12pm Man Utd news LIVE: Arsenal build-up, Pogba and Bruno Fernandes admission, Wan-Bissaka ‘could play for DR Congo’ – The Sun

IT is old rivals Arsenal up today for Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The foes meet in a Super Sunday clash this afternoon, with Edinson Cavani expected to lead the line – but no Donny van de Beek.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

  • Josh Graham

    SQUAD GOALS

    Here is the provisional 20-man Manchester United squad for the Premier League clash against Arsenal today.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side checked into The Lowry Hotel ahead of the game.

    SQUAD: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Nathan Bishop; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams; Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata; Daniel James, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani.

  • Josh Graham

    OLE TO PLAY FOR

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to playing a 'hard' Arsenal team but knows it will require a full 90-minute showing from his whole squad.

    Solskjaer told the club's website: “I think they’re going to be a hard team to play against. Any Arsenal team is going to be fired up for a Man United game. We know that the game is not going to be won or lost in the first five or 10 minutes, it’s going to be another 90 minutes-plus contest.

    “The thing is it doesn’t matter who starts or who finishes the game, it’s the end result. That’s what we’re here for.

    “We’re here as a team and a group, there isn’t any individual that’s going to be in front of the team.

    “Whoever starts knows that there will be three players coming on most likely. The subs are always ready and they had an impact this week and they might do again.”

  • Josh Graham

    SOL SEARCHING

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the secret to keeping all his stars happy – even when they are sitting on the bench.

    Donny van de Beek's lack of starts has drawn the headlines since his £40million move from Ajax and United's Norwegian boss explained he learnt about man management from Old Trafford legend Sir Alex Ferguson during his time as a player.

    Solskjaer told the club's website: “Well of course I’ve probably been on the end of that more than anyone about being on the bench! [Smiles] Of course the gaffer was fantastic when you sat down for the one-to-one chats with him.

    “I remember many of them. Some reasons and excuses I didn’t particularly agree with but he was fantastic at making you feel involved and that’s the part with us too; everyone is going to be important, be it from the first minute, the last minute, this game, the next game.

    “We’ve got a week now, well six days, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday with three massive games before the international break and everyone knows that they’ll be called upon.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    CIAO

    Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba have been chatting in Italian while they develop their midfield partnership.

    The Portuguese playmaker has revealed the good relationship he shares with his Manchester United team-mate, on and off the pitch.

    He told Sky Sports: “We have a good relationship, of course.

    “We both speak Italian so most of the time we speak Italian. I have a good relationship with him on and off the pitch.

    “He's a funny guy, he always wants to joke.

    “I know him from Italy already but now I have the chance to be in a team with a World Cup winner.

    “It's always a pleasure being in a team with him because I can learn a lot from him, and he can learn a lot from me. Together we can do great things.”

  • James Orr

    DEVILISH DECISION

    United face Arsenal this afternoon to reignite their old rivalry in the hunt for a top-four finish.

    The two sides are both building young teams that they hope will one day challenge for the Premier League title.

    But do you agree with SunSport's combined XI?

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS!

    The Premier League will not stop during the second UK lockdown.

    Boris Johnson briefed the nation last night where he announced blanket measures for the country, due to be enforced on the November 5.

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden announced on his Twitter feed that elite sport WOULD be allowed to continue during the shutdown.

    That show must go on!

    Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs believes today’s opponents, Arsenal, will prove hard to breakdown.

    Speaking to the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, he said: “It will be difficult because Arsenal have turned a corner under Mikel Arteta and look strong and look solid.

    “So it will be difficult, but we’re in good form. Looking at the last couple of performances and results, we’ve been on fire.

    “We’ve been scoring lots of goals and great goals too. That’s good for the players coming in. We look full of energy.

    “Against Spurs [when Manchester United lost 6-1], we looked like we lacked fitness. But since that international break, we’ve come back firing and looked fit and strong.”

    Sergio Romero’s may have found a way out of his United nightmare.

    Romero’s old club, Racing Club, have offered him a homecoming deal provided he agrees to a pay cut from his United contract.

    Romero saw a move to Inter Miami fall through last week before the end of the MLS transfer window.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DREAD PAUL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to leave red-hot Marcus Rashford on the bench against Arsenal – by Gunners favourite Paul Merson.

    Rashford hit a stunning hat-trick against RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek but Merse reckons the Manchester United chief needs to wrap his star man in cotton wool.

    Merson reckons the England striker does more damage when he comes off the bench – and urged Solskjaer to start him as sub against Arsenal tomorrow.

    He told the Daily Star: “When he starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult.

    “But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes!

    “If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story.

    “He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    TELL ON THE MEND

    Man Utd new boy Alex Telles is winning the battle against Coronavirus…. See you soon Alex!

  • Joshua Mbu

    STIL LOVED

    Manchester United fans have left touching tributes to club legend Nobby Stiles after his death was announced yesterday at the age of 78.

    Red Devils fans turned up at Old Trafford to pay their respects to England's 1966 World Cup winner.

    Floral tributes were put down at the iconic photo of the Red Devils legend leaning on a post, staring comically.

    Stiles was part of the United team that won the European Cup in 1968.

    It was the first time an English team had won Europe's top trophy.

    He was a key part of the 1966/67 title-winning side at Old Trafford.

    That came just a year after he helped England win the World Cup at Wembley.

    The iconic scenes of him dancing on the Wembley turf are as iconic as the photos of Geoff Hurst's hat-trick goal, England's fourth, and skipper Bobby Moore lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RIDE THE WAVE

    The Premier League will not be halted despite a second national lockdown being enforced by the government.

    Boris Johnson has briefed the nation this evening where he announced blanket measures for the country, coming into force from November 5.

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden announced on his Twitter feed that elite sport WOULD be allowed to continue during the shutdown.

    That means the Premier League and EFL will carry on as normal.

    But for fans of non-professional sport, it's bad news with games at grassroots level OFF during the shutdown.

    The game shut down for three months when the initial lockdown period began in March.

    Extensive testing across the sport and social distancing measures, including the use of temporary dressing rooms to keep teams apart, have generally proved successful in preventing a large-scale outbreak.

    Over 1,500 Premier League players and staff members were tested between October 12 and 18, with eight positive results returned.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOUGH GIGG

    Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs believes the Red Devils will find it tough to break down Arsenal on Sunday.

    Speaking to the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, he said: “It will be difficult because Arsenal have turned a corner under Mikel Arteta and look strong and look solid.

    “So it will be difficult, but we’re in good form. Looking at the last couple of performances and results, we’ve been on fire.

    “We’ve been scoring lots of goals and great goals too. That’s good for the players coming in. We look full of energy.

    “Against Spurs [when Manchester United lost 6-1], we looked like we lacked fitness. But since that international break, we’ve come back firing and looked fit and strong.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    POWER SERG

    Sergio Romero has been offered an escape route from out of his Man United hell.

    The 33-year-old goalkeeper has been left out of United's Premier League and Champions League squads despite being denied a move away from the club on transfer deadline day.

    Romero's first club Racing Club de Avellaneda in his native Argentina have offered him a homecoming deal provided he agrees to a pay cut from his United contract.

    Romero saw a move to Inter Miami fall through last week before the end of the MLS transfer window.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PHIL YER BOOTS

    Phil Jones could be poised for a return to the Manchester United team despite not playing since January.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared to open the door to his potential return as he praised his efforts to get fit.

    He said: “Phil has been injured and he's had an operation and he's working really hard to be back. He'll hopefully get fit during December.”

    Jones, 28, has made just two Premier League appearances since last season.

    He was left out of United's Premier and Champions League squads, which Solskjaer insisted was down to his injuries.

    He added: “That was a natural thing, when you're injured you can't really be in the squad, can you? He's working really diligently and he'll be coming back soon.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MARC HIM OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to leave red-hot Marcus Rashford on the bench against Arsenal – by Gunners favourite Paul Merson.

    Rashford hit a stunning hat-trick against RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek but Merse reckons the Manchester United chief needs to wrap his star man in cotton wool.

    He told the Daily Star: “When he starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult.

    “But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes! If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story.

    “He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton. He scored in the last minute against Newcastle.

    “He scored with three minutes to go against Paris St-Germain and all his goals against Leipzig were at the end of the game. His goals are coming against tired defenders. Maybe United should experiment with that.

    “Arsenal is going to be a tight game. If it’s 0-0 after 60 minutes and Rashford comes on just when defenders are getting tired, he could have a field day.

    “Don’t get me wrong. Marcus Rashford is too good to spend his whole career as a super sub. He’s an England international.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PARTEY PLANNER

    Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey is confident the Gunners have enough to topple rivals Manchester United this weekend.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils are unbeaten in their last four but Ghanaian midfielder Partey reckons his side can reverse the form book.

    The 27-year-old told Arsenal's website: “Manchester United are a great team with great players and important players.

    “If we do our work well, if we go in and fight for points, if we put a lot of pressure on them, we’ll be able to win.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO TRAIN, NO GAIN

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED EYE AJAX YOUNGSTER

    Man United will face competition from Juventus and Barcelona in the race to sign Ajax youngster Ryan Gravenberch, according to The Mirror.

    Gravenberch, 18, played against Liverpool in the Champions League last week and his style has been compared to that of United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    The Dutch midfielder is even reported to have signed with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola.

    Gravenberch signed a new three-year deal with Ajax in June and the Dutch giants will be reluctant to see another talented youngster depart.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED-ARSENAL RIVALRY NOT WHAT IT WAS

    Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn believes the Gunners' rivalry with Man United has lost its edge ahead of tomorrow's Premier League match between the two sides.

    Winterburn told FreeSuperTips: “Manchester United and Arsenal has lost its cutting edge as the game is not as physical as it once was, and both teams are no longer feared in the Premier League like they were when I was playing.

    “When I was coming through, Manchester United were the team that everyone in the Premier League was desperate to beat. 

    “At Arsenal, you always felt that if you beat Manchester United in the league, then you would finish ahead of them and have a great chance of winning the title.

    “They are still two huge clubs, but they’re not teams that are fighting for the title and have both fallen down the pecking order when it comes to signing the best players. 

    “Arsenal were always going head-to-head with Manchester United for league titles, and that is where the intensity stemmed from and where they have both fell off in recent years, the game has lost its edge.

    “It must be said that the rivalry is not what it was, but it is still a huge game which the players should be able to motivate themselves for.”  

  • Daniel Brookes

    RASHFORD BIRTHDAY

    Manchester United target Jadon Sancho wished Marcus Rashford a happy 23rd birthday on Instagram today.

    A tweet sharing the image posted by the Borussia Dortmund winger led journalist Fredrik A. Filtvedt to respond: “Both of them really believed they were going to play together this season…”

  • Daniel Brookes

    CALHANOGLU LATEST

    Manchester United will offer Hakan Calhanoglu nearly double the wages he would earn at AC Milan.

    The 26-year-old, whose contract in Milan expires at the end of the season, has already rejected a £54k-a-week wage packet from the Rossoneri.

    United are ready to almost double that amount and offer the Turkey international £100k-a-week to ward off interest from Juventus.

    BILD journalist Christian Falk has stated Calhanoglu has so far rejected advances from the Old Lady amidst talks with United.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED PIPPED BY CITY

    Manchester United have lost out to rivals Manchester City in the race to sign Partizan Belgrade wonderkid Filip Stevanovic.

    The 18-year-old's £7million transfer will be completed in January, as confirmed by Partizan's Twitter account on Saturday.

    The statement said: “FC Partizan is pleased to announce the transfer of Filip Stevanović to Man City in the winter transfer window of 2021.

    “The transfer of Filip Stevanović to one of the largest European clubs is a significant confirmation of the good and hard work of all club structures.”

    Stevanovic is expected to spend the second half of the 2020-21 season on loan at Partizan or another European club.

  • Daniel Brookes

    UNITED TO MISS OUT ON DEMBELE?

    Manchester United target Ousmane Dembele could be on his way to Juventus.

    The Serie A champions are in discussion with Barcelona over another swap deal following the Arthur-Miralem Panic trade in the summer.

    It is expected Dembele and Federico Bernardeschi would be involved this time around.

    Dembele, 23, was on the verge of a loan move to United before the end of the transfer window but that deal fell through at the last minute.

  • Daniel Brookes

    VAN DE BEEK REGRET?

    Jamie Redknapp believes United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be regretting the signing of Donny van de Beek – as he could've spent the £40million on another target.

    Redknapp told Sky Sports' Pitch to Post podcast: “He is a talent, we’ve seen that when he’s played for Ajax and Holland.

    “But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees him day in, day out. If a player is good enough, he plays.

    “Solskjaer obviously doesn’t think he’s right for the team yet. Perhaps he isn’t fit enough or isn’t showing enough in training.

    “But the problem is, where do you play him? It’s a very difficult one for Solskjaer and he probably would rather have not had him, if he’s totally honest, and would rather have that £40m on another centre-back and bolster the area where they definitely do have problems.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    DON HIS WAY

    Manchester United star Donny van de Beek has looked ahead to Sunday's match against Arsenal.

    He told the club's official website: “Players always want to play games. Training is also nice, but the games… this is why you’re playing football.

    “I think a lot of games [means] we can improve always and I am sure that we will win more if we stay in the focus.

    “Arsenal have showed that they have really good players, and I mean we need to be focused. We won [on Wednesday] and everybody’s happy and it’s good for the confidence and everything, but now we must go on to that game.

    “A lot of big games are coming up now. A lot of games. We need to stay in the focus and then I’m sure that we make more nice wins.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    TRIBUTES TO STILES

    Man United fans have been paying to tribute to the late Nobby Stiles by leaving flowers at his mural.

    The England World Cup winner passed away this week aged 78 after a long battle with illness.

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