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MANCHESTER UNITED will look to hit back in the Champions League this week after a disappointing loss to Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Dean Henderson linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

And Timo Werner reportedly snubbed a move to Man Utd in favour of Chelsea last summer.

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  • RON WEDDING

    Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is desperate for the Manchester United star to propose to her.

    After five years of dating, Georgina is ready to tie the knot with the footballing icon.

    But the 27-year-old has conceded that the choice isn't hers to make and marriage is just a dream for now.

    She made the revelation in the trailer of her upcoming documentary on Netflix titled 'Soy Georgina'.

    When one of her pals asked her if Cristiano was going to walk her down the aisle, Georgina exclaimed: "It doesn't depend on me ... I wish!"

  • JAAP SCRAM

    Manchester United icon Jaap Stam has been SACKED by MLS outfit FC Cincinnati.

    The Americans axed their Dutch tactician on Monday after a 4-2 defeat to DC United, leaving them second-bottom in the Eastern Conference.

    Stam picked up just ONE win since June in a run lasting 16 matches.

    And the former Reading manager has paid for the bad results with his job.

  • RASH READY

    Manchester United are reportedly planning to have an indoor friendly to help Marcus Rashford get fit.

    If all goes well for the forward then he is likely to be available to feature when United travel to Leicester City in the Premier League on October 16.

    Rashford tweeted on Monday about his recovery, hoping that he would be allowed to return to contact training, having already re-joined his teammates in training last week.

    However, the striker hasn't played a competitive game since the Euro 2020 final so United reckon an extra game will allow Rashford to regain some of his sharpness.

  • HOLY GHOST

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes must've been possessed by a ghost when he missed his penalty against Aston Villa, a report has bizarrely claimed.

    That's one of the only rational excuses for Fernandes' glaring miss, Sports Witness have reported.

    It's either a ghost or the antics of Villa keeper Emiliano Martínez who are responsible for distracting the midfielder who usually has no issue slotting penalties home, Witness believe.

    But whatever the reason for Fernandes' poor effort, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must get the blame, the publication concluded.

    They wrote: "Emiliano Martínez ‘distracted’ Bruno, and Bruno – or the ghost that took hold of him – shot wildly into the clouds.

    "The entire fault belongs to Solskjaer. Because he failed when he couldn’t."

  • LET'S CAV HIM

    Barcelona are rumoured to be keen on an Edinson Cavani loan swoop to strengthen their frontline following a tricky start to their season. 

    And the Daily Star claims the Uruguay international has become unsettled at Man United following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

    Despite their financial concerns, the Express claims Barca chiefs are making plans for January transfers with Cavani said to be among their top targets. 

    It is thought Cavani, 34, had agreed to extend his contract with United the understanding he is still regarded as a key member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

    The Star claims Barcelona will up the ante in their quest to bring the Uruguayan to LaLiga. 

  • SANCHO PAIN

    Jadon Sancho's poor start to his Manchester United career is hurting the soul of the Borussia Dortmund executive who sold him to the club.

    Dortmund's chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke who gave the green light for Sancho's £73million move revealed that the 21-year's lack of games at Old Trafford is painful to watch.

    Watze reckons that Sancho, who's only made two starts out of five Premier League games, is suffering because of his lack of international games for England.

    He said: "Of course, I keep track of what he's doing. It also hurts my soul that he is so neglected.

    "I love Jadon, when you see him play you get tears in your eyes. I think his problem is that he's not that settled in the English national team."

  • ON THE SLIDE 

    Manchester United have slipped three places to tenth in the latest Uefa coefficients.

    Europe’s governing body of the game bases their results on clubs who competed in the five previous seasons of the Champions League, Europa League and the new Europa Conference League.

    The rankings determine the seeding of each club in relevant Uefa competition draws.

    United were dumped out of the Champions League last season and found themselves in the Europa League.

    Now those setbacks have hit them hard in Uefa’s latest coefficients after they slid from seventh to ten in the rankings.

  • WESN'T TRUE

    Sir Alex Ferguson has poured cold water on reports that Manchester United want to sign Wesley Sneijder when he was in charge.

    Despite being heavily linked with the Dutchman, Fergie claimed United were never even interested in the midfielder.

    When asked about Sneijder on the UTD podcast, the Scotsman said: "Well, you mention the boy Sneijder.

    "That's come up a lot of times but we were never interested in Sneijder. I don't know where that came from but you get a lot of them.

    "Every Sunday, in The People, when I first came, they were throwing names in all the time."

  • FERNAN-MESS

    Gary Neville had some harsh words for Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes after he issued a statement for his penalty miss against Aston Villa.

    Fernandes’ miss cost United getting a draw in the Villa game and the midfielder penned an apology to the Old Trafford faithful claiming he’ll do better in future.

    But Neville wasn’t amused with the Portuguese playmaker’s statement which he felt lacked authenticity.

    The pundit thinks that Fernandes, along with other Premier League stars need to put some heart into their messages to fans or don’t say anything at all, especially not through their PR teams.

    When asked by a fan his thoughts on what Fernandes said on Twitter, Neville wrote: “It’s embarrassing!

    “They [players] need to sack their PR people, speak with some authenticity and get on with it. I’m going to go big on this in the next few weeks.”

  • CANT BE SHAW

    A new mural dedicated to Manchester United star Luke Shaw has caught the eye of fans - for a striking resemblance to Eric Cantona.

    The Adidas artwork going up in the town of Darwen is nearing completion and early images have emerged online.

    Twitter user @LukeShawArmy posted snaps of the large mural being worked on.

    Supporters online praised the artwork yet could not help but notice the similarities it has with Cantona.

    One United fan posted on Twitter: "Class painting, thought it was Cantona."

    Another user Kaya quipped that the mural looks like the result of Shaw and Cantona's love-child.

  • RASH BACK

    Marcus Rashford is reportedly set for an early return from injury for Manchester United.

    The striker could be back in action after the international break, The Evening Standard reported.

    He wrote: "Happy Monday. I see the doctor on Friday for a consultation.

    "All being well, I will get the green to join in with contact training again."

  • UNWANTED STAT

    Manchester United take on Villarreal on Wednesday in the Champions League.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side lost to Young Boys on Match Day 1, and the Red Devils have never lost their opening two matches of a major European campaign in their history.

    After coming under fire in recent days after three losses in their last four games, it's a record Solskjaer really doesn't want his name next to.

  • RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB

    Teddy Sheringham has also revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo's experience is 'invaluable,' and could lead the Red Devils to glory.

    He told Sportsmail: "It is invaluable when you have that in your team. People who calm others down at the right time.

    "Ronaldo leads by example. I understand he made an unbelievable speech before he played a couple of weeks ago about the desire he has to produce great footballing moments.

    "There's so many years after playing football you can watch and admire from a distance but when you're fit and able, give it your best shot and you never know where it could take you."

  • TROPHY NEEDED

    You can add Teddy Sheringham to the growing list of pundits and former players who believe Ole Gunnar Solskajer needs to win a trophy this season in order to keep his job at Old Trafford.

    He told Sportsmail: "Without a doubt there is pressure on him this year to win something. If he doesn't win something, he knows the writing is on the wall.

    "They have made the big signings in Varane and Sancho. That would be enough but then Ronaldo becomes available, United acquire him and they need to see results now.

    "Ole is still a young manager and he is gaining experience while on the job. At the top level he only knows United and that is a hard job to leave. I think he is progressing but he needs to take it to the next level.

    "I think everybody is willing him to do well, they want him to do well because he is a Manchester United legend.

    "That gives him some scope but you have to emphasise, he needs to win something. It's not rocket science."

  • AMAD BACK

    United youngster Amad Diallo has taken to Instagram, showing fans that he is back in Red Devils training gear.

    The 19-year-old was supposed to go out on loan to Feyenoord in the summer, but an injury in August just before the deal went through forced the move to be cancelled.

    But now fans have been boosted by his return to Carrington.

    However first team opportunities at Old Trafford seem scarce, and the club are likely to once again list the winger for loan in January.

  • SPANISH STRUGGLES

    Did you know, Manchester United are winless in their last seven games against Spanish teams in the Champions League.

    The Red Devils have lost four and drawn three of the last seven.

    Their last victory against Spanish opposition came against Real Sociedad back in October 2013 (1-0).

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoken about Jadon Sancho’s slow start to life at Manchester United.

    The 21-year-old has failed to score or provide an assist in seven games for the Red Devils.

    Watzke told Sport, via Fabrizio Romano: “I love Jadon Sancho. When you see him playing you get tears in your eyes.

    “It hurts my soul that he is given so little consideration… I think his problem is that he’s not set in the English national team.”

  • ANOTHER RON RECORD

    If Cristiano Ronaldo plays against Villarreal on Wednesday he will break Iker Casillas’ record for Champions League appearances.

    It will be an incredible 178th game in the competition for the evergreen CR7.

    However, Ronaldo has never scored against Villarreal in four previous appearances against them in the competition, only facing Lille and Benfica as often without finding the net (also four games against them).

  • RIGHT OR RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to take Manchester United's next penalty following Bruno Fernandes' howler against Aston Villa - despite having a WORSE record.

    In league competition since the start of the 2017-18 season, Ronaldo has taken 31 penalties during spells at Real madrid, Juventus and now United.

    Ronaldo has converted 26 of those, missing just five for a success rate of 83.9 per cent.

    Interesting, he recently missed a penalty for Portugal during their 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland, with Fernandes also on the pitch at the time.

    During his days at Sporting Lisbon and Man Utd, Fernandes has scored 25 of his 27 penalty efforts - a conversion rate of 92.6 per cent.

    However, both of Fernandes' misses have come at United, including his weekend howler against Villa, making his Premier League record nine out of 11 (81.8 per cent).

  • VIVA RONALDO

    And here's a look at what that 'desire' helped CR7 to achieve during his first spell at Old Trafford.

  • RON-DERFUL

    Sir Alex Ferguson lauded Cristiano Ronaldo for making an incredible difference to Man United following his Theatre of Dreams return. 

    Ferguson, who signed Ronaldo, 36, from Sporting Lisbon at 18, told the UTD Podcast: “I think the increasing knowledge of his game - I think he was born with a desire.

    “He sacrificed himself to be the best. I remember we were playing Arsenal on Saturday and it was pouring with rain at Carrington. 

    “I said to him, and you know he would always practice after training, and I said, 'In. We've got a game tomorrow and it's too wet. The ground is too soft.'

    "So I went into my office, looked out of the window and what did he do?

    “He went on the Astroturf. I had no argument! I couldn't say anything to him. He's beat me."

  • 39TH PAIN

    Premier League bosses are once again discussing the potential for matches to be played abroad, according to reports.

    The concept of a '39th game' was raised back in 2008, before being quickly shut down following fan discontent.

    But the lucrative possibilities for playing league matches in front of full stadiums abroad remains and The Athletic have detailed discussions between club officials over reviving the idea.

    Last week's shareholder meeting in London, between representatives of all 20 clubs and the Prem, reportedly saw the concept mentioned.

    There is said to be hope in some quarters that 'meaningful' matches can be played overseas in the long-term.

    For now, that is set to commence with a bulked-out pre-season tournament in the United States next summer.

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