The international break is finally over and Manchester United's return to Premier League action is just around the corner.
United travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon looking to build some momentum following a convincing win against Brighton last time out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led a training session on Wednesday and has a number of injury concerns to contend with. Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw were sidelined prior to the international break. Solskjaer will address the media in his regular Friday press conference to give his thoughts on the clash and provide injury updates.
On the transfer front, United have been linked with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo. Reports in Spain suggest the Juventus star is unhappy at the club and would consider a sensational return to Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, former United boss Jose Mourinho held his first press conference as Tottenham manager.
Recap all the latest news on our blog below.
Matic a 'target' for Atletico Madrid
Nemanja Matic is open to a move away from Old Trafford in January over a lack of playing time (full story in here) and the latest reports suggest he is a target for Atletico Madrid.
Atletico have now emerged as a club who are interested in signing the midfielder, ESPN report, and his eligibility to play in the Champions League, having only played in the Europa League this season, is regarded as a key factor.
AC Milan are also said to be interested.
Manchester United Women score 11 against Leicester
What a performance!
Ella Toone netted five goals in the stunning victory.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'poised for' Jose Mourinho reunion
Tottenham have been backed to sign free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic following the arrival of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho worked with the Swede at United and the striker has recently left LA Galaxy.
The Telegraph suggest Tottenham are considering hijacking Milan’s move for the legendary forward in January.
Milan 'to offer United' target to sign Moise Kean
Manchester United were linked with a move for Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek back in October but the forward could be headed to Everton - according to reports in Italy.
The forward reportedly wants out and Milan have been linked with a move for Everton striker Moise Kean. United may lose out on signing Piatek as Milan intend to use the Polish international as a makeweight to land Kean.
Inter Milan 'have met' with Nemanja Matic
Reports in Italy claim Inter Milan have met with Nemanja Matic ahead of a January transfer.
The Serbian has stated his displeasure on the sidelines at United and a respected Italian journalist claims Inter have been in contact.
Manchester United 'preferred option' for Bale
Reports in Spain suggest Gareth Bale would favour a move to Manchester United over Tottenham.
Bale has been linked with a return to Spurs following Mourinho’s appointment but Mundo Deportivo suggest United are the ‘premier option’ if Bale returns to England.
Ben White backed to succeed in Premier League
Former Leeds man has backed Ben White to succeed at a top club amid speculation linking him with Manchester United.
“There’s no doubt that one of the most popular players in the last few seasons at Elland Road has been Pontus Jansson. When Pontus fell out with him [Marcelo Bielsa] or whatever, he [White] was on his way. He’s got a great belief in what he does.
“He brings a young centre-half in now who’s playing tremendously. It just surprises me some of the big teams in the Premiership haven’t bought him. It really does, because I think he looks as if he’s going to be top class.”
The tactical evolution of Manchester United since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson
The most defining moment of the last decade at Old Trafford came in May 2013 as the great Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as Manchester United manager after 26 years in charge.
The Scot won a stunning 38 trophies during his reign at Old Trafford and etched his name into football folklore as perhaps the best British manager of all time. His trophy haul included 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.
Whilst it was never going to be easy to replace Ferguson given his stature at the club, the United hierarchy had hoped the transition could have been as untroubled as possible and that the club could have continued their recent dominance both domestically and in Europe.
Read the story here
Mourinho has 'spoken to Levy' regarding Matic move
Jose Mourinho has spoken to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy about signing Nemanja Matic, reports say.
The Independent claim the Portuguese is eager to reunite with the Manchester United midfielder.
Sheffield United predictions
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is predicting a 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Sheffield United in their clash this weekend.
This is what he’s said about the upcoming fixture:
“Sheffield United are fifth and Manchester United sit in seventh. Who has more energy? Sheffield United. Who has more passion? Sheffield United. Manchester United have the better players but only when they play well. I have been impressed with Sheffield United more recently as they have been scoring goals. They will be right in the face of Man Utd from the get-go so if they are good enough, they will need to show it and be together as a team.
I do feel that Man United will be vulnerable to this energy level as they can become moody, but they will get something from it nevertheless. Chris Wilder will have a feeling about what his side can achieve realistically, but if you said to him that from the first 12 games, your away record would be fabulous, they would have beaten Arsenal and drawn with Manchester United at home, he would have snapped your hand off. They probably expect to beat Man United at the moment, but I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be ready for it.
It will be another feisty game. Sheffield United will go after and squeeze Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as much as they can. The back three are very good at what they do but John Egan has been one of the players of the season. The others have been great but he is calm, aggressive when he needs to be and gets his teammates into position - they are well-organised and drilled. For that reason, I think they will get a draw. “
Fletcher predicts a 'different Jose'
The former United midfielder thinks Jose Mourinho will be different at Tottenham to how he was at Old Trafford.
“I think we’ll see a slightly different Jose. I think the Jose that had been affected by Real Madrid and his almost resentment of players, which was different to when he was at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, he was a players manager, us against the world, we’ve not seen that for a while.
“I know for a fact that when he left United he did a little bit reflecting and asked a few people to tell him what he was like, to give him the truth, to give it to him straight, and that, for me, is a sign of somebody who realised he went a little bit too far.
“I’m sure he had his own frustrations with Manchester United, just as many as the players and people had towards him, you could see towards the end from both points of view, but the fact that he was asking people for an honest opinion of what he was like says to me that it’s someone who is reflecting.
“A little bit of a rest and a bit of reflection, I think we’ll see a different Jose Mourinho. I don’t know whether it will be the Jose of old but I don’t expect it to be the Jose we have seen for the last couple of years.”
A bit more from Mourinho
On the prospect of facing United with Spurs on December 4th. Should be good that one.
“If I play against one of my former teams, I have only one shirt and one passion and that is my club and now it’s Spurs.
“I was Mr Porto, Mr Chelsea, Mr Inter and now I have only one club. I wear the pyjamas of the club I’m with.”
Callum Wilson on United links
Bouremouth forward Callum Wilson has responded to transfer rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United in the January transfer window.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted the club would be exploring their options in the winter window and wants another forward to lessen the goal scoring burden on the shoulders of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attack.
Wilson has been linked and told versus.uk.com what he made of the speculation.
“I usually find out by people reading stuff and coming up to me!”
“I’m just kind of like ‘you know as much as me’. I don’t really listen to it. I don’t read papers and I don’t read Twitter feeds about transfer rumours. I tend to just focus on myself.
“I’ve just signed a contract at Bournemouth so I’m committed there.
“I try not to let anything like that affect my game.”
'Giggs the toughest opponent I faced'
According to former Chelsea and Liverpool man Glen Johnson.
Mourinho's admission about United reign at Tottenham press conference
Jose Mourinho has suggested he was the master of his own downfall at Manchester United in his first press conference as Tottenham head coach.
The Portuguese was sacked by United in December with the club 11 points off the final Champions League qualifying spot but he has suggested things will be different as he prepares to take charge of Spurs for the first time on Saturday.
Mourinho was asked if he believed he was a better manager than he was 11 months ago when he was sacked by United.
“I think so. You are what you are but I had time to think about many things.
“I realised that during my career, I made mistakes and I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’m going to make new mistakes.
“I am humble. I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year but the problems and the solutions. The principle of my analysis was not to blame anyone else.
“I’m nobody to advise people but to have a break was very positive for me. Having the first summer where I didn’t work was not good for me. I was a bit lost. But it was good for me. I even learned how to be a pundit.”
Read more here
Van Gaal's greatest legacy
Speaking of Marcus Rashford, this article explains why the Manchester United striker was Louis van Gaal’s best discovery and, thus his greatest legacy from his time at Old Trafford.
Here’s a taster of the piece:
Louis van Gaal got plenty of things wrong during his time at Manchester United.
It was a muddled time in general, a discord between the signings that Van Gaal presided over and the youth he wanted promote, meaning United’s identity was often difficult to make out.
The Dutchman would regularly talk about his philosophy and although lifting the 2016 FA Cup — with a winning goal from one of the academy products Van Gaal developed, Jesse Lingard — was a dignified way for him to bow out, that playing style never really sat well at Old Trafford. It was a period of confusion.
Perhaps Van Gaal’s greatest legacy, ironically but rather aptly, was left by accident. Because despite that eagerness to promote youth, it took a raft injuries for a genuine academy superstar in Marcus Rashford to break through.
Read in full here
Mourinho not looking to sign new players
“The best gift are the players who are here. I don’t need new players. I just need to get to know these ones better.
“I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them.”
Mourinho won't repeat United mistakes
He was asked if he’s a better manager for having been out of the game since his time at Manchester United:
“I think so. You are what you are but I had time to think about many things. I realised that during my career, I made mistakes and I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’m going to make new mistakes.”
Mourinho not out for himself
“I had a feeling I was going to get a club mid-season. I knew I would be in a situation where I would get only one or two days before my first game. I cannot come here and think it is about myself. It is about the players and going from a base of stability.”
Waiting for Jose
There’s a huge media presence at Spurs waiting for Mourinho’s first press conference.
Will he mention his time at Manchester United?