Manchester United will continue preparations for Saturday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur today.
It has been a tough week for United following the 5-0 loss to Liverpool and increased pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job, but there was at least some good news in Wednesday’s training session.
After being unavailable since the international break after suffering a groin injury with France, Raphael Varane was back on the training ground and was pictured in conversation with Solskjaer.
It is unclear how involved he was in the session and whether he will be fit enough for Sunday’s trip to north London, but it is certainly a positive sign.
Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford has spoken for the first time since losing to Liverpool.
“I can’t lie, you haven’t heard from me here because as a United fan I didn’t really know what to say after Sunday,” he tweeted.
« I was embarrassed. I’m embarrassed. Our fans are everything and you didn’t deserve that. We are working hard to try to resolve this issue. We have to redeem ourselves. ”
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Info about the Nuno team
Nuno Espirito Santo has declined to confirm whether Dele Alli will return to Tottenham’s squad for the clash with United this weekend. To see also: FIFA 22: Antoine Griezmann reveals his FIFA 22 Ultimate Team selection.
Dele was left out of the Spurs squad for the Carabao Cup victory last night at Burnley, as was Harry Winks, and the manager has remained tight-lipped on whether the pair would be in contention for an appearance against United this weekend.
“These are our players, we continue to focus on getting the best out of each of our players. Dele is one of the cases that we have to try to improve ourselves.
“We have a training session tomorrow and we will evaluate all the players [avant le match contre United] as we always do. They are our players, so anything is possible, that’s my answer. ”
Dortmund admits United’s offer to Haaland was better
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted that United gave Erling Haaland a much better deal than the Bundesliga when they won the race for the Norwegian in 2020. See the article: Lionel Messi at PSG: Pochettino thought Messi’s transfer was a Leonardo “joke”!.
However, he believes Dortmund’s record for developing young players gave them an edge over clubs like United as he reflected on how they won the race for the 21-year-old.
“Manchester United’s offer was better. However, Mino Raiola has realized that Erling is better with us.
“People notice that talented people break through with us the fastest. This is a resounding argument for players, parents of players and advisers.
“The fact that we discovered the players on our own is long gone. But we understand. We have no inhibitions in letting 17 year olds play. ”
Watzke also admitted that Dortmund would not offer Haaland a new contract before his likely departure this summer.
“You also need hygiene in the cabin. This means: to believe that you will go all-in for Haaland and that all the other players will remain as they are, then you will be mistaken about the character of the players.
“The renewal process is permanent with us. At some point, the best players are redeemed and you start over. Developing a high-level European team over the long term is difficult if you can’t keep your players for three or four years. We’re not there yet. ”
United get Varane boost
Raphael Varane was a welcome face in training yesterday as United looked to put the Liverpool fiasco behind them and focus on the clash with Tottenham. To see also: Kylian Mbappe: Barcelona want to sign PSG star, will offer huge signing bonus.
Liverpool to ‘rival United’ for Kalvin Phillips
Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is reportedly in favor of a move to Liverpool rather than United, according to reports.
The Star claim Liverpool have joined United in an attempt to sign the England international, who is reportedly worth around £ 60million, while Leeds have opened contract talks to keep him at Elland Road.
And the report says Phillips would prefer to join Liverpool, given Leeds’ rivalry with United and the potential impact on his family that a move to Old Trafford could have.
Barcelona manager’s next odds
Barcelona yesterday sacked Ronald Koeman after one too many loss, suggesting they could compete with United for a new manager in the near future.
However, bookies believe there is only one man heading to Camp Nou, and he has yet to participate in the conversation about potential replacements for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – the former midfielder. of Barca Xavi.
Antonio Conte, linked with United and open for employment, is on the roster, but Xavi is out of the question.
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Tale “says yes” to United
Antonio Conte has decided he will accept the United job if it becomes available.
That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the talented United squad, Premier League “fascination” and Old Trafford charm all appeal to Conte.
It is added that Conte believes he could make the squad even better with a few additions in the transfer market.
If the report is to be believed, all that remains is to find a job.
Woodward « could stay until April »
Ed Woodward is due to step down as executive vice president of Old Trafford by the end of the calendar year, but ESPN has said he could stay until April.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future uncertain, the report suggests there could be more uncertainty in United’s boardroom as Woodward delays his scheduled departure.
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United ‘ready to let Pogba go for free’
A report released last night claimed United have decided to let Paul Pogba terminate his contract this season and let him go for free this summer, rather than trying to get a transfer fee for him in January.
Pogba is out of contract this summer and ESPN has said United have agreed that they will not sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
The report says United have calculated it would be worth them more to stay at Old Trafford in the second half of the season, rather than the fees it would generate in January. It also suggests that United factored in the likelihood of that scenario when agreeing their £ 89million transfer fee from Juventus and subsequent salaries.
Varane sends message of support to Josh Cavallo after footballer turns out to be gay
Raphael Varane sent a message with his “full support” to Josh Cavallo of Adelaide United, who on Wednesday became the only top-level footballer known in the world to turn out to be gay.
Former Newcastle Jets forward Andy Brennan was the first to come out while playing, as was former LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers who announced he was gay when he retired in 2013 before returning to be the winner of the MLS Cup.
Former Premier League footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger in 2014 came out after his retirement.
Cristiano Ronaldo holding Manchester United dressing room together
Cristiano Ronaldo tried to rally Manchester United’s dressing room in times of crisis.
Sources say Ronaldo is holding the dressing room together and he has encouraged his teammates to support beleaguered manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ronaldo has advised United players not to lower tools, regardless of what they think of Solskjaer’s tactics, until a possible manager change.
United have resisted Solskjaer’s sacking mainly because they have no succession plan for the Norwegian, who will take charge at Tottenham on Saturday.
‘I’m embarrassed’ – Marcus Rashford breaks silence on Manchester United’s humiliation at Liverpool
Marcus Rashford admitted he was “embarrassed” by Manchester United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday and wanted players to “redeem themselves”.
It’s been a tough week for United which began when they were demolished by their bitter rivals at Old Trafford in a reckless, gutsy display.
Naby Keita put Liverpool ahead after just five minutes and things didn’t improve from there as Diogo Jota and a brace from Mohamed Salah meant United were leading 4-0 at the break.