MAN UTD are increasing their preparations for the return of the Premier League on June 17.
We've the very latest on the long-running saga with Jadon Sancho after the forward netted a hat-trick against Paderborn, while Chris Smalling looks destined to remain at Roma.
Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…
Arsenal have reportedly tried to convince United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay by offering him a new contract.
The striker only has one year left on his current deal amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
According to L'Equipe, the Gunners have put an offer on the table for Aubameyang to extend his deal in North London.
Mikel Arteta's side are desperate to put an end to any speculation surrounding the striker's future at the Emirates.
If a new deal is not agreed, the Gunners could lose their star man on a free transfer when his contract expires.
The 30-year-old has scored 61 goals in just 97 games for the Premier League club.
HAVE A CROS WORD
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pedro could soon be team-mates with the Spain star rumoured to be a Juventus transfer target this summer.
But it could be a tense reunion for the players who were bitter rivals during their Real Madrid and Barcelona heydays.
One of the last times the pair faced each other was during Barca’s famous 5-0 thumping of Madrid back in the 2010-11 LaLiga season.
During the ill-tempered clash Pedro is reported to have mocked the Portugal captain over the fact he’s yet to win a World Cup.
The Spaniard’s taunt of “I’m a world champion” was uttered in response to Ronaldo’s attempt to wind the winger up by sarcastically asking him “who are you?”
The pair’s argument followed a brawl that began when Ronaldo shoved former Nou Camp boss Pep Guardiola after he refused to hand him the match ball.
Marcus Rashford reportedly agreed to join Barcelona in 2018 – but backed out as he feared he would not fit in at the Nou Camp.
The striker, 22, ended up penning a deal with Manchester United to keep him at the club until 2023.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona made their move for Rashford shortly after the start of the 2017/18 season.
The Spanish giants were on a mission to sign a long-term replacement for former Liverpool star Luis Suarez.
And Rashford had caught their attention after making a string of impressive performances for United's first-team.
After Barcelona got in touch with his representatives, he was said to be excited about the idea of joining them.
But he pulled out at the last minute as he did not feel ready for the challenge of joining a new team and changing his lifestyle.
Odion Ighalo still won't be in the top ten highest-paid footballers when he eventually signs a stunning £400,000-a-week contract at Shanghai Shenhua.
The on-loan Manchester United striker has been offered a staggering pay packet to return to China.
It will be a £100,000 increase on his current deal at his parent club.
But Ighalo will wait until January to put pen to paper on the mega deal – which will earn him £20.8million before tax.
That's because he's extended his loan stay at Manchester, with the Nigerian to remain at Old Trafford until the end of January.
'NOT A HAT-TRICK'
German football expert Raphael Honigstein explained why Jadon Sancho's three-goal haul for Dortmund against Paderborn yesterday is NOT considered a hat-trick in the Bundesliga.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “In Germany, for some reason, we don't consider this a proper hat-trick.
“It needs to be in one half, but also, nobody scoring in between.
“We are so German we don't consider it a hat-trick.
“Haaland doesn't care. I saw him going off with the match ball.”
DEVIL HAS A 'HALO
United have CONFIRMED Ighalo is staying at Old Trafford until January on loan.
The club said in a statement: “The Nigerian striker's stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.
“Ighalo's tally of four goals in eight appearances so far includes at least one strike in each of his three starts – against Club Brugge, Derby County (2) and LASK.”
Solskjaer said: “They [Shanghai Greenland Shenhua] have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club.
“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.”
Jadon Sancho remains at the top of Manchester United's wishlist ahead of the summer transfer window.
And now SunSport has exclusively revealed the Reds are also leading the race for Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz.
Here is how United could line-up with the two Bundesliga stars in their ranks.
WONDERFUL DAY FOR IT
Harry Maguire has shared a great picture of Manchester United's training ground at Carrington on a cloudless June day.
Wouldn't you just love to have a kickabout on that grass?
IT'S IN THE GAME
Empty Premier League football grounds could use noise from Fifa 20 to replicate the atmosphere generated by fans.
With 92 games still remaining in the English top-flight season, the sounds from EA Sports’ top-selling game is due to be discussed by clubs.
German clubs have placed cutouts of fans in the stands and some broadcasts have had fan noise clips placed in for effect.
Fifa 20 has over 10 million players and remains the world’s most popular soccer game, ahead of Pro Evolution Soccer.
And 450million matches of the game have been played worldwide.
So fans might be forgiven for chucking their controller around if their team concedes!
RASH: WE MATTER
Marcus Rashford has sent out an impassioned plea for people to stand united after the death of George Floyd.
The United forward posted on Instagram: “I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days.
“I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.
“At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to me more divided than ever.
“People are hurting and people need answers.
“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter.”
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NEEDS RUBBER STAMP
Odion Ighalo has “agreed” a loan extension with Manchester United until end of January 2021 with the transfer awaiting FA approval.
The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night, and it appeared as though United had failed in a bid to keep the striker at the club.
According to The Telegraph, both sides have now come to an agreement for the 30-year-old to stay in Manchester until the new year.
The deal is said to be awaiting confirmation with FA for registration.
It is claimed Ighalo will then discuss a new contract with Shanghai Shenhua once he returns in 2021.
MORE ON SCHOLES
The former Old Trafford midfielder, who won two Champions League medals with United, added: “If I go a bit further back and think of the Real Madrid side that we played against.
“We got absolutely battered in the Bernabeu one year. 3-1 it was in the first game but what a team that was.
“It’s not far away from that Barcelona team.
“We came up against some ridiculous teams.
“We did alright against them but Barcelona just had that edge over that great Real Madrid team.”
Paul Scholes reckons his United side could have won five or six Champions League titles in another era… but came up against some of the greatest teams ever.
He told A Goal in One podcast: “We were quite unlucky really. In any other era we might have won four, five, or six European Cups.
“But the teams that were about…you look at Guardiola’s Barcelona team – Jesus, how good were they?!
“You could go right through the team. In midfield you had Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi.
“Henry on the left. Centre halves of Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol. Just unreal.
“They’re without doubt the best team I’ve played against. They’re one of the best teams that’s ever been.”
WENG'S MARTIAL BID
Arsenal initially wanted Manchester United's Anthony Martial in return for Alexis Sanchez but had to settle for Henrik Mkhitaryan instead, it has been revealed.
The last major Premier League swap deal occurred in January 2018 when Sanchez moved from the Emirates to Old Trafford with Mkhitaryan going the other way.
According to ESPN, then Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had initially identified Frenchman Martial as the ideal replacement for the outgoing Sanchez.
But the Red Devils immediately blocked his attempts to snare Martial and instead Mkhitaryan was put forward.
Wenger's affinity for Martial, now 24, stemmed from his decision to send Arsenal scouts to monitor the player as a teenager in France.
But Jose Mourinho, United boss at the time, was much more willing to let Armenian international Mkhitaryan leave.
United bosses believe Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola is the only person pushing for a transfer away from the club.
The French World Cup winner has been strongly linked with a return to Juventus or a move to Real Madrid.
But the financial crash in the footballing world amid the coronavirus pandemic has hampered United's chances of recouping the £89million they paid to sign him for a second time.
And one report claimed his proposed £15m-a-year pay packet at the Bernabeu would spark a wage row with other players.
Now The Times say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Pogba as very much part of United's plans and there is no desire to sell him.
Manchester United are leading the race for Germany’s next big thing — Kai Havertz.
The Red Devils think Bayer Leverkusen’s talented forward Havertz, 21 next week, is exactly the kind of young all-round player they want for the future.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already working on a swoop for England attacker Jadon Sancho, who bagged his first ever hat-trick as he returned to Borussia Dortmund's starting line-up in a 6-1 Bundesliga rout of Paderborn.
But now it could be a double raid on the Bundesliga.
United want to proceed in the summer as they know Havertz’s value will only increase.
They are expected to start with a £50million offer but may need to go further to get their man.
MORNING MAN UTD FANS
SunSport have exclusively revealed that United have FAILED to agree a loan extension for striker Odion Ighalo.
The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night.
And SunSport understands that a deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford has not yet been agreed.
Timo Werner will move to Chelsea or Manchester United – but only if Liverpool won't meet his £49million release clause with RB Leipzig.
According to Sky Sport Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano Werner will accept a move to London or Manchester – but only if the Merseyside outfit pull the plug on a deal.
In other news,Jadon Sancho has been “affected” by transfer speculation – according to Borussia Dortmund's assistant manager Edin Terzic.
He told Turkish TV channel TRT Sport: “He’s a young player and is one of our most important players. I have to say that the transfer speculations are affecting him.
“We have to support him in a positive way. I want all of our players to be happy.”
Meanwhile,United target Saul Niguez is set to announce his next club in the next three days after he posted on Twitter that he would end speculation over his next move.
According to Madrid newspaper AS, Old Trafford chiefs have agreed a £72m fee for the player.
LET'S PLAY BALL
The Sky Bet Championship is set for a June 20 resumption after the English Football League agreed on a provisional return date.
The Premier League announced on Thursday that play is due to return on June 17 following the coronavirus suspension that began in mid-March.
The EFL followed suit on Sunday evening, announcing that the Championship is set to restart around the same time.
In a statement, the EFL said: “Following Saturday's announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.
“The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.
“After discussing various approaches, and, the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship play-off final on or around 30 July 2020.
“Final details are still to be confirmed following further discussions with the League's Broadcast partner, Sky Sports.”
Tim Werner will move to Chelsea or Manchester United – but only if Liverpool won't meet his £49million release clause with RB Leipzig.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wanted the 24-year-old Germany striker but the deal has hit red tape with Anfield chiefs not willing to pay more than £30m.
Werner had already snubbed a move to Bayern Munich as he wants to try out the Premier League.
He had set his heart on a move to Anfield but could now be forced to look elsewhere.
Both Chelsea and United want the forward, who has scored 31 goals in 43 games this season.
According to Sky Sport Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano Werner will accept a move to London or Manchester – but only if the Merseysiders pull the plug on a deal.
CRY NO MOUR
Jose Mourinho has told players worried about the season restarting to stop being selfish and get on with it.
The Tottenham boss admitted last week he was worried about players getting injured by the rush to resume the campaign.
But after the Government gave the green light for the Premier League to return on June 17, the Special One seems to have changed his mind.
He said: “We shouldn’t be selfish, we shouldn’t demand too much. It’s our time to give.
“Everyone has pre-season injuries in normal seasons so we cannot expect now not to have an injury here and there.
“We cannot ask for more than the authorities are giving us, which is maximum security.
“I think now it’s time just to play and to give people what they want.”
'WE HAVE TO SUPPORT HIM'
Jadon Sancho has been “affected” by transfer speculation – according to Borussia Dortmund's assistant coach AND a team-mate.
The BVB forward is to starting his first game today since Dortmund returned to Bundesliga action earlier this month.
Ahead of that clash with Paderborn, the German giants' No2 Edin Terzic told Turkish TV channel TRT Sport: “He’s a young player and is one of our most important players.
“I have to say that, the transfer speculations are affecting him.
“We have to support him in a positive way. I want all of our players to be happy.”
United have emerged as frontrunners for £100million-rated Sancho after the 20-year-old was linked with Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
MAN UTD ROUND-UP
It's all go at Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League's expected return on June 17.
The club's players are all now back in contact training, with the top-flights latest round of testing showing zero active cases of coronavirus.
Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to United all year and announced his return to the Dortmund side in some style this evening.
The Englishman netted a classy hat-trick as BVB teed off after the break, hitting the net SIX times against lowly Paderborn.
And in an emotional moment, the Three Lions star unveiled a shirt sporting a message of support for George Floyd.
In terms of outgoings in the North West, Chris Smalling's United exit for Roma has 'basically been negotiated' according to Gazetta dello Sport.
The English defender has become the odd man out at Old Trafford after a decade at the club and his loan is extended until the Italian season can resume.
Roma expect to be able to do a deal to let him stay at the Stadio Olimpico.
The situation with Odion Ighalo's loan continues to rumble one, with reports suggesting that United are set to get an extension.
The Nigerian striker, 30, was set to leave Old Trafford TODAY after his spell from CSL club Shanghai Shenhua ends.
If an extension is successful, he could reportedly stay at United until January 2021.
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