Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo 'accepts stay' until January, Dubravka ANNOUNCED, De Jong January deal | The Sun

Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo 'accepts stay' until January, Dubravka ANNOUNCED, De Jong January deal | The Sun

September 2, 2022

THE hottest transfer saga of the summer has finally ended – Cristiano Ronaldo is staying put at Manchester United, at least until January.

The Portugal captain – who started from the bench in United's clash vs Leicester on Deadline Day evening – had been linked with a move to a Champions League team, but boss Erik ten Hag has confirmed the striker will play a "big part" this season.

Meanwhile, United announced the £85.4m signing of Antony plus goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on Deadline Day. Both will be available to face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Frenkie de Jong is staying at Barcelona, but that means United can make another play for him in January.

Get all the latest news, updates and transfer gossip here…

  • IN: Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony, Martin Dubravka
  • OUT: Paul Pogba (released), Juan Mata (released), Jesse Lingard (released), Nemanja Matic (Roma), Edinson Cavani (released), Lee Grant (released), D'Mani Mellor (released), Reece Devine (released), Paul McShane (released), Connor Stanley (released), Paul Woolston (released), James Garner (Everton), Tahith Chong (Birmingham)
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  • Sam Dymond

    Just as Ten Hag said

    The transfer window has closed and Cristiano Ronaldo remains a Manchester United player.

    It may be a surprise to many who expected the Portuguese legend to move on to a Champions League club, but it's not to United boss Erik ten Hag.

    When quizzed for his thoughts on the resolution, the Dutchman simply replied: "As we said."

    And Ten Hag was keen to point out that Ronaldo still has a major role to play in his team despite having to make do with cameos from the bench in the past three matches.

    "It's really early in the season and we have a squad, and more than 11 starting players," Ten Hag continued.

    "Players now on the bench could well be playing in two or three weeks."

  • Sam Dymond

    Garner to learn from Lampard

    Playing for Frank Lampard was a major factor in James Garner’s decision to make the move to Everton from Manchester United.

    The young midfielder has revealed in his first interview at Goodison Park that he hopes to learn from the Premier League great currently in charge of the Toffees.

    And the confident 21-year-old believes he can show himself to be an influential figure with his new club.

    Garner told EvertonTV: “I can’t wait to get started. The manager has got a real plan for the club and for me. Working with him on a daily basis is major for me.

    “He and his staff can take me and the team to the next level. That’s what I’m hoping for.

    “I captained every team up until the first team at Manchester United and the same with England. It’s a quality I definitely have.

    “I’m still only young and there’s a lot of leaders in the Everton team now, but it’s something I’ve always had and I’m not afraid to speak my mind and lead by example.

    “The club has really high-quality players and I am looking forward to learning.”

    Garner is understood to have cost Everton £15m with United including a 20% sell-on fee in the deal.

  • Sam Dymond

    Sancho: We stuck to plan

    Matchwinner Jadon Sancho revealed that he and his Manchester United team-mates carried out Erik ten Hag's plans to the letter as they recorded a third straight win on Thursday evening.

    The England international scored the only goal of the game at Leicester with a well-worked effort in the first half.

    But then he was a key part of the Red Devils' defensive effort after the break as they protected their lead.

    And afterwards he told MUTV: “We stuck to the game plan.

    “We knew Leicester would come out fighting in the second half, and, as you could see, they had a few chances towards the end.

    "Leicester are not easy but the team stuck at it, and we got the three points at the final whistle."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Erik ten Hag made it three wins in a row and earned another clean sheet on the road in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Leicester.

    The Red Devils are up to fifth and face league leaders Arsenal next at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Boss Ten Hag teased new signing Antony could be available to face the Gunners in his post-match interview.

    He said: "We will have to see.

    "He did today his first training and then we have two more team sessions and then we will have to see for Sunday.

    "Of course I am really excited, a really good signing. He will bring temperament, creativity, fighting spirit and we need quality in numbers in the offensive department.

    "That [Arsenal] is the real test for us, we are looking forward to it. We have to be good, we know that and it is a good test to see where we are."

  • Kieran Davies

    Higginbotham makes Ronaldo claim

    Ex-Man Utd youth player Danny Higginbotham spoke about why he wasn't surprised to see Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench:

    That's probably a reason why we haven't seen Ronaldo playing, and that's no disrespect to Ronaldo. The first goal, I don't think they score that if Ronaldo is on the pitch, the way that they're pressing, the intensity, the signings all making an impact as well. Yeah, you know when you talk about creating an identity – the reason they've won these last two games is the energy in the front four.

    Danny HigginbothamNBC Sport

  • Kieran Davies

    ten Hag gives his thoughts

    After back-to-back away wins for the first time since last September, Erik ten Hag gave his review of United's performance tonight.

    I am happy with the clean sheet. You can see when we have eleven on the pitch, who defend together and attack together. You can see what you can achieve.

    Erik ten HagMan Utd

  • Kieran Davies

    Player ratings: forwards

    Jadon Sancho – 8

    Scored his second goal of the season, only one off his tally from last season already. It was always a matter of when and not if with regards to him finding form. Impressive all round performance from him, linked up particularly well with Marcus Rashford – who assisted him. Again subbed fairly early, likely rest for Sunday.

    Bruno Fernandes – 7

    Led the team well once again. Did really well in the build up to Sancho’s goal, although never seemed to create huge threat himself.

    Marcus Rashford – 7.5

    Much improved performance leading the line, linked up excellently with Jadon Sancho who he assisted to put United 1-0 up. Looked far more confident individually.

  • Kieran Davies

    Player ratings: midfielders

    Scott McTominay – 6.5

    Once again used his physical qualities very well in the midfield battle, he seems to be defending smarter under Ten Hag. Really does need to start doing more for his side in possession though.

    Christian Eriksen – 7

    Worked hard as always and consistently exposed Leicester’s weak press with some excellent possession play. A calming presence yet also feels like he can pick a killer pass at any moment. Looked sluggish later in the second half though, really needs to start getting some more rest. United have options to rest him and should use them.

  • Kieran Davies

    Player ratings: defenders

    Diogo Dalot – 7

    Handled Harvey Barnes well and progressed the ball excellently as usual. Another strong performance, United have not signed a right back this window and Dalot is making sure that doesn’t matter.

    Raphael Varane – 7.5

    Just an absolute titan of a defender. Equal to absolutely everything that gets thrown at him, been a standout in every single game he has played this season. Started and completed three full games in a row now, his fitness looks like it has turned a corner. Huge boost for Erik ten Hag.

    Lisandro Martinez – 7

    Not quite as imperious as the last two games, but his fight and aggression is always a huge asset to his side. Passing good as usual although long balls did not find their target so much. He will enjoy having his old Ajax teammate, Antony, to switch play to.

    Tyrell Malacia – 7

    Developing a good partnership with Sancho on the left. Was composed as usual on the ball, and looked more willing to make runs beyond when his teammates had possession.

  • Kieran Davies

    Player ratings: goalkeeper

    David De Gea – 7

    Was relatively untested, but played some very nice passes at times and made an excellent save from a James Maddison free kick.

  • Kieran Davies

    FT: Leicester 0-1 Man Utd

    Erik ten Hag has made it three wins on the bounce with a win at the King Power Stadium tonight.

    It is the first time United have managed back-to-back away wins since last September.

    Jadon Sancho's goal is the difference between the two sides.

  • Kieran Davies

    Fans question squad absence

    Man Utd fans are wondering whether they could be seeing Luke Shaw or Aaron Wan-Bissaka leaving the club before the window closes.

    Both players were omitted from the squad for tonight's game at Leicester.

    Erik ten Hag said that both players were out with 'small complaints' but that will not stop the rumour-mongering.

  • Kieran Davies

    HT: Leicester 0-1 Man Utd

    It has been a relatively even first half in terms of possession but Man Utd just edging the chances.

    More importantly, Jadon Sancho's goal gives United the lead, assisted by Marcus Rashford.

    Leicester has struggled to trouble De Gea in the Man Utd goal so far.

  • Kieran Davies

    Goal – Jadon Sancho (Man Utd)

    Leicester City 0-1 Man Utd

  • Kieran Davies

    Antony feels like a fan

    New signing Antony was asked whether he watched Man Utd's win over arch rivals Liverpool while he was still at Ajax:

    Of course I watched it. When United scored I celebrated as if I was a fan in the stands. I watched the game closely and attentively, what stood out was the desire, the unity of the team, the fire in their bellies, the desire to play. That’s what delighted me about the team. I absolutely watched the game, every minute of it and was really happy with the win and celebrated a lot.

    Antony Man Utd

  • Kieran Davies

    Hibs land themselves a fish

    Hibernian have completed the loan signing of Will Fish.

    The England U-19 centre back will heading up north on a season long loan.

    Fish was involved in ten Hag's pre-season camp but was sent off in the game against Crystal Palace in Australia.

  • Kieran Davies

    Leicester subs:

    31. Iverson, 4. Söyüncü, 18. Amartey, 27. Castagne, 11. Albrighton, 26. Praet, 17. Pérez, 14. Iheanacho, 20. Daka

  • Kieran Davies

    Leicester starting XI:

    Brendan Rodgers has made three changes to his side for the visit of Man Utd this evening.

    Youri Tielemans starts which answers some questions as to the potential of him moving anywhere before the transfer window closes.

    1. Ward, 2. Justin, 42. Soumaré, 6. Evans, 33. Thomas, 25. Ndidi, 10. Maddison, 8. Tielemans, 22. Dewsbury-Hall, 7. Barnes, 9. Vardy

    Credit: @LCFC
  • Kieran Davies

    Man Utd subs:

    22. Heaton, 40. Kovár, 2. Lindelöf, 5. Maguire, 18. Casemiro, 17. Fred, 34. van de Beek, 49. Garnacho, 7. Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Kieran Davies

    Man Utd starting XI:

    Erik ten Hag announces an unchanged side from the one that won at Southampton on the weekend.

    The big news is Cristiano Ronaldo featuring on the bench which pretty much eliminates any chance of the Portuguese forward moving on deadline day.

    1. De Gea, 20. Dalot, 19. Varane, 6. Martinez, 12. Malacia, 39. McTominay, 14. Eriksen, 36. Elanga, 8. Fernandes, 25. Sancho, 10. Rashford

    Credit: @ManUtd
  • Kieran Davies

    Focus on King Power Stadium

    Despite all the transfer talk today, Erik ten Hag has the important task of an important league match to concentrate on this evening.

    Facing Brendan Rodgers Leicester, United have the chance to put back-to-back away victories together for the first time since last September.

    While new signings Antony and Martin Dubravka will be watching on from the stands, the Dutch manager will be keen to continue his club's recent good form.

  • Kieran Davies

    ten Hag paying over the odds

    New signing Antony was apparently available at a much lower fee earlier in the transfer window.

    Had United opened talks at the start of the summer reports suggest they could have slashed the €100m transfer fee.

    Ajax would have had plenty of time to find a replacement which would have made the transfer of Antony a much easier process.

  • Kieran Davies

    Milan considered Ronnie swoop

    Reports are suggesting that AC Milan did in fact look into the possibility of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from United.

    They looked to Ronaldo as a potential signing should their own Portuguese striker, Rafael Leao, end up heading to Stamford Bridge.

    Thomas Tuchel's side did make a bid in the region of €100m for the player but Milan were only willing to sell if they were made 'an offer too good to turn down' such as a Premier League record transfer fee.

    As the bid fell well short of that, Milan have said that they are locking down their current squad until January.

  • Kieran Davies

    United confirm keeper signing

    Man Utd have confirmed the signing of Martin Dubravka from Newcastle on a one-year loan deal.

    It is understood the loan will cost United £2m with an option to buy at the end of the loan period.

    Dubravka, who was The Toon number one until the signing of Nick Pope in the summer.

    The Slovakian keeper will provide cover for David De Gea.

    Reports suggest that the loan deal does have a 'recall option' where Newcastle could bring the goalkeeper back in January should they need to activate the clause.

    Credit: Getty
  • Kieran Davies

    Antony to face Arteta's unbeaten Gunners

    Having completed the £85m signing of the Brazilian winger, his registration will go through in time for him to face Arsenal this weekend.

    With Mikel Arteta's side having a 100% record after their first five league games, the player will have the perfect chance to introduce himself to the Old Trafford faithful.

    He could feature in a front three with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.

    Having signed a five-year deal with the option of an additional year, it seems the transfer was made with the long term future in mind.

    He will give ten Hag a different option being a left-footed player with the Dutch manager expected to play him on the right hand side of the front three.

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