Man Utd news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo WINS player of the month, Pogba eyes £400k-a-week new contract, Shaw backs Sancho

CRISTIANO RONALDO has been named Premier League player of the month for September.

The Portuguese forward netted three times for the Red Devils and has made an instant impact since returning to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile Paul Pogba is reportedly keen on staying at Manchester United, providing they give him a £400,000-a-week new contract.

And Luke Shaw has backed Jadon Sancho to come good at the club after a slow start to life in a Man Utd shirt.


Follow ALL the latest news, updates and transfer gossip from Old Trafford…

  • Ian Tuckey


    Cristiano Ronaldo earns a whopping £1.5million per Instagram post – more than seven times the next best Premier League star.

    The Manchester United, 36, is a global icon and uses his huge influence to promote brands across his social media.

    And with 353m Instagram followers, the most of any person on the app, he is able to charge companies up to £1,505,000 for a single post.

    So sharing one sponsored ad per month would earn Ronaldo more than £18m per year – or a weekly post would pocket him a staggering £78.2m.

    That places him way out in front as the No1 on the Premier League Instagram rich list, according to research.



  • Jake Lambourne


    Flamengo may have to fork out £17million to United outcast Andreas Pereira.

    The midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at the Brazilian club.

    And the 25-year-old has enjoyed a decent start to his temporary spell netting two goals in eight games.

    Although it was thought Flamengo would have to pay a fee of £12m to buy the player, Brazilian outlet UOL claims the figure is £17m.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal brought delight to their fans with a 3-1 derby win against Tottenham.

    And they also hit a big milestone by making it 600 Premier League wins.

    But they are only third in the all-time list.

    Manchester United – indebted to the years of success Sir Alex Ferguson brought – are top of the pile on 691 wins.

    In second spot are Chelsea with 602 victories.

    Then come the Gunners on 600, with Liverpool occupying fourth place on 585.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Gary Lineker believes Mohamed Salah should have won the Premier League player of the month award 'comfortably' over Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Manchester United forward pipped Salah to the award after scoring three in a barnstorming return to English football.

    But Lineker believes Salah – who also scored three in September – should have been the recipient of the award.

    The England legend tweeted: "He’s been terrific, but Mo Salah should’ve won this…. comfortably."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Cristiano Ronaldo is once again in the running for the Ballon d'Or – but is only sixth favourite.

    The 36-year-old striker completed a fairytale return to Manchester United this summer from Juventus.

    Lionel Messi is ODDS-ON to secure his SEVENTH Ballon d'Or. The 34-year-old is now at Paris Saint Germain and scored 38 goals in 47 games.

    Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the second favourite at odds of 5-1.

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is third-favourite at odds of 5-1 with Manchester City schemer Kevin De Bruyne next best at 12-1.

    Jorginho's Stamford Bridge team-mate N'Golo Kante is a 12/1 shot with five-time winner Ronaldo next at 16-1.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Jesse Lingard has revealed he needs 'regular football' to have any hope of making Gareth Southgate's 2022 World Cup squad.

    In an England press conference, Lingard admitted to reporters: "Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but… you need regular football.

    "I was so close to going to the Euros and I think obviously it plays a huge part and it's a big factor.

    "If you're playing over 20 or 25 games, of course you know you're knocking on the door so I think it does play a big part in that.

    "I'm not doing any harm at the moment – if I keep performing well and doing well you never know what might happen so I keep confident in myself and when I get when I get time on the pitch I've got to carry on doing what I'm doing.

    "You want to start games. When I'm a sub I'm always ready to play. I'm always ready to be needed when I'm called up.

    "It's one of those things I'm going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we'll see a change in the next few weeks."

  • Jake Lambourne


    A judge dramatically recommended that a lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo by his rape accuser be dismissed.

    The Manchester United star, 36, who returned to Old Trafford in August, has fought off Kathryn Mayorga’s civil case – two years after a criminal probe against him was dropped.

    His lawyers attempted to get the lawsuit thrown out, alleging her attorney got his hands on hundreds of pages of stolen correspondence between Ronaldo and his team.

    The ‘Football Leaks’ documents were allegedly hacked from the Portuguese forward and his representatives, before being passed to her legal team.

    US Magistrates Judge Daniel Albregts agreed and concluded lawyers for Ms Mayorga had erred when they got hold of stolen documents.

    Peter Christiansen, Ronaldo’s lawyer, said: “We are pleased with the Court’s detailed review of this matter and its willingness to justly apply the law to the facts and recommend dismissal of the civil case against Mr Ronaldo.”

    Ms Mayorga alleged Ronaldo had sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Man Utd have appointed Dominic Jordan as their first ever Director of Data Science.

    The Red Devils hope the experienced data scientist can help their players and staff deliver success on the pitch at Old Trafford.

    Football director John Murtough said: "We already make extensive use of data to analyse players’ performance and physical condition, and to scout opponents and recruitment targets.

    "But there is huge potential to strengthen our existing capabilities, and build new ones, as part of a more integrated approach to managing and using data.

    "This is not about replacing the human elements of performance and decision-making.

    "Coaches will always draw on their knowledge and judgment, and players their experience and instincts. But these things can be complemented by smart use of data.

    "Ultimately, it’s about ensuring that players, coaches and support staff are equipped with the best possible information with which to make the right decisions, quickly."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Cristiano Ronaldo earns a whopping £1.5million per Instagram post – more than seven times the next best Premier League star.

    The Manchester United, 36, is a global icon and uses his huge influence to promote brands across his social media.

    And with 353m Instagram followers, the most of any person on the app, he is able to charge companies up to £1,505,000 for a single post.

    So sharing one sponsored ad per month would earn Ronaldo more than £18m per year – or a weekly post would pocket him a staggering £78.2m.

    That places him way out in front as the No1 on the Premier League Instagram rich list, according to research.


  • Jake Lambourne


    Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded Premier League Player of the Month after a stellar return to Old Trafford.

    After an emotional second Red Devils debut against Newcastle, CR7 scored three goals in three Prem appearances in September.

    The 36-year-old scored twice in the 4-1 win against Newcastle at the start of the September, as well as the opener in the 2-1 victory over West Ham.

    CR7 beat Joao Cancelo, Antonio Rudiger, Allan Saint-Maximin, Ismaila Sarr and Mohamed Salah to the award.

    Fans voted for the winner via the Premier League website, with a panel of football experts also weighing in to decide who receives the trophy.

    It's the fifth time he has landed Prem Player of the Month accolade, having previously scooped the award in November and December 2006, as well as January and March 2008.

  • Jake Lambourne


    We're sitting with Ole and we're talking about future plans in terms of where the squad will go and how we think it will develop.

    "We want to balance squads with the right profile in terms of positions and in terms of age.

    "The current squad has good balance – young exciting players coming through, those in the middle in the prime of their careers.

    "Then the more experienced group – we can learn a lot from them, and they're already having an impact on some of those younger players.

    "We want a squad that can challenge today but also in the future as well."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Man Utd football director John Murtough says the club have full confidence in the direction they are heading under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And the Norwegian boss, 48, is heavily involved in planning the long-term transfer strategy at Old Trafford.

    Speaking to a fans forum, Murtough said they believe their project is on track to bring success to United and they will not be blown off course.

    He said: "We have a long-term strategy and confidence in the direction that we’re going.

    "We believe that we've got the talent and the character within the squad to succeed.

    "We need to keep control, not get carried away and don't deviate from our plan. Ole and the staff are very focused on that."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Former Arsenal and Man Utd man Alexis Sanchez is reportedly wanted by Spanish trio Valencia, Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano should he leave Inter Milan.

    The 32-year-old threw his future into doubt last weekend with a cryptic social media post.

    After remaining an unused sub for the Nerazzurri's 2-1 defeat at Sassuolo, the Chilean uploaded a picture of a Lamborghini covered in sand.

    He wrote: "Realise that you can worth a lot, but if you are in the wrong place, you are not going to shine."

    And now a queue is forming to try and land Sanchez in a January transfer.

    Gazzetta in Italy state Valencia, Betis and Rayo are all considering swoops.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Paul Pogba has revealed he will make a decision on his future at Manchester United in the summer as he refuses to rule out a return to Juventus.

    Recent reports have suggested he is now happier at Man Utd than he was in the past when speculation was rife that he wanted to leave.

    But when asked by Italian media about his club future following France's victory over Belgium in the Nations League, Pogba refused to commit to anything.

    Speaking to Mediaset as reported by Fabrizio Romano, he said: “I like Turin! I always speak with former Juve team-mates like Dybala.

    "I’m in Manchester now, I’m under contract until June then let’s see.

    "I want to complete this season at best level – then we see.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Ben White has expressed his excitement at playing against Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

    The Arsenal centre-back has even stated that he thinks he will be able to manage the Man Utd striker when the two teams square off on November 30 at Old Trafford.

    Speaking to the Gunners' Twitch channel about which fixture he was looking forward too now he has played in the North London derby, White said: "I’d probably say playing against [Cristiano] Ronaldo you know."

    Asked if he would be able to handle him, he simply stated while smirking: "I’ll be alright…"

    White has kept three clean sheets out of his last four games for Arsenal.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Jamie Carragher has labelled Arsenal as the ‘team to watch’ this season.

    The Gunners are unbeaten in four Premier League games under Mikel Arteta, having been bottom of the table after three games.

    And Liverpool legend Carragher thinks Arsenal will provide the biggest challenge to Man Utd, City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    He told The Telegraph: “The team that I think is worth watching closely as the season evolves is Arsenal.

    “If they can get the consistency into their young side, the lack of European football can be a massive help for Mikel Arteta as he spends more time with his players on the training ground.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Marcus Rashford has been awarded a doctorate – becoming the youngest person to ever receive an honorary degree from the University of Manchester.

    Manchester United's England striker singled out his continuing fight against child poverty as the reason for his "bittersweet" award but the university also cited his other social campaigning and "outstanding sporting achievements".

    Old Trafford legends Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton are amongst others handed honorary degrees by the uni in the past.

    Rashford, who is back in full training after shoulder surgery, was also awarded an MBE 12 months ago as he successfully battled for free school meals to be extended during the coronavirus pandemic.

    And on Thursday night the uni saluted the "exceptional" 23-year-old for his "outstanding sense of community" with their highest award.

    Receiving the doctorate at Old Trafford, Rashford said: “To be here in the presence of a great such as Sir Alex, and those who have played a huge role in my journey to be where I am today, is special.

    “I’m here to receive my Honorary Doctorate for my work around child poverty."

  • Joshua Jones


    Tahith Chong has revealed that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been in close contact with him while he’s been on loan at Birmingham City.

    The 21-year-old has been in form for Lee Bowyer’s side this season and Solskjaer’s been watching him every step of the way.

    And the Norwegian isn’t the only United staff member keeping an eye on Chong’s development.

    The Dutch U21 star also revealed that United coaches Darren Fletcher and Kieran McKenna have been in touch to give him tips and critique on his performances.

    Another youngster that could end up at Old Trafford is Stoke City’s teenage sensation Emre Tezgel.

    United are reportedly eyeing a swoop for the 16-year-old who’s already playing for Stoke’s U18 side.

    And he’s been so impressive for the Potters, that their academy boss Gareth Owen claims Tezgel could be the next Harry Kane.

    Owen reckons the youngster and the Tottenham striker have similar physical attributes and can both handle the ball well in the air.

    Meanwhile, Red Devils star Bruno Fernandes is showing his talents as a scout.

    He’s been in constant contact with Leeds ace Raphinha who's been linked to a move to Old Trafford in recent times.

    The Brazilian revealed that Fernandes contacted him to congratulate him on his call-up to his national squad for the first time.

    But no matter who United sign it won’t soften the blow for their fans who are contemplating missing out on the Premier League title to Newcastle who completed their takeover by new Saudi owners in a deal worth £300million.

  • Justin Lawrence


    Luke Shaw has come out in support of his Manchester United team-mate Jadon Sancho.

    Sancho's United career has got off to a slow start, and he's yet to score or provide a goal, in stark contrast to Red Devils other new recruit Cristiano Ronaldo whose netted five times in six games.

    But Shaw isn't worried and insists that Sancho will deliver the goods eventually.

    The defender told talkSPORT: "The talent he [Sancho] has is unbelievable, he can go right to the very top.

    I"t’s just about him staying focused, keep doing what he’s doing in training and working hard. His time will come."


  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United fans are feeling glum after Newcastle announced their £300million Saudi takeover.

    United haven’t won the Premier League since 2013, and some fans reckon their wait for the trophy will be extended now the Magpies are flushed with cash.

    The depressed United faithful took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over potentially being leapfrogged by Newcastle in the race for silverware.

    One fan moaned: “Newcastle United winning the league title before Manchester United is an absolute possibility now and that is a very depressing thought.”

    While another said: “Newcastle will probably win the league before we do at this rate. #mufc.”

  • Justin Lawrence


    Bruno Fernandes is in regular contact with Manchester United target Raphinha.

    The pair are good pals after spending time together at Sporting Lisbon.

    And Raphinha admits Fernandes continues to message him regularly, this time congratulating him for finally being called up by Brazil.

    Raphinha revealed: “Bruno congratulated me a lot. He told me that I deserved it so much, that I had been deserving it for a while.

    “This happens with friends who talk a lot, more intimacy like that, more jokes. 

    “But he praised me a lot, congratulated me."


  • Justin Lawrence


    Manchester United are reportedly interested in Stoke City's teenage sensation Emre Tezgel – dubbed the next Harry Kane.

    The 16-year-old's thrived so much at Stoke, he's already playing with their U-18's team.

    Tezgel reminds Stoke academy boss Gareth Owen of Kane as they both can hold up the ball well and handle themselves well in the air.

    Owen told the Daily Star: "Tezgel’s a Harry Kane-type centre-forward.

    "That gets bandied about but his movement is good, he can hold the ball up and he is decent in the air."

  • Justin Lawrence


    Jamie Carragher has revealed to Gary Neville that he's never had a cup of coffee before.

    Carragher featured on fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville's Overlap series where the former Manchester United fullback fires 23 quickfire questions to his guests. 

    And while walking through Merseyside the former Liverpool skipper revealed his distaste for coffee. 

    After being asked by whether he likes coffee or tea he said: “I have never had coffee in my life. 

    Gobsmacked by Carra’s claim, Neville responds: “Not a cappuccino or a latte?

    Carragher says: “Nope, never once. 

    Neville: “Cortado?” 

    To which Carragher jokes: “Who’s he play for?” 

  • Justin Lawrence


    Tahith Chong has revealed that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stayed in contact with him while he's been on loan at Birmingham City.

    The Dutch youngster's been in rare form for Birmingham, and Solskjaer's been in touch to let him know that he's watching.

    Chong told "Yeah, it's always nice to hear from him, and that he's watching the games as well. That's good.

    "The coaches and staff are obviously in contact after the games."

    And it's not just Solskjaer that's watching Chong, the 21-year-old also shared that coaches Darren Fletcher and Kieran Mckenna have also been in touch with to give tips on his performances.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Gary Lineker reckons there is 'no comparison' between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the Argentine 'plays a different sport'.

    He told Marca: "They gave us happiness. There were other greats, like the two Ronaldos, for example, but I consider them more as tremendous goalscorers.

    "Diego and Leo did, and do, in each game, two or three things that neither I nor almost anyone did in an entire career.

    "They play a different sport. I also love Cristiano. I respect him a lot, he is a great too.

    "But my honest football opinion is that there is no comparison as to who is the best because of the things that Leo does.

    "That said, it even hurts me to compare them, because they are both massive."

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