Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Zidane 'in United talks', eight stars 'MISLED' by Solskjaer, Wolves target van de Beek

MANCHESTER UNITED are back in Premier League action this weekend against Watford following the international break.

But there is reportedly discontent behind the scenes, with eight players feeling they've been 'misled' over their first-team chances this season.

And to make matters worse for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, one journalist has reported that Man Utd are in talks with Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman is reported to be a popular choice with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, both of whom he managed at Real Madrid.

However, the talks are said to be difficult as Zizou is reported to be keen on coaching a national team next.

We also have the latest on Donny van de Beek's future, with Wolves said to be interested in the Dutch star.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly ready to explore a move for Manchester United's Donny van de Beek during the January transfer window.

    The 24-year-old has only made five appearances for the 20-time English champions this season, with just two of those coming in the Premier League.

    Van de Beek continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford, and a recent report claimed that the Netherlands international is determined to secure a January exit.

    Everton, Newcastle United and Barcelona are among those to be credited with an interest in his services ahead of the winter transfer window.

    However, according to the Birmingham Mail, Wolves are firmly in the mix, with Bruno Lage's side keen to sign the Dutchman in 2022.

    Meanwhile, United have received a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after it was reported Real Madrid have ‘accepted he is going to the Premier League’.

    The Spanish giants were thought to be interested in signing the Norwegian, whose release clause enables him to leave Borussia Dortmund for £64million.

    But now it has been reported that Madrid believe Haaland will join an English club when he leaves the German outfit.

    As reported by Sport, journalist Josep Pedrerol said: “Real Madrid assumes that Haaland will play in England next year and they have it ruled out.”

    Finally, Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking charge of their next match against Watford but a report claims that could ‘change fast’.

    Speculation is building over who could replace Solskjaer if the Red Devils decide to pull the trigger after a poor run of form which has seen them slip down the table to sixth.

    The Manchester Evening News claims that ‘the board has made no decision over the future of Solskjaer and as of this moment he will still be in charge of the Watford game, but situations may change fast’.

    And United are reportedly looking at Ajax’s Erik ten Hag should they make a change.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at United's next five games as the international break draws to a close…

  • Anthony Chapman

    ‘ALWAYS MY HOME’

    Cristiano Ronaldo has posted a stirring love note to Portugal after their costly World Cup qualifying defeat against Serbia.

    The Instagram post read: "No matter how far the world we travel, it is always in Portugal that my family and I feel at home.

    "The fantastic climate, the wonderful food, the affection of the Portuguese people, it's always a pleasure to come back to my country.

    "It's time to go back to Manchester and focus completely on our goals, but we'll be back soon. See you now, Portugal!"

  • Anthony Chapman

    RON’S REV DEVILS

    Cristiano Ronaldo has gone from sweeping roads as a poor kid to owning sweeping mansions as a Portugal legend.

    The Manchester United icon has more than £45million worth of homes and cars, from a £7m Madeira mega-mansion and £8.5m Bugatti sportscar to a modest £14,000 Mercedes.

    The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker, 36, is thought to have a net worth of around £363m.

    And over his entire career he's reputedly earned, spent and invested about £789m.

    READ MORE HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM TALK

    There’s just one year to go until the 2022 World Cup.

    And teams continue to cross the line by sealing their spot in Qatar.

    Let’s take a look at the best possible XI of stars who have already qualified…

  • Anthony Chapman

    LIN IT TO WIN IT

    Man Utd players are reportedly fed up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's refusal to play Jesse Lingard.

    The Telegraph claims stars do not understand why the ex-West Ham loanee is yet to get a chance this season.

    United are already nine points off league leaders Chelsea but Solskjaer has so far refused to turn to his bench warmers, including Lingard and Donny van de Beek.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RED REVAMP

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under severe pressure at Manchester United.

    Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are the main contenders to replace him.

    And SunSport has explored how they stack up against each other…

  • Anthony Chapman

    UP FER IT

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Erik ten Hag would be a perfect fit for Man Utd.

    He declared: "Now I don't know Ten Hag personally but he's doing a fantastic job at Ajax.

    "Let's remember that Ajax isn't a small club. They're a massive club – the biggest club in Holland.

    "Yes, it's different and the landscape is different but it's still a huge club that he's got to work with and the expectation levels there every day are to win.

    "That's something that will be there every day and would be there if he was to come to Manchester United."

  • Anthony Chapman

    ANTONI-WOE

    Bolt has also revealed he was desperate for Antonio Conte to take charge at United.

    The Italian was tipped to replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But after the Norwegian kept his job, Conte instead signed with Tottenham.

    Bolt added: “I wanted Conte. He’s going to do so well at Spurs, he is going to get them organised.

    “Everywhere he goes, he structures the team so well. In January, he is probably going to get one or two players.

    “Then at the end of the season, he is probably going to find proper players and bring them in.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BOLT ACTION

    Olympics legend Usain Bolt has slammed Manchester United for relying so heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Portugal ace has nine goals in 12 games this term.

    But the Red Devils are already nine points off league leaders Chelsea.

    Bolt said: “Cristiano has saved us in every game.”

    “One guy has to do all the work. We have not played good football in so long.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    DONNY’S DONE

    Donny van de Beek has decided enough is enough.

    That’s if reports he has decided to quit Manchester United are to be believed.

    The Metro claims the Dutchman is looking for a way out in January rather than spend the rest of the season warming the bench.

    An escape route could come in the form of Wolves, who are understood to be tracking the player.

    The 24-year-old is reported to favour a move to Spain or Italy, but Bruno Lage’s side remain a Premier League option.

  • Anthony Chapman

    LIONS ROAR

    England have booked their place at the 2022 World Cup.

    But who should start for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in Qatar?

    Five SunSport reporters have revealed their preferred XIs for next year’s tournament.

    SEE THE TEAMS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    STILL AT THE WHEEL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been spotted for the first time since fleeing home to escape the Manchester United pressure cooker.

    The under-fire boss arrived at United’s Carrington training ground to lead a session with those stars not currently on international duty.

    He jetted off for a short holiday to his native Norway last week as the Premier League broke for the international window.

    And he left England under extreme pressure following the Red Devils’ dire performance in their last outing – a 2-0 defeat by crosstown rivals Manchester City.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman is set to quit after losing the confidence of top flight clubs.

    Anger at former Barclays exec Hoffman has grown in recent weeks over the League green-lighting the £350m Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle.

    But that only added to long-term festering resentment of Hoffman, who has been in the role since early in the pandemic.

  • Anthony Chapman

    GEORGIA U21s 3 ENGLAND U21s 2

    England’s understudies endured an embarrassing evening as they were battered in Batumi.

    Young Lions boss Lee Carsley rang the changes for this fact-finding friendly at one of the host venues for the Under-21 Euros in two years’ time.

    But he left with a lot more than just Georgia on his mind as his reserves, including James Garner and ex-Man Utd ace Angel Gomes, cracked under the pressure in a hostile atmosphere.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZID VICIOUS

    Man Utd target Zinedine Zidane would reportedly prefer to manage an international team.

    Journalist Pedro Almeida claims the Red Devils will find it hard to tempt the Frenchman to Old Trafford if their interest is serious.

    That’s because Zidane is not keen on a return to club football after two spells with Real Madrid.

    And with jobs sure to be opening up on the international scene during the next year, Zidane is instead hoping to take charge of a country.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MISSING QAT

    As teams book their place for the 2022 World Cup, here are some of the best names who could miss out on a trip to Qatar…

  • Kealan Hughes

    DRESS LIKE ERIC

    Football shirts donned by football legends like Eric Cantona, Johan Cruyff and Maradona could fetch thousands of pounds when they go under the hammer next month.

    More modern shirts worn by current players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, are also on offer.

    One of the highlights, Cantona’s classic red and white Manchester United No.7 shirt is estimated to be worth between £5,000 and £7,000.

    It was worn by King Eric during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final against Borussia Dortmund on April 23, 1997 – his final season with the Red Devils.

    Auctioneer Graham Budd said: “Making his debut at Manchester United on December 6, 1992, Eric Cantona would give the final four and a half seasons of his professional football career to the club.

    “Over 182 appearances for United, Cantona scored 82 goals in his iconic No.7 jersey with the collar turned up!”

  • Kealan Hughes

    ERL OF ENGLAND

    Manchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after it was reported Real Madrid have ‘accepted he is going to the Premier League’.

    The Spanish giants were thought to be interested in signing the Norwegian, whose release clause enables him to leave Borussia Dortmund for £64million.

    But now it has been reported that Madrid believe Haaland will join an English club when he leaves the German outfit.

    As reported by Sport, journalist Josep Pedrerol said: “Real Madrid assumes that Haaland will play in England next year and they have it ruled out.”

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had previously stated he wanted to sign both Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

    He said: “Which one do I choose to build a new project? I take both without a doubt.

    “At Real Madrid, there are always the best players in the world. Florentino will bring them both back.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    BACK IN THE BUILDING

    Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong has been spotted back at Carrington as he begins his recovery from an injury which cut his loan-spell at Birmingham short.

    The Curacao-born winger had been impressing for Lee Bowyer's side in the Championship but returned to United at the start of the month to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured thigh tendon he suffered in training.

    The United academy graduate was spotted by photographers arriving at the club's training facilities on Tuesday morning as he continues his rehabilitation with the hope of playing again by next spring.

    Credit: Getty
  • Kealan Hughes

    'I WANTED TO KILL HIM'

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed how Mario Balotelli once made him so angry he had to be restrained by team-mates.

    United played Manchester City in an FA Cup semi-final in 2011 as Yaya Toure’s goal proved to be decisive in a 1-0 win for the eventual champions.

    Unsurprisingly tensions were high with plenty at stake in the Manchester derby and Ferdinand was angered by Balotelli’s actions at full-time.

    He said on his FIVE Youtube channel: "That semi-final, that was the moment when I thought “OK they (City) are here to stay.

    "That was when Balotelli, remember what happened after the game? I wanted to kill him that day.

    "I get on with him but at that moment in time…he was celebrating and giving gestures to our fans.

    "And I was like that is disrespectful and I was going nuts.

    "He was a mad talent, what happened with his career?"

  • Kealan Hughes

    OLE UPDATE

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking charge of their next match against Watford but a report claims that could ‘change fast’.

    Speculation is building over who could replace Solskjaer if the Red Devils decide to pull the trigger after a poor run of form which has seen them slip down the table to sixth.

    The Manchester Evening News claims that ‘the board has made no decision over the future of Solskjaer and as of this moment he will still be in charge of the Watford game, but situations may change fast’.

  • Kealan Hughes

    DONNY TO GO?

    Everton will renew their interest in Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek once the January transfer window opens, according to ESPN's Rob Dawson.

    The Dutchman joined the Premier League club in August of last year after impressing with Ajax, however he has struggled for game-time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers confirmed in September that talks had taken place with the Toffees over the summer, however Manchester United eventually blocked the move on the penultimate day of the window.

    Everton are now preparing to once again attempt to rescue van de Beek from his troubles at Old Trafford with a loan deal in January, with Rob Dawson claiming that a host of clubs are interested in the player.

  • Kealan Hughes

    A CITY UNITED

    Manchester United and Manchester City discussed plans to merge and form a super club in the 1960s.

    City vice-chairman Frank Johnson proposed the idea in 1964 when his club were in the Second Division and the Red Devils had just finished runners-up in the top flight.

    The idea came about just two decades after City allowed United to use their Maine Road stadium while Old Trafford was being rebuilt after the Second World War.

    But the red side of Manchester gave the plan very little consideration as they opted against merging to form one team.

    Speaking to Manchester Evening News in 2013, football historian Gary James said: “The idea was killed by both clubs before it ever became public.

    “I spoke to Eric Alexander whose dad Albert was chairman at the time, and he said Frank Johnson, who came up with the idea, often came up with crazy ideas.

    “Another of his plans was to make the entire league regionalised into north and south.

    “But City were at a real low in their history at the time. In terms of league position, it wasn’t as bad as 1998-99, but in terms of general morale, atmosphere and support it was by far the lowest point in the club’s history."

  • Kealan Hughes

    WOLVES ON THE HUNT

    Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly ready to explore a move for Manchester United's Donny van de Beek during the January transfer window.

    The 24-year-old has only made five appearances for the 20-time English champions this season, with just two of those coming in the Premier League.

    Van de Beek continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford, and a recent report claimed that the Netherlands international is determined to secure a January exit.

    Everton, Newcastle United and Barcelona are among those to be credited with an interest in his services ahead of the winter transfer window.

    However, according to the Birmingham Mail, Wolves are firmly in the mix, with Bruno Lage's side keen to sign the Dutchman in 2022.

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