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    Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli trained with Man Utd in 2015, met Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra and played in U18 friendly

    GABRIEL MARTINELLI could have ended up joining Manchester United instead of Arsenal.ESPN Brazil claims the Gunners forward, 20, spent a total of two weeks training with the Red Devils between 2015 and 2017.
    Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli trained with Man Utd four times between 2015 and 2017Credit: Getty
    It’s reckoned Martinelli was first spotted by United scouts when he was with boyhood club Corinthians.
    Martinelli, who soon after moved to Ituano in 2015, was then invited to train at Carrington with United’s academy.
    And he seemingly made a huge impression during his sessions, eventually making an appearance for the Under 18s in a friendly match.
    In total, Martinelli made four trips from his home in Brazil to train with United.
    And he got to rub shoulders with some of the club’s biggest stars too.
    Martinelli got to take a picture with Paul Pogba after the Frenchman’s record £89million return in 2016.

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    And he also enjoyed dinner with both Patrice Evra and Marouane Fellaini.
    Reflecting on his time with the Red Devils, Martinelli said: “Between 2015 and 2017 I went there four times and trained for about 15 days.
    “I asked to take a picture with [Patrice] Evra, [Marouane] Fellaini and other guys.
    “Pogba knew I was Brazilian and asked if everything was OK with me and where I was playing. We took a picture together.”
    However, United ended up snubbing the chance to sign Martinelli on a long-term deal.
    The Brazilian also trained at La Masia with Barcelona, and they too eventually passed.
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    But after continuing to shine with Ituano, Martinelli finally cracked Europe in 2019 with a permanent move to Arsenal.
    He has since scored 13 goals in 57 games for the Gunners.
    And Martinelli will be hoping to add to his tally when Arsenal face Man United tonight. More

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    Man Utd star Alex Telles wanted by both Inter and AC Milan in transfer… but January approaches to be rejected

    MANCHESTER UNITED star Alex Telles is being tracked by both Inter and AC Milan.The 28-year-old full-back had been in and out of the United team under the axed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his arrival in October 2020.
    Inter and AC Milan are keen on Alex Telles… but Man Utd won’t let him go in JanuaryCredit: Getty
    He has made just two Premier League appearances so far this season, including in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday following Solskjaer’s sacking.
    And SunSport understands both Italian giants are looking to snap him up if his lack of playing time continues.
    Inter and AC were keen on a January loan deal for the ex-Porto defender, but any approach then will be rejected.
    Instead a move next summer is more likely when United would be able to demand more of their £13.5m fee paid back.
    Telles has found it tough to break into the starting eleven since joining, with Luke Shaw first choice.
    He has played just five times this season, including twice in the Champions League and once in the EFL Cup.

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    Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani reportedly wants a move to Barcelona next summer.
    Like Telles, the striker has barely featured this term.
    And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Cavani is ready to leave Old Trafford.
    Barcelona are long-term admirers of the Uruguayan star.
    And The Times claims Cavani is ready to move to the Nou Camp with new Barca boss Xavi.
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    Man Utd’s worst transfers XI post-Sir Alex Ferguson, including, Di Maria, Depay and De Beek that cost a whopping £431m

    SIR ALEX FERGUSON left Manchester United with the Premier League trophy – but a raft of bad signings has seen it taken away with little sign of returning.An incredible £431.7million has been splashed on 13 dodgy deals in particular by flop bosses ranging from Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was given the boot last month.

    Romelu Lukaku cost an initial £75m and United struggled to find takers when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to offload the Belgian to Inter where he thrived, before re-joining Chelsea.
    A promising first season was lost with a drop-off in 2018-19, scoring at an average of one every three games before leaving for Italy.
    At the very least, Lukaku provided some memorable moments but the same cannot be said for Angel Di Maria.
    The winger arrived with much fanfare in 2014 and quickly dropped off the pace, shepherded out to Paris Saint-Germain where he painfully found the form he lacked in England.
    The next expensive error was Fred who joined for £52m, but he still has time to prove himself at Old Trafford.
    In the slightly more affordable but nonetheless useless category are Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Morgan Schneiderlin, who came in for £30m and £27m respectively.
    Still, United recouped most of the fee they spent on French anchor man Schneiderlin when he joined Everton but Mkhitaryan’s exit saw Alexis Sanchez arrive – making the Chilean’s initial fee cheap and yet still a huge disappointment.
    Among those who arrived with potential and waited until after leaving to go on to great things is Memphis Depay.
    Now a star at Barcelona and with the Dutch national team, his baffling form in the 2015/16 season showed that United had lost their touch when turning young gems into superstars.
    Many United fans point to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as the chief architect of these abysmal deals.
    While replacing the peerless David Gill was a tough assignment, and finding a man capable of replacing Fergie nigh-on impossible, there are serious questions over his approach.
    Not only are these players examples of bad deals, former managers such as Jose Mourinho were dismayed that not enough players were bought.
    Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind were picked up in 2014 off the back of good World Cup campaigns – a strategy that rarely pays off and cost the club over £30m.
    And although Matteo Darmian was an Italian international when plucked from Torino, Louis van Gaal’s exit cast him to the fringes.
    De Beek’s has had a torrid time at Old Trafford since joining from Ajax for £35m
    Few have flopped in the Prem like Di MariaCredit: PA:Empics Sport
    Falcao struggled both at United and ChelseaCredit: PA:Empics Sport

    Perhaps the Red Devils thought they were pulling off a cunning piece of Andrea Pirlo-esque business when bringing in Bastian Schweinsteiger but, at 31, the German was far past his best during an 18-month spell.
    Radamel Falcao was still in his late-20s when arriving on loan in 2014 on a £6m fee and massive wage combination yet hit just four goals in 29 games.
    United’s last boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also brought in a few questionable faces to Old Trafford.
    The Norwegian was responsible for recruiting Dutch flop Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £35m last summer.
    But he’s hardly set the Premier League alight, making just four domestic starts since the beginning of last season.
    De Beek’s joined by Jadon Sancho on Solskjaer’s list of poor signings.
    The winger signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer for a whopping £73m but has only made five appearances in that time.
    However, the English international may prove doubters wrong after netting his first goal, post-Solskjaer against Villarreal last week.
    Of course, not all of Fergie’s signings hit the right note – just ask Kleberson, Eric Djemba Djemba, Juan-Sebastian Veron, Massimo Taibi.
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    Man Utd sweating over Ralf Rangnick deal with Lokomotiv Moscow yet to give German permission to leave club

    MANCHESTER UNITED are sweating over the appointment of Ralf Rangnick with Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow yet to grant him permission to leave.The 63-year-old joined the side in the summer on a three-year deal as their Head of Sports and Development.
    Ralf Rangnick has agreed a deal to become Manchester United’s interim manager until the end of the termCredit: Getty
    But the former RB Leipzig gaffer has since reached an agreement with the Red Devils to take charge on an interim basis until the end of the season.
    United have been keen to bring in a new manager after they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the 4-1 away defeat at Watford.
    However Lokomotiv are yet to release Rangnick from his contract in order to allow him to make the move to England.
    United are now waiting for that to happen before swiftly bringing him to the Theatre of Dreams.
    SunSport also understands that Rangnick is in talks with United about his long-term future at the club after his interim spell.
    Former Lokomotiv president Nikolai Naumov has labelled Rangnick as a ‘merchant’ who only cares about money, as the German looks to link up with United.

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    In an incredible rant to Match TV, Naumov claimed: “It’s not about Manchester. For Rangnick, this is no escape, betrayal, or disgrace. Rangnick is a merchant.
    “He absolutely does not care about football, because he only does business around him.
    “And the more countries, leagues and football clubs he covers, the more he will earn.
    He’s absolutely indifferent to Lokomotiv. He did not come here to raise football, but to earn money.
    “Now he was offered money elsewhere, and he and his company will go to United.
    “When he’s offered to work in Africa, he will go to earn money there, leaving his deputy at Manchester United. Clean business.”
    Though Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has lauded his compatriot, as he described Rangnick as an ‘organised and experienced coach’.
    When asked about his possible arrival, he said: “Unfortunately a good coach is coming to England, to Manchester United!

    “He’s a really experienced manager, built two clubs from nowhere.
    “Man United will be organised on the pitch. That’s obviously not good news for other teams.”
    Should he take the reins at United, the likes of Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho could benefit from a run of games in the starting XI.
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    Real Madrid ‘back away’ from Paul Pogba transfer as LaLiga giants go cold on Man Utd star even though he’d be FREE

    REAL MADRID have halted their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.The 28-year-old Frenchman is set to leave Old Trafford for free in the summer when his contract expires.
    Pogba looks set to leave Old Trafford on a free in the summerCredit: Getty
    And Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the World Cup winner as they prepare to bolster their squad under Carlo Ancelotti.
    But, according to AS, the Spanish giants are no longer interested in bringing Pogba to the club despite him being available for free.
    Pogba will be able to reach a pre-contract agreement as early as January because his Man Utd deal is up at the end of the season.
    Along with Real, he has also been linked with a move to Juventus where he played 174 times between 2012 and 2016.
    And Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola recently hinted he could be set for a transfer in the upcoming mid-season window.
    Raiola told Rai: “December is the month of dreams… and I can’t stop dreams, but is better to not speak about Paul.

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    “If some former Man United players don’t speak about me and Paul, they won’t work anymore.”
    Pogba started the season in superb form, providing seven assists in United’s opening four Premier League games.
    But since then he has once again come under fire for his performances in a red shirt.
    In the wake of the Red Devils’ humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last month, Man Utd legend Paul Scholes had some harsh words for Pogba.
    But former French teammate Bacary Sagna recently came out in defence of the midfielder. More

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    Solskjaer sacked LIVE: Man Utd AXE club legend with Zidane and Pochettino sounded out as replacements – lates updates

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has been SACKED by Manchester United. United called an emergency board meeting following the 4-1 humiliation at Vicarage Road.
    Solskjaer said now his goodbyes to his staff and players following the defeat with club chiefs to sack him within 48 hours.
    The club won only once in their last seven matches after the 4-1 defeat at Watford today, and the meeting took place afterwards at 7pm.
    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been installed as the current bookies’ favourite to take over at Old Trafford.
    Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…
    PROOF POINT
    Manchester United will live to regret missing out on Antonio Conte, pundit Micah Richards has claimed.
    The Italian was one of the favourites to take over as United officials spent the last few weeks mulling the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
    Ex-Manchester City star Richards told Sky Sports: “Antonio Conte is a serial winner.
    “We talk about the Manchester United values, forget the values for just one minute. It is about winning games.
    “You’ve got (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Paul) Pogba, (Bruno) Fernandes, (Jadon) Sancho and all those players.
    “Something has to give and Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) was not getting the best out of those players.
    “Conte is proven. He is the Tottenham manager now but there was a window where they could have got him. I don’t understand it.”

    DE GEA DISMAY
    David De Gea was among the players paying tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his dismissal as Manchester United manager.
    United announced they parted ways with Solskjaer after Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing to Watford at Vicarage Road, which marked the final drop after seven losses in 13 games across all competitions.
    De Gea was among the players that expressed their appreciation for the Norwegian head coach’s contribution in the last three years.
    The star goalkeeper described the loss to the Hornets as a “nightmare” last night but now insists Solskjaer always “gave everything” for the Red Devils.
    De Gea tweeted: “You always gave everything and everyone knows you are a legend at [Man Utd].”
    CON SUPPORT
    MMA legend Conor McGregor has paid homage to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was sacked as Manchester United boss.
    I want to give a major shout out, and a huge thank you to the living legend that is Ole Gunnar Solskjær! Ole you are forever, Sir! Icon! Inspiration! Hero! Legend!Thank you Ole ❤️ @ManUtd— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 21, 2021

    MAN FOR THE JOB
    Gary Neville reckons Mauricio Pochettino would take over at Manchester United in a heartbeat despite the turmoil at Old Trafford.
    The United legend made the claim after previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was finally sacked following a shocking run of results.
    He said on Sky Sports: “I think Mauricio Pochettino – although he’d never say it – he’d leave to come to Man United on a five-year deal tomorrow.
    “He’d look at that group of players, he’d look at the club and he’d realise he’d probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Man United in terms of a project.
    “At PSG you are on season by season. ‘You’ve got to win the Champions League or you’re out’ type of model. I don’t think that suits Pochettino.
    “I think he would absolutely come to Man Utd on a five-year deal, with backing behind him. How he’d fit in with the current coaches who are still there and left, I’m not sure.”
    SWEET SUGAR
    Lord Alan Sugar expressed his delight at Tottenham’s appointment of Antonio Conte while taking a swipe at Arsenal and Manchester United in the process.
    Sugar reckons the Italian could’ve ended up at either United or Arsenal if Spurs didn’t bring him in last week following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal from Old Trafford and the Gunners 4-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool yesterday.
    Smug Spurs fan Sugar wrote on Twitter: “I am please we got hold on Conte when we did as he would have been grabbed by Man U or Arsenal …..next week.”
    RED FACES
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted naive Manchester United officials forever bothering to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.
    The United legend was named caretaker back in 2018 before being given the reins full-time at Old Trafford.
    Things turned sour this season and the under-fire boss was finally given his marching orders after Saturday’s abject 4-1 defeat by Watford.
    And Sky Sports pundit Redknapp was far from impressed with United’s approach while their rivals appointed top-class managers around them.
    He said: “This hasn’t crept up on Man United, I’ve seen this for a long while.
    “When you look at what Liverpool have got – Klopp, Man City – Guardiola, Chelsea – Tuchel, and you’ve got a manager that’s managed at Molde and Cardiff – at one of the biggest clubs in the world, it isn’t right.
    “You’re almost fighting with one hand behind your back in the big occasions and I’ve never really felt he is the right fit.
    “I said at the time, one day it’s going to be like shooting Bambi and that’s what it feels like. This should have happened weeks ago.”
    SOL DESTROYING
    Manchester United have spent a staggering £38million on sacking managers since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford in 2013.
    The Scot, 79, provided the Red Devils with the ultimate stability during his 27 years at the helm.
    But the Theatre of Dreams has been anything but stable ever since.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the latest man to be sacked this morning – receiving a £7.5m payout in the process.
    The Norwegian was handed a new three-year deal in the summer.
    But terms of the contract stipulated that he need only be paid one year’s salary should he be relieved of his duties.
    NO NEED
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned down help to upgrade his backroom staff at Manchester United, reports suggest.
    That is according to ESPN, who claim that Solskjaer refused to make changes to his coaching team despite key players complaining that the training was “too British” and unsuited to the requirements of the modern game.
    Reports have now emerged of senior players losing faith in the former manager after last month’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford.
    A section of the roster found the coaching to be too one-dimensional as it lacked imagination as well as creativity.
    The Red Devils’ hierarchy took those concerns on board and “offered Solskjaer every level of support and told him he could have whatever he needed to put it right.”
    However, the 48-year-old told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he had full faith in his world-class coaching team.
    SOL BAD
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by Manchester United after a horror run of five defeats in seven games.
    He becomes the FOURTH manager to try – and fail – to replace Sir Alex Ferguson after his retirement in 2013.
    David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were all sacked in the past eight years, and now Solskjaer joins the gang.
    The bottom line is that he won no trophies, unlike his more recent predecessors
    Mourinho led United to a Europa League and EFL Cup double in 2017, while Van Gaal lifted the FA Cup in 2016 just days before he was sacked.
    However Solskjaer’s win percentage was surprisingly good.
    Solskjaer has the third-highest win percentage of ANY manager in United’s history.
    His record of 91 wins from his 168 games in charge across all competitions is second best in the post-Fergie era – behind only Mourinho.
    The Norwegian achieved a win rate of 54.2 per cent, behind Mourinho’s 58.3 per cent from 144 matches.
    THE RON FOR ME 
    Cristiano Ronaldo wants Luis Enrique to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, according to reports.
    The Red Devils sacked Solskjaer this morning, following a dismal run of form that culminated in yesterday’s 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.
    United have been strongly linked with a move for Zinedine Zidane, with chiefs reportedly trying to convince the Frenchman to come to Old Trafford.
    According to Sky Sports, however, their biggest name player would rather play under Spain boss Enrique.
    They reckon that despite his old affiliation with Real Madrid legend Zizou, Ronaldo wants United to hire Enrique instead.
    The Red Devils are expected to consider the former Barcelona boss as they hunt for a new manager.

    BLANC CANVAS
    Manchester United could hire Laurent Blanc as interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, reports suggest.
    United parted company with club legend Solskjaer after Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing to Watford at Vicarage Road, which marked the final drop after five defeats in seven Premier League matches.
    Michael Carrick has been put in charge for the time being while the Red Devils look for something more permanent.
    According to The Athletic, however, the Manchester giants may be unable to land their top targets before the summer, such as Zinedine Zidane, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers.
    Therefore, it is possible that they could turn to other options who are also going to be considered as temporary solutions.
    Former United ace Blanc has been touted as a candidate, which means he would get the same opportunity Solskjaer got when he replaced Jose Mourinho in 2018 before earning a long-term contract.
    The French head coach spent two years at Old Trafford where he retired in 2003 following 75 appearances across all competitions.
    BUDGET CUTS
    Manchester United will be forced to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a hefty £7.5m after sacking him this morning.
    The Red Devils boss lost his job after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford.
    Man United chiefs met at 7pm last night to discuss sacking the Norwegian, who they’d handed a new three-year deal to in August.
    And SunSport understands he will have to be given a full year’s salary as a severance package by the club.
    This works out at around £7.5m, which puts him around fifth in the highest paid Premier League managers.
    That’s behind behind Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Marcelo Bielsa in the salary stakes.
    PIERS DIG
    Piers Morgan has taken his customary dig at Gary Neville following Solskjaer’s Man Utd sacking.

    NEV SUPPORT
    Gary Neville has sent out a message of support to his former team-mate Solskjaer following his sacking from the club.

    CARRICK TO TAKE OVER
    Michael Carrick will take over as United boss temporarily, but the club are looking for an interim boss to lead the side until the end of the season.
    Presumably, Zinedine Zidane will be sounded out in the summer.

    CLUB STATEMENT
    “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision,” a statement read.
    “While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.
    “Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future.
    “His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.
    “Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.”
    SACKED!
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Man Utd boss after the club’s 4-1 loss to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

    SHORTLIST
    Here are a list of candidates so far rumoured to be in the frame to take over on a permanent basis at Old Trafford.

    Zinedine Zidane
    Erik ten Hag
    Brendan Rodgers
    Ralph Rangnick
    Laurent Blanc
    Julen Lopetegui

    Antonio Conte, of course, was United’s first choice, but ironically it was the Red Devils’ 3-0 win over Tottenham which pushed Spurs into appointing the Italian as their new boss.
    BRU-NO!
    After the game, Solskjaer went over to the United fans to clap them, only to be negatively received by a large portion of the support.
    Bruno Fernandes waved his finger at them and indicated the result came as a consequence of the team’s poor performance and not the manager.
    “In the Premier League it is not enough playing for just one half,” he said.
    “Watford has a good team. They are aggressive, they have quality up front, and if you give them chances you will concede goals.
    “And that has been a problem with us for many games.
    “I think the attitude in the second half was there. In the first half it was too sloppy from everyone.”
    Credit: Reuters
    NOT HAPPY
    David de Gea had some choice words after the game, letting everyone know what he thought of the performance.
    “There’s not much to say – it was embarrassing to see Man United play like we did today,” he explained.
    “It’s not acceptable – the way we were playing and doing things. It’s easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it’s the players.
    “We need to show much more than we are doing. Embarrassing first half – we could’ve conceded four goals in 45 minutes.
    “It was hard to watch the team playing today – it was nightmare after nightmare. It’s not acceptable.
    “We are trying to give our best and fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong. You can see in the games – it’s very low level, very poor. Sorry to the fans, once again.”
    AWFUL RESULT
    United were trounced 4-1 by newly-promoted Watford on Saturday night, prompting calls from fans for Solskjaer’s time at the club to come to an end.
    Joshua King – a Red Devils academy product – smashed home the opener after 28 minutes before Ismaila Sarr doubled the lead just before the break.
    It could have been a lot worse for United at half time as Sarr missed TWO penalties in the space of a minute after having one saved before retaking it for encroachment and David De Gea denied him a second time.
    Half time sub Donny Van de Beek grabbed a goal back early in the second half, but skipper Harry Maguire’s red card in the 69th minute ended any hopes of an underserved comeback.
    Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis added a third and fourth in injury time to really stick the knife into Ole.
    This was Watford’s first home win since the start of the season back in August, and are just four points behind United in seventh.
    MORNING, MAN UTD FANS
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed his final game in charge of Manchester United with the board finally deciding enough is enough.
    United called an emergency board meeting following the 4-1 humiliation at Vicarage Road.
    And Solskajer’s backroom staff started saying their goodbyes following the brutal defeat with club chiefs to sack him within 48 hours.Bruno Fernandes blamed ‘everyone’ at Manchester United after Watford’s 4-1 win rammed a huge nail in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coffin.
    Midfielder Fernandes was led away by team-mates after a heated row with United fans at Vicarage Road.
    Luke Shaw could be a doubt for Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea after appearing to suffer possible concussion against Watford.
    The left-back, 26, started in Saturday’s 4-1 horror defeat at Vicarage Road.
    But Shaw didn’t last the whole 90 minutes as he was flattened in a collision with an opponent.
    OUT WITH THE OLE
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked glum as he drove home after Manchester United’s humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford.
    SunSport understand the loss, which saw club captain Harry Maguire get sent off, is the last straw for the Norwegian.
    The players are also expecting Solskjaer to get the sack.
    Other reports claim players and staff were in tears after the thumping away defeat to the newly-promoted side.
    NEEDS A JI UP
    Ex-Man Utd star Ji-sung Park has backed underfire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep his job till the end of the season.
    The Norwegian boss is on the brink of the sack after the Red Devils were humiliated 4-1 at Watford.
    But Park is backing Solskjaer until the end of the season.
    “It’s been three years for Solskjaer as a manager and I believe that this will be the defining season for him, in terms of whether he continues at the club,” Park told Goal.
    “I think that he deserves credit for what he’s done at United, and deserves to fight [for his job] until the end of the season, but he needs to show he can continue after that.
    “He did well to bring the old United spirit and culture back to us.”
    “Before him, we had Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, who had reputations as world-class coaches, but it didn’t work out, so I think that United learned from those experiences and that they were key in the decision to stick with Solskjaer (after the Liverpool and City defeats).
    “But the most important point is whether he can compete with Pep (Guardiola), (Jurgen) Klopp, (Thomas) Tuchel, the best coaches in the world.
    “Therefore, I believe we should wait until the end of this season and then see. But if he can’t show (he’s good enough), it will be difficult for him to continue.”
    JA RULES
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s pre-match words of advice to Jadon Sancho backfired as Manchester United were thrashed 4-1 by Watford.
    Sancho, 21, was handed a rare start against his former club despite failing to score or assist in his previous 13 appearances.
    And before kick-off, Ronaldo could be seen talking to Sancho, offering advice and undoubtedly trying to motivate him.
    But it didn’t go to plan as Watford went into the half-time break with a two-goal lead thanks to former United ace Josh King and Ismaila Sarr.
    Half-time substitute Donny van de Beek pulled one back for the visitors, offering a glimmer of hope of a comeback.
    But Harry Maguire made sure the points would stay at Vicarage Road as he was sent off for a rash challenge of Tom Cleverley.
    The double yellow on Saturday’s game guarantees Maguire’s absence for United’s big game against Chelsea next weekend.
    Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Bonaventure scored in added time to secure a historic victory against the Red Devils.
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    Man Utd urged to make Jude Bellingham transfer by Rio Ferdinand as they can play him in ANY midfield position

    RIO FERDINAND has called on Manchester United to sign teenage superstar Jude Bellingham because of his versatility as a midfielder.The 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund man has attracted interest from across Europe since arriving in Germany last year.
    His performances at club level have earned him a place in several England squadsCredit: Getty
    He occupied a deeper role for the Bundesliga side last season, but has pushed on into the final third at the beginning of the 2021-22 campaign.
    Bellingham has reaped the rewards of pushing further up the pitch, netting three times already, just one behind his overall tally at the end of last season.
    His ability to shield the back four and add to the creativity going forward means he can fill a number of midfield roles.
    And ex-Man Utd captain Ferdinand believes the Red Devils need to try and sign Bellingham as soon as possible.
    When asked which midfield position Bellingham could fill at United, Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel: “Any. He’s that good.
    “Serious. In the England youth teams there are times when he’s played as the holding midfielder. Times he’s played as the 8 and been box-to-box.

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    “And also times when he’s been told he can join the attacks more. He has the capabilities and capacity to play all of the roles, he’s that good.
    “I think for him, I see him as being someone who can do it all. There aren’t many midfielders in the game now that can attack and defend – affect the game at both ends. 
    “When you are one of the super clubs, there are talents out there that make you think if we have the capacity and financial muscle, then he’s one you don’t want to miss.”
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    Earlier this year, Birmingham City’s head of academy Mike Dodds explained the reason behind Bellingham choosing the No22 shirt was because he could play as a 4, 8 or 10.
    “He would have been about 13 or 14 and like most boys that age, they want to be a No 10,” Dodds said. “And I remember, we sat down with him and we said, ‘we think you’re doing yourself a disservice, we think you can do all of it.
    “So we came up with, ‘we think you can be a 22′. His eyes lit up and we knew had hooked him from then on in! 
    “We said we thought he could be a holding midfielder, or a four. We thought he could be a box-to-box, which is an eight. And we thought he could be a scorer and a creator, so a 10.
    “And from the age of 13 onwards he has held on to that all the way through and you can see that in his game.
    “He made his debut at Birmingham City and he said, ‘I want my squad number to be number 22’ and said the same thing at Dortmund.”
    Man Utd will face competition from Liverpool if they are to try and sign Bellingham.
    Last month, Borussia Dortmund confirmed England’s teenage sensation is on the Anfield side’s radar.
    Dortmund Sporting Director Sebastian Kehl told Sport1: “There’s a lot of interest around Jude Bellingham, not only Liverpool.
    “But there is no bottom line and no exit clause.” More

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    Man Utd planning for Kieran Trippier transfer with Diogo Dalot to be sold to Roma if they land Atletico star

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly eyeing a swoop for Kieran Trippier.And a transfer would also see Diogo Dalot reunited with Jose Mourinho at Roma.
    Man Utd are eyeing a fresh move for Atletico Madrid star Kieran TrippierCredit: Getty
    United could offload Diogo Dalot to Jose Mourinho’s RomaCredit: Rex
    Gianluca Di Marzio claims Trippier remains a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was chased unsuccessfully by United over the summer.
    Atletico Madrid refused to sell the England right-back following his pivotal role in their LaLiga title win last term.
    But with Atleti now playing a new system and already falling five points off the summit, Trippier’s future in Spain is looking less secure.
    And that could finally pave the way for him to join United, who have also been less than convincing this term.
    It’s reckoned negotiations could start shortly ahead of a potential January switch.
    And should United get their hands on Trippier, it could see Portugal international Dalot leave Old Trafford.

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    He is said to be a target for Roma boss Mourinho.
    The Special One signed Dalot for United in 2018.
    And Mourinho believes his compatriot can provide some much-needed depth at full-back.
    Roma would prefer to take Dalot on loan with an option to buy him next summer.
    But United are sure to prefer a permanent deal to take place immediately.
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