Paul Pogba has dominated the headlines in the past few days following the admission of his agent, Mino Raiola. According to the Italian, Paul Pogba will leave the club next summer as he no longer enjoys his football at Manchester United. Frenchman Pogba returned to Manchester United for a second spell in 2016 after the club paid a British transfer record fee of €100m (£89m) for him and he will have one year left on his contract by the time next summer comes.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the Red Devils should have followed Chelsea’s transfer strategy and done most of their business during the early stage of the summer transfer window. The Blues have already made six major signings for the summer and when compared to them, United have been far apart with just the solitary purchase of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
In a report covered by Sky Sports, Neville gave the example of the Blues and Manchester City and believes the Red Devils were hesitant to pay the money. He added that his former club have failed with their transfer strategy in recent years, considering they have eventually paid the asking price for their targets.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has said that qualifying for Champions League is just the beginning for the club. In the upcoming months, United needs to improve in order to achieve titles. In the last match of this season against Leicester City, they won for 2-0 thus securing the third slot in the table and the ticket to Champions League. At the beginning of the current season, the prospect United qualifying for Champions League or finishing in the top four seemed unlikely. But with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window things improved for the club.
“As a club we expect to be in the Champions League but the last few years have been tough. At the start of the season, the majority of people probably didn’t expect us to be in the top four at the end of the season. We always had great faith in ourselves,” said Maguire.
Ander Herreraexplains what led to his departure from Manchester United to Paris Saint Germain. He has recently said that he deserved more attention from the club. He was transferred to United in 2014 from Athletic Club for £32 million. He has played 189 matches during his five-year stay at United. He was unable to lift the Premier League title during his stay but was the part of the squad which won Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
In the 2018–2019 season, he was a regular in the club and his contract was to expire in that year. He was told to wait for the new extension but when the time came, he was given to in free transfer. In the free transfer window, he was taken up by PSG. He has now revealed that he was left out and in the final year in the club, he was left without any choice. He was treated like a spare part by the club.
Andy Cole, the former Manchester United player, feels that United should bring striker who haves exceptional ability to control the ball and score for the club. Marcus Rashford is the current top goalscorer of United but he will need a competitor and a supporter for the club to win against the stronger clubs of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with the displays from Odion Ighalo since joining the club during the January transfer window. The Nigerian made the loan move from Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day and he has since proved a quality signing with three goals scored in all competitions.
Two of those goals came during the 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round and speaking after that game, Solskjaer was full of praise for the former Watford man. The Norwegian added that the marksman could earn a permanent transfer in four months’ time, suppose he is able to perform consistently.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher feels that Manchester United could miss out on European football altogether based on the current run of form in the Premier League. The Red Devils are placed 14th on the table after the opening nine matches and they are already seven points adrift of the Champions League places.
Speaking on Friday Night Football, Carragher said that the Red Devils have looked out of sorts this term and he does not see them making the push for the top four. He added that Leicester City have a good chance of breaching the top six of the Premier League and that could meant that the Red Devils may miss out on European football altogether.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is positive about the return of Mohamed Salah ahead of the Premier League clash against Manchester United on October 20. The Egypt international sustained an ankle knock from a late challenge from Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury at the weekend and he was substituted before the final whistle.
Liverpool legend Steve Nicolas has said that Jesse Lingard has been lucky to start for Manchester United, given his struggles during the calendar year. The England international has contributed just one goal since the start of 2019 and that came against Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round last season.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Nicol said that the recent criticism has been warranted for Lingard, given he has barely made any impact, he told: “I think so [recent criticism is warranted. You described him as an attacking midfielder – I would suggest he needs another title if all he’s going to produce is one goal and no assists. I think it’s a little fortunate that he’s gone under the radar a little because of all the problems that they’ve had at United over the last two, three, four seasons. They’ve brought in players that they thought would score goals and assist.” Read More
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he is prepared to offer midfielder Paul Pogba with a new challenge at the club. Earlier last month, the France international suggested that he would prefer a fresh challenge elsewhere and reports have since associated him with a potential departure from Old Trafford.