Solskjaer told to target £55m Pau Torres, Declan Rice latest, Jadon Sancho UPDATE, Europa League final loss REACTION

MANCHESTER UNITED are licking their wounds after losing a heartbreaking Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties.

One man who is being tipped for a switch is Pau Torres, who was so impressive for the Spaniards in Gdansk.

Meanwhile Declan Rice has been touted for a switch to United as well, with the England midfielder a target for one of the positions Solskjaer wants to improve.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    PAU WOW

    Manchester United fans have urged manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign Villarreal star Pau Torres.

    Torres stood out in the Yellow Submarine's Europa League triumph over United in Wednesday's final.

    Solskjaer will be looking for a defender to partner up with Harry Maguire at centre-back in the summer transfer window and the £55million-rated Spain international is among their top priorities.

    The Red Devils faithful appear to be in agreement and have pleaded with the club to land the 24-year-old.

    One wrote: "Pau Torres is exactly what we need."

    Another added: "Pau Torres please. Do the deal before the summer madness."

    A third wrote: "If that was Pau Torres' audition, then I think he passed."

    A fourth said: "Pau Torres was unreal, Man Utd should cop him ASAP"

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  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING UTD FANS,

    United will make an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak to solve their No 1 crisis.

    And the Red Devils would let blundering David De Gea go the other way as a makeweight in the deal for Oblak — in an attempt to get his huge £375,000-a-week wages off their books.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff have had headaches over who starts in goal for months — and gave De Gea and Dean Henderson a chance to claim the jersey.

    But some of Solskjaer’s closest advisers have been pushing for Slovenian stopper Oblak, who has just won the LaLiga title with Atletico.

    Highly-rated Oblak, 28, would cost in the region of £70million but United are looking at ways of brokering a move with De Gea part of the package.

    De Gea, who missed the crucial 22nd penalty in United’s Europa League final shootout defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday, came through the ranks at Atletico and the move would appeal to him if the money men get the figures to work.

    Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford vowed to end Manchester United’s trophy drought in an emotional interview.

    He said: “The feeling inside is difficult to explain. We came here to win.

    “We’ve been working so hard all season and this was the opportunity to win a trophy and it didn’t happen for whatever reason.

    “We have to get rid of the disappointment and look back at the game and see what we did wrong.

    “The team will not give up – no chance. The manager won’t allow us to give up.

    “We will come next season with a bigger desire.

    “People say a lot about Man Utd going downhill but for me, the club, desire, hunger, talent, ability, the squad, we have everything to compete at the highest level.

    “We just have to show it to the world and ourselves, show why we belong in the top places and why we need to win finals like this.”

    And finally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he did not replace David De Gea with Dean Henderson ahead of the penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal.

    Not only did stopper De Gea fail to save a single one of Villarreal’s efforts, he was also the unfortunate one to miss as the LaLiga outfit claimed the prize.

    That continued De Gea’s poor penalty record – which now stands at 36 without a save.

    Speaking of why De Gea stayed on, Solskjaer said: “You go through every scenario, of course. And it had crossed my mind in the build-up to the game but we were confident in David and prepared.

    Anything can happen in a penalty shootout. I stuck with the ‘keeper who played all of the game.

    “I’ve got to say the penalty shootout was high quality, but we didn’t do enough in the 120 minutes to score more goals and that’s the disappointing bit.

    “We had pressure, we had moments where we felt if we can just kick on a little bit now we can get a goal. But we just couldn’t.”

  • Joe Brophy

    JAN UTD

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Manchester United will make an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak to solve their No 1 crisis.

    And the Red Devils would let blundering David De Gea go the other way as a makeweight in the deal for Oblak — in an attempt to get his huge £375,000-a-week wages off their books.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff have had headaches over who starts in goal for months — and gave De Gea and Dean Henderson a chance to claim the jersey.

    But some of Solskjaer’s closest advisers have been pushing for Slovenian stopper Oblak, who has just won the LaLiga title with Atletico.

    Highly-rated Oblak, 28, would cost in the region of £70million but United are looking at ways of brokering a move with De Gea part of the package.

    De Gea, who missed the crucial 22nd penalty in United’s Europa League final shootout defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday, came through the ranks at Atletico and the move would appeal to him if the money men get the figures to work.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAKING HIS MARC

    Rio Ferdinand has praised Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford for campaigning against child hunger.

    Speaking to ITV’s Robert Peston, Ferdinand said: “I think Marcus has done remarkably well.

    “I think he’s a young man who is really showing the way for a lot of the young players and people in society that if you believe in something, and you have a platform, you have a voice, and you have the ability to really transcend and change things.

    “And even going up against the establishment, almost, they did that with confidence and he got the backing of the nation, and listen, you have to understand as well, it was a cause that was worthwhile.

    “In the end Boris Johnson came around and understood that right thing to do was to follow Marcus’s lead and that’s an unbelievable achievement.”

  • Joe Brophy

    OPEN GATE

    Gareth Southgate has lifted the lid on why injured Harry Maguire was included in his 33-man England provisional squad for Euro 2020.

    Maguire’s ankle problem saw him miss Manchester United’s Europa League final against Villarreal, though he was surprisingly named on the bench.

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

    “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 bit more difficult for us but I don’t have a problem with United.

    “We’ve got some injuries that are at various stages, (with) a couple that we have very little information about at the moment.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TOP MARCS

    Marcus Rashford has been praised by fans for his emotional statement on social media.

  • Joe Brophy

    OLE-WAYS TURN UP

    SunSport's Neil Custis writes…

    The Manchester United fans turned up.

    Yes, they always do.

    They even turned up in Cologne last season for the closing stages of the Europa League, just so they could be in the same city as their team even when there was no hope of getting in the stadium.

    They still went there to cheer the team bus in and then returned to the town centre to watch the game on TV.

    Read more HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    GET RREAL

    Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli has rubbed salt into Manchester United’s Europa League wounds after revealing his winning goal was the FIRST penalty he has ever taken.

    The Argentine, 29, broke the Red Devils’ hearts in Wednesday’s final with his shoot-out heroics after the game ended in a 1-1 draw as he saved David De Gea’s spot-kick after scoring his own.

    Commenting on his goal, he said: “That was the first penalty I have ever taken in my life. I just wanted it to go in. I don’t even know what I did.

    “I thought I would hit the ball hard, and hope it went in.

    “I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined a sequence of penalties like that.

    “We are the champions – and that is the best thing that one can say.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised by Atletico Madrid legend Milinko Pantic for “loving the mirror” too much.

    He told La Resistencia: “I took off my shirt [after scoring in the 1996 Copa del Rey final] and I don’t know why, because I don’t have abs like Cristiano Ronaldo.

    “In my day, players didn’t love the mirror so much. Now players love the mirror a lot.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is odds-on to not be the Man Utd boss by the end of next season.

    The Norwegian gaffer is odds-on with bookmaker Coral at 4-5 following the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.

    Commenting on his future, Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Solskjaer has come so close to achieving success with United, but another season without a trophy means that he is beginning to run out of time.

    “We now make it odds-on that he does not end next season as Manchester United manager.

    “(Max) Allegri, (Brendan)Rodgers and (Mauricio)Pochettino are the three we can picture in the dugout in the future the most.

    “Whilst you can’t rule out (Zinedine) Zidane and (Antonio) Conte either when the role does next become available.”

  • Joe Brophy

    KANE AND ABLE

    Daniel Levy will refuse to sell Harry Kane to Chelsea this summer but the Tottenham star must sort his future out as soon as possible, according to Glenn Hoddle.

    Hoddle told Betfair: "The key factor in Harry Kane's future is that he has three years left on his contract at Tottenham.

    "If he only had a year or two left then I think it would be done and dusted that he'd leave them this summer.

    "He could go to Manchester City. What would he achieve there, if he's already Premier League top goalscorer at Tottenham?

    "I'd hate to think he'd go to Chelsea but I don't think Daniel Levy will let him go there instead of City or United.

    "Kane has been brilliant for Spurs and it really is a sad situation.

    "Tottenham only really have themselves to blame for not building on the season when they go to the Champions League final."

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM RASHFORD

    A closer look at the passionate interview from Manchester United's inspirational forward.

  • Joe Brophy

    MARC MY WORDS

    Marcus Rashford vowed to end Manchester United's trophy drought in an emotional interview.

    He said: "The feeling inside is difficult to explain. We came here to win.

    "We've been working so hard all season and this was the opportunity to win a trophy and it didn't happen for whatever reason.

    "We have to get rid of the disappointment and look back at the game and see what we did wrong.

    "The team will not give up – no chance. The manager won't allow us to give up.

    "We will come next season with a bigger desire.

    "People say a lot about Man Utd going downhill but for me, the club, desire, hunger, talent, ability, the squad, we have everything to compete at the highest level.

    "We just have to show it to the world and ourselves, show why we belong in the top places and why we need to win finals like this."

  • Joe Brophy

    DAVID BLAME

    David de Gea ignored his cheat-sheet as Manchester United lost their Europa League final penalty shootout against Villarreal.

    The note, slipped into the goalkeeper's towel, even gave additional advice on each player's run-up.

    However, De Gea was unable to save ANY of Villarreal's 11 spot-kicks, before missing his own to hand the Spaniards their first-ever major trophy – and extend United's trophyless streak to four years.

    The Spaniard initially followed his cheat-sheet to the letter – only having no advice for Moreno – but was unable to keep any out.

    During the crucial sudden-death period, De Gea went off-book THREE times.

    Moi Gomez took Villarreal's sixth penalty, with his notes revealing he would go down the middle.

    But De Gea dived to his left, with Gomez – as suggested – rolling the ball into the centre of the goal.

  • Joe Brophy

    SOL DESTROYING

    Gary Neville has slammed Manchester United's performance in the Europa League final against Villarreal.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HARRY UP

    Garteh Southgate has lifted the lid on why injured Harry Maguire was included in his 33-man England provisional squad for Euro 2020.

    Maguire's ankle problem saw him miss Manchester United's Europa League final against Villarreal, though he was surprisingly named on the bench.

    Southgate said: "We had an initial assessment on Maguire, which was positive in terms of the tournament, but there was always a little bit more swelling and further investigation needed.

    "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 bit more difficult for us but I don't have a problem with United.

    "We've got some injuries that are at various stages, (with) a couple that we have very little information about at the moment."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PAUL

    Paul Scholes has been left red-faced after his overly-confident Europa League final predictions backfired.

    Before kick-off the pundit told BT Sports: "You're playing Villarreal here. You're playing a team that finished seventh in a really poor LaLiga.

    "Think of Real Madrid and Barcelona, how bad have they been? Manchester United should win this game comfortably."

    Turning his attention to Spurs loanee Juan Foyth who was playing as a makeshift right-back, he added: "Foyth was a bad centre-back at Tottenham, now he's playing right-back, how can Rashford not destroy him?"

    With United trailing through Gerard Moreno, he said: "I'm still confident.

    "They've been in this position a lot of times this season. I think if they're patient, they'll open this team up. They'll get one goal and two or three will come."

    Edinson Cavani did manage to equalise on 55 minutes but United failed to find the all-important second in 65 minutes of football before the 11-10 defeat on penalties.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAU WOW

    Man Utd fans are encouraging boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to land Pau Torres after his brilliant Europa League final performance.

    Torres, 24, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and has a £55million release clause in his contract.

    Solskjaer is in the market for a new central defender to play alongside Harry Maguire.

    And supporters believe Torres would be the answer to their defensive problems following his commanding performance.

    One wrote: "Pau Torres is exactly what we need."

    Another added: "Pau Torres please. Do the deal before the summer madness."

    A third wrote: "If that was Pau Torres' audition, then I think he passed."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OH NO, BRUNO

    Bruno Fernandes gave Villarreal a huge advantage by making Manchester United go second in the Europa League final penalty shootout, according to an expert.

    United recovered from a goal down in Gdansk to take the game to extra-time thanks to Edinson Cavani's second-half strike.

    Eventually the game went to penalties, with captain for the night Fernandes winning the coin toss.

    The Portuguese playmaker opted to shoot second, with the first 21 penalties all converted.

    David De Gea missed in sudden death as Villarreal were crowned champions – reducing Fernandes to tears.

    But LSE professor and psychological studies expert Ignacio Palacios-Huerta revealed United were always up against it thanks to Fernandes' decision.

    He explained shooting second takes a mental toll on players handing the side shooting first up to a 20 per cent advantage.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    EUR HAVING A LAUGH

    Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli has rubbed salt into Manchester United's Europa League wounds after revealing his winning goal was the FIRST penalty he has ever taken.

    The Argentine, 29, broke the Red Devils' hearts in Wednesday's final with his shoot-out heroics after the game ended in a 1-1 draw as he saved David De Gea's spot-kick after scoring his own.

    Commenting on his goal, he said: "That was the first penalty I have ever taken in my life. I just wanted it to go in.  I don't even know what I did.

    "I thought I would hit the ball hard, and hope it went in.

    "I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined a sequence of penalties like that.

    "We are the champions – and that is the best thing that one can say."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is odds-on to not be the Man Utd boss by the end of next season.

    The Norwegian gaffer is odds-on with bookmaker Coral at 4-5 following the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.

    Commenting on his future, Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Solskjaer has come so close to achieving success with United, but another season without a trophy means that he is beginning to run out of time.

    “We now make it odds-on that he does not end next season as Manchester United manager.

    “(Max) Allegri, (Brendan)Rodgers and (Mauricio)Pochettino are the three we can picture in the dugout in the future the most.

    “Whilst you can’t rule out (Zinedine) Zidane and (Antonio) Conte either when the role does next become available.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    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.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    OLE TRAFFORD

    Hear what Olle Gunnar Solskjaer had to say following the Europa League final defeat.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KEEP SAKE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he did not replace David De Gea with Dean Henderson ahead of last night’s penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal.

    Not only did stopper De Gea fail to save a single one of Villarreal’s efforts, he was also the unfortunate one to miss as the LaLiga outfit claimed the prize.

    That continued De Gea’s poor penalty record – which now stands at 36 without a save.

    Speaking of why De Gea stayed on, Solskjaer said: "You go through every scenario, of course. And it had crossed my mind in the build-up to the game but we were confident in David and prepared.

    Anything can happen in a penalty shootout. I stuck with the 'keeper who played all of the game.

    “I've got to say the penalty shootout was high quality, but we didn't do enough in the 120 minutes to score more goals and that's the disappointing bit.

    “We had pressure, we had moments where we felt if we can just kick on a little bit now we can get a goal. But we just couldn't.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    A GOOD EBENING

    Unai Emery has credited losing with Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League final as a key factor as to how Villarreal beat Man Utd last night.

    Speaking after the Europa League final victory in Gdansk, he said: "I believe it’s not a sporting revenge at all. I try to enjoy every moment, winning and losing.

    "I try to create new circumstances, so everywhere I have been, even in England at Arsenal, I have learnt a lot, met many people, other cultures and football.

    "At the end of that story was professional frustration, but some other doors opened then.

    "Winning today is a satisfaction, but for my club today, as it was when I was at Sevilla.

    "When I was at Arsenal, we played a Europa League final and could not win but it is a process, from that game I learnt a lot to win this one maybe."

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