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    Major clue Mason Greenwood could make bombshell return to the Premier League – but NOT with Man Utd

    MASON Greenwood’s future could be back in England, but it might not be with Manchester United.The striker, 22, has netted four times in 11 matches since joining Getafe FC on a season-long loan, including a wonder strike against Almeria on Saturday.
    Greenwood celebrates scoring against Almeria on SaturdayCredit: Rex
    In what could be a major hint about where Greenwood’s future lies, there are Premier League scouts in the stands watching the forward play, the Spanish sporting newspaper Diario AS has reported.
    Scouts were watching Greenwood when he scored Saturday’s wonder goal against Almeria, the paper confirmed.
    Manchester United is confirmed by The Athletic to have their own scouts watching their player while on loan, but the club also views his matches remotely on video.
    But it is unknown which clubs the other scouts are from.
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    The English teams could have a fight on their hands for the player if he continues in strong form as Getafe are also reported by Diario AS to want to extend his loan another season.
    A senior source at the club, speaking on anonymity to The Athletic, also said that if Greenwood continues on his current form then the Spanish club would look to discuss his future staying in Madrid.
    He even has a Spanish teacher as he integrates into the team.
    If United or another Premier League team planned to bring him back to England, they could face backlash from fans outraged Greenwood is still playing following his arrest.
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    He has copped flak for the charges even while in Spain.
    Rival Getafe FC fans, such as those from Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao, have sledged Greenwood on the pitch with whistles and shouts of, “Greenwood, die!”
    Greenwood was taken off the United pitch after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behaviour in January 2022.
    Greenwood denied all the charges.
    Key witnesses eventually withdrew from the case and the Crown Prosecution Service announced in February 2023 it had discontinued the charges.

    Manchester United then started their own internal investigation with the plan to bring Greenwood back into the team.
    That investigation ended in August, but after huge fan pressure and internal backlash, Greenwood was sent to the La Liga side on a season-long loan.
    Greenwood had played for Manchester United, before he was arrested in 2022Credit: Getty
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    Tottenham ‘battling Liverpool and Man Utd’ for January transfer of ex-Barcelona star as Postecoglou seeks new signings

    TOTTENHAM have reportedly joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for Jean-Clair Todibo.Ange Postecoglou is desperate for new signings after seeing his side’s incredible start to the season fall away.
    Spurs have joined the hunt for Nice and France defender Jean-Clair TodiboCredit: Getty
    The Londoners were top of the table and unbeaten in their first 10 matches before facing rivals Chelsea at the start of the month.
    But Spurs ended up with nine men on the field as they lost 4-1 at home.
    The heartbreaking loss also saw them lose star players James Maddison and Mickey van de Ven to long-term injuries.
    And with Tottenham going on to lose their next two games against Wolves and Aston Villa as well, Postecoglou is demanding reinforcements.
    It’s reckoned the Aussie would love to boost his midfield and attacking options.
    But he is also prioritising a new defender amid doubts over Eric Dier’s future.
    And the Standard claims ‘Big Ange’ has identified Nice centre-back Todibo as his top target.
    The 23-year-old, once of Barcelona, has helped his side to second place in Ligue 1 with some fine performances.
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    He has also become a regular at the back for Didier Deschamps’ France.
    And Nice are believed to only be holding out for a bargain £39million fee.
    Spurs also have interest in Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi, Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly.
    But Todibo’s price tag and performances makes him the top choice right now.
    However, the Frenchman is wanted by Liverpool and Man United, who will not make things easy for Spurs.
    Todibo would also want guarantees of a regular starting spot, meaning one of Van de Ven or Romero would have to drop out of the XI.
    And he’s said to be comfortable at Nice until the summer as they mount a surprise title bid. More

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    I played for Man Utd in Welcome to Hell clash vs Galatasaray… a policeman pushed me down some STAIRS

    IT was the journey to Hell that still brings a shudder to those who set foot in the Ali Sami Yen inferno.The night which began with threats, descended into mayhem and madness and finished with the champions of England simply glad to escape in one piece.
    Manchester United players had to be escorted from the pitch by police in fiery Galatasaray atmosphereCredit: Getty
    Paul Ince pulled his shirt on as he emerged at the Ali Sami YenCredit: PA
    Manchester United had ended the 26-year title wait six months earlier. Now the target was to emulate the heroes of 1968 and conquer Europe, in its new guise as the Champions League.
    They didn’t get beyond the second round and three decades on November 3, 1993, still sends chills down many a Mancunian spine.
    Galatasaray had shown they were no pushovers with a 3-3 first-leg draw at Old Trafford a fortnight earlier and an ominous message from manager Reiner Hollmann.
    Vowing “they’ll be waiting for you,” for the return leg was a huge understatement. The “Welcome to Hell” banners at Istanbul airport were more accurate.
    United’s coach was pelted with missiles en route to their plush hotel and even the walk to reception was menacing. Once there, a young bell boy drew a finger across his throat.
    The Red Devils were not short of battle-hardened warriors. Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Paul Ince, Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel were all in the side.
    But nothing they had faced before came close to the Ali Sami Yen Stadium. The match itself was a drab 0-0, which KO’d United on away goals. Yet that didn’t tell half of it.
    A red card for Cantona, tunnel scraps with police and a Turkish mob that arrived five hours before kick-off baying for blood.
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    Paul Parker had played in the biggest games of all, a World Cup semi-finalist with England. Little fazed a man raised in the East End — but that night did.
    Parker recalled: “We stayed in a lovely hotel on the river and everyone was fine. The morning of the match, it all changed.
    “The shoe shiners, the shops inside the complex, suddenly it was all very eerie. At the ground, the noise was incredible.
    “I’d played at places where they really hated you, when it was their cup final, but this was quadrophonic, from all four sides — and they’d been in there for hours.
    Then it all went off near the end with Eric, and then Robbo in the tunnel. Even Sir Alex had his jacket off ready.Paul Parker
    “It was one of those games when you sort of knew it wasn’t going to happen but afterwards it was crazy. I was shoved down the stone steps at the top of the tunnel by one of their own police.
    “Only the big goalie stopped me going over — Schmeichel blocked me or I’d have slammed straight down. It was really nasty.”
    Cantona was hit with a police truncheon, Robson waded in to support and needed eight stitches in an elbow that was gashed when he was thrown against a metal hook on the wall.
    Even Sir Alex Ferguson had his jacket off ready to defend his boys. Security? They were more up for trouble than the fans.
    At 32, centre-back Bruce had been around the block more than most. Yet he had never seen anything like it — and never came close for the rest of his career.
    Sir Alex Ferguson vowed never to return to the stadiumCredit: Getty
    Bruce said: “It was pandemonium. The crowd was in hours before and never stopped. They were jumping up and down, screaming, the noise you wouldn’t believe.
    “It started when we got off the plane and followed us all the way to the hotel on the bus. It was not very pleasant!
    “When we came out of the tunnel it was another level and, for me, that is what pushed them over the line. It seemed all of Turkey wanted to beat us.
    “Then it all went off near the end with Eric, and then Robbo in the tunnel. Even Sir Alex had his jacket off ready.
    “He was saying to us, ‘None of my players have been fighting, have you?’ Then he went out and did the press conference. He always made it us against the world.
    “We left that night and I often say I don’t know how we got out of Istanbul in one piece. Probably because they beat us!”
    Fans even pelted the bus with stones and bricks. It was pure luck that no one was seriously injured.
    NOT VERY PALLYBy Neil Custis
    GARY PALLISTER knew Manchester United faced problems at Galatasaray when a hotel worker greeted him with a throat-slitting gesture.
    The former centre-back  still winces at memories of the ‘Welcome to Hell’ match 30 years ago.
    Pallister, 58, said: “I was picking up my bag from  the coach and walking through by myself.
    “It was a beautiful place, a stunning hotel on the Bosphorus Strait which used to be a  Prince’s palace, we were told.
    “Most of the lads are  20-30 yards ahead of me and I walk past this  bellboy pushing a trolley that carries suitcases.
    “As I’m walking past him, I just said, ‘Afternoon’ and he went like that (throat-slit gesture).
    “I just carried on walking but was like, ‘Wow, this is  different’.”
    Once inside their rooms, the unsettling tactics went on. Pallister added: “Brian McClair said he had banging on his ceiling.
    “So him and Jim McGregor, our physio, went upstairs and found a cleaner sat there  banging.
    “He just looked at them and walked off.”

    Parker added: “We had to drive through masses of people, they were throwing all sorts at us and there was no security.
    “We were kept in the coach on the runway for ages.”
    Fergie vowed never to return — but drew Galatasaray again in the next year’s groups, that time  a 0-0 passed without incident.
    Tomorrow United visit the Turks again — albeit in their new Rams Park home — and must win to keep their Euro dream alive.
    Galatasaray beat them 3-2 at Old Trafford in October and Parker added: “If Galatasaray do the double over them, those players will become immortal.
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    Man Utd want Chelsea flop Timo Werner in shock January transfer but stunned fans say ‘tell me this is a joke’

    MANCHESTER UNITED have inquired about signing former Chelsea forward Timo Werner, according to shock reports in Germany. Erik ten Hag is in the market for striking reinforcements with £72million summer signing Rasmus Hojlund still without a Premier League goal.
    Timo Werner is linked to a move to Man UtdCredit: Kenny Ramsay
    And according to Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, RB Leipzig’s Werner is on the Old Trafford boss’ wishlist.
    It is claimed United have already asked Leipzig about the striker’s availability, but formal negotiations have yet to take place.
    Werner signed for Chelsea in 2020 for £53million and he struggled during his two years in West London.
    He managed only 23 goals in 89 matches – but did help the Blues to the Champions League trophy in 2021.
    Werner was sold back to Leipzig in the summer of 2022 for £23.5m and he notched 16 goals in his 40 games.
    But the attacker – who can play centrally or out wide – has scored just twice this term after 13 matches in all competitions.
    The 27-year-old is believed to be unsettled again in the Bundesliga, leading to rumours of a return to the Premier League.
    Werner is understood to be ready to see out the remainder of the season but the likes of West Ham and Fulham have also been linked.
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    Real Madrid are also apparently monitoring but now United are the latest big name side to register an interest in Werner – much to the shock of fans.
    One disappointed Red Devils fan wrote: “I’m not a fan of this.”
    Another added: “Tell me that’s a joke.”
    However, given United’s struggles in front of goal this season, others were willing to give Werner a chance.
    One argued: “I’d take him all day.”
    A second agreed: “I’d take this happily.”
    United are in desperate need of goals having scored only 16 so far in 13 Prem games.
    Hojlund is goalless domestically, despite five goals in the Champions League, with Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes instead United’s top league scorers with only three each.
    Marcus Rashford is the only other player with more than one.
    While long-serving attacker Anthony Martial set for the scrapheap as incoming chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe swings the axe.
    Werner is on United’s January transfer listCredit: EPA
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    Major hint Mason Greenwood will stay at Getafe after loan spell ends as ex-Man Utd striker impresses on the pitch

    MASON Greenwood’s future could be in Spain as the former United striker looks to be setting down roots in the capital. The striker, 22, has netted four times in 11 matches since joining Getafe on loan, including a wonder strike against Almeria on Saturday.
    Greenwood is now playing for Getafe FC after being traded by Manchester United in SeptemberCredit: Getty
    In what could be a major hint about where Greenwood’s future lies, the forward has a Spanish teacher.
    A senior source at the club, speaking on anonymity to The Athletic, said that if Greenwood continues on his current form then the Spanish club would look to discuss his future staying in Madrid.
    After coming off the bench in three of his first four games Greenwood is now a starting player.
    When Greenwood first arrived at the club at the start of September he hadn’t played first-team football in 18 months.
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    Greenwood was taken off the United pitch after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behaviour in January 2022.
    Greenwood denied all the charges.
    Key witnesses eventually withdrew from the case and the Crown Prosecution Service announced in February 2023 it had discontinued the charges.
    Manchester United then started their own internal investigation with the plan to bring Greenwood back into the team.
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    That investigation ended in August, but after huge fan pressure and internal backlash, Greenwood was sent to the La Liga side on a season-long loan.
    A cloud hung over Greenwood and whether he would have the mental strength or physical fitness to get back to top-flight football.
    Rival fans, such as those from Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao, have sledged Greenwood on the pitch with whistles and shouts of, “Greenwood, die!”
    Decision-makers at Getafe don’t think he will reach peak fitness again until January, but Saturday’s screamer from the edge of the box suggests he is back on his way.
    He has also begun to integrate with Spanish life and is happy in Madrid with his partner and daughter, as well as with the weather, food and house, The Athletic reports.
    He is also gradually catching on to the jokes of his Spanish and Argentine teammates with the help of a Spanish teacher, the Athletic reported.
    But, a spanner in the works of Greenwood’s footballing redemption could be United’s ownership drama.
    With British chemical multinational INEOS buying into the storied club, they could see Greenwood as a liability and see to trade him away properly.
    Greenwood’s contract at United goes for another two years, with an option to extend for another year.
    But, playing away from the most intense scrutiny of the footballing press, Greenwood’s future might just again depend on how well he plays.
    Greenwood celebrates after scoringCredit: Getty
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    Man Utd ‘consider France star as possible Casemiro transfer replacement’ in hint at new sporting director’s identity

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly considering a move for Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana.Rumours have been swirling around the future of Casemiro at Old Trafford given his drop off in form this term and Fofana could be a potential replacement for the Brazilian.
    Manchester United have been linked with a move for Youssouf FofanaCredit: Getty
    The Red Devils are eyeing midfielders as Casemiro continues to struggle this seasonCredit: PA
    Man Utd haven’t had the same Casemiro this season as they did last year with the 31-year-old struggling to impress for Erik ten Hag so far.
    And Fabrizio Romano reported on Caught Offside that his future at the club will be up for discussion in the coming months.
    The transfer guru also revealed that the Red Devils have an interest in Fofana as an option in the centre of midfield.
    The Manchester giants are said to have considered him as a back up plan this summer before signing their number one target Sofyan Amrabat.
    Fofana has been important for Monaco over the last two seasons and managed to break into the French national team last year as a result of his performances.
    He’s managed three assists in Ligue 1 already this term which is more than he achieved in the entirety of the 22/23 campaign.
    And the potential transfer to Man Utd could also hint at what the Premier League club’s plans are going forward when it comes to their sporting director.
    United are currently searching for a new face in that position with big changes expected at Old Trafford amid Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s minority takeover.
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    The 20-time English champions have reportedly been eyeing up former Tottenham and Southampton chief Paul Mitchell.
    Mitchell is the also previous sporting director at Monaco and left his position earlier this month.
    Murmurs of Man Utd eyeing Monaco players could suggest they might come close to closing a deal for the Englishman.
    But they will face competition, with Mitchell highly rated and Saudi Pro League clubs also linked with a move to bring him in.
    Man Utd have been linked with bringing in Monaco’s former sporting director Paul MitchellCredit: AFP More

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    Andre Onana close to becoming Dream Team’s best goalkeeper but is Manchester United’s form a house of cards?

    MANCHESTER UNITED are the most in-form team in the Premier League.Just let that percolate for a moment.
    Erik ten Hag’s side have won five of their last six league games and now find themselves sixth in the table, just two points behind Tottenham.
    Things are looking up, aren’t they?Credit: Getty
    Not even the most partisan supporter would doubt that the Red Devils’ recent performances have not been as encouraging as the results suggest.
    Sunday’s win at Goodison Park being a prime example.
    The visitors took all three points via a 3-0 win over Everton when all was said and done with Alejandro Garnacho (£2.4m) scoring a Goal of the Season contender inside three minutes.
    However, Man United were also reliant on the Toffees’ wastefulness to some degree as the hosts were on top for long passages of the match.
    In fairness, Andre Onana (£3.8m) played his part between the sticks with some notable saves to come away with his seventh clean sheet of the season in all competitions.
    Incredibly, no goalkeeper has more clean sheets in 2023/24, a remarkable statistic given the Cameroon international’s shaky individual form throughout the first two months of the campaign.
    Breathing down Nick Pope’s neckCredit: Dream Team
    Naturally, this steady accumulation of clean sheets has translated to Dream Team success.
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    Improbably, Onana now has 86 points to his name and is just three behind leading keeper Nick Pope (£4.2m).
    Backing the ex-Inter custodian appeared fraught with danger but gaffers who rolled the dice have been handsomely rewarded of late.
    The question now is whether the points will continue to flow for Onana and company or if United’s current form is build on a house of cards that could tumble any moment?
    Their league results have been superb recently but Ten Hag’s side capitulated against Galatasaray and Copenhagen in the Champions League.
    They were thoroughly beaten by a third-string Newcastle outfit in the Carabao Cup and, in their one league defeat since the start of October, they were comprehensively outclassed by Manchester City.
    Not only that, the nature of their wins have not been entirely convincing.
    Scott McTominay (£2.7m) popped up with an unlikely brace in stoppage time to get the job done at home to Brentford, a rare Diogo Dalot (£3.5m) goal proved to be enough in a sloppy showing at Sheffield United, a drab affair at Fulham was settled by a comedic stoppage-time winner from Bruno Fernandes (£5.7m), and Victor Lindelof (£2.4m) was the surprise hero at home to Luton in a relatively even contest before the international break.
    Take nothing away from the quality of Garnacho’s goalCredit: Getty
    Man United fans are well within their rights to celebrate victories however they come – that’s football – but Dream Team bosses should consider whether this is truly a team destined for extended success.
    In 13 league games, Onana and friends have allowed their opponents 21.2 expected goals (xG) – only six Premier League clubs have conceded more this season.
    This suggests that United have been very fortunate not to have conceded more than 16 goals in the top flight – their Champions League results could be seen as a regression to the mean.

    In terms of xG generated in attack, United fair marginally better but their overall rank of 11th is still hugely underwhelming.
    It’s a tough one for Dream Team gaffers as Onana is currently producing healthy returns – he’s 18 points clear of the game’s third-best keeper, Alisson (£3.8m).
    And yet it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if his side’s underlying numbers caught up with them in the coming weeks.
    United face Newcastle, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Aston Villa before the turn of the year.

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    Man Utd ratings: Garnacho writes name in history, Mainoo backs up wonderkid status but McTominay goes through motions

    MANCHESTER UNITED came into this game with Everton with several things against them.For starters, Erik ten Hag was forced to watch on from the stands in a tweed Baker Boy hat as he served a touchline ban for accumulating too many yellow cards.
    Alejandro Garnacho wrote himself into the history books with what will surely be the goal of the seasonCredit: Reuters
    The forward celebrated with an ode to Ronaldo’s celebrationCredit: Reuters
    And he was joined there by 39,000 furious Evertonians who welcomed the teams onto the pitch by holding up pink placards accusing the Premier League of corruption.
    The Toffees booed the Premier League anthem before the game and were in fine voice as the game kicked off.
    But Alejandro Garnacho’s wonderful overhead kick in the third minute silenced the home fans – at least temporarily before they broke into choruses of “Premier League – corrupt as f**k”.
    A second half Marcus Rashford penalty awarded after VAR intervention put United into cruise control in the 56th minute before Martial made it 3-0 with a tidy finish.
    Here’s how the United players rated…
    Andre Onana – 8
    Made some really outstanding saves today on what could be a turning point in the United keeper’s career.
    Confident defending his box during set-pieces as well.
    Andre Onana in front of a sea of protesting EvertoniansCredit: PA
    Diogo Dalot – 6
    His cross for Alejandro Garnacho’s wonderful bicycle kick will go down as an assist but he has the Argentinian to thank after he did the most with a looped ball into the box.
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    Harry Maguire – 6
    Still keeping Raphael Varane out of the team in a remarkable turnaround after United tried to force him out this summer.
    Did not really put a foot wrong individually although Everton had their chances.
    Victor Lindelof – 6
    Like Maguire, was solid and did not put a foot wrong at the heart of defence.
    Everton had their chances but that can’t be put at the feet of the defensive pairing.
    Luke Shaw – 6
    A welcome return after being sidelined since August.
    Solid and reliable, showing exactly why ten Hag sees him as a crucial part of this team.
    Scott McTominay – 6
    Contributed to his side’s clean sheet with his defensive work in the midfield.
    Stung the palms of Pickford with a couple long-range shots but did nothing outstanding.
    Not great but not bad from McTominayCredit: Getty
    Kobbie Mainoo – 8
    A welcome return from injury and his addition will give much needed depth to Erik ten Hag’s midfield.
    Tidy in possession and recycled the ball well.
    Provided a crucial block off the line in the first half.
    Marcus Rashford – 7
    Adjusting to his new wider role well and supplied several decent crosses.
    Took his penalty extremely well to score just his second Premier League goal of the season.
    Rahford bagged his second Premier League goal of the season from the spotCredit: Getty
    Bruno Fernandes – 7
    Was key for Manchester United in their transitions, which is exactly what manager Erik ten Hag wants.
    Provided some lovely weighted passes when United were on the counter.
    Gave his penalty to Marcus Rashford as he led by example.
    Alejandro Garnacho – 8
    A wondergoal in the third minute that will live long in the memory.
    His acrobatic bicycle kick is surely the goal of the season already and had Gary Neville saying it was the best goal he’d ever seen.
    A man of the match performance from GarnachoCredit: Getty
    Anthony Martial – 8
    Was initially booked for diving for United’s penalty in the 43rd minute but won it thanks to VAR intervention.
    Scored to put the game beyond doubt in the 75th minute and pile misery on the Evertonians with an excellent finish
    Martial’s finish was sublimeCredit: EPA
    Amrabat for Mainoo 72 – 6
    Slotted into midfield well but did little to stand out.
    Pellistri for Garnacho 72 – 6
    Showed some bright sparks off the bench in place of Garnacho.
    Wan-Bissaka for Shaw 76
    Wasn’t really tested.
    Hannibal for Marital 85
    Showed industry but not enough minutes to justify a rating. More