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A recap of the day’s latest Man United news with our dedicated blog updates.
The eyes of the world may be on Qatar as the World Cup continues but there's still plenty going on at Manchester United to keep us entertained.
Following the Glazers' announcement that they are open to selling United, a whole host of billionaires have registered their interest in purchasing the club.
MEN Sport has already revealed both Lord Jim O'Neill and Zara founder Amancio Ortega are considering a move, with the end of the Glazer family's 17-year reign at Old Trafford ostensibly edging ever closer.
With just over a month to go until the January transfer window opens, transfer talk is also beginning to dominate the Old Trafford agenda. Cody Gakpo was considered by the club in the summer before Erik ten Hag secured a deal for Brazilian winger Antony, though a move for Gakpo may still be on.
The Netherlands international has been one of the stars at the World Cup so far, notching twice in Louis van Gaal's side's two outings, and it's being reported that the 23-year-old could finally secure a move to M16 in the mid-season window.
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Cody Gakpo has moved to downplay speculation surrounding a possible January transfer but has admitted that 'anything is possible.'
Manchester United are being heavily linked with a move for the Netherlands' World Cup star in the new year following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portguese's contract was mutually terminated last week following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he said he had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.
His exit leaves United with only Marcus Rashford and the injury-prone Anthony Martial as central attacking options so they may be forced to enter the January market despite initially planning to only move for a new striker in the summer. Gakpo primarily plays on the flanks for PSV Eindhoven but has impressed up-front at the World Cup, scoring fine goals against both Senegal and Ecuador.
Here's what he said.
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Rashford has spoken out on Ronaldo's departure from Old Trafford:
It has been an unbelievable experience to play with him
Click here to read what the England international had to say in full about his former teammate >>>
Becks will come with a consortium. I saw Becks last night at the [England vs USA] game, I went to the England game and we were sat next to each other. He smelt beautiful, looked beautiful. He looked a million dollars, as he normally does.
Click here to read what Ferdinand had to say about Beckham's involvement in a potential takeover >>>
As reported by the MEN, Osimhen is wanted by United, as he showed off his goalscoring prowess with Napoli this season. The 23-year-old has scored 10 goals in 14 games in all competitions and his overall record for the club reads 38 goals in 76 matches.
Osimhen has an equally impressive tally at international level for Nigeria (15 goals in 23 appearances) and before his €75million (£64.6m) arrival in Serie A, the Lagos-born frontman also caught the eye in France with Lille.
Sky Germany's Florian Plettenberg has now reported that he is 'one of the top targets' for United, but the transfer fee unsurprisingly could prove to be a potential stumbling block.
The 'collar up' look is only reserved for one man, and Fernandes is all too aware of that.
With Ronaldo's departure, the urgency to recruit another centre forward has certainly ramped up a notch.
There is no denying the 37-year-old was not at his best for United this season, yet the gap he leaves behind in the club’s front-line is still rather sizeable.
So what direction does Ten Hag take things in with his next signing to replace Ronaldo up front?
Click here to find out more on what looks set to be a pivotal decision in the Dutchman's tenure >>>
He may well be the only player at the World Cup without a club, but that surely won't stay that way for very long.
After Ronaldo's premature exit from Old Trafford, Neville has spoken to Sky Sports about where he sees the 37-year-old going next:
I think he'll get to the end of the season and then think about the next two years and what his last football project might look like. Is it in the US? Is it in the Middle East? Is it somewhere else in Europe where he's not played before?
Click here to read what Neville had to say in full about Ronaldo's future after the World Cup >>>
Well, I am not sure many people expected the Cristiano Ronaldo replacement to have this much emphasis on long-term planning…
Although it may not be the news of a centre-forward addition that many were hoping for, Ten Hag's eye for the future appears to have potentially spotted another gem.
Click here to find out all about Princewill Ehibhatiomhan and why he is on trial at the club >>>
The Atletico Madrid man has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a while now, as the latest news now sees United looking to rival Chelsea for his signature.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Felix could be the latest arrival at United as they look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and reinforce their attacking options.
The Portugal international scored with an exquisite chip during their 3-2 win against Ghana, and now it seems that Erik ten Hag is hoping to have Felix bring that goalscoring form to Manchester.
Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 last night as they looked to put the shocking 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia well and truly behind them.
It took a while to find the breakthrough, but superb strikes from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez in the second-half saw the South American side claim all three points.
At the back, Martinez was a rock for his nation as he helped them keep their first clean sheet of the tournament. After being left on the bench for the opening defeat, it seems as if the United man has now firmly cemented his spot in the starting XI.
Click here to read about Martinez's dominant performance and what Garnacho had to say about it >>>
United have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with PSV Eindhoven sensation Cody Gakpo.
Football Insider claim United already have an agreement in place with the Dutch forward but still need to work on completing a deal with his club.
Gary Neville admits he regrets not speaking out sooner against the Glazers' ownership of Manchester United as the family considers selling the club.
You can read his quotes here.
United are in the hunt for a new striker, but Fabrizio Romano insists there are no talks at the moment for Jonathan David.
“Jonathan David is a player I really rate, and I’ve said he could be a good option for Manchester United. He’s now being linked with the club, but how reliable is the story?” Romano told CaughtOffside.
“It’s normal for top players to be linked with Man Utd, but at the moment there are no negotiations ongoing for David. He’s well known by United scouts of course but there are no talks ongoing at the moment.
“I’m sure he will continue to attract interest from many top clubs.”
Casemiro admits he is "sad" to see Cristiano Ronaldo leave Old Trafford but has wished him the best for the future.
“I haven’t exchanged any messages with him, but Cristiano Ronaldo is a player with great experience, and he knows what’s best for his career,” he said. “Of course we are sad a player like him is leaving because we are talking about one of the best players of all time."
He added, smiling: “I wish him all the best in his football career – except when he plays against me – but I wish him all the best.”
Gary Neville believes anyone who wants to buy United should have to deliver a manifesto to fans.
"I think what Manchester United fans need to see is a manifesto from the new owners," Neville told Sky Sports. "Manchester United can't be handing over to an owner that basically screams against what the club stands for or what the club wants. So there are manifesto pledges that I think are really important – like the fan voice, the fan experience, and maybe even positions for fans on the board.
"But the sporting project needs to improve. What is it going to be? Are the new owners not going to take dividends? Are they going to make sure it's a debt-free football club and that they're re-investing? Maybe there's a new stadium that needs to be built or a new training ground.
"These are pledges I can think of off the top of my head that are really important for anybody bidding for Manchester United. It's a manifesto that needs to be put forward so that the fans can understand.
"There are going to be many bids in the many billions and I think if the Glazers want to exit in the right way, it would be to sell it to a party that isn't only the highest bidder, but if they can get parties near the end to get to a figure they like, then it would be very nice for them to put something forward to the season-ticket holders.
"Because the reality of it is, if the Glazers want to do this right, they have to make sure the club is going to a party whereby the fans don't believe they're being lumped with another owner they don't like."
There is a common misconception about Rodrigo Possebon.
Older Manchester United supporters will remember a highly talented player whose career was cut short following a horrific challenge in only his third senior appearance for the team.
It is true to a degree, but it doesn't quite tell the full story.
You can read the full story here.
United are considering signing a new striker in the January window following Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from the club.
ESPN focuses on United's search for reinforcements, claiming that Cody Gakpo and Rafael Leao are two of the names on the list.
Ten Hag has asked for a selection of forwards to be monitored in case one becomes available in the next window, and he remains concerned that Ronaldo's exit will leave him short of options for the second half of the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is free to sign for any club, and it seems like a move to Saudi Arabia could be on the cards.
CBS report that Ronaldo has been offered a three-year deal worth £186m by Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.
You'd do well to find too many United fans who have enjoyed the Glazers' reign, and there have definitely been more lows than highs.
That said, one moment in particular that stands out more than any when it comes to low points is the European Super League debacle.
United were by no means the only English club to come out of the saga looking pretty pathetic, but that was perhaps one of the watershed moments in the Glazers' 'relationship' with United fans.
Read more here.


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