Milenkovic EXCLUSIVE, 'Cristiano Ronaldo for Pogba swap', Rice 'wants transfer', Haaland latest

MANCHESTER UNITED are set to launch a summer swoop for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenjovic, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Meanwhile we've the latest on Declan Rice's potential switch to Old Trafford, as well as updates on Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland.


Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…

  • James Orr


    Man Utd have joined the race for Fulham's on-loan Lyon defender Joachim Andersen, according to reports.

    The Dane moved to Craven Cottage last summer, after finding opportunities limited with the French side.

    Despite Fulham's struggles, he has hit the ground running in West London, earning the captain's armband in just his fourth Premier League appearance.

    And his quick progress has not gone unnoticed by potential suitors.

    Danish outlet BT claim that the Red Devils have more than just a passing interest in the 24-year-old.

  • William Pugh


    Edinson Cavani opened the scoring as Manchester United comfortably made it into the Europa League semi-finals last night.

    The 2-0 win against Granada at Old Trafford, 4-0 on aggregate, was sealed late on thanks to a Jesus Vallejo own goal.

    Marcus Rashford watched on from the bench due to a foot knock while Paul Pogba took the armband in Harry Maguire’s absence due to suspension.

    Roma are the Red Devils’ opponents in the semis after Edin Dzeko scored an equaliser against Ajax, securing a 1-1 draw on the night and 3-2 aggregate win.

    In transfer news, SunSport revealed yesterday United’s intention to push ahead with signing Nikola Milenkovic.

    The Fiorentina defender is available for £38million this summer, a fee the Red Devils will hope to negotiate down.

    Raphael Varane has also been linked with a move from Real Madrid.

    According to Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez, the Frenchman is heading to Old Trafford.

    He told El Chiringuito TV that United and Varane are in 'advanced talks' and that Madrid are preparing for his exit.

  • Marc Mayo


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot wait to face Roma in the Europa League semi-finals.

    Tonight's 2-0 win over Granada confirmed Manchester United's clash against the Italians, with the first leg on April 26.

    Solskjaer said: "We’re looking forward to it, we’re in the semis and it feels like a proper European tie.

    "Roma is club with loads of tradition and history but we’ve done well against them before.

    "We look forward to them and hope we can get to the final. If we can finish the season with a trophy that’ll be great.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Paul Pogba has spoken of his early substitution tonight despite taking the armband from the suspended Harry Maguire.

    He told BT Sport: "[After] some tackles, a yellow card, I had to come off obviously.

    "The yellow card was unfortunate. It wasn't a yellow card for me but you have to accept it. We won the game, that's the most important thing.

    "I know the foul just after it, I saw all the players trying to get me out. [The manager thought] it's better I come off before a red card."

    He still had time to set up Edinson Cavani's goal, his third assist in four games – having previously taken 51 games to clock that many.

    Credit: AP
  • Marc Mayo


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he substituted Paul Pogba at half-time due to fears over a red card.

    He told BT Sport: "Sometimes, Paul wants to win so much…

    "He went into a couple of tackles after his yellow card but I thought I don't want to risk [him being sent off] even though he played so well.

    "We missed three today [through suspension]. The season has been hard enough as it is."

  • Marc Mayo

    BRU ARE YA?!

    Bruno Fernandes has warned Manchester United not to underestimate Roma in the semi-finals.

    He told BT Sport: "Every team will give you problems. They have a good organisation defensively, they can create problems offensively.

    "Some of their players have played in England. We know what we have to do. If we do the right things, we will have our chances to win the game."

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo


    Owen Hargreaves does not think Manchester United need to sign a new centre-forward – so long as they sign Edinson Cavani to a new contract.

    The 34-year-old scored against Granada earlier but could leave at the end of the season, something former midfielder Hargreaves does not want to see.

    The ex-Red Devil told BT Sport: “Obviously everyone wants Harry Kane and Erling Haaland but they should keep Cavani and reinvest it elsewhere. 

    “They could spend that money on three other players in important positions. Cavani could get you 25 goals if he plays regularly next season.

    “They are the second highest scorers in the league already so is it the biggest issue? 

    “Their best players are attackers, I don't think it is realistic to win the league next season but they need a new right winger and centre-back and you can't spend £100million on every player.”

  • Marc Mayo


    Here are the confirmed Europa League semi-final ties…

    First leg – Thursday, April 29. 8pm:
    Manchester United vs Roma
    Villarreal vs Arsenal

    Second leg – Thursday, May 6. 8pm:
    Roma vs Manchester United
    Arsenal vs Villarreal

    Credit: AP
  • Marc Mayo


    Manchester United are into the Europa League semi-finals!

    And it has been about as comfortable as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have imagined.

    Edinson Cavani's early goal tonight, followed by a late Jesus Vallejo own goal, sealed a 4-0 win on aggregate.

  • Marc Mayo


    Jesus Vallejo is put through his own net to make it 2-0 to Manchester United!

    Time to celebrate, Red Devils…

  • Marc Mayo


    Edin Dzeko has put Roma back on level terms with Ajax.

    That means, with 15 minutes to go, the tie is fully in the Serie A side's favour with a 3-2 aggregate lead.

    The winner will face Manchester United in the next round.

  • Marc Mayo


    Daniel James and Donny van de Beek have come on for Manchester United.

    Will we see any of the youngsters? Shola Shoretire, Adam Diallo, Anthony Elanga and William Fish are all on the bench.

  • Marc Mayo


    It appears likely that three Europa League quarter-finals are done and dusted.

    The same cannot be said for Roma versus Ajax, where the Dutch club have just scored to take the lead at Stadio Olimpico – and had another chalked off by VAR.

    Brian Brobbey gathered up a long ball to nudge it around the goalkeeper and score.

    Roma still lead on away goals but are certainly not home and hosed.

    The winner of this tie will face Manchester United in the semis, if the Red Devils qualify.

  • Marc Mayo


    Harry Kane can be forgiven for considering his future at Tottenham with Manchester United claimed to be interested, according to Dimitar Berbatov.

    In recent weeks, numerous reports have claimed the England captain, 27, is considering his future at Spurs in a bid to finally win some silverware.

    Berbatov told Betfair: "According to reports, he will look to leave Spurs if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

    "This isn't a surprise. I don't know if it will happen, but Kane is clearly thinking about his future.

    "I can see why Kane would want to move if they don't make the Champions League and if they don't win the League Cup.

    "I would not be surprised as of course he wants to play Champions League football. It depends on how Spurs finish the season."

  • Marc Mayo


    Edinson Cavani's goal has given Manchester United a very comfortable three-goal lead on aggregate.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal have bounced back to lead Slavia Prague with three first-half goals, Roma and Ajax are goalless, and Villarreal have extended their aggregate lead to 3-0.

  • Marc Mayo


    A very nice finish from Edinson Cavani.

    That's goal number nine on the season.

  • Marc Mayo


    That was a passing move down the left launched into the box for Paul Pogba to flick on.

    There was Cavani, who had time to pick his spot and fire into the bottom corner.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Marc Mayo


    Edinson Cavani! That's 1-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate.

    That may just be that…

  • Marc Mayo


    Ahead of the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained his team selection.

    He said: "It's a knockout tie. We've got a healthy lead from the first game but you don't take any chances.

    "We have some niggling injuries, Marcus [Rashford's] foot so that was an easy one to leave him out.

    "Apart from that, the players are in form, they want to play.

    "And with the three enforced changes anyway we stuck with what we felt was a strong team."

  • Marc Mayo


    We will be keeping you up to date with the main action of tonight's game.

    For a full, blow-by-blow blog head over to our dedicated match stream.

  • Marc Mayo


    Marcus Rashford is on the bench tonight despite his stunning form in Europe.

    His tally of eight goals in his last ten European games is the most by a Manchester United player since Cristiano produced the same run in 2007-08.

    However, the striker is some way off the club record over a ten-game stretch.

    That honour is held by Ruud van Nistelrooy, who bagged 12 in 10 European nights back in 2002-03.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Marc Mayo


    Paul Pogba takes the captain's armband tonight as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names a predictably strong team.

    Axel Tuanzebe starts in defence with Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay banned.

    Dean Henderson and Marcus Rashford also come out of the XI that beat Tottenham.

  • Marc Mayo


    Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool is the ideal setting for Erling Haaland.

    The Norwegian is wanted by a host of clubs, including Manchester United, this summer but the ex-defender hopes to see him at Anfield.

    He told CBS Sports: “I think Haaland should come to Liverpool, because it’s his type of football.

    “Basically heavy metal football, he relies on his pace and his power. That’s the type of football that Liverpool play.

    “Who would not want to play in front of the Kop? Liverpool, energy, Champions League football nights.”

  • Marc Mayo


    In Europa League history, ie since 2009, only one side has fluffed a two-goal first leg lead in a home return match.

    That was Real Betis, who won 2-0 at Sevilla in 2014 yet lost 2-0 a week later and were knocked out on penalties.

    History is certainly in United’s favour…

  • Marc Mayo


    Jesse Lingard is BETTER than Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, Frank McAvennie has claimed.

    The former Hammers forward praised the loanee and questioned whether he would even want to return to Manchester United.

    McAvennie told West Ham Zone: “With Lingard, I don’t think he’ll want to go back to Man United because he was left out there and it’s hard to get back in their squad now. 

    “He’s really enjoying himself at West Ham.

    “I think he’s better than Martial and Rashford, I really do. Everyone’s got an opinion and that’s what I think but to be fair, he wasn’t doing it at Man United. He was Jack the Lad, wasn’t he?

    “But there’s nothing wrong with that but you’ve got to play on the park as well. He’s back enjoying it now and playing.”

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