5pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ben White £50m interest, Maguire 'demands English-speaking defender', Ronaldo LATEST

MANCHESTER UNITED are on the hunt for a centre-back and Harry Maguire has reportedly told the club he'd prefer an English speaking defensive partner.

And if the Red Devils hierarchy agree with their captain, the man who could be top of the list is Brighton's £50m star Ben White.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    CREME DE LA PREM

    Erik Lamela scored a sensational rabona for Tottenham during their North London derby defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.

    But does the strike rank among the best in Premier League history?

    We've narrowed down nearly 30 years of top-flight action into just SIX goals.

    VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PREM STRIKE HERE

    Lamela scored an outrageous rabona against Arsenal
  • Anthony Chapman

    RON DECISION

    Cristiano Ronaldo somehow avoided a red card after kicking the opposition goalkeeper in the neck.

    And to make matters worse for Cagliari, the Juventus forward went on to score a hat-trick and secure a 3-1 win on Sunday night.

    Do you think the former Man United and Real Madrid star deserved to go for this?

  • Anthony Chapman

    ‘VIOLENT ROBBERY’

    Angel Di Maria’s family were the victims of a 'violent robbery' during Paris Saint-Germain's defeat to Nantes, according to reports.

    The Argentine was substituted in the 62nd minute and was escorted down the tunnel by boss Mauricio Pochettino.

    The ex-Spurs boss then informed Di Maria of the concerning situation and he immediately left the stadium in tears.

    Initial information coming out of France claims members of family were present at his home during the robbery with reports they were held hostage.

    Di Maria's house was also targeted by burglars in 2015 while he was playing for Manchester United.

    Angel Di Maria's family were reportedly kidnapped in the burglary
  • Anthony Chapman

    HAA-LLELUJAH

    Borussia Dortmund will charge £130million for Erling Haaland this summer, according to reports.

    Premier League sides Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all interested in the Norwegian striker.

    Haaland, 20, will be available for just £65m in the summer of 2022, when a release clause becomes active.

    But as many as SIX clubs have already registered their interest in taking him ahead of next season.

    And according to Bild, it will take DOUBLE his release clause in order to capture him from Dortmund a year early.

    In addition to the Premier League quartet, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also after Haaland's signature.

    Erling Haaland will cost £130million this summer
  • Anthony Chapman

    WALES RETURN

    Ryan Giggs will be involved in Wales' preparations for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers this month.

    Caretaker boss Robert Page confirmed the Manchester United legend will have his say despite his continued absence following his arrest on November 1 of assaulting his on-off girlfriend.

    When asked if Giggs had been involved in selecting the squad, Page said: "Absolutely, of course, like he does every other camp.

    "All the staff will have an input so we will all gather and have conversations about the squad and about the opposition and the analysis, things will be no different with regards to that. 

    "Yes I am here as the front man at the minute, but it will be no different to what it was in November he will have an input and rightly so."

    Ryan Giggs is currently on special leave
  • Jake Lambourne

    COR BLIMEY

    Premier League Covid testers recorded just two positive tests again – for the SIXTH successive week.

    Testers found one positive sample among 1,473 players and club staff between Monday and Thursday last week.

    There was a further solitary positive result from the second round of 1,191 tests between Friday and Sunday.

    The latest futures are further proof of the success of the enhanced protocols introduced after the start of the New Year have seen a total of just 27 positive tests across the 20 top flight clubs since 18.

    That is compared to 110 positives in the previous five weeks either side of Christmas.

    The last completely clear round of testing, though, was in the final week of last season in July.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MILLION POUND DROP

    Man Utd could save nearly £1million per week by ditching five of their stars.

    David De Gea, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones could all leave Old Trafford this summer

    And that would free up a whopping £920,000 per week on the wage bill.

    De Gea is the club's top earner on a whopping £375,000 per week but his performances this season have not justified that salary.

    Plus Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a ready-made replacement in Dean Henderson itching to make the No1 spot his own.

    The academy graduate has proved himself capable in De Gea's recent absence – as long as he can recover from his error against AC Milan – and earns a fraction of De Gea's pay at £100,000 per week.

    David De Gea is Manchester United's highest earner
  • Jake Lambourne

    GREAT SCOTT

    Here's what Scott McTominay had to say on Man Utd's win against West Ham.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOR OF THAT

    Man Utd and Chelsea are both battling for Ilaix Moriba after missing out on the Barcelona wonderkid in 2019, reports say.

    Moriba is the latest youngster to burst into Ronald Koeman’s team this season.

    The 18-year-old has made six appearances in all competitions and scored his first-ever goal in their 2-0 win against Osasuna earlier this month.

    But Moriba came close to joining Pep Guardiola at Man City two years ago when doubts emerged over a new Barca deal.

    He ended up staying at the Nou Camp, but according to Sport, Chelsea and United are still tracking the midfielder.

    So too are Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, with clubs said to have asked ex-Barca club director Eric Abidal to take Moriba on loan in the past.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUBS STANDARD

    Man Utd decided against making a single substitution against West Ham on Sunday night.

    This marked the first time that the Red Devils have failed to make a switch during a Premier League game in nine years.

    So the likes of Alex Telles, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic and new star Amad Diallo all remained on the sidelines.

    United also won the last time that they opted against making a single substitution in a Premier League game.

    The Red Devils beat Liverpool 2-1 in February 2012, courtesy of a Wayne Rooney brace.

    And even after Luis Suarez had pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, Sir Alex Ferguson decided against bringing on reinforcements.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SON OF A GUN

    Mason Greenwood has been recalled to the England Under-21s for their upcoming Euros at the end of this month.

    The Manchester United forward, 19, has not been involved for his country at any level since he was sent home in disgrace from the senior squad in September.

    That was after he and fellow Manchester City whizkid Phil Foden broke coronavirus guidelines by inviting two girls back to their hotel room while on international duty.

    Foden has gone on to regain his place in Gareth Southgate’s team after a fine campaign for table-topping City.

    But Greenwood has struggled for form at United, scoring just one Premier League goal this term.

    He has four Under-21s caps to his name and will hope to regain some form and confidence while with Aidy Boothroyd’s squad in Slovenia.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHITE NOISE

    Harry Maguire has reportedly requested Man Utd to sign Brighton defender Ben White in the summer.

    According to the Transfer Window Podcast, Maguire has urged the Red Devils to bring in an English-speaking centre-back.

    The news outlet also states that the ex-Leicester ace is keen for the club to bring in a defender with Premier League experience.

    White is said to be one of the player's Maguire is keen for United to sign.

    It is understood that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made signing a new centre-half as a priority at the end of the season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUDI MANAGE THAT

    Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman is set to be slapped with a £43,000 fine for driving the wrong car to training.

    The 24-year-old cheekily rocked up to Bayern's training base in his Mercedes AMG rather than the company car laid on by club sponsors Audi.

    Coman – who has been linked with Manchester United – was snapped being held at the gates by security and was forced to park his personal white SUV on the street.

    Bild reports that Bayern stars are obliged to arrive for business appointments, including training, in the Audi provided to them.

    Only cars made by shareholder Audi and the VW group are permitted and a fine of £43,000 is the punishment for those that violate the rule.

    Audi own 8.33 per cent in the club and their sponsorship is worth around £42.8million a year with their contract running until 2029.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SOLID AS A ROCK

    It's four Premier League clean sheets in a row for Manchester United.

    Dean Henderson is proving he is capable of being the club's No1 choice goalkeeper.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FOUR-GONE CONCLUSION

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could sell four Manchester United stars including Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to raise funds for a transfer splurge, according to reports.

    It is thought the Red Devils boss will only be given an £80million warchest this summer.

    He was handed around £75m last season to bring in Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo – plus Edinson Cavani on a free.

    And according to the Metro, he hopes to raise a further £60m this time around through player sales.

    That could see Mata, Lingard, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot leave Old Trafford.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SEEING RED

    Man Utd star Harry Maguire was heard shouting expletives at Aaron Wan-Bissaka during last night's win over West Ham.

    The Red Devils right-back received both barrels from his captain following a misplaced pass.

    Maguire, 28, yelled: "F****** tidy up, stop giving the f****** ball away!"

    The centre-back's leadership appeared to pay dividends, as his side kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 triumph.

  • Jake Lambourne

    'VIOLENT ROBBERY'

    Angel Di Maria's family were the victims of a 'violent robbery' during Paris Saint-Germain's defeat to Nantes, according to reports.

    The former Man Utd flop was substituted in the 62nd minute and was escorted down the tunnel by boss Mauricio Pochettino.

    PSG's sporting director Leonardo was spotted by TV cameras making contact with Pochettino just moments before the substitution.

    The ex-Spurs boss then informed Di Maria of the concerning situation and he immediately left the stadium in tears.

    Initial information coming out of France claims members of family were present at his home during the robbery with reports they were held hostage.

    French outlet RMC report that the incident had turned "extremely violent". Marca later confirmed the family were unharmed but were held hostage.

    Di Maria is married to Jorgelina and the couple have two young children.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HIGH FIVE

    Paul Pogba could be one of five Manchester United stars to return for Thursday's crunch Europa League clash with AC Milan.

    The Frenchman, 27, hasn't featured since picking up a thigh injury in the 3-3 draw with Everton on February 6.

    United head to the San Siro on Thursday needing to score after Simon Kjær salvaged a last-gasp equaliser for the Italian giants at Old Trafford.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "Injury-wise I hope we have four or five players back for that game [against Milan].

    "Very likely Edinson [Cavani] and Anthony [Martial] are fit, Donny [Van de beek] as well.

    "Paul might make the trip and David[De Gea] is back from isolation, that's more numbers, today we had two goalkeepers on the bench so we need them back."

  • Jake Lambourne

    REAL TALK

    Cristiano Ronaldo is the ‘future of Juventus’ as club CEO Fabio Paratici poured cold water on a transfer exit.

    Following Juve's Champions League exit, speculation mounted on Ronaldo's future in Turin, with Real Madrid and Manchester United linked.

    Paratici told Sky Sport Italia: "It makes me laugh. I never imagined Ronaldo could be put into question.

    "I grew up in a small town and I heard people discussing Michel Platini, Gigi Rivera, Roberto Baggio, top players inside bars.

    "Ronaldo won five Ballons d'Or, I don't know how many Champions League titles. He won so many trophies and has scored so many goals at Juventus.

    It's a privilege to have him here, we are happy to have him here. He surely represents the future of Juventus.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEC-ISION TIME

    Manchester United have been urged to prioritise the signings of Declan Rice and Wesley Fofana this summer by Owen Hargreaves.

    England ace Rice particularly is on the radar of the likes of Chelsea, with Hammers boss David Moyes rating him at over £100million.

    But Hargreaves reckons he’s worth it, telling Premier League productions: “I think Rice’s upside is off the charts.

    “He has the potential to be anything and a lot better… I think he plays within himself at West Ham. People don’t realise how big he is… he’s 6ft 3in, so he looks like a centre back but he’s actually really good technically.

    “I’m not a big fan of players who just play in there and pass it around, you have to stop players too.

    “Declan Rice doesn’t have to dictate the game for Man Utd, he can pass to the players who can make the difference and be good defensively.”

  • Jack Figg

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Harry Maguire turned in a captain’s performance as Manchester United continued to be the best of the rest with a grim 1-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford last night.

    If the title is Manchester City’s, United want that runners-up spot to show continued improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after last season’s third placed finish.

    Nobody is more determined than Maguire who has been at the heart of a defence that has kept four consecutive league clean sheets for the first time under Solskjaer.

    Given that the last two of those have come against champions elect City and in form West Ham tells you all you need to know about the improvement at the back.

    They needed an own goal off the head of Craig Dawson in the 53rd minute to win this, but they more than warranted the three points against the woeful Hammers.

    United moved back to second and West Ham stayed fifth.

    Speaking after the game, Scott McTominay said: “said: “Really important to win the third tough game of the week.

    “West Ham set up really well, they made it hard for us first-half.

    “The message at half-time was to keep it the same, keep playing the best tempo you can possibly play at, and keep moving the ball from side to side.

    “A lot of the boys were frustrated, but it’s not moaning, shaking your head, when you play against teams who sit in, and do it well… you have to play to the tempo that you normally play at and be positive in everything you do.

    “It’s difficult to look at the top four because we had a time when we were looking at the league… but Man City have had a terrific run of games, and we’re just doing our best to try and keep on them.”

  • William Pugh

    SCORE ARMS – EXCLUSIVE

    Premier League aces are to be enlisted to encourage Brits under 30 to get the Covid jab.

    Clubs have been asked to use the “star power” at their disposal to help roll out the vaccine.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has written to the top football clubs seeking help after last month asking them to encourage more ethnic minority Brits to get the jab.

    A Whitehall source confirmed: “The Premier League are involved.”

  • William Pugh

    OLE'S NOT GUNNAR SULK

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United team should have won by more against West Ham.

  • William Pugh

    MOODY MOYES

    David Moyes was not happy after his side's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and was particularly annoyed Martin Atkinson did not let his team take a corner right at the death.

  • William Pugh

    McTOMINAY's THOUGHTS

    Scott McTominay got a vital touch on the ball to steer into onto Craig Dawson's head and into the back of the net as Man Utd beat West Ham 1-0 at Old Trafford.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Really important to win the third tough game of the week.

    "West Ham set up really well, they made it hard for us first-half.

    "The message at half-time was to keep it the same, keep playing the best tempo you can possibly play at, and keep moving the ball from side to side.

    “A lot of the boys were frustrated, but it’s not moaning, shaking your head, when you play against teams who sit in, and do it well… you have to play to the tempo that you normally play at and be positive in everything you do.

    “It’s difficult to look at top four because we had a time when we were looking at the league… but Man City have had a terrific run of games, and we’re just doing our best to try and keep on them.”

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