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11pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Haaland top target, Maguire Greece trial delayed, Koulibaly could join for just £39m

MANCHESTER UNITED have been given a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland with the Dortmund wonderkid reportedly rejecting a move to Chelsea.

Meanwhile Harry Maguire's appeal against his aggravated assault conviction in Greece is unlikely to be heard in 2021.

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  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS,

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swears he isn’t trying to freeze out David De Gea in favour of Dean Henderson.

    He said: “As soon as David travels back, we just have to follow the government rules. But I expect him to be available very soon, not too far.

    “Making up stories is not fair on our fans, not fair on David, we want our players back as soon as poss. But there’s a human being in there and David was there for this fantastic day for him and his girlfriend.

    “This is the biggest occasion in any parents’ lives and it’s a fantastic day for David, of course.

    “When you become a dad that’s the best possible feeling you could have and the ones lucky enough to have that feeling know.”

    Meanwhile, Roy Keane’s continued involvement in football after his career-ending challenge on Alf-Inge Haaland is ‘appalling’, according to former FA chief David Bernstein.

    He told The Athletic ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby: “I’ve never forgotten it. From a personal point of view, that was the worst individual thing I’ve been directly involved in, and the worst I’ve ever seen on the pitch.

    “As a human being, it was an awful thing to see. Roy Keane stood over him and basically said, ‘Take that, you b.’

    “It was done in cold blood. I have never forgiven Keane for that. I think, frankly, it’s dreadful he’s accepted in football the way he is. After doing something like that, I think it’s absolutely appalling.”

    And finally, on the transfer front, United have launched a bid for Barcelona prodigy Ilaix Moriba, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 18, has won rave reviews since breaking into the Catalans’ first team earlier this season.

    Spain Under-18 international Moriba has been labelled the new Paul Pogba, with similar strength and creativity to the Red Devils superstar.

    And Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo claimed Old Trafford officials have tabled an offer for the Guinea-born teenager.

    RB Leipzig are also said to have made an offer for Moriba, whose Nou Camp contract is due to expire next year.

  • LOST WITHOUT BRU

    SunSport’s Danny Higginbotham says: Manchester United do miss Paul Pogba — it is as simple as that.

    Since coming off injured in their 3-3 draw with Everton, United have only scored more than one goal in a Prem game against Newcastle.

    And it is no coincidence. They are missing his range of passing and his ability to drive at players.

    The question was, ‘Can Pogba and Bruno Fernandes play together?’.

    But now it is clear that, without Pogba, a certain amount of Fernandes’ freedom is taken away.

    When they are both on the field they make space for each other, depending on who the opposition decide to mark.

  • TAKING THE MYK

    Harry Maguire will be free to focus on football with his appeal against his conviction in Greece set to be delayed until at least 2022.

    Maguire was found guilty of aggravated assault on Mykonos and handed a suspended sentence.

    But the Guardian claim the backlog created by the pandemic means he is unlikely to be required in court this year.

    It had been thought that the Red Devils defender could face a court date before the summer.

    A Greek judicial official said: “Only emergency cases are being held.

    “We have a backlog dating back several years and every week there are adjournments. Very probably this case will not be heard for all of 2021."

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  • ICYMI

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swears he isn’t trying to freeze out David De Gea in favour of Dean Henderson.

    Solskjaer said: “As soon as David travels back, we just have to follow the government rules. But I expect him to be available very soon, not too far.

    “Making up stories is not fair on our fans, not fair on David, we want our players back as soon as poss. But there’s a human being in there and David was there for this fantastic day for him and his girlfriend.

    “This is the biggest occasion in any parents’ lives and it’s a fantastic day for David, of course.

    “When you become a dad that’s the best possible feeling you could have and the ones lucky enough to have that feeling know.”

  • NOT KEANE

    Roy Keane’s continued involvement in football after his career-ending challenge on Alf-Inge Haaland is ‘appalling’, according to former FA chief David Bernstein.

    He told The Athletic ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby: “I’ve never forgotten it. From a personal point of view, that was the worst individual thing I’ve been directly involved in, and the worst I’ve ever seen on the pitch.

    “As a human being, it was an awful thing to see. Roy Keane stood over him and basically said, ‘Take that, you b.’

    “It was done in cold blood. I have never forgiven Keane for that. I think, frankly, it’s dreadful he’s accepted in football the way he is. After doing something like that, I think it’s absolutely appalling.”

  • LOOK INTER THEM

    David Beckham’s Inter Miami are being investigated by the MLS for ‘violating the salary budget’ by signing Blaise Matuidi.

    The Frenchman joined the new Florida-based franchise on a free transfer from Juventus last August.

    But the MLS confirmed they are looking into the deal to determine whether Becks’ club broke the league’s regulations.

    An MLS statement released on Friday said: “Major League Soccer has begun a formal review of Inter Miami CF’s signing of midfielder Blaise Matuidi, specifically investigating whether the signing of the player complied with Major League Soccer’s salary budget and roster guidelines.

    “MLS will not make further comment until the completion of its investigation.”

  • FINAL CHANCE

    Casey Stoney wants her Manchester United aces to treat their WSL match against Aston Villa like a cup final.

    The Red Devils are desperate to get back to winning ways after losing two games back-to-back, including a 3-0 defeat to rivals Man City, in the league.

    And the team - who are third - face a tricky trip to Arsenal after they host Villa who are two places above the league's drop zone.

    Stoney, 38, said: "Every game is a cup final for us now, you know every game is a must win, we know that in terms of our league position.

    "Hopefully we can have a good performance on Sunday, take three points and build confidence going into the Arsenal game."

  • DORTMUND DUO

    Former Manchester United player Lee Sharpe believes the club should sign Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho if they want to challenge for the Premier League title.

    He told Ladbrokes: “There are always areas on the pitch you can strengthen as a side and I think there are two lads currently playing for Dortmund that Man United should seriously be looking at.

    “Jadon Sancho on the right – I think United are still lacking real quality out in that position.

    “Mason Greenwood has filled in and Daniel James has come in and had a good month or so but I think they need to improve on that position if they want to be challenging for titles and Champions Leagues.

    “And the other name is obviously Erling Haaland.

    “On his day Anthony Martial can be a world-beater but he doesn’t have enough of those days.

    “Edinson Cavani, we’re seen, struggles to stay fit and perform week-in, week-out, whereas Haaland has proven himself over the last few years as one of the best in the world in that position.

    “If they were to go out and get those two names in then they wouldn’t be far off being a real team.”

  • BELLS AND WHISTLES

    England will benefit from Jude Bellingham swapping Birmingham for Borussia Dortmund, Jens Lehmann reckons.

    He told talkSPORT: “I don’t feel that because when you come from Birmingham, a team out of the Premier League, then you expect something of him.

    “I like him as a player; his posture, his physicality, but also his technique. And he can score goals at a very young age.

    “So it is good for the Bundesliga that, all of a sudden, young English players go the other way round.

    "Before it was always German players going to England, now it is the other way around."

    Lehmann added: “It’s good for his personal experience, his development, just in case he goes back or plays for the English national team.

    “But, right now, I guess he wants to experience the fantastic atmosphere of the Signal Iduna Park because due to coronavirus, there were not many occasions when people were allowed to come to the stadiums.”

  • MOR TALENT

    Manchester United have launched a bid for Barcelona prodigy Ilaix Moriba, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 18, has won rave reviews since breaking into the Catalans’ first team earlier this season.

    Spain Under-18 international Moriba has been labelled the new Paul Pogba, with similar strength and creativity to the Red Devils superstar.

    And Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo claimed Old Trafford officials have tabled an offer for the Guinea-born teenager.

    RB Leipzig are also said to have made an offer for Moriba, whose Nou Camp contract is due to expire next year.

  • TECH A BOW

    Fifa has confirmed it wants ‘robo linesmen’ to call offsides at next year’s World Cup finals.

    And world chiefs are keen to roll out Arsene Wenger’s new ‘daylight’ offside idea in a bid to guarantee more goals.

    Fifa president Gianni Infantino revealed he is ploughing full steam ahead with ‘semi automatic offsides’.

    That sees the use of artificial intelligence ‘skeletal technology’ to give assistant referees instant signals of an attacker transgressing.

    Infantino said: “We tested it at two games in the Club World Cup in January and the tests were very positive.

    “VAR can take too long on occasions, although it brings justice, but with this technology we will get instant decisions.”

  • FAN-TASTIC

    The Premier League could push back the 36th and 37th gameweeks of the 2020-21 season so every team can welcome back fans to at least one game.

    Boris Johnson opened the way to crowds of up to 10,000 attending matches for the final round of fixtures last week.

    But the Premier League is said to have held 'casual' talks about moving the 36th and 37th gameweeks, according to The Athletic.

  • GET ENG LINE

    Gareth Southgate somehow needs to pick a 23-man squad for this summer’s rearranged Euro 2020 tournament.

    And then he will be tasked with narrowing that down a starting XI to face Croatia on June 13.

    Between now and then, there will be plenty of factors to consider – not least form and injuries.

    But here are five players we think should definitely be lining up at Wembley that afternoon including Luke Shaw HERE…

  • SILVA PINING

    Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the hunt for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co recently registered an interest in the Portuguese striker.

    United appeared to have a clear run at Silva, but Arsenal have now revealed they are interested, according to Calciomercato.

    The report in Italy claims Gunners chief Mikel Arteta views Silva as a direct replacement for Lacazette.

  • BRU BEAUTY

    Jack Grealish also denied that he had the best first touch in the Premier League in favour of praising Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne.

    He said: “No, that’s not true.

    “I do some alright touches but come on, you need to put a bit of respect on Bruno and KDB.

    “De Bruyne, he’s my favourite player. I think he’s probably the most perfect player in the Prem.

    “I just try and take little bits out of his game. I want to improve on and that’s looking at De Bruyne’s game and what he does.”

  • BRU DON’T NEED ME

    Jack Grealish says there was no point in Manchester United signing him last summer – because Bruno Fernandes had already taken his gig.

    The Aston Villa skipper made the comment during a light-hearted video interview with YouTuber and avid United fan Harry Pinero.

    He put Grealish on the spot by asking him why he didn’t sign for United in the summer.

    But the midfielder weaved around the question and replied: “You’ve got Bruno anyway.”

  • HELPING HEND

    Manchester United travel to rivals City with Dean Henderson confirmed as a starter - but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a defensive dilemma.

    David de Gea has returned to Spain for the birth of his first child, meaning Henderson keeps his place in goal.

    Eric Bailly partnered Harry Maguire at the back against Crystal Palace with Victor Lindelof managing his back problem on the bench but the Swede could return.

  • MAN YANAY-TED

    David De Gea's wife has given birth to the couple's first baby - with one fan brilliantly pointing out the arrival date mirrors the team's formation.

    The Manchester United goalkeeper and partner Edurne Garcia both took to Instagram to announce the news to their combined 12.8million followers.

  • WARMS THE SOL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swears he isn't trying to freeze out David De Gea in favour of Dean Henderson.

    The Manchester United No1 and partner Edurne Garcai are now celebrating the arrival of their daughter Yanay.

    De Gea headed back to Spain to be at the birth although reports suggested he would have been happy to stick around for at least Sunday’s Manchester derby and he will face ten days in hotel quarantine upon his return to the UK.

    Solskjaer said: "As soon as David travels back, we just have to follow the government rules. But I expect him to be available very soon, not too far.

    “Making up stories is not fair on our fans, not fair on David, we want our players back as soon as poss. But there's a human being in there and David was there for this fantastic day for him and his girlfriend.

    "This is the biggest occasion in any parents' lives and it’s a fantastic day for David, of course.

    “When you become a dad that's the best possible feeling you could have and the ones lucky enough to have that feeling know."

  • LAZ CALL

    Manchester United are looking for a team to buy Andreas Pereira in the summer as Lazio appear uninterested in triggering his release clause, according to reports.

    United sent Pereira out on loan to the Serie A giants in October but he is struggling to fit into manager Simone Inzaghi's plans and has only played a mere 548 minutes this season.

    The 25-year-old has registered a mere 21 appearances across all competitions.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito is not interested in stumping up the cash for the attacking midfielder and thus United will look for a different buyer elsewhere.

    The Red Devils are hoping to offload the out-of-favour Brazilian for £21million ahead of the summer transfer window.

    Pereira made a total of 40 appearances under United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last term.

  • LOAN MOVE

    Manchester United have borrowed £60million to help counter the impact of the pandemic.

    The Red Devils revealed the news when their second quarter results were confirmed on Thursday.

    Last year United took out a £200m credit facility as a safety net amid the drop in revenue caused by the outbreak of Covid-19.

    The club is believed to have lost well over £100m.

  • HEND GAME - EXCLUSIVE

    Dean Henderson expects to be Manchester United No1 next season – with David De Gea facing an uncertain future at the club.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be without his first-choice goalkeeper for the rest of the month after he went back to Spain for personal reasons - believed to be the birth of his first child.

    The ex-Atletico Madrid ace will be missing for at least five games, and Henderson will now get an extended run in the side.

    The 23-year-old feels ready to take over in goal full-time, with United now considering selling De Gea in the summer.

    Henderson was frustrated with sitting on the bench for the first eight-months of the campaign, and there were rumours he was open to leaving.

    The former Sheffield United ace has been eyed by Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.

    But United have NO intentions of selling one of their prized academy products, with Solskjaer a huge fan of his talents.

  • PAIN BARRIER

    Marcus Rashford could potentially need surgery on his shoulder after spearheading England's Euros bid, according to reports.

    The Manchester United striker, 23, has been hampered by the problem since November after tearing a muscle.

    And the Telegraph reports he might need to have it fixed once the campaign is over if it continues to bug him.

    Rashford has played 42 times for United this season and will be a key part of England manager Gareth Southgate's plans in the summer.

    The report also says that some United players are 'amazed' the striker has been able to play through the pain barrier for his side.

  • PLAYING IT KOUL

    Premier League target Kalidou Koulibaly could be available for a bargain £39million this summer, according to reports.

    Manchester United, Liverpool and Man City have been linked with the no-nonsense centre-back along with Bayern Munich.

    The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the finances of European clubs and Napoli are no different.

    According to Il Mattino, Gennaro Gattuso's side need to trim their wage bill and Koulibaly is one of the names up for sale for the right price.

    Napoli's finances will be further plunged into the red if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

    They currently sit five points adrift of fourth spot leaving Gattuso facing a fight to keep his job.

    Koulibaly has a contract with the Italian side until 2023 while he holds off signing an extension.

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