9am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Milenkovic 'impressive offer', Romero heads to Argentina, Rice on 'incredible' Milan win

MANCHESTER UNITED had a keen viewer in Declan Rice as they overcame AC Milan in the Europa League.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are leading the chase for Nikola Milenkovic and have made an 'impressive offer', according to reports in Italy.

And there is plenty of reaction after United drew Spanish side Granada in the Europa League quarter finals.

Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…

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  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing to get Paul Pogba signed up on a new contract and keep him at Old Trafford.

    The club-record £89million signing returned from a ten-game injury absence to score the winner against AC Milan on Thursday night and send Manchester United into the Europa League quarter-finals.

    French World Cup winner Pogba has only one year left on his deal and boss Solskjaer said: “Of course we’ve got discussions and talks.”

    Those talks are around a new four-year deal with the option of a further year to take Pogba, 28, towards the end of his career.

    With the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic few would be able to afford a player United valued at £180m when he was on the market two summers ago.

    But they do not want to let him go even if there is a bid after what he showed when he came on as a half-time substitute in the San Siro — and scored the game’s only goal three minutes later.

    Solskjaer said: “When you see Paul playing like he did against Milan, when you see him come back training, it shows how much he cares for us and how much he enjoys playing and how much we can benefit from having him here.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RONDERFUL NEWS

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Serie A player of the year for 2020 after scoring 31 goals in 33 games for Juventus.

    The Man Utd icon, who helped the club to a ninth consecutive league title, got the nod following a vote by players, referees and coaches.

    Ronaldo, 35, said: “I would like to thank my team-mates, who made this award possible. And to all the players who voted for me.

    "Consistency, confidence in my strength, hard work and passion for the game are the secrets to enjoying football, as well as motivation and discipline.

    "Without which you can’t think about carrying on playing when you’re 35, 36 or 40.”

    Cristiano Ronaldo was named Serie A player of the year for 2020Credit
  • Jack Figg

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Edinson Cavani is being linked with Boca Juniors just as Manchester United sweat on the fitness of THREE strikers.

    Uruguay legend Cavani, 34, has reportedly already held talks with Argentine giants Boca.

    But for now he is battling to make tomorrow evening's FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester City.

    Cavani missed Thursday's Europa League last-eight triumph at AC Milan.

    Also doubtful for the King Power Stadium showdown are fellow frontman Marcus Rashford, who came off at half-time in Italy, and Anthony Martial, still battling a hip problem.

    Meanwhile, SunSport exclusively revealed that fed-up centre-back Eric Bailly plans to snub his new United contract offer after being left out at the San Siro.

    And Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says "of course we’ve got discussions and talks” over a new contract for midweek matchwinner Paul Pogba.

    France midfielder Pogba fired the only goal soon after coming on as a half-time sub following 10 games out injured.

    And his lively performance on the left-wing prompted United legend Paul Scholes to suggest Pogba should keep that new role.

    Sevilla are said to have cut their £77million asking price for United target Jules Kounde to £51m.

    The French central-defender, 22, is under contract with his LaLiga club until 2024.

    Finally, United have announced a new £235million, five-year shirt sponsorship deal with global technology firm TeamViewer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BAILLY SET TO SNUB UTD DEAL

    EXCLUSIVE: Fed-up Eric Bailly plans to snub his new Manchester United contract offer after being left out of the Europa League win over AC Milan.

    The Ivory Coast central defender was upset and furious at being overlooked again by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having played in the first leg last week.

    Eric Bailly is set to snub Manchester United's contract extension offer

    Bailly’s frustrations with his boss have grown over recent months.

    But his omission from the squad for Thursday’s win was the final straw.

    And it has led 26-year-old Bailly to confirm to pals he will tell United he has no interest in signing the 12- month extension he was due to agree next week.

    A dressing-room insider said: “Eric has had enough now.

    “He simply doesn’t feel wanted or respected by the manager.

    “Eric doesn’t believe he gets any answers or explanation about the way he is treated and feels he is the easy option to leave out.

    “It’s a real shame because Eric always tells us he loves the club and feels the respect of the fans."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH' TO GET KANE

    Manchester United must "move heaven and earth" to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, says Robbie Savage.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly in the summer market for a new, out-and-out frontman.

    Harry Kane is just the type of striker Man Utd need, says Robbie SavageCredit: Reuters

    But if Spurs show any willingness to cash in on Kane then Manchester City and Real Madrid are expected to show major interest too.

    Nonetheless, pundit Savage believes United should chase Kane if Borussia Dortmund goal sensation Erling Haaland proves out of reach.

    In his column for The Mirror, Savage said: “I’ve said before that United are a top-class centre-forward away from being truly frightening, so I’ll say it again. 

    "If he can’t get Haaland, new director of football John Murtough should go all-out to bring Kane to Old Trafford. Move heaven and earth for him.” 

  • Ian Tuckey

    PIOLI SORRY TO UTD

    AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has apologised to Manchester United after a row with coach Kieran McKenna.

    The Italian boss got into an argument with McKenna as his side was beaten in the Europa League on Thursday night.

    Tensions threatened to boil over following the full-time whistle after a comment made by McKenna, with Pioli also annoyed by his perceived time wasting.

    According to Italian media, 34-year-old McKenna told Pioli "good team," with the ex-Fiorentina gaffer taking offence at what he said.

    Corriere dello Sport report that Pioli responded: "Good team my a***.

    "You are nothing but an a******. Your sister has a good team."

    But speaking on Friday to Italian news agency ANSA, Pioli apologised for his words.

    He said: "I'm sorry for the reaction I had, it won't happen again. I congratulated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I was angry with his assistant."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON THE WAY?

    Real Madrid star Marcelo has teased fans that rumoured Manchester United target Cristiano Ronaldo could return to the Bernabeu from Juventus in the summer.

    Speculation has been rife that Los Blancos could re-sign the 36-year-old, with the Portugal international reportedly keen to make the switch.

    With just a year remaining on his deal in Italy, it has been claimed that Juve could cash in on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at the end of the season.

    Amid the ongoing rumours, left-back Marcelo has hinted that Ronaldo could be in line for a shock return.

    The Brazilian commented on an Instagram video of him and Ronaldo celebrating after the victory against the Reds in Kiev three years ago.

    Captioning the post, 433 said: “That @marcelotwelve @cristiano connection @realmadrid.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE'S INSIDE MOLDE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn to his old club Molde for inside info on Manchester United's quarter-final opponents Granada.

    Old Trafford chief Solskjaer told United's website: "Well, it’s another difficult tie of course.

    "They’ve done well in La Liga and we know we’re up against a team that will be technically very good and tactically very good.

    "They beat Molde so they must be very good! ‘Yeah I’ll ring them [Molde] and get the reports as well, but we’ll do our own homework.

    "I know that the analysis side and the scouting side in Molde do a very thorough job as well and I’ll watch those two games back of course because I just want to see Molde play again as well!

    "It’s the first time they [Granada] are in Europe and of course it’s a new experience for them and hopefully we can end it here. "

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘BOCA IN FOR CAVANI’

    Edinson Cavani has reportedly already held ‘transfer talks’ with Argentine giants Boca Juniors over a summer move.

    The Uruguay legend, 34, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season when his Manchester United contract expires.

    There is an option of a 12-month extension, although no discussions have yet taken place as speculation mounts over his future.

    Argentine news outlet InfoBAE claims Boca chief Juan Roman Riquelme has been in ‘direct contact’ with the striker.

    And he is ‘paving the way’ for Cavani’s arrival by pressing ahead with getting Jorman Campuzano’s Argentine citizenship.

    The Colombian has been in the country for two years, and once he gets that paperwork sorted, he will no longer take up one of the allocated foreigner spots. That will free up a place for Cavani to come in.

    This follows claims from earlier in the month that the hotshot has decided to depart United in order to return to South America.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'PLAY POGBA ON LEFT WING'

    Paul Pogba should be deployed on the left for Manchester United for the rest of the season, according to legend Paul Scholes.

    The Frenchman returned from injury to score the winner just three minutes after coming on at half-time to fire the Red Devils to Europa League victory at AC Milan last night.

    Paul Pogba was the matchwinner for the Man Utd in Milan on Thursday

    Midfielder Pogba, 28, replaced the injured Marcus Rashford and produced an excellent cameo down the left.

    And after watching his huge impact at the San Siro, Scholes believes the 2018 World Cup winner could thrive in the role where his defensive responsibilities are reduced. 

    Scholes told BT Sport: “In that left hand side position tonight, he came in and did brilliant.

    “Maybe that position takes a little bit of defensive responsibility off him.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NOU WAGE HERO

    Lionel Messi is Europe’s top-paid player on £2.1million per week, more than DOUBLE Cristiano Ronaldo’s wages, according to L’Equipe.

    Ronaldo, 36, picks up £900,000 per week at Juventus.

    But incredibly, based on pure wages – with no endorsement deals included, 33-year-old Barcelone legend Messi is said to take home £108.2m a year.

    Ronaldo’s £46.7m annual income still comfortably places him second, though. Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar comes in third, earning £606,000 per week – £31.5m each year.

    Ex-Liverpool and Barca frontman Luis Suarez, 34, is claimed to rake in £575,000 a week from Atletico Madrid – the same as Messi’s team-mate Antoine Griezmann.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HE'S NO FANO MAN UTD

    AC MILAN boss Stefano Pioli reportedly launched into an X-rated rant at Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna after being dumped out of the Europa League.

    The Red Devils beat the Serie A side 1-0 at the San Siro on Thursday to advance to the quarter-finals 2=1 on aggregate, where they will face Granada.

    Stefano Pioli is said to have made a bizarre outburst

    But tensions threatened to boil over following the full-time whistle after a comment made by McKenna. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 34-year-old told Pioli "good team," but the ex-Fiorentina gaffer took offence by what he said.

    Quoted by Football Italia via Corriere dello Sport, Pioli responded: "Good team my a***. You are nothing but an a******. Your sister has a good team."

    Milan's season is unravelling as they trail Serie A leaders Inter by nine points after Sunday's defeat to Napoli.

    Pioli stated: "It's an elimination that really disappoints us, because over the two legs we played like a great team and should've scored in the first half.

    "It's a pity, we did so much to get here and the team deserved to continue, but we had to give it a little bit more. I don't think we deserved to go out.

    "We are talking about a Manchester United side that reached the Europa League semi-final last season, that was in the Champions league group phase this term and two weeks ago beat Manchester City 2-0.

    "Over the two legs, we did so much right, but the two goals we conceded were more down to our own errors than their credit."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASHFORD'S DOWNING GLORY

    A stunning mural of Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford kicking down the door to No10 has emerged overnight in a canal near Old Trafford.

    The Banksy-esque artwork refers to Rashford's inspirational free school meals campaign that forced prime minister Boris Johnson into a U-turn last year.

    Artwork depicting Marcus Rashford kicking down the door to No10 Downing Street has sprung up near Old Trafford

    Selfless Rashford is depicted alongside a number of school children holding empty plates, with the 23-year-old in full England kit.

    The hard-hitting mural is accompanied by an unhinged black No10 door representing the gateway to Mr Johnson's Downing Street residence.

    The PM agreed to provide free school meals for children during the summer holidays in June last year.

    A change in policy came off the back of Rashford's relentless social media campaign to help poverty-stricken kids.

    Rashford has also teamed up with charity FareShare to help dish out millions of free meals to the hungry. The England forward's charitable work was recognised with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in October.

    In the same month the Old Trafford icon launched a parliamentary petition to lobby government for food to be provided during all holidays and for free school meals to all families and households on Universal Credit.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'BOCA IN FOR CAVANI'

    Edinson Cavani has reportedly already held ‘transfer talks’ with Argentine giants Boca Juniors over a summer move.

    Edinson Cavani continues to be linked with a move away from Man Utd

    The Uruguay legend, 34, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season when his Manchester United contract expires.

    There is an option of a 12-month extension, although no discussions have yet taken place as speculation mounts over his future.

    Argentine news outlet InfoBAE claims Boca chief Juan Roman Riquelme has been in ‘direct contact’ with the striker.

    And he is ‘paving the way’ for Cavani's arrival by pressing ahead with getting Jorman Campuzano’s Argentine citizenship.

    The Colombian has been in the country for two years, and once he gets that paperwork sorted, he will no longer take up one of the allocated foreigner spots. That will free up a place for Cavani to come in.

    This follows claims from earlier in the month that the hotshot has decided to depart United in order to return to South America.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BARCA HAALAND HOPES ROCKED

    Barcelona ‘must slash players’ wages and sell stars’ if they want to sign Erling Haaland, who is also interesting Manchester United, this summer.

    The 20-year-old Norwegian has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp after a remarkable campaign with Borussia Dortmund.

    Haaland’s contract with Dortmund has a release clause of £66million.

    But it is being reported that the Bundesliga side will not accept any fee less than £130m for the world class goalscorer.

    Therefore, if Barcelona were to pay that amount for Haaland he would come within touching distance of the club’s record transfer fee which was £145m for Philippe Coutinho in 2018.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD 'TOO INCONSISTENT' TO WIN FA CUP

    Ex-Tottenham and England star Jermaine Jenas tips Chelsea to win the FA Cup but says Manchester United are '"just too inconsistent".

    Man City travel to Everton in the quarter-finals as bookies' favourites to lift the cup in May, while Chelsea host Premier League bottom club Sheffield United on Sunday.

    Championship side Bournemouth are at home to out-of-form Southampton and United visit Leicester.

    Jenas – who is working with heycar, the sponsors of BT Sport’s Emirates FA Cup coverage – said: “Leicester struggled towards the end of last season and I see that happening a bit again this season.

    “Whereas Manchester United are just too inconsistent, week to week.

    “Chelsea might win it. They have found some form under Thomas Tuchel and I like what is going down there.

    “With the form they’re in, they could be a side bet to Manchester City as winners this season.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    CUT-PRICE JULES

    Sevilla have slashed their asking price for Manchester United target Jules Kounde, according to reports.

    The French defender, 22, has impressed in LaLiga for Julen Lopetegui’s side.

    Club chiefs were initially demanding around £77million for the impressive centre-back, whose contract runs until 2024.

    But according to El Gol, that price has now been slashed to £51m.

    Jules Kounde could be available for £51mCredit: Rex
  • Ian Tuckey

    RUUD'S RON REGRET

    Ruud Van Nistelrooy admits he was wrong to spark a training ground bust-up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

    The Dutch striker had an altercation with Ronaldo in training after the then Portugal winger failed to provide a simple pass.

    Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy had a spat while teammates at Man Utd

    Van Nistelrooy went crazy but it was the catalyst which ended the Old Trafford career of the prolific forward, who scored an incredible 150 goals in 218 appearances.

    Van Nistelrooy held his hands up and conceded he made a mistake when he told ex-United team-mate Rio Ferdinand on his Vibe with Five podcast: "I know that I was wrong in that situation.

    "I immediately walked into the dressing room and I sat next to him and apologised for my behaviour when I calmed down.

    "That frustration came from somewhere. Now when you are 44 and you look back on things and you know when things are going around you in your private life, things are going on and sometimes can make you frustrated.

    "That incident led to a discussion with Cristiano. Of course, you need to realise then and you have to be big enough to acknowledge that."

  • Ian Tuckey

    THEATRE OF STREAMS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has landed a huge transfer-fund boost after Manchester United announced a new £235million, five-year shirt sponsorship deal with global technology firm TeamViewer.

    United said: “The agreement will bring together one of the world’s most popular and successful sports teams with one of Europe’s fastest-growing software companies.

    “The partnership will harness the power of Manchester United’s unrivalled global platform to showcase the unique capabilities of TeamViewer to transform the way the world works and interacts.

    "The partnership will introduce Manchester United and its 1.1billion fans and followers around the world to exciting new technology drawing on TeamViewer’s expertise in remote connectivity services.

    "TeamViewer will enable Manchester United to bring its fans even closer to the team they love through ground-breaking AR solutions and remote access to the Theatre of Dreams.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UNITED ARE EUROPA LEAGUE FAVOURITES

    United are warm favourites ahead of Arsenal to win the Europa League after an advantageous quarter-final draw today.

    AC Milan's conquerors United are 6/4 after being paired with Granada, whilst Arsenal are second favourites on 13/5 as they face Slavia Prague.

    Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: "Things are shaping up nicely for an all-English Europa League final."

    Ladbrokes odds: Man Utd – 6/4, Arsenal – 13/5, Ajax – 6/1, Villarreal – 6/1, Roma – 8/1, Granada – 25/1, Slavia Prague – 28/1, Dinamo Zagreb – 40/1

    FULL DRAW – QUARTER-FINALS: Granada v Manchester United, Arsenal v Slavia Prague, Ajax v Roma, Dinamo Zagreb v Villarreal.
    SEMI-FINALS: Granada/Manchester United v Ajax/Roma, Dinamo Zagreb/Villarreal v Arsenal/Slavia Prague.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VAN STILL FIRED UP

    Donny van de Beek poured cold water on suggestions he is unhappy at Manchester United with his passionate celebration during the Red Devils’ win at AC Milan.

    The Dutchman has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    He joined United from Ajax in a £39million move at the end of last season.

    But the 23-year-old has played just 26 times in all competitions since the transfer.

    Reports in recent days suggested the Holland international wants to quit Old Trafford already because of a lack of game time.

    Dutch legend Ronald de Boer also confirmed the midfielder is ‘not happy’ with the amount of time he has spent out of the team and the squad.

    But the Ajax youth coach added he is certain Van de Beek is willing to stay and fight for his place.

  • Etienne Fermie

    PAUL UP IN THE AIR

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing to get Paul Pogba signed up on a new contract and keep him at Old Trafford.

    The club record signing returned from a ten-game injury absence to score the winning goal against AC Milan on Thursday night and put Manchester United into the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

    But doubts about his future remain with just next season left on his current deal.

    Solskjaer said: “Of course we've got discussions and talks.”

    Those talks are around a new four-year deal with the option of a further year to take Pogba, 28, most probably to the end of his career.

    With the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic, few would be able to afford a player Man Utd valued at £180million when he was on the market two summers ago.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep Paul Pogba at Old TraffordCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    RICE ONE HARRY

    Manchester United fans were left delighted after Declan Rice congratulated Harry Maguire on their 'incredible' win over AC Milan.

    Red Devils ace Maguire captained his team to a clean sheet and a 1-0 win on the night to win 2-1 on aggregate and qualify for the Europa League quarter-finals.

    Paul Pogba came off the bench at half-time and had an almost immediate impact – scoring the winner just minutes later.

    And Maguire-led United held on for the win.

    The England centre-back posted a picture of himself walking out onto the pitch at the famous old stadium.

    He captioned the post: "Leading the lads out to victory at the San Siro."

    And his Three Lions team-mate Rice replied: "Incredible bro."

    More than 115 people had liked the comment within 12 minutes of it going live.

    Several replied with heart emojis and urged the midfielder to join the Reds.

    United fans were loving the interaction
  • Etienne Fermie

    FOR FOX SAKE

    Manchester United travel to Leicester this weekend as their attentions turn to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

    Here's how SunSport's Will Pugh thinks that the Red Devils could line up.

    Paul Pogba could be deployed on the left flank
  • Etienne Fermie

    ERL OF BARCA

    Barcelona 'must slash players' wages and sell stars' if they want to sign Manchester United target Erling Haaland this summer.

    The 20-year-old Norwegian has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp after a remarkable campaign with Borussia Dortmund.

    Haaland's contract with Dortmund has a release clause of £66million.

    But it is being reported that the Bundesliga side will not accept any fee less than £130m for the world class goalscorer.

    Therefore, if Barcelona were to pay that amount for Haaland he would come within touching distance of the club's record transfer fee which was £145m for Philippe Coutinho in 2018.

    Haaland has established himself as one of the very best strikers in the world

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