8.15am Man Utd news LIVE: Basaksehir defeat reaction, Rio Ferdinand scathing, Chukwueze transfer eyed – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED returned to Champions League action tonight – but were defeated again by Instanbul Basaksehir.

Off the field, we've the very latest on Ryan Giggs' arrest while Phil Jones could be set for a shock move to the Championship.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

  • Joe Brophy

    SOLSKJAER'S REACTION

    Speaking after his side's disappointing 2-1 loss to Turkish side Basaksehir, he said: “The performance wasn’t good enough against a team that worked and ran and hit us on the break.

    “They scored two goals that teams do when you don’t defend well. We played a short corner and forgot about the man up front and that’s unforgivable. Two soft goals.

    “And then we didn’t have enough to come back in the second half. We threw everything at it but couldn’t break them down.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    RIO NOT AMUSED

    Rio Ferdinand was scathing about Manchester United's defending against Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The Red Devils were simply suicidal in their approach to marking former Newcastle and Chelsea ace Demba Ba, 35.

    The striker was given the run of two-thirds of the pitch as he ran through on goal for the opener, with only Nemanja Matic anywhere near him.

    With a picture of United's attacking shape, he said on Instagram: “The goals against us….please tell me someone is going nuts in that changing room and people are being made accountable.

    “The shape of the team when we lose the ball for the 1st goal.”

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    The goals against us….please tell me someone is going nuts in that changing room and people are being made accountable. The shape of the team when we lose the ball for the 1st goal🤬😱🤯 #mufc

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United lost their 100 per cent record in Europe this season with a 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba was among the scorers in Turkey as United paid for their defensive frailties.

    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to comment if his job is on the line.

    He said: “I decline to comment. It is early and opinions are out there all the time.

    “I have got to stay strong. I am employed by the club to do a job and will do it to the best of my ability.”

    Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood is in line for an England recall after Danny Ings underwent knee surgery.

    The Man Utd star was dropped from the last squad after breaking lockdown rules in Iceland.

    Fellow exile Phil Foden is also set to return for the games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

    Finally, Sir Alex Ferguson's former right-hand man Rene Meulensteen has said Paul Pogba is not world class.

    He told TalkSPORT: “If I really look at the world class players: Pele, [Diego] Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer, Eusebio, [Bobby] Charlton, all of them spring to mind.

    “Then there’s [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and so forth, those are the players [at the top].

    “Paul has been class [in the past] and don’t get me wrong, it’s not a criticism, it’s an observation and an opinion. I don’t think at this moment in time the performances that he’s produced warrant that title.

    “I think he needs to bring a lot more to Manchester United. If you ran a poll with Manchester United and you say Paul Scholes in his prime or Paul Pogba in his prime, you have to choose one of them, who would you put in your midfield?

    “I think the answer is quite simple.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Premier League clubs are poised to make a pay-per-view U-turn — because of lockdown.

    They have been under pressure to make a decision on what to do with the games not being shown on Sky or BT after the international break.

    The top flight had been veering towards cutting the controversial £14.95-a-game charge to either £9.95 or £7.50.

    But with the country now under lockdown until December 2, Prem bosses are set to suggest the best option would be a short-term return to the Project Restart situation, where all matches were available to fans.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S CHARLIE WYETT

    Mason Greenwood is in line for an England recall after Danny Ings underwent knee surgery.

    The Man Utd star was dropped from the last squad after breaking lockdown rules in Iceland.

    Fellow exile Phil Foden is also set to return for the games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S NEIL CUSTIS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to comment if his job is on the line after a 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

    He said: “I decline to comment. It is early and opinions are out there all the time.

    “I have got to stay strong. I am employed by the club to do a job and will do it to the best of my ability.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    RATINGS BY JOSHUA JONES

    Scott McTominay was a rare bright spark in Man Utd’s Turkish defeat.

    But Axel Tuanzebe had a game to forget as the Red Devils lost their 100 per cent record in this season’s Champions League.

    READ OUR FULL PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    VERDICT BY NEIL CUSTIS

    It seems almost sacrilege to say it but is Bruno Fernandes actually not very good at the moment.

    Fernandes was not the dominant figure tonight. When he was on the ball he just kept losing it.

    And his loose pass to Juan Mata led to the opening goal.

    READ THE REST OF THE VERDICT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME OVER

    A bad night for United in Turkey as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loses another game.

    The Red Devils succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to end their 100 per cent run in Europe this season.

    And the pressure is sure to be turned up even more on Solskjaer, especially with Mauricio Pochettino back on the scene…

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME ON

    It's 2-1 to the home side in Istanbul, with Anthony Martial pulling one back before the break.

    Scott McTominay is on at half time.

    But can United fight their way level in Turkey?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    UN-BA-LIEVABLE

    Demba Ba turned back the years as he netted Istanbul Basaksehir's opener against Man United.

    The former West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker is now 35 years old.

    But he showed no signs of slowing down as he sprinted an entire half of the pitch to make it 1-0 to the Turkish side in Istanbul in the 12th minute.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    OLE IN ONE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Man Utd can bounce back from their defeat to Arsenal with victory in Turkey tonight.

    Speaking ahead of the 5.55pm GMT kick-off, he said: “We've had a great start in the group.

    “If we can go and win tonight that's a good response from the disappointment at the weekend.”

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM NEWS IN

    Dean Henderson and Axel Tuanzebe both start for Man Utd this evening.

    But there is no place for Edinson Cavani, who remains on the bench.

    Donny van de Beek gets a go in midfield alongside Juan Mata.

    And Anthony Martial returns in attack, while academy defender Teden Mengi is named as a sub.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    POTENTIAL LINE UP

    Edinson Cavani could be handed his first Manchester United start when the club face Istanbul Basaksehir today.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make a number of changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Though the Norwegian could persist with his narrow diamond formation he used against the Gunners and RB Leipzig in last week's 5-0 win.

  • William Pugh

    DEAL OR NO DEAL

    The ten highest release clauses in world football are ALL from LaLiga.

    Not a single Premier League star makes the list as Real Madrid and Barcelona are taking no risks when it comes to losing their big-name stars.

    Barca found out the hard way in 2017 when Paris Saint-Germain matched Neymar's £198m release clause and landed the Brazilian.

    Therefore it is no surprise that they have since learned their lesson.

    Barca and their fierce rivals dominate the list of the highest release clauses in world football as SunSport reveal the top ten.

  • William Pugh

    POG OFF

    Sir Alex Ferguson's former right-hand man Rene Meulensteen has said Paul Pogba is not world class.

    He told TalkSPORT: “If I really look at the world class players: Pele, [Diego] Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer, Eusebio, [Bobby] Charlton, all of them spring to mind.

    “Then there’s [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and so forth, those are the players [at the top].

    “Paul has been class [in the past] and don’t get me wrong, it’s not a criticism, it’s an observation and an opinion. I don’t think at this moment in time the performances that he’s produced warrant that title.

    “I think he needs to bring a lot more to Manchester United. If you ran a poll with Manchester United and you say Paul Scholes in his prime or Paul Pogba in his prime, you have to choose one of them, who would you put in your midfield?

    “I think the answer is quite simple.”

  • William Pugh

    FRED HOT

    Manchester United posted a Fred appreciation tweet ahead of their Champions League game at Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The Brazilian shone last week against RB Leipzig and United fans will be hoping for more of the same in Turkey tonight.

  • William Pugh

    NO WAY JOSE

    Jose Mourinho insists Harry Kane is not a cheat like other Premier League stars.

    The Tottenham boss is furious after his striker was accused of winning a VAR penalty against Brighton’s Adam Lallana on Sunday.

    Mourinho said:”You are confused because you could be speaking about some Manchester United players.

    “You could be speaking about some Man City players, you could be speaking about some Liverpool players, you could be speaking about some Chelsea players and yet you're speaking about Harry Kane?

    “He was in a position to control the ball in a dangerous position and Lallana came in with a very reckless action and committed a foul.

    “What are you speaking about being clever or being not clever? Being clever is to hold the ball and shoot and score. It was a foul.”

  • William Pugh

    GUNNAR GET BETTER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his players to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

    United face Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey in the Champions League tonight and the Norwegian has called on his team to react.

    He said: “Definitely. It’s always important to bounce back and respond after a disappointing day.

    “We’ve had some time to reflect over this [the Arsenal defeat] now and it’s gone, and we’ve got to get a performance in Istanbul and hopefully we’ll get three points and then we go to Everton.

    “Of course we’ve not been helped by the schedule but it’s another challenge.”

  • William Pugh

    FAB SELECTIONS

    Cesc Fabregas has shared his Fantasy Premier League team online and he has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as captain.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea man also snubbed old rivals Manchester United with ZERO Red Devils in his squad.

  • William Pugh

    COMING FOR MOU

    Manchester City are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen ace Moussa Diaby – after Manchester United reportedly failed with a summer bid for the French winger.

    Former Paris Saint-Germain prospect Diaby has shone since joining the Bundesliga club last year.

    Reports in Germany claim Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to sign the 21-year-old during the summer, and United made a £45million offer

    However Leverkusen refused to sell, having lost attacking duo Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland to Chelsea and Monaco respectively.

    Club sporting director Rudi Voller said: “The summer break wasn't just about Kai Havertz alone.

    “We had three or four further players who were targeted by foreign clubs. Moussa Diaby was one of them. City boss Pep Guardiola is now said to want to sign the pint-sized winger during the January transfer window.”

  • William Pugh

    'TEAMS WERE FRIGHTENED'

    Paul Ince thinks modern day Manchester United could learn a thing or two from the Red Devils of his era.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves, the former Red Devils said: “We had a presence. Teams were frightened of us.

    “We already had teams beat before we walked out onto the pitch. Whether it was home or away, teams were frightened of Manchester United. I don't see that now.

    “Teams look at them and think they can take points from the game. We saw it against Arsenal, where United were woeful. We've seen Crystal Palace do it. Something's not quite right.

    “I still think United finish in the top six this season. It's that inconsistency that's the problem.

    “You look at the way they played against PSG and you think they should absolutely be in the top four. But you look at how they played against Arsenal and think they'd be lucky to finish in the top six.”

  • William Pugh

    'TALK TO SOMEONE'

    Former Manchester United starlet Luke Chadwick has admitted his ‘stomach twisted’ whenever he appeared on TV during his depression battle.

    Earlier this year the 39-year-old revealed how cruel jokes about his appearance on BBC show They Think It’s All Over killed his confidence.

    Speaking to Dagbladet, Chadwick said: “To get it on national TV and in the media, I didn’t know how to deal with it. I thought there was something wrong with me.

    “It affected me so much, and I was too embarrassed to say anything against them.

    “I kept everything on the inside and never said how I was doing at the time.”

  • William Pugh

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Ince thinks Manchester United should have signed Thomas Partey and Raul Jimenez this summer.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves, the former Red Devils said: “There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man Utd team.

    “You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jiminez. Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about?

    “Go and spend £40m on Jiminez. He's a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.

    “You've got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think 'what are they looking at?' There's a lot of good players out there, top, top players. Go and get these players. But they haven't.”

  • William Pugh

    RON-MANCE IS DEAD

    Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to enjoy the twilight of his career at Juventus, according to reports.

    The Portuguese superstar, 35, believes he can still play at the very top level for another five years.

    His contract with the Serie A champions expires in 2022 meaning he will still have at least three years at a top European club.

    But TuttoSport have poured doubt on whether Ronaldo will see out his contract at Juventus because he 'doesn't have a romantic relationship' with the Old Lady.

    They have ruled out a big money move to China or America because Ronaldo still wants to challenge for major trophies. Paris Saint-Germain remain an option, especially if and when Neymar and Kylian Mbappe leave the club.

    Ronaldo, who has the physicality of a man ten years his junior, revealed it will be a psychological decision when he retires from football.

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