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MANCHESTER UNITED, Liverpool and Newcastle are “in a straight fight” to sign Ruben Neves this summer, according to reports.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese midfielder, 25, has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona over recent months.

United are also interested in a transfer move for Inter Milan's Denzel Dumfries, who wants out of the San Siro.

And we've got the very LATEST on the club's takeover, with a deadline fast approaching…

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  • Henry Tomlinson

    RUBE WAR

    Manchester United are reportedly “in a straight fight” with Liverpool and Newcastle to sign Ruben Neves this summer.

    Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese midfielder, 25, has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona over recent months.

    However, a fresh report has now claimed that the LaLiga giants have pulled out of the transfer race.

    And now that has left the Premier League trio of United, Liverpool and Newcastle battling it out for his signature.

    Spanish publication Sport reports that Neves’ agent Jorge Mendes met with Barcelona officials last week.

    But he was allegedly informed during the talks that Xavi’s side are prioritising strengthening in other positions.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Henry Tomlinson

    United in the title race

    Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believed that the club are "absolutely" in the Premier League title race.

    Owen did admit that it is currently between Arsenal and Manchester City to win, but with their inconsistent performances, it could open the door to the Red Devils.

    When asked if United are title challengers, Owen told Sky Sports: “Absolutely. If Man City and Arsenal were playing like they were a few months ago, then I would say it’s between those two. But both of them are stumbling.

    “Arsenal, one point from six. Man City, I can’t see them going on an amazing run like they have the last few years.

    “They’ve got to play each other twice as well so there will be points dropped there.

    “You have to include Manchester United, they’re second in the league! If you include Man City you’ve got to include United.

    “There’s a lot of football to be played.”

    Credit: Getty
  • Henry Tomlinson

    More from Neville

    He added: “Rebuild the first team – invest heavily in the team.

    “Commitment to the fans and making sure that they’re involved and it’s affordable, all of those things are really important.

    “And whoever comes in has to meet that commitment to pledges, the manifesto.

    “That’s the most important thing, because the one thing we can never determine – us or anybody – is who the Glazers are going to sell to.

    “They’re going to sell to the people that offer them the most money.”

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  • Henry Tomlinson

    Neville on United sale

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes that it is "huge news" that both the Red Devils and rivals Liverpool could both be sold soon.

    Neville has also admitted that he would like to see new owners of United fulfil promises.

    Neville told Sky Sports: “Well that’s going to happen.

    “That’s going to happen at Manchester United and Liverpool, our two biggest clubs in the country, are going to be sold in the next few months, it’s huge news.

    “Obviously, with what’s happening at this current moment in time, the regulator coming in, the news of Manchester City this week and the pressure on them, it is either going to be another US consortium, similar to the one that’s taken over at Chelsea, or it’s going to be a Middle Eastern group.

    “You’re fancying Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, they’ve all been mentioned, and I think to me it comes down to no debt, no dividends, commitment to rebuild the stadium, rebuild the area around the stadium, the training ground.”

  • Henry Tomlinson

    McCarthy has helped Rashford

    Manchester United's appointment of former Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy to the coaching staff has been hailed by Ian Wright.

    The former Arsenal striker believes that it has helped Marcus Rashford regain his best form.

    Wright, said on Match of the Day 2: “I think the acquisition of Benni McCarthy, a striker coach, has helped him.

    “When you look at the movement for that goal – like Harry Maguire talking about how his heading has improved – it was brilliant.

    “And that says to me that someone like Benni McCarthy’s working very closely with him.

    “He’s improved no end.”

    Credit: Reuters
  • Henry Tomlinson

    Praise for defender

    Erik ten Hag was happy with defender Tyrell Malacia for his performance against Leeds on Sunday.

    He helped the club keep a clean sheet at Elland Road as they won 2-0 against the Yorkshire side.

    Ten Hag told the media: “I want to play my full-back inside. In my perspective, the best at that is Tyrell Malacia and I think he did well in the first half.

    “I think, in possession, he was maybe one of the only players who played in a good level in the first 60 minutes but, because we make such mistakes, I chose to change there and made the subs who worked out very well.

    “Ty [played] in the midfield and then [played] on the outside: he was really good with the ball, stopping Summerville, except in one moment, but for the rest, I think he played a really good game.”

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING UTD FANS

    Man Utd and Leeds have released a joint statement condemning chanting in relation to historic tragedies.

    It came as United won the match 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.

    The short statement read: “Both clubs strongly condemn chanting from both sets of fans regarding historic tragedies at today’s game.

    “Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will continue to work together with our respective fan groups and the Premier League, and other authorities on eradicating it from football.”

    The chants in question were directed towards the Munich air disaster and Istanbul.

    The Munich air crash in 1958 saw the majority of Man Utd’s team at the time pass away.

    Istanbul relates to when Leeds faced Galatasaray in a Uefa Cup semi-final in 2000.

    Fan clashes before the game resulted in two Leeds fans losing their lives after being stabbed.

    Man Utd fans called Erik ten Hag a “GENIUS” for his tactical masterstroke against Leeds.

    In the 61st minute, he shuffled his pack by deploying 6ft 6in loan striker Wout Weghorst as an emergency No10.

    This allowed Marcus Rashford to move into a central forward role, with sub Alejandro Garnacho taking up his preferred position on the left.

    And with just 10 minutes remaining, Rashford headed home a peach of a goal to give his side the lead.

    But United weren’t finished yet as Garnacho made sure of the result with a strike soon after.

    Harry Maguire has vowed to fight for his place at Old Trafford, after starting against Leeds United.

    “Well like I said, it’s not about me, it’s about the team, it’s about the club being successful,” he told Sky Sports.

    “Obviously I want to be a part of it, I’m still playing my part coming on in games, I’ve started four since the World Cup so I’m still getting my minutes, but of course every footballer wants to start games.

    “It’s disappointing when you don’t but all you can do is train well and be ready when the chance comes.

    “There’s lots of players in the squad not playing at the moment as well, and I feel we have four really good, physical, international centre backs at this club, and there’s always going to be two unhappy.

    “That’s the way it is, so I’ve got to keep working, keep fighting and make sure I’m ready when called upon.”

    Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has demanded in-form Marcus Rashford remains focused for 90 minutes.

    The England forward set the Red Devils on their way – scoring their first against Leeds, before Alejandro Garnacho put the icing on the cake with a late second.

    After the game, ten Hag told Match of the Day: “He is a great striker, he scores with left, right and head.

    “It is about keeping focus for the whole game, and it is about the finishing and he has the capabilities to do that.

    However, Man Utd legend Gary Neville wasn't happy with the club's first half display.

    United struggled to break down Leeds, and Neville wasn’t happy with the slow pace of play.

    He penned a brutal tweet just after half-time as his former side laboured through the match.

    Neville wrote: “Stop playing stupid and slow passes across the back!

    “Same as Wednesday first half!”

  • Jon Boon

    Antony celebrates

    Brazil star Antony might have missed Man Utd's match with Leeds.

    But his support could certainly be felt from home.

    The £90million winger showed his followers on Instagram he was cheering his team-mates on as an armchair fan on his TV.

    Later, he was happy to congratulate the side for beating their fierce rivals at Elland Road.

  • Jon Boon

    Ten Hag wants Rashford's focus

    Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has demanded in-form Marcus Rashford remains focused for 90 minutes.

    The England forward set the Red Devils on their way – scoring their first against Leeds, before Alejandro Garnacho put the icing on the cake with a late second.

    After the game, ten Hag told Match of the Day: "He is a great striker, he scores with left, right and head.

    "It is about keeping focus for the whole game, and it is about the finishing and he has the capabilities to do that."

  • Jon Boon

    United & Leeds statement

    Man Utd and Leeds have released a joint statement condemning chanting in relation to historic tragedies.

    It came as United won the match 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.

    The short statement read: “Both clubs strongly condemn chanting from both sets of fans regarding historic tragedies at today’s game.

    “Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will continue to work together with our respective fan groups and the Premier League, and other authorities on eradicating it from football.”

    The chants in question were directed towards the Munich air disaster and Istanbul.

    The Munich air crash in 1958 saw the majority of Man Utd’s team at the time pass away.

    Istanbul relates to when Leeds faced Galatasaray in a Uefa Cup semi-final in 2000.

    Fan clashes before the game resulted in two Leeds fans losing their lives after being stabbed.

  • Jon Boon

    Maguire on his future

    Harry Maguire has vowed to fight for his place at Old Trafford, after starting against Leeds United.

    "Well like I said, it’s not about me, it’s about the team, it’s about the club being successful," he told Sky Sports.

    "Obviously I want to be a part of it, I’m still playing my part coming on in games, I’ve started four since the World Cup so I’m still getting my minutes, but of course every footballer wants to start games.

    "It’s disappointing when you don’t but all you can do is train well and be ready when the chance comes.

    "There’s lots of players in the squad not playing at the moment as well, and I feel we have four really good, physical, international centre backs at this club, and there’s always going to be two unhappy.

    "That’s the way it is, so I’ve got to keep working, keep fighting and make sure I’m ready when called upon."

  • Jon Boon

    Refs chief emergency meeting

    PGMOL chief Howard Webb has called a meeting for ALL refs next week after a Saturday overshadowed by VAR cock-ups.

    Prem leaders Arsenal were left incensed as Ivan Toney’s offside Brentford equaliser was allowed to stand.

    While Brighton saw a goal incorrectly chalked off against rivals Crystal Palace.

    Both Arsenal and Brighton went on to drop points, with Webb reportedly “incredulous” at what happened.

    According to the Mail, all refs will have to attend a “summit” at Stockley Park next week to wade through the mess.

  • Jon Boon

    De Gea sings Shaw and Rashford's praises

    David De Gea sang the praises of Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford for breaking the deadlock against Leeds.

    Speaking to MUTV, he said: "It was everything, from the beginning of the game, we knew we'd come to a very difficult pitch, but we fought until the end.

    "We knew the first 10 minutes of both halves were massive, so keep a clean sheet, big for us, and then we score two goals.

    "It's a special game and a special win. We knew the first goal was important and it was a perfect cross from Luke Shaw.

    "He is playing very well and then Rashy, who is on fire, is scoring lots of goals, helping the team, running, pressing and I think he's playing at the top level, so a massive goal for us and then we controlled the game.

    "We could have scored another couple of goals."

  • Jon Boon

    Rashford 'one of the best'

    Erik ten Hag has praised Marcus Rashford – calling the striker one of the best in the world.

    "He’s definitely one of them," ten Hag said.

    "He has the skills. I was convinced from the first moment, I was really excited to work with him, I thought I could get more out of him.

    "But he has so many skills and such high potential and there can be even more. When he works well he will score even more goals because he can score with his left, right and his head.

    "It’s about him getting into position but also the team has to have the capabilities to pass in there and cross in there, as they did today. I think that is what I wanted to describe.

    "If you have better formation and calmness on the ball, you get a switch of play or you bring an extra pass, like we did for the goal. And then finally, a great cross from [Luke] Shaw and Marcus was in the right time there."

  • Jon Boon

    Gakpo snubbed United

    Liverpool winger Cody Gakpo has revealed that he dismissed interest from both Manchester United and Chelsea before swapping Eindhoven for Anfield last month.

    He told The Daily Mail: "I nearly went to Leeds in the summer but Louis van Gaal advised me that a change of team before the World Cup might be difficult so I decided not to go.

    "To be honest, the speculation affected me a little bit because it was the first time it had happened to me.

    "I just had to think 'forget about it, play your best and see what happens later on'.

    "Then when I heard about interest from Liverpool in the winter, I didn't think about anything else. There was also Chelsea maybe but I already had my mind made up.

    "This is a good place for me to improve and develop and eventually show who I can be."

  • Jon Boon

    Neville slams Utd's play

    Gary Neville blasted Manchester United for "stupid and slow" play against Leeds.

    United struggled to break down Leeds, and Old Trafford legend Neville wasn't happy with the slow pace of play.

    He penned a brutal tweet just after half-time as his former side laboured through the match.

    Neville wrote: "Stop playing stupid and slow passes across the back!

    "Same as Wednesday first half!"

    However, in the second half goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho saw United edge out their rivals.

  • Jon Boon

    Ten Hag's tactical masterstroke

    Man Utd fans have called Erik ten Hag a “GENIUS” for his tactical masterstroke against Leeds.

    In the 61st minute, he shuffled his pack by deploying 6ft 6in loan striker Wout Weghorst as an emergency No10.

    This allowed Marcus Rashford to move into a central forward role, with sub Alejandro Garnacho taking up his preferred position on the left.

    And with just 10 minutes remaining, Rashford headed home a peach of a goal to give his side the lead.

    But United weren’t finished yet as Garnacho made sure of the result with a strike soon after.

  • Jon Boon

    Keane's thoughts on City

    Man Utd legend Roy Keane has had his say on Manchester City's financial breaches.

    Asked about the breaches while appearing on Sky Sports, and the effect they could have on City's players, Keane said: "I generally think most players I know are quite selfish… they just want to focus on the team performance.

    "Obviously it's their own contract situation. From Man City's point of view, the fans will have been delighted by Pep's response in the media, he did come out fighting.

    "If Man City are innocent then everyone should relax. Pep should relax, people getting uptight – Man City have got to get back to trying to win football matches.

    "I think from a dressing room point of view, if you were a player there today going into this game against Villa, you're thinking all your focus would be on beating Aston Villa.

    "Obviously the people upstairs take care of the politics involved.

    "If they are found guilty then you have to be punished, it’s pretty straight forward.

    "Pep, like he said in that piece there… he's obviously speaking to people above him – the chairman, the CEO and people that run the club – he said they've told him they're innocent, then just get on with it."

  • Alex Smith

    BREAKING: Fan Shame

    Man Utd and Leeds have released a joint statement condemning chanting in relation to historic tragedies.

    It came as United won the match 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.

    The short statement read: "Both clubs strongly condemn chanting from both sets of fans regarding historic tragedies at today’s game.

    "Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will continue to work together with our respective fan groups and the Premier League, and other authorities on eradicating it from football."

    The chants in question were directed towards the Munich air disaster and Istanbul.

    The Munich air crash in 1958 saw the majority of Man Utd's team at the time pass away.

    Istanbul relates to when Leeds faced Galatasaray in a Uefa Cup semi-final in 2000.

    Fan clashes before the game resulted in two Leeds fans losing their lives after being stabbed.

  • Alex Smith

    Match Stats

    Leeds were there energetic selves once again, creating plenty of chances against Man Utd but lacked the talent to convert their opportunities.

    David de Gea was in inspired form on is 400th Premier League appearance, making six saves.

  • Alex Smith

    Tough day for Maguire

    Today's performances from the Man Utd squad have been rated by SunSport.

    Harry Maguire ranked the lowest, while Marcus Rashford got the best rating.

    Check out how the whole team scored HERE.

  • Alex Smith

    FT: Leeds 0-2 Man Utd

    Manchester United secure all three points with victory over Leeds.

    They found it tough at times without Casemiro in the midfield but goals by Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho were the difference.

    The win takes United to 46 points and above Man City by one, who play Aston Villa later today.

    You can follow the game's reaction LIVE on SunSport HERE.

  • Alex Smith

    Leeds 0-2 Man Utd

    He points to his head yet again, Marcus Rashford heads Man Utd in front with just ten minutes remaining against Leeds.

    Luke Shaw, who started the game at centre-back, is now in his preferred left-back role and fired in a great cross in for Rashford to head in.

    Alejandro Garnacho netted a second just moments after racing clear and finishing superbly.

    You can follow the game LIVE on SunSport HERE.

    Credit: PA
  • Alex Smith

    Ten Hag on ownership race

    Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag is remaining relaxed amid the ongoing battle to buy the club off the Glazers.

    The likes of Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe is in the race but Ten Hag appeared not to be flustered by the uncertainty.

    He said: "I am calm about the situation (takeover). I am planning. I always go for the highest, so we go for the best, the best we can get, but also we have plan B.

    "What you see in the Premier League is other clubs investing but also having quality in managers, players and getting good players in.

    "The competition is really tough. For a long time it was a two-horse race but now I think it is a six, seven, eight-horse race.

    "I still can refer to my first press conference here: I said 'Things can change.'"

  • Alex Smith

    HT: Leeds 0-0 Man Utd

    Man Utd go into the break level with Leeds.

    The home team have put in an energetic and physical display, making it challenging for United to see much joy while keeping a close eye on Marcus Rashford.

    One of the best chance of the game fell to Bruno Fernandes towards the end of the half and Crysencio Summerville also had opportunities.

    You can follow the game LIVE on SunSport HERE.

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