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Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cavani Barcelona transfer, Arsenal build-up as Rangnick to sit in stands, Ronaldo latest

EDINSON CAVANI has emerged as a shock transfer target for Barcelona to solve their personnel crisis.

The Uruguayan star has fallen down the pecking order but has also been injured during United's dip in form in recent weeks.

Ralf Rangnick has been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager until the end of the season.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow sporting director is also interested in RB Leipzig's £33m midfielder Amadou Haidara.

Rangnick could yet earn the permanent role with the Red Devils reportedly considering adding an optional extension clause in his contract.

But surprisingly, Roberto Mancini is being linked with the permanent United post, despite previously managing City.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at a story from France Football Editor-in-Chief Pascal Ferre, which said he wouldn't retire until he had won more Ballon d'Or's than Lionel Messi.

And we've all the latest build-up as United prepare to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday evening.

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  • IN THE NICK OF TIME

    Ralf Rangnick has been granted his work permit to officially take charge of Manchester United – but he won’t be in the dug-out for tonight’s clash with Arsenal.

    The German, 63, was finally confirmed as the new interim manager of the Red Devils earlier this week.

    He will perform that role until the end of the season before then beginning work as a consultant for the club.

    SunSport revealed today that Rangnick has arrived in the UK and will be allowed into the Old Trafford stands providing he continues to test negative for Covid.

    But he needed a work permit to take up his post as interim manager of United.

    Due to his lack of recent coaching experience, Rangnick had to go before an FA panel to obtain the necessary visa to work in the Premier League.

    Read more HERE.

  • TUNNEL ROW

    Robert Pires has sensationally revealed that he was the man at fault for Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane's infamous 2005 tunnel scrap at Highbury.

    Keane and Vieira had to be separated by referee Graham Poll, with the Manchester United skipper famously saying 'I'll see you on the pitch' to the Frenchman.

    It was known that Keane confronted Vieira after the Arsenal man aimed some choice words in the direction of Gary Neville.

    But now in a twist to the story Pires has told the Times that he is in fact the man at fault for the row.

    He said: "Things started to get heated and I think it was because of me actually. Gary Neville arrived and barged into me. I reacted in French because I was annoyed.

    "It starts kicking off and at that point, Pat arrives. He said to him, ‘You speak too much, you. Shut up.’

    "At that moment, Keane arrives. And he goes, ‘You talk too much as well. I’ll see you on the pitch.’

    "It was dicey between the two of them, tense. That for me was one of the best moments."

  • DEVILISH GUNNERS

    Arsenal head to Manchester United tonight for what has always been a bumper clash - even if both clubs have endured painful falls from the top.

    During the heyday of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, the two teams would be regularly battling it out for the Premier League title.

    In fact, for nine consecutive years from 1996 the trophy belonged exclusively to the both of them.

    Here SunSport takes a look at the combined squad's from Arsenal 2003-04 season and Man Utd's 2007-08 campaign.

  • PERFECT PEP

    Man City’s win against Aston Villa on Wednesday night bought up 150 Premier League victories for Pep Guardiola.

    Guardiola becomes the fastest manager to achieve the landmark, doing so in just 204 Prem games.

    Of the remaining 54 matches he’s lost 29 and drawn 25 – a 74 percent win rate.

    He has Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva to thank for his 150th three points, with the Portuguese duo netting in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

    And according to Manchester City’s official website, he’s comfortably the quickest to reach the achievement.

  • DEPS OF HELL

    Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United with the Premier League trophy - but a raft of bad signings has seen it taken away with little sign of returning.

    An incredible £431.7million has been splashed on 13 dodgy deals in particular by flop bosses ranging from Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was given the boot last month.

    Here SunSport takes a look at their most expensive flops.

  • RON-NA GET YA

    Thierry Henry says Cristiano Ronaldo 'turns problems into solutions' ahead of Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford on Thursday.

    The former Gunners striker has urged the Gunners to be cautious of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

    Speaking at the Prime Video Presents Sport 2021 showcase Henry praised the 36-year-old, saying: "Manchester United vs Arsenal is always a huge game and they are probably better than us at the moment.

    "They have a man who can turn problems into solutions in Cristiano Ronaldo, so we can only hope.

    "United have been better than us but you never know what can happen."

  • TAKING THE MIK

    EXCLUSIVE - Mikael Silvestre is well aware of the magnitude of Manchester United vs Arsenal matches - but believes this week’s game is important for very different reasons. 

    The French defender spent nine years at Old Trafford between 1999 and 2008, winning four Premier League crowns, as Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger battled it out at the top of the English game.

    Silvestre told SunSport: “This used to be the game of the season - now it's not anymore.

    “It's important for both teams to secure European football, getting points to get into the Champions League is what's at stake.

    “Arsenal are above United at the moment and have made a great recovery - they need to maintain that. 

    “For United, they are in the same position, they are in a recovery process. They are not the two dominant teams in the league anymore but you have quality internationals on both sides.”

  • CRIS SUMMONED

    Cristiano Ronaldo may be probed by investigators as the inquiry into Juventus' transfer dealings rumbles on.

    Juve's offices in Turin and Milan were both raided last week as cops investigate their transfer business.

    Player contracts, invoices and financial statements were all seized.

    Juventus are accused of falsifying transfer dealings in order to comply with Financial Fair Play.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United star Ronaldo could be hauled in front of investigators regarding his time in Italy

    Prosecutors are allegedly exploring a 'secret' agreement supposedly struck between Ronaldo and Juve regarding the salary he deferred during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    They are also interested in severance pay CR7 received ahead of his return to Old Trafford this summer.

  • GREEN LIGHT

    Ralf Rangnick has been granted his work permit to officially take charge of Manchester United - but he won't be in the dug-out for tonight's clash with Arsenal.

    The German, 63, was finally confirmed as the new interim manager of the Red Devils earlier this week.

    He will perform that role until the end of the season before then beginning work as a consultant for the club.

    SunSport revealed today that Rangnick has arrived in the UK and will be allowed into the Old Trafford stands providing he continues to test negative for Covid.

    But he needed a work permit to take up his post as interim manager of United.

    Due to his lack of recent coaching experience, Rangnick had to go before an FA panel to obtain the necessary visa to work in the Premier League.

    Read more HERE.

  • CAPTAIN PRESSURE

    Former Man Utd midfielder Jonathan Greening believes Harry Maguire's poor form could be due to the pressure of being the club captain.

    Speaking to MyBettingSites, he said: "It’s a lot of responsibility being the captain of Manchester United. I had some unbelievable captains like Roy Keane and Bryan Robson. It’s not easy.

    "There's a lot of pressure, a lot of interviews and a lot of people asking questions, especially if you’re not playing very well. 

    “Harry Maguire is a very emotional person, as we saw with his celebration for England when he was gesturing to shut everyone up. You don’t move for a fee of £75 million if you’re not a top player and you don’t move to a club like Manchester United either.

    "He plays almost every game for England and United when he’s fit so the talent is there.  

    “He has been off the boil for the last few months and that could be the pressure of the captaincy.  

    “United don’t have players like Roy Keane or Jaap Stam who have the bite and leadership skills to drag everyone around and shout at people. There don’t seem to be many in the squad who can do that."

  • MIK TAKER

    Mikael Silvestre insists Ralf Rangnick can make Manchester United title challengers again - if he gets the job permanently.

    Silvestre, 44, told SunSport: “Rangnick is good news. We know what he wants from his players, he has a plan and knows how to execute it. It's a good appointment, I'm pleased with it.

    “It looks like a replica of Ole's situation - take the job as an interim, if you pass the test you get it for much longer.

    “It is smart because it gives both sides time to see if there is a match - from the club's management and Ralf's perspective.

    “There is a mid-term plan and it could be the one that takes United to being title contenders.

    “Not this season but his mission is to finish in the Champions League which is hard enough.

    “You have to be sensitive and consider the gap in quality and performances. There is enough quality in the squad to finish in the top four - that is where they should finish.”

  • RIVALRY RENEWED

    Back on the evening of September 11th nobody could have imagined the situation Manchester United and Arsenal would now be in.

    United had just beaten Newcastle 4-1 on an emotional day at Old Trafford when Cristiano Ronaldo returned and everyone thought the Red Devils were back.

    They had won three and drawn one of their first four games to stand top of the table.

    Arsenal were 16th having lost their first three without scoring before labouring to a 1-0 win at home against relegation favourites Norwich.

    Mikel Arteta’s job was on the line and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term plan had all come together.

    Fast forward to today, Arsenal are fifth, United tenth, Solskjaer has been sacked and the plan now appears to be coming together at The Emirates.

    They have lost only one of their last ten in the League, to Liverpool, winning seven. United meanwhile have won one in eight.

    Read more HERE.

  • RANG HIS MATE

    Ralf Rangnick will receive an £8million bonus if he can help Manchester United land Erling Haaland, according to reports.

    The Norwegian striker has been on the Red Devils' radar for some time, after they were gazumped by Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.

    Haaland has since banged in 71 goals in 70 games for BVB, attracting further interest from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    In Rangnick, however, Man United feel they have acquired a key ingredient in attracting the 21-year-old.

    According to Bild, part of the Red Devils' reasoning for appointing Rangnick is his relationship with Haaland's representatives, father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola.

    Rangnick worked for Red Bull during the forward's time at RB Salzburg, and sat down with Alf-Inge and Raiola for numerous talks as he tried to convince them to make the move to RB Leipzig.

  • CRIS AND MAKE UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo created no 'drama' after being dropped by Manchester United last week, caretaker boss Michael Carrick revealed.

    The Portugal international was left out of the starting XI for the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    He wasn't called upon by Carrick until the 64th minute, by which point the Red Devils were 1-0 up.

    Ronaldo failed to make an impact on the outcome, as Chelsea managed to equalise before dominating the final exchanges.

    Carrick, 40, believes that too much was made of his decision to drop the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

    The Englishman will once again be in charge for tonight's clash with Arsenal, as new interim boss Ralf Rangnick's work visa is sorted.

  • RIGHT DECISION

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s former boss Max Allegri has aimed a subtle dig at the Manchester United man.

    CR7 played under Max Allegri at Juventus, but Allegri had no qualms with this year’s Ballon d’Or winner.

    Speaking at the weekend, he said: “In the Ballon d’Or they voted for Messi, let’s say on a technical level Messi is the best in the world.

    “After that I don’t know how they judge the Ballon d’Or.”

  • PROGRESS

    Man Utd have announced the make-up of their Fans Advisory Board in the wake of protests at Old Trafford last season.

    There are seven fan representatives in the group which will be co-chaired by barrister and lifelong United fans Christopher Saad and the club’s Group Managing Director Richard Arnold.

    The group was set up to ensure better fan representation with major decisions made by the club.

    The attempt to breakaway into a European Super League caused mass protests last season which saw the club’s home game with Liverpool last May postponed.

    Two members of the already established Fans’ Forum, Ian Stirling and Rick McGagh, have been appointed to the board along with Manchester United Supporters Trust Chair Jonathan Deitch and it’s Chief Executive Duncan Drasdo.

    The other fan places will be taken by Deborah Henry, Chair of the Manchester United Women’s Supporters’ Club, and communications consultant Oli Winton.

    Dave Pennington, a retired senior civil servant and another MUST board member has been named as special advisor to the co-Chairs.

  • MORNING, UNITED FANS

    New interim boss Ralf Rangnick will watch Michael Carrick oversee United's home clash with in-form Arsenal tonight.

    And despite dropping Cristiano Ronaldo for Sunday's stubborn 1-1 draw at leaders Chelsea, Carrick insists the Portugal legend CAN play the pressing game Rangnick is expected to instil.

    The United coach said: “He has played in enough teams down the years, Cristiano, and has been successful to play a variety of ways, and has kept scoring goals for every team he has played for.

    “So I am sure he will continue to score goals. I have no doubt about that.”Visa issues have left Rangnick racing against time to even be in charge for Sunday's home game with Crystal Palace.

    And Carrick admits he has still had no direct communication with the German.

    He said: “No, because of the process and work permit, we haven’t been able to.

    “So we’ve carried on, it’s worked well the last two games and hopefully will continue."

    Skipper Harry Maguire is back from suspension in central defence as ninth-placed United face Arsenal, in fifth.

    And Ronaldo seems sure to return up front, for either Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho.

  • RALF WARNED OF HUGE REPAIR JOB

    Ralf Rangnick has been tipped to lead Manchester United into the Prem’s top four.

    But Class of ’92 stars Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs have warned the incoming interim-boss of the giant job that awaits him.

    Caretaker Michael Carrick remains in the hot seat for tonight’s home game against Arsenal as Rangnick still does not have the work permit required to take up his Old Trafford post.

    But Gary Neville believes the 63-year-old German inherits a “disconnected and disjointed” team that is someway short of the Champions League spots.

    Butt reckons the players must drive the standards rather than Rangnick, who takes over from the axed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the hectic winter period with limited coaching time.

    Eight-time Premier League winner Gary Neville, 46, said: “We’re 12 points behind Chelsea, it’s been a terrible start to the season and the manager has lost his job.

    “For Ralf Rangnick, to finish in the top four would be a successful season.

    “If we could win the FA Cup that would be incredible.

    “He has to somehow get those players, who have looked so disconnected and disjointed in the last two or three months, sorted straight away.

    “They have lost all their confidence, haven’t really got a system of play and are not very good defensively.

    “He’s got a big job to do but top four has to be the target for him this season.”

  • THE PRESSURE'S RON

    Michael Carrick believes it is a ‘myth’ that Cristiano Ronaldo can’t play in a high-pressing team.

    Incoming Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is credited for creating the high intensity ‘gegenpressing’ tactic taken on by the likes of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

    There are question marks over whether that will fit with Ronaldo.

    But asked if it was a myth that Ronaldo can’t play in a high pressing team, caretaker manager Carrick said: “You said it’s a myth, so maybe it is a myth. Maybe that is how it is.

    “He has played in enough teams down the years, Cristiano, and has been successful to play a variety of ways, and has kept scoring goals for every team he has played for.

    “So I am sure he will continue to score goals. I have no doubt about that.”

    It was Carrick, however, who dropped Ronaldo for the draw against Chelsea, sparking rumours that Rangnick had already had an influence in his team selection.

    He denied that afterwards and defended himself ahead of Thursday’s visit of Arsenal for making the decision.

  • SILVESTRE DEFENDS UTD STARS' USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

    Mikael Silvestre laughs when he is told that Manchester United players are currently being criticised for their presence on social media.

    The ex-Red Devils defender is reminded of a time when he felt the wrath of a certain Sir Alex Ferguson for his own online mishaps.

    Frenchman Silvestre explained: “I was one of the first players in the Premier League to have a website, in the early 2000s.

    “In France, it was very trendy so I thought it would be cool to have one. I would have an interview on the phone after the game and it was published there in French on my website.

    “But an English paper picked it up and I remember my quotes were used as a headline the day after the game and the boss was like: ‘You have to stop it’ and I did!

    “I was being very honest about the team’s performance and that was the headline: ‘Silvestre said the team didn’t do well’ and the gaffer was mad.

    “He said: ‘I’m in charge of the communication – you play football!’”

  • PER-PLEXING

    United could lose out on £17million after Andreas Pereira's error in the Copa Libertadores final.

    The 25-year-old, who is currently on loan at Flamengo from Old Trafford, produced a costly slip to hand Palmeiras the trophy.

    With the score 1-1 between Flamengo and Palmeiras after 90 minutes a tense final headed into extra time.

    And four minutes into the additional period Pereira dropped into the backline to pick up the ball.

    He scuffed his initial pass, before slipping on his second attempt, leaving Deyverson through on goal.

    And the Palmeiras striker duly converted to net what turned out to be the winning goal.

    The error means Flamengo may now opt against signing him permanently at the end of the season - something which could dent new boss Ralf Rangnick's future transfer plans.

    “You can count on me, I’ll stay here until we win the next one,” Pereira told Flamengo fan group Raça Rubro Negra after his error.

  • FANS IN HIGH PLACES

    MAN UTD'S FANS ADVISORY BOARD: Two members of the already established Fans’ Forum, Ian Stirling and Rick McGagh, have been appointed to the board along with Manchester United Supporters Trust Chair Jonathan Deitch and it’s Chief Executive Duncan Drasdo, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    The other fan places will be taken by Deborah Henry, Chair of the Manchester United Women’s Supporters’ Club, and communications consultant Oli Winton.

    Dave Pennington a retired senior civil servant and another MUST board member has been named as special advisor to the co-Chairs.

    Collette Roche, Manchester United Chief Operating Officer, said: “The launch of the Fans’ Advisory Board is an historic step to ensure that the supporters’ perspective is always heard and understood right up to the highest levels of the club. This will improve decision-making and reduce the risk of conflict with fans on the most important issues.

    “We agree with the independent Fan-Led Review of Football Governance that fans must have a strong voice in the running of the game, and we believe that our Fans’ Advisory Board and proposed Fans’ Share Scheme are consistent with that important goal.

    “We are delighted to have attracted such a high calibre of individuals to the Board, all with a strong passion for United combined with the skills to advocate on behalf of fans. I am looking forward to working with Chris and the other representatives to get the Board up and running and establish a key role for it at the heart of the club.”

  • UTD ANNOUNCE BOARD MEMBERS

    Manchester United have announced the make-up of their Fans Advisory Board in the wake of protests at Old Trafford last season, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    There are seven fans representatives in the group which will be co-chaired by barrister and lifelong United fans Christopher Saad and the club’s Group Managing Director Richard Arnold.

    The group was set up to ensure better fan representation with major decisions made by the club.

    The attempt to breakaway into a European Super League caused a mass protests last season which saw the club’s home game with Liverpool last May postponed.

  • ‘DONNY’S LIKE HENRIK’

    Manchester United staff compared Donny van De Beek to Henrik Mkhitaryan during his early struggles at the club, according to reports.

    The Dutchman, 24, has struggled for game time since his move to Old Trafford.

    He has made just four Premier League starts since the beginning of last season, despite scoring on his debut against Crystal Palace.

    And after struggling initially, staff at United were reminded of another expensive flop, Mkhitaryan, according to ESPN.

    There were also fears he would struggle to adapt to the workload and intensity of the Premier League, which is why he was initially selected for Champions League matches only.

    Mkhitaryan, like van de Beek, arrived for a significant fee of £26million in 2016 and quickly fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

    He had to settle for substitute appearances in his first three games but when his big chance came in a start against Manchester City, he wasted it.

    A minor injury followed and Mourinho soon lost faith in his marquee signing and Mkhitaryan had to wait until December for his next start.

  • RON READY FOR FREDDY

    Freddy Adu has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo took him under his wing during a trial at Manchester United.

    The former American wonderkid, 32, was just 14 years old was he was given a professional contract by DC United in 2004.

    And he was tipped by many as a future Ballon d’Or winner after making his senior USA debut two years later aged 16.

    Adu’s young career took another amazing turn in 2006 when Premier League giants United handed him a trial.

    The teen spent a fortnight training at Carrington with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

    But he was unable to play or make his move permanent after failing to land a work permit.

    However, Adu remembers his brief stint at United fondly.

    That’s because global superstar Ronaldo looked after him, providing useful advice while also making humble gestures including inviting Adu out for dinner.

    Adu, who has not retired but is without a club, told BritishGambler.co.uk: “That was the coolest moment of my career when I went to Manchester United, I was only 16 years old at the time. 

    “I was there for almost a month and I got to meet everybody like Wayne Rooney – and it was when Manchester United were at the peak of their powers. 

    “Cristiano Ronaldo was there at the time and it was when he was becoming the best player in the world. Scholes was still there, Giggs was still there – it was amazing!

    “[Any advice from players?] Ronaldo! Everybody is always talking about Ronaldo is arrogant, he is this and that, but let me tell you that out of all of the players that were there – he was the one person out of all of them that made it a point to come to me, to talk to me, offered to take me to dinner. 

    “I mean, he was an amazing person. Of course, I already had huge respect for Ronaldo, but after that, I had so much respect for him and he literally became my favourite player just because of the kind of person that he was and what I witnessed.”