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MAN UTD visit Tottenham in their Premier League clash on Friday night – but Marcus Rashford has just won a very important battle off the pitch.
No 10 Downing Street have announced that Rashford's campaign to reverse their decision on withdrawing free school meals to 1.3m vulnerable children has been successful – seriously well done Marcus.
Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…
United could pay for Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in instalments, according to reports.
The Old Trafford hierarchy know so much hinges on them qualifying for the Champions League next season.
There are currently three avenues open for doing so: finishing fourth, winning the Europa League and hoping Manchester City’s two-year European ban is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and finishing fifth.
According to the MEN, a nine-figure sum for Sancho could be negotiated in one lump sum, plus add-ons.
United have been given a boost in the transfer pursuit for Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre admitted the winger is among those who could quit this summer.
The 20-year-old has become a priority signing for United while also attracting attention from City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Dortmund value Sancho – whose contract expires in 2020 and looks unlikely to sign a new deal – at £115million.
Favre said: “Obviously players will go and we hope that they stay but it's possible that they may also leave.
“You have spoken about two players who we don't know definitively what will happen – they could stay with us, that's clear and that would be good for me.
“We'll see what we'll do in defence, midfield or attack.”
How many United fans will be watching this guy's performance tonight?
The Aston Villa midfielder's growing reputation has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola alike.
Here are how his stats stack up this term.
HAV A LOOK-IN
Real Madrid have taken the lead in the race to sign Kai Havertz, according to reports in Germany.
A switch to the Spanish capital is described as the Bayer Leverkusen star's preference, as it will give him a chance to play alongside his idol Toni Kroos.
There are many similarities between the two midfielders' careers with Kroos, 30, having spent time on loan at Leverkusen while making his way at Bayern Munich.
And Havertz wants to follow in his compatriot's footsteps and sign for Real, report Sportbuzzer.
The German outlet claims that Los Blancos have already lodged a bid for the 21-year-old, which has been rejected by Leverkusen for being well under their valuation.
A price of £90million has been set by the Bundesliga outfit, who still have Havertz tied to a contract that runs to 2022.
BACK TO FORM
Jamie Redknapp reckons United will have momentum because they have players coming back to fitness.
The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder told Sky Sports' Football Podcast: “There are important players coming back,
“If you look at Manchester United right now, they've got a young man in Marcus Rashford who is now fit for his team.
“That's going to be amazing to have him back for United.
“It's like a brand new signing – one of the best centre forwards in the world or wide players, wherever you want to play him.
“So I think United will look at that and think 'we've got a real chance.’”
RASHFORD 1 BORIS 0
Marcus Rashford got a nod from the residents of his home town of Wythenshawe, to the south of Manchester.
Unfortunately, someone has swiped the banner, according to reports.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SON
Cristiano Ronaldo wished Cristiano Jr. a happy birthday as his son turned 10 on Wednesday.
The eldest of the Portuguese star's four children, Juventus academy player Junior's nickname of 'puppy' was revealed in a post for his happy returns.
Posting a photo of him and his son on social media, Ronaldo wrote: “I can't even believe that my boy is 10 years old! Time passes…
“You have always been a source of pride for the father who loves you so much.
“Congratulations, Puppy! A happy day! I love you so much!”
Cristiano Jr. was born in the United States with the footballer having full custody of the boy, whose mother has never been publicly identified.
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Nem quero acreditar que o meu menino já tem 10 anos! Como o tempo passou… e desde sempre foste motivo de orgulho do pai que tanto te ama. Muitos Parabéns, Filhote! Um dia Feliz! Amo-te muito! 🎂🎉❤️🙏
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HAVING A LUKE
Luke Shaw admitted he will watch tonight’s Premier League games to see how it goes ahead of United’s return.
The left-back told ManUtd.com: “I’ll definitely be watching the Premier League games that are on before ours on Wednesday – I reckon most of the country will!
“It’s been a long time without sport and I’ve really missed watching football as well as playing it.
“I’ve been tuning in for the Bundesliga over recent weeks, watching quite a lot of that, as have a few of the lads.
“After the game between Dortmund and Bayern we were talking about how it was a very quick pace, potentially even quicker now than before lockdown because the balls come back into play quite quickly, since there are no fans to waste time with the ball and so on. I think everything’s moving fast.
“There are lots of great quality players in the Bundesliga and it was impressive to see the speed of the games over there, so it’ll be interesting to watch the English teams this week and see how everybody’s looking.”
Have United got the easiest run-in?
This is the average position of their opponents throughout the rest of the season.
So have they got the breeziest of opposition for the next couple of months?
BELLI ACHE FOR DORTMUND?
Manchester United have reportedly been handed a boost in their pursuit of Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham with Borussia Dortmund said to be struggling to afford him.
It was claimed last week that the 16-year-old had decided to join the Bundesliga side believing that he will get more first team opportunities at BVB as opposed to at Old Trafford.
But Bild have now stated that the move is in jeopardy with the German outfit struggling to meet the Blues' demands.
They say that even though Dortmund have an agreement with the player about a deal at the end of the season, the coronavirus crisis has limited the amount of money they can spend.
It has been alleged that Bellingham will be allowed to leave Birmingham should the Championship side receive an offer of £31.3million.
Bild report that Dortmund are reluctant to hand over so much for the teenager, with the club only so far only prepared to pay close to £18m.
LUKE SHAW ON PREM RETURN
The United left-back told ManUtd.com: “It’s been a long, long time coming but we’re all looking forward so much to facing Tottenham on Friday evening.
“This is what we’ve all been training very, very hard for since lockdown started.
“This week is hugely important in terms of our preparation for Spurs, and we had some good friendly games against West Brom at Old Trafford over the weekend.
“We split into two teams so everybody got some minutes and getting that time in was the most important aspect of the afternoon by a long way.
“A few of the lads won’t have played 90 minutes for a very long time, especially the lads like Rashy and Paul who have had injuries, and getting that playing time for the whole squad was easily the most important thing.
“We’ve all got our minutes in, everyone’s looking sharp and hungry and we’re all really excited to be looking forward to the games again.”
JACK OF ALL TRADES
United could still be forced into forking out £80million for Jack Grealish even if Aston Villa are relegated, according to reports.
The Red Devils are long-term admirers of the Englishman, 24, and have placed him high on their transfer wish list.
But according to the Daily Mail, it is thought the Midlands side will not drop their valuation of their star man, regardless of which division they will be playing in next season.
Villa go into the Premier League restart 19th in the Premier League, two points adrift of safety.
And Dean Smith will be desperate to have his captain firing on all cylinders from the outset with ten games to secure survival.
Grealish has three years left on his current deal at Villa Park and has been the club's standout player in their first season back in the Premier League with seven goals and six assists.
Luke Shaw looks glad to be back at it during United training.
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Phil Neville has compared new Manchester United favourite Bruno Fernandes with expensive flop Juan Sebastian Veron.
Despite the manner in which Veron's Old Trafford career fizzled out, Neville, 43, believes that he can see shades of his former team-mate in the way that Fernandes plays.
He told Premier League Productions: “He’s a really technical player, always wants to take the ball.
“People talk about Paul Scholes but he reminds me more of Veron with the way he’s got that invincibility of taking people on, a lot of shots from distance.
“The positions which he takes up I think are really interesting. He always finds space.”
The Portuguese midfielder, 25, has started his United career in electrifying form, providing three goals and four assists in his first nine appearances – galvanising the supporters in the process.
Even Phil Neville is having a laugh at Daniel Rashford's expense.
'BEEN CALLED MUCH WORSE'
At least Marcus saw the funny side of it… even if the sort of social media abuse he's hinting at is pretty abhorrent.
Health secretary Matt Hancock called Marcus Rashford 'Daniel' on Sky News this morning.
Willian's agent Kia Joorabchian recently admitted talks over an extension for his client at Chelsea had hit roadblocks.
“Willian wanted to sign a three-year contract and then see where his career takes him,” Joorabchian said. “Chelsea’s policy only allows two, so that’s where the sticking block was.
“At the moment, he’s a Chelsea player. He has a contract with Chelsea until the season is over, so I think it is disrespectful to talk about him moving to other clubs.”
The Brazilian is 31, but turns 32 in August.
MORNING UNITED FANS
Yesterday was a busy day as Manchester United star Marcus Rashford succeeded in pressuring the government to reverse their decision to end free school meal vouchers in England over the summer.
Fans were even calling for the England ace to become prime minister.
In transfers, Napoli insisted Kalidou Koulibaly will not leave for less than £90m while the Red Devils have a clear path to sign Donny van de Beek.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey is also on United’s list and they are lining up a move.
But the Old Trafford outfit also failed in a move for Barcelona whizkid Ansu Fati in a bid worth £135m.
The Reds also made contact with Willian’s agent as they look to snap him up on a free and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted youngsters Teden Mengi and James Garner will be in the squad for their first game back against Tottenham.
And United legend Peter Scmeichel reckons his old teammate Solskjaer has built a team capable of being a force again.
The Dane, who won the Premier League five times at Old Trafford, said: “It is so nice to see all these leaders.
“There are four or five of them now — but it has not always been like that.
“And I believe the more leaders you have, the better your team will be. Every successful team I played in had four, five, six or seven leaders and United now have a few.”
And finally, the Premier League are in talks with the FA over introducing a quota of at least one BAME coach at every club.
OLE TOGETHER NOW
Peter Schmeichel claims the “confusion” at Manchester Unitedis finally over under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Dane, who won thePremier League five times at Old Trafford, said: “It is so nice to see all these leaders.
“There are four or five of them now — but it has not always been like that. It was just due tolack of consistency from the top guy at United in previous years.
“The managers have haddifferent philosophies, signing different players. So there has been confusion over who United were— but that is now all behind us.
“Someplayers signed in that period were probably not right for the club but I think Ole saw this and understood it.”
Raheem Sterling says black people have been “screaming for help” in all areas of society.
And the Manchester City superstar believes “now is the time to act” against racism.
Sterling told Gary Neville on Sky Sports News: “I feel like I am speaking for most black people. Everyone is tired. A lot of people have been screaming for help in society.
“With the protesting in America transferring to the UK, you know a lot of people have been in silence.
“Now they are not just trying to get answers, but also to change in society.
He added: “It is for people like myself, who have a platform, to try to spark change. Now is the time we have to act.”
STAY AT HOME
Prem fans have been warned that gatherings outside grounds WILL see the season forced to finish in neutral stadiums.
In a stark warning, sports minister Nigel Huddleston confirmed police have the power to disperse fans who ignore demands they stay at home when the League returns tomorrow night.
And Premier League boss Richard Masters added that League chiefs had “contingency” plans in place that would allow them to switch match venues at late notice.
Huddleston said: “Neutral stadiums come back on the cards if we can’t manage local crowds.”
Masters added: “If it occurs the progress made on neutral venues could be at risk. We have contingency plans in place.”
THE MARC OF A MAN
National hero Marcus Rashford posted a candid shot of him at training after the government made a U-Turn on their decision to end free meal vouchers to eligible school children throughout the summer.
The government backed down in the face of the United star's campaign.
GOLDEN BOYS 2020
FUTURE IS BRIGHT
Chelsea and Arsenal lead the way for the Premier League in the 202 Golden Boy nominations – with four each.
The award for the most promising young player in European football will be voted on from 100 starlets chosen by the continent’s media.
On Tuesday, the nominations were announced with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour, Faustino Anjorin and Ethan Ampadu representing Chelsea.
Arsenal counted William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Trae Coyle and Gabriel Martinelli from their impressive academy ranks.
Manchester United and Liverpool both have three players in the running, while Manchester City, Tottenham and Wolves all have two.
Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Ryan Sessegnon have all enjoyed impressive seasons, and are joined in the longlist by Southampton’s Michael Obafemi and Max Aarons of Norwich.
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