7.15am Man Utd news LIVE: Alex Telles tests negative for coronavirus, Grealish transfer urged, Rashford’s book club – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have received a boost ahead of their game against West Brom as Alex Telles has tested negative for coronavirus.

Meanwhile Roy Keane has urged the Red Devils to snap up Jack Grealish after the midfielder's brilliant display for England against Belgium.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING RED DEVILS

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is aiming to get kids reading through his new Book Club – after he was deprived of bedtime stories as his mum was always working.

    The England star exclusively told The Sun: “I wasn’t to know that it was a normal thing for somebody to be read a bedtime story.

    “It’s something I’d only seen in films. But films are films, not reality.”

    The Red Devils have been boosted by reports that Alex Telles’ latest Covid-19 test result is negative.

    The new £15.3million left-back has missed the last five games after contracting the virus in October.

    He tested positive again over the weekend after coming off the bench for Brazil against Venezuela but is now set to travel to Uruguay for Tuesday night’s game.

    France boss Didier Deschamps is impressed with Anthony Martial’s progress over the past 18 months despite his ‘clumsy’ finishing against Portugal.

    Deschamps told TF1: “He lacked in finishing – it seemed a little bit clumsy.

    “But sincerely, having watched the moments again, it came down to small margins.

    “With years, he has also gained maturity. He is much more determined – he already had quality. Things are more concrete.”

    United are reportedly set to offer Paul Pogba a new contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    Bruno Fernandes has claimed Paul Scholes was better than Frank Lampard AND Steven Gerrard – and revealed he hopes to emulate the Old Trafford legend.

    He told the UTD Podcast: “I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world. I think Scholes is the one who makes more difference than anyone else.”

  • Josh Graham

    MORE RASHFORD…

    The 23-year-old revealed exclusively to The Sun: “I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.

    “My mum used to tell me stories and she’d make me laugh but we never had books to read together. I thought of books as part of school and that was it.

    “There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me.

    “I want this escapism for all children. Not just those that can afford it.”

  • Josh Graham

    NEED DAVE TO SAVE?

    Manchester United keeper David de Gea's role with Spain is up in the air.

    National coach Luis Enrique snubbed both De Gea and Chelsea flop Kepa for the games against Holland and Switzerland.

    Athletic Bilbao's Unai Simon received his first two caps.

    And Enrique is keeping all three shot-stoppers on their toes ahead of Tuesday's game against Germany.

    Enrique, via Marca, said: ““I like to see ambition and desire in training, that is what I ask of the players.

    “I have decided who will play tomorrow, but they will find out an hour and a half before the game. As always, I don’t know what will happen in the future, that could be a goalkeeper with more continuity or a permanent one.

    “I think goalkeepers must always be prepared to help, whether or not they are on the pitch. I ask goalkeepers, in addition to their technique and their passing game, to be committed and work on improving, and I think all three comply with that, then it is time to choose.”

  • Josh Graham

    TOP MARCS

    Marcus Rashford revealed his plans to get kids reading through his Book Club after he missed out on bedtime stories as his mum was too busy grafting.

    The England star exclusively told The Sun: “I wasn’t to know that it was a normal thing for somebody to be read a bedtime story.

    “It’s something I’d only seen in films. But films are films, not reality.”

    It wasn’t until he was 17 that the Manchester United forward began to experience the joy of reading books which he credits with helping shape his character.

    Now, fresh from inspiring a double Government U-turn on free school meals, Marcus is turning his campaigning zeal to encouraging youngsters to read by setting up his own book club.

  • Josh Graham

    DIALL-ING IN

    Manchester United's deadline day signing Amad Diallo is progressing nicely at Atalanta.

    The 18-year-old winger will join from the Italian side in January.

    And he shared a video of him bagging a classy goal in training.

  • Josh Graham

    MARQ MY WORDS

    Harry Maguire's game could be improved by the arrival of Edinson Cavani, according to the Uruguayan's ex-team-mate Marquinhos.

    Red Devils skipper Maguire has had a torrid time of it in the last few months but his time training with Cavani could help him going forward.

    PSG ace Marquinhos said: “For me, it was very good to work with Cavani because he is a great attacker.

    “In confrontations, you had to be very careful with him and try to cancel him in the best way.

    “I really like to face great attackers, to be able to raise my level and train in the best way. That is what makes you improve and grow every day.

    “Cavani is a very decisive player and one who gives a lot to his teams. We know how important he has been for his team. He plays everywhere on the field, attacks and defends.

    “We will have to be 100 per cent focused because at the slightest mistake, he can score a goal.”

  • Josh Graham

    TELL TALE

    Manchester United have been boosted by reports that Alex Telles has now returned a negative Covid-19 test.

    The new left-back has missed the last five games after contracting the virus in October.

    He tested positive again over the weekend after coming off the bench for Brazil against Venezuela.

    But it was unclear if the result meant he had contracted coronavirus for a second time.

    And journalist Jonathan Shrager reports the Brazilian Press Office confirmed today's result was negative and he will travel to Uruguay with Brazil for the game on Tuesday night.

  • Josh Graham

    MAC DADDY

    Manchester United's Scottish midfielder Scott McTominay is taking a leaf out of skipper Harry Maguire's book to improve his performances.

    He told the club's website: “I need to score more. Something in your mind just clicks together and you start to have a real belief.

    “Against Chelsea, I had the first contact and should have done better, whenever you’re getting in from a corner.

    “The game before, in Paris, I had two opportunities. So it is just that mentality, going into games really believing you can score goals.

    ““I was just watching Harry and how many first contacts in the box he gets. I was like, well, why can’t I do that?

    “I’m the same size as him. It’s just a little mindset tweak that can really make the difference.”

  • Josh Graham

    SHOT-STOPPERS

    Manchester United shared images of their keepers in action.

    Wantaway Sergio Romero and Three Lions young gun Dean Henderson were put through their paces.

  • Josh Graham

    MARTIAL LAW

    French boss Didier Deschamps said he has been impressed with Manchester United forward Anthony Martial over the last 18 months despite his 'clumsy' finishing against Portugal.

    Martial fluffed his lines on three occasions in the 1-0 win against Portugal in the Nations League.

    And Deschamps told TF1: “He lacked in finishing – it seemed a little bit clumsy.

    “But sincerely, having watched the moments again, it came down to small margins.

    “He is part of the group of players who have not been here for a long period of time, but he has changed during this period, on the pitch and off it.

    “With years, he has also gained maturity. He is much more determined – he already had quality. Things are more concrete.

    “I feel a bit unfortunate for him because he was not rewarded with a goal but he is very promising.”

  • Josh Graham

    FRENCH FANCY

    Manchester United will reportedly offer midfielder Paul Pogba a new contract – despite his comments on international duty.

    Last month the Red Devils exercised a clause in his contract which allowed them to extend his deal by a further 12 months.

    His deal had been due to run out next summer – leading to his fears he would leave as a free agent.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports Old Trafford chiefs will offer the 27-year-old a new contract.

  • Josh Graham

    ROM CALL

    Watford's Troy Deeney labelled Manchester United's decision to sell Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan in 2019 a 'strange one'.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Deeney said: “He’s very good, and I always thought it was a strange one when United got rid of him.

    “They kind of wanted a complete player because his goal record wasn’t that bad, to be honest.

    “But I do understand why people were getting a little frustrated in terms of when he was at United.

    “When he’s gone out to Italy you can see the tactical side of it and coaching side of it has really improved his game. He’s got a point to prove.

    “He’s been a beast of a human being since he was 16; everyone was saying ‘look at the talent’.

    “And the goals are there now. In games you can see how strong he is, his link up play is good and he got an assist technically for the goal [against England].”

  • Josh Graham

    PUSH AND PAUL

    Paul Pogba's comments after France's 1-0 win over Portugal should not be seen as a criticism of Manchester United, according to ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti.

    He said: “If Pogba had wanted to unload on the club, he would have been more explicit. He's in the midst of a contract negotiation (his deal is up in June 2022) and has nothing to gain from sniping.

    “Is it surprising that he's happier with France than with United right now? Of course not. He won a World Cup with France and he's a key member of the team, whereas United are underachieving and he's in and out of the starting XI.”

    Pogba had told RTL playing with his national side was like a 'breath of fresh air'.

  • Etienne Fermie

    CARL IT AS I SEE IT

    Former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez somehow escaped a red card just THREE seconds into Boca Juniors' game against Talleres Cordoba.

    The forward chased down Tomas Pochettino straight from kick-off.

    Tevez, 36, recklessly lunged into the back of the 24-year-old's legs with his studs up.

    Pochettino dropped to the ground as the referee reached straight for his pocket.

    But Boca Juniors forward Tevez only received a caution for his moment of madness.

  • Etienne Fermie

    IT ALL ADS UP

    Thomas Partey was advised by Emmanuel Adebayor to reject Manchester United and Chelsea to sign for Arsenal, the striker has claimed.

    The Gunners paid £45.5million to sign the Ghana international in a deadline day switch from Atletico Madrid.

    The 36-year-old told reporters in Ghana: “About six months to a year ago, he was telling me about contacts he had had from England. He mentioned Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea. And I told him, 'Listen, if I have a chance to play in England, a chance to play for Arsenal, the place you to have go to is Arsenal'.

    “Because he is young, he is still learning and Arsenal are a family club, and I'm very happy and impressed with his first steps in the team.

    “Unfortunately we all saw what happened against Aston Villa at home but he is a great player, a great personality. He is like a younger brother to me who is always looking for advice and we get along very well.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    TELL US MORE

    Manchester United have issues a statement on defender Alex Telles, amid reports that he has contracted coronavirus for a second time while on international duty.

    It reads: “The club is checking on the situation regarding Alex Telles and will assess the defender upon his return to Manchester from international duty later this week.

    “Reports in Brazil have suggested Telles has tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time and could therefore miss his nation’s match against Uruguay in Montevideo on Tuesday night.

    “However, it is understood Alex’s positive test does not necessarily mean he has contracted the virus again.

    “United’s medical staff at the Aon Training Complex are monitoring the situation in Brazil and will make an assessment when Telles returns to England later this week.

    It is still hoped our recent signing from FC Porto will be available to play in Saturday's Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    AD BREAK

    Adama Traore is reportedly 'p***ed off' at losing his place in the Wolves team during contract negotiations.

    The winger's current deal runs to 2023 but the Premier League side are keen to extend his stay amid interest from rival clubs.

    According to The Athletic, Traore is 'a bit p***ed off' at losing his place, reportedly believing his benching is related to his contract talks.

    Negotiations over a new deal are said to be deadlocked with Manchester United one of many teams linked to the player.

  • Etienne Fermie

    OUS THAT THEN?

    Barcelona are attempting to tie rumoured Manchester United target Ousmane Dembele down to a new contract, reports claim.

    The Red Devils were strongly linked with a move for the French winger in the summer.

    Amid suggestions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side could try and secure a loan deal in January, Mundo Deportivo claim that Ronald Koeman's side want to secure Dembele's future, with the World Cup winner's contract set to expire in 2022.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ALL ABROAD

    Manchester United supporter Tom McDermott has named his all-time Red Devils Premier XI of foreign exports.

    Do you agree with his star-studded selections?

  • Etienne Fermie

    GREAL DEAL

    Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has gushed over 'outstanding' rumoured Red Devils target Jack Grealish.

    The Irishman said on ITV: “He takes risks. What I love about Jack – and I worked with him at Aston Villa – is his courage.

    “Wanting the ball in tight areas, dealing with the ball, getting you up the pitch, winning free-kicks, courage, he’s quicker than you think.

    “The way he’s improved over the past six months has been fantastic. We keep talking about England winning something or getting to the next level, I think they need a player like Jack to do that. He was outstanding.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    SCHOLES SCORES GOALS

    On this, his 46th birthday, why not sit back and enjoy a Paul Scholes classic from yesteryear?

  • Etienne Fermie

    WALK-ED INTO TROUBLE

    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane could soon find himself in hot water, after being the subject of a complaint from Manchester City.

    Appearing on Sky Sports, the fiery Irishman branded defender Kyle Walker an 'idiot' after the England star had given away a penalty against Liverpool.

    And according to the Mail, City believe that Keane 'crossed the line', and have lodged an official complaint with the broadcasting giants.

  • Etienne Fermie

    LENDING ADE

    Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that he advised Thomas Partey to snub interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of a move to the Gunners.

    The Togolese star said at an event in Ghana: “He told me that some clubs in England, namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice.

    “I advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.

    “Arsenal is more than a club, it is a family and I’m impressed with his performances so far in the Premier League.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    PERFECT PAIR

    N'Golo Kante has put club rivalry aside to reveal his pleasure at playing alongside Paul Pogba again.

    The Chelsea star grabbed the only goal of the game as France defeated Portugal 1-0 last night.

    Speaking to TF1 show ‘Telefoot’, he said: “He’s (Pogba) been injured for a while and it had been a while since we had played together.

    “We remember the World Cup that we played together. It’s a pleasure to play with Paul. On the pitch, we felt great. I’m satisfied with the performance and the performance of the team. We were at the level we needed to be at.

    “There’s a lot expected of us. We’re the world champion and the European Championship will be another challenge, but it’s certain that we’re a great team.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    HOT SCHOLES

    Bruno Fernandes has claimed Paul Scholes was better than Frank Lampard AND Steven Gerrard – and revealed he hopes to emulate the Old Trafford legend.

    He told the UTD Podcast: “I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world.

    For England, a lot of people talk about Frank Lampard because he scored a lot of goals of course, one of the best in England too, you have Steven Gerrard too.

    “But I think Scholes is the one who makes more difference than anyone else. And before everyone starts talking about this, I haven’t seen every midfielder in England… But I think in the last generation, those three were the three best ones, and for me Scholes was best.”

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