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All the latest Manchester United breaking news, injury updates, transfer rumours and manager speculation on Sunday.
There is now less than a week to go until Manchester United get their Premier League campaign back under way.
The Reds, following the conclusion of this current international break, will travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Saturday, looking to take the first step along the road to redemption after last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Before that, however, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to get through the remainder of this international break without any more of his players being lost to injury and amid reported interest in Zinedine Zidane.
Midfielder Paul Pogba and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani have both recently suffered injuries, whilst Luke Shaw, currently with the England squad, was unable to play against Albania on Friday night after suffering a head injury in the Manchester derby last Saturday.
Therefore, Solskjaer will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Portugal's winner-takes-all 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Serbia this evening, with Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo all likely to be in action. The trio all started Portugal's goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland on Thursday evening in Dublin.
Elsewhere, Victor Lindelof is also likely to be in action tonight as Sweden face Spain in what will be another defining match-up in the quest for qualification for next year's tournament in Qatar.
Follow the live blog below for all of the day's breaking United news.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Victor Lindelof are suffering this evening after going through World Cup qualifying agony.
Although the returning five-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored nine goals in 12 games this season, team results for United have seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer come under mounting pressure – with their Premier League title hopes in tatters after only 11 games.
Following alarming defeats to Liverpool and City, which might yet have repercussions for Solskjaer at the Old Trafford helm, this latest international break was set to serve as a welcome distraction.
However, as far as Ronaldo and Lindelof are concerned, it has ultimately brought them more anguish.
Needing a point to qualify for the Qatar finals, Portugal hosted Serbia in their Group A finale – and things were seemingly going to plan when Renato Sanches put the home team 1-0 up inside two minutes.
But there was some real drama to unfold…
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Scott McTominay has been ruled out of Scotland's final World Cup qualifier against Denmark on Monday night.
McTominay, 24, missed the win over Moldova on Friday afternoon due to a throat virus and has not recovered in time for their final Group F fixture.
Steve Clarke's side are already assured of a play-off spot to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar next year, but they will be hoping for a positive result against Denmark in order to boost their hopes of a home draw for the match.
However, any hopes of causing an upset against the Group F winners have taken a blow – after talisman midfielder McTominay was officially ruled out of the match.
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Speaking about Donny van de Beek, there will be no shortage of suitors for him should he move on.
Here are the clubs bookmakers SkyBet are pricing-up to swoop for the United man this January window;
Juventus – 5/1
Newcastle United – 7/1
Everton – 8/1
Inter Milan – 8/1
Wolves – 10/1
Ajax – 16/1
Leeds United – 16/1
Tottenham – 16/1
*Betting odds were correct at 20:45 on Sunday, November 14.
And those players are in action right now.
Arsenal have been urged to sign Donny van de Beek and bring his torrid time at United to an end.
Van de Beek has struggled to force his way into plans ever since making the move to Old Trafford from Ajax last year.
The Dutchman has made just 17 starts in all competitions for United – and has been handed just five appearances so far this season, with three of those coming from the bench.
Despite proving popular with supporters, the 24-year-old appears to firmly be on the fringes of Solskjaer's plans, calling into question his future at the club.
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England manager Gareth Southgate has fired back at pundits criticising his players after Roy Keane became the latest man to direct stinging comments at United captain Harry Maguire.
On Friday night, the Irishman and Old Trafford favourite unleashed a scathing response to Maguire's goal celebration – after he opened the scoring during the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifier against Albania.
The 28-year-old ran to the corner flag cupping his hands to his ears, an action Keane described as embarrassing.
The England boss dismissed criticism of his players as down to pundits needing to "stay relevant", adding: "It depends what you have to do to stay in work."
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Brendan Rodgers has been mooted as one potential successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout.
For now, though, the under-pressure Norwegian remains in post and is set to take charge against Watford.
Here are a few thoughts about the Leicester City manager from talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino;
His style of play and the way he manages teams would be a massive attraction. He had Liverpool for a period and they had an incredible side under Brendan. You couldn't look at him and not think he deserves another opportunity of managing one of the clubs who could win the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains on thin, thin ice as United prepare to return from the international break.
That's reflected in the latest next manager to leave odds – from Grosvenor Sports – as Solskjaer remains favourite.
Here are the other front-runners, as things stand, in the least-envied betting market of them all;
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 2/5
Claudio Ranieri – 7/1
Rafa Benitez – 8/1
Marcelo Bielsa – 14/1
Ralph Hasenhuttl – 14/1
Brendan Rodgers – 16/1
Thomas Frank – 20/1
*Betting odds (subject to change) were correct at 17:52 on Sunday, November 14.
Erik ten Hag insists he's fully committed to Ajax amid links reporting him with a possible move to United.
The 51-year-old has been widely linked with a potential switch to the Premier League – and is reportedly under consideration by United should they decide to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian is expected to lead United for their Premier League match against Watford next weekend, but is under immense pressure after a poor start to the season which featured humiliating home defeats against rivals Liverpool and City.
Ten Hag was also linked with the manager's job at Newcastle before they appointed Eddie Howe as their new coach, but he insists he's fully focused on the task in hand with Ajax.
When asked what he's looking for after his time at Ajax, ten Hag stressed he's fully committed to the Dutch side for as long as they will have him.
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Juventus expect to miss out on the chance to re-sign Paul Pogba next year, according to a report.
Caught Offside cite 'a senior Juventus official' who reportedly stated; "we don’t think it is going to be possible now. Keep an eye on PSG and Real Madrid.”
It's suggested Juventus' stance is influenced by their inability to find a buyer for Aaron Ramsey.
It could be a busy night for United's players.
Tony Cascarino believes Brendan Rodgers would “jump at” the opportunity to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
“I know Brendan would jump at the job,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. “I say, ‘I know’ – Brendan, if he was listening, would probably say, ‘How would you know?’
“But only because [of] his track record of taking on a job when it’s offered to you.
“And Leicester is not a job of the quality of Manchester United, as much as they’ve been an incredible football club, done brilliant things and have got a great squad.
“The attraction of Manchester United is way superior for any manager. That opportunity is a once in a lifetime for Brendan.
“If it isn’t [Zinedine] Zidane, because of other issues – the way he looks at the Premier League – Brendan, I think would jump here.”
Zinedine Zidane is being linked with a move to United should they make a managerial change and amid those rumours previous comments from Raphael Varane have been recirculated.
Speaking earlier in the year Varane piled the praise on the former Real Madrid manager.
“My first reaction is that I feel proud for the last ten years,” he said when quizzed on Zidane earlier in the year.
“He took me from Lens to Real Madrid and I have learned a lot alongside him. He is a coach that has a human side.
“He is a source of inspiration, not only for me but for many players who have met him.
“Seeing him leave is strange for me and for an entire generation of players at Real Madrid.
“It has been a pleasure to work with him, and it would be nice for it to happen again in the future.
“He is a great coach and a great human being.”
United will need to act quick if they wish to sign Aurelien Tchouameni, according to a report.
Marca claim Spanish giants Real Madrid are the latest side to declare their interest in the French midfielder and have joined the race to sign him next year.
Scott McTominay won't feature for Scotland during this international break, Steve Clarke has announced.
The United midfielder missed the win over Moldova with a throat virus and the illness will see him continue his spell on the sidelines.
Clarke said:
“Scott is definitely out. Scott hasn’t recovered enough from his virus."
England manager Gareth Southgate has fired back at pundits criticising his players after Roy Keane became the latest to direct stinging comments at Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.
The former United captain on Friday night unleashed a scathing response to Maguire's goal celebration after he opened the scoring during the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifier against Albania.
It comes after the 28-year-old ran to the corner flag cupping his hands to his ears, an action Keane described as "embarrassing".
The England boss dismissed recent criticism of his players as down to pundits needing to "stay relevant", adding: "It depends what you have to do to stay in work."
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Gareth Southgate has revealed the international clashes against San Marino and Albania came too soon after he suffered a clash with Joao Cancelo last Saturday.
He told reporters on Sunday:
With Mason [Mount] and Luke we ran out of time really, on getting them in with their rehab from the concussion and the operation [Mason Mount's dental surgery."
Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell has talked up the quality of Donny van de Beek and the avenue Arsenal could go down to attract him.
The Dutchman has failed to find his way into the squad and his future continues to draw questions.
But Campbell believes in Van de Beek's talent and could benefit Arsenal.
He told the Highbury Squad YouTube channel:
"There’s been a rumour about van de Beek at Manchester United. It’s (not playing under Solskjaer) not his fault, how is it his fault?
“He was at Ajax, he was unbelievable at Ajax. Gets signed by Manchester United and they won’t play him. I don’t know, I’m just saying it’s a rumour. I only want what’s best for Arsenal and I believe that van de Beek can play if given the opportunity. The boy can play.
“He wants out. You never know, maybe they (Manchester United) might (loan him to Arsenal). At the end of the day, what’s the point of having an unhappy player and obviously, Ole doesn’t fancy him.
“I think this young man has got super ability, has got a great attitude, but he needs to play. He can play anywhere around that midfield, he can play holding, eight and attacking. So again, we’ve got someone who’s versatile.”
Sunday's meeting between Serbia and Portugal marks the first clash between the two nations since Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a clear injury-time winner, leading to the captain furiously throwing his armband on the floor and leaving the field.
Referee Danny Makkelie later apologised for the misdemeanour as the 36-year-old's late strike, which would've surely been the winner, wasn't spotted to see Portugal miss out on two points.
With the narrative set, tonight's game has a lot riding on it as a win for Dragan Stojković's side would seal automatic qualification for next year's World Cup at Portugal's expense. A draw for Fernando Santos' men is enough.
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Manchester United youngsters Dermot Mee and Rhys Bennett have spent the last week training with League One side AFC Wimbledon as part of the club's new Pro Experience Programme.
The United U23's duo were effectively at the club on work experience where they got a proper taste of senior football and an insight into the daily expectations of making it in professional football.
United introduced the new programme last month when they sent two players to Sheffield Wednesday and there are further plans to send more players out throughout the rest of the season.
The club hope these priceless experiences can help the selected youngsters learn just what it takes to perform each week in professional football and also provide a platform to indicate whether or not they are ready for a loan move.
United’s newly appointed head of player development and coaching Justin Cochrane played a central role in establishing the new initiative and he thanked former club Wimbledon for taking part in the programme.
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Former Manchester United winger Nani has revealed that he convinced Bruno Fernandes to join the club.
Nani rejoined Sporting Lisbon in 2018 for his second spell, after first leaving the club in 2007 for United.
The Portuguese star would spend eight years with United, winning four Premier League trophies and one Champions League, before leaving in 2015.
Three years later, he would rejoin the Portuguese club where he started his career, and played alongside rising star Bruno Fernandes.
This season was to be Fernandes' breakout year in which he would command attention from some of the best clubs around the world, having scored 32 goals from central midfield.
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Erik Ten Hag insists he is fully committed to his current role at Ajax amid links reporting him with a possible move to Manchester United.
The 51-year-old has been heavily linked with a potential switch to the Premier League and is reportedly under consideration by United should they decide to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian is expected to lead United for their Premier League match against Watford next weekend but is under immense pressure after a poor start to the season which has featured humiliating home defeats against fierce rivals Liverpool and Man City.
Ten Hag was also linked with the manager's job at Newcastle before they appointed Eddie Howe as their new boss but he insists he is fully focused on the task in hand with Ajax.
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The international break provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the season so far and Manchester United have more to ponder than most after an inconsistent start to the campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under mounting pressure to put things right when United return to action against Watford next weekend but his future is not the only one which is being considered at Old Trafford.
United approached the summer window this year with the intention of trimming the fat off an already bloated squad but after only one permanent sale, Daniel James to Leeds, they began the season hoarding a host of periphery figures who still have no clear role at the club.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot rarely make it onto the pitch anymore and might not be the most appetising players to display in a shop window, but Jesse Lingard certainly is.
Richard Fay writes.
Rio Ferdinand has given his backing to Erik ten Hag as the Ajax boss continues to be linked with Manchester United.
Speculation continues to grow over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford, with the United boss coming under increasing pressure amid a poor run of results.
The latest reports have suggested that the club have narrowed down a shortlist to two candidates to replace Solskjaer, with Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino being heavily linked.
Ten Hag is another name that has been suggested elsewhere, with the 51-year-old having caught the eye after re-establishing Ajax as a force in Europe over the years.
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Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot has opened up on his struggles so far with the club in the Premier League.
Highly rated after being acquired by Jose Mourinho, Dalot joined United with high expectations on his shoulders at the age of just 20.
Now in his fourth year since arriving from Porto, Dalot has only managed 23 league appearances.
However, the Portuguese full-back has largely been away from the pitch due to injury issues and self-admittedly struggling with the physicality of Premier League football.
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Two massive fixtures for Manchester United's representatives tonight on international duty.
David de Gea & Victor Lindelof – Spain vs Sweden
Teammates at club level but opponents on the international stage. De Gea and Lindelof will go head-to-head for the chance to qualify for the World Cup.
Sweden's shock 2-0 defeat to Georgia left them in a difficult position as Spain capitalised on the slip-up, edging past Greece.
Luis Enrique's need to avoid defeat to qualify with the Swedes a point behind.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Serbia (H)
Cristiano Ronaldo trained ahead of Portugal's mammoth clash with Serbia as they know a point will be enough to book their place in the World Cup.
Their draw with the Republic of Ireland on Thursday helped leapfrog tonight's opponents into top spot, but all is not won after the Serbs came from behind to draw last time the two clashed.
You will remember the game fondly for Cristiano's reaction to being denied a winner late on.
The left-back suffered a head injury during the defeat to Manchester City and had to undergo concussion proceedings in order to be passed fit but missed the win over Albania and won't travel to San Marino.
England need a point to qualify for next November's World Cup in Qatar.
Conor Gallagher earned his maiden senior call-up whilst Manchester City duo Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling will also miss out as well as Jordan Henderson and Mason Mount.
Manchester United will not be splashing the cash to rescue their season, according to the Mirror.
The report says:
Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is fast emerging as the manager the beleaguered Reds will attempt to take to Manchester if the Norwegian is sacked.
But the club’s American owners do not feel that spending big when the transfer window opens in ­January will solve the issues that have plunged the Reds into a crisis that was not envisioned.
The Glazer family sanctioned a £126million splurge during the ­summer market in the belief it would guarantee a sustained ­ Premier League title bid and ­progress in the Champions League.
Despite a reluctance to part ­company with another manager, plans have been hastily drawn up to find an alternative.
Antonio Conte’s demands for a £250m budget spread over the next two transfer windows were deemed ­unacceptable, with Zinedine Zidane also looking for assurances over control that United were ­unwilling to give.
It is understood that Solskjaer was told his job was not in ­imminent danger, but that he ­accepts D-Day is now looming.

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