Paul Pogba linked with Manchester United exit in 2021

The French international has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after signalling his desire to leave the club back in 2019.

However, the Red Devils have resisted any attempts to manufacture an exit in the last 12 months as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought him back into his plans.

However, a report in the Sunday Mirror states Pogba remains determined to leave at the end of the campaign and the club will allow him to leave.

Real Madrid and Juventus are still the front runners to sign the 27-year-old and United could OK a £60m deal to avoid losing him for free in 18 months’ time.

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Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani handed three-match ban

The 33-year-old summer signing produced a match-winning display at Southampton on November 29, providing an assist for Bruno Fernandes before netting a brace in a 3-2 comeback win.

Cavani posted a social media message on Instagram shortly after the match, replying to a message of congratulations using the Spanish term ‘negrito’, which translates as ‘black’.

The Uruguayan swiftly deleted the post and issued an apology after being made aware of the connotations, with the player releasing an apologetic statement the following day saying he was “completely opposed to racism”.

But the FA charged the striker with “misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3” in relation to his social media post on December 19 and has now banned him for three games.

The FA said in a statement: “Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games, fined £100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on Sunday 29 November 2020.”

Premier League: Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford composed strike in the 23rd minute put his side in front and was the forwards 50th Premier League goal.

It was the first time this season that United have scored the opening goal in a Premier League away game, despite boasting a 100%-win record in those fixtures.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Harvey Barnes’ hammered effort from 18-yards-out flew into the bottom right-hand corner of David De Gea’s goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may have felt they deserved to be in front when the half-time whistle was blown considering Rashford missed what was arguably the easiest chance of the game only minutes in.

The second half of the Boxing Day fixture presented much of the same as the first, with both teams looking evenly matched until the visitors broke the deadlock.

Substitute striker Edinson Cavani turned playmaker as he played Bruno Fernandes in who, made no mistake in firing the Red Devils back in front with only 10 minutes to spare.

The game’s final twist was still to come however, as Jamie Vardy’s 85th minute effort deflected in of the knee of Axel Tuanzebe to rescue a point for The Foxes.

The results means Leicester City remain in 2nd place in the Premier League, one point in front of 3rd-placed Manchester United.

Premier League: Sheffield United v Manchester United

Chris Wilder’s side are rooted to the bottom of the table after a dozen games, six points of adrift of West Brom who sacked Slaven Bilic on Wednesday, and haven’t won a league game all season.

But Wilder isn’t worried for his future despite speculation recently, in a week where he was publicly backed by the club’s owner. He has however insisted the club’s slump is his responsibility and is not shying away from trying to turn fortunes around.

In order to do that, Wilder will be hoping to call upon the services of Oli McBurnie, who will be monitored in the run-up to kick-off after injuring a shoulder in the 3-0 defeat to Southampton. Lys Mousset scored in this fixture last season and is available to deputise, as are Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick.

Jack O’Connell is out for the majority of the season with a knee ligament injury, and one of Phil Jagielka, Ethan Ampadu, Enda Stevens or Jack Robinson will play in Wilder’s usual back three formation.

The Blades boss spoke about his system in Wednesday’s press conference, insisting his players suit the system as pressure to ditch it increases from corners of the media.

In the opposing dugout, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has almost all of his squad available, with only Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani missing. Cavani was described as a risk by the Norwegian, so is unlikely to make the trip to Sheffield.

United are on a run of nine Premier League consecutive wins away from home, and a win would see them become only the fourth side in history to make it ten in a row. They’ll be hoping to stop a run of conceding first on their travels though, as they’ve came from behind in all of their five away games this season so far to win.

A win for Solskjaer would see his side leapfrog Chelsea in the table and keep up the pressure on the front runners as the festive period begins, with the Red Devils also still having a game in hand after their delayed start to the season.

Sheffield United take on Manchester United on Thursday, December 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Edwin van der Sar pens open letter to Manchester United fans after Donny van de Beek capture

In an open letter to United supporters, Ajax chief executive and ex-Red Devils goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar asked them to help the Holland international “dream”.

The 23-year-old moved to Old Trafford on Wednesday for £34.1million, which could rise to £38.5m, on an initial five-year deal to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first new recruit of the summer.

Van de Beek played an important role in Ajax’s thrilling run to last year’s Champions League semi-finals, and also came off the bench as the Eredivisie side lost the 2017 Europa League final to United.

Van der Sar, who spent six years at United before returning to first club Ajax in a backroom role, has now told fans what an exciting prospect their latest signing is.

“Dear Manchester United fans, I hope you’re doing well,” he wrote. “It seems out paths have crossed again.

“One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he’s been with us since he was just a little boy.

“Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch Championship.

“The team he was part of showed the world who we are and what Ajax stands for. Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride.”

Van der Sar signed off by admitting it was difficult for Ajax to let one of their top players leave, but that it was necessary to allow Van de Beek to develop.

“That’s one of the many reasons we don’t like to see him leave, but we understand it’s time for him to move on. To dream on,” his open letter continued.

“And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know. Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream. Enjoy the future.”

Van de Beek completed his move while on international duty, with Holland set for a Nations League double-header against Poland and Italy before then linking up with his new team-mates and he echoed Van der Sar’s sentiments as he spoke following his signing.

“I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history,” Van de Beek said in an interview with the official Manchester United website.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax, I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.

“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.”

David Brooks is now being heavily linked to Manchester United

David Brooks is tipped to be the next star to leave the Vitality after relegation and would cost around £40million but would be a good alternative should United fail to get the signature of Jadon Sancho.

Elsewhere Italian paper Gazzetta claims Antonio Conte is interested in Manchester United defender Smalling, who had a successful loan spell at Roma last term, has the ‘experience’ to improve his side.

Uniteds defence answers could lie in East London, as West Ham have lowered their asking price for central defender Issa Diop to around £45 million according to Sky Sports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the 6ft4 Frenchman as a potential central defensive partner for Harry Maguire.

United expressed an interest last year, and the opportunity to play in the champions league is said to appeal to the 23 year old.

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.