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Gareth Southgate said he ‘totally understands’ Mason Greenwood’s decision to turn down an England call-up earlier this season.
Southgate revealed the Manchester United forward, 20, rejected a call-up following talks in September.
The Three Lions boss told the Evening Standard: “We met with him in September and had a very good discussion and totally understand where he is.
“I said last month, with young players, their pathways are different, the load on them is different. He’s at a massive football club with a lot of expectation and we don’t want to move too quickly.”
Meanwhile, it was reported Sir Alex Ferguson put the death knell in Manchester City’s hopes of signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
City were the front-runners to sign the Portugal superstar from Juventus in the summer but a brief phone call from his legendary former United boss nipped that in the bud, according to the Daily Star.
Fergie is reported to have said “don’t join City” before hanging up – and Ronaldo completed a shock return to United a few days later.
And the antagonism between the big Manchester rivals will not have been eased by news the Red Devils are interested in luring highly-rated James McAtee away from City.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is getting rave reviews in City’s youth side with 15 goals in 14 games, but The Mail report he is a target for Spanish giants Barcelona after SunSport revealed United’s interest.
And United icon Teddy Sherringham says Cristiano Ronaldo can lead Manchester United to Champions League glory this season.
Ronaldo has been in match-winning form for United in the group stages and his latest heroics saw him bag a stoppage-time equaliser to clinch a 2-2 draw away at Atalanta on Tuesday.
Sherringham, who famously bagged a late leveller in the 1999 final against Bayern Munich when United won the competition, told Genting Casino: “When you’ve got Ronaldo in your team, you’re looking to win it.
“Ronaldo will be looking to win it – he has done it before on many occasions and he will want to win it again.”