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Shocking news as united coach Rangnick declares three top stars will be leaving in January transfer window

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Rangnick comment means 3 top star will be leaving Manchester united when transfer window open in January

Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could all leave in January following Ralf Rangnick’s comments
Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could all leave in January following Ralf Rangnick’s comments

Ralf Rangnick’s words at yesterday’s press conference ahead of today’s clash with Norwich City opened the door for the exit of three major Manchester United stars in the forthcoming winter transfer window.

Both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have been rumoured to be looking for a January exit, with the latter’s agent openly stating that he wishes to do so.

And Rangnick commented at the presser that ‘We need to make sure that players want to stay here…If they seem to be not getting enough game time here, it might make sense to speak individually with the players and see if a loan deal might make sense.’

But it was his comments about Pogba that were the most revealing.

First, he implied that he was unhappy the Frenchman is recovering from injury in Dubai and that he has asked him to return to the club to continue his rehabilitation.

‘At my former clubs I always tried to ensure that we had the player here so that the rehab can take place in-house.

‘I would personally not want players to do their rehab abroad, but I said the decision on Paul was taken before I arrived.

‘In the future I have already spoken to the medical team and I want players to stay here and not go elsewhere.’

He also stated, again, that he would not try to persuade an unhappy player to stay at the club, referencing Pogba specifically:

‘Players have to want to play and stay at the club. Also for a big club like Manchester United, if a player does not want to play for a club like this in the long term, I don’t think it makes sense to change his mind.

‘This is such a massive club, with fantastic support from the supporters, I don’t think that anyone in the club would ever need convincing to stay here.

‘But on the other hand let’s wait and see, I have spoken with him for 15 minutes over the phone and my feeling is let’s get him back, training with the team, getting him fit and then we will see where we stand.

‘He can be an important player, but I am fully aware of all the other players we have here, I am also a coach of all the other players too. My ambition is of course to make them better and that includes each and every player.’

It seems unlikely that Pogba will leave in January due to the lack of clubs willing to stump up the kind of wages he and his agent, former pizza chef Mino Raiola, are demanding.

As reported here yesterday, Raiola has recently noted that the likes of Bayern Munich are incapable of signing the Frenchman.

On the other hand, if a club such as Paris Saint Germain or Juventus were able to put a package together to help the second half of their season, even £10 million or so in the bank would be better for United than the zero they would get at the end of the season.

The same is true of Lingard, whose own contract also expires in June.

As for Martial, Newcastle United seems a likely destination and the Magpies’ new owners have the funds to make a healthy offer for the forward.

And in turn, the sale of all three would raise some transfer funds for the much needed defensive midfield position and also reduce the wage bill significantly.

It all makes for what could be a very busy January window that sees three big stars leave the club and, potentially, one game-changer come in to bolster the side

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

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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

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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

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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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