MANCHESTER UNITED continued their good form as they thrashed Alkmaar at Old Trafford.
Skipper Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood netted all four goals in 11 crazy second-half minutes to send United through as group winners.
But the Red Devils have been hit with a double transfer blow with Atletico Madrid not willing to let Saul Niguez go on the cheap and Erling Braut Haaland edging towards a move to Borussia Dortmund.
Follow all the latest news and updates from Old Trafford below…
EXCLUSIVE by Dan Cutts: MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal are keeping tabs on £42m-rated Parma star Dejan Kulusevski.
The Swedish midfielder has had a stunning season so far while on loan from high-flying Atalanta.
It is understood a number of other top European clubs including Juventus and Inter Milan are also after him.
Kulusevski was available for just £8.5m last summer, before he was sent out on loan from the campaign.
Some of the Premier League’s top sides have sent scouts to watch him in recent weeks, including United and the Gunners.
The 19-year-old’s agent is believed to have already met clubs over a transfer before the Euro’s next summer.
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has revealed how big a role the mental side of the game plays – while adding there will be no “leeway” for disinterested stars at United.
He said: “Mentality sometimes is strange to explain. The mood is the camp is different, definitely.
“The group is going in the right direction now. They’ve got a chance every single day in training. There won’t be any leeway.
“You don’t play here if you don’t want to go in the same direction as the majority of the group or the whole group.
“If you’re the one or two odd men out, you’d probably know.”
MANCHESTER UNITED are no longer the “shambles” they were during the 4-0 loss to Everton in April, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned ahead of the sides' clash this Sunday.
Ahead of this weekend's game – with Mason Greenwood tipped to keep his place – The Norwegian roared: “We lost quite clearly against Everton last season.
“We’ve spoken enough about what happened that day and how we looked like a team.
“It was more or less a shambles, but I’ve said too many times this year as well, we’re not that group any more.
“This is a different group, a group that’s ready for the fight and is ready for the football.”
FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED star Dimitar Berbatov has urged the Red Devils to abandon plans to sign Erling Haaland because it could affect Marcus Rashford's form.
He wrote in his Betfair column: “I don’t think United need to sign a striker in January as they have decent options up front already.
“I want Marcus Rashford to get better and better, I’m a big admirer of Anthony Martial and am keen to see Mason Greenwood get more time on the pitch.
“I think United have the talent there and signing a new striker, whether it’s an emerging talent like Haaland or the more experienced Mario Mandzukic, could discourage their young players.
“I know there’s speculation about Haaland coming to United in January. He’s a big centre-forward, an old-fashioned target man who scores tap-ins – so quite different from Rashford and Martial.
“Haaland would offer United something different, but coming from Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga would be a massive step up, so United need to think carefully about if he’s the right man and how he would fit in with their style of play.”
MAN UNITED welcome Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday, looking for a fourth win in a row.
Mason Greenwood was the shining light for the Red Devils as they ensured top spot in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
And the teenage sensation looks set to keep his place in the squad, ahead of Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will still be missing Paul Pogba so Scott McTominay and Fred are expected to partner in midfield once again.
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