MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to revive their interest in Frenkie de Jong – with Barcelona set for another financial headache.

MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to revive their interest in Frenkie de Jong – with Barcelona set for another financial headache.

And the two front-runners for United’s takeover are set to go toe-to-toe yet again for another round of talks, with the Glazers wanting £6billion.

United face Liverpool in a derby match on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side’s top four hopes hanging by a thread.

Jurgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag have begged Liverpool and Manchester United fans not to resort to vile tragedy chants on Sunday.

United manager Ten Hag added: “The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is one of the greatest in world football.

“We all love the passion of the fans when our teams meet, but there are lines that should not be crossed.

“It is unacceptable to use the loss of life — in relation to any tragedy — to score points, and it is time for it to stop.

“Those responsible tarnish not only the reputation of our clubs but also, importantly, the reputation of themselves, the fans, and our great cities.

“On behalf of myself, our players, and our staff, we ask our fans to focus on supporting the team on Sunday, and representing our club in the right way.”

A football finance expert has claimed that the Glazer family has been “tricked” into thinking that Manchester United is worth £6billion.

Kieran Maguire believes that the Red Devils chiefs have set their valuation of the club based on Todd Boehly’s £4.25b Chelsea takeover.

He told Football Insider: “The bids for Man United are below the Glazers’ expectations, but they’re not below market expectations from any traditional valuation metric.

“I think the Glazers have got a bit giddy following the Chelsea sale and have been tricked into thinking that Manchester United is worth three times the Chelsea price.

“And while Man United is more valuable for a variety of reasons – strength of the brand, matchday benefits and so on – their asking price is high.

“If somebody can manage to monetise the relationship between fans and club, then Man United at that point will probably be worth more than £4.5bn.

“But nobody has achieved that to date. Everybody in the football industry has been scratching their heads as to how they can monetise a global fan base.”

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand says Jude Bellingham should pick the Old Trafford club over Liverpool.

The Borussia Dortmund star is one of Europe’s hottest prospects.

Ferdinand said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Friday Football Social: “If you put the two teams on a graph, Manchester United are going in one direction and Liverpool have stagnated.

“I wouldn’t say Liverpool are in decline, but other teams are catching them up and maybe going beyond them.

“If I’m a player, say Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice – two of the most in-demand English midfielders that may get moves this summer – and someone says, ‘Manchester United or Liverpool, where are you going?’, forget my Manchester United ties, I have to go with United right now.

“The way the team looks, the way the squad is shaping up, the way the managers are navigating their teams’ fortunes and who I see being more successful in the upcoming future – I really would be sitting on the side of United.”

Manchester United have scored 53 goals in the period Chelsea have scored…. just six.

That’s as many goals as United midfielder Fred has bagged.

United are by far the highest scorers since November 6, when the season appeared to be turning around under Erik ten Hag.

As for Chelsea, it has not been an easy three months for Graham Potter.

Frenkie de Jong is STILL Erik ten Hag’s No1 midfield target.

The former Ajax star, who played under Ten Hag at the Amsterdam club, was on the losing side against United in the Europa League.

SunSport reported three days ago that De Jong is still wanted by United.

And today the Guardian is running a story saying the same thing – adding that Ten Hag wants competition for Casemiro and Christian Eriksen.

Overgoor continued: “We did it a lot and after a couple of times, it was, ‘Again? 11 against zero?’”

Like United’s stars – notably Cristiano Ronaldo before he left and Marcus Rashford – the Eagles players also had to cope with Ten Hag’s disciplinary code.

Overgoor, 34, explained: “From day one, he was the same as he’s been at United, just really strict.

“On the first day of training, we had bibs to play eight against eight games – yellow, green and orange.

“After training, we then put them all together and he said, ‘No, I want the yellow ones here, the orange ones here’.

“If you were late for training, you couldn’t train. He was strict to make us more professional.”

Erik ten Hag has brought exciting football back to Manchester United – but he bored the pants off players in his first job as a boss, writes Dan King.

Initially, at least … Sjoerd Overgoor was part of the Go Ahead Eagles squad that had to adapt to Ten Hag’s methods when he arrived at the second-tier Dutch club in the summer of 2012.

Overgoor said: “A lot of players thought, ‘This coach is crazy’.

“At the end of pre-season, we did a lot of 11 against zero.

“He showed us patterns and where to take our positions. Starting from the goalkeeper, he plays to the left central defender, then we build up from there.

“It’s a little bit boring because you have no opponents to play.”

Manchester United visit rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday for a major Premier League derby.

The Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp will be without Thiago Alcantara (hip), Luiz Diaz (knee), Arthur (quad) and Calvin Ramsay (knee).

Joe Gomez and Naby Keita are a doubt after missing Wednesday’s Prem victory over Wolves with respective knocks.

But Klopp has had Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk back at his disposal for the derby.

United manager Erik ten Hag, on the other hand, will be without Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek, who are out with an ankle and knee injury respectively.

Anthony Martial is unlikely to be fit in time as he is still dealing with a hip injury.

Ten Hag also has minor doubts over Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho, who missed Wednesday’s FA Cup victory over West Ham with a knock and illness respectively.

Meanwhile, United suitors are still waiting to hear if their bids for the club have been successful.

According to Sky Sports, the interested parties have not been told what the next stages of the ongoing process are.

Bids were made from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the US and of course club fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

The Glazers have initially set a prize of £6billion for the Manchester giants.

And Real Madrid want to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham but are unwilling to stump up £130million, according to ABC.

This is a big boost to United, who also hold an interest in Bellingham.

The Red Devils are set to rival any bids for the midfielder and their chances of landing him could be boosted if a takeover is completed soon.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the England international.

Finally, United player Mason Greenwood will never again be selected for England by manager Gareth Southgate, The Sun understands.

Greenwood is waiting to hear if the Red Devils will re-integrate him after charges of attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour were dropped last month.

A source said: “He is clinging to the hope of playing again at the highest level.

“But Southgate places a great deal of importance on not only a player’s talent, but how the squad gels.”

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