Man United target admits fascination with Cristiano Ronaldo

Leicester City star James Maddison has admitted to previously idolising Cristiano Ronaldo during his days at Manchester United, amidst rumours over the English prospect’s future.

Reports emerged over the summer of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desire to bring in the Foxes’ star after the need to invest in his midfield became apparent.

United lose Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera this year without signing a replacement for either one of them.

Even before the duo departed, fans felt the club’s engine room was in serious need of star quality with Paul Pogba the only true top player.

Maddison would’ve reinforced the Red Devils’ soft centre and although a deal didn’t happen this summer, it could be that it won’t be long before he’s strutting his stuff at Old Trafford.

Perhaps Maddison’s love for Cristiano Ronaldo could see him with to play for Manchester United himself and join up with former teammate Harry Maguire.

However, it could be that there’s no relation between the two topics and dragging him away from Leicester City will be incredibly difficult.

Although attacking-midfield isn’t a priority, it would be a welcome addition and one that would certainly add quality to United’s starting XI as well as hand it a new dimension.

Solskjaer explains why Alexis will not leave Man United this month

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will not leave Manchester United this month amid reported interest from Italy.

The 30-year-old has dramatically failed to impress at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances, and was reportedly set to be banished to the reserves by Solskjaer.

A host of Serie A clubs such as Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Inter Milan have voiced their interest in signing Sanchez this summer.

Speaking at Friday’s press conference, the Norwegian made it clear that, due to United’s limited options in attack, Sanchez would not be sold anywhere this month.

There is also the simple fact that no club, aside from some in China, would be willing to pay the ridiculously high wages – thought to be anywhere between £300,000 and £600,000 a week, depending on what you read – of an injury-prone 30-year-old completely shot of confidence.

So, Solskjaer is stuck with him. He may have spoken about him fondly in public but, privately, the manager will feel that Sanchez does not fit his long-term vision.

United fans often forget that they have a No.7, and that his name is Alexis Sanchez, former Barcelona and Arsenal superstar. That notion in itself should be the player’s motivation this season. People have stopped taking him seriously.

Man United to give star player contract until 2025, will earn £150,000 a week: report

Manchester United plan to offer Victor Lindelof a bumper three-year contract which would keep him at the club until 2025, according to a report.

The Swede, who joined the club in 2017, has become an indispensable player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following an impressive 2018-19 campaign.

Solskjaer has stressed that, following the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City, one of his key aims is to ensure that United have a settled centre-back partnership.

And according to The Mirror, United have offered to double Lindelof’s wages with a deal which would add three years to his existing contract, keeping him at the club until 2025.

For all the talk of United’s central midfield, the most important thing to get right this season, before anything else, is that back four.

Ever since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic (and Jonny Evans, god love him), United’s back four has chopped and changed, succeeded and failed, but never once has it looked settled, decided upon.

The consequence of a shaky foundation is, of course, a shaky performance – or at least an unpredictable one. By tying down both Lindelof and Maguire for six years, United are looking to address that.

Zinedine Zidane reveals his stance on signing Paul Pogba this month

Zinedine Zidane has played down talk of Real Madrid launching a bid for Paul Pogba before this month’s transfer deadline.

The Frenchman told reporters in June that he wanted a “new challenge” and recently admitted following Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea that there remained “question marks” over his future at Old Trafford.

His brother, Mathias Pogba, recently claimed that a move to the Bernabeu could still happen this month.

But Zidane, speaking at a press conference on Friday, made it clear that he was happy with the squad at his disposal.

Club president Florentino Perez has already made a number of key signings this summer, including Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, but Pogba has always been Zidane’s top target.

However, United are in a very strong position. The club expects Pogba to stay and would only consider letting him go if Real produced an offer of around £160m, which the La Liga side will not pay having already spent almost £300m this summer.

Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola both appear to be accepting of the fact that any move to Spain will need to happen next year.

Why this Premier League midfield star turned down Man United move: report

Christian Eriksen turned down the chance to join Manchester United this summer because his heart is set on joining Real Madrid, according to reports.

The midfielder, who is entering the final year of his contract, has been tipped for a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer after failing to agree fresh terms with the club.

Reports earlier this month suggested that United could strike a deal for the midfielder if they made an offer of around £50m, but nothing ever materialised.

According to the Manchester Evening News‘ Samuel Luckhurst, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer personally spoke with Eriksen about a potential move to Old Trafford, only for the 27-year-old to confirm that his preference was a move to La Liga.

Solskjaer has made a point over the summer of only signing players who were fully committed to the Norwegian’s project at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes, Paulo Dybala and Eriksen would have all been exciting additions, but not a single one of them truly, in their heart of hearts, wanted to become United players. Moving for them would have been a mistake.

This mindset has maybe deprived United of at least one signing. What it has done, though, is refocus the club around a specific way forward. And that, to be honest, signals progress.

Man United defender ‘angry’ after move to Premier League club fell through

Marcos Rojo has been left ‘angry’ after his deadline day move to Everton from Manchester United failed to materialise, according to a report.

The defender has only made 14 Premier League appearances in two campaigns and does not figure in the plans of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

Rojo was seen with his agent arriving at Carrington on deadline day as Everton made a late push to sign him, but nothing ever transpired.

According to the Times‘ Paul Hirst, the Argentine has been left angry by United’s inability to strike a deal with the Toffees and is determined to leave Old Trafford before the European summer transfer window ends on September 2.

Rojo was set to complete a loan move to Goodison Park, but United changed the parameters of the deal which prompted Everton to walk away from the transfer.

Various reports have stated that Rojo has attracted interest from clubs in France, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

It was claimed that United also rejected an approach from Everton for Chris Smalling, who Solskjaer views as first-choice backup for defensive duo Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

However, with seven central defenders now at the club, there is quite simply no place for Rojo in this team anymore. And if we’re honest, there hasn’t been for some time.

The reason why Man United did not sign Bruno Fernandes: report

Manchester United opted against signing Bruno Fernandes this summer due to concerns over the Portuguese’s ball retention, according to report.

The Portuguese midfielder, who scored 20 goals and claimed 13 assists last season, was reportedly subject to serious interest from Man United, whose need for a new central midfielder was clear after losing both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.

However, despite signing Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, United failed to land Fernandes or indeed any midfielder before the August 8 deadline.

According to the Daily Mail‘s Jack Gaughan, Solskjaer and Co. opted against signing the 24-year-old amid doubts over his decision making in possession.

While Fernandes operates under a level of risk – something valuable in a midfielder – United considered his pass completion rate of 75.1 percent to be too low, especially when you consider that this was in the Primera Liga, a comparatively slower league compared with the vicissitudes of Premier League football.

It can be very tempting to clamour for names like that of Fernandes, or Alexis Sanchez, or Bastian Schweinsteiger, or Radamel Falcao, or – okay, you get the idea.

But Solskjaer has set in motion an important change of tack: avoiding pursuing exciting players in favour of signing the right ones.