Manchester United will have to wait until January to make further additions to their Premier League squad.
Having signed Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund for £180million-plus combined this summer, there were four other signings made on deadline day. Altay Bayindir, Jonny Evans, Sofyan Amrabat and emergency cover for left-back Sergio Reguilon were all welcomed in before the hectic 11pm cut-off.
But how many recruits will Erik ten Hag demand mid-season? He has already spent £400million during his reign as United manager, although other rivals have splashed out more money across that time.
United captain Bruno Fernandes was, meanwhile, in sensational form for Portugal on Monday night as he provided four assists and scored during a 9-0 victory over Luxembourg. That means the playmaker should be confident for an impending return to Premier League duty vs Brighton on Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford.
Catch up with the latest news, views and transfer rumours below.
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Pellistri hails Bielsa
United winger Facundo Pellistri has admitted that he is enjoying life under Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa, formerly in charge of Leeds United, has taken over as the new Uruguay boss, and Pellistri is playing a key role in his early plans. He will, no doubt, be hoping that he can benefit from his coaching methods and knock on the door for a starting berth at United as a result.
Southgate sends message to Sancho
England boss Gareth Southgate has said that United winger Jadon Sancho could force his way back into the national team.
Sancho has not played for England for almost two years and is currently facing uncertainty surrounding his future at Old Trafford. He was left out of the squad against Arsenal just over a week ago and decided to hit back at Erik ten Hag in a social media post after the game.
OPINION: Pogba might be remembered for the wrong reasons
“Paul Pogba is said to have been found to have elevated levels of testosterone in random checks that were carried out after the Serie A opener between Juventus and Udinese and he’s been provisionally suspended as a result. Italy’s National Anti-Doping (NADO Italia) Tribunal announced his provisional suspension on Monday evening and a second test sample will now be checked to confirm whether Pogba has officially failed the doping test. If that second sample is clear, the entire test will be considered as negative, but the maximum punishment for a failed test can reach up to four years on the proviso any doping was found to be intentional.”
United’s next six fixtures
Though we currently in the midst of the first international break of the season, United will resume their campaign on Saturday, hosting Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.
It will mark the beginning of a busy period for Erik ten Hag and his players, featuring, Premier League, Carabao Cup and Champions League fixtures. With that in mind, here is a quick look at United’s next six games.
- Brighton & Hove Albion (H) – Premier League – September 16
- Bayern Munich (A) – Champions League – September 20
- Burnley (A) – Premier League – September 23
- Crystal Palace (H) – Carabao Cup – September 26
- Crystal Palace (H) – Premier League – September 30
- Galatasaray (H) – Champions League – October 3
United monitoring Ferguson
United have been monitoring Brighton & Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson ahead of next summer’s transfer window.
The Republic of Ireland international, who netted a hat-trick against Newcastle United earlier this month, is one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents. The 18-year-old is going from strength-to-strength and sources believe it is possible he could move in 2024.
OPINION: United have to restore their ruthless rule over Sancho situation
“Accusing a manager of essentially lying on social media is not the way to go about it. You have also lost the argument if you use exclamation marks in a public statement and there were three in Jadon Sancho’s. Who is he to conclude he has trained “very well”? Sancho’s training form limited him to six minutes at the last Euros prior to the quarter-finals. Gareth Southgate effectively confirmed the Manchester Evening News’s story when he noted the upshot of Sancho’s impending move to United was an uplift in his training performances. That earned Sancho a start in the last eight. Erik ten Hag has not “scapegoated” Sancho, either. Nobody has. As a colleague noted, if anything, there has been an encouraging and concerted effort to overplay Sancho’s worth.”
Officials confirmed for Brighton fixture
The Premier League has confirmed that Jarred Gillett will referee United’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Australian whistle-blower has taken charge of fixtures involving the Reds twice in the past, both of those coming last season. He will be assisted by Neil Davies and Darren Cann. Simon Hooper will be the fourth official.
Chris Kavanagh will be in charge of VAR.
United ‘not interested’ in El Ghazi
United are ‘not interested’ in signing former Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi, according to The Athletic reporter Laurie Whitwell.
It is claimed that a proposal had been ‘submitted by agents’ for United to possibly sign him. The ongoing situations with Jadon Sancho and Antony has resulted in United being linked with reinforcements for their right-wing.
Sancho returns for Ten Hag talks
Jadon Sancho reported at Manchester United’s training ground at 12.30pm on Monday amid uncertainty over his future.
United have been approached for comment but the expectation is manager Erik ten Hag will address Sancho’s situation at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Sancho reacted angrily to Ten Hag’s explanation for his omission in the matchday squad against Arsenal, saying, “I will not allow people saying things that [are] completely untrue”.
Premier League top four odds
United are fancied to take the final top four spot, according to the bookies.
Top four finish odds
- Arsenal 4/11
- Liverpool 4/9
- Manchester United 13/8
- Tottenham 7/4
- Newcastle 2/1
- Chelsea 9/4
- Brighton 11/4
Odds via Betway.
United targeting four key signings next summer
United have provisionally targeted four significant signings next summer.
United intend to strengthen at full-back, centre-back, central midfield and in attack, with outgoings expected in most departments.
Bayer Leverkusen’s defensive pair Jeremie Frimpong and Edmond Tapsoba were of interest during the summer when United considered approaches.
United have also been monitoring Brighton striker Evan Ferguson, who plundered his first Premier League hat-trick against Newcastle United earlier this month. The 18-year-old signed a new contract until 2028 earlier this year to protect his resale value and sources believe it is possible Ferguson could be transferred next year.
Sancho next club odds
It remains to be seen what decsision will be made on Jadon Sancho.
Jadon Sancho next club odds
- Not to sign or agree a contract with any other club 11/10
- Any Saudi Arabian Club 7/2
- Dortmund 9/1
- Tottenham 9/1
- Aston Villa 14/1
- Newcastle 16/1
Odds via Betfair
Ratcliffe on the takeover process
“You know, the Manchester United bid would have been unthinkable two or three years ago if we hadn’t had some of the experiences and quite a few of them were difficult experiences with Lausanne and Nice,” Ratcliffe said.
“You can’t contemplate acquiring a brand like Manchester United and failing because the failure is far too public and excruciating in a deal like that really.”
Ratcliffe discussed INEOS’ other ventures into sport and said: “Fun is a good word because if it’s not fun, we’re not going to do it really. We’ve got to the point in life when we don’t have to do it by any means.”
John Reece, finance director at INEOS, added: “Eliud Kipchoge running in two hours [marathon] was amazing. The cycling team won the Tour de France and we were all in Paris. Football is obviously fun when you’re successful.
“We’ve got the best cycling team in the world, we own a good chunk of Mercedes Formula 1 and trying to bring football up to that level – Manchester United are clearly at that level.”
Pogba suspension confirmed
Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance – Italy’s national anti-doping (NADO Italia) tribunal has announced.
The former United midfielder – who had two spells with the Premier League giants after progressing through their famed Academy system – tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone while playing for Italian outfit Juventus in their Serie A fixture with Udinese on August 20. Juventus won that meeting 3-0.
Pogba, who played 233 games for United – scoring 39 goals and 51 assists – was an unused substitute for Juventus on that date. However, the World Cup winner did feature in follow-up matches vs Bologna and Empoli – totting up 52 minutes in two cameo appearances from the substitutes bench.
Sancho ‘expected to be sold’
Jadon Sancho will look to leave the club in the January window, according to the Daily Star.
Sancho held showdown talks with Ten Hag about his future on Monday, but this report claims the duo are struggling to settle their differences ‘due to a lack of trust in the fractured relationship’.
It also suggests Sancho will leave in January, with a loan being considered.
Pogba ‘tests positive’ in doping tests
Former United midfielder Paul Pogba has allegedly tested positive for the use of testosterone, according to multiple reports in Italy.
The player, Juventus, Serie A or the Italian Football Federation have not yet confirmed the news or made any statements.
The Juventus midfielder is said to have been found to have elevated levels of the hormone in random checks carried out after the Italian club’s opening Serie A clash with Udinese which took place on August 20, according to news agency ANSA.
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A stunning display from the United captain
Bruno Fernandes was in jaw-dropping form during Portugal’s win over Luxembourg.
The playmaker laid on three assists for his teammates and scored in a landslide verdict.
Portugal won 9-0 to extend their 100 per cent record during Euro 2024 Group J qualifying.
Dortmund keeping tabs on Jadon Sancho – reports
Borussia Dortmund are said to be ‘keeping tabs’ on Jadon Sancho’s situation.
That’s according to reports from German publication BILD on the forward.
Sancho enjoyed four hugely-successful years with Dortmund before joining United.
However, the player faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford following his astonishing public spat with Erik ten Hag. The article suggests wages could be one sticking point over any proposed return to the Bundesliga giants.
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