BRENDAN RODGERS has emerged as a preferred choice over Antonio Conte for the Manchester United manager's job, according to reports.

The Leicester boss has impressed the United hierarchy after guiding Leicester into two seasons of European football, despite the fact that they have agonisingly missed out on the Champions League.

And SunSport has compared Conte's record with that of Rodgers to look at who is most suitable for the job.

That is after United's 5-0 humiliation to Liverpool last weekend, which has led to the crows circling around Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian is understood to have a stay of execution lasting this weekend and next after multiple calls for the club to pull the plug on his tenure.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he is expecting twins with partner Georgina Rodriguez.

And SunSport can reveal that the Portuguese star is looking to keep playing international football into his FORTIES with the goal of playing in the 2026 World Cup.

And on the transfer front, United have received a boost in their pursuit of Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman.

The winger is stalling over a new deal and the German side are reportedly unwilling to let him leave for nothing at the end of the season.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHO'S THE BOSS

    Man Utd are considering Brendan Rodgers and Antonio Conte as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but how do they compare?

    The Norwegian, 48, is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford amid a horror run of form.

    Man Utd have drawn-up a four-man shortlist to replace him, should he be sacked.

    Conte, Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik ten Hag are all being tipped as potential Solskjaer replacements.

    But ex-Chelsea chief Conte and former Reds boss Rodgers are the most likely.

    Here SunSport compares the two.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAARD SELL

    Gary Neville says Erling Haaland moved to Borussia Dortmund instead of Manchester United because of Mino Raiola's sell-on fee demands.

    Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed this week United offered more than his team ahead of Haaland's RB Salzburg exit.

    Watzke said: "The offer from Manchester United was better. However Mino Raiola realised that Erling is better off with us.

    "People notice that gifted people make a breakthrough with us the quickest.

    "That is a resounding argument for the players, the parents of the players and the advisors. We have no inhibitions about letting 17-year-olds play."

    And responding to the quotes on Twitter, Neville wrote: "Yes and we all know why.

    "He structures his deals with clubs that will give him a large per cent of the transfer fee when the player leaves!"

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOING RON AND RON

    EXCLUSIVE – Cristiano Ronaldo wants to make history by playing in a record SIXTH World Cup.

    The Manchester United superstar has already had a stellar international career with Portugal, winning Euro 2016.

    He is also the all-time top international goalscorer with a staggering 115 goals in 182 appearances for his country.

    And SunSport understands he is keen to play up in the 2026 tournament, being hosted in the US, Canada and Mexico.

    The 36-year-old is super-fit and keeps in top shape while having an outstanding injury-free record.

    Ronaldo and rival Lionel Messi are set to play in their fifth World Cup in Qatar next winter.

    Ronaldo will be 41 if he continues, stays injury-free and manages to make the World Cup in 2026.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MERS-ILESS

    Paul Merson believes Man Utd will get back to winning ways with this weekend and beat Tottenham 2-1 away in North London.

    He told Sky Sports: "Manchester United have a way of finding results in games like these. But if they do lose to Spurs and keep Solskjaer in this job, they aren’t going anywhere, are they?

    "They can’t keep drifting along like this – it’s already November! It isn’t really Ronaldo’s fault either, he isn’t getting the service. He’s non-existent at the moment, and he isn’t touching the ball.

    "If you want to keep him in the team, drop him back and play someone like Cavani or Greenwood up front. Give Ronaldo the ball and get runners around him. I’d get Cavani in the team and give Ronaldo a free role.

    "This is a must-win game for Manchester United. They just seem to find results in difficult situations, and I think that’s what will happen here. Manchester United are going to win this game, and it’ll paper over the cracks yet again.

    "They did manage a victory against Atalanta in the Champions League, and I think they’ll pull off something similar this weekend."

  • Jake Lambourne

    REDKNAPP CONTINUED

    "They've bought themselves a bit of time but if they lose against Tottenham and then lose a couple more games, I'm sorry, but he can't stay.

    "It's difficult because it's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, of course he's a well-respected figure at the club.

    "I said two years ago, it's going to be like shooting Bambi.

    "But you have to sometimes look at what's best for the team.

    "Even he will look at it and go, 'I can't keep my job under these circumstances'."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNAR GO?

    Man Utd is 'like a holiday camp' under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Jamie Redknapp.

    He told Sky Sports: "I've been in dressing rooms before when things aren't working for the manager and that's what it looks like to me.

    "It looks like that dressing room, in the kindest way, it feels like it would be a bit of a holiday camp.

    "I can't imagine Solskjaer is going in there pointing his finger telling players what they've got to do.

    "Everything just seems too nice. Players are getting away with things and that's a recipe for disaster in football."

  • Jake Lambourne

    BRU-NO SHOW

    Bruno Fernandes has been 'mentally bullied' by Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return, according to Paul Parker.

    He told Betfred: "The main player for me is Fernandes. I think he’s been manipulated by Ronaldo’s return and I think that’s affected him.

    "He’s allowed himself to be mentally bullied out of doing all the good things he was doing before.

    "He shirked responsibility in the Leicester game when he would have took it on himself normally but he decided to take the pass to Ronaldo.

    “He’s not grabbing hold of games as he did before. He’s not making opportunities anymore and you have to look at him and think to yourself ‘why is that?’.

    "And there’s only one reason – it’s because he feels he’s got to deliver to Ronaldo and I think there’s a few other players like that as well.

    "But he sticks out because he’s been instrumental in all that United have achieved up until this season."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOLD STANDARD

    England stars Bukayo Saka and Mason Greenwood have been nominated for the 2021 Golden Boy award.

    Arsenal defender William Salbia – who is currently on loan at Marseille – has also made the 20-man shortlist.

    The winner will be announced before the end of the year and will cement their place as the best under 21 player of the current calendar year – as Erling Haaland did last year.

    Another England star, Jude Bellingham, is included amongst the nominations after setting the record for the youngest player to ever appear in a European Championships in the summer.

    Others who starred at Euro 2020 including Barcelona star Pedri and Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala have also been included.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DON THE MOVE

    Man Utd outcast Donny van de Beek reportedly turned down Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola before switching representatives.

    Earlier this month it emerged Van de Beek switched agents in the hope of leaving United in January.

    The midfielder appointed Ali Dursun as his new agent, replacing Guido Albers.

    Dursun looks after Van de Beek's team-mate Victor Lindelof, as well as Barcelona stars Frenkie De Jong and Martin Braithwaite.

    But he could have joined forces with Dutch-Italian super-agent Raiola, according to journalist Mike Verweij.

    Raiola is said to have approached Van de Beek about representing him but he was knocked back.

    The controversial agent also acts on behalf of Erling Haaland and Gianluigi Donnarumma as well as many other huge football stars.

  • Alex Terrell

    MORE TEDDY ON MAGUIRE

    According to Sheringham, Maguire could take a leaf out of Bruce’s leadership book.

    He said: “When you keep conceding goals, you need a big, strong leader and defender.

    “When United started their good reign, Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister tucked their full-backs in and told them they go nowhere.

    “They didn’t care how many crosses a young Gary Neville and Denis Irwin put in as long as the opposition didn’t put any in, they stayed tight and didn’t concede. A top player would win it at the other end.

    “It seems like everyone is doing their own thing and looking after themselves — and that’s not how a team works.

    “They need to stand by each others’ sides, dig deep in the trenches and work hard together to pull through.”

  • Alex Terrell

    HAIRY FOR HARRY

    Teddy Sheringham has called on Harry Maguire to stand up and lead Manchester United out of their current crisis.

    Red Devils legend Sheri fears for the club as they prepare to face Spurs, another of his old teams, in tomorrow’s crunch Premier League teatime clash.

    He reckons Maguire, who recently returned from a calf injury, is struggling with the captaincy.

    The £85million skipper was criticised for four of the goals in Sunday’s 5-0 drubbing by arch-rivals Liverpool — which came a week after they shipped four at his former team Leicester.

    Former England striker Sheringham said: "Maguire is having a ragged time. Once they went 2-0 down, the game plan and cohesion went out of the window, people started doing their own thing and it became chaos.

    "Everyone was at sixes and sevens.

    "That’s where you need to keep your head and you need a good skipper who tells everyone, ‘Calm down, we’ll get back into it’.

    "It doesn’t look like there is a proper captain out there leading and demanding they stay in their structure."

  • William Pugh

    MORNING UNITED FANS

    Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing for new twins – but there's no kidding about over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future.

    United legend Ron announced partner Georgina Rodriguez is expecting his fifth and sixth child.

    But manager Solskjaer could have far less to cheer about if United fail at Tottenham tomorrow.

    And former Chelsea chief Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to say ‘yes’ should the Red Devils come calling.

    Gazzetta dello Sport also claim ex-Inter boss Conte would relish trying to get the best out of top names like Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho.

    The Old Trafford board's backing for Solskjaer might break if United slump against Spurs in the Premier League and at Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    And skipper Harry Maguire is telling his team-mates to banish Sunday's 'embarrassing' 5-0 home loss to Liverpool to the past

    He told ManUtd.com: “It’s a tough one to move on from but we need to move on.

    “It’s been a tough week obviously, you can’t just brush these things aside, especially when you lose to your rivals.

    “We’ve obviously had big discussions. We know as a group of players we need to make sure we’re together and we’re positive… as a group and a club."

    But Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp claims United's dressing room is ‘like a holiday camp’ and that Solskjaer can’t have the rest of the season to turn their crumbling fortunes around.

    The ex-Liverpool midfielder told the Essential Football Podcast: “The players are playing too individually, not collectively, and I do think that comes down a lot to the manager.

    "Everything is unravelling… When you look at Man Utd now as a team and an organisation, the defeat to Liverpool didn’t surprise me at all.”

    Finally, the Red Devils are tipped to vie with Liverpool for Leeds’ England midfielder Kalvin Phillips next summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MADELEINE PIXAR WINNER FOR HALLOWEEN

    Ex-footballer turned influencer Madelene Wright pulled out all the stops with her Halloween outfit.

    The former Charlton Athletic star, 23, looked amazing as she dressed up as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.

    OnlyFans model Wright shared the pics of her outfit on Instagram to the delight of her 265,000 followers.

    The skimpy outfit even came complete with a set of Buzz goggles and sleeves.

    Her fans were loving the pictures on social media with more than 5,000 likes in the first 30 minutes of going online.

    The comments section was filled with people posting flame emojis with one follower also calling her “beyond f***ing sexy”.

    Last month she stunned followers with sexy pics of her latest holiday.

    She often keeps followers up to date of her travels while also leaving little to the imagination.

    Wright quit football after failing to find a club following unsuccessful spells at Charlton and Millwall.

    She was sacked by the Addicks and now works as an influencer and also has an OnlyFans account.

    The 23-year-old spends a lot of time travelling, and shared snaps from a holiday in Santorini, Greece, in August.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ROONEY BLASTS LAZY RED DEVILS

    Wayne Rooney has launched a damning attack on Manchester United’s flops, accusing them of ‘unacceptable’ laziness.

    The United legend claims too many players are shirking their responsibilities on the pitch and are not hurting enough from Sunday’s 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool.

    Former club captain Rooney declared: “United’s players have to question themselves, look at themselves.

    “It’s too easy for the manager to take all the stick when those players are being paid a lot of money to do their job – and I don’t think they’re doing it well enough.

    “There are high demands at that club, high pressure and I’m seeing too many players not willing to run back, not willing to defend, not willing to put everything on the line for that club. And that’s not acceptable.

    “There’s a big responsibility on those players. They are world-class international players – and a club like Manchester United need more.

    “Those players need to be hurt, need to feel that – when you lose games – how much it hurts you.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    OUCH OF AFRICA

    Prem managers fear the Africa Cup of Nations will create a ‘nightmare’ in the New Year.

    Top stars like Egypt’s Mo Salah are due to play at the tournament, which takes place from January 9 to February 6.

    Strugglers Watford are set to be the top-flight club hardest hit with FIVE players set to go.

    Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr, Morocco’s Imran Louza and Adam Masina, plus William Troost-Ekong and Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria could all take part.

    Hornets boss Ranieri said: “It is not only for Watford, but for the league it is a nightmare.

    “All the teams are losing some players. That is not right, but we know that and have to be ready to try and find a solution.”

    The tournament had been delayed by a year due to the pandemic.

    Several African nations have requested players leave for national training camps BEFORE the New Year.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SHERI: HARRY MUST INSPIRE UTD

    Teddy Sheringham has called on Harry Maguire to stand up and lead Manchester United out of their current crisis.

    Red Devils legend Sheri fears for the club as they prepare to face Spurs, another of his old teams, in tomorrow’s crunch Premier League teatime clash.

    He reckons Maguire, who recently returned from a calf injury, is struggling with the captaincy.

    The £85million skipper was criticised for four of the goals in Sunday’s 5-0 drubbing by arch-rivals Liverpool — which came a week after they shipped four at his former team Leicester.

    Former England striker Sheringham said: “Maguire is having a ragged time. Once they went 2-0 down, the game plan and cohesion went out of the window, people started doing their own thing and it became chaos. Everyone was at sixes and sevens.

    “That’s where you need to keep your head and you need a good skipper who tells everyone, ‘Calm down, we’ll get back into it’.

    “It doesn’t look like there is a proper captain out there leading and demanding they stay in their structure.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    KOP AND RED DEVILS TO FIGHT FOR KALVIN?

    Kalvin Phillips could be at the centre of one of next summer's major transfer sagas.

    Speculation is growing that Liverpool and Manchester United will vie for Leeds' England midfielder.

    Elland Road boss Marcelo Bielsa hopes the 25-year-old will sign a new contract.

    But Leeds could face bids approaching £60million for their home-town hero.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD & ARSENAL ‘TARGET’ LAUTARO AGREES INTER DEAL

    Lautaro Martinez has signed a new five-year Inter Milan contract after being linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

    The Argentina striker, 24, has also had a £94million release clause removed.

    His current deal was due to end in 2023 but another three years have been added to the new arrangement.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HARRY: WE MUST STICK TOGETHER

    Harry Maguire wants to move on quickly from the "embarrassing" defeat to Liverpool and he believes the squad is ready to bounce back.

    The Manchester United skipper admitted it has been a tough week, which began with speculation that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could lose his job.

    Maguire describes how the squad have rallied together to identify what went wrong and to work out how to improve.

    Maguire told ManUtd.com: "It’s a tough one to move on from but we need to move on.

    "It’s been a tough week obviously, you can’t just brush these things aside, especially when you lose to your rivals. To lose in the manner that we did was so disappointing.

    "We’ve obviously had big discussions, we’ve analysed the game and the goals and looked at how we can do better and improve.

    "We know as a group of players we need to make sure we’re together and we’re positive.

    "That’s the most important thing now, we need to come together as a group and a club.

    "We know our fans will be with us and come Saturday at Tottenham, like I said, they will be there in their numbers and I’m sure they’ll be singing and chanting and be right with us and getting behind us."

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD DRESSING ROOM LIKE A 'HOLIDAY CAMP'

    Manchester United's dressing room is 'like a holiday camp' and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can't have the rest of the season to turn their crumbling fortunes around.

    That's Jamie Redknapp's verdict as he condemns the 'recipe for disaster' United are cooking with their lack of organisation and discipline.

    Credit: PA

    The former Liverpool and England midfielder believes simmering problems boiled over with Sunday's 5-0 home loss to Liverpool

    Sky Sports pundit Redknapp told the Essential Football Podcast: "The players are playing too individually, not collectively, and I do think that comes down a lot to the manager.

    "It's a situation where players look like they're not taking information on board, and it certainly isn't working.

    "I know there's talk about giving Ole more time but I don't know how you can say 'we're going to give a manager until the end of the season' when right now you can see everything is unravelling.

    "When you look at Man Utd now as a team and an organisation, the defeat to Liverpool didn't surprise me at all."

    Redknapp added: "I've been in dressing rooms before when things aren't working for the manager and that's what it looks like to me. It looks like that dressing room, in the kindest way, it feels like it would be a bit of a holiday camp.

    "Everything just seems too nice. Players are getting away with things and that's a recipe for disaster in football.

    "If they lose against Tottenham and then lose a couple more games, I'm sorry, but he can't stay."

  • Ian Tuckey

    ANTONIO 'FANCIES UTD JOB'

    Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to say ‘yes’ to Manchester United chiefs should they offer him the club manager’s job.

    Gazzetta Dello Sport claims the former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss would be happy to manage the Red Devils’ top stars including Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

    Reports claim Manchester United’s board are keeping faith with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for now.

    It is thought the Old Trafford gaffer has been given the next three games to turn things around for his side.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WILL THEY TIE THE KNOT?

    Cristiano Rodriguez and Georgina Rodriguez's baby news is bound to spark more speculation the couple will now tie the knot.

    Georgina confesses in a yet-to-air Netflix documentary that she wants to marry her superstar partner and will say ‘yes’ when he asks for her hand in marriage.

    The 27-year-old, who has a three-year-old daughter with the United and Portuguese hero and plays mum to his other three children, makes the stunning revelation during the documentary about her life.

    Asked by friends when she was going to marry the former shop worker, Georgina confesses: “It doesn’t depend on me…..I wish.”

    Ronaldo’s singer-turned-influencer sister Katia Aveiro, who now lives in Brazil, also sent her love with the message: ‘Strong one our family’.

    Even Hollywood A-lister Antonio Banderas was among those who posted his congratulations to the couple on their social media.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SEVEN HEAVEN FOR RON?

    With girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez expecting twins, Cristiano Ronaldo's total of kids is leaping ahead of his Ballon d'Ors to reach the magic number of seven.

    The Manchester United icon revealed four years ago he wants seven children and as many world player-of-the-year wards.

    So far the 36-year-old has four kids and five Ballon d'Ors.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VDB AND BAILLY WORRIED ABOUT THEIR FUTURE

    Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly are seeking assurances over their futures after feeling exiled at Manchester United.

    Van De Beek, 24, has started just four Premier League games since he arrived in a £35million switch from Ajax in the summer of 2020 and only one as sub this season.

    This despite United crying out for some creativity in midfield.

    And while the Red Devils leak goals like a sieve, Bailly has been rooted to the bench making just one appearance in the League Cup defeat to West Ham.

    The 27-year-old was particularly angry not to start the away game at Leicester with Harry Maguire rushed back from injury after just one training session instead.

    United would go on to lose the game 4-2 with Maguire having a stinker.

    Captain Maguire’s form has gone with question marks over whether he has fully recovered from his calf injury.

    It has left Ivory Coast star Bailly wondering why he was encouraged to sign a new contract last April keeping him at the club until 2024.

  • Jim Sheridan

    COMAN UPDATE

    Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman has reportedly fired his agent Pini Zahavi after he failed to secure to Manchester United or Chelsea for the winger.

    The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to Old Trafford

    And Germans sports outlet Fussball claim the player had signed a mandate with the aim of sealing a summer 2021 move from Bayern.

    Spanish outlet AS claim the German club are desperate to sell the forward to avoid him leaving on a free transfer.

    The player's contract is set to expire in June 2023.

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