Man Utd urged to 'go for Haaland over Kane' by legend, Solskjaer debates Henderson or De Gea – transfer news LIVE

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is weighing up whether to keep Dean Henderson as his No1 or use David De Gea after the Spaniard's return from paternity leave.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland remains the hottest property in European football and Manchester United will be meeting his representatives SOON.

But the Red Devils face hot competition from around the Premier League and new director of football John Murtough faces a huge early test of his credentials as he tries to woo the Norwegian hotshot.

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  • Joe Brophy

    DEVIL MAY CARE

    Jamie Carragher has named Manchester United legends Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke in his top ten strikers in Premier League history.

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    ROLE TO PLAY

    Teddy Sheringham has revealed how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt being a bench role during Manchester United's iconic treble season.

    He told the club's website: "Ole and I definitely had a similar philosophy on being substitutes.

    "I mean, you don’t want to be known as or called a ‘super sub’ or a ‘great sub’. I played a lot of games.

    "In the latter part of my career, I came on and scored goals as a sub and people remember that.

    "It’s fine. Not a problem, but there is the first part of my career people need to remember as well. But you do have to get your head around it."

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    TOP MARCS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful both Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood will be fit to face Brighton this weekend.

    He said: “As always when you send them away on an international break you keep your fingers crossed they'll be available for you.

    “I don't know about Anthony (Martial), he didn't join in training this morning but Marcus and Mason trained for the first time this morning and hopefully they can get through that with no reaction.

    “And if they complete the selection tomorrow they might be available for selection.”

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    TIN FOILED

    Scott McTominay has revealed his nickname is 'Tin Man' within the Manchester United dressing room, NOT 'McSauce'.

    Speaking to ESPN, he said: "I don't know where that originated from. It's social media isn't it? I don't pay attention to Instagram and Twitter. I tend to stay away.

    "I'll give you a nickname, my old reserve team coach Warren Joyce used to call me the Tin Man. So, yeah. Whenever I was growing up, I was really small, then I went really tall all of a sudden.

    "It was quite a big change, but I was really like, my legs, I always struggled to move my hips and stuff.

    "Dean Henderson still calls me it, because we were in the same reserve team together so he still calls me Tin Man to this day.

    "And the foreign lads are always looking at him like: 'Are you alright, why are you calling him that?'

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    SMALL PRICE TO PAY

    Manchester United have reportedly entered the race for Everton defender Thierry Small.

    The Express claim the 16-year-old could leave Goodison Park on a free transfer following limited first-team opportunities.

    And United are set to rival Arsenal, Brentford, Brighton and even Bayern Munich for the Everton academy graduate’s signature.

    But the report adds that Small is ready to spurn the advances of any big clubs with playing time his current priority.

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    HA LA LAND

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn into a public battle to land Erling Haaland.

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    GOAL HAAL

    Erling Haaland is Manchester United’s best bet if they are to sign a striker in the summer, according to Paul Scholes.

    He told the Webby & O’Neill show: “[United] need a No9.

    “I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a No9, or are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it really.

    “When Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright but he’s had a few injuries. He’s at that age. It was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.

    “They need someone who is more permanent who’s out there and available. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money.

    “Harry Kane at Spurs, there’s rumours that he might want to leave there.

    “I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.

    “Purely for his age, great ability as well, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before…

    “I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him which is going to be difficult.”

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    ALL BEHIND ROO

    Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney finally hung up his boots this season with his Old Trafford legacy poised to remain for generations.

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    ‘STAY STRONG’

    Donny van de Beek wished old Ajax pal Abdelhak Nouri a happy birthday as the ex-midfielder turned 24 on Friday.

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    MORE FROM SOLSKJAER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it will be difficult to do anything out of the public eye in his pursuit of Erling Haaland.

    He said: “I think the way the world works at the moment, you’d like to do all your business on the quiet and all your talks on the quiet but there are platforms everywhere, there’s news, the media make that more difficult.

    “Who can you trust? Hopefully we can suddenly sit here with players no one has written about.

    “We conduct our recruitment business, scouting, the players that we are interested in, we do it the right way I hope and feel.”

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    SOL MATES

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn into a public battle to land Erling Haaland.

    He said: “Even though I worked with Erling it’s not right for me as Manchester United manager to talk about Erling, he will make his own mind up.

    “I’m focusing on the next two months and whatever happens in the world of football there is only so many places anyone can go to and I just, focus on the ones who are here.”

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    DEVIL MAY CARE

    Jamie Carragher has named Manchester United legends Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke in his top ten strikers in Premier League history.

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    KEEPER CONUNDRUM

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer is agonising over who to make his number one goalkeeper in the final Premier League run-in.

    Dean Henderson has enjoyed a run of six games while David De Gea was given time off for the birth of his first child.

    But the Spanish star is ready to return and Manchester United boss Solskjaer has a big call to make for Sunday’s home game against Brighton. A call that could well point to who will be his main man for next season.

    Solskjaer said: “It’s difficult to leave one of them out. It’s easy to give the nod they’ll play, it’s difficult to leave one out. Where there can be potential tension and controversy, everyone wants to hear a comment from me.

    “They are both top goalkeepers and both of them want to play as much as possible. But who we pick will be decided on merit and we have to think of who’s going give us a win on any given day.

    “Both will be needed in these final nine league games and five in the Europa League because we want to go all the way in that.”

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    ERLI BIRD

    Erling Haaland's agent Mino Raiola is set to fly to England TODAY for transfer talks with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool but NOT Manchester United.

    The super agent was spotted flying into Barcelona and Madrid alongside the player's father Alfe-Inge Haaland on Thursday to hold talks with the El Clasico sides.

    And it was reported that a further three interested teams were due to begin negotiations around a potential deal for Borussia Dortmund's prized asset.

    The Mail reports Raiola and Haaland senior will arrive in England to hold talks with multiple Premier League giants.

    Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to welcome the pair but SunSport understands United will not meet with Haaland's agent, who also represents Paul Pogba.

    However, the Red Devils are waiting in the wings and keeping tabs on his situation. The Norwegian has a £65million release clause in his Dortmund contract but it cannot be activated until the end of next season.

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    ED IN THE GAME

    Manchester United could welcome back striker Edinson Cavani for their clash with Brighton at Old Trafford this weekend.

    The Uruguayan missed all but one of the Red Devils’ five matches before the international break due to injury. But he is now returning to full fitness, much to the relief of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is suffering a mini crisis among his attacking options.

    Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood could all miss the game having picked up injuries, a selection headache that could see Amad Diallo earn his Premier League debut.

    Martial is yet to return to training and while Rashford and Greenwood have re-joined the squad, they are not expected to be fit enough to start.

    The ever-present Bruno Fernandes will be well rested for this one having returned from international duty early after picking up a suspension for Portugal’s final World Cup qualifier. And Dan James will be hoping to build on his crucial goal for Wales against the Czech Republic earlier this week.

    In between the sticks, Solskjaer has a big decision to make between David de Gea and Dean Henderson. Henderson started the six matches before the break, but De Gea is now back in contention having been missing following the birth of his child.

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    'TIN MAN'

    Scott McTominay has revealed his nickname is ‘Tin Man’ within the Manchester United dressing room, NOT ‘McSauce’.

    After netting two goals in just three minutes against Leeds back in December, social media exploded as ‘McSauce’ began trending on Twitter.

    But the Red Devils midfielder has now confirmed he is known by a different tag with his teammates. Speaking to ESPN, he said: “I don’t know where that originated from. It’s social media isn’t it? I don’t pay attention to Instagram and Twitter. I tend to stay away.

    “I’ll give you a nickname, my old reserve team coach Warren Joyce used to call me the Tin Man. So, yeah. Whenever I was growing up, I was really small, then I went really tall all of a sudden.

    “It was quite a big change, but I was really like, my legs, I always struggled to move my hips and stuff. Dean Henderson still calls me it, because we were in the same reserve team together so he still calls me Tin Man to this day.

    “And the foreign lads are always looking at him like: ‘Are you alright, why are you calling him that?’ So that’s been one for years now. But we don’t need that one to stick, I don’t like it!”

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    COST AN ARM AND A LEG

    The captain's armband thrown to the floor by former Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo in last week’s World Cup qualifier has raised £54,000 for charity.

    The item was collected from the Red Star Stadium pitch in Belgrade and soon found its way online.

    Posted on auction website Limundo, it received huge attention with the proceeds going to charity. The money raised from selling the armband will be sent to Gavril Djurdjevic.

    The six-month-old baby lives in the city of Kragujevac and suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. Humanitarian organisation Together for Life is hoping to raise just over £2million to pay for his treatment.

    After 408 bids, the auction has ended with £54,000 raised from the buyer.

    The armband was picked up from the pitch by a Serbian firefighter, who posed with the piece before the auction closed.

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    SEEING RED

    Manchester United are the ninth dirtiest team in Premier League history.

    The Red Devils have had players sent off 67 times – three less than bitter rivals City.

    Arsenal top the list with a staggering 98 reds – level with Everton.

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    COKE RAID

    Two men have been arrested after police seized packages branded with Cristiano Ronaldo’s logo containing 50kg of cocaine.

    A United States narcotics investigation found £1.5million worth of the illegal drug stashed in a closet in New York. The cocaine was wrapped in packaging marked with the Juventus star’s ‘CR7’ branding.

    Police officers found materials persistent with drug trafficking inside an apartment in Queens, including a loaded firearm, $10,000 in cash, and money counting machines.

    An investigation led to 43-year-old Christopher Jones being observed as he entered the apartment on Monday afternoon, as confirmed by a US Justice Department statement.

    Jones entered the complex empty handed but left with a suitcase and drove away before being arrested.

    The suitcase was found to contain approximately $200,000 in cash. Another man, Wykim Williams, was also arrested and there is no suggestion of a link between the raid and Ronaldo.

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    'IT WASN'T ME'

    Scott McTominay has revealed he told team-mate Sergio Romero to speak to Lionel Messi about swapping shirts with him.

    The Barcelona superstar was given a bloodied nose during a Champions League quarter-final match against Man Utd in 2019, an injury he mistakenly thought was caused by McTominay.

    In actual fact, the busted up Argentine had been on the end of a Chris Smalling elbow. And McTominay used Messi’s compatriot Romero to ensure he received Messi’s coveted shirt at full time.

    The Scot told the Man Utd club website: “So, whenever we played against him for Barcelona [in 2009], Chris Smalling elbowed him and he’s got blood coming out of his nose. And he thought it was me.

    “Because I said to Sergio Romero, ‘please can you ask Messi to get his shirt?’. Sergio comes back in and said, ‘Oh, he thinks you were the one who elbowed him on the halfway line’.

    “I said, ‘No, no, no, no – tell him it wasn’t me, so make sure I get that shirt because that’s going in my bedroom’. So he knows it wasn’t me now. Sorry Chrissy, but he was the one who roughed him up a bit.”

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    NO SMALL FEAT

    Everton youngster Thierry Small is reportedly willing to snub offers from Manchester United, Arsenal and Brighton in his pursuit of first team football.

    The Toffees have offered the full-back a three-year deal but he is reluctant to sign given the lack of first team opportunities, according to the Express.

    Talks between Small's representatives and Everton are ongoing.

    But Brighton, Leeds and Brentford are said to be waiting in the wings and are willing to offer the 16-year-old a pathway to first team football.

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    FLUSHED OUT

    Erling Haaland's dad reportedly hid in a TOILET for 30 minutes to try and keep transfer talks with Barcelona a secret.

    The Borussia Dortmund striker’s father Alf Inge was spotted at Barcelona El-Prat Airport on Thursday morning with agent Mino Raiola.

    But according to AS, the German’s transfer talks were supposed to go undetected. The plan was for Raiola to exit the airport, drag the cameras away and allow Alf-Inge to leave without hassle.

    But that never materialised as the ex-Manchester City defender was caught by the press, leading to wild speculation his son may be on his way to the Nou Camp.

    However, Alf-Inge and Raiola also reportedly flew to Madrid for talks with Real over a potential deal. And there are also said to be three other clubs in the running to sign the Norwegian sensation.

    Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all said to be in the running for the 20-year-old prodigy.

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    LUK-ING HELL

    Inter Milan have slapped a £102million price tag on former Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

    Chelsea and Manchester City are among a number of clubs said to be interested in the Belgian.

    But the Italians have valued him north of £100m in a bid to deter potential suitors, according to the Mail.

    Lukaku has scored 25 times for the Serie A leaders this season.

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    DE-PAYING THE PRICE

    Liverpool have been linked with a shock move for ex-Manchester United forward Memphis Depay.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled for goals since the turn of the year as question marks begin to be asked about their long-time front three Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.

    And while Diogo Jota has come in this season to freshen things up in an attacking sense, the Reds are thought to be seeking more options in the transfer window.

    According to Marca, Liverpool are considering a bid for Depay, who has impressed since joining Lyon in 2017.

    In 169 appearances for the French side, he has scored 69 times and provided a further 52 assists.

    And with his contract coming to an end this summer, Klopp’s men could be poised to land him on a free transfer.

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    MORE ON MAN UTD'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST ONLINE ABUSE…

    Old Trafford’s group managing director Richard Arnold said : “We are proud that players of all ethnicities, religions and nationalities have pulled on the Manchester United jersey.

    “We challenge our fans, and indeed fans of every club, to watch this and think about their own favourite memories, their top teams and their most celebrated players.

    “How different would those memories be without the diversity of some of the best players in the world who have graced our game and our club?

    “Sadly, footballers across the country continue to receive abuse online, seemingly without fear of censure.

    “United has been, and always will be, a club for all.”

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