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After losing £4m deal, United told how to make Old Trafford attractive

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It has been disclosed that Man United’s Old Trafford was to host the heavyweight boxing match between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte for a £4m deal but the organizers opted for Wembley despite holding advanced talks with the Red Devils.

Finance guru Kieran Maguire, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider about the 75,000-seater arena’s potential as a multi-function venue, said Man United must “seriously up their game” if they are to turn Old Trafford into an attractive destination for non-football events.

“The good news is that it appears Man United are starting to realise,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“They have seen what Spurs have managed to achieve in building possibly the best multi-function stadium in Europe.

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“They realise that they have to seriously up their game because they are falling further and further behind.

“Manchester is a very attractive city but it isn’t London, so you have to work a little bit harder to persuade people.

“I don’t think that would necessarily have been a problem with Fury and Whyte, but the facilities are looking very, very dated either way.

“In the world of finance, we talk about ‘time take’. That means the longer you have fans there, the more money you make.

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“At Old Trafford, the facilities are so second rate that there is no incentive to stay.”

Meanwhy, United have appointed a planning team to lead a revamp of the stadium, with the Daily Mail suggesting they could add up to 15,000 seats and make it more attractive.

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Why Erik ten Hag has reasons to be worried over his midfield next season as target’s manager sends another strong message

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Man United and new manager Erik ten Hag might not get the best from their midfield next season as their efforts to land Barcelona star Frankie de Jong has proven difficult.

This is as Barcelona manager Xavi stressed that De Jong remains an integral part of his plans and will not be leaving this summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, United are set to lose a number of midfielders this summer, including the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata.

Not replacing them with the right quality will spell doom for the new manager.

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Speaking before the final game of the La Liga season, Xavi said: ‘For me, Frenkie is a great player, he’s a beast – I like him and I think he can be part of an important era of the club.

‘We will see the economic situation of the club… but I like de Jong.’

Despite the uncertainty, Xavi insists he has been ensured Barcelona will be able to sign players this summer and confirmed Robert Lewandowski, who is set to leave Bayern Munich, is a concrete target.

He added: ‘He’s one of the options, one of the possibilities. There are negotiations, he has one year of his contract left… it won’t be easy.

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‘Laporta told me we’ll be able to reinforce the team, there’s confidence.’

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Man United gets major boost as target will make move despite lack of Champions League next season

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Man United will not be in the Champions League next season but that won’t stop their chances or landing one of their major targets Sven Botman.

This is according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Red Devils’ summer plans and the Lille player.

AC Milan are understood to be dip in talks with the 22-year-old defender but the Red Devils have been assured that they could still sign him

Kenny insists the Red Devils still have the pulling power to lure Botman despite their failure to secure Champions League football for next season.

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“They still have that pulling power, they can give him something to think about,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Off the pitch, they are still the biggest club in the world. That pulling power is still there.

“There is 80,000 at Old Trafford every weekend. It’s an iconic stadium. They have a new manager and there is renewed hope there.

“We haven’t been used to how Man United have been playing recently but they still have that name.

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“If Man United want him, they will get him. I’m sure of that. It would be a statement as well and I’m sure that’s what they want.”

The Netherlands Under-21 star is under contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy until 2025.

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United told what would be their most difficult summer transfer business

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Man United have been told that selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer would be the most difficult summer transfer dealings at Old Trafford because “no one wants him”.

Former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the looming overhaul at the club said the player is no longer valuable.

This is as it was disclosed that the 24-year-old will be allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer.

McAvennie said expects it will be hard for the Red Devils to offload the right-back.

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“Well they aren’t seeing much of that £50million they signed him for, let me tell you,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He’s been good on occasion but that won’t cut it at Man United.

“How much will they get for him? Well, I don’t there will be loads of interest.

“Other clubs also hold the cards here because Man United need to get rid of him. They are in a really bad position.

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“It depends if Man United are prepared to let him go for a lot less than they signed him for because, in my opinion, no one wants him.”

Howbeit, the summer transfer window will be supervised by new manager Erik ten Hag.

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Ten Hag shocks everyone with decision to keep this players at Old Trafford as summer transfer nears

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New Man United manager has been tipped to begin work in the summer which starts with a major overhauling of the team.

Juan Mata is one player everyone expects to leave Old Trafford as age is no longer on his side but that won’t happen on Erik ten Hag’s terms, according to reports.

The 34-year-old is out of contract in the summer, with no new deal agreed with the Spaniard as of yet.

Now reports claim Erik ten Hag wants him to remain at Old Trafford for another season.

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Mata now has talks planned with new United boss Ten Hag, with a decision yet to be made over his future.

The midfielder confirmed to The Athletic there is a ‘conversation pending’ with the Dutch coach, who is set to meet the squad on Monday.

‘I will see when we speak how we feel, what his ideas are, after that a decision will be made,’ Mata added.

On the reasons why he signed a one-year extension last summer, Mata said: ‘First because I love the club, second because I hoped I could give much more on the pitch than I ended up doing, and third because last season was horrible for me, for many reasons, especially because of the passing of my mum

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‘It wasn’t an easy season at all with the pandemic and that personal tragedy. I didn’t want to end my career at Manchester United that way, without fans in the stadium, with all that I have lived over the last months.

‘I am gonna be very honest, when we made the signings we made [last summer] I genuinely felt, “We are gonna really compete to win the Premier League now”. That’s why I renewed, I wanted to be part of that.

‘One of the things I always say: winning a massive trophy with Manchester United would be an incredible feeling after being here for so many years, knowing the fans and everyone working in the club like I do.’

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Humbled Rangnick makes biggest confession about his United job as season ends

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Ralf Rangnick joined Man United with high hopes and prospects but everything turned out differently and has been humbled as the team failed to impress.

To make it worse, Man United will be missing out of the Champions League next season and Ralf Rangnick has confessed he could have done better as interim manager of Manchester United.

Rangnick, 63, took the United job in November after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked and one match remaining, the Red Devils are sixth, two points above West Ham and 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Rangnick, speaking on Friday ahead of United’s final game at Crystal Palace, admitted he and the United squad could have done more over the season.

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“I made this experience and it is still an experience I would not want to miss,” the German said.

“As a manager, you always want to win more than lose, my last two years with RB Leipzig we made an average of two points per game and finished third.

“Here, although we were only a positive pathway in the first three or four months, we could not keep that.

“We could all have done better, including myself, we all have to be self-critical and now it is about taking and drawing the right conclusions.”

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However, he will be replaced in his role by former Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag.

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Erik ten Hag told the youth player he must work with at United

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One of the youth players who is already making his mark, despite being just 17-years-old, is Isak Hansen-Aaroen and incoming manager Erik ten Hag has been asked to work with him.

Hansen-Aaroen joined United in the summer transfer window of 2020, having broken into the senior team at Norwegian side Tromso. He has since worked his way from their Under-18s and into the Under-23s.

The Norwegian has made 11 appearances in Premier League 2, mainly featuring in attacking midfield. He also made a significant contribution to the FA Youth Cup win, starting five of their six games in their run to their first silverware in the competition for a decade.

His former team-mate at Tromso, Ruben Yttergård Jenssen has now compared him to fellow Norwegian wonderkid Odegaard as he claimed he can be given the chance just like the Arsenal player.

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“I have also seen some highlights from him at United. It seems like he’s doing very well there. I thought he was very good, and the fact that he has taken the next step so well is very exciting. I sensed that this was a talented lad already at the first training session, Yttergård Jenssen told Dagbladet.

“He has some skills that are absolutely raw. He is so playful with the ball. And the way he moves on a football field … There’s something artistic about it. He reminds me a bit of Martin Ødegaard.

“We just have to let him impress us and rejoice that he is doing well. Then we’ll see how far it goes. A football career goes up and down. Right now, he’s on a roll, and there’s bound to be some adversity. So let’s hope he copes well and continues that upward trend in the long term.”

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Pogba linked with another EPL giants as Man City deal collapses

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Paul Pogba has been linked with another move to Chelsea as a deal to have him join Man City collapsed.

His future at Old Trafford has been concluded as he is confirmed to leave at the end of the season but his destination is still unknown.

Louis Saha believes Paul Pogba should not return to Juventus but he should join one of Manchester United’s Premier League rivals instead.

Saha therefore asked him to consider a move to Chelsea as Stamford Bridge represents an environment that would bring the best out of Pogba.

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‘Chelsea is the obvious match for Pogba because he loves to play with N’Golo Kante,’ Saha told Lord Ping.

‘We always try to compare what he does with France and United and the ability of Kante makes Pogba play to another dimension and that’s the truth.

‘He plays only 40% of the games then it is maybe a miracle that we arrive in third place. He is our Mo Salah, he is our Van Dijk, he is our De Bruyne. He is simply that player, he is our Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

‘He is that guy who makes the difference, and if you only have him for 40%, then it is a huge problem.

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‘Given that percentage, it is maybe a miracle that he produces results. It puts everything into perspective as I saw Liverpool without Van Dijk last season, and they struggled heavily. You see the difference. N’Golo is our key player, and we need him on the pitch.’

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Ralf Rangnick tells United fans precisely when their team will be able to compete with City, Liverpool

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There is no doubt that Man United have been left behind by many seasons as they have not won the EPL since legendary manager Alex Ferguson left but interim manager Ralf Rangnick has told the fans that they are only ‘two or three’ transfer windows away from competing again.

Speaking ahead of their match against Crystal Palace, he told reporters: ‘If we bring in the right players, mentality players, I am positive we will be able to bring this club back to the top.

‘Maybe not possible in one window, but next two or three.’

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, United have spent over £1billion on new players, although most have failed to live up to the billing.

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More money is expected to be spent as the club hopes to have a major overhauling that would be supervised by Erik ten Hag.

Last summer, the Manchester giants signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for over £100million, with both enduring disappointing seasons. The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, bought for significant fees in 2019, have also performed poorly.

Howbeit, the Red Devils have decided to build a new team with their new manager and that would start with doing away with some players.

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