1pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: De Gea and Henderson battle it out for PSG start, Camavinga latest

1pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: De Gea and Henderson battle it out for PSG start, Camavinga latest

December 2, 2020

MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing to face Paris Saint-Germain in their crunch Champions League group game on tonight.

Win this and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are all-but certain to win Group H, after a thrilling comeback win over Southampton.

Get all the latest news, updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • Joe Brophy

    MARC HIS WORDS

    Thomas Tuchel has praised 'annoying' Marcus Rashford ahead of their Champions League reunion on Wednesday night.

    He said: "We value him very much when he plays in England and not Parc des Princes, honestly, because (him scoring against us) gets a little bit annoying.

    "The guy is a very young adult who takes his responsibility on and off the pitch very impressively.

    "I have met him as an opponent three times and every time I've met a calm and humble guy and a nice person, which is amazing. I like this mixture a lot.

    "For me personally, the sporting side is clear – he's a big threat with his speed, with his ability to score, with his determination and his finishing.

    "He's very precise, taking shots inside and outside of the box. He is super rapid on counter-attacks and strong in the air with headers.

    "He's had a big impact and it's nice to see guys like him from the academy having such a big impact in a big, big club like United."

  • Joe Brophy

    BERNA-BYE

    Zinedine Zidane has just FOUR games to save his job at Real Madrid, with the club eyeing up another swoop for United target Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Spanish papers.

    Los Blancos slipped to a horror 2-0 defeat away to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

    The result left them THIRD in their Champions League group, facing the barely-believable prospect of slipping down into the Europa League.

    Real Madrid also sit fourth in LaLiga, seven points adrift of league-leaders Real Sociedad, after their loss to Alaves at the weekend.

    Marca claim Zidane now has just four matches to save his job.

  • Joe Brophy

    CAR CRASH

    Colombia have sacked national team boss Carlos Queiroz after a poor start to World Cup qualification.

    A ticket to Qatar was in huge doubt after Ecuador inflicted a heavy 6-1 defeat on their South American rivals last month.

    That followed a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay, leaving Colombia seventh in the ten-team CONMEBOL table.

    On Tuesday night, the Colombian FA confirmed the departure of the former Manchester United assistant and Real Madrid boss.

  • Joe Brophy

    EURO EXTENSION

    The proposed changes to the Champions League could see each team play TEN times in the group stage – which could spell the end of the League Cup.

    Uefa are set to meet this week to discuss a radical shake-up for Europe's top competition.

    The Champions League will see a new format in place from the 2024-25 season, with a number of options currently on the table.

    And it's believed Uefa's current favourite method is the so-called 'Swiss system'.

    In this more complicated scenario, teams would be assigned TEN opponents in one 36-team league.

    All teams would be seeded, with a computer programme carefully selecting clubs of differing strengths to ensure parity across the board.

    Under this system – first designed for a chess tournament held in Zurich in 1895 – all teams would play five times at home and five times away.

  • Joe Brophy

    A-MAD SKILLS

    Manchester United fans have been left licking their lips at the prospect of Amad Diallo's arrival at the club in January.

    The Ivorian teenager, 18, agreed to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in a £37million, deadline day deal in the summer.

    However, as part of the deal, Diallo is to stay at Atalanta – where he has played since 2015 – until January.

    And he enjoyed a riveting cameo off the bench during the Italian side's 1-1 Champions League draw with Midtjylland on Tuesday night.

  • Joe Brophy

    BEST FOOT FORWARD

    Cristiano Ronaldo has fended off competition from Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski to win the 2020 Golden Foot award.

    The 35-year-old has been named as the 18th recipient of the prestigious trophy that can only be won once during a player's career.

    To be in contention for the award – that was introduced in 2003 for Europe's standout performers – footballers must be at least 28 years of age.

    The winners are then invited to leave a mould of their footprints on the 'The Champions Promenade' in Monaco.

    Ten players are shortlisted for the trophy by international journalists, with the general public then voting for their winner in an online poll.

    And it is United legend Ronaldo that received the most votes from fans across the world after he finished the 2019/20 season with 37 goals in 46 games.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHITE HOT

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are keeping tabs on Brighton star Ben White, according to reports.

    The Seagulls centre-back, 23, has looking in superb form this season despite being distracted by Leeds and Liverpool's transfer pursuit in the summer.

    Jurgen Klopp is set to rekindle their interest in White, despite being put off by Brighton slapping the huge price-tag on him.

    But with starting centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both suffering long-term knee injuries, Jurgen Klopp could opt to splash the cash.

    However, the Reds chief will face competition from Man Utd, Chelsea AND Tottenham, according to Sky Sports.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOW DID HE MISS?

    Former Manchester United star Ashley Young endured an embarrassing moment to forget last night.

    The veteran left Old Trafford for Inter Milan in January and has impressed with his displays for the Italian giants.

    But he will never want to see this miss again!

  • Gary Stonehouse

    BEEKY-BOO, I SEE YOU

    Donny van de Beek denied he is unhappy at Manchester United over a lack of playing time.

    And the £39million summer signing added he will gladly play anywhere across the Red Devils midfield.

    Ahead of United's crunch Champions League tie with PSG, he insisted: “I just work hard every day and I know that I can give the team something extra and help a lot. I was just patient.

    “I think they understand it already because they're world-class players, so there's no difference (compared to Ajax).

    “I play with new team-mates and you need to understand each other. We understand each other. I can play that kind of style with them.

    “Also in Ajax before, I played in a lot of different positions. I played No8, No10 and even No6 so I am used to it and playing a lot of different positions.”

  • Dave Fraser

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer has no worries about Edinson Cavani against his old club PSG tonight – while Donny van de Beek insists he is happy with his own United role.

    Cavani could soon be banned for three games over a ‘Gracias negrito’ Instagram post but has apologised for what he says was a misunderstanding.

    And Old Trafford boss Solskjaer, seeking a victory to seal top place in the Champions League group, said: “It's special for him to play against his old club where he's the top scorer.

    "So that'll affect him mentally but from knowing him that'll give him energy.

    "He is so professional and experienced. He will work on his mindset and be ready.” 

    Half-time sub Cavani's two scoring headers and an assist clinched United's fourth straight win, 3-2 from 2-0 down at Southampton on Sunday.

    And the Uruguay striker seems likely to start, meaning fit-again Anthony Martial returning only on the bench.

    But Cavani's summer replacement Mauro Icardi is out for last season's Champions League finalists, who are level on points with group leaders United but adrift on goal difference by seven.

    Meanwhile, ex-Ajax superstar Van de Beek, whose first Prem start was last weekend, claims he has no problems with his limited game time so far and is ready to play anywhere in midfield.

    He said: “I can play the number six, eight or ten. I’m used to it. 

    “I know I can give the team something extra so I just have to work hard and be patient.”  

    Finally, Rennes' 18-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga reportedly might be available for £45million despite an initial £68m valuation.

    The three-cap Frenchman has been linked with United, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BEEK KEEPS HIS PECKER UP

    Donny van de Beek denies he is unhappy at United as he struggles for game time.

    And the £39million summer signing from Ajax added he will gladly play anywhere across the Red Devils' midfield.

    Van de Beek, 23, only earned his first Premier League start in Sunday's comeback win at Southampton.

    Donny van de Beek says he s content to play any role and is not frustrated by his lack of starts since joining United from Ajax in the summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The Holland star is battling with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic for a central place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But speaking ahead of United's crunch Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain, he insisted there are no frustrations.

    Van de Beek said: "Oh no, I just work hard every day and I know that I can give the team something extra and help a lot. I was just patient.'

    "I think they understand it already because they're world-class players, so there's no difference (compared to Ajax)."

  • Ian Tuckey

    ICARDI OUT FOR PSG

    Mauro Icardi is out of PSG's frontline at Old Trafford tomorrow night – with fellow Argentine Pablo Sarabia missing from midfield.

    Former Inter Milan star Icardi's absence in the Champions League group tie is a sizeable blow.

    But Sarabia has found himself behind Idrissa Gueye and ex-United ace Ander Herrera in the fight for a regular place.

    Germany playmaker Julian Draxler faces a late fitness test.

     Icardi has an adductor problem while Sarabia reportedly has muscle pain.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BEEK: I'LL PLAY ANYWHERE

    Donny van de Beek insists he is prepared to bide his time to become a force for United.

    The Holland midfielder broke into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s line-up midway through their current four-game winning run.

    And the ex-Ajax star says he is happy enough to keep playing in a more holding role if needed.

    He said: “I can play the number six, eight or 10. I’m used to it. “I know I can give the team something extra so I just have to work hard and be patient.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JAVI OPEN TO OFFERS

    Spain midfielder Javi Martinez will have Premier League clubs pricking up their ears after the Bayern Munich midfielder admitted he’d “like to try something new before I end my career”.

    The World Cup and Champions League winner, 32, is tipped to leave when his contract runs out in June, despite regaining his Bayern place.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TUCHEL: RASHFORD 'ANNOYING' FOR PSG

    PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has praised 'annoying' Marcus Rashford ahead of their Champions League reunion on Wednesday night.

    PSG fear Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford thanks to his recent record against themCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The Manchester United striker has been a recent thorn in his side having scored on his last two appearances against the Ligue 1 champions.

    Rashford's first came in last season's dramatic Round of 16 clash where he scored from the spot in the last minute to send United through.

    And he scored another late winner last month as United came out 2-1 winners in Paris.

    Tuchel admitted he will need to be watched closely for their upcoming clash while also praising his charity work to help feed vulnerable children.

    He said: "We value him very much when he plays in England and not Parc des Princes, honestly, because (him scoring against us) gets a little bit annoying."

  • Ian Tuckey
  • Ian Tuckey

    MARTIAL FIT TO RETURN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Anthony Martial is fit enough to return for United’s Champions League home clash with PSG tomorrow.

    But Marcus Rashford and weekend hero sub Edinson Cavani are still tipped to start up front ahead of the Frenchman.

    Solskjaer said today: “Anthony got through the session and felt okay, so he’s also available for selection.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ANOTHER SPECIAL BRU STAT

    Bruno Fernandes notched up another amazing stat when his goal sparked United's comeback from 2-0 down for Sunday's 3-2 win at Southampton.

    Half-time sub Edinson Cavani assisted that strike before the Uruguay frontman's two scoring headers clinched United's fourth straight win.

    Bruno Fernandes cut United's deficit to 2-1 in their 3-2 victory at SouthamptonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And that overshadowed Portugal midfielder Fernandes becoming the fourth Old Trafford star to net in five straight away Premier League games.

    That's especially impressive when you note the striking pedigree of the first three….  Ruud van Nistelrooy,  Robin van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE HAILS ST-ERLING WORK

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims he is 'proud' of Erling Haaland as he closes in on the Manchester United manager's Champions League record.

    Solskjaer is currently the highest-scoring Norwegian in the competition with 19 goals to his name while John Carew is second with 18.

    But Borussia Dortmund's wonderkid Haaland is quickly closing in on that total and already has 16 at the age of 20.

    Solskjaer played a role in the striker's development having coached him during his time as Molde manager in 2017.

    Speaking ahead of United's clash with Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow night, he said: "He will beat it [the record] very easily.

    "The boy was great to work with and some part of me feels proud to have a little input in such a rise and I’m sure Erling will score many goals in the Champions League."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SHAW, AXEL STILL OUT

    Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe remain United's main absentees for tomorrow's home clash with PSG.

    But striker Anthony Martial is fit to return.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DONNY HAPPY TO BE 'PATIENT'

    Donny van de Beek insists he is prepared to bide his time to become a force for United.

    The Holland midfielder broke into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's line-up midway through their current four-game winning run.

    And the ex-Ajax star says he is happy enough to keep playing in a more holding role if needed.

    He said: "I can play the number six, eight or 10. I'm used to it. "I know I can give the team something extra so I just have to work hard and be patient."

  • Ian Tuckey

    CAV A LAUGH

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joked Edinson Cavani has learned how to ask for days off after a win.

    The Uruguay striker himself to the Premier League at the weekend when he helped inspire a dramatic comeback as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2.

    Edinson Cavani only knows English well enough to ask for a day off, Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joked

    And while it appears there are little communication problems on the pitch, Solskjaer confirmed conversation is limited off it.

    Ahead of United's Champions League clash with PSG on Wednesday, he said: “He has already learned two English words – tomorrow, off. He wants a day off after a win.

    “When we win a game he already knows that one!"

    Cavani's double on Sunday was marred after he was dragged into a race row when replying to a friend on social media with the term 'negrito.'

    Facing a three-match ban, the 33-year-old replied to a friend who wrote 'asi te quiero matador' – 'I love you, matador' – with the phrase: “Gracias negrito.”

    The term has different connotations in South America – where Cavani is from – but under FA regulations, using a discriminatory word is open to a charge.

    Cavani has since apologised and United are backing their frontman ahead of the expected ban. Solskjaer added: “We have communicated with Edinson and he is really sorry for the mistake she’s made."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MARTINEZ WANTS 'SOMETHING NEW'

    Spain midfielder Javi Martinez will have Premier League clubs pricking up their ears after the Bayern Munich midfielder admitted he'd "like to try something new before I end my career".

    The World Cup and Champions League winner, 32, is tipped to leave when his contract runs out in June, despite regaining his Bayern place.

    Javi Martinez has won eight Bundesliga titles in a row and has played 14 times for Bayern so far this season Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    Martinez can also slot into central defence and was strongly linked with rejoining Athletic Bilbao last summer.

    He said: "This is not the moment to discuss what will happen in June 2021.

    "Anything can happen. I had great years here and we will see what happens. 

    "The contract says it is the last year. I am happy to be here now and I am part of the team and that is what is important."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HOW JOSE GOT IT WRONG FOR UTD

    Gary Neville reckons Jose Mourinho has adapted his style to get table-toppers Tottenham playing tasty football – but never quite clicked when he was United boss.

    Ex-Red Devils right-back Neville , 45, regularly criticised the Portuguese boss during his time at Old Trafford.

    And in his Sky Sports column, Neville highlighted Mourinho's set-up at Liverpool in October 2016 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic isolated up front as Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba struggled to support him from midfield.

    He wrote: "When Jose Mourinho was at Manchester United, something just didn't feel right. Perhaps, it was the fit and also the way Jose was.

    "We always used to refer to 'Mourinho masterclasses' when he won games and that he was wiser, smarter and cuter than the opposition managers.

    "There's been an element of disrespect in the past few years whereby his style of play has been criticised to the point that it's outdated and that the game has now passed him by.

    "I recall a game when he was Manchester United manager against Liverpool, and I came away thinking that I couldn't watch United playing this way.

    "Mourinho effectively went with a back six and it was desperate to watch. I went away thinking, 'United need to have more than that.' Jose played a non-dominant style of football."

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE: MARTIAL'S BACK

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Anthony Martial is fit enough to return for United's Champions League home clash with PSG tomorrow.

    But Marcus Rashford and weekend hero sub Edinson Cavani are still tipped to start up front ahead of the Frenchman.

    Solskjaer said today: "Anthony got through the session and felt okay, so he's also available for selection."

    Fit-again Anthony Martial might have to settle for a bench role at home to PSGCredit: Getty Images – Getty

     

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