Hey reader, welcome to The Weekly Round-Up. Here you can catch a glimpse of all the news throughout the last week. Our aim is to keep you up to date with all of the reliable news regarding Manchester United, so you don’t miss a thing.
In a week where Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men played their last pre-season game in a bid to be prepared for the 2021/22 Premier League season, there was plenty off the field too. Axel Tuanzebe’s season long loan to Aston Villa was confirmed, and there were updates surrounding the future of Paul Pogba, among other things. Let’s get right into it all.
VARANE COMPLETES MEDICAL
Raphaël Varane finally landed in Manchester on the 5th of August. He had to observe a 5 day quarantine before he could undergo a medical to complete his move. As reported by the likes of Fabrizio Romano, Laurie Whitwell and Samuel Luckhurst – Varane completed his medical on the 11th of August. Laurie went on to mention that given there were minor details left to iron out in the paperwork, an announcement didn’t take place on the same day – although one was expected to happen before the weekend. It was also mentioned that Varane is most likely to have a bench role in United’s league opener against Leeds. Samuel Luckhurst also went on to mention how Varane’s squad number is believed to be previously unoccupied by a player.
SOLSKJÆR’S INTERNAL REVIEW ON RECRUITMENT
The Athletic mentioned how Ole Gunnar Solskjær launched an internal review into United’s recruitment after the summer window of 2020. It was mentioned that United made calls to retrace historical pursuits, looking to find out whether scouting reports were accurate enough and who in the club exactly declined the opportunity to sign the said player. Erling Haaland was said to be one of the main subjects of this review – the player was recommended to United by Solskjær when he was available for a sum of £5m. The report went on to state that Solskjær still maintains a good relationship with the player even though he rejected United to go to Borussia Dortmund.
EDINSON CAVANI’S EXTENDED LEAVE
Jonathan Shrager reported that Edinson Cavani would by flying into Manchester on Thursday (today) and that he was still waiting to find out what quarantine rules would apply to him. The Athletic had more on this, stating that Cavani had been given an extended leave so that he could return home to his native Uruguay to spend time with his family members. The report was also stated that this extended leave was discussed during Cavani’s contract extension negotiations with United.
VAN DE BEEK’S STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM
James Ducker of Telegraph Sport mentioned how Donny van de Beek embarked on a personalised strength and conditioning programme for four to five days each week starting on June 28th. The report also mentioned how Donny was determined to force his way into the side and hoped. Solskjær’s plans for a more adventurous midfield set-up could play into his hands.
UPDATES ON UNITED’S BACKROOM STAFF
According to Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail, Lyndon Tomlinson – who was United’s assistant head of academy recruitment, tendered his resignation earlier this week. Tomlinson had helped the club to secure signings of Joe Hugill and Hannibal Mejbri.
Elsewhere, James Ducker of Telegraph Sport had something to say about Eric Ramsay – United’s new set-piece and individual development coach. Among other things, he was to be responsible with trying to rectify the team’s vulnerability at defending free-kicks and corners. Solskjær was particularly troubled by his team’s susceptibility when they failed to make the first contact at corners or free-kicks. The report also went on to state how United have been happy with Ramsay’s work as of now.
AXEL TUANZEBE JOINS ASTON VILLA ON A SEASON-LONG LOAN
Defender Axel Tuanzebe joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan after signing a new contract with United – which would be lasting until June 2023 with the option of an additional year’s extension. It was also widely reported that Aston Villa would pay a total of £5m to United for the loan, an amount which would include the player’s wages and a loan fee.
EMILY RAMSEY JOINS BIRMINGHAM CITY ON A SEASON-LONG LOAN
Manchester United Women’s team goalkeeper Emily Ramsey signed a new two-year contract at the club and went on to join Birmingham City on a season-long loan ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
NINE SUBSTITUTES TO BE ALLOWED
The Athletic reported that that matchday squads in Premier League 2021/22 will be allowed to name 9 substitutes – although managers would only be able to make 3 substitutes in normal circumstances. There will be a provision of 2 extra concussion substitutions, though.
JADON SANCHO STARTS TRAINING
Jadon Sancho was finally at Carrington and completed his first training session on the 9th of August.
PSG MOVE FOR PAUL POGBA UNLIKELY
According to a number of sources, namely Adam Crafton from The Athletic and Le Parisien, a move for Lionel Messi has made it very unlikely that PSG move forward with their pursuit of Paul Pogba this summer. Crafton further said that they’re more likely to ask him to run his contract down so they can sign him on a free transfer for next season. He went on to add that it’s still not known whether the player would be open to doing that or would prefer signing a long term deal at United.
In addition, Chris Wheeler and Max Matthews of the Daily Mail went on to state that Pogba was a key part of Solskjær’s plans for next season and that he would not mind staying for another year. The report also mentioned that United have shelved their interest in Eduardo Camavinga, Saul Niguez and Ruben Neves as a result – all of who were seen as Pogba replacements.
EDUARDO CAMAVINGA WANTS TO JOIN PSG
Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato reported that even though Camavinga’s agents were pushing the player towards Manchester United – the player wants to join PSG. He also went on to mention that PSG had planned to go on the offensive for the player towards the end of the window and had already informed his entourage of this. This view was also put forward by Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport – he also added that the player’s situation still remains unclear even if he preferred to join PSG.
DIOGO DALOT TO STAY
A number of reliable journalists like Paul Hirst, James Ducker and Laurie Whitwell reported over the course of the week that Diogo Dalot was expected to stay at Manchester United for next season than head out on another loan. Kieran Trippier was said to be keen to join United, but according to Laurie Whitwell, Atletico Madrid’s £28m valuation of the player meant United were cool on progressing negotiations on that front, and it was expected to stay that way barring a drastic change in stance on their part.
ASTON VILLA’S LATE APPROACH FOR A GREALISH DEAL
The Athletic reported that Aston Villa made a late call to United to discuss a deal for Jack Grealish as they preferred to not do business with Manchester City, and also went on to mention swap deals to explore feasibility of a deal. United admired the player and would have consider a move next year but Grealish wanted a move to City. The report also mentioned that Grealish was open to moving last season if an offer had come in from United, but that never came.
DECLAN RICE TO STAY AT WEST HAM
Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail reported that Declan Rice had accepted that he would be staying at West Ham for another season due to their £90m valuation of him. The report mentioned how all of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United had prioritized different positions this year which meant that a move for Rice was unlikely given the financial impacts of the pandemic.
SELL-ON FEE FOR ROMELU LUKAKU
Simon Stone of BBC Sport mentioned that Manchester United were set to get a fee between €4-5m for Romelu Lukaku as a part of his move from Inter Milan to Chelsea. He also mentioned that despite of this, the original payment structure with Inter would remain the same.
UNITED NOT INTERESTED IN SELLING ANTHONY MARTIAL
James Ducker and Simon Stone both mentioned that Manchester United have no intention of selling Anthony Martial this summer and that the forward remained a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans going into next season.
NO INTEREST IN CORENTIN TOLISSO
Corentin Tolisso has always been a player who’s linked with United every season, and there were reports from L’Équipe that United are a team who appreciate his profile and that Bayern may sell for a fee around €10m. James Ducker, though, mentioned that United had no interest in pursuing the player this summer.
Samuel Luckhurst of the MEN mentioned that United were continuing to hold talks around outgoings this summer, although with minimal success as of now. He went on to mention how United were open to selling Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Phil Jones before the summer window closed. He also mentioned that Eric Bailly’s entourage had showed tentative interest in a transfer but a move was unlikely given Axel Tuanzebe’s temporary move to Aston Villa.
Elsewhere, Chris Wheatley of london.football mentioned that Jesse Lingard was being lined up by Leicester City as a replacement for James Maddison in the event of him leaving the club.
Paul Taylor, who covers Nottingham Forest for The Athletic, mentioned that Forest are still waiting for James Garner to make a decision over his future and are hopeful he will choose them, an idea which Garner is open to. He went on to mention that Garner would depart on a loan once final details of a contract with United were confirmed. He also stated that Garner would have significant sway over choosing his next destination.
Dominic Booth of the MEN reported that Ethan Laird was close to joining Swansea City on a season-long loan. He mentioned that Swansea are big admirers of Laird and that their manager, Russel Martin (who managed Laird previously at MK Dons) believed he was ready to step up to the challenges of Championship football this season.
Samuel Luckhurst of the MEN also reported that Manchester United are expected to led Amad leave on loan before the transfer window closes.