6am Manchester United news: How Cristiano Ronaldo became great at the Red Devils, Alexis Sanchez to Real Madrid and David de Gea worry
IT MIGHT be the international break but there is always something going on when it comes to Manchester United.
Read on below for more details, plus all the other latest news, views and gossip from around Old Trafford.
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RON TOOK THE MICK
FORMER Manchester United trainer Mick Clegg has revealed how he helped Cristiano Ronaldo become a great.
The power development coach worked at the Old Trafford club between 2000 and 2011 and has told all about how Ronaldo approached him with an offer.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON tried every trick possible to sign Joe Cole, Harry Redknapp has revealed.
Cole, 37, announced his retirement from football today following a career at West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Coventry and Tampa Bay Rowdies.
DAVID DE GEA has been considering his Man United future for some time and his former coach believes it is ‘understandable’ that he wants to go in search of Champions League football.
Ex-United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, feels the Spaniard could move on as he will want to be at a club who are challenging for top honours.
AL GET MY COAT
ALEXIS SANCHEZ is looking for a move to Real Madrid to end his Manchester United nightmare – and it makes sense for everyone.
The Chilean has struggled since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal, claiming he only has three friends at the club.
MANCHESTER UNITED will fight FA over plans to significantly cut foreign players quota after Brexit.
Arsenal and Chelsea are also set to battle against the new proposals which would cut the number of non-home grown players from 17 to 12.
NOT ABOUT THE C-ASH
ASHLEY YOUNG wants assurances over a regular first-team spot, with Jose Mourinho looking to bolster the defence.
The England full-back is holding off on signing the new deal, with his current contract ending in the summer.
MANCHESTER UNITED are in talks with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera over new deals – and fans are distraught.
Supporters have slammed the club for showing “no ambition” by trying to tie down the Spanish pair.
ZI YOU SOON
ZINEDINE ZIDANE is the firm favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
The former Real Madrid boss is just 6/4 to take over at Old Trafford as the Special One’s job continues to be under threat.
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JOSE MOURINHO has hit out at Manchester United for being “light years” behind fierce rivals City.
The city of Manchester was undoubtedly blue on Sunday as Pep Guardiola’s champions eased to a 3-1 win against United.
PUNTERS PILE IN
JOSE MOURINHO receives half of ALL sack race odds this season as his Manchester United job hangs in the balance.
The Red Devils will part ways with the Special One if they miss out on the Champions League this term.
BUYS AND LOWS
MANCHESTER UNITED’S chaotic approach in the transfer market was brought into sharp focus on Sunday — with just TWO of Jose Mourinho’s signings making his starting XI.
Outclassed United were demolished 3-1 in the derby.
VICTOR LINDELOF was named Swedish footballer of the year for the first time last night, surprisingly pipping national team captain Andreas Granqvist to the award.
Lindelof, 24, played in four of Sweden’s five matches at this summer’s World Cup as his side reached the quarter-finals.
JOSE MOURINHO’S constant support for struggling Nemanja Matic is worrying Manchester United team-mates, according to reports.
Matic’s poor marking let Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan scored the final goal in United’s 3-1 derby defeat on Sunday.
MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to sell flop defenders Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly.
But Alexis Sanchez won’t be going anywhere – for a while at least.
PHIL FODEN may have only come on in the 92nd minute of the Manchester derby but he still managed to complete more passes than Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku combined.
Foden, 18, replaced David Silva and was on the pitch for just two minutes before Anthony Taylor blew the full-time whistle to end United’s misery.
MY LIVERPOOL NEM-ESIS
NEMANJA VIDIC has revealed why he was sent off TWICE at Anfield during his Manchester United career.
The former Serbian centre-back was a fan favourite with the Red Devils faithful due to his no-nonsense style of defending.
UNTIED are keeping tabs on 17-year-old starlet Vilius Piliukaitis, who is currently spending the season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.
The Lithuanian has also attracted interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, having impressed in youth matches so far.
ASHLEY YOUNG is set to be offered a new contract at United – and fans are not pleased.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed a run of games under Jose Mourinho this season and is set to stay beyond his current deal that ends in the summer.
PAUL POGBA and Anthony Martial are out of the France squad with injuries, with Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko recalled.
Pogba missed the defeat to Man City – but Martial suffered an abductor injury, despite playing the entire match.
MARCUS RASHFORD’S United form is puzzling after the England international was once again unimpressive against Man City.
SunSport’s Neil Ashton comments that the attacker seems far happier when he is on Three Lions duty, having netted in both recent fixtures against Spain.
JOSE MOURINHO turned on his witty charm after being quizzed if United’s title challenge was over.
They currently sit eighth, as many points adrift at the top as they are to Cardiff in the relegation zone – and the Portuguese boss was confident they would not be playing Championship football next season.
UNITED legend Nemanja Vidic has tipped himself to become the club’s future manager.
The Serbian star spent eight years at Old Trafford – but has refused to criticise current Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
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MANCHESTER UNITED whizkid Aidan Barlow joined first-team training yesterday ahead of Sunday’s derby.
The midfielder, 18, starred for the Under-19s against Juventus in the Uefa Youth League on Wednesday.
SANCHEZ WANTS TO PS-FLEE
ALEXIS SANCHEZ wants out of Manchester United with Paris Saint-Germain his preferred destination, according to reports.
The Times say the Chilean flop is desperate to leave Old Trafford after struggling to settle in the North West and failing to produce on the pitch.
DAR OPEN FOR ITALY RETURN
MATTEO DARMIAN is heading for the Manchester United exit door in January.
United have spoken to Inter Milan and Roma over the Italy full-back returning to Serie A when the transfer window opens.