Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Lingard FIRES BACK at Rangnick, Cristiano Ronaldo updates, Pochettino PSG 'exit' – updates

JESSE LINGARD has furiously hit back at Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick after the boss announced the winger had asked for some time off to clear his head.

Lingard has denied the claim and tweeted that his "headspace is clear".

United finished the January transfer window with NO new signings – with reports stating they were hesitant to splash out until they knew who their permanent manager would be after Rangnick moves upstairs at the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino is one man said to be on their shortlist, and he has reportedly told friends he will leave PSG in the summer.

Meanwhile Declan Rice could be approached, but the West Ham midfielder has given a new interview which has some bad news for United in it.

United are also said to be in a battle with other top Premier League clubs for Juventus' Paulo Dybala.

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  • Dylan Terry

    Jesse Lingard's 'headspace is clear'

    Jesse Lingard has denied claims by boss Ralf Rangnick that he asked for time off from Manchester United.

    United boss Rangnick announced the midfielder is not available for selection due to having a request for time off to ‘clear his mind’ granted.

    That has led to a furious response from Lingard tonight on Twitter denying those claims.

    The England international blasted: “The club advised me to have time off due to personal reasons!

    “But my headspace is clear and I’ll always be professional when called upon and give 100 percent.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Man Utd return to action

    English football's top flight sides return to action this weekend in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    And Manchester United kick things off as they host Championship outfit Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils are looking to win the competition for the first time since 2016.

  • Dylan Terry

    Rangnick on importance of full-backs

    Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick has explained the importance of their full-backs ahead of the FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough this evening.

    He told the club website: “They have to be defenders and, at the same time, give as much input as they possibly can if we're in possession of the ball.

    “They should be offensive full-backs, offensive defenders. I think in the last couple of weeks, we have improved in those areas.

    “It will also be an important position for tomorrow's game because Middlesbrough will play in a back five with very offensive wing-backs, at times even with five or six offensive players in the opposition's half.

    “So, it'll be very important that we play tactically on a high level, with regard to our own full-backs.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Mejbri promoted to Man Utd first team

    Ralf Rangnick has promoted Hannibal Mejbri to Manchester United's first-team squad after the teenager dazzled senior stars in training.

    Interim boss Rangnick says the 'promising talent' will 'regularly' be in the squad, starting with Friday's FA Cup home tie with Middlesbrough.

    Attacking midfielder Mejbri, who was 19 on January 21, starred in Tunisia's run to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

    And he will be in the United party alongside fit-again Paul Pogba for the fourth-round visit of Championship side Boro.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rangnick sets Pogba challenge

    Paul Pogba has been told to light up the Cup as he prepares for his first football in three months tonight.

    Rangnick said: “I’ll be excited myself to see how Paul is doing and like all the other players for me he is now a new player and he can show me and the team and the fans and everyone in England how good he is and what high level he can play.

    “Let’s just wait and see what he can show and what he can deliver.“

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo strips down

    Cristiano Ronaldo ended a gruelling training session in Dubai by stripping down to his pants for ‘recovery’ in a cryotherapy room.

    Man United star Ronnie, who turns 37 on Saturday, posted a video to social media showing him entering the freezing chamber in his underwear after a tough day of exercise.

    Ronaldo spent his Premier League winter break in Dubai with his family.

    But while he was in the Middle East, Ronaldo kept his fitness up at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.

    And taking advantage of the world-class facilities on offer, Ronaldo couldn’t resist a dip in some liquid nitrogen.

    Flashing a thumbs-up to the camera, Ronaldo donned a facemask, gloves, headband and slippers – as well as his pants – as he entered the icy room.

    The video ended with Ronaldo waving goodbye and closing the door before being engulfed by ice-cold mist.

    And the Portuguese ace simply caption the clip: “Recovery.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Kick-off time

    Man Utd's FA Cup clash with Middlesbrough will get underway from 8pm UK time on Friday, February 4.

    The game will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester.

    There will be a full capacity crowd in attendance for the match.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lampard's faith in new signings

    Everton boss Frank Lampard is putting his faith in new signings Donny van de Beek and Deli Alli to produce the goods on Merseyside.

    Lampard said: “In their own separate way I trust in their talent.

    "I trust in them as people and my job now is to set the environment and work with them and support them to show the talents they have, harness the natural ability and join that with the squad because we have some talent already here so it’s my job to put it altogether.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo’s fitness regime revealed

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s ex-trainer heralded the legend’s upcoming 37th birthday by tipping the ‘genius’ to play until his mid-40s.

    Manchester United‘s power development coach Mick Clegg believes only Ryan Giggs came close to matching Ron’s fitness regime.

    He told the Mirror: “Cristiano is a genius, an absolute genius.

    “He learned a lot in the early days about how to manage his body.

    “Not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually, too. 

    “He knows how to balance his food and he’s consistent in everything he does.

    “The only person I’ve found as consistent was Ryan Giggs, which was why he played on until he was 40.

    “Cristiano will want to go beyond the 40 mark. He’ll be hoping he can play until his mid-40s.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    See through the mist

    Rapper Mist has backed Man United to win the FA Cup despite the club going through a difficult period.

    In an interview with the BBC, the rap artist and life-long United fan said: "It is harder to be a United fan these days, and sometimes this season I've watched and wondered exactly what is going on, with some of the teams we've lost to.

    "But we all go through ups and downs in life and this is just part of that. It feels like there is a better balance to United now, so things are looking up.

    "And of course we can win the FA Cup. You know how it gets – we can always pull it out of the bag!"

  • Justin Lawrence

    Guardiola eats with Araujo’s agent

    Man United's pursuit of Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been dealt a blow by Pep Guardiola.

    Man City boss Pep was pictured out eating dinner with Araujo's agent Edmundo Kabchi, Football Espana reported.

    However, at this stage it's unclear if Pep and Kabchi were discussing the Barca centre-back during their rendezvous.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Merson speaks on De Beek

    Paul Merson reckons Donny van de Beek will be a good signing for Everton.

    Merson also praised the Dutch ace for never complaining at Man United despite hardly getting any playing time.

    Merson wrote in his Sky Sport's column: "Donny van de Beek just hasn’t got started in England.

    “I feel for him, I really do. I really like his attitude. He has never moaned, he’s always there and you never see him throwing his toys out the pram.

    “I just hope he does well, and he’s given a chance finally because I think there’s a top player in there. He just needs to let it come out and he needs a run of games to be able to do that. He doesn’t need one game here or one game there or 10 minutes here or 10 minutes there in a game where it is a hiding to nothing.

    “For Everton, it’s a really good signing. Dominic Calvert-Lewin comes short, Dele Alli goes in behind and Van de Beek will find him. I think we could see that happen quite a few times in the coming weeks and before the end of the season.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo may quit United

    Cristiano Ronaldo could QUIT Manchester United this summer as he waits to see who will be the club’s next manager.

    ESPN claims Ronaldo could jump ship just one year after returning to Old Trafford.

    Ronaldo, who turns 37 on Saturday, is now going to consider his options ahead of the next transfer window.

    But he will hold off from making a definitive decision until United confirm their next permanent manager.

    Ronaldo will have just one year left on his contract this summer.

    And it’s reckoned he would have offers from numerous MLS and Middle Eastern sides.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Martial's welcome to Sevilla

    Sevilla midfielder Oliver Torres has spoken on how ex-man United star Anthony Martial is fitting in at the La Liga club.

    Torres told Mucho Deporte: “Considering players of his calibre choose Sevilla says a lot about Sevilla.

    “He’s shy. Little by little we’ll have to get him into the banter here. He [has shown signs] of the great player he is.

    “He’s only been here for a few days. We train here at a very high pace, and he’s realised it. He said ‘there’s a lot of running here’.

    “In front of goal, if he has the chance, he buries it and that makes the difference.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gullit on Haaland

    Ruud Gullit reckons Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland should shun Man United and join their Prem rivals Man City or Liverpool.

    Gullit thinks the Norwegian will grow at City under the club's boss Pep Guardiola.

    And he also believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be good for Haaland's career development.

    Gullit told Bild: "I see him in England but I don’t think he goes to Manchester United.

    "City would be good for him because of Pep Guardiola. But Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool would also be great."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Clash of the titans

    Man United are reportedly set to take on arch-rivals Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in the Far East.

    The Times claims Thailand’s capital Bangkok could be the venue for July’s match.

    United and Liverpool were hoping to face each other in last year’s pre-season.

    But they scrapped plans following fan protests at Old Trafford which led to the postponement of their Premier League game.

    However, club chiefs on both sides are keen for the two sides to face each other in front of a bumper audience on the other side of the world.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ferdinand on Lingard

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Jesse Lingard's wasted a whole season of his career by staying at Man United.

    Ferdinand said: “I wouldn’t be happy if I was a player. It’s almost like he has wasted a whole year of his career. A whole season of his career he has wasted.

    “He has hardly played any games. He went to West Ham and did fantastically well. Everyone would have wanted to take him outside of the top four.

    “Then, he goes back to Man United and doesn’t play. I was just baffled that he went back to Man United in the first place after having that taste of success and that taste of playing every week.

    “Either, he was promised by Ole that he would get more game time. This window, you thought he would do everything to get out.

    "Maybe he took long to get to that point of wanting to leave.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Not Keane on Vieira

    West Ham star Declan Rice has revealed that he prefers Roy Keane over Patrick Vieira as a football player.

    Ex-Man United ace Keane and former Arsenal midfielder Vieira were sworn enemies on the pitch.

    But Rice admitted that Keane was the one that he watched more out of the pair when he was growing up.

    When asked by Gary Neville who his favourite was on the Overlap show, Rice said: “I just feel like I’ve probably watched him more as a player.

    “Even though I was a kid when he was playing or coming towards the end of his career in terms of clips, how he played and what he was like as a captain.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    United's new blockchain sponsor

    Man United are reportedly set to unveil a new £20million-a-year training kit sponsorship deal.

    The Athletic claims blockchain platform Tezos will adorn United’s training gear after their old contract with Aon finished last season, leaving their kit blank so far this term.

    It’s reckoned all the promotional material has been shot.

    And United will announce their multi-year partnership with the New York-based crypto company shortly.

    Tezos describes itself on its website as ‘an open-source platform that addresses key barriers facing blockchain adoption for assets and applications backed by a global community of validators, researchers, and builders’.

    It adds: “By design, Tezos embraces long-term upgradability, open participation, collaboration, and smart contract safety.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    No shirt-swaps

    Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has warned his players not to be focused on shirt-swapping with Man United's superstars when the clubs meet in the FA Cup fourth round.

    Wilder wants his Boro troops to keep their eyes on the prize and to not get overawed in the presence of United's big names.

    He said: “They’ve got some fabulous individuals and they can hurt you – but hurt three-quarters of the Premier League, if not more, and in Europe as well. They have a huge array of talent to choose from.

    “But it’s not a sightseeing tour from our players, it’s not a shirt-swapping situation. I don’t want people to go into Old Trafford and enjoy the visit.

    “I want the players to play well, I want us to give a good account of ourselves and make it really competitive, make it a dangerous night for Manchester United – and if we play well, I believe we can do.

    “If we don’t, then it will be a comfortable night for Manchester United and nobody wants that, me included.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gunning for the Ron spot

    Dusan Vlahovic has been handed Cristiano Ronaldo’s old No7 shirt at Juventus.

    That’s after moving into the Manchester United star’s stunning former Turin mansion.

    Vlahovic rejected interest from Arsenal to seal a £62million transfer to Juventus from Fiorentina last week.

    Serbia international Vlahovic has already been given the keys to Ronnie’s old pad, which is a luxury hilltop mansion complete with an indoor swimming and Spiderman wallpaper.

    But Juventus have gone a step further to indicate their trust in Vlahovic by giving him the iconic No7 jersey vacated by Ronaldo.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Hammer blow for United

    Man United's hopes of signing West Ham ace Declan Rice have been dealt a huge blow.

    While speaking to Gary Neville during a stroll around Kingston-upon-Thames, Rice admitted that he always wants to remain close to the region in South-West London where he grew up and still owns a house.

    Neville said to the in-demand midfielder: "Do you still have a house round here?

    To which Rice responded: "Yeah, I'm here all the time, I've always wanted to stay close to this place, I feel like I don't want to lose my roots."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo's car garage broken down

    At one end is Ronaldo's Bugatti Chiron, worth at least £2million.

    Next up is thought to be his Ferrari 599 GTO, which is valued at a cool £500,000 followed by a £750,000 McLaren Senna.

    And at the end, the beastly Rolls-Royce Cullinan (£300k) blocks in its more valuable brother, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead coupe (£500k).

    On the other side, a quick look reveals a Bugatti Veyron (£1.5m), a white Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG (£200k), an orange McLaren MP4-12C (£220k), a Lamborghini Aventador (£270k) and a big Merc G-Wagon Brabus (£600k), the latter a present from Georgina.

    Elsewhere, in another section of the garage away from the showroom, there is at least another four cars tucked away beside spare tyres – including a silver Ferrari, a Mercedes AMG GLE 63 and another black Merc for runaround everyday use.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo’s £17m car garage

    Fans got a sneak peek at Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible garage as Georgina Rodriguez gave a tour of the couple's mansion.

    And in the garage, he has a whole host of motors – all part of his stunning £17million fleet.

    In the brief snippets on the programme, the supercars are shown all parked up perfectly in line in the uber-cool garage.

    With classy mood lighting and a glossy floor, it really is a petrol head's dream.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Rangnick wishes loanees well

    Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick has sent a message to loanees Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo after the trio were sent away in January.

    Rangnick confirmed his squad was 'too big' and therefore sending players on loan was the best chance for them to develop.

    He said: "As I said earlier on, I thought the group was slightly too big, we had too many players and players not seeing the chance to get regular playing time, this is why I'm happy not only for the club and ourselves but for the players.

    "Donny, Anthony, and Amad deserve to get regular game time and I wish them all the very best.

    "I was in contact with all three players. Amad has already played and scored in his first game and I'm pretty sure that Anthony and Donny will do well at Sevilla and Everton and hopefully come back in the summer in good form."

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