2pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘disenchanted’, Greenwood late for training TWICE, Rashford ‘despairs’ over school meals – The Sun

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is sick of Mason Greenwood's attitude and has handed the striker a warning after he was late for training twice.

Meanwhile fellow Red Devils striker Marcus Rashford has declared his "despair" after MPs voted to reject his plea to extend free school meals into holidays.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Richard Forrester

    ALL ABROAD

    Gary Neville selected his all-time Manchester United foreign XI and picked flop Juan Sebastian Veron and Bruno Fernandes but shunned Paul Pogba.

    Sky Sports pundit Neville, 45, was challenged by a fan on Twitter to name a fantasy overseas Red Devils side.

    None of the starting team could consist of players from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

    Former Old Trafford right-back Neville caused a stir by picking his old team-mate Veron in the centre of midfield.

    The Argentine did win the Premier League with United in 2003 but was far from a hit after arriving from Lazio in 2001 for £28.1million.

    Check out his team in full…

  • Richard Forrester

    LEAVING HIS MARC

    Marcus Rashford is joint favourite alongside Lewis Hamilton to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

    The Manchester United star was recently named in the Queen’s Birthday Honoursfor his free school meals campaign.

    MPs recently rejected his bid to extend school meals but the England international was on hand to help staff at a food charity.

    Rashford has since slammed Tory MPs saying they are making vulnerable children feel like they don’t matter.

    He wrote: “A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter.

    “We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers. Our views are being clouded by political affiliation. This is not politics, this is humanity.”

    His work in the community has seen Rashford jump from 3/1 to joint favourite with Lewis Hamilton at 2/1.

  • Richard Forrester

    DARREN SPELL

    Darren Fletcher has returned to Manchester United where he is coaching the club’s Under-16 side in a temporary role.

    The 36-year-old – who racked up 342 appearances for the Red Devils before he left to join West Brom in 2015 – is back at the club to help his transition into management.

    During his time at Old Trafford, Fletcher won the Premier League title five times, the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Club World Cup.

    Speaking to United’s website about his decision to move into coaching, he said: “I needed a bit of a break away from it [football].

    “I think the transition from playing to the other side has been difficult. All your focus is on being a player, day in and day out, and you miss being a player.

    “I think I needed that period to step away a little bit and took my time to come away and accept not being a player any more, moving on to my coaching badges, and this is the early stages of doing it.

    “I’m just getting my coaching badges done and being invited back into the club.

    “I’ve got a bit of spare time in the evenings and I thought there’s nothing better than doing something at United and giving a bit back, working at the academy.”

  • Richard Forrester

    BEEN THERE, DON THAT

    Jadon Sancho is not '100 per cent' in the right headspace to perform for Borussia Dortmund, amid reports of discontent in the club's dressing room.

    Manchester United unsuccessfully tried to sign the winger, 20, during the transfer window.

    But it has been far from a perfect start to the season for Dortmund or Sancho.

    Tuesday's 3-1 defeat to Lazio in the Champions League has led to widespread criticism of the squad.

    In particular, Sancho came was pinned by Bild for not being totally focused on the Borussia cause this season.

    The German newspaper adds that there are rumblings inside the dressing room over the player's lack of discipline.

  • Richard Forrester

    SOL SEARCHING

    OLE SOLSKJAER has launched a massive defence of Mason Greenwood despite his off field problems

    Greenwood was expelled from the England camp last month for disciplinary reasons.

    This week it was revealed that he had twice been late for training and had an attitude problem.

    He has been left out the last two Manchester United squads with an apparent ‘niggle’.

    But his manager claims the player is no problem at all as he prepares to bring him back into the fold for the game against Chelsea this weekend.

    Solskjaer said: “I'm not concerned at all with Mason making a target for himself.

    “He has come in played fantastic, kicked on and then he makes a mistake for England.

    “But he's never ever late for training.

    “I've seen some ex United players talking about him and they don't know what they're talking about.

    “He's got a good family behind him.

    “He's a good trainer and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional, that's something we have to deal with many players, many other players at United have had that.

    “We have a great record and tradition of bringing our players through, that means from early on you get good habits, you express yourselves.

    “Mason's come through this programme, done fantastic and will be kicking on I'm sure, he's a very exciting boy to work with.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SHARE YOUR ANGER

    Sergio Romero will reportedly demand showdown talks with Manchester United bosses when he returns to Carrington next week.

    The exiled goalkeeper has been dropped from the Red Devils’ Champions League squad – a decision he is said to have discovered via social media.

    According to the Star, Romero, 33, returned to Argentina during the transfer window to organise a move to a new team.

    However, United failed to agree a deal with Everton, leaving the goalkeeper furious with the club.

    Romero has not played since the Europa League quarter-final win over Copenhagen in August, and was dropped for the final-four clash with Sevilla.

    United expect the goalkeeper back at Carrington next week after he returned from South America to enter self-isolation.

    It is said the player will demand talks with club bosses over his future.

  • Richard Forrester

    GIVE HIM THE GIGG

    Manchester United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    The 22-year-old was outstanding at centre-half against superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the stunning 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

    But United legend and former first-team coach Ryan Giggs revealed he was considered for a starting place in the midfield under ex-boss Louis van Gaal.

    The Wales boss said: “First of all he’s a really good lad with a good mentality.

    “All he has to do now is stay fit and play games because he’s got all the attributes.

    “He can handle the ball, he can even play midfield.

    “We thought about playing him there when he was fit under Louis.

    “When Louis came he was just going through a massive growth spurt so he had a few injuries, a few niggles. But he’s just got to stay fit.

    “He can read the game well, and he is quick — which he showed against PSG.”

  • Richard Forrester

    AXEL GREASE

    Manchester United take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday itching for another impressive win.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co edged past Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League midweek.

    Marcus Rashford was the hero at the Parc des Princes yet again, as Bruno Fernandes also converted another penalty.

    Solskjaer sent out his troops in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the new strategy appearing to suit a number of players.

    Axel Tuanzebe earned rave reviews on the right-side of the back-three, keeping superstar Kylian Mbappe quiet.

    Here's how we think United will shape up to take on Chelsea at the weekend.

  • Richard Forrester

    TRAORE BLIMEY

    Manchester United reportedly face competition from four different clubs in the race to sign Wolves star Adama Traore.

    The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the Premier League's most feared wingers having terrorised defences under Nuno Espirito Santo.

    According to Calciomercato, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is vying to bring him to Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils are looking at alternatives to Jadon Sancho having failed to prise him away from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

    But they are not the only English club to be keen on landing the ex-Middlesbrough ace.

    Both Manchester City and Liverpool also understood to be interested in the forward.

    And it has been claimed that Serie A side Juventus are monitoring his progress, though it is unlikely he will be plying his trade in Turin.

    United's biggest competitors are believed to be Traore's former employers Barcelona – who he left in 2015 to join Aston Villa.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Mason Greenwood was reportedly hauled in front of Manchester United chiefs and given a dressing down for rocking up late to training.

    The 19-year-old forward is said to have frustrated the Red Devils with his 'general tardiness', according to The Mail.

    Greenwood missed United's 2-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, with strong rumours his exclusion was related to off-field matters.

    However, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer firmly denied it was anything other than a fitness issue for the England star – who also didn't make the squad for Saturday's 4-1 win over Newcastle .

    The Norwegian gave a flat 'no' when it was put to him that Greenwood's absence could be related to a disciplinary issue.

    Elsewhere, United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    The 22-year-old was outstanding at centre-half against superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the stunning 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

    But United legend and former first-team coach Ryan Giggs revealed he was considered for a starting place in the midfield under ex-boss Louis van Gaal.

    And sources at Carrington believe he has similar qualities to record-signing Pogba, which have been obvious when he has played in the engine room during training.

    Wales boss Ryan Giggs told the Webby and O’Neill Channel: “First of all he’s a really good lad with a good mentality.

    “All he has to do now is stay fit and play games because he’s got all the attributes.

    “He can handle the ball, he can even play midfield.

    “We thought about playing him there when he was fit under Louis.

    “When Louis came he was just going through a massive growth spurt so he had a few injuries, a few niggles. But he’s just got to stay fit.

    And finally, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is said to be desperate to regain his England spot – despite putting the Democratic Republic of Congo flag on his Instagram.

    The former Crystal Palace star, 22, was called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad at the start of last season.

    But he had to withdraw through injury and the right-back has not been in his plans since.

    Amid uncertainty over his international future, Wan-Bissaka appeared to signal his intent by putting the DR Congo flag on his Instagram bio.

    But The Telegraph say he is eager to be part of the Three Lions side for next year's European Championship.

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Manchester United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    Wales boss Ryan Giggs told the Webby and O’Neill Channel: “First of all he’s a really good lad with a good mentality.

    “All he has to do now is stay fit and play games because he’s got all the attributes.

    “He can handle the ball, he can even play midfield.

    “We thought about playing him there when he was fit under Louis.

    “When Louis came he was just going through a massive growth spurt so he had a few injuries, a few niggles. But he’s just got to stay fit.

    “He can read the game well, and he is quick — which he showed against PSG.

    “But he’s got to play games and when he plays games then his confidence will grow.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AXEL THE AXIS

    Manchester United could decide to turn starlet Axel Tuanzebe into a midfielder in the Paul Pogba mould.

    The 22-year-old was outstanding at centre-half against superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the stunning 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

    But United legend and former first-team coach Ryan Giggs revealed he was considered for a starting place in the midfield under ex-boss Louis van Gaal.

    And sources at Carrington believe he has similar qualities to record-signing Pogba, which have been obvious when he has played in the engine room during training.

  • Joe Brophy

    DIM VIEW

    Dimitar Berbatov has warned United to keep their feet on the ground after securing back to back wins over Newcastle and PSG.

    He told betfair: “At the same time, United shouldn't get head of themselves. Don't think about big targets, just take every game as it comes.

    “If Ole keeps them steady, rotates the team correctly, and they concentrate, they can win more games.

    “Edinson Cavani will be a big addition when he is ready also. Everyone has been spot on in the last couple of games and this must continue.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WIELD THE AXE

    Dimitar Berbatov believes Axel Tuanzebe's performance against PSG has put himself in the frame to become a regular for United.

    He told betfair: “I thought Axel Tuanzebe was excellent in defence, for his age he showed so much maturity and strength.

    “He didn't look intimidated or afraid of the huge names he had to defend, and a game like this will give him confidence. He has made the case for himself that he should play more.

    “It's only one game but he appears to have all the qualities of a great defender – speed and strength, along with a cool head.

    “I said in pre-season that United needed a centre back, but maybe all along Axel has been there, and he is a strong candidate to be first choice.”

  • Joe Brophy

    OUT OF TUCH

    PSG boss Thomas Tuchel claimed the defeat to Manchester United was 'one of our worst performances'.

    The German boss, 47, told beIN SPORTS: “In the first half, we were simply not on the pitch. It was not our level.

    “I don't know why, but I can just say that it was not our level, in moving the ball, in possession, in counter-attacking, in challenges, in intensity.

    “By far, one of our worst games, one of our worst first halves.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TOP MARCS

    Manchester United have delighted fans by recreating Marcus Rashford's stunning winner against Paris Saint-Germain on PES.

  • Joe Brophy

    FULL ENGLISH

    Harry Kane is overlooked in debates regarding the world's top-five players 'because he's English', Troy Deeney claims.

    And the Watford striker, who recently joined SunSport as our latest hard-hitting columnist, also believes that the 'ridiculous' Tottenham striker has to be considered as 'world-class'.

    Deeney, 32, has also signed up to talkSPORT to deliver his hot football takes to the nation.

    And it was on the radio station that he expressed his frustration with how Kane – who has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford – is still underrated.

    He said: “That world class debate is interesting because unless your name is foreign, you don't ever get put in that category as world class.

    “People go: 'Lewandowski, Benzema' – they always put people above him. His goal record is ridiculous.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DEVIL MAY CARE

    Fred is the weak link in Manchester United's team, according to Troy Deeney.

    The Watford legend has revealed how the Hornets would purposely target the 27-year-old Brazilian.

    SunSport columnist Deeney explained on talkSPORT how he and team-mates looked to exploit the number of touches Fred took on the ball.

    Deeney, 32, insisted Fred is a hugely talented player but said he was often there for the taking because he dithered.

    He told talkSPORT: “Whenever you played against Fred – we certainly did it – you let him get it.

    “He has to take three or four touches. He doesn’t know how to do one or two touches.

    “Anyone who watches his game will know when he gets it facing the wrong way, turns, turns, chops, chops.

    “Three or four times a game he will give you the ball. Anyone who studies football will know that.

    “You have that one person who is the trigger and you are waiting for it and bounce off him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WAN OR THE OTHER

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka is desperate to regain his England spot – despite putting the Democratic Republic of Congo flag on his Instagram.

    Wan-Bissaka scored his first goal for United in their 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle last weekend and impressed again in the 2-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

    The former Crystal Palace star, 22, was called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad at the start of last season.

    But he had to withdraw through injury and the right-back has not been in his plans since.

    Amid uncertainty over his international future, Wan-Bissaka appeared to signal his intent by putting the DR Congo flag on his Instagram bio.

    But The Telegraph say he is eager to be part of the Three Lions side for next year's European Championship.

  • Joe Brophy

    GIMME MAUR

    Real Madrid are reportedly considering Mauricio Pochettino and Raul as their manager if they decide to sack Zinedine Zidane.

    Spanish outlet AS claim that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez could consider the pair as possible replacements if he parts company with the under-fire Frenchman.

    Los Blancos slumped to a 3-2 defeat in their Champions League opener against a Shakhtar Donetsk side missing TEN players on Wednesday.

    That performance came four days after they suffered a first domestic loss of the season as they fell 1-0 to LaLiga new boys Cadiz last weekend.

    Pochettino has been without a team since he was axed by Spurs last November.

    The Argentine has been linked with taking over Manchester United if they decide to get rid of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • Richard Forrester

    GONE TO POTT

    Graham Potter wants football chiefs to abandon plans for a controversial European Super League.

    Football was rocked this week when it emerged top English, French, German, Italian and Spanish clubs had held talks over a new Fifa-backed £4.6billion tournament.

    Leaked proposals claimed Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham could play in the new 18-team event to rival the Champions League.

    If this happened, it would be the biggest shake-up in European football for over a generation.

    Brighton boss Potter, who managed in Sweden for eight years, said: “We have a really strong product with the Premier League and the Champions League.

    “And I am speaking as a football fan here.

    “I like the Premier League and Champions League – I’m not sure why there is a need for anything else.

    “For the good of football at the moment, everybody is going through a lot of pain in terms of no crowds, incomes have gone.

    “And we need to try to think about solutions as a collective not necessarily breaking away.”

  • Richard Forrester

    LEW BEAUTY

    Manchester United target Dominic Calvert-Lewin is worth 80 TIMES more than Everton paid Sheffield United for him in 2016.

    The England international has starred for the Toffees this season and his soaring transfer value reflects that.

    Former Everton defender David Unswoth is now head of the club’s academy and he says the Blues paid ‘nowhere near’ the £1.5million that was reported at the time.

    Ex-West Ham and Sheffield United centre-back Unsworth told Sky Sports: “I can assure you it was nowhere near the amount of money that people bandied about.

    “I won’t say the exact fee but it was a lot less than what you just quoted.

    “I still smile when I think about how we managed to prise him away.

    “It was all about timing and Sheffield United were in League One and had just got a new manager.

    “Dominic wasn’t going to play a big part in trying to get them out of League One.

    “Chris [Wilder] decided to go down the experience route and has proven to be very successful.”

  • Richard Forrester

    RED FACED

    Manchester United fans overestimate their side more than any other supporters in the Premier League.

    That is according to a new study based on fan predictions throughout the early weeks of the new season.

    The Red Devils certainly struggled to get into gear, falling to defeats against Crystal Palace and Tottenham.

    And free football betting app Kiss My Score has revealed just how wide of the mark United supporters have been when it comes to predicting their scores.

    Data from over 65,000 fans who use the app show the Red Devils coming in worst off, ahead of Liverpool and Burnley.

    United fans have accumulated a goal difference error rate of MINUS nine.

    That means their predictions put the team on a goal difference of plus-six, when in reality it is minus-three.

  • Richard Forrester

    BORROWED TIME

    Mason Greenwood was reportedly hauled in front of Manchester United chiefs and given a dressing down for rocking up late to training.

    The 19-year-old forward is said to have frustrated the Red Devils with his 'general tardiness', according to The Mail.

    Greenwood missed United's 2-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, with strong rumours his exclusion was related to off-field matters.

    However, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer firmly denied it was anything other than a fitness issue for the England star – who also didn't make the squad for Saturday's 4-1 win over Newcastle .

    The Norwegian gave a flat 'no' when it was put to him that Greenwood's absence could be related to a disciplinary issue.

  • Richard Forrester

    PLAN B

    FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has refused to back the proposed European Super League – dealing the plans a significant blow.

    World chief Infantino was said to have been behind the plans, drafted by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez and backed by Liverpool and Manchester United.

    Fifa were reported as the backers of a £4.6billion concept for an 18-club closed-shop elite, including five Prem giants, from the start of the 2022-23 season.

    But Infantino gave the thumbs down to the plans as he insisted his sole aim is to get the revised and expanded Club World Cup up and running in China in 2022.

    Infantino said: “As Fifa President, I'm interested in the Club World Cup, not the Super League.

    “I'm not interested in Bayern versus Liverpool, but Bayern versus Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires.

    “Liverpool has 180 million fans worldwide. Flamengo about 40 million. Flamengo has 39 of these 40 million fans in Brazil.

    “But Liverpool, however, has perhaps only 5 million fans in England, the other 175 million around the world.

    “I want clubs from outside Europe to have global appeal in the future. My vision is: there should be 50 clubs and 50 national teams that can become world champions.”

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