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Man Utd news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo EXCLUSIVE, Bruno Fernandes LATEST, Dani Olmo transfer interest

CRISTIANO RONALDO launched the hairdryer treatment on his Man Utd team-mates during the 3-2 win over Atalanta, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

With the side 2-0 down, the Portuguese star furiously said "Are you not ASHAMED?" to his team-mates.

On the transfer front, United are eyeing up a swoop for Spanish star Dani Olmo, according to reports.

Meanwhile Donny van de Beek is reportedly set for a January exit from Old Trafford, with Everton and Newcastle waiting to secure his signature.

Follow ALL the latest news, updates and transfer gossip from Old Trafford...

  • FOX HUNT

    Manchester United reportedly have set their sights on signing Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana.

    According to French website But! Football Club, the Red Devils have identified 21-year-old Fofana as someone who would significantly improve their squad.

    In a bid to move swiftly to acquire the Foxes defender - who joined for £36.5million last year - it has been reported United could make an offer as early as January.

    Fofana played a key part in Leicester's FA Cup-winning side last season, making 38 appearances for Brendan Rodgers' outfit.

    But he then suffered a huge setback during the summer, breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal.

  • LINGARING

    Everton are the frontrunners to sign Jesse Lingard in January, according to FootballInsider.

    The Toffees, as well as West Ham and Newcastle are all interested in a move for the 28-year-old England star.

    But Rafa Benitez’s side are thought to be favourites for his signature, with Lingard understood to want to stay in the North-West.

    He would reportedly prefer to make the short trip from Manchester to Liverpool, rather then moving down south or up to the North-East.

    Lingard is out of contract at the end of the season, although financial fair play restrictions mean the Toffees would have to generate cash through player sales before making an offer.

  • SUN EXCLUSIVE

    Cristiano Ronaldo gave his stunned team-mates the hairdryer treatment after they went 2-0 down against Atalanta.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was trying to calm down feuding Manchester United stars in the dressing room following an awful first half on Wednesday.

    Ronaldo then took charge by taking a leaf out of his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s playbook to inspire victory.

    And a United source told SunSport: “Cristiano addressed the whole team and told them that the performance was unacceptable.

    “He asked if they were not ashamed and said this was not how Manchester United perform in front of their own fans. He told them they needed to win the game and, if they didn’t, they might not qualify for the next stage of the Champions League.”

  • NOT GUNNAR HAPPEN

    Manchester United should NOT replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Antonio Conte, says club legend Peter Schmeichel.

    He told The Times: "You can say, 'Conte is brilliant'. But he doesn’t stay anywhere for more than a couple of years.

    "We are not that football club. We tried that already. It doesn’t work.

    "Louis van Gaal didn’t win the Premier League, Mourinho didn’t. You say Conte or another name, it’s no difference.

    "It’s about them and what they want to do in a small window of Manchester United’s big history.

    "The problem Ole has is that in this world of quick fixes and fast news he has to win yesterday.

    "It has to be delivered now. But it’s not the real world. We stopped that development for a period and our competitors closed the gap then ran away."

  • 'SACRIFICE'

    Cristiano Ronaldo has shared what it will take for Manchester United to win silverware.

    He said: "We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester [United] do a few changes; they buy me, they buy [Raphael] Varane and [Jadon] Sancho.

    "The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible. 

    "I don't speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in first place. To win things as a collective, it's more easy to win individual stuff, I still think it's possible.

    "Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the club… my role is to score goals, to help the team with my experience and know-how to understand the game.

    "If everyone is thinking like that, sacrifice for the team, I think we will be a better team. We have fantastic supporters behind us, fantastic stadium, fantastic team, so we have to carry on like that."

  • MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Bruno Fernandes faces a fight to be fit for tomorrow's huge home clash with Liverpool.

    And that comes as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates the Red Devils as still way behind Liverpool AND Manchester City.

    Fernandes arguably remains United's main man, despite Cristinao Ronaldo's return.

    In contrast, Donny van de Beek is reportedly so frustrated with his bit-part role that he hopes his agent can set up a move to Real Madrid in January.

    Newcastle and Everton have already been strongly linked with the Holland midfielder.

    Fernandes, meanwhile, has left United sweating after taking a knock in Wednesday's 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta.

    It's even been suggested that, if the Portugal hero misses out tomorrow, Solskjaer will consider pairing Ronaldo, 36, with 34-year-old Edinson Cavani up front.

    Solskjaer, though, was focused on the longer term when he said: “Liverpool are one of the teams we are trying to catch up on.

    “We know we still have to improve to get up to the level of their last four years.

    “They’re one of the teams we’re chasing. What they’ve done the last four years is what we’re striving towards and go past them.”

  • OLE: LIVERPOOL AND CITY STILL BETTER THAN UTD

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side have not done enough to have the swagger of Liverpool and Manchester City.

    He believes United's two fiercest rivals have done enough in recent years to walk on to pitches believing their quality will see them through.

    That is not the case for the Red Devils, who he says are still having to improve and play catch up.

    Man Utd boss Solskjaer says they may be some players down due to injury for Liverpool clash

    He said: "Every game in this league is so important, so difficult, and we have absolutely no right to go on the pitch against any team in the Premier League thinking we can give less than our best and win the game. 

    "We have not won the league in the last eight years. You can understand City or Liverpool walking onto the pitch and think quality itself is enough.

    "We have a team of players and who have to keep on developing and keep on improving."

    Ahead of Sunday's home clash with Jurgen Klopp's second-placed side, Solskjaer admitted: “Liverpool are one of the teams we are trying to catch up on.

    "We know we still have to improve to get up to the level of their last four years.

    “They're one of the teams we're chasing. What they've done the last four years is what we're striving towards and go past them."

  • DE REAL DEAL?

    Wantaway Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has urged his agent to set up a Real Madrid move, reports suggest.

    DefensaCentral say the Holland star wants to end his United nightmare and realise his dream move to Real.

    The attacking midfielder has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and doesn’t seem to be part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

    The Netherlands international has run out of patience and his frustration showed during the Red Devils’ dramatic Champions League victory over Villarreal when he wasn’t called to come off the bench and he protested by throwing his chewing gum down the dugout.

    The 24-year-old is highly likely to leave Manchester in the January transfer window and look to join Real, a team he came close to signing with two seasons ago.

    The Dutchman was among the Los Blancos hierarchy’s top targets following a successful five-year stint at Ajax.

    But former manager Zinedine Zidane was not convinced and thus the playmaker went to United, where he has since struggled for minutes.

    Van de Beek has only been able to amass a mere total of one goal and two assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.

  • RON: 'NOT MY TIME' TO QUIT PORTUGAL

    Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out international retirement.

    The Portugal captain, 36, has stormed clear on 115 goals as the all-time top scorer in men's international football

    Quizzed by Sky Sports on international retirement, the Manchester United frontman said: "But why? I think it's not my time yet. It's not what people want, it's what I want.

    "It's when I feel that I'm not capable to run, to dribble, to shoot, if the power is gone... but I still have that stuff so I want to continue because I'm still motivated.

    "It's the main word - [motivated] to do my stuff, to make people happy and my family happy and the fans and myself. I want to put the level even higher.

    "You speak about Portugal but in the Champions League I have the most goals, the most wins, assists… everything.

    "But I want to carry on. I like to play football. I feel good to make people happy."

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  • CAVANI CHANCE VS KOP IF BRUNO IS CROCKED?

    Would Cristiano Ronaldo be paired with Edinson Cavani up front if Bruno Fernandes misses Manchester United's home clash with Liverpool on Sunday through injury?

    That's the speculation after Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted midfielder Fernandes is doubtful after being hurt in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Atalanta.

    Solskjaer could now be tempted to field two out-and-out frontmen in Cavani and Ronaldo.

    But the Norwegian gave away little of his tactical thinking in his press conference.

    He said "Games like Wednesday night are always going to bring knocks and bruises," the United boss said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

    "We do have two or three from that game. Bruno might be one of them that is a doubt, but he's doing everything he can to be ready."

  • RON: UTD ARE STILL ADAPTING

    Cristiano Ronaldo believes Manchester United need more time to adapt after erratic results.

    Prior to their win over Atalanta in midweek, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had won just two of their previous seven games in all competitions.

    And now, ahead of their crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday, the 36-year-old has called on people to give the squad time to gel.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester (United) do a few changes; they buy me, they buy [Raphael] Varane and (Jadon) Sancho.

    "The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.

    "I don't speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in first place. To win things as a collective, it's more easy to win individual stuff, so I believe that and I still think it's possible.

    "Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the club… my role is to score goals, to help the team with my experience and know-how to understand the game.

    "If everyone is thinking like that, sacrifice for the team, I think we will be a better team. We have fantastic supporters behind us, fantastic stadium, fantastic team, so we have to carry on like that."

  • CURTIS FIT TO RETURN

    Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones returned to full training today, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester United.

    But Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is unsure when another crocked midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, will be back.

    Liverpudlian Jones, 20, has been out for two games with a groin problem.

    Klopp told Liverpool’s website: “The squad is alright. We have to see, that’s how it is. 

    “He (Thiago) was not in team training yet and will not be this week, for sure. He is running, so that’s a good sign.

    “I am not sure, maybe it is before the international break or, for sure, after the international break, that’s what we expect. We will see.”

  • DEVIL OF AN INJURY LIST

    Manchester United face several injury concerns heading into their huge Premier League clash with fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

    Both Fred and Marcus Rashford – who made his first start of the season on Wednesday – are in a race to be fit for the crunch game against Jurgen Klopp’s men, with the England international said to have suffered a dead leg.

    Anthony Martial is expected to be available for selection, but centre-back Raphael Varane remains on the sidelines.

    Another selection headache for Solskjaer is whether he opts to select Paul Pogba in central midfield.

    The Frenchman started in the 4-2 defeat to Leicester but was then dropped in the Champions League.

  • RAPHINHA SHOULD SNUB MAN UTD FOR LIVERPOOL

    Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes compatriot Raphinha has the ability to play for a ‘bigger club’ than Leeds.

    The 24-year-old arrived at Elland Road from Rennes last year for a fee in the region of £17million.

    And he was superb during his first campaign under Marcelo Bielsa, netting eight times and assisting 11 in 38 appearances.

    He has already scored three goals in seven Premier League games this season, picking up where he left off before the summer despite Leeds’ dip in form.

    The playmaker also netted his first international goals for Brazil earlier this month, scoring twice against Uruguay in a 4-1 victory.

    But Rivaldo, who played for some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona and AC Milan, feels Raphinha should now be looking towards bigger and better things at club level.

    Speaking to Betfair, he said: “Raphinha performed well on his debut for Brazil, but he was already shining in the Premier League with Leeds United and there are rumours of interest from Liverpool.

    “If he were to make the move, he may not be a regular starter, but I’m sure it would be a big step in his career since it would allow him to compete for titles and play in the Champions League which could be crucial for more call-ups into the Brazilian national team.”

  • POGBA: ALI WAS MY HERO

    Paul Pogba has revealed Muhammad Ali was his 'hero' growing up and learned lessons from the heavyweight boxing legend.

    The Manchester United midfielder explained it was Ali's civil rights activism and impact he made outside of the ring which inspired him most.

    Speaking to Sky Sports for Black History Month, Pogba, 28, said: "He was someone that I think kind of saved lives.

    "A hero is somebody that saves lives, that helps people, and I think that is what he did.

    "He saved a lot of people, but not by taking somebody out of the fire, but just by giving a good message, helping the world, saying the truth when it was difficult to say, at a time when it was difficult for black people.

    "He spoke for the black community and helped us to have freedom today."

    Pogba carries the same level of confidence on the field that Ali did in the ring.

    And the 2018 World Cup winner also shares the same religion as the boxing icon, who died in 2016, as the pair both converted to Islam during their careers.

  • DONNY FANCIES REAL MOVE

    Wantaway Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has urged his agent to set up a Real Madrid move, reports say.

    DefensaCentral say the Holland star wants to end his United nightmare and realise his dream move to Real.

    The attacking midfielder has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and doesn't seem to be part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans.

    The Netherlands international has run out of patience and his frustration showed during the Red Devils' dramatic Champions League victory over Villarreal when he wasn't called to come off the bench and he protested by throwing his chewing gum down the dugout.

    The 24-year-old is highly likely to leave Manchester in the January transfer window and look to join Real, a team he came close to signing with two seasons ago.

    The Dutchman was among the Los Blancos hierarchy's top targets following a successful five-year stint at Ajax.

    But former manager Zinedine Zidane was not convinced and thus the playmaker went to United, where he has since struggled for minutes.

    Van de Beek has only been able to amass a mere total of one goal and two assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.

  • JUVE STARS 'HAPPY TO SEE RON GO'

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus has been praised by his ex-team-mates who couldn’t wait to see the back of him.

    A damning report claims that Ronaldo spoiled the unity of the squad by being treated differently.

    According to Tuttosport, CR7 ‘crumbled’ the most important values of the Juve dressing room.

    They claim that the Italian giants value ‘equality, unity and humility’.

    But Ronaldo spoiled those values, inevitably having a ripple effect on Juventus’ tight-knit squad.

  • KEY CLASH WITH FIERCEST RIVALS

    Manchester United face Liverpool in a tense Premier League showdown this weekend.

    Over the years the occasion has been filled with thrills and spills, and here’s a look at how the fierce rivals have fared against each other in recent times.

    United have won 81 out of 201 clashes between the clubs, while Liverpool have managed to clinch 68 victories.

    While both teams have shared the spoils in the remaining number of games.

  • RON BET

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he'll always pick Cristiano Ronaldo over Liverpool ace Mo Salah.

    Salah's recent performances have led to critics claiming he's the best in the world at the moment, above Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

    But although Solskjaer agrees Salah's a threat, that his United team need to try and nullify on the weekend when they face Liverpool, the Norwegian's got his money on Ronaldo when it comes to who's the best.

    Solskjaer said: “I'll always back Cristiano in any competition.

    “He's unique. That being said, Salah, at the moment, he's on fire. We know we have to be at our best to defend against him.

    “We have to enjoy the players, [though] not Salah on Sunday, of course. I'm a big fan of Liverpool's front three. We have to focus on them for 95 minutes to keep a clean sheet.”

  • PAT'S HELL

    Manchester United favourite Patrice Evra has claimed he was sexually abused when he was just 13 years old.

    The former Red Devils and France left-back said the incident happened when he was staying at his head teacher's home.

    Evra, 40, described the hell in his new autobiography 'I love this game' which is being serialised in The Times.

    He wrote: "I would get butterflies in my stomach when I was due to sleep over as the end of the school day drew near.

    "It couldn’t go on, and after a few months I told my mum that I didn’t want to stay with him any longer.

    "I didn’t give any reason. By that time, my would-be abuser had become tired of the situation.

    “On the last night at that man’s house, when he knew that I was going back to my family, he finally succeeded. He put my penis in his mouth.”

  • TOO NICE

    Ex-Manchester United star Patrice Evra claims he knew David Moyes' spell as Red Devils manager was doomed from the very start.

    Although Evra's not surprised Moyes is doing well as West Ham boss because he's a nice guy, he reckons the same trait cost the Scotsman his job at Old Trafford.

    Evra explained to The Times: "I’m not surprised Moyes is doing well at West Ham. I know how much the players like him.

    "But when he came to Old Trafford and said; 'Guys, I know you win everything and you will have to teach me', I was like, oh my God you should never do that, they are going to eat you alive."

  • OLE IN KOP CHASE

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side have not done enough to have the swagger of Liverpool and Manchester City.

    He believes United's two fiercest rivals have done enough in recent years to walk on to pitches believing their quality will see them through.

    That is not the case for the Red Devils, who he says are still having to improve and play catch up.

    He said: "Every game in this league is so important, so difficult, and we have absolutely no right to go on the pitch against any team in the Premier League thinking we can give less than our best and win the game.

    "We have not won the league in the last eight years. You can understand City or Liverpool walking onto the pitch and think quality itself is enough.

    "We have a team of players and who have to keep on developing and keep on improving."

  • DEPLETED DEVILS?

    Manchester United face several injury concerns heading into their huge Premier League clash with fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

    Both Fred and Marcus Rashford - who made his first start of the season on Wednesday - are in a race to be fit for the crunch game against Jurgen Klopp's men, with the England international said to have suffered a dead leg.

    Anthony Martial is expected to be available for selection, but centre-back Raphael Varane remains on the sidelines.

    Another selection headache for Solskjaer is whether he opts to select Paul Pogba in central midfield.

    The Frenchman started in the 4-2 defeat to Leicester but was then dropped in the Champions League.

  • BR-OH-NO

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Bruno Fernandes is a 'doubt' to play Liverpool.

    The midfielder played the full 90 minutes on Wednesday as United came from two down to dramatically beat Italians Atalanta 3-2.

    But Fernandes has been left feeling the effects of the late comeback win, and could miss Liverpool's trip on Sunday, as first revealed by SunSport.

    Solskjaer said: “It might be that I can pick from a fully fit squad, it might be that I'm without two or three and yes, Bruno might be one that might be a doubt, but he's doing everything he can to be ready.

  • NO RUBBING

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Paul Scholes claims that he was rubbing his hands in anticipation of Manchester United playing his team this week.

    United struggled to scrape a 3-2 late draw against Atalanta this week and Scholes reckons Klopp was watching the game with pleasure as his side head to Old Trafford on Sunday.

    But Klopp says that isn't true because he's aware that United will be formidable opponents.

    Klopp said: "No, I was not rubbing my hands. I prepare the team for a tough game against a really good opponent. I don't prepare them now for 'Man United and battle of Britain' and all these things.

    "We are long enough together that we know the importance of this game. We prepare them for a really good football team. Plus it's an away game for us and a home game for them."