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Red Devils reject Benzema move

EXCLUSIVE:Manchester United have turned down the chance to land Karim Benzema, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

The French striker, 36, has been touted around as he seeks an escape route from the Saudi Pro League after just six months.

But despite having only one recognised centre-forward – Rasmus Hojlund – for the rest of the season, Man Utd refused to even enter talks.

That is due to what they claim are “exorbitant” sums involved in bringing the player – who earns £86million a YEAR – to Old Trafford.

United are being careful to pay attention to their own wage bill and budget to stay within Financial Fair Play guidelines.

Benzema moved to Al-Ittihad in the summer from Real Madrid on a free transfer.

‘United joining Arsenal in Zubimendi hunt’

Manchester United are tipped to rival Arsenal for Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi.

But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano believes the Spaniard’s £52million release clause is a major obstacle to a move this month rather than the summer.

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Barcelona have also reportedly been monitoring the 24-year-old.

But United could regard Zubimendi as a potential long-term successor to anchorman Casemiro.

And Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta is keen to find a composed, high-class partner for Declan Rice.

A Devil of a job to fit in

Manchester United’s players will be crammed into a tiny away dressing room for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at League Two Newport on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag and his players are set to be greeted by beige tiles and peeling plaster once they enter the changing area.

Meanwhile, the hosts will prepare for the match in their plush home dressing room.

United will have to make do with facilities more suited to Sunday League than the Premier League. The away dressing room features faded paint on the walls, a fold-up table, physio’s chair, a few bins and two urinals.

Before even reaching the dressing room, the United stars will be ushered through a small grey gate next to the main road at the 7,850-capacity ground.

The 1,400 travelling supporters are set to be housed in a temporary stand and given access to the Rodney’s Bar.

A new space is also being created for the post-match press conferences, with Ten Hag expected to speak to the media from a converted office as opposed to the tiny box room the club usually uses.

His players may also be hemmed in on the bench, as the away dugout only holds 13 people.

How England’s golden generation should have lined up…

Gary Neville believes England’s Golden Generation should have adopted a different formation… and dropped HIM.

The Three Lions promised a great deal during the early 2000s with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, David Beckham and Paul Scholes.

Yet despite an impressive pool of talent, they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage in three successive major tournaments from 2002 to 2006.

Dubbed the “Golden Generation” in spite of their disappointing performances, they rigidly stuck to a 4-4-2 formation.

But ex-Manchester United right-back Neville believes they should have switched to a 3-5-2 instead.

And in an XI he named on the latest episode of The Overlap, Neville even replaced himself with Beckham at right wing-back.

United ‘keen on Edwards’

Manchester United are being linked with Sporting Lisbon’s £30million-rated winger Marcus Edwards.

The Englishman, 25, a former Tottenham kid, has been with the Portuguese giants since 2022.

Football Transfers say United’s new ownership group Ineo are keen on Edwards.

‘Give Erik until at least next year’

Former Arsenal cult favourite Bacary Sagna has told why Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag should be given time.

The ex-France full-back, 40, told Paddy Power: “Any coach would struggle with that team, a rebuild takes time.

 “A new coach could join now and have the same problems because they have younger players, and not so influential players.

“In two years, a coach will walk into the club and have the credit that Erik ten Hag is building now.

“Football isn’t fair sometimes, you can get a lot of results and give more to the club, and the manager after you gets the credit for your dirty work.

“They should give Ten Hag more time and see how he’s doing next year.”

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