Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Casemiro SUSPENDED for Arsenal game, United in ‘ADVANCED’ Mbabu talks, Jim Ratcliffe latest
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Manchester United were held up by Crystal Palace as they drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park ahead of Sunday’s crucial Premier League clash with Arsenal.
United opened the scoring on 43 minutes with a cool finish by Bruno Fernandes.
Marcus Rashford released Christian Eriksen down the left with a clever through ball and the Denmark international delivered a cross that found Fernandes for the goal.
But Palace equalised late in the first minute of stoppage time with a stunning free-kick by Michael Olise.
United missed the chance to overtake rivals Manchester City in second place and will now face the Gunners without Casemiro who got suspended after picking up another booking.
Meanwhile, The UK’S richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has entered the race to buy United from the Glazer family.
United were put up for sale back in November, although their unpopular owners are still waiting to find a suitable buyer for the club.
According to The Times, however, Ratcliffe has confirmed that he’s in the running to take over from the Americans.
Bids are also expected from the US, the Middle East and Asia, but the 70-year-old is the first to publicly express interest.
A spokesperson stated: “We have formally put ourselves into the process.”
Formal bids are set to take place at the beginning of next month with a view to changing ownership before the end of the current season.
But a potential takeover can only happen if the Glazers agree on a price and they’re thought to be looking for more than £5billion.
Ratcliffe, who’s worth £15bn, first revealed he was interested in buying the club last year.
And United ace Jadon Sancho has finally returned to first-team training.
Sancho has been working out based on a personal training plan that was set out by manager Erik ten Hag in November.
The winger jetted off to the Netherlands during the 2022 World Cup and linked up with coaches Ten Hag had worked with in the past.
The England international then returned to Carrington last week and The Athletic revealed he was present at first-team training on Tuesday.
Finally, United’s hopes of signing Borussia Monchengladbach star Yann Sommer are all but over with the goalkeeper set to sign for Bayern Munich.
United want to bring in a keeper with David de Gea’s Old Trafford future in doubt as his contract runs out in June.
United have been targeting Sommer before January with his Gladbach contract also expiring.
According to SPORT1, however, the Switzerland international has agreed a deal with Bayern and flew to Munich to undergo a medical before putting pen to paper.
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