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MANCHESTER UNITED are looking to make more additions, after bringing in Donny van de Beek.

The Dutch ace is the club's first signing of the summer, but could he be joined soon by RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

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  • DUTCH COURAGE

    Paul Merson slammed United's signing of Donny van de Beek as a “panic buy”.

    The Red Devils wrapped up a £39million deal with Ajax this week to land the Dutch midfielder.

    He became the first major incoming of the transfer window – but former Arsenal man Merse is not impressed.

    He told the Daily Star: “Donny van de Beek looks like a panic buy at Manchester United. I don't get it.

    “They just spent £40m on a position where they are already strong and how does he play with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes?

    “You have to have someone who can play the holding role.

    “That signing looked to me like, 'Oh we haven’t bought anyone yet, let’s go and buy someone, who can we get?'”

  • POGBACK AGAIN

    Paul Pogba is reportedly refusing to sign his new contract at Manchester United – as he hopes Juventus will come back in for him in January.

    The £89m buy is out of contract in a year but United have an option to extend that by another season.

    However, now Italian newspaper TuttoSport claim he is now waiting to see if the Turin outfit make a move in the new year when his contract has run down further.

    Pogba spent four years with the Old Lady between 2012 and 2016 and has a strong relationship with boss and former team-mate Andrea Pirlo.

  • FIFA FOES

    The new Premier League season has been simulated on FIFA 21 – but it's not good news for Manchester United and Arsenal fans.

    Both clubs miss out on the top four and Champions League places – United finish in fifth with the Gunners in sixth.

    Liverpool win the title again on 90 points, but this time only three ahead of second-placed Manchester City.

    Tottenham bag third spot on the simulated season, four points behind City on 83.

    Chelsea fans might have been expecting a team including Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell to have finished higher than fourth, however.

  • GOOD MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Dream of Lionel Messi last night?

    Sadly for Red Devils, the Barcelona star is staying put – but the door is open to a mega free transfer next summer.

    Another huge talent, Chris Smalling, is on the verge of sealing an £18million switch from to Roma.

    United were demanding £20m for the defender, but are likely to accept the £18m fee plus bonuses, according to Sky Sports Italy.

    Potential replacement Benoit Badiashile will be staying at Monaco for the forthcoming season after the club reportedly rejected a sizeable bid.

    Monaco boss Niko Kovac has made it clear that he has no plans to sell the defender, and warned United they'll be wasting their time with another bid.

    After a £22m offer was rejected, he said: “We do not want to sell him, that is very clear, he will stay here this season. I think that this is the best solution for him.”

    And United may have to settle for signing Sergio Reguilon on-loan from Real Madrid despite making a £27m offer.

    The Spaniard was believed to be free to leave the Bernabeu this summer after an impressive season-long loan at Sevilla.

    But Reguilon is still under contract until 2023 and highly-rated by club Bernabeu chiefs after coming through the club’s academy.

  • GARETH'S GATE

    Gareth Southgate has admitted he rejected a plea from Harry Maguire to reinstate him into the England squad for tonight’s Iceland clash.

    The England boss axed the Manchester United skipper, 27, having initially called him up to face Iceland and Denmark in Nations League matches.

    But after Maguire appealed against his conviction and a suspended jail sentence, he was free to play and asked Southgate to bring him back.

    Southgate said: “We’ve talked right the way through, very openly and honestly and, of course, Harry would prefer to be here with the team.

    “He wants to play football and he wants to be part of it.

    “But I think with everything that’s gone on in his life in the last couple of weeks, it was so important that he’s been able to let everything just calm down and get some more time on holiday.

    “He now has the chance to re-energise, get back to training with his club and then, all being well, he’ll be with us in October.”

  • GO GET DEM

    Former Manchester United Demetri Mitchell has signed for Blackpool.

    The 23-year-old defender was released by the Old Trafford club in June.

  • YOU HAD ONE ROB

    Robbie Savage reckons Manchester United will finish SECOND in next season's Premier League.

    Writing in his Mirror column, the Welsh pundit put the Red Devils behind champions Liverpool.

    He stated: “I can't wait to see United's midfield three of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and new signing Donny van de Beek supplying the ammunition for Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.

    “Add a world-class centre-back and a top-class goalscorer and they will be the real deal.”

  • DUTCH DELIGHT

    Manchester United newboy Donny van de Beek appeared off the bench as the Netherlands beat Poland to kick off their Nations League campaign.

    The midfielder replaced goalscorer Steven Bergwijn in the 74th minute.

    Elsewhere, Scott McTominay played centre-back in Scotland's 1-1 draw with Israel.

  • LIONHEART

    Gareth Southgate will consider recalling Harry Maguire for October's internationals.

    The Three Lions gaffer was forced to drop the Manchester United captain from his squad following his arrest in Mykonos.

    Southgate admitted he will consider bringing him back next month after allowing him the time to clear his head.

    Asked if he had been in contact with Maguire and was plotting an October call-up, he said: “Yes and yes.

    “We've been in touch right the way through the last two and a half weeks.

    “It's clearly been a really difficult period for him and I think the last few days have been very important for him to relax, get away from all the attention and get a rest.”

  • GREAT SCOT

    We mentioned earlier that Scott McTominay has started for Scotland tonight.

    Nothing unusual there, until you realise he's playing at CENTRE-BACK.

    A very interesting one to watch for United fans.

    Steve Clarke's side lead Israel 1-0 at the break, Ryan Christie scoring a penalty in stoppage time.

  • LOOKING GOOD, MAS!

    Who’s excited to see Mason Greenwood play for England tomorrow night?

  • OH MOY GOD

    Manchester United were close to signing Bayern Munich star Thiago in 2013 but David Moyes vetoed it, according to reports.

    Instead the Scot signed Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.

    Sir Alex Ferguson had set up a £17million deal to sign Thiago, 29, from Barcelona before his retirement, according to ESPN.

    Thiago was said to be keen on a Nou Camp exit in order to play first-team football.

    But Moyes reportedly shut the move down because he did not know enough about the Spanish international.

  • FLYING SCOTSMAN

    Scott McTominay starts for Scotland tonight.

    They face Israel in the Nations League Group B2 opener, live on Sky Sports.

    But there is no Donny van de Beek in the Netherlands XI, with United's new man named on the bench.

  • JAD STILL ON

    Manchester United are still finding a way to sign Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

    ESPN claim only compromises over the winger’s wage and agent fees must be reached.

    Borussia Dortmund want around £108m to let Sancho go, a fee which United do not want to meet but are said to be willing to reach via add-ons.

    Nevertheless, it is thought United bosses are happy to walk away from a deal if the price becomes too much.

  • NOT BENOIT

    Benoit Badiashile will be staying at Monaco for the forthcoming season after the club reportedly rejected a sizeable bid from Manchester United.

    Monaco boss Niko Kovac has made it clear that he has no plans to sell the defender, and warned United they'll be wasting their time with another bid.

    Kovac revealed his stance on Badiashile in an interview with Telefoot Chaine earlier this week.

    He said: “We do not want to sell him, that is very clear, he will stay here this season. I think that this is the best solution for him.

    “He has his club here, his family. He knows the environment.”

  • GARY GOT YOUR BACK

    Gary Neville reckons Manchester United will miss out on the title this season – but still finish above Liverpool.

    However, the former Red Devils star admits that is more out of “hope than science”.

    He told Stadium Astro: “I’m going to go Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

    “But that’s with a little bit of hope rather than science.

    “Finishing third last season was a big moment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That demonstrated progression.

    “I think he has to break that top-two or get close to that top-two and get close to the title. He would have to get close to winning a title by his third season.”

  • KANE MAN

    Harry Kane has talked up Mason Greenwood's abilities as the pair settle into England duty together.

    The Tottenham striker said: “Mason has been great.

    “You can tell he is full of confidence as a player, he is not afraid to shoot, not afraid to take players on and that is exactly what we want.

    “As a goalscorer people use the phrase: 'He is a natural goalscorer', and I guess it is just one of those things, you work a lot on being in the right place at the right time.

    “I think that shows a really complete goalscorer when you can score in any situation.

    “Obviously it has only been a short period of time but he definitely looks like a real top finisher and we look forward to having him in the squads to come because he is still very young.”

  • NO MESSING

    Any lingering hopes of Manchester United grabbing Lionel Messi from his Barca chaos appear to be over.

    The Argentine has said he will not go to court with his club and, unless someone bids £630million, he is staying put.

    Any Red Devils fancy a bid when he becomes a free agent next year?

  • KEEN DEAN

    Should Manchester United stopper Dean Henderson be England's No1?

    Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope are the rival goalies vying for the spot.

    SunSport's numbers guy Will Pugh delves into the stats to compare the trio.

    Who do you think should get the nod?

  • ROME'S HOME

    Chris Smalling is on the verge of sealing an £18million switch from Manchester United to Roma.

    United were demanding £20million for the defender, but are likely to accept the £18million fee plus bonuses, according to Sky Sports Italy.

    The deal seemed to be going nowhere as the Italian outfit were only willing to fork out £15million, which United rejected.

    Roma were keen to retain Smalling's services after his impressive year-loan stint with the club.

    The 30-year-old revealed he was devastated to be leaving Roma and was willing to take a wage-cut to make the deal happen.

    In an emotional post on his Instagram page, Smalling said: “I’m gutted that I can’t finish what we started this season.”

  • SOL SEARCHING

    Defensive pair Chris Smalling and Marcus Rojo were among those to return to Manchester United with their futures up in the air.

    Smalling, 30, and Rojo, also 30, both spent last season out on loan.

    But with their next moves yet to be hashed out, they were pictured arriving at Carrington for pre-season training.

    Smalling, pictured driving a Ferrari, impressed at Roma last season with the Italian's still keen to make a permanent move for the centre-half.

    But United are holding out for £20million.

    Another facing the axe at Old Trafford is playmaker Jesse Lingard, 27, who arrived for training in a Lamborghini.

  • DEVIL DELIGHT

  • RED SERG

    Man Utd may have to settle for signing Sergio Reguilon on-loan from Real Madrid despite making a £27million offer for him.

    Despite interest from Tottenham, Paris-Saint Germain, Napoli and Juventus, United are believed to be the only side to have tabled an offer.

    That £27m bid was made this week – but they may only land the star for 12 months initially.

    Reguilon is still under contract until 2023 and highly-rated by club Bernabeu chiefs after coming through the club’s academy.

    And even though Zidane may be happy to sell in order to raise transfer funds, Madrid’s top brass could opt to only loan him out instead, claims Sport.

    The defender is open to spending another year at Sevilla and is believed to be hopeful that a change of manager before his deal expires could still result in him being handed an opportunity in the future at Real.

  • BAY AND LARGE

    Thiago confessed 'Bayern is my home' despite his impending move away amid Manchester United and Liverpool's transfer tug of war.

    The midfielder is entering the final year in his contract, with Bayern ready to cash in on the £27million rated Spaniard.

    Liverpool remain frontrunners to sign him, with United having announced the £40million signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

    But despite speculation linking Thiago with a Bayern exit, he remains focussed on his current club and Spain's Nations League campaign.

    He told ZDF: “I only think about the game against Ukraine. Afterwards, we will see. 

    “Bayern is my home and I am happy to be there.”

  • YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Two Manchester United players have been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

    Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are both in line to win the trophy.

    They join Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka in the running for the award.

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