MAN UTD are stepping up their pursuit of Erling Haaland, with reports from Spain claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never stops calling his fellow Norwegian.

Meanwhile Villarreal defender Pau Torres is reportedly very keen on moving to Old Trafford this summer and has admitted he is learning English.

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  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Nicky Butt could join Wayne Rooney at Derby after quitting as Manchester United’s head of first team development.

    The former Red Devils midfielder, 46, spent nine years in the role and as a coach at Old Trafford, bringing through the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson.

    Man Utd legend Paul Ince revealed he would prefer to sign Erling Haaland than Harry Kane.

    The ex-England star said: “If I was in charge of United and you offered me Harry Kane or Erling Haaland on a plate right now, I think I’d be taking Haaland.

    “He’s younger, not that Kane’s old, and he’s got a bit more pace, not that Kane is slow."

    It comes amid rumours Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly in contact with Erling Haaland over a summer transfer to Manchester United.

    United are among a number of top European sides chasing the Norwegian’s signature at the end of the campaign.

    And Red Devils boss Solskjaer ‘keeps calling’ his countryman in a bid to convince him to move to Old Trafford, according to Spanish outlet AS.

  • Jack Figg

    RAMBUTT

    Nicky Butt could join Wayne Rooney at Derby after quitting as Manchester United’s head of first team development.

    The former Red Devils midfielder, 46, spent nine years in the role and as a coach at Old Trafford, bringing through the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson.

    Yet it is understood Butt did not see eye to eye with new director of football John Murtough.

    And while the Class of ’92 star said all the right things on his departure, his exit was still a surprise.

    Butt, who played almost 400 games under Sir Alex Ferguson and was a member of the historic 1999 Treble-winning side, said: “Having come through the academy myself it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey.

    “I’m proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.

    “The results are clear to see in the increased number of home-grown players reaching the first team.

    “I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge.

    “I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”

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  • Jack Figg

    SPURRED ON

    Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has emerged as a rumoured transfer target for Manchester United.

    At 34, the World Cup winner is said to want to leave North London for one final big challenge of his career.

    A return to Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain or Nice has been reported and now L’Equipe detail a potential move to Manchester.

    Lloris is in his ninth season at Tottenham but is yet to win a trophy, although he will get a fresh chance in the upcoming Carabao Cup final.

    SunSport recently revealed the club’s plans to replace club captain Lloris at the end of the season.

    England trio Sam Johnstone, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson are understood to all be targets for Jose Mourinho.

    United star Henderson is finally getting his chance in the team but may seek a move if he is once again dropped to the bench with the club preparing to either sell the former Blades No1 or David De Gea.

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  • Jack Figg
  • Jack Figg

    PAUL NO PUNCHES

    Man Utd legend Paul Ince revealed he would prefer to sign Erling Haaland than Harry Kane.

    The ex-England star said: "If I was in charge of United and you offered me Harry Kane or Erling Haaland on a plate right now, I think I'd be taking Haaland.

    "He's younger, not that Kane's old, and he's got a bit more pace, not that Kane is slow.

    "If you were going to buy Harry Kane right now he'd probably cost you around £80/90m and he'd likely be on a five-year contract which takes him into his thirties.

    "When you buy a player you've always got to look at how you might make a profit from them later on.

    "Haaland is only 20, so you could bring him in for around £100m and you'd still be able to make a profit from him in five years' time.

    "With Kane you'd have the guarantee that he's already a proven goalscorer in the division.

    "He knows the Premier League well so you know he'd get you 25 goals a season.

    "But I think Haaland would do the same at any club in any division, and he's only going to get better."

  • Jack Figg

    NO GOLDEN TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel's sour relationship with Borussia Dortmund could dent Chelsea's chances of signing Erling Haaland, in a boost to Man Utd.

    Bild claim the German left Dortmund on bad terms and club chiefs are reluctant to sell to a side coached by their former manager.

    The report adds that it’s ‘very unlikely’ the Bundesliga outfit will allow Haaland to seal a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Although Tuchel won a German Cup at Dortmund, his time there is best-remembered for the bust-ups he had.

    There were disagreements with senior players, including Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Roman Weidenfeller.

    While Tuchel also clashed with former chief scout Sven Mislantat, who would later work for Arsenal.

    He was then sacked by Dortmund with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke saying he was 'worn out' dealing with the manager.

  • Jack Figg

    OL HAVE YOUR BACK

    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer has commented on Nick Butt's decision to QUIT as head of first-team development.

    Solskajer said: “Nicky will always be a legend of Manchester United as a six-time Premier League winner and, of course, an integral part of our Treble-winning team.

    "That pedigree has made him a great source of guidance and inspiration to our Academy players since he returned to the club.

    “We are all going to miss him around the Aon Training Complex but Nicky knows he will always be welcome back.”

  • Jack Figg

    DON DO IT

    Rio Ferdinand is convinced the Donny van de Beek has the talent to improve United's side – if given the chance.

    Ferdinand said: "'I think he would add value to this team, definitely. He's someone who would create goals, he played a part in the goal (vs Leicester). When he gets in the box, he knows how to put the ball in the back of the net.

    "But to get in the box he's got to play in the position where Bruno Fernandes is playing and he's not going to do that. Can he do it from No 8 position or No 6 when he's holding? I think he can. He's intelligent enough.

    "Ajax players are brought up to be intelligent footballers, they are able to play multiple positions, he can do that. It's just obviously United want a stiffer central midfield area behind Bruno.

    "I get that, given that's got to be protecting the centre backs and that's not going to be one of Van de Beek's strengths. But then it begs the question: why buy him then?"

  • Jack Figg

    RIO DONNY GET IT

    Rio Ferdinand admits he feels sorry for Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek.

    The United legend has questioned why the club signed Van de Beek if they were not prepared to play him regularly.

    Ferdinand told his podcast, Vibe with Five: "I feel for him. I don't care who you are – if you're playing the odd two minutes here and there, three minutes here and there, you cannot perform.

    "I don't care what level of player you are.

    "I don't think he's been helped in terms of team selection and opportunities so I don't think it's fair to say he's underperforming because he's not been put in a position to perform yet on a consistent basis.

    "I really do feel for him but it would be interesting to hear what he was sold and told on the way in because the lack of opportunities, I don't think he'd have come here if he'd known that."

  • Jack Figg

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Man City could see Sergio Aguero head straight across town if they don't renew his contract, Paul Ince has warned.

    He told Ladbrokes: "Sergio Aguero might be leaving Man City, why shouldn't United make a move for him?

    "You could see it now. If he wanted to stay in the Premier League and he's living in Manchester, then I don't think it would be a bad thing at all if they went and got Aguero.

    "It can happen, who knows? You've got to ask the question if you're United because you never know.

    "It happened with us back in 1992 when Howard Wilkinson was asking Sir Alex Ferguson about [signing] Denis Irwin.

    "Fergie said there'd be no chance of that happening and suggested Leeds sold Cantona to them – and within a couple of days that deal was done.

    "It was just Fergie throwing a name out there and taking a chance, trying his luck. Maybe that's what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should do with Aguero this summer."

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  • Jack Figg

    HAARD PUSH

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly in contact with Erling Haaland over a summer transfer to Manchester United.

    United are among a number of top European sides chasing the Norwegian's signature at the end of the campaign.

    And Red Devils boss Solskjaer 'keeps calling' his countryman in a bid to convince him to move to Old Trafford, according to Spanish outlet AS.

    Haaland previously played under Solskjaer at Molde and the two are said to have maintained contact.

    Dortmund are bracing themselves for a flurry of bids this summer.

    And Haaland has reportedly spoken to his agent, Mino Raiola, to make it crystal clear he wants to quit if Champions League football is off the table at the Westfalenstadion.

  • Jack Figg

    BUTT OUT

    Nicky Butt has quit as Man Utd's head of first-team development for a "new challenge" after coaching there nine years.

    The former England midfielder, 46, who won six Premier League titles as a United player, leaves amid an overhaul of the club's technical department.

    Butt helped bring current first-teamers like Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood through United's famous academy.

    And Butt told the club's official website: “Having come through the Academy myself to play almost 400 games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey.

    “I’m proud of the role everyone on the staff plays in giving our young footballers the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.

    "The results are clear to see in the increased number of homegrown players reaching the first team.

    “I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United. But it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge.

    "I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”

  • Jack Figg

    NO MUR

    Danny Murphy believes Man Utd will axe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unless they lift the trophy.

    Ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy told talkSPORT: "They can't be blaming tiredness for a loss at Leicester and their squad not being strong enough.

    "Yes, they're going to get in the top four… but so they damn should!

    "I like him and I'm not one who wants to see managers sacked and I do think they've made some strides forward, but Manchester United have to be doing better.

    "If they don't win the Europa League and only finish in the top four then I think they'll make a change."

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  • Jack Figg

    DEVILS NEED SOL

    David Beckham insists his old Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing an "incredible job" as boss – and has the strength to withstand any criticism.

    Beckham told ESPN: "I've seen some of the criticism but I suppose when you are a manager of Man United, when they've had success over the years that they've had, there was always going to be a point where people get criticised, whether it's the players, whether it's the owners, whether it's the manager.

    "Ole's been in the game long enough to be able to take any kind of criticism.

    "He's very quiet, he gets on with his job, and I think he's done an incredible job down at United.

    "The results are starting to show that. Hopefully it continues because the fans love Ole, we all love Ole and we all want him to do well.

    "So when the criticism comes, he's one person that can take it."

  • Jack Figg

    KANE WELL ABLE

    Premier League clubs have been given a boost with Real Madrid reportedly preferring to sign Harry Kane over Erling Haaland this summer.

    SER Deportivos claims the Spurs star has emerged as Los Blancos’ No1 target.

    That means the likes of Man United, Chelsea and Man City could be left to battle it out for Haaland.

    And it would also be good news for PSG in their efforts to keep Kylian Mbappe.

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  • Jack Figg

    FREE TO FLY

    Liverpool and Manchester United will play their European quarter-final first legs in Spain after the country’s Government eased flight bans.

    The Reds visit Real Madrid’s Estadio Alfredo di Stefano ground in the Champions League on April 6 while United travel to Granada in the Europa League two nights later.

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says his government will lift restrictions on flights from the United Kingdom.

    Spain’s Council of Ministers banned arrivals by air and sea from the UK between December 22 last year until next Tuesday, March 30.

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  • Jack Figg

    GOING HAM

    Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku kicked pineapple on pizza and carbonara pasta from his diet in pursuit of Inter Milan glory.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, key to Inter’s rise has been losing 16lbs of weight under the guidance of the nutritionist Matteo Pincella, who began his career in rugby.

    In 2012, he joined up with Antonio Conte at Juventus and now combines his club role with working for the Italian national team.

    Under Pincella, Inter stars are studied and handed unique diet plans that rarely feature pasta dishes.

    Instead, chicken, sweet potatoes, shirataki noodles, and fish all feature heavily and a single cheat meal a week is allowed.

    For 27-year-old striker Lukaku, that has meant ditching some of the bad habits he took with him from Manchester United.

    Pineapple on pizza and carbonara pasta are just two of the guilty pleasures given the boot, helping him drop from 15st 11lbs to around 14st 9lbs.

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  • Jack Figg

    FROZEN

    Man Utd have frozen season ticket prices for the TENTH year in a row.

    Red Devils fans haven't set foot inside Old Trafford for over a year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    But season ticket holders will be thrilled by the news they won't have to dip further into their pockets to keep their seats.

    A statement from United's managing director, Richard Arnold, read: "This past year has tested all of our resilience.

    "Fans have missed being at Old Trafford and we have missed them being there.

    "While we will continue to plan for every eventuality, we are announcing our plans for season ticket holders for next season with optimism that this will be a fresh start and a long-awaited step towards normality.

    "Season ticket prices have been frozen for the 2021-22 season, as part of our ongoing commitment to fair pricing that has been a fundamental part of our ticketing policy for some time.

    "This marks the 10th successive season that the club has kept prices frozen in general admission areas of the stadium."

  • Josh Graham

    RING RING, OLE ON THE PHONE

    Erling Haaland is repeatedly called by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he tries convince him to join Manchester United.

    According to AS, Solskjaer phones his Norwegian compatriot regularly to try and sell the idea of Old Trafford.

    Borussia Dortmund forward Haaland, 20, is preparing for international duty alongside new skipper and Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard.

    The striker has bagged 21 goals in 21 Bundesliga games this season and is wanted by a host of Europe's top clubs.

  • Josh Graham

    DON DEAL

    Chelsea and PSG are reportedly more confident they can convince AC Milan Gianluigi Donnarumma to move.

    Sport Mediaset suggests both European giants are ready to meet his demands.

    Gianluigi Donnarumma could be tempted away from AC MilanCredit: Reuters

    The report states the clubs are ready to meet the requirements set out by the player's agent.

    The highly-rated 22-year-old is out of contract this summer and has been previously linked with Manchester United.

  • Josh Graham

    BOOK IT IN

    Marcus Rashford's book is out on May 27.

    He wrote on Instagram: "‘YOU are a Champion’. A guide that I hope will inspire ALL children to dream big and help those who need it most."

    "As part of the Marcus Rashford Book Club model, books I am championing will reach the most vulnerable children via the breakfast club network.

    "Further details to follow. Approx 390,000 children in the UK have never owned a book. Time for that to change."

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  • Josh Graham

    GLOBE TROTTERS

    A whopping 16 of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad could represent their countries over the international break.

  • Josh Graham

    RULE OF SIX

    Six Red Devils are potentially on international duty today.

  • Josh Graham

    HAARSH WARNING

    Manchester United target Erling Haaland could be a 'disaster' signing for Chelsea, according to Blues icon Frank Lebouef.

    He told Sky Sports: "Haaland is a beast.

    "Of course it would be a plus for Chelsea. But now you have to think financially and economically, and you also have to also think and make sure your dressing room is going to be following the coach.

    "If you put Haaland (in the team) you lose [Olivier] Giroud.

    "But you might lose [Kai] Havertz, you might lose [Timo] Werner as well. What about [Christian] Pulisic? Where are you going to play [Hakim] Ziyech?

    "That is an equation that you have to make sure is going to work and that the results are going to be good for the club.

    "You can add talents, that is not a problem. But you have to make sure the chemistry works.

    "Otherwise it is going to be a disaster. Having only talent doesn't make sure you are going to win something."

  • Josh Graham

    HEND OF THE ROAD?

    Manchester United have slapped a £40m asking price on keeper Dean Henderson, SunSport can reveal.

    The former Sheffield United loanee is battling new dad David De Gea for the Old Trafford No1 jersey.

    But the 24-year-old has attracted interest from Spurs – with Hugo Lloris potentially moving the other way.

    Spurs have England trio Henderson, Sam Johnstone and Nick Pope on their shortlist to replace French captain Lloris.

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