Blades set for competition in race for unwanted midfielder

The Man United midfielder is expected to leave Old Trafford on loan in order to revive his career, with Bramall Lane looking like a certain destination for the 28-year-old at one point this month.

But in the past few days, a potential reunion with Jose Mourinho at Spurs has been mooted, with interest from French side Nice cooling.

Chris Wilder desperately needs reinforcements quickly as his side sit rock bottom of the Premier League, winning just one of their 19 games this season. Unfortunately for them, it’s not possible to play Newcastle every week, and solutions need to come quickly if a great escape is to be actioned.

Lingard was one of the Blades’ main targets and they did hope to have this one wrapped up already, but it looks likely to drag on into the final week of the transfer window, robbing United of precious time for extra reinforcements.

Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo offered Sheffield United exit option

According to reports from the Sheffield Star, Chris Wilder has earmarked Rojo as a replacement for Jack O’Connell, with the Blades skipper still sidelined through injury.

Rojo has vanished from United’s plans in the last 12 months and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to sell him next month.

The main stumbling block appears to be if Wilder can put together a financial package to complete the deal.

Rojo’s deal with Man United expires at the end of the campaign, meaning this deal is set to start with a six month loan.

But Solskjaer will need to put his hand in his pocket to supplement wage payments if he wants Wilder to complete a deal.

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Premier League: Newcastle United vs Manchester United

The two sides are coming off the back of differing domestic results, with the Magpies trying to build on a 3-1 win over Burnley at St James’ Park last time out, while Man United try and bounce back from a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The same fixture last season was one of Newcastle’s highest points of their campaign, when Matty Longstaff sealed the points with a debut goal in front of the St James’ Park crowd. Fast forward ten months and there will be no crowd to take in the action and possibly no Longstaff either, as he continues to struggle with injury.

Newcastle received a boost during the international break through Allan Saint-Maximin, with the French winger signing an improved deal to keep him at the club until 2026. After Man United’s performance against Spurs last week, he’ll be salivating at the thought of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this weekend.

Steve Bruce will have to patch up his side once more though, with Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka all sidelined with injuries.

Miguel Almiron played for Paraguay in the week and should be available, while Fabian Schar came through Switzerland’s Nations League games without issue and could come into the starting XI.

As for the visitors, they’ll be without Anthony Martial after his red card against Spurs, while new signing Edinson Cavani is still self-isolating due to COVID-19 precautions. Alex Telles could make his debut after joining from FC Porto.

Axel Tuanzebe could be involved after an ankle injury, and Eric Bailly is also expected to make it, despite suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Ivory Coast.

Harry Maguire’s inclusion will be the main talking point, with the defender’s form being called into question after his performance against Spurs, before another mistake led to a red card during England’s Nations League defeat to Denmark.

Rumours of a bust-up with Bruno Fernandes have been played down by all involved, but all is clearly not right at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United take on Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Harry Maguire’s legal team lodge appeal against Greek conviction

United have said the appeal nullifies Tuesday’s ruling in a Greek court and means Maguire has no criminal record ahead of a full retrial.

The England defender had been convicted at a court on the Greek island of Syros for those offences and handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

It is understood no date has yet been fixed for the appeal and, while United would like the matter dealt with as soon as possible, they recognise it could be a number of months before the appeal is heard.

A club spokesman said: “An appeal against yesterday’s verdict was lodged this morning by Harry’s legal team. In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction.

“The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court. This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty. Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”

United’s public support for the player is understood to be an indicator that he will remain as club captain.

His brother Laurence had earlier said there was “no chance” of an apology being issued, after a lawyer representing two Greek police officers said that doing so might lead to a withdrawal of some of the complaints.

Laurence Maguire, who plays for Chesterfield, tweeted: “Absolute no chance Harry will be apologising. Daisy (Maguire’s sister) and no one in the group was interviewed by the police.”

The latter part of the tweet referenced a comment made by prosecution lawyer Yoannis Paradissis, who said it was “strange” that part of Maguire’s defence had been that his sister Daisy had been injected with an unknown substance prior to the incident which led to his arrest in Mykonos last week, when she had made no mention of it when interviewed by police.

Paradissis told BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme on Wednesday: “(The police officers) told me they are still waiting for an apology and they haven’t had any. This is what I find quite shocking and quite unsporting.

“Fair play means when I’ve done something wrong I apologise or at least I say I am sorry for what happened to the other person.”

England manager Gareth Southgate withdrew Maguire from the squad for the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark next month after the verdict was announced, having initially selected him.

Asked about Maguire’s claim in a statement on Tuesday that he was the victim, Paradissis said: “We don’t have the same definition of what a victim is then, because how can you be a victim and the policemen have been assaulted, hit, that were just doing their jobs?

“They went home on the day with injuries. How can they not be a victim?”

Paradissis said there was no way that Maguire and his co-defendants, brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman, could not have known that they were dealing with police officers.

“Of course, because that’s the first thing they said,” he added. “The police officers were there for other duties and they heard a brawl.

“So they heard some people fighting and went there to break up a fight. They said, ‘We’re police, stop fighting’. They were not in uniform but they showed their professional IDs.”

Maguire signed a boot deal with Puma worth a reported £700,000 a year last year.

The sportswear manufacturer declined to comment on Tuesday’s verdict when contacted by the PA news agency on Wednesday morning.

Paul Pogba staying put at Manchester United

The World Cup winner endured a difficult 2019-20 campaign due to injury, but he ended the season strongly as he helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a third-placed finish in the Premier League.

And his agent Mino Raiola says United will not accept any bids for the player this summer.

He told Sky Sports Italy: “Pogba is key player for Man United, they’ve an important project and he’s 100 per cent included.

“Man United will not accept any bid this summer to sell Pogba. We’re going to speak about a new contract soon, no stress…”

Pogba, whose current deal runs until next summer, last month revealed his desire to win more trophies at Old Trafford.

United have since been beaten in the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the Europa League, but are back in the Champions League next season thanks to their impressive form following the resumption of the Premier League.

Pogba has won only the Europa League and EFL Cup since returning to United from Juventus in 2016.

Manchester United eyeing Wolves striker Raul Jimenez

The Mexico striker bagged 17 goals in the Premier League this season, matching the tally he notched last campaign at Molineux whilst on loan from Benfica.

Now reports claim that Jimenez, who signed a permanent contract at Wolves last summer for €30m, is now ‘on his way’ to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the hunt for a striker, something which was embodied in the deadline day capture of Odion Ighalo on loan from a Chinese Super League side in January.

However, with the summer window now extended until October 5th due to the implications of Covid-19, that may allow Solskjaer to be more thorough in the capture of a proven top flight goalscorer.

29-year-old Jimenez is reported to be that man – that’s if you believe the Portuguese press, who are quite insistent that the Wolves man will pitch up at Old Trafford.

Newspaper A Bola and Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP have both suggested that there’s truth in a United swoop for Jimenez, with it being put down to the fact that Wolves have already lined up a replacement.

Nuno Espirito Santo is supposedly in line to bring in Braga striker Paulinho, who has plundered 25 goals and registered 9 assists in 48 games this season.

That is said to be a €30m switch, with Wolves triggering the 6’2” frontman’s release clause earlier this week.

Renowned football agent Jorge Mendes is thought to be the broker for the Paulinho deal.

Of course, this is all translated from Portuguese to English – but RTP are known to be a source who avoid typical speculation.

Alexis Sanchez agrees personal terms with Inter Milan over Manchester United transfer

The Chilean forward joined the Serie A club last summer after a torrid time at Old Trafford, in which he never truly lived up to his potential.

Sanchez’s departure from United was a relief to all involved with the club, from disgruntled fans to no doubt the player himself.

It was never likely that Sanchez would return to Old Trafford at the conclusion of his loan spell at the San Siro, but negotiations still need to be thrashed out between Manchester United and Inter Milan over a possible transfer fee.

Such is the uncertainty surrounding football finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that Inter will pay the €20m fee United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward is holding out for, with it understood that the Red Devils are willing to accept €15m.

Whatever is agreed fee-wise, one thing that is for certain is that Alexis Sanchez has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan on a three-year deal, with it claimed the former Barcelona man could earn up to €15m in wages per season.

Manchester United losing those sorts of numbers off their books will certainly give them an advantage when attempting to do business this summer.