The 37-year-old allegedly told the Red Devils that he wanted to leave in the summer transfer window after the club could only achieve a sixth-place finish in the Premier League last term.
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Diego Simeone’s men were made to work for their victory though, with Celta Vigo more than a match in most areas for the hosts in the first half.
This was after a frantic end to the match with all the goals coming in added time.
Alvaro Morata gave Atletico an early lead against Sociedad as he tapped home in the 5th minute following a near post corner from Yannick Carrasco that was not claimed by Alex Remiro.
After taking a strong team to Oslo to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday, the Red Devils wrapped up the pre-season preparations against another Spanish side the following day.
The Portugal international has been back training with the Red Devils this week after missing their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to a personal reason.
Club president Cerezo made this known when he spoke at the presentation of defender Nahuel Molina on Friday.
The Argentina international has signed an Atletico contract that runs until the summer of 2027.
Kanu is being held in a Department of Security Services detention facility in Abuja, with Soludo visiting him on Friday
The win helped them to tighten their grip on fourth place in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid followed up a goalless draw with Granada by losing 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao last Saturday.
He also said he respects Atletico Madrid in spite of the fact the club will not give his side a guard of honour in Sunday’s derby.
While spirits in the Los Blancos camp are high after beating Manchester City in midweek to reach the Champions League final, Atletico head into this contest after failing to win or score in their last two league games.
The Colchoneros have had an underwhelming season. After their heroics of the previous campaign, Atletico Madrid has struggled to perform consistently.
Liverpool arguably have the most favourable draw among the three English sides, with Jurgen Klopp’s side facing Benfica.
The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate by Atleti, with Renan Lodi’s first half header succumbing United to an early exit.
Three places and 19 points separate the two bitter rivals in the table, with the hosts seeking to steer clear of Liverpool at the top while the Red Devils aim to re-ignite their top-four pursuit.
The Red Devils have had a partnership with the Russian airline since 2013, and have regularly flown to European matches on the company’s aircrafts.
Atletico outplayed a sluggish United for the majority of the match at the Wanda Metropolitano and might have considered Joao Felix’s early goal scant reward heading into the second leg at Old Trafford in three weeks’ time.
Strikers Joao Felix, Luis Suarez and Angel Correa were on target to lift Diego Simeone’s side to fourth spot with 42 points from 25 games.