Jude Bellingham is in Germany to complete his move to Borussia Dortmund.
The Birmingham City teenager has rejected interest from Manchester United to join the Bundesliga club.
Man United had done their best to convince the midfield starlet to choose them, inviting him to their training ground earlier this year where he was met by Sir Alex Ferguson.
But Bellingham has instead decided on a move to Dortmund, who have agreed a deal understood to be worth in excess of £25million with Birmingham.
Bellingham, who only turned 17 in June, will become the most expensive 17-year-old in world football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Man United have a big job on their hands keeping Wilfried Zaha quiet.
United are set to come up against the winger – who Solskjaer managed at Cardiff – tonight at Crystal Palace.
“I really enjoyed working with Wilf at Cardiff,” said Solskjaer.
“He’s a very humble boy, he wanted to train, he loves football and of course we know all about his skills when he’s on his game. He’s difficult to play against.
“He knows about Aaron and Luke and whoever he comes up against it will be a fascinating battle.”
Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams are all battling to be fit for the clash at Selhurst Park.
Solskjaer has named an unchanged starting line-up for five successive Premier League matches and said “there might be one or two fresh legs coming in”.
He said: “I’ll give Luke as much time as possible, him and Mason, their ankles are swollen and a bit blown up. I’ll give them as much recovery time as possible to give them two a chance.
“Brandon should be fine, he has a gash over the eye but if he can see out of it then… we’ve not trained obviously this morning yet but we’ll hopefully have two, maybe all three of them.”
Wycombe youngster Nnamdi Ofoborh received a special message from Manchester United star Paul Pogba after winning promotion to the Championship.
The 20-year-old midfielder, on loan at Wycombe from Bournemouth, shared a video of congratulations sent to him by Pogba on Twitter.
Oforborh had earlier joked he wanted Pogba to get in touch after Adebayo Akinfenwa received a Whatsapp call from Jurgen Klopp.
Alongside the video, Ofoboh wrote: “You don’t know what this means to me. Thank you, boss. I can’t breathe right now.”
Paul Pogba is close to agreeing a new five-year Manchester United contract.
According to The Sun, the Red Devils are confident Pogba will sign fresh terms with an announcement set to be made at the end of the season.
The World Cup winning midfielder wanted to leave United last summer, declaring he was keen for a new challenge, with Real Madrid keen.
But Pogba has been in excellent form since the Premier League season restarted and is now poised to make a U-turn over his future. S
peaking last week, the 27-year-old enthused about his teammates and said he is enjoying his football more than ever.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now wants him to commit long-term to the club – and it appears he is on the verge of doing so.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking about the impact of playing Chelsea three days after the Crystal Palace game and what that could do to his players.
Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams’ fitness will need to be assessed, while Paul Pogba has been one of the first names on the team sheet and could play his eighth match since the restart against Palace.
That’s as many appearances as he managed during a season interrupted by injury.
“I’ve been speaking more or less every day with Paul,” Solskjaer said.
“Of course he knows that he wouldn’t be dropped, but when Paul plays like this he wouldn’t be dropped from any team in the world – France or Man United.
“But he’s been out for a long, long time. There was a question mark before this game (against Southampton).
“’How do you feel?’ and he felt ready for it and that was great, so now let’s see how he is today or even tomorrow morning.
“He’s been fantastic since the restart and brought a lot to the team.
“There were one or two question marks before the Southampton game about who was going to play but we made the decisions that we did.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed a recommendation from Cristiano Ronaldo about Bruno Fernandes factored into his decision to sign the midfielder.
Midfielder Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford in January and United’s manager managed to speak to his Portugal teammate prior to his signing.
Asked about the process of recruiting, Solskjaer told The High Performance podcast that, in addition to the work carried about by the scouts and analysts, talking to others helps.
“Then, you speak to teammates that maybe play with a player in the national team.
“So obviously Cristiano was an easy go to for me. I managed to get to him through Patrice [Evra] and obviously Cristiano’s recommendation stands him in good stead.
“That’s a normal situation.”
Man United are lining up a €120m (£109m) bid for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho in the event of automatic qualification to the Champions League.
Currently, the side are level on 59 points with fourth place Leicester with three games remaining.
They have a game in hand on Chelsea, who are third with 63 points.
Sancho has been heavily linked with a big money move away from Germany, where he has scored 17 Bundesliga goals and created 16.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to wield the axe at Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
The Red Devils boss is preparing to part ways with up to six fringe players so he can fund the signing of strong additions to his squad ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The Telegraph claim United will listen to offers for Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot.
Sanchez, Rojo and Smalling have been on loan at Inter, Estudiantes and Roma respectively this season.
Meanwhile, Jones, Dalot and Lingard have struggled for first-team minutes under Solskjaer.
Jones has made just eight appearances in another injury-ravaged campaign, while Dalot has appeared 11 times due to the form of £50million signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered clear of the debate about Financial Fair Play and the lifting of Manchester City’s European ban as the Manchester United manager focuses on his side’s Champions League charge.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Monday that City had won the appeal against their two-year exclusion from European competition, which had been imposed by UEFA for alleged FFP breaches.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho – rarely one to sit on the fence – branded the CAS decision “a disgrace” and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Monday was not “a good day for football”.
The ruling could have an immediate impact on United as their current position of fifth is no longer be enough for Champions League qualification, but Solskjaer would not be drawn into the debate.
“Well, I think other people can debate that and they want to debate that,” the United boss said. “I don’t think that’s my job.
“My job is to make sure that we focus on the next game and that we just do the right things.
“But with Financial Fair Play, it was brought in to keep football and football clubs financially sustainable and I think that’s important and they also give us rules to adhere to.
“That’s what we’re focusing on and let other people discuss what’s right and wrong and what’s happened.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford, who became the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester.
Rashford, 22, will follow in the footsteps of United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton in earning the accolade from the university, which is the highest honour it can bestow.
Last month, Rashford forced a government U-turn after penning an open letter to MPs asking for them to reverse the decision not to award free school meal vouchers to vulnerable children throughout the summer holidays.
The Wythenshawe-born striker said his family relied on free school meals when he was growing up.
During the coronavirus pandemic, he also teamed up with poverty and food waste charity FareShare to help raise £20 million, which meant 3.9 million meals could be distributed to vulnerable people every week.
Rashford said in a statement: “It’s a proud day for myself and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling.
“We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country, but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot. Thank you to The University of Manchester.”
He later tweeted: “Very humbled, thank you @OfficialUoM.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer started his pre-match press conference by congratulating the player.
“We’re so proud of Marcus,” the United boss said. “I’ve said it a few times, but he’s a great person and great human being.
“He cares about so much more than himself and the work he’s done shows he cares so much more about others than himself.
“So, very proud of him and hopefully he’ll keep his personality for the rest of his life, just keep on being yourself.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out Luke Shaw or Brandon Williams for Manchester United’s clash at Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Shaw and Williams were forced off against Southampton on Monday evening, but both could be involved at Selhurst Park.
Asked about their availability for the trip to Selhurst Park, Solskjaer said: “Luke has got, well, a swollen ankle, so hopefully (he can be available).
“I’ll give him as much time as possible to recover. It was a twist on his ankle.
“Brandon cut up his eye there, so I don’t really know.
“We’ve not trained this morning. None of them trained yesterday, so they were both swollen. I’ll give them as much time as possible to get the swelling away.”
The United manager has named the starting line-up for five successive Premier League matches, but there are a few unnamed knocks to deal with.
“The team selection for Thursday is based on Thursday, not Sunday,” Solskjaer said when asked about the impact of the upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Wembley.
“Sunday is irrelevant, doesn’t come into my head at all, so just Thursday.
“We’ll see the injury situation. There was a couple of doubts before the Southampton one, but they all reported fit on the day.
“Hopefully we can give them time now, not having to leave players out because of injury.
“But, as you say, there might be one or two fresh legs coming in.”