8.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Dembele transfer was ‘AGREED’, Jones OUT of Premier League squad, Luis Gomes £14m switch – The Sun

8.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Dembele transfer was ‘AGREED’, Jones OUT of Premier League squad, Luis Gomes £14m switch – The Sun

October 21, 2020

MANCHESTER UNITED are still pushing ahead with transfer business and have agreed a first option deal for Sporting wonderkid Luis Gomes.

The Red Devils had also agreed a deal to loan Ousmane Dembele and sent him the papers to sign before the Barcelona winger pulled the plug.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

  • Joe Brophy

    PSG 0 MAN UTD 1

    Bruno Fernandes has given the Red Devils a priceless lead in Paris.

    The Portuguese maestro initially missed from a spot-kick but bagged from the retake after Keylor Navas was adjusted to have taken his feet off the line.

    Keep up with live updates on SunSport's Live Blog HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    SEEING RED

    Gary Neville has slammed the timing of a European Premier League.

    He told Sky Sports News: “The big issue that I have with it, is that at this moment in time, in the middle of a pandemic and when football is on its knees at so many different levels, the idea that a $6bn package is being put together to set up a new league when lower clubs are scrambling around to pay wages and stay in existence.

    “It's another wound for football. It doesn't feel like the right time to be talking about this.

    “The leak probably doesn't suit Manchester United or Liverpool at this moment in time as they're seen as the big, bad bullies.

    “I'm for progression of football, with new competitions and new formats, but we have got to look after the fabric of the game and what it means to the communities in this country.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TELL TALES

    Alex Telles has been handed his Manchester United debut tonight while Anthony Martial returns from suspension to lead the line against PSG.

  • Joe Brophy

    SERG FOR A WAY OUT

    Manchester United have submitted their 25-man Premier League squad – and it's bad news for Phil Jones and Sergio Romero.

    Both players were linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer and unsurprisingly they have not made the cut.

    However, Marcos Rojo – who is back at United following his loan spell with Estudiantes – is included in the squad.

    Rojo has not played for United since November 2019.

    Romero meanwhile appears to have fallen to FOURTH choice at the club, with Dean Henderson No2 and veteran Lee Grant No3.

  • Joe Brophy

    BELE FLOP

    Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly had agreed all paperwork in a deadline day deal for Ousmane Dembele.

    France Football claim the Red Devils had struck a late move for the French winger before it fell through.

    The French outlet claims that Dembele opted to stay and fight for his place at Barca in a last-minute u-turn.

  • Joe Brophy

    CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

    Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes Bruno Fernandes could become the club’s permanent captain.

    He told talkSPORT: “For me, I can see that because he’s been very consistent.

    “He plays every game, his performances are nine out of ten. He always has an impact on the game.

    “You want to have players [where you can say], ‘he’s on the pitch, the captain’s on the pitch, he will carry us over the line.’”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOUNCE BACK

    Ex-Manchester United academy star Charlie Scott had been offered a lifeline in the Hong Kong Premier League after he was let go by the Red Devils following 14 years with them.

    Scott had been with United since he was six years old and many hoped he would graduate from the U23s into the first team.

    But the opportunity did not arise and United left his footballing hopes in tatters when they released him aged 20 in 2018.

    However Scott, now 23, has found new hope in Hong Kong after taking a couple years out of the game.

    The Athletic report that Happy Valley FC have enquired about him, after a long wait to get a work visa, he set off last week to Asia to begin the latest chapter of his unpredictable football journey.

    The academy star, from the same youth team as Marcus Rashford, found himself out of the game and working on a building site after being released.

  • Joe Brophy

    MARTIN LIPTON

    Comment: European Super League closest it’s EVER been with 50/50 split over whether £4.6bn plan will happen.

    SunSport's Martin Lipton says: “Here we go again.

    “Another plan for a European Super League. Same as all the other ones. Doomed to go nowhere.

    “”Except, perhaps, this time it REALLY is serious.

    The suggestion of a £4.6billion financing package and income of hundreds of millions per club would make even the mist arch cynic raise an eyebrow.

    “Factor in the reality that Europe’s biggest clubs are almost unanimous in their desire to open the financial floodgates in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, and the appeal becomes all the greater.

    “But when you also realise that a new competition would be the ultimate weapon in the bitter war between Fifa and Uefa, it is no wonder that significant sources believe there is a '50-50' chance of the idea becoming reality.”

  • Joe Brophy

    EU MUST BE JOKING

    Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Fifa over forming a European Premier League comprising of 18 teams.

    Following their failed Project Big Six proposal, the two giants of English football have up with a new plot.

    Here's how it may look…

  • Richard Forrester

    ALL BARC, NO BITE

    Manchester United had agreed a deadline day deal to sign Ousmane Dembele and sent the forms to the Barcelona winger to sign, according to reports.

    But France Football claim that with just three hours of the transfer window remaining, Dembele decided to stay at Barca, infuriating Ronald Koeman.

    Barcelona had already agreed a deal with Lyon to sign Koeman's Holland protege Memphis Depay as a replacement, but as a result of Dembele's change of heart, that deal also fell through.

    And the ramifications of the France international's decision were felt as far away as Leicester, who had expected to sell flop Islam Slimani to Lyon once they had got Depay off their books.

  • Richard Forrester

    EU WHAT?

    Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Fifa over forming a European Premier League comprising of 18 teams.

    Following their failed Project Big Six proposal, the two giants of English football have up with a new plot.

    That idea would have seen the Premier League reduce from 20 to 18 teams, with there to be no League Cup or Community Shield.

    And according to Sky News, financiers are assembling a £4.6billion funding package to assist the creation of the European Premier League.

    It has been stated that clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are in negotiations about becoming founding members.

    Five English clubs are said to be allowed to join, with a provisional start date of 2022.

  • Richard Forrester

    EDIN FOR THE STARS

    Manchester United can “totally rely” on Edinson Cavani – according to his former boss at PSG Thomas Tuchel.

    The striker will miss out on making his Red Devils debut against his former side after revealing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he didn't feel ready to play.

    But Tuchel did not know that when he spoke highly of his former hitman, who left the club in the summer after seven successful years.

    He said in a pre-match press conference: “He is a polite person. Hard, hard worker. He will be there for every training [session], first minute until last minute.

    “Every game, first second until last second. You can totally rely on him.

    “If you played for so long in a club like ours and if you have such a connection with the fans, it's clear that you have character and deserve all this appreciation.

    “Hopefully he will show – not tomorrow, but from Wednesday on – he can convince all of you, I have nothing against that.

    “But tomorrow it is not necessary to prove me right.”

  • Richard Forrester

    TELL TALE

    Bruno Fernandes has been hailed as 'captain material' after footage emerged of him shouting at Alex Telles for not passing quickly enough.

    The playmaker, 26, transformed United's midfield after signing from Sporting Lisbon last January and is set to skipper Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side for the first time against Paris Saint-Germain this week.

    And fans reckon he is the perfect man for the job after a clip showed Fernandes criticising new left-back Telles, 27, in training.

    It came after Telles – who arrived from Porto this summer – was intercepted in a passing drill, which Fernandes took exception to.

    The pair were former league rivals in Portugal.

    But United fans were full of praise for Fernandes as he took leadership on the training ground.

    One said: “Bruno Fernandes is 100% captain material. Losing his cool with Alex Telles for not moving the ball on quickly enough.

    “These are the levels we need!”

  • Richard Forrester

    DEADLINE DAYOT

    Jamie Carragher wants Liverpool to bounce back from Virgil Van Dijk’s injury blow by making a bold January transfer swoop for Manchester United target Dayot Upamecano.

    The Anfield icon reckons the RB Leipzig ace could be the solution to the Champion’s defensive woes with Van Dijk out of action following a grim tackle in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

    The influential Dutchman, who was a commanding defensive figure during Liverpool’s title-winning season last term, was on the receiving end of a horror challenge from Everton stopper Jordan Pickford.

    And the tackle from the England keeper, 26, who appeared unable to pull away in time, has led to damaged knee ligaments for the Anfield skipper.

    It is feared the Netherlands centre-back, 29, who is due to undergo surgery, could be out for the rest of the season.

    But it could also mean bad news for United who were looking to address their defensive woes in the January window.

    Carragher told Sky Sports Monday Night Football: “There’s a young guy everybody is talking about, Upamecano, who’s at Leipzig. There’s talk of him.

    “He’s not the profile of Van Dijk, I think he’s only 6ft 1in or 6ft 2in, but if that’s who Liverpool wanted next summer, bring it forward, pay extra money and do it on January 1.

  • Richard Forrester

    EDIN GONE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Edinson Cavani 'didn't feel ready to play' against Paris Saint-Germain and will miss out on an emotional return.

    The Uruguayan striker left Ligue 1 champions PSG this summer after seven years in the French capital.

    He signed for United on a free during transfer deadline day, but will not play against his former club in the Champions League opener.

    Manager Solskjaer told RMC Sport: “We wanted him to be there too, but he went without playing for a long time.

    “We thought it was better for him to continue training. To better prepare.

    “Edi knows what he wants and what he needs. He didn't feel ready enough.”

  • Richard Forrester

    COVID-19 POSITIVES

    Eight people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Premier League’s latest round of testing.

    Burnley announced that Phil Bardsley tested positive before their 0-0 draw at West Brom last night and the Prem released a statement this morning confirming seven more.

    A Prem statement today read: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 12 October and Sunday 18 October, 1,575 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

    “Of these, there were eight new positive tests.

    “Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of ten days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”

  • Richard Forrester

    EURO EXTENSION

    The Champions League could be extended to 36 teams in the group phase.

    The idea is one of a number of options set to be considered by Uefa chiefs who are under pressure to agree a format ensuring more guaranteed games for clubs.

    Euro chiefs have to find a way of appeasing the demands of the influential European Club Association which is pushing for more income when the three Uefa club competitions are restructured from the 2024-25 season.

    And in addition to a plan for the current 32 team group stage to be split into four groups of eight, rather than eight groups of four, there are two potential 36-team models as well.

    Under one plan, there would be six groups of six in the initial phase, with the two teams in each group and best four third-placed teams going through to the last 16.

    That proposal guarantees each side 10 matches, four more than the current format.

    The other, more complicated plan, would see the adoption of the so-called “Swiss-system tournament”, by which the teams would be assigned 10 opponents of varying strengths by a computer programme.

  • Richard Forrester

    'EDIN NOWHERE'

    Manchester United have been rocked by injuries for their Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is without four first-team stars in Paris including captain Harry Maguire.

    The Man Utd chief will send out his best available XI to take on the reigning Ligue 1 champions at the Parc des Princes.

    But he will be forced to play with a weakened defence after both Maguire and Eric Bailly were left out of the squad due to injury.

    Edinson Cavani, who has finally completed his period of self-isolation following his deadline-day transfer, will also NOT make the XI against his old team.

    How's how we think United will line up against the French giants.

  • Richard Forrester

    'FULL RESPECT'

    Kylian Mbappe has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford for his fight against child poverty.

    The Paris Saint-Germain star and his team-mates will go head-to-head with the Manchester United forward in the Champions League group stages tonight.

    Mbappe is no stranger to helping those less fortunate than him either, running his own charity in France to help underprivileged kids.

    And he admits he has been blown away by Rashford’s efforts over recent months.

    Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: “To tackle an issue as important as child poverty is one of the most important things that somebody can do.

    “So I have full respect that he’s been doing that and trying to make a real change.

    “I do think there is a requirement for players to use their position to make a difference in the world.

    “We’ve been given so much and it’s important that we give back.”

  • Richard Forrester

    HAARD LUCK

    Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland reportedly favours a switch to join Real Madrid ahead of Manchester United.

    The 20-year-old has continued his goalscoring exploits this season having banged in five goals in six games for the Bundesliga outfit.

    And according to ABC, the ex-Red Bull Salzburg star is prioritising a move to the Bernabeu when he eventually departs Germany.

    They state that he is keen to play alongside Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard at Los Blancos.

    Relations between BVB and Real are understood to be excellent, with Dortmund signing Achraf Hakimi and Reinier Jesus on loan in recent campaigns.

    Haaland is believed to have a £65million release clause in his contract which will be active in 2022.

  • sstreet

    ALL BARC, NO BITE

    Manchester United had agreed a deadline day deal to sign Ousmane Dembele and sent the forms to the Barcelona winger to sign, according to reports.

    But France Football claim that with just three hours of the transfer window remaining, Dembele decided to stay at Barca, infuriating Ronald Koeman.

    Barcelona had already agreed a deal with Lyon to sign Koeman's Holland protege Memphis Depay as a replacement, but as a result of Dembele's change of heart, that deal also fell through.

    And the ramifications of the France international's decision were felt as far away as Leicester, who had expected to sell flop Islam Slimani to Lyon once they had got Depay off their books.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, RED DEVILS!

    Manchester United will face Paris Saint-Germain with Bruno Fernandes captaining the side.

    The Portuguese midfielder was captured looking shocked at the news after regular skipper Harry Maguire did not travel for the Champions League game with a small muscle problem.

    Edinson Cavani also did not fly to Paris to face his former club after only just becoming available to play after self-isolating for two weeks.

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he ‘didn’t feel ready to play’.

    Solskjaer has denied that Mason Greenwood was left at home when Manchester United travelled to Paris because of disciplinary issues, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    Rumours circulated over the weekend regarding the reason for his omission from the squad that faced Newcastle on Saturday.

    Manchester United 'misjudged' their chase of Jadon Sancho in the summer, according to Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke.

    But the German giants' CEO admitted the England winger, 20, is 'not unsellable'.

    Upset Phil Jones wants to quit Manchester United in January after being brutally axed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

    The ex-England defender is not in any of United’s plans this season, after being left out of their Europa League squad.

    SunSport understands the ex-Blackburn youngster wants to leave and kick-start his career elsewhere in England.

    United only extended his contract last year until 2023 – keeping him on a deal worth nearly £100,000-a-week before bonuses.

  • Josh Graham

    CAVING A DAY OFF

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Edinson Cavani 'didn't feel ready to play' against Paris Saint-Germain and will miss out on an emotional return.

    The Uruguayan striker left Ligue 1 champions PSG this summer after seven years in the French capital.

    He signed for United on a free during transfer deadline day, but will not play against his former club in the Champions League opener.

    Manager Solskjaer told RMC Sport: “We wanted him to be there too, but he went without playing for a long time.

    “We thought it was better for him to continue training. To better prepare.

    “Edi knows what he wants and what he needs. He didn't feel ready enough.”

  • Josh Graham

    FER REAL?

    Bruno Fernandes was captured giving a shocked reaction after finding out he will captain Manchester United for first time against PSG.

    With regular skipper Harry Maguire not travelling for the Champions League game, Fernandes will take the armband.

    And he appeared surprised when finding out the news in the pre-match press conference next to his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Fernandes said: “I was not expecting this, for me it's an honour to be captain of Manchester United.

    “It is an important achievement for me but I think everyone is the captain, everyone needs to help and be a leader in their own way, leadership is different in every player.

    “The game will not be about me but the team but leading is every day on the training ground, every game and everyone is doing their job to lead the team in the way they think is best.”

  • Josh Graham

    OL TOGETHER NOW

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied that Mason Greenwood was left at home when Manchester United travelled to Paris because of disciplinary issues, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    Rumours circulated over the weekend regarding the reason for his omission from the squad that faced Newcastle on Saturday.

    While he has been training, Greenwood did not travel with the team for the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

    Solskjaer gave a flat ‘no’ when the notion of a disciplinary issue was put to him.

    But he would not say what injury the striker was suffering from to keep him out the squad.

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