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  • September 30, 2022

FORMER Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor believes that Manchester United keeper David de Gea 'doesn't deserve' a one-year extension.
De Gea, 31, is on a reported £300,000 a week and Agbonlahor has insisted that United cut ties with him so they can go with a 'younger option'.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has been urged to retire by former Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano.
The Italian said: "At this point, Cristiano should do himself a favour and understand that if you don't reach a certain level, you should close the shop."
Meanwhile, The Red Devils are planning to snatch Cody Gakpo from under Leeds' noses according to reports.
Leeds reportedly launched a rejected £43million bid for the Netherlands international on deadline day but he could be off to Old Trafford after agreeing personal terms.
Get all the latest news, updates and transfer gossip here…
Red Devils could Pick Jordan up
Everton wouldn’t stop Jordan Pickford joining Manchester United for the right fee.
That’s the claim of ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell – as he believes Toffees’ boss Frank Lampard would be able to find a worthy replacement.
Sky Sports pundit Campbell told Goodison News: “I think Pickford’s had his detractors, and he’s had his moments at Everton, difficult times. 
“But one thing’s for sure. He is England’s number one. He’s the man with the shirt, he’s never let England down, and he’s been producing solid performances week in, week out for Everton.
“It seems as though, touch wood, a lot of the silly mistakes, he’s erasing those things out of his game. 
“He’s an experienced goalkeeper now, so cutting out the stupidity and stuff like that it’s made him a better all-round keeper, and you can see that he is.
“He’s got a little injury at the moment, so I’m hoping he’ll be back, but he’s been excellent.
“And it wouldn’t surprise me if Man United want him. It would not surprise me because he’s very good. He’s very good with his feet. Passing-wise his range is ridiculous, and he’s a damn-good goalkeeper, he’s England’s number one. 
“If the player wanted to go to Manchester United then I’m sure Frank Lampard [could find a replacement]. There’s loads of good goalkeepers out there. There are a lot. So I don’t think Everton would stand in his way, especially if the money’s right.”
Ruben hunt hots up
Barcelona want Manchester United and Arsenal target Ruben Neves as a replacement for Sergio Busquets, according to reports.
The 34-year-old Barca ace is set to leave Catalonia for Inter Miami next summer after 15 years in his boyhood club’s first-team.
And according to Catalan paper Sport, Wolves star Neves has emerged as a key target for Xavi and Co.
United and the Gunners were both strongly linked with the Portuguese international over the summer although neither got close to agreeing a deal – and now they are set to be gazumped by Barcelona.
Despite keeping Frenkie de Jong and recruiting Franck Kessie last summer, the LaLiga giants still feel the need for more options alongside the likes of Pedri in midfield.
With Neves’ contract at Molineux only running until 2024, Barca feel that a deal should be simple enough to do – especially given their positive relationship with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
Red Devils could face three-way fight for Jurrien
Manchester United have been tipped to fight Roma and Bayern Munich for Ajax centre-back duel Jurrien Timber.
Italian outlet Calciomercato claim the Dutch champs want 30million euros (around £27m) for the 21-year-old.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Evian Ndicka is rated a back-up option for Roma, with Juventus also keen on the Frenchman.
Player of month Eriksen feels 'connected'
Summer recruit Christian Eriksen claims he already feels powerfully "connected" with Manchester United fans after being named player of the month.
The former Tottenham playmaker has settled in instantly as United turned round two defeats with four straight Prem wins.
And told the club media team: "I think September has been nice. It’s been a good ride compared to, of course, the end of August, which was a bit tough result-wise.
"But I think, personally and club-wise, the results in September were good so September was a good month.
“I’m grateful and thankful for the people voting. I mean I wasn’t sure when I arrived about there being a Player of the Month every month."
✔️ August: @LisandrMartinez 🎖
🆕 September: @ChrisEriksen8 🎖

Well in, Christian 👏#MUFC
Utd didn't make Haaland's seven-team shortlist
Erling Haaland snubbed any move to Manchester United because they never featured on his own table of clubs to join, writes CLIFF HAYES.
Haaland completed his £51.4million move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City in the summer after Pep Guardiola’s Prem champs topped the list.
United’s previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had chased the Norwegian striker.
But in a new Scandinavian documentary, Haaland’s father Alfie reveals how they devised a points system to rank potential clubs to sign for.
Seven clubs were in the running but United were not one of them – despite being champions of England a record 20 times.
In Haaland – The Big Decision, Alfie says: “On our list, City is the best team.
Bayern Munich is No.2. We have Real Madrid as No.3, Paris Saint-Germain No.4.
"We also have some English teams other than City who are quite good. Liverpool and Chelsea. Also, there is Barcelona. They are sort of in the same row.”
SunSport revealed last December how Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola had told United: You’re not big enough for my star. Raiola claimed there were only four “big clubs” his player could join – and United were NOT on that list.
Georgina is ballet amazing
Georgina Rodriguez performed ballet at the Royal Opera House during her trip to London.
The 28-year-old is the long-term girlfriend of Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
But the Red Devils forward has been away on international duty with Portugal and Georgina took it as an opportunity to visit London just 24 hours after watching Ronaldo and Co lose 1-0 to Spain.
And she had the incredible experience of going inside the Royal Opera House, before stepping on stage for some ballet in front of an empty arena.
She posted the photos on social media and added the short caption: "A dream come true 🩰💖."
Reacting to the images, one of her followers replied: "Lovely to see you here in London! 🙌🏾."
While another simply added: "Wowwwwww ❤️😍 Amazing Gio."
'Utd v Juve for Timber'
Manchester United have been tipped to fight Roma and Bayern Munich for Ajax centre-back duel Jurrien Timber.
Italian outlet Calciomercato claim the Dutch champs want 30million euros (around £27m) for the 21-year-old.
Eintracht Frankfurt's Evian Ndicka is rated a back-up option for Roma, with Juventus also keen on the Frenchman.
De Gea and Varane 'can't play possession football'
David de Gea and Raphael Varane aren't good enough for Erik ten Hag's possession football, Paul Scholes reckons.
And Manchester United legend Scholes believes Ten Hag might even need to adapt his playing style.
Ex-England midfielder Scholes told Sky Sports’ The Overlap: "Louis Van Gaal joined Manchester United and wanted to play possession-based football, but United are not that.
"It was always about substance over style, scoring goals and making chances rather than a pretty end product.
‘The crowd get nervous when the goalkeeper tries to play a ten-yard pass, that’s not a Manchester United philosophy, that’s Barcelona or Ajax. With Erik ten Hag, he’s stumbled across it.
‘After the Brentford game, he realised he didn’t have the players to play that way, he knew he had to go more direct. Raphael Varane, as great a player as he’s been, is not a great footballer. David De Gea is not a great footballer.
"So, play to your strengths, which for United is the attacking players, and you have to admire the new manager for playing that way [more direct]."
Etihad aces shine in Dream Team
DREAM TEAM ROUND-UP: Arsenal deserve huge credit for the way they’ve burst out of the blocks this season, writes NICK ELLIOTT.
On the brink of October, the Gunners are top of the Premier League having won six of their first seven games.
Given that Mikel Arteta’s side also won their first European fixture of 2022/23, it would perhaps be reasonable to expect this supremacy to be reflected in the Dream Team rankings.
While plenty of Emirates residents are providing plentiful returns, not least the popular Gabriel Jesus (£5.7m) who has racked up 45 points, it’s Manchester City assets who are dominating the Stats Centre at this juncture.
Joao Cancelo (£7.6m) is already in a bracket of his own in his position having established a 17-point lead at the top of the defensive rankings.
The Portuguese full-back has earned seven 7+ ratings this campaign, only one player has more at this stage – more on him in a moment.
Cancelo built some serious momentum prior to the international break, registering 41 points across his last five outings.
Similarly, Kevin De Bruyne (£7.5m) is the current outright best asset in his field.
READ THE FULL VERDICT HERE
Barca in for Utd & Arsenal target Neves
Barcelona want Manchester United and Arsenal target Ruben Neves as a replacement for Sergio Busquets, according to reports.
The 34-year-old Barca ace is set to leave Catalonia for Inter Miami next summer after 15 years in his boyhood club’s first-team.
And according to Catalan paper Sport, Wolves star Neves has emerged as a key target for Xavi and Co.
United and the Gunners were both strongly linked with the Portuguese international over the summer although neither got close to agreeing a deal – and now they are set to be gazumped by Barcelona.
Despite keeping Frenkie de Jong and recruiting Franck Kessie last summer, the LaLiga giants still feel the need for more options alongside the likes of Pedri in midfield.
With Neves’ contract at Molineux only running until 2024, Barca feel that a deal should be simple enough to do – especially given their positive relationship with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
Red Devils could Pick Jordan up
Everton wouldn't stop Jordan Pickford joining Manchester United for the right fee.
That's the claim of ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell – as he believes Toffees' boss Frank Lampard would be able to find a worthy replacement.
Sky Sports pundit Campbell told Goodison News: “I think Pickford’s had his detractors, and he’s had his moments at Everton, difficult times. 
“But one thing’s for sure. He is England’s number one. He’s the man with the shirt, he’s never let England down, and he’s been producing solid performances week in, week out for Everton.
“It seems as though, touch wood, a lot of the silly mistakes, he’s erasing those things out of his game. 
“He’s an experienced goalkeeper now, so cutting out the stupidity and stuff like that it’s made him a better all-round keeper, and you can see that he is.
“He’s got a little injury at the moment, so I’m hoping he’ll be back, but he’s been excellent.
“And it wouldn’t surprise me if Man United want him. It would not surprise me because he’s very good. He’s very good with his feet. Passing-wise his range is ridiculous, and he’s a damn-good goalkeeper, he’s England’s number one. 
“If the player wanted to go to Manchester United then I’m sure Frank Lampard [could find a replacement]. There’s loads of good goalkeepers out there. There are a lot. So I don’t think Everton would stand in his way, especially if the money’s right.”
A sad Case in point
Paul Scholes has blasted Manchester United’s scattergun recruitment, claiming Casemiro may not even be the “manager’s signing”.
Scholes said: “Sancho was a young player who Manchester United spent a lot of money on, who was unproven in the league.
“And why would a club like Real Madrid let Varane go? If you looked at him last season, he didn’t look right. I didn’t think it was a great transfer window.
“Nobody at the club is taking responsibility for it. This year, Casemiro was done over two days.
“I wonder if it was the manager’s signing. A lot of money, long contract. I think they need to put someone in charge of recruitment. Eventually, the manager will get blamed for it.”
Maguire tipped to leave Utd
Harry Maguire's stuttering stay at Manchester United is coming to an end.
That's the verdict of ex-England striker Stan Collymore after Maguire was benched by United and is struggling with the Three Lions.
Collymore told CaughtOffside: “He does stand a chance of coming in during domestic cup matches, and ten Hag may even throw him in with the under-23s to keep him ticking over,
"Although I expect Maguire to be a good enough professional to get his head down and do whatever is asked of him, I think his time at Old Trafford is ultimately coming to an end.
“Maguire’s agent is Paul Stretford, who was also my agent when I was a professional player, so I know Stretford will not want his star client sitting there not doing much.
"He will know that he has a real big asset on his hands, so he will want him to be playing.”
VDB was 'mentally crushed'
Donny van de Beek was mentally crushed by Paul Pogba playing ahead of him at Manchester United, despite the French star's bad attitude.
Former Ajax star Van de Beek was one of Europe's hottest properties when he moved to United in the summer of 2020 for £40million.
But the midfielder's career has nosedived and he even endured a failed spell on loan at Everton last season from January.
Now back at United, Van de Beek has still featured little despite Dutch boss Erik ten Hag taking over.
VDB's former agent Guido Albers told Voetbal Primeur: "I saw the disappointment about the way he was treated by Manchester United,
and he saw up close what I did to turn the situation around.
"In the Netherlands, Donny got all the appreciation, performed well and was super popular with the fans. At Manchester United he then never played. The relationship between him and the club really cooled down badly.
"He had to compete against Paul Pogba, who reported late to the training camp, said sorry and was allowed to play again.
"In the place of a boy who was training 10 hours a day for eight weeks to show he was good enough. I then had that disappointment thrown at me. I underestimated what not playing anymore did to him mentally.
"I should have looked earlier at how can I could help him."
Stones doubtful for Utd clash
Manchester City centre-back John Stones is doubtful for Sunday's derby at home to United.
Stones was taken off injured 37 minutes into England's 3-3 home draw with Germany at Wembley on Monday.
He's missed just one of second-placed City's Prem matches this season.
But if he does miss out, then United will still come up against formidable central defenders.
Frontrunners to replace Stones would be Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji and Aymeric Laporte.
PFA fear injury spree in January
PFA chiefs fear an injury epidemic will rip through the Prem in January, writes MARTIN LIPTON.
The demands of the congested fixture list will be compounded by the impact of the first winter World Cup.
Worries about burn-out for players returning from Qatar are one element in the equation.
But players’ union bosses are also concerned about the shape of those players not selected for the tournament who face six weeks without competitive football in the middle of the season.
The worries were brought home with the release of the study by analysts and insurance company Howden that found Prem clubs suffered 1,131 injuries and absences last season.
And the PFA is increasingly wary that the demands of this extraordinary campaign will take an even worse physical toll on Prem stars.
PFA chief exec Maheta Molango explained: “Fixture congestion is a player welfare issue. In many of the conversations we have with PFA members it’s the number one issue they raise.”
The PFA anticipates the players not selected for the World Cup will need to undertake what will effectively be a second pre-season fitness campaign from early December.
Utd tipped to duel Inter for Torres
Manchester United will battle Inter Milan for Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres next summer, Fichajes claim.
That could be another blow for under-fire United centre-back Harry Maguire.
The England ace was dropped by Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag two games into the season as Maguire fights to regain form and maintain match-sharpness for the World Cup.
The Red Devils have long been linked with Spain star Torres, 25.
But the suggestion is only a huge bid would tempt Villarreal to sell.

Pogba rates Juve fans better than United's
Paul Pogba has hailed Juventus fans as better than Manchester United's and revealed he stayed in contact with Massimiliano Allegri while he was at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman, 29, rejoined Juve in the summer on a free transfer after a six-year spell at United.
And Pogba says he's happy to be back in Turin where he "felt the love" from fans as a young footballer in the four years he spent at Juve between 2012-16.
Such love, he says, wasn't shown by Man Utd fans.
Speaking to GQ, Pogba said: "When I left they were very grateful for the years together.
"I was young and they really always pushed me to the stadium, they were always behind me, I always felt the love of these fans, this is the truth.
"I've never heard such a great one, not even in Manchester."
The decision to move back to Juve was made with his "heart", but Pogba also revealed he was in contact with boss Allegri even while he was playing for United.
Pogba hailed his special relationship with the Italian, who always pushed him to be a better player.
17-hour drinking allowed at World Cup
England fans can drink for up to 17 HOURS a day at the Qatar World Cup.
But they will have to dig deep to get a piece of the desert festival action.
World Cup chiefs, who confirmed that fans will not need proof of Covid vaccinations but will have to have a negative PCR test within 48 hours of travelling to the Gulf state, have contacted Glastonbury event promoters Arcadia to run a Qatar 2022 version.
The “Arcadia Spectacular”, complete with the fire-breathing 50-tonne Glastonbury spider, will offer a capacity of 15,000 per day.
As well as the promised “A-list line ups from the global stage of techno and house music” it will have food options and bars selling alcohol from 10am through to 3am the next day, allowing fans to watch all four daily games in the group stage of the tournament that starts on November 20.
The festival, offering “the most immersive shows on Earth”, will be sited between Doha’s airport to the south of the city and the England team base camp Souk Al-Wakrah hotel, around 20 minutes from the centre of the capital.
The Mancs facts
Manchester giants City and United meet on Sunday afternoon for the 51st time in the Premier League,
And it’s the red half of the city that still hold the advantage, having won close to half of the previous 50 contests.
However, City are closing the gap, having completed the double over their rivals last season for the first time since 2018-19.
'Juventus fans brought me back'
Paul Pogba has finally come clean on his summer departure from Manchester United and spoken out over the reasons for his return to previous club Juventus.
He told GQ Italia: “I like to think and say that it is my heart that made the choice. It was also perhaps the right time to come back here [to Juventus].
“The last three years in Manchester, also affected by injuries, have not gone as I wanted, it is no mystery.
“When I left [Juventus], they were very grateful for the years together. I was young and they really always pushed me to the stadium, they were always behind me.
"I always felt the love of these fans, this is the truth. I’ve never heard such a great one, not even in Manchester."
More from Scholes on United
Paul Scholes has blasted Manchester United's scattergun recruitment, claiming Casemiro may not even be the "manager's signing".
Scholes said: "Sancho was a young player who Manchester United spent a lot of money on, who was unproven in the league.
"And why would a club like Real Madrid let Varane go? If you looked at him last season, he didn’t look right. I didn’t think it was a great transfer window.
“Nobody at the club is taking responsibility for it. This year, Casemiro was done over two days.
"I wonder if it was the manager’s signing. A lot of money, long contract. I think they need to put someone in charge of recruitment. Eventually, the manager will get blamed for it.”
Scholes praises "brave" Ten Hag
Paul Scholes believes Erik ten Hag has made some big decisions since taking over at Manchester United.
He has commended the Red Devils boss for recognising problems and coming up with solutions, and not being too rigid with his philosophy.
Scholes said on The Overlap, in partnership with Sky Bet: “I’ve been encouraged with what I’ve seen so far by Erik ten Hag. He’s changed a lot since the Brentford game.
"The simple thing was, don’t play out from the back. Get the ball forward to your best players. Get Christian Eriksen into centre midfield, a player who can play balls to the forward players. 
“He had to leave Harry Maguire out. It was a brave decision. He’s a brave manager.”
Real reason behind Arnautovic rejection
Manchester United pursuit of ex-West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic ended because the player REJECTED the move, according to Bologna's director of football, Marco Di Vaio.
Bologna ace Arnautovic would've provided cover for the then potential departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as for injured star Anthony Martial.
United fans were far from pleased with being linked with a move for Arnautovic, and a deal was stopped dead in its tracks, which many believe was to do with pressure from the Old Trafford faithful.
However, the striker turned United down as he "understood that he is at the centre" of Bologna's project.
Barca to win Neves race
Barcelona want to sign Ruben Neves as a replacement for Sergio Busquets, according to reports.
The 34-year-old Barca ace is set to leave Catalonia for Inter Miami next summer after 15 years in his boyhood club’s first-team.
And according to Catalan paper Sport, Wolves star Neves has emerged as a key target for Xavi and Co.
Manchester United and Arsenal were both strongly linked with the Portuguese international over the summer although neither got close to agreeing a deal – and now they are set to be gazumped by Barcelona.
Despite keeping Frenkie de Jong and recruiting Franck Kessie last summer, the LaLiga giants still feel the need for more options alongside the likes of Pedri in midfield.
With Neves’ contract at Molineux only running until 2024, Barca feel that a deal should be simple enough to do – especially given their positive relationship with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
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