Man Utd news LIVE: Pogba interested in Juventus move, club announce £92m LOSS, Bruno Fernandes set for £250k-a-week deal

BRUNO FERNANDES is set to sign a new £250,000-a-week deal at Manchester United.

The Portuguese, 27, has been United's best player since signing at Old Trafford 18 months ago.

United still think they are on a strong financial footing to offer Bruno a new deal after announcing £92million losses for the year, as announced at the New York Stock Exchange by Ed Woodward.

Meanwhile Marcus Rashford is back in training after shoulder surgery following his emotional rollercoaster at Euro 2020.

And SunSport can exclusively reveal that star man Cristiano Ronaldo has moved house after being kept awake by bleating SHEEP.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    POG-BACK?

    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is open to making a stunning return to Juventus, his agent Mino Raiola has revealed.

    The France international's contract with the Red Devils is set to expire in the summer.

    Italian champions Juve have held an interest in bringing Pogba back to Turin for the last two years.

    And according to Raiola, the World Cup winner is open to the idea of returning to the Allianz Stadium.

    He said: “Paul Pogba is out of contract in June, so we’ll talk with Man Utd and we’ll see what happens. Juventus? Paul still loves Turin.

    "There’s a chance that Pogba will return to Juventus, yes – but it also depends on Juventus' plans."

  • Etienne Fermie

    HAMMER TIME

    Jesse Lingard has opened up on what made his loan spell at West Ham last season so successful, ahead of returning to London Stadium with Man United on Sunday.

    He told the club's website: "Like I've said, it was a reset for me personally, I wanted to play games, help the team get into the Europa League, which we did, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

    "The lads were brilliant, the staff were brilliant and the fans supported me throughout.

    “On a personal level, it was about getting minutes, doing well for myself and trying to get back into the England side but, as a collective, Europe was massive for West Ham and one of the goals we wanted to get to.

    “The manager gave me the freedom up top to roam about, get on the ball and try to make things happen. With the run of games I had, the confidence kicks in and, once you've scored one, then two and three start going into the back of the net. I wasn't short of confidence playing and it was one of the best half-seasons I've had so it was a brilliant experience.

    “Obviously, you don't get into Europe if you're not a good side. West Ham are well organised and can counter quick and be hard to break down. So it's going to be a tough game and we've got to be at it, if we want to get the three points. We've trained well so we'll go into the game confident."

  • Etienne Fermie

    MASE IS ACE

    Mason Greenwood has been named on the 40-man shortlist of European Golden Boy contenders.

    Here's a little reminder just why the Man United teen is among the favourites to win the prestigious gong.

  • Etienne Fermie

    JESS THE TICKET

    Man United star Jesse Lingard believes that the Red Devils' travelling support can be the key to helping them win at West Ham on Sunday.

    He told the club's website: "Away games can be tough but having the fans there backing us, week in and week out, always helps us and gives us that boost. They're brilliant.

    "Obviously, it's down to us on the day to perform and get the three points and we've done tremendously in the league away trips recently.

    “I think it's always good to start on the right foot, to remain positive and get the results in early, scoring lots of goals. The fans have been brilliant. We missed playing in front of fans and they have been a huge help."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    LIN BUSINESS

    Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that the Red Devils are in talks with Jesse Lingard and his father over a new contract.

    Asked about the matter, Solskjaer said of the 28-year-old: "He's got one year left on his contract and the club is talking to him and his dad.

    "We support him and we hope to keep him here with us. He’s a Red through and through."

  • Etienne Fermie

    TOXIC TOON

    Steve Bruce is also said to have criticised Isaac Hayden for his marking of Cristiano Ronaldo which 'did not go down well'.

    Mail sources close to the squad have reportedly suggested the players remain united but are not happy with Bruce and his methods.

    The latest in a long stream of disagreements is said to have come when Bruce dug out Hayden for failing to track Ronaldo's run before he scored during the Toon's 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

    The source reportedly said: "Isaac was like, 'He’s the fastest player in the country'. He also made the point he’s not a defender.

    "The lads thought the manager’s comments were unfair."

    There is also said to be ill-feeling surrounding a 'lack of training structure'.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORE FROM FRED

    Manchester United star Fred believes that he is entering his peak years aged 28.

    Quizzed about the subject by the club's official media, he said: "I believe so, as you're at a really good age.

    "It's an age when you've already experienced a great deal since turning professional, I've been through good and bad things.

    “Also you're playing at a massive club like United, the biggest in the world for me. I think it is the peak of my career, It's a marvellous time for me, my best moment.

    "I want to continue doing great work here. As I've already said, this is the season for us to win trophies.

    "At my age, at this stage of my career, I aim to do my best, improve every day and I'm sure that this is going to be a blessed season for us."

  • Etienne Fermie

    FRED-EMPTION

    Manchester United midfielder Fred has explained to fans which areas of his game he is focusing on improving most.

    He told the club's official media: "I aim to improve and work a lot after training on my passing. Sometimes turning in the midfield, things more specific to my position.

    “As I've said before, my objective is to get the ball to the forwards, to always be ready to receive the ball from the centre-backs, receive a pass and have the right body position to control it and find a good pass.

    “I aim to improve in this area, this is the most important area to improve and develop in my position. I visualise this every day so I look to improve on positioning on the pitch, an additional pass, turns during a game, that's what I look to work on every day."

    Fred is aiming to improve his passingCredit: Rex
  • Giacomo Pisa

    MAKING HIS MARK

    BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted Manchester United to come away with three points from Sunday's clash against West Ham.

    He believes the Red Devils loss against Young Boys in midweek could fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to claim victory.

    The 64-year-old wrote: "I know Manchester United were far from impressive in the Champions League in midweek but I don't think it will stop them from making it out of their group.

    "If anything, it could be beneficial.

    "The hype around Cristiano Ronaldo's return might have meant a few people were getting carried away but that defeat should focus them, and remind them how much work they have got to do."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CARRA'S ASSESSMENT

    Jamie Carragher doesn't believe Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at Old Trafford makes the club title contenders.

    Instead he thinks the move could actually be better for the Premier League in terms of attracting fans, rather than United.

    Writing for the Telegraph, Carragher said: "Ronaldo could prove to be a better signing for the Premier League than for Manchester United.

    He went on to say: "But the broader question for United is whether Ronaldo’s arrival gets them any nearer to being a team that can win the title and Champions League again.

    "On the evidence of the first few games, albeit they have won three of their first five matches, I would say no.

    "Ronaldo’s matchwining ability will inevitably make United stronger. What his arrival alone cannot do is turn United into a title-winning unit or impose the distinctive way of playing they still lack."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ALTERNATIVE XI

    Alternatively, Scott McTominay – who returned to training on Thursday after a spell on the sidelines – could start.

    If he's deemed fit enough to start, Pogba could be moved up into the three behind Ronaldo.

    And Fred could come into the midfield to reunite the McFred partnership.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RON UP TOP

    Cristiano Ronaldo is set to keep his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting line-up for the trip to West Ham.

    And here SunSport take a look at the team Solskjaer could name for Sunday's clash.

    Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood are set to start behind Ronaldo, while Paul Pogba will most likely start in the midfield alongside Nemanja Matic.

    And United's backline from their last league game will remain unchanged from their last Premier League game.

    Luke Shaw, club captain Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all expected to start in front of David de Gea.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DONNY DILEMMMA

    Manchester United man Donny van de Beek has been left out of Louis van Gaal's provisional 28-man Netherlands squad for next month's internationals against Latvia and Gibraltar.

    The 24-year-old was also omitted from van Gaal's last squad, and was hooked at half time in the Champions League loss to Young Boys after Aaron Wan Bissaka's red card.

    Van Gaal revealed last month that he had spoken to van de Beek, telling him he 'needs to start playing games' if he wants to force his way back into the Netherlands squad.

    He said: "I called Donny van de Beek yesterday, I told him that he needs to start playing games.

    "I did not speak with any manager of my players. Maybe it’s logical to talk with them, but I haven’t done it.

    “I spoke [with Van de Beek] last night for 45 minutes, but I am not going to tell you anything. This is between Donny and me. I am capable of advising players."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PAUL PREDICTS

    Paul Merson has predicted the Red Devils to come away with Sunday's clash against West Ham with all three points.

    The Hammers will be without Michail Antonio, who was sent off last week against Southampton.

    And in his column for Sportskeeda, Merson wrote: "If Michail Antonio was playing, I’d give West Ham every chance in this game.

    "Unfortunately, he isn’t, so I’m really not sure how they could cope without him.

    "Manchester United are not really playing well – the results they’ve got so far in the Premier League have simply papered over their cracks.

    "The UEFA Champions League loss against Young Boys will serve as a kick up the backside for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co – it should liven them up for this one"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    YOUNG BOYS LOSS

    Former Manchester United man doesn't think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure at Old Trafford… yet.

    He told Betfair: “Is Solskjaer’s job at risk after the defeat in Switzerland? Come on, you can’t be serious.

    “United have played four games in the Premier League and won three of them. One defeat in the Champions League does not put Ole’s job in jeopardy.

    “I don’t see any point in discussing Solskjaer’s future so early in the season.

    “United have a strong squad, have made excellent signings who are bedding in, and we should judge them at the end of the group stage, not after one match.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOLDEN BOY NOMINEES

    Here’s the full list of Golden Boy nominees.

    Nominees must be under 21-years-old and play in one of the top divisions in Europe, including England, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and France.

    • Karim Adeyemi – RB Salzburg
    • Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund
    • Rayan Ait-Nouri – Wolves
    • Ander Barrenetxea – Real Sociedad
    • Myron Boadu – Monaco
    • Brian Brobbey – RB Leipzig
    • Eduardo Camavinga – Real Madrid
    • Rayan Cherki – Lyon
    • Mohamed-Ali Cho – Angers
    • Francisco Conceicao – Porto
    • Charles De Ketelaere – Club Brugge
    • Ersin Destanoglu – Besiktas
    • Jeremy Doku – Rennes
    • Eric Garcia – Barcelona
    • Bryan Gil – Tottenham Hotspur
    • Goncalo Ramos – Benfica
    • Ryan Gravenberch – Ajax
    • Mason Greenwood – Manchester United
    • Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig
    • Pedri – Barcelona
    • Ilaix Moriba – RB Leipzig
    • Odilon Kossounou – Bayer Leverkusen
    • Noni Madueke – PSV
    • Felix Mambimbi – Young Boys
    • Gabriel Martinelli – Arsenal
    • Mykhaylo Mudryk – Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Mohamed Ihattaren – Sampdoria
    • Nuno Mendes – Paris Saint-Germain
    • Roberto Piccoli – Atalanta
    • Bukayo Saka – Arsenal
    • Yeremi Pino – Villarreal
    • Gio Reyna – Borussia Dortmund
    • William Saliba – Marseille
    • Martin Satriano – Inter Milan
    • Luke Thomas – Leicester City
    • Khephren Thuram- OGC Nice

    MORE LOSSES

    Manchester United have reported huge losses when it comes to match day revenue.

    The Coronavirus pandemic forces Premier League stadiums to remain empty for the best part of 18 months.

    And match day earnings in the 2020/21 financial year plummeted from £89.8million the year before to just £7.1million.

    GOLDEN BOY NOMINEES

    The English nominees for European Golden Boy are as follows.

    The award is given every year to the hottest prospect under 21-years-old, with multiple homegrown talents up for the prize this year.

    Manchester United's Mason Greenwood is one of five English names on the shortlist.

    • Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
    • Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
    • Noni Madueke (PSV)
    • Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
    • Luke Thomas (Leicester City)

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Barcelona hope to sign Manchester United ace Paul Pogba for FREE next summer but will be rivalled by top clubs, reports say.

    According to Fichajes.net, Pogba’s name came up in conversations between his agent Mino Raiola and Barca club president Joan Laporta.

    The super agent informed Laporta that Pogba would certainly be subject to a bidding war.

    But should Barca put an offer forward, he will try and convince the Frenchman to decide on Barca’s offer before other proposals.

    Barca would have to see off challenges from rivals Real Madrid, super team Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus to secure the World Cup winner’s signature.

    MANCHESTER DERBY

    Pep Guardiola has rejected suggestions that Manchester City need to grow their fanbase with sustained success in similar fashions to Manchester City and Liverpool.

    He said: "This is a big mistake. We are who we are. We are proud of who we are. I know our history.

    "I have learned that they were in the lower divisions and fans travelled to watch them. I don't want to be like [Manchester] United, Liverpool, Bayern, Barcelona, Madrid.

    "We are who we are. People put words in my mouth. I don't have a problem with fans, if I did I would stand aside."

    'ON THE RIGHT TRACK'

    Ed Woodward however has insisted that the Red Devils are 'on the right track' for the future.

    He said: "We significantly strengthened the squad over the summer, with the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton.

    "These signings have demonstrated our continued ability to attract some of the world’s best footballers to Old Trafford, and our firm commitment to helping Ole deliver success on the pitch.

    "We have been clear in our strategy to build a squad with a blend of top-class recruits and homegrown talent, comprising a balance of youth and experience, with the aim of winning trophies and playing attacking football the Manchester United way.

    "As part of this, we have continued to strengthen our recruitment and scouting processes, and we have also increased our investment in the Academy, to ensure that this success is sustainable.

    "While squad-building is a constant process, we are more confident than ever that we are on the right track."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      MESSY FIGURES

      The Red Devils have suffered a near £100MILLION loss in the last year.

      In the twelve month period ending June 30, United have posted a net loss of £92.2million.

      That's according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who announced the figures.

      The number is almost £30million more than the net loss in the previous year.

      In the year ending on June 30, 2020, the Red Devils posted a net loss of £23.2million.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      SUPER SUNDAY

      The Red Devils travel to West Ham on Sunday with both teams in fine form.

      The Hammers are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games (W4 D3), their longest run in the competition since a streak of 10 games between February and April 2016.

      Manchester United meanwhile are unbeaten in 28 Premier League away games, the longest ever run without defeat on the road in English league history.

      The Red Devils have conceded just 19 goals in their current run, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process.

      It should be an absolute belter.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      WOODWARD'S WORDS

      Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said that fans are the 'lifeblood of the game' ahead of a public investors call.

      The much criticised chief said: "The most important part of this recovery is the return of fans to Old Trafford and it has been fantastic to see and hear the stadium full for the first time in almost 18 months.

      "The amazing atmosphere during the opening home games of the season demonstrates that fans are the lifeblood of the game, and we’re so glad to have them back.

      "No club can succeed on its own. We want to be part of healthy, vibrant domestic and European football pyramids, working together with our governing bodies and, most importantly, the fans, to preserve and enhance the magic of our game.

      "As a club, we are committed to those objectives and we look forward to pursuing them in the months and years ahead.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Jesse Lingard’s midweek blunder has not affected plans to keep him at Old Trafford, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

      The England ace gifted Young Boys a 2-1 win with a shocking injury-time back pass in the Champions League opener in Switzerland on Tuesday.

      Lingard is currently into the final year of his contract at Manchester United and as yet there has been no agreement over an extension.

      But Solskjaer says the 28-year-old, who starred in a loan spell at West Ham last season, has his full support – and talks over his future will continue with the hope of keeping him.

      The United boss said: "Jesse has got this season left, we are talking to him and his dad. We see him as a United player in future.

      "He’s come back into us after a great spell at West Ham. He showed his quality there.

      "He’s back in England squad, he scores goals for England and we really want to see the best of him.

      "We support him and hope to keep him here. He’s a red through and through."

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