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MANCHESTER UNITED face old rivals Arsenal TODAY.

Meanwhile Jesse Lingard has joined West Ham on loan until the end of the season.

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  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Jesse Lingard has finally departed Manchester United by linking up with West Ham on loan until the end of the season.

    Speaking of his move, the England international said: "I’m excited. It’s another new chapter in my life.

    “Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience. That’s the main aim. I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.

    “There were lots of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt this was the right move. The club is going in the right direction. We’re on the right track and I’m here to help."

    And two other players are set to follow him out the Old Trafford door, with youngster Facundo Pellestri posed to join Alaves on loan.

    Meanwhile Marcos Rojo's Red Devils nightmare will soon be coming to an end as the defender has agreed personal terms to move to Boca Juniors on a free transfer.

    In other news, Brandon Williams will NOT be leaving the Theatre of Dreams on loan this month.

    The young left-back has slipped down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order after the arrival of Alex Telles.

    But the Norwegian confirmed he is staying put and is in the squad for the game against Arsenal on Saturday despite interest from Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.

    Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has bet Peter Crouch United will finish above Liverpool this season.

    And with a crate of wine on the line for the winner, the cub legend says he’s ‘confident in my boys’.

    Finally, former United team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku have been handed a one match ban following their sensational on-field row.

    And the rival strikers could face further action if the Italian Football Federation (IFF) open an investigation to determine whether any discriminatory language was used.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAV SOME OF THAT

    Man Utd have teased the possibility of Edinson Cavani starting against Arsenal on Saturday.

    Posting a snap of the striker in training, they tweeted: "Rested. Recovered. Raring to go again."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAMMER TIME

    West Ham have announced the signing of Jesse Lingard from Man Utd on loan until the end of the season.

    Speaking of his move, the England international said: “I’m excited. It’s another new chapter in my life.

    “Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience. That’s the main aim. I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.

    “”There were lots of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt this was the right move. The Club is going in the right direction. We’re on the right track and I’m here to help.

    “I’ve obviously had a previous relationship with the manager as he was at Man U and I’ve played under him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team.

    “I know a couple of the players as well – I know Dec [Rice] very well from the England side – and I feel I can really settle in here quickly.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    DIAL ME IN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Amad Diallo will make his United debut for the club's U23s against Liverpool on Saturday.

    He told MUTV's Stewart Gardner: "Yes, Amad will play in the game against Liverpool in the Under-23s.

    "He's been training really well and settling in.

    “He's ready to get some game-time and match exposure.

    “I'm looking forward to seeing him. [Liverpool?] There you go. Welcome to English football!”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LISTRI LESSON

    Facundo Pellistri is tipped to join Alaves on loan until the summer for much-needed game-time.

    The 19-year-old's United career has Pelli-flopped in its first season but Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sure it will go swimmingly once he gains senior experience.

    A LaLiga deal is the likely springboard for the Uruguay starlet, with Alaves reportedly agreeing a deal in principle.

    Goal suggest the £9milion summer signing will jet to Spain on Sunday to complete the move, providing contract details have been settled.

    And it is thought third-bottom Alaves will pay part of the ex-Peñarol wideman's wages.

    Pellistri has yet to play for United's first-team, despite recovering from coronavirus soon after joining.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will NOT be available for Arsenal's clash against Man Utd on Saturday.

    Football.London claim the Gunners skipper will play no part in the match due to personal reasons.

    The Gabon international has been looking after his mother who is suffering from illness.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WRIGHT MOVE

    Ian Wright can’t wait to see Jesse Lingard play on loan from West Ham as he believes it will help him rediscover his best form.

    Lingard is reportedly on the verge of a loan move to the Hammers with David Moyes’ side paying £3million for the privilege of taking him from Manchester United.

    And on the Wrighty’s House Podcast, Wright said: “I cannot stress enough how hard it is to get through that academy. If it is West Ham then he’s going into a team that is playing with a lot of confidence. 

    “He’s going to play for a West Ham, you do a couple of things right there and those fans are fantastic.

    “I only went there for a little while, but they see that you’re committed then you’re in. I can’t wait to see him play without the pressure of United on his shoulders.

    “28 in football, especially for him, he’s not injury-prone, we’re talking about someone who’s very fit. The only thing that is missing from Jesse Lingard to get back to where he was, is confidence.

    “Love him again, so we can see him dancing, doing his thing. A lot of what Jesse gets negativity coming towards him for… he’s got what Paul Pogba’s got. They’ve got a vibe, they’ve got swag, they’ve got sauce.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    POWER SERGE

    Real Madrid assistant boss David Bettoni has stated the club are not worries about Man Utd target Sergio Ramos’ contract running out in the summer.

    He said: “I see Sergio everyday, and I can honestly tell you that I’m not worried at all about (his contract),.

    “Like I said before, he’s on the road to recovery; he’s our captain and a great professional, but we aren’t going to take any risks with him, I can’t say any more than that.

    “He’s getting better, but like I say we won’t risk it and we are fortune that at the moment we only have one game per week and we’ll see how he is ahead of next week.”

  • sstreet

    MARTIAL LAW

    Anthony Martial is more popular than Lionel Messi in China, a study has revealed.

    According to the Red Card report, Martial (6.6m followers) is the world's fourth most popular footballer on Chinese social media with Messi (6.59m) down in fifth.

    Two Man Utd old boys occupy the first two slots, with Cristiano Ronaldo (15.07m) proving the most popular player for the third year running.

    And eight years after his retirement, Brand Beckham is proving as strong as ever with the Inter Miami owner second on 8.72m followers.

    Neymar is third on 7.56m.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP GEA

    Will David De Gea have another inspiring performance against Arsenal tomorrow?

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  • Jake Lambourne

    GARD OF HONOUR

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has lifted the lid on the futures of Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo and Facundo Pellestri.

    He tweeted: "Man Utd updates. Jesse Lingard to West Ham on loan [no buy option] is a done deal, completed today.

    "Marcos Rojo has agreed personal terms to join Boca Juniors as a free agent, confirmed.

    "Pellistri set to leave the club on loan in the next days."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OD TO JOY

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Arsenal's loam signing of Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard.

    Odeegaard could make his Gunners debut against the Red Devils on Saturday at the Emirates.

    Commenting on Odegaard, Solskjaer said: "Martin is a very talented young player and we know from the national team that he can cause any team problems.

    "I just hope he’s not finding his form on Saturday. Wish him all the best.

    "He’s a good boy, good attitude, right character, so I’m sure they’ve made a good signing there."

  • Jake Lambourne

    REWIND

    Arsenal will complete a Premier League double over Manchester United for the first time since 2007 if they win at the Emirates this weekend.

    So we thought that would be a good opportunity to take a look back at both sides' teams from 13 years ago when the Gunners prevailed.

    Arsene Wenger's side came into the clash having defeated Alex Ferguson's men earlier on in the season at Old Trafford.

    On that day, the visitors capitalised on Cristiano Ronaldo giving the ball away, with Emmanuel Adebayor slotting home four minutes from time to snatch all three points.

    And Arsenal had even more reason to feel positive about the return fixture at Highbury because they welcomed back Thierry Henry to the side, after he played no part in the game earlier on in the season at the Theatre of Dreams.

    Here's how the two teams lined up…

  • Josh Graham

    UP FOR THE CUP

    Fans will be able to watch three FA Cup games for free in next month's fifth round including Manchester United versus West Ham.

    The television schedule for the last-16 has been announced with BBC and BT Sport sharing the fixtures.

    Chelsea fans will be able to watch new boss Thomas Tuchel take his side to Barnsley on Thursday, February 11.

    Red Devils supporters can see their side welcome David Moyes back to Old Trafford with West Ham on Tuesday, February 9.

  • Josh Graham

    JESS A SECOND

    Jesse Lingard will not be available to face Liverpool on Sunday after West Ham failed to complete his loan move from Manchester United in time to meet the noon deadline, REPORTS DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The season long switch needed to be registered with the Premier League by midday today in order for the midfielder to be available to take on the champions.

    Jesse Lingard is on the verge of becoming a Hammer

    But boss David Moyes has revealed the paperwork and formalities were not done in time, so Lingard will have to wait until next week to make his first appearance in a Hammers shirt.

    The 28-year-old arrived in London early this morning to go through his medical, but while there are no issues with it, the process has taken longer than hoped.

    The Hammers boss said: “Well he's here doing a medical at the moment but it's not completed just yet.”

  • Josh Graham

    RED DEVILISH BEHAVIOUR

    Former Manchester United team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku have been handed a one match ban following their sensational on-field row.

    And the rival strikers could face further action if the Italian Football Federation (IFF) open an investigation to determine whether any discriminatory language was used.

    Ibrahmiovic and Lukaku squared up in the Milan derbyCredit: Splash News

    The duo came head-to-head during a heated Milan derby which saw Lukaku's Inter come out 2-1 winners in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

    AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic, 39, allegedly shouted: "Go do your voodoo s***, go do your voodoo s***, little donkey," at the Belgian star.

    Lukaku appeared to suggest Ibra had said something about his mother, too, and according to the Mail, the Inter Milan striker fired back, saying: "'F*** you and your wife, you little b****. You want to speak about my mother?"

    The ex-Chelsea and Everton man then charged at the Swede and blasted: “Let’s go inside you b****,” before both players were booked.

  • Josh Graham

    OLE RAGES AT ABUSE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at the ‘disgusting’ and ‘unacceptable’ racist abuse suffered by two of his players.

    Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were both targeted on social media following Manchester United’s 2-1 midweek defeat to Sheffield United.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed abuse received by his player Anthony MartialCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    And Red Devils boss Solskjaer said: “It's just incredible we have these scenes still, this abuse in 2021.

    “We’ve been campaigning for a long time now with the Premier League and I think it's working but there are still some people that haven't got it.

    “They hide behind social media, be anonymous and it's unacceptable and it's disgusting.

    “They're not Man United fans when this happens. You have to feel sorry for these individuals.”

  • Josh Graham

    DON DEAL

    Brandon Williams will NOT be leaving Old Trafford on loan this month.

    The young left-back has slipped down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pecking order after the arrival of Alex Telles.

    But the Norwegian confirmed he is staying put and is in the squad for the game against Arsenal on Saturday despite interest from Steve Bruce's Newcastle.

    Solskjaer said: "This season has been more difficult for him. I think he’s put his head down and worked really hard lately. He will be involved tomorrow, he’s in the squad.

    "That’s the biggest thing, when you find your first big contract, you do well, can you bounce back after not being in the team as much?

    "Brandon has shown that lately so hopefully he will just keep carrying on as he does.

    He knows my view on it, he knows my view on him and we believe in the boy. He has shown me that he has the desire to fight through this."

  • Josh Graham

    SPEAK OF THE DEVILS

    Manchester United suffered a deep blow to their title bid this week, with their shock 2-1 home defeat to basement boys Sheffield United seeing them surrender top spot.

    Prior to the misery of David Moyes, lows under Louis van Gaal and the moroseness of Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex won the league in five of his last seven seasons, culminating in his final triumph back in 2012-13.

    Only David de Gea remains from that title-winning side.

  • Josh Graham

    YOU BRU-TY

    Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes was labelled as the 'best player in the league' by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

    The two sides meet on Saturday and Spaniard Arteta is well aware of the opposition's quality.

    He said: "You look at the stats and what he [Fernandes] provides to the team it is unquestionable that he has improved them dramatically and for many periods he has been the best player in the league probably.

    "The impact he’s had has been tremendous. They paid a big price to do that – Martin’s [Odegaard] situation is completely different."

  • Josh Graham

    MARKED DOWN

    Mark Bosnich has criticised David de Gea's role in Manchester United's shock defeat to Sheffield United.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained that the goalkeeper had been fouled in the melee that led to the Blades' opener on Wednesday night.

    Mark Bosnich slammed David de Gea's role in the Sheffield United defeat

    Kean Bryan headed home as De Gea failed to get close to the pinpoint delivery from John Fleck.

    Billy Sharp did made contact with the Spaniard, leading to Solskjaer's anger following the 2-1 defeat, but Bosnich had little sympathy.

    He told talkSPORT: "For me, I’m sorry, but that wasn’t a foul.

    "De Gea was just out-jumped. It was a great delivery and I thought the boy got a run on De Gea and he was just completely out-jumped.

    "He hesitated at the beginning and he didn’t get the run that you’d like as a goalkeeper. I thought it was a fair goal."

  • Josh Graham

    BOC'D IN

    Marcos Rojo's personal trainer has leaked the Manchester United outcast’s next destination.

    The 30 year-old’s move to Boca Juniors was revealed alongside a photo of the defender showing off his impressive six-pack after a punishing gym session.

    Marcos Rojo has been working out in an Argentine gym ahead of the move

    Carlos Castro, in a message on the Facebook page of La Plata gym Castro Team Competicion, said: “Marcos Rojo is happy, improving day by day and about to begin training with Boca.

    “As his trainer I’m impressed at the physical capacity he has, his recovery and that extra temperament typical of a great high-performance athlete.”

    A revealing PS added: “Very good Boca signing, he looks like a Boca player.”

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had confirmed the imminent exits of Rojo and unwanted goalie Sergio Romero earlier this month.

  • Josh Graham

    SHOCKING ABUSE

    Anthony Martial's wife has received vile racial abuse and even death threats on Instagram.

    Melanie Da Cruz uploaded screenshots of a torrent of disgraceful messages she had received on the social media site.

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    She wrote in French: "And I have plenty of them like that!"

    Manchester United had already condemned horrific racist comments sent to Martial and Axel Tuanzebe after the Red Devils' shock 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

  • Josh Graham

    RIO WAGER

    Rio Ferdinand has bet Peter Crouch Manchester United will finish above Liverpool this season.

    And with a crate of wine on the line for the winner, the ex-Red Devil says he's 'confident in my boys'.

    The pair have been on BT Sport punditry duties this week and presenter Jake Humphrey revealed their wager.

    Unsurprisingly, both ex-players are backing their former sides to come out on top – but not necessarily to win the Premier League.

    Crouchy said: "Hold on, hold on – we didn't say title.

    "I said Liverpool would finish above Manchester United and I stand by it.

    "I'm not saying that [they won't win the league] but the bet was they'll finish above Manchester United."

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were targeted with vile, racist abuse following the defeat to Sheffield United.

    The players were attacked on their social media accounts with a number of users posting racist comments and symbols.

    And the Red Devils immediately condemned the disgusting comments in a statement they issued, with a number of players and former stars also speaking out against racism.

    In other news, Manchester United will reportedly compete with several rivals for Dayot Upamecano this summer.

    Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have all been linked with the Frenchman following his rapid rise at RB Leipzig.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, United are among the teams waiting for the right moment to pounce.

    Meanwhile, United remain interested in Kieran Trippier and Max Aarons, according to Forbes.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka is boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice right-back, but the Norwegian wants to recruit competition for the 23-year-old.

    And should AC Milan decide to make Diogo Dalot’s loan switch permanent at the end of the season, United have two options in mind over who they want to sign.

    Finally, Jesse Lingard is set to depart the Theatre of Dreams by joining West Ham on loan until the end of the season.

    Sky Sports claim the Hammers have agreed a deal to sign him, with the club forking out £3million to bring him to the London Stadium.

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