2.45pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho move back on, Calvert-Lewin chased, Milenkovic LATEST

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly interested in Dominic Calvert-Lewin following his fantastic start to the season at Everton.

Meanwhile the club are said to be ready to go back in for Jadon Sancho and have not been put off by his inconsistent form at Dortmund this season.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford with our blog below…

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    DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

    Marcos Rojo is set to move to Boca Juniors, according to reports in Argentina.

    The Man Utd star has been on loan at Estudiantes – the club he joined as a ten-year-old – since January.

    But El Intrasigente claim Boca will make a £3.7m bid for the former World Cup finalist – enough to force United's hand.

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    SILVER LINING

    Bruno Fernandes has set his sights on winning trophies with United.

    He told MUTV: "I think the first 12 months, the 11 months for me [here], have been great.

    "Of course, the main thing I want, I didn’t achieve, until now, is the trophies. That is clear.

    "We really can do that in 2021 and, of course, I think, at the end of everything, what we did in the last 11 months was really good.

    "I’m very happy to be here and to be part of this biggest club."

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    OVER TO BRU

    Bruno Fernandes wants 'more goals and assists than games' by the end of the season.

    He has scored nine times and made five assists in 13 league games for Manchester United this term.

    Speaking to MUTV, he said: "Of course, I am really happy to have these numbers and, obviously, it is not easy to get to this point with these numbers but I want to do better and better, more and more.

    "I want to finish the Premier League this season with more goals and assists than games. That would be good."

     

  • William Pugh

    LOOKING ALSEWHERE!

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prioritising a centre-back in January, according to reports.

    But Manchester United are reportedly unlikely to move for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. Solskjaer's focus is mainly on the summer transfer window.

    But United will move for a centre-back next month if an appropriate target becomes available, according to the Telegraph.

    Alaba has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League – with Chelsea favourites to sign him – after Bayern accepted he will leave on a free at the end of this season.

    The 28-year-old's contract expires in the summer at which time he will have spent more than a decade with the Bavarians.

    Alaba can sign a pre-contract agreement with non-German clubs in January but despite his availability the Red Devils are expected to look elsewhere.

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    FREDDY FOR CHRISTMAS!

    Manchester United midfielder Fred joined in the festive posting with a cute snap of him with his wife Monique and their son Benjamin.

    The Brazilian uploaded the shot of the trio in matching PJs in front a a luxurious Christmas scene.

    He wrote: "We wish you a Merry Christmas."

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    FER-LIZ NAVIDAD

    Bruno Fernandes posted an adorable Christmas photo on the stroke of midnight on Xmas day.

    The Portuguese was pictured holding a baby next to two other children in front of an elaborately decorated tree.

    He wrote: "I wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas."

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    A post shared by Bruno Fernandes (@brunofernandes.10)

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    HAPPY CHRISTMAS REDS!

    Man Utd have taken to Twitter to wish their millions of fans across the world a very Merry Christmas.

    Gif game strong.

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS UNITED FANS!

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes United's own MMA can wrestle back the glory days.

    Third-placed United will leapfrog Leicester into second spot if they win Boxing Day's first Premier League game, at 12.30pm at the King Power Stadium.

    And boss Solskjaer feels his side can batter more teams into submission when exciting attackers Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial find top gear.

    He said of Martial: "His running stats have set a new standard for him.
    “He will always have the quality, Anthony. Maybe his confidence has been bruised a little bit by what happened earlier on in the season, with the red card and he has had some criticism.

    “But Anthony is going to be better and better. When we get Mason, Marcus and Anthony firing on all cylinders as well, I think we will be a bigger threat for teams."

    Martial came on to tee up Edinson Cavani's brilliant 88th-minute opener before bagging the clincher himself when United set up a Carabao Cup semi-final at home to neighbours City with Wednesday's 2-0 win at Everton.

    And the Toffees' England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has reportedly emerged as an alternative Solskjaer target to Erling Haaland, who is starring alongside United-linked Jadon Sancho for Borussia Dortmund.

    United are also said to want to trigger a one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard's contract, which ends this summer.

    And Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales says Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 19, is 'leaving for England' – with United or Chelsea tipped as his destination.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RED ANT ON THE MARCH

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Anthony Martial will soon form an explosive front three with Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

    Solskjaer said of the Frenchman: "His running stats have set a new standard for him.

    “He will always have the quality, Anthony. Maybe his confidence has been bruised a little bit by what happened earlier on in the season, with the red card and he has had some criticism.

    “But Anthony is going to be better and better.

    "When we get Mason, Marcus and Anthony firing on all cylinders as well, I think we will be a bigger threat for teams."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAN LEW-NITED?

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a Manchester United alternative target to Erling  Haaland, reports suggest.

    it's possible Dominic Calvert-Lewin could become a team-mate not a rival of Man Utd defender Eric Bailly, if the latest speculation proves trueCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Everton and now England striker Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed his best year – while Haaland is starring alongside United-linked Jadon Sancho for Borussia Dortmund.

    And The Athletic claim Calvert-Lewin's sharp improvement has suddenly put the 23-year-old on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's radar.

    He would certainly come much cheaper than Haaland and/or England attacker Sancho.

  • Ian Tuckey

    EXTRA GARD TIME

    Manchester United want to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract, according to reports.

    The out-of-favour star’s current deal is set to expire this summer.

    Lingard, 28, is therefore able to start negotiating with clubs overseas from next month.

    But according to the Mail, the Red Devils plan to trigger a one-year extension clause.

    When handing a Lingard a new, four-year deal back in 2017, United tossed in an option to extend it by a year if they so wish – similar to the clause they triggered in Paul Pogba’s contract earlier this year.

    The former England man could still leave on loan next month, however, with Sheffield United rumoured to be keen.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD CAN HAVE THEIR CAIC

    Moises Caicedo is ‘leaving for England’ after a deal has been struck with his club.

    Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales confirmed talks have been had and a deal for the player is close.

    And it looks as though Manchester United have beaten Chelsea to the youngster’s signature.

    The 19-year-old looks set to complete the move to the Red Devils, according to Diario Extra.

    General manager Morales said: “There is a lot of interest from European teams.

    “We’re in conversation with a team. We won’t have him for 2021.”

    A medical is now expected.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BRAND NEW HELPER

    Brandon Williams has joined his Manchester United team-mate and campaigning hero Marcus Rashford in helping the city's homeless.

    The 20-year-old full-back has made a massive charitable donation by paying for meals for homeless families in Manchester as well as staff wages at the drop-in centre.

    Brandon Williams has joined Marcus Rashford in donating to charity Credit: Getty Images

    Williams' incredible gesture to homeless charity Coffee 4 Craig will help vulnerable people eat this Christmas.

    His donation includes paying for staff to open on Christmas day and feed homeless.

    Additional meals are also being prepared for those in temporary accommodation.

    And there are meals for families living in poverty who would normally struggle to eat at Christmas.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO XSMANCS DINNER

    Manchester United will train on Christmas Day this year – but the annual festive lunch has been axed.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take a 90-minute session with his squad at around 9.30am at their Carrington complex.

    Man Utd have been preparing for their Boxing Day trip to Leicester Credit: Getty

    The Red Devils boss will go through last-minute tactics ahead of their clash away at Leicester on Boxing Day.

    But the festive feast with staff has been cancelled and the canteen off limits to the majority of workers due to Covid-19.

    United’s squad will then be allowed to head home for a few hours to spend time with their close families.

    They will then meet up later on Christmas Day before heading down to Leicester ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off.

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    LEEDS 'SUPERIOR' TO UTD

    Marcelo Bielsa has launched a passionate, 41-minute rant defending his team's style of play, and insisting that they were 'superior' to Manchester United during their 6-2 defeat at Old Trafford last weekend.

    Leeds United have instantly become the Premier League's great entertainers this season, going to toe-to-toe with even the division's top sides.

    But they have come unstuck defensively, conceding 30 goals in just 14 games upon their top flight return.

    Asked in his latest press conference how he could improve his side's defence, however, he lashed out at those trying to analyse the performance.

    He said: "The questions directed at the players tries to weaken the style of play we have. Suggesting to them whether they would ask me to change my style of play.

    "Normally, when there is adversity, what you guys do is try to weaken those facing adversity or to ridicule the style of play of a team."

    I can tell you the data we collected from the last game. From a physical aspect, Manchester United played their best game of the season and Leeds were superior in this aspect.

    "In possession, we were superior, which does not signify anything, but within a context it starts taking some value. There was no clear dominance in the game."

  • Ian Tuckey

    KP DUEL UTD FOR BAJCETIC

    Liverpool are reportedly in pole position to land Manchester United target Stefan Bajcetic from Celta Vigo.

    SunSport reported last week how the Red Devils were in negotiations with the Spanish side about bringing the 16-year-old defender to Old Trafford.

    But according to the Liverpool Echo, it is now the Reds that are winning the race to secure the centre-back’s services.

    They claim that the Merseyside outfit are in talks to bring the player to Anfield.

    Liverpool scouts have been impressed by Bajcetic, who has featured twice for Celta’s B team this season after being promoted to the squad.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side are however in a race against time to sign the teenager as they need to wrap up a deal before the UK leaves the EU on January 1.

    Clubs will be unable to sign overseas players under the age of 18 under the new post-Brexit transfer rules.

  • Craig Mahood

    BIG NEWS ON CAICEDO

    Moises Caicedo is ‘leaving for England’ after a deal has been struck with his club.

    Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales confirmed talks have been had and a deal for the player is close.

    And it looks as though Manchester United have beaten Chelsea to the youngster’s signature.

    The 19-year-old looks set to complete the move to the Red Devils, according to Diario Extra.

    General manager Morales said: “There is a lot of interest from European teams.

    “We’re in conversation with a team. We won’t have him for 2021.”

    A medical is now expected.

  • Craig Mahood

    OLE'S YEAR

    A look at Ole's 2020 as United boss.

  • Craig Mahood

    BIG SIGNINGS

    Will anyone break into this top 11 this January?

    Some cracking pieces of business here.

    But some absolute stinkers too.

  • Craig Mahood

    OR THIS?

    Is this alternative XI better?

  • Craig Mahood

    CAV A GO

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will almost have a full-strength side for the trip to Leicester on Boxing Day.

    Manchester United head into the contest in terrific form having won their last six consecutive away league matches.

    Wednesday's impressive 2-0 Carabao Cup victory over Everton will give the boss a selection headache as Edinson Cavani pushes for a start.

    The Uruguayan bagged the late winner against the Toffees and was a constant threat throughout.

    Cavani, 33, could lead the line in attack with pace on the flanks in Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

    Bruno Fernandes will slot in the No10 role while Anthony Martial could find himself on the bench for the second game in a row.

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    RED, WHITE OR ROSE?

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    STRONG CONTENDERS

    Former United No2 Steve McLaren believes United’s latest run ensures they are strong title contenders.

    McLaren believes the physicality throughout the team, coupled with the talent, means they are right up there.

    McLaren told TalkSPORT: “The way that they’re playing at the moment, the way that they blitzed Everton for the first half an hour…

    “The way that they absolutely dismantled Leeds – they overran them, they were more physical than them – not many teams will do that to Leeds. Not many teams will do that.

    “They’ve got the players, they’re getting fit. I heard Ole saying how their fitness is improving – that wasn’t there at the beginning of the season.

    “But the quality of the players they’ve got, they’ve got goals in the team. They can win any game.

    “They are right up there, believe you me. They are definite title contenders.”

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