3pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho transfer boost, Florentino Luis talks, Pogba expects to stay, fixtures CONFIRMED – The Sun

MAN UTD are continuing their preparations for the return of the Premier League and a Friday night clash with Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.

And Paul Pogba now expects to stay at the club, while the signing of Jadon Sancho may have moved a step closer.

Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…

  • IT'S JUAN SPECIAL CLUB

    Juan Mata admits he finds it “surreal” to play for Manchester United and is still excited at the prospect of winning trophies at the club.

    The 32-year-old signed for United in 2014 and has won the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup while making over 200 appearances.

    He has played under David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so is part of the furniture at Old Trafford, but still has to pinch himself every day.

    The Spaniard said in Amazon Prime's exclusive docuseries Living Abroad: “That feeling of being a Manchester United player is really special and almost unique in football.

    “At times it feels surreal that in the morning I put on that shirt to train that I play in the stadium where players like Eric Cantona, George Best, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have played.

    “Players I watched as a kid from far away and especially that generation of Beckham, Scholes, Giggs and now I'm playing in their team and I am proud of that.”

  • UNDER PAR

    Ray Parlour is stunned Manchester United have not pushed harder for Timo Werner.

    He said on talkSPORT: “I’m amazed that Man United are not in for Werner.

    “They’ve got money and probably do need another striker; [Marcus] Rashford can play wide if you need him to off the flank.

    “I’m sure Manchester United might make a last-minute pop for Werner as well.

    “I think the agent is trying to work the market now; that is how they work, putting it out there that the deal is nearly done and alerting other clubs so they have to pull their finger out.

    “If we really want this player then we’ve got to up the money and up the wages’, and suddenly it could be a different factor for Chelsea.”

  • LET'S 'GO

    United are set to ‘bring forward’ their chase for Thiago Almada to this summer, because his value is set to soar.

    The 19-year-old, who plays for Velez Sarsfield, has scored five times in 25 games for the Argentinian club this season.

    SunSport reported 48 hours ago that the youngster has attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, including the Red Devils.

    With his eye for a pass and ability to play on the turn in tight spaces, Almada has been likened to David Silva and no wonder City have also been having a look at him.

    Almada has already trained with the senior Argentina squad and shared a picture playing alongside Lionel Messi two years ago in training.

  • OCTO-GOING, OCTO-GONE?

    United are in a race with AC Milan for the signing of Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis, according to reports.

    His agent, Bruno Carvalho Santos, had a meeting with United in January and he turns 21 in August.

    Florentino is nicknamed ‘The Octopus’ because of his ability to cover ground and get his long limbs stick in to win balls back in midfield.

    Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Leeds are also reportedly interested.

    His agent told ESPN: “Florentino is one of the highest rated young defensive midfielders in Europe, so there is a lot of interest in him at the moment.

    “There has been a lot of talk about Milan, but I can tell you that there is a lot of competition for his services, with clubs in England, Germany and Spain also following him closely.”

  • FA CUP QUARTERS CONFIRMED

    United's Cup quarter-final against Norwich City has been confirmed for June 27 and will be broadcast on BBC One.

    Here are the full fixtures:

    Saturday June 27

    Norwich City vs Man Utd (5.30pm) BBC

    Sunday June 28

    Sheffield United v Arsenal (1.00pm) BT Sport

    Leicester City v Chelsea (4.00pm) BT Sport

    Man City vs Newcastle (6.30pm) BBC

  • GRAPHIC WERNING

    United's reluctance to go all-in for Timo Werner is down to their determination to get Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

    Sam Pileger tweeted that the club's “growing confidence” in signing Dortmund superstar Sancho, 20, is a symptom of their refusal to go all-in for Werner.

  • CRIS-TEAR-NO

    Cristiano Ronaldo was “on the verge of tears” in the Real Madrid changing room after Jose Mourinho exploded at him – despite leading 2-0.

    And after the forward hit back, the pair got into a shouting match before Ronaldo's team-mates had to step in to prevent a fight breaking out.

    He wrote: “I was surprised by Mourinho's reaction. We were winning 2-0 in the Copa del Rey.

    “Ronaldo did not chase the rivals on his throw-in and Jose was furious with Cristiano.

    “The two fought for a long time on the field. After returning to the locker room at half-time, I saw Ronaldo desperate, on the verge of tears.

    “They became so hot that only the intervention of the team-mates avoided a real fight between them.”

  • BLUES CLUES

    Jude Bellingham will reportedly see out the season as a Birmingham scholar before a potential summer switch to Manchester United.

    The Red Devils are competing with Borussia Dortmund to sign the teen sensation after his breakout season at St Andrews.

    Long tipped to leave Blues at the end of the season, Bellingham is set to remain on his £145 weekly wage for the rest of the extended campaign.

    According to the Mail, the 16-year-old and his family maintain a strong relationship with the club.

    An amicable solution that benefits all parties is being discussed to ensure Birmingham are not left out of pocket when Bellingham makes his move.

    The Championship club have experienced financial difficulty in recent years, with a winding-up petition dismissed in December and points deduction last season, amid debts thought to top £90million.

  • GET IT IN YOUR DIARY

    Here are United's Premier League fixtures CONFIRMED.

    We're just waiting on the kick-off time for the FA Cup quarter-final in Norwich, which is likely to be on June 27.

    • June 19 – Tottenham vs Man Utd (8.15pm) Sky
    • June 24 – Man Utd vs Sheffield Utd (6pm) Sky
    • June 30 – Brighton vs Man Utd (6pm) Sky

    BREAKING – FIXTURES CONFIRMED

    The Premier League has cemented the fixtures for June’s matches.

    Here they are the first load of games!

    Wednesday 17 June

    Previously postponed due to participation in the Carabao Cup Final

    18:00 Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United (live on Sky Sports)

    20:15 Man City vs Arsenal (Sky Sports)

    Friday 19 June

    18:00 Norwich vs Southampton (Sky Sports and live on Pick)

    20:15 Tottenham vs Man Utd (Sky Sports)

    Saturday 20 June

    12:30 Watford vs Leicester (BT Sport)

    15:00 Brighton vs Arsenal (BT Sport)

    17:30 West Ham vs Wolves (Sky Sports)

    19:45 Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace (BBC)

    Sunday 21 June

    14:00 Newcastle vs Sheffield Utd (Sky Sports and live on Pick)

    16:15 Aston Villa vs Chelsea (Sky Sports)

    19:00 Everton vs Liverpool (Sky Sports and live on Pick)*

    Monday 22 June

    20:00 Man City vs Burnley (Sky Sports)

    MARKED MANN

    Former United target Antoine Griezmann has put David Beckham’s Inter Miami on red alert after admitting he is dreaming of an MLS transfer to see out the end of his career.

    The 29-year-old has struggled to hit his Atletico Madrid heights for Barcelona since his £107.6m transfer last summer.

    He told the Los Angeles Times: “Winning La Liga and the Champions League with Barca would be a dream, and also my objective,

    “After that winning whatever comes. There’s another World Cup so the World Cup in Qatar. And after that MLS.

    “I don’t know with which team, but I really want to play there.

    “For me it’s an objective to end my career in the United States with the possibility of playing well and being a big part of the team and fighting for a title.”

    JAD RAP

    Jadon Sancho is reportedly set for a “severe punishment” after allegedly breaking lockdown rules to get a haircut.

    However, the Borussia Dortmund star looks on course to avoid a ban from Bundesliga.

    As reported by Bild, the England winger, 20, as well as team-mates Axel Witsel, Thorgan Hazard, Raphael Guerreiro, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Manuel Akanji all got fresh trims from Dusseldorf star hairdresser Winnie Nana Karkari.

    The celebrity barber is understood to have visited the players at their apartments last Thursday and then posed for photographs.

    But in the snaps no one was wearing face masks, a breach of the protocols set out in Germany which also state no visitors are permitted.

    It is understood a unanimous agreement was made on May 14 whereby clubs signed up to adhere to the medical guidelines as part of the Bundesliga restart.

    SEVENTH HEAVEN

    Manchester United reportedly have four contenders for the No7 shirt at Old Trafford.

    According to the Express, those four players are:

    • Marcus Rashford
    • Mason Greenwood
    • Bruno Fernandes
    • Hannibal Mejbri

    However, the obvious choice would be Jadon Sancho, if the Red Devils can land the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer.

    ELEGANCE OF ZIZOU

    Manchester United will be signing the next Zinedine Zidane if they sign Kai Havertz, according to Bayer Leverkusen's assistant manager.

    Marcel Daum said: “For me, he has the elegance of Zidane.

    “If you see his movement, he's very elegant, he's always calm, he has great passing ability.

    “What a lot of people don't see, because we watch him every day, is that he's pretty fast. That's a big bonus.

    “He's a great player, he's scoring goals, he's great in the air and he's pretty fast. It's up to him how far he can go.

    “I can't say he will be the best German player ever, but he has the talent and there are no limits. He's displaying signs of Zidane.”

    LEAKED FIXTURES

    Here are the games that United could play after provisional fixtures were leaked last night.

    United are set to play three games on Sky Sports and one on BT Sport.

    Remember, these are unconfirmed by the Premier League.

    • PL – June 19 – Tottenham vs Man Utd (8pm) Sky
    • PL – June 24 – Man Utd vs Sheffield Utd (6pm) Sky
    • FAC – June 27 – Norwich vs Man Utd (8.15pm) BT
    • PL – June 30 – Brighton vs Man Utd (6pm) Sky

    FAN-KS FOR STAYING PATIENT

    Premier League clubs are hoping to welcome fans back to grounds as early as September – with a phased return “likely to begin this year”.

    The rest of the 2019-20 season is certain to be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But bosses appear to be aiming to have fans in grounds from the beginning of next season, according to The Mirror.

    Clubs have already agreed in principle to kick off on the weekend of September 12-13.

    And while it's unlikely stadiums will be full, a certain percentage of the ground could be used to allow fans in while still observing social distancing rules.

    At present, only 300 people – including players, match officials and broadcasters – are allowed into grounds, but absolutely no supporters.

    POGBACK

    How much are you looking to seeing this guy back in action, United fans?!

    NO DROP FOR PREM FLOPS

    The Premier League could still end up with NO relegation at the end of the season, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    FA chief Greg Clarke is ready to make a U-turn over his promotion and relegation demands if the top flight and Championship cannot finish.

    He angered some Premier League clubs by promising to invoke the FA’s “Special Share” and insist three clubs from each division swap leagues come what may.

    But in an about-turn during yesterday’s latest virtual meeting of the 20 Prem “Shareholder” clubs, Clarke signalled he was no longer determined to enforce promotion and relegation IF a second shutdown means the leagues cannot be played to a conclusion.

    Clarke’s apparent change of stance came as the Prem clubs agreed to put their “curtailment” concerns on hold for the time being.

    The clubs agreed the issue would only come back on the table IF the League, due to resume on June 17, cannot be completed.

    VIDEO NASTY

    United duo Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have leapt to the defence of an autistic boy who was the victim of alleged bullying on a video circulated on Twitter.

    The clip, which has now been taken down, appears to show one boy slapping the victim and then making him kiss his female friend's shoes, others can he heard laughing in the background.

    Rashford, who appears to know the victim, tweeted out: “This is a lovely young boy with autism.

    “The other 2 in the video, I have no words to describe. The video speaks for itself.

    “I got you my guy, always. I appreciate the love and support you send me constantly.

    “Keep that head of yours high. Love, your friend, MR.”

    PAUL FACTOR

    Paul Pogba now believes he will stay at Man Utd next summer after coronavirus finance woes torpedoed hopes of a move away, writes SunSport's Martin Blackburn.

    Pogba's Red Devils team-mates have reportedly been blown away by what they have seen from the World Cup winner since their return to training.

    Blackburn adds: “Pogba has been doing ball work for nine days now.

    “His lateral movement is at 100 per cent, while his GPS levels are back to where they were before his latest injury in the new year, according to sources at the training ground.”

    Pogba has been working closely with superstar Bruno Fernandes in training and the rest of the squad are said to have been hugely impressed with what they've seen in the duo's sessions with Nemanja Matic and Angel Gomes.

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Red Devils target Kai Havertz wants guaranteed game time at his next club in order to consider his next move.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, Bayer Leverkusen would look to sell Havertz in the coming months because of financial difficulties as a knock-on effect of coronavirus.

    Meanwhile, United are said to be “very close” to agreeing a deal with Velez Sarsfield for teen sensation Thiago Almada.

    Spanish news outlet Todo Fichajes claim United are front-runners for the player who had also interested Manchester City.

    In other news, United hope to flog Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo to fund a transfer spree with Jadon Sancho their No1 priority, according to reports.

    The Red Devils know it will take a huge bid of around £105million to land the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer, even with the financial impact of coronavirus.

    But according to the Evening Standard, United know they face a tricky task raising the cash from player sales this summer.

    And finally, United are set to offer Brandon Williams a bumper new deal following his breakthrough season.

    The 19-year-old, who has played 12 times in the Premier League, currently pockets £4,000-per-week at Old Trafford.

    But according to The Athletic, Williams is set for a huge pay rise as part of the deal offered by United.

    NEW PROBLEM

    The Premier League are reportedly “fully considering” calls to pull the plug on Newcastle's £300m takeover.

    Public Investment Fund and dealmaker Amanda Staveley were hoping to complete the deal that would finally see Mike Ashley relinquish control.

    But now, according to The Telegraph, Premier League executive Richard Masters has been contacted by lawyers representing the fiancee of murdered Jamal Khashoggi.

    Hatice Cengiz insists the deal, which would give the PIF an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle, is in breach of the PL’s owners’ and directors’ test.

    Journalist Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

    Independent investigators claim Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was directly involved — which he denies.

    VICTOR-IOUS

    Rumoured Man Utd target Victor Osimhen's asking price is lower than originally expected, according to reports.

    After a breakout season for the Nigerian in Ligue 1, Lille have been expected to demand a fee similar to the £72million received by Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe last year.

    But according to Alfonso Pedulla, a potential suitor could now land the 21-year-old for between £49m and £53m.

    Arsenal, Chelsea, Napoli and Spurs are also believed to be interested.

    SHEA CLASS

    VIDEO NASTY

    Man Utd duo Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have leapt to the defence of an autistic boy who was the victim of alleged bullying on a video circulated on Twitter.

    The clip, which has now been taken down, appears to show one boy slapping the victim and then making him kiss his female friend's shoes.

    Others can be heard laughing in the background.

    The black boy is also allegedly racially abused by the two white aggressors before another boy steps in claiming to be his brother.

    The incident took place on playing fields in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

    Rashford, who appears to know the victim, tweeted out: “This is a lovely young boy with autism. The other 2 in the video, I have no words to describe. The video speaks for itself.

    “I got you my guy, always. I appreciate the love and support you send me constantly. Keep that head of yours high. Love, your friend, MR.”

    Lingard then made contact with someone on Instagram who had shared the details.

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