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FRENKIE DE JONG is reportedly at war with his agent, as the pair differ on whether the Barcelona star should find a new club.

The Red Devils have been chasing the Dutch midfielder since May, with new boss Erik ten Hag eager to link up with his former Ajax starlet again

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo could start against Brighton, just days after Erik ten Hag slammed his behaviour.

The Portugal captain’s conduct was labelled “unacceptable” after he left Old Trafford before the end of Sunday’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

However, an injury to Anthony Martial has given the five-time Ballon d’Or winner hope of picking up exactly where he left off last season and starting the opening match.

But in an injury boost, it appears that Jadon Sancho will be able to start this season’s opening game against Brighton.

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  • Man United in De Jong boost

    Man United have reportedly received a breakthrough in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.

    De Jong’s resisted United’s advances thus far, but his future may no longer be in his hands as reports claim Barca have to sell FIVE players in order to register their new signings, according to Sport.

    Barca brought in Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha, as well as Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto this summer.

    But none of them will be able to play until Barca balance the books, La Liga have demanded.

    And this means the Catalan side will have to offload some stars to do so, with De Jong at the top of the list as he’s the most valuable asset.

  • Ferdinand chimes in on rivals’ game

    Man United legend Rio Ferdinand suggested Crystal Palace probably deserved a penalty against Arsenal in the first half.

    Gabriel Magalhaes appeared to have handed the ball inside the Gunners’ area on 36 minutes but referee Anthony Taylor waived play on.

    BT Sport pundit Ferdinand took to Twitter after the questionable call and asked fans for their verdict.

    The legendary centre-back suggested that the Palace players may have been right to protest the ref’s decision.

    Ferdinand tweeted: “Handball…..? Thoughts.”

  • Ronaldo risks fans wrath

    Man United fans’ patience with Cristiano Ronaldo is wearing thin, Jamie Carragher thinks.

    He said to The Telegraph: “I believe the supporters have had enough, too. They will always love what he did for the club but can see his presence is now doing more harm than good.

    “United need to move on, creating a new culture on and off the pitch in which it is visibly obvious everyone is pulling together.

    “Everything Ronaldo has done in pre-season has been calculated to serve his needs above the new coach.”

  • Ten Hag chances reviewed

    Erik ten Hag’s chances of success have been diminished at Man United as the club haven’t provided him with the signings to succeed this summer.

    That’s according to Gary Neville who said: “I’m not putting any pressure at all on Ten Hag at this moment in time because I don’t think he’s been given the tools to work with that he should have been at this stage of the season.

    “That might change in a couple of weeks.

    “I think that he’s got a really difficult job and I think Manchester United fans are in patient mode.”

  • United can survive without Ronaldo

    Man United will only miss Cristiano Ronaldo for a short period of time, according to Roy Keane.

    But the Red Devils hardman is adamant United won’t compete for top honours with or without Ronaldo in the ensuing years.

    He said on Sky Sports: “Then the other players are looking going “OK, short-term we’ll miss him, but in the bigger picture, we’re trying to rebuild”.

    ‘Man United really aren’t going to be competing for league titles for two or three years.”

  • How United can get embarrassed

    Man United can end up looking embarrassed if Frenkie de Jong ends up at Chelsea.

    That’s according to Gary Neville, who said: “Manchester United is a huge job full stop. It’s become even more difficult in the past few weeks that he hasn’t got in the players that he wanted.

    “They might get them in, within the next few weeks but Manchester United will look incredibly smart if they get De Jong in or they might look a little embarrassed.

    “Particularly if he goes to Chelsea. Then there’s the Cristiano Ronaldo situation, complicated even further by Anthony Martial’s injury.

    “It’s not the ideal start as a new Manchester United manager, who is always going to be under pressure.”

  • Maguire leaps to Ronaldo’s defence

    Man United captain Harry Maguire has leapt to the defence of ‘magnificent’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Reports last season claimed the pair were at odds over the captaincy role at United.

    But Maguire’s put that to bed by praising Ronaldo despite the attacker wanting to leave the Red Devils.

    Maguire said: “Cristiano is a magnificent player and magnificent character to have around us. I know what it is like to have a lot of media speculation around me but he takes the majority of it.

    “Everything he does is obviously scrutinised to a degree. I think this is what you get when you play for this club [due to] the size of the club.

    “On the other hand when things are good you get a lot of praise. That’s football, that’s the sport that we play, there is a line that can be crossed and there are things we can do in this country to prevent that.”

  • Eriksen labelled ‘top player’

    Christian Eriksen has been labelled a top player by Brighton boss Graham Potter.

    Potter said ahead of his side’s season opener with United: “He’s a top player, you can see the influence he had on Brentford when he came. The quality is undeniable.

    “Obviously he’s had his issues which we’re delighted that he’s come through and it’s great to see him back playing because things were not looking so positive at one point – so that’s brilliant.

    “From a football perspective, he’s a great player to have in the Premier League and I’m sure he’ll do well for Manchester United.

    “Hopefully we can delay that good start for a week or so! But he’s a top player.”

  • Corinthians open door for Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo could be playing in Brazil this season if Corinthians have anything to do with it.

    The South American side have publicly declared their interest in Ronaldo who wants to quit United.

    Corinthians’ president Duilio Monteiro Alves said: “It’s true, I’m dreaming big.

    “This is Corinthians! Aren’t Willian and Renato Augusto here? In football everything is possible, and I have the obligation to do my best for Corinthians.

    “Is it possible? I don’t know. We haven’t tried yet, we haven’t looked into it, but we are keeping an eye on it. Imagine if he suddenly wants to play in Brazil.”

  • Ronaldo ‘likely in talks’

    Cristiano Ronaldo is likely in talks with another club behind the scenes, Graeme Souness thinks.

    He said: “We all know how the game works, his people and [agent] Jorge Mendes will have been speaking to clubs and asking if they could afford him.

    “I don’t believe that he’s gone out on a limb and said that he wants to leave without having something going on in the background.

    “Whoever it is, it seems that there is still somebody out there for him but they’re not willing to show their hand.”

  • Conte on Man United’s chances

    Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has refused to rule Man United out of the top four race.

    He thinks United are still in the running for the coveted fourth spot despite finishing sixth last season.

    While discussing the top four race, Conte explained: “And then there is United. Football is not one, more one, [equals] two. United, last season, finish sixth despite a transfer market of [Jadon] Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and [Raphael] Varane. Two seasons ago they finished second.

    “They did this transfer market to try to win the league and they finished sixth. You have to pay attention in my opinion to all of these situations.

    “We know that in England it is difficult to fight to win but we want to try to be competitive, to try to improve on last season and this is our target.”

  • Prediction for United finish

    Man United have been backed to make it into the top four this season by Rio Ferdinand.

    But the Red Devils will attain the final spot in the quartet, not challenge for the title, Ferdinand admitted.

    Ferdinand placed Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City ahead of his former club.

    He said to William Hill: “The top four will be Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United, in that order.”

  • Ten Hag gets praised

    Man United boss Erik ten Hag has been given a glowing assessment by Brighton counterpart Graham Potter ahead of their team’s clash this weekend.

    Potter said: “I think he’s a fantastic coach with a great experience during his time at Ajax.

    “He did a really good job and I really enjoyed his team.

    “I am sure he’s ready for the next step and will be looking forward to the game and there will be a positive atmosphere at Old Trafford so we’ll have to deal with that, and have to be ready to face that challenge.”

  • United’s Ronaldo reliance revealed

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on the pitch for Man United has been revealed.

    Stats shared by Britishgambler.co.uk show that Ronaldo was responsible or 31.58 percent of the Red Devils’ goals last season.

    And his strikes put United third on the list of teams who were dependent on one player for goals.

    Above United on the list were Tottenham who relied on Sin Heung-Min for the bulk of their goals, and Norwich, whose strikes were provided by Teemu Pukki mostly.

  • Keep Ron at all costs

    Man United need to pull out all the stops to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at the club, according to Graeme Souness.

    Souness told talkSPORT in the midst of Ronaldo’s transfer saga: “From Man United’s point of view, you try to keep him.

    “There’s an argument to say that he’s the greatest player ever to kick a football – his stats and his longevity would suggest that.

    “I would keep him. He doesn’t get goals against the big teams, the game passes him by a bit and he plays the width of the box, but he does get goals.

    “We all know how important goals are to the cause as you can be not playing very well but if you’ve got a goal-getter then it makes you look like a very different team.

    “Goals are everything and it’s the hardest job on football. I’d go out of my way to keep him.”

  • All eyes on Rashford

    Marcus Rashford has alot to prove this season after misfiring in the previous campaign.

    That’s the view of Alan Shearer who tips the England forward to rediscover his scoring touch during the present term.

    However, Shearer doubts Rashford’s attacking prowess will be enough to fire United to the title.

    Shearer said: “It’s also a big season for Marcus Rashford at United after what happened to him last year – he has a point to prove and, from an England perspective, I hope he can rediscover his best form.

    “But I just don’t see United challenging for the title – their aim is just to try to get somewhere near the Champions League places.”

  • Still got work to do

    Man United have to complete a slew of transfers before they can challenge for title once again, according to Alan Shearer.

    He said on the BBC: “Manchester United have also got a lot of work to do in the transfer market before they can be classed as contenders again, and they are coming from even further back than Chelsea after finishing sixth last season.

    “United have got a new manager with new ideas but the squad needs strengthening and, unless that happens, Erik ten Hag might have to use players like Anthony Martial who, last season, were regarded as not being good enough for them.”

  • Neville backs Man United

    Gary Neville has backed former club Man United to keep Arsenal out of the top four next season.

    He reckons the Red Devils and fellow Prem side Chelsea will be too strong for Arsenal to overcome in the present campaign.

    Neville said on Sky Sports: “I know Chelsea and Manchester United are struggling a bit in terms of where they are and they might both blow up.

    “But I think both will have to happen in order for Arsenal to land in the top four.”

  • Erik light-hearted on Frenkie

    Erik ten Hag cut a serious figure during his press conference this afternoon, but was still able to crack a joke when Frenkie de Jong’s name was brought up.

    The Manchester United boss feigned ignorance regarding the club’s long-term interest in the Barcelona midfielder despite the very-public transfer saga having rumbled on for three months.

    The Dutch coach quickly regained his composure though to clarify that he wouldn’t speak about another club’s player while they were under contract.

    “We want Frenkie? I didn’t know! It’s about the right players but I can’t speak about players under contract at another club. When there is news, you will know.

    Erik ten Hag

  • Will we see Cristiano Ronaldo?

    Erik ten Hag has just begun his press conference ahead of his first Premier League match in charge of Manchester United this weekend…

    …and, unsurprisingly, one of the first questions was focused on Cristiano Ronaldo, and whether he’ll make an appearance against Brighton on Sunday.

    I am really happy he is here, he is a top striker. We will see on Sunday.

    Erik ten Hag

  • Fantastic Eriksen not a warrior

    Christian Eriksen may end up being a brilliant signing for Manchester United, but he’s not the one they needed to make.

    That’s the view of former United star Paul Parker, who feels his old club desperately need a combative player in the centre of the park.

    The ex-England international told MyBettingSites: “Manchester United have not signed enough, but Christian Eriksen is their best signing so far.

    “He helped Brentford stay in the Premier League. They were in a terrible period before he arrived, and he did it incredibly.

    “He will bring creativity and really showed that he is still amazing both with and without the ball.

    “But I would still say that he doesn’t solve the problem in defensive midfield, he isn’t the warrior they need.”

  • Creators key to tight affair

    Both Manchester United and Brighton’s pre-season preparations have been disrupted by transfer speculation.

    But now it’s time for the two clubs to concentrate on matters on the pitch, and a potentially tight contest on Sunday could be settled by a moment of magic.

    Here’s how the two creators on show – Bruno Fernandes and Leandro Trossard – matched up last year.

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  • United baffled by ‘messy’ reputation

    Manchester United are growing increasingly frustrated by the Frenkie de Jong transfer saga, and are confused by the manner in which they have been labeled during negotiations.

    The Manchester Evening News reports that Old Trafford sources do not understand why they have been ‘portrayed as the dysfunctional club’ when the deal has been held up by issues between De Jong and Barcelona.

    United are understood to have agreed a transfer fee with Barca of around £70m, but progress has been hampered by the £17m that the Catalans owe the midfielder in deferred wages.

    The Red Devils are reluctant to walk away from the deal following more than three months of discussions, but their patience is wearing thin.

  • How United could line up

    Manchester United’s Premier League campaign begins on Sunday with a home game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

    And following the news yesterday that Anthony Martial is set to miss the encounter with a hamstring problem, there has been much speculation as to how Erik ten Hag will set his team up in his first competitive match in charge.

    One option is to field Bruno Fernandes as a false nine between Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, allowing Christian Eriksen to roam in midfield.

    Elsewhere, United’s new Dutch boss has decisions to make whether to throw new signings Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia straight into his starting XI.

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  • Vieira tight-lipped on Aaron return

    Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira refused to be drawn on whether a bid is being prepared to bring Aaron Wan-Bissaka back to Selhurst Park.

    However, the Eagles boss did admit that he hoped for new arrivals when quizzed about transfer talk on the eve of the Premier League season.

    “As a manager I think you always want more. So far, I’m really happy with the players we’ve managed to bring in but, obviously, we’re still pretty short on numbers,” Vieira told the press pack.

    The Frenchman declined to comment on the potential return of right-back Wan-Bissaka though, instead highlighting the competition he currently has in that position.

    “When names are going about it’s always difficult to talk about. We already have a couple of players on the right-hand-side that have done well since I’ve been at the club.”

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