MANCHESTER UNITED are back in Premier League action this weekend as they face Southampton on Super Sunday.
Meanwhile Barcelona have reportedly put Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho up for sale, sparking interest from the Red Devils.
Get all the latest news, updates and gossip from Old Trafford here...
MORNING, UTD FANS
United expect Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford to be fit for this afternoon's Premier League trip to fifth-placed Southampton.
But boss Ole Gunnar Solsjaer admits Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are "very unlikely" to be ready as United, in 13th spot, chase a fourth straight win.
Fellow midfielder Jesse Lingard is available, though, after finishing isolation for being in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
And with ex-Saints left-back Luke Shaw included in United's nagging batch of injury worries, former Old Trafford defender has emerged as a shock figure on their radar.
Club chiefs will ponder a swoop for the Northern Ireland star, 32, if he fails to sign a new Leicester contract in time for the next transfer window.
Solskjaer wants a left-sided centre back in his squad but has just £20million to spend in January.
And a United source said: “Johnny’s name has come up in conversation.
"A lot of people here have plenty of time for him - and that includes Ole and Mike Phelan.”
But any dreams United have of landing goal machine Erling Haaland - instead of or as well as his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho - have met with a stern response from his Bundesliga club.
Dortmund director Michael Zorc said: “We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all. I will see him with us for a long time.”
UTD MONITOR OLD BOY EVANS
United are keeping a close eye on Jonny Evans’ contract situation at Leicester.
And if he has still not signed a new deal by the turn of the year, they are considering a shock move to bring their former defender back to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to add a left-sided centre back to his squad, but has a kitty of just £20 million in January – unless he can bring in more from sales.
Evans, 32, is in the final year of his deal with the Foxes, and although he has admitted he’d be happy to extend his stay, so far nothing has been agreed.
He moved to Leicester two years ago but a United source revealed: “Johnny’s name has come up in conversation.
“There are still a lot of people here who have plenty of time for him - and that includes Ole and Mike Phelan.”
GIGGS' £180k LOSS
United legend Ryan Giggs has lost £180,000 from his business interests during the pandemic.
The Wales manager, who is on bail for alleged assault, outlined his financial woes in accounts filed at Companies House.
The report says the value of Ryan Giggs Limited, the firm he uses to manage his investments, has fallen two per cent after rising from £12million last year to £13.2million this March when lockdown began.
It adds: “In terms of the financial effect (Covid), based on a valuation of the company’s listed investments as at 26 October 2020, it is known there has been a diminution in value of approximately two per cent and amounting to an estimated £180,000 reduction compared to the valuation carried out…at 31 December 2019.”
It is not specified if Manchester’s Hotel Football is included.
NO HAALAND GLOBE-TROTTING
Borussia Dortmund insist scoring prodigy Erling Haaland, strongly linked with United and Real Madrid, is staying put "for a long time".
Dortmund director Michael Zorc says the Norway striker, 20, is integral to team-building has claimed, having netted 33 goals in his first 31 outings for the German giants.
Haaland reportedly has a verbal agreement to leave next year despite being under contract until 2024.
Zorc told a press conference: “We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all.
“I will see him with us for a long time.”
VAN CAN REALLY MOTOR
Talking of United's Donny Van de Beek, fellow Dutchman Rene Meulensteen told talkSPORT: “You could see again what a good player he is [against Basaksehir].
“I think he gave one ball away the whole of the game – one pass.
“He has played in that deeper position at Ajax and later on he went a bit more forward.
“He’s got a good eye for the little clever passes in behind and making those box runs.
“If you keep constantly changing teams with two midfielders and two sitting players, you don’t really get the flow of players playing with each other and that might be one of the problems.”
PUT BEEK UP PECKING ORDER
Ex-Old Trafford coach Rene Meulensteen believes United - and Donny van de Beek - after suffering from rotating their midfield line-up too much.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s old right-hand man believes £40million summer arrival Van de Beek proved his worth in last Tuesday's 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
But he fears the Holland superstar's value could be lost as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's shuffles formations, with Paul Pogba also fighting to regain his regular place.
UTD REUELL-ED OUT
Arsenal have signed ex-Tottenham and Manchester United defender Reuell Walters, 15
Walters spent just one year at United and tweeted: “New chapter. New beginning.
“Thanks to God and everyone who has played a part in my journey so far, especially my mum, dad, sister, family, and friends.
“Also a very special thank you to everyone at Arsenal for believing in me. Excited to get started!”
The right-back will join up with the Gunners’ Under-16s.
SCOTT HAILS POGBA
Scott McTominay has defended team-mate Paul Pogba, and believes the French superstar is ‘misunderstood’.
Pogba has struggled with injuries over the past year and he believes he is enduring the most difficult period of his career.
Speaking to Pro Direct Soccer, McTominay said: “I remember watching Pogba at Juventus when I was in the reserves at United, I was like ‘this guy is ridiculous’.
“People don’t know him. People don’t. They don’t know him for who he is. He is very misunderstood, in my opinion, for the way he is, his personality and what he brings the team.
“Obviously he can have a bad game, everyone can have a bad game but because it’s Paul Pogba it’s magnified to a different level.
“When he plays well, he’s up there with the very best. Top class.”
Former England and Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has told Football Insider that a move to Celtic would be a good move for Dean Henderson, should he be able to get out of the club.
Celtic have conceded a whopping 17 goals in their last eight games across all competitions, and currently sit 11 points behind league leaders Rangers.
Robinson said: "Celtic would be a fantastic option for Henderson.
“It would always appeal to a player and it is somewhere where I would have loved to have played.
“We saw Fraser Forster play up there last season and he was outstanding, got in the first team and enjoyed some great times.
“If Dean Henderson was able to get out of Manchester United, Celtic would be a great move but I cannot see United letting him go.”
WORTH THE HAS-SLE
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has played down the idea of him being a future Manchester United manager.
The 52-year-old has impressed since taking over at St Mary's, and his side have got off to a good start this season.
Southampton sit 5th after nine games, winning five, drawing two and losing on two.
The fine start has led to speculation he could land a top job.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash against United, Hasenhuttl said: "It is not something that I listen to.
"I don't have social media and I don't read the news.
"Sometimes I find myself sometimes listening to the radio when they speak about football, it's interesting to hear them talking about it and analysing our game.
"I am much more interested in what is happening at our club, here at the moment.
"I have signed a new contract. This is a long-term project for me and the way that we improving this club is something that gives me so much joy every day, it is so enjoyable.
"There is something special growing here at the moment and this is the reason why I decided to stay here for longer."
Manchester United are reportedly refusing to give up on signing Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele and will try and loan him in January.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the French winger for months.
And having failed to sign him in the summer, United will attempt to bring him in on an initial loan deal when the next transfer window opens, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
The Reds were very close to sealing a permanent deal after the 2019-20 season finished.
But the 23-year-old had a last minute change of heart and stayed at the Nou Camp under new boss Ronald Koeman.
BIG MONEY SIGNINGS
Paul Pogba is still Man United's most expensive signing, but that could all change next summer if United go back in for England and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
THE OLDER, THE WISER
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping youngster Mason Greenwood can learn from Edinson Cavani.
Cavani, 33, joined United in the summer transfer window, leaving French champions PSG.
The forward has a healthy goal-scoring pedigree all across Europe, scoring 342 goals and providing 65 assists in 563 games.
Speaking ahead of United's next game away at Southampton, Solskjaer said: "We try to help all of our players, if they're young and old, the more experience you have, the greater chance you have to avoid a mistake here and there.
"I don't have an issue with helping young players and help them become good footballers, and Mason is a really good footballer."
AROUND THE GROUNDS
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Scott McTominay has defended team-mate Paul Pogba, and believes the French superstar is 'misunderstood'.
Pogba has struggled with injuries over the past year and he believes he is enduring the most difficult period of his career.
Speaking to Pro Direct Soccer, McTominay said: "I remember watching Pogba at Juventus when I was in the reserves at United, I was like 'this guy is ridiculous'.
"People don't know him. People don't. They don't know him for who he is. He is very misunderstood, in my opinion, for the way he is, his personality and what he brings the team.
"Obviously he can have a bad game, everyone can have a bad game but because it's Paul Pogba it's magnified to a different level.
"When he plays well, he's up there with the very best. Top class."
ON THE MOVE
Former United captain Antonio Valencia, 35, has joined Liga MX side Queretaro.
The club announced it on social media yesterday, he is their third signing of the season.
Valencia made 339 appearances for United, scoring 25 and providing 62 assists, as well as winning two Premier Leagues, two league cups, an FA Cup, one Europa League title and SIX community shields.
Man United wonderkid Mason Greenwood has hailed team-mate Marcus Rashford as his inspiration.
Speaking to World Soccer Magazine, Greenwood highlighted how Rashford's recent experiences can help him navigate towards becoming established in the United first-team.
Greenwood said: "He's come through the same pathway as I am following at the club, he's helped me a lot, and it's so good knowing he's done the same.
"He's been in my position and knows how it feels, so it's nice to have someone like that with me and to look up to and play with.
"He's a good lad. We are all proud of him and it's amazing what he's trying to do for people."
DOR IS CLOSED
Erling Haaland will be at Borussia Dortmund 'for a long time', the club's director Michael Zorc has claimed.
The Norwegian star is in the middle of a transfer tug-of-war with Manchester United and Real Madrid both chasing the striker.
The 20-year-old has become one of the most in-demand players in European football since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January.
Haaland has bagged a staggering 33 goals in his first 31 outings for BVB across all competitions to spark a huge demand for his services.
Despite being tied to the Signal Iduna Park until 2024, the forward reportedly has a verbal agreement to leave next year.
But Dortmund chief Zorc dismissed the speculation surrounding Haaland by insisting the future of the club's star man is in no doubt.
Speaking at a press conference, he told reporters: "We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all.
"I will see him with us for a long time."
Here's our Man United predicted line-up for tomorrow's game against Southampton!
HELD TO RANSOM
Manchester United risk being hit with a £15million fine if they give into hackers' ransom demands, according to reports.
The Premier League giants have been hit by a cyber attack that has left the club's systems compromised.
The club confirmed last week that it had been the target of a "sophisticated operation by organised criminals", and has since brought in a team of technical experts to contain the attack.
The hackers are understood to be demanding a ransom with the possibility they will leak sensitive information or block access to it if United don't pay up.
Bruno Fernandes picked up Uefa's Goal of the Week award for his rocket against Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Portuguese midfielder netted a brace before selflessly passing a penalty on to Marcus Rashford.
Former Manchester United star Angel Gomes revealed he rejected a bumper new deal at Old Trafford because he needed a 'fresh start'.
The 20-year-old left in the summer after making just six appearances last season having been a Red Devil since the age of five.
He is spending 2020-21 on loan at Portuguese side Boavista - a move Bruno Fernandes helped him with after playing in their youth teams - before joining Lille.
He told The Independent: "It’s [United] such a special club but I just wanted to be able to play and express myself.
"I was offered a great contract, I had all my family and friends around me, but I decided that I was willing to sacrifice that to pursue a different path.
"I could have stayed and gone out on loan but it just felt like I needed a fresh start.
"I wanted to get back to where I was and find happiness in my football."
Manchester United have been linked with a player labelled the 'new Lionel Messi'.
Tuttomercato reports the Red Devils are interested in Velez Sarsfield's Thiago Almada.
An attacking midfielder from Argentina, Almada previously expressed a desire to play under Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.
The 19-year-old was also rumoured to have caught the eye of Arsenal previously and is widely viewed as one of the game's top prospects.
Victor Lindelof revealed the reason behind his 'Iceman' nickname and hinted he could have played professional ice hockey.
The Swedish defender, 26, told BBC Sport: "It started when I played in Portugal. I played a game for the B team at Benfica and then they called me the iceman.
"Maybe it is because I'm from Sweden and it's quite cold up there. Or because I'm quite cool and calm on the pitch with the ball, I don't know. Maybe it's a combination of that.
"I like to play ice hockey and my brothers play as well, it's a sport that I love. In a different world, maybe I could have tried to become professional in that as well.
"I got the opportunity once to play with the Manchester Storm here in Manchester and that was a lot of fun.
"I hadn't been on the ice for quite a time so it was very fun to be out there with the guys and to skid around a little bit."
CALL TO ARMS
Manchester United's Eric Bailly revealed he rejected Manchester City after a personal phone call from Jose Mourinho convinced him to move to Old Trafford.
Bailly joined for £30million from Villarreal in 2016 with City splashing £50m on John Stones in the same summer.
Bailly told Mundo Deportivo: "I was in Ivory Coast, in the dining room at home with my mother when the phone rang. It was a Portuguese number; Mourinho.
"He told me to come with him, that he liked me since he saw me with Espanyol and Villarreal.
"Manchester City were also interested, but if Mourinho calls you, you can’t say no."