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  • October 2, 2022

MANCHESTER UNITED'S long-term target Cody Gakpo could finally be up for grabs as PSV have reportedly set their price for the attacker.
It has been claimed that interested clubs will have to pay approximately £39million to secure Gakpo's services and the Red Devils are leading the chase having already agreed personal terms.
However, if that fails, United are looking at signing Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos instead according to reports.
The Portuguese, 21, could star at this winter's World Cup and a combination of eight goals and six assists in 12 games this season so far.
And former Real Madrid forward Antonio Cassano has urged Cristiano Ronaldo call it quits on his illustrious career.
But Ronaldo will be determined to prove Cassano wrong when United face rivals Manchester City in a huge Manchester derby THIS AFTERNOON
Get all the latest news, updates and transfer gossip here…
Haaland fires warning to Utd
Erling Haaland reckons there are times when he is simply UNSTOPPABLE.
The Manchester City striker has made a record-breaking start to life in England, with an amazing 14 goals in his first nine games for the champions.
It is a haul which already includes two hat-tricks, and he is rubbing his hands at the thought of adding to that tally in Sunday afternoon’s derby showdown.
And when Haaland is at the peak of his powers, he doesn’t think there is a defender around who can shackle him.
The Norwegian, 22, said: “If I time my runs perfectly, I know no one will stop me.”
He was the most wanted man in Europe when he left Borussia Dortmund in the summer, yet he only had one destination in mind.
The chance of working under Pep Guardiola made it a one-horse race — and the City manager has certainly lived up to all those expectations.
Haaland, speaking to Gary Neville for Sky Sports, added: “The day before a game he tells us what is going to happen — and then the next day exactly that happens.
“It’s crazy, I don’t understand how that is possible!”
Utd's transfer strategy
Erik ten Hag has spoken about Man Utd's transfer strategy.
"I only look for buys. But what you have to prepare is what can happen," he said.
"You have to look to your squad, what is now there. It is not only about conversations over (signings), it’s also about thinking, working out strategies, and how you see your players.
"How do you want to play? How do the players fit in? It’s a huge scale, what you have to develop in such periods."
United's failed Locatelli bid
According to Calciomercarto, Man Utd failed in a late bid to sign Manuel Locatelli.
The Red Devils made a move to sign the Italian midfielder from Juventus, when the deal for Frenkie de Jong fell through.
But, the Italian outlet say Locatelli didn't want to leave Italy.
United then turned their attentions to Adrien Rabiot, which also flopped.
Georgina's busty display
Georgina Rodriguez showed off her amazing figure as she posed in her gym gear for pictures posted on her Instagram story
The stunning model and partner of Cristiano Ronaldo regularly shares what she's up to with her 39.2million Insta followers.
While Manchester United star Ronaldo prepares for tomorrow's derby – Georgina spent today in the gym.
The 28-year-old posed in her full navy work out gear, complete with baseball cap.
She was sure to give a shout out to the brand she was wearing, Alo Yoga, while appearing to be posing in a boxing ring.
She also posted a selfie from the back of a car.
Fernandes pledges future to Utd
Man Utd ace Bruno Fernandes has pledged his future to the club.
In an interview with MUTV, he said: "Being a kid in Portugal, watching the Premier League and watching the club, it was always a dream to come to the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford, and to experience that.
"I want to be here for many years. I want to have some stability for my family. We like to be here, we like to be in this country, we want to have the family established here and the kids growing up here, having their friends, being happy.
"That’s the most important thing for us."
Gakpo price
PSV have reportedly set an asking price for Dutch winger Cody Gakpo, claim Football Transfers.
The Red Devils were chasing the international star in the summer, but a move never came to fruition.
Now, the Eredivisie club are asking for around £45million for the 23-year-old talent.
Gakpo has scored eight goals in seven games this campaign.
Man Utd's next five games after Sunday's derby
Man Utd in the Prem so far this season
United have endured a mixed start to the Premier League campaign.
Erik ten Hag's side suffered two successive defeats to Brighton and Brentford at the start of the season, but they bounced back to win their last four games.
United want Goncalo Ramos
Man Utd could land Goncalo Ramos in a January transfer, according to reports.
The Red Devils are desperate to sign a new striker to bolster their front line.
United's rivals improved up front in the summer with Erling Haaland heading to Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus joining Arsenal and Liverpool landing Darwin Nunez from Benfica.
And Nunez's replacement Ramos has hit the ground running already this season with eight goals and six assists in 12 matches.
That included a hat-trick to help the Portuguese giants qualify for the Champions League.
Ramos is under contract at Benfica until 2025, signing a new deal last year.
But according to JN in Portugal, United are hopeful of luring him to Old Trafford in January.
However, they face competition from a number of top European sides including Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and mega-rich Newcastle – who failed in their pursuit of Ramos in the summer.
It is said Benfica would want around £35million for the 21-year-old striker.
Guardiola confirms Stones injury
Pep Guardiola has confirmed John Stones will miss Sunday's mammoth Manchester derby.
The Manchester 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, 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: "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."
Maguire ruled out of derby
Harry Maguire has been ruled out of the Manchester derby with a hamstring injury, manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed.
The Man Utd skipper, 29, has been out of favour in recent weeks, with Ten Hag opting to select the pair of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane instead.
The dropping of Maguire has coincided with an upturn in form for the Red Devils as they have gone on a four-match winning run in the Premier League.
And Ten Hag will once again be absolved of the dilemma whether to pick Maguire or not against rivals Man City as he is unavailable for selection.
Make his Marc
Kylian Mbappe reportedly wanted Paris Saint-Germain to sign Marcus Rashford in the summer.
The 24-year-old English forward was linked with a move away from the Red Devils ahead of the new season after a lengthy period of poor form.
And PSG were rumoured to be interested in acquiring Rashford despite his record of just five goals in 32 appearances in the 2021/22 campaign.
Now RMC Sport are reporting that the Old Trafford attacker was one of four players Mbappe called on PSG to sign – none of which were secured.
The French superstar, 23, penned a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions in the summer, bringing an end to speculation over a move to Real Madrid.
And Mbappe was quickly keen to have a say on transfers.
The report states Rashford was leading the way as a player he wanted to see PSG sign.
Mbappe is also thought to have wanted the club to agree deals for Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and Gianluca Scamacca.
Ring the Bell
Man Utd want to sign Jude Bellingham AND Frenkie de Jong in the summer, according to reports.
The Red Devils are not planning a major overhaul of their squad in January, with Erik ten Hag set to wait until the end of the season.
But he will then look to bring in exciting talent – and ESPN understand De Jong and Bellingham are at the top of his wishlist.
Man Utd were linked with De Jong all summer, with Ten Hag keen to reunite with the Dutch international he brought through at Ajax.
But a deal never materialised and he ended up staying at Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Bellingham committed to Borussia Dortmund for one more season but is set to leave in the summer.
Good Morning Man Utd Fans!
The Manchester derby is almost here!
United travel to the Etihad Stadium TOMORROW to take on rivals City.
Erik ten Hag's rejuvenated side head into the game high in confidence.
United have won their last four league games in a row.
However, Pep Guardiola has the most in-form striker in the Premier League currently at his disposal.
And, the Spaniard is yet to taste defeat this season.
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.
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