1.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Solskjaer’s plans for Pellistri, Chukwueze transfer targeted, Rafael against United – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Champions League action tonight as they face Istanbul Basaksehir and former right-back Rafael de Silva.

Off the field, we've the very latest on Ryan Giggs' arrest while Phil Jones could be set for a shock move to the Championship.

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

  • William Pugh

    FAB SELECTIONS

    Cesc Fabregas has shared his Fantasy Premier League team online and he has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as captain.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea man also snubbed old rivals Manchester United with ZERO Red Devils in his squad.

  • William Pugh

    COMING FOR MOU

    Manchester City are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen ace Moussa Diaby – after Manchester United reportedly failed with a summer bid for the French winger.

    Former Paris Saint-Germain prospect Diaby has shone since joining the Bundesliga club last year.

    Reports in Germany claim Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to sign the 21-year-old during the summer, and United made a £45million offer

    However Leverkusen refused to sell, having lost attacking duo Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland to Chelsea and Monaco respectively.

    Club sporting director Rudi Voller said: “The summer break wasn't just about Kai Havertz alone.

    “We had three or four further players who were targeted by foreign clubs. Moussa Diaby was one of them. City boss Pep Guardiola is now said to want to sign the pint-sized winger during the January transfer window.”

  • William Pugh

    'TEAMS WERE FRIGHTENED'

    Paul Ince thinks modern day Manchester United could learn a thing or two from the Red Devils of his era.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves, the former Red Devils said: “We had a presence. Teams were frightened of us.

    “We already had teams beat before we walked out onto the pitch. Whether it was home or away, teams were frightened of Manchester United. I don't see that now.

    “Teams look at them and think they can take points from the game. We saw it against Arsenal, where United were woeful. We've seen Crystal Palace do it. Something's not quite right.

    “I still think United finish in the top six this season. It's that inconsistency that's the problem.

    “You look at the way they played against PSG and you think they should absolutely be in the top four. But you look at how they played against Arsenal and think they'd be lucky to finish in the top six.”

  • William Pugh

    'TALK TO SOMEONE'

    Former Manchester United starlet Luke Chadwick has admitted his ‘stomach twisted’ whenever he appeared on TV during his depression battle.

    Earlier this year the 39-year-old revealed how cruel jokes about his appearance on BBC show They Think It’s All Over killed his confidence.

    Speaking to Dagbladet, Chadwick said: “To get it on national TV and in the media, I didn’t know how to deal with it. I thought there was something wrong with me.

    “It affected me so much, and I was too embarrassed to say anything against them.

    “I kept everything on the inside and never said how I was doing at the time.”

  • William Pugh

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Ince thinks Manchester United should have signed Thomas Partey and Raul Jimenez this summer.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves, the former Red Devils said: “There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man Utd team.

    “You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jiminez. Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about?

    “Go and spend £40m on Jiminez. He's a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.

    “You've got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think 'what are they looking at?' There's a lot of good players out there, top, top players. Go and get these players. But they haven't.”

  • William Pugh

    RON-MANCE IS DEAD

    Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to enjoy the twilight of his career at Juventus, according to reports.

    The Portuguese superstar, 35, believes he can still play at the very top level for another five years.

    His contract with the Serie A champions expires in 2022 meaning he will still have at least three years at a top European club.

    But TuttoSport have poured doubt on whether Ronaldo will see out his contract at Juventus because he 'doesn't have a romantic relationship' with the Old Lady.

    They have ruled out a big money move to China or America because Ronaldo still wants to challenge for major trophies. Paris Saint-Germain remain an option, especially if and when Neymar and Kylian Mbappe leave the club.

    Ronaldo, who has the physicality of a man ten years his junior, revealed it will be a psychological decision when he retires from football.

  • William Pugh

    HELPING HAND

    Diego Maradona is “resting” in his room after an 80-minute operation for a blood clot on his brain.

    The 60-year-old legend faces up to a week in hospital before he is allowed home after undergoing surgery at the private Olivos Clinic on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

    Daughter Dalma, who rushed to her father’s side on Tuesday after it emerged medics had discovered the bleed on his brain during a CT scan, tweeted overnight: “I’ve just left the clinic and I want to thank everyone for their constant displays of love for my dad. Thanks to all those of you who prayed for him.”

    The retired footballer’s personal physician Leopoldo Luque, speaking around an hour after the op finished at 10.20pm local time, added: “Diego tolerated the surgery excellently and he’s doing very well.

    “We’ve left a small tube in to facilitate drainage which will be removed today. Him coming round after the surgery was a very big step. The haematoma has been evacuated very well and his brain beat is recovering.

    “His evolution now has to be monitored day by day. The beginning has been very good for an operation which is not of high-complexity, but is nevertheless brain surgery.”

  • William Pugh

    ALWAYS GUNNAR HAPPEN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to get used to other managers like Mauricio Pochettino being linked with his job, according to Paul Ince.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves, the former Red Devils said: “I hope Ole lasts the season, because it means United are doing well, and as ex-Man United captain, I want them to do well.

    When the criticism starts to come, that's when other managers' names are being talked about. He's heard it all before with Pochettino last season, so he knows he's got to keep on winning. And he did that last year, so credit to him for that.

    But now, again, when results are dropping, then Pochettino's name is going to come up again. Max Allegri.

    “You know, when you've got all of these big names out there and you're not getting results, you know they're going to be linked with your job. You can't get away from that.

    “Of course any manager would take the Manchester United job. You can't turn that job down. Whether it's Pochettino, Max Allegri, if Man United come calling, you're taking the job. There's no two ways about it. Ole's in the hot seat and he's got to make sure he stays there.”

  • William Pugh

    WHAT HAVE THEY DON?!

    Paul Ince thinks Manchester United's recruitment is poor and does not know why they signed Donny van de Beek.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves', former Red Devil Ince said: “They've spent £40m on Donny Van de Beek and they're not playing him.

    “I don't know why they signed him. Maybe there's a situation where Pogba could be going at the end of the season and Van de Beek could come in.

    “But if you've spent £40m on a player, you put him in! Put him in the team. No disrespect to Fred but do me a favour… Fred's OK.

    “That's why you spend money on players, but then you've got to put them in the team. Bruno Fernandes came in and was straight in the team. Van de Beek must be sat there thinking 'what have I done?'

    “Recruitment at United has been really, really poor.”

  • William Pugh

    NOT KEANE ON IT

    Roy Keane think Manchester United will fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

    He said: “For Ole, his spell here, I think last year you’re thinking they finished the season strongly, three semi-finals.

    “But three semi-finals is not good enough for Manchester United.

    “And we’re building this season up to be make or break for Ole. And at this moment in time it’s not looking good for him.

    “I never thought for one minute they’ll be challenging Liverpool and Man City but the way they’ve started this, the top four even seems out of reach.”

  • William Pugh

    WE'RE BASAK

    Manchester United travel to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League tonight looking to build on their perfect record so far.

    They have beaten Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig to top Group H.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    United face Istanbul Basaksehir this evening, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men hoping to make it nine points from a possible nine as the group phase reaches its halfway stage.

    The occasion sees skipper Harry Maguire make his first trip overseas since his summer scrape with the law in Greece.

    Mykonos is one of the Greek islands closest to Turkey. So Maguire could have been forgiven for letting his thoughts wander back to those unsavoury events

    But he insisted: “My mind is fully focused on football. I had a difficult period in the summer but now I am fully focused.

    “I come into training each day, work as hard as I can and focus on each game as it comes. I can only say that I’m still fully focused in improving and taking this club forward.”

    Ahead of the match, Solskjaer offered the latest team news.

    He told the club’s website: “Apart from being a bit flat and disappointed [after the Arsenal defeat], as you'd expect, there are no more injuries and I think the squad will look similar again.

    “Jesse [Lingard] has trained. We'll see if there is any reaction. He trained today [Monday]. We’ll see if there is any reaction. He might be able to travel to Istanbul but we’re not sure yet. It’s looking brighter.

    “Alex [Telles] needs to be negative on his next test, so let's hope we can get him back as soon as possible.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    MYK OF TIME

    United face Istanbul Basaksehir tomorrow night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men hoping to make it nine points from a possible nine as the group phase reaches its halfway stage.

    The occasion sees skipper Harry Maguire make his first trip overseas since his summer scrape with the law in Greece.

    Mykonos is one of the Greek islands closest to Turkey. So Maguire could have been forgiven for letting his thoughts wander back to those unsavoury events

    But he insisted: “My mind is fully focused on football. I had a difficult period in the summer but now I am fully focused.

    “I come into training each day, work as hard as I can and focus on each game as it comes. I can only say that I’m still fully focused in improving and taking this club forward.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – GIGGS CANCELLED

    Ryan Giggs will step aside for Wales’ next three games after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend.

    It comes after the Manchester United legend was questioned and then bailed, pending inquiries by police, on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault following an alleged bust-up with partner Kate Greville.

    Giggs, 46, denies the allegations made against him.

    A statement released on behalf of Giggs said: “He is cooperating with the police and will continue to assist them with their ongoing investigation.”

    Wales are due to play the USA in a friendly in Swansea next Thursday.

    They then have two Nations League matches, both in Cardiff, against Ireland and Finland.

    Giggs will not take charge of the side for those fixtures.

  • Etienne Fermie

    FOR PETE'S SAKE

    Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes that the Red Devils need to bring new players in… despite having signed Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani in the summer.

    The Dane said on BeinSports “They are inconsistent. Make no mistake, this is still a team in transition and a developing team.

    “They still need to bring new players in. It’s still a team that needs to find its identity and to find the main characters of the team. That was evident [against Arsenal].

    “It was very hard to see what we were trying to do. I have to say, it was made fairly easy for Arsenal. It’s something that needs to be worked at. I still think we’re trying to recover from the 27 years of one manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] and finding a new identity.

    “I think some of the big players need to improve. There are a few players in there that are recovering from a lot of unwanted media attention that has nothing to do with football.

    “A few big players are under pressure from external things, like Maguire and Greenwood. You have to be happy, the camp has to be happy, to challenge for titles.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    POCH SHOT

    Former England striker Darren Bent has insisted that Mikel Arteta is a better manager than rumoured Man United target Mauricio Pochettino.

    He said on talkSPORT: “Look at Arteta at Arsenal, too. He’s a better coach than Pochettino as well.

    “He’s not even been a manager for a year and look at what he’s done there.

    “He’s identified the players he’s got there and knows definitely they weren’t great defensively. He’s changed that all completely around.

    “He’s gone in there and won an FA Cup and a Community Shield, while beating some of the biggest teams out there.

    “He’s managed to find a way of winning things.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    STAYING IN EUROPE

    Manchester United take on Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on tomorrow night at Old Trafford.

    Here's how the Red Devils got on last time out in Europe…

  • Etienne Fermie

    TELL US MORE

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered an update on the fitness of first-team stars Alex Telles and Jesse Lingard, ahead of tomorrow's clash with Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The Norwegian told the club's website: “Apart from being a bit flat and disappointed [after the Arsenal defeat], as you'd expect, there are no more injuries and I think the squad will look similar again.

    “Jesse has trained. We'll see if there is any reaction. He trained today [Monday]. We’ll see if there is any reaction. He might be able to travel to Istanbul but we’re not sure yet. It’s looking brighter.

    “Alex needs to be negative on his next test, so let's hope we can get him back as soon as possible.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    CHUK IT IN

    Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly tracking long-term Arsenal target Samuel Chukwueze.

    90min claims the 21-year-old Villarreal star is attracting suitors from some of Europe’s top clubs.

    Arsenal have been fans of Chukwueze for some time.

    But they have now been joined in the hunt by rivals United and Chelsea.

    Chukwueze has already clocked up 84 appearances for Villarreal despite his young age, scoring 12 goals in the process.

    Leicester and Everton are also understood to be interested in the left-footed winger.

    But any interested parties will have to meet Chukwueze’s release clause, which stands at a mammoth £80million.

  • Etienne Fermie

    PELL ON EARTH

    Manchester United's Deadline Day signing Facundo Pellistri will get more game time with the Under-23s before featuring for the first-team, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

    The Norwegian said: “He’s a young boy coming over and it’s all new for him.

    “He’ll need a few games in the Reserves, of course, to try to find his feet in a new country.

    “It’s been very positive so far and he’s someone we’ll be patient with and we’ll give him time to settle in and get used to us. You’ll see him in the Reserves, probably in the next game.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    THROWING THE BROOK AT IT

    Rumoured Manchester United target David Brooks has insisted that he is desperate for a return to the Premier League… and hopes that it is with AFC Bournemouth.

    He told the Echo: “I was disappointed I couldn’t really factor in last year, so I am desperate to get back in the Premier League and hopefully it’s with Bournemouth.

    “Everyone wants to be playing at the big, nice stadiums and on the big occasions hopefully, when the crowds are back in.

    “We are all working towards that and, with the squad we’ve got, we’ve got a really good chance.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    TURKISH DELIGHT

    Manchester United have completed their final training session at a chilly Carrington before jetting out to Turkey.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ED DEVIL

    Manchester United face Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League tomorrow night.

    And SunSport's Jake Lambourne reckons that the Red Devils will hand summer signing Edinson Cavani a first start.

  • Richard Forrester

    CLASS PART

    Rio Ferdinand has vented his frustration at former club Manchester United for not signing Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey.

    Ferdinand, 41, had been urging United to sign Partey last season but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

    Partey, 27, then went to join their fierce rivals Arsenal and the new arrival was phenomenal against United who they beat 1-0 on the weekend.

    Speaking on his performance to the FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “Partey – what?! I said a while ago back in April or before that when I was talking about who United should buy – that was my guy!”

  • Richard Forrester

    SIGH OF RELIEF

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to let Paul Pogba get his breath back, by putting him on the bench for tonight’s Champions league clash with Istanbul Basaksehir.

    Pogba’s excuse for conceding the match-winning penalty against Arsenal with a rash challenge on Hector Belelrin was “maybe I was a bit out of breath, and it made me do this stupid mistake”.

    That comment caused a few raised eyebrows among United’s fitness advisers, who say the £90million United misfit is “off the charts” when he is injury-free.

    United boss Solskjaer said it was probably down to bad decision-making instead, adding; “Paul is a fit lad, and he knows in that exact instance he could've dealt with it better, and he held his hand up.

    “Every player is frustrated with himself and disappointed after a defeat. We need consistency from every one of our players, that’s what we want, and Paul has been going through a difficult period with an injury last season and Covid now.

    “He’s working up to full fitness. We’ve seen plenty of positives lately and hopefully that can continue.”

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