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Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Palace win REACTION, £50m John McGinn wanted EXCLUSIVE, Frenkie de Jong interest

RALF RANGNICK has his first win as Man Utd boss after Fred's late strike gave the Red Devils victory over Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, off the pitch the new gaffer is already putting the club's January transfer plans in place.

SunSport can reveal United are keen on signing John McGinn to replace Paul Pogba, but the Aston Villa midfielder could cost £50m.

The Red Devils are also reportedly preparing a cheeky £47m bid for Frenkie de Jong, who cash-strapped Barcelona are keen to keep.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, gossip and updates here.

  • DOUBLE WHAMMY

    Manchester United have suffered a double injury blow with both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial missing for today’s clash with Crystal Palace, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    New interim manager Ralf Rangnick is taking charge of the Red Devils for the first time.

    nd he decided to keep the same starting XI that started the 3-2 win over Arsenal that he watched from the stands on Thursday alongside his new girlfriend.

    However, two men were left out of the squad altogether from that Gunners game for the Palace showdown.

    Both Lingard, linked with a January move to West Ham and Newcastle, and Martial were subs three days ago but neither name was on the list this afternoon at Old Trafford.

    And new boss Rangnick confirmed beforehand: “Jesse and Anthony indicated after yesterday’s training that they didn’t feel well, that they felt pain.

    “This is the reason why they are not in the squad.”

  • MAN UTD 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE

    27. There is so much chemistry in attack between Rashford, Sancho, Fernandes and Ronaldo.

    The passing has been exceptional and the same goes for the pressing when United get dispossessed.

    Palace’s passing hasn’t been great but the marking is quite precise.

  • MAN UTD 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE

    1. Play is underway at Old Trafford!

    Man Utd get the game underway and they’re kicking from left to right in the first half.

    The game is NOT on TV….. but SunSport have you covered with minute-by-minute coverage.

    ⚽ Read our live match blog for Man Utd vs Crystal Palace to keep up to date with all the latest updates

  • CRYSTAL PALACE XI

    13 Guaita; 17 Clyne, 5 Tomkins, 6 Guehi, 3 Mitchell; 15 Schlupp, 8 Kouyate, 23 Gallagher; 9 Ayew, 11 Zaha, 20 Benteke.

  • MAN UTD XI

    Ralf Rangnick names his first United side.

    1 De Gea; 20 Dalot, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire, 27 Telles; 39 McTominay, 17 Fred; 25 Sancho, 18 Fernandes, 10 Rashford; 7 Ronaldo.

  • WRECK IT RALF

    Ralf Rangnick’s first XI will be named in just 15 minutes!

  • KOUNDE LATEST

    Man Utd are in good standing in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

    According to SuperDeporte, the Spanish side are on the hunt for a new centre-back.

    Kounde, 23, is also being tracked by Chelsea – who submitted an offer for him in the summer window.

    Sevilla will look to sign Barcelona ace Clement Lenglet.

  • SUPER SUNDAY

    There are four Premier League fixtures being played today.

    Here’s who’s playing who and when: 

    And there’s one more game to play, but it falls on a Monday:

  • RED RAID

    Manchester United want Frenkie de Jong in a cut-price £47million transfer, according to reports, writes JOSHUA JONES

    With Ralf Rangnick appointed interim manager until the end of the season, the German will be looking to make his mark on the squad when the window opens next month.

    And after reportedly turning down the chance to sign Philippe Coutinhofrom the Catalan giants, United are now being linked with his team-mate De Jong.

    According to El Nacional, the Red Devils are very keen on the 24-year-old Dutch midfielder. 

    They know of Barca’s financial woes and therefore would not be willing to offer more than £47m – £18m less than the Catalan giants paid Ajax for De Jong in 2019.

    However, the report adds Barcelona would not even consider accepting an offer lower than £60m.

    De Jong is under contract until 2026 so if Rangnick really wants him at Old Trafford, the United board will need to back him with a bigger transfer fee.

  • MARSCH ON

    RB Leipzig have sacked head coach Jesse Marsch – sparking speculation he could reunite with Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United, writes TOBY GANNON.

    The American joined Leipzig as Rangnick‘s assistant in 2018 for a year before returning as No1 this season.

    But his four-month spell has come to an end after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Union Berlin, their third successive Bundesliga loss.

    Leipzig said in a statement: “RB Leipzig and head coach Jesse Marsch have mutually agreed to part ways. 

    “The decision is the result of an in-depth analysis and intensive discussions after the Bundesliga match against Union Berlin.

    “Jesse Marsch will be released with immediate effect and assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer will take charge of the team ahead of the upcoming home game against Manchester City. 

    “A successor for Jesse Marsch will be announced in the near future.”

  • ELANGA RECALLED

    Anthony Elanga has been recalled into Man Utd’s matchday squad by interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

    United take on Crystal Palace later today.

    Amad Diallo is also believed to be in the squad too.

  • ONE MOUR

    Jose Mourinho is a shock managerial target for Everton if they sack Rafa Benitez, according to reports, writes JOSHUA MBU.

    The current Toffees boss is fighting for his future after a horror run of just two points from their last eight games.

    And according to the Mirror, they may consider his long-term rival Mourinho as his replacement. 

    The Portuguese is currently in charge at Roma having taken over in the summer.

    But things are not going as smoothly as he would have wanted so far with fall-outs with players, journalists and referees. 

    The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs chief saw his side thumped 3-0 at home by Inter on Saturday.

    That result left Roma 13 points adrift of the Serie A leaders AC Milan – and nine off the Champions League places already. 

    However, Mourinho’s Premier League pedigree – winning three titles at Stamford Bridge – could see him targeted by Everton chiefs.

  • HAARD BARGAIN

    Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted Erling Haaland can leave under ‘certain conditions’, handing a boost to Manchester United and Chelsea, writes JOSHUA MBU.

    The 21-year-old is believed to have a £64million release clause, which has attracted a number of top clubs from across Europe. 

    And in order for Dortmund’s hand to be forced in negotiations, Zorc admits teams will have to meet ‘certain conditions’ as there’s ‘no need to sell him’.

    In an interview with German outlet Sport1, Zorc said: “The fact is that he has a contract. But it’s also a fact, and this is no secret, that he can leave the club under certain conditions.

    “Both Erling and the club are dealing with the issue very professionally. We’ll see how things progress.

    “There is, despite the pandemic, no economic need to sell him. That is also a fact. We will sit down and see how the talks go.”

  • GOOD MORNING UTD FANS

    Amadou Haidara will become Ralf Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32million release clause now.

    Should United be willing to cough up the full amount in January, Leipzig have given a broad hint that they will let him go at once.

    Sources in Germany claim Rangnick – who took him to Leipzig from Salzburg two years ago – has already spoken to Haidara’s agent Volker Struth, and a deal is all but agreed.

    Elsewhere John McGinn is still on Manchester United’s radar as they prepare for a new future under Rangnick.

    SunSport previously revealed United’s interest in the summer of 2019, with Sir Alex Ferguson a big fan of McGinn.

    Villa would not have considered a bid of less than £50m back then — and would want even more now.

    Ralf Rangnick plans a dinner date with Sir Alex Ferguson to thrash out how to drag Manchester United back to their feet.

    He said: “He only came back from New York on Thursday and has to stay at home because of quarantine and Covid regulations.

    “But I am very much looking forward to meeting him over the next two or three weeks.

    “Darren Fletcher told me he wants to arrange a mutual lunch or dinner with him.”

  • BEST MATES

    Ralf Rangnick arrives in Manchester hailed as the Messiah who can knock Liverpool and Co off their perch — yet it is Kop fans who should be giving thanks.

    Two decades ago, Rangnick’s words of wisdom helped set Jurgen Klopp on the road to management, eventually leading him all the way to Anfield.

    Hours before he took his first training session with United, he chuckled at the memory of that phone call and what it led to.

    “Jurgen said, ‘Do you think that is too much to ask?’ I told him it was the right thing to do — and I am sure he got what he wanted!”

    Needless to say, Klopp didn’t get a similar call for his thoughts when Rangnick had the chance to head to England himself.

    But Klopp made it clear he expects his mate to be a hit, admitting United’s manager spells bad news for the rest of the Prem.

  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Ralf Rangnick plans a dinner date with Sir Alex Ferguson to thrash out how to drag Manchester United back to their feet.

    Rangnick, who looks set to be without Cristiano Ronaldo against Palace, plans to sit down with Fergie and pick his brains.

    He said: “He only came back from New York on Thursday and has to stay at home because of quarantine and Covid regulations.

    “But I am very much looking forward to meeting him over the next two or three weeks.

    “Darren Fletcher told me he wants to arrange a mutual lunch or dinner with him.

    “The important thing is to celebrate this DNA the club still has, but implement it into the transformation to modern football. You need to have a certain idea of what we want to stand for. How do we want to be seen?

    “How do we want to play and how do our fans want us to play?”

  • RED FACED

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka filmed pals inhaling nitrous oxide from red balloons last month.

    The Manchester United star posted footage to his Snapchat account.

    In clips obtained by the Star, Wan-Bissaka films his friends in the back of a car with the red balloon to hand.

    He then sits in a hotel room with the other men, as they inhale from the balloons.

    One man holds a canister of Smartwhip – which contains nitrous oxide.

    At no point in the series of clips does Wan-Bissaka inhale from the balloons.

  • BOGEY TEAM

    Crystal Palace have taken seven points from their last four league meetings with Manchester United.

    They’ve won two, drawn one and lost one out of their last four games.

    That’s as many as they’d managed in their previous 23 against them (W1 D4 L18).

  • RANGNICK EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United’s new boss Ralf Rangnick made his first appointment at Old Trafford – his stunning partner Flor.

    The 63-year-old German snuck his girlfriend into the stadium as he watched the Red Devils beat Arsenal 3-2.

    And he tried out a new formation in a bid to dodge scrutiny – by sitting in the row behind his Mexican lover.

    He breezed into the ground on Thursday night hand-in-hand with the pin-up brunette, reports said.

    Rangnick and Flor have been a couple for over a year, but rarely appear together in public.

    A source said: “Ralf knew that all eyes would be on him, so sat behind his girlfriend.

    “But he is head-over-heels about Flor and wanted her to share in the excitement of his new club.

    “They make a great team off the pitch, and now Ralf needs to get United dazzling on it.”

  • EXCLUSIVE

    John McGinn is still on Manchester United’s radar as they prepare for a new future under Ralf Rangnick.

    SunSport previously revealed United’s interest in the summer of 2019, with Sir Alex Ferguson a big fan of McGinn.

    Villa would not have considered a bid of less than £50m back then — and would want even more now.

    McGinn has three and a half years left to run on the deal he signed at Villa Park last December.

    The Scotland international, 27, has scored three goals and provided one assist in 13 Premier League games so far this term.

    His ability on the ball plus coolness under pressure is something United scouts are understood to have noted.

    That’s in addition to his ability to play a high pressing style so valued by new boss Rangnick.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Amadou Haidara will become Ralf Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32million release clause now.

    The RB Leipzig midfielder was tipped for an Old Trafford move the minute Rangnick was announced as United manager.

    Yet it was not expected to happen until the summer, when his clause with the Bundesliga side kicks in.

    But if United are willing to cough up the full amount in January, Leipzig have given a broad hint that they will let him go at once.

    Sources in Germany claim Rangnick – who took him to Leipzig from Salzburg two years ago – has already spoken to Haidara’s agent Volker Struth, and a deal is all but agreed.

    The only sticking point was the fact he is off to the African Cup of Nations with Mali, although it is not said to be a major hurdle.

  • ‘KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING’

    Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has backed Manchester United to finish 4th come the end of the season.

    The Red Devils are fighting with the likes of West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham for the final Champions League position.

    Speaking on LFC TV though, Lawrenson believes Ralf Rangnick will guide Utd into Europe’s elite competition.

    He said: “To be honest with you, and as loathe as I am to say it, I think Manchester United will finish fourth.

    “I think this new guy coming in, I think he knows what he’s doing.”