CRISTIANO RONALDO has had conversations with his agent about his future at Manchester United, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Jorge Mendes has flown to the UK for talks with the 36-year-old over status at Old Trafford following reports of a fall-out between Ralf Rangnick and the senior player, which the club deny.

Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes has been forced to deny rumours of him joining Barcelona, with a withering takedown of a Portuguese TV station.

Paul Pogba is nearing a return to full fitness with United doctors giving him the green light to return to full training after picking up a thigh injury.

SunSport also revealed that United have offered Pogba a new deal before he walks out of the door for nothing.

The Frenchman would be become one of the best-paid players in the Premier League if he signed on the dotted line.

Napoli have signed Axel Tuanzebe on loan after the 24-year-old left Aston Villa following his loan spell there.

Meanwhile, West Ham have slapped a stunning £100m asking price on Declan Rice but the Red Devils are confident of tempting him up to the North West.

And United are determined to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves this month, SunSport can also exclusively reveal.

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  • ‘United have no policy’

    Axel Tuanzebe’s agent lashed out at United following his agent’s loan move to Napoli.

    Tuanzebe’s representative Fabrizio Ferrari blasted United for not having a policy to improve their training which is confusing the players – including Tuanzebe.

    Ferrari told Radio Punto Nuovo: ““I believe that Manchester United has made particular decisions for the growth of their young players, I don’t think they have a policy to improve their training.

    “They are confusing in the management of players under contract. Tuanzebe has returned to these managerial changes.”

  • Dalot calls FA Cup ‘special’

    Diogo Dalot has featured in many cup tournaments during his career but he reckons the FA Cup is the most special.

    United take on Aston Villa in tonight’s FA Cup third-round clash and Dalot thinks playing in the cup provides an atmosphere that can’t be found in other tournaments.

    He said on United’s website: “After playing a few cup games now in different leagues and in different countries, then I’d say the FA Cup is probably the most special one you can play in.

    “Because of the history it has and the atmosphere you have in these kinds of games.”

  • No United bid for Zakaria

    Ralf Rangnick is a fan of Dennis Zakaria but according to Fabrizio Romano Manchester United a yet to make a bid for the midfielder.

    Zakaria’s contract expires at the end of the season but United could sign him on the cheap this month.

    And Romano confirmed there are four teams chasing the Borussia Monchengladbach star on a free transfer.

  • Milner earns Cristiano Ronaldo comparison

    James Milner is in physical shape to rival the chiselled Cristiano Ronaldo.

    That’s according to ex-Manchester City physio Paul Webster, who has lifted the lid on the now-Liverpool star’s fitness regime.

    Milner celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this month but is still turning out in huge games for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

    And Webster revealed the midfielder has the stamina to match the sculpted Ronaldo – also 36 – telling Goal: “I watched (Milner) against Chelsea and he was probably one of the fittest on the pitch.

    “He looks young, he looks fit, he’s probably got eight percent body fat or something ridiculous.

    “He’s a bit like Ronaldo. I’ve never worked with Ronaldo, but I know people that have and I get the same impression.”

  • Familiar faces missing for United

    Manchester United arrived at the Hyatt hotel this afternoon ahead of their FA Cup clash with Aston Villa – but Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire were nowhere to be spotted.

    The Red Devils welcome their fellow Premier League side to Old Trafford this evening for their third-round clash.

    Ralf Rangnick’s troops arrived at the Hyatt this afternoon before making their way to the Theatre of Dreams.

    But club legend Ronaldo and skipper Maguire weren’t with their team-mates as they checked into the plush hotel.

    Their absences are likely not a cause for concern as neither man is understood to have any injuries.

    It’s more than likely they’re making their own way to the hotel later this afternoon.

  • Shinji Kagawa makes Belgium switch

    Former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has joined Belgian side Sint-Truiden on a free transfer.

    The 97-cap Japan international, 32, was released by Greek side PAOK last month after less than a year at the club.

    But Kagawa has been given a chance to revive his career with a move to the Belgian top-flight club.

    On the move, Kagawa told the club website: “Hello STVV supporters.

    “I have made the decision to come with a strong determination.

    “I want to contribute with my football and experience and help the team achieve its goals.

    “I look forward to serving the fans and supporters. Thank you for your support.”

  • Big game for United youngster

    Manchester United loanee James Garner played a key role in Nottingham Forest’s win over Arsenal.

    Garner patrolled the midfield for the full 90 minutes at the City Ground and tested Gunners’ keeper Bernd Leno with a powerful free-kick, before substitute Lewis Grabban grabbed a late winner to deservedly send Forest through.

    The youngster has made 22 appearances for Forest this season and he shared his delight with the victory after the match.

    He said: “What a performance!! What a team.”

  • Derby want to sign Diallo

    Derby boss Wayne Rooney is hoping his close connection with Manchester United will help him lure Amad Diallo to the East Midlands.

    Rooney previously had Teden Mengi on loan at Derby.

    Derby are operating under a transfer embargo but they are still able to sign players on loan deals.

    And Diallo is available with multiple clubs believed to be interested in the winger, including Birmingham and Barnsley.

  • Phelan wanted Bellingham at United

    Mike Phelan personally recommended that Manchester United sign Jude Bellingham prior to his move to Borussia Dortmund.

    The England international midfielder, 18, now has a host of Europe’s top clubs chasing his services after shining in Germany.

    The star is believed to have a £90million price tag on his head, with United and Liverpool keen to secure his services.

    While the star was still at Birmingham City and plotting his future, the Red Devils pulled out all the stops to convince him to come to Old Trafford in 2020.

    He and his parents were given a private tour around the club’s Carrington training HQ and they even met Sir Alex Ferguson.

    But despite all of that, the ace and his family decided that Dortmund would be best for his development and he moved there that summer.

  • United enter Prem transfer battle

    River Plate frontman Julian Alvarez is on Manchester United’s radar, according to Calciomercato.

    AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan are all said to be keen on Alvarez, but the report suggests that the Old Trafford outfit and Bayern Munich are leading the chase for the youngster as things stand.

    The Argentinian’s agent is reported to have flown out to Italy to discuss a possible move in recent days, but that the proposals from England and Germany are more compelling at present.

    West Ham and Newcastle United have also been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer.

  • U-turn on Diallo Birmingham move

    According to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are yet to finalize an agreement with Birmingham City over a loan deal for Amad Diallo, and a move is now expected to collapse.

    However, that has not ruled out a loan move for the 19-year-old. He is still expected to leave, with four clubs keen on the winger’s signature.

    Feyenoord were close to sealing a move for him in the summer and are still interested. However, Diallo is prioritising a move to a British club.

  • Dalot aiming for Cup glory

    In-form full-back Diogo Dalot has his eyes set on winning silverware at Manchester United and would love to achieve that in the “most special” competition, the FA Cup.

    Dalot: “After playing a few cup games now in different leagues and in different countries, then I’d say the FA Cup is probably the most special one you can play in.

    “Because of the history it has and the atmosphere you have in these kinds of games.

    “We’re facing a good team and we need to be at our best level to go through to the next round.

    “We want to start this competition well. We’re playing to win every single competition.

    “I can’t lie – it would be a fantastic achievement for me if I could win an FA Cup for this club and hopefully we can lift the trophy at the end of the season.”

  • Keane makes cheeky Arsenal dig

    Roy Keane came up with the perfect response to Ian Wright as the former Arsenal man talked up Aston Villa’s chances against Manchester United.

    While on ITV punditry, Arsenal legend Wright was asked whether Villa will fancy their chances at Old Trafford and said: “Of course they will, I think anybody will.

    “What Wolves did when they went there, they believed they could win and they did, why wouldn’t Villa think the same?”

    Keane hit back saying: “You say that, but Arsenal got beat there didn’t they?”, referencing United’s 3-2 win back in December, leading to a chuckle from Wright.

  • United plot big midfield upgrade

    Manchester United are reportedly in talks over the transfer of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.

    Ralf Rangnick is said to be a big fan of the 25-year-old, who has been on United’s radar for some time.

    But they could be rivalled by Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund with both clubs reportedly considering a January move for the midfielder.

  • United predicted line-up vs Villa

    Manchester United will look to return to winning ways on Monday evening when they take on Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup.

    Victor Lindelof looks set to return for the first time since testing positive for Covid following Man Utd’s 1-0 win over Norwich in mid-December.

    But captain Harry Maguire is unlikely to feature as Rangnick confirmed on Friday that he has not been able to train yet.

    Perhaps the most interesting factor coming into the game is whether or not the German coach opts to move away from his trusted 4-2-2-2 system.

    It was reported earlier this week that Rangnick may choose to switch to a back three in an attempt to get the best out of his players.

    This could see Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot operate as wingbacks either side of a midfield three.

  • Rangnick identifies key United solution

    Ralf Rangnick has underlined what Manchester United need to do – and it involves more running around.

    Rangnick has reportedly been left ‘stunned’ by the state of the club behind the scenes, but he feels that an increase in “energy” and sprinting on the pitch will help.

    He said: “Whenever you watch games, even if it’s not the top teams, they play with intensity, they play with physicality, they play with energy and they sprint. This is what we have to do. We have to develop into this kind of team.

    “As I said after the first game against Crystal Palace, we showed at least in the first half a lot of those things and it’s about implementing this into the team in a sustainable way. This is our job.

    “We have to do it together with the players and we have, obviously, to develop the players, identify for each game the players who are willing and able to do that and to deliver exactly what we spoke about.

    “I’ve only been here now for five weeks. Yes, the pressure is on at a club like Manchester United. I’m pretty sure that the players are aware of that.”

  • United working to offload Martial

    Manchester United tried to offload Anthony Martial during talks with Barcelona over a potential move for Edinson Cavani, according to reports in the Spanish media.

    Barca have been linked with Red Devils forward Cavani but it appears that United would rather sell Martial.

    Striker Cavani, who has featured prominently under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, has just six months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.

    Rumours of a potential departure for the Uruguayan have been frequent, especially following the summer arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    However, United are unlikely to want to sell and will instead focus on moving out fellow attacker Martial.

    According to the print edition of Spanish outlet Sport (via Sport Witness), the La Liga giants made a proposal for Cavani but the Red Devils instead tried to convince them to sign Martial instead.

  • Tuanzebe ‘a high-level footballer’

    Axel Tuanzebe has been praised by his Napoli manager and a team-mate following his arrival and debut for the club.

    Defender Faouzi Ghoulam told TMW: “We have already talked to him. Fortunately he also speaks French, so we can help him. He’s a good boy and he will give us a great hand.”

    And manager Spalletti added: “Axel is a physical player, who can go and mark a player.

    “He is a high-level footballer, then he will have to know things and our league which is not easy for anyone.

    “However, he has some qualities and at this moment here he can be a very comfortable alternative, he plays often and every now and then must be replaced.”

  • Ibrahimovic matches superb Ronaldo record

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalled a remarkable Cristiano Ronaldo record with a goal for AC Milan on Sunday.

    The Serie A giants ensured rivals Inter would remain just one point ahead of them in the title race as Ibrahimovic’s second minute strike helped them to a 3-0 win over Venezia.

    And the Swede’s early goal was a momentous one as it was the 80th team he has scored against in Europe’s top five leagues.

    The feat means he pulls level with Ronaldo – who netted against his 80th different side in Man Utd’s 3-1 win over Burnley in December.

  • ‘Nothing has been ruled out’

    Cristiano Ronaldo has held crisis talks with his agent Jorge Mendes about his future at Manchester United.

    Mendes jetted into the UK to address Ronaldo’s fears his dream return to Old Trafford is in danger of ending in disaster.

    A source close to Ronaldo revealed to SunSport: “Cristiano is very concerned about what is happening at United.

    “The team is receiving a lot of criticism and he knows he is regarded as one of the leaders. There are quite a lot of problems and Cristiano is feeling the pressure and is very stressed by the situation.

    “He desperately wants his United move to be a success, but he is starting to recognise that winning trophies with the current set up could be a real struggle.

    “Jorge came to see him and they spent time chatting through how things are going, what they think are the problems, how they might be solved and what the solutions may be. Nothing has been ruled out.”

  • Diallo set for loan move

    Birmingham City have agreed to sign Man United sensation Amad Diallo, according to Football Insider.

    A recruitment source revealed that an agreement has been reached for Diallo to join Birmingham on loan for the rest of the season.

    All parties are confident the deal will be completed over the next few days.

    Diallo is set to become the third Man United youngster to take what is the increasingly well-trodden path to St Andrew’s.

    Teden Mengi completed a loan move to Birmingham earlier this week, while Tahith Cong had made a fine impression at the club earlier in the season.

  • Tuanzebe starts with a bang

    Axel Tuanzebe was thrust straight into the action for new club Napoli a day after completing his switch from Manchester United.

    Following the win, the England U21 international posted on Instagram in Italian which translated to: “Happy for my first match with Napoli. #ForzaNapoliSempre”

    His wait to feature again for the club won’t be too long as Napoli prepare for Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 on Thursday.

  • ‘United are shopping at Poundland’

    Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has urged the club to sign Brighton duo Yves Bissouma and Leandro Trossard.

    He told bettors.ng: “If there is someone playing in England who I’d go and take to make Manchester United better at the moment and add something, I’d say (Yves) Bissouma from Brighton.

    “He’s a high energy player, in good shape, and a good athlete. He runs with the ball and drags people out. His decision making, his passing all are good.

    “He’s got everything that all the top sides in Europe have got. Everyone’s got a player like that except Manchester United.

    “Manchester United are shopping at Poundland at this moment. I don’t know what they are thinking, he’s (Bissouma) sitting right there!

    “Bissouma and Leandro Trossard, another great signing for Brighton by Graham Potter. What a player.”

  • Boubacar Kamara wage demands revealed

    Manchester United may have been given a boost by Boubacar Kamara’s reported wage demands.

    Kamara is running down his contract at Marseille and will become a free agent this summer.

    The Athletic have reported United are keeping track of Kamara and like him as a potential signing, and he wants £150,000 a week.

    Kamara could arrive as a replacement for Paul Pogba, whose Old Trafford future is still uncertain.

  • ‘I wouldn’t listen to Maguire’

    Roy Keane has blasted Harry Maguire after the Manchester United captain published yet another statement about the team’s poor performances.

    Maguire wrote: “We are letting the fans down and have to come out fighting. This team finished second last year. We’ve a bigger and better squad this year so we have to show the right attitude.

    “We have big players in the team, leaders. I am sick of repeating myself, but it can’t continue like this. We need to go on a proper run, starting Monday.”

    In response, Keane told ITV: “How many times has he said that? I wouldn’t listen too much to what Harry has to say.

    “I judge a player on what he does on a football pitch, not what rubbish he comes out with about ‘we need to stick together’. Judge a player on what happens on a football pitch.

    “United aren’t doing enough, but Aston Villa at home, you’d expect them to turn up and put in a good performance. It’s not been good enough recently.”

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