1pm Man Utd news LIVE: Dele Alli BANNED for United, Sancho ‘will join’, £31m Tolisso talks, Dybala on failed transfer – The SunJune 11, 2020
MAN UTD have received a big boost ahead of their Premier League opener with Dele Alli banned for Tottenham due to an offensive coronavirus social media post.
And the Red Devils are continuing to look at ways of strengthening their squad as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly starts talks with Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso.
Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…
DELE BANNED FOR UTD CLASH
Dele Alli will miss Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United after being hit with a one–match ban by the FA for a social media post appearing to mock an Asian man.
A three-man independent panel as upheld the misconduct charge against the 24-year-old midfielder meaning he will have to sit out of the big match against United next Friday.
It is a major blow to Jose Mourinho’s plans for the opening match in Project Restart with Spurs needing a victory to keep their slim hopes of a top-four finish alive.
The offending video, uploaded by Alli to Snapchat in February, showed the England star wearing a face mask in an airport departure lounge.
Captioned “Corona whattt, please listen with volume”, the footage then cut to showing an unaware Asian man before panning back to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash.
A further comment appeared saying: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”
Dele Alli will miss Tottenham's Premier League return against Manchester United after being handed a one-match ban for a social media post about coronavirus in February.
The FA wrote on its website: “Dele Alli has been suspended for one match with immediate effect, fined £50,000 and must undertake an education course following a breach of FA Rule E3.
“The Tottenham Hotspur FC player denied that a social media post breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.
“However, it was subsequently found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission.”
United are launching a £31.4million move for Corentin Tolisso, according to reports.
The French midfielder has fallen out of favour under Hans Flick at Bayern Munich during their charge to the Bundesliga title.
Part of the Frenchman’s appeal is his price and the fact that he appears in need of a fresh challenge.
Solskjaer usually goes for players under the age of 25, but the World Cup winner would bolster the Old Trafford squad significantly.
Tolisso has had ankle surgery recently and was on the bench during Bayern’s 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
GIVE THEM A BECK HANDER
David Beckham told Conor McGregor he wanted to “get into fighting” when he visited him before the Floyd Mayweather bout.
The Manchester United legend, 45, had a look around the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas before the huge crossover fight.
United fan McGregor has revealed that the Inter Miami owner jokingly told him he wanted to try his luck in the ring.
The Irishman told Entertainment.ie: “He was at the Ultimate Fighting Championship performance institute where I prepared for the Floyd fight [and] put up a post and tagged me in it.
“We were talking about it and he said, 'It makes me want to get into fighting.'
“I was like, 'Say no more David. We can make that happen, you know we can make that happen if you want.’”
WE NEED TO TALK
Premier League chiefs will consult with leading players before confirming their Black Lives Matters stance, reports MARTIN LIPTON.
Despite expectations that a firm position would be agreed, club bosses agreed to leave detailed discussions to the League executive.
The club chiefs, meeting virtually for the 12th time since the Prem was shut down in March, signalled their determination to show strong support for the worldwide campaign.
But it was felt around the virtual boardroom that it was vital that the clubs ensured their next steps met the wishes and message that the players, who represent the public face of the League to millions of fans around the globe, want to send.
There are concerns that any show of support for the movement would be pointless unless the League’s action has already been backed by the players.
League chiefs have already spoken to representatives of the players at all 20 clubs, seeking their input and observations about potential measures.
£115M BILL FOR JAD
Manchester United are wary of committing to a record-breaking deal for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
The Telegraph suggest Borussia Dortmund have slapped a £115million asking price on the England winger.
The report adds that the Red Devils are hesitant to put pen to paper on a deal that would see them break the record for the Premier League's most expensive signing.
United are thought to want to see how the transfer market unfolds in the current climate before making a final decision.
A deal is still likely to go ahead but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will not finalise the move until play has restarted.
PSG have made contact with former United winger Wilfried Zaha's agent about a shock move for the Crystal Palace star, according to reports.
Brazilian star Neymar has been continually linked with a return to Barcelona and the Ligue 1 champions could bring Zaha in to replace him.
Zaha, 27, ditched old agent Will Salthouse last September and took up with Pini Zahavi after his proposed move to Arsenal last summer fell through.
And well connected Zahavi has been contacted by PSG to discuss the prospect of the Eagles star moving to France, according to 90min.com.
Zaha has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United but interest in England is said to have fallen away.
FAN-KS VERY MUCH
Fans are being given the chance to be part of a huge mosaic at Old Trafford.
United supporters are being encouraged to upload their picture and be part of a massive tapestry at the Theatre of Dreams.
David De Gea is trying to come up with quirky captions for his social media posts.
And fellow Spaniard Juan Mata is having none of it.
REMAIN IN EUROPE?
Uefa's executive committee is to meet next week to discuss how to finish the Champions League and Europa League seasons.
The last-16 ties of the Champions League were started but some second legs were not completed, including that of Chelsea's tie with Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile Manchester United still have to face LASK in the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Europa League, where they lead 5-0 from the first leg.
The same applies for Wolves, who are at 1-1 with Olympiakos after the first leg in Greece.
A proposed mini-tournament in August is a distinct possibility for both competitions after the conclusion of domestic leagues.
GOVERNMENT WATCH OUT
Marcus Rashford is chasing down people in government who deal with school meals.
He asked fans on Twitter: “Anybody know who I can talk to about the Government food voucher scheme?”
The Manchester United striker has been huge in raising money for free school meals during lockdown.
What a legend.
Man Utd will play West Brom twice on Friday as they continue their preparations to play Tottenham the following week.
The Red Devils were due to play Stoke in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday – but the match at Carrington was cancelled just minutes before kick-off when Potters boss Michael O'Neill tested positive for coronavirus.
Instead, Solskjaer's men played another intra-squad friendly, which finished in a thrilling 4-4 draw as Luke Shaw grabbed a double.
Both matches against the Baggies will take place at Old Trafford, ahead of their re-opener away at Totteham on Friday June 19.
IN THE BAGG
United will play West Brom twice on Friday as they continue their preparations to play Tottenham the following week.
The Red Devils were due to play Stoke in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.
But the match at Carrington was cancelled just minutes before kick-off when the Potters boss Michael O'Neill tested positive for coronavirus.
The Championship side were forced to pack up their stuff and make a swift exit.
Instead, the Premier League giants played another intra-squad friendly to get more minutes in the legs.
That added to another game played among the Red Devils team on Saturday, which finished in a thrilling 4-4 draw as Luke Shaw grabbed a double.
Stoke are in panic mode over boss Michael O’Neill’s Covid-19 diagnosis — with three of their players about to become dads.
One of the unnamed Potters trio has even been told by his worried wife to STAY AWAY from home.
O’Neill’s positive test forced Stoke to cancel their friendly against Manchester United on Tuesday — with the former Northern Ireland chief given the news on his way to the Red Devils’ Carrington training HQ.
O’Neill, 50, was not in contact with his squad on Tuesday but had been with them and his backroom team in the days before.
He is now self-isolating and caretaker Billy McKinlay will take charge of the build-up to their Championship restart, away to Reading a week on Saturday.
McKinlay and the rest of the Potters staff and squad will have another test today to see whether they have caught coronavirus.
GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS
Did Paulo Dybala ever want to join Manchester United?
According to the man himself… no.
The Red Devils and Tottenham famously missed out on the Juventus forward last summer but he has revealed that he always wanted to stay in Turin.
Dybala told CNN Sport: “I was contacted and some clubs were interested in me. Among those were Manchester United and Tottenham.
“I think for a long time there were conversations, then Paris Saint-Germain also appeared.
“I did not speak directly to any of them, but there were conversations with the clubs. However, my intention at the time was to stay.”
Back in the real world, Manchester United drew 4-4 with Manchester United after an evenly-matched contest yesterday.
The side’s planned friendly with Stoke had to be dropped at the last minute after Potters’ boss Michael O’Neill was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Luke Shaw managed to notch twice in the Old Trafford game, something he confirmed on social media.
The defender enthusiastically wrote: “There have been a lot of different things circulating on social media and I’m happy to set the record straight: it did end 4-4 and I did score twice!
“Also on my team, Bruno [Fernandes] got one and Jamo [Daniel James] got one, while, on the other team, Rashy [Marcus Rashford] got two and so did Odion [Ighalo].”
In transfer talk, Arsenal hope their strong relationship with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's father will help them keep the United target.
According to The Telegraph, they are planning to try and use Pierre-Francois Aubameyang to ward off the Old Trafford interest.
Not only is Aubameyang Snr the ex-Borussia Dortmund man's father but is also his agent.
STATE OF PLAY
As we head into the final stretch of the season, here is the state of play for Man Utd’s stats leaderboard.
Who are you backing to finish as the club’s top scorer?
Dortmund have admitted they are losing patience with Jadon Sancho.
The Manchester United target was in trouble again at the weekend when he reacted angrily to being fined for breaking lockdown regulations by getting a haircut.
Dortmund have reportedly put a £115million price tag on the England midfielder, 20.
Sporting director Michael Zorc told SportBild: “Jadon is not only an exceptional footballer who is noticeable on the pitch but now and then also outside of the pitch.
“Sometimes it’s not easy for us.”
This comes just a few days after Sancho was told “to grow up” by his team-mate Emre Can, the former Liverpool midfielder.
EXCLUSIVE: REAL FRENZY
Real Madrid are ready to join the battle for Kai Havertz – but Chelsea remain in pole position with the German prodigy keen on a move to the Premier League, reports Duncan Wright.
The Blues are optimistic they can win through with their bid of around £70million, as revealed exclusively by SunSport on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich had for a long time seemed destined to capture the services of playmaker Havertz, 20, at the end of the season.
But a host of Premier League clubs then made their interest known, with Manchester United and Liverpool joining Chelsea in the market.
Now Real have also shown their hand, but SunSport understands it is the chance to move to England which appeals most to Havertz at this stage.
COMM AND GET IT
Manchester United may have to see out their Europa League campaign in Germany.
According to ESPN, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena is being eyed by Uefa for a mini-tournament to round off this year’s competition.
The final was originally set for Poland’s Stadion Energa Gdansk but authorities fear not being able to fit eight teams into the city, for the showcase from the quarter-finals onwards.
United are currently halfway through their last-16 tie with Austrian side LASK, which they lead 5-0.
Some teams were unable to play the first leg of their match-ups due to the coronavirus pandemic.
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOL-S
Manchester United are in talks to sign Corentin Tolisso for £31m, according to RMC Sport Chief Football Editor Mohamed Bouhafsi.
Tolisso joined Bayern Munich in 2017 from Lyon for £37m plus bonuses and won the World Cup with France a year later.
United were strongly linked with a holding midfielder earlier in the season before Nemanja Matic's improvement in form put those plans on the back burner.
But 25-year-old Tolisso could be more of a long-term option if he can stay fit.
Bruno Fernandes believes United can pick up where they left off when the restart begins.
Speaking to the club website about his hopes for the season, the attacking midfielder looked back to the Red Devils’ five wins in six before the shutdown.
He said: “I am looking forward to starting again like we finished.
“Maybe doing better than we did. I think it's very important and the first game for us is a good opportunity to look forward to doing very well to finish the season.”
When quizzed on his favourite wind-down plan after training sessions, Fernandes’ answer was clear: “Sleep!”
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
Excited, United fans?
Anthony Martial is surely a shoe-in for the central striker’s role in that first game back at Tottenham.
And you wouldn’t bet against him bagging goal No17 for the season at New White Hart Lane.
MENS TO BE TOGETHER
Manchester United want Timothy Fosu-Mensah to sign a new contract before heading out on loan again.
The right-back has spent most of the season out with a serious knee injury but is now back to full fitness.
It is thought a fresh stint away from the club is best for the Dutchman, 22.
But the Telegraph report on United’s intention to sign Fosu-Mensah onto a new deal because his current contract expires in 12 months’ time.
Nemanja Matic has described getting back into the swing of things as “easy” as the Red Devils prepare for the restart.
Health and safety checks are being carried out on every player and staff member before the day’s workout.
And Matic is comfortable in the new routine, telling the club website: “It's easy.
“The new routine is to check our temperature every morning, wash our hands and keep our distance, as much as we can.
“But training is normal – we are now allowed contact training so it's more or less the same. There are just a few different things before the training.”
THIA-GOING GOING GONE?
Arsenal, Manchester United and many more have been reported as tracking Thiago Silva.
But the door is not completely shut on the Brazilian centre-back signing a new PSG contract.
According to Le10Sport, the player has been offered a fresh deal worth as much as £85,000-a-week.
Barcelona, AC Milan and Everton are also monitoring Silva ahead of his contract expiring this summer.
Will PSG’s offer be enough to keep him in Paris?
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