8am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Trippier and Nuno Mendes LATEST, Williams set for loan, Calhanoglu update

MANCHESTER UNITED are back in action on Thursday as they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Off the field, the Red Devils are reportedly interested in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford with our blog below…

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING MAN UNITED FANS

    Manchester United are in the hunt for highly rated Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old was reportedly offered to United last year when they were pursuing a deal for Bruno Fernandes.

    Academy product Brandon Williams could find himself going out on loan in January, with the 20-year-old not featuring regularly for the first team.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton and Steve Bruce’s Newcastle are reportedly interested in taking the left-back on loan for the rest of the season.

    United could also miss out on AC Milan ace Hakan Calhanoglu with the midfielder close to signing a new contract at AC Milan, according to reports.

    It is believed that Milan are looking to reward the Turkish international for his fine form this season.

    Dan James could finally move to Leeds in January, with the wingers playing time limited at United.

    The Telegraph claims the 23-year-old could make the move to Elland Road after making just six appearances this season.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Europa League round of 32 opponents Real Sociedad as “exciting”.

    Speaking to the clubs official website, Solskjaer said: “It sounds like a Champions League draw and it’s definitely one that keeps everyone on their toes.

    “They’re the team that’s top of La Liga at the moment ahead of teams like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    “I’ve watched them a couple of times and they’re an exciting team and it’ll be a test for us.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    CAV THAT

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    ARTETA THEORY

    Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has a theory as to why rivals Arsenal are struggling under boss Mikel Arteta.

    Speaking on his Youtube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents Five, he answered a question asking why he thinks Arsenal are struggling. 

    Ferdinand said: “I just think they’re lacking in harmony. We’ve seen the new signing, [William] Saliba, talking to [Matteo] Guendouzi on social media.

    “And obviously Mesut Ozil is on the sidelines as well. 

    “Mikel Arteta came in and bang, set my stool out this is what is going on and these players aren’t playing.

    “Now, if you do that and you are winning like he was earlier on in the season, then you don’t hear anything. 

    “You don’t hear any murmurs or mutterings behind the scenes from any players because you cannot say anything.

    “Once that changes and you start losing games and pressure starts mounting. 

    “Then the people that aren’t playing start being a part of the group that maybe affects the harmony. 

    “That’s why you either have to get rid of them and get them out of the building.”

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    RARING TO GO

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    NUNO's THE MAN

    According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Manchester United are interested in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes.

    The report states that the 18-year-old was offered to United last year when they were chasing superstar Bruno Fernandes.

    United have already dipped into the Portuguese market recently in the defensive area's.

    Alex Telles was signed from Porto to stamp his authority on the first-team left-back spot.

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    BRANDED A SAINT

    Southampton and Newcastle are tipped for a January loan duel over Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams.

    The high-flying Saints have persistently been linked with the England Under-21 star despite missing out on a summer swoop.

    And with the Mancunian having only played five times for United this season, Sky Sports suggest Southampton boss manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be back in for the 20-year-old.

    The fourth-placed Saints fancy Williams for the rest of the season as cover down both flanks for Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand. 

    Old Trafford chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resisted Williams' temporary exit in the summer.

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    BIG MONEY

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    HAK OFF

    Manchester United are set to miss out on transfer target Hakan Calhanoglu with the midfielder close to signing a new contract at AC Milan, according to reports.

    German publication Bild recently claimed the Red Devils were 'very, very likely' to sign the Turkish midfielder on a free transfer next summer.

    But now AC Milan are set to reward Calhanoglu's strong form this season with a new contract worth £4m a year.

    Milan have enjoyed a superb start to 2020-21, sitting top of Serie A after seasons dwindling in the mid-table.

    And Calhanoglu, 26, has been a key figure, scoring five times and laying on a further five assists in 17 matches in all competitions.

    Fearing they would lose the Turkey international on a free transfer, Tuttosport have claimed Milan have offered him a new and improved contract.

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    DAN DONE

    Leeds are reportedly eyeing a January swoop for Manchester United misfit Dan James.

    The Telegraph claims the Wales international, 23, could secure an Elland Road switch next month after featuring just six times this season.

    James has turned out in only three Premier League matches this term after tumbling down the pecking order.

    And with Amad Diallo on his way from Atalanta for £37million, James’ chances at the Theatre of Dreams are set to become even slimmer.

    He failed to impress in 46 games last term following a £15m switch from Swansea.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is apparently ready to cut his losses.

    James was close to joining Leeds before his United move in 2019.

    And it’s reckoned Marcelo Bielsa remains keen on snapping him up.

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    THE KIER AND NOW

    Manchester United are retaining their interest in Kieran Trippier, according to reports.

    With just 18 months left on his Atletico Madrid contract, the England international is said to fancy a move to his boyhood club.

    Trippier grew up in Greater Manchester and starred for Burnley after coming through Manchester City's academy.

    According to MEN, a move to Old Trafford 'appeals' to the right-back.

    Atletico were previously said to want just £20million for the 30-year-old, roughly the same fee they paid Tottenham for his services last year.

    But Diego Simeone's charge to the LaLiga title, with the side sat second with two games in hand, may force a re-think if a bid lands.

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    SOLO SPECIAL

    Today is Jesse Lingard's 28th Birthday and to celebrate, Man United have made his solo strike against Watford GoalOfTheDay.

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    OLE'S THOUGHTS

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his thoughts on yesterday's Europa League draw.

    United will face La Liga leaders Real Sociedad in the round of 32, and it won't be easy by any stretch of the imagination.

    Speaking to the clubs official website, Solskjaer said: "It sounds like a Champions League draw and it’s definitely one that keeps everyone on their toes.

    "They’re the team that’s top of La Liga at the moment ahead of teams like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    "I’ve watched them a couple of times and they’re an exciting team and it’ll be a test for us.

    "We’ve got some difficult games around that period. It’s not a time we can switch off and feel it’s an easy Europa League draw, this feels like a Champions League draw – they’re top of the Spanish league. We just have to stay focused."

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    DERBY DAY

    Manchester United's trip to Anfield has been moved to Sunday January 17, for Sky Sports' prime Super Sunday slot.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to halt Liverpool in their bid to retain the Premier League titleCredit: Getty Images

     

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    POT LUCK

    Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has tipped Manchester United to get past La Liga leaders Real Sociedad in the Europa League.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sutton said: "Sociedad are currently top of La Liga, so this won’t be a stroll for United.

    "It’s that same old debate with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side: which team will turn up?

    "They are so unpredictable! United could go on a marvellous run and be Premier League title contenders by the time they face Sociedad.

    "Or Solskjaer could be on the brink. Who knows!"

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    EGO OR HE STAY?

    Luis Saha has told Paul Pogba he has a lot of ego and to step up his game to help Manchester United.

    Saha, 42, told GentingBet: "I'm baffled with the situation with Paul Pogba. I really love Pogba, he's someone I consider highly, but this communication is a joke.

    "I was shocked and I can't believe something like this happened because this (Leipzig) game was so important for United.

    'I'm not speaking as a fan, I'm speaking about Manchester United in general, you think that it's a big game, going into the last 16.

    "You need that focus, but the focus was on one player.

    'This is unbelievable, the headlines were about Pogba because of the agent – it wasn't even Pogba who said anything.

    "I can't understand how these things can happen. This is absolutely against the interests of the club."

  • Jack Figg

    LIKE A BOS

    On December 15, 1995, football changed forever.

    The European Court of Justice allowed footballers within the European Union to change team when their contract expired without a transfer fee being paid.

    Jean-Marc Bosman, the man who successfully pushed for the ruling, failed to revive his career after the dispute that led to the lawsuit.

    But many others have followed his lead and pulled off amazing free transfers that launched their careers.

    From Paul Pogba to Robert Lewandowski, these Bosman transfers are a big part of any club's market dealings.

    Here, SunSport reviews a line-up of the best-ever free transfers on the ruling's anniversary.

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    ON THE PAUL

    Despite the recent transfer speculation surrounding Paul Pogba – he was quick to tells fans his is committed to Manchester United.

    Pogba wrote on Instagram: "I’ve always fought and will always fight for @manchesterunited , my teammates and the fans.

    "Bla bla is not important. The future is far, today is what matters and I am 1000% involved!

    "Always strong together.. all has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change.

    "When you don’t know what’s going on inside don’t talk."

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    CLOCKWORK ORANGE

    Manchester United were rocking a bit of a Blackpool look in their orange training kits today.

    But the Red Devils will certainly be hoping to play a bit better than the League One side when they head to Sheffield United.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in desperate need of a win after seeing his side follow up a Champions League elimination by RB Leipzig with a bore draw against Man City.

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    TIER-RIBLE

    Just FOUR Premier League grounds can now let in fans after London was moved into Tier 3 Covid restrictions from midnight tonight.

    The announcement by health secretary Matt Hancock forced Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham to rip up plans to host 2,000 home supporters in tomorrow’s Prem games.

    Instead, the only clubs now allowed supporters are Liverpool, Everton, Brighton and Southampton.

    Craven Cottage was bouncing despite the limited number of fans during Sunday’s draw with Liverpool.

    But instead the Thames-side ground will be silent, apart from the sound of the players on the pitch, when the Cottagers face Brighton.

    There will be fans inside Anfield for tomorrow’s top of the table clash between Liverpool and Spurs.

    That will be the only Prem ground to open the turnstiles this midweek.

    And this weekend will see supporters only at the St Mary’s and Goodison on Saturday – with Manchester City and Arsenal the respective visitors – and the Amex on Sunday, when Brighton host Sheffield United.

    Arsenal, who have hosted fans twice so far this month, were forced to confirm a 'full refund' for supporters who had been successful in the ballot for the game with Southampton.

  • Jack Figg

    NO THANK JU

    Man Utd rejected an offer for Paul Pogba from Juventus in the summer, according to reports.

    CalcioMercato reports the Old Lady wanted to swap Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa to bring Pogba back to Turin.

    The French World Cup winner, 27, returned to Old Trafford in 2016 for £89million having spent four years in Serie A.

    The report states Juventus were unable to meet United's £92m asking price.

    And the Red Devils were not keen on signing Pjanic or Costa.

    Pjanic instead moved to Barcelona in a deal that saw Arthur go the other way while Costa joined Champions League winners Bayern Munich on loan.

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    INTER HIM 

    Man Utd are interested in a shock swoop for Christian Eriksen – with Inter Milan looking to offload him just 11-months after joining, we can reveal.

    The 28-year-old midfielder has had a nightmare time since his £17m arrival in Italy from Tottenham in January.

    He has fallen out-of-favour under Antonio Conte, and has only played 274 minutes in Serie A this season along with a handful of substitute appearances in the Champions League.

    SunSport understands Inter would be willing to offload Eriksen, but would be looking for a transfer fee of around £27m.

    United want to add another attacking midfielder to their squad, with Paul Pogba's future and fitness up-in-the-air with the window opening next month.

    Eriksen has also been eyed by Arsenal and PSG, but Inter's initial talks over a possible swap deal were immediately rejected.

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    EDIN WHERE?

    Edin Terzic is now the interim manager at Borussia Dortmund – and he had his say on the Jadon Sancho saga back in May.

    He said: “He’s a young player and is one of our most important players.

    "I have to say that the transfer speculations are affecting him.

    "We have to support him in a positive way. I want all of our players to be happy.”

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    THE KIER AND NOW

    Man Utd are retaining their interest in Kieran Trippier, according to reports.

    With just 18 months left on his Atletico Madrid contract, the England international is said to fancy a move to his boyhood club.

    Trippier grew up in Greater Manchester and starred for Burnley after coming through Manchester City's academy.

    According to MEN, a move to Old Trafford 'appeals' to the right-back.

    Atletico were previously said to want just £20million for the 30-year-old, roughly the same fee they paid Tottenham for his services last year.

    But Diego Simeone's charge to the LaLiga title, with the side sat second with two games in hand, may force a re-think if a bid lands.

    Trippier has played every minute of Los Rojiblancos' campaign this season.

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