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Man Utd ‘in talks’ to beat Real Madrid to January transfer swoop

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English Premier League outfit Man United are reported to be in contact with the camp of 17-year-old midfielder Yusuf Demir for a possible move in this January winter transfer market.

The young midfielder is already being linked with top clubs in Europe, including Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, the reason why the Red Devils are working hard to win his signature ahead of other suitors.

The 17-year-old has made 14 senior appearances in the Austrian Bundesliga and Europa League for Rapid Vienna this season where he was seen by top clubs in Europe.

However, it is gathered that despite the speculated interests from the PEL and LA Liga clubs, the player’s club is yet to receive any concrete offer yet but the Red Devils are in talks with the player’s entourage.

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Rapid Vienna will let go of Yusuf Demir for a fee of €10m (£8.9m) but that could increase if more clubs indicate interests, following speculations that Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are also showing interest.

Yusuf Demir has never hidden his wish to play for top European clubs in the past and a move to Man United could just be a dream come true.

He said: “Of course I want to play for a top European team one day, but everything step by step. Everything has its time. The most important thing is to be successful with Rapid now. Everything else comes about after good performance from me.

“Of course I have goals, such as winning as many titles as possible or even the Champions League. Personally, ever since I was a little kid, I have had the dream of one day winning the Ballon d’Or.”

We expect negotiations to begin between both sides if manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a second thought on his earlier claim that there might not be an additional signing for the club after welcoming Amad Diallo from Atalanta earlier in the window.

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The Red Devils were expected to get busy in this winter transfer market as they look to win the Premier League title after coming top on the log for the first time in many months and haven’t won the league since the exit of Alex Ferguson.

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Antonio Conte is ONE CONDITION away from taking Solskjaer’s job

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Antonio Conte has been linked with a move to Man United and it is understood that he is willing to take the job but one condition must be met.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has performed below expectations with the number of defeats under him this term, the reason why another manager is already being speculated to taken over from him.

While Conte is regarded as one of the best managers in the world, he left Inter Milan last summer after guiding the club to the Serie A title and he won the Premier League and FA Cup during his two seasons at Stamford Bridge. No doubt that he is available for any job at the moment.

According to Duncan Castles, ‘I think there are two obvious candidates in terms of coaches who have achieved at the top level of the game, who are out of work and would be available to Manchester United without compensation fees.

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‘One is Zinedine Zidane and one is Antonio Conte. Conte’s position, I’m told, is that he is interested in the Manchester United job but not without restrictions.

‘Antonio Conte, when he chooses his next club, wants a club where he can win the Champions League.

‘He wants to demonstrate, he’s wanted to do it for a long time, that he is one of the very best coaches in world football.

‘To do that he knows he has to win the Champions League, so Manchester United are interesting because of the squad they’ve got, because of their status and because of the resource that is behind them.’

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Antonio Conte to Man United is being discussed and Peter Schmeichel gives his opinion

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Peter Schmeichel has lend his voice to the claim that Antonio Conte would replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if sacked as Man United boss.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently under pressure as a result of the defeats in the past weeks. There are suggestions that he could be sacked but the win against Atlanta cousin cool it off.

However, Peter Schmeichel said Antonio Conte would not be a better choice than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

While many thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not good enough, Schmeichel believes Solskjaer has brought the ‘heart and soul’ back to United and says appointing Conte would only be another attempt at a quick fix.

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‘You can say, ‘Conte is brilliant’. But he doesn’t stay anywhere for more than a couple of years,’ Schmeichel said in an interview with The Times.

‘We are not that football club. We tried that already. It doesn’t work.

‘Louis van Gaal didn’t win the Premier League, Mourinho didn’t. You say Conte or another name, it’s no difference. It’s about them and what they want to do in a small window of Manchester United’s big history.

‘The problem Ole has is that in this world of quick fixes and fast news he has to win yesterday. It has to be delivered now. But it’s not the real world. We stopped that development for a period and our competitors closed the gap then ran away.

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‘We have to catch them but I believe – in the way we have done in the biggest periods with Sir Matt [Busby] and with Sir Alex – that if you build and take time then you get it right for a very long time. That’s what I meant with that line about heart and soul.

‘Liverpool, how long did it take them to get it right? Only when they found a manager who understood the club. Ole is there now and I hope he stays. But if there is a change in the next couple of years, I hope the club really does the due diligence.’

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Paul Merson hints Solskjaer never wanted Ronaldo at United, gives reasons

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Paul Merson has given us a hint that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never wanted Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United in the first place.

According to him, Solskjaer’s decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United’s draw against Everton shows it was only the club’s decision to re-sign the forward.

Solskjaer has selected Ronaldo to start in six of his seven appearances for the club since he returned and the Portuguese has scored five times in seven matches since he rejoined in a £12m move from Juventus in August.

Paul Merson said he is surprised at how Ronaldo is being used by Solskjaer.

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‘Manchester United have brought all these players in and you’re left scratching your head as to where Solskjaer fits them all in,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘To this day I still don’t get the Ronaldo signing. Hand on heart, would Manchester United have gone and got him if Manchester City weren’t linked? Was Ronaldo even going to City, or was he just playing them to get back to United?

‘I’m not 100 per cent sure Solskjaer wanted Ronaldo there, I may be wrong, but his decision to leave him out against Everton told me all I needed to know.

‘I think he saw it as a good opportunity to beat a team without Ronaldo and then carry on from there, but they didn’t, and everybody went mad. But would they have beaten Everton with Ronaldo in the team?”

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Peter Crouch tells Solskjaer his one and only problem at United

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Former Liverpool forward, Peter Crouch has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that his only problem is that he is susceptible to criticism because of his lack of top managerial experience.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been criticized for the poor results in recent weeks and there were talks that he would be sacked but he has secured an important 3-2 win against Atlanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Speaking after the turnaround, former Premier League striker Crouch thinks that Solskjaer will always be the scapegoat when United don’t play well.

‘Ole’s issue is Thomas Tuchel, [Pep] Guardiola and [Jurgen] Klopp. Manchester United’s fans are looking at those three managers, the trophies they’ve won, their CV’S of winning trophies and Champions Leagues,’ he told BT Sport.

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‘With all due respect to Ole, he’s come from Cardiff and Molde, not the same experience and he’s managing a club of Man Utd’s stature and the club doesn’t have a manager that falls into the category that those clubs have.

‘When they lose or look tactically inept, it always full back into the scenario of how he got the job in the first place and then looking enviably at the rest of the teams who are the best three teams in the league.

‘United do have a squad that can compete with these teams, but they’re not and what is the reason for that? And that is the reason we keep going back to the manager.’

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Following Atlanta win, Wenger gives Solskjaer an advice that would help going forward

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Man United finally won a game on Wednesday night when they defeated Atlanta by 3-2, all thanks to the late goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils came from behind to steal the win with second half goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has now told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to enjoy the win and relax because there are many more things to worry about in the future.

There could be little ease for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the win but the pressure has not disappeared until he can secure more wins in the next five games.

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Wenger has therefore, urged him to carefully enjoy Wednesday night’s win.

‘He was under huge pressure and he got away with it and he’s relieved. I can feel how he feels,’ the former Arsenal boss told beIN Sports.

‘Enjoy the night, do the press conference, have a nice dinner with friends and enjoy the night. Tomorrow it starts again, you have a big game in front of you and the worry starts again.

‘The impatience with public and fans around Man United is becoming bigger and very quickly this season. That was not the case before, so it’s the first time he faces that situation.

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Crouch names 3 managers that would have performed better than Solskjaer as United boss

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Former England striker Peter Crouch has named three managers that would have performed better if they were in charge of the current Man United team.

He mentioned Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp but the trio are currently engaged with Premier League clubs.

Solskjaer is currently under fire for poor results. There was a little breathing when his team defeated Atlanta by 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The former Liverpool marksman told BT Sport that he noticed a distinct lack of effort from United’s front four, declaring that Guardiola, Tuchel and Klopp would not have stood for it in the same way that Solskjaer did.

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“I think if Pep and Klopp are in charge of this [United] team, I think the front four would work a lot harder, no way they would get away with it,” said Crouch.

“[I] don’t think Ole will upset players. I see body language on some players that under Pep and Klopp they would be hauled off.

“Arms thrown recently, that I don’t like, needs to be nipped in the bud, those two would have made sure it was.

“David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne were the two hardest working players when City pumped us in a game a while back, I don’t see that at United.

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“Ole has come from Cardiff and Molde, managing Manchester United, unfortunately they do not have a manager of the experience of Pep, Tuchel, and Klopp.”

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Agbonlahor gives damning Ronaldo advice to Solskjaer

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Gabby Agbonlahor has given a damning advice to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, urging him to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from his starting XI.

He warned that Cristiano Ronaldo might be Man Utd’s ‘downfall’ this season.

Agbonlahor made this claim after Ronaldo helped the Red Devils with a big win on Wednesday night.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is having his second spell at Old Trafford and has now scored six times for United since returning in the summer but there are suggestions that he has not helped the team.

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Asked whether Ronaldo improves United as a team, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: ‘I don’t think he does.

‘People got carried away. Ronaldo was awful for Juventus last season. This season for Man United, he’s not scored many great goals. The one against Newcastle was the goalkeeper’s fault, it went through his legs. The Villareal one wasn’t anything special.

‘If you look at Man United, if I’m a Man United fan I want to see Greenwood down the middle, I want Rashford on the left and I want Sancho on the right, he’s better on the right. That’s my front three. In behind them, I want Pogba, Fernandes and Fred or McTominay.

‘Ronaldo doesn’t fit into the way that Manchester United want to play. The problem is, because of his profile and how good of a player he was, everyone feels like they’ve got to pass to him. They feel they’ve got to make a goal for Ronaldo.

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‘He’s going to be the downfall of Man United, for me. It was a signing that was done for the fans and to stop him from going to Man City.

‘Let’s not be fooled, Ronaldo would have gone to Manchester City, 1000 per cent, he had probably already spoken to Manchester City.’

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How Cristiano Ronaldo has made Manchester United tactical problems worse

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According to Jamie Carragher, Manchester United’s tactical problems are now worse because of the coming Cristiano Ronaldo into the team.

The 36-year-old made a return to Old Trafford this summer transfer window. His first game gave glimpse of hope but the story is no longer the same.

Carragher said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not prepared to have Ronaldo in his team and doesn’t have a ‘plan’ to fit in his best players.

Following Saturday’s 4-2 defeat suffered in the hands of Leicester City, Man United slipped to sixth on the log despite adding The side had been expected to challenge for the title this term following the signings of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Carragher, therefore, said ‘You can’t play five attacking players, you can’t.

‘Pogba’s got to come out of central midfield. He’s playing there and it comes back to the Ronaldo signing.

‘As soon as Ronaldo comes in, Pogba has to play centre midfield to fit all the players in. I’m not saying (Pogba) should be out the team, but he’s not a centre midfield in a United shirt.

‘As soon as Ronaldo comes in, Pogba has to play centre midfield to fit all the players in. I’m not saying (Pogba) should be out the team, but he’s not a centre midfield in a United shirt.

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‘What does Ole do? What’s your idea? I don’t see it in terms of a plan. If you’re going to press, everyone presses. Are they a high pressing team? Not really, not with Ronaldo in the team. This (lack of intensity) wouldn’t be accepted with a Pep or Klopp or Tuchel team. It’s both (a manager and a players problem).

‘Manchester United need to have a better manager, they need a manager who can compete with other big teams in the league.’

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