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MANCHESTER UNITED are celebrating after a brilliant derby day win over Man City.

On the transfer front, we've the very latest on Erling Haaland while it's reported United spoke to Leon Bailey during January.


Follow our LIVE blog below to get the latest from Old Trafford…

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    Marcus Rashford was forced out of Sunday's Manchester derby after suffering an ankle injury.

    Moments after failing to make the most of an opportunity in attack, the striker eagerly chased down a Manchester City counter.

    But Rashford appeared to tweak his ankle or foot after the mega sprint helped keep Manchester United two goals to the good.

    After a spell of treatment on the Etihad Stadium sideline, it was decided that the 23-year-old had to come off.

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    Luke Shaw’s first goal in a year has put the away side in full control with Pep Guardiola’s men in danger of losing their winning streak.

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly set to come out of international retirement to play for Sweden for the first time since 2016.

    The AC Milan striker hasn’t played for the Scandinavian country since Euro 2016, with his last appearance for his country coming in the 1-0 defeat against Belgium.

    Ibrahimovic – who expressed his interest in playing for Sweden at the 2018 World Cup – insisted last year that he wasn’t thinking of returning to the national team.

    But according to FotbollDirekt, the 39-year-old is poised to end his hiatus with the maverick forward to be called up to Janne Andersson’s squad on March 16.

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    Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future looks increasingly uncertain with his current deal expiring next summer.

    The 27-year-old's exit would spell the end of a mixed time for the Red Devils record signing…

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    That man again Bruno Fernandes…

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    Paul Pogba’s future looks increasingly uncertain as reports claim his agent Mino Raiola has not yet opened talks with Manchester United over a new contract.

    The 27-year-old, whose current deal expires next summer, has been linked with several clubs over a possible move.

    According to the Daily Star, there is no current dialogue between Raiola and United.

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    Here's how Man Utd line up for the derby.

    Dan James is up front with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

    Victor Lindelof is fit to partner Harry Maguire at the back.

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    Manchester United legend Gary Neville has mocked Liverpool after fans flew a banner over Anfield that read 'Unity is Strength – Let's Go Reds – YNWA'

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    Bruno Fernandes is hoping to bag a crucial Manchester derby win for the Red Devils fans watching on from home.

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    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has been criticised by Roy Keane for his 'disrespectful' body language.

    Roy Keane took aim at Bruno Fernandes

    Keane told Sky Sports ahead of the Manchester derby: "We've seen him taken off in a few of the games and his body language has not been great.

    "There's nothing wrong with being taken off and shaking your head for ten seconds.

    "But if you're walking off and a team-mate is coming on, and you're throwing your arms up in the air, that's disrespectful to your team-mate.

    "And we're on about a leader.

    "If I was coming on and the player was shaking his head, almost disrespecting him, saying 'I'm coming off for you?', you'd have a quiet word with him in the dressing room.

    "And he's done it a number of times, so he's on about maturity and showing respect to your team-mates, well show respect if you have a bad game and don't be throwing your arms up in the air every two minutes."

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    Bruno Fernandes lifted the lid on what he thinks is the key to beating Manchester City in today's derby at the Etihad.

    The Portuguese midfielder told the club's website: "We know it’s always difficult to play against City; we have to do everything good, almost perfection I think.

    "The idea of the football they play is easy to understand but it’s difficult to play against.

    "Everyone understands the way they play, they want to have the ball, they want to put pressure on and when they lose it they try to win it straight away.

    "Everyone knows that, but it’s difficult to play against and difficult to win the ball and have some possession for a long time against them.

    "But I think we have to understand what we can do against that type of game and what we can do better to win the game. We all know it’s difficult for us, but it will be difficult them in the same way."

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    Ahead of today's Manchester derby, Bruno Fernandes spoke to the Manchester United website.

    He said: "Everyone is looking forward to it after a draw where we should have won that game [against Crystal Palace] and done much better and created much more.

    "We don’t create enough chances, but at the same time we can do much better and there’s no better game than this to show we are a better team than that.

    "I think everyone knows we always enjoy to play in these kinds of games, but honestly we enjoy them more when the fans are here because the atmosphere is much better.

    "Of course you know these kinds of games are hard to play, but at the same time enjoyable. So you have to enjoy them and be yourself and do your best to help the team and hopefully win the game."

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    Manchester United legend Andy Cole believes the club are on the right path but things will take time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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    Do any Manchester United players make it into a combined XI with runaway Prem leaders City?

    Manchester City go into their clash against United at the Etihad as favourites to win
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    Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes warned his Portuguese colleagues in the Man City team they aren't friends on the pitch.

    Speaking to the club's website about his bromance with City trio Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo, the midfielder said: "I speak with them regularly, we have a good relationship.

    "But the relationships stay out of the game. They know me and they know that on the pitch we are not friends anymore! [Smiles]

    "At the same time I enjoy seeing them play and every one of them is doing well individually and I’m happy for them.

    “As a team I was hoping to see them do a little bit worse than they are doing, but individually I am happy for them because they are good people and they deserve to be in the positions they are and playing in the way they are playing.”

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    Graeme Souness has called on Manchester United to replace Fred and Nemanja Matic – two Jose Mourinho signings.

    He told The Times: "Scott McTominay is an honest player and, at 24, is only going to get better, but do they win the Premier League with Nemanja Matic and Fred, who they paid £40m and £47m respectively for under Jose Mourinho?

    "They are Steady Eddies who will dog it out away from home and protect your back four, but get them on the front foot and there’s no cuteness in their play.

    "The midfield is the creative arm of the team and other than Bruno Fernandes, United need someone with cuter passing, who is a better all-round player than what they have now."

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    Manchester United have been urged NOT to sell Anthony Martial by former striker Louis Saha.

    Frenchman Martial has struggled this season with returns of just four Prem goals in 21 games.

    Saha told talkSPORT: "I think he’s a top player, that’s for sure. I think when you’re a No9 and you’re not scoring, it’s difficult as people are only asking you to score goals. That’s it.

    "When you’re not doing it you’re going to be criticised. You need to be strong and really believe. You also need to be selfish and adopt a style of play that you really fancy. 

    “This is why he’s getting the criticism. It’s not about his talent or desire because he has that I’m sure. 

    "It’s his expression sometimes. Having that obsession with scoring goals makes it easier because people say he’s been unlucky but you can see when he’s in his comfort zone people get on his back.

    “I really don’t think he’s a player Man Utd should let go because he can be that player who completes the striking force as he’s unique in the way he plays. 

    “When you’re not scoring you need to be obsessed with scoring goals and I think sometimes he doesn’t show that.”

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    Sir Alex Ferguson feared he may never speak again after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2018.

    The legendary Manchester United boss also worried he would lose his memory and be able to recall the highlights of his glittering career at Old Trafford.

    Speaking at the premiere of his new documentary at the Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday, Fergie said: "And everything was going through my mind: is my memory going to come back? Am I ever going to speak again?”

    Thankfully, the 79-year-old regained his voice with the help of a speech therapist in ten days – meaning he was once again able to dish out the hairdryer treatment if needed.

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    Dean Henderson has been warned he has the toughest job in football – but Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has no doubts the keeper is ready to take a golden chance to establish himself as the club’s No 1.

    Henderson, 23, who has played for United 14 times this season, will get a run of games after David De Gea returned to Spain for the birth of his daughter, and will be forced to quarantine when returning.

    Maguire said: “Being a goalkeeper is an unforgiving place, especially when you play for Manchester United.

    “It is probably the most scrutinised position in English football, maybe world football. And probably closely followed by the centre-backs!

    “When you play for this club you have to like the pressure. He has the personality to do that, Deano.

    “He will see this as an opportunity. Obviously I don’t want to put pressure on him but he’s a top keeper and he’s a lad who does not lack confidence!

    “He knows it’s an opportunity and sometimes you have to take it. It is fantastic we have David with his experience and Deano is coming through. We have two very, very good keepers fighting for one place.”

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    Bruno Fernandes has hit back at claims he falls short against the Premier League heavyweights.

    Manchester United midfielder Fernandes has 15 league goals this season, but only two have come against the so-called Big Six and Leicester — a penalty against Tottenham and a goal against the Foxes.

    Bruno Fernandes said there’s more to football than statsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    He said: “I know people expect Bruno to score or assist in every game because when I arrived, I was playing really well.

    “I want to do that, it’s the most important thing. But as a player, I don’t look for the Big Six or the rest of the league.I look at every game the same way.”

    He told Sky Sports: “I saw an interview from Luke (Shaw) saying ‘people now care more about stats than the performance’.

    “This is the truth. Because now they’re expecting from me just goals and assists and not performances.

    “I don’t need to see the stats to see if I play well or not. I know when I play well or not.”

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly keeping tabs on Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane as alternatives to Erling Haaland.

    The Athletic claims the Red Devils have made Borussia Dortmund superstar Haaland as their prime target this summer.

    Yet the report adds that United could be in the conversation for Paris Saint-Germain ace Mbappe.

    The World Cup winner is entering the final year of his contract in the French capital and could look to leave should Mauricio Pochettino’s side fail to win the Champions League.

    And United legend Rio Ferdinand recently begged his former employers to ‘move heaven and earth’ to sign Haaland or Mbappe.

    Tottenham’s England captain Kane is another striker listed as a player United admire closer to home.

    Meanwhile. United will reportedly have to fork out an extra £4.2million if Bruno Fernandes is named PFA Player of the Year.

    The player-voted award is set to be fought over by the Portuguese star with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Harry Kane and Ruben Dias.

    Should Fernandes, 26, prevail it will be another clause activated for his employers to stump up for.

    According to The Times, United paid Sporting CP an initial £46.6m to sign the attacking midfielder in January 2020.

    Since then, two clauses have been met worth £4.2m each, for starting 25 games and qualifying for the Champions League.

    Picking up the PFA honour will trigger another £4.2m in an agreement which could also be met by him finishing in the Ballon d’Or top three.

    And finally, Paul Merson believes Man Utd are ‘on the verge of a meltdown’ due to their poor form in the Premier League.

    Writing in the Daily Star, Merson said: “Manchester United are on the verge of a meltdown – because that’s what it would be if they don’t finish in the top four.

    “They were top of the league not so long ago and if you’re in with a chance of winning the title and then you don’t finish in the top four, that’s a major collapse."

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to be a team of leaders — not just Bruno Fernandes, writes PHIL THOMAS.

    The Portugal midfielder, 26, has been the Red Devils’ star man this term.

    Yet even he has shown signs of fatigue of late and opponents have started singling him out as the man to keep quiet.

    Now, ahead of today’s Manchester derby, the United boss urged the rest of his players to step up.

    Solskjaer said: “We expect everyone to be a leader, everyone to take that responsibility.

    “Of course it might be Bruno, but I know teams are trying to man-mark him at times.

    “Taking responsibility is important for everyone. Don’t wait for things to happen, you’ve got to make things happen.”

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    Sir Alex Ferguson had an 80 percent chance of death following a brain haemorrhage in May 2018, his doctor has revealed.

    The legendary football manager, 79, admitted in his upcoming documentary Never Give In, that he had a 20 percent chance of survival following a brain haemorrhage.

    The former Manchester United manager said: “I remember falling and so after that I don’t remember a thing.

    “It was sudden. It stopped. It just stopped. It was no man’s land.”

    His doctor added: “So I remember estimating his mortality – at that point in time it was 80 per cent. It was an 80 per cent chance he would not survive.”

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    Paul Merson believes Man Utd are ‘on the verge of a meltdown’ due to their poor form in the Premier League.

    The Red Devils – who have won just two out of their last eight top-flight matches – face rivals Man City on Sunday.

    Writing in the Daily Star, Merson said: “Manchester United are on the verge of a meltdown – because that’s what it would be if they don’t finish in the top four.

    “They were top of the league not so long ago and if you’re in with a chance of winning the title and then you don’t finish in the top four, that’s a major collapse.

    “United have stopped scoring goals and teams below them have winnable games.

    “They have opened the door. And they could be caught.”

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    Manchester United need to be on top form to halt rivals City's winning run tomorrow.

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