Exclusive: Man Utd Consider Move for Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani is one of a number of players Manchester United are monitoring as the club look to continue their squad rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the coming months.

United have endured a difficult start to the 2019/20 season. Winning just two games from eight in the Premier League, they sit in 12th place ahead of a meeting with unbeaten leaders and rivals Liverpool in their next fixture. 

They have been struggling with a number of injuries to key players through the opening weeks of the campaign – both ​Paul Pogba and David de Gea have been confirmed absent for the upcoming clash at Old Trafford – and questions have been asked over training methods put in place following a series of muscle injuries to key men.

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The injury crisis has been shown up further by the decisions made over the summer to let a number of established first team players leave the club. As many as six players departed on permanent or loan transfers, leaving the squad noticeably thin in both midfield and attack. The recent luck with injuries has only further highlighted the lack of depth.

United, through Solskjaer in the main, have been keen to communicate frequently that they are at the start of a rebuild, and that more new arrivals will follow the three (Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire) that arrived in the most recent transfer window. The 46-year-old has confirmed as such this week, though they are keen to ensure the right characters are brought in to the squad too.

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90min understands that while ​United maintain the January market is a difficult one to do business in, there is plenty of money to spend if the right targets become available. Cavani’s name exists on a list of targets – alongside Mario Mandzukic, whose name has been widely reported – to bolster their striking options. 

While United have been clear in communicating their wish to build a squad for the future, some within the club feel it necessary to blend in players with more experience to help take the burden off of the likes of ​Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

The Croatian is yet to play a game for Juventus this season, and has lost his place in the squad under new coach Maurizio Sarri. The Bianconeri are keen to offload at the earliest opportunity and United’s name has been repeatedly mentioned in his list of possible destinations, and it is not out of the question that he does join in January. 

With that said, the deal is not as far developed as reported in some places. Milan are reported in Italy to have stepped up their own interest in the player, too, on Thursday.

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Cavani comes as another option. The Uruguayan – out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer – could be lined up on a free transfer in 2020. United are able to offer him a contract six months ahead of the end of his deal expiring, should PSG and the player fail to reach a further agreement, though a move in January does appear unlikely.

His signature will be far more coveted, too. Juventus have been strongly linked with a move for the 32-year-old, while Atletico Madrid are known admirers and a number of clubs in Major League Soccer are exploring the possibility of signing him too.

Speaking on Cavani ​ahead of Friday’s match with Nice, manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed he was unsure of the future of the club’s highest goalscorer: “It’s too soon to speak about such things. I’m sure Edi is speaking with the club. He knows it’s his club.

“I don’t know Edi’s ideas exactly at the moment. I count 100 per cent on Edi this season.”

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Moussa Dembele, of Lyon, has attracted interest, while RB Salzburg forward Erling Haaland is also on the club’s radar – especially following after his exploits since the start of the season. 

Haaland is one of three Norwegian players United are interested in signing. And while at least one new addition in attack over the next few months is desired, it’s not expected to be the only place United strengthen. A number of central midfielders, as well as an attacking midfielder, are on the wanted list, while defensive acquisitions are not believed to be finished either.

United also retain a confidence they will be able to ​sign Jadon Sancho to fill the problem right wing position, though will need to improve to better their chances of securing such a signing.


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700 Not Out: Ranking the Best 20 Goals of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Incredible Career

In light of one of football’s greatest-ever individual achievements by one of the best-ever to grace the planet, it seems only fitting to (attempt) to rank the best goals Cristiano Ronaldo has ever scored.

Given the fact that he’s now scored 700 career goals, that is by no means an easy task. But hey, what better research can one be bestowed with than sifting through the shedload of magnificent strikes by on the game’s finest?

Wish me luck, eh?


20. vs Aston Villa (Premier League) 2008

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At the stadium where he made a name for himself, this particular goal against Aston Villa in the Premier League demonstrated perfectly the abundance of arrogance, and confidence, Ronaldo had in himself to score from practically anywhere.

A corner was flung in and eventually fell to his feet, well, behind his feet, and he flicked it into the net beyond a despairing Scott Carson to put his side 1-0 up. 


19. vs Rayo Vallecano (La Liga) 2012

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Cheeky, cheeky. On this occasion, ​Ronaldo scored the winner for Real with a audacious back heel from around 10 yards out, which eluded the stunned Rayo Vallecano defence to hand his side a vital three points. 

It bamboozled everyone watching on, so much so the Vallecano players appeared to stand still in awe. How can you generate that much power from backheel?


18. vs Galatasaray (Champions League) 2013

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No side across Europe has avoided the Portuguese’s devastation, even those in Turkey.

Leading 5-1 at the time, Ronaldo, being Ronaldo, wasn’t content with his two-goal haul. So, as he does, he weaved his way past three Galatasaray defenders as if they weren’t there, before thundering a fierce effort home that nearly took the net off.


17. vs Sevilla (La Liga) 2013

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Step-over, step-over, cut inside, left foot, boom.

Which foot? Doesn’t matter.


16. vs APOEL (Champions League) 2012

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Disclaimer: There are plenty of free-kicks to come on this list.

Second disclaimer: This one is from a stupid angle and ridiculously pinpoint, and still by far not his best.

Nevertheless, from the corner of the penalty box, Ronaldo demonstrated why few in world football can hit a ball as precisely as he can. I mean, he barely even celebrates, it was that good.


15. vs Villarreal (La Liga) 2012

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I told you there were plenty of free-kicks.

This time, in La Liga, he performed his signature knuckleball technique to mesmerising effect from a full 30 yards, across goal and right on the postage stamp. Honestly speaking, there is little more to say. Simply put, you know how he hits a ball, and how well, and this was just another sublime example of that.


14. vs Fulham (Premier League) 2007

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Before the days of Eden Hazard’s outrageous solo goals in the ​Premier League, we were blessed to witness Ronaldo’s.

Picking the ball up in his own half, he beat two Fulham players down the left flank with his immense pace before cutting inside, without breaking stride, before hitting a clean effort low and hard to net an 88th minute winner for his side. Once again, individual brilliance won his side three points.


13. vs Marseille (Champions League) 2009

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For eight years, Ligue 1 played host to one of the greatest free-kick takers that football has ever seen in Juninho. During a Champions League tie with Marseille in his debut season with Madrid, Ronaldo treated them to what they were all missing.

Zinedine Zidane’s post-match verdict on the forward says it all: “Cristiano is not just very good, he is phenomenal. Only great players can score such a magnificent goal three minutes into a game. He makes a difference. Some players are different from the rest because they do what others can’t.”

32 yards from goal, dead centre. No matter, unstoppable.


12. vs Manchester United (Champions League) 2013

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This is how you jump. This is how you head a ball. This is why he’s among the best ever.

Taking on his former side while at ​Madrid, Ronaldo leaped a whole 78cm into the air to effortlessly direct Angel Di Maria’s left-wing cross past David de Gea. His kneecap went as high as Patrice Evra’s head. Super-human.


11. vs Arsenal (Champions League) 2009

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By no means his cleanest, most beautiful free-kick ever. However, in terms of occasion and audacity, it is among his finest.

Playing away at Arsenal in a Champions League semi-final, from a whole 40 yards out Ronaldo unleashed an absolute rocket beyond a helpless Manuel Almunia (who some argue could have done better) yet nobody saw it coming. Not even the commentator. He hit it so hard.


10. vs Osasuna (La Liga) 2014

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A tormentor of many sides in ​La Liga, there were a whole host of efforts to choose from. But his absolute rocket against a hapless Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu was something else.

Showing brilliant vision to open the scoring in the sixth minute, he cut inside from the right and drilled an unstoppable shot from outside the area that dipped and curled before hitting the top corner of the net. Fierce, yet bewildering beautiful to see, there was simply no stopping Ronaldo. Especially not poor, old Osasuna. 


9. vs Barcelona (La Liga) 2017

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He loved these games. You could tell. His goalscoring record against ​La Blaugrana proved it, and this one was the pick of the bunch.

Running from the halfway line at Camp Nou, he went full Cristiano before cutting inside and bending a magnificent piledriver into the far top corner. The shirt off celebration followed, but everyone inside the ground was busy collecting their respective jaws off the floor. 


8. vs Atletico Madrid (La Liga) 2012

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Most of Ronaldo’s greatest free-kicks are a perfect illustration of technique and execution. That’s why his free-kick against cross-city rivals Atletico was extra special. While the aforementioned traits were on show, the piece of mind to go for the far bottom corner against one of the world’s best ‘keepers in Thibaut Courtois was everything you didn’t expect, but should have. 

Courtois certainly didn’t, stood rooted to the spot as he saw Ronaldo’s glorious effort nestle into the side netting. It was utter genius, and we shouldn’t expect any less. Did I mention is was a solid 30 yards out as well?


7. vs Manchester United (Champions League) 2018

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He hasn’t had man former sides during his trophy-laden career, but that doesn’t stop Ronaldo finding the back of the net when they come calling. 

This time for Juventus, a long ball over the top was watched with eagle-like precision all the way into the United box. Leonardo Bonucci knew all he had to do was find his frontman, and let him do the rest.

That, he did. As the ball dropped over his right shoulder, he met it superbly with his laces to guide a volley magnificently beyond De Gea, as if the routine came straight from a video game. That level of technique is unbeatable, you just wouldn’t know it because he makes it look so easy.


6 vs Hungary (European Championship) 2016

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European Championships, Champions League, La Liga, Premier League.

Whatever the competition, Ronaldo remains unfazed. A barmy 3-3 draw with Hungary in the 2016 Euros (which his side won) was memorable for many reasons. 

None more so than his deft flick from Joao Mario’s cross with his instep, that flew beyond the goalkeeper to add yet another style of goal he’s scored to his already excessive repertoire. In doing so, Ronaldo became the first player to score in four different European Championship finals. Legend.


5. vs Valencia (La Liga) 2014

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Losing 2-1 against Valencia in added time, there is one man you call upon to make a difference.

And what he did, sure was different. Latching onto Di Maria’s crossed it from the edge of the box, Ronaldo twisted his body away from goal and backheeled a shot with his studs into the back of the net. It’s crazy how much pace he gets on the ball.

As they say, never miss leg day.


4. vs Spain (World Cup) 2018

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Again, occasion.

In Sochi, he produced one of the 2018 World Cup’s greatest performances by scoring a hat-trick for Portugal against one of the tournament favourites Spain. Because, well, that’s just what he does.

This dramatic free-kick earned his side a 3-3 draw with minutes remaining in what will be remembered as one of the best in World Cup history. Curling an effort up around the Spanish wall, De Gea was left helpless as the outstanding effort had the net rippling.

A man for the moment, no doubt.


3. vs Portsmouth (Premier League) 2008

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The reaction to Ronaldo’s free-kick against Portsmouth is one of glorious parallels. Few goals are met with equal measures of delight and gasps of disbelief. That’s just how good it really was.

That trademark knuckleball shot made its mark on the football world. Every kid tried to replicate it. Nobody can. Not in a packed Old Trafford, at least. And not as well as him, ever.


2. vs Porto (Champions League) 2009

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Out. Of. Nowhere.

It speaks volumes of a player’s unpredictability when the long-range camera switches to a close-up thinking that we may see a burst of pace or short pass.

Instead, what transpired in that Champions League semi-final was a shot at goal that were it out in the open, there is no doubting would still be traveling to this day. A whole forty yards, and still, four goalkeepers wouldn’t have stopped it.

Simply outstanding. And would have been his greatest ever goal, had it not have been for..


1. vs Juventus (Champions League) 2018

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You know it. I know it. No words, just let him say it.

“I don’t remember what happened in the following days but I was very happy.

“It wasn’t just for having won, or for scoring such a great goal, the one detail that made the difference was the reaction of the fans who applauded me.”

We were all applauding Cristiano. Every single one of us.


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Remains Most Popular Figure in MLS After Topping 2019 Shirt Sales

LA Galaxy striker ​Zlatan Ibrahimovic has wowed crowds around the world for two decades now, and his popularity is showing no signs of slowing down.

The maverick 38-year-old striker has been plying his trade in MLS for the past 18 months after leaving behind a European legacy that saw him shine at the highest level for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Manchester United among others.

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During his time in Los Angeles, Ibrahimovic has – unsurprisingly – become a favourite with fans of not just LA Galaxy, but of all ​MLS clubs. His goalscoring record in America has been phenomenal, with the Swedish legend netting 30 goals in his 29 outings this season – adding to the 22 strikes he netted in his first campaign stateside.

Whilst his goals may not be firing LA Galaxy to title glory this season, Ibrahimovic is leading the way again in one category – shirt sales. 

Yes, as revealed by ​MLS’ official store website, the man known in some circles as ‘The Lion’ is the most popular name to have been emblazoned on the back of shirts during 2019. Unsurprisingly, Ibrahimovic was also the most popular name among supporters last year too, with his charismatic personality proving popular with American fans.

Whilst Ibra tops the list, there are plenty of other familiar names that make up the remaining 24 spots that have been revealed.

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Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez is second, whilst former Arsenal striker – and record MLS goalscorer – Carlos Vela makes up the top three. ​Wayne Rooney is in fourth place, as he prepares to head back to England with Championship side Derby, whilst legendary German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who hung up his boots recently, rounds up the top five.


MLS’ Top 25 shirt sales for 2019.

1 ​Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA Galaxy
2 Josef Martinez Atlanta United
3 Carlos Vela LAFC
4 Wayne Rooney D.C. United
5 Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
6 Hector Villalba Atlanta United
7 Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders FC
8 Diego Valeri Portland Timbers
9 Nani Orlando City SC
10 Nicolas Lodeiro Seattle Sounders FC
11 Diego Chara Portland Timbers
12 Cristian Roldan Seattle Sounders FC
13 Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes
14 Raul Ruidiaz Seattle Sounders FC
15 Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact
16 Darwin Quintero Jr. Minnesota United FC
17 Sebastian Lletget LA Galaxy
18 Brad Guzan Atlanta United
19 Sebastian Blanco Portland Timbers
20 Alexander Ring NYCFC
21 Dom Dwyer Orlando City SC
22 Romain Alessandrini LA Galaxy
23 Jozy Altidore Toronto FC
24 Graham Zusi Sporting KC
25 Luciano Acosta D.C. United

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Man Utd Handed Further Blow as Paul Pogba Joins David de Gea on Sidelines for Liverpool Clash

​Manchester United have been dealt another major injury blow after it was confirmed that Paul Pogba will miss the Premier League clash with Liverpool, adding to an already mounting injury list that includes David de Gea.

The two sides face off at Old Trafford on Sunday with both clubs enjoying contrasting fortunes this season. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side remain unbeaten with eight wins from their opening eight clashes, while the Red Devils have endured a miserable start to the campaign and occupy 12th spot heading into the match.

After goalkeeper ​De Gea was forced to limp off during international duty with Spain – and now face a subsequent ​two-month lay-off – the latest news that ​Pogba will not be fit in time to take on the Premier League leaders leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side light in almost every department.

As revealed by ​Sky Sports, the Frenchman will not be available for selection to the Norwegian, after failing to recover from an ongoing ankle complaint – despite attempting to step up his recovery during warm-weather training in Dubai.

With the task at hand already a challenging one, the blow of losing two key players against the Reds will be of no help to ​United, who are desperately trying to amend a dreadful run of form that has been ongoing since March this year.

Just two wins from their first eight ​Premier League matches has put the pressure firmly on Solskjaer’s shoulders, and has seen his tenure in charge of the club turn sour ever since leading the club to an incredible comeback win over Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s Champions League.

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In his 21 matches in charge since being given promoted from caretaker to permanent boss, he’s accrued an average of just 1.14 points per match, compared to the 2.32 he managed in his 19 games as interim manager.

Forward Anthony Martial also remains sidelined for Sunday, while the likes of Diogo Dalot, Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all doubts for the Old Trafford encounter.

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David de Gea Substituted During Spain Euro 2020 Qualifier With Suspected Injury

​David de Gea was substituted during Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Sweden on Tuesday night with a suspected groin injury.

De Gea, who has struggled to dislodge Chelsea stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga as La Roja’s number one goalkeeper, was finally given a chance to stake his claim for a regular spot in Robert Moreno’s side following Kepa’s error against Noway last week.

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However, as reported by ​the Mirror, the Manchester United star appeared to hold his groin and dropped to the floor in pain after clearing a ball. He was replaced by Arrizabalaga in the 60th minute but managed to walk from the field.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still hoping to welcome a number of first team stars back for United’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday. Anthony Martial, ​Paul Pogba, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw are all ​expected to be available, but ​De Gea‘s injury could leave the Red Devils without one of their top performers for the derby.

It is not yet clear whether or not De Gea will be fit to face the Premier League leaders.

​United are already off the pace in the race for Champions League qualification, sitting in 12th with nine points having won just two of their ​Premier League games so far this season.

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