Manchester United transfer news LIVE Harry Kane blow and Antony injury updates

Manchester United transfer news LIVE Harry Kane blow and Antony injury updates

Manchester United are pursuing other striker targets after receiving indication from Tottenham that they are unwilling to consider a Harry Kane sale.

The striker is top of Erik ten Hag’s wish list, and remains of interest. However, with United needing a new centre-forward this summer, the club are deciding not to dawdle.

This especially so after the Reds secured Champions League qualification for next season with a comfortable 4-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford last night.

It is now possible that manager Erik ten Hag could decide to ring the changes when the Reds face Fulham on the final day of the season on Sunday, ahead of the FA Cup final. A win against the Cottagers would guarantee them third spot ahead of Newcastle United.

Now that Champions League qualification has been officially rubber-stamped, the Reds will no doubt be able to look ahead to the summer transfer window with plenty of optimism. Qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition will, of course, mean that they will be able to attract a higher calibre of players.

The takeover situation, however, is likely to have a big say in what Ten Hag can and cannot do this summer. He will be hoping that the situation gets resolved one way or another sooner rather than later.

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United ‘interested’ in centre-back

United are ‘interested’ in signing Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

That is according to a report by Fichajes, who claim that the Reds have taken a liking to the 23-year-old.

He is out-of-contract at the German club this summer and is set to be available on a free transfer.

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Mainoo wins special award

United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo has expressed his delight at winning the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award.

He was presented with the gong during the half-time interval of United’s 4-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford last night.

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OPINION: Two United players might be competing for one FA Cup final spot after Chelsea win

“There didn’t look to be anything in Trevoh Chalobah’s challenge to stop Antony midway through the first half, but the reaction of the Brazilian winger suggested he knew he had done himself some damage. As he was stretchered off Erik ten Hag stepped onto the pitch and patted the 23-year-old on the chest, with a few consoling words for him. You would certainly have to mark him down as a doubt for the FA Cup final now.”

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United injury latest ahead of Fulham clash

United are sweating over the availability of Antony and Luke Shaw ahead of their final two games of the season.

Both players went off injured during last night’s 4-1 win over Chelsea, though there is far more concern surrounding Antony after he was taken off on a stretcher.

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United ‘make contact’ for midfield ace

According to a report by SPORT, United have ‘made contract’ to sign 18-year-old midfielder Arthur Vermeeren from Belgian side Royal Antwerp.

The youngster is considered as one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Europe and is also said to be attracting interest from Barcelona. It is claimed that United have already touched base with the player’s representatives to find out if he would be interested in a summer switch to Old Trafford.

OPINION: United’s squad depth for next season if they secure five new signings

“Last summer, of course, marked the beginning of a new dawn at Old Trafford following the appointment of Erik ten Hag, meaning it was one of the biggest windows the club had faced in years. United brought in a total of six new signings, five of which joined on permanent deals, including the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Antony. Though last summer was important, this upcoming window could be just as crucial. Despite the progress that United have made this term, they still need reinforcements, both for Ten Hag’s strongest starting line-up and the squad as a whole to add some much-needed depth to key areas.”

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Fernandes stresses United have not been successful this season

In an interview with ESPN, Bruno Fernandes has stressed the season has not been success despite returning to the Champions League.

It’s a positive season, not successful because success is different for this club and for us players it has to be too. We did win a trophy. We got into the top four. Now we have another final but whatever happened in that final will not change anything about the season we have done. After we couldn’t fight anymore for the league title we had to fight for our top four and we did it. We are really happy to be in the Champions League next season. But obviously, it’s kind of an obligation for this club to be in these positions.

Ten Hag praises United star’s progress after Chelsea win

United’s boss was pleased with Jadon Sancho’s performance following the victory over Chelsea.

He did very well on the right side, and I think he played a very good game today [Thursday night]. And I think Jadon Sancho was one of the players who [has made good] progress in this season. There were many players in our squad who made good progress. I think it’s a good base to build further on. He can do both, but I think he prefers to play on the left. But we have seen today he is very good on the right as well.

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REPORT – United ‘repeatedly interested’ in Costa

According to Record, United are chasing Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

The Reds are looking for a new ‘keeper in the summer with De Gea’s future at the club still up in the air.

United are understood to be ‘repeatedly’ showing interest in Costa but Bayern Munich and Spurs are also keen.

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Newly promoted club looking to build relationship with United

According to the Sheffield Star, Sheffield United are looking to build a relationship with the Reds and other top Premier League clubs despite their top flight promotion.

Last season, the Blades took City’s Tommy Doyle and James McAtee on loan.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom is understood to be hopeful of building further connections with United, Arsenal and Chelsea in order to make Bramall Lane a top location for young stars hoping to get their break.

Manchester City loanee Tommy Doyle celebrates promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United(Image: James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Chelsea legend blown away by Casemiro’s performance

Speaking to Sky Sports, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was left highly impressed by Casemiro.

I think coming from Real Madrid, coming here, how he gets into the dressing room with everybody looking at him… He’s won so much. He’s a big man, and he plays like a big man. He leads, scores goals, tackles. He’s had a few red cards but he’s a proper leader on the pitch. I can only imagine how he gets in the dressing room, and what kind of lift he gives to the other players. Big, big, big player.

Rashford sends message after hitting 30-goal mark vs Chelsea

Lindelof explains why United have improved under Erik ten Hag

“I think the mentality and effort everyone puts in [has been the difference]. Everyone knows exactly what to do on the pitch, we have a system and everyone knows their roles out there, so we’ve played some great football this season.

“We deserve this spot in the Champions League. I think I’ve been performing well and when I’m on the pitch, I just want to help my teammates to perform and to win the game. I think I’ve done that, so I’m pleased.”

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United considering other striker targets amid Tottenham refusal to sell Kane

United are actively pursuing other striker targets after Tottenham indicated their stubborness over a Harry Kane exit.

The attacker is Ten Hag’s number one preference and does still hold an interest in the 29-year-old.

However, the Reds are in great need of a star forward this summer and are moving on to other options.

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Frank Lampard on United under Erik ten Hag

“They have got fantastic players, [Marcus] Rashford scored 30 goals, [Raphael] Varane, [Bruno] Fernandes, bring Casemiro in.

“I remember when Ten Hag first came people were talking about discipline and fines and setting the standard. Those things are where this club has had a positive upturn.”

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OPINION: Casemiro kept his promise against Chelsea

When Manchester United needed a leader to drag them over the line and back into the Champions League, of course it was Casemiro who stepped up.

The man who told United he would “fix” their problems after watching the 4-0 defeat to Brentford back in August has been as good as his word.

Casemiro had been below par since his latest suspension but against Bournemouth and Chelsea he has risen to the occasion. When his team needed him, he was there.

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Lindelof hails two teammates in Chelsea win

Victor Lindelof has praised two of his United colleagues after the Reds secured a top four finish in the 4-1 win over Chelsea.

One of them was Casemiro, who scored the opener and played excellently.

“He’s (Casemiro’s) a fantastic player, he’s got a great mentality and he’s a top professional,” Lindelof said.

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Erik ten Hag’s transfer demand after Champions League qualification

Erik ten Hag has sent a message about the need to recruit quality players over the summer if United are to push for the title itself.

Speaking after last night’s win over Chelsea, he said:

“Now we are far away, so we have a lot of work to do, we’ve made progress with this team, with this squad but we need better players if we want to compete for the highest.

“I think in the Premier League, yeah, it (top four) is something like [a trophy], it’s the main objective of the season to get in the Champions League, so therefore you have to see yourself in the top four. “

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Kim Min-jae asked about future amid United links

Napoli defender Kim Min-jae has given a very coy response when asked about where he will be playing next season.

The centre-back has been frequently linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months.

As per Calcio Napoli, the 26-year-old as asked by South Korean TV to complete a sentence – “Season 2023/24, my next team is…?”

Min-jae replied: “My agent is outside the restaurant, ask him!”

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Antony injury ‘serious’

Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Antony is a worry for the FA Cup final after sustaining a “serious” injury in last night’s 4-1 win over Chelsea.

The Brazilian was taken off on a stretcher after half-an-hour with the 23-year-old due to be assessed today.

Ten Hag said post-match: “Everyone has seen he came off. I can tell you that it’s serious but we have to wait a minimum 24 hours and then we know probably more about the status of his injury.”

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United ‘keeping tabs’ on Adams

According to a report by Football Insider, United are ‘keeping tabs’ on Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams.

Despite only arriving at Elland Road last summer, the USA international is highly likely to leave the West Yorkshire club if they are relegated to the Championship. The Whites are currently camped inside the relegation zone ahead of the final day of the season on Sunday.

United plan to recruit a new midfielder this forthcoming summer and Adams is described as being a potential target for the Old Trafford club.

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Rashford equals Van Persie record

Marcus Rashford became the first United player since Robin van Persie in 2012/13 to score 30 goals in a single season after finding the net in last night’s 4-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.

After stepping off the bench in the first half to replace the injured Antony, who was forced off on a stretcher, the England international turned the ball home from close quarters to net United’s fourth goal of the night.

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OPINION: Player ratings vs Chelsea as Casemiro shines

United wrapped up a top-four finish with a comfortable 4-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford last night.

Goals from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford wrapped up a fully-deserved three points for the Reds ahead of Joao Felix netting a late consolation goal for the visitors. As ever, Samuel Luckhurst was inside Old Trafford and here is a flavour of how he rated each player out of 10…

David de Gea

Faced plenty of attempts and had saves to make after the interval. Joao Felix’s late goal spoiled a clean sheet for the Golden Glove recipient. 7

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Relished his rapport with Antony again but regressed to leave space for Lewis Hall to charge into and create two great chances for Chelsea. 6

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