The Manchester Evening News report that Manchester United have chosen not to pursue a deal for Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley before Thursday’s deadline – despite interest from both Liverpool and Arsenal in the young Danish ace.

O’Riley, 21, has sparkled north of the border since swapping MK Dons for the Scottish champions. Joining the club in January, he scored four goals and laid on two assists in 20 appearances, during the second half of the 21-22 season.

This time around, he has continued that form. Already, in five outings, he has laid on three assists, including two in a 9-0 drubbing of Dundee United on Sunday. Reports state that all three Premier League clubs are looking at O’Riley.

A fee between £15million and £20million is said to potentially sway Celtic – who only paid MK Dons £1.5million. Liverpool and Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish recently described him as “proper player”. United have made a decision.

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The MEN report that despite interest from two of their biggest Premier League rivals, Erik ten Hag’s side will not be making a move before the deadline. It could open up the chance for Liverpool and Arsenal to make a late bid.

Manchester United choose not to pursue O’Riley deal before deadline

Little surprise, given United’s outlay over the last 10 days. Casemiro arrives from Real Madrid for a fee in the region of £60million. A further £85million looks set to be paid in the direction of Ajax, to reunite ten Hag with winger Antony.

Massive moves from United, who are reacting to their two initial defeats to Brighton and Brentford. Subsequent wins over Liverpool and Southampton have come. But adding another £20million on top, on O’Riley, might be one too far.

Whether Liverpool or Arsenal sense a possible move is now more conceivable as United pull out, remains to be seen. But it certainly gives either side a bigger chance of getting a deal done for Denmark Under-21 international O’Riley.

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