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MANCHESTER UNITED are and rivals City both walked away frustrated by a drab 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last night.

The Red Devils had chances to do better but seemed blunt in attack and robust in defence while their rivals were also off the boil.

Get all the latest news, updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SIGN SOMEONE!

    Premier League all time top scorer Alan Shearer thinks United are lacking of options up front.

    He told Match of the Day: “Cavani, they’ve got him. He’s 34 in February. Greenwood may be that man in two or three years time because he’s got fantastic potential.

    “But I think they need a top-class centre forward in this team.

    “Greenwood and Rashford should be in and around that six yard box.

    "There’s no one there, no one at all, nothing on for Bruno.

    “He needs more options, he needs a forward in there who will put the ball in the back of the net.

    When asked who United should sign, Shearer replied: “Haaland or Mbappe.”

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    STILL SMILING

    Donny Van de Beek puts on a smile, despite his lack of starts in a Manchester United shirt.

    The £39million arrival from Ajax has completed 90 minutes just three times for the Red Devils this season.

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    'DOESN'T HAVE THE QUALITIES'

    Ex Red Devils boss Louis Van Gaal believes Donny Van de Beek made a mistake joining Manchester United.

    He told Dutch channel Ziggo: "I hope his time will come, but I don't think he made a good choice.

    "I said that right away. If you have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, what position should Van de Beek be in?

    "He doesn't have the qualities of Pogba and Fernandes. And now you see that Pogba often doesn't start. Where should Van de Beek play then?

    "I think you could have seen that beforehand. There are so many teams, which could have done better justice to him, also in the top.

    "He is a boy with many qualities."

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    RETURNING TO TURIN?

    Paul Pogba's future in Manchester is the topic of constant speculation, and reports suggest Juventus are keen to bring Pogba back to Turin.

    The Old Lady face competition from Real Madrid and PSG, but Calciomercato report Juve plan to bring Pogba in on loan in January, before making the deal permanent in the summer.

    Pogba did post to Instagram earlier saying he will always fight for Manchester United, but with just a year and a half left on his United contract, the Frenchman could be edging closer towards the exit door.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NOT ANI CLUB

    Edinson Cavani has revealed he stayed loyal to former side Napoli by rejecting Juventus and Inter Milan.

    The Uruguayan smashed home 104 goals in 138 games in Naples before joining PSG in 2013.

    After leaving the French side as the club’s record scorer and a free agent in the summer, he eventually ended up at Manchester United.

    Cavani told MondoNapoli: “I will always be grateful to them [Napoli fans]. It is for this reason that I said no to many Italian clubs including Juventus, who called me often, and also Inter.

    “I couldn’t make such a gesture to the Neapolitans. If I think of Naples I think of joy, because I know that I have done so much for them and they continue to pay homage to me with all this.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NOT KEANE ON HIM

    Roy Keane had TV viewers in stitches after his hilarious put down of Gary Neville during coverage of Saturday's Manchester derby.

    Keane was asked whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should rotate his team during the busy Christmas schedule.

    To which he said: "You train (well) all week and the manager may say 'well, I have to play him'. That was my mindset when I was playing for the club.

    "Squad rotation is all good but don't be rotating me. I've got to be playing in the team because hopefully I can bring something to it."

    He then nodded towards Neville, and quipped: "Chop and change some other lads, Gary and one or two others, but leave me to it."

    Neville hit back with: "I was a stalwart at right-back, I'll have you know."

    But Keane was having none of it and with a wry grin on his face replied: "You were the only right-back at the club. We were stuck with you."

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    FRED DEVIL

    It was another impressive performance from Man Utd midfielder Fred yesterday.

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    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Pogba has stated he will always give everything for Man Utd as he continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

    The French World Cup winner took to Instagram following the club's 0-0 draw against Manchester City.

    He said: "I’ve always fought and will always fight for @manchesterunited, my teammates and the fans. Bla bla is not important.

    "The future is far, today is what matters and I am 1000% involved! Always strong together.. all has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change.

    "When you don’t know what’s going on inside don’t talk."

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    HAMMER TIME

    Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes West Ham midfielder Declan Rice would be a perfect fit for Man Utd.

    Reflecting on the Hammers' win against Leeds, he said: "Declan Rice was superb. He absolutely ran the show in midfield.

    “He was up against Kalvin Phillips as well, who is a good player. I thought he just took the game by the scruff of the neck.

    “He just stunk of a Manchester United signing to me. I was sat there thinking, ‘Wow!'”

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    RED HOT DEVILS

    Man Utd may not have won a Premier League title in seven years, but the Red Devils are proving to be winners on social media.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are the second most talked about sports team on Twitter with LeBron James’ LA Lakers beating them to top spot.

    And the club’s Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also feature in the top ten list of teams who have dominated chatter on Twitter throughout 2020.

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    LOST SOL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated Man Utd's performance in the drab 0-0 draw with City was their best against their rivals since he became boss.

    That's despite the Red Devils beating their noisy neighbours THREE times last season.

    He told Sky Sports: “In my time against Manchester City that’s the best performance we have had. Not the best result but the best performance.

    “It was a tight game. I know we beat them a few times last season but those were different games. They had a few big moments.

    “It’s two good teams. Tactically we knew they were going to give us some problems but defensively we were excellent. I’m delighted with the defensive shape.

    “With the ball we didn’t create as much as we wanted to.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LOST SOL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed Man Utd's performance in the drab 0-0 draw with City was their best against their rivals since he became boss.

    That's despite the Red Devils beating their noisy neighbours THREE times last season.

    He told Sky Sports: “In my time against Manchester City that’s the best performance we have had. Not the best result but the best performance.

    “It was a tight game. I know we beat them a few times last season but those were different games. They had a few big moments.

    “It’s two good teams. Tactically we knew they were going to give us some problems but defensively we were excellent. I’m delighted with the defensive shape.

    “With the ball we didn’t create as much as we wanted to.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SHAW SPEAKS

    These are the post match thoughts of Luke Shaw:

    “On Tuesday night, there were a lot of mistakes from individuals and maybe us as a team.

    “But the most important thing was the start of the game.

    “We haven’t been starting well and that has cost us and we have been quite lucky at times in the second half that we have come back from being very sloppy in the first half.

    “But today we started more brightly and we needed to against a team like Man City.

    “This is the Premier League, not just Man City.

    "You need to concentrate in every single game you play because, if you look at the games before this, we have been conceding goals maybe from mistakes and lack of concentration and we need to improve on that.

    “Tonight was maybe a start of how we need to go on.”

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    DAVID'S DEBRIEF

    "I think defensively we've been perfect tonight.

    "They didn't create many chances, maybe two or three big chances but I think against them it was a great defensive game.

    "So we need to be happy of course for the clean sheet but maybe it's not enough.

    "We always want to win, especially against Man City so I think we missed a big chance to beat them today."

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    MATCH REACTION

    Red Devils midfielder Fred reacts to the Derby Day stalemate.

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    HAALAND RACE

    Manchester United and rivals Man City are both interested in Erling Haaland with Borussia Dortmund reportedly willing to sell the striker.

    United have been heavily linked with the Norway star and it appears City are also keen on signing him.

    Haaland is one of the best young players in world football and the 20-year-old will spark a bidding war if he decides to leave Germany.

    According to the Mail, Dortmund may be prepared to sell Haaland at the end of the season with his market value likely to be at a high.

    Haaland has a £65million release clause in 2022 and the German club could decide it is financially best to sell him earlier for a bigger fee.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOMETHING MISSING

    Roy Keane was not happy with the friendliness that was on show at full time in the Manchester derby.

    This is what he has to say on the matter:

    "We've got two bookings in a derby game.

    "I've never seen so many hugs and chats after the game, it's a derby game.

    "I'm scratching my head, I'm really frustrated because I'm thinking you've got to try and find a way to win a game of football.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DULL DRAW

    It was a game that needed the energy of the crowd, as Manchester United and Manchester City played out a dreary 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

    There were just four shots on target in the entire game.

    United thought they had won a penalty in the second, before VAR showed that Rashford had been offside from Fernandes’ pass, rendering Walker’s foul irrelevant.

    Other than that it was a game of little excitement, as both sides spurned the opportunity to move into the top four.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FULL TIME

    Nothing to separate the two sides in the Manchester derby, as both teams squander the opportunity to go into the top four.

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    UNITED EYE VERON

    Reports today suggest Manchester United are eyeing up Brazilian youngster Gabriel Veron.

    Veron has bagged 10 goals in 29 games for Brazilian side Palmeiras, and is an Under-17 World Cup winner with Brazil.

    The Red Devils will be up against the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Fiorentina to secure the services of Veron.

    The 18-year-old can play anywhere across the front line, and his signature will cost around £23million.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    HALF TIME

    The Manchester derby is goalless at the break.

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    GOOD LUCK JOSH

    Despite having this evenings Manchester derby on his mind, United forward Marcus Rashford found the time to send his well wishes to Anthony Joshua for tonight's fight.

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    JESSE TO JOIN GERRARD?

    Alex Mcleish believes Jesse Lingard would be a good signing for Steven Gerrard and Rangers.

    The Manchester United man is out of contract in the summer, and has struggled for game time in the last year at Old Trafford.

    Speaking to Ibrox News, McLeish said:

    “Jesse has definitely struggled in the last couple of years, but he’s got undoubted ability and talent and he’d be an asset for Rangers.

    "He’d be an asset for any team.

    “He’s still quite a young guy, though, and I think he’d want to stay in the Premier League.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DERBY LINE-UP

    Here's how the Red Devils line up for the derby.

    Paul Pogba STARTS in the Manchester derby.

    Kick off is at 5.30pm and you can follow our live blog of the game here.

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    DERBY DAY

    Speaking before the Manchester Derby on the inclusion of Fred and Paul Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says:

    "Yeah we want to of course play well, of course they've had good performances.

    "Both Paul and Fred are in good form so we wanted to get them on the pitch today.

    "We need energy, we need quality, because we are playing against a good team."

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