1.40pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Eriksen 'loan bid' planned, Sancho could join THIS month, Sergio Ramos 'contacted'

MANCHESTER UNITED are back on top of the Premier League after a fightback victory over Fulham.

On the transfer front, we've the very latest on the ongoing hunt for Jadon Sancho while a loan bit for Christian Eriksen has been touted.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    BITE MAN BAN

    Manchester United were banned from signing Luis Suarez for free due to a clause in his contract at Barcelona.

    United were one of several clubs that the Uruguayan wasn't able to join after his Catalan exit.

    Suarez was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer but with his ties to Liverpool, it was not likely to happen.

    He was also found guilty of racially abusing United legend Patrice Evra in 2011, making the move impossible.

    Other clubs on the list included Real Madrid, Man City and PSG, according to ESPN.

    Credit: EPA
  • Etienne Fermie

    INTER HIM

    Manchester United want Christian Eriksen on loan until the end of the season, according to reports.

    But the deal is being held up as the Red Devils have reportedly offered to pay less than 40 per cent of the Inter outcast's wages with the Italians paying the rest.

    The Danish playmaker, 28, left Tottenham a year ago to join Inter Milan.

    But the £16.9million star has flopped miserably over the last 12 months under Antonio Conte.

    And Eriksen is thought to want out already with Inter open to loaning him to put him in the shop window for a summer sale.

    Credit: AP:Associated Press
  • Etienne Fermie

    TAKE A BOW

    Let's take another look at Paul Pogba's goal from last night, shall we?

    What a hit from the Frenchman.

  • Etienne Fermie

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIZZER

    As well as Nicky Butt, Man United have also wished another former academy graduate in Phil Neville well on social media.

    The Englishman, who was recently appointed as manager of Inter Miami, turns 44 today.

  • Etienne Fermie

    IN THE NICK OF TIME

    Class of 92 star and current head of first team development Nicky Butt turns 46 today.

    Happy Birthday Nicky!

  • Etienne Fermie

    POINTS GAME

    Manchester United have racked up a remarkable 21 points from losing positions this season.

    Paul Pogba's rocket completed another turnaround last night after an early setback at Fulham.

    And it fired the Red Devils top of the Premier League again and continued their stunning away form.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have won eight and drawn two of their 10 away games this season.

    Their haul of 21 points from losing positions is more than double any of their rivals.

  • Etienne Fermie

    AIMING HIGH

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire insisted that the club have to be challenging for honours after last night's 2-1 win at Fulham.

  • Etienne Fermie

    OVER TO BRU

    Paul Pogba has proved he can play alongside Bruno Fernandes in the midfield, claimed Rio Ferdinand.

    The French superstar fired Manchester United back to the top of the table with his winner against Fulham.

    And Ferdinand, 42, told BT Sport: "I think today he [Pogba] was brilliant, he did both sides well – defended well but created chances. The big difference is that he is playing quick, not dilly dallying on ball, the efficiency he is playing well is amazing.

    "I don't think Ole completely trusts him in the centre of midfield with the pace that some sides counter with, so he plays him out of those area, but in this game they felt they would dominate and so he can allow him to do it. One of the best when he is in this form. He loves the game, [he] wants to showcase his talent.

    "I saw Pogba grow up, I saw his talent first-hand, I think he is capable of playing in the midfield [alongside Fernandes], if he has the players around him he can do it."

    Credit: AFP and licensors
  • Etienne Fermie

    HEART AND SOL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his thoughts to BT Sport and MUTV after last night's 2-1 triumph over Fulham.

    He said: "I think we started slow and after their goal I felt we did well. That was what we needed; we needed to wake up.

    "I don’t think we had shaken off the game on Sunday, but after that we did really well, we scored.

    "Poor again [after that], trying to be too direct and to go in behind and the Hollywood passes, then a fantastic goal by Paul and we had some great chances in the second half to finish the game.

    "When it’s only one goal, with the players they’ve put on, it’s always going to be like heart in your mouth."

    Credit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    LEFT FULHAM REELING

    Paul Pogba has expressed his delight after scoring a 'beautiful' winner with his left foot against Fulham.

    The Frenchman, 27, told BT Sport after the game: "I hit it well.

    "I didn’t expect my left foot to be like this. You know, if you don’t try you don’t know what’s going to happen.

    "I’m really glad the ball went in. It was a beautiful goal and a beautiful victory. That’s the most important."

    Credit: AFP and licensors
  • sstreet

    CHRIST ALMIGHTY

    Manchester United have made a loan bid for Christian Eriksen, according to The Transfer Window podcast.

    The deal, if it goes through, would be a loan until the end of the season with no option to buy, reports Ian McGarry.

    He adds that Man Utd have yet to offer Inter a sufficient portion of Eriksen's wages for the deal to go through.

    Eriksen's wages are said to be £7.1m net per year, meaning £3.5m for the duration of the loan.

    However, the Red Devils are said to have offered to pay £1.3m – less than 50 per cent of that figure.

    McGarry's colleague Duncan Castles said: "That offer is one that would be laughed out of court in a normal window, but why not chance your arm knowing Inter want to offload him?"

  • Etienne Fermie

    THE MORNING AFTER

    Manchester United again came from behind on the road to defeat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage – courtesy of a Paul Pogba stunner.

    Let's take another look at what transpired, shall we?

  • Ian Tuckey

    FAN BAN SET TO LAST WHOLE SEASON

    Prem chiefs have steeled themselves for a fan-free season — despite the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

    The 20 “shareholder” clubs today confirmed that all matches up to the end of next month will be screened live on TV.

    But privately, League and club chiefs recognised it is unlikely fans will be allowed back through the turnstiles until next term.

    And unless there is a surprise change of heart from Government and health chiefs, that will mean the entire second half of the campaign being available for fans to watch “live” from home.

    In a statement released after the two-hour virtual meeting, a Prem spokesman said: “All Premier League fixtures from Saturday January 30 to the last weekend of February will be available to UK fans to watch.

    “Matches will continue to be shown via the existing services of broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    AND UP FRONT…

    Mason Greenwood – 5

    Quiet first half, barely had an impact on the contest and struggled to link up with Wan-Bissaka down the right.

    Didn't get much better in the second and needs to improve to earn a regular spot.

    Edinson Cavani – 8

    Did what he has done throughout his career… was in the right place at the right time to fire Man United level.

    Was denied a second by a brilliant save by Areola. His work rate was terrific and he deserves the plaudits.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MORE UTD RATINGS

    Paul Pogba – 8

    Scored an absoluteLY stunning goal with his left peg – just when the game needed a moment of magic. And how crucial could that be at the end of the season?

    Before that he was having a mixed evening but constantly showed fight and desire to win the ball back.

    Fred – 6

    Played his part in the opening goal with a great interchange with Fernandes.

    Impressive with his energy in midfield making sure United would win the ball back quickly.

    Bruno Fernandes – 7

    Was barely involved in first 20 minutes but sprung to life all of a sudden. Crashed the post and assisted Cavani just seconds later.

    Saw a great effort saved by the keeper and was at the heart of United's attacks yet again. Just needed a goal to round off his performance.

    Anthony Martial – 4

    Not a good night for Martial out on the left. Nothing he did seemed to come off and scuffed a couple of half chances.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD RATINGS CONTINUED

    Eric Bailly – 7

    Lookman caused him some trouble in the first period but he grew into the contest.

    Dominant performance in the second half, barely giving Fulhan a sniff.

    Luke Shaw – 7

    Probably one of United's most in-form players at present but Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave him a tough night.

    Looked to get forward as much as possible and had the fitness levels to get back. Decision making could have been better at times.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HOW UTD RATED

    SunSport's Richard Forrester gives his marks after United's 2-1 win at Fulham.

    David de Gea – 6

    Had no chance with the opening goal and had little to do afterwards.

    He dealt with the shots that came at him including a really good one with his feet with 15 minutes to go.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5

    Had a nightmare in the first half. Played Lookman onside for Fulham's opener and was out of position numerous times.

    Improved in the second as Fulham sat back and United dominated the ball. Made a great late block to snuff out a attack.

    Harry Maguire – 6

    Certainly looks more solid alongside Eric Bailly – their partnership is starting to blossom.

    Could have scored with a header from a corner. Would have certainly expected him to do better.

    Some slack defending allowed Loftus-Cheek with a chance to equalise.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOP POGS AGAIN

    Here's Paul Pogba's glorious winner for United at FulhamCredit: AP:Associated Press
    Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba hails what could be a crucial goal at FulhamCredit: Reuters
  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: FULHAM 1 MAN UTD 2

    Paul Pogba’s brilliant winner sawt United come back from behind to return top of the Premier League.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are now two points above neighbours City and Leicester.

    For all the action click on our match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! FULHAM 1 MAN UTD 2

    Paul Pogba's brilliant solo goal put United in front on 65 minutes.

    For all the action click on our match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS ‘BID FOR UTD TARGET MARTIN’

    Arsenal have reportedly made a loan offer for wantaway Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.

    Sky Sports claims Mikel Arteta has approached Los Blancos over a short-term deal for the playmaker following Mesut Ozil’s exit.

    Odegaard, 22, has also been linked with Manchester United.

    Norway star Martin Odegaard is reportedly interesting Man Utd and ArsenalCredit: AFP or licensors

    And the Norway international, who was just 16 years old when he joined Real, wants out of the Bernabeu due to a lack of minutes this season.

    Odegaard wasn’t even included on the bench for Real’s Copa del Rey clash with Alcoyano on Wednesday – even though they named one LESS sub than their lower league opponents.

    And Arsenal have now thrown their hat in the ring by making a formal proposal to Real.

    Arteta wants to sign Odegaard until the summer, which will then give the playmaker and Real more time to decide his long-term future.

    The LaLiga champions are reportedly ready to give Odegaard a loan move this month after playing him in just nine matches.

  • Ian Tuckey

    S/H UNDER WAY: FULHAM 1 MAN UTD 1

    For all the action click on our match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: FULHAM 1 MAN UTD 1

    For all the action click on our match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: FULHAM 1 MAN UTD 1

    Here's United striker Edinson Cavani levelling and celebrating.

    For all the action click on our blog HERE.

    Edinson Cavani reacts sharply to Alphonse Areola's fumble to make it 1-1Credit: PA:Press Association
    Recalled striker Edinson Cavani hails his swift piece of poachingCredit: Reuters
  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! FULHAM 1 MAN UTD 1

    Bruno Fernandes burst into life after his quiet start shooting against a post before crossing for EDINSON CAVANI  to level on 21 minutes – after home keeper Alphonse Areola failed to hold onto the ball.

    For all the action click on our blog HERE.

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