Transfer News Boateng turns down Manchester United 6 hours ago

Ahead of working on that United/Leicester game, Gary Neville spent his afternoon in Dublin promoting Cadbury's status as the Premier League's official snack partner.

Widespread reports had even suggested that Manchester United had taken advantage of their pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich to begin negotiations with the Bavarians over the player.

Neville is quick to disabuse anyone of this notion, however lightly they cling to it. We asked him directly: Premier League or Champions League?

"I want to say a nice word, we were unlucky to get the Friday match as we could get the Sunday", he bemoaned at opening the campaign.

At the World Cup this year, he provided an assist and scored his first senior goal for England in the 2-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden.

"So I think this week is going to be very interesting to see whether any of them get over the line".

For the first time in over 20 years, the Gunners will play under a manager other than Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery taking over in North London.

He added: "It just doesn't look like United are in the right place at the minute to challenge for the league".

As for the challengers, then.

"I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".

Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody has followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.

"I think Man United are a little bit desperate at this present moment which is not like them and not like Mourinho. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody", warned Mourinho.

Rio Ferdinand has revealed which Manchester United centre-back transfer target is his preferred choice to join the club. That gives them until 7pm to complete the deal, which is thought to be a season-long loan. United were prepared to pay the release clause for the 32-year-old, who is in the last year of his contract, but the Spaniards acted quickly and offered Godin, who has been with Atleti since 2010, an improved contract. That's an obscene amount of talent. Every team in the league will be thinking what a great midfield that is.

That felt like a reference to Liverpool but, more importantly for United, it was also an admission that it will need a dramatic improvement this season for his own team to bridge the gap.

  • Julie Sanders