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BRENDAN RODGERS is house hunting in Cheshire, with the Northern Irishman favourite to become Manchester United boss.

SunSport can exclusively reveal the former Liverpool and current Leicester manager and his family are looking at houses in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has spoken out about the United job with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future hanging by a thread.

Meanwhile, United are reportedly ready to do a swap deal which would see them sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla, with Edinson Cavani heading the other way.

Cavani has found his playing time restricted since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who drew a blank as Portugal played out a 0-0 draw in Ireland.

United and Ireland legend Roy Keane believes there is 'something going wrong' regarding the club's England representatives.

Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho were left out of Gareth Southgate's latest squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

He said: "Every case is different, Sancho hasn't been getting many minutes recently.

"The issue I suppose with Rashford and Greenwood is that whenever they're selected it seems to be an issue.

"I know they've had injuries, I understand that, but we know their quality and when Gareth is asked about them he says 'yeah I spoke to Marcus…' It seems like a big conversation."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Juventus could finally be ruling themselves out of recapturing Paul Pogba.

    And Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester United's exciting young England attackers Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood to learn from Cristiano Ronaldo.

    That's the pick of the big-name talk around Old Trafford while United's players are on international duty.

    Midfielder Pogba's future beyond this summer still seems uncertain.

    But Caught Offside claim a senior Juve representative told them: “We don’t think it is going to be possible now. Keep an eye on PSG and Real Madrid.”

    Meanwhile, former United and England defender Ferdinand has urged manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's array of front-line options to take any lessons they can from 11-goal Ronaldo.

    Ferdinand told The Mail: “For Jadon, Marcus and Mason, those three attacking players, they should be especially soaking this up.

    “Even these first 11 goals which they’ve seen, that would be enough.”

    Kevin Campbell hopes his old club Arsenal go in for United's misfit midfielder Donny van de Beek.

    And ex-United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly stepping up Roma’s pursuit of Old Trafford right-back Diogo Dalot in January. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    £140bn QATAR WORLD CUP LIKE NO OTHER

    IMAGINE a World Cup that took place in the distance between Selhurst Park and Kenilworth Road, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    That is exactly what will happen when the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar on November 21 next year.

    Eight stadiums all within the space of 41 miles, the distance between Crystal Palace and Luton's football grounds.

    One hour along the four-lane motorways from the Bedouin Tent design of Al Bayt in the north to the 40,000-capacity Al Janoub in the south.

    Seven of the eight grounds are accessible in 50 minutes or so by Doha’s new £26billion Metro system.

    All in a city that has grown from nothing to a teeming metropolis in barely two decades, funded by the world’s third-largest natural gas field and ensuring the most compact World Cup ever.

    Many England fans, who are contemplating a journey to the Gulf to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s players, will have deep scepticism over why the world’s most eagerly anticipated sports event is taking place in a country half the size of Wales.

    That will never go away. Nor will the questions over what has happened since that vote by the 22 members of Fifa’s executive committee in December 2010.

    READ OUR FULL SPECIAL REPORT HERE

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON'S WORLD CUP SPOT IN DOUBT

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in danger of missing out on what could be his last World Cup after Portugal dropped into the play-offs.

    The Euro 2016 winners were stunned by Serbia in Lisbon as the visitors came back from behind to win 2-1 to finish top of Group A and seal their place in Qatar next year.

    Manchester United star Ronaldo was reduced to tears after the full-time with the 36-year-old to potentially fail to play in a fifth World Cup.

    He remarked in 2016: "I expect Qatar could be my final World Cup.

    "I often go on holidays there, to Qatar as well as Dubai. I am happy because for sure it will be [my] last international tournament."

    Fernando Santos' side went into Sunday night's match needing only a point to qualify, but fell to a dramatic stoppage time goal from Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

    Portugal got off to the perfect start at the Estadio da Luz after Renato Sanches broke the deadlock in the second minute.

    But Serbia equalised just after the half-hour mark through Dusan Tadic after his deflected effort squirmed through the hands of Rui Patricio.

    And Mitrovic sparked wild scenes in the 90th minute after he nodded home Tadic's corner in what was his 44th goal on the international stage.

    A huge bundle occurred by the corner flag as players and staff celebrated in style as Serbia beat their opponents for the first time in their history.

    The result is Portugal's first loss of their World Cup qualifying campaign, while Serbia failed to taste defeat in their eight fixtures.

    Portugal will now have to win in their play-off tie in March to book their place in next year's global tournament.

    As it stands, only Sweden, Scotland, Russia and North Macedonia have secured a play-off spot alongside Portugal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TWO HARRYS DESPERATE TO PLAY

    Gareth Southgate can live with the yapping from his two Harrys.

    Stars Harry Kane and Harry Maguire telling him how much they want to play against San Marino will be music to the ears of a manager who prides himself on the Three Lions culture he has built.

    Southgate said: “Without doubt, we should never take qualification for granted.

    “You are quite right. Portugal have an important game on Sunday that could go either way, the same for Spain.

    “Italy are not confirmed, Holland could still go out.

    “There hasn’t been a lot of margin for error — but we dealt really well with the games in Warsaw and Budapest, which were probably the key ones in terms of qualification.

    “We have responded well to every hurdle that has been thrown at us, across a  calendar year in which we have had total contrast in  the quality of opponents we have played. The mentality has been good. That is why in 90 minutes and extra-time, we haven’t been beaten — and that is a record we want to keep building on.

    “We have got the best defensive record in Europe, in terms of goals to games.

    “We are fifth in terms of goals scored and chances created. It is a good challenge to try and improve on it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD TARGET KOUNDE ON 3-MAN CHELSEA LIST

    Chelsea are looking to strengthen their table-topping squad with even more talent.

    Transfer chief Marina Granovskaia has written up a wish list topped by Matthijs De Ligt, 22, Manchester |United target Jules Kounde, 23, and Lorenzo Insigne, 30.

    Reported by Spanish news outlet Marca, Chelsea are building Thomas Tuchel a dream XI.

    Both Andreas Christensen, 25, and Antonio Rudiger, 28, have expiring contracts in 2022 and the Blues are looking to cover their backs.

    Juventus are said to be keen to shift De Ligt’s £280,000-a-week wages off the books and would sell to Chelsea knowing they’re desperate to bring in defensive reinforcements.

    Agent Mino Raiola has already held talks with the club over a potential move for the Dutch international.

    The West London side previously attempted to sign Kounde from Sevilla in the summer – but failed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOO KEANE

    Gabby Agbonlahor thinks Roy Keane is bullying Harry Maguire.

    Keane’s been vocal in his criticism of Maguire’s Manchester United displays recently.

    And the Irishman laid into Maguire once again this week when the United captain scored for England and celebrated by covering his ears – an alleged response to Keane.

    But Agbonlahor reckons Keane’s being harsh on Maguire when he doesn’t need to be.

    He told talkSPORT: “I’ve seen the quotes and the video of it from Roy Keane and I think Roy Keane’s being a bit of a bully there,” Agbonlahor

    “I think he’s bullying him because Harry Maguire’s been under a lot of pressure, some not very good performances for Manchester United.

    “The next game to prove you’re a good centre-half, yes it’s Albania, but still he had a job to do, he scores, the excitement of scoring you’re going to celebrate.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE PAUL OUT OF DEAL

    Juventus have reportedly ruled themselves out of signing Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

    Pogba was being touted for a return to Juve as his United exit seems imminent.

    But now Juve have removed themselves from the running, according to Caught Offside.

    CO claim a senior Juve representative told them they will no longer be pursuing Pogba, but to keep an eye on Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Juve official allegedly said: “We don’t think it is going to be possible now. Keep an eye on PSG and Real Madrid.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    DONNY CAN STRENGTHEN GUNNERS

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has urged the club to bring Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek to the Emirates.

    The Dutch midfielder has been a peripheral figure under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, having been limited to just 16 minutes of Premier League football spread over two games.

    Van de Beek has failed to establish himself as a key first team player since arriving at Old Trafford from Ajax last year.

    And there have been rumours that he would be willing to depart the Theatre of Dreams in January in search of regular game time as he looks to be named in Holland’s World Cup squad.

    Commenting on his future, Gunners icon Campbell believes the 23-year-old would be a great addition to Mikel Arteta‘s squad.

    He told The Highbury Squad: “He was at Ajax, he was unbelievable at Ajax. Gets signed by Manchester United and they won’t play him. I don’t know, I’m just saying it’s a rumour.

    “I only want what’s best for Arsenal and I believe that Van de Beek can play if given the opportunity. The boy can play.

    “He wants out. You never know, maybe they might [loan him to Arsenal].

    “I think this young man has got super ability, has got a great attitude, but he needs to play.

    “He can play anywhere around that midfield, he can play holding, eight and attacking. So again, we’ve got someone who’s versatile.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SOUTHGATE BACKS MAGUIRE OVER KEANE OUTBURST

    Gareth Southgate claims Roy Keane was trying to 'stay relevant' when he slammed Harry Maguire's England goal celebration.

    Manchester United legend Keane branded the Red Devils captain a 'disgrace' and 'embarrassing' for cupping his ears as if to silence critics and doing a knee-slide after heading the opener in Friday's 5-0 win over Albania.

    Maguire denied he was sending a message to his critics.

    And England boss Southgate said: "Some channels or forums require headlines, some channels or forums require a certain type of approach so it's different, I understand that.

    "To stay relevant in those fields you need to be more quotable and lifted now used from the live broadcasts for next days headlines, everyone in those shows knows how it works and it fills a different part of our industry.

    "That's where we're at. Personally, as a manager I get it, so be it. But I'm sure for the players they may feel different, they're younger, they may not have experienced those fields perhaps I've got.

    "They're probably thinking there were players who surely remember how difficult it was to play thinking they didn't like it when they were criticised to step over the white line was the most difficult thing."

  • Ian Tuckey

    JOSE TO 'STEP UP HUNT FOR DALOT'

    Jose Mourinho is reportedly stepping up Roma's pursuit of Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot in January.

    Ex-Old Trafford boss Mourinho has been eyeing his fellow Portuguese, 22, for a reunion.

    And it's claimed he has told Roma chiefs the sixth-placed Serie A club must strengthen in the next transfer window if they want to qualify for the Champions League.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD'S LIONS MUST LEARN FROM RON

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Manchester United youngsters Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood should all follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s blueprint.

    Ronaldo’s been on fire since joining from Juventus in the summer, scoring 11 goals, and Ferdinand thinks the English trio should be taking tips from the Portuguese star.

    Ferdinand told The Mail: “For Jadon, Marcus [Rashford] and Mason [Greenwood], those three attacking players, they should be especially soaking this up.

    “Even these first 11 goals [from Ronaldo] which they’ve seen, that would be enough [to teach them].”

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE ROD DEVILS

    Tony Cascarino reckons Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers would jump at the chance to manage Manchester United.

    Rodgers is favourite to up-end current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the role and Cascarino believes the Irishman will eagerly grab the once in a lifetime opportunity if the Red Devils come knocking.

    He told talkSPORT: “I know Brendan would jump at the job.

    “I say, ‘I know’ – Brendan, if he was listening, would probably say, ‘How would you know?’

    “But only because his track record of taking on a job when it’s offered to you.

    “And Leicester is not a job of the quality of Manchester United, as much as they’ve been an incredible football club, done brilliant things and have got a great squad.

    “The attraction of Manchester United is way superior for any manager. That opportunity is a once in a lifetime for Brendan.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    KEANE FOR ATTENTION

    England boss Gareth Southgate has suggested Roy Keane's harsh jibes towards Harry Maguire were made to stay relevant.

    Keane's been blasting Maguire's performances for Manchester United and then he verbally took aim at the Red Devils captain once again after his controversial goal celebration for England this week.

    However, Southgate doesn't think Keane's got a personal problem with Maguire, but thinks he makes outlandish comments to remain in the headlines.

    Southgate said: "To stay relevant in those fields you need to be more quotable and lifted now used from the live broadcasts for next days headlines,

    "Everyone in those shows knows how it works and it fills a different part of our industry.

    ‘That’s where we’re at. Personally, as a manager I get it, so be it.

    "But I’m sure for the players they may feel different, they’re younger, they may not have experienced those fields perhaps I’ve got."

  • Justin Lawrence

    POG HAPPENING

    Juventus have reportedly ruled themselves out of signing Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

    Pogba was being touted for a return to Juve as his United exit seems imminent.

    But now Juve have removed themselves from the running, according to Caught Offside.

    CO claim a senior Juve representative told them they will no longer be pursuing Pogba, but to keep an eye on Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Juve official allegedly said: "We don’t think it is going to be possible now. Keep an eye on PSG and Real Madrid.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    POCH JOB

    Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly considering a return to the Premier League.

    Pochettino has been managing Paris Saint-Germain after getting sacked by Tottenham a few years ago, but he hasn't been deterred from coming back to England's top-tier division, according to The Daily Telegraph.

    If true, the news will put United on red alert as they reportedly search for under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's replacement.

    Pochettino's one of the many names that's been linked with the United job, along with Zinedine Zidane and Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOO KEANE

    Gabby Agbonlahor thinks Roy Keane is bullying Harry Maguire.

    Keane's been vocal in his criticism of Maguire's Manchester United displays recently.

    And the Irishman laid into Maguire once again this week when the United captain scored for England and celebrated by covering his ears – an alleged response to Keane.

    But Agbonlahor reckons Keane's being harsh on Maguire when he doesn't need to be.

    He told talkSPORT: “I’ve seen the quotes and the video of it from Roy Keane and I think Roy Keane’s being a bit of a bully there,” Agbonlahor

    “I think he’s bullying him because Harry Maguire’s been under a lot of pressure, some not very good performances for Manchester United.

    “The next game to prove you’re a good centre-half, yes it’s Albania, but still he had a job to do, he scores, the excitement of scoring you’re going to celebrate."

  • Justin Lawrence

    CARRI-D AWAY

    Former Rangers star Charlie Adam wants Michael Carrick to replace Steven Gerrard at the Ibrox.

    Gerrard left Rangers to become Aston Villa's new boss and Adam thinks Carrick, who's been coaching at Manchester United, will be the perfect fit.

    He told the BBC's Sportsound podcast: “I’ll throw a name in the hat: Michael Carrick.

    “He has been at Manchester United, a big club, good coach. It was a gamble with Steven.

    “Will they go down that same route? Will they go for an experienced name? There will only be three or four people that know.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HAG REQUEST

    Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has shut down rumours alleging he'll replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United boss.

    The 51-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford but he insists that he's happy at Ajax for now.

    When asked about the United claims by ESPN, Hag said: "I live in the present, so I find it hard to answer this.

    "I always want to improve my team, and as long as I feel this motivation I want to keep going, if Ajax wants that too."

  • Justin Lawrence

    LIVING DE GOOD LIFE

    Manchester United are reportedly set to begin contract talks with first-team goalkeeper David de Gea after his impressive start to the season.

    The Spaniard's current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2023 and United want to avoid a similar dilemma they have with top star Paul Pogba, who could leave for free for a SECOND time.

    According to journalist Ekrem Konur, the Red Devils will begin contract talks with the 31-year-old soon.

    De Gea has been a regular at United since the back end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

  • Justin Lawrence

    GAB-SMACKED

    Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has leapt to the defence of England's Harry Maguire after his goal celebration against Albania was blasted by critics.

    Pundit Roy Keane was one of the most vocal in slandering Maguire, labelling the United captain's theatrics as embarassing.

    However,Agbonlahor doesn't feel the same and revealed he'd behave in the same manner if he scored after facing criticism.

    He told talkSPORT: “Harry Maguire has been under a lot of pressure, not very good performance for Manchester United, the next game available to prove you’re a good centre-half, yes it’s Albania, but he still had a job to do.

    "He scores, and the excitement of scoring, you’re going to celebrate. If I was going through a run of bad form and I scored the goal, I’m going to do the exact same celebrations, hands on your ears to the critics."

    “I thought his defending was very good, and he scored a goal, so every time he does something now, it feels like everyone is against him.

  • Justin Lawrence

    HE'S ZI MAN 

    Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Zinedine Zidane to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – with Brendan Rodgers also in the picture.

    According to The Sunday Times, frustration over recent results under Solskjaer is mounting at Old Trafford and Zidane is now a serious candidate to replace him.

    But it is claimed the Frenchman is 'unsure whether the opportunity presented by United is the right one to take at this point' and would require some persuasion.

    United are reportedly keen to exploit Zidane's close relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, who they believe 'can help convince him to join.'

  • Justin Lawrence

    RED BREN

    Tony Cascarino reckons Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers will jump at the chance to manage Manchester United.

    Rodgers is favourite to up-end current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the role and Cascarino believes the Irishman will eagerly grab the once in a lifetime opportunity if the Red Devils come knocking.

    He told talkSPORT: "I know Brendan would jump at the job.

    “I say, ‘I know’ – Brendan, if he was listening, would probably say, ‘How would you know?’

    “But only because his track record of taking on a job when it’s offered to you.

    “And Leicester is not a job of the quality of Manchester United, as much as they’ve been an incredible football club, done brilliant things and have got a great squad.

    “The attraction of Manchester United is way superior for any manager. That opportunity is a once in a lifetime for Brendan."

  • Justin Lawrence

    ONE CHOICE

    Nani has revealed that he convinced Bruno Fernandes to join Manchester United instead of rivals Manchester City.

    Ex-United star was playing with Fernandes at Sporting Lisbon when English clubs started to show interest.

    And Nani claims he was the one that swayed Fernandes that United was the best option for him.

    He told The Athletic: "I was the first one to tell him he should go to England and if he decides to go to England, if he can choose Man United it would be the best thing for him.

    "That was funny because a couple of months later when I went to Orlando I saw the news and I texted him because I was seeing Man City and Man United and Tottenham were fighting for him and I said, 'If you have to go, you choose Man United! It's the best!'"

  • Justin Lawrence

    PACKING THE VAN

    Donny van de Beek has reportedly decided to leave Manchester United in January.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, the Dutch midfielder is seeking new pastures after failing to break into United's first-team.

    He joined the Red Devils from Ajax in 2020 for £34million but has only started four Premier League matches for the club.

    Despite his lack of game time, van de Beek's United team-mates have come out in support of the attacker.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SEAL OF APPROVAL

    Paul Scholes named Papa Bouba Diop as one of the toughest opponents he came up against.

    The former Fulham, Portsmouth and Senegal international sadly passed away at the age of 42 in November 2020.

    Over his 718 appearances for the Red Devils, Scholes faced virtually every great player of his generation.

    But he has revealed it was former Fulham man Bouba Diop – who was nicknamed The Wardrobe – along with Patrick Vieira that caused him the most problems.

    Scholes told Savage Social: “Do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? Big, massive. They used to call him The Wardrobe!

    “You get involved physically with him and you’re wasting your time.

    “I always found him awkward to play against. He wasn’t a Vieira, of course he wasn’t, but he still had talent.”

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