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DONNY van de Beek's Man Utd shirt number has been revealed and it will be a tribute to one of his old friends at Ajax who tragically passed away.

Meanwhile United could add another midfielder as they have held talks with Thiago Alcantara's entourage as they look to beat Liverpool in the race to sign the Bayern Munich star.

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  • GREENWOOD VS RASHFORD

    Here is how the two Manchester United and England forward compare stats-wise.

  • ‘I HAVE TIME’

    United transfer target Dayot Upamecano is not in a rush to make a big transfer move just yet, he has told interested clubs.

    Upamecano said: “I have extended my contract with Leipzig.

    “I am targeted by several clubs, I speak with clubs, but I have time.

    “We will see what happens in the future.

    “The secret of my success? Keep my feet on the ground, no pressure, and my determination.

    “I’ve had this determination since I was a kid. I want to keep working hard to reach the highest level possible.”

  • ICYMI – EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United will not give up on Jadon Sancho until the England star publicly admits he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund, reports NEIL CUSTIS.

    Sancho, 20, has remained tight-lipped about his future while Dortmund chiefs have insisted he will spend this season in Germany.

    United had put all their efforts into landing Sancho this summer with an offer of £70million up front rising to £110m.

    Personal wage demands had been sorted and the player was ready to make the move back to Manchester where he started his career at The Etihad with City.

    But the Bundesliga side wanted more money up front and United were not prepared to pay it.

    Now the only way a deal will go through is if Sancho pushes for it.

  • GOOD MORNING UTD FANS

    Donny van de Beek has all but sealed his £40million arrival from Ajax but United will keep targeting Jadon Sancho unless he publicly states he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund.

    England attacker Sancho has remained quiet – while Dortmund insist he will spend at least another season in Germany.

    But Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not ruled out recruiting the 20-year-old this summer, having already offered £70million up front, plus £40m later.

    Meanwhile, United legend Robin van Persie warned incoming fellow Dutchman and Ajax midfielder Van de Beek he will have to “mentally adjust” as he is joining a “beast of a club”.

    Solskjaer has also been linked with Liverpool target Thiago, 29, who shone as Bayern Munich beat PSG 1-0 in the Champions League final.

    And in fact the Times suggest United want THREE more signings after Van de Beek – a centre-back, right-winger and striker.

    But current frontman Mason Greenwood can't believe how quickly he's gone from the United fringes to the England squad – aged 18.

    The academy product said: “The games have come so quick. My whole family was excited for me and it's a dream come true. It's happened quick.”

  • JADON HAS THE POWER

    Manchester United will not give up on Jadon Sancho until the England star publicly admits he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund.

    Sancho, 20, has remained tight-lipped about his future while Dortmund chiefs have insisted he will spend this season in Germany.

    United had put all their efforts into landing Sancho this summer with an offer of £70million up front rising to £110m.

    Personal wage demands had been sorted and the player was ready to make the move back to Manchester where he started his career at The Etihad with City.

    But the Bundesliga side wanted more money up front and United were not prepared to pay it.

  • SMALL OFFER

    United are reportedly expecting a bid from Roma for centre-back Chris Smalling after his loan success.

    The former England star, 30,is tipped to leave in the summer.

  • DEVILS' BEEK MUST TACKLE 'BEAST'

    Donny van de Beek will have to “mentally adjust” as Manchester United are a “beast of a club”, warned Robin Van Persie.

    The Ajax midfielder has completed his medical ahead of a £40million switch to Old Trafford.

    Van de Beek is expected to pen a five-year deal worth around £107,000-per-week before bonuses.

    But former Arsednal and Red Devils' forward Van Persie has warned his Dutch compatriot what to expect in the Premier League.

    Writing in his column for De Telegraaf, he said: “Donny van de Beek is 23-years-old and that is a nice age to make a transfer to the Premier League.

    “I was a bit younger when I went to Arsenal, and in the locker room, I was considered a player for the future.”

  • YEAR'S WAIT FOR SANCHO

    Manchester United still believe they will sign Jadon Sancho – but next summer now seems more likely.

    That's the verdict of Italian transfer expert Gabriele Marcotti  after Borussia Dortmund refused to consider accepting the £108million asking price in instalments.

    Wages and agent's fees were also reportedly problematic.

    But Marcotti told ESPN FC. “Man Utd have a price they are willing to go to and if it's not going to be this summer they are confident they will get him next summer.”

  • MASON HAILS ENGLAND 'DREAM COME TRUE'

    Mason Greenwood can't believe how quickly he's gone from the United fringes to the England squad – aged 18.

    The striker's blistering second half of the season, especially post-lockdown, made him a United regular.

    Now he has been called up for Three Lions' Nations League games away to Iceland on Saturday and Denmark next Tuesday,

    The Bradford-born instinctive finisher said: “The games have come so quick and you have to be focused 100% at all times.

    “My whole family was excited for me and it's a dream come true. It's happened quick.

    “You can be called on at any time and I got called in for some Europa League games early in the season and took my chances and took every game as it came and just played my football.”

  • 'I MISS HIM A LOT'

    Donny van de Beek said of ex-Holland Under-23s winger Abdelhak Nouri: “When I see him, it hurts me too much.

    “I’ll be upset for a couple of weeks and won’t sleep well.

    “It hurts intensely and I’ll never get used to it. I want to be with him every day because I miss him a lot.”

  • 'APPIE WAS SO SMART'

    Abdelhak Nouri suffered severe brain damage after collapsing with a cardiac arrest during a game in 2017 while wearing the No34 jersey for Ajax.

    He has since woken from his coma and is communicating with his family.

    But they are set for a bitter legal war with Ajax after the Dutch side reportedly cancelled his contract.

    Speaking before Ajax won their 34th title in 2019, incoming United signing Donny Van de Beek told De Telegraaf: “Appie was so smart.

    “He just joined the first team and said, ‘I’m going to ask for shirt number 34, because the 34th title, we’re going to make that happen’.

    “After his cardiac arrest I kept thinking about his words and I was certain I wasn’t going to leave Ajax until we got that 34th championship.”

  • VAN DE BEEK'S UTD TOP TRIBUTE

    DONNY VAN DE BEEK will reportedly take the No34 shirt at Manchester United in tribute to tragic Ajax pal Abdelhak Nouri.

    Van de Beek is on the brink of a £40million switch to Old Trafford from the Dutch giants.

    He will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer after undergoing a medical while on international duty.

    And United fans are sure to be thrilled with his signing after beating off the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    However, there were question marks over Van de Beek’s United shirt number, with Paul Pogba currently occupying his No6 jersey.

    And despite many tipping him to take Juan Mata’s No8, the Mail claims Van de Beek will instead wear No34.

  • GREEN ROO-TS

    Mason Greenwood dreams of being the main man in Manchester United' s attack like Wayne Rooney.

    The 18-year-old post-lockdown sensation was thrilled to hear 120-cap ex-England skipper Rooney describe him as United's best finisher.

    The academy product said: “It's nice to hear them things but it's about staying focused and proving the point on the pitch.

    “Wayne is a big United legend so it's amazing to hear. I've watched him as a kid so to hear things like that puts a smile on my face.

    “Every young kid loves the goalscorers, so hopefully one day [I'll lead the line].”

  • DON DEAL COULD SEND SUAREZ TO AJAX

    Donny van de Beek arriving at Manchester United could trigger an ambitious Ajax move for BarceLona discard Luis Suarez.

    Reports in Spain say Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has promised Suarez, 33, he would try to re-sign him using some of the £40million fee that midfielder Van de Beek would fetch.

    But although Overmars hopes to put together an attractive package for the former Liverpool superstar, Juventus' greater resources mean they remain better placed to lure him.

  • GO FOR KOP TARGET

    Manchester United have held talks with Liverpool target Thiago, according to reports.

    The Spaniard, 29, was one of the stars of the Champions League final as Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0.

    Liverpool are favourites to land the former Barcelona midfielder, but speculation United are bidding for Thiago could both drive his asking price up and his wages too.

    In fact, that is the biggest problem United have with signing him, they believe he is asking for too much cash, while the Red Devils attempt to retain a degree of structure to their wages after their nightmare with overpaid flop Alexis Sanchez.

    Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in Thiago in a bid to refresh their midfield after no notable additions the previous summer.

  • RASH IS ACE FOR MASE

    Mason Greenwood says Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford has been the greatest influence on his career.

    And England squad new boy Greenwood, 18, says everyone at Old Trafford is “proud” of the 22-year-old “good lad” for his campaigning against food poverty.

    Asked to single out one player's contribution to his amazing emergence, Greenwood named his fundraising fellow striker.

    He said: “Marcus. He's taken the same path as me at the club. 

    “He's helped me a lot and he's done the same thing as me.”He's been in my position and knows how it feels. It's nice to have someone like that and someone to look up to but also I play with him which is a bonus.”He's a good lad. We're all proud of him. It's amazing what he's trying to do [off the pitch].”

  • VAN DE BEEK TRIBUTE

    Donny van de Beek is set to complete a move to Manchester United, in what has been described as a 'dream come true' by his father.

    The Ajax midfielder will move to Old Trafford on a five-year deal with an option for an extra year for £40million.

    In a touching tribute, van de Beek will ask for the number 34 shirt when he signs in rememberance of former academy team-mate Abdelhak Nouri.

    Van de Beek and Nouri rose through the ranks together at Ajax before Nouri tragically collapsed during a friendly in the summer of 2017 and suffered severe brain damage.

    He revealed what the shirt number meant to him and Nouri and why he treasures it.

    He said: 'Nouri said I’m going to ask for shirt number 34, because the 34th title, we’re going to make that happen.

    'After his cardiac arrest I kept thinking about his words and I was certain that I wasn’t going to leave Ajax until we had won a championship.

    'I had to get that 34th championship.'

  • NEV: UTD NEED 4-5 MORE SIGNINGS

    Gary Neville believes Manchester United need to sign “four of five” transfer targets in order to challenge for the Premier League title.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The Manchester United squad, as it stands today, cannot challenge for the Premier League title this season.

    “The squad needed four or five improvements and it still needs four or five improvements.

    “They do have to sign players. They do have to get players in so that they can break into the top two.

    “That has to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's goal this season and to do that he needs support.

    “The board will know that, but they've got to get the deals done.”

  • IT'S BRU KNOW WHO

    Unitd hero Bruno Fernandes has let slip the name of his imminent second child.

    The Portuguese midfielder revealed the baby son his partner is about to give birth to will be called Goncalo.

    The 25-year-old playmaker wrote on Instagram alongside a photograph of him with his hands on teenage sweetheart Ana Pinho’s belly alongside their daughter Matilde: “Waiting for you baby Goncalo.”

    Teammate Jesse Lingard was among those who responded with a like.

    And Portuguese footballer Goncalo Paciencia, who currently plays for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, showed his sense of humour by responding: ‘Nome de crack’ – English for ‘Name of a great player.’

  • FORLAN ON HARD TIMES

    Diego Forlan has been sacked by boyhood club Penarol after only nine months in charge.

    The Uruguayan club hired the former striker at the turn of the year, a move he described as a “dream”.

    As Primera Division winners in 2017 and 2018, before a play-off defeat last year, big things were expected of the Montevideo club.

    However things did not get off to a good start in Forlan's first foray into management.

    Two late defeats and a last-minute equaliser at the hands of Danubio left the ex-Manchester United man with just seven points from five games when the coronavirus pandemic struck.

    A long pause until early August failed to change their fortunes.

    A further two wins, two draws and two defeats have left Penarol seventh and seven points off the top of the table.

  • OLE WANTS THREE MORE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly targeting three more signings after Donny van de Beek arrives.

    The midfielder, 23, has completed his medical ahead of a £40million move to Old Trafford from Ajax.

    According to The Times, Solskjaer also wants to sign a centre-back, right winger and striker for the 2020/21 campaign.

    The Red Devils boss is keen to land a new partner to start alongside Harry Maguire amid doubts over Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

    United are reportedly set to go all out to sign Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig.

    Solskjaer is a long-term admirer of the defender – but he will not come cheap.

  • DJ ON TRACK FOR GIGGS

    Ryan Giggs is adamant Dan James can rediscover his best form at Manchester United – by shining for Wales this week.

    James, 22, made just one Premier League start following lockdown and that was United's returning game at Tottenham on June 19.

    Giggs said: “Sometimes the players that don't necessarily play all the time for their clubs, it gives them a chance to get some minutes, try and get some form to go back to their clubs and show them what they can do.

    “Perhaps DJ is in that camp. United start a week later but DJ will turn up fit and raring to go, I'm sure.

    “He's a player I know well.

    “He had a really good start to his United career but he was not playing regularly towards the end of the season but sometimes in the long run that can help and improve you.

    “DJ has always been great when he has come into camp.”

  • MASE: IT'S ACE

    Mason Greenwood has revealed what he thought when he got his England call-up.

    The 18-year-old said: “It's a dream come true, playing for England.

    “I got the phone call when I was at home with my dad.

    “I couldn't wait to be here.”

  • DON WORRY

    Donny van de Beek is set to miss United's opening game of the Premier League season, unless he can avoid quarantine.

    Holland are due to play Italy next Monday, and surely Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know it is very unlikely the player will be able to be involved in that game.

    Van de Beek will arrive in Manchester after the game next week and will have to quarantine for two weeks as the Netherlands is on the UK's list of nations under quarantine.

    That means he will almost certainly miss the Crystal Palace clash on September 19 and would only be able to train after the following Monday, September 21.

  • MOST MINUTES

    He might be going through a tough couple of weeks after his Mykonos affair.

    But let's not forget, nobody played more minutes on a football pitch than Harry Maguire last season.

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