Man Utd news LIVE: Solskjaer insists United are 'No1 in Manchester', Ronaldo eyes coaching role, Xavi targets Pogba

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has issued a rallying cry ahead of the Manchester derby today – and insists his side are still No1 in the city.

The two teams do battle today at Old Trafford in a pivotal Premier League game which could have implications on both sides for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set to go into coaching when he retires – and wants to do it at United.

And new Barcelona boss Xavi is said to be eyeing up Paul Pogba as he settles back into life at the Camp Nou.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United take on rivals Manchester City today at Old Trafford.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been dealt with an injury blow as

    Raphael Varane limped out of the midweek Champions League draw at Atalanta.

    Varane faces four to five weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, while Victor Lindelof is set for a late fitness test due to a recent knock.

    Paul Pogba is also out as he serves the second game of a three-match ban following his red card against Liverpool two weeks ago.

    City manager Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, will be without Aymeric Laporte as he is suspended.

    Laporte was sent off in last week's 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace at the Etihad.

    Guardiola will also make a late decision on Kyle Walker, who suffered a foot injury against Brugge on Wednesday in the Champions League.

    Ferran Torres is also dealing with a foot problem of his own and will be absent against United.

    Meanwhile, Red Devils superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wants to end his playing career at Old Trafford and then step into a backroom staff role, as revealed by SunSport.

    Ronaldo is keen to go into coaching at the club's youth set up – which could see him overseeing the progress of his son Cristiano Jr.

    A source said: “Ronaldo has made it clear to everyone he has come back to United to help them win trophies.

    “But in his mind he is going to play for them for more than a couple of years.

    “He is still at the peak of his physical fitness and loves showing that nothing is impossible.

    “He is obsessed with football and knows everything about the game.

    “Lots of players have started their coaching career at United so he thinks it could be a good way of starting off the next chapter of his career.”

    Finally, incoming Barcelona manager Xavi is keeping tabs on United superstar Pogba.

    That is according to El Nacional, who report that the club legend has drawn a transfer shortlist consisted of four players he wants to sign once he replaces Ronald Koeman at the Barca dugout.

    The midfielder has made the list as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

    The former Al-Sadd manager is also eyeing Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland, RB Leipzig's Dani Olmo and Sevilla's Jules Kounde

  • Kostas Lianos

    THE MAN

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his team is the "number one club in Manchester" ahead of the derby with Manchester City.

    Solskjaer said: “You have to have respect for what Man City have done in last 10 years, even more so in the last four or five.

    "But we are Man United, we are always going to come back.

    "I think we are the number one club in Manchester and that also probably means in the world”

  • Kostas Lianos

    DON YOUR SIDE

    Luke Shaw says Manchester United's players all 'love' out-of-favour midfielder Donny van de Beek and 'understand' his plight.

    Shaw told RTL: ''We understand Donny’s situation.

    "He is a great guy, a very sweet boy. We all love him and he is a top professional.

    "It would not be surprising if he was disappointed or a little sad because he is not playing.

    "But he always works hard, trains well and with his head held high.

    "If he continues to behave like this, then I have no doubt, the chances are coming”

  • Kostas Lianos

    SILVA LINING

    Manchester City star Bernardo Silva is not preparing for Saturday's derby against Manchester United any differently, even though he is set to face off against Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Silva told Sky Sports: "I've played against many of my team-mates – when I play Wolves, I play against half of the national team.

    "When I play against Liverpool, I play against [Diogo] Jota, when I play against United, I play against Bruno [Fernandes] as well. There are many team-mates here in the Premier League.

    "Of course Cristiano is a big name, as everyone knows. It is one more game, an important one – very important for us, but just one more game"

  • Kostas Lianos

    GO ON SON

    Manchester United star Edinson Cavani is motivated to leave his mark in the Manchester derby.

    Cavani told the United Review: "I understand perfectly well what these games mean, and I feel just how significant a derby is for a club and its fanbase.

    “I think there are some games that are really special, because of all the history behind them and the rivalry that exists with the other club.

    “They are the kind of games that I think everyone, including me at least, wants to be involved in, because they are very special occasions. Games that remain part of history and stay in everyone’s memory”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MERSON PREDICTION

    Paul Merson predicted Manchester City will beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday.

    Merson told Sportskeeda: "I don’t see where Manchester United are going to get the ball from in this game, and they could find themselves in another embarrassing situation this weekend.

    "United have played on the counter with pace against Manchester City with good results in the past, but I don’t see how they can manage that with both [Edinson] Cavani and [Cristiano] Ronaldo up front.

    "City will probably pass the ball for fun, and Manchester United are not going to get near it.

    "I would personally go with Ronaldo, [Mason] Greenwood, and [Marcus] Rashford in this game, and I’d be shocked if [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer field both Ronaldo and Cavani because they’re not going to get much of the ball.

    "But then again, with Solskjaer, nothing really shocks me anymore.

    "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be under pressure if he loses this game, but he’ll probably win against Watford next weekend and we’re back to square one with Manchester United.

    "They’re one of the biggest clubs in the world, and they’ve gone three-and-a-half years without winning a trophy.

    "Manchester City also have a bit of a selection problem. It’s pretty hard to pick between [Jack] Grealish, [Phil] Foden, and [Riyad] Mahrez, and it’ll be interesting to see what Pep [Guardiola] does this weekend.

    "It’s a big game for Manchester City – they’re already four points behind Chelsea and cannot afford to lose at Old Trafford.

    "Liverpool tore Manchester United to shreds last week, and I don’t see anything other than a Man City victory here. I’m going for 3-1 to City"

  • Kostas Lianos

    LAWRO PREDICTION

    Mark Lawrenson predicted Manchester City will beat Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday.

    Lawrenson told BBC Sport: "United's win over Tottenham last weekend was a good result but if you actually watched the game, Spurs were absolutely hopeless.

    "Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Atalanta was a better gauge of where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are at as a team.

    "It was United's 'big three', as I call them, of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes, who did for Tottenham and scored in the Champions League too, but they shipped some bad goals in Italy and I can't see them keeping City quiet"

  • Kostas Lianos

    WILL CAV HIM

    Barcelona have been linked with a bid for Manchester United star Edinson Cavani ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to El Nacional, who report that Barca may try to sign Cavani, whose contract expires in the summer.

    The Blaugrana consider the striker as a replacement to Sergio Aguero, who is temporarily sidelined following a health scare.

    Aguero faces at least three months out after being diagnosed with a heart problem this week

  • Kostas Lianos

    ED OUT

    Manchester United star Edinson Cavani has been omitted from Uruguay's squad ahead of the upcoming international break.

    The Celeste are set to face Argentina and Bolivia in their next two World Cup qualifiers.

    The national team said that Cavani didn't make the cut because of "medical reasons".

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't mention the striker when issuing injury updates ahead of Saturday's derby with Manchester City

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  • Kostas Lianos

    OLE RECORD

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boasts quite a record against Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as he has beaten his counterpart four times in all of their eight meetings across all competitions, losing three times along the way.

    Solskjaer said: "You look at the next game, I'm not one to talk about what I've done.

    "I've got great respect and admiration for Pep and what he's done, we've had some good results and tight games, we need another performance like this.

    "Sometimes you need luck, we know this game we have to suffer a lot but we have to believe, trust ourselves because we're at home and have had a couple of good results"

  • Kostas Lianos

    AIN'T EASY

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he never had an easy ride during his three-year stint as manager at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer said: "When I stepped in the doors here in December 2018, three years ago, there's been speculation ever since.

    "That's no problem, we've moved on from Liverpool, it's a dark moment in our careers, we've had a good two weeks.

    "You don't expect an easy ride when you become manager of Man United, that's how it is"

  • Kostas Lianos

    OLE ON RONALDO

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Cristiano Ronaldo and hit back at his critics.

    Solskjaer said: "He's one of the best players that's ever walked on this planet and his impact on and off the pitch has been absolutely immense, the way he conducts himself.

    "How people can say that as a negative I can't see that one.

    "He scores goals, works for his team, and is a top, top pro"

  • Kostas Lianos

    OLE ON LINDELOF

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Victor Lindelof is a doubt ahead of the derby with Manchester City.

    Solskjaer hinted it is possible that Lindelof will be ready for the big Premier League clash.

    He said: "He's still a doubt, but hopefully, he can come back in tomorrow and say he's ready.

    "I would expect him to be ready, put it that way, but I can't promise you"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    RAPH INJURY

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Raphael Varane will be out for several weeks after suffering a hamstring injury but praised Eric Bailly's performance after stepping in.

    Solskjaer said: "With all the technology now you expect him to be out for four or five weeks with the scans.

    "It's a blow for us. Raphael has come in and been really really influential.

    "Eric came in last time and was excellent. That's why we have a big squad and cope with absentees"

  • Kostas Lianos

    DERBY SECRET

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims it is important to start the derby against Manchester City "on the front foot".

    Solskjaer said: "It's a special one, the last time we had a Manchester derby with fans in the stadium the atmosphere was electric, everyone will still remember that one more than dark moments we had.

    "When Scott [McTominay] scored that goal in the extra time it was a special moment.

    "It's a one-off game, have to start on the front foot, ready, because a lot depends on who gets on the front foot"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MOVING OL

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the team has moved on from the thrashing to Liverpool ahead of Saturday's derby with Manchester City.

    Solskjaer said: "We've moved on from that one.

    "Of course, it's gonna be in the history books but we've had a good week, good results away from home, different games, we've got to go in this game believing we can do good things.

    "It's a local derby and everyone knows what's at stake"

  • Kostas Lianos

    FERN DEFENCE

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes defended under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by claiming the players need to do better.

    Fernandes told Sky Sports: "He's a great person and I think everyone knows the human part of him.

    "It's normal [when] people get upset because [of the] results.

    "It's too easy to blame the coach, we go on the pitch we should do better"

  • Kostas Lianos

    RON A ROLL

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has broken another Champions League record.

    Ronaldo was on target in the 2-2 draw at Atalanta as he scored both of United's goals.

    Thus, the star forward became the first Red Devils player to score in four consecutive Champions League matches since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003.

    The Portugal international has been on fire ever since his return to Old Trafford in the summer as he has netted against Young Boys, Villarreal and Atalanta, whom the Manchester giants have faced twice in the group stage.

    The 36-year-old's brace against the Serie A side in Bergamo took his all-time Champions League tally to 139 goals.

    That led to yet another stunning record as the Real Madrid legend has scored more times than all teams below the top 20 highest scoring clubs in the history of the competition combined

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN CITY TEAM NEWS

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, will be without Aymeric Laporte as he is suspended.

    Laporte was sent off in last week's 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace at the Etihad.

    Guardiola will also make a late decision on Kyle Walker, who suffered a foot injury against Brugge on Wednesday in the Champions League.

    Ferran Torres is also dealing with a foot problem of his own and will be absent against Manchester United

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN UTD TEAM NEWS

    Manchester United take on rivals Manchester City on Saturday at Old Trafford.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been dealt with an injury blow as Raphael Varane limped out of the midweek Champions League draw at Atalanta.

    Varane faces four to five weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, while Victor Lindelof is set for a late fitness test due to a recent knock.

    Paul Pogba is also out as he serves the second game of a three-match ban following his red card against Liverpool two weeks ago

  • Kostas Lianos

    BA-SSIBLE EXIT

    Incoming Barcelona manager Xavi is keeping tabs on Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba.

    That is according to El Nacional, who report that the club legend has drawn a transfer shortlist consisted of four players he wants to sign once he replaces Ronald Koeman at the Barca dugout.

    Pogba has made the list as his United contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

    The former Al-Sadd manager is also eyeing Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland, RB Leipzig's Dani Olmo and Sevilla's Jules Kounde

  • Kostas Lianos

    RONALDO FUTURE

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wants to end his playing career at Old Trafford and then step into a backroom staff role, as revealed by SunSport's Richard Moriarty.

    Ronaldo is keen to go into coaching at the club's youth set up – which could see him overseeing the progress of his son Cristiano Jr.

    A source said: “Ronaldo has made it clear to everyone he has come back to United to help them win trophies.

    “But in his mind he is going to play for them for more than a couple of years.

    “He is still at the peak of his physical fitness and loves showing that nothing is impossible.

    “He is obsessed with football and knows everything about the game.

    “Lots of players have started their coaching career at United so he thinks it could be a good way of starting off the next chapter of his career”

  • Tristan Barclay

    DERBY DAY

    United take on City in the blockbuster Manchester Derby on Saturday and all eyes will be on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he makes his team selection.

    Will he stick with the 3-5-2 formation that brought a much-needed victory against Spurs last weekend or revert to the shaky 4-2-3-1 he has favoured for much of his Old Trafford reign.

    SunSport has drawn up the Red Devils' likely starting XI, expecting Ole to stick with three at the back.

    That would make room for Edinson Cavani to return up front alongside talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • Tristan Barclay

    PAT THAT

    Now here’s an interesting story from someone not necessarily famous for a history of violence.

    Patrice Evra almost seriously hurt former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville with a 'Bruce Lee' flying kick to the throat.

    The pair are good friends despite the training ground incidentCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    Evra says Neville was 'a great captain'Credit: GETTY IMAGES

    Neville left one in on the Frenchman on the training ground and refused to say sorry when asked for one by Evra.

    And the snub from Neville rubbed Evra the wrong way, so much so he 'tackled him on his throat'.

    Evra told talkSPORT: "I had such a great relationship with Gary. When I arrived, he was the one coming with me, showing me around to find a house. What a great captain.

    “But in the training ground one day, I get the ball, he tackled me and he also got my leg. I was on the floor and it was painful. I said to him, ‘Gary – you don’t say sorry?’ And he gave me the ‘F’ word. I was like… ‘OK’.

    “So the next ball, 20 seconds later, it was long diagonal, he controlled the ball with his chest and I just did like a Bruce Lee movement.

    “I tackled him on his throat and he nearly did a back flip and broke his neck."

  • Tristan Barclay

    MORE SOLSKJAER

    More from Ole as he speaks at his news conference ahead of tomorrow’s Manchester Derby.

    The United boss says he’s aware the club is still hurting from the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool last month but hopes his side have what it takes to move on against City.

    He said: “Of course, it's going be in the history books but we've had a good week, good results away from home, in difficult games and we've got to go in this game believing we can do good things. It's a local derby and everyone knows what's at stake.

    “It's a special one, the last time we had a Manchester derby with fans in the stadium the atmosphere was electric, everyone will still remember that one more than dark moments we had.

    “When Scott McTominay scored that goal in the injury time it was a special moment.

    “It's a one-off game, we have to start on the front foot and be ready, because a lot depends on who gets on the front foot.”

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