Man Utd 'to appoint Ten Hag as manager', United 'tricked into Cristiano Ronaldo transfer', Milinkovic-Savic updates

MANCHESTER UNITED will appoint Eric ten Hag as their new manager, according to reports.

The interview process is said to have come down to a two-horse race between Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino, with the Ajax boss ultimately winning out.

Amid a mixed season for Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, Man City legend Shaun Goater has suggested United were tricked by Pep Guardiola's club into signing the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

He said: "It could be a really smart chess move from City, who have already thought a few steps ahead, maybe with one eye on the next summer transfer window.

"And by forcing United’s hand into signing Ronaldo, it’s likely to be one less team who are going to go after a striker this summer."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United's shortlist

    There were quite a few names linked with the Man United job.

    Spain boss Luis Enrique and Sevilla's Julen Lopetegui were also on United's shortlist.

    But it's Ten Hag who will be tasked with rescuing United – almost a decade after Sir Alex Ferguson's exit and the club's last title win.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag cost

    Man United will have to pay Ajax a huge compensation fee to bring in Ten Hag.

    According to Sky Sports, United have been gathering information as to what compensation figure Ajax would be seeking to part ways with Ten Hag.

    They state that sources close to Ajax and Ten Hag have suggested that dialogue has taken place over the financial element of a potential move to Old Trafford.

    And now that the Dutchman has reportedly been picked as Rangnick's successor, United will need to cough up his compensation fee to appease Ajax.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag pips Poch

    Erik Ten Hag narrowly edged Mauricio Pochettino to the Man United job.

    PSG boss Poch was the favourite for the Red Devils' role before his side were knocked out of the Champions League.

    But he was overtaken in the running in recent weeks by Ten Hag who's now be confirmed as United's new boss, according to reports.

    And ESPN claim that some people at Man United still wanted Poch.

    But the club's football director John Murtough, technical director Darren Fletcher, chief executive Richard Arnold, and joint-chairman Joel Glazer all agreed that Ten Hag was the best man for the job.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag to be named United's new boss

    Man United are set to unveil Erik Ten Hag as the club's next manager, according to reports.

    The Ajax boss has been heavily linked with the United job over the past few months.

    And now, sources in England and Holland claim that the Dutch tactician will be officially named to replace Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford this summer, ESPN reported.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Simeone on Man United

    Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has highlighted the main differences between Man United and their rivals Man City.

    Simeone said: "United had different characteristics than City. They are more direct, and quicker.

    "City are more positional, and in all areas, they manage things well. We have to increase and be better at the good things we did (against United).

    "What I like most from teams like City is the effort they have to win the ball back and continue to play attacking.

    "They are lovely to watch. They continue evolving because they have great players, but what wakes me up, the important things are Sterling, De Bruyne.

    "They're always active, and never leave a ball lost. All managers want that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Romeo shines like Becks

    Romeo Beckham laid on THREE assists as he helped Inter Miami's B team to a 3-3 draw with Philadelphia Union II last night.

    Playing for Fort Lauderdale CF, Romeo assisted three goals in the last 20 minutes to help his side nick a useful point.

    With his side 2-0 down, he set up Benjamin Cremaschi in the 74th minute, before laying on Shanyder Borgelin's equaliser in the 81st.

    Boubacar Diallo appeared to have won it for Philly in the 88th minute, only for Romeo and Co to produce some late drama.

    Golden Balls Jr produced a brilliant cross for Borgelin to turn home deep into stoppage time, grabbing his side a point in the process.

    Neville's son Harvey also featured, playing the full 90 minutes alongside Romeo.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo rallies back against critics

    Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is 'so happy and motivated' at Manchester United as he rallied against his critics.

    The former Real Madrid hero said: "I feel so happy and motivated for the rest of the season. 

    "I will do my best, like all the time – so thank you to them (who voted for me) and see you soon at Old Trafford."

    And on social media the five-time Ballon d'Or claimed he was still far hungrier for team success than personal honours.

    He wrote: “Individual achievements are always welcome, but they are worth so much more when they are connected to collective wins.

    “There are still many things to fight for until the end of the season and we can never quit on achieving the goals that remain possible and within our reach.

    “Let us go for more! Let us fight until our last breath! Let’s go, Devils!”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Mike Dean’s Wenger fear

    Mike Dean insists Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is NOT the ‘scariest Premier League manager ever’.

    Instead, the iconic referee insists that award should go to Arsenal favourite Arsene Wenger.

    Dean told BBC Sport: “[Scariest manager?] It has to be Arsene when he was at Arsenal.

    “I always found it tough, not refereeing Arsenal in general but refereeing Arsenal when he was the manager.

    “It was just his presence, he wanted the best for Arsenal all the time, and if he could find any way of getting one over you, he would do.

    “Since he has finished football, I have seen him and he has been great. Cross the white line and everyone is different, like referees. We are normal people.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Trevor Sinclair on Man United

    Man United have to undergo a complete squad overhaul before bringing in a new manager.

    That's the opinion of Trevor Sinclair who reckons Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo all need to go in order for United's next manager to be successful.

    Sinclair told talkSPORT: "It doesn't matter what manager comes in to Manchester United next if they don't get their eggs in a row properly and put the people in place that they need to.

    "Director of football, philosophy, recruitment, manager, and in that order. [Otherwise] they're just going to end up with a mismatch of players.

    "You look through the side – you've got [Paul] Pogba who's ready to go. Sancho's come in as a winger – can't beat a player, not quick enough.

    "You've got Varane, for me the jury's still out on him. You've got Ronaldo, can't press, so why are you bringing him into the football club in the first place?"

  • Justin Lawrence

    Mbappe to Man United?

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has urged Man United to enter the race to sign Kylian Mbappe.

    Petit said: "Maybe there is a club in England. People are talking about Manchester City and Liverpool, but why not Manchester United.

    "I know Kylian is very linked to his town, the fans, family and friends – so it’s a huge decision for him."

  • Justin Lawrence

    A Klaass act

    Daavy Klaassen has aimed an incredible insult at Manchester United by questioning why Erik ten Hag would join a club that’s ‘been doing badly for years’.

    Klaassen told Voetball Primeur: “He [Ten Hag] has been doing well with us for years.

    “Manchester United has been doing badly for years.

    “He can also stay. I hope so.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea lead Tchouameni transfer hunt

    Chelsea are currently leading the transfer race to sign Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old joined Monaco in 2020 and has since been deemed as one of the most promising stars in French football.

    He has made 43 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring three goals and assisting two.

    And now he is wanted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

    Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid have all been linked with the star, but according to Spanish outlet Sport as per SportWitness, Chelsea are currently leading the race for his signature.

    The Blues have reportedly been tracking the Frenchman for months and are eager to try and put a deal in place.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuch and go

    Man Utd have reportedly approached Thomas Tuchel to become their new manager, according to reports in Germany.

    The Blues future remains uncertain post Roman Abramovich as the potential takeover of the club rumbles on.

    Now Bild claims that has led to United making contact with the former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund coach to enquire about his availability.

    However, the report also states that Tuchel has informed them that he wants to stay at Chelsea as long as he can continue to work in the same vein.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo and Beckham link up?

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to quit Manchester United and create a "formidable partnership" with David Beckham at Inter Miami.

    He still has another year left to run on his initial two-year deal – but Garth Crooks reckons he should leave this summer and link up with fellow United legend and global superstar Becks.

    Crooks told BBC Sport: “His professionalism is beyond reproach and he has more than fulfilled the expectations required of a 37-year-old player in the toughest league in the world.

    "However, he is still a young man who needs a purpose in life.

    “The United States might be the place to establish that purpose.

    "David Beckham and Ronaldo would make a formidable partnership in Miami."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Fletcher's 'F-Bomb'

    Man United technical director and former midfielder Darren Fletcher was involved in an X-rated spat with a fan on Saturday.

    The shock incident occurred as the Red Devils suffered another poor result at Old Trafford as they were held to a draw by Leicester City.

    The 25-year-old supporter, Jamie Caplan, has given his account of the incident to Manchester Evening News.

    He claims he screamed at the United bench in fury after Kelechi Iheanacho scored for the Foxes.

    The fan states he was fuming over the lack of effort on display from the players but insisted his words were not aimed specifically at Fletcher.

    However, he claims the ex-Scotland international replied: “Who the f*** are you?”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ronald Araujo blow

    Manchester United are highly likely to miss out on Barcelona star Ronald Araujo ahead of the summer transfer window.

    That is because Araujo appears close to signing a new contract with Barca, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

    The defender's agent said: “The agreement to extend the contract is now really close.

    “We’ve very good feelings – just final details are missing, it could be matter of days”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ten Hag first target

    Ajax manager Erik ten Hag will make Wolves star Ruben Neves one of his No1 transfer targets if he is appointed Manchester United boss, according to SunSport's Jordan Davies.

    SunSport understands Ten Hag has been a huge fan of Neves for years and would push to bring him to Old Trafford.

    The Dutchman has been in advanced talks to take over at United for the past few weeks as the club prepares to name Ralf Rangnick’s permanent replacement.

    It has also been reported that discussions over potential transfers have taken place – and the 52-year-old is believed to be pushing for the capture of the midfielder.

    Ten Hag has followed the Portugal international’s progress since he watched him play for Porto as a teenager, and thinks he would be a vital addition to bolster the Red Devils' current midfield issues.

  • Kostas Lianos

    'Time & Place'

    Manchester United ace Phil Jones has opened up about some of the horrific abuse he receives from fans.

    When speaking to The Guardian, Jones said: "That’s happened a few times and it’s hard when you’re going through a really s*** time and you’re with your kids.

    "There’s a time and place for everything – but not when you’re walking with your little girl and she’s asking what they were saying.

    "But I’m over that. I’m in a more positive space than I was back then"

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Kostas Lianos

    Mata addresses future

    Manchester United ace Juan Mata insists he remains "100 per cent" committed to playing football as he pours cold water on retirement rumours even though his contract runs out in the summer.

    Mata said: "Of course I will be involved with Common Goal because that’s something that goes beyond football.

    “It’s something that will last for much longer and it will stay there after I stop and many members stop, but my mind is 100 per cent committed to playing”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Wrapping it up

    Paris Saint-Germain technical director Leonardo has made signing Manchester United star Paul Pogba in the summer a priority.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, PSG have made an offer to Pogba as he prepares to leave Old Trafford for a second time as a free agent at then end of the season.

    And according to Foot Mercato, the Brazilian insisted to the French club’s hierarchy to wrap up the midfielder's transfer.

    Leonardo feels the France international is the "major signing" they need to make

  • Kostas Lianos

    Austria's Rangnick clarification

    The Austrian FA denied reports suggesting they approached Ralf Rangnick over the manager's job.

    Rangnick is United's interim manager and is expected to move upstairs as a consultant at the end of the season.

    A statement posted on Twitter said: “Clarification: There was no meeting between OFB sports director Peter Schottel and Ralf Rangnick, coach of @ManUtd”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Nick and choose

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will reportedly work just six days per month when he takes up his role as a consultant at the end of the season.

    According to The Mail, Rangnick's promotion will consist of just 144 days work over the course of his contract.

    That works out as less than one week per month.

    It is thought the German tactician has not been involved in the search for United's next permanent manager

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Kostas Lianos

    Gnab him in the summer

    Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry is contemplating leaving this summer with numerous Premier League clubs chasing his signature.

    Gnabry’s contract with Bayern is up next summer and negotiations between the two parties have stalled due to his wage demands.

    According to Goal, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United top the list of interested parties.

    Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp is said to view the winger as the ideal replacement for Mohamed Salah if he decides to leave Anfield.

    United have been tracking the Germany international for some time.

    The Blues have also been monitoring the 26-year-old’s situation with Bayern but the West Londoner’s transfer moratorium could put them out of the race.

    Gnabry’s old team Arsenal likely have an edge in the transfer pursuit as he’s still got an affinity to his boyhood club

  • Kostas Lianos

    Mac coming back?

    Steve McLaren could be set for a sensational return to Manchester United as Erik ten Hag's assistant.

    United are on the lookout for a new manager with Ajax boss Ten Hag the favourite and Paris Saint-Germain head copach Mauricio Pochettino also linked.

    The Dutchman is one of the favourites to succeed interim boss Ralf Rangick and McLaren is being eyed as a possible assistant, according to The Guardian.

    The former England manager would make up for Ten Hag's lack of Premier League experience and previously acted as No2 to Sir Alex Ferguson at United.

    There is also the added bonus of McLaren having worked with Ten Hag previously at Twente

  • Kostas Lianos

    Pay the price

    Barcelona star and Manchester United flop Memphis Depay could make a sensational return to England after being ‘seduced’ by several Premier League clubs.

    According to Superdeporte, Memphis is being courted by no less than three major sides.

    Arsenal, Newcastle and Everton have all made contact with Barca over a summer move for the winger.

    And the Netherlands international could be keen for a second shot in England after failing miserably at Old Trafford

    Source: Read Full Article