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MANCHESTER UNITED are planning an embarrassing U-turn plan for David de Gea SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The club are worried that they will be short of keepers when Cameroon No.1 Andre Onana goes to the African Cup of Nations in the new year.

Meanwhile, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Manchester United face competition from Saudi Pro League clubs for highly-rated sporting director Paul Mitchell.

The former Tottenham and Southampton chief has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as part of a management shake-up if the British billionaire buys into the club and takes control of football operations.

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  • By Kostas Lianos

    Damning Onana stats

    Damning stats show why Manchester United should bring back David de Gea to the club.

    That's with De Gea's replacement Andre Onana failing to pay off so far.

    Onana has endured a rocky start to life at Old Trafford throughout his debut season.

    The Cameroon international committed several high-profile blunders as he conceded horror goals to the likes of Bayern Munich, Galatasaray and Brentford.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Ferdinand addresses Sir Jim

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand advised Sir Jim Ratcliffe to restore transparency at Old Trafford.

    I just think I've been quite consistent in my views on the lack of communication, that's one area.

    If Mr Ratcliffe is going to go into the football club with a 25 per cent shareholding that's an area he should really get a hold of and bring some clarity and transparency to the football club.

    That's a lot of where the hysteria stems from – the not knowing is always a problem that can create different stories and it allows other people to create narratives around the football club that might not necessarily be true.

    If Man United can get back to controlling that narrative and communicating to the fanbase I think that will be a very good start.

    Rio FerdinandManchester Evening News

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Rash to the top

    Manchester United hero Louis Saha hinted Marcus Rashford's excessive overthinking during matches is "holding him back" from reaching his full potential.

    Saha told Paddy Power:

    In Marcus Rashford, I see a player with tremendous quality – there’s no doubt about that. The only thing that’s holding him back is overthinking.

    He has a tendency to think too much and that’s the problem he has at the moment.

    It sounds very simplistic but it’s not. He’s got great energy levels, he’s very physical and the volume of his runs are his main strengths.

    It’s very simplistic but that’s the reality for Rashford right now. He needs to simplify his game and put all his energy into the things that work.

    I’m confident he’ll get back to it because when he does, he’s unstoppable.

    Louis Saha

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Joao Neves transfer war

    Chelsea are keeping tabs on Benfica star Joao Neves, who has been linked with Manchester United.

    That is according to TEAMtalk, who claim the Blues have "entered the race" for Neves.

    However, United are very interested in the highly-rated midfielder who turned 19 only last month.

    In fact, the Red Devils see the Portugal international as Casemiro's long-term replacement.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Hojlund brothers banter

    Manchester United star Rasmus Hojlund and his brother Oscar didn't quite get on the pitch at the same time on Tuesday night when the Red Devils faced Copenhagen in the Champions League.

    But the siblings did share a heart-warming moment as Rasmus gate-crashed his little brother's interview.

    They caught up post-match when the United ace barged into his little brother's TV interview and joined him in answering questions.

    The £72million striker was walking behind Oscar when he teased him by knocking the microphone he was speaking into away from his mouth.

    Rasmus then came around the barrier and put his arm around his brother, embracing him after what was a special night for the pair.

    Credit: X/ UTDPLUG
  • By Kostas Lianos

    Scholes' Ratcliffe advice

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes urged Sir Jim Ratcliffe to stick with Erik ten Hag when he arrives at Old Trafford.

    I think he's been a very good coach so far, I like him.

    He's been ruthless in a job that is incredibly difficult, he's essentially been thrown out to the lions in the sense of answering every single question thrown at him by the media and I think he's handled it really well.

    Has he put a team together that is good enough to challenge for the Premier League? No, but it looked like a good start towards the end of last season.

    We've come into the summer and the recruitment hasn't been there, it's not at the level of competing with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

    There's still a lot of work to do, but he's the right man, whether Jim is coming in to bring someone else in or not.

    Paul ScholesTNT Sports

  • By Kostas Lianos

    More on De Gea

    Gabriel Agbonlahor described Manchester United as a "shambles" after reports of them looking to re-sign David de Gea.

    De Gea has beena free agent ever since leaving United in June.


    "Didn't they think about that before they let [Andre] Onana go and they didn't bring in a better No2?"

    Gabriel AgbonlahortalkSPORT

  • By Kostas Lianos

    No glove lost

    Manchester United legend David de Gea has been urged to snub a return to Old Trafford by pundit Gabby Agbonlahor.

    I wouldn't [rejoin] what they have done to him.

    The way they had the contract and then took it away after the amount of years he played for Man Utd, and what he had done there.

    I wouldn't – but he is in Manchester at the moment and he's pictured with some of the players.

    David de GeatalkSPORT

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Fury and Onana's bromance

    Tyson Fury and Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana have sparked a blossoming bromance on Instagram.

    Onana made up for his past mistakes when he saved a last-gasp penalty against Copenhagen on Tuesday.

    It helped United seal a 1-0 victory over the Danish champions for their first victory of the Champions League group stage.

    Onana posted on Instagram: “For all Mancunians, for us, for Sir Bobby Charlton. We are United.”

    Fury issued a one-word response: “GETTTTUPPPPP.”

    And the Cameroon international then came back with a salute emoji.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Manchester derby drama

    Manchester United and Manchester City are all set to lock horns once again on Sunday at Old Trafford but there will be an unusual kick-off time.

    A statement on Manchester United's official website read: "The derby with Manchester City will be staged towards the end of the month, with the Old Trafford encounter being moved to 29 October, kicking off at 15:30 GMT.

    "The fixture, which we won 2-1 last season with Marcus Rashford netting a memorable winner, is to be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.

    "The unusual start time was agreed following consultation between the clubs, the broadcaster and local authorities."

    Times and dates are notably changed to accommodate clubs playing in Europe – the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Sleeping pill hell

    Ex-Manchester United ace Darron Gibson has opened up about his addiction to sleeping pills and revealed he would have died had he kept going.

    I don't even think I was functioning at that point. Looking back at pictures, I was grey, if I had kept going I would have died. I was taking 12 to 14 sleeping tablets a night.

    I was rushed to hospital and I didn't mention any sleeping tablets to anyone. Danielle [Gibson's wife] knew I took them but she had no idea to what extent. I was good at hiding it.

    Sometimes I'd take them all at once when we'd be going to sleep and I'd say I was bringing up a drink of water for her.

    I'm not embarrassed or ashamed to say now that I was in a bad way but in the hospital I wasn't telling anyone.

    They thought it was epilepsy but I knew it wasn't. It was sleeping tablets, it had been going on for years by now. The doctor rang and said my brain and heart were fine.

    Darron GibsonThe 42

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Devil to pay

    Rangers are clinging on to a golden ticket to the biggest-ever club tournament.

    Fifa’s new expanded, 32-team Club World Cup, expected to have a huge prize fund worth up to £50m-plus per team, will kick off in the United States in 2025.

    The Champions League winners from 2021 to this season will gain entry, alongside eight clubs from the four-year ‘coefficient’ list, based on results in Europe.

    Fifa currently want only one club per country to qualify from the performance-based list.

    It means Manchester United, Barcelona, Inter Milan or Borussia Dortmund would have to win the Champions League this term to gain entry.

    On current standings, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and this season’s Champions League winners would be joined by Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Roma, Villarreal, Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica, Ajax and of course the Gers.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Onana interview gatecrashed

    Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana saw his live TV interview gatecrashed by a club legend.

    United great Rio Ferdinand appeared in front of the camera congratulating Onana.

    Ferdinand, who was covering the game as a pundit for TNT Sports, said: "Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!"

    He then shook hands with the goalkeeper and added: "Take care, good luck."

    The Cameroon international could not help but smile at the wholesome interaction as he replied: "Thank you."

    Watch Man Utd legend gatecrash Andre Onana’s live TV interview

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Mason Mount's favourite chant

    Manchester United ace Mason Mount revealed his favourite chant since moving to Old Trafford.

    Mount said: "Mine would probably be 'Attack, attack, attack, attack attack'.

    "When they start singing that you just want to attack."

    Mason Mount reveals his favourite Man Utd chant and nobody is surprised

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Ratcliffe faces competition

    Manchester United are facing major competition from Saudi Pro League clubs for highly-rated sporting director Paul Mitchell.

    Mitchell has been linked with a transfer to United as part of a management shake-up if Sir Jim Ratcliffe buys the club and takes control of football operations.

    But Saudi clubs are also looking at the ex-Tottenham and Southampton chief as they plan the next phase of their recruitment drive.

    The 42-year-old left Monaco earlier in the year and recently moved back to the North West, fuelling talk that the Red Devils would be his next port of call.

    Mitchell's record of identifying big stars with world-class potential like Son Heung-Min, Sadio Mane and Dele Alli, is also attracting attention in the Middle East.

    So far, the SPL recruitment has been run centrally, with ex-Chelsea chief Michael Emenalo acting as director of football for the whole league while its clubs spent millions.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    David de Gea return?

    Manchester United plan an embarrassing U-turn by pleading with dumped goalkeeper David de Gea to return on a short-term deal, reports SunSport's Neil Custis.

    United are worried they will be short of keepers when Cameroon No 1 Andre Onana — De Gea’s replacement — goes to the Africa Cup of Nations in the New Year.

    Afcon runs from January 13 to February 11, meaning the £43.8million summer signing could miss up to eight of the Red Devils' matches.

    So the club are ready to turn back to De Gea — having booted him out in the summer.

    Credit: Alamy
  • By Henry Tomlinson

    Garnacho slammed for antics

    Kim Kallstrom has slammed Alejandro Garnacho for scuffing up the penalty spot before FC Copenhagen’s spot-kick last night.

    The former Arsenal loanee told Tipsbladet: “What an ugly type. It’s so childish. It’s a baby level.

    “I understand that players want to win at all costs, but there has to be some kind of morality somewhere.

    “Football players may not have the greatest morals of all, but they can still have morals.”

  • By Henry Tomlinson

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    Well, you can by joining the WhatsApp channel via this link to keep up to date with all the goings on at Old Trafford.

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    Players improving

    Erik ten Hag has admitted that his Manchester United players are getting up to speed after a sluggish start to the season.

    The manager felt that the team was much improved in their 1-0 win over Copenhagen in the Champions League last night.

    He said: "Players are stepping up and getting their markers into the season.

    "From there, they get the belief, as you have seen with Harry Maguire and Andre Onana.

    "I think there are others with good performances. If we produce that and go from game to game, we can create something."

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    Coming up

    Here are Manchester United’s next four games in all competitions.

    The Red Devils are first up in a Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Erik ten Hag’s side will then face Newcastle in the Carabao Cup before fixtures against Fulham and Copenhagen.

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    United plot u-turn

    Manchester United plan an embarrassing U-turn by pleading with dumped keeper David de Gea to return on a short-term deal.

    The club are worried they will be short of keepers when Cameroon No 1 Andre Onana — De Gea’s replacement — goes to the Africa Cup of Nations in the new year.

    Man Utd were caught off-guard after Onana performed a U-turn on his international retirement.

    Afcon runs from January 13 to February 11, meaning the £43.8million summer signing could miss up to eight United matches.

    So the club are ready to turn to De Gea — having booted him out in the summer.

    The Spaniard, 32, spent 12 years at Old Trafford before he left when his contract ran out.


    Man Utd plan astonishing bid to bring De Gea back on free transfer

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    How things stand

    Here is a look at how Manchester United's Champions League group looks following the 1-0 win over Copenhagen.

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    Agbonlahor demands apology

    Gabby Agbonlahor has demanded that Manchester United fans give Harry Maguire an apology after the defender netted a crucial winning goal in the Champions League.

    He told talkSPORT: "First of all, I'd like to say that I fell that a lot of United fans owe Maguire an apology.

    "I feel that what he's been through, he'd had fans booing him, he's been away on pre-season tours and you've got 'sheep' booing him, 'sheep' fans that don't have a clue about football booing him.

    "He's got through it and said, 'No, I'm not going to leave, I want to play for United.' Easy for him to say, 'OK, I'll got to West Ham, let's get the deal through.'

    "'No, I'm staying here, I'm going to fight for my position,' and look what he's doing now. He got 'Man of the Match' against Sheffield United, he got an assist against Brentford, last night he scores. That's a captain's performance last night."

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    Fernandes on Instagram

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    What was the momentum like?

    Here is a look at what the momentum looked like between Manchester United and Copenhagen during their Champions League clash.

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