Cristiano Ronaldo spotted on Old Trafford pitch, £100m Declan Rice top Man Utd transfer target, Lingard rejects new deal

MAN UTD are eyeing up three points against Newcastle as the Premier League returns this weekend.

And Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to make his second debut, 12 years after leaving the club.

The Red Devils are also looking towards next summer's transfer window, where they're set to go back in for West Ham's Declan Rice.

And one man who could sweeten the deal is former Hammers loanee Jesse Lingard, who has just rejected a new contract at Old Trafford.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    RON THE PITCH

    Here's a closer look at those pictures of CR7 on the pitch at Old Trafford, courtesy of @mufcMPB on Twitter.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SPOTTED

    Cristiano Ronaldo is AT Old Trafford this morning.

    He's been spotted on the turf at the Theatre of Dreams with former United man Wes Brown.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DONNY DILEMMA

    Manchester United legend Sammy McIlroy 'would love' for Donny van de Beek to start against Newcastle.

    McIlroy played over 300 times for United between 1971 and 1982, and has backed van de Beek to come up with the goods if he's given the chance.

    And he told Talk Of The Devils: "You would imagine that McTominay will be the player who will be picked before Donny, but I’d love to see Donny get a go,”

    "I think we’re still trying to get him to show exactly what he can do and when you’ve spent around £40m on a player and you’ve only given him a few starts.

    "If there’s any doubt about any player, he should be the one you get in to give a chance to.

    "He didn’t play with Holland, he’s definitely well-rested, this would be the ideal opportunity for him to play at home to Newcastle."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EYES ON ERLING

    Manchester United and Liverpool are the two frontrunners in the Premier League to sign Erling Haaland.

    That's according to former Premier League player Glenn Johnson, who believes the two bitter rivals will battle it out for Haaland's signature.

    When asked where Haaland would be playing next season, Johnson told bettingodds.com: “I would say either Liverpool or Manchester United.

    “I would have initially said Chelsea but after what they’ve just spent on Romelu Lukaku, then I can’t really see that pair playing together, so that rules them out.

    “Regarding Manchester City, if Kylian Mbappe is available next summer then I can actually see City and Real Madrid going head to head for him, so that’s why I don’t believe Haaland will end up at either of those sides too.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Leeds have been told they CANNOT play their Brazilian aces who skipped World Cup duty.

    Fifa today informed the Prem clubs that the Brazilian FA had asked them to impose the “five day restriction” on the players who did not travel for the international break.

    It means Liverpool will be without Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino for their game at Leeds on Sunday, with the home side set to be without Raphinha.

    Manchester United’s Fred will miss both the home clash with Newcastle and the opening Champions League game at Young Boys.

    And centre-back Thiago Silva will be absent for Chelsea’s game with Aston Villa and Euro tie with Zenit St Petersburg.

    Champions City must also plan without Ederson and Gabriel Jesus at Leicester on Saturday.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HEY JESSE

    West Ham coach Stuart Pearce has spoken about Jesse Lingard after the 28-year-old was linked with a return to East London this summer.

    A move never materialised and Pearce has told talkSPORT: "Players are at liberty to do what they want with their contracts, with Bosman and freedom of contract.

    "He has missed the opportunity to leave Manchester United during this transfer window.

    "He can reassess his situation in January and decide whether there is an opportunity to move.

    "But listen, he holds the cards, Jesse. The most important thing for him is his football. He is playing the odd game for Man United and extremely well for England.

    "Those performances for England might just help get him in the United side.

    "I think he is too good a player to be sat on the outside and not playing. And he is at an age where he needs to be playing now."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RASH BACK

    Luke Chadwick has also tipped Marcus Rashford to have a good season.

    The Ex-United man believes Cristiano Ronaldo could take some of the spotlight off the shoulders of Rashford when he returns from his shoulder injury.

    Chadwick told CaughtOffside: "He’s played a lot of football, never really had many injuries, so this is an opportunity in a way for him to have a bit of a break.

    "Who knows? Maybe the extra options up front can take the pressure off him a bit and he can come back and really hit the ground running."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PREM PREDICTION

    A supercomputer predicts Manchester City will retain their Premier League title this season – despite missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Manchester United are expected to finish third by BonusCodeBets’ supercomputer, failing to improve on last season's runners-up spot.

    But the Red Devils' prospects have improved following the signing of Ronaldo from Juventus – compared to a previous prediction.

    The Portuguese foward's return to Old Trafford sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's finish ahead of Liverpool in the eyes of the supercomputer.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RICE IS READY

    Former Manchester United man Luke Chadwick thinks Declan Rice would be a 'huge signing' for the Red Devils.

    Chadwick played 25 times for United in the Premier League between 1999 and 2004.

    And he told CaughtOffside: "Without a doubt, he’d be a huge signing for Manchester United.

    "He’s a huge player for England now, and seems like a huge personality and a leader, a great person to have around the training ground.

    He went on to say: "I think United will definitely strengthen in that area of the pitch and I think the fact that Rice is a talented young English player he’d excite the crowd at Old Trafford.

    "He’d definitely do that job that fans have been crying out for in terms of what we need from a holding midfield player."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RIGHT DECISION

    Ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Cristiano Ronaldo was right to claim back his Manchester United No.7 jersey.

    Asked whether players really care about the number on their back, Betfair Ambassador Berbatov said: “Are you superstitious? The same goes for football players.

    “The number plays a big, big role in a football player’s life. In the case of Ronaldo, he is very attached to No.7.

    "That number brought him great success over the last 12 years.

    “Even if he wasn’t No.7 he would be the same player because the number doesn’t play, but sometimes we are like this as football players.

    "You want that specific number. I always wanted No.9 when I was playing, especially at Tottenham.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    VIVA RONALDO

    And here's a look at Cristiano Ronaldo's stats from his first spell at Old Trafford just to wet your appetites even further, United fans.

    Can CR7 lead the Red Devils to a first Premier League title since 2012/13?

    Or even a first trophy since 2017?

    The Europa League triumph four years ago under Jose Mourinho was the last time the Old Trafford side won a piece of silverware.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RON'S RETURN

    Manchester United have welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club by plastering his face on the side of Old Trafford.

    And now fans will see Ronaldo before they even enter the stadium, as he takes centre stage on the side of Old Trafford.

    CR7 is accompanied in the mural by compatriot Bruno Fernandes, another favourite at the club.

    Several other companies welcomed back the former Real Madrid forward to Manchester, putting up billboards to mark his return.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EYES ON THE PRIZE

    Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at the club takes them one step closer to winning trophies.

    Speaking in an interview with RTP3, as quoted by Metro, Fernandes said: “Us players are part of that confidence, we know what he can give us.

    “Our focus and Cristiano’s, because of what I’ve already talked to him about, is to win what there is to win.

    “Our goals remain and obviously, with Cristiano, we have one more reference to help us get closer to that.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FAMILIAR FOES

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to feature for Manchester United against Newcastle on Saturday.

    And the last time he played against the Magpies at Old Trafford the Portuguese superstar didn't disappoint.

    In what turned out to be his last season for the club (2008/09) Ronaldo put on a show when Newcastle were the visitors to Manchester.

    He scored a HAT-TRICK in his last home game against the Magpies in what was a 6-0 win for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

    Red Devils fans will certainly be hoping a repeat performance from CR7 this time out.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RICE RICE BABY

    Some more on the Declan Rice situation…

    The Red Devils are said to have already discussed the 'potential framework' for a deal to sign the ex-Chelsea youth prospect.

    Rice still has three years remaining on his Hammers contract and his £100MILLION valuation is likely to increase during this season.

    The midfielder reportedly has no interest in signing a new deal in East London in an attempt to leave West Ham.

    United boss Solskjaer was thought to be interested in getting a new midfielder during the recent transfer window but failed.

    Saul Niguez, Eduardo Camavinga, Ruben Nevez and Leon Goretzka were all linked but no move materialised.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS 

    The second debut of Cristiano Ronaldo is edging ever-closer. 

    He’s been training at Carrington for the last few days after leaving international duty early. 

    But it’s not yet clear whether he will be in from the start or on the bench for Saturday’s clash against Newcastle. 

    And Manchester United are interested in signing West Ham star Declan Rice, according to reports.

    It's believed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have identified the England midfielder as their first-choice midfield target.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, Man Utd will try to purchase Rice, 22, during next summer's transfer window.

    Red Devils supporters have been given the green light to travel to next week’s clash away to Young Boys in Switzerland.

    The Athletic claim a ‘late compromise’ has been found over the Covid-19 regulations.

    United officials have ‘negotiated a reprieve’ that now allows fans to attend – as long as they take a test at an approved site next to the stadium.

    And after a negative result, a Swiss certification will then be issued to those persons.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BRUNO: IT'S EASIER TO WIN TROPHIES WITH RON BACK

    Bruno Fernandes claims United's players are just as excited as fans by Cristiano Ronaldo's return – especially as it will make winning trophies easier.

    The midfielder said of his Portugal team-mate Ron: “We know the enthusiasm will be red hot, everyone knows Cristiano is in the house.

    “Everyone is very confident and happy that he is back, the players too.

    “We know what he can give us, and our focus, like Cristiano’s, is to win.

    “With him, we know we are closer to winning [trophies].”

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  • Ian Tuckey

    RASHFORD PICKS UP ANOTHER AWARD

    Marcus Rashford's status as a Manchester United hero on the pitch and popular social campaigner off it has earned him another award.

    The England striker accepted The Integrity and Impact Award at the Sports Industry Awards.

    Rashford, 23, is back in light training after a shoulder operation early last month.

    And he is expected to be battling for a place alongside United new boy Cristiano Ronaldo next month or in early October.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POLAND 1 ENGLAND 1

    Damian Szymanski headed a stoppage-time header equaliser to deny England six wins from six World Cup qualifiers.

    United stars Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw were part of a Three Lions' defence suddenly on the backfoot late on after England had looked comfortable holding onto Harry Kane's deserved long-range opener on 72 minutes.

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    Maguire was booked amid a half-time skirmish.

    But he and Shaw performed competently in a moderate England display that got stronger – until, possibly, their failure to make any substitutions led to them slightly tiring in the closing minutes

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  • Ian Tuckey

    RON'S BACK BUT MANY HAPPY RETURNS TO BRUNO TOO

    United marked Bruno Fernandes' 27th birthday by posting a clip of one of his 43 goals in 83 games.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAGUIRE BOOKED IN HALF-TIME BUST-UP

    Harry Maguire was booked as a row erupted on the half-time whistle of England’s clash in Poland.

    Both sets of players suddenly rushed in, with Poland centre-back Kamil Glik led away as England skipper Harry Kane looked incensed.

    Glik tried to escape down the tunnel but the official called him back to issue him a caution.

    Ref Daniel Siebert continued to chat to the Benevento as well as Uniteddefender Maguire.

    He then proceeded to flash the yellow card at the Manchester United ace as well – much to his bemusement.

    Poland's Kamil Glik was firstly led away by his team-mates as England skipper Harry Kane looked incensed.

    Glik tried to escape down the tunnel but the official called him back to issue him a caution.

    Ref Daniel Siebert continued to chat to the Pole as well as England defender Maguire.

    He then proceeded to flash the yellow card at the Manchester United ace as well – much to his bemusement.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MARTIAL FLAW IN VALUE?

    Six years after arriving from Monaco, Anthony Martial is still United's most expensive teeanger.

    But looking at this list below, it seems impossible the £44.5million buy, now 25, could rival 253 club-record scorer Wayne Rooney for value.

    And for a while Luke Shaw's £30m fee seemed dodgy business but now he's very much United and England's top left-back.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WE'RE BACKING YOU

    Apart from England's clash in Poland, United are keeping an eye on Victor Lindelof for Sweden in Greece and Spanish keeper David de Gea, away to Kosovo.

    Both matches were goalless midway through the first period.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MISSED OPPORTUNITY

    Stuart Pearce – former England international and current West Ham coach – claims Jesse Lingard has “missed the opportunity” to leave Man Utd.

    Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan at the Hammers, where he managed to score nine goals and provide five assists.

    And he played a mjor role in West Ham securing a 6th placed finish.

    But the 28-year-old opted against re-signing for the Hammers this summer on an permanent transfer, and instead intends to fight for his place at his boyhood club United.

    Pearce spoke highly of Lingard – who has less than a yea left on his Man Utd deal – on talkSPORT, saying: “He has missed the opportunity to leave United in this transfer window.

    “He can reassess his situation come January once again and decide whether there is an opportunity to move clubs or whatever.

    “He holds the cards. The most important thing for him at the moment is his football.

    “He is playing the odd game for United and playing extremely well for England. Those performances for England might just help get him in the United side.

    “He is too good a player to be sat on the outside of it not playing to be honest. He is at an age where he needs to be playing now.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD FANS WON'T MISS SWISS

    Manchester United supporters have been given the green light to travel to next week’s clash away to Young Boys in Switzerland.

    Fears were rising that the Red Devils would not have any backing at the Stade de Suisse in Bern as they kick off their Champions League campaign.

    That was after Young Boys refused to allocate tickets based on local laws which state NHS passes are not proof of vaccination.

    However, The Athletic now claim a ‘late compromise’ has been found over the Covid-19 regulations.

    United officials have ‘negotiated a reprieve’ that now allows fans to attend as long as they take a test at an approved site next to the stadium. 

    And after a negative result, a Swiss certification will then be issued to those persons.

    United will now have an 1,800 ticket allocation for the game on Tuesday.

    Fans heading to Switzerland will be able to go to the testing centre from midday on Monday until 8pm.

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