Man Utd takeover news LIVE: Varane’s exit plans EXCLUSIVE, United set for further shake-up under Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Man Utd takeover news LIVE: Varane’s exit plans EXCLUSIVE, United set for further shake-up under Sir Jim Ratcliffe

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MANCHESTER UNITED defender Raphael Varane is set for a shock transfer exit SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The former Real Madrid star is targeting a move to Saudi Arabia or Italy, but not until the summer window.

United football director John Murtough will also leave the club after Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s investment is complete.

Ratcliffe will takeover football operations and he is ready to bring in his own chiefs to fill the most important positions.

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  • United keeper faces Wales

    Altay Bayindir came off the bench for Turkey in their 1-1 draw with Wales.

    The Manchester United goalkeeper replaced injured team-mate Ugurcan Cakir after 33 minutes in Wales.

    Bayindir has yet to make his United debut, but could be called upon this weekend amid Andre Onana’s injury fears.

    Supporters were keen to see the 25-year-old in action on Tuesday, with one fan writing on social media: “Time to see Altay Bayindir cook.”

  • Neves not for sale

    Benfica have no intention of selling Manchester United target Joao Neves in January.

    The Red Devils have sent scouts to watch the teenager multiple times already this season.

    However, the Portuguese giants are not open to a deal when the window reopens, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    He adds that the midfielder has the same £105million release clause as Enzo Fernandez last season.

    Credit: Getty
  • Varane WILL leave United

    Raphael Varane is set to leave Manchester United in the summer.

    The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is reportedly on his way out of the club.

    However, SunSport understand Varane will remain at United until the end of the campaign.

    Sources also claim he is more interested in a move to Saudi Arabia or Italy over a return to Real Madrid.

  • United scouts watch Kvaratskhelia

    Manchester United sent scouts to watch Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in Georgia’s loss to Spain on Sunday.

    The 22-year-old scored in a 3-1 loss in his country’s final Euro 2024 qualifier.

    90min report that Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle also had representatives at the match as interest in the Napoli winger grows.

    Kvaratskhelia has scored 17 goals for the Serie A champions since joining Napoli last summer.

  • United dealt transfer blow

    Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their hopes of signing wonderkid Roony Bardghji.

    The teenager has signed up with agency CAA Base, who represent a host of top stars.

    Bardghji, who scored a dramatic late winner against United earlier this month, is wanted by United, Chelsea and Newcastle.

    Tottenham may also fancy their chances of signing the youngster, with CAA Base already representing James Maddison and Heung-min Son.

    Credit: AP
  • Fofana ‘ticks a lot of boxes’

    Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana has been tipped for a Premier League move by Mikael Silvestre.

    The former Manchester United defender told bettingexpert.com: “Every club could have moved for Youssouf Fofana early in the summer. I know he was available as he has two years left on his contract.

    “He could have been a potential midfielder for Man Utd then. He has a bit more physical presence than Fred had for instance, but the club decided to sign Amrabat instead of Fofana. We know it was a reaction to the early start of the season.

    “Fofana is ticking a lot of boxes to play as a defensive midfielder for a Premier League team and Man United could definitely be his next move, for sure.”

    United have reportedly entered the race to sign Fofana but face competition from Italian giants Juventus.

  • United urged to sign Nice duo

    Mikael Silvestre has urged Manchester United to sign Nice duo Khephren Thuram and Jean-Clair Todibo.

    The French internationals currently play for Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ligue 1 side.

    “Thuram and Todibo definitely have the level to play for Man Utd,” the former United defender told bettingexpert.com. “And I’m sure they’re on the radar and they will be scrutinised.

    “They will probably be put forward because it will be an easy and sensible transition and will make sense for INEOS to get the best scouting reports on these two players specifically.

    “They’re quality players. Both French internationals. Todibo is having a very good season. Khephren Thuram, a little bit less this season compared to last but still a quality midfielder.”

  • Griezmann transfer ‘doesn’t make sense’

    Manchester United’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann “doesn’t make sense”, according to former defender Mikael Silvestre.

    The Red Devils are reportedly ready to triple the Frenchman’s wages to lure him from Atletico Madrid.

    However, Silvestre has told bettingexpert.com: “It’s never too late for a player to make a big move, but I think Antoine Griezmann would be a second Bruno Fernandes or Eriksen, as Griezmann doesn´t play as a forward anymore.

    “He has been playing deeper recently, so it doesn’t make any sense for Man United to add him to the squad.”

    “Man United has enough quality in that position, so this wouldn’t be the first move they would make. I don´t think such a move would make sense.”

    Credit: Rex
  • Club’s don’t want City’s titles – Shaun Wright Phillips

    Manchester City star Shaun Wright Phillips has told NewBettingOffers.co.uk that other clubs won’t want Manchester City’s title if they were to be stripped of them.

    City are facing a Premier League investigation on 115 counts of breaching Premier League rules.

    And Wright-Phillips said: “I don’t think it would be fair for Manchester City to be stripped of any of their previous honours should they be found guilty of any of the charges against them. It wouldn’t be fair, and I don’t think clubs would want to take those trophies off of City. They wouldn’t feel like they rightfully deserved them.

    “Regardless of what was happening off the pitch when these allegations first surfaced, the team still had to be managed and the players still had to perform in the way they did to win those titles. Whatever happens off the field shouldn’t take away from everything that the managers, players and fans did for the club. They are the reason why the club has won what they have.

  • Ronaldo shuns former childhood team-mate

    Cristiano Ronaldo responded to former team-mate Fabio Paim after he joked he should have one of his Ballon d’Or titles.

    Paim was a childhood friend of Ronaldo and opened up on his relationship with the Manchester United legend in an exclusive interview with SunSport.

    Speaking on podcast Sem Remorses, Paim said that if he had “half the head that Cristiano” had he would have had a more fruitful career.

    Ronaldo, 38, then responded to the post with a cheeky message.

    He seemingly sarcastically wrote: “Wtf. 👀👀👀who is this guy?”

  • Griezmann to United “doesn’t make sense” – Mikael Silvestre

    Former United defender Mikael Silvestre has said that a Manchester United move for Atletico Madrid’s Antoinne Griezmann “doesn’t make sense”.

    He told bettingexpert.com: “It’s never too late for a player to make a big move, but I think Antoine Griezmann would be a second Bruno Fernandes or Eriksen, as Griezmann doesn’t play as a forward anymore.

    “He has been playing deeper recently, so it doesn’t make any sense for Man United to add him to the squad.

    “Man United has enough quality in that position, so this wouldn’t be the first move they would make. I don´t think such a move would make sense.”

    Credit: AFP
  • Pennant questions Rooney decision

    Jermaine Pennant has questioned Birmingham City’s decision to appoint Wayne Rooney.

    He told King Casino Bonus: “We need to ask ourselves how long we give Rooney and his staff. I’m not very confident based on what I’m seeing. I’m not sure if things can get better. It’s not like they can go out and splash £100 million on players. I’m not sure what they can do in six months’ time to help turn things around.

    “I think Birmingham will be in the bottom half, and I think they won’t be far off where they are now – fighting with relegation.”

  • United fans confused by van der Sar response

    Manchester United fans have been left confused by Edwin van der Sar’s comment to Altay Bayandir.

    Bayandir named van der Sar as his favourite keeper on a video put on the club’s Instagram.

    But van der Sar wrote on the club’s Instagram: “Hi Altay, will see you soon in Manchester and we will have a chat about goallkeeping but my favourite is still Andre as you will know!”

  • Ratcliffe getting feet under the table

    The Manchester Evening News report that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has held virtual meeting with Joel Glazer about personnel changes at Manchester United.

    The incoming INEOS team have been left unimpressed with how several departments are run and want a considerable overhaul.

  • Marcus Rashford needs to go back to basics – Andy Cole

    Manchester United legend Andy Cole has encouraged Marcus Rashford to go back to basics to rediscover his form.

    He told BetFred: “His form was phenomenal last season, but if you look at his form from two years before that, it was similar to what it’s like now. The freaks such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo never took a season off.

    “Around twenty years at the highest level and they never took a season off. That’s what you’ve got to be like to play at that elite level. 

    “Only Marcus knows what’s going on in his head at the moment. His form over the last four or five years has been inconsistent and I don’t know what he can or can’t do to get himself back on track.

    “He starts week in, week out and that’s something that every player wants. If I had one goal to my name in sixteen appearances, then I’d go right back to basics on how I train, how I finish or whatever it may be. I’d do whatever it took to get me back into form.”

    Credit: Getty
  • Onana hopes to be fit

    Andre Onana hopes to be fit for Manchester United’s trip to Goodison Park this weekend, according to reports.

    Onana was withdrawn late on in Cameroon’s 3-0 win over Mauritius with an injury.

    But according to ESPN, he expects to make it back for the trip to Everton on Sunday.

  • Bayern want Raphael Varane

    Bayern journalist Florian Plettenburg has claimed that Bayern Munich are interested in moving for Raphael Varane.

    He says that internal discussions have taken place at Bayern over a move for the Frenchman.

    He says a move right now is currently seen as “unrealistic” but the centre-back is being closely monitored over a potential move.

  • ‘United at risk of losing giant status’

    Sports finance expert Dr Christina Philippou has said that Manchester United are at risk of losing their “giant status” if their poor form continues.

    She told Saxo: “Manchester United have been a commercial giant for a long time and that’s why they have such a global brand. A global brand sells, but so do trophies!

    “The long-term question will be whether or not sponsors and broadcasters will want to show their games if they continue to slip down the table.

    “We’ve seen powerhouses in the past now languish in the lower tiers of English football. Man United’s declining success will be okay in the medium term, but they may run into problems in the long haul.”

  • Townsend praises Man Utd

    Luton ace Andros Townsend has praised Manchester United following his side’s 1-0 defeat to them before the international break.

    They are difficult. We were able to defend against them well but similar to Liverpool they just find a way.

    Bruno Fernandes drifts out to the outside left position, links up with [Sergio] Reguilon, they get a few crosses that way.

    [Diogo] Dalot comes into the midfield creating an overload and we did limit them to very few chances and defended well.

    Unfortunately, we switched off at one set piece and that was our whole game plan done.

    At the top level you need to stay switched on for 95 to 96 minutes because these top teams can punish you.

    Andros TownsendBBC Radio 5 Live

  • Theatre of nightmares

    Manchester United fans were left shocked after a small part of the Old Trafford ceiling appeared to crumble and fall on them.

    That was during Sunday’s derby that saw United suffering a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Women’s Super League.

    Katie Zelem broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 21st minute before Jill Roord and Lauren Hemp turned the game on its head within seconds.

    Khadija Shaw then capitalised on a lapse of concentration within the Red Devils’ defence to seal all three points for City.

    It was a disappointing day for United fans, but for some it was made worse when a piece of the Old Trafford ceiling reportedly fell on them.

    One person took to Twitter to share three photographs of the damage.

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    Credit: X / @D16S1972

    Credit: X / @D16S1972
  • Harry Maguire criticism

    England fans were hilariously comparing Manchester United ace Harry Maguire to Boris Johnson after he somehow escaped punishment for “a rugby tackle”.

    The bizarre moment occurred during the 25th minute of the Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia.

    With the score goalless, the hosts were screaming for a penalty after Elif Elmas went to ground following a clumsy challenge from Maguire.

    The centre-back instantly wagged a finger at the referee to claim Elmas had made a meal of it and the official agreed with him.

    The 30-year-old’s studs appeared to have been caught in the turf, causing him to stumble, and it instantly led to fans comparing him to Johnson.

    The ex-Prime Minister, while famously taking part in a charity game back in 2006 at the Madejski Stadium, committed what many claimed was the “worst tackle ever”.

    While appearing for England Legends against their German counterparts, Boris stumbled over while closing down ex-Manchester City loanee Maurizio Gaudino and ended up headbutting him in the genitals.

  • He’s a keeper

    Manchester United fans heaped praise on Altay Bayindir after he made a cheeky comment during an interview.

    Bayindir was asked whether or not United are the most popular English team in Turkey.

    Yeah of course. Manchester United are number one, and second one…

    We don’t have a second one I think, just Manchester United.

    Altay BayindirMUTV

    Man Utd fans already ‘in love’ with forgotten man Bayindir despite keeper not playing single game after cheeky interview

  • Marcus Rashford injury boost

    Manchester United star Marcus Rashford came on as a late substitute during England’s 1-1 draw against North Macedonia in the national team’s final Euro 2024 qualifier.

    Rashford was taken off on Friday during the 2-0 win over Malta after a collision with Trent Alexander-Arnold sparked fears over his fitness.

    However, the forward came on six minutes from time at the Tose Proeski Arena.

    And the 26-year-old even seemed to be moving well without any issues.

  • Ferdinand warns Lescott

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has warned Joleon Lescott over a potential Manchester City points deduction.

    SunSport revealed how the City and Chelsea were fearing Premier League RELEGATION after Everton’s record 10-point deduction.

    Legal experts warned the Cityzens, who were slapped with 115 FFP charges, and Chelsea — under investigation over transfers during Roman Abramovich’s reign — could be booted out of the top-flight.

    If anything happens with City and they get punished, Joleon, I want YOUR medal!

    Hand-delivered to my house and I’m wearing that medal. I’ll take that off Joleon.

    That Aguero moment has gone, right. So Joleon, just make sure you bring the medal yeah.

    Rio FerdinandFIVE

  • FT: North Macedonia 1-1 England

    England drew 1-1 with North Macedonia in their final Euro 2024 qualifier.

    The hosts opened the scoring with a controversial penalty that was awarded after Rico Lewis appeared to merely touch Bojan Miovski with his hand while heading the ball.

    Jordan Pickford denied Enis Bardhi from the spot but the Trabzonspor star followed it up with a rebound to break the deadlock four minutes before half time.

    But the Three Lions equalised after 59 minutes with an own goal by Jani Atanasov.

    Follow all the live reaction in our live blog page HERE

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