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Manchester United can sign another Robin van Persie if Glazers make right appointment



Manchester United owners the Glazers are currently mulling over who to name as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent replacement.

And all signs point to it being Mauricio Pochettino, despite the club’s interest in Luis Enrique and Erik ten Hag. Should the current PSG boss take over, he could feasibly sign Harry Kane and shape him into the club’s next Robin van Persie.

Manchester United will sign a new forward this summer, regardless of who is in charge.

This was confirmed by interim boss Ralf Rangnick on Friday, with the German admitting the club would look to sign a younger version of Edinson Cavani.

Cavani is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the campaign. He wanted to leave a year ago but ended up renewing his contract following a strong end to the season.

La Liga and a return to South America are both potential options for the 34-year-old, who missed Saturday’s match with Southampton due to injury.

And Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is uncertain, too.

Though the Portugal international has done well since returning from Juventus, he’s not entirely happy with life at the Theatre of Dreams.

After all, why would he be? United are going for Champions League football, rather than the Premier League title. No trophy is expected to be won, extending their wait for silverware into a sixth year.

And if United do appoint Pochettino, it’s certainly feasible the Argentine will seek a reunion with Kane.

Kane has been a world-class player for many years, now. He’s done well under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte in the time since Pochettino left.

Yet it was under the Argentine when he was at his happiest.

Pochettino helped shape Kane into the A-lister he is today, placing his faith in the England international when he was still learning his trade.

Kane scored 21 goals from 34 league appearances during the 49-year-old’s first year at the helm.

He netted 25 from 38 the following year and managed 29 goals from 30 appearances in the 2016/2017 campaign.

Under Pochettino, Kane then notched 30 times in the top flight the following year – before still managing a respectable 17 goals from 28 matches in the 2018/2019 season as Tottenham reached the Champions League final.

While he’s struggled for consistency under Antonio Conte this term, Kane remains gold.

And there’s a sense that, if Pochettino does reunite with the player at Old Trafford, he can help him become the club’s next Van Persie.

United signed the Dutchman from Arsenal in 2012 when the Netherlands international was already the finished product, already recognised as one of the best strikers in world football.

And he certainly didn’t disappoint, notching 30 goals the following year as United won the Premier League title.

Since then, they’ve signed veterans in Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cavani.

Yet all three players, arguably, were past their absolute best by the time they signed on the dotted line.

Kane, at 28, still has much more to give, however.

The England international is just about to enter the prime years of his career and won’t hang around at Tottenham if they fail to make the Champions League.

While United are also struggling to make the top four, their status as one of the world’s biggest clubs means they’ll always be able to attract the best players.

And if they do hire Pochettino, the Glazers may have the perfect bait to make a transfer happen.

Tottenham would hate to lose Kane to one of their fiercest rivals but, having denied him a move away last summer, may end up caving to avoid a repeat of last summer’s debacle.

What happens in the end is something only time, ultimately, will happen.  


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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