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CRISTIANO RONALDO had conversations with his agent about his future at Manchester United, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Jorge Mendes has flown to the UK for talks with the 36-year-old over status at Old Trafford following reports of a fall-out between Ralf Rangnick and the senior player, which the club deny.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on Marcus Rashford's recent struggles for form.

And ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes he should be asking Ronaldo for advice.

While reports suggest that United are set to swoop for Brighton star Tariq Lamptey.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, updates and gossip on our live blog…

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  • Ian Tuckey

    AF-CONNED: Re-writing history

    Mali's Africa Cup of Nations clash with Tunisia ended in farce as the referee blew the final whistle too early, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    The Tunisians, trailing 1-0 at the time, were left completely incensed as Zambian official Janny Sikazwe blew up with the clock at 89:48.

    Bafflingly he'd also appeared to blow for full-time in the 86th minute… before waving play on.

    The half hadn't been short of action – with penalties awarded for both sides, while El Bilal Toure was sent off for Mali.

    Tunisia thought they'd get a fair chunk of added time in which to try and equalise – but Sikazwe had other ideas.

    The Eagles of Carthage were eventually invited to finish the game by tournament organisers, but furiously declined with press conferences having already started.

    The incident got us thinking – what would have happened if this blunder had happened in other huge games down the years?

    Let's run through seven of the most interesting examples.

    BAYERN WIN 1999 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    MAN UTD WIN PREM IN 2012
    LIVERPOOL WIN 1989 TITLE
    WEST HAM WIN 2006 FA CUP
    ENGLAND FAIL TO REACH 2002 WORLD CUP
    CHELSEA REACH 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
    AJAX REACH 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

    CLICK HERE FOR A RUN-DOWN ON THOSE MOMENTOUS FINISHES

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd 'eye midfielder and right-back'

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick is tipped to hunt a new midfield anchorman and right-back this month.

    Defensive midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred have come under fire for their performances this campaign.

    Borussia Mönchengladbach 's Denis Zakaria has been linked with a cut-price £5m move, ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

    And a £35m swoop for Wolves' Ruben Neves has been touted.

    Meanwhile, at right-back Tariq Lamptey is rated a likely target to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.

    The Red Devils value the youngster at £30m, which is £10m short of Brighton’s asking price.

  • Alex Terrell

    Berbatov Exclusive: Ask Ronaldo for advice, Rashford

    Dimitar Berbatov has told Marcus Rashford to approach Cristiano Ronaldo for advice on how to up his game.

    The former United striker exclusively told SunSport: "These small things can give you that little boost of confidence you need as a player, they can really lift you.

    "It’s important that the manager, the staff and team-mates are giving Rashford these little boosts.

    "They have some incredible people at the club, he should speak to Cristiano Ronaldo and ask him for advice.

    "I didn’t speak to any of my team mates when I was on a bad run, I was shy and quite private. That was my mistake.

    "If there’s someone in the team who is experienced and is an icon in world football, like Ronaldo then go and ask him for advice, I’m sure he will give people time and wise words."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon and Utd Newcastle duel for Haidara

    Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

    The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

    Haidara worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick thought to be keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

    But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

    They add that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

    The Toon see Haidara as a potential leader for this group, moving beyond just this season’s relegation battle.

    But they may have to pay over the odds to convince the 23-year-old to join.

    Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon and Utd Newcastle duel for Haidara

    Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

    The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick's arrival.

    Haidara worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick thought to be keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

    But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

    They add that Eddie Howe's side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

    The Toon see Haidara as a potential leader for this group, moving beyond just this season's relegation battle.

    But they may have to pay over the odds to convince the 23-year-old to join.

    Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sevilla ‘withdraw from Martial hunt’

    La Liga side Sevilla have reportedly withdrawn their interest in wantaway Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

    The Spaniards have pulled out of a loan move due to United’s stubbornness in negotiations, according to Marca, according to Marca.

    Sevilla had been keen on a loan move until the end of the season, although that deal now appears to be scuppered.

    Martial informed chiefs last month that he wanted to leave the club after a lack of first team opportunities in recent months.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lamp could light up Red Devils

    Manchester United want to sign Brighton star Tariq Lamptey to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

    According to the Daily Mail, a signing in that position could be made this month – with Lamptey the top target.

    However, United value the 21-year-old at £30m, which is £10m off from Brighton’s reported asking price.

    Lamptey’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2025, so the Seagulls are under no pressure to sell the former Chelsea man.

    There has also been interest from Tottenham, but Spurs are more likely to pursue Adama Traore to operation as a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Lauren – Giggs his toughest opponent

    Former Arsenal full-back Lauren has named Ryan Giggs as the most difficult opponent he faced in his career.

    The Manchester United legend won THIRTEEN Premier League titles with the club, making 672 appearances for the club.

    And speaking to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Arsenal, Lauren said: "Without any doubt, Ryan Giggs was the toughest opponent I ever came up against.

    "He was such a clever player. He always had one eye on where you were and the space in behind you.

    "He had quick feet and so much speed on the ball; he could breeze past players with ease."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Manchester United targeting two positions

    Ralf Rangnick has two priorities this month – signing a defensive midfielder and a right-back, according to the Mail.

    Scott McTominay and Fred have come under fire for their performances this campaign, with Ralf Rangnick set to invest in his midfield area.

    Denis Zakaria has been linked with a cut-price £5m move, ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

    Elsewhere a £35m swoop for Ruben Neves has been touted.

    And at right-back Tariq Lamptey is said to be a target to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.

    The Red Devils value the youngster at £30m, which is £10m short of Brighton's asking price.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ronaldo 'struggling' in United system

    Former Arsenal man Nigel Winterburn, who played over 400 times for the Gunners, believes Manchester United are 'struggling' to fit Cristiano Ronaldo into the system at the club.

    Ronaldo made an emotional return to Old Trafford in the summer, but his homecoming hasn't been the fairytale that he pictured it to be.

    Winterburn, speaking to Paddy Power, said: "If they’re putting Ronaldo in the team, they must have a style of play that is geared towards getting the best out of him.

    "Even though he’s a superstar, he’s played a lot more than I expected him to but that’s just because of the type of guy he is – he never looks happy when he’s sat on the bench.  

    "It’s such a difficult conundrum but United have brought him back and they have to find a system with the interim manager which produces the best results for them and at the moment, they are struggling to do that."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Newcastle hijack Haidara United move

    Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

    The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

    But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

    They add that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

    Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

    Haidara’s contract is believed to posses a £33m release clause.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    In case you missed it

    Manchester United ‘fully intend’ to take up the option of extending Marcus Rashford’s contract by a further year.

    The 24-year-old’s current deal expires in 2023, with the club able to trigger a 12-month extension.

    And according to ESPN, the club are confident he will extend his stay at Old Trafford despite a poor run of form lately.

    A new deal for Rashford in the summer is considered a ‘priority’ after the England star has made 286 appearances for his boyhood club.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    United 'Years and years' away

    QPR striker Charlie Austin reckons Manchester United won't win the Premier League for TEN years.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Austin claimed: “You can go back as far as you want to: they are a shadow of what they were before.

    “When I was growing up, Man United was the biggest team. 

    “Everybody would say, ‘Man United, they win trophies’ – United have got no chance of winning the Premier League in years and years! 

    “They have got no chance, let’s be honest, of winning the Premier League for nearly ten years.” 

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ronaldo jets off to Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez have jetted to Madrid for a romantic meal and night at a luxury hotel as questions swirl about his Manchester United future.

    The loved-up couple reportedly flew to the Spanish capital, where CR7 owns a £4.8 million villa, after he was ruled out of the FA Cup match against Aston Villa because of a hip injury.

    The pair, due to add to their family again soon with a twin boy and girl, are thought to have used Ronaldo’s £20m jet to leave the UK.

    And they are said to have dined on Monday night at Amos Restaurant whose executive chef Jesus Sanchez is a holder of three Michelin stars.

    The upmarket eaterie is one of two restaurants at Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel in Madrid’s famous Paseo de la Castellana which cuts across the city from south to north.

    The hotel is a favourite of Ronaldo’s from his time at Real Madrid before he moved to Juventus and then United on a two-year deal at the start of this season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    United £10m off Lamptey valuation

    Manchester United want to sign Brighton star Tariq Lamptey to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

    According to the Daily Mail, a signing in that position could be made this month – with Lamptey the top target.

    However, United value the 21-year-old at £30m, which is £10m off from Brighton's reported asking price.

    Lamptey's current deal doesn't expire until 2025, so the Seagulls are under no pressure to sell the former Chelsea man.

    There has also been interest from Tottenham, but Spurs are more likely to pursue Adama Traore to operation as a wing-back in Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 system.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Sevilla out of Martial move

    La Liga side Sevilla have reportedly withdrawn their interest in wantaway Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

    The Spaniards have pulled out of a loan move due to United's stubbornness in negotiations, according to Marca, according to Marca.

    Sevilla had been keen on a loan move until the end of the season, although that deal now appears to be scuppered.

    Martial informed chiefs last month that he wanted to leave the club after a lack of first team opportunities in recent months.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    United keen on Denis Zakaria

    Manchester United have held 'good talks' with Denis Zakaria regarding a potential move, according to SPORT1.

    And it's claimed Borussia Monchengladbach are willing to part ways with their man for just £5m.

    The Bundesliga outfit would rather the 25-year-old leave on a cut-price deal than lose him for free in the summer, when his contract expires.

    Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus are also understood to be interested in a move for the midfielder.

    A bid from any club is yet to be tabled, but United remain keen on a transfer in order to bolster their midfield.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Scholes questions Ralf Rangnick appointment

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes isn't convinced by Manchester United's decision to recruit Ralf Rangnick, while describing the atmosphere at the club as 'poisonous'.

    He told the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel : "We have gone to a man well regarded across Europe especially by managers who speak highly of him like [Jurgen] Klopp and [Thomas] Tuchel. But he’s not had much success as a coach.

    "He won promotion in Germany and a bit with Schalke but he has been asked to come and manage the biggest club in the world, it is something I just cannot get my head round.

    "They should have the best available out there as their manager and they haven’t got that and I find that astonishing.

    "We should have one of the top five managers in the world. Now Tuchel, [Pep] Guardiola and Klopp are the top three but they are unavailable, there is no chance of getting them. But then you look at Antonio Conte."

    He continued: "The club just feels like it's in a mess, player, staff and manager-wise. Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess; it does feel poisonous."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Pochettino 'maintaining contact' with Utd

    Mauricio Pochettino is still 'secretly maintaining contact' with Manchester United ahead of a potential move in the summer.

    The PSG boss has been linked with arriving at Old Trafford ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November.

    Man Utd chiefs are thought to be keen on bringing Pochettino – whose family still live in London – to the club.

    Although Le Parisien are now reporting that Rangnick has his eye on Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag instead.

    Rangnick's six-month spell as interim boss comes to an end in the summer, with Pochettino and Ten Hag two of the favourites to land the job on a permanent basis.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Warnock – Boro defence better than Utd

    Ex-Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has claimed the Boro defence is BETTER than Manchester United's.

    His former team take on United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and Warnock reckons their backline is more solid than the one at Ralf Rangnick's disposal.

    Warnock told talkSPORT: "They’ve got great individuals but not a team and I don’t see that coming.

    "They’ve got my old team Middlesbrough in the next round of the FA Cup and I wouldn’t swap any of their defenders for the back three at Middlesbrough – Dael Fry, Anfernee Dijksteele and Paddy McNair.

    "I think they’re better than Man United‘s defence."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Dembele contract saga rumbles on

    Ousmane Dembele will reportedly leave Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer if the club cannot meet his demands.

    Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the French World Cup winner.

    But his agent Moussa Sissoko has ruled out the possibility of Dembele being sold in January – insisting it is either a new contract or a summer departure.

    Speaking to Cadena SER, he said: "Either they accept his conditions or he will go to the Premier League for free in June."

    Earlier this month, reports emerged that Dembele had asked for £700,000 a week as part of his new deal, which was rejected.

    And Barca are now facing the real prospect of losing the 24-year-old winger – signed for £135million – for NOTHING.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Bayern register interest in Haaland

    Bayern Munich have reportedly been in contact with Manchester United target Erling Haaland over a proposed move.

    According Sport Bild, Bayern are in communication with Haaland's agent Mino Raiola and have expressed their interest in signing the Borussia Dortmund sensation.

    Haaland has a £64m release clause in his contract, with a host of Europe's top clubs keen on snapping him up.

    And Dortmund will be fearful of lightning striking twice, after Bayern poached Robert Lewandowski from under their noses back in 2014.

    A decision on Haaland's future is expected by the end of next month, with Bayern now well in the race for the long-term United target.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ferdinand compares Jones and Maguire

    Rio Ferdinand has praised Phil Jones for his performance on his return to Manchester United action after two years out, and claimed he would be 'embarrassed' if he was Harry Maguire.

    Ferdinand told the Vibe with Five podcast: "A lot of people talk about whether it really means anything to the players.

    "But that little scene when Phil Jones finished the game and heard the fans appreciating the performance after what he has been through, clapping him off and singing his name, it made him well up and there were tears.

    "That emotion that came out shows the hard graft and yards that went in behind the scenes, which we weren’t privy to and we did call him out at times because we weren’t aware of the situation."

    Ferdinand was then asked how he would feel in Harry Maguire's position after Jones' performance, and he said: "I'd be embarrassed, I've got to be honest, you would."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Scholes – Greenwood better up front

    Paul Scholes believes Mason Greenwood would score plenty of goals if he played in his natural position as a central striker.

    The Manchester United legend believes it is wrong that the youngster has been deployed on the wing to make space for Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

    Appearing on the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, Scholes said: "Mason Greenwood is a brilliant player – great potential.

    "The manager keeps taking him off, he’s almost become a little bit of a scapegoat, a little bit of an easy target because he’s a young player.

    "He should be playing up front for this team. As good as [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Edinson] Cavani are, and have been throughout their careers, for Manchester United’s centre forwards to be 36 and 34 just tells us where the club is at.

    "Greenwood has to be playing now – and in the future. He is a highly-talented lad and I’m frustrated when I watch him because you know he’s going to be the first man off every single time.

    "He’s been shoved out in those wide areas – the lad is an out-and-out centre forward. He will score goals in this team – no doubt about that.”

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    United want Rashford contract extension

    Manchester United 'fully intend' to take up the option of extending Marcus Rashford's contract by a further year.

    The 24-year-old's current deal expires in 2023, with the club able to trigger a 12-month extension.

    And according to ESPN, the club are confident he will extend his stay at Old Trafford despite a poor run of form lately.

    A new deal for Rashford in the summer is considered a 'priority' after the England star has made 286 appearances for his boyhood club.

    Credit: EPA

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