The Red Devils need all three points against the Bees to keep their top-four hopes in the Premier League alive. Currently in seventh place, they trail fourth-placed West Ham by six points, but have two games in hand.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Manchester United transfer stories as on 17th January 2022.
Cristiano Ronaldo criticised for picking on teammates
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo for his behaviour towards his teammates.
The Portuguese recently rebuked United youngsters in an interview with Sky Sports. It didn’t go down well in all quarters, with many calling out the 36-year-old for being overly critical.
Crooks is part of that group and had some strong words for Ronaldo in BBC’s Team of the Week column.
“Ronaldo has expressed concern about the attitude of some his teammates, and suggested it needs to be better for United to be successful this term. I couldn’t agree more – and it should start with him,” wrote Crooks.
“Ever since he returned to Old Trafford, the Portuguese international has behaved like a prima donna. He may be the star of the show, but the constant waving of his hands in the air when events don’t go his way – a sign that the crowd’s moans and groans regarding United’s failures are all down to his teammates and nothing to do with him – is irritating,” continued Crooks.
Crooks advised the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to work with his teammates when the going gets tough.
“Ronaldo always looks immaculate on the pitch but sometimes, especially when things are going badly, he has to get among the muck and nettles in order to pull his team through difficult periods,” added Crooks.
Manchester United initiate negotiations for Amadou Haidara
Manchester United have begun negotiations with RB Leipzig for Amadou Haidara, according to journalist Jonathan Shrager.
The Red Devils are desperate to shore up their midfield this month. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has identified Haidara as the perfect fit for his system at Old Trafford.
Rangnick wants to bring in Haidara to sort out the issues pegging his midfield. Talks are at a nascent stage, but the Premier League giants could complete a deal for the player before the end of the month. Haidara is currently with Mali at the AFCON.
Red Devils want £15 million for Phil Jones
Manchester United have slapped a £15 million price tag on Phil Jones, according to The Daily Star. The 29-year-old has appeared just once in the league in the last two years. His current deal is set to expire next year, but the Red Devils are ready to offload him this month.
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Jones has a history of injury-related issues, and is not a part of the future plans at Old Trafford. However, his asking price as well as weekly wages of £100,000 could be deal breakers in any potential move away from the club.