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MANCHESTER UNITED host Southampton tonight in a game that has taken on extra significance after rivals Man City's Champions League ban was overturned.

Following the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling, United must finish in the top four to earn a spot among Europe's elite – and a win over the Saints will allow them to leapfrog Leicester into fourth.

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  • RICE IS HOT FOR DEVILS

    West Ham's Declan Rice has become one of Manchester United’s top summer targets after impressing Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports.

    Chelsea are also known to be interested in the midfielder, who can also play in defence.

    According to Football Insider, Solskjaer has tasked scouts with intensifying their analysis of Rice, 21, and would want him as a holding midfielder.

    It would add more competition in that area of the pitch with Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred all able to play the deep-lying role at Old Trafford.

    Reports last week suggested Lampard would want to turn Rice into a defender if the Blues go ahead and sign the West Ham star this summer.

  • LOSS OF EARNINGS

    Premier League clubs are set to lose out on some big money by the end of this season with no fans in the stadiums.

    Here is how the losses break down for every club.

  • KEEN ON DEAN

    Chelsea have asked Manchester United to name their price for Dean Henderson – with Frank Lampard also eyeing Ajax's Andre Onana.

    The Blues chief has finally run out of patience with £71.6million man Kepa Arrizabalaga after a turbulent second season in England.

    Lampard hopes to make red-hot Sheff Utd loanee Henderson his new No1.

    The Man Utd ace, 23, has kept 12 clean sheets in 32 Premier League games this season – including during the Blades' 3-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend.

    But the West Londoners won't get him cheaply – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be a big fan of Henderson.

    And with David De Gea suffering a difficult season between the sticks at Old Trafford, there is talk the Norwegian could hand the young England star the starting spot.

  • CLEAR YOUR LINES

    United have the second-worst defensive record from set pieces in the Premier League.

    Only Arsenal have conceded more from set pieces, as the Gunners showed in their defeat to rivals Spurs yesterday.

    Take away set pieces and United have conceded the same number of goals from open play as champions Liverpool.

  • ODDS SLASHED

    Manchester United are closing the gap on their rivals ahead of a huge title race next season – according to the bookies.

    With Manchester City favourites to regain the Premier League trophy in 2020/21, the Red Devils' odds of glory have shortened considerably in recent weeks.

    Ladbrokes now have United as 8/1 third favourites for the title.

    Before football's restart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were stuck at 12/1 alongside Chelsea.

    Since action got back underway, the difference between the top-four rivals has been stark.

    United have gone unbeaten with five wins from six games, smashing 18 goals thanks to the rise of Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood.

  • EYES ON MASE

    Southampton defender Jack Stephens has singled out Mason Greenwood as a United player the Saints need to look out for tonight.

    The 26-year-old said: “Like any of our opposition’s players, we will always look at clips before the game to see who we are up against and to assess their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

    “Greenwood will be no different.

    “We’ll look at him and we’ll look at the rest of their players and see where we can go.

    “They have had some really good results since the break but then they’ve got some brilliant players, so they are always likely to pick up results.

    “On their day they can beat anyone in this league and we know we have to go there with the right attitude and the right mindset.”

  • RACE FOR EUROPE

    Here are the fixtures and standings for each of the top four contenders.

  • STATS DON'T LIE

    United's defence has been the unsung hero of the post-winter break.

    The Red Devils had a mid-season pause back in February – and have only allowed SEVEN passes within 20 metres of their own goal since in the Premier League.

    The staggering number was unveiled on Twitter by Kees van Hemmen, who claims while their attack has improved, United's defence hasn't been getting enough credit.

    United have conceded four goals since the February break, then the pause from coronavirus lockdown, one at Everton, one at Spurs and two at home to Bournemouth.

  • PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

    Here is how the top four chase looks now.

  • BREAKING

    Manchester City's European ban has been OVERTURNED, meaning Pep Guardiola's side will play in the Champions League next season.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has axed their two-year suspension from European football and reduced their fine to just under £9million.

    It means the Premier League's top four will qualify for the Champions League next season, meaning fourth will not be good enough for United, Chelsea, Wolves or Leicester.

  • ICYMI – CALL THE FEDS

    Newcastle United are set to rival Manchester United for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old has impressed at the Serie A giants since breaking into their first team back in 2016.

    His impressive performances have earned him a regular place in Roberto Mancini's Italy squad – as well as admiring glances from Old Trafford.

    But according to La Nazione, Newcastle are considering a club-record £53.7million move for La Viola's No25.

    The move, however, is likely to hinge on whether the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund's controversial £300m takeover from Mike Ashley is ratified by the Premier League.

    The Magpies' current record-buy is two-goal striker Joelinton – a £40m buy from Hoffenheim last summer.

  • TWEAK OR NO TWEAK?

    Manchester United are set to name yet ANOTHER unchanged XI for Monday night's crucial clash with Southampton.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fielded the same starting XI in the last four Premier League games.

    Here is how SunSport suspect the Red Devils could line up at Old Trafford.

  • SKRIN IN THE GAME

    Manchester United have reportedly matched Man City's £58m bid for Milan Skriniar.

    The Inter defender is said to be a top target for Pep Guardiola, but the Red Devils are also keen to improve their defensive options following some mediocre displays from their centre-backs this season.

    Skriniar is said to have rejected offers from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and not reported to be overly excited at the prospect of moving.

    But Inter will “evaluate any offers to understand what is best to do”, Tuttosport claim.

  • 'VICTOR DESTROYED ME'

    Paul Pogba was left with a few battle wounds following an intense training session with team-mate Victor Lindelof.

    The Manchester United stars were putting their all in during practice as they prepared for their clash with Southampton on Monday night.

    With Chelsea suffering a shock loss to Sheffield United on Saturday, the Red Devils know a win will take them into the Premier League's top four.

    And if Pogba’s facial cuts are anything to go by, the team certainly aren’t holding back in their pre-match preparations.

    The France international posted a series of photos on Instagram showing his training ground contest with Lindelof at Carrington.

    In the post the World Cup winner joked: “Victor you destroyed me! Look at this bro, look at this. Oh my God!”

  • SIR IT FOR MYSELF

    Sir Alex Ferguson is itching to return to the Old Trafford stands – to check out Mason Greenwood's scorching form at first hand.

    Manchester United's greatest ever manager has watched current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's best ever run –but only at home on TV, due to the coronavirus crisis.

    Fergie has been particularly excited by Euro 2021 hopeful Greenwood, 18, who has hit four goals from the past three games in attack, and 23-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay.

    Fergie is reportedly frustrated to be away from the live action as the Prem action continues behind closed doors – although he is said to have kept in touch with Solskjaer.

    A source who worked with Scot near the end of his 1986-2013 reign told the Mirror: “Alex has been enjoying the recent weeks of football’s return and the way United have emerged from lockdown.

    “For someone still full of energy, he’s not at his best cooped up and is looking forward to returning to Old Trafford when it’s safe to do so.”

  • MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    United and rivals City are set to scrap it out for the signing of Inter defender Milan Skriniar.

    And according to reports in Italy, the Red Devils have already tabled a £58million bid for the Slovakian defender, 25.

    The bids were reportedly matched by Bayern Munich and Real Madrid too, but he has not adapted to Conte's three-man defence as well as was hoped.

    In other news, United and Borussia Dortmund will ultimately agree a fee of around £85m for Jadon Sancho, Bleacher report believes.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to approach Manchester United about signing Dean Henderson permanently or on loan next season.

    The Express claim the Blues are ready to pounce for his signature following a standout campaign at Sheffield United.

    Frank Lampard is also keeping tabs on Ajax’s Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope but is now poised to ask United to name their price for Henderson.

    And finally, Kalidou Koulibaly has poured cold water on speculation that he’s heading for Napoli’s exit this summer. 

    The Senegal international, rumoured to be a target for a host of Premier League giants, is adamant his attention is focused purely on his Stadio San Paolo career.

  • ON THE PAUL

  • PARTY ANIMAL

    Rio Ferdinand has admitted Wayne Rooney once noticed he “stunk of alcohol” during a Manchester United game.

    The Old Trafford and England legend made the revelation when discussing Liverpool's drop off in form since their league win.

    He told BT Sport: “There's no doubt in my mind that there is a one per cent or two per cent fall-off when you win a league.

    “Unless you have got a Champions League that is coming up after, which they haven't, you normally just sit there and chill. So you celebrate.

    “You haven't got to go anywhere, they can be at home on a Zoom call, you don't know these days, things are different.

    “I am telling you there is a one per cent or two per cent at least that has come off, even in training. It's not the same intensity, it's just the way it is.

    “Yes, they are fighting to break records, but that's not the same as fighting for another title or another cup somewhere else.

    “I remember running past Wayne Rooney in a game once and he said, 'wow, you stink of alcohol' and I said 'yeah, I have been out all week'.”

  • LINDEL ROUGH

    Paul Pogba was left with a few battle wounds following an intense training session with team-mate Victor Lindelof.

    The Manchester United stars were putting their all in during practice as they prepared for their clash with Southampton on Monday night.

    With Chelsea suffering a shock loss to Sheffield United on Saturday, the Red Devils know a win will take them into the Premier League's top four.

    And if Pogba’s facial cuts are anything to go by, the team certainly aren’t holding back in their pre-match preparations.

    The France international posted a series of photos on Instagram showing his training ground contest with Lindelof at Carrington.

    In the post the World Cup winner joked: “Victor you destroyed me! Look at this bro, look at this. Oh my God!“

  • HAIRDRYER TREATMENT

    Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves was on the receiving end of a Sir Alex Ferguson “hairdryer” after a Manchester United-Middlesbrough match over a decade ago.

    The United icon took issue with a question asked by Shreeves after Ronaldo had gone down for a penalty, with bystanders needed to prevent a physical confrontation.

    Shreeves said: “We had a huge falling out which threatened to get very out of hand in the tunnel.

    “Fergie was in the right and I was in the wrong.

    “We sorted it out very amicably, very quickly and it was never mentioned again.”

  • FIGHT FOR EUROPE

    Here’s how the table looks following Arsenal’s defeat against Spurs.

  • KIMPEMB-STAY

    Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe has signed a new contract in the French capital, ending speculation linking him with Man United and Arsenal.

    A World Cup winner with France, Kimpembe has made over 100 appearances for PSG since his debut in 2014.

    The 24-year-old has extended his deal until 2024, which would appear to rule out a move to the Premier League.

    He said: “Paris is my team, and the club where I came through the ranks.

    “To be able to be here for the long-term is a real honour for me.”

  • HELL BENT

    Christian Benteke could have played his final game for Crystal Palace after a red card at the final whistle of Sunday's loss to Aston Villa.

    The impending three-game ban will see the Belgian miss his side's meeting with Manchester United on Thursday.

    Replays showed Benteke appearing to kick out at Villa defender Ezri Konsa in a coming together after the final whistle.

    And Martin Atkinson called the striker over to cap a miserable return to his former club with a red card.

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  • VILE ABUSE

    Former Man Utd winger Wilfried Zaha has revealed sickening racist messages sent to his Instagram account ahead of Crystal Palace's game with Aston Villa.

    The Ivorian winger posted screenshots of messages from an account by the name of 'jackdolan_avfc', in which he is called a “black c***”.

    The account is shown to have sent Zaha two messages, one reading: “You better not score tomorrow you black c***.”

    The other read: “Or I'll come to your house dressed as a ghost.”

    An image of the Ku Klux Klan surrounding a blindfolded black man and a mocked-up cornflakes box with a “c**nflakes” label and man in black face were also sent to the footballer.

    Zaha captioned the screenshots: “Woke up to this today.”

    West Midlands Police replied to Zaha's tweet, encouraging the Palace winger to report it as a crime.

    It read: “Hi Wilfried. We are looking into who the owner of this account is and would encourage you to report it to your local police force too.”

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