OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER'S reign at Manchester United is hanging by a thread, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The question is when not if he will be sacked by the club.

And Brendan Rodgers is reportedly the favourite to take the job should Solskjaer be dispensed with.

This comes after Tottenham snapped up Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane privately ruled himself out of contention.

In another SunSport exclusive, Paul Pogba could have played his final game for United.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has revealed he TURNED DOWN the chance to manage Manchester United.

The legendary Arsenal boss, whose rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson was infamous, could have gone to Real Madrid or Barcelona as well.

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

  • Justin Lawrence

    RON PRACTICE

    Former Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo practices his goal celebrations before games.

    Rummenigge says he once saw Ronaldo when visiting Juventus' changing room before the Portuguese ace returned to Old Trafford.

    Rummenigge told Football Italia: “He was preparing the gestures for a goal celebration and we started laughing.

    "I told him: ‘What are you doing?’ and he said: ‘How will I celebrate when I score the next one?'”

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT HAPPY

    Gary Neville has slammed Premier League bosses for decision to not support homeless charity Shelter.

    Top-flight clubs were hoping to back Shelter’s #NoHomeKit initiative by all wearing their change kits on Boxing Day.

    However, while the Football League has confirmed their support, the Premier League has said it goes against their rules.

    Their stance infuriated Neville who raged on Twitter: "Imagine refusing a request to raise money and awareness for homelessness."

    But the ex-United star reckons Prem sides can change the league's bosses mind and force them to 'u-turn' like prime minister Boris Johnson.

    Neville added: "A Johnson-like U-turn on its way if the clubs push hard!"

  • Justin Lawrence

    SHAW'S IDOL

    Manchester United ace Luke Shaw has revealed that ex-Chelsea star Ashley Cole was his idol growing up.

    Cole was the Blues' No.1 left-back when Shaw was a kid, and the sight of him bombing up and down the wing at Stamford Bridge was a huge inspiration for the United defender.

    Shaw told Fan Nation: "With Ashley Cole, I looked up to him. He was one of the best left-backs in the world for a number of years.

    “(He) obviously played for England and I used to go to Chelsea games when I was younger and watch him and with me being a left-back.

    "I always looked up to him and wanted to be like him because if I could be anything like him then you know you are doing something right."

  • Justin Lawrence

    LIN WIN

    Manchester United star Victor Lindelöf isn't phased by the criticism aimed at the club.

    United have been under scrutiny for their poor displays this season but Lindelof expects such pressure when playing for a big club such as the Red Devils.

    He told Aftonblade: “When you play for United, there will always be a lot of media coverage. It goes up and down in football.

    “We have performed very well in football as well. If you get some bad results, clearly a lot is written. Internally, we’re just trying to work hard and try to reverse the bad results.

    “We have not got the results and performed as we wish. It hasn’t been the best possible, but that’s the way it is in football. It’s about coming back and working harder.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOP BOY 

    MANCHESTER UNITED have made Brendan Rodgers their top target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it’s been claimed.

    The Norwegian’s long-term future at Old Trafford is still in major doubt, despite the brass’ seemingly unwavering faith in him.

    But embarrassing defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have reportedly prompted the Red Devils to identify potential replacements for their former striker.

    And the Daily Star claims club chiefs want Leicester City boss Rodgers to take charge of the Old Trafford dugout.

    And they’re said to be confident of acquiring his services.

    It’s claimed a release clause in Rodgers’ contract – which permits him to leave for a Champions League club – has given United confidence in landing their man.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RADISH RASH

    Marcus Rashford has teamed up with Aldi for its Christmas campaign as it pledged to donate £1.8 million meals to families over the festive period.

    The ad, styled on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, features returning favourite Kevin the Carrot alongside new character "Ebanana" Scrooge and the voice of Rashford.

    Speaking on the ad, Rashford said: "As a family, we relied on the local food bank to get our Christmas dinner. To this day, I remember queuing outside that building with mum, mum feeling embarrassed that she might be recognised.

    "It is with that in mind that I'm delighted to lend my support to the Aldi campaign.

    "For many children in situations like mine growing up, there is very little expectation around this time of year; add the impact of the pandemic and the very least they deserve is a Christmas dinner."

  • Chisanga Malata

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Anthony Martial is on Juventus' wish-list and Marcus Rashford insists United's under-fire players are as hungry for success as ever.

    France frontman Martial is one of the players under a harsh spotlight after the Red Devils dropped to sixth in the Premier League.

    And he's thought to be a back-up option for Juve, along with Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, if the Italian giants lose the fight to sign Serbia superstar Dusan Vlahovic.

    Edinson Cavani, 34, is reportedly under consideration by Barcelona.

    Meanwhile, Rashford pledged United's squad will fight to transform their stuttering form as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under pressure.

    The England striker said: “I know at the moment we’re in a difficult patch but the desire and ambition never changes.

    “The Man United team is the Man United team, and we all play for the badge and the club, something for me I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid."

    Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers is now the 5/6 bookies’ odds-on favourite to succeed Solskjaer.

    Finally, we put together a list of five clubs Cristiano Ronaldo could join should he decide to exit Old Trafford next summer.

    Aside from Manchester City, old club Real Madrid and PSG, Ron's original club Sporting Lisbon and David Beckham's Inter Miami are possible options.

    Credit: AP
  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE KEEN ON MARTIAL AND LACAZETTE

    Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are both reportedly being targeted by Juventus if they fail to land Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Old Lady are battling both Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the Serbian striker from Fiorentina.

    The 21-year-old is out of contract in 2023 and has so far resisted penning an extension, leading to speculation he could soon be departing for £68million.

    Juventus are desperate to snatch him from their Serie A rivals – however they have also allegedly drawn-up a list of five potential alternatives.

    Calciomercato claims boss Max Allegri has identified both Manchester United outcast Martial and Arsenal’s Lacazette as other options.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ROD STEWART BLASTS 'DISRESPECTFUL' RONALDO

    If footie fan Rod puts Celtic and Scotland first, he’s always taken a keen interest in Man United.

    This goes back to the incredible Busby Babes, the young team nurtured by legendary Scots manager Matt Busby in the Fifties. 

    Eight players were killed in the devastating 1958 Munich air disaster.

    So, what’s Rod’s take on the return of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford?

    “Oh, it’s wonderful, it’s everywhere you go,” he says.

    “But I’m a little disturbed that he was on the touchline the other night, taking over from Ole (manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer).

    “He’s got to stop that, it’s very disrespectful.

    “One manager, one player!”

    And it looks like Ronald is set to be snubbed for a 'dream' Manchester United coaching role – both now and in the future.

    As revealed by SunSport earlier this season, the star wants to end his playing career at Old Trafford and then step into a backroom staff role.

    Senior figures within the club insist he was brought back exclusively as a player – and recognise he could still have plenty more seasons in the tank which would see him play into his 40s.

  • Ian Tuckey

    5 CLUBS RON COULD JOIN

    Cristiano Ronaldo has several options available to him if he decides to quit Manchester United at the end of the season.

    The Portuguese, 36, is reportedly open to leaving if United fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

    And with the Red Devils struggling at present and six points off the top four, CR7 could be heading for an early exit.

    But given he still has a burning desire to win the big trophies, that could mean he stays in Europe and possibly even England.

    He was linked to Manchester City in the summer and could make a daring switch across the city, or perhaps return to one of his former employers.

    Here are five clubs Ronaldo could join if he leaves Old Trafford:
    MANCHESTER CITY
    REAL MADRID
    PSG
    SPORTING LISBON
    INTER MIAMI

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL LOWDOWN ON THESE POTENTIAL MOVES

  • Ian Tuckey

    JU BEAUTIES

    Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are both reportedly being targeted by Juventus if they fail to land Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Old Lady are battling both Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the Serbian striker from Fiorentina.

    The 21-year-old is out of contract in 2023 and has so far resisted penning an extension, leading to speculation he could soon be departing for £68million.

    Juventus are desperate to snatch him from their Serie A rivals – however they have also allegedly drawn-up a list of five potential alternatives.

    Calciomercato claims boss Max Allegri has identified both Manchester United outcast Martial and Arsenal’s Lacazette as other options.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ZLATAN IBRAHI-MOVIE

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic declared ‘the wait is over’ as he unveiled the poster for the movie about his journey to the summit of football.

    ‘I Am Zlatan’ tells the story of the Swedish legend’s rise in the beautiful game, starting from his childhood and focusing on his time with Ajax.

    Uploading the movie poster on Twitter, the ex-Manchester United and PSG striker told fans: “When you come out of nowhere, you have to fight for everything.

    “November 11, the wait is over…”

    The film stars numerous actors as Ibrahimovic over the course of many years.

    And super-agent Mino Raiola is even portrayed in the piece.

    Ibrahimovic scored 48 goals in 110 games for Ajax, where he faced questions over his ability before gaining a huge move to Juventus in 2004.

    Now 40, he is still doing the business in a second spell with AC Milan.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD STARS 'DON'T SEEM TO CARE'

    John Arne Riise has blasted Manchester United players for 'not seeming to care' while defending his Norwegian compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Red Devils boss is under mounting pressure after his side's latest Old Trafford embarrassment, this time at the hands of Manchester City, on Saturday.

    But Liverpool icon Riise, 41, believes that United's players should be taking a long, hard look at themselves.

    He told talkSPORT: "I do feel for him, as a person, of course, but he’s stepped into one of the biggest jobs in the world.

    "And when things are not going well, like they are now, it’s so easy to learn and manage it but, at the same time, I’ve watched the last three or four games of Man Utd and the attitude from the players – you can’t always blame the manager for everything.

    "Look at the aggression, the tightness, the willingness to fight for the club – it’s not there from the players, and that annoys me because like, myself, I was not the most technical player, but at least I gave 110%, no matter how I was playing.

    "Look at the Man Utd players now, they don’t seem to care."

    Riise, who won the Champions League during his seven years at Anfield, doesn't think that the likes of Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher would have put up with slipping standards.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASHFORD: UTD AMBITIONS STILL THE SAME

    Marcus Rashford insists Manchester United’s players are not lowering their standards despite fading form.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under rising pressure after Saturday’s 2-0 derby home loss to City dropped United to sixth.

    But striker Rashford said: “Those things remain the same whether you’re in good spells or bad spells.

    “I know at the moment we’re in a difficult patch, but the desire and ambition never changes.

    “The Man United team is the Man United team, and we all play for the badge and the club, something for me I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.

    “And for the players that we sign, they see Manchester United as the great club it is and they want to give everything they can for the badge.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WENGER: EVERYONE WAS SCARED OF FERGIE

    Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on his iconic rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The duo did battle 49 times across 17 years as Arsenal and Manchester United duelled at the top of the English game.

    They certainly didn't always see eye to eye, with their relationship turning 'toxic' at times.

    And in the 'Arsene Wenger: Invincible' documentary, Wenger says: "Alex Ferguson was the dominant figure in English football.

    "Everyone was scared of him, from the press to the referees.

    "I thought that's a good opportunity for me to show that it's not only in England that you know how to play football. I was ready for the fight.

    "It was sometimes very aggressive, especially after the games.

    "When you're fighting to win, you are two lions. Your only one desire is to eat the lion who is against you.

    "I was not scared of anybody in football."

    Wenger managed to win three league titles during his 22-year tenure at Arsenal, while Ferguson managed an incredible 13 at United.

    The Scot also had the better of their 49 clashes, winning 23 of them compared to Wenger's 16, with ten draws.

    During the documentary, Ferguson admits: "It became toxic for a while.

    "The big change that made Arsenal was reinventing [Thierry] Henry. And the goals… he was fantastic.

    "You're always looking in the rear-view mirror to see who's coming up behind you, and when you see someone you accelerate.

    "Arsenal were catching us up, and their team was good enough to go above us, there's no question about that."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'CAVANI AND STERLING ON BARCA LIST'

    Barcelona are desperate to add some firepower when the transfer window opens in January.

    Marca claim the ailing giants are targeting a trio of forwards this winter, with Timo Werner, Edinson Cavani and Raheem Sterling on the wishlist.

    Barca are languishing ninth in LaLiga and recently sacked manager Ronald Koeman after a woeful start to the season.

    Club legend Xavi has been brought in to steady the ship but his transfer options will be limited with the club in a dire financial state.

    The Catalans are struggling under a mountain of debt and any signings in January are likely to rely on players leaving too.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MICKEY 'SO HAPPY' AS HE BEATS CANCER

    Mickey Thomas has revealed he is cancer free.

    The former Manchester United, Chelsea and Wales winger was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus almost two years ago. 

    The 65-year-old admitted it was touch and go whether he would survive.

    But he has made a miraculous recovery after life-saving surgery to remove the tumor. 

    And Thomas announced on social media he has won his battle after his latest six-monthly check-up.

    Thomas tweeted: “Great result yesterday – after CT scan my results came back and now I’m cancer free. So happy.”

    Thomas also played for Everton and Wrexham — where he blasted a memorable free-kick goal in a famous FA Cup giant-killing of Arsenal in 1992.

    The former attacking midfielder admitted it has been a tough period in his life but shared his thanks to his friends and family, as well as the football community, for the support he has received.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CAVANI HAPPY TO BE BOOKED

    Edinson Cavani has swapped Manchester United's childish mistakes for kids' literature – by writing a book for youngsters, writes STEVE GOODMAN.

    The Uruguay ace has witnessed the Red Devils' recent humiliations against arch-rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

    Cavani, 34, is currently sidelined with a tendon injury.

    But the striker has done his bit to raise morale in his South American home country by bringing out children's book La Luz de mi Nombre.

    Translated as The Light Of My Name, it is inspired by the striker's part near-namesake – US inventor Thomas Edison.

    Cavani said: "It is all related to the fact I was named after a very famous person in Thomas Edison.

    "He was a global genius, who invented the light bulb, and that is why the book has its name.

    "It is about a curious and innocent young boy discovering life.

    "I want to leave something behind, to offer a message of hope to poor children in every country.

    "Knowing their identities will help them safely follow the paths of their lives."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASHFORD: UTD AMBITIONS STILL THE SAME

    Marcus Rashford insists Manchester United's players are not lowering their standards despite fading form.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under rising pressure after Saturday's 2-0 derby home los to City dropped United to sixth.

    But striker Solskjaer said: "Those things remain the same whether you’re in good spells or bad spells.

    “I know at the moment we’re in a difficult patch, but the desire and ambition never changes.

    “The Man United team is the Man United team, and we all play for the badge and the club, something for me I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid,” Marcus said.

    “And for the players that we sign, they see Manchester United as the great club it is and they want to give everything they can for the badge."

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVENTUS 'EYE MARTIAL'

    Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are both reportedly being targeted by Juventus if they fail to land Dusan Vlahovic.

    The Old Lady are battling both Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the Serbian striker from Fiorentina.

    The 21-year-old is out of contract in 2023 and has so far resisted penning an extension, leading to speculation he could soon be departing for £68million.

    Juventus are desperate to snatch him from their Serie A rivals – however they have also allegedly drawn-up a list of five potential alternatives.

    Calciomercato claims boss Max Allegri has identified both Manchester United outcast Martial and Arsenal’s Lacazette as other options.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEW BROOM… OFF THE PITCH

    EXCLUSIVE – Man Utd are trying to polish up far more than their stumbling first team stars.

    While most focus has been on the team’s one step forwards, two steps back campaign, staff behind the scenes have been working since summer to revamp the face of the club.

    In August word came from the top that the Glazers, after talks with outgoing chief executive Ed Woodward, wanted to spruce up Old Trafford and Carrington.

    The training ground and, in particular, the stadium are showing signs of wear and tear.

    Club employees have been insisting for over 12 months that some infrastructure had fallen into disrepair due to the pandemic shutdown.

    So staff were set to work on a tidy-up campaign with the in-house title of Project Shine.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    OLE TRAFFORD

    Former Manchester United star Kleberson has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and argues the players are to blame for the recent bad form.

    Hetold Paddy Power: “If you go back to the Liverpool game, when Manchester United lost, everyone was saying that it's time to change the manager.

    "The team wasn’t playing well, but United responded incredibly against Tottenham Hotspur. And now, after the Manchester City defeat, people are asking for a managerial change again.

    “People have been asking questions about Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s future for a long time, but in my opinion, he’s done a good job, and has done exactly what he’s been asked to do.

    "It’s a difficult task to manage this club and get the best out of the team every week.

    “When Manchester United are playing well, it's because the entire team are performing highly and demonstrating their quality. Obviously, the players are a big part in that, but the manager is too."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ODDS SHIFT

    Brendan Rodgers is the bookies' odds-on favourite to become the next Manchester United manager.

    The current Leicester boss is priced at 5/6 with Betfair to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils slumped to another high-profile defeat.

    In a matter of days Rodgers' odds have been slashed from 4/1 to being the odds-on market leader.

    United were outclassed by their rivals as Man City cruised to a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.

    With Norwich sacking Daniel Farke and Aston Villa axing Dean Smith, Solskjaer is leading the Premier League sack race.

    The Norwegian tactician is odds-on with Betfair at 4/9 to be sacked.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHANGE IS GOOD

    Jadon Sancho is reportedly being trialled as a right-back in Manchester United training.

    The £73million-signing made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund as a skilful winger and assist king.

    But the 21-year-old has struggled to hold down a starting role at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s chaotic Red Devils.

    There is hope yet for the England man if he does end up deployed on the right of a 3-5-2 formation.

    Here SunSport takes a look at some of the biggest names in world football to have made a new position their own, including Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TCH AND GO

    Monaco sensation Aurelien Tchouameni says he is flattered by recent transfer speculation linking him with moves to Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

    The 21-year-old, who signed from Bordeaux in January 2020, enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1 last season and has emerged as one of Europe’s best young midfielders.

    He told L’Equipe: “When I started in Bordeaux, the media were already wondering every summer if Aurelien Tchouameni was going to move to a bigger club.

    “It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it. In 2018, they were already talking about Juventus or Milan.

    “I know for a fact that what is true in October is not necessarily what’s true in June. If I start to think that I’m going to leave, it will show directly in my performances on the pitch.

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