Europa League final build-up as Maguire NOT yet ruled out, Ronaldo LATEST, £150m Kane transfer, Lingard EXCLUSIVE

HARRY MAGUIRE is in Gdansk for tonight's Europa League final with Villarreal – and hasn't yet been officially ruled out.

The Red Devils skipper is suffering from an ankle injury but has travelled with the squad to Poland.

Meanwhile on the transfer front, we've the very latest on United's potential swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Harry Kane is also on the target list for this summer, while West Ham fear United want to KEEP Jesse Lingard after his on-loan heroics.

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  • Dylan Terry

    MAN UTD EUROPEAN FINALS XI

    Manchester United take on Villarreal in the Europa League final on Wednesday night aiming to win their second title in the second tier of European football.

    Luke Shaw will incredibly play in his first-ever cup final after missing the 2017 Europa League final win over Ajax through injury.

    But he will almost certainly start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the 2020-21 squad aim to write their names in the record books.

    Ahead of the game, we've taken a look at the Man Utd's best XI based on cup finals.

  • Dylan Terry

    FINAL WARNING

    Bruno Fernandes will not be crushed by expectation in the Europa League final against Villarreal tonight.

    The Manchester United playmaker, 26, knows he is under huge pressure to deliver in Poland.

    But he said: “I think if you look at the history of the club, you understand pressure is there. It is part of life. I like working under pressure, that’s good for me. Everyone knows it’s important for us to win trophies.

    “We come to this club because we want to win. It doesn’t matter if the club hasn’t won for many years. The hope to win is still there and we want to do it. Trophies are part of this club and I think everyone knows that.

    “Every player that signs knows he will come to fight for trophies, to be a better player. The team has grown up a lot and we have improved from the semi-final.

    “Being in the final is good but to be perfect we have to win and the dressing room is confident. It is a 50-50 game.”

  • Dylan Terry

    WAN OF A KIND

    Former Manchester United and England star Andrew Cole believes that Aaron Wan-Bissaka was unlucky not to make Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man Euro 2020 squad.

    He told talkSPORT 2: “When anyone gets mentioned regarding the right-back position, they always say they’re not sure about players defensively, especially Alexander-Arnold.

    “Wan-Bissaka is the opposite. Defensively, he’s brilliant. Going forward, he doesn’t attack as good as he rest of the boys.

    “But defensively, he’s up there with the best of them.”

  • Dylan Terry

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  • Dylan Terry

    MAN OF THE PEOPLE

    Manchester United have given ALL staff a day off to watch the Europa League final tonight.

    The Red Devils take on Villarreal in Gdansk, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to win his first trophy as boss.

    The Premier League runners-up would usually put on a huge party and screening to watch the game.

    But due to coronavirus restrictions the backroom team aren’t allowed to be together to watch the European clash.

    However, United are letting employees have today or tomorrow off as a goodwill gesture after a tough season.

    They are also giving everyone a ‘front room final party pack’ including drinks, snacks, free merchandise and takeaway vouchers.

  • Dylan Terry

    EUR’LL BE LUCKY

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has NOT been ruled out of his side’s Europa League final against Villarreal.

    The defender picked up an ankle ligament injury in a 3-1 Premier League win against Aston Villa at the start of May.

    The 28-year-old has not played since, and was relying on crutches to get him around.

    But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to definitely rule out his captain, and Maguire has been named in the 26-man squad flying out to Gdansk.

    Speaking on the club website, Solskjaer said: “Harry is just going to jog up and down the sidelines [in training].

    “I reckon he’ll try to join in a bit.”

  • Dylan Terry

    EUR IN TROUBLE

    UEFA have opened the way to ban Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus from the Champions League after beginning formal disciplinary charges against the rebel trio.

    Euro chiefs are determined to bring the three Super League ringleaders to heel after the collapse of their breakaway plan.

    Unlike the Prem Big Six, the two Milan sides and Atletico Madrid, the three clubs have refused to pull the plug on their scheme.

    That has infuriated Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin.

    He is out for revenge and wants to impose two season bans.

    And now that prospect had moved a step closer after Uefa announced its first move.

    In a statement, Nyon officials said: "Following an investigation conducted by UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework.

    "Further information will be made available in due course."

  • Dylan Terry

    SOLSKJAER ON EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted the Europa League final is not about him as he goes in search of his first silverware with the club.

    “It’s not about me. I’ve got enough self-belief, whatever circumstances I’ve been in,” Solskjaer told reporters at his press conference prior to the final.

    “[I’m] Quietly confident, as I’ve always said. Trusting the players. These players are ready for this and that’s the main thing.

    “I’ve seen in them something growing inside of them, more and more confident, more and more robust and resilient to setbacks.

    “As a group, I’m confident that we’re ready for this now.”

  • Dylan Terry

    FAN ATTACKS

    Several Manchester United fans were reportedly injured last night following an attack by locals in Poland ahead of the Europa League Final.

    The Red Devils are in Gdansk to take on Villarreal this evening as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to land his first piece of silverware as manager.

    A number of fans, including United and England legend Wayne Rooney, have flown over to watch the action live.

    However, three supporters suffered minor injuries after they were attacked in a bar yesterday.

    BBC reporter Simon Stone says club staff are assisting those individuals who had items stolen.

    He added: “Not aware of any issue involving Utd/Villarreal fans and general atmosphere good natured.”

  • Dylan Terry

    INJURY TIME

    Gareth Southgate admits he is in the dark whether Harry Maguire will be fit for the Euros – because Manchester United have kept his medical details secret from England.

    He said: “At this moment in time, Harry might play tomorrow or he might be out for two months I just don’t know.

    “We had an initial assessment, which was positive in terms of the tournament, but there was always a little bit more swelling and further investigation needed.

    “Of course when you’ve got a European final and information for the opposition is so tight and things do leak I understand why clubs want to keep their cards close to their chest.

    “It’s made it a little bit more difficult for us but I don’t have a problem with Manchester United at all, I totally understand it.”

  • Dylan Terry

    GREEN LIGHT

    Mason Greenwood has been tipped to be named as the man of the match ahead of Manchester United's Europa League final against Villarreal in Gdansk.

    Stadium operators at PGE Arena Gdansk picked the 19-year-old forward as the star performer during screen tests for Wednesday night's clash.

    Greenwood is in great form having fired in six goals in his last eight Premier League games.

    His recent dazzling displays have seen him be included in Gareth Southgate's 33-man provisional England squad for Euro 2020.

    Red Devils fans are hoping that it is a good omen for them that Greenwood was named by stadium operators as United look to win silverware for the first time since lifting the Europa League in 2017.

    Taking to social media to share the image of the teenager, PA's Simon Peach tweeted: "Stadium operators are testing the screens and tipping Mason Greenwood for a big night."

  • Richard Forrester

    MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United take on Villarreal tonight in Gdansk, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to get his hands on his first silverware as Red Devils boss.

    The Norwegian put his players through their paces last night, but skipper Harry Maguire did NOT take part in training.

    Solskjaer, 48, refused to rule his captain out of contention to play.

    He said: “We’ve prepared well. Anthony didn’t make it, Phil didn’t make it, of course, and Harry is just going to jog up and down the sidelines [in training]. I reckon he’ll try to join in a bit.

    “Apart from that, we’re looking quite good.”

    But having not trained, selection appears unlikely.

    Maguire has, however, been included in Gareth Southgate’s 33-man provisional England squad for Euro 2020.

    And he’s joined by United team-mates Dean Henderson, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

    There is no place for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, however, with the squad expected to be whittled down to 26 next week.

    United have been joined on their trip to Gdansk by legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The Scot observed training from the stands last night, as the players attempted one final time to impress Solskjaer, ahead of him naming his starting XI for this evening’s clash.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – GDA-MN IT!

    Harry Maguire did NOT train with his Manchester United team-mates this evening, despite travelling with them to Gdansk.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to rule his skipper out of contention for tomorrow night’s game, despite his recent injury woes.

    But the big defender, who was earlier included in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man England squad, was forced to watch the from the sidelines as his team-mates were put through their paces.

    Harry Maguire watches training from the bench
  • Etienne Fermie

    FERGIE TIME

    Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has travelled with his former side to Gdansk, ahead of the Europa League final tomorrow.

    The Scot, 79, attended training this evening, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put the players through their paces.

    Sir Alex Ferguson cast an eye over trainingCredit: Getty
    Fergie travelled to Poland alongside David GillCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    WAN OF A KIND

    Former Manchester United and England star Andrew Cole believes that Aaron Wan-Bissaka was unlucky not to make Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man Euro 2020 squad.

    He told talkSPORT 2: “When anyone gets mentioned regarding the right-back position, they always say they’re not sure about players defensively, especially Alexander-Arnold.

    “Wan-Bissaka is the opposite. Defensively, he’s brilliant. Going forward, he doesn’t attack as good as he rest of the boys.

    “But defensively, he’s up there with the best of them.”

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka failed to make Southgate’s squad
  • Etienne Fermie

    FINAL PREPARATIONS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put his players through their paces earlier this evening in Gdansk.

    Minus crocked skipper Harry Maguire, who watched on from the sidelines, Manchester United's stars got a feel for the pitch that they'll face Villarreal on tomorrow night.

    Man Utd stars were put through their pacesCredit: Getty
    Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will be key tomorrow nightCredit: PA
    Maguire watched on alongside Solskjaer and Mick PhelanCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    FEELING THE HEAT

    Tom Heaton has agreed to join Manchester United from Aston Villa on a free transfer, according to reports.

    The former England stopper is out of contract this summer and is set to take the third-choice keeper spot at Old Trafford.

    Heaton, 35, spent six years at Burnley before making the switch to Villa two years ago.

    But he is surplus to requirements having lost his place to Emi Martinez who joined from Arsenal last summer.

    Last month, SunSport exclusively revealed United were in for Heaton – as well as another former Red Devils ace, Sam Johnstone.

    And now the deal is done, according to the Mirror.

    Tom Heaton has agreed to join Man Utd
  • Etienne Fermie

    GDA-MN IT!

    Harry Maguire has NOT trained with his Manchester United team-mates, despite travelling with them to Gdansk.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to rule his skipper out of contention for tomorrow night's game, despite his recent injury woes.

    But the big defender, who was earlier included in Gareth Southgate's provisional 33-man England squad, was forced to watch the from the sidelines as his team-mates were put through their paces.

    Harry Maguire watches training from the benchCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    SHAW THING

    Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has revealed what winning the Europa League tomorrow night would mean to him.

    The full-back, 25, missed the triumphant final in 2017 because of injury.

    And ahead of tomorrow's clash with Villarreal in Gdansk, he said: "I was a bit unfortunate last time, I wasn't there.

    "This season, especially now there's, personally in my opinion, much more confidence and belief in the squad that we're improving as a team.

    "This is the next step [on Wednesday night] to go out and show that we're going in the right direction. There's a lot of confidence and belief that we're taking the right steps and this is another step in the right direction.

    "A [winners] medal would mean a great deal. It’s something that when you come to Manchester United you look to win trophies. We’ve missed out on a few trophies in the last few years and I know how disappointed the lads have been. So there is a massive incentive to go out there and obviously enjoy it, but leave everything out on the pitch to win it.

    "I look around and everyone seems very relaxed, enjoying the moment being here in the final. We have not been in one for a while. I think most of the lads are just looking forward to getting out there.

    "There is no need for nerves, we’re here for a reason, I think we deserve to be here. And on Wednesday night we just need to go out there and do what we’ve done to get here, and hopefully we can come back with the trophy.

    "The last couple of days after the great win against Wolves we have studied Villarreal, but we need to focus on us and all the players will give everything to win this trophy and try to finish the season in a good way."

    Luke Shaw cut a relaxed figure ahead of tomorrow's Europa League finalCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    HEART AND SOL

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 'quietly confident' going into tomorrow night's Europa League final.

    He said: "It’s not about me. I’ve got enough self-belief, whatever circumstances I’ve been in.

    "[I’m] Quietly confident, as I’ve always said. Trusting the players. These players are ready for this and that’s the main thing.

    “I’ve seen in them something growing inside of them, more and more confident, more and more robust and resilient to setbacks.

    “As a group, I’m confident that we’re ready for this now.”

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 'quietly confident' going into tomorrow's matchCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    GUNNAR BE FIT?

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has offered a team news update ahead of tomorrow's Europa League final.

    And the Norwegian has NOT ruled out selecting injured captain Harry Maguire.

    He said: "We've prepared well. Anthony didn't make it, Phil didn't make it, of course, and Harry is just going to jog up and down the sidelines [in training]. I reckon he'll try to join in a bit.

    "Apart from that, we're looking quite good."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered a team news updateCredit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    MORE FROM BRUNO

    Ahead of tomorrow's Europa League final, Bruno Fernandes said: "We come to this club because we want to win trophies.

    "I think every player knows you come here to fight for trophies and to be a better player. The pressure to win is there, but pressure is good for me."

    Bruno was all smiles in pressCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    BRUNO SPEAKS

    Man United ace Bruno Fernandes has addressed the media ahead of tomorrow's Europa League final.

    The Portugal ace said: "Being in the final is good, but to be perfect we have to win tomorrow.

    "The team is confident and we trust ourselves. We know what we have to do."

    Bruno is determined to win his first silverware at Man United tomorrow nightCredit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    RON HIS WAY?

    Manchester United transfer target Cristiano Ronaldo will hold urgent talks with Juventus over his future as transfer speculation mounts.

    The Portuguese legend, 36, only has a year remaining on his whopping £540,000-a-week deal.

    He looked set to depart the club if they missed out on Champions League qualification but Juventus managed to scrape fourth-place in Serie A with a 4-1 win over Bologna.

    However, the forward was left on the bench for that crunch clash with boss Andrea Pirlo claiming that decision was down to ‘fatigue’.

    A host of clubs have been linked with a move for Ronaldo, with both former sides Man Utd and Real Madrid keen on bringing him back.

    Paris Saint-Germain are another side who would love to add him to their ranks while his first club, Sporting Lisbon, would be his mother’s ideal destination for her son.

  • Dylan Terry

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