Manchester United will be keeping a close eye on proceedings on the international stage this evening, with the current international break poised to explode into life tonight.
Several members of Erik ten Hag's squad have been called up by their respective nations for this current break, which marks the last opportunity for national team managers to assess their players ahead of deciding on their World Cup squads. The likes of Raphael Varane, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia could all be in action tonight for France, Denmark and the Netherlands, respectively.
United will be sure to keep a watchful eye on matters, not least in the hope of avoiding any injury issues. Ten Hag is already battling a handful of problems within his squad and will be determined to keep the Carrington treatment room as clear as possible ahead of a relentless-looking October schedule.
As well as using the international break to keep a close eye on their players, United are also using this current hiatus to talk transfer plans ahead of January. The club recruited six new faces during the summer and it is very much possible that they could dive back into the market in the New Year.
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Paul Merson: United won't win anything with Ronaldo present
"Cristiano Ronaldo was a 100 times better player than me and I’ve got to say Man United are not going to win anything with him in the team."
Read his quotes in full here
Dubravka injured while on international duty
Martin Dubravka has withdrawn from the Slovakia squad and will return to Carrington to have his knock assessed.
The issue was picked up in training ahead of their Nations League clash with Azerbaijan. He's the country's first choice goalkeeper.
Read the full story here.
United linked with audacious Kane move
Reports are claiming Manchester United are mulling over a potential punt for England captain Harry Kane.
Fichajes (via Caught Offside) say the Reds face competition from Chelsea and Bayern Munich should the Tottenham striker become available.
Any possible exit for Kane would likely depend on whether Spurs qualify for the Champions League again with the 29-year-old's contract expiring in 2024.
Rio Ferdinand on Erik ten Hag's summer signings
"One of the things I liked the most that he said was he was asked if he was happy with the players brought in, he said ‘I am happy with the people that I have bought’.
"Not just the players, the people. I was asking ‘Where’s the character and the personalities in the team? When the chips are down who is there to fight and lead the dressing room?’
"And he has bought it seems good characters, Casemiro an obvious one, Martinez we don’t know too much but what we’ve seen at the moment he’s a good character, the right sort you want in war and in games.
“Antony looks like he wants to be the main man and is enjoying the limelight, only one game but you can see he had one moment in the game and scored, that’s top level.”
Ex-United striker Javier Hernandez suffers World Cup heartbreak
Former United striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will not be involved at the 2022 World Cup, Mexico manager Tata Martino has confirmed.
The 34-year-old has fallen out of favour at international level in recent year and last played in 2019 - and Martino has stated that he will not select the striker.
"In the case of Chicharito, we are simply going with other forwards," Martino told the media ahead of Mexico's upcoming games against Peru and Colombia.
"We will try to choose the 26 players who are closest to our game.
"We have two [forwards] who can play and two who can't. What I like is that we don't have not enough players.
"Four forwards are not going to go [to Qatar], but as long as they make it difficult for me to choose, I'm very happy about that. Surely there will be talk of who is left out, but the problem will be abundance and not scarcity."
OPINION: Antony and Sancho must do what Pogba couldn't
To peruse a list of Manchester United's record signings is to realise just how much money has been squandered at Old Trafford in recent years.
The first window under Erik ten Hag set a new benchmark for one summer, at around £225million, with Antony now the second most expensive signing in the club's history. Casemiro is seventh on that list and Lisandro Martinez 11th.
But while you could look at a similar list of record buys at Manchester City and Liverpool and see a succession of success stories, that is not the case with United. The last decade is an era they would want to be written out of history when it comes to transfer business.
You probably have to go down to eighth on the list, and the signing of Bruno Fernandes, to find a player that could be listed unquestionably as a success. Paul Pogba tops the chart but his £89million move was a disaster. The World Cup winner underperformed on the pitch and left for nothing. There is no way of sugarcoating that deal.
Read the full story here.
Trent Alexander-Arnold opens up on how Liverpool handled the United loss
The 2-1 victory at Old Trafford kick-started a four game winning streak in the Premier League for Erik ten Hag's side.
The Dutchman's first win over bitter rivals Liverpool would have been one to savour, especially with the momentum it gave the Reds to go on and beat Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal.
Beating your fierce rivals is always a moment to cherish, but when you're on the losing end, things aren't quite the same.
Click here to find out how Liverpool reacted after losing to United 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Memphis Depay unhappy at Barcelona
Could the former United man be set for a return to Old Trafford?
The Reds were heavily linked with a move for the Barca forward late in the transfer window, but a deal failed to materialise.
Depay has now revealed that he is not pleased with the amount of game-time he is getting for Xavi's side, opening the door for a potential return to Manchester.
Read what Depay had to say about his situation at Barcelona right here >>>
How much did United spend sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick?
During their time at United, both Solskjaer and Rangnick failed to deliver.
Erik ten Hag is now hoping to become the first manager in nine years to even come close to emulating the success or Sir Alex Ferguson.
In fact, it has been five years since the 2-0 Europa League final triumph over Ajax under Jose Mourinho - the last time United lifted silverware.
The cost of poor performances however, is not just a group of unhappy supporters.
Click here to find out how much the club spent on the departures of Solskjaer and Rangnick last season.
Antony's first Manchester United Foundation visit
John Murtough's January transfer window update
After a summer window that saw £225million spent, this January may not be quite as busy.
Erik ten Hag saw six new signings make the move to Old Trafford as the club spent big during the Dutchman's first window in charge.
United's manager is due to discuss the club's transfer plans for January during the international break, but football director John Murtough has warned against seeing a repeat in the level of investment that was on display this summer.
Click here to read Murtough's comments in full on United's January transfer window plans >>>
Udinese's cheeky Cristiano Ronaldo offer
Speculation over Ronaldo's future continues to rumble on after he expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer in pursuit of Champions League football.
Although a move for the 37-year-old failed to materialise, the rumours surrounding his potential departure continue to surface.
Ronaldo has now received a fresh 'offer' from Udinese, as the Italian club took their chance to make a move for the player.
Read about the Serie A club's cheeky offer for Ronaldo right here.
United's free midfield upgrade
The arrival of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro this summer has provided a much needed boost to United's midfield.
The Dane has been key in Erik ten Hag's system, after United's manager finally worked out the midfielder's best position in his tactical set-up.
Casemiro on the other hand, has had a gentler introduction to life at Old Trafford, with fans still yet to see the Brazilian formally integrated into United's starting XI - not least due to the recent impressive performances from Scott McTominay.
However, there could be yet another new midfield addition for the club on the horizon - and it won't cost them a penny.
Find out how Ten Hag can bolster his midfield for free right here >>>
Old Trafford redevelopment update
United have issued an update on their plans to improve facilities at Old Trafford.
The club faced criticism over what many people saw as a stadium that has fallen behind when compared to those of their Premier League rivals.
Speaking on an investors' call, the club's chief executive Richard Arnold issued an update on plans to upgrade Old Trafford.
Click here to read what Arnold had to say on the club's latest plans to improve the stadium's facilities.
United's financial health
In a summer window that saw six players arrive at Old Trafford for a total transfer cost of £225million, you might be wondering what the current state of United's financial health looks like.
The club have posted their latest results, and we have broken down all the information you need to know.
Click here to read about the club's current financial situation >>>
More Man United players in action tonight
After Scott McTominay's fine performance for Scotland last night, there are more Reds in action tonight as we pick out three more matches to keep your eye on:
Croatia v Denmark - Christian Eriksen will be taking part for his country's UEFA Nations League Group A1 clash.
France v Austria - The other Group A1 match sees Raphael Varane in action for France, it may well be worth keeping tabs on the performances of Antoine Griezmann and Benjamin Pavard as well, after their recent links with United.
Poland v Netherlands - Group A4 should see Tyrell Malacia feature for Louis van Gaal’s side as they look to overcome Poland.
All kick-off times 7:45pm (UK).
Dubravka picks up injury on international duty
United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has pulled out of the Slovakia squad after picking up an injury in training, it has been announced.
The Newcastle United loanee, who joined the Reds on transfer deadline day, was poised to feature for his country in their UEFA Nations League fixtures against Azerbaijan tonight and against Belarus on Sunday.
United have confirmed that he will return to Carrington and be assessed.
Ten Hag nominated for manager of the Month award
Rashford nominated for Player of the Month
'Rashford can be unstoppable'
Rashford is running out of time to make England's squad for the Qatar World Cup, but former Three Lions international Glen Johnson believes he should start at the tournament.
"Harry Kane obviously has to start. So does Sterling. I’d probably go with Rashford as my third attacker," Johnson told Genting Casino.
"I’m a big fan of him and once he fully gets back to his best, he’s unstoppable. Sometimes when his confidence is down, he takes the easy option. He’s rapid, got a great strike on him, it’ll probably surprise people but I’d go for him.
"Rashford, Sterling and Kane would be my starting three at the World Cup, but you have incredible strength in depth. Someone else could choose a different front three and it would be hard to have any arguments"
McTominay played a key role for Scotland
MUST criticise controversial government plan
The Manchester United Supporters' Trust is deeply concerned that the government could ditch plans for an independent football regulator.
It emerged on Wednesday evening that the new Conservative government is considering putting plans for an independent football regulator on hold. They could instead give football a fixed deadline to come up with 'an acceptable alternative'.
The report from The Times has claimed that Liz Truss’ government would prefer to avoid legislation if possible, but MUST have joined Gary Neville and other industry figures in criticising the potential plan.
Read the full story here.
Chiellini defends Maguire
Giorgio Chiellini discussed English players in an interview this week.
"I am sad for Maguire's situation because he is a good player,'" Chiellini told The Times. "They require too much of him. Just because they paid £80million for him, he has to be the best in the world every match? It's not right.
"The value of the market is dependent on many aspects you can't control. It's not your fault. Him and [John] Stones are a good duo. OK, Maguire maybe is not Rio Ferdinand but he's good enough.
"With this situation it's not helping [England] to do the best. If you want to win the World Cup, it's impossible to do it with some problems in the key players, and for sure Maguire is one of the key players in the team."
United 'interested' in Bellingham transfer
United could be in 'pole position' to sign Jude Bellingham, according to The Athletic.
The report claims that any club interested in signing the midfielder must already be 'putting in the groundwork' to try and form a good relationship with Bellingham's father, Mark.
It's claimed football director John Murtough has made creating a good relationship with the latter a 'priority' ahead of any future move for his son, which could give United an advantage.
Eriksen names his strongest position
Eriksen has opened up on the start of the season, admitting that the team were 'searching' for a period of time.
"During that period we were probably searching – also for my own part. I played many different positions in a very short time," Eriksen told Politiken.
"First a little striker and then down in defensive midfield. In recent matches, I have played as an 8, and it suits me very well.
"It’s great that we’ve come back on top with wins, which have been good for us and created a bit of confidence."
OPINION: Fernandes must prove Ronaldo theory is wrong
Bruno Fernandes signed for Manchester United from Sporting Libson in January 2020 and it didn't take long for supporters to fall in love with the midfielder. Fernandes couldn't have wished to make a better impression during his first six months at Old Trafford.
"Bruno, Bruno, Bruno, came from Sporting like Cristiano," was soon heard on the terraces and it seemed like United had signed a player that would inspire them to win silverware. Fernandes was an immediate fan favourite and he was the type of player that opposition sides in the Premier League feared on matchday, which was something that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had initially lacked.
Fernandes had a transformative influence in the dressing room with his elite mentality and he was genuinely world-class in his first two seasons at the club. He even won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for two successive campaigns.
Read the full story here.
De Jong breaks his silence on failed United transfer
Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has admitted that he always wanted to stay at Barcelona during the summer transfer window amid Manchester United's long-term interest in his signature.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News back in May, United quickly identified the Netherlands international as their top target to strengthen their respective midfield options. De Jong had worked with Reds manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax and the latter was keen for a reunion at Old Trafford.
United agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign De Jong at the end of June, reaching an agreement over an initial €65million (£56.14m) fee. However, the Reds were unable to advance with their quest to sign the 25-year-old because he was owed €17million in deferred wages.
Read the full story here.
McTominay plays his part in Scotland win
United ace Scott McTominay helped Scotland make a winning start to this current international break last night, playing the full 90 minutes in their 3-0 win over Ukraine at Hampden Park.
The Scots moved to the top of Group B1 in the UEFA Nations League, leapfrogging Ukraine in the process, thanks to goals from Lyndon Dykes (2) and John McGinn.
McTominay and Scotland will be in action again on Saturday, facing the Republic of Ireland, also at Hampden Park.