Manchester United transfer news LIVE plus Burnley reaction and Manuel Akanji interest
Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley on Tuesday, putting an end to their winning streak.
Ralf Rangnick’s side were eager to bounce back after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough last week, and they got off to a strong start at Turf Moor, dominating the first half.
Paul Pogba scored the opening goal, and it could have been 3-0 had United’s two goals not been controversially chalked off.
After the break, the same old flaws would plague United once more, as Burnley came out fighting and leveled the score through Jay Rodriguez.
United toiled away but were unable to produce a winner, and have now slipped out of the top four following West Ham’s victory against Watford.
Arsenal and Tottenham have the chance to draw level on points with them this week, with games in hand, after a potentially costly two points dropped.
Rangnick is’very interested’ in acquiring Akanji, according to sources.
According to sources, Ralf Rangnick has expressed considerable interest in signing Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund next summer.
United captain Harry Maguire has been heavily chastised for his performances this season, and Sport 1 in Germany reports that important figures at the Old Trafford boardroom are considering targeting the Swiss.
The £25m-rated defender is reported to be uneasy after Dortmund agreed to sign Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule on a free transfer at the end of the season.
According to the same source, former Dortmund colleague Jadon Sancho, who made the identical transfer last summer, would highly suggest Akanji.
Doubts have been raised since van de Beek made his debut.
Everton midfielder Donny van de Beek’s debut against Newcastle has prompted questions about his ability.
After beginning life under Frank Lampard with an FA Cup victory against Brentford, the Toffees were dealt a harsh reality check at St James’ Park as the Saudi-backed Magpies won 3-1.
Everton had grabbed the lead thanks to an own goal by Jamaal Lascelles.
In the north east, however, it was their relegation opponents who ruled supreme, winning for the second time in a row thanks to Mason Holgate (OG), Ryan Fraser, and January transfer Kieran Trippier.
Lampard brought in Van van Beek for the final 30 minutes of the game, with his team down 2-1.
Kleberson agrees with Maguire’s harsh judgement.
When it comes to Harry Maguire, the £80 million skipper has been sternly chastised yet again.
As United were pegged back at Turf Moor, Maguire was turned inside out for Burnley’s equalizer.
But, in the long run, would a break from the England squad be beneficial to the player?
Here are some quotes from a recent interview with Paddy Power with former United player Kleberson: