Man Utd news LIVE: Bellingham ‘top transfer target’, Real Sociedad Europa League build up, De Jong updates – latest

Man Utd news LIVE: Bellingham ‘top transfer target’, Real Sociedad Europa League build up, De Jong updates – latest

Updated: 4 months, 28 days, 18 hours, 15 minutes, 36 seconds ago

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly made Jude Bellingham their top transfer target in 2023.

The Red Devils were in for Barcelona's Frenkie De Jong for much of the summer but are said to have turned their efforts towards Bellingham.

Erik ten Hag's side face Real Sociedad in Europa League action on Thursday night and United have been handed a boost as Anthony Martial has returned to training.

The Frenchman was in good form before picking up an injury and will look to earn his place in the starting XI for Thursday's clash.

Get all the latest news, updates and transfer gossip here...

Kealan Hughes

5 minutes ago

Ronaldo loses millions of followers

Cristiano Ronaldo lost a staggering number of followers in the wake of a mass outage of Instagram.

The outage also saw millions of accounts suspended as they 'didn't follow its community guidelines'.

Ronaldo's Instagram follower count has since bounced back to the whopping 493 million he had prior to the massive outage, but other accounts are so far unrestored.

Kealan Hughes

38 minutes ago

Ten Hag likes De Gea

Erik ten Hag has showed his support for David De Gea amid speculation he is looking for a new goalkeeper.

Manchester United have been linked to Spain No1 Unai Simon and Porto shot-stopper Diogo Costa.

But Ten Hag likes De Gea and said of the keeper: "The focus for me, the main part of the goalkeeper, is always the clean sheet, protect his goal, that's the main part.

"But nowadays in football, it's also important he can do something with his feet. There was maybe in the past a different style for him.

"But from the first day I was here, but also before, I saw some video content and you see David is capable to do it. When I see David playing our possession game, he is very composed."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 21:30

Erik ten Hag praises Casemiro

Erik ten Hag is pleased with summer signing Casemiro but wants the Brazilian to keep progressing.

He said of the former Real Madrid star: "I said it the other day. For me he is the cement between the stones, in and out of possession.

"You see him growing from game to game and with that, also, our team is growing. So we are really happy with the progress but also we have to keep that process going because we are not satisfied.

"We have to approach it like 'good is not good enough'. Tomorrow we have another challenge and another test to do it better."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 21:07

United identify top transfer target

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag and director of football John Murtough have reportedly put their heads together and concluded that Jude Bellingham should usurp Frenkie de Jong as their priority transfer target next summer.

United agreed a £72million fee with Barcelona to sign De Jong before the midfielder rejected them.

And the Daily Star now claim that Ten Hag and Murtough have held several meetings to discuss transfer strategy in recent weeks, concluding that Bellingham should sit at the top of their wish list.

Kealan Hughes

Today, 20:40

Evra raises Ten Hag doubt

Evra believes Erik ten Hag will not leave a legacy at Manchester United.

He said: "In five years' time, Ten Hag will be away from United, and no one will talk about him at Man United. I would have ironed it out with Ronaldo on day one.

"In five years' time, no one will remember Ten Hag. Ronaldo will be remembered as arguably the greatest player who has ever kicked a football.

"I know Graeme Souness says people will remember Ronaldo and won’t remember Ten Hag. Maybe they will remember Ten Hag because he will have a career like (Sir Alex) Ferguson, but it is difficult and I don’t think Cristiano is doing all this because of his legacy.

"He doesn’t care about his legacy. Cristiano cares about scoring goals and being the best scorer in the Champions League because that is his goal from before the season started."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 20:20

Kroos saddened by Casemiro departure

Toni Kroos has admitted that he was “surprised and saddened” by Casemiro ’s decision to leave Real Madrid and join Manchester United this summer.

Kroos told the Universo Valdano on Spanish TV: "I was surprised by Casemiro's departure.

"It is true that the rumours started two days before, but here there are always many rumours and many times nothing happens.

"But when he told me I was sad, because I began to remember all the years with him and the things we won together."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 19:59

Casemiro praises Ten Hag obsession

Casemiro has explained how Erik ten Hag's obsessive desire to succeed has impressed him since arriving at Manchester United.

The Brazilian said: "I believe that, after being in football for quite a while, despite the fact I am only 30, his obsession for winning is what surprised me the most.

"I think he's got many strengths. We all know it's a process and we are growing together. But we all see that he wants to win.

"His obsession for teaching us and leaving everything perfect to the millimetre, that is key. His obsession for winning is something that only a few managers have.

"It's something I have only seen in very few managers."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 19:41

Ten Hag sends Dalot warning

Erik ten Hag has told Diogo Dalot he must keep improving to stay in the team at Manchester United despite his excellent start to the season.

The Red Devils boss said: "I hope he is keeping progressing, not only sticking to this level. Our approach is good is not good enough, you have to do better.

“We're really happy with the development and performances of Diogo, it’s quite clear, but I know every club at the top needs backup and competition.

“I think we can replace him with Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia, and luckily Aaron Wan-Bissaka is back in the squad, so we have replacements.

“It's heavy when you have to play every game but he is physically a really good profile and I’m sure he will keep going and he will keep developing. That is what we demand and we're confident he will do that."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 19:23

Ten Hag backs Cristiano Ronaldo

Erik ten Hag trumpeted "leader" Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring record in Spain as he prepares to face Real Sociedad in Manchester United's Europa League group decider.

Asked if Ronaldo can pose a threat, Ten Hag said: "He is really professional, he's in a group, he’s a leader type.

"He's a really important part of this group and in Spain he's a real threat to every defence, every gap he will use."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 18:46

United target receives big praise

Spain and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas believes Manchester United transfer target Diogo Costa could become world class.

He told O Jogo: “Diogo Costa is becoming a world-class goalkeeper,” says Casillas; the Real Madrid icon who spent a brief spell at Porto towards the end of his silver-coated career.

“He’s a star. He’s going to be a great goalkeeper.”

Kealan Hughes

Today, 18:29

Evra backs Ronaldo to solve dispute

Patrice Evra has sympathy with Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustrations at Manchester United but has praised the fairness of new boss Erik ten Hag and insisted the “right solution” between the pair will be found.

As reported by PA, Evra said: “I just think Ten Hag is really fair. With this manager, I feel like you can see he thinks ‘I will not fail’. He refuses to fail. I don’t even know if he sleeps at night because I can feel his determination.

“I think this saga with Cristiano Ronaldo and Ten Hag, I asked Ten Hag to please stop answering when people ask you about Cristiano because people don’t know what is happening behind the scenes.

“People forget Cristiano is a human, even if I call him a lion because of how many goals he scores, but he has emotions and feelings.

“They both have their reasons and I know they will find the best solution, either to work together or maybe one leaves because at the end I am only focused on United and the most important thing is United, not Ronaldo or Ten Hag.”

Kealan Hughes

Today, 18:15

Man Utd chase "incredible" star

Manchester United are to compete with rivals Manchester City for the signature of Dani Olmo.

According to Fichajes, Man Utd are interested in RB Leipzig midfielder Olmo, who enters the final year of his contract next year, but will have to compete with Man City for his signature.

City are also chasing Olmo with Pep Guardiola a big fan of the Spaniard.

He said: "He's a top player—he has a bright future, of course.

"His performance today shows it. About the transfer and the money he deserves, that is not the point.

“The point is he is an incredible player and I am pretty sure he is able to play in the strong leagues in Europe. Hopefully, if Dinamo wants and he wants, it can happen."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 18:00

Man Utd eye EFL wonderkid

Manchester United are reportedly taking a look at Doncaster Rovers defender Bobby Faulkner on trial, as reported by the Doncaster Free Press.

The 18-year-old is currently training with the development side after catching the eye in League Two and has made ten appearances in all competitions.

Kealan Hughes

Today, 17:36

Ronaldo shows support for Gooner

Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira has revealed that he has received support from Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to England.

The Portuguese revealed the United striker is a player he has looked up to for some time, along with Lionel Messi.

He told Arsenal media: "The two biggest influences for me are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"Ronaldo not just because he is Portuguese, but he is really someone who really inspires others with his work ethic, how he had to leave his family and his comfort zone to sign for Sporting, and for him to build the career that he has built, it inspires everyone.

"I have met Ronaldo. I met him with the national team as we would both be at the gym, and again recently in our game at Manchester United.

"He would always provide support and give advice to young players."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 17:22

Man Utd eye Jude Bellingham

Manchester United have revived their interest in £100million-rated England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, according to the Mirror.

United tried to sign the 19-year-old midfielder from Birmingham in the summer of 2020 and pulled out all the stops, including Sir Alex Ferguson giving the youngster a personal tour of the training ground.

But United were left reeling when Bellingham snubbed them in favour of joining German side Dortmund in a deal worth £25million.

United have not given up on signing Bellingham, with the teenager having emerged as boss Erik ten Hag's top transfer target for next summer.

But United will face competition for Bellingham from fellow Premier League rivals and neighbours Manchester City, while Liverpool and Real Madrid also want to sign him.

Kealan Hughes

Today, 17:04

Casemiro loving Man Utd life

Manchester United midfielder Casemiro couldn’t be happier with how his start to life at Old Trafford has gone.

ESPN Brazil reporter Natalie Gedra told the UTD podcast: "I actually spoke to Casemiro after the Chelsea match and he said to me that his adaptation couldn’t be better.

“He said that since the start, even if he wasn’t playing, the coaching staff was talking to him all the time, talking about the Premier League, talking about the team, making him feel comfortable and the club has been amazing to him, making him feel like a part of all this.

“He is settling in really well and he feels very comfortable on the pitch. I think the language is still something he is probably working on, but he definitely feels comfortable in terms of football and the people around him. He is very happy.”

Kealan Hughes

Today, 16:48

Ten Hag sets Garnacho expectations

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag wants to see a change in behaviour from Alejandro Garnacho if he wants to be considered for a regular role, according to The Athletic.

The report reveals that an incident with Garnacho’s shoelaces was one of the first things which displeased Ten Hag about the youngster’s attitude.

The issue was the fact Garnacho's laces were untied, with Ten Hag believing it was evidence of his lax attitude and an indication the youngster was not ready for serious work.

Kealan Hughes

Today, 16:21

United reject World Cup request

Manchester United are set to turn down a request that certain players be omitted from the last Premier League fixtures before the World Cup, it’s been reported.

The Daily Mail claim that the Argentinian FA want their nation’s Premier League players to be left out of the final round of league fixtures before the World Cup begins later this month.

The paper reports that United, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Brighton are poised to snub such a request for their stars - while one club is said to have already received such a request, and already knocked it back.

Kealan Hughes

Today, 16:08

Neville gives Man Utd prediction

Gary Neville has predicted Manchester United to finish in the top four this season.

The Sky Sports pundit even has more faith that Erik ten Hag's side will qualify for the Champions League than Arsenal.

He told the Mirror: "‘Manchester City are guaranteed obviously and I think Tottenham will get in there. I want to say Arsenal and I think they will be.

"But I think Liverpool will come back. We’ve not seen Chelsea, what are they going to do, are they going to hang in there? Are Arsenal going to hang in there? Tottenham, I don’t think they will fade away.

"So I will go Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man United, and I think Chelsea and Liverpool will just miss out.

"But to be honest with you, this idea that Arsenal will definitely get top four, I don’t go along with that yet personally."

Kealan Hughes

Today, 15:43

United eye former Prem star

Manchester United are ‘seriously considering’ a move for Bayern Munich striker Eric Chupo-Moting, according to Media Foot.

The former Stoke star has scored eight goals in just 615 minutes of football this season, a goal every 76 minutes - including against Inter Milan on Tuesday.

He could be a free agent by next summer and Manchester United are showing a ‘very strong interest’ in him as a result.

The Red Devils are on the search for a striker and are believed to be interested in Chupo-Moting's flexibility up-front.

Kealan Hughes

Today, 15:26

United missing two key forwards

Manchester United winger Antony will not feature in the crunch Europa League clash against Real Sociedad on Thursday night after failing to recover from a knock in time.

Jadon Sancho also misses the game because of illness.

Anthony Martial has been left out of the squad after only just returning to full training, while Victor Lindelof has recovered from illness in time to be involved and there is a return for Aaron Wan-Bissaka following more than two months out injured.

Kealan Hughes

Today, 15:10

United rival Liverpool for midfielder

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly ready to turn his focus towards Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez in the January transfer window.

The Argentina star only moved to the Portuguese side in the summer for a fee of just £8.7m from River Plate but he has already caught the eye with a string of classy displays for Benfica.

Liverpool and Chelsea are said to be interested in the midfielder and 90min claim the strongest interest is emerging from Manchester United.

His performances have caught the eye of United scouts and Ten Hag is growing a strong appreciation of the player. And while United signed Casemiro over the summer, Ten Hag is still keen to bolster his central midfield options.

Kiro Evans

Today, 14:45

Pat on the Back

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra had praise for Harry Maguire after his weekend return.

The centre-back had been injured on international duty amid a barrage of criticism about his club performances.

But he produced a solid performance against West Ham to help Manchester United to the three points.

And Evra was impressed with the man he saw, and thinks his partnership with Lisandro Martinez could be the key.

Evra on Maguire: “It makes a big difference when you have a pitbull like Lisandro Martinez next to you. People talk a lot about Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand , but without each other they wouldn't have been that good.” [@Betfair]— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) November 1, 2022

Kiro Evans

Today, 14:13

Back Ron Track

Erik ten Hag should play Cristiano Ronaldo in his Manchester United side, according to ex-player Mikael Silvestre.

The Red Devils have been thriving without the Portuguese superstar in the team, losing just one of the eight Premier League games they have begun without him in the starting line-up.

That is compared with winning just one of the three league games with him in the starting XI - a 1-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday.

Yet Silvestre, who played with Ronaldo for five years at Old Trafford from 2003 to 2008, believes there is still a place for the Man Utd legend in Ten Hag's team.

Speaking to bettingexpert, he said: "I think Cristiano can add to the team. Whether it’s Premier League, Europa League, or when the cups start. When you score 20-plus goals from one season to another. He hasn’t aged five years.

"He might be less mobile than others, than Marcus Rashford for example, but top clubs need top strikers.

"It’s important that he plays as much as possible and that he’s available for the team."

Kiro Evans

Today, 13:24

Lindelof is back

Victor Lindelof is back in Manchester United training ahead of the club's trip to Real Sociedad.

The defender missed the weekend win over West Ham with illness but could be back in contention.

🇸🇪 @VLindelof is back in training! 💪#MUFC || #UEL— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 2, 2022