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Man Utd’s list of transfer targets as Solskjaer ‘furious’ plans have been leaked

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left ‘furious’ last month when Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola announced the Frenchman wants to leave Manchester United.

Solskjaer was angry that Man United transfer plans were being announced mid-season, and the night before the Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League.

Raiola later came out to play down the urgency of which Pogba should leave United, but he stands by the fact the Frenchman’s time at Old Trafford has reached its conclusion.

United will obviously have a large hole in midfield in need of filling if Pogba is to leave, but Solskjaer will be encouraged by Ed Woodward’s promise of funds.

“We see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players,” Woodward said recently, in a fans’ forum meeting held virtually with Manchester United supporters.

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“I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic.

“I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200million (£180m) since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period.

“We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.”

Here we look at the players reportedly on Manchester United’s radar and the stars who could leave the club in the near future.

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The possible ins…

Jadon Sancho

The long-term target who United tried and failed to sign in the summer transfer window.

Dortmund gave United a deadline, which the Red Devils missed, and the German club then extended Sancho’s contract for good measure.

Sancho remains a United target but it’s very unlikely the Old Trafford giants will make a move in January. As Woodward said, the summer remains the club’s key window.

Jack Grealish

Another player who has been on United’s radar for a while.

Mirror Sport understands Aston Villa are bracing themselves for a bid from United, as Liverpool and Man City join the race for Grealish’s signature.

Jack Grealish is a Manchester United target

Grealish is Villa captain and a fan-favourite, but the lure of Champions League football may be too much for the England international.

Again, United are unlikely to make a January move.

Renato Sanches

Liverpool have been linked with the midfielder in recent weeks, but reports in Italy claim United have joined the race for his signature.

Gazzetta Dello Sport claim United are surveying Sanches’ situation and have learnt that the Portuguese won’t cost more than £23million.

Dayot Upamecano

Manchester United’s defence is something Solskjaer is keen on strengthening and RB Leipzig star Upamecano is on the Red Devils’ wishlist.

Solskjaer admitted he was excited to see the defender in action when the two sides met in the Champions League earlier this season.

Dayot Upamecano has been on United’s radar for some time

“There’s always rumours and speculation about good players for Manchester United,” Solskjaer said. “I’ve always tried to respect [that] they are players for other teams and don’t want to comment on every player we are linked to.

“But since he’s playing against us tomorrow, I know he’s a very good player and we can see him close up tomorrow.”

Kieran Trippier

The former Tottenham defender is on United’s radar, with the Red Devils said to be ‘pushing hard’ to make the transfer happen, according to reports from Spain.

The right-back is an established player in Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team and the Spaniards have made it clear Trippier is not for sale.

But the lure of returning to England may appeal to the right-back.

Ben White

The Red Devils are reportedly huge admirers of the centre-back, who fits Solskjaer’s philosophy of buying young and, hopefully, on the cheap.

United are considering a swoop, and may even do so in January if the price is right.

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Paul Pogba

As aforementioned, Pogba wants out at Manchester United as he is said to be “unhappy” and ready for a new challenge.

United are reportedly open to the idea of selling the Frenchman as it will free up his wages, which can be used on a player who actually wants to be at the club.

Even before Raiola back-tracking it seemed unlikely that Pogba would be allowed to leave midway through the season, ruling out a January exit.

But at the end of this campaign he will more than likely be in a Juventus shirt once again.

Sergio Romero

A forgotten figure at United, and a man left out of the club’s Premier League and Champions League squads this season.

The goalkeeper has been linked with David Beckham’s Inter Miami in recent weeks.

Sergio Romero has no future at Old Trafford

Marcos Rojo

Another man Solskjaer decided to leave out of the Manchester United’s Premier League and Champions League squads this season.

The defender is very far down the pecking order and the Red Devils will snap someone’s hand off to move him on in January.

Phil Jones

Much the same as Rojo. Jones’ career at United has come to an end, with the centre-back having played no part in the Red Devils’ season to date.

Unlike Rojo, the defender is perhaps more likely to get a Premier League move.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘set to sanction sale’ of Man Utd trio in January


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to give the green light for Man Utd to sell out-of-favour trio Phil Jones, Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo in January, reports the MEN .

None of the three players have played a single minute of action for United this season and are considered surplus to requirements at Old Trafford having been omitted from their 25-man Premier League squad.

Rojo spent last season out on loan at Estudiantes and United are keen to get his salary off the wage bill, similarly to Jones, who has been dogged by injuries of late.

Meanwhile Romero has slipped further down the pecking order following the return of Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Sheffield United.

United are desperate to slash their wage bill by offloading Marcos Rojo

United were weighing up whether to sell Romero in January or loan out Henderson again, but it looks likely the Argentine will be offloaded before his contract expires next summer.

Everton tried to land Romero in the last transfer window, but United’s reluctance to budge on their demands led the Toffees to move for Robin Olsen instead.

Rojo will also be out of contract in June, as is versatile defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who could also depart in the upcoming window.

Phil Jones has no future at Man Utd
Phil Jones has no future at Man Utd

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

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Jones’s deal runs until 2023 but he is not part of Solskjaer’s first-team plans, with Burnley currently the front-runners for his signature.

United are also set to lose Odion Ighalo, who will return to Shanghai Shenhua at the end of his loan.

Who else should United consider selling? Have your say below.

Sergio Romero is surplus to requirements
Sergio Romero is surplus to requirements

Ighalo’s role in United’s team was essentially made redundant following the arrival of Edinson Cavani last month.

Solskjaer will be welcoming one new face into his set-up, as Amad Diallo completes his switch from Atalanta after being tracked by United for over a year.

The 18-year-old winger signed for the club for an initial £19million with a further £18.5m potentially due in add-ons, but was unable to make the move until he was granted a work permit.





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Portuguese starlet’s release clause doubles amid Man Utd interest


Manchester United have a rare weekend off due to the international break, but there has still been plenty of transfer speculation.

The final break before the winter window has traditionally been a time for players vying for a potential move to start pushing for the exit door, and this year has been no exception.

It’s been a slow start to the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and the Norwegian coach is reportedly under pressure, with former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino tipped to replace him.

Last year the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January helped kickstart a major upturn in form that eventually saw the club secure a top-four finish.

And chief executive Ed Woodward may be hard at work identifying the next target to make a similar impact this year.

With all that in mind, here’s all the latest news and gossip coming out of Old Trafford.

Portuguese defender’s release clause doubles


ESPN report that Manchester United are keeping tabs on highly-rated Braga prospect David Carmo.

The 21-year-old centre-back has represented Portugal at Under-20 level and caught the eye in the Liga NOS, having broken through this year after making his league debut back in January.

The report goes on to state that United will only move for him if they can offload either Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo.

Rumours of the club’s interest emerged just a day after the youngster signed a new deal with Braga, with suggestions that his release clause was doubled from €20million to €40million, per Portuguese outlet A Bola.

Henderson told to leave to make England case


Gareth Southgate has told Dean Henderson he must find regular game-time at club level if he’s to become England’s number one, according to 90min.

The 23-year-old Man United academy graduate has been promoted to David de Gea’s back-up this season after impressing on loan at Sheffield United over the past two seasons.

He was called up to the latest Three Lions squad, and made his debut in Thursday’s 3-0 friendly victory over the Republic of Ireland, after being brought on at half-time to replace Burnley’s Nick Pope.

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Reports in the summer claimed that Henderson “all but agreed” to move to Aston Villa before his parent club convinced him to stay at Old Trafford. Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez made the switch to Villa Park instead.

Henderson is yet to make an appearance for United in the Premier League, with his three senior appearances so far this season coming in the League Cup and Champions League.

Bailly’s agent makes transfer admission


Graziano Battistini, the representative of Eric Bailly, has admitted that they will assess the player’s options if he continues to be on the periphery of Solskjaer’s first-team squad.


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“The boy is in an important context such as that of United, before evaluating an exit there must be absolutely valid situations,” he told Italian outlet Calcio Mercato.

“The Milan idea may have a logic, but we need to evaluate many implications, today we are talking about nothing.”

The Ivory Coast international was linked with AC Milan over the summer, but has remained at United, who he originally joined for a reported £30m fee back in 2016.

He received praise for his performances in the 3-0 Carabao Cup victories over Luton and Brighton early in the captain, but he hasn’t featured for the club since the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at the start of October.

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Ed Woodward can source £100million cash injection to fund Jadon Sancho transfer


Manchester United bigwig Ed Woodward may be able to fund a move for Jadon Sancho with a huge clear out and a mega sale in January.

The Red Devils are still thought to have Sancho at the top of their shopping list for the January transfer window, having been rebuffed multiple times in the summer.

The main issue was Borussia Dortmund’s £110m asking price for the England winger, with Woodward not budging on his offers which were not deemed tempting enough.

However, with a clear out of the deadwood at Old Trafford, maybe United can raise enough money to go back into the boardroom and thrash out a deal.

So here’s how the club can raise £110m, according to valuations from transfermarkt, by selling a few members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Man Utd are still keen on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho

First of all, two unused centre-backs in Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will collect £5m each.

Sergio Romero, who is thought to be keen to leave Old Trafford having been demoted to third choice keeper, would only fetch £1.8m.

But Jesse Lingard, who has also struggled heavily to break into the first team when fit this season, should be able to garner a fee of around £12m.

That’s not much for a player who Dortmund said would cost more than £100m in the summer.

Jesse Lingard has barely played this year due to a lack of form and fitness

But the sales of Nemanja Matic for £14m and Paul Pogba, who is still valued at a whopping £72m, would take them up to that magic £100m.

Of course, Pogba could well go for even more than that if United decided to cash in on him, while United would probably struggle to sell Matic for that much.

United have also continued to be linked with Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, having lost out on his signature to the Bundesliga side last winter.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

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Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft insists that there is a possibility they could still snap him up though, along with Sancho, as the bright lights of the Premier League are always likely to tempt top stars to make the move.

“Viv Anderson said to me, ‘but Jan, it’s quite easy, young kids want to win trophies – that’s why they’re in the game,’” Fjortoft told ESPN.

“One day they will go away, meet each other now at international break and they will say ‘you’re a good team, you have good talent, how many trophies have you got?’

Manchester United targets Erling Haaland (right) and Jadon Sancho will leave Borussia Dortmund if they fail to win silverware in the near future, says former Norwegian star Jan Aage Fjortoft

“I think that is the danger with Dortmund. They have the best Norwegian, the best American, the two best English, although Sancho is not at the moment unfortunately.

“That is the main challenge for Dortmund. How long can they keep these young kids without winning trophies? The culture needs to be built up.

“It’s also typical that Bayern [have] got that culture at the moment because they have that winning mentality in there.”





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Facundo Pellistri’s lack of Man Utd first team game time explained


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why Facundo Pellistri is yet to feature for Manchester United’s first team since joining on transfer deadline day.

Pellistri joined United from Peñarol in his native Uruguay in a £7million deal on the final day of the transfer window, but has so far been restricted to under-23 action.

However, the 18-year-old trained with the first team ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to face Istanbul Basaksehir, having been an unused substitute for the 2-1 win over Paris-Saint Germain last month.

Pellistri played senior football back in his home country, despite his young age – and Solskjaer has outlined his plan to prepare the attacking midfielder for first-team action.

However, the United boss has made it clear he will give the teenager time to settle into the reserves first.

Facundo Pellistri training with United’s first team on Tuesday

“He’s a young boy coming over and it’s all new for him,” Solskjaer told United’s official website.

“He’ll need a few games in the reserves, of course, to try to find his feet in a new country.

“It’s been very positive so far and he’s someone we’ll be patient with and we’ll give him time to settle in and get used to us.

“You’ll see him in the reserves, probably in the next game.”

Pellistri has played senior football for Peñarol in his native Uruguay

That game will be against Brighton on Friday, after he made his debut for Neil Wood’s U23s in a 2-1 win over Everton in Premier League 2.

He lined up alongside fellow newcomer Alvaro Fernandez and senior players like Brandon Williams and Marcos Rojo against Everton.

And Pellistri was given a tough introduction to English football, with Beni Baningime and Seb Quirk both booked for tackles on the youngster.

Meanwhile, Pellistri has been hailed by his compatriot and fellow deadline day signing Edinson Cavani, who says the midfielder has a “mischievous nature to his game”.

Edinson Cavani says his compatriot Pellistri ‘has a lot to offer’

“Pellistri is a young lad and I really love the way he plays the game.

“He’s the typical South American footballer who has that mischievous nature to his game, and the way he lives his football is a bit like, as we say in Uruguay, being on el campito , as we call it, a makeshift pitch where you have a kickabout for fun with your mates or whoever.

“He’s a youngster who has a lot to learn but who has a lot to offer too.

“He’s already shown what he can do at Peñarol, in the games where he’s featured. I’ve liked him from the moment he made his first-team debut at Peñarol, I liked him a lot.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms Pellistri set for first Man Utd appearance


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Facundo Pellistri will get a run out for their under-23s team this evening against Everton.

Pellistri joined United on deadline day from Uruguayan club Penarol and has been training with the first-team.

He was an unused substitute in the win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday and in a bid to get him some match fitness he’s set to line-up for United when Everton visit Leigh Sports Village.

Pellistri will be joined by defenders Marcos Rojo and Brandon Williams, who are also yet to play for the senior team this season.

Facundo Pellistri joined Man United on deadline-day

“It is a different bubble so, with the current regulations, they can’t go on the same coach, they can’t be in the same dressing room, with all the testing and things,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

“That’s complicated things a little bit but, then again, if we take precautions and they travel by themselves and if they’re not in the dressing room or in the meeting, which isn’t great for a coach not to have his whole team.

“But tonight we’ll have a few [playing]. Facundo will play tonight to get his first taste of English football, Marcos Rojo will play because he needs to build up his fitness and Brandon’s going to play. He needs minutes as well.

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Facundo Pellistri may not be part of Solskjaer’s immediate plans

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“He’s a played a little bit this season and for the Under-21s for England and for us, but just needs to keep that match fitness then we know they’re ready for next week.”

Meanwhile, Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani are all in contention to feature for the first-team against Chelsea for the first-team.

“I hope and expect all three of them to be available for selection,” he added.

“We’ve got a training session this morning, but they’ve got a chance, all of them. Edinson, he wants to tick all the boxes that he’s gone through in his programme and be ready to make an impact.

“I think his last preparation will be today and then we’ll have a discussion with him. It seemed positive yesterday for Mason and Harry, so hopefully.”





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Man Utd and Solskjaer have three transfer issues to solve for squad balance


Manchester United welcomed five new players to the club during the transfer window but after high hopes at the start of the summer, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be satisfied with the end result.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failed to sign their No 1 target Jadon Sancho and was forced to make last gasp deals for Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri and Alex Telles to go with the arrival of Donny van de Beek.

United’s poor start to the season, which sees them sitting in 16th after three games, will be a cause for concern with the squad having an uneven balance.

Mirror Sport takes a look at the three biggest issues Solskjaer and Woodward still have to contend with.

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Shaky defence

United have the joint second leakiest defence in the Premier League despite playing a game fewer than the majority of teams.

Eleven goals have been scored past David de Gea and it probably should be more given Brighton hit the woodwork five times in their 3-2 defeat by United.

Much of the criticism has centred around captain Harry Maguire, who has looked off the pace and below the standards which convinced United to break the world transfer record for a defender when they signed him for £80million in 2019.

Solskjaer will hope Telles is an upgrade on Luke Shaw, who has similarily made a poor start to the season.

The United boss insisted he was happy with his option at centre-back which meant interest in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano was not followed up with a concrete bid.

There is also the ongoing problem of finding suitors for Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo to help fund the arrival of new defenders.

Finding a partner for Maguire to elevate him and relieve the pressure is a major issue for Solskjaer.

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Midfield balance

Although there was a resurgence in the form of Nemanja Matic when football resumed in June, the Serbian is not the powerhouse defensive shield that he was at Chelsea.

Fred and Scott McTominay are decent options in one-off matches but are short of the world-class quality needed at United.

Paul Pogba is in the final year of his United contract but the club has the option to extend it for a further 12 months.

The Frenchman has struggled this season and continues to be an enigma which United can’t solve.

Until United sign players good enough to shield the back four, Maguire and De Gea will continue to be exposed.

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Strength in depth in attack

The signing of Cavani provides back-up to Anthony Martial, who has thrived as the main striker under Solskjaer.

And it means the Frenchman is unlikely to want to be pushed out wide again to accommodate Cavani.

If Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood get injured for a lengthy period of time, United will have to rely on Juan Mata and Daniel James.

While Mata remains a gifted technician, James has struggled with the step-up in expectations at Old Trafford.

Pellistri is just 18-years-old and it would be a gamble for Solskjaer to rely heavily on him.

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Man Utd squad numbers for 2020/21 confirmed after four deadline day transfers


Manchester United have revealed their squad numbers for the 2020/21 after making four new signings on transfer deadline day.

United signed former Paris-Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani and left-back Alex Telles from Porto on Monday, as well as two 18-year-old wingers with an eye on the future.

Facundo Pellestri signed from Penarol in his native Uruguay, while Amad Diallo will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in January.

Up until deadline day, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had endured a frustrating transfer window, with midfielder Donny van de Beek the club’s only signing going into Monday.

The club’s summer-long pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho ultimately failed, with United expected expected to try again for the England winger next summer.

Alex Telles poses in Manchester United kit for the first time after joining on transfer deadline day

But now that Solskjaer’s squad for the season is complete, the full list of squad numbers has been released.

Had United succeeded in signing Sancho, the 20-year-old would surely have landed the club’s iconic No7 shirt, previously worn by legends such as Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Bryan Robson.

With Sancho staying at Dortmund, the number seven has gone to Cavani, who arrives looking to build on his phenomenal scoring record of 341 goals for PSG, Napoli and Palermo.

Edinson Cavani has been given the number seven shirt made famous by a list of United legends

Telles will wear the number 27 shirt, Pellestri will take 28, while Van de Beek has been wearing 34 since his move from Ajax.

Mason Greenwood has been promoted to the number 11 shirt following his breakthrough campaign last season, while Dean Henderson is wearing 26 following his return from two seasons on loan with Sheffield United.

The other two young players to be handed first-team shirt numbers for the season were Brandon Williams, taking 33, and Teden Mengi, who will wear number 43.

The full list of Manchester United squad numbers for 2020/21

1. David de Gea

2. Victor Lindelof

3. Eric Bailly

4. Phil Jones

5. Harry Maguire

6. Paul Pogba

7. Edinson Cavani

8. Juan Mata

9. Anthony Martial

10. Marcus Rashford

11. Mason Greenwood

13. Lee Grant

14. Jesse Lingard

16. Marcos Rojo

17. Fred

18. Bruno Fernandes

21. Daniel James

22. Sergio Romero

Mason Greenwood has been promoted to No11 following his breakthrough campaign last season

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23. Luke Shaw

24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah

25. Odion Ighalo

26. Dean Henderson

27. Alex Telles

28. Facundo Pellestri

29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

31. Nemanja Matic

33. Brandon Williams

34. Donny Van de Beek

38. Axel Tuanzebe

39. Scott McTominay

43. Teden Mengi





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Seven Man Utd deals that could happen on transfer deadline day


Manchester United fans will hope that transfer deadline day goes better than the rest of the window following a frustrating summer for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Edinson Cavani is set to sign on a free transfer after leaving PSG, but United look set for disappointment in their chase for Jadon Sancho.

Sancho was Solskjaer’s top target all summer, but Borussia Dortmund have stuck fast to their £108million price tag, prompting United to turn to other targets.

Hence the imminent arrival of Cavani, who looks set to become only the second signing of the summer for the Red Devils after midfielder Donny van de Beek joined from Ajax in a £40million deal.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for some criticism given United’s relative lack of transfer activity – although they do look set to sign left-back Alex Telles from Porto on deadline day.

Ed Woodward will be hoping to get some deals done on deadline day following a frustrating summer

However, fans have been calling for at least one centre-back, and Sunday’s 6-1 capitulation at home to Tottenham highlighted the need for more quality throughout the back four.

Here, Mirror Sport looks at seven deals that could happen on transfer deadline day.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani will complete his deadline day move to Manchester United today, writes David McDonnell .

Cavani flew into Manchester on Sunday night to undergo a medical after agreeing a two-year-deal worth £200,000-a-week.

The 33-year-old Uruguayan forward will join United on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint Germain in June.

It is understood United have agreed to pay Cavani’s agent a £5m fee, on top of the £20m outlay in wages, to get the deal done.

Cavani had been a target of Atletico Madrid and Juventus, but neither club were prepared to pay the agent’s fees – leaving United free to make their move.

Edinson Cavani is to sign for United after saying goodbye to Paris-Saint Germain this summer

Former United skipper Gary Neville questioned the signing of Cavani and said it went against the club’s stated policy of investing in young talent.

Neville said: “It’s very last minute and came out of nowhere. There’s an element of thrill to it and intrigue and excitement, because he’s one of the world’s great strikers over the last 10 years and you hope he can set the Premier League on fire.

“There’s an element also of ‘how have we ended up here?’ Manchester United, two, three months ago had a great coronavirus period, acted with great class and finished third in the league.

“But we’re here on the eve of the transfer deadline with (Donny) van de Beek as the only signing and currently he can’t get into a packed midfield. I certainly don’t think it (signing Cavani) was part of the strategy or the plan.”

Alex Telles

Alex Telles will be brought in to provide competition for Luke Shaw at left-back

United will also sign Porto left-back Alex Telles for £13.5m, plus £1.5m in add-ons, on a four-year deal with an option for an extra year.

The 27-year-old will provide competition for Luke Shaw, who was one of several players criticised for their performance in the thrashing by Jose Mourinho’s Spurs on Sunday.

Telles has been a target for several weeks, with Sergio Reguilon also having been on United’s radar before leaving Real Madrid for Tottenham last month.

Jadon Sancho

United look set to try again for Jadon Sancho next summer

United’s summer-long pursuit of Jadon Sancho looks destined to end in failure – for this summer at least.

Sancho was identified as the Red Devils’ top target early in the summer, and Borussia Dortmund set United an August 10 deadline to come up with an acceptable offer.

That didn’t happen, and the Bundesliga club insisted the England winger would be staying with them for another season. With United not thought to be willing to meet Dortmund’s £108m price tag, a deal looks unlikely.

United are expected to try again for the 20-year-old next summer – although too many performances such as the one on Sunday might damage their chances of attracting one of English football’s most prodigious talents.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele has been on the fringes at Barcelona following injury problems

With a Sancho deal looking ever more unlikely, United have been linked with Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

The 23-year-old is currently behind teenager Ansu Fati in the Nou Camp pecking order, while Philippe Coutinho’s current form also looks set to limit Dembele’s chances.

There has been talk of United signing Dembele either on loan or in a £60m permanent transfer.

But the signing of Cavani will make a move unlikely, with Solskjaer likely to rely on current wide options such as Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood before trying again for Sancho’s signature next summer.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Roma hope to sign Chris Smalling on a permanent deal – although many would argue he would still be useful at United

Manchester United are looking to plot their path back to the top. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s number one target.

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Diogo Dalot left United to join AC Milan on a season-long loan on Sunday – following in the footsteps of Chris Smalling with a move to Serie A.

Smalling revitalised his career on loan at Roma last season, after finding himself surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

Roma are hopeful of landing Smalling on a permanent deal, with United wanting close to £20m for the former England centre-back.

Inter Milan have also reportedly shown an interest in Smalling, and United will try to offload the 30-year-old – although some fans will question the wisdom of such a move given the current problems in defence.

The club are also hopeful of getting Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo off the wage bill, with Newcastle having been linked with the former – although time is running out fast.





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Man Utd’s signings under last three managers rated and slated


Another transfer window has come and almost gone, and once again questions have been raised about Man Utd’s business.

After two successful windows last season where they landed their prime targets (albeit somewhat belatedly), the Red Devils have managed to get just one deal over the line this summer.

While £40million signing Donny van de Beek is a decent acquisition, United have failed to land Jadon Sancho or any alternatives as yet.

Their inability to offload some of the deadwood in their squad has also been a cause for concern.

United were forced to terminate Alexis Sanchez’s contract by mutual consent in order to get him off the wage bill, as Andreas Pereira has been the only other notable exit on loan.


Of course United’s problems do not stop there, as some of their signings are still yet to prove their worth.

In fact, since Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the club has developed a reputation for throwing money at bad transfers who ultimately flopped.

There are exceptions to the rule though, while others still have time to turn things round.

Here we rate and slate each player who has been bought by United’s past three managers.

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Man Utd signings 2014-2020

Players bought by Louis van Gaal

Angel Di Maria £67.5million – Flop

Luke Shaw £33.75million – Jury still out

Ander Herrera £32.4million – Flop

Marcos Rojo £18million – Flop

Daley Blind £15.75million – Flop

Falcao and Daley Blind were two of van Gaal signings who failed to pay off
Falcao and Daley Blind were two of van Gaal signings who failed to pay off

Falcao £6.84million – Flop

Anthony Martial £54million – Jury still out

Morgan Schneiderlin £31.5million – Flop

Memphis Depay £30.6million – Flop

Matteo Darmian £16.2million – Flop

Bastian Schweinsteiger £8.1million – Flop

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic £1.58million – Who?

Players bought by Jose Mourinho

Paul Pogba £89.5million – Jury still out

Henrikh Mkhitaryan £37.8million – Flop

Eric Bailly £34.2million – Jury still out

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Free – Hit

Romelu Lukaku £76.23million – Flop

Ibrahimovic was a rare success of Mourinho's transfer business
Ibrahimovic was a rare success of Mourinho’s transfer business

Nemanja Matic £40.23million – Hit

Victor Lindelof £31.5million – Jury still out

Alexis Sanchez £30.6million – Flop

Fred £53.1million – Flop

Diogo Dalot £19.8million – Flop

Lee Grant – £1.53million – Meh

Players bought by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Dan James has struggled to find his form at Old Trafford
Dan James has struggled to find his form at Old Trafford

Harry Maguire £78.3million – Jury still out

Bruno Fernandes £49.5million – Hit

Aaron Wan Bissaka £49.5million – Hit

Dan James £16million – Jury still out

Donny van de Beek £35.1million – Time will tell

Who is Man Utd’s worst signing post-Fergie? Have your say below.

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