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Ferdinand expects a quiet January window for Man Utd

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Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has stated that he is not expecting the club to do more serious businesses in this January window after they completed the purchase of Amad Diallo.

Amad Diallo joined the Red Devils in this January winter transfer window after spending four years with Atalanta with just one season in the senior team.

The 18-year-old might have made just four senior appearances for Atalanta but he is one of the most highly-rated youngsters currently playing in Europe.

An agreement for Amad Diallo was reached in October, but the deal could not be completed as a result his work permit. He officially joined the Red Devils on January 7 for an initial £18.7m. This deal includes around £20m more in add-ons.

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However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been linked with a number of players but there are suggestions that it could be the end of deals until the summer window.

Ferdinand told the Stretford Paddock that he would be “very surprised” if United sign anyone else this month:

“I don’t think he’ll bring anyone in. He is hoping that Diallo from Atalanta will come in and set the world alight in training – so he gives him some food for thought.

“Listen, it is alright saying we want someone but who is selling in this market right now? I don’t see many teams who are willing to sell players right now. Unless you’re going to break the bank and pay monstrous fees. I don’t think Man United want to be doing that right now.

“I think Man United will leave this window alone. I’d be very surprised if they go in again.”

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Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had earlier stated that clubs do not have millions to do deals at the moment. “We are always looking to see if there is any way possible that we can improve this squad and bring players in that will have the right level, quality, personality and fits all the criteria,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.

“This summer and year has been a strange one and it is very important everyone understands this has an effect on football. Not everyone can spend millions and millions.

“It is never easy to have too many new players in the team, it takes time for players to gel into a unit.

“We have seen some clubs go for the quick fix and some have trust in the process. We have to improve and get results but adding players with different qualities than we have.”

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When asked how many more signings he would like to make before the transfer window closes on October 5, Solskjaer said: “I never set myself a target, like scoring 20 goals as a player.

“You just have to go day by day, making sure you develop and improve. We have a vision of where we want to get to but know so many things can come in the way. I believe in seeing how the team and club develops.”

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Erik ten Hag’s next club after United hinter already

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Erik ten Hag has barely started his job as Man United manager but his destination after the Red Devils job has been hinted.

This is as Ajax with former sporting director Marc Overmars said the new Red Devils manager could return to the Dutch club.

Overmars quit the Dutch champions in February over inappropriate messages sent to female colleagues, and has since joined Royal Antwerp.

Ten Hag has long credited the former Arsenal star for his part in Ajax’s title success.

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“We humans are in this world to help each other not to shoot each other,” he said.

“This championship is also his championship. We built this team together. After the game against Heerenveen, I also congratulated Marc with the title via text.

“It’s a romantic thought to return to Ajax together one day. We have been very successful together. It’s hard to say if it will happen, but it could happen.”

However, Erik ten Hag has a huge responsibility at Old Trafford and it starts with this Summer transfer window.

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The manager is also expected to overhaul the team and have a rebuild so that they can return to winning ways in the coming season and complete for titles.

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Pundit expresses fears for Ten Hag over this thing he doesn’t know

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Paul Robinson has expressed fears for Erik ten Hag after claiming that the Dutch manager might not know the load he is set to carry at United.

According to him, Erik Ten Hag is underestimating the size of the job.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one slammed the Red Devils for having a “catastrophic” end to the season.

Robinson fears Ten Hag, who was confirmed as United’s next permanent manager on 21 April, has an incredibly difficult job on his hands.

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“They were awful at the weekend,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “The back four was awful but they were awful as a team.

“The club is a shadow of itself when you compare it to the Sir Alex Ferguson era. They are worlds apart.

“To lose 4-0 at Brighton is a catastrophe. I don’t think Ten Hag realises the scale of the job on his hands.

“The dressing room is not together. There is a lot of big characters and deadwood in there. There needs to be change from top to bottom.

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“The club is in decline. It is not in a good place. To lose 4-0 to Brighton is unacceptable. It could have been seven or eight as well.”

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One name that has not been mentioned over time to leave United this summer

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Brandon William, who has not been mentioned over time on the exit list could leave Man United this summer on a loan or permanent basis.

This hint was given by former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson, when he spoke exclusively to Football Insider about the 21-year-old’s future at Old Trafford.

William has spent this season on loan at Norwich City, who have been relegated back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The full-back is expected to return to his parent club after the Canaries’ final game but he could just bid a farewell to the club.

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The United academy product has just over two years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Williams’ future, Robinson said:

“Under [Erik] ten Hag, everyone will get a clean slate at Man United.

“Williams has never really been given a run of games at United but that could change. What he has to do is hit the ground running in pre-season.

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“But, if I’m honest, he is unlikely to even get a place on the bench next season. For that reason I think it is more than likely that he will move on, whether that be on loan or on a permanent basis.”

The left-back has made 50 appearances in total for Manchester United, scoring once in a 3-3 draw with Sheffield United in 2019.

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Man United owners hiding something, finance guru gives a hint on what could be happening at Old Trafford

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Finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider said there is something Man United owners are not saying that might be happening already.

He made this claim after chief of staff Patrick Coyle, a figure at the club left Man United.

Ed Woodward is the most high-profile departure in recent times, and head of corporate finance Hemen Tseayo and chief negotiator Matt Judge have also left in the last few weeks.

Plumley theorises that, although the party line is that departing figures have left to seek new challenges, the Glazers may actually be aiming for a “total cultural reset” and have been behind this exits.

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“I think it has an orchestrated feel if you look at the number of departures,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“I always look at things from the top down. The ownership structure is a bit delicate but underneath that you have got the people who are on the ground.

“Everyone needs to be pulling in the same direction and sometimes a full freshen-up is needed. There is a famous quote: ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’. That is what a lot clubs will target.

“You have to focus on culture first and then everything else follows. It feels like a cultural reset. It isn’t just job exits, it’s more than that.”

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Richard Arnold became United’s most senior executive following Woodward’s departure.

The team will also be under the supervision of a new manager next term, with Erik ten Hag set to take charge.

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Ferdinand kicks as Saka goes ahead of Ronaldo in stunning award nomination

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Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has protested the exclusion of Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for the Premier League’s Player of the Season award when Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was mentioned.

Ronaldo was not a standout performer this season but the 37-year-old has still scored 18 goals in his first campaign back in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Saka has been one of Arsenal’s standout performers with 11 goals and six assists in the Premier League so far.

Last week, the 20-year-old was named on the shortlist for the Premier League’s Player of the Season alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jarrod Bowen, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min and James Ward-Prowse.

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But Ferdinand believes Ronaldo has done enough to warrant being alongside the frontrunners for the award.

‘Saka’s in the in the Player of the Year nominees?’ Ferdinand asked on Vibe with Five.

‘I wouldn’t have had Saka in there yet, as well as he’s done.

‘I wouldn’t have had him over Ronaldo, no, not this season.

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‘Ronaldo should be in ahead of three of four of those guys in there.

‘He probably doesn’t win it but in terms of nominees, it’s laughable.

‘He’ll take it as a disrespect but these are the things that fuel him, he’ll be thinking, ‘how dare you?’.

‘If it’s based on stats, he’s like, ‘I’ve banged in more goals than most of them on that list other than Salah, so what are you talking about?”

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Pundit hints possible United deal with Chelsea star, gives reasons why it should never happen

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Football pundit Noel Whelan has hinted that Man United are eyeing to seal up a deal to land N’Golo Kante from Chelsea.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the incoming manager Erik ten Hag should look to “build something for the future” rather than signing a “quick fix” in the 31-year-old.

A report claims that Ten Hag is also targeting Aurelien Tchouameni, Frenkie de Jong, and Declan Rice alongside Kante.

Kante, who has started 19 Premier League games this term, is out of contract at the end of next season, the reason why the Dutch manager wants to take up the advantage.

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Whelan insisted that Man United should not be targeting players over 30 this summer.

He also suggested Kante’s lack of resale value makes a deal an unattractive proposition.

“I’d like to see Man United looking to bring in much younger players,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I don’t see the point of getting players in who are 31 or 32. They need freshening up all over the park, and to do that they need to get young talent through the door.

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“Don’t get me wrong, N’Golo Kante is an exceptional player. He can still be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League on his day.

“But what is the point of signing players for two years?

“It’ll take a transfer fee – and they won’t get anything back for him in a couple of years.

“The fans will like to think Ten Hag is looking to build something for the future rather than just looking for a quick fix.”

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One United player hints at Why it’s been difficult playing for the club, makes Ten Hag claim

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Jadon Sancho has stated that it has been stated that is t has been difficult for since he became a Man United player.

Sancho, who joined from Borussia Dortmund last year, has endured a difficult first season at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals this term.

However, he is optimistic that he can have a new start at Old Trafford when new manager Erik ten Hag fully resumes and if he would not be among those to be shown the exit door.

Speaking to the Premier Productions, the England international said he was waiting to see the new ideas his coach will bring to Old Trafford.

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He said: “To start again fresh, with a new manager coming in, we’re looking forward to seeing what his ideas and plans for the team are.

“You only have to think positively. My career is only getting started and, hopefully, it will take off soon. This has been a difficult season, especially being a Manchester United player, with what the club has achieved over the years.

“United is known for winning trophies and being up there with the best. This season has been a difficult one for all of us, but I think we still have to show belief again.”

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Man United might have lost out as target gives list of condition for next club

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Man United’s transfer target Christian Eriksen has hinted that he is hoping to return to the Champions League ahead of a potential summer move.

The Red Devils have been eyeing his signature after he became one of Brentford’s star performers since his January transfer but the fact that the United will not be in the Champions League next season means they might have lost out already.

The Danish midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season having only penned a six-month deal with Brentford in the January transfer window – his first return to football following his shocking cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Speaking to Viaplay after the Bees’ 3-2 comeback victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday evening, the 30-year-old said: “I do not think that there are some football players who can just pick and choose between clubs, because there are many criteria that come into play. There are also many clubs that need to see one’s path before that happens.

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“I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision. I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”

Speaking last month, he said: “Obviously Christian is a fantastic player, but I know that I will answer this question from now until the end of the season and hopefully we end up signing him.

“But if he ends up at another club, it is what it is,” he continued. “I think we went into this with open eyes and this is the outcome we hoped for, that he performs fantastic and that we perform well and the other hope is that he performs after the summer.”

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