5pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho talks United move, Smalling to Roma, Pogba contract LATEST, Cantwell monitored – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are in FA Cup semi-final action at Wembley this weekend where they will hope to complete a season quadruple over Chelsea.

And on the transfer front we have the latest exclusive on Jadon Sancho and his big money move from Borussia Dortmund.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • CANT BE SERIOUS

    Leicester and Newcastle have joined the queue of clubs interested in signing Norwich star Todd Cantwell this summer.

    The 22-year-old midfielder has been a rare positive from a dismal season for the relegated Canaries.

    And according to MailOnline, two more clubs have have joined the chase.

    Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and German giants Bayern Munich are all monitoring the England U21 man.

  • WHAT’S UP, DOC?

    Marcus Rashford will be out to continue his hot streak against Chelsea tomorrow.

    Who can doubt the doctor?

  • CROUCH END

    Peter Crouch has admitted to coming very close to lamping Rio Ferdinand, despite being good mates with the Manchester United legend.

    A tense North-West derby between the Red Devils and Liverpool in 2005 had the pair in each other’s faces.

    Crouch wrote in the Daily Mail: “Put it this way – if you play 5-a-side against your mates, are you going to smash into them to get the ball? Of course you are!

    “The closest I ever came to exchanging blows with someone on a pitch was Rio Ferdinand during a Liverpool-Manchester United game.

    “We were England teammates at the time and he’s one of my closest friends now. When we think about the squabble now, it’s just something to laugh about.”

  • SANCHO SPEAKS

    Jadon Sancho has spoken out about his future as links to a summer transfer to Man Utd continue.

    He told World Soccer: “I don’t know what to say to that.

    “It’s hard to say. That’s the future.

    “You never know what could happen, so we will wait and see.”

  • EXCLUSIVE – MARC OF A GOOD MAN

    Marcus Rashford has trademarked his name in the United States.

    After signing up with Roc Nation management – owned by rapper Jay-Z – last month, the striker is aiming to create a global brand.

    The 22-year-old has filed official documents that would allow him to market hundreds of products.

    The application to the US Patent and Trademark Office has been accepted and will be published in America’s Trademark Official Gazette on ­Tuesday before being approved. Anyone with an objection has 30 days to lodge a complaint.

    A source said: “This is a smart move.

    “It protects his image rights in the US and shows that Jay-Z is keen to make the American audience more aware of Marcus as a sportsman and a socially aware role model.”

  • JES YOU WAIT

    Jesse Lingard also came in for praise in the manager’s press call.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the midfielder has been hard at work despite being out of the team lately.

    Will he start tomorrow? It still feels somewhat unlikely…

    The manager stated: “Jesse is a part of the club and he's worked really hard.

    “He deserves his chance to come back in and we know his qualities.

    “We know that Jesse's got different qualities to other players and he knows that we value him.”

  • SMALL CHANGE

    Chris Smalling could join Roma as soon as next week, according to reports.

    A £25m asking price has been a sticking point, but Ed Woodward is now said to have lowered his demands.

    And according to La Roma, that means the defender could join for £14m over the coming seven days.

  • RED WOOD

    Amid calls to rest Mason Greenwood, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has credited the youngster with his stunning form with adding a bit of muscle and staying focused.

    The manager told today's press conference: “He's coped really well with the demands on him. Of course, throughout the season we've managed him as well as we could.

    “He's come back after the lockdown flying, his sharpness is there, his fitness, he's gained a few kilos as we all see and he's gained a lot of experience and confidence in his own abilities.

    “So, there's only two games left of the league, hopefully two in the FA Cup and three or four in the Europa League. He'll be fine, there's no chance he'll burn out. He's been excellent.”

  • TO BE FRANK

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Frank Lampard's worries that Manchester United might be given a favourable VAR call tomorrow evening.

    The boss said: “If you look at the factual decisions – I don't want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts – but if you're offside you're offside, that's clear.

    “Talking about lucky; the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us; that might be two points for us.

    “Talking about the red card [Oriol] Romeu should have had against us when he almost got Mason Greenwood crippled, that should've been a red card, maybe that would've helped us.”

    He added: “There's a narrative there but we have to focus on our games, we let other people talk about that. I don't wanna go too much into it because I might be in trouble! I hope I'm not now!

    “I'm pretty relaxed on these and refs are gonna be making objective decisions and are not gonna be influenced by any emotion in any way, so I don't think they'll read [what Lampard said].”

  • MARTIAL LAW

    Louis Saha believes Anthony Martial is in the “form of his life”.

    The forward is revelling in the central striker role handed to him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And former United striker Saha told the club website: “It’s fair to say Anthony is in the form of his life, for me.

    ”He’s definitely a player that excites me as a fan and an ex-player. I have been in that position where Anthony is, in that No 9 shirt, and I understand the pressure behind it.

    “But I like his reaction; his desire to hurt defenders in many ways.

    “He has the quality as well to score 25-plus goals and, when you see the goals he’s scoring, not everybody can do that.”

  • ON THE SPOT

    Frank Lampard has warned his Chelsea players not to give Manchester United any shout at a penalty on Sunday.

    The Red Devils have won 13 spot-kicks this season, the most of any top-flight side.

    And the Blues boss wants his side to be extra wary of their tricky feet.

    He told reporters: “They have to be [more cautious].

    “Because when players of such high level, quality and speed of the Manchester United forwards travel quickly you have to move your feet and not dive in on them.

    “You need to understand the qualities of the opposition, with players like that. Fernandes is very clever in his movement. We saw that at Aston Villa to make something feel like a penalty where maybe it even isn’t.

    “As a player we can talk about VAR decisions and whether they’re right or wrong.

    “But if a player is going to dangle a leg and not move their feet then you obviously do leave yourself open to penalties, VAR or no VAR.”

  • WANTED MEN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give Timothy Fosu-Mensah the chance to earn a long-term contract – with German clubs set to pounce.

    Fosu-Mensah played at left-back in United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in midweek.

    The United boss had been chasing Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

    But, with the Foxes wanting as much as £60m for the England man, 22-year-old Fosu-Mensah could be the solution.

    He signed a one-year contract extension in April so he could not leave United on a free this summer.

    But if he does not sign a new contract before the end of the summer deadline, he will be sold.

  • ACADEMY SIGNINGS

    Manchester United have signed three new players to their Under-18s side.

    Logan Pye and Joe Hugill have signed from Sunderland.

    An England U16 international, Pye places in defence with Hugill a striker.

    And a goalkeeper, Radek Vitek, has also joined from Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic.

  • SHAW THING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Luke Shaw is OUT of tomorrow's cup semi-final.

    Brandon Williams is set to deputise at left-back after also missing the midweek win at Crystal Palace.

    The Manchester United boss said: “Luke will be out.

    “I can't see him recovering.

    “Brandon will hopefully be okay, he'll try to join in training today with his eye. We'll see if he can see the ball when he comes in! He should be fine.”

  • LAWRO UNTO HIMSELF

    Mark Lawrenson reckons there will be a Manchester derby in the FA Cup final.

    Ahead of the two semi-finals, the BBC pundit and former Liverpool star gave his predictions.

    With 2-0 victories for both United and City, he said: “On the pitch, I think it will be Manchester that comes out on top in both games.

    “Defensively the two London teams are ordinary at best, and therein lie their problems.

    “City and United are both so dangerous going forward, and I don't see Arsenal and Chelsea being able to keep them out.”

  • YOR HIRED

    Gary Neville wants Manchester United to sign a striker to challenge Anthony Martial – just as Sir Alex Ferguson did with Dwight Yorke.

    The striker was signed in 1998 despite the club’s wealth of options and Neville wants a similar transfer this summer.

    He told the Webby and O'Neill podcast: “Definitely a centre-back, a challenger for David De Gea, a right winger and a centre-forward, in my opinion.

    “It’s not to replace Martial, it’s to challenge Martial. It means Greenwood doesn’t have to play right wing all the time.

    “I do think the club needs a winger who can play both sides, personally. I think they need a centre-forward.

    “In 1999 we had Sheringham, Cole and Solskjaer in the building, Sir Alex Ferguson signed Dwight Yorke to challenge them, to complement them, to play with them. Not to replace them.

    “You can sign a player in the same position as another player without disrespecting that player if he’s got the right attitude.”

  • RASH OF BLOOD

    Marcus Rashford sent Leeds United a tweet of congratulations for getting promotion – and then immediately deleted it.

    The Manchester United star took to social media to praise Marcelo Bielsa's side.

    Rashford's tweet said: “As a United fan I'm happy to see Leeds United back in the Premier League where they belong. Congrats LUFC”

    The post got 30 likes and 71 replies before he deleted it.

  • ANT MAN

    Rio Ferdinand claims Manchester United have successfully rebuilt Anthony Martial after Jose Mourinho 'zapped' his confidence.

    He told BT Sport: “I think Anthony Martial was probably the main one, for me, that needed rebuilding.

    “Jose Mourinho brings in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, takes his number nine shirt. What that does for a player's confidence I cannot tell you. It absolutely zaps the confidence out of you.

    “He’s a poacher, a six-yard box player, scoring the scruffy goals, if you like. But he can also bring other people into the game.

    “The dribbling, that’s world-class football what you’re seeing there. What I love about him is his intensity has changed, his whole body language has changed, there’s a new positivity about him.

    “He’s somebody that is enjoying having the belief of the current manager. That’s what you need.

    “No matter what level you are as a player, you need the backing and the belief from your manager to be able to put what you have on show.”

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS,

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that the Red Devils are pushing ahead with the signing of Jadon Sancho.

    United and Borussia Dortmund are close to an agreement for the £100million-rated winger who wants to move to the Premier League and Old Trafford.

    The goals have being flying in from Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial, with Bruno Fernandes pulling the strings behind them.

    But boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to bolster his attacking options as he bids to build a squad to match that of his own glory filled playing days.

    Solskjaer was one of the attacking riches Sir Alex Ferguson had to pick from — with Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham — during the 1998-99 Treble season.

    Ex-Manchester City youth player Sancho, 20, fits Solskjaer’s plans for a young vibrant team going into the future.

    Sancho hit 17 goals and provided 16 assists in the Bundesliga as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern Munich.

    Meanwhile, Neil Custis writes that while Sancho could be on his way to Old Trafford, Jesse Lingard looks to be on his way to Milan.

    Both AC Milan and Inter want the midfielder, 27, who has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford.

    Lingard has started only once since the season restarted — the FA Cup quarter-final win at Norwich.

    Inter are also urgently looking at ways to extend Alexis Sanchez’s stay beyond the summer.

  • FORTUNE TELLER

    Jose Mourinho claims his old club Manchester United are “lucky” to be in Champions League contention.

    Tottenham’s chief could give United a big helping hand by beating fourth-placed Leicester tomorrow.

    He said: “If United do it, they’ll have done it by playing very well in the second part of the season.

    “And on top of that everybody knows they were a bit lucky more than once. Luck that others didn’t have. Like us.”

  • NOT A FAN

    Prem clubs face a further £450m black hole after the Government confirmed next season will start without fans inside grounds.

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport confirmed a series of “pilot events” with spectators this summer, including the World Snooker Championships and Glorious Goodwood.

    But as SunSport revealed, turnstiles will not be routinely opened until at least October 1.

    That means the first three weekends of the new campaign will be played behind closed doors, costing clubs around £90m between them in lost gate receipts, with Spurs and Manchester United missing out on more than £5 for every match played behind closed doors.

    And even when the gates are opened, clubs understand that they will be allowed a maximum of 25 per cent of capacity inside, with the government confirming that “social distancing restriction” will be in place.

    SunSport also revealed that clubs are set to hold ballots of season ticket holders to determine who is allowed inside.

  • BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

    SunSport can reveal that Manchester United are pushing ahead with the signing of Jadon Sancho.

    United and Borussia Dortmund are close to an agreement for the £100million-rated winger who wants to move to the Premier League and Old Trafford.

    Ex-Manchester City youth player Sancho, 20, fits Solskjaer’s plans for a young vibrant team going into the future.

  • PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Owen Hargreaves claims Paul Pogba can use Bruno Fernandes' help to be a leader for Manchester United's young generation.

    He told BT Sport: “He (Pogba) gets too much criticism. I think he takes it all.

    “The thing I love about him is that he always comes and wants the ball. He always sits there and takes that pressure and this is a man that’s taken pressure from an early age.

    “He’s produced on the biggest stages with Juventus. He won the World Cup with France and he was a leader for that team.

    “He’s a leader for this generation, along with Harry Maguire and David De Gea. Now, at 27, he’s ready to take on that leadership.

    “Okay, Bruno’s come in and taken some of the responsibility. I think his overall game is so good.

    “I love the fact that he (Pogba) stands up and takes everything on the chin. He never bites back, and I just think that me and Rio (Ferdinand) remember him being a young kid of 17, now he’s 27, I think he’s ready to lead these young guys like Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.”

  • RASH DECISION

    Marcus Rashford deleted a tweet congratulating Leeds United following their return to the Premier League.

    The striker wrote: “As a United fan I'm happy to see Leeds United back in the Premier League where they belong, Congrats @LUFC”

  • ANT MAN

    Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Manchester United have successfully rebuilt Anthony Martial after Jose Mourinho 'zapped' his confidence.

    He told BT Sport: “I think Anthony Martial was probably the main one, for me, that needed rebuilding.

    “Jose Mourinho brings in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, takes his number nine shirt. What that does for a player's confidence I cannot tell you. It absolutely zaps the confidence out of you.

    “He’s a poacher, a six-yard box player, scoring the scruffy goals, if you like. But he can also bring other people into the game.

    “The dribbling, that’s world-class football what you’re seeing there. What I love about him is his intensity has changed, his whole body language has changed, there’s a new positivity about him.

    “He’s somebody that is enjoying having the belief of the current manager. That’s what you need.

    “No matter what level you are as a player, you need the backing and the belief from your manager to be able to put what you have on show.”

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