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Former Real Madrid president, Sanz, dies after contracting Coronavirus

Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who was hospitalised with coronavirus, died on Saturday at the age of 76, his son announced.

Sanz was in charge of the Spanish giants from 1995-2000, overseeing two Champions League titles.

“My father has just passed away. He did not deserve this ending and in this way,” tweeted his son, Lorenzo Sanz junior.

“One of the best, bravest and hardest-working people I have ever seen. His family and Real Madrid were his passions.”

Man Utd legend, Ferdinand, ranks Grealish above Maddison amid ongoing transfer speculation

Rio Ferdinand has described Jack Grealish as a more complete player than James Maddison, as the pair continue to be heavily linked with Manchester United.

Grealish has built on an outstanding 2018-19 campaign with Aston Villa during which he played a key role in their promotion from the Championship, successfully transferring his form to the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has contributed seven goals and six assists to Villa's cause in 26 outings this term, with talk over a possible call-up to the international stage with England increasing with each passing game.

My first experience at Old Trafford, by Ighalo

Odion Ighalo has recalled how good he felt on his first outing at Old Trafford as a Watford player, and expressed his delight over being able to create even "greater moments" now he's officially on Manchester United's books.

United reached an agreement to sign Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua on the final day of the winter transfer window, in a move which raised more than a few eyebrows.

Lukaku ‘didn’t have the energy’ for another year at Man Utd

Romelu Lukaku has revealed he “didn’t have the energy” for another year or the constant criticism and drama which he endured during his final season at Manchester United, prompting him to leave for Inter Milan last summer.

Speaking to Arsenal legend Ian Wright in a video interview on Wright’s YouTube channel, Lukaku opened up about his second-season struggles at Old Trafford and explained his thought process which ultimately led him to leave Man United for $90 million — excerpts from Sky Sports:

Matic

Nemanja Matic neatly sums up Manchester United's upturn in form in recent weeks.

The midfielder was considering his future in December but has now earned a one-year extension to his contract and talks have started over a longer-term deal.

The 31-year-old started only three Premier League games this season before the turn of the year but has become a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side during an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Chelsea staff begged Luiz to return but Brazilian intends to achieve ‘big things’ at Arsenal

David Luiz claims staff members at Chelsea begged him to come back to the club shortly after he took the decision to cross London and link up with Arsenal in the summer of 2019.

The Brazil international had 12 months left to run on his contract with the Blues when taking the decision to bid farewell to Stamford Bridge for a second time.

Back in 2014 the South American completed a big-money switch to Paris Saint-Germain, only to return to familiar surroundings two years later.

Ighalo to take $7.3m pay cut to stay at Man United

By NBC

Odion Ighalo is willing to take a pay cut of $7.3 million per season to sign for Man United on a permanent basis.

Ighalo, 30, joined Man United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day in the January transfer window and has been a big hit already, scoring four goals in eight appearances in all competitions.

A report from the Sun states that Ighalo is keen to remain at Man United beyond this season and is willing to sign a contract which would see him earn half the amount he currently does in the Chinese Super League.

Manchester United: The boys were fantastic at LASK – Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased by the professionalism and cutting edge displayed by his players as Manchester United romped to victory in front of empty stands at LASK.

The coronavirus pandemic saw Thursday’s Europa League clash played behind closed doors, with just 500 people allowed into the first leg in Linz.

Ighalo: I spent my lunch money on watching Man United

Ighalo has made an immediate impact at United, scoring in the Europa League win against Club Brugge last week and then twice in the FA Cup win at Derby County this week.

Speaking to our partners Sky Sports ahead of the Manchester Derby on Sunday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com), Ighalo revealed that where he grew up in Ajegunle was “like a ghetto and it was very difficult” but he saved up his lunch money for school so he could watch Man United when the weekend arrived.

Ighalo's arrival at Man Utd has provoked a 'good reaction' from Martial - Keane

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has stepped his game up since Odion Ighalo's arrival at Old Trafford, according to Roy Keane.

Martial has scored in three of United's last five games across all competitions, with his latest strike coming in a 2-0 home victory over noisy neighbours Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the better of Pep Guardiola for the third time this season on Sunday, as his side produced another combative performance against the reigning Premier League champions.

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