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Man Utd news round-up: Massimiliano Allegri linked, £50m defender targeted, MLS interest in Romero



Man Utd pinpoint ex-Juventus boss as potential managerial candidate

Manchester United would allegedly consider appointing Massimiliano Allegri as their new head coach if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked in the near future.

Ole is under serious pressure at Old Trafford after a miserable start to the new campaign, which has seen the club lose two of their opening three fixtures.

Their latest setback plunged his long-term future at the club into serious doubt, with United conceding four first-half PL goals for the first time ever in a 6-1 hammering at home to Tottenham.

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has often been mentioned with the United post, especially after his departure from the north London side last year.

But according to The Transfer Window podcast’s Duncan Castles, Massimiliano would also be a candidate to take the reins should Ole fall victim to the axe.

While the ex-Juventus chief has not yet been approached by United, it is said he would be in the running to replace the Norwegian along with Pochettino.

Allegri has been out of work since departing Bianconeri in the summer of 2019, having guided the Italian sid to five consecutive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals.

He also guided Serie A side AC Milan to league glory in his preceding four-year spell at the San Siro.

It remains to be seen whether United part ways with Solskjaer, although Duncan insists there is currently a “discontent with the club and the manager”.

Star midfielder Bruno Fernandes allegedly ripped into the United boss and his team-mates during their hammering versus Spurs earlier this month.

According to The Mirror, club match-day officials saw Bruno storm down the tunnel and then shout in the dressing room: “We are supposed to be Manchester United!”

Man Utd want to improve their defence and could land Burnley star

Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Burnley defender James Tarkowski next summer.

The Red Devils failed to bring in a central defender in the recently closed transfer market.

The club were linked with moves for RB Leipzig youngster Dayot Upamecano and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Their defence has received huge criticism already this campaign despite the club playing just three Premier League games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outfit have conceded nine goals in two games at Old Trafford, losing 3-1 and 6-1 to Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

That led to United icons calling on their former side to invest in the centre of defence.

The Athletic report Burnley star James is one player United chiefs looked at, alongside Dayot and Kalidou.

Tarkowski was heavily linked with a transfer away from Burnley in the summer window.

Leicester and West Ham both saw offers rejected of up to £31 million for the 27-year-old Englishman.

Reports say Burnley were holding out for £50 million for Tarkowski, whose two England caps to date came two years ago.

And The Athletic say United will reconsider a swoop for Tarkowski next summer, as well as targeting Dayot, Kalidou and Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

Tarkowski has been at Burnley since signing from Brentford back in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils summer transfer business was heavily criticised before the closing of the market.

Up until deadline day, the only player that arrived was Dutch prodigy, Donny van de Beek.

By the end of the window left-back Alex Telles and forward Edinson Cavani had joined, as well as talents Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.

Man Utd veteran drawing interest from North America

A number of MLS sides have shown an interest in landing Manchester United’s out-of-favour shot-stopper Sergio Romero, according to The Athletic.

The 33-year-old star wanted to join Everton on deadline day and the Toffees even made a £2 million loan offer with the coverage of his entire salary.

But Manchester United snubbed the offer and only want to sell the star for a fee of around £8m in spite of him not being part of their plans.

Romero was desperate to move and believes that as he signed for the club on a free transfer and has given good service, he should be allowed to leave.

Manchester United didn’t communicate to him about the young keeper Dean Henderson’s return from Sheffield United loan stint nor about their decision to keep the player out of their Champions League squad.

Romero could still be on the move and a move to the United States is still possible as the market will remain open in the MLS until 29th October.

And it has been stated that several MLS outfits are considering signing the Argentine player from Manchester United in the coming weeks.

The veteran goalkeeper is training away from the rest of the Manchester United team and is keen to move on as soon as possible.

And it remains to be seen whether he can convince the Red Devils to let him go if an MLS club make a concrete proposal for him soon.