8.30am Man Utd news LIVE: Cengiz Under is Sancho alternative, Grealish transfer to cost £80m minimum, Rashford LATEST – The Sun

MAN UTD visit Tottenham in their Project Restart opener on Friday night as the battle for Jadon Sancho hots up.

However, reports in Italy suggest United are willing to turn their attention to Roma's Cengiz Under if a deal cannot be done for the Dortmund star.

Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…

  • DREAM RUN-IN

    Manchester United statistically have the 'easiest' run-in across the whole Premier League.

    The Red Devils still have to play Tottenham (a), Sheff Utd (h), Brighton (a), Bournemouth (h), Aston Villa (a), Southampton (h), Crystal Palace (a), West Ham (h) and Leicester (a).

    And that works out as an average position of their opponents of 12.3, just ahead of rivals Manchester City.

    It is bad news for Crystal Palace and strugglers Bournemouth whose opponents' average position are 8.2.

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    The Red Devils and Wolves will try to win the Europa League in a one-off mini-tournament held in Germany later this summer.
    Uefa have announced plans to shift the competition into a unique format with the outside chance of fans attending the matches.
    Both Premier League clubs have played the away leg of their last-16 ties and may yet have the home tie moved as well.
    United will face LASK of Austria with a 5-0 first leg lead and Wolves take on Olympiacos, currently drawing 1-1 with the Greek club, in the first week of August.
    If they qualify for the quarter-finals, they will travel to Germany for a knockout competition between August 10 and 21.

    On the transfer front, United could pay for Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in instalment.

    The Old Trafford hierarchy know so much hinges on them qualifying for the Champions League next season.
    There are currently three avenues open for doing so: finishing fourth, winning the Europa League and hoping Manchester City’s two-year European ban is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and finishing fifth.
    According to the MEN, a nine-figure sum for Sancho could be negotiated in one lump sum, plus add-ons.

    And United were handed a boost after Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre admitted the winger is among those who could quit this summer.

    He said: “Obviously players will go and we hope that they stay but it's possible that they may also leave.
    “You have spoken about two players who we don't know definitively what will happen – they could stay with us, that's clear and that would be good for me.
    “We'll see what we'll do in defence, midfield or attack.”

  • HELL BEN-T

    Wissam Ben-Yedder is said to have told Monaco he wants to leave the club – putting Arsenal and Manchester United on red alert.

    The 29-year-old striker scored 19 in 31 games this season, attracting attention across Europe.

    But according to France Football, Ben Yedder has decided he wants to quit Monaco after just one season in the Principality.

  • DEVIL IN DISGUISE

    Dimitar Berbatov believes qualifying for Champions League would cement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position as Manchester United manager.

    As reported by MEN, he said: “It's massive for United to finish in the top four. It won't be easy, but they need to take their chance, three points are nothing.

    “The first game is so important, they need to take their chance, if they do then there will be a massive change next season and it will be huge.

    “It will give confidence to the manager, we all know he gets criticised and put under pressure and people are constantly speculating about his position, but this would cement him in the job, and that will be massive for next season because a Champions League spot will be there and that will seduce players, better players, bigger players to play for United, so it’s important and I hope they qualify.”

  • WILL HE?

    Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Chelsea star Willian over a shock summer move.

    France Football claim the Red Devils want to add experience to their attack and think the Brazilian would be a great coup on a free transfer.

    The 31-year-old would apparently favour remaining at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea are not willing to offer the winger his desired three-year contract.

  • DEVIL MAY CARE

    Antonio Valencia has admitted that he’s found it “difficult” to watch Premier League matches since leaving Manchester United.

    He told El Comercio: “It was 14 years in England, where I learned a lot, grew a lot and made great friends. For this reason, when I returned to the country, it was difficult for me to watch the Premier League matches; the nostalgia used to win me.

    “As the nostalgia passed, I started to watch more of the team’s games. Always encouraging from here my ex-teammates and the great fans.

    “There are Pogba, there’s Lingard, Rashford, players whom I have known since they were little. Now they are consolidated and it’s always a pride to see them on the pitch.”

  • GHOST GOAL

    Hawkeye have revealed that an unprecedented blockage stopped their goal-line technology system from awarding Sheffield United a winning goal at Aston Villa.

    The tech company said that the “occlusion” was the first they have seen in 9,000 Premier League games in which the system has been used.

    A statement read: “The seven cameras located in the stands around the goal area were significantly occluded by the goalkeeper, defender and goalpost.

    “This level of occlusion has never been seen in 9,000 matches that the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system has been in operation.

    “The system was tested and proved functional prior to the start of the match… and confirmed as working by the match officials.

    “The system has remained functional throughout.

    “Hawk-eye unreservedly apologises to the Premier League, Sheffield United, and everyone affected by this incident.”

  • IRON-BRU

    Bruno Fernandes has admitted how excited he is to be playing alongside Paul Pogba.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think everyone is excited to see Paul Pogba play again after his long injury.

    “For me, playing alongside him will be amazing, obviously everyone wants to play with the best players and Paul is one of them.

    “But we have a lot of good players and the most important thing is the results for Manchester United.”

  • FAT CHANCE

    Manchester United have not made a bid to sign Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati, according to La Liga expert Guillem Balague.

    He tweeted: “United never made an offer [for Fati]. [Agent] Jorge Mendes talked to Barcelona before the pandemic about possible interest, but club told him he’s not for sale.

    “I feel Mendes is trying to convince the player he should be his agent. At the moment, Fati’s father is advised by Rodrigo Messi.

    “The English club say they are being used by Barcelona and Jorge Mendes as they have no interest in the player.”

  • GRAND LOVE

    Cristiano Ronaldo's mum Dolores Aveiro has penned an emotional birthday message to the grandson she brought back from the US as a newborn.

    Aveiro told an approved 2014 biography of how she picked up Cristiano Jr from a clinic in Florida because his dad was playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

    On his tenth birthday, she wrote: “Only God knows the extra strength my grandson brings me, only God knows the reason he came into my life.

    “Every day I see signs that he was destined for us even before he was born.

    “Ten years have passed since the first time I picked you up, still with a weak cry and almost closed eyes.

    “You nestled in my lap and gave a new meaning to my life, and at that moment I felt a love that I will never be able to explain.

    “May God grant you many years of my love, may God allow you always to be that sweet, humble and affectionate boy and one of my reasons for being.

    “Happy birthday love of his grandmother's life.”

  • KICK OFF

    Football fans could be allowed back into stadiums next season, the Culture Secretary revealed this evening.

    As the Premier League returns to TV screens tonight, he said there were “intensive discussions” on getting fans into stadiums by next season, which is expected to start in September.

    Oliver Dowden told the daily press briefing: “By the return of the new season, we might be in a position whereby some fans could start to return to stadiums.”

    ” (We are doing) intensive engagement (and discussions) on how we could get that done safely.

    “Clearly we will look at positioning of fans, where they are relative to each other but there's all the issue about how you get in and out of stadiums in a safe way, and how you have access to conveniences and everything else.”

  • MOUR TO SEE

    Jose Mourinho has named Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial as the four Manchester United players Spurs will have to contend with on Friday.

    He said: “They are comfortable in this situation of low block and a giant dominating in the air and being fast in counter-attack with Marcus [Rashford], with James, with Jesse [Lingard], with [Anthony] Martial when he plays.

    “So I think the way they play is easier for them when they play against teams that are better teams, teams that want more of the ball, to have initiative of the game, so I think they did well.

    “They played the game they wanted to play [in the second-half], they dropped the block, they defend, a couple of dangerous counter-attacks, closing, closing, closing, and when we had the ball in the last third the goal could happen but didn't. And I think they deserve the victory.”

  • HERE'S EUR CHANCE

    Manchester United and Wolves will try to win the Europa League in a one-off mini-tournament held in Germany later this summer.

    Uefa have announced plans to shift the competition into a unique format with the outside chance of fans attending the matches.

    Both Premier League clubs have played the away leg of their last-16 ties and may yet have the home tie moved as well.

    United will face LASK of Austria with a 5-0 first leg lead and Wolves take on Olympiacos, currently drawing 1-1 with the Greek club, in the first week of August.

    If they qualify for the quarter-finals, they will travel to Germany for a knockout competition between August 10 and 21.

    The ties will be played in Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen with the final in Cologne's RheinEnergieSTADION.

  • PAUL IN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the tough task of deciding where Paul Pogba will play for the remainder of the season.

    The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from the club after making just seven league appearances this term.

    But he has been told he needs to take a huge pay-cut to join Italian giants Juventus.

    And reports have claimed his dream move to Real Madrid is on the rocks due to his massive wage demands.

    Either way, he looks likely to start when the Red Devils take on Tottenham in their first game back on Friday.

    SunSport have pulled together five positions that the Frenchman could play for the Red Devils HERE.

  • BEEK SALE

    Manchester United are reportedly in pole position to sign Donny van de Beek this summer.

    The Daily Mail claim Real Madrid have backtracked on a £45million deal to sign the midfielder.

    As a result, the report adds that United could secure a bargain fee following Ajax CEO and former Old Trafford goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar's reveal that his old side were interested in signing Van de Beek.

  • EUROPA TOURNAMENT IN GERMANY

    UEFA has confirmed the Champions League will be completed in a 12-day last eight mini-tournament held in Lisbon in August.

    And European football bosses still hope that fans can be allowed in the stadiums to give some atmosphere.

    But Manchester City will not know until next month whether their last 16 tie with Real Madrid will be completed at the Etihad or in Portugal.

    European bosses also agreed that the Europa League will be played to a finish under a similar format in Germany.

    And Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin revealed that all issues over the postponed Euro 2020 tournament had been resolved with the matches played in the 12 scheduled cities across the tournament next summer.

    But Uefa risks a backlash from its biggest clubs after agreeing that a total of EIGHT international matches can be played in the autumn, with the expanded League of Nations part of triple-header blocks in October and November.

  • ADD-ON SANCHO

    United could pay for Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in instalments, according to reports.

    The Old Trafford hierarchy know so much hinges on them qualifying for the Champions League next season.

    There are currently three avenues open for doing so: finishing fourth, winning the Europa League and hoping Manchester City’s two-year European ban is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and finishing fifth.

    According to the MEN, a nine-figure sum for Sancho could be negotiated in one lump sum, plus add-ons.

  • JAD-OFF?

    United have been given a boost in the transfer pursuit for Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre admitted the winger is among those who could quit this summer.

    The 20-year-old has become a priority signing for United while also attracting attention from City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    Dortmund value Sancho – whose contract expires in 2020 and looks unlikely to sign a new deal – at £115million.

    Favre said: “Obviously players will go and we hope that they stay but it's possible that they may also leave.

    “You have spoken about two players who we don't know definitively what will happen – they could stay with us, that's clear and that would be good for me.

    “We'll see what we'll do in defence, midfield or attack.”

  • JACK WATCH

    How many United fans will be watching this guy's performance tonight?

    The Aston Villa midfielder's growing reputation has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola alike.

    Here are how his stats stack up this term.

  • HAV A LOOK-IN

    Real Madrid have taken the lead in the race to sign Kai Havertz, according to reports in Germany.

    A switch to the Spanish capital is described as the Bayer Leverkusen star's preference, as it will give him a chance to play alongside his idol Toni Kroos.

    There are many similarities between the two midfielders' careers with Kroos, 30, having spent time on loan at Leverkusen while making his way at Bayern Munich.

    And Havertz wants to follow in his compatriot's footsteps and sign for Real, report Sportbuzzer.

    The German outlet claims that Los Blancos have already lodged a bid for the 21-year-old, which has been rejected by Leverkusen for being well under their valuation.

    A price of £90million has been set by the Bundesliga outfit, who still have Havertz tied to a contract that runs to 2022.

  • BACK TO FORM

    Jamie Redknapp reckons United will have momentum because they have players coming back to fitness.

    The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder told Sky Sports' Football Podcast: “There are important players coming back,

    “If you look at Manchester United right now, they've got a young man in Marcus Rashford who is now fit for his team.

    “That's going to be amazing to have him back for United.

    “It's like a brand new signing – one of the best centre forwards in the world or wide players, wherever you want to play him.

    “So I think United will look at that and think 'we've got a real chance.’”

  • RASHFORD 1 BORIS 0

    Marcus Rashford got a nod from the residents of his home town of Wythenshawe, to the south of Manchester.

    Unfortunately, someone has swiped the banner, according to reports.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SON

    Cristiano Ronaldo wished Cristiano Jr. a happy birthday as his son turned 10 on Wednesday.

    The eldest of the Portuguese star's four children, Juventus academy player Junior's nickname of 'puppy' was revealed in a post for his happy returns.

    Posting a photo of him and his son on social media, Ronaldo wrote: “I can't even believe that my boy is 10 years old! Time passes…

    “You have always been a source of pride for the father who loves you so much.

    “Congratulations, Puppy! A happy day! I love you so much!”

    Cristiano Jr. was born in the United States with the footballer having full custody of the boy, whose mother has never been publicly identified.

    View this post on Instagram

    Nem quero acreditar que o meu menino já tem 10 anos! Como o tempo passou… e desde sempre foste motivo de orgulho do pai que tanto te ama. Muitos Parabéns, Filhote! Um dia Feliz! Amo-te muito! 🎂🎉❤️🙏

    A post shared byCristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on

  • HAVING A LUKE

    Luke Shaw admitted he will watch tonight’s Premier League games to see how it goes ahead of United’s return.

    The left-back told ManUtd.com: “I’ll definitely be watching the Premier League games that are on before ours on Wednesday – I reckon most of the country will!

    “It’s been a long time without sport and I’ve really missed watching football as well as playing it.

    “I’ve been tuning in for the Bundesliga over recent weeks, watching quite a lot of that, as have a few of the lads.

    “After the game between Dortmund and Bayern we were talking about how it was a very quick pace, potentially even quicker now than before lockdown because the balls come back into play quite quickly, since there are no fans to waste time with the ball and so on. I think everything’s moving fast.

    “There are lots of great quality players in the Bundesliga and it was impressive to see the speed of the games over there, so it’ll be interesting to watch the English teams this week and see how everybody’s looking.”

  • 'EASIEST' RUN-IN

    Have United got the easiest run-in?

    This is the average position of their opponents throughout the rest of the season.

    So have they got the breeziest of opposition for the next couple of months?

Source: Read Full Article