Man Utd news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo 'VETOED' Conte appointment, United players 'wanted Pochettino over Eric Ten Hag'

ERIK TEN HAG has reached a verbal agreement to join Man Utd in the summer, according to reports.

But that might displease the players, most of whom reportedly wanted Mauricio Pochettino to take charge.

It has also been reported that United could have hired Antonio Conte rather than current interim boss Ralf Rangnick, but the decision was vetoed by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, Rangnick is reportedly lining up a summer transfer scoop for hot prospect Christopher Nkunku as a welcome gift to Ten Hag.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Ferdinand defends Rudiger

    Rio Ferdinand has defended Antonio Rudiger following Chelsea's Champions League exit

    Rudiger reacted explosively at full-time when Chelsea crashed out against Real Madrid 5-4 on aggregate.

    Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand backed the Chelsea defender, referencing his own experience of losing big games.

    Ferdinand told BT Sport: "You can’t control it. We’ve all been there after big games, I’ve said and done things that you regret.

    "I hit walls, I ended up kicking people at times.

    "I got done at Chelsea kicking someone by accident, you don’t mean it you just lose your head, you don’t mean anything by it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United's European hopes

    John Barnes reckons Man United can still finish fourth in the Prem but reckons they should be challenging for the title.

    He told BonusCodeBets: "I was disappointed that the referee had a good time with Carlo.

    "I know that Carlo is a gentleman and a nice guy but when I wanted to go and say thank you, I saw him smiling and laughing loud with the opponent’s coach.

    "I think this is the very, very wrong time to do this after the final whistle, 126 minutes of a team giving their heart and fighting to the last drop.

    "When you go and see a referee smiling and laughing with the other coach, it’s very bad timing. I told him this.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville praises Kalvin Phillips

    Gary Neville has given Man United transfer target Kalvin Phillips a glowing review.

    Speaking about the Leeds star on Sky Sports, he said: "He runs, he tackles, he passes, he can defend, honestly, he’s fantastic.

    “He’s likeable, he also has integrity when he speaks, you like watching him. He runs all day, the stats we see that he produces, the most pressures is a dream.

    “The work you have to do as a defender and midfielder at Leeds is unreal but he really sets the tone, he’s a fantastic, fantastic player.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rice given career advice

    Yaya Toure has told Declan Rice to quit West Ham in order to pursue Champions League football.

    Toure told StadiumAstro: "He's doing fantastically well. Maybe one more season but I think he should go to the first big club, one more step, Champions League team for example.

    "With respect to West Ham, they're doing fantastically well… but if he wants to get on top of it, I think he should go to a Champions League team where he can make more impact.

    "There he's going to improve and there he's going to be top."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Fergie's biggest regret

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Sir Alex Ferguson regrets not bringing Karim Benzema to Man United when he was in charge.

    Ferdinand told BT Sport after the Frenchman dumped Chelsea out of the Champions League: "The first time I played against him was 2008, and that was the first time I had seen him up close and personal.

    "If you see the goal he scored against us, look how many players are around him, but all he needed was one touch, it was all one motion.

    “I remember coming off the pitch and Sir Alex Ferguson said, ‘don’t worry, I’m trying to get him’. But with his African connections, and how influential Real Madrid were, he chose them.

    “I think, looking back, Sir Alex will believe that is one of his biggest regrets not getting him to sign for the club.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag's demands

    Erik Ten Hag wants to bring Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag with him to Old Trafford.

    Ten Hag's on the verge of taking the reins at United and would to have his No.2 beside him in the dugout, The Athletic reported.

    Der Gaag has previously managed Maritimo, Belensenses, Excelsior and NAC.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Steve Mclaren tipped for assistant role

    Man United should bring in former coach Steve Mclaren to be incoming manager Erik Ten Hag's assistant.

    That's the opinion of ex-United star Luke Chadwick who told CaughtOffside: "Steve McClaren was at Manchester United when I was there, and he was a fantastic coach.

    “He was at the club for one of the most successful periods, he knows the club well and worked under Sir Alex Ferguson for that treble-winning season.

    "He’s worked abroad as well with Ten Hag at Twente, and he was at United in a really successful time, so he’s someone who could be ideal to support the new manager."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pogba contract offer causes division

    Man United's mammoth new contract proposal to Paul Pogba has reportedly infuriated his team-mates.

    The offer, reported by The Mirror, will make Pogba the highest earner at Old Trafford – above Cristiano Ronaldo who's on £450,000-a-week.

    A source speaking to The Mirror alleged: "Some of the players think it’s out of order he could be getting twice as much as they’re when he hardly starts a game and talks about leaving all the time."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rush slams Ronaldo

    Liverpool legend Ian Rush has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo for his actions involving a young Everton fan.

    Rush told Gambling.com: "I love Cristiano Ronaldo – he’s a great professional and one of the best players there’s ever been – so it was disappointing to see him take out his frustration on a young Everton fan at the weekend.

    "He was clearly frustrated by a number of things – United had just lost and he looked to have picked up a knock too – but that’s no excuse for an idol to react in the way he did."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Christ gift for Ten Hag

    Man United are lining up a summer move for Christopher Nkunku, according to reports.

    Ralf Rangnick is a huge admirer of the RB Leipzig ace, and could seek to leave him as a welcome gift for new boss Erik ten Hag.

    The Red Devils have reportedly reached a "verbal agreement" with the Dutchman to take over ahead of next season.

    And he will want to bolster his squad in order to close the considerable gap with Manchester City and Liverpool.

    According to Sky in Germany, Rangnick is a huge fan of Nkunku and has added him to United's summer shortlist.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rio Ferdinand loses voice

    Luka Modric proved age is just a number with another stunning Champions League performance for Real Madrid against Chelsea, capped off by an outrageous assist.

    The 36-year-old veteran played a ball so good to set up Rodrygo to score it caused Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand to “lose his voice”.

    The pass was so good it left Ferdinand “screaming”, with the former defender telling BT Sport: “This pass from Luka Modric is why I lost my voice today!

    “That’s illegal, that. 

    “I was screaming, Luka, Muka, whatever his name was. Phenomenal.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rooney's relief

    Wayne Rooney his wife Coleen are breathing a sigh of relief after travellers who set up camp next to their £20million mansion have finally been ordered to leave.

    It was located just three fields away from Wayne and Coleen’s 40-acre “Morrison’s Mansion” in Mobberley, Cheshire.

    The council initially blocked plans for a traveller site after it received over 1,000 letters of objection from residents.

    But Michael Maloney, who describes himself as a member of the Irish travelling community, moved onto the land anyway and then applied for retrospective planning permission.

    Just months later Mr Maloney was handed a suspended prison sentence for ignoring an injunction barring him from developing the land.

    A three-day public inquiry was then held at the beginning of March this year after the family appealed the council’s decision.

    Planning inspectors have now given them 12 months to leave the site in a final ruling.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem clubs battle for Bremer

    Liverpool have reportedly waded into the fray to sign Torino defender Gleison Bremer along with Manchester United and Arsenal.

    And the Reds are willing to part with £25milllion to pip their Premier League rivals to the 25-year-old's signature, according to Tuttojuve.

    The Brazilian has made 29 appearances for the Serie A side this season, chipping in with three goals and an assist along the way.

    His assured performances have caught the attention of Europe's biggest clubs including Juventus and Bayern Munich.

    But Arsenal, United, Chelsea, and now Liverpool are keen on bringing the defensive stalwart to the Prem this summer.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Van der Vaart warning

    Rafael van der Vaart has warned Man United's stars that there's no room for failure under incoming boss Erik Ten Hag.

    He told Riggo Sport: "Ten Hag to Manchester United? It’s nice. You don’t let a club like Manchester United wait.

    "These players at Manchester United don’t have any excuses anymore. They made so many managers leave while they are playing so bad.

    "Now they get a manager who will be very clear and will present his plan. Those who won’t cooperate will get thrown out."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Morning, United fans

    Erik ten Hag has 'verbally agreed in principle' to take over at Old Trafford and has already been urged to chuck out the 'sour apples in United's barrel'.

    The Ajax manager's summer arrival could be confirmed next week once he's sorted out the final details on a four-year contract.

    And in any case no official announcement is expected until after Sunday's Dutch Cup Final with PSV.

    Following United legend Gary Neville's claim that 'no player has grown at United'  for many years, another of their former England defenders says too many of their expensive players are proving costly – to squad morale.

    Paul Parker said: “You need the manager to have a say in every player who comes in. Some of the players Manchester United have signed in recent years haven’t been good around the dressing room.

    “They’ve been sour apples in the barrel. They’ve been expensive coming in and they’ve gone out cheap but a lot richer with wages. All of that has to stop."

    And ex-United keeper Mark Bosnich believes only three current players should be safe from the axe – David de Gea, Raphael Varane and Bruno Fernandes.

    Meanwhile, it's claimed Juventus are now favourites for Ajax winger Antony, who Ten Hag was tipped to take with him to Old Trafford.

    Finally, Arsenal legend Jack Wilshere has hailed United and Chelsea target Declan Rice as the world’s BEST defensive midfielder. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juve want £84m for De Ligt

    Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with Juventus centre-back Matthew de Ligt – but he could cost around £84million.

    Calciomercato say the Italian giants are keen to keep the former Ajax superstar.

    Chelsea are thought to have monitored the 22-year-old this season.

    And United have reportedly trailed him in past campaigns

  • Ian Tuckey

    4 Prem stars in list of Europe’s most valuable rookies

    Arsenal’s Albert Sambi Lokonga is the only player with a Prem giant in a list of Europe’s 20 most valuable rookies.

    But Crystal Palace duo Marc Guehi and Michael Olise, plus Southampton full-back Valentino Livramento, HAVE made the pick.

    RB Leipzig provide the top two – Josko Gvadiol and Dominik Szoboszial.

    But the Three Lions ace only made his Premier League debut THIS season following his move to the Eagles.

    Because of that, Guehi is a Big Five Leagues ‘rookie’.

    And the former Blues defender is fifth-most-valuable ‘rookie’ in Europe, according to data from the CIES Football Observatory.

    But what is a ‘rookie’? Any player who is yet to reach their 23rd birthday and made their Big Five league debut this season falls into that bracket.

    Guehi, valued at £41.7m amid his stellar season, cracks the top five and is the best of FOUR Premier League players in the top 20.

    Yet the real young talent appears to be coming out of RB Leipzig…

    The top two players on the list both hail from the Bundesliga giants – with Josko Gvardiol and Dominik Szoboszlai streets ahead.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Utd must stop signing sour apples'

    PAUL PARKER wants Manchester United to stop signing “sour apples in the barrel” and only target young, hungry players this summer.

    The former United and England full-back has called for a complete top-to-bottom change to make the club a competitive force again — otherwise Old Trafford will become unattractive to elite stars.

    Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is the preferred option to replace interim chief Ralf Rangnick and revive the Red Devils, who have gone nine years without a Premier League title.

    Seventh-placed United, who were humbled by Everton on Saturday, face a major overhaul of the first-team as they lag behind Manchester City and Liverpool — especially if they miss out on Champions League football next season.

    Parker, who played 146 times in five seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 1990s, believes it is vital United get their managerial appointment right this time to help re-establish the correct culture at the club.

    The 58-year-old said: “Manchester United need a manager who is a disciplinarian, a focal point, someone who is allowed to manage, where the players can’t go behind his back.

    “The person who is managing that team needs to have control.

    “You need the manager to have a say in every player who comes in. Some of the players Manchester United have signed in recent years haven’t been good around the dressing room.

    “They’ve been sour apples in the barrel. They’ve been expensive coming in and they’ve gone out cheap but a lot richer with wages. All of that has to stop.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Play Jude, don't be afraid

    England midfielder Bellingham has revealed he had no interest in football as a kid until his father got him hooked on the beautiful game.

    The 18-year-old midfielder is now one of the most sought-after talents in Europe since blossoming at Borussia Dortmund following his 2020 transfer from Birmingham City.

    Both Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with moves for the star, while Real Madrid are also keen.

    However, the now £100m-rated Bellingham might never have even kicked a ball in anger if it was not for his dad.

    Speaking in an Xbox video interview, he explained: “I was never really too interested in football.

    “It was something that I got dragged around to because my dad was a non-league player and a big fan of it.

    “One day it clicked and I just loved it – I went from strength to strength as a player.

    “Dad was my hero. At the time there was Rooney and Robin van Persie was also really good, but for me my dad was the number one.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RECAP: Utd reach 'verbal agreement' for Ten Hag

    Ajax chief Erik ten Hag has reportedly clinched the United job after reaching a “verbal agreement in principle”.

    It's understood the final details on a four-year contract are still to be sorted.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Erik always needs time

    Inter Miami keeper Nick Marsman says Erik ten Hag must be given time at Old Trafford – just like he by Ajax and Utrecht.

    Marsman said: "In the beginning at Ajax, they weren't happy with him, but then he turned it around. It was the same at Utrecht.

    “So I hope he gets that time at Manchester United. The hard part of working in a top club is that you don't get a lot of time. And it's also hard to manage at that level.

    “The annoying part is he's putting everything in like 24/7. So there is no chance you find him doing something wrong.

    "So when he says you did something wrong, you have to respect what he is saying.

    “He started at the bottom of the ladder which can sometimes make it difficult to deal with top players but he’s great working with guys who can be hard to handle.

    “He did a good job dealing with someone difficult like Marco Arnautovic when he was at Twente."

  • Ian Tuckey

    EXCLUSIVE: Ten Hag will work 'em hard

    Manchester United's flops can forget about waltzing down easy street once Erik ten Hag becomes boss, writes STEVE BRENNER.

    The Ajax chief is gearing up to take charge at Old Trafford next season and knows he’s got a massive rebuilding job on his hands if he wants to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

    Too many United stars have been slacking on and off the pitch under temporary gaffer Ralf Rangnick.

    That simply won’t happen under hardline, workaholic Dutchman Ten Hag though.

    Inter Miami keeper Nick Marsman – who played at three different clubs in Holland under Ten Hag as he was building his managerial career – reckons his old gaffer won't stand for anyone not buying into his methods.

    Marsman told SunSport: "I worked a long time with him in the academy at FC Twente, he brought me to the first team. Then he brought me to Go Ahead Eagles and then Utrecht. I really like him as a coach. He's very demanding though.

    "At Ajax at first he changed a lot in the training and he demanded a lot of team. They were unsure, they were like ‘we are already playing at a high level.

    “'Why are we doing this? We aren’t doing this everyday.' But after a while they were saying ‘ yes, it works.' “So all this stuff takes time but if anyone shows a lack of concentration or focus he's right on top of that."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wilshere: Rice is world's best defensive midfielder

    Arsenal legend Jack Wilshere has hailed Manchester United and Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice as the world's BEST defensive midfielder.

    Wilshere played alongside Rice at West Ham between 2018 to 2020.

    Rice has since come on leaps and bounds, moving into midfield and becoming a key member of Gareth Southgate's young England squad.

    In fact, Rice has improved so much that he is the BEST defensive midfielder in world football, according to Wilshere.

    Rice's commanding performances in the middle of the park has attracted interest from football's elite clubs.

    Both Manchester clubs as well as Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly hold an interest in Rice.

    And even Real Madrid have been mentioned as potential suitors.

    Wilshere hailed Rice as better than Liverpool's Fabinho and said he hopes he ends up in an Arsenal shirt.

    He said after West Ham's gutsy 1-1 draw with Lyon: "Tell me a better DMF [defensive midfielder] than Declan Rice right now?

    "Can't think of anyone [who] can do what Dec can…"

  • Ian Tuckey

    Only 3 Utd players should feel safe

    Ex-United keeper Mark Bosnich believes only three players should be safe when incoming boss Erik ten Hag ponders a summer shake-up.

    The Red Devils have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Erik ten Hag to take over on a four-year deal at the end of the season.

    And Bosnich has advised the Dutchman to offload the players who have not performed in recent years.

    In fact, the former Red Devils goalkeeper believes only three United players are safe from the chop – David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane.

    Bosnich told talkSPORT: "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise there is a lot of dead wood there, a lot of players who have been there for a long time and seen off a lot of managers.

    "As far as I'm concerned, if I come in there and I see that, I'm like, 'Listen – it's time to move on'.I think the more important thing at this moment in time is who the new manager is going to keep.

    "Out of those players you've been watching this season, David de Gea has been their best player over the last four or five seasons. Bruno Fernandes, definitely, and I would keep Raphael Varane. Everyone else, you'd have to say, is up for discussion.

    "There's obviously the (Cristiano) Ronaldo situation – which needs to be resolved one way or the other. As far I'm concerned, he's done his job. He was brought in to score goals."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd target Antony 'set for Juve'

    Potential new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag could reportedly miss out on top target Antony.

    Ajax boss Ten Hag has reportedly 'verbally agreed' to take over at Old Trafford from interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

    And the Dutchman was hoping to bring Ajax winger Antony, 22, with him.

    But according to Calciomercato, Ten Hag and United could miss out on their top target to Serie A giants Juventus.

    The Serie A side are said to have "intensified" talks with the Brazilian's representatives in the hopes of signing him this summer.

    Antony could be picked up for a bargain fee of around £29million.

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