Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Julian Alvarez talks, Burnley victory reaction, Rangnick blocks Henderson loan, Araujo eyed

MAN UTD leapfrogged Tottenham in the league with a 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Scott McTominay, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo all scored for the Red Devils in a crucial victory.

Elsehwhere, reports suggest that the new interim boss has blocked Dean Henderson's potential loan move away from Old Trafford in January.

Henderson had been keen on a loan transfer in the New Year having made just two appearances so far this season.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are rated realistic contenders to sign Barcelona's star defender Ronald Araujo.

The Uruguay hero reportedly has a £168million release clause.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, updates and gossip on our live blog…

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  • Jon Boon

    Pogba pursuit over

    Real Madrid have ended their pursuit of Manchester United star Paul Pogba and turned their attention on Ajax ace Ryan Gravenberch, reports suggest.

    Pogba's United contract expires in June and talks between the club and player haven't progressed, which means he will likely be departing from Old Trafford this summer.

    The star midfielder has attracted interest from various suitors, such as Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, former club Juventus and of course Real ahead of the January transfer window.

    According to CalcioMercato's Rudy Galetti, however, Los Blancos have switched their focus elsewhere.

  • Jon Boon

    Rangnick tactics

    Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick was praised for an 'intelligent' tactical tweak during the club's 3-1 win over Burnley.

    The Red Devils leapfrogged Tottenham into sixth spot in the Premier League after proving to be too good against Sean Dyche's side at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

    And the former Rangers striker spotted that his compatriot McTominay was on hand to always mark Burnley's towering centre-forward Chris Wood whenever the visitors went route one.

    McCoist noticed that this allowed Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire to kept their shape in the backline.

  • Jon Boon

    Scholes wrote off Chelsea

    Paul Scholes brutally wrote off Chelsea's 2008 Champions League chances – by taking one look at Avram Grant.

    The Blues reached their first European Cup final with boss Grant taking them to Moscow after replacing Jose Mourinho.

    But they came up against Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils and eventually lost on penalties following John Terry's infamous slip.

    However, legendary United midfielder Scholes was convinced his side would come out on top because he wrote off the Chelsea manager.

  • Jon Boon

    Sancho criticised by Henry

    Manchester United star Jadon Sancho has been accused of 'playing within himself' by Thierry Henry

    The French star was critical of Sancho speaking to Amazon Prime.

    "Those are the types of players you want to watch but he is playing within himself," he said.

    "When you are in a one-on-one, you should take a player on.

    "But it was Luke Shaw who was forcing him to take on those one-on-ones. What happened to beating your man on the outside?

    "They often want to go too much inside. Just beat your man on the outside and be lethal."

  • Alex Terrell

    United’s talks with Alvarez agent

    Manchester United look set to meet with River Plate star Julian Alvarez’s agent to arrange a transfer, reports suggest.

    United have joined the transfer race for Alvarez, who has amassed a staggering 18 goals and seven assists in 21 matches so far this season.

    According to TyC Sports, the Red Devils have contacted the striker’s agent Fernando Hidalgo with a ‘clear intention’, to arrange a meeting, which is scheduled to take place after December 31st.

    The 21-year-old sensation has a contract with the Argentine giants until December 31, 2022.

    But River Plate are not willing to let the Argentina international go in January and his release clause includes a €20million (£17m) fee.

    However, the Manchester giants don’t think this is a “crazy amount” and their “interest would not be to buy the forward now” but in the summer.

  • Alex Terrell

    Mendes insists Cristiano is smiling

    Cristiano Ronaldo is 'very happy' at Manchester United, insists Jorge Mendes.

    And the superagent added the Portuguese forward will have a 'great season' and continue his goalscoring form.

    There had been murmurings of discontent surrounding Ronaldo and suggestions he may leave the club, just months after his stunning return in the summer.

    The agent told Sky Sports in Italy: "Cristiano Ronaldo is very happy at Manchester United.

    "He’s going to continue with his solid, great performances as always in his career.

    "It’s going be a great season for him, I’m sure."

  • Joshua Jones

    Good morning Red Devils fans

    Ralf Rangnick celebrated three points at Burnley were beaten 3-1 at Old Trafford. 

    The win puts them up to sixth and level on points with West Ham. 

    Beforehand, ex-Man City midfielder Nigel de Jong accused United of lacking leadership amongst the squad.

    Dutchman De Jong told Ladbrokes: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal club captain and he experienced it first-hand; even though he was the captain, he breached protocol, and it means he’s out of the door.

    “That’s something you just don’t see at Manchester United. Pep Guardiola recently did it too with Jack Grealish and Phil Foden; it’s a statement.

    “It’s about getting everyone at the club on the same page, trying to achieve something as a team.

    “That’s something I’m just not getting from United at this moment in time; it doesn’t look like anyone is there to put certain players in their place.”

  • Jack Figg

    FRED DEVILS

    Thierry Henry has named just four Manchester United players he believes can hold their heads high despite the club's frustrating season.

    Henry told Amazon Prime: “I think, Bruno Fernandes can [take credit].

    “Fred, for me, has been finally reaching the level that people were expecting him to reach in recent matches.

    “But I’m going to have to stay with De Gea [as my pick for United's best player this season].

    "I know people are talking a lot about Ronaldo and scoring goals at the end of the game to win games.

    “But De Gea puts them in those positions, those situations for Ronaldo to be able to win them the game at the end."

  • Jack Figg

    NO HEND IN SIGHT

    Ralf Rangnick has reportedly told Dean Henderson he won’t be able to leave in January.

    Henderson isn’t happy about his limited first-team opportunities this season and has demanded talks with Rangnick to discuss his options.

    However, Henderson won’t be able to leave United as Rangnick wants three keepers in his squad, the Mail report.

    The Mail also claim that Rangnick’s reluctance to let Henderson seek regular playing time elsewhere may cause a rift between the pair.

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  • Jack Figg

    RONDERFUL WORK

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured with a new gold statue… 5,700 miles away from Old Trafford.

    The Portuguese star, 36, has been sculpted into a £12,000, 65 stone monument in the Indian town of Calangute, Goa.

    It’s been erected to inspire the next generation of footballers, according to the Times of India.

    Goa’s minister Michael Lobo shared snaps of the statue on his Twitter account.

    He also wrote: “For the love of football and at the request of our youth we put up Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue in the park to inspire our youngsters to take football to greater heights.

    “It was an honour to inaugurate the beautification of open space, landscaping, garden with foundation and walkway.”

  • Jack Figg

    MISS-TIANO

    Cristiano Ronaldo stunned everyone with an astonishing miss in Manchester United's clash with Burnley.

    The five-time ballon d'Or winner defied his glut of all-time goal records by blazing high from just behind the penalty spot at Old Trafford.

    Ronaldo conjured a brilliant first touch to give himself enough time to shape a side-footer when faced only by Clarets keeper Wayne Hennessey.

    But despite going for precision rather than power he slotted it high.

    Ironically, though, United soon went in front with another rarity – a goal from Scott McTominay.

    The midfielder netted for the first time this season – teed up by, of course, Ronaldo.

    Jadon Sancho then added a second to make it 2-0.

  • Jack Figg

    BANNED FAN

    A fan who ran onto the pitch to celebrate Manchester United’s win has been banned from football matches for three years.

    Dex Lewis, 29, charged onto the pitch during United’s Champions League victory against Atalanta in October this year – but now he’s been barred from attending matches for three years.

    He was caught and arrested by officers assisting with crowd control following Man Utd’s stunning 3-2 win against the Italian team.

    Appearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Lewis, of Newport pleaded
    guilty to an offence of going onto an area adjacent to a playing area.

    He was fined £230 and ordered to pay £119 court costs.

  • Jack Figg

    JESSE LINGO

    Eric Bailly admitted he still sometimes struggles with British accents.

    The Ivory Coast international joked that Jesse Lingard is particularly hard to understand.

    In an interview with Poet and Vuj on their YouTube channel the 27-year-old admitted that the language was the hardest thing to adapt to when he moved to the UK.

    Bailly said: "The language, they're different, Liverpool, United they're all different.

    "When I go to London it's better."

    When David Vujanic jokingly asked if he needed subtitles, the defender replied: "When Jesse starts to talk sometimes I'm like hey, come on, slow! and I don't understand!

    "It's crazy!"

  • Jack Figg

    SWITCHED OFF

    A cheeky Newcastle United fan appeared to have a laugh at his fellow supporters' expense on Monday.

    Manchester United drew with relegation-threatened Newcastle at St James Park, despite being heavy favourites.

    Allan Saint-Maximin gave Toon the lead after just seven minutes but Edinson Cavani rescued a point for the visitors.

    Newcastle were undoubtedly the side that deserved to take all of the points, but despite a jam-packed crowd roaring them on, they were unable to find a late winner.

    However, despite only winning once in the Premier League all season, some Geordie fans were unable to pull themselves away from the action despite leaving their seats.

    Well… that was until a naughty prankster cut their night short.

    A hilarious clip has now emerged of supporters standing in the St James’ concourse during the dying stages of the clash watching the closing stages on television.

    No doubt in an attempt to beat matchday traffic, the crafty members of the Toon Army thought they could see out the final seconds before making a dash for the car.

  • Jack Figg

    RON ATTITUDE

    Gary Neville blasted Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes for running straight down the tunnel and failing to thank the travelling United fans at Newcastle, who faced a 150-mile trip home.

    Neville blasted: “It's annoyed me for about two months.

    "The best players in your team, it's devastating when they're showing that look and body language to the younger ones. They have to help them.

    “They have to be the father, the grandparent in the team.”

    He added: “I made massive mistakes at Man Utd but I had great senior players who would have a go at me but also put their arm around me – I think there's something wrong.

    “You can't run off at the end of a game. Bruno is whinging all the time; he's been sensational for Man Utd.

    “The two centre-backs were poor at the back, Maguire is having a nightmare season.

    “You've got to be there when your team-mates need you in those moments.

    “At the end of the day, I love that lad [Ronaldo], he's the best I've ever seen in my life at times, but don't run off like that. I'm not having that.”

  • Jack Figg

    LACKING A LEADER

    Man Utd received stinging criticism from Nigel de Jong.

    Dutchman De Jong told Ladbrokes: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is their club captain and he experienced it first-hand; even though he was the captain, he breached protocol, and it means he's out of the door.

    “That's something you just don't see at Manchester United. Pep Guardiola recently did it too with Jack Grealish and Phil Foden; it's a statement.

    “It's about getting everyone at the club on the same page, trying to achieve something as a team.

    “That's something I'm just not getting from United at this moment in time; it doesn't look like anyone is there to put certain players in their place.”

  • Jack Figg

    BLUE BOMBSHELL

    Ex-Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku says his move to Chelsea has been a mistake and that he wants to return to Inter Milan while still in his prime.

    The Belgian striker, 28, left the Italian side after helping them to Serie A glory last season for the Blues.

    But despite an explosive start to life back at Stamford Bridge, the striker has now admitted that he is ‘not happy with the situation at Chelsea’ as he blasted Thomas Tuchel’s tactics in an explosive interview.

    Lukaku has scored five goals in eight Premier League starts for the Blues this term.

    That includes a strike against Brighton last night as his team were held to a 1-1 draw to lose ground in the title race to Man City.

    But Lukaku’s impact has been limited by injuries and coronavirus over recent months.

    And Chelsea boss Tuchel has frequently left him out of the starting XI even when he has been fit on several occasions.

    Speaking to Sky Sport Italy, Lukaku said: “Physically I am fine. But I’m NOT happy with the situation at Chelsea.

    “Tuchel has chosen to play with another system – I won’t give up, I’ll be professional. I am not happy with the situation but I am professional – and I can’t give up now.”

  • Jack Figg

    CARD TRICK

    Paul Scholes feels Juventus midfield star Didier Deschamps helped earn him the semi-final booking that kept him out of the Bayern clash.

    He said: "It's football. Roy was a big loss, but it's football.

    "It wasn't a bad tackle and I can hear Deschamps screaming now trying to get me booked!

    "They were clever but it was my own fault.

    'You know straight away and you're sad, you're upset, of course you are, not to be part of the selection for the biggest game of our lives but you get on with it."

  • Jack Figg

    RED FACED

    Paul Scholes was 'embarrassed' lifting the 1999 Champions League trophy as he sat out Manchester United's most famous victory.

    Midfield legends Scholes and Roy Keane were suspended as subs Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struck from stoppage-time corners to sink Bayern Munich 2-1.

    And although that Nou Camp comeback clinched a glorious Treble, Scholes claims he was a Red-faced Devil when celebrating.

    The ex-England hero told BT Sport's latest 'What I Wore' series: "You don't feel part of it one bit.

    "Some people say that's strange because you played a part of the 15-16 games to get to where you are but you're in the stands and have no control over the game.

    "There is nothing you can do to influence that game of football.

    "'We went on the pitch at the end but you're embarrassed. It's embarrassing, honestly."

  • Jack Figg

    Rangnick reflects

    German manager Ralf Rangnick has overseen his charges for a few weeks now.

    And although he would want to implement changes faster, with greater

  • Jack Figg

    FLOORED PLAN

    Victor Lindelof will ring in the New Year all by himself after wife Maja Nilsson revealed he's been banished to a separate floor of their home.

    The Sweden captain, 27, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month, shortly after having a heart monitor fitted following his health scare during the game against Norwich.

    The Lindelof family haven't had much to cheer about over the festive season, with youngest son Francis also spending time in hospital after contracting viral meningitis.

    And now, Maja has revealed their glitzy New Year's Eve party has been cancelled, with Lindelof isolating by himself on the third floor of their home.

    The United defender had given a positive update on his health on Wednesday – saying he hoped to be back in action soon.

    But, giving her own update on the Lindelof household, Maja wrote: "We are okay!

    "Victor is upstairs isolating and me and the kiddos are downstairs and outside in the garden. I'm negative so far but are doing tests regularly.

    "Just hoping I don't get it and especially the kids! Thank you guys for asking!"

  • Jack Figg

    Lindelof message to fans fans

    Victor Lindeloff has shared a positive update to Manchester United fans after his horrendous December.

    The Sweden captain, 27, was fitted with a heart monitor after clutching his chest and complaining of discomfort during the win over Norwich.

    Lindelof returned to United training but was then quickly struck down by coronavirus.

  • Jon Boon

    Pay the release

    Man Utd have been told they have to pay River Plate Julian Alvarez's release clause, if they want to buy him.

    The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the exciting forward.

    The Argentine has 20 goals and 12 assists from 35 league matches.

    He has also been linked to Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester City, Fiorentina and Bayer Leverkusen.

  • Jon Boon

    Mee issues warning to Utd

    Burnley captain Ben Mee has issued a warning to Manchester United ahead of their Premier League game tonight.

    He told the club's official website: “We’re confident, we’ll look to go there and disrupt them and get at them for sure.

    “There’s some world class players there, they’re a good side and can be very dangerous.

    “But there’s a chance for us to go there and get something and begin climbing up the table.”

  • Jon Boon

    Embarrassed Scholes

    Paul Scholes has revealed he was 'embarrassed' lifting the 1999 Champions League trophy as he sat out Manchester United's most famous victory.

    Midfield legends Scholes and Roy Keane were suspended as subs Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struck from stoppage-time corners to nick a 2-1 triumph over Bayern Munich.

    The ex-England hero BT Sport's latest 'What I Wore' series: "You don't feel part of it one bit.

    "Some people say that's strange because you played a part of the 15-16 games to get to where you are but you're in the stands and have no control over the game. 

    "There is nothing you can do to influence that game of football.

    "'We went on the pitch at the end but you're embarrassed. It's embarrassing, honestly."

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