Man Utd news LIVE: Ronaldo nets international hat-trick, Varane injury BLOW, Van de Beek to Juventus transfer

CRISTIANO RONALDO was at it again as the Portugal skipper netted an international hat-trick against Luxembourg.

CR7 struck twice from the spot early in the contest, before netting his third late in the second period.

Meanwhile, Donny Van de Beek is a transfer target for Juventus after falling out of favour at Manchester United.

The Dutch midfielder has shown his frustration at being snubbed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench and is ready to force his way out of Old Trafford, according to reports.

Rafael Varane limped out of France's win over Italy on Sunday – and Man Utd are set to be without the centre-back for the next few weeks.

SunSport can also reveal that United could accept £15million for Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    RON TRIPLE LEADS PORTUGAL ROUT

    International record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, including two early penalties, in Portugal's 5-0 World Cup qualifying romp over Luxembourg.

    Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandez bagged the third on 17 minutes, Alves Palhinha Goncalves struck midway through the second period and Ronaldo made it five near the end.

    Credit: AFP
  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: ENGLAND 1 HUNGARY 1

    Below-par England failed to win a home qualifier for the first time in 21 games but are still three points clear at the top of their World Cup group.

    Hungary winger Roland Sallai tucked home a 24th minute penalty conceded by Luke Shaw's high kick – after the early exchanges had been marred by violence off the pitch involving Hungary fans.

    John Stones bundled in Phil Foden's deep free-kick as England ended the first half well.

    But much-improved Hungary continued to forage and defend effectively after the break, with Harry Kane going off to sum up The Three Lions' frustrating and failed hunt for a winner.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD AND ARSENAL TARGET KESSIE SET FOR AC EXIT

    Manchester United target Franck Kessie looks set to leave AC Milan at the end of the season.

    The midfielder's agent has slammed the Italians for their latest contract offer with his deal running out next summer, amid links to Arsenal, PSG and Liverpool.

    The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after a series of impressive performances.

    With his contract at Milan into the final year, the midfielder's future appears to lie away from the club.

    Milan have offered him a new contract but the midfielder's agent is unimpressed with their initial offer.

    Agent George Atangana told Calciomercato.com: "An important player needs a contract that is up to his standards.

    “There was a formal offer from the club and a request from the agent, but we are talking about figures a long way off what you are referring to [£6.5million a year].

    “For too long people have been saying things in the wrong way. I am sorry for those who read these stories and believe them to be true.”

    United are not the only club chasing Kessie's signature with Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain also interested in the midfielder.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RONALDO & FERNANDES PUT PORTUGAL 3-0 UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo bagged two penalties before Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes made it 3-0 after just 17 minutes at home to Luxembourg tonight.

    And it was Man City's Bernardo Silva who bagged the assist for fellow midfielder Fernandez in this one-sided World Cup qualifier.

    Credit: Getty

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: ENGLAND 1 HUNGARY 1

    England got on top near the end after only edging the earlier exchanges.

    For all the updates and reaction follow our MATCH BLOG HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DERBY BREAKS RECORD

    Manchester United's Women’s Super League duel with City set a new WSL television audience record with 1.1 million viewers tuning in, writes SANDRA BROBBEY.

    The 2-2 derby thriller – watched by 3,797 fans at the Red Devils' Leigh Sports Village home -was also viewed on 114,000 BBC Sport online live streams. 

    And it exceeded BBC One viewing figures for the 800,000 individuals who watched the Citizens crush Everton at Goodison Park in their first game of the season. 

    That game was the first top-flight women’s domestic league fixture to be watched by 800,000 on network television

    The Manchester duel saw Khadija Shaw open the scoring for City shortly after team-mate Georgia Stanway was sent off for a mistimed tackle on Leah Galton.  

    United, playing their first derby under gaffer Marc Skinner, took the lead with two goals in five minutes from Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo.  

    But City, eager to bounce back from a run of three losses in the league, would end up nabbing a point thanks to a late equaliser from Ellen White.  

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT’S UNDER WAY: ENGLAND 0 HUNGARY 0

    England poured forward from the start.

    For all the updates and reaction follow our MATCH BLOG HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FODEN KEEPS PLACE VS HUNGARY

    Gareth Southgate has only retained Andorra’s tormentor Phil Foden and Manchester City team-mate John Stone in an incredibly-attacking England line-up for tonight’s home World Cup qualifier against Hungary

    Foden and Tyrone Mings are the only two who didn’t start the 4-0 win in Hungary last month, with Declan Rice the only defensive midfielder.

    For all the preview news, updates and reaction for the 7.45pm Wembley clash follow our MATCH BLOG HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD LINKED TO INSIGNE

    Manchester United are being linked to Napoli skipper Lorenzo Insigne.

    The italy winger, 30, is out of contract next summer and reportedly wants a pay rise – leading to a stand-off with his Serie A club. 

    Credit: Getty

    Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal are already said to be interested in the Euro 2020 superstar.

    And now Gazzetta Dello Sport suggest United too are pondering a free transfer move for the end of the season.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO HOPES TOON TARGET STERLING AND RICE

    Rio Ferdinand hopes Newcastle build a core of top-class English player like Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, he said: “I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable.

    “I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, ‘What’s going on’.

    “Them two would be the first two on my list, and I’d go all out to go and get them. And then I’d be trying to get people like Jesse Lingard, who’s in and around the Man United squad.’

    “It’s unrealistic until you ask the question. I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO WANTS FURY VS AJ AT OLD TRAFFORD

    Rio Ferdinand has urged 'inspirational' heavyweight superstar Tyson Fury to fight Anthony Joshua.

    And the former Manchester United defender wants the two British boxers to face off in a huge showdown at Old Trafford.

    Fury's sensational stoppage win over Deontay Wilder on Saturday night in Las Vegas underlined his status as the king of the heavyweight division.

    Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel: “That fight for me goes down as one of the best ever. It was unreal. He gets knocked down, gets up, knocks him out.

    “Fury is one of the greatest athletes of our generation. He’s an inspirational guy.

    “I want Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua at Old Trafford. Tyson, get it done! Please get that fight at Old Trafford.”

    The Gypsy King and AJ were on course to face each other in a massive British fight.

    But the showdown fell through after Wilder went through the courts to secure a third fight.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CROCK VARANE FACES WEEKS OUT

    Raphael Varane will be out for a 'few weeks' with a groin injury, Manchester United have confirmed.

    The French defender sustained the issue while playing for his country in the Nations League final.

    Varane appeared to overstretch while competing for a loose ball, and was withdrawn before half-time.

    He returned to Carrington on Tuesday and scans have shown a problem with the groin muscle which will require some weeks to heal.

    A statement from United read: “Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final.

    “He has commenced rehabilitation at the club and he will be out for a few weeks.”

    Les Bleus went on to lift the trophy after beating Spain 2-1.

    But Man United will now likely have to do without their summer signing for the rest of October.

  • Ian Tuckey

    £150m HOWAY KANE?

    Newcastle have been tipped to outbid Chelsea and Manchester City to sign £150million Tottenham star Harry Kane.

    The England captain, 28, revealed he finally wanted to quit Spurs in the summer in a desperate bid to win some silverware.

    The North Londoners eventually slapped a £150m price-tag on Kane‘s head.

    But with Man City splashing out £100m on Kane’s England pal Jack Grealish and Chelsea forking out £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku, Kane was eventually left with nowhere to go.

    Newcastle have been linked with a host of big names since their £300m, Saudi-backed takeover last week – including FOUR Manchester United outcasts and FIVE Serie A stars, among many others.

    And, according to ex-Toon star Darren Ambrose, they could take the lead in the race to sign Kane.

    Ambrose told talkSPORT: “What about Harry Kane?

    “Now I say this because, are Manchester City or Chelsea going to be paying £100m-£120m in the summer.

    “I don’t think they are. I think [City] went to around £130m this summer, so Newcastle will. They will go £150m-£200m.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    DIMITAR AIMS TO BE BULGARIAN FA CHIEF

    Dimitar Berbatov is battling to become the chief of Bulgaria’s Football Association.

    And the ex-Manchester United player is being backed ex-Man City and Aston Villa aces Martin and Stiliyan Petrov for the role. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    VENEZIA POUNCE FOR ROMERO

    Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has finally found a new club after joining Venezia.

    The 34-year-old left the Red Devils in the summer when his contract expired and has held talks with a number of teams.

    Now he has penned a deal with the Italian outfit until June and will be looking to help the 17th-placed Serie A side beat the drop.

    The Argentine stopper also has the option of staying an extra year if everything goes to plan.

    Venezia released a statement confirming the news earlier, staying: “Venezia FC is pleased to announce the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 34, on a free transfer.

    “Romero is Argentina’s all-time most-capped goalkeeper and last played for Manchester United. Welcome, Sergio.”

  • Dylan Terry

    JUVE GOTTA GO

    Juventus have opened talks with Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek over a potential move in January, according to reports.

    The Dutchman, 24, has made just three appearances for the Red Devils so far this season and could escape his Old Trafford nightmare with Juventus eyeing a move in the next transfer window.

    The midfielder made the switch to Old Trafford for £35million from Ajax last August, but has yet to persuade his manager that he deserves regular minutes in a United shirt.

    Serie A looks like the most likely destination for the player, with both Juve and Inter both long-term admirers of van de Beek and seeking to strengthen their midfield options.

    According to La Stampa newspaper, the Old Lady have already opened talks with his agent about a possible move, with club director Federico Cherubini keen to bring the player to Turin.

    But according to Calciomercato.com, any deal could only be a loan with either an option or an obligation to buy, with the club not currently in a position to make the switch permanent.

  • Dylan Terry

    TOV JOB

    Dimitar Berbatov is battling to become Bulgaria’s Football Association chief with clubs in the country voting on who gets the top job.

    And the ex-Manchester United player is being backed ex-Man City and Aston Villa aces Martin and Stiliyan Petrov for the role.

    The former Premier League trio, pictured in their country’s capital Sofia, with Berbatov vying to replace Borislav Mihaylov.

    Mihaylov, 58, who is the current Bulgaria Football Union president, has been in post for the past 16 years.

    The former Uefa executive committee member stepped down from the job after England players were racially abused by fans in Sofia during Euros 2020 qualifier in October 2019.

    However, the ex-Bulgaria goalkeeper would return to the role a year later.

    Reports say Berbatov, 40, is eager to make ‘radical change’ to his homeland’s FA.

    And he is setting his bid around the aim of tackling scandals and corruption that have overshadowed football in the country in recent years.

  • Dylan Terry

    DALOT ON RONALDO

    Manchester United man Diogo Dalot has opened up about what it has been like to play with Cristiano Ronaldo for both club and country.

    He told the club website: "My first memory was when he was at United, that’s when I learnt all about him and really liked the way he played.

    "I’ve spoken many times about Cristiano – he was a big reference for me growing up and then having the opportunity to meet him in the national team, and now being his team-mate. It’s a very good achievement for me too because when you grow up you want to play with the best and, playing with the best, it’s a very proud moment in my career.

    "In our country, everybody knows him, everybody follows him and he’s had a big impact.

    "It’s another level. Something we can’t describe with words, just to enjoy while we still can and he’s still playing. And I’m very happy that he’s here now."

  • Dylan Terry

    ROM RAID

    Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has finally found a new club after joining Venezia.

    The 34-year-old left the Red Devils in the summer when his contract expired and has held talks with a number of teams.

    Now he has penned a deal with the Italian outfit until June and will be looking to help the 17th-placed Serie A side beat the drop.

    The Argentine stopper also has the option of staying an extra year if everything goes to plan.

    Venezia released a statement confirming the news earlier, staying: “Venezia FC is pleased to announce the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 34, on a free transfer.

    “Romero is Argentina’s all-time most-capped goalkeeper and last played for Manchester United. Welcome, Sergio.”

  • Dylan Terry

    HOW COULD ROO?

    Coleen Rooney has revealed she's "forgiven" Wayne for his booze and sex shame antics but admits: "It wasn't acceptable".

    The couple's 13-year marriage has been rocked by a string of drunken scandals that have landed him in the dog house.

    Most recently, the ex-Manchester United legend was pictured in a hotel with Snapchat models after a night out in July.

    But defiant Coleen, 35, says she has forgiven Wayne's boozy behaviour in a new documentary about the England captain.

    The mum-of-four says in an official trailer for Rooney on Amazon Prime: "I knew groups Wayne was hanging around. Together with alcohol…not good.

    "I forgive him but it wasn't acceptable."

  • Dylan Terry

    NEV-ER UNCALLED FOR

    Gary Neville has spectacularly claimed Wayne Rooney ‘threw the odd punch, but never when someone didn’t deserve it’.

    Manchester United legend Rooney, 35, will be he subject of an explosive documentary coming to Amazon Prime in early 2022.

    The show will look at the now-Derby boss’ career on and off the pitch – from his childhood growing up in Croxteth, Merseyside to his turbulent marriage to Coleen.

    And in one incredible clip, former United and England team-mate Neville opens up on Rooney’s aggressive streak.

    During the documentary, Neville claims: “He played like he’s a street kid.

    “Of course, he threw the odd punch… but I never saw him throw a punch when they didn’t deserve it.”

  • Dylan Terry

    NO WAYNE

    Wayne Rooney has incredibly revealed his own dad would ‘give him a slap’ during blazing rows growing up on Merseyside.

    In one clip, Rooney says: “I was brought up to fight… fight for everything. That will never leave me.

    “I grew up in Croxteth. If you’re from there, you don’t think it’s a violent place.

    “I’ve had full on arguments with my dad and he’d give me a slap. I wasn’t the nicest kid. I had a lot of fights when I was younger.”

  • Dylan Terry

    NEXT UP: LEICESTER (A)

  • Dylan Terry

    YOU FER REAL?

    Rio Ferdinand has urged Newcastle to build a core of English players as he told them to sign the likes of Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, he said: "I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable.

    "I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, 'What’s going on'.

    "Them two would be the first two on my list, and I’d go all out to go and get them. And then I’d be trying to get people like Jesse Lingard, who’s in and around the Man United squad.’

    "It’s unrealistic until you ask the question. I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list."

  • Dylan Terry

    ITALIAN JOB

    Newcastle have drawn up a Serie A transfer wishlist, according to reports.

    And one of the stars the Toon have their eyes on is said to be Manchester United target Federico Chiesa.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be keen on United signing Juventus ace Chiesa.

    The pair know each other well having been team-mates at Juve and Ronaldo is said to have been impressed by what he saw from the 23-year-old.

    But his impressive performances for club and country have also attracted Newcastle, according to TuttoSport.

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