MANCHESTER UNITED will look to hit back in the Champions League after a disappointing weekend loss to Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Dean Henderson linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

And Timo Werner reportedly snubbed a move to Man Utd in favour of Chelsea last summer.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    STORY SO FAR

    Here's a review of Manchester United's start to the season.

    Are you happy with the start the Red Devils have made?

    • 5-1 vs Leeds (W)
    • 1-1 vs Southampton (D)
    • 0-1 vs Wolves (W)
    • 4-1 vs Newcastle (W)
    • 2-1 vs Young Boys (L)
    • 1-2 vs West Ham (W)
    • 0-1 vs West Ham (L)
    • 0-1 vs Aston Villa (L)

    DRAW SPECIALISTS

    Did you know, the five meetings in European competition between Manchester United and Villarreal have all ended in draws.

    And four out of those five meetings have been goalless.

    That's except for last season's UEFA Europa League final (1-1), which the Spaniards incredibly won 11-10 on penalties.

    The four Champions League clashes between Manchester United and Villarreal have all finished 0-0, making it the most played fixture in the history of the competition to see no goals scored.

    NEXT UP

    After three losses in their last four games in all competitions, Manchester United face a crucial run of fixtures.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a tough run in store.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      NOT GOOD ENOUGH

      Gary Neville doesn't think Manchester United play like a 'team' enough to challenge for the Premier League title.

      Speaking on his podcast, the ex-United right-back said: "I said it when they were winning and when Ronaldo was scoring, they don't play well enough as a team to win this league in my view.

      "You need to be a unit in possession and out of possession – and when you only deliver in moments, those moments won't go for you in certain games.

      "You need patterns of play, you need a way of playing and I still see a group of individuals playing in moments, with some patterns and combinations.

      "But still a team that's new together, but they've got to come together and find a style of play. Then you get results when you don't play well.

      "The way they are at the moment, they'll always have days like that yesterday [Saturday vs Aston Villa]."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      CON'T CONTINUE

      Manchester United should sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and replace him with Antonio Conte.

      That is the view of former Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor who has criticised the Norwegian's decision making after United's third defeat in four games.

      He told TalkSPORT: "I just don’t think Ole’s the man, if that was [Antonio] Conte he’d be like 'OK [Cristiano] Ronaldo is on the penalty, if you don’t like it Fernandes come and sit with me'. Ole doesn’t have that pull.

      "If I was Manchester United now, Chelsea did it with Lampard, got rid of a club legend and brought in [Thomas] Tuchel and look what happened.

      "Man Utd need to now take Ole out of it, give him a job on the board, bring in Conte and he will get the best out of these players.

      "Even the decision during the games, [Harry] Maguire was limping for 10 minutes before he brought him off."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      NEV VERDICT

      Gary Neville has called Cristiano Ronaldo's signing at Old Trafford 'make or break' after three defeats on the bounce for the Red Devils.

      Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, Neville said: "Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho has not settled in yet but they have to come together as a team and start to define a style of play and then you start to get results when you do not play well.

      "The way they are the moment they will always have days like that, they will have patches of four or five games when they only win two but then they will go and win 15 on the bounce and be unbeaten away for I don't know how long.

      "That's the team they are and I have called them 'the odd bunch' because I still look at them and think as though they are a team that wins games in moments.

      "When I look at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, they are teams and put team performances in. That is not to say United never do but Ole has got them now into a team.

      "I said two weeks ago, and this was not to put pressure on Ole, that it was make or break with the Ronaldo signing. That is not me putting pressure on players or the manager, it is a matter of fact."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

      Dean Henderson is desperate for a loan move away from Old Trafford, according to Kevin Phillips.

      The Manchester United goalkeeper has found himself playing second fiddle to David de Gea, with the Spaniard returning to form this season.

      Henderson previously starred on loan in the Premier League with Sheffield United, before he came to United to fight it out for a first team spot.

      But the shotstopper just wants to play, and faces a fight with his club to be allowed to leave.

      Meanwhile, on Wednesday United return to Champions League action with a crunch tie against Villarreal, who famously beat them in the Europa League final.

      But the LaLiga side are seemingly hit with a mini injury crisis.

      First team stars Juan Foyth and Gerard Moreno are both major doubts ahead of the clash.

      Also, if Man Utd had their way, Timo Werner could've been lining up for the Red Devils upfront instead of Chelsea.

      Reports in Germany claim that Werner was offered £245,000 a week to sign, but in the end snubbed the club for the Blues.

    • Jon Boon

      LIFE BEGINS AT 40

      Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Cristiano Ronaldo could continue to play until he is 40.

      The Norwegian said: "I wouldn't be surprised if he still played when he was 40, not at all, because of the way he looks after himself.

      "That's the key to it – and of course some genes. There must be some genes as well, some DNA in there.

      "He has put every single ounce of energy and effort into becoming the player he is and has been, so he deserves every single little plaudit that he gets for his physical state. 

      "What's more impressive is when you have achieved as much as he has, he's still as hungry.

      "His mentality is still absolutely spot-on and that's a desire from inside that he's going to keep going until his head says, 'no, I've given everything now'.

      "Hopefully it will last a few more years. Linford Christie (who won the Olympic 100m aged 32 in 1992) was quite an age when he won his gold as well, so age is never a problem."

    • Jon Boon

      KEEPING IT REAL

      Dean Henderson is desperate for a loan move away from Old Trafford, according to Kevin Phillips.

      The Manchester United goalkeeper has found himself playing second fiddle to David de Gea, with the Spaniard returning to form this season.

      Henderson previously starred on loan in the Premier League with Sheffield United, before he came to United to fight it out for a first team spot.

      But the shotstopper just wants to play, and faces a fight with his club to be allowed to leave.

      “I’ve heard from people he wants to go out on loan and play football,” said Phillips. “De Gea has won the number one shirt back, there’s no doubt about that. Tom Heaton is there as well now.

      “The kid got some good minutes in the EFL Cup but is that enough for him? We know he is a very good goalkeeper. I don’t think he wants to sit there, get stale and not play having played a lot of football over the last couple of years.

      “I can understand why the player would want to go out on loan. It is just whether United would let him. I’m not sure they would.

      “From the player’s point of view, he will want to go and play football. It makes sense.”

    • Jon Boon

      CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HOPE

      On Wednesday, Manchester United's attentions turn to the Champions League when they face off against Villarreal.

      The Red Devils will be desperate for revenge against the Spaniards, after losing last season's Europa League final to Unai Emery's side.

      And they will be buoyed by early teams news coming out of Spain.

      Villarreal face a potential injury crisis, with news that star striker Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth could be missing for the visitors.

      Both were instrumental for Villarreal, but Moreno is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

      While Foyth came off in the final moments against Real Madrid over the weekend and faces a race against time to be fit.

    • Jon Boon

      YOUNG RON

      Cristiano Ronaldo wants to hang up his boots at Manchester United when he retires from playing.

      The Portugal star is then keen to go into coaching at the club – which could see him overseeing the progress of his son Cristiano Jr.

      The 36-year-old signed a two-year deal with the option of a third year in August when his sensational return to the Premier League was announced.

      But both he and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are confident he will be able to continue playing at the top level until past his 40th birthday.

      Ronaldo is then tempted to step into a coaching role at the Red Devils where he feels he developed the most after being signed as an 18-year-old by Alex Ferguson.

      And that could then see him guiding Cristiano Jr, who is 11 and has started training at United.

    • Jon Boon

      RUM FOR THE FUTURE

      Manchester United could be a future club for Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to reports.

      The former AC Milan shotstopper was signed by PSG in the summer, but has failed to dislodge No1 Keylor Navas.

      And this had to stories from his homeland that if the situation persists, he may be tempted to move on sooner rather than later.

      Calciomercato.it suggests that United, along with Chelsea and Barcelona, 'may take advantage of the situation' if Donnarumma can't force his way into the side.

    • Jon Boon

      WHAT COULD'VE BEEN

      If Manchester United had their way, Timo Werner could have been playing his football with the Red Devils.

      According to a report in Germany, the Chelsea striker was on the radar of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, before the Blues stepped in.

      Bild, referring to documents from Der Spiegel, even claim that Werner was offered £245,000 a week to sign.

      However, the German opted for Stamford Bridge instead.

    • Jon Boon

      GETTING A REACTION

      Despite Manchester United's shock loss at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo is calling on his team mates for a huge reaction.

      The Red Devils lost to a 88th minute Kortney Hause goal and missed an injury time penalty, which Bruno Fernandes blazed over the bar.

      But Ronaldo knows what they have to do to get back into contention.

      He wrote on Instagram: "This is only the beggining, but in a competition as strong as the Premier League, every point counts! We must react immediately, get back on our feet and show our true strength."

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      A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano)

    • Jon Boon

      'FANTASTIC'

      Sir Alex Ferguson has explained what it was like for him watching Cristiano Ronaldo's second debut for the club.

      The Portuguese legend, 36, made his return to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.

      And he made his debut against Newcastle, opening the scoring before adding another for a brace.

      Fergie revealed: "It's fantastic. You saw on that Saturday [Newcastle game] that it was like Caesar entering Rome after victory. I came, I saw, I conquered. It was fantastic," Ferguson told United's in-house media.

    • Jon Boon

      HEY BIG SPENDER

      Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer has promised to build on the summer transfer window by continuing to spend big.

      The American, 54, revealed his satisfaction at the transfer work conducted by the club but admitted there is still room for improvement.

      Glazer shared his thoughts on the club's business at the latest fans forum meeting held at Old Trafford, though the American appeared via video link.

      During the meeting he said: "We’re very happy with the summer.

      "We can always improve. There’s always more work to be done.

      "The most important thing is always on-the-pitch success."

    • Jon Boon

      MOCK THE WEEK

      ASTON VILLA fans mocked Cristiano Ronaldo outside Old Trafford after their famous win on Saturday.

      Dean Smith's side snatched a late win and managed to hold on to their 1-0 lead despite conceding a last-minute penalty – Bruno Fernandes blazed over from 12 yards.

      And after full-time on Saturday it was Villa fans copying the trademark celebration outside the Theatre of Dreams.

      Supporters crowded around and took it in turns to mimic Ronaldo.

      Each turn was accompanied by cheers before fans unleashed the "SIIIIUUU" noise Ronaldo makes.

    • Jon Boon

      BIG LEIP

      Manchester United are interested in signing RB Leipzig star Nordi Mukiele, according to reports.

      It's believed Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in bolstering his defence by purchasing the talented right-back, 23.

      According to Spanish outlet Fichajes.Net, Man Utd are keen to sign a right-back next summer after losing patience with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 23.

      The Premier League giants are reportedly not convinced by Diogo Dalot, 22, who's been linked with a move to Roma.

    • Jon Boon

      SECOND RATE

      Aaron Wan-Bissaka 'wouldn't get a game in League Two', according to talkSPORT pundit Michael Gray.

      The ex-Sunderland man revealed his thoughts after United lost to Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday.

      "This squad, when it’s depleted, still isn’t up there with the best in the Premier League," Gray revealed.

      “Wan-Bissaka, he’s the best defender in the Premier League in a one vs one situation, but his distribution with the ball, with the ball at his feet he wouldn’t get a game in League Two. When I watch him play, he never looks comfortable with the ball at his feet.

      “I don’t feel confident at all, I don’t think he does either. Defensively he’s absolutely outstanding. Harry Maguire the ball back to David De Gea yesterday, he makes mistakes, he made one at Newcastle too.

      “They’ve got big problems do Manchester United, I know they’ve started the season well but I think yesterday the cracks started to appear.”

    • Jon Boon

      BAD WEEKEND FOR UNITED

      While the men's team were edged out by Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Manchester United's women's team were thrashed at the Leigh Sports Village.

      The Red Devils were thrashed 6-1 at home to rivals Chelsea, with Aussie striker Sam Kerr among the goals netting a double.

      The shocking defeat put an end to Manchester United's winning start to the campaign, having won their opening two games.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      ACTION AREAS

      Manchester United enjoyed the majority of the ball in yesterday's defeat to Aston Villa.

      But the action areas from the match, courtesy of Opta, show that almost half of the game was played in the middle third of the pitch.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      SANCHO STRUGGLES

      Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoken about Jadon Sancho's slow start to life at Manchester United.

      The 21-year-old has failed to score or provide an assist in seven games for the Red Devils.

      Watzke told Sport, via Fabrizio Romano: "I love Jadon Sancho. When you see him playing you get tears in your eyes.

      "It hurts my soul that he is given so little consideration… I think his problem is that he’s not set in the English national team."

      Credit: PA
    • Giacomo Pisa

      NOT GOOD ENOUGH

      Former Premier League footballer Michael Gray isn't confident that Manchester United have got what it takes to challenge for the Premier League title.

      Gray said on talkSPORT: "This squad, when it’s depleted, still isn’t up there with the best in the Premier League.

      "Wan-Bissaka, he’s the best defender in the Premier League in a one v one situation, but his distribution with the ball, with the ball at his feet he wouldn’t get a game in League Two.

      "When I watch him play, he never looks comfortable with the ball at his feet. 

      "I don’t feel confident at all I don’t think he does either. Defensively he’s absolutely outstanding, Harry Maguire the ball back to David De Gea yesterday, he makes mistakes, he made one at Newcastle too. 

      "They’ve got big problems do Manchester United, I know they’ve started the season well but I think yesterday the cracks started to appear."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

      Have a 'butchers' at this.

      It’s the latest in a long line of dubious tributes to Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, writes TRISTAN BARCLAY.

      A mural of the star has been painted to honour his return to the city after 12 years away.

      But fans are claiming the picture outside The Trafford pub looks more like EastEnders character Pat Butcher than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

      And United fans were not afraid to have their say after the club posted a snap of the mural on their Instagram account.

      Fan ‘dipsMUFC’ wrote on Twitter: “Is it me or does that ‘Ronaldo’ mural look more like Pat Butcher? Just missing the earrings.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      RON EXCLUSIVE

      Cristiano Ronaldo wants to hang up his boots at Manchester United when he retires from playing.

      The Portugal star is then keen to go into coaching at the club – which could see him overseeing the progress of his son Cristiano Jr.

      Both he and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are confident he will be able to continue playing at the top level until past his 40th birthday.

      Ronaldo is then tempted to step into a coaching role at the Red Devils where he feels he developed the most after being signed as an 18-year-old by Alex Ferguson.

      And that could then see him guiding Cristiano Jr, who is 11 and has started training at United.

      Cristiano Jr was put through his paces by coaches at United’s Littleton Road training complex in Salford earlier this month.

      Credit: PA

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