MANCHESTER UNITED are ready for a busy summer on and off the pitch as the Premier League attempts to kick on with Project Restart.
But they could soon be without Paul Pogba, who is reportedly “on the verge” of re-signing for Juventus.
Follow all the latest updates and transfer news below…
Andy Goram furiously told Roy Keane to “f*** off”’ at Manchester United before a “scared” Gary Neville warned him “we don’t talk to Roy like that”.
The Scotsman locked horns with the former Red Devils hardman when he arrived at Old Trafford on loan from Motherwell in 2001.
In an interview with The Mirror, the Scotsman lifted the lid on an explosive bust-up with the fiery midfielder during a training session.
Goram recalled the moment they met: “Shark’s eyes. Dead, devoid of emotion, glaring at me. No handshake. Welcome to Manchester United, Roy Keane-style.
“There were clashes between us. One day in training, we were playing a game of eight-a-side and Keane and Luke Chadwick were up front for my team.
“I always prided myself on the accuracy of my kicking, on being able to pick out a player from a distance, and that day I half-volleyed a peach right on to Chadwick’s foot.
“The kid snatched at it and ballooned his volley over the bar. Suddenly, I was the target of a volley of abuse from Keane. ‘Hey you, give me the f*****g ball,’ he screamed.
“I replied, ‘What, do you get the ball just because you’re Roy Keane? F*** off’.
“The atmosphere was icy from that moment on, and on the way off the field Gary Neville collared me. ‘Goalie,’ he said, ‘we don’t talk to Roy like that down here. We just don’t’.
“It was a telling insight for me. Of course I respected Keane as a player, but I couldn’t have that.”
PREM RULES CONTINUED
Staggered sessions so staff and players arrive at different times.
Players will be allowed 15 minutes to warm up including gym exercises and must work in groups of no more than five (including four outfield players) on a pitch while remaining at least 2m apart.
Maximum session length of 75 minutes including ball work but no contact or tackling and spitting is banned. Players then have 15 minutes to finish “essential recovery” programmes.
All players must take their own equipment away with any GPS gear worn in training left in a specific area to be disinfected before being handled by staff wearing PPE.
Staff to disinfect all corner flags, cones, goalposts, GPS units, balls, gloves boots and other equipment.
Players must leave as soon as they have completed their sessions and are banned from congregating in any area. All bathing/showering to be away from training ground.
Food, fluid, nutritional supplements and medication to be collected from designated point at exit gates.
Premier League clubs will today agree the “Stage One” training ground rules for the initial step towards a resumption of football.
SunSport outlines what can – and can’t – be done:
BEFORE TRAINING STARTS
All players must have given a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of resuming training and be tested twice per week.
They must self-isolate for seven days if showing symptoms or if any members of their family do. All staff must confirm in writing they understand the new regulations.
All players and staff must have designated parking place at least three spaces away from any other car and arrive wearing training clothes and carrying towels and drinks bottles.
Each player or staff member must take a temperature check and complete a medical questionnaire.
No massage or soft tissue treatment unless deemed “essential”, in advance, by the club doctor.
Players can only access dressing rooms to use the toilet and wash basins and only leave their boots at the training ground.
The British Medical Association has launched an attack on the Premier League for buying up so much PPE – as NHS workers battle the coronavirus on the frontline.
The chief doctors’ union in the UK has told The Telegraph that the English top flight should not be using testing equipment, masks and gloves until it has started to make more inroads in tackling the killer bug.
A BMA spokesman told the Telegraph: “The latest BMA survey results seem to show the supply chain situation is improving but there are still issues in some areas.
“It is important that these are resolved first, and adequate and consistent supply is available across the health service, before we consider non-essential sectors.”
DEVIL MAY CARE
Former Manchester United star Nani has revealed why he snubbed a move to Arsenal and Chelsea over a switch to Old Trafford.
He told the Red Devil’s official website: “At that time, I was lucky because I was working with the strongest agents in the world and then we had a connection with a lot of important persons.
“People who were important in Manchester because, at that time, Ronaldo was playing there and had a similar story, you know, playing for Sporting and then Ferguson went to bring him to United. Carlos Queiroz was there as well, he’s Portuguese, so it can help a little bit and I was very excited.
“My agent asked me as there were so many teams to choose from – Chelsea, Arsenal, teams in Italy like Juventus and Inter [Milan]. Bayern [Munich] and [Real] Madrid – I don’t know if they were true but it was in the news.
“I chose Manchester because of the reasons they gave me at that time and everything [about how] the past was involved with me. It gave me the reasons to go there, all my story and beyond that, told me to go to Manchester.
“It was a club where I have a story in the past before I moved to Manchester, when I was a kid, so it was good.”
PAUL TO PLAY FOR
Wayne Rooney has urged his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change Paul Pogba’s position at Manchester United to mimic Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
He wrote in his Sunday Times column: “You ask any striker or central midfielder and they will tell you one of the hardest things to deal with is a centre-back who comes out with the ball.
“Another nightmare is the Frank Lampard type, the midfielder who runs past you: with Frank, when the ball went wide you knew he would be off, sprinting into the box and he was one of those about who Fergie would say: ‘This player is not a one-man job — you have to pass them on.’
“He would say that about some you wouldn’t imagine: Stephen Ireland was one, Jermaine Jenas another, purely because they were willing to run beyond your midfield and with those players there’s going to be a crossover movement from when your central midfielder is dealing with it to when your centre back is.
“One lapse of team concentration in that moment and the best — like Lampard — punish you.
“That’s why I would love to see Paul Pogba playing deeper and attacking the box the moment the ball went wide. He would score more goals and with his good feet, his athleticism, he would be an absolute nightmare.
“I would use him in that role — it’s one where, if he developed in it, he could be incredible.”
WALK IN THE PARK
Wayne Rooney has claimed Park Ji-sung was just as crucial to Manchester United’s success as Cristiano Ronaldo.
He wrote in his Sunday Times column: “It’s crazy but if you mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo to a 12-year-old, they would immediately say, ‘Yeah, he was a brilliant player for Manchester United,’ but if you said ‘Park Ji-sung’ they may not know who he was.
“Yet all of us who played with Park know he was almost as important to our success. That’s because of what Park gave to the collective and I want to talk about teams. They – not stars – are the most important thing in sport.
“Understanding the importance of the team is all about gaining that understanding of what it takes to win. And it’s not just team play but team mentality that brings titles.
“Playing for the team is about taking on board the manager’s instructions. One player lacking discipline can kill the whole game plan.”
UEFA chiefs want this season’s Champions League and Europa League finals wrapped up by August.
The football federation’s president Aleksander Ceferin has said the summer is the deadline for all of Europe’s top leagues.
He told beIN Sports: ““We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of Uefa to confirm the dates.
“I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August.
“As things look now, I’m sure… that we can finish the European season and this means Uefa competition.
“I think the majority of leagues will finish the season. The ones who will not, it’s their decision.
“But they will still have to play qualifiers if they want to participate in the European Uefa competition.”
Newcastle fans are allowed to get excited with prospective new owner Mohammed bin Salman’s funds set to dwarf his Premier League rivals’.
The Sunday Times has published its Rich List 2020 and it makes for interesting reading where football is concerned.
The Glazer family at Manchester United don’t feature as “they are not resident in the UK and the majority of their business assets are based overseas, rather than registered on the London stock exchange”.
RIGHT MAN VAN
Wayne Rooney has claimed he learnt more about football working with Louis van Gaal at Manchester United in two years than he did in his nine years with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
He told the Daily Mirror: “In those two years I learned more than under any other manager.
“I was devastated when Louis was sacked. For me, it was an absolute joy to work with him. We should have kept him for a third season.
“We would have been so much stronger.
“I felt things were improving and players started to understand his vision.
“This is why I will be forever grateful to him. Not just for making me captain, but also for all the trust and belief he had in me.”
LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Championship clubs are reportedly considering a wage cap for the 2021/22 season – in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Salaries in the second-tier have gotten increasingly out of hand in the pursuit of Premier League riches and are coming under further scrutiny amid the virus crisis.
According to the Mirror, a £15-20million annual limit on squad wages is to be mulled over in the coming months.
Instituting any cap before next season is considered too difficult with clubs already having to take drastic measures to control the financial devastation brought about by the pandemic.
And any new measures would have to sit alongside, or replace, the Championship’s oft-maligned Profit and Sustainability laws.
Former Arsenal and Chelsea player Emmanuel Petit has named Bruno Fernandes in his dream Premier League five-a-side team.
The Mirror reports that the Frenchman included Liverpool duo Alisson and Andrew Robertson in defence.
In midfield, Petit has gone attacking and has named Manchester United ace Fernandes alongside Kevin de Bruyne from rivals City.
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is the striker the World Cup winner has picked to lead his line.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has responded to Jurgen Klopp’s comments.
As quoted by the Independent, the Liverpool boss said: “I didn’t learn a lot in lockdown, other than Gary Neville has an opinion about absolutely everything. It is incredible.”
Professional darts player Ian White has hilariously recreated the Cristiano Ronaldo six-pack challenge.
The former Manchester United star had made headlines for posting a picture of himself sat on some steps wearing a ‘Sixpad’ – an EMS training device that he actually endorses.
Paul Pogba is close to completing a switch back to Juventus – after the Italians offered Manchester United Adrien Rabiot to sweeten the deal.
French newspaper L’Equipe claim Juventus are close to getting the deal for Pogba, 27, over the line.
Rabiot’s agent – and mother – Veronique is pushing on with the exchange as she wants her son to play in the Premier League.
The France midfielder has struggled to settle in Turin since his free transfer move last summer, claim the newspaper.
GER NOT FOR ME
The writing was on the wall for Gerard Pique’s Manchester United career – when boss Alex Ferguson saw him “bullied” at Bolton, says club legend Wayne Rooney.
The Trotters won that home match 1-0 on November 24, 2007, with former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka getting the only goal.
And writing in his Sunday Times column, Rooney said: “Bolton away was always horrible. It was physical and you knew you had to win the fight to win the game.
“Bolton away more or less finished Gerard Pique’s career at United.
“He was young and got bullied there and I think that’s when Fergie decided that, physically, he wasn’t right for the Premier League.”
Paul Gascoigne has brutally torn into Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that he could have changed his wild ways had he joined Manchester United.
The England legend claimed his life would have turned out the same way at Old Trafford because some of the Red Devils biggest legends experienced personal problems.
Speaking during an event earlier this year, which was covered by The Athletic, Gazza said: “Alex Ferguson says it would have been different if I had signed for Man United.
“Well, Rio Ferdinand did a runner from a f***ing drugs test. Eric Cantona two-footed some c*** in the neck in the stand.
“Wayne Rooney s****ed a f***ing granny. And Ryan Giggs s****ed his brother’s f***ing wife. F***ing hell, man.”
Manchester United star Fred has begged Paul Pogba: Please don’t go.
Speaking to Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo, the 27-year-old said: “Pogba is a great player. The people who are here on a daily basis with him know that.
“Everyone who watched the World Cup and watched his football knows that he’s a great player.
“And for sure we want him to stay. Because he will add us a lot. He’s a guy who has an immense quality, he’s a strong player for the Premier League.
“He knows how to play the Premier League. So I’m sure I want him to stay because I’m sure he will help us a lot.
“We’re in the same position, but the more quality players on the team, the better. You will not build a team with 11 players. You need a strong squad.
“So I really hope that he stays, and if he stays, I’m sure he will be a very strong reinforcement for us next season.”
PIQUED TOO SOON
Wayne Rooney has revealed how a tough game against Bolton Wanderers effectively ended Gerard Pique’s Manchester United career.
The Spaniard was sold to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona and then went on to become one of the most decorated footballers in history.
But it was a 1-0 defeat to Nicolas Anelka’s header at the Reebok Stadium which gave young Pique a headache that night.
Rooney wrote in his Sunday Times column: “Bolton away more or less finished Gerard Pique’s career at United.
“He was young and got bullied there and I think that’s when Fergie decided that, physically, he wasn’t right for the Premier League.”
MORNING MAN UTD FANS
The Red Devils are reportedly plotting a double swoop for the Bellingham brothers this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is allegedly prepared to offer 16-year-old Jude the chance to play first-team football next season.
And 90Min claim the Red Devils are also interested in landing his younger brother Jobe, 15, who is also at Birmingham.
Meanwhile, the club have been handed a blow by the news that Leicester will reportedly resist any summer approach for Wilfred Ndidi.
Allnigeriasoccer.com claim that both the Red Devils and Paris Saint-Germain remain interested in the midfielder but there have been no official approaches.
And in another disappointment, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has no plans to force away from Lazio this summer.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim the Serbian has performed a U-turn over his decision to leave the Serie A side since Simone Inzaghi took charge.
The 25-year-old is now set to be offered a new £3.5million-a-year deal as a reward.
And finally, United are set to loan out academy midfielder James Garner at the end of the season.
The Merseyside-born teenager has been among Solskjaer’s homegrown talents making their way in the first-team, alongside the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.
However, with only a handful of appearances in cup competitions, a spell away from the club to gain experience is thought to be the best option.
According to MEN, a loan stint is inevitable with first-team coach Michael Carrick a big fan of the youngster.
Paul Pogba is “on the verge” of completing a transfer to Juventus, according to L’Equipe.
And the French paper claims that Man Utd will be offered bad boy Adrien Rabiot in exchange.
Pogba’s contract expires next summer, but the Red Devils do have the option of extending it for one further year.
STILL ON TRACK
Project Restart can stay on track — even if Premier League players are found to have Covid-19 when official testing begins today.
Prem bosses expect some players and club staff to test positive when contractors Prenetics carry out the first phase of the official programme over the next two days.
West Ham defender Aaron Creswell has joined he lists of top players voicing worries about possibly returning too quicklyBut they believe the Bundesliga, which had 10 positives from an initial 1,724 tests across 36 clubs, shows that plans to resume competitive action can still move forward.
A source said: “There is an expectation that there will be positives — but that doesn’t mean the train is off the track.
“The Germans had 10 positive tests but they didn’t panic and in the second set there were none in Bundesliga 1.”
This is the mad moment former Manchester City star Dedryck Boyata broke coronavirus rules by KISSING a team-mate on football’s return from lockdown.
Boyata planted a smacker on on-loan Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic in Hertha Berlin’s 3-0 behind-closed-doors Bundesliga win at Hoffenheim.
But, incredibly, he was defended by his coach and will not face any punishment — despite Augsburg boss Heiko Herrlich being banned for leaving his team’s hotel to buy toothpaste and skin cream.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram – son of France legend Lilian – was also seen appearing to kiss a team-mate.
Thuram looked to peck his fellow player on the cheek after scoring his side’s second against Frankfurt.
Any contact outside of challenges is banned – and subs have even been made to sit two metres apart.
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