Ronaldo training, Manchester United’s transfer priorities for next season and WSL history made | The Weekly Round-Up

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.

The last week has had a focus on the return of Cristiano Ronaldo while others have been on international break, but there has also been reports about the priorities for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side in the transfer window next year. Jesse Lingard has reportedly rejected a new contract with the club and we have also seen Manchester United Women’s play the first-ever WSL match broadcasted live on Sky Sports, and it broke records. Here’s everything you need to know from the last week.

Ronaldo back in training and exclusive interview with Wes Brown

Although many reports said that Ronaldo would return to Carrington to train on Wednesday, it was in fact on Tuesday where he first trained with the squad and met with the manager.

An exclusive interview was also released on Thursday, where Ronaldo claimed that he is here to win trophies and is excited to show that he’s still got it at 36 years of age, as well as talking about a lot else. You can watch the full interview on the Man Utd App.

Ronaldo 7 shirt sales break records

After being gifted the number seven shirt by Edinson Cavani, who then took the vacant 21, Ronaldo’s shirt sales went through the roof. According to Love the Sales, it has become the fastest-selling shirt in Premier League history.

They have also reported that the shirt has generated almost £188 million. This means that United, with commissions of just over £13 million, have officially surpassed the £12.9 million fee that they paid to Juventus for the player.

Next season’s transfer priorities

Rob Dawson has reported that sources have told that a striker and a midfielder are on United’s list ahead of next summer, which goes along with the reports from Mark Ogden last week, claiming that Erling Haaland is still United’s priority next season. Dawson also reports that the club remain keen on Declan Rice despite deciding against a midfielder this summer. Rice is amongst a number of options that will be narrowed down over the course of the next 12 months.

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Samuel Luckhurst of the MEN has also reported that United have earmarked Rice as their principle midfield target for next summer, with figures at the club having already discussed the potential framework for a deal to sign Rice from West Ham.

Who’s returned to training?

We have seen multiple faces who have been out injured back in training this week. Both Scott McTominay and Alex Telles were pictured in training. The boss confirmed that while the Brazilian still needs a couple of weeks, McTominay has recovered well from his surgery. He claimed that the Scotsman will probably not play against The Magpies, he did say that it depended on who is available to be used.

After pulling out from the England camp, Jadon Sancho was also training with the squad again and is available for selection on the weekend.

Fred to miss two games

The Brazilian international is set to miss games against Newcastle and Young Boys after the Brazilian Football Association have asked FIFA to invoke a five-day rule against players who were refused permission to go on international duty, according to Simon Stone of the BBC.

Solskjaer spoke on the issue in his press conference where he claimed that they needed to prepare to play the match on Saturday without Fred, but said that it was “a lose-lose-lose situation [for] national teams, players, clubs”.

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Lingard rejects United contract

Jesse Lingard went on international duty with England and had a brilliant game against Andorra where he scored twice and got an assist too. After this match it was reported by many different outlets that the 28-year-old has rejected a contract extension at Old Trafford, with the player wanting promises over regular game-time before making a decision on his future.

Lingard’s contract runs out at the end of this season, meaning he could begin to talk to clubs about a free transfer in January if he doesn’t sign a deal.

WSL history made

Manchester United Women’s won their opening WSL match against reading Women’s 2-0 and it was the first-ever game in the league to be a paid-to-watch fixture. It was broadcasted live on Sky Sports and it had a peak audience of 311,000. This made it the most-watched paid-TV WSL match since the leagues inception in 2011 according to Tom Garry of the Telegraph.

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