

    MILAN WANT DALOT

    AC Milan are keen to make Diogo Dalot’s loan move from Manchester United permanent.

    Milan are believed to have approached United with a view to making a £15m offer for the Portuguese full-back this summer.

    There was no option included in the deal to send Dalot to the San Siro in the summer as the Red Devils wanted £27m for the 21-year-old.

    Dalot joined United for £19m in 2018 but has made just 20 Premier League appearances in that time.

  • Daniel Brookes

    RAMOS TO UNITED?

    Sergio Ramos is targeting a move to Manchester United if he leaves Real Madrid in the summer, according to the Mirror

    The 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree terms over a new deal.

    The Spanish defender is believed to favour United but would not rule out a move to either Manchester City or Liverpool.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED BACK IN FOR DEMBELE

    Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele's contract situation, according to Sport.

    Dembele's current deal at the Camp Nou expires in 2022, meaning he can negotiate a free transfer to another club in a year's time.

    Barca are keen to extend the 23-year-old's contract rather than lose him for nothing, after splashing more than £90m in the deal to bring him to Spain in 2017.

    Dembele was a target for United last summer after they misses out on Jadon Sancho, but the Frenchman opted to stay with the La Liga giants.

  • Daniel Brookes

    CROWN JULES

    Manchester United have made Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde their top target this summer, according to the Mirror.

    The 22-year-old caught the eye in Sevilla's run to the Europa League title last season and has impressed again in La Liga this term.

    Kounde's contract at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan contains an £81m release clause but he could be allowed to leave for around £60m this summer.

    But United will face competition from Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich for the Frenchman's services.

    United's rivals Manchester City had a £50m bid for Kounde knocked back in the summer before they opted to sign Ruben Dias.

  • Daniel Brookes

    CHONG OF PLAN

    Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong has had his loan deal with Werder Bremen terminated.

    The 21-year-old will spend the rest of the season on loan at Belgian outfit Club Brugge, who are nine points clear at the top of the Belgian Pro League.

    Chong made 15 appearances in all competitions for Bremen, notching one goal and two assists.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BRAND MANAGEMENT

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Southampton to forget about signing defender Brandon Williams.

    The 20-year-old full-back was also a Southampton target in the summer but despite limited playing time, Timothy Fosu-Mensah's departure means Williams will not be going anywhere.

    Solskjaer said: "No, Brandon will stay.

    "He played under-23s against Liverpool, he needed match fitness and has been working really hard.

    "We do not have any more players who we feel should be going.

    "We need a strong squad. It Is a relentless season, it is like the NBA, we are on the road every time.

    "Brandon has been working really hard in recent months and will be ready when the chance comes."

  • Daniel Brookes

    POTE LUCK

    Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Pedro Goncalves.

    Goncalves, or Pote as he is also known, has a £53m release clause in his contract.

    The 22-year-old has scored 12 goals in 13 league appearances for Sporting this season, leading to comparisons with United star and ex-Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

    Goncalves, who spent two seasons at Wolves between 2017 and 2019, primarily operates off the right, which has been a problem position for United this term.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United handed rivals City a golden opportunity to extend their Premier League lead after drawing 0-0 at Arsenal.

    Both sides put in a turgid performance to slug out a goalless stalemate at the Emirates.

    But the result is arguably worse for United, who are now three points behind City having played a game more.

    Red Devils legend Roy Keane was furious with the performance and said United lacked the belief to win.

    He blasted: “I’m scratching my head with United really. My worry watching them today was that they almost lacked the belief that they could go and win the game.

    “It’s Man United. You’re looking at Arsenal who are missing a few players – I know that doesn’t guarantee you to win football matches – but the game was there for the taking.

    “Imagine playing for United and having a lack of belief that you can go and in a game of football.

    “Cavani’s obviously got to score, but overall their performance just lacked that intensity.”

    United were also dealt an injury blow as Scott McTominay limped off holding his stomach.

    But there was good news for the U23s, who beat Liverpool 6-2 in the Premier League 2.

    The game saw the introduction of new winger Amad Diallo.

    And he left fans salivating with two goals – including a cheeky Panenka penalty.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RASHFORD ABUSE SHAME

    Marcus Rashford has hit out at vile racists in the wake of Manchester United's draw with Arsenal.

    The striker, 23, revealed on Twitter that he had been targeted on social media and bravely stood up to the trolls.

    Rashford has shown maturity beyond his years in recent times as he became a prominent spokesman in the fight to end child hunger.

    And he has also used his position as a football icon to speak out on other social issues.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY MARTIN LIPTON

    Fifa president Gianni Infantino has been branded the puppet master behind the Super League project which threatens to rip up the fabric of European football.

    LaLiga boss Javier Tebas said: “It is obvious that Gianni Infantino has been party to meetings and hosted the club organisation to be able to work on the Super League.

    “He has been working on it and has even been encouraging them to set it up.

    “In the documents that we have related to the Super League there is the mention of a code name W01, which clearly refers to Mr Infantino. That is his code name.

    “If I am wrong, I will apologise. But we have information and the facts seem to be there. I think people are telling me the truth.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S DUNCAN WRIGHT

    Worried Premier League clubs are still in the dark over whether they will lose some foreign stars to ten days of quarantine.

    Fifa have yet to rule on whether England’s top flight can stop their South American and Portuguese players from taking part in March’s scheduled World Cup qualifiers.

    New UK Covid-19 travel regulations mean anyone returning from ‘red list’ countries, including Portugal and those in South America, must spend ten days in isolation at an airport hotel.

    World football chiefs are set to hold talks with South American and Portuguese officials before deciding on whether to relax the rule on clubs’ releasing players.

    This was allowed last year following the start of the pandemic.

  • Anthony Chapman

    LATE CALL-UP

    Jesse Lingard hopes his West Ham switch revives his chances of playing in this summer’s Euros.

    Lingard said: “It’s always good to have goals and that’s one of mine, to play in the Euros.

    “But for now it’s about West Ham and helping the team.

    “For me at my age, it’s all about regular football and getting that rhythm.

    “As you saw a couple of seasons ago, once I get a run of games, the goals start coming — and that’s what I want to bring to the team.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY MARTIN LIPTON

    Liverpool and Manchester United have been accused of plotting with Fifa and Real Madrid to ‘DESTROY’ football.

    LaLiga chief Javier Tebas says the ‘greedy’ Premier League giants have spent months scheming over an ‘obscene’ £4.6billion European Super League.

    The Spaniard insists United’s US owner Joel Glazer and Liverpool’s John W Henry have been working with Fifa president Gianni Infantino plus Madrid supremo Florentino Perez on plans that will ‘ruin’ the game.

    Tebas stormed: “This would be a disaster for football, it would destroy the ecosystem and balance of the game in Europe.

    “This whole underground project started with Infantino and Perez — but the Glazers and Liverpool were active too and held meetings.

    “They have all tried to keep it secret, before the stories emerged in October and since.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ROY NOT KEEN

    Roy Keane has slammed Manchester United's performance against Arsenal on Saturday evening, accusing the players of 'lacking the belief and desire' to win the game.

    He said: "I'm scratching my head with United really. My worry watching them today was that they almost lacked the belief that they could go and win the game.

    "It's Man United. You're looking at Arsenal who are missing a few players – I know that doesn't guarantee you to win football matches – but the game was there for the taking.

    "Imagine playing for United and having a lack of belief that you can go and in a game of football.

    "Cavani's obviously got to score, but overall their performance just lacked that intensity."

  • Anthony Chapman

    VERDICT

    Man United’s lack of goals against the Big Six haunted them again today.

    The Red Devils drew a blank against Arsenal with Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford misfiring.

    And United’s record against their Premier League rivals now makes for pretty grim reading.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    RATINGS

    Bruno Fernandes struggled to make an impact during Man United’s 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

    But Victor Lindelof impressed in the heart of defence as the Red Devils’ unbeaten away run continued.

    READ OUR MAN UTD PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME OVER

    It's full-time at the Emirates and the game has ended Arsenal 0 Man United 0.

    The second half was as low-key as the first except for a terrific Alexandre Lacazette free-kick which hit the crossbar.

    It means it's a point each for either side but Mikel Arteta will be the happier man as United are now three points behind league leaders City having played a game extra.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    TUMMY TROUBLE

    Man United were dealt a huge blow after Scott McTominay went off with what appeared to be an upset stomach at Arsenal.

    The Scottish midfielder, 24, has been a mainstay in the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's midfield this season.

    But McTominay went off clutching his stomach just over half an hour into first-half of the massive game at the Emirates.

    The United midfielder appeared to be struggling for much of the first-half, with his mobility clearly hampered.

    McTominay was eventually replaced by Anthony Martial, who had been dropped in favour of Edinson Cavani for the London showdown.

    Paul Pogba – who had started in a wide position – slipped back into McTominay's role with the game evenly poised at 0-0.

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME ON

    It's half-time at the Emirates and the score is Arsenal 0 Man United 0.

    Neither side has set the game alight but Bruno Fernandes' free-kick was nearly turned into his own net by David Luiz.

    Meanwhile, Scott McTominay was forced off with a stomach injury in a blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    LIN IT TO WIN IT

    Jesse Lingard’s loan move to West Ham from Manchester United could cost the Hammers as much as £4million.

    The 28-year-old England international was confirmed as David Moyes' latest acquisition on Friday as he joins the East London club until the end of the season.

    And it has now been revealed by The Mail that as well as the £1.5m loan fee and £100,000 per week wages, Man Utd have also negotiated a £500,000 bonus linked to the Hammers qualifying for Europe.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM NEWS

    Anthony Martial has been dropped for Man Utd's clash with Arsenal.

    The striker had a bad game in the defeat to Sheffield United and is replaced by Edinson Cavani up front.

    Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes play in a midfield diamond with Mason Greenwood also axed.

    Luke Shaw, Fred and Scott McTominay are also back in the fold.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    GARNER LEAVE

    Man United have terminated James Garner's loan at Watford and will reportedly send him to Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.

    The Red Devils were said to be unhappy with the game time the 19-year-old was getting at Vicarage Road.

    Garner has played just 40 minutes of football since December 19 after Vladimir Ivic was replaced by Xisco Munoz as manager.

    And both clubs agreed to terminate the loan early despite a positive start to his time in Hertfordshire under Ivic.

    He will now head to fellow Championship side Forest after Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling rejected the chance to join them, according to MEN.

    The teenager will complete his medical on Saturday, and an official announcement is expected in the coming days.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED U23s BEAT LIVERPOOL

    Manchester United under-23s beat Liverpool 6-3 on Amad Diallo's Premier League 2 debut, but it was Joe Hugill who stole the show.

    Hugill, a £300k summer signing from Sunderland, scored four to take his tally for the season to 14 goals across under-18 and under-23 level.

    Diallo did score twice on his first start for the club, nicking ahead of a Liverpool defender to slot home the opening goal before adding a Panenka from the penalty spot late on.

  • Daniel Brookes

    PELL OF THE BALL

    Real Madrid and Barcelona are both admirers of Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri, according to Sport.

    The Spanish giants will be watching closely as the Uruguayan starlet looks set to join Alaves on loan.

    Pellistri, 19, has scored two goals in six Premier League 2 appearances for United since his £9m move from Penarol in the summer.

  • Daniel Brookes

    AMAD FOR IT

    Manchester United newboy Amad Diallo scored inside the first 15 minutes on his Premier League 2 debut against Liverpool.

    The 18-year-old pounced on a poor touch from a Reds defender before slotting into the bottom corner with his left foot.

    Joe Hugill made it 2-0 on 22 minutes but United were pegged back to 2-2 as the sides went in level at half-time.

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