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Van Dijk confesses player Ten Hag wants better than him at 21

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Liverpool defender Vigil van Dijk has confessed that Ajax defender Jurrien Timber is better than he was at the same age.

Timber quickly established himself as a regular under Erik ten Hag at Ajax and the Manchester United manager was keen to bring the 21-year-old with him to Old Trafford in the summer but there was no breakthrough.

Timber is now competing for a place in Louis van Gaal’s squad for Netherlands’ World Cup campaign in Qatar later this year.

And Van Dijk, who has established himself as one of the world’s best defenders since joining Liverpool, believes Timber has all the qualities to become one of the elite.

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‘I wasn’t nearly as far along as he is now [at the same age],’ Van Dijk said of Timber.

‘I have nothing but praise for him. He is a great player and a true professional.

‘He has so much potential. Hopefully he can develop further. Then it will be all right, I think. ‘

‘I think everyone knows their role at the moment,’ said the Liverpool centre-back.

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‘The national coach is very clear about this. Everyone feels the responsibility, whether you play or not.

‘Of course, it is not easy to deal with that, because you always want to I think they are doing an excellent job and will always be there when we need them. Also in terms of input, towards the team. That is also necessary to be successful.’

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United handed best strategy to land World Cup star ahead of Arsenal

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Former manager Sven Goran Eriksson has urged Man United to attempt a swap deal with Donny van de Beek to sign Cody Gakpo in January.

The Red Devils have been linked with the PSV star, who is currently staring at the World Cup and a move for him is expected to happen in January.

His stock rose in the World Cup because of his impressive performance and goal rate with Netherlands at the World Cup.

However, Man United have been tipped to land Cody Gakpo as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The former England boss said Donny van de Beek, who is a flop at Old Trafford should be allowed to go the othér way in order to make the deal easy with PSV.

‘We’re talking about two very good players and I believe it could be a great deal for both parties. It would make perfect sense,’ Eriksson told Football Betting.

‘Gakpo is a dynamic attacker and direct – just what United need – and for one reason or another Van de Beek just hasn’t been suited to England and the Premier League.

‘Erik ten Hag knows all of these players and if he thinks a swap deal is a good idea then why not?’

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Man United told the club Jude Bellingham will join amidst interest

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has told his former club not to expect to side Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund despite their interest.

According to him, Manchester City have the advantage in the race to sign Jude Bellingham if he is to make a move to the English Premier League.

Jude Bellingham has emerged as one of the brightest prospects and now the most sort-after player in the World Cup but his destination is unknown despite claim by his owners that they will not stand in his way.

Arsenal have also been linked with the signature of the youngster, joining Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea but Ferdinand believes it’ll be the blue half of Manchester that are successful in their pursuit of Bellingham.

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‘I think he will [join Manchester City], yeah,’ Ferdinand said on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

‘He’ll say, “listen, I’ve got a couple of mates there, English boys. I can go to Madrid in five years,”‘

‘There’s no rush. I just think he thinks: “you know what, I’m the superstar. I’m going to win the Premier League, because I’m an English-born boy”.

‘And then I’ll go to Madrid and I’ll do the same there in a few years.’

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Man United told target is ‘Good enough for the top’

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Tyrell Malacia has encouraged Manchester United to make a move for their target Cody Gakpo as he claims the forward is ready to make the step up and join another club.

The Red Devils had prioritised a move for Antony instead but interest in the PSV Eindhoven star remains, especially after his three goals in four appearances for Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar.

Gakpo has also bagged 13 goals and provided 17 assists for PSV this season and he is tipped to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils will have to battle Arsenal for the signature of the forward.

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Following reports suggesting United are keen to sign the 23-year-old in January, his countryman Malacia is confident he can make the step up.

‘He’s good enough for the top, there’s no doubt,’ Malacia told The Athletic.

Meanwhile, tbe forward reacted to interest about him from England.

‘I have to be honest, I am not thinking about that now,’ Gakpo said of his future.

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‘I am focused on the tournament and want to keep performing well, to keep helping the team. Hopefully when we become world champions we can think about other things.

‘I try to keep focused and the other players don’t really speak about that kind of thing.’

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Piers Morgan finally reveals if Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Saudi Arabia club or not

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Piers Morgan has finally opened up on the speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a record-breaking deal to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.

The Arsenal fan who recently granted an interview with the veteran player, said the report is untrue.

Ronaldo had parted ways with the Red Devils while at the World Cup after a controversial interview with Piers Morgan.

He had slammed the Red Devils, former teammates and the management of the club before his exit.

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However, as a free player, reports claimed the Portuguese superstar had received a contract offer worth €500million (£432m), with Marca claiming on Monday that Ronaldo has now agreed to the terms and will join Al-Nassr on January 1.

However, Morgan – who is in frequent contact with Ronaldo after their explosive interview – insists the reports are wide of the mark and tweeted, “Again, Not true”.

According to Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo is still good for the Champions League as he hinted the former Real Madrid and Juventus star will remain in Europe.

‘He thinks that if he does well at this World Cup, he’ll get what he really wants, which is a club in the Champions League that extends his record and his legacy,’ Morgan told the Daily Telegraph.

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‘It’s not about money at this stage of his career. It comes down to a burning desire to play football at the highest level, to break records and win trophies. And he has done that in more countries than any other player in history.’

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Former United attacker calls Ronaldo to join him in new club

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Former Man United attacker Odion Ighalo ‘hopes’ Cristiano Ronaldo joins him in the Saudi Arabian Professional League.

Although he claimed that the Portuguese international could decide to stay in Europe and move to a Champions League club.

Ronaldo, who is currently in Qatar with Portugal’s World Cup squad, is searching for a new club after being released by Man United last month.

Reports claim that Al-Nassr have offered him £150m a season to join them on a three-year deal but that is yet to be confirmed by the forward.

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Nigerian striker Ighalo plays for Al Hilal and wants Ronaldo to join him in Saudi Arabia, although he admits he will likely remain in Europe and join a Champions League club.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo is hugely ambitious, and I think he will want to play in a Champions League team and end his career well, but you never can say,’ Ighalo told The Athletic.

‘He has the decision to make. I wish him all the best in that decision, and hopefully, he does come to Saudi Arabia.

‘I would love for him to come to Saudi because he would boost the league and add more fanbase to the league. People who aren’t already watching will start to engage with the league and see something they are missing.’

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United humbled in their bids to sign Gakpo with these words from Van Dijk

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Liverpool defender Vrigil van Dijk aimed a brutal dig at Manchester United after reports that they want to sign PSV forward Cody Gakpo.

In his analysis, he said the Red Devils have little chance of signing Cody Gakpo when the PSV forward opts to leave the Eredivisie club.

According to him, Man United do not belong to the same level as Real Madrid and may not be able to compete for the signature of the forward.

The versatile forward’s value is believed to have sky rocketed over the course of the last 10 days as a result of his performance in the World Cup.

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Van Dijk believes United will have little chance of competing for his signature should the European elite enter the running.

‘Are Manchester United and Real Madrid on the same level?’ said Van Dijk when informed of the increasing interest in Gakpo from Europe’s heavyweight clubs. ‘No disrespect, not at all.

‘I definitely think he has that next step in him. I definitely feel like it could happen, whether that is in the winter or the summer or next year, time will tell.

‘He is a great boy who works hard, very talented and definitely there is more in him. We are so pleased he is doing so well for us. Long may it continue.’

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Gabriel Jesus tells United fans who the club signed in the summer

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has schooled critics of Manchester United midfielder Casemiro, saying the Red Devils signed a very good player.

Casemiro has continued to impress with at Qatar as he scored the only goal in Brazil’s victory over Switzerland on Monday, which assured the South Americans of a place in the knock-out stage of the World Cup with a match to spare.

Gabriel Jesus insisted the Manchester United star 30-year-old has repeatedly demonstrated his all-around game.

“I don’t know if people in England watched Casemiro’s career before he came to the Premier League, but I followed him for years at Real Madrid and know how many goals he scored in the Champions League,” Gabriel Jesus said.

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“If you go to Google and watch Casemiro’s games for Real, you will find what he is all about. He went there and scored a lot.

“I have played with some good midfielders and I put Fernandinho in there as well. But I have spent a lot of time with Casemiro and he is just an amazing player.

“Some people don’t understand that and don’t give him a lot of respect. But I do because I played with him for such a long time and know how good he is.”

He continued: “He will definitely be a good signing for United because of his quality and the way he works. It is just amazing. He is just so focused all the time,” Gabriel Jesus continued.

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“He’s like ‘don’t lose, don’t give the ball away’. It has been the same everywhere he’s been – that’s why he has been so successful. If you are a player who loves to work and wants to follow a winner, then he is a great influence.”

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United’s fate might have been decided in chase of Jude Bellingham

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It is understood that the fate of Man United in the chase of Jude Bellingham might have been decided as the player is considering staying at Borussia Dortmund until the end of his contract in 2025.

Bellingham, 19, is one of the most in-demand players in world football and United wanted him to join and make up the flop by Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils face competition from Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid for the youngster who has scored 19 goals in 112 games for Dortmund since joining from Birmingham City in 2020.

However, should he decide to leave Borussia Dortmund, United seems to have lost out already as Premier League champions Manchester City are emerging as favourites.

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British agent Haydn Dodge claims Phil Foden and Erling Haaland, who played alongside Bellingham at Dortmund, are desperate for the midfielder to move to the Etihad and could influence his decision.

“Bellingham may actually wait and move for free,” Dodge told Caught Offside.

“I know it’s crossed his mind, but I also know that Erling Haaland and Phil Foden have been in his ear about moving to Manchester City.

“Haaland is absolutely desperate to link back up with him again and when it comes to Foden, it’s clear to see how well he gets on with Bellingham, England fans saw that for themselves last night against Wales.”

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