England boss Gareth Southgate has delighted Man Utd as 'two agreements reached'

Gareth Southgate has done Man Utd a huge favour. (Image: GETTY)

Manchester United will have been delighted to watch Kobbie Mainoo continue to make a name for himself on the biggest stage as England beat the Netherlands 2-1 to reach the Euro 2024 final. But Gareth Southgate has undoubtedly boosted the mood at Old Trafford by sending the Dutch packing in the semi-finals as INEOS close in on two exciting transfers.

It was a night of overwhelming positives for United. Mainoo, starting his third successive match at the Euros, stole the show until Ollie Watkins’ last-gasp winner grabbed the headlines.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw continued his return to fitness by making his second substitute appearance in five days, replacing Kieran Trippier at half-time in Dortmund.

But England’s narrow triumph over the Netherlands at the Westfalenstadion may have served as the biggest boost of them all.

Xavi Simons stunned the Three Lions by driving a powerful strike past Jordan Pickford from range to open the scoring after seven minutes.

Harry Kane controversially equalised from the penalty spot shortly after, courtesy of a surprising VAR decision, which left those rooting for Ronald Koeman’s side furious.

As a nervy contest entering its dying embers, Watkins, 10 minutes after replacing Kane, produced an incredible touch and finish as the game entered stoppage time, sending England to Sunday’s final in Berlin.

Matthijs de Ligt was an unused substitute for the sixth consecutive game at Euro 2024, while Joshua Zirkzee was handed a 93rd-minute cameo from the bench as a last roll of the dice.

Joshua Zirkzee is set to join Man Utd. (Image: Getty)

Both could be team-mates at club level by the end of next week as United close in on their signatures. De Ligt and Zirkzee’s Euro exit opens the door for those transfers to be completed.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United have verbally agreed personal terms with De Ligt and are optimistic about concluding a £42million deal with Bayern Munich.

New Bayern boss Vincent Kompany is said to have sanctioned the 24-year-old defender’s departure as he eyes Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah.

De Ligt is expected to be one of at least two centre-back arrivals this summer as pursuits of Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and Lille’s Leny Yoro progress.

United have also identified Zirkzee as their priority target to replace Anthony Martial and offer Rasmus Hojlund the support and competition he went without last season.

Fabrizio Romano claims a five-year contract has been agreed with the Bologna striker, as well as a commission for his agent, Kia Joorabchian. The latter of which derailed AC Milan’s hopes of a deal.

Erik ten Hag’s non-international players returned to Carrington on Monday, with the first game of pre-season taking place in four days against Rosenborg in Norway.

United face Rangers in Edinburgh on July 20 before flying to the United States for their pre-season tour in the week commencing July 22.

The Red Devils’ representatives at Euro 2024 and the Copa America will likely join at that stage. There is an increasingly likely chance that De Ligt and Zirzkee will be among the travelling party.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1921718/England-Gareth-Southgate-Man-Utd-transfer-news-Euro-2024