Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Mata, de Gea and more

Manchester United’s preparations to face Brighton are underway as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to make it seven wins out of seven at the start of his caretaker reign.
After that clash with Tottenham on Sunday, United’s forthcoming league programme looks reasonably gentle, so there is a fair chance that the feelgood factor could remain for a little while yet.
In the meantime, the news cycle around Old Trafford will not stop turning and we’ve made sure that you don’t miss any of the latest surrounding new arrivals, contract renewals and the race to be United’s long-term boss…

Mata told to stay

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Juan Mata’s current contract expires at the end of the season but Metro report that Solskjaer has told the Spaniard to sign an extended contract, despite him not featuring too heavily under him thus far.
Mata’s countryman David de Gea has told United he will stay if they offer him a weekly salary of £300,000 – which is more than merited – according to the Daily Mail.

In transfer news, United are ready to battle Arsenal and Tottenham for Marcus Thuram – the son of French legend Lilian – according to the Sun.
ESPN report that United will also battle the same rivals – as well as Bayern Munich – for the signature of Roma winger Cengiz Under.

Mixed managerial fortunes


The Times report that Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho’s severance package with the club prohibits him from talking about his time with the club as he embarks on a spot of punditry in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the
Telegraph claim that the squad are becoming increasingly sold on Solskjaer getting the top job full time, while the MEN state that he has been taking advice from his former mentor Sir Alex Ferguson in the early stages of his reign.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.