City open door to stunning deal, Superstar told to make Man United move, Van De Beek sends Solskjaer message, Greenwood to be a beast, Target admits he wants trophies
Van De Beek sends Solskjaer message, Door open for Messi deal, Greenwood to be a beast, Ramos told to make United move, Rice wants trophies in Manchester United roundup…
Donny van de Beek says he is comfortable playing wherever Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs him in Manchester United’s midfield.
Since his move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer move, Van De Beek has been in the healdines for all the wrong reasons as he simply has not been able to nail down a regular starting spot in the side, and has made his feelings known.
However, he was impressive in the 4-1 Champions League victory over Istanbul Basaksehir, where Bruno Fernandes scored twice in the opening 20 minutes as United dominated in midfield, and Van de Beek said he is happy to play further back should that be what Solskjaer requires.
“It worked really well,” Van de Beek told MUTV . “Some games I play No.10 and sometimes the coach needs me in the control position. That is fine for me because before, when I played at Ajax, I was playing in those positions, so it is okay.”
“It was a good reaction from the away game. [To win] 4-1 at home I think you can be happy.
“The first half was really good especially the first 30 minutes and we played nice football and scored nice goals. In the second half we lost too many balls and gave them some chances but the last five minutes we controlled the game again.
“We had some chances in the second half to make the fourth goal before we did but we lost too many balls, and then the control of the game you lose that. It was not good from our side.”
Long-term Manchester United target Declan Rice admits winning trophies is “important” to him.
It is no secret that Rice is one of the most in-demand players in the Premier League and is being chased by all the Leagues biggest clubs after a stunning couple of seasons has turned him into a top-class holding midfielder.
United are currently one of the clubs leading the chase to get a transfer deal done for the Englishman in the coming windows, although that massive £80 million asking price that the Hammers have placed on the head of Rice will be a stumbling block for a deal to be completed.
But West Ham’s star man, 21, gave another hint over his thinking when he told the Sky Sports website: “As a footballer you only get one career and it goes by very quick.”
“You want to be successful for club and country. I think it’s an important thing to win trophies.
“There’s talk of Harry Kane at Spurs and what he should be doing, obviously he can do whatever he wants.
“He’s going to win trophies we all know that. I think that’s something I want to aim for as well.
“I’m only 21 but to get those highs of your career you need to win stuff and that’s what I want to do.”
Mason Greenwood is “going to be a beast”, according to Rio Ferdinand, who has compared him to Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The 19-year-old scored 17 goals to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side earn a third-place Premier League finish and make it through to three semi-finals, forming one-third of a fearsome attacking triumvirate alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
However, this season ha not gone to plan just yet and he has struggled to hit the form that made him such an exciting player to watch last season, with the headlines in the media hitting all the wrong notes.
However, Ferdinand sees similarities between the young forward and Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals in 219 games for the Red Devils, and thinks he is destined for stardom because of his natural instincts in the final third.
The United legend told BT Sport of Greenwood’s potential after his latest European display: “He looked very sharp. The passing forward in the No.10 spot, Van de Beek coming in there, and it just again showed his difference. Daniel James looked impressive when he came on too.
“He’s going to be a beast to go with the technique he’s got, the understanding, his spatial awareness, he plays off both feet.
“I want to go and watch training. That’s what he gets out of me. I want to go and watch his technique, him lashing balls into the back of the net.
“We talk about Ruud van Nistelrooy, it excites you when you see finishers that finish aggressively, but with precision. He has that in abundance.”
Manchester City have reportedly decided against making a move for Manchester United target Lionel Messi, La Liga TV presenter Semra Hunter reports.
It is no secret that Messi is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months, as his performance levels have dropped and he has constantly been linked with a move to the Premier League.
City have been made the favourites to get a transfer deal done, as Pep Guardiola is the boss of the club, but United have long admired Messi and would love to add him to their squad in the coming windows.
Now the Red Devils have been given a big boost in their chase, as Hunter claims that City are put off by the Barcelona superstar’s age, while the financial side of any potential deal – with Messi’s contract expiring in 2021 – also a concern.
She told Sky Sports: “I have it on good authority from someone close to the situation that Manchester City are not going to bid for Lionel Messi.
“Based on the information I have, as of today, that door is closed.
“They have two reasons for this: age and finances. Talking about age, he is heading into the twilight years of his career and you’ll be bringing on board a Messi that is different to what we’ve seen for the last 17 years with Barcelona. Even he himself has said that he is getting closer to the dreaded r-word of retirement more so than anyone cares to admit.
“That goes hand-in-hand with finances because even though he would be able to join for free, his wages are astronomically high – he is earning about 100m euros-a-year. That would be a huge financial burden for any club to take on, especially given the fact that we are in the middle of a global pandemic.”
Dimitar Berbatov has told Sergio Ramos has been told a move to Manchester United “would work out well”
Regarded as one of the finest defenders over the past decade, Ramos has been in the transfer headlines alot over the past few days after news broke that he is struggling to agree a new contract with the Spanish giants.
That has led to speculation that a move away from the Spaniards is on the cards, with the Premier League listed as a possible destination for a player that ha swon pretty much everything in the game.
Manchester United are seeking to add an experienced defender to that squad in the coming windows and have been linked with a move for the player, as they seek to get back into the habit of winning titles.
And amid all the speculation, Berbatov has opened up and told Ramos that a move to Old Trafford would work out well for him, Berbatov told Betfair: “I’m sure if Ramos wanted to move to a club like United then it would work out well for him.
“He’s in great shape, he’s still a world-class defender and in my opinion there’s still a lot of football left in him.”
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