Man Utd news LIVE: Solskjaer gives Lingard update, Ronaldo player of month nominee, Van de Beek bench rage – latest

Man Utd news LIVE: Solskjaer gives Lingard update, Ronaldo player of month nominee, Van de Beek bench rage – latest

MANCHESTER UNITED defeated Villarreal in a grandstand Old Trafford finale.

Cristiano Ronaldo got the crucial winning goal during a disjointed performance and has since been nominated for the Premier League player of the month award.

Meanwhile Donny van de Beek appeared to be enraged by the lack of game time as he petulantly threw his chewing gum in the direction of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout.

The Dutch midfielder, 24, has reportedly been considering his future at the club after being snubbed on multiple occasions.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Dean Henderson linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Cristiano Ronaldo is urging the Old Trafford crowd to help maintain Manchester United's revival.

    Ron's 95th-minute Champions League group winner against Villarreal ended a run of two straight 1-0 losses.

    And ahead of tomorrow's home Premier League clash with Everton, the Portugal superstar said: “Sometimes the players, we try to do our job, to play good and score goals – but sometimes it is not possible.

    “The fans have this role as well when the team is in a difficult moment. They need to push us. This is why I say and ask them if they can do that.

    “They give us motivation to keep going and to keep running and keep believing.

    “So this is what we felt. We are so happy. A very important win and we are in a good way now.”

    Inevitably United have named Ron as one of four contenders for their September player-of-the-year award.

    The Red Devils' media team said: “De Gea and Ronaldo are outstanding candidates for the trophy and our panel could not split Academy graduates Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard for the third slot so both are included in our poll.”

    Ex-Old Tafford star Ashley Young believes United should target PSG's "unbelievable" midfielder Marco Verratti to replace long-retired Mr Dependable Michael Carrick.

    Finally, Elland Road chief Marcelo Bielsa says Leeds will fight to keep reported United target Kalvin Phillips.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KEEP RON PUSHING US

    Cristiano Ronaldo has called on the Old Trafford crowd to keep pushing Manchester United to victory.

    There was a thunderous reception for Ronaldo’s winning goal against Villarreal in the last minute of injury-time of their Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

    For much of the game the crowd remained quiet as United were largely outplayed by their Spanish opponents — but after Alex Telles’ 60th-minute leveller the atmosphere drove them to a winner.

    Now Ronaldo has called on Red Devils supporters to back them throughout games.

    He said: “Sometimes the players, we try to do our job, to play good and score goals – but sometimes it is not possible.

    “The fans have this role as well when the team is in a difficult moment. They need to push us. This is why I say and ask them if they can do that.

    “They give us motivation to keep going and to keep running and keep believing.

    “So this is what we felt. We are so happy. A very important win and we are in a good way now.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'OBSESSED RON'

    Cristiano Ronaldo spent so long on the training ground that Sir Alex Ferguson ordered him to leave because it was too close to a game.

    The legendary boss feared the young Ronaldo would wear himself out perpetually practising all his trick, flicks and skills.

    Nicky Butt came off when Ronaldo made his first Manchester United debut in 2003 and in the new book “Viva Ronaldo”, Butt reveals the secrets of Ronaldo’s determination to make it to the top.

    Butt said: “Ronaldo was to emerge as a genius but it wasn’t just about his talents that took him right to the top.

    “It is often said that certain players worked hard, stayed behind for some extra training or to practise their techniques, but with Cristiano it was total dedication, total commitment, and total hard work.

    “He didn’t have a God given physique, it wasn’t given, he worked hard to achieve it. He actually came to us as a skinny, scrawny young kid, and worked hard to get that physique over many, may years.

    “He had to reach a new level of physical strength because the Premier League demanded it, and he had plenty of opportunity to see at first hand how physical and tough it can be when he was up against, even in training, the likes of Roy Keane and Jaap Stam.

    “We would also see him work relentlessly on his free kicks and he would tell us about something he had seen somewhere, and he wanted to perfect it, and he would work again relentlessly until he did.

    “It all went beyond dedication, he was obsessed with football."

  • Ian Tuckey

    KALV HIS NAME WITH PRIDE

    Marcelo Bielsa insists Manchester United target Kalvin Phillips would only leave Leeds if he had cemented his special bond with the club and fans.

    The Red Devils have been linked with the 25-year-old as an alternative to his England midfield team-mate Declan Rice.

    But it's claimed Leeds want £60million as they hope to keep their academy graduate and have reportedly opened contract talks with him.

    And Elland Road boss Bielsa said: "I’m sure the day he leaves Leeds and the way that he does it, far from provoking disappointment – of course it will generate disappointment – but it’s going to solidify his link to the club, the people and the city.

    “I’m sure he would only leave if it’s guaranteed that the link to the place where he was born remains intact. He will know how to do it."

  • Ian Tuckey

    CRIS CLOSE TO ANOTHER RECORD

    Cristiano Ronaldo is chasing another record after being nominated for September’s Premier League player of the month. 

    The Manchester United hitman will be aiming to bag his FIFTH trophy after receiving his first nomination since returning to England.

    Should he win, Ronaldo would be just two trophies away from breaking another record.

    Man City legend Sergio Aguero leads the way with seven monthly gongs while Tottenham's Harry Kane and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard share second with six. 

    Ronaldo scored three goals in as many Premier League games for United this month.

    But he is up against some top talent for the coveted award. Also nominated are Man City’s Joao Cancelo, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin, Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.

    Ronaldo has also carried his fine form into Europe.

    Having scored in the defeat to Young Boys, Ronnie grabbed his most important goal since rejoining United last night to see off Villarreal 2-1 in stoppage time.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIFA WANT WORLD CUP CHANGE SORTED THIS YEAR

    Fifa want Arsene Wenger’s plan for a World Cup every two years voted through by the end of 2021, writes MARTIN LIPTON

    Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger formally presented his proposals to 204 of the 211 national associations at a virtual meeting from Zurich.

    Despite strong opposition led by Uefa and European clubs and leagues, 

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino claimed he was embarking on the “most inclusive and thorough consultation process that the world of football has ever seen on a global basis”.

    Infantino told supporters and opponents: “FIFA has one event that lasts one month every four years that is helping to develop football in 211 member associations.

    “Our ambitions for football development across the entire world can only be realised if we have more successful events taking place on a more regular basis.”

    Wenger and former US women’s coach Jill Ellis outlined plans for the shape of men’s, women’s and youth football.

    But despite the criticism, FIFA announced a “comprehensive report” would be published in November, “before a global summit will be staged before the end of the year”.

    Infantino added: “We have the opportunity to shape football history, to look forward, to learn from the past, and to design the future because our vision is to make football truly global.

    “But we will only make changes if it benefits everyone.

    “No-one should be a loser in this, everyone should be better off at the end of the day. “Otherwise there is no reason to change anything, if the global world of football and everyone in it is not better off. We are aware of the different challenges that this brings.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    A BOLT FROM THE BRU

    Bruno Fernandes posted a joint selfie with Usain Bolt as he hailed the sprint king as "a true legend. A true United fan".

    Bolt saw Fernandes' Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo poach the Red Devils' last-gasp winner in last night's 2-1 Champions League comeback triumph over Villarreal.

    And as he posted a snap with the eight-time Olympic champ from the stands, Fernandes wrote: "So much respect and admiration for you @usainbolt."

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    CHEAP CLARET

    Burnley shirts are the cheapest in the Premier League while Tottenham fans are forced to cough up £25 more for a replica shirt.

    Clarets supporters appear to get the best value, while Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool followers pay more than 50 PER CENT extra.

    Burnley’s £45 shirt is the best value in England’s top flight with Brentford (£48), Crystal Palace (£50), Norwich (£50) and Brighton £52 completing the cheapest five list.

  • Ian Tuckey

    A NIGHT WE'LL NEVER FER-GET

    Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes has hailed Old Trafford’s atmosphere after last night’s 2-1 win over Villarreal.

    He told manutd.com: “It was my first Champions League night here with fans and it was unbelievable.

    “It’s a great feeling, the atmosphere was unbelievable, but for me, Champions League or not, the atmosphere at Old Trafford has been fantastic.

    “Obviously, everyone sees it as a special competition and it is special for everyone but I think at Old Trafford it has been special every time with fans.

    “So I cannot see this as being better than the ones because the fans have been fantastic in every game we’ve had.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    TELL IT LIKE IT IS ON RONALDO

    Manchester United left-back Alex Telles revealed Cristiano Ronaldo was frustrated and "upset" before he sunk Villarreal in stoppage time.

    The Brazil star told TNT Sports: "Off the pitch, we already have this closer relationship because we speak Portuguese.

    "And five minutes before he was a little upset that we didn’t get any balls to him.

    "I said ‘it will arrive, it will arrive, stay concentrated because it will arrive’. And as soon as I went off, Ronaldo doesn’t need much, right?

    "We know his quality, we see it on a daily basis. So it only took one ball in the box and he gave us the victory. It’s a dream.”

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    CHAMPI-RON'S LEAGUE

    Cristiano Ronaldo was dubbed "Mr Champions League" after the Manchester United legend's 95th-minute winner sunk Villarreal last night.

    And his list of records – just as incredible as his sense of timing – show how he has earned that unoffical title.

    You can also add to the tally below the fact that Wednesday's Old Trafford clincher was the 12th time he has struck in the 90th minute or later in the Champions League.

    That's six more than big rival Lionel Messi as Ron reached 136 goals in the tournament.

  • Ian Tuckey

    3 DEVILS BECOME LIONS

    Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw were all called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON THE SHORTLIST

    Manchester United have nominated David De Gea, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and regular sub Jesse Lingard for their September player-of-the-year award.

    Ronaldo went to five goals since his shock return from Juventus with last night's stoppage-time winner against Villarreal.

    And De Gea is on the list especially for his last-gasp penalty save to preserve victory at West Ham.

    United's media team said: "De Gea and Ronaldo are outstanding candidates for the trophy and our panel could not split Academy graduates Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard for the third slot so both are included in our poll."

  • Ian Tuckey

    WE CAN COUNT ON BRU, RONALDO

    Bruno Fernandes ‘knew’ that Cristiano Ronaldo would pop up with the match-winning moment for Manchester United against Villarreal last night, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    The Portuguese midfielder, 27, has seen up close what his compatriot can conjure up for club and country down the years.

    And he had every faith that CR7 would produce something magic yet again last night.

    Going into stoppage time Man Utd were being held 1-1 by an impressive Villarreal side that beat them in May’s Europa League final.

    But it was Ronaldo that stepped up in the 95th minute to make the key difference this time around.

    After the match, Fernandes told MUTV: “I always had the feeling we would win the game, also when they scored I feel we could come again and turn it around.

    “After the goal of Alex (Telles), everyone feels the atmosphere was unbelievable. The push from the fans was incredible.

    “We knew it with Cristiano, at any moment, every ball in the box could be a goal.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD URGED TO SIGN VERRATTI

    Ashley Young believes his old club Manchester United should bring in Marco Verratti as the heir to midfield legend Michael Carrick.

    The Red Devils have struggled to find a top-quality successor in the holding role since Carrick retired back in 2018.

    The likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are currently questionable options in the middle of the park.

    But former United utility man Young says Paris Saint-Germain’s ‘unbelievable’ Verratti is the man to solve their midfield conundrum.

    He told Radio 5Live: “The Michael Carrick type has been missing for years. They haven’t gone out and replaced Michael Carrick.

    “Don’t get me wrong – Fred and McTominay are good players but I don’t think there’s a Michael Carrick around.

    “I was watching the PSG v City game yesterday and I think Marco Verratti is the closest one and nobody’s gone out to test the water to try to sign him.

    “I think he would be an unbelievable signing for Manchester United.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RED DEVILS TRIO

    Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw were all called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JADON SANCH-WOE… STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

    Jadon Sancho has gone from assist king and useful goal-grabber for Borussia Dortmund to blank stats since his £73million summer arrival atManchester United.

    The England winger, 21, has yet to score or register an assist in his eight United games this season.

    OptaJoe point out he notched five goals and five assists in his final eight matches for Dortmund.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE: DE GEA'S BEST IN WORLD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rated David de Gea the "best goalkeeper in the world" after Manchester United beat Villarreal 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    That is according to Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who heaped praise on the Spaniard after the dramatic late win at Old Trafford.

    SunSport gave the stopper a 9/10 after his heroics kept United in the game until the death.

    Man Utd boss Solskjaer thanks ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ De Gea after Villarreal masterclass

    Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines with his winner in the final seconds but Solskjaer admitted his goalkeeper was the real hero.

    The Norwegian said: “Thankfully we had the best goalkeeper in the world tonight.

    "David was fantastic and deserved to be man of the match. He saved us, we have to be realistic and say that."

    The 30-year-old came in for criticism last season after several high profile mistakes and pressure from Dean Henderson.

    But most pundits seemed to have changed their tune after De Gea's rapid turnaround.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DEVIL OF A RESERVE TEAM

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led his Manchester United side to the Premier Reserve League title in 2010.

    Now 11 years later, the Norwegian has fallen short in the trophy department, finishing second to Manchester City in the Prem and losing the Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties last season.

    So where are they now.? Click HERE to find out.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    KIT MONEY TO BURN

    Burnley shirts are the cheapest in the Premier League while Tottenham fans are forced to cough up £25 more for a replica shirt.

    Clarets supporters appear to get the best value, while Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool followers pay more than 50 PER CENT extra.

    Burnley's £45 shirt is the best value in England's top flight with Brentford (£48), Crystal Palace (£50), Norwich (£50) and Brighton £52 completing the cheapest five list.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE ADMITS JESSE IS 'UNHAPPY'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that 'unhappy' Jesse Lingard needs more minutes but hailed the substitute's impact in Manchester United's dramatic 2-1 comeback win over Villarreal.

    Lingard, 28, came off the bench in the 89th minute and assisted Cristiano Ronaldo's 95th minute winner, sparing his manager's blushes after a run of poor results.

    Fans may have thought the Red Devils were doomed to a third consecutive 1-0 defeat when Paco Alcacer gave Villarreal the lead in the 53rd minute.

    But the late heroics of Lingard and Ronaldo managed to secure a much-needed Champions League win for Solskjaer, after they were stunned by Young Boys in a shock 2-1 defeat a fortnight ago.

    The Old Trafford club were second best for large periods of the game and Villarreal will feel hard done by not to come away with anything after a good performance away from home.

    Solskjaer has come under criticism for his substitutions in the past, but Lingard, who has come off the bench for Man Utd five times already this season, repaid his manager's trust with a vital assist.

    Speaking post-match Solskjaer said: "Jesse is unhappy at not playing more, but you come on and make an impact. That’s what you do when you’re a sub at this level.

    "That is what happens at Old Trafford. It has happened so many times before. We had to throw caution to the wind and we got lucky in the end."

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD CROWD SUCH A SPECIAL BRU

    Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes has hailed Old Trafford’s atmosphere after last night’s 2-1 win over Villarreal.

    He told manutd.com: “It was my first Champions League night here with fans and it was unbelievable.

    “It’s a great feeling, the atmosphere was unbelievable, but for me, Champions League or not, the atmosphere at Old Trafford has been fantastic.

    “Obviously, everyone sees it as a special competition and it is special for everyone but I think at Old Trafford it has been special every time with fans.

    “So I cannot see this as being better than the ones because the fans have been fantastic in every game we’ve had.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    CRISTIANO MUSCLING IN ON GLORY BID

    Cristiano Ronaldo is hungry for more success at Man Utd.

    After scoring yesterday’s last gasp winner against Villarreal, he told BT Sport: “If we did not get the points today, it would be tough to go through to the next stage.

    “But now everything is possible, everything is open and we believe we’ll go through.

    “This is why I came back – I miss this club a lot

    “I have history with this club and I want to do it again, not only for me but to push the team.”

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  • Joshua Mbu

    RED DEVILS TRIO

    Man Utd's Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw were all called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HOLY SHIRT

    Tottenham fans are forced to fork out more than any of their Premier League counterparts for their team’s replica shirt, writes WILL PUGH.

    And Burnley supporters get best value for money as research shows English kits are the cheapest on the whole across Europe’s big five leagues.

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