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MANCHESTER UNITED beat Watford 1-0 in their third round FA Cup clash thanks to an early header from Scott McTominay.

Meanwhile on the transfer front, the Red Devils confirmed the signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta, while we've the latest on potential target Jack Grealish.

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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    United could be without four players when they bid to top the Premier League by avoiding defeat at Burnley on Tuesday

    Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof missed Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over Watf­­­­­ord.

    And Eric Bailly is a serious doubt with a neck problem after being clattered by his own keeper Dean Henderson.­

    The second-placed Red Devils are level on points with leaders Liverpool, who they visit on Sunday.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I hope one will definitely be fit for Liverpool but I’m not sure if they will make Burnley.”

    Meanwhile, PSG have reportedly joined Juventus in pursuing United's France midfielder Pogba next summer.

    But United are tipped to duel with Mauricio Pochettino's new club for Brest midfielder Romain Faivre, 22.

    RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has now been linked with Arsenal, United, Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as United.

    And Atletico Madrid are on the brink of borrowing Lyon’s Moussa Dembele, who was on United and West Ham's radar.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD INJURY WOE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sweating on the fitness of four players heading into his biggest week as Manchester United boss.

    Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof all missed the 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over Watf­­­­­ord.

    And Eric Bailly is a serious doubt with a neck problem after being clattered by his own keeper, Dean Henderson.­

    The Red Devils can go top at Burnley on Tuesday before a massive trip to arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

    And Solskjaer revealed only one of the three who missed out on Saturday will be back to face the reigning champs.

    The United boss said: “I hope one will definitely be fit for Liverpool but I’m not sure if they will make Burnley.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'UTD TARGET' DEMBELE CLOSE TO ATLETICO DEAL

    Atletico Madrid are on the brink of borrowing Lyon's Moussa Dembele.

    The France Under-21 striker, linked with Manchester United and West Ham, is tipped to replace Diego Costa for the LaLiga leaders.

    France U-21 frontman Moussa Dembele is reportedly heading for Atletico on loan Credit: EPA

    Ex-Chelsea frontrunner Costa's contract was terminated last month after asking to leave for personal reasons.

    Dembele will join Atletico on loan with a permanent option, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    The Spanish giants have already agreed personal terms with the 24-year-old.

    Dembele just needs to pass a medical before the switch can be rubber-stamped.

    Atletico were interested in Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik and Real Sociedad's Willian Jose before turning to the ex-Fulham and Celtic forward.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DAY OF RECKONING

    Dayot Upamecano has now been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool AND Chelsea.

    RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano seems to pick up more big admirers by the dayCredit: PA:Press Association

    The Daily Mail suggest RB Leipzig's France defender, 22, will be a prime summer target for Blues boss Frank Lampard.

    Arsenal were rated Upamecano's main suitors at the end of last season.

    But now most of their top Premier League rivals, plus Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, are said to be interested.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POGBA IN PSG LINK

    PSG have joined Juventus in pursuing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, one report claims.

    The Daily Star suggest Mauricio Pochettino's new club are ready to pounce next summer, despite Real Madrid tracking the France superstar too.

    Pogba is thought to be even more unsettled at United now as Bruno Fernandes and Fred cement a new central partnership,

    Scott McTominay is also in fine form, while summer arrival Donny van de Beek has been promised he will get more game-time.

    The suggestion is Pochettino fancies fielding Pogba in a new-look midfield next season, possibly alongside Spurs' Dele Alli.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DO US A FAIVRE

    Manchester United are reportedly set to go toe-to-toe with Paris Saint-Germain in pursuit of Romain Faivre.

    The Brest midfielder, 22, has been one of Ligue 1's surprise standouts in 2020-21 after a move from Monaco.

    Les Pirates paid around £450,000 for Faivre last summer and a sale would reap a pretty profit for the Brittany club.

    According to Le10Sport, a whole host of clubs are taking an interest in the player.

    United and PSG are named as two contenders, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently adding a new wide-man to his squad in Amad Diallo.

    Mauricio Pochettino got a good look at Faivre on Saturday night as the youngster played 90 minutes in his first win as Les Parisiens boss.

    In 19 appearances for Brest, he has notched four goals and three assists.

    That includes a winner against old club Monaco in October and a late equaliser from the spot away to high-flying Lyon.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WE CAN'T LOSE OUR POG

    Bruno Fernandes says Manchester United need Paul Pogba if they are to lift silverware this season.

    Bruno Fernandes says Paul Pogba staying is crucial for Man UtfCredit: AFP or licensors

    Pogba’s future was thrown into doubt last month when agent Mino Raiola declared the Frenchman’s second spell at Old Trafford was ‘over’.

    Fernandes said: “It shows you the confidence he gives to you, like when he comes back, he’s trying to help you become better and you help him to become better.

    “We ended the season really well playing together. But of course the beginning of the season was hard for Paul because he had COVID.

    “It was really difficult for Paul to find his form but I think he’s much better and feeling much more confident.

    “The goal against West Ham gave him much more confidence to understand. The team needs him and he has the quality to help us.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIN-TER MILAN?

    Man Utd midfielder Jesse Lingard has been linked with a shock move to Inter Milan.

    According to the Mirror, the Serie A outfit are keen to bring the England international to Italy on loan.

    However Antonio Conte’s side must first offload Christian Eriksen before they can make a move for Lingard.

    Should Lingard join Inter, he would link-up with his former United team-mates Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEAL ME IN

    Will Man Utd make any big-money signings this month?

    Here is a list of the club's most expensive transfers.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SPECIAL JUAN

    Juan Mata's close range strike against Hull in the League Cup semi-final first leg in 2017 is Man Utd's Goal of the Day.

    Take a look at his finish below.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP POG

    Bruno Fernandes says Manchester United need Paul Pogba if they are to lift silverware this season.

    Pogba's future was thrown into doubt last month when agent Mino Raiola declared the Frenchman's second spell at Old Trafford was 'over'.

    Fernandes said: "It shows you the confidence he gives to you, like when he comes back, he’s trying to help you become better and you help him to become better.

    "We ended the season really well playing together. But of course the beginning of the season was hard for Paul because he had COVID.

    "It was really difficult for Paul to find his form but I think he’s much better and feeling much more confident.

    "The goal against West Ham gave him much more confidence to understand. The team needs him and he has the quality to help us."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RED MIST

    Red Bull Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has revealed the club may have to sell key players yet again if it makes sense financially.

    Dayot Upamecano has been heavily linked with a move away due to his £40million release clause, with Man Utd said to be keen.

    Commenting on potentially having to sell players, Mintzlaff told Sport BILD: “We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality. So we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view.

    “When I think of [Timo] Werner, [Matheus] Cunha, [Naby] Keita or [Diego] Demme, we’ve already made a lot of money and still made progress in terms of the sporting side.

    “Overall, we have invested a lot in our team, no question about that. But look: the current squad had a market value of less than €250million (£225m) when the individual players made their debut.

    “And if we now take the current market value, we are at around €550m (£495m). You have to take this plus of over €300m (£270m) into account when you talk about investments. We are creating value with our path.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ICYMI

    EXCLUSIVE – Roy Keane wants a managerial comeback — despite his success as a TV pundit.

    The fiery Irishman has told pals he is itching to be a boss again and get the day-to-day involvement at a club that he is missing.

    Keane, 49, has had a chequered career in management.

    He was initially a huge success at Sunderland before spells with Ipswich, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest and the Republic of Ireland.

    Since then Keane has emerged as one of the best and most outspoken commentators on the game with Sky, but now it may be time to get the tracksuit back on.

    Keane has been visiting his old pals at Manchester United when he can, checking in to their training HQ on the quiet.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GREAT SCOTT

    Take another look at Scott Mctominay's winner against Watford in the FA Cup last night.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FUR REAL

    Man Utd fan Tyson Fury has sent a message of support to League Two's Crawley and said he is rooting for the underdog against Leeds.

    Crawley host the Premier League side in round three of the FA Cup and have it all to do against Marcelo Bielsa's men.

    The Gyspy King said: "This is a special message to Crawley Town.

    "Hi guys, I know you have a big game against Leeds but never underestimate the underdog.

    "I have been the underdog so many times in my career and always come out on top. Come on the boys!"

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAUTIOS

    Rio Ferdinand is refusing to admit Manchester United are Premier League title contenders – because he doesn't want to become a meme again.

    After a topsy-turvy start to the season, the Red Devils are now level on points with league leaders and defending champions Liverpool – who they have a game in hand on.

    But Ferdinand is exercising caution when it comes to talking up his old side's chances of winning the league following his infamous 'Ole's at the wheel' speech after United's memorable 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

    The retired centre-back said: "The highs are high, and the lows are lower than a snake’s belly. I don’t want to jump the gun like I’ve done before.

    "I don’t want to become a meme again, but as a football fan, it’s part of it to become emotional, to get hyped up and get excited about things.

    "United sitting pretty at the top, after the game against Burnley we hope, I’ll be excited 100 per cent.

    "But then it’s a massive game after that against Liverpool to say we’re not just flybys, we’re here to stay."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly looking to bring Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba to France.

    According to the Star on Sunday, the Argentine gaffer has made the World Cup winner his No1 priority.

    It has been claimed that the 27-year-old could be available for £75million.

    Pogba has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid as well as former employers Juventus.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GARD OF HONOUR

    Man Utd ace Jesse Lingard has been linked with a shock move to Inter Milan.

    According to the Mirror, the Serie A outfit are keen to bring the England international to Italy on loan.

    However Antonio Conte's side must first offload Christian Eriksen before they can make a move for Lingard.

    Should Lingard join Inter, he would link-up with his former United team-mates Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku.

  • Jake Lambourne

    VANTASTIC

    Rio Ferdinand has questioned why Donny van de Beek hasn't started much following his impressive performance against Watford.

    The former Man Utd defender said: "I'm really surprised he’s not played more minutes. I’m 100 per cent certain that he expected to play more.

    "The interesting point with the whole Van de Beek situation is, what was the conversation in negotiations coming here?

    "When you negotiate a contract to go somewhere, you come into the football club knowing where you are, if you’re going to start, or are they going to have to work their way into the team.

    "That’s the important part and we don’t know the answer yet. I’m sure from the soundings that his agent has been given off, he expected to be playing games and be a major part of this team.

    "It hasn’t materialised so far, and he’s got a Euros to worry about if that goes ahead."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RICE IS RIGHT

    Declan Rice reportedly has no intention to join Manchester United with a switch to Chelsea his priority should he leave West Ham.

    According to the Mirror, the England international has told friends he doesn't want to live in the north.

    A source close to the versatile 21-year-old said: "Dec has been flattered by interest in him but he doesn't see himself moving to Manchester.

    "It's obvious where he'd like his next move to be.”

    Potential suitors will have to cough up bug money for Rice, who has been valued at a whopping £80million by West Ham.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEVILS DOWNED

    Man Utd have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of AC Milan ace Hakan Calhanoglu.

    The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the Turkey international who has six years left on his contract.

    But the Serie A side's sporting director Frederic Massara has stated he is confident he will extend his contract – along with Chelsea target Gianluigi Donnarumma.

    He told DAZN: "We’re confident to reach an agreement with Donnarumma and Calhanoglu in order to extend their contracts in the next weeks."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAARD HITTERS

    Manchester City hope they could have an ace up their sleeve in the race for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland.

    The Etihad giants — along with neighbours Manchester United — are among a host of clubs keeping tabs on the striker.

    And City believe the 15 per cent sell-on clause they have on Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho could work in their favour.

    That is likely to be worth more than £15million — with the German club valuing the England ace at around £120m.

    So they could agree to waiver or renegotiate that in order to gain an advantage over other clubs pursuing Haaland.

    City will be in the market for a new striker this summer as they look to find a long-term replacement for all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero, 32.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SCOTT TO BE PROUD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Scott McTominay for passing the captaincy test with flying colours.

    The Manchester United boss surprised the Scot by handing him the armband for the first time.

    And McTominay responded with the only goal – a header inside five minutes – and a man of the match showing against Watford.

    Solskjaer said: “I gave him the armband to test him, to see how he reacted. I wanted to see if there was any change in him and, luckily, there wasn’t.

    “He delivered, as he always does – Scott has everything a leader has to have.

    “We have always trusted our young men coming through and Scott is one who we believe has the Manchester United DNA in him and knows what it is to be a Manchester United player."

  • Alex Terrell

    EXCLUSIVE

    Roy Keane wants a managerial comeback — despite his success as a TV pundit, writes ALAN NIXON.

    The fiery Irishman has told pals he is itching to be a boss again and get the day-to-day involvement at a club that he is missing.

    Keane, 49, has had a chequered career in management.

    He was initially a huge success at Sunderland before spells with Ipswich, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest and the Republic of Ireland.

    Since then Keane has emerged as one of the best and most outspoken commentators on the game with Sky, but now it may be time to get the tracksuit back on.

    Keane has been visiting his old pals at Manchester United when he can, checking in to their training HQ on the quiet.

  • Alex Terrell

    BAILL OUT?

    Manchester United could be without Eric Bailly for the Premier League games against Burnley and Liverpool after the defender picked up a neck injury against Watford.

    Speaking after the cup triumph, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "It’s his neck I think.

    “His head is fine. There is no concussion or anything like that. But we have got to do scans.”

    The player himself also moved to reassure fans as he tweeted: "I am OK. It was just a knock."

    Replacement Axel Tuanzebe said: “He’s alright, it’s good to see, he’s a warrior, he gets in the way of things.

    "It’s good to see he's alright and I'm sure he'll be training this week."

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