Man United news round-up: Rashford wanted to leave, battle for €80m-rated star, scouts in attendance

£58.5m-rated star thought about quitting Man United after falling out with former coach

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was considering a switch to Real Madrid before Jose Mourinho was sacked at The Theatre of Dreams, according to a report.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped revive Englishman’s career since taking charge at the Old Trafford and the 21-year-old has netted six times in nine appearances under the Norwegian tactician.

That’s in stark contrast to the struggles he endured under Jose earlier in the season when he netted just four times in 20 appearances under the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho favoured Romelu Lukaku in a central position and often pushed Marcus out onto the left-wing, in a role that he performed reluctantly.

In spite of his struggles, Marcus’ quality was still clear and La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid were alerted to him after his sensational performance for England in a 3-2 win against Spain.

The star has been at Manchester United since the age of eight but he considered depart from his boyhood club for Los Blancos in a significant indication of his unhappiness under Jose according to the Sun.

However, Ole’s arrival has been a blessing for Rashford and the striker is now minded to stay at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have sensed Rashford’s new-found happiness under Solskjaer and are keen to capitalise on it by getting him to pen a new long-term deal at the club.

Man United and EPL rivals battling for Ligue 1 star with source also mentions price tag

Manchester United and league rivals Manchester City are both closely monitoring Tanguy Ndombele’s progress at Ligue 1 side Lyon, according to reports in France.

The powerful midfielder, who starred in Les Gones’ opening-day defeat of Manchester City in the Champions League group stage, previously revealed that he was the subject of a failed offer by the Blues in the summer.

Pep Guardiola is known to be on the observation post for a long-term replacement for Brazilian Fernandinho in the heart of the Citizens’ midfield after missing out on the Barcelona-bound Frenkie De Jong.

While Manchester United’s midfield options were reduced in number by Belgian star Marouane Fellaini’s move to China at the end of the January transfer market.

Tanguy broke into the French national team at the beginning of the campaign, making four appearances to date, and Le10Sport claim that it would take a fee in the region of €80m to prise the 22-year-old star away from Ligue 1’s third-placed side.

That would represent a club-record sum for the Blues, and Manchester United’s third-most expensive signing, but the defensive midfielder could have been plying his trade in the EPL already, had Lyon not been so interested in keeping their most valuable asset.

Man United scouts along with Premier League duo emissaries watched Lisbon derby

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea were the only Premier League sides to send scouts to the Lisbon derby on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Portuguese press.

Outlet O Jogo not only names the clubs who had emissaries but also points out three stars who the officials should be watching in SL Benfica’s 2-1 win over Sporting CP.

The newspaper says Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix were ‘certainly’ being analysed by these three sides. These names are known in the rumour mill as they’ve all been connected to English sides before.

Joao is the man of the moment. Although the star couldn’t play so well as on the weekend, when he had a goal and an assist versus the very same Sporting CP, he’s still shown some quality when setting up the own goal netted by the Lions’ defender Thiago Ilori.

Ruben Dias also did well, discreet as always, keeping his side’s defence safe for most of the game. The 21-year-old star is already a full Portugal international and was of serious interest to Lyon the previous summer.

Bruno Fernandes netted with a beautiful long-range free kick, and had a big part in Sporting CP’s creative sector, but couldn’t do much more than that to get his club a better result.