RALF RANGNICK has been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager until the end of the season.
And SunSport can reveal that United have ordered the German to do all he can to sign Erling Haaland.
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.
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.
However, Ronaldo did tell Piers Morgan that that was exactly his ambition in an interview in 2019.
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Newcastle bosses are reportedly ready to open their wallets and offer 'crazy money' in order to convince Marcelo Brozovic to join the club.
The 29-year-old Inter midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and is also a target for Manchester United.
Newcastle, according to The Athletic, are willing to offer mouth watering figures in a bid to land the Croatian international when negotiations can begin on January 1.
But with Newcastle yet to win a league game this campaign and currently rooted to the bottom of the table, Brozovic is unlikely to be willing to agree terms in January.
Cristiano Ronaldo told Piers Morgan he wanted to 'win the most golden balls in the history of football' in 2019.
The Manchester United star is fuming with France Football after its editor Pascal Ferre claimed Ronaldo had revealed to him his only career goal was to win more Ballon d'Ors than Messi.
But when quizzed by Morgan on what records he wanted to set before retiring, Ronaldo told ITV in 2019: "The most golden balls in the history of football.
"I will love it and I think I deserve it. Messi is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player, but I think after I have six, or seven, or eight then I’ll be more above him."
MIND THE GAP
Ralf Rangnick has won just ONE major honour compared to Premier League rivals Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.
With fans excited to see how Man United will look under Rangnick, supporters may have to settle for a season without trophies judging by his silverware record.
Here, SunSport takes a look at Rangnick's trophy haul in terms of league titles, national cups and European honours compared to Guardiola, Klopp and Tuchel…
Barcelona have offered Manchester United the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho in swap deals for either Anthony Martial or Edinson Cavani, according to Sport.
Barcelona’s transfer focus has switched from big-money signings to swap or loan deals following their massive financial struggles in recent seasons. Nevertheless, they still have interest in some of Europe’s top players.
Sport report Barcelona's main focus is on signing a striker in the January transfer window. As such, club executive Mateu Alemany and CEO Ferran Reverter travelled to Manchester last week.
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Former Manchester United player Jonathan Greening backs Bruno Fernandes to return to his best form.
He admitted the Portuguese has lost his spark and suggested Donny van de Beek could potentially take his place if he does not improve his goal and assist output.
Speaking to MyBettingSites, he said: It’s a strange one with Bruno Fernandes. His energy and enthusiasm is still there but he’s just lacking that final creative ball. He’s missing the target a lot and hitting the ball over the bar as well, but he is still registering a few assists.
“His goals and assists over the last couple of seasons, since he’s been at United, has earned him a bit of leeway to stay in the team but if this dry run of games without a goal continues, it might be time to take him out the side.
“But given his recent history with all the goals and assists he’s got, which is phenomenal, then he deserves to stay in the team.
“Donny van de Beek has been really unlucky. He came in from Ajax and everyone was expecting really big things, including me.
“He’s a very clever footballer and he can dictate the pace of the game, put tackles in and score goals but he just hasn’t had the minutes.
“Now’s his chance to impress the new manager. He [van de Beek] must show him [Rangnick] between now and the end of the season that he deserves his spot in the team. A
“And when he does get his chance, at a club like United, he has to take it. If he gets one, two, or three games in the team, he needs to show that he deserves it.”
Former Manchester United player Jonathan Greening wants Paul Pogba to stop playing games and show he wants to be a united player through his performances on the pitch.
He told MyBettingSites: “Most people are frustrated by Paul Pogba. We all know that on his day, he can be world class, teams can’t get the ball off him, he can take players on, can find an unbelievable pass, score goals or do a bit of skill that no one has ever seen before.
“But it only happens once every eight or nine games and the rest of the games, he’s lethargic and loses the ball. Fans are just frustrated now.
"The way that Pogba and his agent [Mino Raiola] leak things about new clubs, and new contracts have always left a sour taste in fans mouths as well as with former coaches like Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
“His contract is up at the end of the season and he's yet to sign a new one so he’s free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January with a foreign club. He might be playing a game where he says he wants to stay under the new manager just so he can get his contract offer bumped up a bit, you just never know with him.
“The biggest disappointment is that we see him in major tournaments with France and he’s superb and wins trophies with them.
"But at United, he just seems to be a bit lackluster and doesn’t seem to have that same energy and passion for every game like a United player should.
"He turns up a couple of times and then goes missing for a while, then he’ll pick up a little injury and miss even more and throughout that, there’s stories coming out about his future.
“He just needs to concentrate on his football and if he does want to stay at United, he needs to show it on the pitch; that’s the best way to do it and show that fans that he wants to be a United player.”
NICK HIM AWAY
Manchester United remain interested in a move for Atlético Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, but the decision now rests in Ralf Rangnick’s hands.
That’s according to AS, who say sources at Old Trafford say that Trippier is ‘still on the agenda’ for them, but it will be up to Rangnick to sign him.
They explain that Atlético refused to negotiate for Trippier in the summer when Manchester United were keen to add him as competition for Aaron Wan Bissaka.
He stayed in Spain, but there are ‘several suitors’ for him in England, and Manchester United remain in the hunt, with it stated they are still ‘eyeing him up’.
Manchester United nearly sealed a deal for Jack Grealish 12 months before his historic £100million transfer to Manchester City.
The transfer made him the most expensive Premier League signing of all time, but things could have been very different for the England star.
Grealish, 26, has revealed that OIe Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to sign him in the summer of 2020.
A move never materialised, but he signed a new deal at Aston Villa with a £100m release clause off the back of Manchester United's interest.
Grealish told the Telegraph: "I was really close to going, but nothing happened in the end.
"We played United in a pre-season game on Saturday and I wasn’t supposed to play in a cup game at Burton.
"But after the United game I said to [Christian] Purslow and my agent [David Manasseh]‘if I’m not leaving, I’ll sign my new contract’.
"I went in with my dog on Tuesday morning, signed the deal, and played later that day.
"We all agreed on the clause and if any team hit that, it’s a win-win because it means I’ve had an unbelievable season and Villa got £100million."
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Gary Pallister believes there will be a clean slate for all Manchester United players under Ralf Rangnick, and even high profile players will have to impress from the off.
He told Compare.bet: “I think he’s [Rangnick] got to come in there and be the man, be the enforcer, and I’m sure he will be, and he’ll bring into place the way he sees the game being played and I think they’ll all know he’s the boss.”
“I don’t think he’s the type of manager who will be impressed just because you’ve got a great reputation – he’s looking to build a team, a team that’s going to fight for Manchester United and a team that’s going to win games for Manchester United.”
Gary Pallister revealed he is a big fan of Harry Maguire and thinks he and Raphael Varane could form a strong partnership at the back.
He believes the England star is a natural leader and backs the defender to overcome his recent mistakes.
Speaking to Compare.bet, Pallister said: “I think he’s been terrific for United since he’s arrived.
"I think he’s a natural leader in that dressing room and a natural captain…I think Harry is a really good centre half and it’s just a shame the Varane partnership hasn’t had the chance to bear fruit in terms of playing a number of games together. That would’ve been the first choice pairing of centre backs.”
“It’s been uncharacteristic for him - he has made a few mistakes, the same with Luke Shaw and he was our player of the year last year, in fantastic form. You look at the Euros and wonder if that’s had an impact.”
“They’ve both been in good form but until the last few weeks when it all went pear-shaped.
"The side looked devoid of confidence and belief, and everybody seems dragged down by it. I would have no worries about those two in the future.”
WORKING IT OUT
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick will have to face an FA-appointed independent panel to get a work permit for his new job.
Because he has not had enough managerial jobs over the last five years, he does not meet the criteria from the Home Office by default.
So, according to The Telegraph, the 63-year-old's case will be heard by a panel who will have to fast-track the application.
Rangnick has held various director-type roles in the past five years, his latest with Russian side Locomotiv Moscow.
Barcelona are reportedly eager to bring out-of-favour Manchester United forward Anthony Martial to Camp Nou.
Mundo Deportivo report Barca's football director Mateu Alemany and CEO Ferran Reverter made an enquiry about the Frenchman during a recent business trip to Manchester, meaning Martial's largely disappointing spell at Old Trafford could end soon.
The 25-year-old has struggled for game time this season after only making nine appearances across all competitions, and scoring once in a 1-1 draw with Everton in October.
Xavi is also a fan of Martial, and he may head to Catalonia as soon as January, with a loan deal mooted.
Micah Richards has blasted fans and pundits for ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ to hail Ralf Rangnick as ‘the messiah’ and believes there has been a ‘massive overreaction’ to the German’s arrival at Manchester United.
Richards has been left baffled by the hype and hysteria surrounding the appointment given the lack of silverware on Rangnick’s CV.
He told BBC Five Live: "You know why I’m groaning? I’ll tell you why I’m groaning!
"Everyone’s making out like Rangnick is some sort of messiah like he’s come to this country and he’s got five league titles and a Champions League!
"It’s a massive, massive overreaction.
"I’m just talking about everyone jumping on the bandwagon like he’s the messiah."
Manchester United have confirmed Michael Carrick will remain in caretaker charge for the Premier League game against Arsenal on Thursday.
The former midfielder has overseen the 2-0 win at Villarreal and 1-1 draw with Chelsea since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's departure.
Ralf Rangnick was announced as interim manager on Monday but, while the club follows the regulatory process around a work visa, Carrick will continue at the helm.
COULD NICK HIM
Manchester United have been tipped to scout the next two games played by RB Leipzig's Amadou Haidara ahead of a possible January bid.
Red Devils interim manager Ralf Rangnick signed Haidara during his time overseeing the football side of things in Leipzig and remains a fan of the tenacious midfielder.
The Daily Mail report that United will have the 23-year-old watched in his next two games against Union Berlin in the Bundesliga and Man City in the Champions League, with strengthening in the middle of a park a priority.
Haidara is a dynamic midfielder capable of operating in a defensive or box-to-box role, and any move to Old Trafford would threaten the places of Scott McTominay and Fred - who continue to deliver inconsistent performances for the struggling United.
NEW MAN IN
Manchester United players have arrived for their first day of training since Ralf Rangnick's appointment was confirmed.
The German, 63, signed a six-month deal to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then move upstairs into a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
And after the news was announced on Monday morning, United players returned to Carrington on Tuesday with a new boss to impress.
Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from his Ballon d'Or snub, rocked up in his left-hand drive Bentley.
The Portuguese ace was closely followed by his twin security guards keeping a close eye on the superstar.
Marcus Rashford rolled in driving his new £390,000 Brabus GT Coupe Rocket 900 supercar - one of just 24 in the world.
Paul Merson has made his predictions for the midweek round of Premier League fixtures, including Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United.
He said: "This is another huge football match.
"Arsenal are back to beating the teams they should beat and got a good result against Newcastle.
"They struggled against Brighton and Liverpool in the Premier League and haven’t been very good away from home.
"Manchester United rode their luck a couple of times against Chelsea, but got an excellent result in the end.
"Carrick made a big statement by leaving Ronaldo out, and I think it worked.
"They took Rashford and Sancho off for Ronaldo after they went 1-0 up, and Chelsea dominated the rest of the game.
"United haven’t become a good team overnight. Carrick will take a chance against Arsenal – I’d be shocked if Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo don’t start.
"They aren’t very good defensively, however, and can’t afford to be too open against Arsenal. I reckon both teams would be pretty happy with a draw this week."
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
Manchester United fans are planning a tribute to sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sources have told ESPN.
Supporters are planning to unveil a huge flag dedicated to Solskjaer in the Stretford End ahead of Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford on Thursday, the first home game since the Norwegian's dismissal on Nov. 21.
Fans have approached United about the gesture and it is set to go ahead with the club's blessing.
The Premier League clash with Arsenal is also the first game since Ralf Rangnick's appointment as interim manager until the end of the season.
It is unclear whether Rangnick will be in the dugout or even in the stadium as United wait on a work permit for the German.
ACROSS TO CRIS
Cristiano Ronaldo's family are planning a huge get-together in Manchester this Christmas.
The Old Trafford striker’s Brazil-based sister Katia Aveiro revealed they are organising a festive season reunion in a question and answer social media session with fans.
When asked what she'd be doing for Christmas, the singer-turned-influencer, who ended up in hospital after going down with Covid earlier this year, said: “If this mad world and the variants all over the place let me, it will be in Manchester God willing.”
Katia is expected to travel from her home in southern Brazil with her husband and two children.
Her siblings Hugo and Elma and their mum Dolores will make the journey from the family’s native Madeira.
It is not yet known if they will be joined by relatives of Cristiano’s partner Georgina Rodriguez.
The 27-year-old is pregnant with twins and her sister Ivana is also expecting her first child with her painter and sculptor partner Carlos Garcia.