Man Utd transfer news LIVE: £45m Zaniolo battle, Ronaldo LATEST, Poch PSG 'exit', Martial rejected Real Madrid – latest

MANCHESTER UNITED returned to Premier League earlier this week – but were held 1-1 by Burnley.

Cristiano Ronaldo came on as a late substitute in the game but cut a frustrated figure for the closing stages at Turf Moor.

The Portuguese superstar has been linked with a summer transfer to PSG, with PSG manager Maurico Pochettino linked with a move in the other direction.

Follow ALL of the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old Trafford right here…

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Crock 'n roll star Wayne

    Wayne Rooney has revealed he hid the injury that should have ruled him out of the 2006 World Cup.

    In a stunning admission, Rooney admitted that he was not fit to play in the tournament that ended with his red card as England went out on penalties to Portugal at the quarter-finals.

    But the Three Lions’ record goalscorer’s problem was NOT the fractured metatarsals that saw Sven-Goran Eriksson go to war with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Instead, he explained in the Amazon documentary “Rooney”: “The first training session with the team was the next day.

    “We went out on to the pitch jogging and there was a ball by the halfway line.

    “I kicked it trying to hit the crossbar and pulled my groin. I had a 6cm tear in my groin which I didn't report to the physios.”

    Eriksson, shown footage of Rooney’s confession, admitted “I didn’t know that.”

    And Rooney went on: “I don't know what the fans will think about it. It was naive of course but you want to play, you want to play for your country. I was thinking I will be OK.

    “I was never right at that tournament physically. I was getting pain that was non-stop.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'What can he not do?'

    Former Arsenal left-back Armand Traore has backed Manchester United starlet James Garner to reach the top following his dazzling loan displays for Nottingham Forest.

    The 20-year-old linked up with the Reds for the second half of last campaign where he scored four goals in 20 Championship games.

    And after committing his long-term future to the Red Devils in August, the England youth international was sent back to the City Ground for the entirety of this term.

    Garner has cemented himself as a key player under boss Steve Cooper, with the midfielder supplying one goal and three assists from 27 outings this term.

    He starred in Forest’s 4-1 win against Leicester on Sunday where they dumped the FA Cup holders out at the fourth round stage.

    Ex-Forest ace Traore told SunSport via Freebets.com, Traore said: “He’s an absolute baller. What a player! And he’s only 20. “You watch him play with such maturity, he reminds me of Xabi Alonso

    “This guy makes everything simple and look so easy. He’s hard in the tackle, he’s not scared, his long-range passing, his short range passing is amazing.

    “I’ve seen him score goals with both feet, what can he not do? I’d not be surprised if United tried recalling him, but that would a huge mistake for Garner if he did.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd players want Poch

    Manchester United stars want Mauricio Pochettino to take over in the summer, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

    The Red Devils are set to step up their search for a permanent boss now new chief executive Richard Arnold is in place.

    And the word from the dressing room is that they want former Tottenham chief Poch to get the nod.

    Ajax manager Erik ten Hag will also be closely looked at by United’s hierarchy in the coming weeks.

    Meanwhile — as SunSport reported last month — interim boss Ralf Rangnick still has an opportunity to convince the board he is the man for the long term.

    However the fact that current Paris Saint-Germain coach Pochettino has worked in the Premier League before is seen as a major positive by the current squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nev slams Wag circus

    Gary Neville slammed the Wag circus that turned Baden Baden into a paparazzi paradise during the 2006 World Cup.

    Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen was one of the leaders of the England players’ partners' group.

    She said: “There were nights when we went out and had a good time but we didn't do anything wrong.

    “The players went out with us and we never dragged them out at the hotel to come out with us.

    “Out of all the tournaments I'd say that was the most memorable one that we felt like a big England family.”

    But Neville raged: “Elite sports teams should have no distraction.

    “It's a World Cup. We had distractions like you would not believe.

    “When I look back on that 2006 tournament and think about how it was handled, the build up to it, that was obviously the Wags and the families travelling, Wayne's injury, coming late, 'the big man's here' and all that sort of crap, it was just a nonsense."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rooney trawled Manchester as a kid for fights

    Wayne Rooney has admitted he and his pals used to trawl MANCHESTER looking for punch-ups, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    The Scouser who was to become United’s record scorer would make the short trip from Merseyside to watch concerts by some of his favourite bands.

    But he always expected the night to end with a major scuffle – and on one occasion he was left with a broken jaw.

    Rooney said: “I wasn't the nicest kid at that age. “I did some things which were wrong and had a lot of fights when I was younger.

    “I wouldn't say I was a bully but there were things I shouldn't have done and I crossed the line.”

    He added: “I don't know if it was anger. Sometimes you got hit and that's not nice but I used to get some sort of enjoyment out of it.

    “I remember getting my jaw snapped in Manchester. I was about 13 and some guy grabs hold of me and hit me.  He went to hit me again and I just dropped and threw a big haymaker at him and caught him and then I ran off.We wouldn't go knowing there was going to be a fight but we knew there was a chance. 

    “"I've come back from Southport with my eye all stitched up and again my mum wasn't happy. I was probably about 12. You get taught you have to fight to survive."

  • Ian Tuckey

    United and Milan could vie for Nicolo

    AC Milan are said to have joined Manchester United’s pursuit of Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo.

    Calciomercato report journalist Enrico Camelio as claiming the Italian giants have indirectly asked about the Italy star, 22.

    It’s thought Roma would consider cashing in for around £45million.

    United and Juventus have been the early frontrunners – until now.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Andreas off to Flamengo

    Manchester United have finalised Andreas Pereira’s £9million permanent switch to loan side Flamengo, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says.

    It’s claimed United have also landed a 25% sell-on clause for the one-cap Brazil midfielder, 26.

    Credit: Getty

    Pereira has also had loan spells with Granada, Valencia and Lazio.

    And the Red Devils will surely be happy to offload a player who never won a regular senior place since arriving at Old Trafford in 2011.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rangnick situation 'weird'

    Kevin Campbell reckons that Man United’s players don’t respect Ralf Rangnick because they know he’ll be gone in a few months.

    He told Football Insider: “The problem is, the players know Ralf Rangnick is only going to be the manager for six months.

    “He’s telling players this, that and the other but players are thinking, ‘Hold on. You’re not even going to be the boss in a few months.

    Rangnick’s also had a few public spats with some individuals at the club, and Campbell thinks the German will fall out with a few more players as the season progresses.

    Campbell added: “It’s a weird situation. It’s a strange period at the club so there is going to be fallouts along the way.

    “There will probably be a few more fallouts before the end of the season.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Maguire at Rooney premiere

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire and ex-assistant boss Michael Carrick have arrived for tonight's world premiere of Amazon Prime's 'Rooney'.

    More Old Trafford figures will be at the the Home Cinema in Manchester tonight to see the documentary on United and England legend Rooney, now Derby manager.

    Harry Maguire and fiancee Fern Hawkins attend the Rooney documentary
    Michael Carrick and Lisa Roughead were booted up for the premiere
  • Ian Tuckey

    Garner be special

    Former Arsenal left-back Armand Traore has backed Manchester United starlet James Garner to reach the top following his dazzling loan displays for Nottingham Forest.

    The 20-year-old linked up with the Reds for the second half of last campaign where he scored four goals in 20 Championship games.

    And after committing his long-term future to the Red Devils in August, the England youth international was sent back to the City Ground for the entirety of this term.

    Garner has cemented himself as a key player under boss Steve Cooper, with the midfielder supplying one goal and three assists from 27 outings this term.

    He starred in Forest's 4-1 win against Leicester on Sunday where they dumped the FA Cup holders out at the fourth round stage.

    Ex-Forest ace Traore told SunSport via Freebets.com, Traore said: "He's an absolute baller. What a player! And he's only 20. "You watch him play with such maturity, he reminds me of Xabi Alonso

    "This guy makes everything simple and look so easy. He's hard in the tackle, he's not scared, his long-range passing, his short range passing is amazing.

    "I've seen him score goals with both feet, what can he not do? I'd not be surprised if United tried recalling him, but that would a huge mistake for Garner if he did."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd and Chelsea eye Arsenal target

    Chelsea and Manchester United have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in chasing Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, reports say.

    French s  Newcastle were also understood to be in for the Frenchman, 19, in transfer deadline week.

    And 90m say Chelsea and United scouts watched take on Bordeaux on Sunday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron’s mum surprises Pope

    Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping for divine inspiration to end his goalscoring drought … after his mum had an audience with the Pope.

    However, Ronaldo‘s mother Dolores Aveiro hopes to improve his fortunes after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday morning.

    She presented the football-loving Argentine pontiff with one of her son’s replica United shirts.

    Dolores posted a picture of the meeting on Instagram.

    She wrote: “A very unique emotion.  Thank you, Pope Francis.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Milan 'want Utd target Zaniolo'

    AC Milan are said to have joined Manchester United's pursuit of Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo.

    Calciomercato report journalist Enrico Camelio as claiming the Italian giants have indirectly asked about the Italy star, 22.

    It's thought Roma would consider cashing in for around £45million.

    United and Juventus have been the early frontrunners – until now.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Roo: Man Utd to miss top 4 finish

    Wayne Rooney has predicted Manchester United will miss out on the top four – because they are still “picking up the pieces” of the calamitous transfer policy at the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    Rooney, United’s all-time top scorer, says Ralf Rangkick’s players have a duty to sort out their issues – even if that means doing so without the manager.

    He told talkSPORT: “United are not going to win the league in the next two or three years.

    “Let’s be honest, they’re a long way off it. City and Liverpool are at another level.

    “There hasn’t been that stability at the club. There’s a decision to make at the end of the season and it has to be the right one.

    “It’s going to be difficult for them to get into the top four now. You can see the confidence is low and the other issues around the club.

    “The performances have not been great. They have got to improve and the players need to show their character, that they are together and fighting for the club.

    “There have been games I’ve watched where I’ve questioned that and if it carries on the way it’s going, I don’t think they will make the top four.

    “There needs to be a serious conversation, without the coaches and staff there. 

    “They have to come together, whether they are friends or don’t like each other, but come together for the club.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd 'agree £9m Pereira sale'

    Manchester United have finalised Andreas Pereira's £9million permanent switch to loan side Flamengo, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says.

    It's claimed United have also landed a 25% sell-on clause for the one-cap Brazil midfielder, 26.

    Pereira has also had loan spells with Granada, Valencia and Lazio.

    And the Red Devils will surely be happy to offload a player who never won a regular senior place since arriving at Old Trafford in 2011.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    FA ask Rooney to explain 'hurt' Chelsea player comment

    Wayne Rooney has been asked to explain his claim he wanted to “hurt” a Chelsea player in a 2006 title decider.

    FA disciplinary beaks contacted the Manchester United legend for clarification after a series of interviews in which he admitted wearing extra long studs in that game and that he had intended to leave his mark on one of his opponents.

    Rooney caught John Terry in one clash that left the Chelsea skipper with a deep gash.

    Back in 2002, the FA banned Roy Keane for five matches and fined him £150,000 for his autobiography admission that he set out to injure Alf-Inge Haaland in a Manchester derby act of revenge.

    Rooney, though, told talkSPORT: “That comment has been isolated.

    “John Terry is a good friend and I would never going into a game with the intention of hurting him.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Sancho's found his confidence'

    Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho is finally discovering his Borussia Dortmund confidence, according to ex-Red Devils' wideman Ben Thornley.

    Sancho shoen in last night's 1-1 Prem draw at Burnley.

    And Thornley told United's website: “He seems to have gained his confidence.

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    "United fans are very forgiving, either for someone promoted from the youth team, they seem to give them a little bit of an elongated stay if you like, but also the new players that come in.

    It’s because they’re so desperate for them to do well.

    "After a while, though, this might fade but his form has been great.

    “There was a little bit of a worrying spell for Sancho and even things that were second nature to him in Germany were proving more difficult here.

    All of sudden, I don’t know what the catalyst has been for that, maybe the brilliant goal at Chelsea, but I don’t think there was ever any doubt he’s got the inclination, the skill and mindset to want to succeed."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Dub snub for Red Devils

    Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka reportedly rejected a sensational transfer deadline day move to Manchester United.

    United were open to letting wantaway stopper Dean Henderson join The Magpies if Dubravaka came the other way in exchange.

    Now a report from the Manchester Evening News has claimed that Henderson’s collapsed loan transfer to the Magpies was down to Dubravka.

    The Slovakian international, 33, turned down Ralf Rangnick as he did not want to play second fiddle to David de Gea.

    That left Henderson stuck at United and his hopes of winning a place back in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the World Cup up in smoke.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ferdinand played peacemaker role

    Rio Ferdinand claims that he was one that got former Man United teammates Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo back on good terms after the 2006 World Cup.

    England ace Rooney was sent off after stamping on Ronaldo's Portugal team-mate Ricardo Carvalho.

    And Ronaldo was blamed for getting Rooney sent off when he protested to the referee and winked to the Portugal bench.

    But after the game, Ferdinand claims Ronaldo approached him and asked him to get Rooney so they could speak and clear the air.

    While discussing the incident on his Vibe with FIVE podcast, Ferdinand said: “I was the one who got them together.

    “Immediately afterwards, Wazza (Rooney) was hot in the changing room. A few people got to him and said ‘it’s not as you might think it is.’

    “And then, by the time we’d got in the shower, then we got onto the coaches, I think Cristiano called me and said ‘Ri, can you go and get Wayne?

    "I just want to talk to him and tell him that I didn’t mean anything by it, there was no malice or animosity in what I did. We’re both on the same team, I would never do that, he’s my boy."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Campbell on United's woes

    Kevin Campbell reckons that Man United's players don't respect Ralf Rangnick because they know he'll be gone in a few months.

    He told Football Insider: "The problem is, the players know Ralf Rangnick is only going to be the manager for six months.

    "He’s telling players this, that and the other but players are thinking, ‘Hold on. You’re not even going to be the boss in a few months.

    Rangnick's also had a few public spats with some individuals at the club, and Campbell thinks the German will fall out with a few more players as the season progresses.

    Campbell added: "It’s a weird situation. It’s a strange period at the club so there is going to be fallouts along the way.

    "There will probably be a few more fallouts before the end of the season."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man Utd scouts watch Darwin Nunez 

    Man United scouts were reportedly in attendance to witness Benfica striker Darwin Nunez score a landmark goal last night.

    The 22-year-old found the net in his side’s 3-1 victory over Tondela.

    A Bola claims that Manchester United scouts joined a host of other talent spotters at the game to watch him in action.

    The Red Devils were also allegedly joined by the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Milan.

    And the presence of their scouts were ‘certainly directed’ to Darwin’s appearance.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Barca ‘confident’ duo will stay

    Barcelona are reportedly expecting Ronald Araujo and Gavi to sign new deals in a major blow to Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    Both players’ contracts expire at the end of next season and the three Premier League clubs are eyeing them up as possible signings this summer.

    However, Sport state that the Spanish giants are not concerned about the players’ futures as they are confident of agreeing new deals.

    Barca’s negotiations with the pair are thought to have been sped up by the interest from England.

    Gavi’s new deal is closer to being completed, but the club believe both will get done.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo's mum surprises Pope

    Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping for divine inspiration to end his goalscoring drought … after his mum had an audience with the Pope.

    However, Ronaldo's mother Dolores Aveiro hopes to improve his fortunes after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday morning.

    She presented the football-loving Argentine pontiff with one of her son's replica United shirts.

    Dolores posted a picture of the meeting on Instagram.

    She wrote: "A very unique emotion.  Thank you, Pope Francis."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Cavani shakes head after being subbed

    Edinson Cavani shook his head as he trudged off against Burnley after 68 minutes.

    It was not clear whether the striker was disappointed with his own performance or the fact he was taken off.

    Some United fans feel starting Cavani is a problem with others claiming his shake of the head, as reported by the BBC's Simon Stone, is a sign of poor attitude.

    One supporter wrote: "The reaction of Cavani coming off for instance, shaking his head.

    "Hang on a minute pal, you refused to play last week against Middlesbrough! The lot of them are a joke – as is the entire club at the moment to be fair."

    Another added: "Cavani had his head in Uruguay still. So frustrating to watch!"

  • Justin Lawrence

    Martin Dubravka rejected Man United

    Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka reportedly rejected a sensational transfer deadline day move to Manchester United.

    United were open to letting wantaway stopper Dean Henderson join The Magpies if Dubravaka came the other way in exchange.

    Now a report from the Manchester Evening News has claimed that Henderson’s collapsed loan transfer to the Magpies was down to Dubravka.

    The Slovakian international, 33, turned down Ralf Rangnick as he did not want to play second fiddle to David de Gea.

    That left Henderson stuck at United and his hopes of winning a place back in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the World Cup up in smoke.

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