10am Man Utd news LIVE: Everton build-up, Utd look at Nagelsmann, Pochettino ‘approach’ as pressure builds on Solskjaer – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are prepping for their Premier League clash at Goodison Park after being beaten by Instanbul Basaksehir.

It has fuelled more speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job, even though the club are saying he will not be sacked – but they have been linked with a shock move for former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

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    ‘MANN UNITED

    Manchester United are eyeing up Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

    That is despite the Red Devils thumping his RB Leipzig side 5-0 in the Champions League just last month.

    Solskjaer may insist he is the right man for the job but is under increasing pressure to keep his position following a run of poor results and performances.

    That included a shock 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir as United's defence was heavily criticised again.

    SunSport understands Man Utd have not made any contact with any potential replacement at this stage.

    However, ESPN report the Old Trafford club are considering Nagelsmann as an option.

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    PRE-MATCH STATS

    Here are some of the numbers ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Everton this afternoon.

    • Everton are unbeaten in their last three league games against Man Utd (W1 D2), with both games last season ending 1-1. They last went four without defeat against the Red Devils in March 1990 (W2 D2).
    • Manchester United have won more Premier League games against Everton than any side has won against another in the competition’s history (36). Meanwhile, their 16 wins at Goodison Park is the joint-most away wins for a club at a specific venue in the competition (Man Utd also 16 at Villa Park).
    • Everton are looking to avoid losing three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2019, while manager Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t lost three league games in a row since November 2006 with AC Milan.
    • After a run of scoring in 17 consecutive games, netting 39 goals in the process, Manchester United have failed to score in their last two Premier League matches (0-0 vs Chelsea, 0-1 vs Arsenal). They last failed to score in three consecutive league games in February.

    EXCLUSIVE

    Ryan Giggs’s brother Rhodri has branded him a sex addict who cannot resist women on nights out.

    Rhodri, 43, whose ex-wife Natasha had a secret eight-year affair with the ex-Manchester United ace, told a sports podcast: “Everyone has a weakness.

    “Ryan’s was that when he goes out, he has to sleep with women.”

    But asked if he despised his brother, Rhodri replied: “No, I don’t. I feel sorry for him

    “He’s had the most amazing career but it’s just tarnished and that’s not down to me. It’s down to his own philandering. I was faithful.”

    Rhodri was speaking a month before Giggs, 46, was arrested over a bust-up with girlfriend Kate Greville.

    READ MORE ABOUT RHODRI'S EXCLUSIVE REMARKS HERE

    GOOD MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    United travel to Everton for today’s lunchtime kick-off with Ole Gunnar Solskajer moaning about having to play again so soon after an away game in the Champions League.

    The Red Devils lost to Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey on Wednesday night and play again at Goodison Park at lunchtime today where Anthony Martial is expected to start up front.

    Solskjaer said: “We had a very long and late flight back home.

    “We were here early Thursday morning, landing in Manchester, the Thursday was a day of tired minds and legs and we couldn’t do much.

    “We’re all hurt, it’s never easy and never enjoyable when you lose two games on the bounce and you’ve got to react to it.”

    Solskjaer is under severe pressure and also insisted he is the best man to lead the club forward despite calls for Mauricio Pochettino to replace him.

    He said: “Yeah, why shouldn't I be? If I don't trust my belief and values and staff's quality and players' quality, who else should?

    “I don't look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards, it's a setback, definitely.

    “But there's been too much made of not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea, there's been nothing in those games and it's not long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread against Leipzig and PSG.

    “You have to be mentally strong, there are demands on Manchester United players, coach and manager and also an expectation.

    “We are at the best and biggest club in the world and you don't expect anything but criticism.

    “It's how you deal with that setback and from what I've seen from the boys they've been very focused.”

    Elsewhere, it emerged Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri called him a sex addict who cannot resist women on nights out.

    Rhodri, 43, whose ex-wife Natasha had a secret eight-year affair with the ex-Manchester United ace, told a sports podcast: “Everyone has a weakness. Ryan’s was that when he goes out, he has to sleep with women.”

    But asked if he despised his brother, Rhodri replied: “No, I don’t. I feel sorry for him. He’s had the most amazing career but it’s just tarnished and that’s not down to me. It’s down to his own philandering. I was faithful.”

    Rhodri was speaking a month before Giggs, 46, was arrested over a bust-up with girlfriend Kate Greville.

    We told how police visited his £1.7million home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on Sunday.

    They rowed over flirty messages and Kate’s fears the star had been cheating on her with two women.

    Giggs spent the night in a police station before being interviewed and released pending enquiries.

    And in transfers, it emerged James Rodriguez could have been leading Manchester United’s attack this season had the club chosen not to snub a move for the Everton star.

    United are also reportedly looking to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona in January.

    And Erling Haaland reportedly has a verbal agreement in place to leave Borussia Dortmund in 2022.

    United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are among the clubs that want to sign the 20-year-old.

    SACK AND THE BEANSTALK

    Ole and the Beanstalk, a pantomime coming to an empty stadium near you.

    The story of a baby-faced manager who was given money which he spent on seeds rather than a ready-made route to the top.

    He would wait and see things grow to get to his pot of gold.

    And while his critics might have started shouting ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of a Norwegian’, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mounted a passionate defence of his work.

    He said: “We have planted a seed, the tree is growing.

    “Some clubs just rip up that tree and see if it is still growing and see if it is still getting water underneath.”

    TROY DEENEY – EXCLUSIVE!

    There has been plenty of talk this week about diving.Cheating. Simulation. Going down too easily.

    Two of the Premier League’s finest players — Mo Salah and Harry Kane — were accused of winning penalties with a lack of total honesty last weekend.

    But if you really think that professional footballers were looking at those incidents and saying, ‘It’s embarrassing, it’s got to stop’ then you’re sadly mistaken.

    No one in the game is outraged. No one thinks it’s anything like an athlete doping in the 100 metres. It’s our job to win games of football. To do whatever it takes, to gain any advantage.

    If there is any sort of contact from a defender in the penalty box, then it is perfectly acceptable to go down. Even the opposition will not seriously complain.

    You see someone go down, and a penalty awarded, and there will be a shrug of the shoulder from the attacking player and a knowing look from the defender as if to say ‘yeah, it’s part and parcel of the game’.

    'RYAN CAN'T RESIST'

    Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri has branded him a sex addict who cannot resist women on nights out.

    Rhodri, 43, whose ex-wife Natasha had a secret eight-year affair with the ex-Manchester United ace, told a sports podcast: “Everyone has a weakness. Ryan’s was that when he goes out, he has to sleep with women.”

    But asked if he despised his brother, Rhodri replied: “No, I don’t. I feel sorry for him. He’s had the most amazing career but it’s just tarnished and that’s not down to me. It’s down to his own philandering. I was faithful.”

    Rhodri was speaking a month before Giggs, 46, was arrested over a bust-up with girlfriend Kate Greville. We told how police visited his £1.7million home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on Sunday.

    They rowed over flirty messages and Kate’s fears the star had been cheating on her with two women.

    Giggs spent the night in a police station before being interviewed and released pending enquiries.

    P-RED-PARATIONS

    Manchester United were back at Carrington today ahead of their Premier League game at Everton tomorrow lunch time.

    TELL TALES

    Manchester United have been handed a boost after new signing Alex Telles returned to full training ahead of tomorrow's match against Everton.

    The Brazil international impressed fans during his one appearance for the Reds so far – the 2-1 Champions League win over PSG.

    Yet his progress was halted after he tested positive for Covid-19.

    YOUNG GUNS

    Manchester United's Under-23s thrashed Brighton's youth side 5-2 earlier today.

    GOT THE HUMP

    Manchester United hero Patrice Evra has called on the club’s board to be sacked before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loses his job.

    The prospect of Mauricio Pochettino being asked to take over at Old Trafford continues to loom over Solskjaer.

    But the manager’s old team-mate believes there are bigger problems at Manchester United.

    Evra considered the argument for sacking Solskjaer in an Instagram post he put online on Friday.

    Sat atop a camel while in a Red Devils top, he captioned the snap: “New manager..?🤣🤣 What about new board.”

    HOT ROD

    James Rodriguez could have been leading Manchester United’s attack this season had the club chosen not to snub a move for the Everton star.

    The Old Trafford giants are thought to have turned their noses up at a top scout’s assessments of the No10 when he caught their eye a decade ago. And it is reported United officials considered the midfielder’s playing style unsuitable for England’s top flight at the time.

    The Colombia international, whose Toffees team face the Red Devils on Saturday, was playing for Argentinian side Banfield when he was watched by scout Jose Margoya.

    And the United talent spotter, who scoured Argentina for potential transfer targets, was reportedly a huge admirer of the former Real Madrid playmaker.

    Margoya’s colleague Marcelo Teixeira, who worked for United South America told The Telegraph: “Jose Mayorga, was a big fan of James.

    “Mayorga always included James’ name in his reports, but the evaluation from the club was that his playing style didn’t suit the Premier League.”

    GOT THE SOL-KS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unhappy having to play at lunchtime on Saturday having only returned from Istanbul in the early hours of Thursday morning on the back of his side's 2-1 Champions League defeat.

    The Red Devils lost to Istanbul Basaksehir but play Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

    Solskjaer said: “We had a very long and late flight back home.

    “We were here early Thursday morning, landing in Manchester, the Thursday was a day of tired minds and legs and we couldn’t do a lot.

    “We’re all hurt, it’s never easy and never enjoyable when you lose two games on the bounce and you’ve got to react to it.”

    'FINE MARGINS'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his team to find the consistency of a top team.

    Speaking ahead of the weekend's trip to Everton, he said: “Every game lives its own life and there are fine margins, I’ve said that many times

    “The performances and the results create the headlines and backdrop.

    “Games you win you’re praised and ‘thats a fantastic performance’, sometimes you lose and are criticised.

    “We’re definitely searching for the consistency and that’s something we need to improve on. We need a response Saturday.”

    GOTTAR GET BETTER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his under-performing players they need to earn the right to win.

    It is something the Norwegian will be reminding his side when they face a crunch trip to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

    Solskjaer said: “Every time you play for Manchester United, that passion and fight are things you expect to see.

    “To earn the right to win a game of football you need that and definitely against Everton, with or without fans at Goodison Park, you still have to have that fight and passion in you, that’s a given.”

    SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he feels he has the backing of the board to continue his work for the long term.

    He said: “I’ve always had a very good, open, honest and positive dialogue with the club.

    “They’ve shown strong leadership since I’ve come in and with me, today, it’s sunny in Manchester, I don’t expect the wind to turn.

    “There is always pressure and expectations on us. I became a man at Manchester United and have learnt how to deal with good and bad times.

    “You’re a top coach or manager when you win and bad when you lose because that’s the last game you played.

    “Every game of football becomes history quickly and we need to go to Goodison Park in a positive frame of mind.”

    SOL-DERING ON

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons he is still the man to make United successful again having lifted them to third place in the league last season and reached three semi-finals.

    He said: “Yeah, why shouldn't I be? If I don't trust my belief and values and staff's quality and players' quality, who else should?

    “I don't look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards, it's a setback, definitely.

    “But there's been too much made of not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea, there's been nothing in those games and it's not long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread against Leipzig and PSG.”

    SOL MATES

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will deal with the criticism and pressure of being Manchester United boss.

    Two straight defeats have left question marks over his future with players under performing.

    They travel to Everton for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off with the prospect of dropping to 17th in the Premier League if they lose.

    But Solskjaer said: “You have to be mentally strong, there are demands on Manchester United players, coach and manager and also an expectation.

    “We are at the best and biggest club in the world and you don't expect anything but criticism.

    “It's how you deal with that setback and from what I've seen from the boys they've been very focused.”

    ROO BET

    Wade Barrett revealed Wayne Rooney's infamous slap on him during a WWE appearance in 2015 stemmed from a row on Twitter.

    Barrett, a passionate Preston fan, was gutted after the ex-England captain scored an 88th minute penalty for Manchester United against his club.

    He told the Metro: “At this point, I’m heartbroken.

    “I immediately in my anger, tweet Wayne Rooney accusing him of diving, threatening to give him a Bullhammer’.

    “Then I put my phone down, I move on, calm down, forget about it.

    “He ends up replying, this goes into a kinda jokey back and forth where we’re going to have a WrestleMania match, but then obviously it all dies away and nothing happens.

    “I start suggesting to the guys in the management team. He wanted to come backstage with his kid, and meet Triple H and a few others.

    “They brought me into the room too, we had a quick chat and suggested this idea to him. He was down for it, his kid was really excited about it.

    “We did what we did – had a little jaw-jack, I talked a little smack like I tend to do, and he slapped me! That was it, it was a lot of fun.”

    REAL CLASS

    Real Madrid are reportedly planning a stunning triple swoop to bring in Kylian Mbappe, Manchester United target Erling Haaland and Eduardo Camavinga.

    Los Blancos have cash to spend next year having failed to sign anyone this summer due to the coronavirus crisis, while their key targets were not available.

    According to AS, Zinedine Zidane's side are in pole position to land Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland when he decides to leave the German club.

    United have also been linked with a move to sign the Norway international, but it is believed Real are at the front of the queue.

    The Spanish news outlet also claims that Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is being chased by Zizou.

    Meanwhile Rennes starlet Camavinga remains a priority for Real as they look to replace the ageing Luka Modric.

    SLEEP ON IT

    Cristiano Ronaldo's sleep guru says his six 90-minute snoozes a day are NOT 'naps' but instead a way to 'improve recovery'.

    Sleep specialist Nick Littlehales has been working with the United legend since his Real Madrid days.

    He said, per Record: “It is not a nap, this is for older people who watch television.

    “It is a way to sleep less, but to improve recovery.

    “Football players have private lives. The sport they play has very demanding schedules, which will continue to be so.

    “Many young athletes I work with suffer from insomnia, anxiety, stress and all those things that end up being part of the world of sport.”

    MAUR OPTIONS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford following two defeats on the bounce.

    Mauricio Pochettino is still the firm favourite to replace him – but he is already in talks with another club.

    With United at risk of missing out on Poch, SunSport have pulled together a list of their alternative options.

    S-MART CHOICE

    Anthony Martial is poised to start for Manchester United against Everton on Saturday having completed his suspension.

    The French striker was banned for three games after being sent off against Tottenham, which resulted in him missing the clashes against Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Here's how they could start against Everton at Goodison Park…

    PRINCE OF BELLE AIR

    Manchester United are looking to return in January with a bid to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, reports say.

    United failed in any attempts to bring a winger to the club in the summer window, bringing an end to their saga with Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    They did instead sign striker Edison Cavani on a free, but Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still keen to enhance his attacking options.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, United will look to sign 23-year-old Dembele in the winter sales.

    But they are said to be looking for a six-month loan with no option to buy.

    That proved to be a stumbling block last time around as Barca instead wanted to sell the Frenchman permanently.

    BELE FLOP

    Barcelona will reportedly flog five stars in January, including Manchester United target Ousmane Dembele, to raise funds.

    Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reports the club will try and offload Dembele, Martin Braithwaite, Carles Alena, Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti.

    Dembele attracted attention from the Red Devils as an alternative to Jadon Sancho but reportedly snubbed a move to Old Trafford on deadline day in favour of Juventus but that move also failed to materialise.

    The French ace arrived at the Nou Camp from Borussia Dortmund for £124m in 2017 but has failed to live up to his hefty price tag and the club will reportedly seek to recoup £45m in January.

    But Mundo Deportivo reports United would prefer a loan move with an option to buy rather than an obligation as the club looks to fix their dismal start to the season.

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