Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Sunday, 9 August.
Dortmund planning Sancho contract talks
Manchester United’s intent to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is well documented.
He is the club’s top target, MEN understands, but the club is also unhappy with the Bundesliga side’s demands over a transfer.
A deadline for the deal to be struck was set by BVB for 10 August and United are ready to walk away from the deal.
As a result, Dortmund themselves are reportedly ready to offer Sancho a big new contract to remain at Signal Iduna Park.
The England international’s current deal expires in 2022, and for now his future remains uncertain.
Defenders unlikely to arrive this summer
United have also been linked with a host of defensive recruits this summer, from Nathan Ake and Gabriel Magalhaes to Ben White and Joe Rodon - but such arrivals are improbable in the current climate and after last summer’s spending.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to give him half a new defensive line, while Brandon Williams has since emerged to challenge for a spot at left-back.
Other young hopefuls are trying to break through and could offer reasonable depth and cover to established seniors, so another summer of big spending on the defence is not realistic.
United also need to offload several names who have offered little in recent times, including Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.
Rashford message to Martial over top scorer race
Both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have broken the 20-goal barrier for the season, with the former leading the latter by a single strike heading into the final games of the campaign.
Both players could yet hit 25 in all competitions if they finish strongly in the Europa League, but Rashford isn’t overly concerned about who wins out of the duo, as long as the team is getting victories.
Responding to a tweet from the Manchester United account about his team-mate edging ahead to 23 with his late strike against LASK, Rashford responded:
“Tony wins, I win, we all win. That’s my guy.”
A friendly rivalry might well be in place and it’s natural that professional pride will drive the pair on, but Rashford and Martial have both shown that the team comes above any individual accolades.