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  • October 26, 2022

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Manchester United's preparations for their upcoming Europa League clash with FC Sheriff are in full swing.
Real Sociedad are in pole position in the group, but United will be keen to put pressure on the Spanish outfit as they look to avoid the Europa League's play-off round.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be the talking point surrounding the Reds and he made his return to training on Tuesday after he was forced to train alone on Friday before missing the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has been linked with a move to United, though it's now being reported that United were never interested in adding him to their hierarchy.
Meanwhile, we still await an update on the outcome of Raphael Varane's injury assessments after the Frenchman left the pitch in tears on Saturday with his World Cup hopes hanging in the balance.
TODAY'S BIG TALKING POINT: Should Cristiano Ronaldo feature on Thursday? Have your say here.
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FC Sheriff Tiraspol left-back Patrick Kpozo is feeling confident about handling United winger Antony on Thursday night.
He claims the Brazilian “couldn’t do anything” against him in last month's Eruopa League fixture, which Reds won 2-0.
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Ronaldo has made a promise to his United team-mates following his return to the squad.
It's the first time the superstar has spoken since being welcomed back into the fold by Erik ten Hag.
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Erik ten Hag spoke to the media today ahead of Thursday's clash with FC Sheriff.
He touched on Ronaldo's return, Martial's absence and Varane's injury.
The Reds boss was joined by Eriksen, who also took questions from the floor.
Read what both Ten Hag and Eriksen said here >>>
Bruno Fernandes has recieved critcism for his output from some corners of the United fanbase but his attacking stats paint a healthy picture.
The midfielder is among the most creative players in the Premier League this season, according to Opta. He even tops one list.
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United's full training squad ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Sheriff has been detailed.
Most already know Ronaldo has been welcomed back into the fold while Anthony Martial is still out injured, but three formerly injured players are back in training.
Find out who has made the squad here >>>
Former United boss Ralf Rangnick says he had indentified six potential summer signings for the club before his departure.
On the list was Erling Haaland and Christopher Nkunku.
Find out who the other four were here >>>
Now here is a blast from the past.
Earlier, we brought you reports of United's rumoured interest in 16-year-old Endrick, but what about the time they took a look at a teenage prodigy called Freddy Adu?
The American has been speaking about his trial at United in 2006, though it was scuppered by his failure to get a work permit.
"One day after a session, I was getting ready to go back to my place when Cristiano Ronaldo pulled up in his car next to me and was just really, really nice and said 'Hey man! If you need anything let me know!'" Adu told Offers.Bet.
"He offered to take me out to dinner, to show me around and just so that I knew I wasn't alone over there – that blew my mind! I had no idea that Cristiano was such a nice person and I became an instant Ronaldo fan in that moment – he couldn't have been any nicer.
"At that point I said that this is the person I want to be, and how I want to carry myself, because other people were looking at me the way I was looking at Cristiano – you just have to be nice to people, no matter what. So that, for me, was an incredible moment."
United have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players for the second week running.
The charge relates to an incident that took place during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, following the awarding of a Blues penalty.
United players surrounded referee Stuart Attwell to protest against the decision and it has resulted in the club being hit by an FA charge for a breach of rule E20.1
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Cristiano Ronaldo will be back in the United squad for tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Sheriff, manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed.
Ronaldo was axed from the squad for Saturday's trip to Chelsea after refusing to step off the bench in last Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. However, he will be back in contention tomorrow evening.
Click here to see what Ten Hag has had to say.
United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that defender Raphael Varane will not play for the club before the start of the World Cup next month.
The centre-back was forced off in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea and was having to fight back the tears as he made his way back towards the tunnel. Ten Hag, though, believes he could be fit in time for the World Cup to represent France.
Click here to see what Ten Hag has had to say.
Erik ten Hag will speak to the media at 12pm to look ahead to tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Sheriff Tiraspol.
You can follow everything that he has to say on our press conference live blog. Access that by clicking here.
United will head into tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Sheriff Tiraspol knowing that a point will see them qualify from the group with a game to spare.
But such is the importance of avoiding an unwanted play-off round in February, they need to win the group, meaning they must win tomorrow night, given that Real Sociedad, who they face next week, are up against Omonia Nicosia in the other group game.
Fortunately, United's record in the Europa League at Old Trafford has been good in the past; they have lost just one of their last 20 home games in the competition, winning 15. They need that record to continue.
New Middlesbrough head coach Michael Carrick has hinted that he could use his contacts at United to sign some players during the January transfer window.
Carrick, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford as a player, was appointed as Boro's new boss earlier this week, earning his first permanent job in management. He served as United's caretaker boss for a short period last term.
On the prospect of using his contacts to add players to his Boro squad, Carrick said:
"It depends who is expensive or not, they might give me a couple of cheap deals. That's part of football, isn't it? Who you know and building relationships and trust. Hopefully we’'l take good players whether it's to sign them or on loan and they're going to trust us looking after their players and players are going to want to come here and play because they see us doing things a certain way."
When working under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, Antony revealed that he felt the Dutchman had the ability to improve any player that he got the chance to work with.
Considering how impressive Diogo Dalot has been so far this season, Antony was not kidding. The Portugal international has been, arguably, United's most improved player since Ten Hag got the job, becoming one of the very first names on the teamsheet.
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It already seems like Endrick will be the next big thing in world football.
The 16-year-old made history last night when he became Palmeiras‘ youngest first-team goalscorer in the club’s history.
He is one of the most talked about teenagers in the game and CaughtOffside is already suggesting United will rival Real Madrid to try and sign him when he turns 18.
United have reportedly revived their interest in signing Roma striker Tammy Abraham.
Italian publication Calciomercato state both United and Tottenham are keeping a close eye on him as they look to bolster their forward lines next year.
United's search for a new striker has seen them linked with a move for Patrik Schick next year.
Fabrizio Romano says there is currently no contact over a deal but that United looked at him when Ralf Rangnick was in charge.
“There’s some talk again of Patrik Schick being an option for Manchester United,” Romano told CaughtOffside. “He was one of the players scouted under Ralf Rangnick, but now there are still no contacts ongoing.
“I think he’s very talented player, but needs to be more consistent; for sure, he could be a good option for many big clubs in the Premier League.”
Talk about a vague transfer rumour.
United are not planning to make any serious moves in the January transfer window but that hasn't stopped endless reports suggesting they will.
This one claims they are looking to sign a talented striker – well who isn't? – and that there is a lot of interest in the South American market.
Michael Carrick has revealed that he picked Sir Alex Ferguson’s brains before taking up the reins at Middlesbrough.
“I spoke to Sir Alex a few times. I’ve spoken to him more since I stopped playing – I didn’t want to get too close to him when I was a player," he said.
“I spoke to him a lot. It’s well documented that he has real pride and care about ex-players progressing and being coaches and managers and takes real pride and care in helping them as well.
“He’s certainly done that to me, and I really appreciate the advice he’s given me.”
Erik ten Hag and one of his players will speak to the press at midday, so we can expect an update on Raphael Varane's injury situation.
The French defender was reduced to tears following injury against Chelsea at the weekend but there has been no official confirmation of how long he'll be out for.
Ten Hag will likely be asked about Varane at the press conference and might even reveal how he plans to replace him.
Stjepan Tomas has resigned as manager of FC Sheriff just two days before they were set to face Manchester United in the Europa League. United are back in action on Thursday night when they welcome the Moldovan side to Old Trafford for the penultimate match in their group.
Tomas only took charge of Sheriff this summer but has chosen to vacate the position following their defeat to Petrocub at the weekend, their first league defeat of the season.
Speaking after the 1-0 loss, the Croatian manager took the blame for the defeat on himself: “It seems that the players were thinking about the match in Manchester, there was no concentration. This is my mistake."
Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim admitted it is the club's 'dream' for Cristiano Ronaldo to return, but admitted the finances involved would prove to be a stumbling block in negotiations.
"I don't know," Amorim said when asked if Ronaldo could return to Sporting. "Ronaldo is a top player, a Manchester United player.
"Everyone in Sporting dreams of the return of Cristiano, so I don't want to speak about that. He's a Manchester United player, a top player, and he will be for a few months.
"I'm going to respond the same way as a lot of journalists in Portugal ask me that question a lot. He is a Manchester United player.
"Everybody in Sporting dreams of the return for Cristiano but we don't have the money to pay his wages. I think he is happy in Manchester but is not playing so that is the problem."
Reports suggest Manchester United will have to equal the British transfer record to sign Victor Osimhen.
Osimhen, 23, continues to earn rave reviews for his performances at Napoli and the Italian side have won 11 games on the spin in all competitions. Nigeria international Osimhen has played his part in that run, with five goals and an assist from his nine appearances so far this season.
His overall record for the Serie A table-toppers reads 33 goals in 71 matches. It's a return that has alerted Europe's elite clubs and United are thought to be in the market for his services.
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Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim has admitted that Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the club is a "dream" but they can't afford his wages.
The saga surrounding the 37-year-old has intensified since Erik ten Hag took over at Old Trafford. Ronaldo has found playing time hard to come by despite finishing as the club's top goalscorer last season.
In the summer, Ronaldo handed in a transfer request as he looked to swap United for a Champions League club, however, nothing came to fruition and he remained in Manchester. He has made eight Premier League appearances this season but has been handed just two starts.
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Manchester United were reportedly close to bringing in Michael Edwards as a director.
However, Sky Sports have rubbished these claims. Melissa Reddy has reported that the news that he was close to agreeing a deal with the Reds is 'fiction'.
Edwards spent 11 years at Liverpool and has been lauded for his role in transforming their recruitment.
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