3.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Dembele and Werner ‘both transfer targets’, Sancho looked ‘overweight’ , Ighalo could stay – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are pressing on with training ahead of the Premier League's likely restart in June.

Odion Ighalo is said to be 'very close' to extending his stay at Old Trafford in what would be a big boost for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But United fans weren't impressed with Jadon Sancho's showing as Dortmund lost to Bayern last night, with some commenting on his fitness and that he looked "overweight".

Get all the Red Devils news and updates here…

  • STRIKING GOLD

    Man Utd are considering moves for Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele, according to reports.

    The Red Devils took Odion Ighalo as a quick-fix loanee for the second half of the season when Marcus Rashford fractured his back.

    But the Nigerian's deal at Old Trafford expires on May 31 and with Shanghai Shenhua unwilling to permit an extension, he is set to return to the Chinese Super League team in time for their season starting.

    And while Ighalo certainly filled a hole during his brief stint at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in eight appearances, he was never deemed a long-term solution up front.

    That is why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.

    According to Goal, two of those on his wish list are Werner and Dembele.

    At 24 and 23 respectively, they have enough experience to come straight into the starting XI but should have their best years ahead of them.

  • THIERR UP

    United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

  • JUVE GOT TO STAY

    Juventus are reportedly not prepared to sell Aaron Ramsey this summer despite interest from Manchester United.

    The 29-year-old has impressed since joining the Italian giants on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2019.

    He has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as part of a swap deal with Paul Pogba.

    But Tuttosport have revealed that Juventus are not planning to sell the Welsh midfielder anytime soon.

    He is described as “untouchable” as the Turin club plan to give him a leading role within the team.

    It is reported that Juventus are also set on keeping hold of Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi.

  • STRIP TEASE

    Man Utd fans breathed a sigh of relief as leaked images appeared to show their home kit for next season.

    Supporters were left fearing the worst after it was rumoured that the design of 2020/21 strip resembled a “bus seat”.

    But pictures posted by FootyHeadlines appear to show the club have opted for a much simpler design.

    The latest images show a predominately red jersey with three white Adidas stripes running along each shoulder.

  • WE HAVE CONTACT

    The Premier League has taken another step closer to a return to action with new Covid-19 test results expected today

    Top-flight stars will now be able to train in larger groups and even tackle each other ahead of next month's proposed return.

    But the Premier League insisted testing will continue and the health of players and staff is still of paramount importance – with the latest test results due today.

    A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training.

    “[This marks] another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

    “Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.”

  • SPECIAL BRU

    Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes have FINALLY trained together.

    The two midfielders joined forces at Carrington this week as the club continued to train in small groups.

    Fernandes has been a huge hit for the Red Devils since he made the £48million move from Sporting Lisbon.

    The Portuguese playmaker racked up three goals and four assists before the Premier League was suspended.

    But fans have not had the chance to see him pair up with Pogba in the middle due to the Frenchman's injuries.

    However, the latest training snaps from Carrington have given the supporters something to get excited about.

  • PHIL IN

    Mikel Arteta has reportedly “already confirmed” a transfer plan to sign Philippe Coutinho and is confident he can get the best out of the Brazilian.

    Coutinho, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is the subject of plenty of transfer interest from the Premier League.

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester have all been linked with moves for the playmaker, who left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018.

    But according to ABC in Spain, Gunners boss Arteta has laid out a plan to make Coutinho an integral player in his side next season.

    Barcelona are looking to sell their flop and recoup some of the £145million they paid for him as they desperately raise funds for the likes of Lautaro Martinez.

    Only Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stergen are off limits as Nou Camp bosses desperately try to patch up the leaks in their accounts.

  • STAY ON TRACK

    Man Utd and Arsenal are now able to track and trace players during training sessions to avoid coronavirus potentially sweeping through their squads.

    Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs are also among the 11 top-flight sides using the technology which shows how many players come into contact with a certain team-mate during a session – and for how long.

    The 20 clubs tested their players and staff for a third time yesterday with just eight positive results for the virus from the opening two rounds.

    While players will continually be tested during the weeks, a player could catch the virus and spread it around the team – once full contact training resumes – before the next test days later.

    Football performance analysis company STATSports also helped the Premier League in their blueprint for Project Restart and the phased training.

  • PAUL TO PAY FOR

    Man Utd will settle for recouping the £89million they spent on Paul Pogba if they agree to sell him, according to reports.

    But a dream return to Juventus could be off the cards due to the midfielder's £15m-a-year wage demands.

    Pogba, 27, has just one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford and continues to be linked with a transfer away.

    United demanded as much as £150m for him last year but after a turbulent season with ankle injuries – limiting the Frenchman to just eight appearances – as well as coronavirus, they are likely to drop their asking price.

    And Corriere dello Sport believe an offer of £89m would be enough for the club to sell.

    That is the exact figure Manchester United paid Juventus to re-sign Pogba back in 2016 after four successful years in Italy.

  • GOING ON TORR

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly putting together a bid for Valencia forward Ferran Torres.

    The Standard report that Unitedwant to “make a firm offer right now” to lead the race for Torres should they miss out on Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    Torres is under contract with the La Liga club until June 2021 and has a release clause of £92m written into his current package – but Los Che may be forced to accept a much lesser price this summer if they cash in this summer.

  • SAN-TASTIC FIGURES

    Jadon Sancho's amazing stats prove he is “ready to play for Liverpool and Manchester United”.

    That's the verdict of ex-Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund as Premier League giants queue up for £100million-rated England attacker Sancho.

    With Chelsea too reportedly keen on Sancho, Freund told talkSPORT: “Jadon is ready to play for Liverpool or Man United, no question, because his stats are unbelievable.”

    “That shows he can take the next step.

    “In the Borussia Dortmund side with [Erling] Haaland, [Julian] Brandt improving, with Emre Can signing, with changing to a back-three that suits Sancho.”

  • FIGHTING FIT

    Man Utdplayers have returned to training fit and healthy, delighting medical staff.

    SunSport understands that not a single player has reported back overweight despite the coronavirus delay to the season.

    Two or three stars, including keeper David De Gea, have returned to social distancing sessions LIGHTER because of doing less weight training.

    Conditioning staff are said to be “chuffed to bits” that the players have been looking after themselves in lockdown.

    United are concentrating more on cardio exercises this week and “are hoping the restrictions will be lifted quicker” so they can introduce some of the gym equipment.

    This could mean machines and weight-trainers are moved outdoors to fit with any restrictions.

  • OD TO JOY

    Odion Ighalois “very close” to reaching an agreement to stay at Manchester United, his agent has confirmed.

    The former Watford striker is set to return to Shanghai Shenhua when his six-month loan deal expires on Sunday.

    However, United are hoping to prolong the 30-year-old's stay at Old Trafford with the Premier League season now due to finish in July.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the Red Devils remain in talks but Ighalo’s agent has revealed that an agreement is close.

    Ladi Salami told FootMercato: “On the one hand, the Super Eagle [Nigerian] feels very good in Manchester with which it is very close to a salary agreement.

    “Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and are going well.

    “On the other hand, in view of the latest regulations in force in the Middle Empire, it is almost impossible to offer such amounts.”

  • TED TALKS

    Teddy Sheringham pulled no punches as he launched a scathing attack on Paul Pogba, slamming the midfielder for being “cocky and arrogant”.

    He said: When you look at Pogba, yes, he may be a talented boy, but does he have the same mentality?

    “Does he really dig deep and get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough? For me the answer is no. He gives off the wrong vibe as a Manchester United player.

    “Yes, it's good to be cocky and arrogant at the right times, Dwight Yorke had that as well, a big smile on his face when he played.

    “But Yorke had a desire to do the right things at the right times. You've got to have that, and I don't think Paul Pogba gives you that.

    “He would be one that would need to go so that you can get someone else in with the right mentality and desire to drive Manchester United out of the position they are in and move the club forward.”

  • JADON SANCHO LATEST

    Borussia Dortmund may struggle to hold on to Jadon Sancho after their Bundesliga hopes were all but ended by Bayern Munich.

    Joshua Kimmich's first-half strike was enough to separate the two sides at an empty Westfalenstadion, which left Dortmund trailing Bayern by seven points with six games to go.

    Sancho started on the bench as he continues to make a recovery from a calf injury and struggled to have an impact when he came on.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are among the clubs interested in signing the 20-year-old.

    And according to the Evening Standard, Sancho – now in his third season at Dortmund – may be ready to return to the Premier League and seek a new challenge.

  • OD ONE OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal with the striker set to leave at the end of the week.

    Solskjaer told MUTV: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

  • GOOD MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will both be available when the Premier League returns.

    Pogba has featured just EIGHT times this season after undergoing surgery on a foot injury – and been strongly linked with a move away.

    Rashford hasn’t featured since January after suffering a double fracture in his back.

    SunSport told you all United players are in the good books having returned to their Carrington training base without putting on weight during the lockdown.

    Meanwhile, Utd fans tuning in to check out Jadon Sancho in Dortmund's clash against Bayern Munich were left somewhat disappointed with his performance – and questioning whether he had piled on the pounds.

    Finally, Odion Ighalo's agent says his man is “very close” to reaching an agreement with Man Utd.

    The Nigerian's loan spell in the Premier League from parent club Shanghai Shenhua comes to an end this week, but Ladi Salami said: “We are very close to a salary agreement.”

  • TWO GOOD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will both be available when the Premier League returns.

    Pogba has featured just EIGHT times this season after undergoing surgery on a foot injury – and been strongly linked with a move away.

    Rashford hasn’t featured since January after suffering a double fracture in his back.

    SunSport told you all United players are in the good books having returned to their Carrington training base without putting on weight during the lockdown.

  • AL STAY PUT

    Former Inter striker Ruben Sosa has told the club to keep hold of Alexis Sanchez.

    The 31-year-old Man Utd forward joined the Serie A side on a season-long loan last year but has failed to make a mark.

    Speaking to La Cuarta, Sosa said: “I was with him in the hotel where he lived in Milan. For me he's a great player, with a long career, especially with his national team, he's very respected.

    “He hasn't been given the right time, he can't play so little, he needs to stay on the pitch for several games, for ninety minutes. He needs time to go back to be the player he is.

    “He needs two games to gain confidence, but he needs to do it whilst starting and playing the full game.

    “I'd keep Alexis for another year at Inter. He's a goal scorer, physically he's very well and still has a lot to give. He's a guy who has scored a lot of goals and will continue to do so.”

  • BIG NAME SIGNING

    Fans tuning in to get a glimpse of Jadon Sancho, including Man Utd supporters, were left somewhat disappointed with his performance.

    Joshua Kimmich's exquisite chip handed Bayern Munich a one-goal victory, and probably an eighth straight Bundesliga title, in a game which saw Sancho come on for the second half.

    And some viewers on Twitter even said they believe the England international was overweight.

  • OLD LADY COUNTS PENNIES

    Juventus have told Paul Pogba to drop his £11million-a-year wage demands if he wants a return to the Old Lady.

    According to Tuttosport, the World Cup winner will have to lower his salary expectations and can expect a lower rate than he earns at Old Trafford.

    Pogba was a world record £89m signing when he re-joined United in 2016.

  • GREAL DEAL

    Man Utd tried to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in 2012, former boss Alex McLeish has claimed.

    The midfielder, 24, is being linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

    But Big Eck says United's interest goes way back.

    He said: “At that moment [2012] we felt people were getting in contact with him to leave Villa.

    “That was one of the main reasons to get him involved with us [in the first team].

    “He would have been on the bench anyway because of the casualties we had. He was the best youngster coming through.

    “When we played Man United we heard he was in a restaurant being courted by one of the agents to try and get him to Man United.

    “We were a bit alarmed about that so we fought well to keep him. We knew he loved Villa, his old man as well. We had them in speaking to them. They’re lovely people.”

  • OD MAN IN?

    Odion Ighalo's agent says his man is “very close” to reaching an agreement with Man Utd.

    The Nigerian’s loan spell at Old Trafford expires this week.

    His future is still unclear, with reports claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep him.

    But a decision is being complicated over talks with Ighalo's parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

    Ladi Salami said: “On the one hand, the Super Eagle [Nigerian] feels very good in Manchester, with which it is very close to a salary agreement.

    “Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and are going well.”

  • HEN-D OF THE ROAD

    Man Utd are set to let Dean Henderson stay at Sheffield United for the rest of season – despite his loan deal expiring in June.

    The England hopeful, 23, is currently on loan at Bramall Lane with United chiefs facing a moral dilemma over whether to recall him.

    United and the Blades are both vying for the final Champions League qualification spot, worth £60million.

    But Old Trafford chiefs are set to be kind and allow him to finish off the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United.

    The current campaign has been on pause since March after the coronavirus pandemic forced all sport into lockdown.

    Premier League chiefs are now hoping to restart next month, with Friday June 12 the initial proposed date, although some reports claim it could be pushed back to June 26.

  • OD ONE OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal with the striker set to leave at the end of the week.

    The Red Devils boss told MUTV: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

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Man pushes corpse of strangled girlfriend in wheelbarrow for an hour

Man, 26, pushes corpse of his strangled girlfriend, 24, in wheelbarrow for an hour around the streets of Russian suburb

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: 
  • Philip Grigoryev, 26, was held on suspicion of strangling his partner, Arina, 24
  • Suspect is understood to have killed her with a length of twine after an argument
  • Grigoryev is alleged to have put her in a wheelbarrow covered with boards
  • Police say he pushed her corpse around the St Petersburg suburbs for an hour
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A man has been detained in Russia after pushing a wheelbarrow around a St Petersburg suburb carrying the body of his murdered girlfriend.

Philip Grigoryev, 26, was held on suspicion of strangling his partner, Arina, 24, with twine after a nighttime argument.

Law enforcement alleged after beating and killing her, he went to get a wheelbarrow and loaded her body into it covered in boards.

The stage fitter – who lost his job due to the coronavirus lockdown – then left took the wheelbarrow from apartment they shared in Oranzhevaya Street, Yanino.


Philip Grigoryev, 26, was held on suspicion of strangling his partner, Arina, 24, with twine after a nighttime argument. Law enforcement alleged after beating and killing her, he went to get a wheelbarrow and loaded her body into it covered in boards. 

For an hour he walked around the suburb before going into an apartment block on Gollanskaya Street, and using a lift to reach the 12th floor where he dumped the corpse.

CCTV cameras caught him on his macabre walk, it is alleged. Footage shows the man in a yellow top pushing the wheelbarrow.

Another video from REN TV shows how a child and another resident has to stand clear as he awkwardly moves the heavy barrow out of the apartment block entrance.


Philip Grigoryev, 26, (left) was held on suspicion of strangling his partner, Arina, 24, (right) with twine after a nighttime argument

The distance between the two addresses is around 1,500 ft.

Police were called by a friend of the attacker, it is understood.

The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed the man was detained and a murder investigation opened.


Grigoryev is alleged to have pushed the victim’s corpse around the suburbs of St Petersburg for an hour

The stage fitter allegedly took the wheelbarrow from apartment they shared in Oranzhevaya Street, Yanino (pictured)

The woman had been beaten and strangled after a row in which the man was ‘drunk’, according to a committee statement.

Grigoryev was a stage fitter working for stadium concerts of Russian and also Western music bands – including Rammstein – in St Petersburg.

After losing his job in January when concerts were banned due to coronavirus, he worked as a taxi driver.

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Man Utd midfielder Jesse Lingard compares Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Michael Jordan, saying he had an ‘aura’ about him – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED star Jesse Lingard has compared former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to legendary basketball hero Michael Jordan.

The majority of sports fans have been watching Jordan's Netflix documentary series 'The Last Dance' in lockdown and Lingard is no exception.


The 27-year-old revealed the series – which charts Jordan's last season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998 – has inspired him and even reminded him of his former Red Devils colleague.

Ibrahimovic joined in summer 2016 and spent just shy of two years at Old Trafford, scoring 29 goals in 53 games.

And it was his name that sprung to mind when England ace Lingard was reliving the genius of Jordan.

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Man drowns at Rockaway Beach after being swept out to sea

A 24-year-old man drowned in the waters off Rockaway Beach on Friday afternoon — setting an ominous tone for what could be a dangerous Memorial Day weekend on the city’s lifeguard-less beaches.

The unidentified man was pulled from the waters off of Beach 91st Street just hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio detailed plans to open the city’s beaches for people to play on the sand, but also begged them to not go in the water.

A witness who shot cellphone video of first responders hauling the victim expressed fear that pleas to stay on land won’t be heard, and will lead to tragedy.

“Why are there no lifeguards? People are on the beach and allowed on the sand but not in the water. This is going to happen over and over,” the witness told The Post.

“If there were lifeguards, we wouldn’t have had to call in helicopters and fire trucks. People were freaked out, saying ‘Oh my gosh, there’s no one to help.’”

Cops said the unidentified man and at least one other person had been jumping into the water.

The man was pulled from the water around 2:50 p.m. and was rushed to St. John’s Hospital in critical condition, cops said.

He couldn’t be revived and was pronounced dead around 3:40 p.m., cops said.

The city traditionally starts staffing beaches with lifeguards on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend but isn’t doing so this year as part of a plan to enforce social distancing and prevent swimming, barbecues, volleyball games and other gatherings.

New York state beaches opened for swimming on Friday at limited capacities and with lifeguards in place.

City Hall spokeswoman Jane Meyer called the Rockaway Beach incident a “tragedy.”

“We urge all New Yorkers to stay out of the water –- lifeguards are not on duty and no one should be swimming. This is a matter of life and death,” she said.

De Blasio also tweeted: “We don’t want want to fence off the beaches but we will if we have to.”

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens), whose district covers the area, told The Post that “the mayor and the parks commissioner need to come up with a real plan and soon” to ensure beach safety.

“When the weather gets nicer, people are going to flock to the beach and there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.

“Every year, there’s drownings, and every year it usually could have been avoided.”

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) tweeted a message to de Blasio that said, “please, we are headed for tragedy. If we can’t have Lifeguards now, we need Fireboats to patrol.”

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Unknown Man Utd U18 captain Teden Mengi tipped for first-team place as he records amazing running stats in training – The Sun

TEDEN MENGI could become the latest Manchester United youth star promoted to the first-team following his outstanding displays in training.

At just 18, the centre-back is yet to make his senior debut with the attention on breakthrough stars such as Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.

However the coming months may provide the ideal opportunity for Mengi to make the step up.

Having sat on the bench for the Red Devils' Europa League trip to Astana earlier in the year, the local lad is faring incredibly well up against first-team regulars in training.

Specifically, in measurements taken of the squad's individual workouts during football's shutdown, Mengi is said to have clocked the fourth-fastest running speed of the entire club.

Only Jesse Lingard, Axel Tuanzebe and first-placed Daniel James clocked a quicker pace than the teenager in this top-speed test.

Mengi, who could become the first player born in 2002 to play for United if he makes his debut, captains the Under-18 team but is a regular in the Under-23s, appearing in all three of their EFL Trophy clashes earlier in the campaign.

Moving between the different levels seamlessly has also been a huge positive for the Red Devils' coaching staff, with U23s boss Neil Wood singing his praises.

We'll be looking to work with Teden next season and he's one we want to 'do a Brandon' with."

Wood told MEN: "Teden has been fantastic

"He came up to us quite early on in the season and, a bit like Brandon [Williams] in a sense, he came from the U18s and took his chance. He played really well and he kept his place in the team.

"And when he dropped back down at the end of the season to lead the Youth Cup team, he put in some excellent performances there.

"We'll be looking to work with him next season and he's one we want to 'do a Brandon' with, push him on and the goal is to try and get him pushed up into that first team if we can."

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2pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘expects’ United transfer, Traore wanted, Jimenez dad on ‘very cool’ Red Devils – The Sun

MAN UTD chiefs are preparing for the return of the Premier League, with the players now back in training.

And Raul Jimenez's dad has commented on interest from the club, while Jadon Sancho reportedly expects his move to Old Trafford to be completed in the summer.

Follow live Man Utd updates and transfer gossip below…

  • COUT ABOVE

    Manchester United and Chelsea were urged to make a move for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho by Owen Hargreaves.

    The formerUnited and Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Brazilian would be a welcome addition back to the Premier League.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the 39-year-old said: “I love his game, I love him as a player.

    “He is obviously going though a bit of a tough time after leaving Liverpool.

    “Barca didn’t work and Bayern hasn’t really worked, but there is still plenty of time and I would never count him out.

    “I would love to see him back in the Premier League. He makes a lot of teams better.

    “Premier League teams are probably the only ones with the capacity to sign him and, let’s be honest, when he was here he was a dream to watch.”

  • PLEA BARGAIN

    Man Utdare reportedly lining up a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

    The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made contact with the French forward’s representatives over a stunning move to Old Trafford this summer.

    Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

    The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

    And it’s reckoned Plea is available for just £25m when the transfer window opens.

  • ON THE BALLO

    Man Utd have “identified” Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure as a potential summer transfer target.

    The 23-year-old only joined the Ligue 1 club for £10m from Lille back in January 2019 and made 21 appearances this campaign until it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Now France Under-21 international’s displays have caught the eye of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Times.

    They claim Old Trafford scouts believe Ballo-Toure would provide perfect competition for Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.

    It also states United are on the lookout for cut-price deals once the window re-opens amid the financial uncertainty over the Covid-19 outbreak.

    However, they could be tempted to swoop for the Monaco defender, who is under contract until 2023.

    Ballo-Toure began his career at Paris Saint-Germain before joining Lille in 2017, and it was an impressive two-year stint there in the French top-flight that persuaded the Principality to swoop for his services.

  • RON WITH THE WIND

    Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo talked openly of leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid before his world-record switch, claiming he’d “had enough.”

    Ronnie swapped Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2009, netting the Red Devils £80million.

    But Nani, who was Ronaldo’s housemate in Manchester, claims his compatriot made no secret of his desire to quit United during his final Premier League season.

    He told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.

    “But it was always, ‘I will see, I will see’, but we never though it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast.

    “After we won the league in the second year he left, he produced a great season so we were still surprised.”

  • DOR OPEN

    Jadon Sancho remains likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer with Manchester United at the front of the queue, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old has persistently been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park this season – but the financial effect of the coronavirus has changed the financial dynamics of every club in Europe.

    Ed Woodward himself last month warned of the changes that fans would see in the transfer market this summer.

    But according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are still in contact with Borussia Dortmund and a deal remains likely.

    Speaking on the Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, the former said: “Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there’s still a very high chance that will happen.

    “There’s an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives that he can go and there’s no expectation that Dortmund wouldn’t honour that, they’re said to be very honourable in these sort of situations.

    “They’re looking for no less than €120million [£107m], some say to me no less than €130m [£116m] and that certainly the figure that they want is around what they received or agreed for Ousmane Dembele.”

  • PLAY ON

    Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin is “absolutely sure” fans will be back in stadiums “very soon” despite fears football faces 12 months of being played behind-closed-doors.

    When asked why he felt the disease would not impact football in the long-run, Ceferin told The Guardian: “It's a serious situation but it is going down now and we are being more cautious.

    “We know more about the virus and in general I'm an optimistic person.

    “I don't like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third waves or even a fifth wave … people you know are likely to die one day, but do we have to be worried today? I don't think so.

    “We are ready and we will follow the recommendations of the authorities but I'm absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon.”

  • 'BE A BIT KINDER'

    Ex-Manchester United star Luke Chadwick has accepted apologies from Gary Lineker and Nick Hancock for cruel jibes about his looks.

    The ex-footballer recently admitted gags about his appearance on BBC's They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.

    It came at the time he was trying to make his mark at Premier League giants Manchester United.

    Chadwick's revelations led to host of the hit 1990s show Hancock and team captain Lineker issuing apologies for their behaviour.

    Former Spurs and England star Lineker responded on Twitter, saying: “I was part of that show, therefore, I too would like to apologise to @luke_FFF for any hurt caused.”

    And Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling.

    “He's shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time. I’m appalled for him and at myself.”

  • WHO WILL LAND HIM?

    PSG are reportedly considering a bid for Manchester United target Erling Haaland while worrying over Kylian Mbappe's future.

    Real Madrid continue to be strongly linked with the French striker, whose contract expires in 2022.

    Talks are said to have struggled so far amid talk of a potential release clause and a £600,000-a-week wage – that would match Neymar's salary in Paris.

    But alternative plans are being made, according to Marca, in the form of Borussia Dortmund star Haaland.

    Real Madrid and Manchester United appear to be the frontrunners for the Norwegian's signature, the Red Devils having come close to signing him in January.

    With 13 goals in 12 games for the Bundesliga club, any doubts over his talents have evaporated and he notched yet again on German football's return from a two-month shutdown against Schalke 04 on Saturday.

  • 'WASN'T PREPARED'

    Marcus Rashfordadmits he has struggled to cope with the attention of being a Manchester United star.

    In an ATP Tour chat with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Rashford confessed: “I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch.

    “That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about.

    “You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight.

    “Things that you can do with your friends, things that you can do with your family, the places you can go, it all changes.

    “And I probably wasn’t as prepared for that bit as I was the actual going on the pitch and playing.

    “For me that bit was the easier bit. It obviously took a lot of hard work to get there but when the opportunity came up I felt ready to step up.”

  • KOUL ON ME

    Man Utd are reportedly back in for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his defence at the end of the season.

    The Red Devils are known to be long-term admirers of the 28-year-old who has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Serie A after joining from Genk in 2014.

    It had been claimed that Liverpool were in pole position to sign the Senegal international with Jurgen Klopp looking to partner him with Virgil van Dijk.

    And Newcastle have also been linked with a shock move for the player should their controversial Saudi takeover be completed.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport via the Daily Express, United have reignited their interested in Koulibaly after learning of the Reds' intent to bring him to Anfield.

    They state that United made an £89million bid for the defender last year, and are ready to make new offer for him at the end of the campaign.

  • SANCH A LOT

    Man Utd may get Jadon Sancho in a bargain deal due to the coronavirus pandemic crippling transfer fees.

    The England winger, 20, was valued in excess of £100m by the German giants – but his valuation could be cut due to the ongoing health crisis.

    As reported by Football London, a senior figure at Borussia Dortmund has acknowledged that “expectations of high fees will go down”.

    Head of sales, marketing and business development Carsten Cramer said: “Usually at this time of year the squad for next season is already done. Maybe you sell some players but the plans are done.

    “Everyone has to be as flexible as possible. I'm very sure the business on loan will become of higher relevance than periods before and for sure it will take a longer time to plan your squad.

    “I'm very, very sure that not on July 1 or even August 1 your team is done. Flexibility is very important, patience will be important.

    “I'm very sure the expectations of high fees will go down as well.”

  • HAAL OF FAME

    The “new Erling Haaland” will join Manchester United on August 22.

    Tromso and Norway U15 striker Isak Hansen-Aaroen impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's staff on trial and was snapped up last year, as the Red Devils fended off interest from Liverpool.

    He will now move to Manchester in summer once he has turned 16.

  • HEAR ME RAOR

    Wolves may have to contend with bids from four major sides for Adama Traore this summer, with Manchester United named in the latest reports.

    Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also keen on signing the 24-year-old winger, who appears to finally be meeting his potential at Molineux.

    Much was expected of the Barcelona-born powerhouse when he came through the Catalan club's youth system but he failed to hit those heights at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

    This season has seen Traore become an integral part of Nuno Espirito Santo's side however, notching six goals and ten assists across all competitions.

    In fact, he has become something of a big-game player with his Premier League strikes coming exclusively against Tottenham and Manchester City.

    Therefore it is little surprise that Wolves face competition to keep hold of Traore, according to Le10Sport.

  • 'VERY COOL'

    Raul Jimenez's dad has spoken out about interest from Man Utd and Juventus, saying that the Wolves star finds it “very cool”.

    The Mexican's father said: “Raul has always said it's something very cool (to hear of the interest).

    “He's very happy at his club, hopefully getting into positions for Champions League and Europa League at the moment. Always for him, all of that will be very gratifying, very cool to hear those comments.

    “Right now is the time of rumours, God willing the league hopefully resumes next month and that's where we are right now.

    “The rest, there is nothing. He's only commented on what he sees that they publish, but nothing at the moment.

    “Later, if there is something different, we will see. But now, yes, they are mere speculation and rumours.”

  • GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United players returned to Carrington for socially-distanced training yesterday for the first time since the lockdown started.

    Keeper David De Gea sported a bushy beard as he rolled in for the first time since lockdown.

    The Premier League confirmed there were six positive coronavirus tests from three Premier League clubs this week.

    A total of 748 players and staff were checked and the six individuals will self-isolate for seven days.

    On the transfer front, SunSport revealed Kai Havertz is a target for three Premier League clubs – including United.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star has taken the Bundesliga by storm – adding another two goals on Monday night – and is also wanted by Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

    Elsewhere, ex-United winger Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo said he’d “had enough” at Manchester United before his switch to Real Madrid.

    Nani told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.”

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year Uefa ban from June 8.

    If the ban is upheld, a fifth-placed finish would be enough to secure Champions League football next season – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men currently fifth.

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has called for his former club to splash out on Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saul Niguez in order to reach the next level.

    Reports stated the club are also looking at Borussia Monchengladbach striker Alassane Plea who would cost around £25million.

    And finally Danny Rose believes “without a doubt” his former boss Mauricio Pochettino will eventually manage at Old Trafford.

    The left-back, currently on loan at Newcastle with whom Poch has been linked, reckons his old Spurs gaffer will want to move to a bigger club.

  • WANT PLEA, PLEASE

    Reports state the Red Devils are also looking at Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

    The striker would cost around £25million.

    Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

    The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

  • POCH PLANS?

    Danny Rose believes his former boss Mauricio Pochettino will eventually manage at Old Trafford.

    The left-back, currently on loan at Newcastle with whom Poch has been linked, reckons his old Spurs gaffer will want to move to a bigger club.

    He told the Lockdown Tactics podcast: “Without a doubt, without a doubt.”

    Asked where he thinks Pochettino will go, Rose replied: “Eventually United.”

  • HAV A GO

    Kai Havertz is a summer transfer target for three Premier League clubs, SunSport can reveal.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star, 20, has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season.

    He added two goals to his tally on Monday night against Werder Bremen and there is a battle for his signature.

    And it is a battle Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all in – while Bayern Munich also remain keen.

  • CRIS' CRISIS

    Ex-United winger Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo said he’d “had enough” at Manchester United before his switch to Real Madrid.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2009 but Nani, who was Ronaldo’s housemate in Manchester, claims his compatriot made no secret of his desire to quit United during his final Premier League season.

    Nani told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.

    “But it was always, ‘I will see, I will see’, but we never though it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast.”

  • ONE CLUB MISSING

    As per reports, it is understood the six positive tests from 748 were from 19 Premier League clubs.

    The final side, as yet unnamed, are understood to have conducted their checks today.

    So those results will be included in an overall total later this week.

  • 'NO SPECIFIC DETAILS'

    More on the news of those six positive test results – and the Premier League have issued the following statement.

    They said: “The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19.

    “Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and oversight.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the Premier League due to legal and operational requirements.”

  • SIX POSITIVE

    The Premier League has announced six players from three clubs have tested positive for coronavirus as doubts over Project Restart continue.

    Top-flight bosses had pencilled in a return date of Friday June 12 for the first match back from the lockdown.

    The League confirmed there have been six positive test results from 748 players and staff.

    Those individuals will now self-isolate for 14 days.

  • DAVE DON'T SHAVE

    Keeper David De Gea sported a bushy beard as the Spaniard reported for training along with his team-mates.

    Spaniard De Gea was among those showing off his new lockdown look as he pulled into training with a long beard.

    Team-mate Lee Grant was also snapped coming into their Carrington training base for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had recently teamed up for a group session at a field in Cheshire, with Paul Pogba involved.

  • SHARE THE JOY

    Marcus Rashford was sharing the joy on Twitter this morning.

    The United and England striker retweeted this brilliant video that has gone viral in recent days.

    It shows two young lads having the time of their lives with a giant bottle of Lucozade.

    If you haven't seen it, this is well worth 102 seconds of your day!

  • BETTER CALL SAUL

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has called for his former club to splash out on Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saul Niguez in order to reach the next level.

    The Red Devils had endured a frustrating season under Ferdinand's former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to lockdown – although they had shown signs of improvement after the January acquisition of Bruno Fernandes.

    And while the Portuguese's arrival represents a good start, Ferdinand, 41, thinks it'll take another three big-name signings to get the Red Devils competing for major silverware again.

    He told the BBC's Savage Social podcast: “Sancho, Koulibaly and Saul Niguez.

    “I think Harry Kane's been linked but if I'm pushing for an attacking player I'd still go for Sancho, he gives you that little bit of imagination and I think he gives you that little bit of spice that they haven't got at the moment.”

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Man sentenced to death via Zoom call in Singapore

A Malaysian man who was accused of “masterminding” a 2011 heroin deal was reportedly sentenced to death by hanging via a Zoom call.

Punithan Genasan, 37, was the first person in Singapore to be given the death sentence over the video teleconference hearings during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the country’s Straits Times.

A spokesperson for Singapore’s supreme court said that the hearing was held on Zoom due to restrictions over the spread of coronavirus.

“For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video-conferencing,” the spokesperson said.

Genasan was found to be complicit in trafficking heroin when he introduced two couriers to each other and telling one to drive into Singapore to meet the other.

Singapore has very stict drug laws, sentencing people to death for possession of even small amounts.

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Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery shooting took lie detector test: attorney

The attorney for the man who shot the video of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death said his client has taken a voluntary lie detector test that confirmed he was not involved in the slaying, according to reports.

“Contrary to speculation, the polygraph examination confirms that on Feb. 23 2020, the day of the shooting, William ‘Roddie’ Bryan did not have any conversation with either Gregory or Travis McMichael prior to the shooting,” Kevin Gough said Monday night, referring to the father and son charged with the murder, Action News Jax reported.

“Nor did William ‘Roddie’ Bryan have any conversation with anyone else that day prior to the shooting about criminal activity in the neighborhood,” he added during a news conference at the Glynn County Courthouse.

Gough said the results of the polygraph, which Bryan took voluntarily, have been shared with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The attorney noted the test is not considered admissible in court but does show that Bryan was unarmed at the time of the shooting, did not have any conversation with the suspects before the shooting and was unaware of any plan to take a life, according to First Coast News.

Bryan began recording the footage shortly before Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, stopped Arbery with their truck and confronted him as he ran down Holmes Road in Brunswick, Georgia, on Feb. 23 during what his family says was a jog .

“Without his video there would be no case,” Gough said.

Police reports show Bryan – who has always insisted he was just a good Samaritan — tried to block Arbery himself while the 25-year-old was running down Burford Drive, the news outlet reported.

But Gough said his client was just a witness and not a “vigilante,” a characterization the attorney said was being perpetuated by Arbery’s family and its legal counsel.

The attorney also said Bryan has lost his job, received death threats because of the video and has been in hiding along with his fiancée.

“Mr. Bryan is not your enemy,” Gough said, according to CNN. “Please stop, if not for the sake of my client’s family, then for the sake of the Arbery family and the cause you fight for.”

He added: “Killing off the star witness for the prosecution will not help bring Ahmaud’s killers to justice.” The McMichaels are charged with murder and aggravated assault in Arbery’s death, but those arrests weren’t made until after the video surfaced.

They have told investigators they thought Arbery was burglarizing a home under construction in the Satilla Shores neighborhood on the day of the shooting.

Meanwhile, an attorney for Arbery’s family said during an interview on CNN Monday night that they want Bryan arrested despite his attorney’s claim that he was not involved in the death.

“We are going to continue to push for the arrest of William Bryan for recording and participating in the ambush of Ahmaud Arbery,” S. Lee Merritt told CNN’s Don Lemon.

“His family deserves justice from not only the two men who have been arrested, but from anyone who participated in that act,” Merritt added.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd transfer wishlist including Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Matthijs de Ligt – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's could have a big summer in the transfer window on his hands.

The unexpected break in the season has given clubs the time to assess the market more thoroughly than ever before.

More importantly, the likes of Solskjaer have had the chance to put in place some concrete plans ahead of what could be a hectic and shortened transfer period.

Here, Man Utd supporter Tom McDermott gives the five names he’d like to see on Solskjaer’s transfer wish-list.

JADON SANCHO

United are trying to entice the winger with a bumper pay packet and the iconic No7 shirt.

Sancho is known to favour a move to a club that can offer him Champions League football next season.

And before the current campaign ground to a halt, United were in good form and nicely positioned in fifth in the Premier League.

That would be enough to secure a spot at Europe's top table thanks to neighbours City's two-year ban.

Ultimately when this type of deal is done, the player and agent will talk about a “footballing project”.

But what they really mean is how much they are likely to receive financially.

United are capable of offering a lot, regardless of Champions League qualification.

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Man who claimed coronavirus is a government hoax changes his mind after he and his wife are hospitalized with disease – The Sun

A MAN who claimed coronavirus was a government hoax has changed his mind after being hospitalized with the virus.

Brian Hitchens, of Florida, said in April he didn’t think COVID-19 was a real concern, despite the growing US death toll.

“I thought it was maybe the government trying something, and it was kind of like they threw it out there to kinda distract us,” he told WPTV.

Hitchens, a rideshare driver, wrote in Facebook posts that he didn’t think the virus was serious — and said God was bigger than coronavirus would ever be.

“I'd get up in the morning and pray and trust in God for his protection, and I’d just leave it at that.”

“There were all these masks and gloves,” Hitchens told the news outlet. “I thought it looks like a hysteria.”


Last week, Hitchens was hospitalized at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center with coronavirus.

"I don’t want to see anyone go through what I went through," Hitchens said, adding he doesn’t want people to experience what he has.

“This wasn’t some scare tactic that anybody was using. It wasn’t some made-up thing,” Hitchens said.

“This was a real virus you gotta take seriously.”

Hitchens said his wife was also hospitalized after testing positive, and as of last week, was using a ventilator to breathe.

"My wife’s on a ventilator,” he told WPTV. “It’s been like that for three weeks, and it’s tough.”

As of Wednesday, Hitchens said both he and his wife were still in the hospital.

In Florida, more than 44,000 people have reported having coronavirus and nearly 2,000 people have died from it.

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