MAN UTD are preparing for the return of the Premier League, with the full squad now back in training.
And that squad could become significantly stronger in the summer, with a £70m deal for Saul Niguez reportedly "very close", according to claims in Spain.
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Ossie Ardiles claims there is a “firm possibility” Mauricio Pochettino will take charge of Newcastle.
But Tottenham legend Ardiles says close friend Pochettino will also listen to other offers to return to management amid links to United.
Ardiles told Argentinian website Infobae: “He is linked with Newcastle United.
“When he spoke directly to that club there were many first-rate people involved who made him a good offer and he had a contractual relationship with Tottenham.
“Last Tuesday his situation was unlocked and he is free to coach.
“Because of this, he is going to listen to offers again, but Newcastle is a firm possibility for returning to management.
“He will take his time to think and to wait for everything to unfold.”
RYS AND LOWS
Ryan Giggs fears he will not see his Wales stars for 18 MONTHS due to coronavirus.
He told MUTV Group Chat: “Potentially we won’t have been together for over a year, it could be 18 months if it goes to March which isn’t ideal.
“We are supposed to play games in September, October and November which is obviously up in the air at the moment.
“We still don’t know.”
PAUL THE OTHER ONE
Paul Parker has insisted it is “wrong” to link Mauricio Pochettino as the club are moving forward under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He told talkSport: “You talk about Pochettino, he's been mentioned of late. I've seen that he's been speaking on TV, he's about and people are trying to push him towards jobs.
“You throw him in at Manchester United and it's an easy to do, to say that something could happen.
“But things at United have shown, with how they finished before this situation started, it would have suggested they would have been there until the last kick of the ball to get into the Champions League.”
Before he added: “So United at this moment are going forward, we'll wait and see what happens when things start again.
“But if you're judging now it's wrong that people are still trying to get that man [Solskjaer] out of job.”
Liverpool should battle Chelsea and United for Jadon Sancho's signature, claimed Emile Heskey.
He told GentingBet: “I’d choose Sancho for Liverpool, out of the three.
“Mbappe is a phenomenal player who is another player who keeps on rising and is only going to get better and better.
“He’s focused more to keep the consistency going, at that age it’s just phenomenal. It’s difficult, because for Liverpool you’d choose a player who was more on the wing than central.
“But again, Haaland’s goals are a key factor. I’m going to be patriotic and say that Sancho would be great, being an England player and an entertaining player as well.”
Luke Shaw has revealed has United's stars have been gaming together to keep spirits high in lockdown.
During a Q&A on the club website, he was asked if the squad have been having group calls.
He said: “I think some of the lads will play Call of Duty, the warzone together.
“Everyone is keeping in touch, we have a WhatsApp group with people flying in a bit of banter now and then.”
HAV A LOOK
United target Kai Havertz scored twice today in Bayer Leverkusen's win over Monchengladbach.
After he opened the scoring in the seventh minute, he scored from the spot in the second half.
The 20-year-old has been directly involved in 17 goals for his club in 2020 with 10 goals and seven assists.
Not bad, eh?
Chris Smalling has no regrets over leaving Manchester United for Roma.
He told The Times: “Some English players have gone abroad but not many.
“It was a challenge that I wanted to take.
“I'm someone who definitely lives by not having any regrets.
“I like new things maybe out of my comfort zone and show people that anything is possible.”
Former footballer Curtis Woodhouse has described United veteran Ryan Giggs as “unbelievably overrated”.
He then added: “Ryan Giggs another unbelievably overrated Manchester United player. Outstanding longevity but in a team that dominated for years and were a free scoring machine his statistics for goals and assists is awful.
“Another Manchester United myth, good player, never anything more”.
GOING IN FOR THE KOUL
Manchester United are now the clear favourites to sign Kalidou Koulibaly after their rivals pulled out of the race, according to reports.
The Senegal defender, who turns 29 in June, has been constantly linked with a move away from Napoli for the past years with United interested.
And according to reports in France, United are in pole position to get a deal done for Koulibaly.
PARK PARK, WHEREVER YOU MAY BE!
Wayne Rooney says Park Ji Sung was just as important as Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
Writing in his Sunday Times column, Rooney said: “It’s crazy but if you mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo to a 12-year-old, they would immediately say, 'Yeah, he was a brilliant player for Manchester United.
“But if you said 'Ji-sung Park' they may not know who he was. Yet all of us who played with Park know he was almost as important to our success.
“That’s because of what Park gave to the collective and I want to talk about teams. They — not stars — are the most important thing in sport.”
Ex-Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo stripped off for a swim amid rumours his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant.
RON OF A KIND
Ryan Giggs has picked his ultimate Manchester United six-a-side team – with Cristiano Ronaldo dubbed the best player he ever shared a pitch with.
OH MY RHOD
Rhodri Giggs has been involved in a hilarious Twitter exchange after Curtis Woodhouse called his brother Ryan overrated.
Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has opened talks with Juventus ahead of a potential summer move, according to reports in France.
The France star, 27, has been pushing for a “new challenge” since last summer – with Real Madrid and Juventus both keen.
But Raiola appears to prefer a move back to his former club for Pogba, with Le10Sport claiming he has kicked off talks with the Serie A giants.
I'LL BE FRANK, BRUNO
Ryan Giggs once labelled Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes a “liability” – but says he has improved the club’s players since his £55million arrival in January.
United and Wales legend Giggs has also praised the club’s transfer gurus for bringing in the Portuguese wizard.
Giggs told the latest MUTV Group Chat: “It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying.
“Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run. But the players he’s got in have been really impressive.
“They’ve improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we’ve seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.
“You talk about the Cantonas, the van Persies – and I’m not comparing him yet to them, but he’s made other players play better and he’s given everyone a lift.”
Manchester United have been dealt a major transfer blow after reports emerged suggest Bayern Munich are after Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund and England winger, 20, is high on the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wish list after his stunning performances since moving to Germany in 2017.
But according to ESPN, Dortmund's Bundesliga enemies Bayern Munich enquired about a deal for Sancho before the coronavirus crisis struck.
Dortmund value their star at more than £100million – although Bayern would no doubt have to play a premium on top of that if they wanted to sign from their fiercest domestic rivals.
Manchester United have pulled the plug on a lucrative tour to India this summer as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bite.
Old Trafford chiefs have already admitted that due to Covid-19 they will not go on tour over the next few months.
United had planned to play a match in India as football continues to grow in the sub-continent.
But United's chief financial officer Cliff Baty revealedthis year's tour has been cancelled.
Jose Mourinho moaned about Manchester United's away dressing room when he went there with Tottenham even though HE had changed them.
Mourinho's Spurs side lost 2-1 at Old Trafford on December 4 last year.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told United We Stand: “We had a chat before the game.
“I’d not really met him before, only briefly when he was at Chelsea and they played Cardiff. We had a nice chat.
“He was complaining about the away dressing room, the one that he’d changed!
“There was a positive atmosphere between us – it was good to have him back.”
Three Premier League clubs are in talks to have cardboard cout-out of real fans in their stadiums when football returns.
The 'Stay at Home – Be at the Game' project lets supported upload a picture of themselves to used on a lifesize cardboard cut out and a trio of Prem clubs are considering it.
At £20 each, some of the money will be donated to help the NHS in their battle against Covid-19.
Top US sporting bodies like the NBA, Serie A and MLS have also shown an interest as international sport looks set to return behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the money to make THREE major signings this summer, according to reports.
The transfer market looks to be hit significantly by the coronavirus pandemic, but Manchester United still want to bring in new players.
Spanish website Todo Fichajes claim a £70million deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is 'very close' to becoming a United player.
And according to the Evening Standard, the Red Devils want three summer signings with Jadon Sancho their top target with Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham and another striker on their radar.
United have had to redraw their transfer plans, they will still have a significant advantage over their rivals this summer.
GOOD MORNING, MAN UTD FANS
Miralem Pjanic seems to have ruled out a move to Old Trafford while fellow target Kai Havertz has been urged to do the same… by a United legend.
Juventus' Bosnia midfielder Panic who has also been linked with PSG and Chelsea, has reportedly insisted he is only interested in joining Barcelona.
And in fact Mundo Deportivo claim the 30-year-old has already agreed to sign for the La Liga giants once the season finally ends.
Meanwhile, ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov has urged Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz to snub the English game for now — so he can bulk up and develop his game.
With Chelsea and Man City also keen, Berbatov said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.
“He will need a bit more muscle. He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him.”
United's Europa League hopes face a headache due to the new government-imposed 14-day quarantine on UK arrivals from June 8
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are 5-0 on Austria's LASK in the last 16 – ahead of the return at Old Trafford.
And in the virtual but real world, United are suing the makers of Football Manager for allegedly infringing trademark by using the club name “extensively throughout the game”.
JOSE: I WAS A SILLY BERGA
Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits he was a “d***head” to his Inter Milan Treble-winning side of 2010.
The Spurs chief also revealed he was violent with his players and told them “they had won the Scudetto of s**t” following a defeat to Bergamo.
Mourinho lifted the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2009-10.
The Portuguese, 57, said: “I’m never fake, I’m original. It’s me and that’s it. I was also a d***head but that was me.”
Mourinho lost his cool with his Inter squad following the 3-1 defeat to Bergamo in January 2009.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I was very violent with the players — I told them they had won the Scudetto of s**t.
“It was only afterwards I understood I had hurt them and I apologised.”
YOU MUST BECOME HEAVYWEIGHT HAVERTZ
Dimitar Berbatov has urged Kai Havertz to snub the Premier League for now — and bulk up.
The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, 20, has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United and enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in Monday’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.
But ex-United striker Berbatov, who left Leverkusen to join Spurs in 2006, believes Havertz is not yet tough enough to leave his native Germany.
Berbatov, 39, said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.
“He will need a bit more muscle. We all know how defenders can squash you and smash you into pieces.
“He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.”
BAYERN DECLINE TO PAY COUTINHO FEE
Bayern Munich will spark more talk of Philippe Coutinho returning to the Premier League by declining to pay a £110million option to buy the Barcelona playmaker.
Chelsea, Manchester United and even old club Liverpool have been linked with the Brazil star, 27, although financial restraints due to the coronavirus pandemic make a summer transfer less likely.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Der Spiegel: “The option expired and “we haven't activated it.
“Now we're going to draw up squad planning internally (for next season) and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”
Coutinho started just 15 of Bayern's 25 games, coming on as substitute eight times, before the Covid-19 lockdown halted football action.
But with Barca insisting he could still have a role back at the Nou Camp, he hopes to impress now the Bundesliga has restarted.
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