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  • October 1, 2022

WORLD cup winner Kylian Mbappe reportedly pushed for Paris Saint-Germain to sign Marcus Rashford in the summer.
Rashford, 24, was linked with a move away from Old Trafford during the transfer window.
And reports suggest that Mbappe had Rashford in his four man shortlist – none of which were secured.
Meanwhile, Wolves talisman Ruben Neves rejected an approach from Manchester United in the summer according to reports.
Catalan outlet Sport claim that Neves preferred a move to Barcelona instead but their financial struggles saw the deal collapse.
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo has been urged to retire by former Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano.
But Ronaldo will be determined to prove Cassano wrong when United face rivals Manchester City in a huge Manchester derby on Sunday.
Get all the latest news, updates and transfer gossip here…
The good, the dad and the ugly
Erling Haaland will have a chat with his dad Alf Inge before he plays in his first Manchester derby on Sunday, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.
The Norwegian hotshot grew up as a City fan and won’t need any extra motivation for the showdown with United at the Etihad.
But Haaland Sr may provide some – as he was famously pushed towards retirement by a horror tackle from Roy Keane in this fixture 21 years ago.
The scars obviously run pretty deep in the 14-goal striker’s family.
When Erling was introduced to the City fans at a special event back in July he was asked which fixture he was looking forward to the most.
“I don’t like to say the words… Manchester United,” he replied – to huge cheers from the supporters who had gathered to greet him.
On Sunday he will get a first chance to show the Red Devils just how much he dislikes them – and might have some words from his old man ringing in his ears.
The £51.4million ace said: “I will probably speak to my dad about it, yeah, but I know what it’s like and I’m ready.
“I’m excited, it will be a great experience. Hopefully a good, intense game and I look forward to it.
“I expect United to be hard-working, they’ll come to us to try to destroy us but we have to believe in ourselves and to perform well and take advantage of being at home."
Jude should snub Liverpool and Utd for Real
Jude Bellingham has been urged by SunSport columnist Troy Deeney to snub Manchester United and Liverpool for Real Madrid.
Birmingham striker Deeney says the Blues have a perfect role model in their 'old' boy.
England midfielder Bellingham, 19, is tipped for a huge move from Borussia Dortmund next summer.
And Deeney believes Real would be Bellingham's best bet – on the way to becoming Three Lions' skipper by 2026.
HERE'S TROY'S FULL VERDICT HERE
Lisandro must 'stay away from Haaland'
Jamie Carragher has urged 5ft 9ins Lisandro Martinez to "keep away" from 6ft 5ins Erling Haaland in Sunday's derby.
Manchester United's summer buy Martinez seems to have won over many critics who say he's too short to be a Premier League centre-back.
But Carra told the Telegraph: “The best advice Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag can offer Lisandro Martinez about dealing with Erling Haaland is to keep away from him.
“Some battles can be won by outmuscling or outplaying an opponent. Other players need out-thinking.
"Martinez must be at his smartest to get the better of his Manchester City rival this weekend.”
Haaland has hit 14 goals in 10 games for City since arriving for £52milion from Borussia Dortmund in May.

Mbappe 'wanted Rashford at PSG'
Kylian Mbappe wanted PSG to sign Marcus Rashford over the summer, reports say.
French World Cup winner Mbappe opted to stay with PSG rather than join Real Madrid but handed boss Luis Campos a wishlist of strikers.
RMC Sport say he was keen on Rashford, Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and Gianluca Scamacca, who instead joined West Ham from Sassuolo.
Ten Hag could be frustrated over January spending
Erik ten Hag is reportedly frustrated he may have to curb his spending plans in January.
Manchester United chiefs pushed the boat out to allow Ten Hag to sign Casemiro and Antony following defeats in the first two Prem games.
Four wins later and United enter Sunday’s derby at Manchester City in fifth place after six matches.
But it’s claimed Ten Hag would like to push on more in the transfer market than club bosses want.
Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Martin Dubravka came in over the summer before Antony and Casemiro.
And Ten Hag recently said: “We have many meetings – we have to improve the structures in and around the club and we will also look to the window in January or next summer already.”
But United have publicly insisted spending on players will be LESS in the next transfer window than the last one.
Rio goes with heart over head for derby
Rio Ferdinand admits he's going with his heart rather than his head in predicting Manchester United will earn a score draw at City on Sunday.
Champs City are second but United are fifth after winning the last four of their six games.
Red Devils' legend Ferdinand told his FIVE podcast: "That's going to be a big one. Do I fancy United to win it?
"I think score draw I'm going to go for. Maybe that's my heart over my head, but I'm going to go score draw."
Ferdinand added: "I used to love playing in the derby.
"It was a tough, tough game, but I used to love that and after these internationals I'm sure people will be chomping at the bit to get back in."
'United's main hope is counter-attack'
Manchester United are going to get “pumped” by rivals City, predicts ex-Chelsea ace Chris Sutton.
United and City are set to lock horns on Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad and Sutton claims a heavy defeat for Erik ten Hag’s men is a “more likely scenario”.
The Red Devils endured a miserable start to the campaign as they lost their Premier League opener to Brighton before getting thrashed 4-0 at Brentford.
But Ten Hag managed to turn things around with a stunning 2-1 victory over rivals Liverpool which led to a four-match winning streak in the Prem, including a big win over in-form Arsenal.
However, Sutton argues that the Gunners failed to take their chances at Old Trafford. The Norwich legend claims that if Erling Haaland and co play “anywhere near as well” then they could thrash their foes with a score up to 4-1.
Sutton told the BBC: “For all the positivity about Manchester United’s progress under Erik ten Hag, they are playing Manchester City – who are the best team in the country and by far the best team in Manchester.
“We saw Arsenal created chances against United in their last league game, but failed to take them. If City play anywhere near as well as they can do, they will do the same – and they won’t miss.
“United could cause them problems on the counter, but a more likely scenario is that they are going to get pumped.”
Rooney's son Kai follows dad to be Puma poster boy
Wayne Rooney's son Kai has followed in his footsteps by becoming the poster boy for Puma's new JD Sports clothing range.
The 12-year-old, who plays for Manchester United's academy, was seen sporting Puma gear in his first modelling shoot last month.
And now it has been confirmed that he will front the sportswear company's latest range – with his mum Coleen sharing a pic of him on a Puma poster along with the caption "my @kairooney.10".
He signed a deal with Puma back in August and now appears to be heading down the same path as his father.
Wayne fronted Nike's sportswear for many years during his playing career.
But he will now watch his son make his way in the sport as he continues to impress at a very young age.
Kai scored 56 times for the Under-12s last season – where he is team-mates with Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cristiano Jr.
When he signed for the Red Devils, Wayne was delighted and proud of his boy.
He said: "He did have other options, other clubs to go to.
"But he decided he wants to sign for Manchester United, so it was his decision and not mine."
Arteta will 'insist' on pursuing Neves
Mikel Arteta will "insist" on signing Liverpool and Manchester United target Ruben Neves – but the Wolves midfielder wants to join Barcelona.
That's the claim from Spanish outlet Sport  as speculation over the Portugal star, 25, soars.
Neves – valued at £50million-plus – has two years left on his contract and reportedly earns £60,000 a week.
Sport say he's Arteta's prime target.
But they also suggest his own priority is to join Barcelona.
Endrick boost for Red Devils
Endrick's agent has denied that the reported Manchester United target is on his way to Real Madrid or Barcelona.
It's claimed the Palmeiras attacker, 16, has a £35million release clause with the Brazilian giants.
And it's been suggested he was more likely to move to Spain than United.
One reason is he shares an agent with Real Madrid genius Vinicius.
But the Red Devils might be encouraged to hear tonight that there are apparently no negotiations of that sort.
Fernandes fried in The Great British Take off
Greggs have hilariously compared nine of their best snacks with top footballers, writes DYLAN TERRY.
The company's official Twitter account posted the thread on Friday morning.
And they gave a cheeky explanation of why each food item has been paired with the respective player.
Among them were Man City striker Erling HaalandArsenal star Bukayo Saka and Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham.
But Man Utd fans may not be very pleased with what Bruno Fernandes has been compared to.
Here is a full breakdown of the Greggs snacks and the players the food chain believes correspond to them.
GREGGS SAYS: Inevitable. Unsurpassed. Makes you feel bad for the rest. Never misses.
GREGGS SAYS: Bite-sized, recent favourite with a tasty kick to it.
GREGGS SAYS: A bit of everything in one perfect package. Loved by everyone.
GREGGS SAYS: The next big thing. Has all the ingredients to live up to the hype.
GREGGS SAYS: Sensational for a few weeks but then disappears.
READ THE FULL PLAYER GUIDE HERE
United's hectic month ahead
After just one game in the last three weeks, Manchester United are about to embark on an extraordinary schedule ahead of the World Cup.
The Red Devils are due to play 13 games before their international stars link up with their country on November 14.
And nine of those fixtures will take place in a 28-day period during October.
Here are the first five of those:
Ten Hag could be frustrated over January spending
Erik ten Hag is reportedly frustrated he may have to curb his spending plans in January.
Manchester United chiefs pushed the boat out to allow Ten Hag to sign Casemiro and Antony following defeats in the first two Prem games.
Four wins later and United enter Sunday's derby at Manchester City in fifth place after six matches.
But it's claimed Ten Hag would like to push on more in the transfer market than club bosses want.
Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Martin Dubravka came in over the summer before Antony and Casemiro.
And Ten Hag recently said: “We have many meetings – we have to improve the structures in and around the club and we will also look to the window in January or next summer already.”
But United have publicly insisted spending on players will be LESS in the next transfer window than the last one.
City tipped to 'pump Utd'
Manchester United are going to get "pumped" by rivals City, predicts ex-Chelsea ace Chris Sutton.
United and City are set to lock horns on Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad and Sutton claims a heavy defeat for Erik ten Hag's men is a "more likely scenario".
The Red Devils endured a miserable start to the campaign as they lost their Premier League opener to Brighton before getting thrashed 4-0 at Brentford.
But Ten Hag managed to turn things around with a stunning 2-1 victory over rivals Liverpool which led to a four-match winning streak in the Prem, including a big win over in-form Arsenal.
However, Sutton argues that the Gunners failed to take their chances at Old Trafford. The Norwich legend claims that if Erling Haaland and co play "anywhere near as well" then they could thrash their foes with a score up to 4-1.
Sutton told the BBC: "For all the positivity about Manchester United's progress under Erik ten Hag, they are playing Manchester City – who are the best team in the country and by far the best team in Manchester.
"We saw Arsenal created chances against United in their last league game, but failed to take them. If City play anywhere near as well as they can do, they will do the same – and they won't miss.
"United could cause them problems on the counter, but a more likely scenario is that they are going to get pumped."
Stones out of derby
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed John Stones will miss Sunday's Etihad derby.
The City defender hobbled off during England's thrilling 3-3 draw with Germany holding his hamstring.
Stones, 28, looked gutted as he trudged off, sparking fears the injury could prevent him from playing at the World Cup.
But Guardiola has eased those concerns today, with Stones not expected to be ruled out of the tournament.
Although in a blow to City, the defender will definitely miss this weekend's game against Manchester United.
Guardiola said today: "I think he will not be injured for five to six weeks but it will be less. Normally hamstring can be four to six weeks.
"I don't know when he will be back but maybe 10 days to two weeks hopefully."
Aymeric Laporte and Kalvin Phillips also remain sidelined for the champions.
Rashford and Martial back in training
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are back in training for Manchester United ahead of Sunday's derby trip to City.
Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag confirmed the two frontmen are fighting fit.
Ten Hag said Martial has been taking part all week but it's unclear when Rashford returned.
Frenkie move could be revived
Manchester United are refusing to admit defeat in their drawn-out pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
The Red Devils pursued the Dutchman throughout the summer months without success, eventually discovering he preferred to stay with Barca.
However, sources close to the club have told ESPN that Erik ten Hag has not been off by that saga, and are likely to make another approach in the future – perhaps even as soon as next summer.
There is the understanding that De Jong will eventually leave the Nou Camp, and a reunion with Ten Hag – his former boss at Ajax – remains on the cards, particularly if United seal a return to the Champions League.
Uefa INCREASE Champions League congestion
Jurgen Klopp, look away now, because Uefa's proposed new Champions League schedule includes group stage games until the end of JANUARY, writes GIACOMA PISA.
Europe's governing body want to expand the Champions League and Europa League in 2024, but keep the Europa Conference League the same.
Fuming Liverpool boss Klopp said last month that the action-packed schedule was "not right".
And if things weren't already hectic enough, Uefa's wacky new plans would see Champions League and Europa League teams play an extra two games, according to ESPN.
The two competitions are also set to expand from 32 teams to 36.
So instead of European football entering its knockout phase after Christmas, two more rounds of Champions League and Europa League games will be played right up until the very end of January.
But eight rounds of games spread out over 10 weeks are set to cause chaos to the domestic schedule. The first round of proposed Europa League games clash with the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Further European matchdays in December and January then clash with the Carabao Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
It gets worse, as the final round of European games are proposed for the same time as a full Premier League midweek schedule at the end of January 2025.
Pep: United's quality is clear
Pep Guardiola reckons his first managerial meeting with Erik ten Hag will be a major test of Manchester City's hopes this season.
United's four wins in a row has lifted them to fifth, five points behind champs City but with a game in hand.
And Guardiola said: "Always I expect the best. The quality they have has been clear, they got very good results against top sides – Southampton, Arsenal at home, Liverpool at home. The momentum is there.
"I don't have to say anything before big games, there are plans to attack and defend and that’s all, always I believe it’s a big opportunity to express our skills, in front of thousands, millions of people.
"The best way is to be yourself and try to show as much as possible.
"Don’t be scared, be up front and try to play good, if you do the consequences will be victory. I prefer to be active rather than reactive. My teams have always been like this."
Guardiola backs Martinez… against Haaland!
Pep Guardiola has scoffed at critics writing off Manchester United's "fantastic" new centre-back Lisandro Martinez for only being 5ft 9ins tall – and tipped him to give Erling Haaland a hard time in Sunday's derby.
Martinez has won round SOME pundits and is a cult figure with many fans after United's run of four straight wins.
And Guardiola said: "I like when people underestimate players for size.
"He can tell them, ‘I’m here and a good player’. He’s a fantastic player, aggressive, good build-up. United paid this money, Erik [ten Hag] knows him.
"It’s not the first time he’s played against taller strikers, he handles it. Important is to be intelligent, brave. The crosses, Erling [Haaland] is taller, we see what happens."
Cody Red alet
Manchester United will renew their interest in PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo when the transfer window reopens in January.
The Red Devils had several discussions with both the Dutch player and club during the summer, but failed to ever make an official bid.
Instead, United opted for Antony in the closing days of the window but Erik ten Hag still hopes that Gakpo will arrive to help the Brazilian form his new-look attack.
However, the Old Trafford outfit are said to have competition from other Premier League clubs.
Everton and Southampton were both keen on the 23-year-old last month.
Ron told to consider quitting
Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been told to retire by a former maverick of the game.
Antonio Cassano was a headline-maker on and off the pitch during his career, and the Italian star still knows how to make news.
In a recent interview with Cabine Desportiva, Cassano urged the Manchester United ace to quit before he sours his legacy.
Despite turning 37 in February, Ronaldo struck 18 times for the Red Devils last season.
However, this campaign has been difficult for the Portuguese striker, who tried to force a move away and has had to settle for bit-part performances since.
Cassano 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.
“He won everything, he was a phenomenon, but stop.
“You have to stop or you’ll only run into the bench.”
Hectic October about to begin
After just one game in the last three weeks, Manchester United are about to embark on an extraordinary schedule ahead of the World Cup.
The Red Devils are due to play 13 games before their international stars link up with their country on November 14.
And nine of those fixtures will take place in a 28-day period during October.
Here are the first five of those:
United handed double derby boost
Harry Maguire may be out, but Erik ten Hag has revealed that both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are in contention for Sunday's clash at Manchester City.
The forwards were not expected to be involved this weekend when neither featured in the club's official photographs of training.
However, the United boss has confirmed that the pair have returned to the group after their respective injuries, and are fit to take part.
"Anthony Martial has been training with the group all week so I am really happy with that situation," Ten Hag told reporters.
"He has been performing really well in training and has made a good impression.
"And Marcus Rashford has returned to training so we are happy with that."
Maguire ruled out of derby
Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Harry Maguire will play no part in this Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.
The centre-back returned from international duty with a muscle injury, and has not recovered in time to feature.
However, the United boss backed the defender to bounce back, not just from injury but also the widespread criticism he has received this year.
"I have to coach him and I have to back him," Ten Hag said.
"I back him because I believe in him. I can see his qualities. Quality is there. Almost 50 caps for England, he has high potential. Then it is about him. We all believe in him."
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