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Amad Diallo’s Man Utd shirt number confirmed

Amad Diallo will wear the number 19 shirt at Manchester United, the club have confirmed.

The winger has finally arrived at Old Trafford after signing for United from Atalanta in the summer window, and has put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of Diallo: “As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.

“Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.

“It will take time for him to adapt but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition. He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

Amad Diallo will wear the number 19 shirt at Manchester United

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On his dream move, Diallo said: “After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United.

“I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.

“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game.

The winger has finally arrived at Old Trafford

“The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.

“I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”

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Roma scout’s breathtaking Amad Diallo analysis as Man Utd complete transfer

Manchester United have a potential champion on their hands according to a Roma scout.

Amad Diallo completed his transfer to Manchester United from Atalanta on Thursday, after a deal was agreed with the Serie A outfit last summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confessed that the club had been tracking the winger for a number of years, once the move was complete.

“As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game,” said Solskjaer.

And he wasn’t not alone.

A young Amad Diallo and Paul Pogba.

According to Boca Barco president Enzo Guerri, the youth team Diallo played for between 2014-15, a number of high profile teams had known of the Ivory Coast born winger for some time.

“Atalanta was certainly not the only one to put him in the crosshairs,” he told tuttomercatoweb. “There was a line of observers to see Diallo, they came to our field from all over Italy.

“Amad made three auditions in Turin with Juve, and was called by Reggiana, Sassuolo, Empoli, Rome and, in fact, Atalanta.

Amad Diallo in a Manchester United shirt.
Amad Diallo in a Manchester United shirt.

“He tried them all until he found the right place for the big jump. Not surprisingly, he became the first scorer in our Serie A class of 2002 in the Nerazzurri.”

But one particular anecdote from Guerri on the visit of a Roma scout proves United have some player on their hands.

“I remember a very funny act drop with a Roma observer,” he said.

“He came to see him in a match and, after a stop aimed at the chest by Diallo at 5′ [minutes], he turned his back to the field and went away.

“I immediately asked him for an explanation and he answered me: ‘Things like that, at the age of 12, only potential champions do. Seeing him in this match is of little use, take him to Rome to train with our team’.

“At Atalanta, however, they made him play from day one with the boys older than a year. In short, Amad has always been predestined.”

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Man Utd legend Cole disagrees with Ferdinand’s transfer plea over Grealish

Andy Cole doesn’t think Manchester United need to bring in Jack Grealish despite Rio Ferdinand’s passionate plea.

The former England and United defender has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to recruit the Aston Villa star, whether Paul Pogba leaves or not.

Grealish is having a fine season at Villa Park, having scored six goals and set up a further nine in 16 appearances.

United were linked with bringing the 25-year-old in last summer but Aston Villa priced them out of a move.

Donny van de Beek was brought in instead but the Dutchman has struggled for game time, making just 20 appearances with half of those from the bench.

Jack Grealish has been linked with Manchester United for a good couple of seasons.

And Ferdinand believes Grealish is a necessary signing at Old Trafford.

“I don’t care if [Paul] Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man,” Ferdinand said on FIVE.

“I have known him since he was in his early teens. He came to my restaurant and I got him and his dad some tickets for a game.”

Ferdinand added: “He’s a great kid with a great family. He loves his football.

Rio Ferdinand would love to see Grealish at United.
Rio Ferdinand would love to see Grealish at United.

“What the young kids don’t see with Jack Grealish is the hunger and hard work behind closed doors – the attention to detail and the way he trains.

“He has changed his regime and looked at himself and asked what he can do better.”

But treble winner and 1999 legend Andy Cole isn’t so sure.

“I think Grealish is a super player,” he said on talkSPORT. “I’m not going to sit here and say anything different.

“But I’m looking at Manchester United’s midfield at the moment, where would you play him?

Andy Cole is not so sure about Grealish at United.
Andy Cole is not so sure about Grealish at United.

“You look at Bruno [Fernandes], the performances he’s putting in; that’s the position [Grealish] likes to play in.

“If you put him off the left, [Marcus] Rashford plays there… so where would you play him again?

“But I’m a mere mortal when it comes to things like this. I’m like everybody else from the outside looking in.”

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Sergio Romero ‘says goodbye’ to Man Utd staff as he prepares for transfer away

Sergio Romero has reportedly said his goodbyes to the staff at Manchester United as he nears the Old Trafford exit.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils shot-stopper has not been training at United’s Carrington complex for the past week.

The Argentine is instead believed to be training back in Buenos Aires, and is expected to move to Boca Juniors ahead of this summer’s Copa America.

United gave Romero the green light to leave the UK to train in Argentina.

But should his switch fall through this month, the goalkeeper will be expected to return to England and train with the Manchester United squad.

Sergio Romero has reportedly said his goodbyes to the staff at Manchester United

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Romero’s Red Devils contract expires at the end of the season.

United have the option to extend it for another season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the keeper out of his Premier League and Champions League squads this campaign.

This means that if Romero doesn’t complete a move to Boca this month he will likely be allowed to leave United on a free at the end of the season.

The Argentine is expected to move to Boca Juniors ahead of this summer’s Copa America

Romero fell down the pecking order at United due to Dean Henderson’s assured performances between the sticks while on loan at Sheffield United.

Henderson is behind David de Gea in the pecking order but kept goal for United in Wednesday night’s clash with Manchester City.

The keeper was beaten twice in the Carabao Cup semi-final as Pep Guardiola’s Man City ran out 2-0 winners at Old Trafford.

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Man Utd to sell Pogba in summer as Red Devils accept he will not sign new deal

Manchester United will sell Paul Pogba in the summer after accepting that the Frenchman will not be signing a new contract.

Pogba, 27, has enjoyed a spectacular return to form since his agent Mino Raiola confirmed again last months that the £89million midfielder wants to leave Old Trafford.

United triggered a one-year contract extension that ties him to the club until the summer of 2022 in October.

But while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted with Pogba’s attitude and application as his team have stormed up to second place in the Premier League, there is now an acceptance at the club that they must sell him at the end of the season to recoup some of the cash they handed to Juventus to bring him back to Manchester in 2016.

Bruno Fernandes has emerged as United’s top performer over the last year.

United will cash in on Pogba in the summer

And the Portuguese said after the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Friday night that he believes Solskjaer is on the brink of building something special.

But Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris St Germain are all interested in Pogba.

And United are hoping that a bidding war will push up the fee they will bank.

United have won eight of their last 10 Premier League games and now face rivals Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Fernandes said: “I think Paul was top. But we all know the qualities he has. I think it is not in doubt.

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“I hope people are not in doubt on the qualities of Paul because we know he can play, he can help us and he can play really well.

“I think we are building something important.

“The most important for us is building a team, building a group of players who take care of each other.

“As I sit in the stands in the last two or three minutes, everyone is shouting and hoping to don’t concede a goal and to take care of the ball.

“Everyone wanted the three points, everyone wanted that win and this is what it is all about.

“Now we have to build on this more and more.”

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Man Utd rethinking Jadon Sancho stance after ‘dodging bullet’ last summer

Manchester United’s top brass reckon they dodged a bullet by refusing to break the bank to land Jadon ­Sancho.

And now Old Trafford’s ­hierarchy are debating the need to sign Borussia Dortmund star Sancho at the end of the season.

United were running hot for Sancho last summer when the England winger was seen as the player to catapult Ole ­Gunnar Solskjaer’s stars into the title race.

But that’s happened without Sancho and it’s now believed United interest in the wide-man has cooled.

Indeed Old Trafford insiders says Solskjaer is much keener on his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling ­Haaland.

A year ago, Solskjaer made a late dash to Salzburg in a bid to lure Haaland to Manchester.

Sancho has struggled to hit the heights for Dortmund this term

After scoring an incredible 33 goals in his last 32 games for Dortmund, the 20-year-old Norwegian hit-man is being strongly linked with Real ­Madrid and Barcelona.

But both Spanish giants ­appear to need serious ­rebuilding – and United are much further along that road with Solskjaer’s squad ­emerging as potential Premier League champions.

The contrasting fortunes of Haaland and Sancho are ­another significant factor.

United came under huge pressure to sign Sancho before the transfer window closed in October, with Dortmund ­demanding £108million for the former Manchester City winger.

Transfer guru Ed Woodward refused to pay up, with United unwilling to splash out a British record fee in the middle of a pandemic which has crippled football’s finances.

Woodward stood his ground over Sancho

Woodward feared a serious backlash if United spent in excess of £100m on one player even though 20-year-old Sancho is one of football’s most highly prized ­talents.

Sancho, though, is still to ­justify that price tag and ­United’s hierarchy, feeling the fee was too high, walked away from a deal, sensing Dortmund were holding a gun to their head.

United and Woodward were hammered for what many construed as a lack of ambition.

Now, though, United’s bosses are more convinced than ever that it was wise not to cave in to Dortmund.

With United flying high and about to welcome £37m ­teenage wing sensation Amad ­Diallo from Atalanta this month, they feel justified in backing away.

Sancho’s recent form has done little to make them regret their decision.

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Last season he was electrifying for Dortmund, scoring 20 goals in 44 games as well as a double for England against Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifier. He also weighed in with ­numerous assists.

But Dortmund sporting ­director Michael Zorc – who gave United a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum – is convinced Sancho has become distracted buy a possible move to Old Trafford.

The youngster scored in just one of Dortmund’s final 11 games of last season – a ­hat-trick against relegated Paderborn.

And the picture hasn’t ­improved for Sancho this ­season, with Dortmund ­sacking Swiss coach ­Lucien Favre before Christmas after a 5-1 hammering by newly ­promoted Stuttgart, a third ­defeat in five games.

Dortmund are off the pace in the German League – and ­Sancho has yet to score a ­Bundesliga goal this season.

United sources say Sancho is still on their radar but Haaland is the striker boss Solskjaer ­really wants, with reports ­suggesting the striker has a £70m release clause to be ­activated at the end of next season.

The big drawback is United would once again have to ­negotiate with troublesome agent Mino Raiola – Paul ­Pogba’s controversial advisor – who represents the ­Norwegian goal-machine.

United bosses privately insist they wouldn’t be put off dealing with Raiola over Haaland.

They believe the dynamic with the vocal agent would be much simpler with Haaland than it has been with Pogba, who has failed to fulfil his ­potential since arriving at Old Trafford from Juventus in an £89m deal in 2016.

It would be a gamble – but one Solskjaer would take to land Haaland.

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Solskjaer admits he’s “very excited” to welcome new £37m signing to Man Utd

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he’s “very excited” to welcome Amad Diallo to Old Trafford this month.

The Red Devils agreed a deal with the winger back in October, and will pay Serie A side Atalanta an initial £19million for Diallo.

The transfer hinged on a work permit being accepted, but Solskjaer is confident the Red Devils have their ducks in a row and that the deal will go through.

Speaking on the eve of the January transfer window opening, the Manchester United boss revealed his excitement in welcoming the teenager to Old Trafford this month.

Solskjaer said: “We have had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles. He’s coming.

“I hope very soon he will be with us. I’m very excited about bringing him in. I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.

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“Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.

“Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players. Of course, we’re always working long-term.

“That’s the big thing. We have targets we need long-term for the club.”

The total fee Man United have agreed to stump up for Diallo is £36million. But this will be paid in installments when bonus-related clauses in the winger’s contract are triggered.

The Red Devils agreed a deal with the winger back in 2020

Diallo joins at a good time with the Red Devils second to Liverpool only on goal difference.

United beat Aston Villa on Friday night. Speaking to the press, Solskjaer said: “We’ve improved. I think the league and the season is going to be so tight.

“We’ve just got to keep working and improving as a team. Every time you win a game you take one step further. You’ve just got to accumulate the points. They all count the same.”

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Full list of recent Man Utd transfers as club prepares for January window

Much has been made of Manchester United’s downfall since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, but despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer constantly having to deal with rumours surrounding his future, the Red Devils are again on the hunt for a top four finish.

Though a title tilt may seem out of the question this season, their recent transfer business has put them in good stead to match anyone they come up against on their day.

Having been knocked out at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League last season, Solskjaer must be all too aware of how much silverware could boost morale this time around.

In a bid to strengthen their resolve and go that one step further this season, United have both recruited a number of experienced European stars while shifting players with their best days at Old Trafford behind them.

Here are Manchester United ’s dealings from the last two windows.

Man Utd signings

Amad Diallo (Atalanta, £18.5 million)

Amad Diallo will join Manchester United in January

Having only just turned 18 in July, Utd know Amad Diallo is not the kind of signing intended to make an instant impact.

Yet to actually join up with his new teammates, Diallo will remain at Atalanta until January 2021, while the two sides put the finishing touches on the final deal that could eventually reach £37m.

Diallo has already notched his first goal in senior football, scoring on his professional debut against Udinese in October.

Utd have a rich history with mercurial wide-men, Diallo will hope he is the next in line.

Facundo Pellistri (Peñarol, £7.65 million)

Facundo Pellistri in Man Utd training
Facundo Pellistri is yet to make his Man utd debut

The second of Manchester United’s 18-year-old acquisitions, Pellistri is also a natural winger, already starring out wide for Man Utd’s Under-23 side.

Born in Uruguay, Pellistri only made 30 appearances in the Uruguayan Primera Divisón for Penarol, before swapping Montevideo for Manchester over the summer.

He is potentially in line to make his first team debut before Diallo, as he has the luxury of having been integrated into United’s set-up.

Alex Telles (Porto, £15 million)

Alex Telles playing for Manchester United
Alex Telles made his Man Utd debut against PSG

After Luke Shaw’s continued struggles at recreating the kind of form that led Utd to sign him back in 2014, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to strengthen the left-back position with Brazilian international Alex Telles.

The relatively low-fee paid for Telles does not mean the pressure isn’t firmly on, joining a side that’s been crying out for defensive stability.

The start of his Man Utd career was also disrupted by a positive Covid-19 test in October, but he has since become a more familiar face.

Boasting a thunderous left foot, Telles even managed to score 26 goals during his four-year stay at Portuguese giants Porto.

Edinson Cavani (PSG, Free transfer)

Edinson Cavani inspired a Man Utd comeback against Southampton in November with two goals and an assist, turning a 2-0 half-time deficit into a last-gasp 3-2 win

A name that has struck fear into the hearts of defenders around the world for years, Edinson Cavani will be looking to conquer the Premier League after hugely successful spells in both Serie A and Ligue 1.

Cavani joined off the back of seven years at French champions PSG, in which the Uruguayan notched 200 goals in 301 games, an astonishing strike ratio even among the very best on the continent.

Though there may be concerns over the striker’s age at 33, his quick start to life at Old Trafford – which has included a number of crucial goals – has gone some way to silencing the doubters.

Donny van de Beek (Ajax, £39 million)

Donny van de Beek playing for Man Utd
Donny van de Beek has struggled for minutes on the pitch so far this season

One of many supremely talented midfielders to come off the Ajax production line, Van de Beek introduced himself to English football fans long before he actually arrived, with a well-taken goal for the Dutch giants against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.

One of the more expensive signings United have made in recent seasons, the midfielder will be aiming to justify his hefty price during his first season in the Premier League. A goal on his debut won’t have done him any harm as he fights for more minutes on the pitch.

Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP, £55 million):

Bruno Fernandes scores for Man Utd
Bruno Fernandes has become Man Utd’s most influential player in less than a year at Old Trafford

Undeniably one of Utd’s mostly influential and talented acquisitions of the post-Fergie era, Fernandes has been nothing short of a sensation since his arrival in January.

Though his reputation as a spot-kick specialist is warranted, Fernandes offers so much more. Vital goals and assists both domestically and in Europe means the Portuguese international has already established himself as a fan-favourite less than a year into his time in Manchester.

He even won the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for 2019/20 after just half a season at Old Trafford, and has kept up his red-hot form in the 2020/21 campaign.

Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, Loan)

Odion Ighalo celebrates scoring for Man Utd
Odion Ighalo scored several goals for Man Utd in their runs to the FA Cup and Europa League semi-finals last season, but hasn’t appeared much this term

One of Man Utd’s more bizarre signing in recent years.

The 30-year-old former Watford striker was a January 2020 deadline day loan arrival from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua to help ease an injury crisis in the attacking department.

Despite serious question marks over his arrival and whether he would bolster Utd’s options going forward, Ighalo impressed, notching five goals upon his return to English football.

While he extended his stay beyond the end of last season, it is not yet clear whether Man Utd will seek to keep him for longer, with the arrival of Edinson Cavani further limiting his minutes on the pitch.

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Man Utd departures

Andreas Pereira (Loan, Lazio)

Andreas Pereira playing for Lazio
Andreas Pereira is spending the 2020/21 season on loan at Lazio

Pereira has been on Manchester United’s radar since he was 15 years old. Working his way through the ranks, the Brazilian international made his first team debut in August 2014 at just 18.

45 first team appearances and just two goals have meant Pereira has spent large chunks of his time on loan, and he now finds himself with Italian outfit Lazio for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

Diogo Dalot (Loan, Milan)

Diogo Dalot playing for Milan
Diogo Dalot joined Milan on loan in the summer

Signed for £19m when he was just 19-year-old by Jose Mourinho, but with 20 appearances in two years, Dalot’s United career has not gone as well as first hoped after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Portuguese full-back is aiming to revitalise his career on loan at Milan, and recently talked about how he is enjoying his time in Serie A.

Tahith Chong (Loan, Werder Bremen)

Tahith Chong playing for Werder Bremen
Tahith Chong is gaining first-team experience at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen

A highly-rated youth prospect, Chong’s loan is aimed to gain him further minutes in senior football before he is integrated back into the United side.

With five senior appearances to his name at United, his season in the Bundesliga could serve him in good stead ahead of his return next campaign.

Alexis Sánchez (Free transfer,Inter Milan)

Alexis Sanchez made his loan move to Inter Milan permanent over the summer

The Chilean will forever be remembered among the Old Trafford faithful as one of their club’s most expensive mistakes, despite costing nothing in terms of transfer fee.

Joining from rivals Arsenal as part of a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way, Sánchez’s rumoured wages were reportedly an eye-watering £500,000 a week, though his stats during his stay prove that figure was hardly warranted.

Scoring just three goals in 32 appearances, Sanchez eventually joined Inter Milan on a permanent deal this summer, having spent last season on loan with the Italian giants. There he has been reunited with former Utd frontman Romelu Lukaku, winger Ashley Young and defender Matteo Darmian.

Chris Smalling (£13.5 million,Roma)

Chris Smalling playing for Roma
Chris Smalling spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Roma, and joined on a permanent basis over the summer

Making over 200 appearances in a decade, Smalling eventually called time on his Old Trafford career, joining Roma on a permanent deal after enjoying a successful 2019/20 campaign on loan at the Serie A outfit.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Free transfer,Oldham Athletic)

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson playing for Tranmere Rovers
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson spent half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Tranmere Rovers before being recalled and sent to Oldham

Despite being on the United books since 2003, Borthwick-Jackson opted to make his move to Oldham Athletic permanent this year, after spending half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Tranmere Rovers and the second part at Boundary Park.

Sent out on loan on five separate occasions, the defender struggled to make the grade at United and featured just 10 times in five years.

Ashley Young (£1.5million, Inter Milan)

Ashley Young celebrates scoring for Inter Milan
Ashley Young has become a regular at Inter Milan

After nine years, 192 appearances and 15 Premier League goals, Young eventually departed Manchester in January 2020 to join up with the seemingly ever-growing list of former United stars at Inter Milan, including Alexis Sánchez, Romelu Lukaku and Matteo Darmian.

After signing a six-month deal with the 18-time Serie A winners, he was offered a one-year contract extension after less than two months in Milan.

Antonio Conte’s side ran Juventus close last season, finishing one-point behind the Old Lady, and are in the title hunt again this year.

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Man Utd set out conditions they’re willing to accept for sale of Paul Pogba

Manchester United will finally let Paul Pogba leave the club at the end of the season, but won’t let him go on the cheap, it has been claimed.

Reports had suggested the Red Devils would allow him to leave in exchange for either Aaron Ramsey or Adrien Rabiot.

However, that is apparently not the case, with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claiming they will only offload the French midfielder for a hefty transfer fee or in exchange for a world-class player.

Pogba’s future has been a constant talking point in recent months, with constant speculation over whether he will sign a new contract or look to leave.

Manchester United will let Paul Pogba leave next summer

His agent, Mino Raiola, had been vocal about wanting his client to push for a move away from Old Trafford.

He even went so far as to say that his United career was “over”, and that he wanted to find him a new club to help suit his playing style.

Real Madrid and Juventus have often been tipped as the most likely potential suitors, with reports emerging this week of a possible swap deal involving Ramsey coming back to the Premier League or a swoop for former Paris Saint-Germain star Rabiot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United

But Romano claims neither will happen, and that United would only consider a swap deal if a “top” player with the same ability as Pogba came the other way.

One way or another, it seems the French midfielder – who will have one year remaining on his contract when the summer comes around – will depart the club at the end of the season.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently discussed Pogba’s situation and predicted that he could make a u-turn and decide to stay if the club starts to compete for trophies.

“There’s always a demand at Man United to win trophies and the more you win trophies, the more players are going to want to play for us and then there’s a higher standard you’ve got to set yourself,” Solskjaer said.

“It’s a demand for the players, it’s a challenge for the players that we want them to improve and get better and better. Paul has been here for a while and of course he wants to win more trophies.

“It’s down to us to win trophies and then let’s see who will be part of the team going forward.”

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Man Utd and Liverpool dealt transfer blow in bid to land Sporting Lisbon ace

Manchester United and Liverpool are both trailing Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Nuno Mendes, but have suffered a major blow in their pursuits.

Mendes, 18, has been catching the eye with some impressive performances for the Portuguese side.

The left-sided player has featured 13 times across all competitions for Lisbon this season, starting in nine of their ten league matches.

His performances have seen him attract interest from around Europe, with reports suggesting Liverpool have already seen a bid of £19million rejected.

Liverpool and Man Utd transfer target Nuno Mendes has inked a new contract

They were apparently told a bid of £40m would have been accepted, but now they face paying even more.

Sporting have now tied Mendes down to a new long-term contract in a bid to fend off any interested teams.

His new contract, which runs until 2025, apparently includes a new release clause set at £63m.

Nuno Mendes has made nine appearances for Sporting Lisbon this season
Nuno Mendes has made nine appearances for Sporting Lisbon this season

It will also apparently have a clause inserted meaning his basic salary will gradually increase year after year.

While Liverpool are believed to be the only team to have made a concrete bid so far, they’re not the only team interested. United are also keen, despite only having signed left-back Alex Telles three months ago.

The Red Devils are believed to be eager to continue strengthening their options throughout the team, and exhibited their desire to concentrate on youth in the final days of the summer transfer window.

Speaking after his contract extension was announced, Mendes spoke of his joy at extending his stay with the Portuguese outfit.

“I am very happy. It is a unique feeling to be able to renew with Sporting CP,” he said. “I am always available to help the Club, which is what I intend to do.

“I am a hardworking player, who gives everything for the team. That is what you can always expect from me because I will do my best for this Club.”