Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Thursday, 26 November.
Greenwood responds to Ferdinand praise
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has acknowledged Rio Ferdinand’s praise after the youngster helped the Reds see off Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.
Greenwood provided an assist for Daniel James’ injury-time strike after replacing Bruno Fernandes on the hour mark.
Greenwood has endured a frustrating start to the season but Ferdinand was buoyed by the 19-year-old’s eye-catching cameo at Old Trafford as United stayed top of Group H.
“Look at him, he’s growing as well,” Ferdinand told BT Sport . “He’s going to be a beast to go with the technique he’s got, his understanding and spatial awareness.
Greenwood replied to Ferdinand with a heart emoji on Twitter as the teenager put himself in contention for a start against Southampton on Sunday.
United pay tribute to Maradona
Manchester United have paid tribute to Diego Maradona after the Argentine legend’s death on Wednesday at the age of 60.
Maradona passed away at his home in Tigre just two weeks after undergoing successful surgery for a blood clot on his brain.
“Football has lost one of its greatest icons. Rest in peace, Diego Maradona,” United wrote on Twitter .
Rio Ferdinand, Marcus Rashford and Ruud van Nistelrooy were among the United players past and present to also pay tribute to the 1986 World Cup winner, while former Reds captain Bryan Robson offered a heartfelt response.
“What a player he was – undoubtedly the best of his era and up there with the likes of Pele among the greatest ever,” said Robson , who captained United against Maradona’s Barcelona in the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
“He won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina more or less on his own. The football he played and the goals he scored in that tournament were unbelievable.
“He went past five players to score against England in the quarter-final and then did exactly the same against Belgium in the semi-final.
“He was a real character too. I played with him in quite a few charity games and he was a great person to be around.
United fans call for Van de Beek to start Saints clash
Van de Beek has made six league appearances from the bench since joining from Ajax but started in United’s win over Basaksehir on Tuesday.
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And with the Dutchman having caught the eye in a deeper midfield role alongside Fred, United fans have been emphatic in a response to a MEN poll.
The poll attracted a strong response with 94 per cent of the 4,320 voters calling for Van de Beek to start on Sunday.
Of course, United fans must wait another three days to find out whether Solskjaer feels the same way.