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8am Man Utd news LIVE: Haaland top transfer target, Sancho still wanted, young United starlet Kambwala ‘coup’

MANCHESTER UNITED are determined to bring Erling Haaland to Old Trafford despite being snubbed for Dortmund by the Norwegian in January.

The striker has a £70m release clause from 2022 but the Red Devils are willing to pay more than that this January or in summer if he expresses a desire to move.

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  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>9 minutes ago

    WILL THRILLS

    Manchester United think they have scored a coup by signing youngster Willy Kambwala, who is being compared to Patrice Evra.

    The young French centre-back, 16, has played for France at Under-19 level after being born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    And he arrived from Sochaux in the summer for an undisclosed fee, but the Red Devils think they have a bargain on their hands.

    He played in their Under-18s clash against Derby County, winning 4-0 after the Rams had a player sent off but he appeared happy with the result.

    Kambwala will feature in more games before Christmas.

    The MEN carry a quote from a source, saying: “Make of that what you will in terms of how happy they are with the coup.”

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Manchester United have reportedly put Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to the top of their shortlist.

    According to The Athletic, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'still has designs on enhancing his centre-forward options'.

    And despite bringing in goalscoring legend Edinson Cavani on a free, Haaland is now the main transfer target.

    It is reported that although 'United’s negotiations with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola may have ended fractiously' there are still 'bridges' between Solskjaer and the player.

    In other news, the Red Devils are lending a hand in Marcus Rashford's fight to end child food poverty by donating 5,000 school meals over half-term.

    The England striker is in a battle with Boris Johnson's Government to ensure disadvantaged kids are kept fed while school is out.

    While there is talk of a U-turn in Westminster, United have stepped in to help six schools around Manchester.

    This week the club and its foundation will team up with food charity FareShare to cook and package 5,000 meals in the Old Trafford kitchens.

    Meanwhile, United are close to appointing a new data scientist, according to reports.

    It is thought the recruit would provide research across various areas within the club.

    But the role would involve studying data to help with recruitment and medical issues.

  • RASH DECISION

    Bookies' favourite Marcus Rashford is set to miss out on a BBC Sports Personality of the Year nomination despite his remarkable charity work, according to reports.

    The Manchester United striker has earned plaudits for his tireless campaigning trying to avoid children going hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

    But the Daily Mail claims joint-favourite Rashford, 22, is likely to be overlooked as the Beeb's guidelines state only 'sporting achievements' can be considered – despite the name of the award.

    That would leave Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton a strong contender after the Mercedes ace beat Michael Schumacher's long-standing wins record at the Portuguese GP.

  • THAT'S MOUR LIKE IT

    Jose Mourinho looks 'happy' at Tottenham after his Manchester United misery, claimed Gary Neville.

    Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said: “I played against Jose Mourinho teams in the early part of his career at Porto and Chelsea, and they were the most outstanding football teams.

    “The Inter Milan team was outstanding, he had success at Real Madrid winning the leagues.

    “But in the last few years, he has been labelled and I think it has hurt him a little bit in that it’s a non-dominant, out-of-possession type of football.

    “I think he looks happy at Spurs and there has definitely been a change this season at Spurs.”

  • TABLE TURNER

    Here's how the Premier League table is looking following tonight's matches.

    Manchester United are slumped at 15th in the table… Ouch.

  • NEV-ER SAY NEVER

    Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba could be Manchester United's Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, claims Gary Neville.

    The latter has recently been dropped to the bench, as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ponders how to get the best out of the talented duo.

    He said: “De Bruyne and Silva weren't disciplined midfield players before Pep Guardiola arrived, he made them into that.

    “So that's the only system I can see where it would be obvious to get those two [Pogba and Fernandes] into position.

  • WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright doesn't sound too confident ahead of Arsenal's clash against Manchester United on November 1.

    The former Gunners star told Premier League Productions: “You look at Manchester United as well who are another team that will want to play on the break.

    “You're going to need to be able to pass through their team, be able to break them down.

    “Manchester United will do the same thing [as Leicester] and they've got even better players going forward, more than just Vardy.

    “It's a tough one, we knew Leicester were going to be tough and we know Manchester United are going to be tough.

    “Arsenal are going to have to dig in and find a way of getting results without scoring the perfect goal.”

  • STAT ATTACK

    Manchester United are close to appointing a new data scientist, according to reports.

    It is thought the recruit would provide research across various areas within the club.

    But the role would involve studying data to help with recruitment and medical issues.

    They would also be expected to contribute on the business side of the club.

    According to The Athletic, United are looking to hire someone from a more corporate, possibly pharmaceutical, background.

  • IN THE POGHOUSE

    Gary Neville has given his thoughts on how Paul Pogba fits into Manchester United's squad.

    The Old Trafford legend told Sky Sports: “I think Ole on Saturday thought that was the strongest team.

    “For me, I've never understood why Ole hasn't tried – maybe he's looked at it in training and doesn't like it – one sitter with Pogba and Fernandes in front.”

    Before he added: “That's the only system I can see where it would be obvious where you could get those two into that position.”

  • 'A PRIVILEGE'

    West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan has donated £25,000 to FareShareUK.

    This generous donation will go towards free meals through the Child Food Poverty Taskforce, founded by Marcus Rashford.

    Sullivan said: “Marcus Rashford has done such a fantastic job of raising awareness and leading the way in tackling a very important issue, which impacts so many youngsters in our local communities up and down the country.

    “It is a privilege to be able to help.”

  • LUK AT HIM NOW

    Antonio Conte has claimed Romelu Lukaku was a 'rough diamond' at Manchester United.

    The Inter Milan boss said: “Romelu is a different player to what he was a year ago.

    “I always said in the past he was a rough diamond that I wanted to work with.

    “He is working and you can see just the way he receives the ball, the way he moves, everything has improved.”

  • HA LA LAND

    Manchester United are still hopeful of signing Erling Haaland, according to reports.

    The striker snubbed a move to Old Trafford in favour of joining Dortmund at the start of the year.

    According to The Athletic, United are still planning to make a move for Haaland.

    But they will have to wait until 2022 when his release clause becomes active.

  • PAY-PER-BLEW IT

    Premier League clubs will tomorrow discuss cutting the Pay Per View charge to under a tenner.

    But not until AFTER next month’s international break.

    Top flight clubs have faced a fan backlash, fuelled by MPs, and branded 'greedy' for the £14.95 per game charge.

    Despite that, SunSport understands the League is to announce the five matches scheduled for the weekend of November 7 and 8 which have not already been moved for live TV screening will be shown on PPV at the current price.

    Those matches include Arsenal versus Aston Villa and Spurs’ trip to West Brom, both of which will be switched to the Sunday because of Europa League exertions.

  • KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE

    European Super League would be ‘closed shop’ for clubs like Midtjylland if United get their way, claims chairman.

    Rasmus Ankersen said: “I think Midtjylland is a good example of the importance of keeping the dream alive for small clubs. 

    “I've been taking part in all these European Club Association meetings in the past few years, where all the conversations are what the future is going to look like in European football.

    “Unfortunately, the way it's going, there's going to be some reforms coming up in the next few years that will move football towards becoming more of a closed League for the big teams.”

  • IN FOR THE KYL

    Kylian Mbappe has insisted Paris Saint-Germain 'know how to react' after their loss 2-1 loss to Manchester nited.

    The Frenchman, 21, will be gunning for revenge when the two clubs meet again on December 2.

    He said: “It's not the first time we've lost the first match of the group stage.

    “We know how to react.”

  • TEAM NEWS

    Manchester United have posted some early team news ahead of their clash against RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

    Here's what has been said…

  • TOP MARCS

    Manchester United are lending a hand in Marcus Rashford's fight to end child food poverty by donating 5,000 school meals over half-term.

    The England striker is in a battle with Boris Johnson's Government to ensure disadvantaged kids are kept fed while school is out.

    While there is talk of a U-turn in Westminster, United have stepped in to help six schools around Manchester.

    This week the club and its foundation will team up with food charity FareShare to cook and package 5,000 meals in the Old Trafford kitchens.

    Schools will then send on the meals to kids usually on the free meals scheme.

  • DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Manchester United have reportedly put Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to the top of their shortlist.

    The Premier League giants chased his team-mate Jadon Sancho all summer, but failed to sign the England international.

    Now, according to The Athletic, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'still has designs on enhancing his centre-forward options'.

    And despite bringing in goalscoring legend Edinson Cavani on a free, Haaland is now the main transfer target.

    It is reported that although 'United’s negotiations with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola may have ended fractiously' there are still 'bridges' between Solskjaer and the player.

  • FIVE SPICE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to ring the changes for Manchester United's home game against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    SunSport looks at five ways he could re-jig the midfield, here's three potential line-ups that include a start for new boy Donny van de Beek.

  • AD SOME OF THAT

    With Manchester United said to be in for Wolves' Adama Traore, SunSport takes a look at how the Red Devils could shape up next season.

    The 24-year-old is seen as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.

  • TROUBLE BRUING

    Manchester United should be concerned about Bruno Fernandes' body language, according to ex-England boss Steve McClaren.

    Fernandes has been linked with a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona and former Red Devils assistant McClaren told talkSPORT: “I’ve been watching Bruno Fernandes and he’s disappointed.

    “He’s disappointed because he’s been taken out of the middle and he’s out on the right-hand side.

    “I saw it last week against Newcastle, when he went out wide, and I’m seeing it again now.

    “His body language is not good, he’s not getting involved.

    “He needs to be in the game and on that right-hand side he’s not moving from there, he’s got to move from there, he’s got to get his head up and get back into the game and affect the game.”

  • PAUL OF LIES

    Paul Pogba has slammed reports he has retired from international football as fake news.

    However, neither the 27-year-old, nor the French Football Association, ever commented on the speculation.

    The reports came in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40km northwest of Paris, which French president Emmanuel Macron labelled an 'Islamic terrorist attack'.

  • UNDO WAY

    Manchester United new boy Facundo Pellistri played his first game for the Red Devils.

    The Uruguayan teenager starred for the Under-23s after moving to Old Trafford on deadline day.

    The 18-year-old completed the 90 minutes against Everton.

  • RASH CALL

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford denied he had heard from the PM as his free school meals campaign gathers pace.

    The 22-year-old, awarded an MBE by the Queen for his charitable work, replied to suggestions made by health secretary Matt Hancock that the Prime Minister had made contact with him.

    He tweeted: “Hmm, unless he’s referring to the call we had following the u-turn in June?…”

  • WHAT HAVE YOU DON?

    Donny van de Beek should have REJECTED Manchester United, according to Dutch legend Marco van Basten.

    Real Madrid were also strongly linked with the midfielder before he completed a £40million move to Old Trafford in September.

    Van Basten told Ziggo Sport, via the Mail: “Donny should not have gone to Manchester United.

    “”It is really bad for a player like Donny to play only six or seven games this year. That is shocking for your match rhythm.

    “Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club.”

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