MANCHESTER UNITED have called Zinedine Zidane regarding the manager's job, according to reports in Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who almost stormed down the tunnel at Leicester on Saturday, was said the man who mentioned the former Real Madrid boss' name to the board, one journalist claimed.
And with results taking a turn for the worse, there are some reports that Paul Pogba, who is out of contract in summer, has no inclination to sign a new deal.
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Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho reunited with a hug that brought their Barcelona golden years flooding back.
The South American legends smiled broadly as they embraced before PSG'S Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.
Argentinian Messi, a one-club Barca icon until joining PSG this summer, and Brazilian Ronaldinho, overlapped at the Nou Camp from 2004-8.
Barcelona won LaLiga twice and the Champions League in that time.
And Messi, in particular, looked as if was greeting a friend missing for decades as he wrapped his arms around the 41-year-old and patted his back several times.
Ronaldinho, who was wearing a Barca scarf, then walked away with one of his characteristic huge beams on his face.
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"They're good people, good Man United people, with one intention in mind and that’s to improve the team and help the players, help the team grow.
"Of course, we go through difficult times together.
"We've spoken as a group, as a team about what we need to do, and hopefully the reaction will come tomorrow."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he 'couldn't ask for better staff' amid Man Utd's terrible run of form.
The Norwegian is under severe pressure having won just once in six games.
And speaking after United's 4-2 loss at Leicester on Saturday, he said: "Every team will go through a patchy period and we're in one now.
"The form is poor, we know that, we hold our hands up and we know we need to improve. Every team will go through that every year.
"We've gone through it [before] and come through stronger. As I’ve said so many times, the coaching staff that we've got here are absolutely amazing.
"The attention to detail, the sessions they put on, the preparation that we have here. I don't think I could ask for better staff."
Dani Alves had fired shots at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United over Brazilian midfielder Fred.
Brazil international Fred is often criticised and has split opinion during his time at Old Trafford.
But legendary right-back Alves has leapt to his defence and pointed the finger of blame elsewhere.
Alves said: "Every Brazilian becomes world class when wearing the national team jersey.
"I hear so many people complaining about Fred. But when he plays for Brazil he is better than all of their midfielders.
"The problem is the club or coach, not Fred."
Peter Schmeichel reckons Jadon Sancho can turn things around at Manchester United if he takes a leaf out of teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s book.
Sancho’s had a poor start with United since joining in the summer from Borussia Dortmund and hasn’t registered one goal or assist.
But if Sancho can shake off the pressure that comes with his expensive price tag and model Ronaldo’s blueprint, he’ll become a Old Trafford favourite in a few years.
The Dane said: “It’s a big, big, big price tag for him and it feels a bit heavy for him at the moment.
“But he will look at this guy [Ronaldo] and he can say: ‘If I do something along those lines, I can be as good as him. I have all the basics, but I can be as good as him’.
“That might take him two or three years to catch on to that but that then gives him maybe 10-12 years after that.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has sent out a passionate message to the rest of his Manchester United players ahead of their Champions League clash against Atalanta on Wednesday.
The Red Devils have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions as pressure grows on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ronaldo has also received his fair share of criticism despite scoring five goals in the first seven games of his second spell at Old Trafford.
Many fans and pundits believe the 36-year-old does not offer enough to the team outside of scoring goals.
But Ronaldo's leadership qualities were there for all to see in his latest post on Instagram.
Speaking ahead of the European clash with Atalanta, he said: "Our time is coming!
Super League rebels have drafted a new plan - for a 40-club breakaway.
Despite the bail-out by the six Premier League clubs involved, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still refusing to give up on their plot.
And their latest plan, being sent to stakeholders across Europe, shows a desperate effort to restore life to the fading scheme.
Under the draft, Super League insists it will not be a ‘breakaway’ or even a closed shop. Instead, it envisages two leagues of 20 clubs.
Clubs that qualify for the competition would be ‘shareholders’ for the year, following the model of the Prem and other major leagues and liable to relegation out of it.
In a sop to those who criticised the clubs for their greed in joining the initial £4.6bn venture, Super League is now claiming it is in favour of tight cost controls and accusing Uefa and President Aleksander Ceferin of abandoning efforts to make clubs live within their means by the planned changes to its Financial Fair Play regulations.
RONNING IN BURSTS
Cristiano Ronaldo has produced more sprints in the Premier League so far this season than Harry Kane, new stats have shown.
The Red Devils forward has been criticised in recent years for failing to put any sort of pressure on the ball and offering little for the team away from hitting the back of the net.
And while there is a case to be made for that - as figures from earlier this month show - alternative stats for the opening eight games of the league season offer a more complex picture than one might guess.
The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar has covered an average of 9.3 kilometres since his return to the English top flight. That is less than Kane, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but more than Romelu Lukaku's 8.6.
However, when you look at the number of sprints per game, Ronaldo is actually surprisingly high. The Man Utd forward has averaged 15.1 sprints every 90 minutes in the Prem since the beginning of his second spell at Old Trafford.
That is significantly more than both Kane and Lukaku, neither of whom exceed and average of 12.
Former Manchester United stars Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen were involved in a feisty argument over whether Mohamed Salah or Luis Suarez were better for Liverpool.
The pair were discussing the credentials of the Anfield icons as Jurgen Klopp’s team prepare to face their old striker in the Champions League at Atletico Madrid tonight.
Suarez, 34, achieved legendary status with the Reds after he almost fired them to the Premier League title in the 2013-14 campaign.
That season under Brendan Rodgers he scored 31 goals before heading off to Barcelona that summer.
Now it is Egyptian Salah who is the king of the Kop, helping Liverpool to both Champions League and the Premier League since his arrival from Roma in 2017.
Suarez averaged 0.62 goals per game during his period on Merseyside while 29-year-old Salah has a slightly better one of 0.63. And it was while examining the stats that Ferdinand and Owen got into their debate over who was the best - with neither sitting on the fence.
SIGN MAN UP
Javier Manquillo dreams of Newcastle signing Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as he insists the Toon are unfazed by becoming 'hated'.
The Magpies' right-back charitably adds Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the list of newcomers he'd accept at newly-rich St James' Park.
The 27-year-old told The Telegraph: “I understand that this operation will arouse antipathy or hatred. But we are not going to stop enjoying this period because of this.
"If you ask me who I’d sign for Newcastle, I’d go for Mbappe and I’d go for Haaland. If it was a PlayStation team I’d also go for Messi and Cristiano, but the youngsters who stand out the most right now are those two.
“I have read that there is talk of (Steven) Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard.
"But our manager now is Steve Bruce and we support him without hesitation.”
A married Everton star arrested on suspicion of child sex offences has had his bail extended.
The Premier League player, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was held by police on Friday, July 16 before being released on bail.
Greater Manchester Police have now confirmed the player has had his bail extended by a further three months, The Athletic reports.
No further details about the case have been provided. Cops raided his home earlier in July and “several items were seized”.
The international player has been suspended by Everton while police continue to investigate the allegations.
A statement from the club said: “Everton can confirm it has suspended a player pending a police investigation. The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.”
OH DEAR OLE
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly recommended Zinedine Zidane to Manchester United's hierarchy.
Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having the backing of United's board, Ronnie has sung the praises of his old Real Madrid boss, according to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito.
They claim Zidane has held talks with United big wigs but has snubbed a move because he wants to replace Didier Deschamps as France boss.
Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle are also said to have approached the legendary Frenchman but have both been knocked back.
SPEED DIAL UP
Manchester United starlet Amad Diallo might go out on loan in January to help him get up to speed after injury.
The 19-year-old winger picked up a knock in training in August - which scuppered a loan move to Feyenoord - but was back involved in a session with the first-team squad last week.
The three-cap Ivory Coast starlet was also back in training ahead of United’s Champions League clash with his former club Atalanta at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the clash, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said a temporary spell somewhere else in the New Year might be the best option for the teenager.
He added: “Amad trained his first session last week before Leicester. He is still continuing his rehab and will probably play in the Under-23s when he is ready for that.
"His development has been exactly what we wanted from him, and he is learning the language. We have to make the decision before Christmas, whether he is going to play here or elsewhere. The injury was bad timing."
West Ham star midfielder Declan Rice will play for a team in the Champions League, according to Gary Neville.
A number of clubs have been eyeing up the 22-year-old England international including Chelsea and Manchester United.
And while Rice remains committed to his boyhood club for this season, Neville believes it won't be long before he seeks a move to one of Europe's giants.
Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "He'll have to transfer to a team in the Champions League.
"Where he plays in midfield. Where there's high expectations. Where he's playing against teams that are dropping deep every week and there will be different asks."
Rice's current deal at West Ham does not come to an end until 2024.
PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have bandied together to prevent Newcastle cashing in on new commercial deals with Saudi-owned companies.
In the latest sign of the fury unleashed by the £305m Tyneside takeover, clubs called an emergency meeting on Monday.
They voted 18-2 in favour of a motion that demands any sponsorship deals with member clubs are paid at a reasonable "market value" rather than inflated as a way of easing past Financial Fair Play rules.
Only Newcastle - represented by outgoing managing director Lee Charnley - and Manchester City, whose own deals have been scrutinised by rivals in the past, voted against the proposals.
While the new rule change is only a temporary stop-gap lasting a month, there were calls for it to be made permanent, with a number of clubs believing it will prevent the newly-enriched Toons being able to bypass financial regulations.
But it adds to the mood of chaos and confusion among the 20 clubs, which has put the future of Prem chairman Gary Hoffman under threat.
HOW MAN UTD COULD LINE UP VS ATALANTA
Marcus Rashford could make his first Manchester United start since his shoulder injury.
He came off the bench and scored in United's 4-2 defeat at Leicester on Saturday.
And he appeared alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the Atalanta pre-match press conference suggesting he will start the Champions League game at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
SHARE IT OUT
Manchester United's much-maligned owners the Glazers have sold £117million worth of shares in the club.
But United supporters won't be getting their hopes up for an exit - the Americans still own 69 per cent of the Premier League giants.
A statement confirmed the Red Devils 'will not receive any proceeds from the sale' as it lines the American owners' pockets once more.
Tuesday night's sale was put in the name of club directors Kevin and Edward Glazer.
They are the brothers of United co-chairmen Avram and Joel, who took over from their father Malcolm following his death in 2014.
This latest sale works out as around eight per cent of the Glazer family's ownership of the club.
Manchester United welcome Atalanta to Old Trafford in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to welcome Marcus Rashford back to the starting XI alongside Cristiano Ronaldo after the Englishman's shoulder injury.
Rashford is likely to play in his trademark left-wing position with Mason Greenwood on the other flank behind Ronaldo up front.
Nemanja Matic is expected to keep his place in the starting XI from the defeat at the King Power and will partner Paul Pogba.
Regular starters Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will play at the back with Victor Lindelof in for Raphael Varane.
YOUR TOO MUCH
Barcelona are keen on Manchester United transfer target Youri Tielemans but can't afford Leicester's £46million asking price.
According to reports, the Spanish giants have been keeping tabs on the Belgium international and have been impressed by his recent performances.
It is claimed Barca see Tielemans as exactly the kind of player they need to toughen up their midfield, as well as being big admirers of his passing ability and technique on the ball.
But the cash-strapped club are unable to make an approach because of their well-publicised financial issues, after reporting huge losses of £408m after tax last season.
The only way the club could feasibly sign the player would be on a free transfer, but Tielemans' contract doesn't expire until summer 2023.
And with wealthier clubs like Man Utd, Liverpool and Real Madrid all also interested, it seems unlikely that Leicester will allow the player to leave for free when they could cash in.
WAR OF WORDS
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Jamie Carragher to shut it and insists he has the backing of the Manchester United board.
Liverpool legend Carragher used his Sky Sports platform to call for Red Devils boss Solskjaer to be axed ahead of his former club’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Solskjaer’s former team-mate Gary Neville also laid into United following their 4-2 defeat by Leicester.
“I didn’t know what they were saying now but of course we’ve got Liverpool on Sunday as well so Jamie is always looking at these little things.
“’I’ve got my values, I’ve got my way of managing and I believe in myself and as long as the club believes in me, I’m pretty pretty sure that Jamie Carragher’s opinion is not going to change that.”
Manchester United could have a January clear-out with as many as five under-performing stars facing an Old Trafford exit.
Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24, appears to be at the front of the queue to go.
Anthony Martial looks surplus to requirements following the summer arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, and reports suggest United will accept bids of £40m for him in January.
The Red Devils also reportedly want to cut losses on their £150,000-a-week centre-half Victor Lindlof.
Another central defender who looks destined to move on is Phil Jones.
Plus Jesse Lingard might also finally conclude it is time to leave after rejuvenating his England career with a brilliant loan spell at West Ham last season.
Gary Neville has accused the Premier League of operating in a ‘vacuum of distrust’ as he called for change in football governance.
The pundit launched his broadside after seeing league bosses wave through Newcastle’s £300million Saudi-led takeover.
There have been calls for chairman Gary Hoffman to stand down as civil war broke out over the controversial sale.
And Neville wrote on Twitter: “The Premier League are in a vacuum of distrust and hesitancy whilst all the time scheming / claiming they don’t require Independent Regulation.
“The ESL is still a threat and football governance globally let alone in the UK is broken. Enough is Enough!”
Antonio Conte has reportedly turned down the chance to become Newcastle manager as he waits for a call from Manchester United.
Steve Bruce is strongly tipped to leave the Magpies, but SunSport exclusively revealed the Italian manager isn't interested in taking his job.
According to Italian journalist Fabio Santini, Conte is instead holding out for an offer from the Red Devils.
As quoted by Area Napoli, Santini said: "Antonio Conte has refused an offer from Newcastle.
"The reason? He is waiting for a call from Manchester United."
Pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford after just one win in five games in all competitions.
CASS NOT NICE
Cristiano Ronaldo is not the best player of all-time according to Antonio Cassano, with the Man Utd star not even in his top five.
Speaking on fellow ex-Italy international Christian Vieiri's Twitch channel, Cassano, 39, argued: "Enough theatre.
"Is Cristiano Ronaldo the best in the history of football?
"He is not even in the top five."
"For me, [Lionel] Messi, Pele, [Diego] Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff and Ronaldo [Nazario] are on another level."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted the media for taking what he said about Marcus Rashford out of context.
The Manchester United boss made the headlines when it was reported that he would prefer Rashford to concentrate on football.
But now the Norwegian's come out to say how proud he is of Rashford for all the work he does on and off the pitch.
He said: "Just to get the elephant out of the room — we are so unbelievably proud of what Marcus [Rashford] has done on and off the pitch.
"You know what I said and you made a headline out of one little comment I never intended to be the focus of what I was saying."