Solskjaer insists United are ‘No1 in Manchester’, Ronaldo eyes coaching role, Xavi targets Pogba


Manchester United take on rivals Manchester City today at Old Trafford.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been dealt with an injury blow as

Raphael Varane limped out of the midweek Champions League draw at Atalanta.

Varane faces four to five weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, while Victor Lindelof is set for a late fitness test due to a recent knock.

Paul Pogba is also out as he serves the second game of a three-match ban following his red card against Liverpool two weeks ago.

City manager Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, will be without Aymeric Laporte as he is suspended.

Laporte was sent off in last week’s 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace at the Etihad.

Guardiola will also make a late decision on Kyle Walker, who suffered a foot injury against Brugge on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Ferran Torres is also dealing with a foot problem of his own and will be absent against United.

Meanwhile, Red Devils superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wants to end his playing career at Old Trafford and then step into a backroom staff role, as revealed by SunSport.

Ronaldo is keen to go into coaching at the club’s youth set up – which could see him overseeing the progress of his son Cristiano Jr.

A source said: “Ronaldo has made it clear to everyone he has come back to United to help them win trophies.

“But in his mind he is going to play for them for more than a couple of years.

“He is still at the peak of his physical fitness and loves showing that nothing is impossible.

“He is obsessed with football and knows everything about the game.

“Lots of players have started their coaching career at United so he thinks it could be a good way of starting off the next chapter of his career.”

Finally, incoming Barcelona manager Xavi is keeping tabs on United superstar Pogba.

That is according to El Nacional, who report that the club legend has drawn a transfer shortlist consisted of four players he wants to sign once he replaces Ronald Koeman at the Barca dugout.

The midfielder has made the list as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

The former Al-Sadd manager is also eyeing Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde

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