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MANCHESTER UNITED got back to winning ways as they saw off Everton at Goodison Park.

But off the field there are problems with left-back Luke Shaw facing six weeks on the sidelines through injury.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK TOU FOOTBALL

    Manchester United great Fabien Barthez has swapped driving gloves for goalkeeping mitts – by taking a coaching role at first club Toulouse.

    The French keeper won two Premier League titles with United in 2001 and 2003.

    Barthez won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and also played for Marseille, Monaco and Nantes before retiring in 2007.

    The 49-year-old went on to have a career in motorsport, taking part in a host of events.

    Barthez has now returned to Ligue 1 Toulouse, his club between the ages of 15 and 21, to work as a goalkeeping coach.

    The 87-cap international said: “My pure passion has driven me to involve myself as a consultant.

    “I want to transmit and share my vision of the keeper's role in its entirety, together with the coaching staff, for the benefit of Toulouse's goalkeepers.

    “I want to thank the president, Damien Comolli, the directors and coaches, for their trust and their welcome.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DIM VIEW

    Despite this warning, however, United's old No9 believes that Solskjaer still retains the 'trust' of his players.

    Berbatov told Betfair: “The boys reacted in the best way possible but for me this is the problem.

    “They perform really well in a must-win game but then they go on and have another dip and have to deal with the pressure again.

    “Why can't they just be consistent and perform like they did against Everton every week?

    “It's like United need to be under pressure to produce a winning performance.

    “But there's only so long you can operate like that – they won't produce the win every time the pressure is piled on.

    “In the end, it isn't going to finish well if they continue being so inconsistent. The team needs to find consistency and produce good football game after game.

    “I still think the players believe in Solskjaer and they like him.

    “I think he has their trust and they have his. There's something that just isn't working right in games when they are losing.

    “The problem for me is, sometimes when they don't have the ball they have a lack of mobility to chase and get the ball back.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BERB-ED IRE

    Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has warned there can be 'no excuses' if his old side slip up against West Brom after the international break.

    He told Betfair: “United have faced fixture congestion for many years, during my time and even before my time.

    “United are used to playing in the Premier League, Europe and in the cups – we used to win them all as well.

    “There can be no excuses, the situation is the same for everyone else, the performances are just not consistent enough.

    “They need to improve sooner rather than later because other teams will get ahead of them and they could become a real embarrassment.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ON THE MEND

    Manchester United have been dealt a blow after Sporting Lisbon reached an agreement with target Nuno Mendes to increase his release clause with a new contract.

    Record have splashed on the 18-year-old left-back's new deal on their front page today.

    The Portuguese daily claim United targeted Mendes during their negotiations for Bruno Fernandes as the duo share the same agent.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED IN THE CLOUDS

    Football agents have not backed United's decision to sign Edinson Cavani…

  • Joe Brophy

    POG OFF

    Manchester United have been told they should sell Paul Pogba because he 'isn't a great player'.

  • Richard Forrester

    LOAN DEVILS

    Not all stars immediately shine at the Theatre of Dreams.

    Some players get a taste of life in the Manchester United first-team, before being forced to go back to the drawing board.

    The Red Devils currently have four players out on loan, battling to earn their way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans… or just to get a good move at the end of the season.

    Read how United's loan stars are getting on this season including Andreas Pereira and Tahith Chong.

  • Richard Forrester

    SUPER MARIO

    Ex-Manchester United transfer target Mario Mandzukic is reportedly close to landing a move to Celta Vigo on a free transfer.

    The Croatian striker has left Qatari side Al-Duhail and is heading for Spain according to Mundo.

    Mandzukic was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last few seasons but a switch to the Premier League failed to materialise.

    United are no longer in the market for a goalscorer after bringing in veteran striker Edinson Cavani earlier this season.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of options in attack with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood leaving Mandzukic’s chances of a move to the club highly unlikely.

    The 34-year-old is without a club after his brief spell in Qatar ended in June.

  • Richard Forrester

    FAB MOVE

    Manchester United great Fabien Barthez has swapped driving gloves for goalkeeping mitts – by taking a coaching role at first club Toulouse.

    The French keeper won two Premier League titles with United in 2001 and 2003.

    Barthez won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and also played for Marseille, Monaco and Nantes before retiring in 2007.

    The 49-year-old went on to have a career in motorsport, taking part in a host of events.

    Barthez has now returned to Ligue 1 Toulouse, his club between the ages of 15 and 21, to work as a goalkeeping coach.

    The 87-cap international said: “My pure passion has driven me to involve myself as a consultant.

    “I want to transmit and share my vision of the keeper's role in its entirety, together with the coaching staff, for the benefit of Toulouse's goalkeepers.

    “I want to thank the president, Damien Comolli, the directors and coaches, for their trust and their welcome.”

    Toulouse said in a statement: “He will enrich our club with his experience, technical skill and knowledge.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SHOT(SHY) GUNNER

    Harry Maguire has taken more shots in the Premier League this season than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Just let that sink in… an old-fashioned centre-back has had more attempts on goal than one of the world’s top strikers.

    And it’s hardly from a small sample size either. Aubameyang has played eight times… once more than Maguire, in fact.

    Last season, Aubameyang was the Premier League’s second-top scorer with 22 goals – just one behind Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy.

    But this term, the Gabon star – who signed a new contract in the summer – has scored just twice in the league.

  • Richard Forrester

    A DIM VIEW

    Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no excuses over the hectic fixture schedule.

    Solskjaer slammed Premier League chiefs for putting their game against Everton as the early kick-off on Saturday after playing in Istanbul on the Wednesday.

    But Berbatov believes United must get on with their jobs or risk having an embarrassing season.

    He told Betfair: “United have faced fixture congestion for many years, during my time and even before my time.

    “United are used to playing in the Premier League, Europe and in the cups – we used to win them all as well.

    “There can be no excuses, the situation is the same for everyone else, the performances are just not consistent enough.

    “They need to improve sooner rather than later because other teams will get a head of them and they could become a real embarrassment.”

  • Richard Forrester

    BOER OFF

    Frank De Boer says Donny van de Beek wants to play more at Manchester United.

    But the Holland manager has warned him that it will be 'difficult' to break into United's 'fantastic' midfield.

    The Dutch star is yet to start a Premier League match for the Red Devils following his move from Ajax.

    As quoted by Voetbal International, De Boer said: “Of course I try to give him as much confidence as possible.

    “I also showed that by letting him play against Italy. He did a pretty nice job.

    “He is also doing well at Manchester United, but they have a fantastic midfield.

    “That’s difficult too, but Donny will still get to play enough.

    “Of course he wants more, but you also have to get used to a different competition.

    “He will experience that too, let’s hope he will eventually get game minutes. In any case, he is equipped, so we can use him well.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SMELL OF VICTORY

    French FA chiefs have offered fans the chance to smell like Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud or N'Golo Kante … by launching their own FRAGRANCE.

    Les Bleus enjoyed the sweet scent of success once again at the 2018 World Cup, having previously won it in 1998.

    The French Football Federation has now begun selling Eau Bleue, a men's cologne, from their online store.

    The bottles retail for £25, and carry the France team's cockerel emblem plus two stars to represent their World Cup triumphs.

    The FFF say the product is aimed at “14 to 18-year-olds buying their first proper fragrance.”

    Makers Okaia declare: “Made from noble essences, this perfume symbolises the values of Les Bleus. Powerful and addictive, its timeless fragrance seduces every generation.

    “It immerses a man in the natural elements of water, ozone-rich scent for an invigorating freshness, and minerals for a cool style.

    “Its changing smell evokes manly adventure and raw elegance – power, confidence, sensation, heroism, inspiration, life, tradition, uniqueness and bravery.”

  • Richard Forrester

    POPE-ULAR PICKS 

    Gareth Southgate is under pressure to shake up his England starting XI to include in form players.

    And data revealed today by SunSport shows Nick Pope should come in to replace Jordan Pickford and Jadon Sancho should start ahead of Raheem Sterling.

    The Three Lions host the Republic of Ireland in a friendly on Thursday night before two Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland.

    And data from Carteret Analytics shows which players should start for Southgate based on current form.

    Players have been picked to fit into Southgate's preferred 5-2-3 wingback system.

    Data from players' last six matches has been used to project their level of performance in upcoming games.

    And this method has thrown up some surprises…

  • Richard Forrester

    PICK THEIR POCH-ET

    Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up by Athletic Bilbao with the Spanish club set to sack their manager, reports say.

    Gaizka Garitano’s position as boss is apparently hanging by a thread after the side’s five losses from their opening eight games.

    And with Pochettino still without a club after being sacked by Tottenham a year ago, he is believed to be high on the list of Bilbao’s preferred replacements.

    Spanish outlet Marca report that the club have a range of ambitious candidates who they are keeping in mind.

    Along with former Spurs manager Poch, it also includes Barcelona’s ex head coach Ernesto Valverde and Valencia’s previous man-in-charge Marcelino.

    Pochettino, 48, has been linked to multiple clubs since leaving England – including, at one stage, Newcastle.

    But recently the Argentine has reportedly been close to joining Manchester United amid intense speculation on the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • Richard Forrester

    OUT OF LUK

    Manchester United have been handed a blow with Luke Shaw out for up to six weeks.

    The left-back picked up a knock in Saturday's win at Everton, forcing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer into a substitution late in the game.

    Shaw suffered a hamstring injury that could keep him out until Christmas.

    The setback comes amid one of the 25-year-old's longer runs in the United team.

    Shaw had played every minute of the Premier League campaign until the injury.

  • Richard Forrester

    RON MORE FOR THE ROAD

    Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the club, in 2012-13 – but that could all change next season.

    The Red Devils have been linked with a sensational move for club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Juventus are said to be keen to offload the Portugal superstar, 35, next summer.

    The Serie A champions want to cash-in before his contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season – and also want his £540,000-a-week wages gone.

    Ronaldo played for Man Utd for six years early in his career, between 2003 and 2009.

    The forward won three Premier League titles and the Champions League, scoring 118 goals in 292 games in all competitions.

    But the best was yet to come for Ronaldo, as he excelled at Real Madrid, scoring 450 times in just 438 matches.

    And with Ronaldo up front – as well as a new big-name defender – United could finally be ready to mount a charge on the Premier League title next season.

    Here's how United could look with Ronaldo back in the side…

  • Richard Forrester

    RONBELIEVABLE

    Manchester United are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo next summer with Juventus looking to offload their star player, according to sensational reports.

    The Serie A champions are believed to be keen to offload the former Real Madrid star next summer.

    Juventus are keen to cash in before his contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season and offload his £540,000-a-week wages.

    And Man Utd are claimed to be in talks with Ronaldo, according to well-respected FOX America journalist Christian Martin.

    Ronaldo is claimed to be ‘considering’ the offer, with Juventus ‘willing to negotiate’ with United.

    Martin tweeted his 400,000 followers: “Our sources in Manchester and Porto confirm that Manchester United tempted Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to the club for next season.

    “The Portuguese star is considering it.

    “Juventus will negotiate a deal it if Ronaldo asks for it.”

  • Richard Forrester

    NO MAUR

    Rio Ferdinand has quashed talks of Mauricio Pochettino replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United – demanding the current boss be shown some respect.

    The Red Devils boss come come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after a string of abject performances.

    United have slumped 15th in the Premier League after seven games – despite winning their last game 3-1 at Everton.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “Man Utd needed a huge performance and a result this weekend.

    “The pressure was absolutely on this team and the management, they went out there and produced.

    “There’s been bit of disrespect to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be honest.

    “People saying Pochettino has been spoken to… I’ve got it from a really, really, really good source that there’s been no conversations.

    “They wouldn’t disrespect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in that manner. I feel like that should be addressed.”

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    The Red Devils have received a boost in their pursuit of Ousmane Dembele after Barcelona prepared to launch a January swoop for Lyon's Memphis Depay.

    United had feared Barca would hold onto Dembele after their superstar youngster Ansu Fati, 17, suffered a knee injury which has ruled him out for four months.

    But Sport reports the Catalan giants will launch a move in the New Year for former United flop Depay, 26.

    However, in order for the Lyon skipper to be reunited with his old Holland boss Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp, cash-strapped Barca must offload some unwanted stars – boosting United's hopes of landing French ace Dembele.

    Meanwhile, Frank De Boer says Donny van de Beek wants to play more at Manchester United.

    As quoted by Voetbal International, the Netherlands boss said: “Of course I try to give him as much confidence as possible.

    “I also showed that by letting him play against Italy. He did a pretty nice job.

    “He is also doing well at Manchester United, but they have a fantastic midfield.

    “That’s difficult too, but Donny will still get to play enough.

    “Of course he wants more, but you also have to get used to a different competition.

    “He will experience that too, let’s hope he will eventually get game minutes. In any case, he is equipped, so we can use him well.”

    Elsewhere, United have been handed a blow with Luke Shaw out for up to six weeks.

    The left-back picked up a knock in Saturday's win at Everton, forcing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer into a substitution late in the game.

    Shaw suffered a hamstring injury that could keep him out until Christmas.

    And finally, Greg Clarke has resigned from his role as FA chairman after referring to 'coloured footballers' in a car-crash grilling by MPs.

    A statement from him said: “As a person who loves football and has given decades of service to our game, it is right that I put the interests of football first.

    “2020 has been a challenging year and I have been actively considering standing down for some time to make way for a new Chair now our CEO transition is complete and excellent executive leadership under Mark Bullingham is established.

    “My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it. This has crystallised my resolve to move on.

    “I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include.

    “I would like to thank my friends and colleagues in the game for the wisdom and counsel they have shared over the years and resign from the FA with immediate effect.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CASH BOOST

    Lower division clubs are set to finally accept the £50million Premier League bail-out this week – after the top flight agreed to look after Championship clubs as well.

    The League One and Two clubs will hold virtual divisional meetings on Thursday when it is expected the bail out will be agreed nearly a month after it was rejected.

    Since then, intensive discussions between the Prem and EFL chiefs have taken place as the cash crisis has deepened.

    And both EFL chairman Rick Parry and Prem chief executive Richard Masters signalled a deal was at hand.

    Speaking to MPs on the DCMS Select Committee, Masters explained: “We have put a proposal for League One and League Two and we'll be happy to do one separately and then come to a resolution on the championship.

    “But we need the EFL and the clubs to bind on for that.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CAV A LAUGH

    Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has admitted it might have been a mistake to allow Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva to leave the club for free after both scored for new clubs Manchester United and Chelsea on the weekend.

    As reported by the MEN, he told the club's official media channels: “At one moment, we have to say “what are we going to do?

    “We spoke clearly with them. It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted. It was a financial and generational problem.

    “It was the moment to count on Marquinhos and Kimpembe.

    “The decisions were difficult to take. Aside from that, we could have made a mistake.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ED IN THE CLOUDS

    Football agents have not backed United's decision to sign Edinson Cavani…

  • Joe Brophy

    WAZZA'S APPRENTICE

    United legend Wayne Rooney has been giving tips to England Under-21s newbie Lee Buchanan.

    Derby whizkid Buchanan, 19, this week received his first call-up to the Young Lions.

    Speaking about his club-mate Rooney, the Mansfield lad said: “He’s England’s all-time top scorer so speaking to him obviously helps a lot.

    “He told me to go out there and enjoy myself, to keep doing what I do for the club and that he’s sure I’d be fine.

    “There are a lot of young lads at Derby who have learnt a lot off him.

    “Personally, he speaks to me about my positioning, when to manage the game.

    “It’s always good to play alongside him and he’s given me a lot of tips of what to do when I’m here (with England).”

  • Joe Brophy

    THE LONG HAAL

    Borussia Dortmund are in danger of losing the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland if they don't start winning trophies, warns Jan Aage Fjortoft.

    He told ESPN: “Viv Anderson said to me, 'but Jan, it's quite easy, young kids want to win trophies – that's why they're in the game.'

    “One day they will go away, meet each other now at international break and they will say 'you're a good team, you have good talent, how many trophies have you got?'

    “I think that is the danger with Dortmund, now having the best Norwegian, the best American, the two best English, although Sancho is not at the moment unfortunately.

    “That is the main challenge for Dortmund, how long can they keep these young kids without winning trophies and the culture needs to be built up.

    “It's also typical that Bayern [have] got that culture at the moment because they have that winning mentality in there.”

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