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MANCHESTER UNITED are back in the driving seat in the Champions League after a crushing 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Red Devils were beaten by the Turkish side in Istanbul but a double from Bruno Fernandes, a penalty from Marcus Rashford and a strike from Daniel James ensured that didn't happen again.

Get all the latest news, updates and gossip from Old Trafford here...

  • HIGH MARC BUT NOT TOP AWARD

    Marcus Rashford will win a Special Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - but NOT be shortlisted for the main prize.

    SPOTY rules mean the Manchester United and England striker's crusade for free school meals cannot be considered as a factor in nominations as the top gong is based on sporting achievement.

    But Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “Marcus’ endeavour to give a voice to those who find themselves in a situation that he too is familiar with has been greatly admired and the (judging) panel wanted to ensure he was recognised for that.

    “In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but particularly vulnerable families, he has gone above and beyond to transcend his sport and make a real difference.

    "This award is a tribute to a remarkable young man." 

  • DONNY IS THE NEW KING

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to have found the key to getting 11 stars working together on the pitch.

    Donny van de Beek must have been thinking ‘I’m a redundant footballer . . . get me out here’ since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer.

    But he was king of the castle in United’s 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir In only his fifth start, the deep-lying Dutchman offered the link between front and back that the Red Devils have been missing.

    What it also crucially did was give Bruno Fernandes more freedom to do damage further forward.

    Van de Beek said: “It worked really well. Some games I play No 10 and sometimes the coach needs me in the control position. 

    "That is fine for me because when I played at Ajax, I was playing in those positions, so it is OK.”

  • CAMA GET ME

    Man Utd and Chelsea target Edouardo Camavinga admits he “dreams of joining a “great club”.

    The Rennes midfielder, 18, who already has two full caps for France, has also attracted the interest of Real Madrid and Juventus.

    He said: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.

    “We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.

    “It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes.

    “I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”

  • GREEN VAN MAN

    Mason Greenwood's finishing already rivals Manchester United legend  Ruud van Nistelrooy - and he will grow into an even bigger, better "beast".

    That's the verdict of Old Trafford hero Rio Ferdinand as 19-year-old Greenwood gradually returns to his sensational form of the second half of last season. 

    The England strike starlet provided a late assist for fellow substitute Dan James in United's 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

    And former England defender Ferdinand agrees with comparisons between Greenwood and ex-Holland poacher Van Nistelrooy.

    Ferdy told BT Sport: “Look at him, he’s growing as well,

     “He’s going to be a beast to go with the technique he’s got, the understanding, his spacial awareness, he plays off both feet.

    "We talk about Ruud van Nistelrooy, it excites you when you see finishers that finish aggressively, but with precision. He has that in abundance.”

  • MARTIAL 'NOT A GOOD' CENTRE-FORWARD

    Paul Scholes rates Manchester United's Anthony Martial as "not a good centre-forward".

    Old Trafford legend Scholes believes the "moody" Frenchman struggles with his back to the goal - but is a different character running at players.

    Martial was quiet and goalless in United's 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir while midfielder Bruno Fernandes struck twice.

    And Scholes told BT Sport: "I don’t think he's got that movement for centre-forward, he's not good with his back to goal. 

    "But when he gets the ball and he's facing someone, it's a different position. You see him going at someone.

    "Definitely. He's a little bit moody and you see him. But once he gets a goal there's every chance he'll go on to get three or four."

  • MARADONA TRIBUTE

    European football will stop to remember the genius of Diego Maradona for the next two nights after the death of the Argentine superstar at just 60.

    Uefa chiefs ordered a minute's silence from all players, officials and fans at tonight's Champions League ties after the news from Buenos Aires broke.

    And the gesture will be repeated ahead of tomorrow's Europa League ties.

    Uefa recognises the South American's huge impact on European football during his spells with Barcelona and Napoli.

    Maradona won the old Uefa Cup with Napoli in 1989, scoring a penalty in the first leg of the final against Stuttgart, helping the Italian side to a 5-4 aggregate victory.

    He spent seven years in Serie A after two seasons in Catalonia, taking the Stadio San Paolo side to their only two domestic crowns in 1987 and 1990 after his then-world record £6.9m move.

  • HUG THE RED DEVIL SOON

    Ex-Sunderland whizkid Joe Hugill, 17, is tipped to soon be 'knocking on the door' of Manchester United's first team.

    The summer recruit netted twice on his United Under-18s debut in September and quickly shone for the U-23s too.

    Former Scotand left-back Arthur Albiston, who played more than 500 games for United, told MUTV: “He has got off to a fantastic start in his career, scoring goals right away.

    “He played in a couple of Under-18 games and then went into the Under-23s and scored goals there as well.

    “Wouldn’t surprise me if he keeps doing that, he might be knocking on the door of the first-team squad.”

  • RASH OF PRAISE FOR SANCHO

    Marcus Rashford has tweeted his praise of Manchester United target Jadon Sancho.

    After pundit Gary Lineker poured scon on the suggestion Borussia Dortmund frontman Sancho was undervalued in England, Old Trafford striker Rashford also backed his Three Lions' team-mate.


  • PEP OUT OF LUCK

    Man City pondered a £90million move for ex-United and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku over the summer, reports say.

    The Belgium striker hit 34 goals for Inter Milan last season after his £75m switch from Old Trafford in August 2019.

    And the Daily Telegraph suggest Etihad boss Pep Guardiola weighed up a bid but was ultimately deterred by Inter's asking price.

  • VAN FINALLY IN GEAR

    Donny van de Beek has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he has no problems playing wherever as he made just his second Man Utd start.

    He told MUTV following the 4-1 home win against Istanbul Basaksehir: “It was really good.

    “Some games I play No.10, sometimes the coach needs me in the control position, that’s fine for me.

    “Sometimes in Ajax I was also playing in that position so it’s okay.”

  • TAYL ENDER

    Gordon Taylor will step down as PFA chief executive at the end of the season – ending his 40-year reign as arguably the most powerful union baron in the country.

    Taylor, 75, has come under increasing pressure in recent years over his handling of the organisation.

    His departure, though, was signalled last year, to coincide with the promised Independent Review of the organisation.

    The PFA has already set up a panel, including Gary Neville, to identify his successor.

    Taylor and the union insisted his exit from the £2million per year job was not linked at all to the current criticism of the PFA’s role in dementia research.

    The former Birmingham winger will make his formal announcement at today’s Annual General Meeting of the PFA.

    Taylor said: “A new chief executive will be elected following the recruitment procedure recommended by the Independent Review, and we have already made substantial progress in that direction.

  • EDO-VER HEELS IN LOVE WITH BIG MOVE

    Man Utd and Chelsea target Edouardo Camavinga admits he “dreams" of joining a “great club”.

    The Rennes midfielder, 18, who already has two full caps for France, has also attracted the interest of Real Madrid and Juventus.

    He said: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.

    “We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.

    “It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes.

    “I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”

  • FANDEMONIUM

    Premier League clubs will be playing in front of fans in just a WEEK'S time, the government has announced.

    Once lockdown comes to an end on December 2, supporters will be allowed to return to stadiums at capacities of up to 4,000.

    However, this will depend on which tier of Covid restrictions their local area is allocated.

    Liverpool, Everton, Man City, Man Utd, Burnley, Leeds and Sheffield United were all in Tier 3 areas before lockdown and will be banned from hosting fans if their tier remains unchanged.

  • FERDINAND CONTINUED

    BT Sport Gary Lineker described Man Utd captain Maguire and Portuguese midfielder Fernandes as leaders in the dressing room but Ferdinand wasn't having any of it.

    He added: "I don't think they are to be honest. If you are being brutal, I don't think any of them have shown any signs. 

    "Maybe Bruno - a new player coming in and taking responsibility in interviews, and on the pitch you can see he demands the ball and takes responsibility that way.

    "But I don't see anybody who is going to ruffle feathers or pull someone aside and say 'listen, you have given possession away cheaply the last three times, sort yourself out'.

    "Having no fans in the stadium is disgusting and we hate it but it has opened my eyes to see that there aren't many leaders playing football at the moment and Man United are suffering from that."

    Paul Scholes added: "It is a very quiet team, it's such a quiet team."

  • LEAS ASTRAY

    Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand insisted the club have NO leaders as Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes are NOT captain material.

    Ahead of United's 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir, Ferdinand told BT Sport: "We were there the other day watching this game [West Brom].

    "It's not just about Ole on the sidelines, or Mike Phelan or Michael Carrick talking on the sidelines, but sometimes you need a player. 

    "Bruno, who you don't mind giving the ball away because he is the creative spark right, but he gave the ball away very cheaply probably about four times before half-time. 

    "I am sitting there looking around the team thinking who is going to be onto him? Who is going to be telling him? I would have been screaming."

  • PLAYER STATS

    Bruno Fernandes has yet again been United's main man this season.

    Not only is he their top scorer in the Premier League, but he has also provided the most assists.

  • FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

  • GOAT DEBATE

    Man Utd legends Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have argued over whether the 1999 or 2008 side was the Red Devils' best-ever XI.

    The two members of the Class of 92 played in both sides but had differing opinions on which team was ultimately the best.

    Former midfielder Scholes favours the Treble-winning side from 1999 while retired right-back Neville prefers the 2008 team.

    The United squad from 2008 also bagged the Champions League and Premier League titles under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The 1999 squad won 22 out of their 38 league games, drawing 13 and losing just three to finish on 79 points - one ahead of rivals Arsenal - before defeating Newcastle in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

    In 2008, United finished on more points with 87 but lost two more games, suffering five defeats in total, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by eventual winners Portsmouth in the sixth round.

  • STATS LIFE

    Bruno Fernandes has the most goals and assists of any Premier League player since February.

    The Portuguese playmaker's stunning impact at Manchester United has been revealed in this table.

    January signing Fernandes has scored more goals (21) than any other Prem rival, and is joint top of the assists chart with Kevin de Bruyne on 13.

    Harry Kane is one goal behind and has played 11 games fewer, while De Bruyne has also not been as busy as Fernandes.

    Fernandes has a total of 34 goals and assists since February 1 in all competitions, three more than Spurs leader Kane.

  • LIKED THE LUK

    Manchester City reportedly considered a move for ex-Man United striker Romelu Lukau but were put off by his asking price.

    Pep Guardiola ended speculation over his future at the Etihad last week by penning a new deal.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, if Guardiola had his way, he could be using former United star Lukaku in attack if he had been successful in the summer transfer market.

    The publication claims City looked into the possibility of signing the Belgium, who bagged 34 goals for Inter last term.

    The Serie A giants forked out £74m for the hitman in 2019 - but they wanted a whopping £93.75m 12 months later from City.

  • IRN BRU

    Take another look at Bruno Fernandes' sensational strike last night.

    Have some of that!

  • UNITED NEWS

    Manchester United are looking ahead to a tough game at Southampton this weekend.

    And the Red Devils should be able to focus fully on the Premier League after lifting a weight from their shoulders by hammering Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 in the Champions League.

    After two goals from Bruno Fernandes, a penalty from Marcus Rashford and a strike from Daniel James, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men now know that just a point against either PSG or RB Leipzig in their final two games will see them through to the knockout stages.

    Meanwhile midfield target Edouardo Camavinga has had his say on his future.

    The Rennes star commented: "The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.

    “We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.

    “It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes. I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”

    And Antonio Conte's Inter are reportedly interested in a January swap deal which would see Christian Eriksen leave the club in exchange for either Man Utd's Fred or Arsenal's Granit Xhaka.

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