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Manchester United Finally placed a massive price tag on Paul Pogba for Arsenal and Juventus

Paul Pogba has been linked with a move away from Manchester United. The Red Devils are said to have placed massive £150m price tag on him.

Paul pogba could be on his way to Real Madrid or Juventus.
Manchester United have reportedly made up their minds that Paul Pogba would not play for the Premier League side again. Paul Pogba is on leave from Manchester United and the club have placed massive £150m price tag on him. Real Madrid and Juventus are the two teams Paul Pogba has been linked with.

There have been reports that Paul Pogba himself is interested in a move to join Spanish giants Real Madrid so as to have the chance of playing under Zinedine Zidane.

All About Manchester United 250 Million Euros January Transfer Budjet

Ole Gunnar Solskjear’s Manchester United was held to a 1–1 draw by Duncan Ferguson’s Everton at Old Trafford On Sunday. But the Red Devils still looks like a team under construction which requires some reinforcements either in the January transfer window or in the summer.

Manchester United’s Edward Woodward has since make available the sum of £250 million transfer budjet available for the signing of some new faces which will add some strength in depth to Solskjear team in January. Not only this but also, Solskjear has informed the club’s hierarchy that new players are needed to be brought to the team if the Red Devils are to challenge for the qualification of the UEFA Champions league come this season.

The manager has also come out and say that the club will strengthen during the opening of any transfer window where they deemed it fit. He said it in a statement:

“I’d been watching. I had a clear idea of what a Man United team should look like,” Solskjaer said. “I have been part of a Man United team and you do want to go back to our traditions of attacking quick, attacking football with pace, power, personalities out there. And that is what we are doing.

“Obviously we are one or two players down in numbers but it doesnt have to be this window, it might be the summer window. But we are going to strengthen.

“We are going to get starters into this team. We need to.”

It is understood that Ole Gunnar Solskjear has forwarded the lists of players he wants in the January transfer window to the Red Devils Chief Ed Woodward. The names sent to him includes Ealing Braut Haaland of RB Salzburg, Jadon Sancho Borrusia Dortmund, Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli, Bruno Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon Lotauro Martinez of Inter Milan and Leandro Peredes of Paris Saint Germain.

Out of these aforementioned names only four of the players can be seen as a potential United’s players. The Norwegian hotshot Braut Haaland of RB Salzburg and Jadon Sancho of Dortmund are the two potential deals which United are capable of pulling over the lines in January. It is gathered that several clubs were interested in the young Norwegian striker {Haaland}, but Solskjear has since met with Harland’s representatives over the last couple of days to discuss his move to Old Trafford. Haaland has however decided to play for Solskjear and Manchester United secretly.

On the other hand Jadon Sancho’s situation at Borussia Dortmund has been under the cloud recently, as a result of that he has also made his final decision to leave the Signal Iduna Park in January. United are also waiting to pounce if Borussia Dortmund grant him and his representatives the permission to discuss a potential move with United.

SSC Napoli are not expected to easily part company with their captain Kalidou Koulibaly as soon as possible as they will be looking to close the gap on the Seria A standings and also go far beyond the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions league.

Bruno Fernandes just signed a new long-term contract with Sporting Lisbon he’s not expected to leave the Portuguese league soon enough. Lotauro Martinez partnership with former United Striker Romelu Lukaku has started to yield some result for Inter Milan this season in all competitions, but if a club like Manchester United came calling and also met his contract release clause of £92 million then Inter Milan will have their work cut out to keep hold of their prized asset.

Meanwhile, the Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes has recently been linked with United. He could join the Red Devils in January transfer window for £120 million double swoop with Lotauro Martinez. Apart from Haaland and Jadon Sancho’s potential January move to United Lotauro Martinez and Peredes of PSG are also the two likeliest players that are ready to move in the January transfer window if their valuations are met by united team’s hierarchy.

Signing of all these a fore mentioned names might also depend on Pogba’s decision in January. But with or without Pogba in United’s team Solskjear has highlighted the needs to recruits new players in the January transfer window and the funds is there for him to utilize if any of these aforementioned players becomes available for the right price.

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8 Amazing Unique Facts About Manchester United

In football, there have been many big clubs of England. But one of the biggest clubs in England is Manchester United( Man U ). As the Manchester United has produced some of the big footballers and also had a remarkable history. Manchester United Club is a English professional soccer club. Founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, and the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 .

So here are some of the amazing facts about the club named Manchester United:

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8. One of the best club

In past, Manchester United were the first ever club in the league to be the winner of UEFA champions league

7. One of the oldest club

We all know that Manchester United has been one of the oldest clubs in England.


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6. Club with legends

Every good club has a set of stars which makes the clubs one of the best clubs in football. Manchester United had a set of youth stars. These stars were Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky brut. As these stars have appeared for the club in more than 3028 games.


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5. Club with biggest wins.

Manchester United has played many matched and has won many big cups. As Manchester United has defeated some of the biggest football clubs with a huge goal difference. This club had one of the biggest wins of and this win is 9-0 against Ipswich at Old Trafford on 4 march 1995. However this remain the biggest premier win ever.


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4. Club with highest goals scorers.

Wayne Rooney is the highest scoring Englishman in Champions League history, with 29 goals, while former United midfielder Paul Scholes is the 2nd highest with 24 goals.


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3. 1st non British manager

Current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is the first non-British manager of the Red Devils.

2. Main wins/ trophies

Yeah, Manchester United have the most trophies:

  • First Division/Premier League: 20
  • FA Cup: 12
  • League Cup: 5
  • European Cup/Champions League: 3
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1
  • UEFA Europe League: 1

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1. Successful Managers

We all know that Manchester United is having most successful managers in the past years but the most successful manager who has played a role in making the club one of the best clubs in the England is Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United Defeats Tottenham in Crucial Clash at Old Trafford

Man United vs Tottenham 2:1

Rashford brace gives Red Devils 2-1 win over the Spurs.

Manchester United have given Tottenham their first defeat under their new coach “Jose Mourinho”.

The Red Devils are now 6th on the table with 23 points from 15 matches this season.

Rashford got both goals for United as Dele Alli scored a superb equalizer but not enough.

READ ALSO: Chelsea Beats Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge

A double for Marcus Rashford was enough for the Red Devils to shoot themselves above Spurs on the table as Dele Alli scored his side’s only goal.
United got off and running as early as the sixth minute as Rashford shot straight past Paulo Gazzaniga in goal to make it 1-0.

READ ALSO:The Price OF This Football Will Shock You

Manchester United will meet with Manchester City on the 7 of December 2019, being away match for the Old Traffords.

Huddersfield draws with Manchester United in Premier League clash

Man United draws with Huddersfield Town giving Manchester United no hope for top 4 finish.
Manchester United will definitely be playing the Europa League next season.

Scott McTominay netted the opening goal of the match at the eight minute of the game.

Dean Hoyle’s final home game as Chairman ends in Huddersfield Town drawing to Manchester United.

Isaac Mbenza drew Town level in the second half after a superb break. An excellent battling performance from Jan Siewert’s side.

Man Utd will be playing Europa League football next season. Their 1-1 draw to Huddersfield means they will finish either 5th or 6th in the Premier League this season

Man United Player wants Man United to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford

Man u star wants Man United to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford

– Jesse Lingard of Manchester United says he would love his club to sign Ronaldo back

– Lingard added that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world – Ronaldo played for Man United between 2003 and 2009 before he joined Real Madrid Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has made it clear that he would love the club’s chiefs to bring Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford this summer.

The Red Devils are currently fighting to finish among the top four teams this season in the Premier League after been sent out of the Champions League by Barcelona.

And while arriving at Manchester United’s training ground on Thursday morning, May 2, Lingard explained that he wants Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the club. Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently playing for Juventus played for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009 before he joined Spanish side Real Madrid.

I would love Man United to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. He has been one of the best players in the world over the last decade. He has been here before so he would slot right back in.

Growing up he was just unbelievable to watch in a United shirt, so on a personal note it would be amazing to play with him,” Lingard told Mirror UK.

Jesse Lingard is expected to be in Manchester United’s squad for their clash with Huddersfield this weekend in the Premier League.

Manchester United considering technical director role for Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United considering Rio Ferdinand for technical director role

• Former United captain has met with Ed Woodward

• Ferdinand, 40, was a teammate of

Rio Ferdinand is among the candidates being considered for a senior football role at Manchester United.

Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, is seeking to appoint a technical director whose job will include long-term strategy of United’s first team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær faces thankless task to revive Manchester United | Paul Wilson
Woodward has an ongoing dialogue with Ferdinand and is known to have met him recently and to admire his football knowledge. The 40-year-old Ferdinand was a United teammate of the manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, for five years from 2002, and there is a mutual respect between the two.

The former defender was captain of the United team that beat Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final and won six Premier League titles before he left for Queens Park Rangers in May 2014.

Ferdinand, who remains a United fan, works for BT as a football expert and lives with his family in the south of England. Whether those circumstances would be an obstacle is unclear.

He is among several people of interest to Woodward, but Solskjær’s assistant Mike Phelan is unlikely to be considered.

Chelsea, Man Utd and Napoli on alert as PSG star Cavani looks for Premier League destination

Napoli, Man Utd and Chelsea on alert as Cavani looks for Premier League destination

Serie A giants Napoli could have been dealt a blow to their hopes of bringing Edinson Cavani back to the club as the Paris Saint-Germain man is intent on playing in the Premier League, Calciomercato exclusively understand.

Cavani has been linked with a move back to the partenopei recently, but club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis has played down the reports saying that Cavani would have to reduce his wage demands to come back to the Stadio San Paolo.

A source close to Calciomercato has revealed that Cavani has been trying to get himself a move to the Premier League and he is still very much interested in playing in England.

We understand that Chelsea were in talks with Cavani around three transfer windows back, but a move never materialised. Manchester United have also held a keen interest in the Uruguayan for a while now.

We’ve been told that Cavani would jump onto a chance to play in the Premier League for the first time in his career, as his Paris Saint-Germain side suffered another failure in the French Cup on penalties at the hands of Rennes recently.

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea(Full Time)

Manchester United Vs Chelsea

Juan Mata⚽11

M.Alonso⚽43

The Race for top 4 continues as Manchester United ,Chelsea draws.

Juan Mata put United into an early lead but Alonso took advantage of David de Gea’s error, Juan Mata open scoring at 11 minutes giving Old Trafford the lead at home.

Marcos Alonso brings an equaliser to this game at 43 minutes.

However, Ex Liverpool and Manchester United player Michael Owen predicted the match 1-1 and that was absolutely correct.

Manchester United see no hope for the top 4 and therefore going to the Europa League.

The Blues got themselves leveled in the match in the 43rd minute after David de Gea spilled an Antonio Rudiger’s 25-yard shot as Marcos Alonso cleverly reacted to the rebound to make it 1-1.

Both sides went into the break with the top four place finish up for grabs and Chelsea having the upper hand if the match ended in a draw.

Chelsea star Jorginho reveals tactical plan to beat Man United in race for top four

CHELSEA star Jorginho has been told by manager Maurizio Sarri that he needs stay in position ahead of his side’s huge top four clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

Jorginho was signed by Chelsea and Sarri last summer for £57million after the Italian manager campaigned to bring his ex-Napoli midfielder to Stamford Bridge with him.

After tarting the season in dominant fashion, Jorginho’s progress in England has slowed down a bit.

This is something that the Italian-Brazilian has put down to the differences in style between Italy and England.

The game in Italy is more tactical, here [in England it] is more physical,” he told Sky Italia.

Jorginho has scored two goals this season for Chelsea, a penalty against Huddersfield on the first day before notching a brilliant finish against Fulham a few weeks ago.

Chelsea have been in topsy-turvy form this season, having originally started their campaign unbeaten until the end of November.

Since then, however, Sarri’s tactics have unravelled and the club find themselves fighting to finish in the top four.

Their game with Manchester United, who are also battling for a Champions League place, could decide both teams’ seasons.

Jorginho was signed by Maurizio Sarri from both their old club’s Napoli
Jorginho has been told what he needs to do in order to ensure victory for his side at Old Trafford on Sunday.

I need to help the team to overcome the pressing of the opponents,” he added.

“I am not urged to dribble [past] two or three men and score, I need to manage the different dynamics of the game.

“We need to create as many goalscoring chances as possible.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may call on ONE Man Utd star after impressing him
Chelsea

The last time the two sides played Man Utd came out on top in the FA Cup 2-0
That’s the only way we can score. We’ll need our strikers for the next three finals that we are due to play.

“It’s going to be a tough game at the Old Trafford, but we will be ready, we need a win to end up fourth [in the table].”

Sarri is under pressure at the helm in west London and will have to ensure a top four finish one way or another.

If Chelsea can’t secure Champions League qualification through their league position, they have the option of trying to win the Europa League, where they next come up against German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final.

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Michael Owen predicts EPL clash

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has said that United and Chelsea will play out a 1-1 draw this Sunday.
Both Premier League giants clash at Old Trafford, still fighting to finish in the top four.

Chelsea currently occupy the fourth spot, three points ahead of the Red Devils who lost 2-0 to Manchester City on Wednesday.

Owen told Betfair: “After a mini revival under new management United are struggling and have conceded 9 times without reply in their last three games in all competitions.
“They are three points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth position and realistically will need to win to have any hopes of catching them.
“The Pensioners missed a chance on Monday when held 2-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge and may well take the view avoiding defeat is their best option.
“With both low on confidence a point each looks quite likely and keeps both managers reasonably happy. Michael’s prediction: 1-1.”

Pogba go to Real Madrid – it’s better to keep him than watch him shine elsewhere

Pogba go to Real Madrid — it’s better to keep him than watch him shine elsewhere

Manchester United writer
The professional knowhow of Premier League footballers was loudly questioned when Paul Pogba was named in the PFA’s team of the season this week. It’s true that he’s the only player not from Liverpool or Manchester City in there, but some perspective is needed, please. The votes were cast when Pogba was in form during the three-month bounce after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.

Critics point to Eden Hazard’s impressive statistics in the wake of his omission, but Pogba’s stats aren’t bad either. No midfielder has scored more than his 13 goals — though seven were penalties — and he’s not playing for a high-scoring team, either. Manchester United have been in sixth place more than any other position this season.

Of course, that’s not to deny there are obvious issues surrounding the midfielder. It could be argued no player is more harshly judged: his record fee and high expectations bring that (and his baffling inconsistency adds to it). But after Jose Mourinho, nobody was on thinner ice with United fans than Pogba in December.

He was seen as an out-of-form, negative influence undermining his manager. That was all pushed to the background when he played a starring role in his side’s resurgence, but his future is under the spotlight again, as it will be for the whole summer.

Real Madrid — the club Pogba wanted to join from Juventus before United persuaded him to head back to England, where he’d be the star of the team and not fourth or fifth in some mythical “Galactico” order — want him. Adding fuel to the situation is the opinion of his compatriot, Zinedine Zidane, who thinks Pogba will be better surrounded by superior footballers, as he is with France.

This saga will naturally rumble on — reports in France suggest he’s already mentioned his desire to leave — and will be driven by Madrid’s attempts to unsettle and flatter him. They’ll use their favoured media channels to do this. If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t sign a player like Pogba with an agent like Mino Raiola.

United have no current intention of selling Pogba, who just turned 26 in mid-March. Their patience was severely tested at the start of December, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to build his team around the French World Cup winner.

Does that make sense for Man United?

Pogba continues to be inconsistent, capable of pinpoint long passes one minute and losing the ball in the next breath. The club know that his agent is going to be along soon with massive wage demands, in service of a player who has done little in United’s biggest games of the season over the past month. The view of the majority at Barca is that they can’t understand Madrid’s interest on the evidence of Pogba’s two games against the Catalans.

Paul Pogba has been a divisive figure since returning to Man United, but the club shouldn’t let their pride get in the way of building around him so he can be the star of this team.
Among United fans, Pogba doesn’t have a terrace song and isn’t shown much love by the support during matches, yet his shirts are the best sellers in the Megastore. He’s accused of being too cocksure and arrogant, yet in reality Pogba is a polite young man who speaks four languages. He lives like a professional; he’s never late, he trains well. He’s not a big drinker or socialite. He likes to dance and he’s forever active on social media — where, intriguingly, there’s rarely mention of him being a Manchester United player — and that conduct is often not to the liking of the older generations even though it’s surely not as damaging as drinking eight pints of beer on regular nights out as many United footballers did until the mid-1990s.

Furthermore, Pogba’s the main man in the dressing room since the departure of Wayne Rooney, the one younger players look up to. The Parisian is rated among footballers and coaches. Brian McClair, a man Sir Alex Ferguson hoped would become the club’s director of football in 2012 (the club’s owners didn’t agree) and someone who saw Pogba arrive at United as a kid and develop, rates him too.

“Pogba’s attributes are all about attacking. He’s more like Lionel Messi than Patrick Vieira. Pogba can find a pass, beat a player and has fantastic skills. He can score goals. For him to have the best opportunity of success at Old Trafford, Paul Pogba needs to be playing in the final third of the pitch as much as possible, whether that’s him on the ball, running into positions or shooting.”

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Complicating matters for Pogba is the fact that he’s been playing under different managers in a system that has changed, often drastically, rather than evolved. It’s not easy for any player but what is the solution specific to Pogba and what can Solskjaer do? Mourinho, one of the most successful managers in football, couldn’t get a handle on Pogba, so who can?

Pogba is operating in a world where he’s frustrated because the team are frustrating. Not without reason, either: he feels he’s good enough to get into any team in the world, yet the United fans who watch him every week wouldn’t agree. The most high-profile critics who hammer Pogba have been successful players, but not successful managers. What would they do? Sell or indulge? And if the answer is to sell, who would replace him?

Top footballers are very hard to sign these days and Pogba is considered globally to be a world-class footballer, especially given his excellent injury record. No United player has started as many games or scored as many goals as Pogba this season. Is it his fault that his former manager played him out of position, or that those around him aren’t that good?

At Barcelona, Lionel Messi is the undisputed main man at the club, the one around whom the team is built, the one who is consulted on new signings, the one whom the current, ego-free, coach indulges because he knows he needs Messi. But Pogba is not Messi and hasn’t yet earned that level of indulgence. At United, the manager has always been viewed as the most important person. Pogba, the most talented player, is not even the club captain, a role he’d like. United really need an authoritative captain over one who seldom speaks English or an experienced man who is not one of the team’s best players. Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Gary Neville led from the front. United are sorely missing that ingredient.

United fans need to be careful what they wish for this summer. It wouldn’t be inconceivable to see Pogba sold and become a world beater — the one United need — for someone else.

Source: ESPN.com

Manchester City beats Man United 0-2 in Premier League.

Manchester united Man City

B. Silva 54

L. Sane 66

-Manchester City defeats Manchester United at Old Trafford to seal the EPL top.

-Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane scored a goal each in the second half to give the their side victory

– City go top with a point while Liverpool are still waiting for their rivals to slip with three games left to play Man United vs Man City ended in a 2-0 win for the blue side in a high profile Manchester derby as Pep Guardiola’s men move back to the top of the Premier League.

The goal took City to where they wanted to be – above Premier League rivals, Liverpool, but it was not over yet at old Tarfford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says Manchester United Not Ready to Challenge for EPL Title

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says Manchester United Not Ready to Challenge for EPL Title

ManchesterUnited’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds the fans after the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on April 21, 2019.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said his side will not be in a position to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

The Red Devils have endured a campaign of inconsistency, with the pick-up in form triggered by the appointment of Solskjaer in December recently coming to an end. Last week United were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League 4-0 on aggregate by Barcelona and then beaten 4-0 by Everton on Sunday in Premier League.

On Wednesday night, United host rivals Manchester City, who are involved in a tense title battle with Liverpool in the latter stages of this campaign. Solskjaer was asked if his squad was ready to challenge for the Premier League prize in 2019-20, per Jamie Smith of Goal:

“I don’t think we’ve got the consistency to do that. Over the last 18 games, we’re not far away from them, but it’s doing it over the course of a season. We’ve done it for half a season now. Let’s see. You can never say never.

“You cannot expect things to happen overnight and we know that. It will happen gradually, and we have to be realistic enough as a club that we have to take it step by step.

That’s not changing 10 players now and bringing 10 players in. It’s slowly, slowly but surely. It has to be the right quality, right personality, the right standards to get us back to where we want to be.”

Despite his talk of significant changes at Old Trafford over the summer, Solskjaer did also say a number of his players have the right kind of mindset to succeed at United:

In a different era of Premier League football, some astute acquisitions in the summer may be enough to give United a fighting chance of pushing for the title next term. But at the moment, City and Liverpool are setting a blistering pace in search of the top prize.

Per Miguel Delaney of The Independent, both teams have showcased incredible resolve at a high-pressure point in the campaign:

If City were to win on Wednesday at the home of their bitter rivals, they would go back to the summit of the table with three games to play. Anything other than three points for Pep Guardiola’s side, and Liverpool would be massive favourites heading into the final throes of the term.

By contrast, United are in a battle for a top-four spot and are outsiders for one of those positions, especially after Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Brighton on Tuesday:

For United, securing a UEFA Champions League berth feels key in order to attract some high-profile players in the summer.

The club requires some long-term thinking and incremental building if they are to mix it with the likes of City and Liverpool in years to come. With bumps in the road inevitable during that process, Solskjaer will also require patience.

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What Manchester United player Scott McTominay did when asked for an interview after Everton embarrassment

Scott McTominay was asked for a word after Man Utd’s defeat by Everton and his response shone him in a good light

Less than half an hour after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had questioned how much some of his Manchester United players cared after their embarrassment at Everton, Scott McTominay showed he could be absolved of that accusation.

As the United players filed through the mixed zone at the end of the 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park Ashley Young did a Sky Sports interview and then spoke to MUTV, but none of the other players stopped.

While many walked by without saying a word McTominay looked apologetic as he passed when he was asked for a quick chat about the game.

Wearing a pained expression that gave away just how much that defeat had hurt him personally, the academy graduate said: “No, I just can’t“, before continuing to the team coach.

McTominay was a half-time substitute at Goodison Park and went over to the away end after the defeat to apologise to United’s travelling fans.’s what we were, what we’ve always been. Giggsy, Becks, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin, whoever you were.

The talent you’ve got, you run more than everyone every single week, a shift up and down that pitch for your teammates and we have to stick together as a team.”

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Source: Manchester Evening News

Everton murdered Manchester United 4-0

Everton vs Man United: Red Devils’ top 4 ambition suffer major setback

– Everton vs Man United’s Premier League meeting ended in favour of the Toffees after regulation period

– Football is an unpredictable game, A woeful game for Solskjaer’s men without a chance for a consolation goal.

– A goal each from Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott lifed the hosts above their visitors

– The Red Devils will now hope to bounce back to winning ways when they host Manchester City at Old Trafford in four days time Manchester United risk not qualifying for Champions League next season after suffering a 4-0 defeat to Everton at the Goodison Park.

The Red Devils came into this fixture with the hope of returning to winning ways after their disappointing out at the Camp Nou last week.

Solskjaer’s men were however stunned by their hosts, who put four goals into the back of their net and put their top four finish ambition under
Richarlison opened scoring for the Toffees just after 13 minutes of play through an incredible acrobatic kick in United’s danger zone. The goal from a poor clearance by United’s defender who tried heading out a long throwing from the hosts at the left flank of the pitch.

Marco Silva’s men then doubled their lead with just two minutes to half hour mark with a long range shot from about 23 yards from David De Gea’s goal post.

The 29-year-old received the ball in a counter attacking move from his teammate and made a solo run towards the arc before launching the thunderous shot that went straight into the net.

And the referee signaled the half time which with the hosts going into the dressing room with two goals advantage. Everton continued their impressive performance in the second half as they were not going to allow United overturn the result with just 45 minutes left to play.

And in the 56th minute, Lucas Digne increased his side’s tally after benefiting from yet another poor clearance from United defence. Digne was well positioned to receive the loose ball and picked a hole among the visitor’s defenders before sending the ball back, and this time, it went straight into De Gea’s net.

Meanwhile, it took Theo Walcott just 13 minutes after coming on for Richarlison to register his name on the scores sheet. The former Arsenal attacker put the game behind United’s after netting the fourth goal for the Toffees with a low but close range shot.

Walcott made a super run into United’s defence after receiving a nice pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson and then place the ball out of De Gea’s reach. While the Red Devils were only able to record just one shot on target after regulation period at the Goodison Park.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will now face Manchester City in a rescheduled fixture at Old Trafford on Wednesday, April 24, as they hope to destroy their chances of winning the EPL again.

Manchester United’s recruitment has not recovered since Cristiano Ronaldo was sold

Man Utd received a world record fee from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo but what they did next ensured they would struggle once Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

United sold Ronaldo and let Tevez go in 2009. This is what happened next…
United sold Ronaldo and let Tevez go in 2009. This is what happened next…
It was nearly nine years ago a Manchester United supporter was pilloried for requesting a photo with Avram Glazer on the pre-season tour of the United States.

It was the year of the green and gold protests but hollow gestures, be it a selfie with Glazer, David Beckham reducing the Newton Heath scarf to a fashion accessory, and fans donning the green and gold colours over Nike replicas, ensured the movement would eventually peter out.

United appeased the majority of their followers by recovering from finishing runners up in 2009-10 season to lift an unprecedented 19th English championship, sending The Courteeners rocketing up the iTunes chart. United had Sir Alex Ferguson, the only manager who could be satisfied with recruiting a Fulham reserve, an unknown Mexican and an Iberian once considered for selection in Portugal’s national homeless squad. He was a genius, Ferguson.

In Barcelona in midweek, Avram Glazer and United’s chief financial officer, Cliff Baty, mingled with supporters before the game. Given what some supporters used to chant about Avram’s father and October’s ‘Jose’s right, the board is s***e’ chorus, it was intrepid of Glazer to approach away-dayers but a sign of the calmer times at United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke out against the Glazer family’s proposed takeover in 2005 and posed for a selfie with Glazer and Baty at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

The modern United lurches from rebuild to rebuild in the post-Ferguson era. Ferguson, the manager who broke the British transfer record on no fewer than six occasions, suddenly became averse to exorbitant transfer fees in the 2009 summer window that United sold Cristiano Ronaldo for £80million to Real Madrid.

Real had pursued Ronaldo so obsessively for at least three years United could have demanded Wesley Sneijder and/or Arjen Robben, inserted a Karim Benzema no-go clause as well as a world record sum and probably got their way. Instead, they got the £80m and did not even reinvest a quarter of it into a squad also devoid of Carlos Tevez. Sneijder and Robben joined Internazionale and Bayern Munich and were totemic in their Champions League triumphs.

“We went in for Benzema but, as far as we were concerned, the price tag was beyond his value,” Ferguson said. Benzema went to Madrid for £35.8m – around £5m more than United paid Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov the previous year. Suddenly, the buzz-phrase from Ferguson was ‘there’s no value in the market’ and exorbitant fees were anathema to him.

In 2010, Ferguson lamented ‘kamikaze spending’ in the year City signed David Silva for £25m and Yaya Toure for £24m. Real Madrid acquired Mesut Ozil for £10.75m and Sami Khedira for £10m. All four were cheaper than Juan Sebastian Veron’s British record move to United in 2001. Bebe fetched £7m in the same year as Ozil’s move.

We have got the money. There is no question about that,” Ferguson burred in January 2010. ‘No question about that’ was often a giveaway with Ferguson that there was something to question. That was the month the Glazers raised £500m through their bond issue to restructure United’s debts.

Ronaldo’s Real move is approaching its 10-year anniversary and that was the precise moment United’s recruitment strategy started to unravel. Ferguson papered over the cracks for four years and his wiliness was evident with moves for the raw Chris Smalling and rough diamond Javier Hernandez. Antonio Valencia was a throwback winger with the efficiency of Andrei Kanchelskis in his first few years, Ashley Young has offered sound service and David de Gea is maybe the most technically proficient goalkeeper United have ever had.

Moves for Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie were more opportunistic; they were approaching or had entered the final year of their deals and were cut-price additions. Van Persie was the difference between United becoming champions in 2012-13 and finishing runners-up. That four-year hit-rate is reasonable until you consider the dross.

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Ferguson heralded the Glazernomic age by replacing Ronaldo (and Benzema) with Michael Owen, a freebie perma-crock whose stock had plummeted to such lowly fathoms his representatives compiled a brochure in the hope it would convince the likes of Hull and Stoke. He does not get a pass for that goal and was trying to engineer a return to Liverpool prior to Ferguson’s breakfast invitation.

Gabriel Obertan and Bebe are two of the last three right wingers United have bought. The other is Wilfried Zaha. Laurent Blanc, Obertan’s manager at Bordeaux, expressed disbelief at the time that United had signed the French winger and Bebe was, as staff at Old Trafford described, ‘like a competition winner’. He was also represented by Jorge Mendes.

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The best agent I’ve ever dealt with,” Ferguson said of the Portuguese. Between them, Bebe, Obertan and Zaha made 39 appearances. Unfortunately, the Bebe Crossing Show against Wolves is no longer on YouTube.

Mame Biram Diouf was the second striker United signed from Molde and emulated Solskjaer with a home debut goal off the bench. The comparisons ended there. Phil Jones will have spent as long at United as Nemanja Vidic come this summer and better footballing defenders have left (Jonny Evans, Daley Blind) during his career at the club.

What Bebe and Obertan were reading
What Bebe and Obertan were reading
Nick Powell might have matured under the guidance of Ferguson beyond his first season but went wayward. Alexander Buttner, like Bebe, would make a worst Ferguson XI. Angelo Henriquez never played for United. Guillermo Varela, the first post-Ferguson addition, arrived at a time where United were managerless. Ferguson’s only midfield ‘signing’ in his final seven years was Paul Scholes.

Not every signing is as binary as a hit or a miss but you could count the undisputed successes over the last 10 years at United on two hands and there are caveats with certain standouts. Valencia has had one good season in his last seven, Van Persie and Hernandez never recovered from Ferguson’s retirement speech, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s spell is blemished by his seven second season appearances and there is a sense of unfulfillment about Luke Shaw’s five years so far. Anthony Martial’s ceiling is high but he lacks focus.

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United have spent have spent £686.7m since Ferguson headed upstairs nearly six years ago and their signing approach will remain unchanged this summer despite last year’s omnishambles. Even in the period surrounding the watershed summer market of 2017, the Glazernomic rule still applied, albeit more exorbitantly: Ibrahimovic was a free agent while Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez had entered the last year of their contracts. Fred and Diogo Dalot had release clauses. That is one strategy United have successfully tweaked.

Whatever the myriad of mitigating factors, the ramifications of Ferguson’s dispute with the ‘Coolmore mafia’ over the racehorse Rock of Gibraltar’s stud rights are still felt. It is why the United board consists of six siblings who reside in Tampa, two economics graduates and a former Ladbrokes employee. Woodward, the confidant whom advised the Glazers on their takeover and has transformed United into sport’s most lucrative team, is understandably bulletproof.

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But a football club also needs football people.

United’s signings since Cristiano Ronaldo was sold

2009: Antonio Valencia, Michael Owen, Gabriel Obertan, Mame Biram Diouf

2010: Chris Smalling, Javier Hernandez, Bebe

2011: Anders Lindegaard, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, David de Gea

2012: Paul Scholes, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell, Robin van Persie, Alexander Buttner, Angelo Henriquez

2013: Wilfried Zaha, Guillermo Varela, Marouane Fellaini

2014: Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao

2015: Victor Valdes, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sergio Romero, Anthony Martial

2016: Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba

2017: Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic

2018: Alexis Sanchez, Diogo Dalot, Fred, Lee Grant

Source: Manchester Evening News

Manchester United

Full name
Manchester United Football Club

Nickname
The Red Devils

Short name
Man United
MUFC

Founded

  • 1878; 141 years ago, as Newton Heath LYR F.C.
  • 1902; 117 years ago, as Manchester United F.C.

Ground
Old Trafford

Capacity
74,879

Owner
Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU)

Co-chairmen
Joel and Avram Glazer

Manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjær

League
Premier League

Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

Nicknamed “the Red Devils”, the club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.

Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in English football, with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields. United have also won three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.

In 1998–99, the club became the first in the history of English football to achieve the continental European treble. By winning the UEFA Europa League in 2016–17, they became one of five clubs to have won all three main UEFA club competitions.

The 1958 Munich air disaster claimed the lives of eight players. In 1968, under the management of Matt Busby, Manchester United became the first English football club to win the European Cup. Alex Ferguson won 38 trophies as manager, including 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, between 1986 and 2013, when he announced his retirement.

Manchester United was the highest-earning football club in the world for 2016–17, with an annual revenue of €676.3 million, and the world’s most valuable football club in 2018, valued at £3.1 billion. As of June 2015, it is the world’s most valuable football brand, estimated to be worth $1.2 billion.

After being floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1991, the club was purchased by Malcolm Glazer in May 2005 in a deal valuing the club at almost £800 million, after which the company was taken private again, before going public once more in August 2012, when they made an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football clubs in the world, and has rivalries with Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs.

History

Manchester United was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR) depot at Newton Heath.

The team initially played games against other departments and railway companies, but on 20 November 1880, they competed in their first recorded match; wearing the colours of the railway company – green and gold – they were defeated 6–0 by Bolton Wanderers’ reserve team.

By 1888, the club had become a founding member of The Combination, a regional football league. Following the league’s dissolution after only one season, Newton Heath joined the newly formed Football Alliance, which ran for three seasons before being merged with the Football League.

This resulted in the club starting the 1892–93 season in the First Division, by which time it had become independent of the railway company and dropped the “LYR” from its name. After two seasons, the club was relegated to the Second Division.

In January 1902, with debts of £2,670 – equivalent to £280,000 in 2019– the club was served with a winding-up order.

Captain Harry Stafford found four local businessmen, including John Henry Davies (who became club president), each willing to invest £500 in return for a direct interest in running the club and who subsequently changed the name; on 24 April 1902, Manchester United was officially born.

Under Ernest Mangnall, who assumed managerial duties in 1903, the team finished as Second Division runners-up in 1906 and secured promotion to the First Division, which they won in 1908 – the club’s first league title.

The following season began with victory in the first ever Charity Shield and ended with the club’s first FA Cup title. Manchester United won the First Division for the second time in 1911, but at the end of the following season, Mangnall left the club to join Manchester City.

In 1922, three years after the resumption of football following the First World War, the club was relegated to the Second Division, where it remained until regaining promotion in 1925. Relegated again in 1931, Manchester United became a yo-yo club, achieving its all-time lowest position of 20th place in the Second Division in 1934.

Following the death of principal benefactor John Henry Davies in October 1927, the club’s finances deteriorated to the extent that Manchester United would likely have gone bankrupt had it not been for James W. Gibson, who, in December 1931, invested £2,000 and assumed control of the club.

In the 1938–39 season, the last year of football before the Second World War, the club finished 14th in the First Division.

In October 1945, the impending resumption of football led to the managerial appointment of Matt Busby, who demanded an unprecedented level of control over team selection, player transfers and training sessions.

Busby led the team to second-place league finishes in 1947, 1948 and 1949, and to FA Cup victory in 1948. In 1952, the club won the First Division, its first league title for 41 years.

They then won back-to-back league titles in 1956 and 1957; the squad, who had an average age of 22, were nicknamed “the Busby Babes” by the media, a testament to Busby’s faith in his youth players.

In 1957, Manchester United became the first English team to compete in the European Cup, despite objections from The Football League, who had denied Chelsea the same opportunity the previous season.

En route to the semi-final, which they lost to Real Madrid, the team recorded a 10–0 victory over Belgian champions Anderlecht, which remains the club’s biggest victory on record.

The following season, on the way home from a European Cup quarter-final victory against Red Star Belgrade, the aircraft carrying the Manchester United players, officials and journalists crashed while attempting to take off after refuelling in Munich, Germany.

The Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958 claimed 23 lives, including those of eight players – Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Billy Whelan – and injured several more.

Assistant manager Jimmy Murphy took over as manager while Busby recovered from his injuries and the club’s makeshift side reached the FA Cup final, which they lost to Bolton Wanderers. In recognition of the team’s tragedy, UEFA invited the club to compete in the 1958–59 European Cup alongside eventual League champions Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite approval from the FA, the Football League determined that the club should not enter the competition, since it had not qualified.

Busby rebuilt the team through the 1960s by signing players such as Denis Law and Pat Crerand, who combined with the next generation of youth players – including George Best – to win the FA Cup in 1963. The following season, they finished second in the league, then won the title in 1965 and 1967.

In 1968, Manchester United became the first English (and second British) club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1 in the final with a team that contained three European Footballers of the Year: Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best.

They then represented Europe in the 1968 Intercontinental Cup against Estudiantes of Argentina, but lost the tie after losing the first leg in Buenos Aires, before a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford three weeks later.

Busby resigned as manager in 1969 before being replaced by the reserve team coach, former Manchester United player Wilf McGuinness.

Following an eighth-place finish in the 1969–70 season and a poor start to the 1970–71 season, Busby was persuaded to temporarily resume managerial duties, and McGuinness returned to his position as reserve team coach.

In June 1971, Frank O’Farrell was appointed as manager, but lasted less than 18 months before being replaced by Tommy Docherty in December 1972.

Docherty saved Manchester United from relegation that season, only to see them relegated in 1974; by that time the trio of Best, Law, and Charlton had left the club.

The team won promotion at the first attempt and reached the FA Cup final in 1976, but were beaten by Southampton. They reached the final again in 1977, beating Liverpool 2–1. Docherty was dismissed shortly afterwards, following the revelation of his affair with the club physiotherapist’s wife.

Dave Sexton replaced Docherty as manager in the summer of 1977. Despite major signings, including Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen, Gary Bailey, and Ray Wilkins, the team failed to achieve any significant results; they finished in the top two in 1979–80 and lost to Arsenal in the 1979 FA Cup Final. Sexton was dismissed in 1981, even though the team won the last seven games under his direction.

He was replaced by Ron Atkinson, who immediately broke the British record transfer fee to sign Bryan Robson from West Bromwich Albion.

Under Atkinson, Manchester United won the FA Cup twice in three years – in 1983 and 1985. In 1985–86, after 13 wins and two draws in its first 15 matches, the club was favourite to win the league, but finished in fourth place. The following season, with the club in danger of relegation by November, Atkinson was dismissed.

Alex Ferguson and his assistant Archie Knox arrived from Aberdeen on the day of Atkinson’s dismissal, and guided the club to an 11th-place finish in the league. Despite a second-place finish in 1987–88, the club was back in 11th place the following season. Reportedly on the verge of being dismissed, victory over Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup Final replay (after a 3–3 draw) saved Ferguson’s career.

The following season, Manchester United claimed its first Cup Winners’ Cup title and competed in the 1991 UEFA Super Cup, beating European Cup holders Red Star Belgrade 1–0 in the final at Old Trafford. A second consecutive League Cup final appearance followed in 1992, in which the team beat Nottingham Forest 1–0 at Wembley. In 1993, the club won its first league title since 1967, and a year later, for the first time since 1957, it won a second consecutive title – alongside the FA Cup – to complete the first “Double” in the club’s history.

United then became the first English club to do the Double twice when they won both competitions again in 1995–96, before retaining the league title once more in 1996–97 with a game to spare.

In the 1998–99 season, Manchester United became the first team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League – “The Treble” – in the same season. Losing 1–0 going into injury time in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored late goals to claim a dramatic victory over Bayern Munich, in what is considered one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

The club also won the Intercontinental Cup after beating Palmeiras 1–0 in Tokyo. Ferguson was subsequently knighted for his services to football.

Manchester United won the league again in the 1999–2000 and 2000–01 seasons. The team finished third in 2001–02, before regaining the title in 2002–03. They won the 2003–04 FA Cup, beating Millwall 3–0 in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to lift the trophy for a record 11th time.

In the 2005–06 season, Manchester United failed to qualify for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over a decade, but recovered to secure a second-place league finish and victory over Wigan Athletic in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. The club regained the Premier League in the 2006–07 season, before completing the European double in 2007–08 with a 6–5 penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow to go with their 17th English league title.

Ryan Giggs made a record 759th appearance for the club in that game, overtaking previous record holder Bobby Charlton. In December 2008, the club won the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup and followed this with the 2008–09 Football League Cup, and its third successive Premier League title. That summer, Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid for a world record £80 million.

In 2010, Manchester United defeated Aston Villa 2–1 at Wembley to retain the League Cup, its first successful defence of a knockout cup competition.

After finishing as runner-up to Chelsea in the 2009–10 season, United achieved a record 19th league title in 2010–11, securing the championship with a 1–1 away draw against Blackburn Rovers on 14 May 2011. This was extended to 20 league titles in 2012–13, securing the championship with a 3–0 home win against Aston Villa on 22 April 2013.

On 8 May 2013, Ferguson announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the football season, but would remain at the club as a director and club ambassador.

The club announced the next day that Everton manager David Moyes would replace him from 1 July, having signed a six-year contract.

Ryan Giggs took over as interim player-manager 10 months later, on 22 April 2014, when Moyes was sacked after a poor season in which the club failed to defend their Premier League title and failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995–96. They also failed to qualify for the Europa League, meaning that it was the first time Manchester United hadn’t qualified for a European competition since 1990.

On 19 May 2014, it was confirmed that Louis van Gaal would replace Moyes as Manchester United manager on a three-year deal, with Giggs as his assistant. Malcolm Glazer, the patriarch of the Glazer family that owns the club, died on 28 May 2014.

Although Van Gaal’s first season saw United once again qualify for the Champions League through a fourth-place finish in the Premier League, his second season saw United go out of the same tournament in the group stage.

United also fell behind in the title race for the third consecutive season, finishing in 5th place, in spite of several expensive signings during Van Gaal’s tenure. However, that same season, Manchester United won the FA Cup for a 12th time, this being their first trophy won since 2013.

Despite this victory, Van Gaal was sacked as manager just two days later, with José Mourinho appointed in his place on 27 May, signing a three-year contract. That season, United finished in sixth place while winning the EFL Cup for the fifth time and the Europa League for the first time, as well as the FA Community Shield for a record 21st time in Mourinho’s first competitive match in charge.

Despite not finishing in the top four, United qualified for the Champions League through their Europa League win.

Wayne Rooney scored his 250th goal with United, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton as United’s all-time top scorer, before leaving the club at the end of the season to return to Everton. Mourinho was sacked on 18 December 2018 with United in sixth place, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool and 11 points outside the Champions League places. Former United player and manager of the Norwegian side Molde, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed caretaker manager the next day.

On 28 March 2019, following a run of 14 wins in his 19 matches in charge, Solskjær was appointed permanently on a three-year deal.

Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

Nicknamed “the Red Devils”, the club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.

Paul Pogba’s Reaction To Lionel Messi’s Stunning Goal Is Absolutely Priceless

Paul Pogba’s Reaction To Lionel Messi’s Stunning Individual Goal Is Absolutely Priceless

Paul Pogba’s reaction to Lionel Messi’s first goal says it all.

Messi bagged not one but two first-half goals including a superb individual strike to open the scoring on Tuesday night.

He skipped past Fred before curling a stinging shot into the bottom corner in the 16th minute to extend Barcelona’s aggregate lead.

The camera immediately panned to Pogba who cut a shock figure on the pitch and it’s absolutely priceless.

Pogba’s reaction is all of us.

His performance was subject to criticism with Gary Neville launching a fierce rant on the midfielder.

“Pogba’s now playing how he was pre-Ole’s arrival,” he said following United’s 3-0 defeat at the Camp Nou.

“I thought he was really poor , rolling his foot over the ball all the time, playing for himself, not popping it off and moving, didn’t look interested at times.

But he’s a great player, and can be a great player, he just needs to get that focus back.”

Meanwhile, Messi continued his ultra-prolific season by scoring twice to secure Barcelona’s spot in the Champions League last four.

He’s weighed in with a staggering 45 goals this campaign – including 10 in Europe.

Barcelona are still fighting on three fronts this term. They’ve pretty much wrapped up La Liga and they’re in the final of the Copa del Rey, with Liverpool or Porto the team they must beat to reach the Champions League final.

Source: Sport Bible

Manchester United are facing big Paul Pogba problem after Barcelona defeat

The influence – or indeed lack of it – from the Man Utd midfielder was palpable.

Solskjaer with Pogba after the Barcelona defeat
It was a disappointing night on Tuesday for Manchester United as they went down 3-0 to Barcelona to end their quest for a fourth Champions League title.

An overall aggregate score of 4-0 perhaps justified United’s impact on Barcelona over the two legs. Notably, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had an Expected Goal (xG) total of just 0.69 for both matches; in contrast Barcelona’s xG was 1.66 and their clinical edge supplied by their star players proved decisive.

Amongst the many disappointments from the tie, the influence, or indeed lack of it, from midfielder Paul Pogba was palpable.

The Frenchman managed just two shots on goal over the two legs, both of which came at the Camp Nou. One was an audacious attempted lob from near the halfway line that went high and wide, and the other was a tame effort straight into Marc-Ande ter Stegen’s arms.

The big Paul Pogba decision facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United this summer

It’s not the first time the marque United man has failed to impact a big European contest for United. In their last 16 tie against PSG, he capped off another underwhelming display at Old Trafford with a potentially expensive red card that saw him suspended for the return-leg in Paris.

United overcame a two-goal deficit without the Frenchman, raising further questions as to his true impact in these big games.

Pogba is of course known for being a dynamic dribbler and, due to his size, can cover large amounts of space easily while maintaining strength and balance as he runs at opponents.

He is aggressive in his choice of passes and often has the technique to follow through on his confidence. Yet, he has often faced a backlash from fans and media for his regular sub-par displays.

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A lot of this was put down to the management of the player under former boss Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman was often deployed as a deep lying left central midfielder in a 5-3-2 / 3-5-2 formation.

As a result, it was considered he was tactically shackled and unable to impact the game,

When Solskjaer arrived, he reintroduced Pogba back into an attacking midfield role, and it looked to be a wise move. He once again seemed to be proving himself as the all-action midfielder fans love and remember, and looked to be bossing games; indeed, he can now boast a handsome 15 goals and nine assists across this seasons Premier League and Champions League.

However a detailed look into those underlying numbers, specifically against the stronger opponents United have faced, doesn’t bode well for the midfielder.

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The below data illustrates his underlying numbers against ‘elite’ sides compared to non-‘elite’ sides. The sides labeled ‘elite’ are teams United have faced in either the Champions League or in England’s current top-six this season.

Pogba’s underlying numbers against elite sides compared with non-elite sides

This season, according to Wyscout, Pogba has played 39 matches across the Premier League and Champions League. Of those matches, 15 have been against ‘elite’ sides.

As the above table illustrates, his performances has been markedly reduced in the games against those elite sides in comparison to the ‘lesser’ sides he has faced.

Despite scoring 15 goals across both competitions this season, just two have been against better opposition – that was a brace against perhaps the weakest of all the elite opposition, Swiss side Young Boys back in September.

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Additionally, just two of his nine assists across both competitions have been against two of these teams. Again, one came against Young Boys in that same game in September, with the other away at Tottenham Hotspur in January.

This would represent a largely underwhelming return for the Frenchman, specifically when three of those four combined goals and assists came against perhaps the weakest Champions League side United faced.

His drop in goal threat is affirmed by his underlying numbers in this department. His xG against the top sides averages out at just 0.15 per 90 minutes, which is significantly fewer than his efforts against other lesser opponents at 0.62.

He also averages around just one shot on target per 90 minutes against these sides, which is a sharp drop on his average of 1.58 against the ‘rest’.

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This basically illustrates he not only scoring fewer goals, his is also involved in fewer quality chances.

And it’s not just his threat in front of goal that has dwindled.

There are also reductions to his Expected Assist (xA) average which measures the quality of his final ball, and his average number of successful dribbles per 90 minutes – although the latter is only a minor reduction.

All in all, on paper, Pogba is shaping up to be a textbook example of a flat-track bully.

There is no denying he has phenomenal natural talent and would prove hugely influential over the course of a season in terms of his goals and assists.

However, United’s aspirations are to close the gap on the likes of Barcelona and again have the Reds at the pinnacle of European football.

Post-game Solskjaer said: “We have said all along that this isn’t going to change tonight. The next few years will be massive for us to get to the level of Barcelona”.

The performances of their star players such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Phillipe Countinho all made the difference over the two legs.

If Solskjaer’s United are to truly close that gap, they will need more than superior displays against those below.

They will need their linchpins and star players to become match winners in the biggest of games – and on this season’s performances, it doesn’t look like Pogba is that player.

Source: Manchester evening news

Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United found how much it will cost to sign Jan Oblak

The goalkeeper has signed a new deal at Atletico Madrid

The big news coming out of Atletico Madrid today is that of a contract extension for goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

An announcement of the Slovenia international committing his future to the club came on Wednesday afternoon and he’s set to remain at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023.

An arrival from Benfica in the summer of 2014, the 26-year-old quickly established himself as one of the best stoppers in European football with a number of impressive performances in between the sticks.

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He conceded 18 La Liga goals in the 2015-2016 season – an all-time record – and holds an impressive stat of having kept 115 clean sheets in 203 appearances across all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side.

It’s safe to say that this news will be welcomed by all Atletico supporters.

And Oblak had a message for the fans after signing his contract extension.

I’m very happy to have signed a contract extension and to be here,” he told the club’s official website .

“I’m going to defend these colours to the best of my abilities and continue working hard.”

In committing his future to the club, Oblak’s release clause has risen from €100m to €120m which translates to roughly about £103m and that doesn’t quite put him out of reach for potential suitors.

Jan Oblak (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

For a player of his quality, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a team opted trigger that fee in the near future as they would be guaranteed a world class goalkeeper and there’s not many of them floating around.

Oblak has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool and Chelsea were said to be in the running before breaking the transfer record for goalkeepers on Allisson Becker and Kepa respectively last summer.

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Manchester United could do with a keeper as David De Gea is being linked to Real Madrid, Spurs could be on the lookout for Hugo Lloris’ heir and Arsenal have too been linked with Oblak in the past.

If any of the aforementioned clubs do need a goalkeeping upgrade in the near future then £103m for Oblak would do the trick.

Source: football.london

Messi scores brace as Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-0 to move to the UCL semi finals

Barcelona vs Manchester United: Lionel Messi’s brace sinks Red Devils at Camp Nou

– Barcelona vs Manchester United Champions League encounter favoured the Spanish League side after regulation period

– Two first half goals from Lionel Messi and one from Philippe Coutinho sealed the win for the hosts

– Barce have now reached their first semifinal since the 2014-15 season and they will hope to win the title Barcelona are through to the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014-15 season after beating Manchester United 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

The Catalans came into the fixture with a goal advantage from the first leg at Old Trafford barely one week ago with Luke Shaw scoring an own goal.

However, it was the Red Devils who got the game off to a flying start in Spain with Marcus Rashford firing the first shot, but his effort was denied by the wood works after just forty seconds into the match.

The visitors continued to make advances at the weak back line of their hosts, and once again the Premier League team failed to bury the chance they created.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men narrowly escape being punished through a penalty kick after Fred threw a careless tackle on Ivan Rakitic in the 11th minute.

But the referee had to consult the VAR before overturning the earlier penalty call he made earlier in the game. Meanwhile, it took Lionel Messi 16 minutes to find the back of the net after his weak shot slipped under David De Gea’s arms.

After their opening goal, Barca seem settled and confident as they continued their attacking football but it was not long before they broke through for the second time in the match.

Five things Manchester United must do to beat Barcelona

Five things Manchester United must do to beat Barcelona

Champions League Looking to repeat the heroics of Paris

Barcelona hold a one-goal advantage from their clash at Old Trafford, yet Manchester United aren’t completely out of this quarter-final tie despite the Blaugrana’s sheer superiority on paper.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already masterminded one miraculous comeback in this season’s Champions League, although you suspect that a team as focused as Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona will be far less charitable towards the English giants than PSG were.

There are five things the Reds must do in order to stand any chance of eliminating Los Cules at the Camp Nou.

1.Test Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet
Too often in the first leg, the match was played in front of Pique and Lenglet.

Yes, they were both colossal figures in defence and dealt confidently with every United half-chance, however the hosts will have been disappointed not to have tested the defensive pairing.

2.At the Camp Nou, they must put the duo under physical pressure.

Marcus Rashford will not be beaten in a footrace by either centre-back and if United can continuously put Pique and Lenglet in such a situation then they will get opportunities to score.

Asking Romelu Lukaku to hold up play in front of Pique is pointless, as you’re playing to the Catalan’s strength.

United have to turn their former player around and make him constantly worry about keeping up with Rashford, as that’s where the visitors can get attacking joy.

3.Make the midfield a horrible place to be
Scott McTominay and Fred were both excellent off the ball in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

They restricted the qualities of both Ivan Rakitic and Arthur Melo with what Jose Mourinho described as “mad dog” pressing.

It was one of the few areas where Manchester United had success against Los Cules, with the lack of time on the ball given to Rakitic and Arthur actually preventing Lionel Messi from receiving any service.

On Tuesday, the visiting side have to accomplish a similar feat, whilst making the midfield a horrible place for Barcelona’s stars.

They have to be aggressive and press Rakitic and Arthur or Arturo Vidal every single time they have possession.

They can leave Sergio Busquets to dictate from a deeper position, but aggressive pressing, strong challenges and generally being a constant nuisance is what will help United stop Barcelona’s intricate style, even if it will draw criticism from the purists.

Be unafraid of possession statistics
One of the unfortunate consequences of Pep Guardiola’s revolutionary spell in charge at Barcelona has been that many people now automatically equate having possession to playing well.

Barcelona are one of the few teams that can retain the ball as well as play beautiful football, but Manchester United can’t allow themselves to be intimidated by this on Tuesday evening.

In the first leg, you got the sense that Solskjaer’s charges were caught in two minds over whether or not to respect the fact they were the home side and to try to match the Catalan club.

United shouldn’t bother trying to keep possession in unnecessary areas at the Camp Nou, it won’t matter a jot if they win 1-0 and go through on penalties after having 21 percent possession.

You simply aren’t going to keep the ball away from the Spanish champions, as they’re too good in possession, and it wouldn’t be wise for United to try.

4.Allow Marc-Andre ter Stegen time on the ball
One of the takeaways from the first meeting between the two teams was how Manchester United wasted so much energy pressing Barcelona’s German goalkeeper.

Never has an individual appeared to be in so much strife, yet emerge from the situation with such consummate ease.

Ter Stegen was in control of every single situation and, yes, you may get lucky one out of 100 times by chasing him down, but it’s a waste of energy to bet on those odds.

Barcelona can’t score from their own penalty box, so United have to be disciplined in their positioning and allow the hosts to keep the ball between Ter Stegen, Pique, Jordi Alba and co. for long periods.

The lack of a demanding Old Trafford crowd will probably aid them in this endeavour.

Retaining some energy could be vital for when United do get their big chance to score, whilst not being able to move the ball forward could frustrate Barcelona.

5.Take their chance(s)
Profligacy has been the name of the game for the Manchester club in recent weeks.

They could have scored four or five against Arsenal, but lost, and they could have done the same in the Premier League trip to Wolverhampton, but they lost once again.

Manchester United have been far more creative since Mourinho’s departure, and the football has been a staggering improvement in aesthetic terms.

However, not being able to take their chances has plagued the team of late.

You won’t get many chances against Valverde’s team, as was proven in the first leg.

When that moment comes, United cannot afford to squander it.

If they’re to have any chance of progressing to a first semi-final since 2011, they need to be as clinical as Chelsea were at the same venue in 2012

Source:marca.com

Paul Pogba’s brace hands Red Devils crucial win over West Ham

Man United vs West Ham: Paul Pogba’s brace through penalties hands Red Devils crucial win

– Man United vs West Ham Premier League clash saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men return to winning ways

– Paul Pogba shoots the Red Devils ahead through penalty kick in the 19th minute

– Felipe Anderson’s equaliser canceled out Pogba’s goal barely four minutes after second half resumed

– The Frenchman converted his side’s second spot kick to hand the hosts the much needed win Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League following their 2-1 crucial win over West Ham United at Old Trafford.

Two goals from World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men maximum points after the game.

Paul Pogba opened scoring for the Man United in the 19th minute through the spot kick after Robert Snodgrass roughly tackled Juan Mata in the danger zone.

Meanwhile, having lost four of their last five matches heading into this encounter, the Red Devils needed to avoid repeating the terrible run set over 27 years ago under Sir Alex Ferguson.

United suffered five defeats in six matches in all competitions – a run which was considered the club’s worst in history.

However, just four minutes into the second half, Felipe Anderson restored parity for the visitors after tapping in a cross from his teammate in the 49th minute.

With ten minutes left to play in the match, Anthony Martial won another penalty for the Red Devils in the 80th minute after being fouled by Ryan Fredericks in the danger zone.

And once again, Pogba delivered the spot kick to restore United’s leadership for the remainder of the encounter on home turf. Several other attempts by both sides failed to find the target after which the referee signaled the end of the match in the 96th minute.

Solskjaer’s men, courtesy of the victory have now moved one spot up on the Premier League table, as they are currently fifth with 64 points from 33 matches – two behind fourth place side Chelsea.

Manchester United are still on a struggle for the top 4, with other rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Why Scott McTominay is not playing for Manchester United vs West Ham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his team selection for Manchester United vs West Ham in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to BT sport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he rested Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay for the game against West Ham.

McTominay put in a man of the match performance for United against Barcelona in the Champions League this week, and Solskjaer admitted that showing as well as the return leg on Tuesday played a factor in his team sheet.

Juan Mata replaced McTominay in the United midfield, with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial also coming in for Marcus Rashford and the suspended Ashley Young. Marcos Rojo replaced Luke Shaw, who is also serving a ban, while Victor Lindelof was rested for Phil Jones.

And Solskjaer confirmed McTominay, who was named among the substitutes against West Ham, is in line to return at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

He told BT Sport: “He’s a young boy and that mental and physical output he gave us on Wednesday night, and he’ll probably be needed on Tuesday night. So Scotty needed a rest today.

“Marcos has trained well for a couple of months. He played 45 minutes for the Ressies so he should be ready and available.

“We’ve got Anthony, Jesse, Juan. We’ve got fresh legs, fresh heads, creative players that we hope are going to get in between the lines, run at them, play positive football.

“It’s built around Wednesday night and today. It was a hard, tough night, physically and mentally.

Manchester United fans make Mason Greenwood demand against West Ham

“Rashy has been injured so it’s about him having worked so hard. Rom [Lukaku] played 70 minutes and he was positive so he’s ready tonight.”

Explaining United’s approach against the Hammers, Solskjaer said: “we want to take the game to them, to go start positively and have that energy that we need. So, Jesse, Anthony should give us that.”

“We need to win the game, we need to win the game at home. We need to put pressure on everyone around us because we want that top-four position and tonight is a good chance [to do that].”

Manchester United line up vs West Ham includes Marcos Rojo and Anthony Martial plus Mason Greenwood on bench

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United are 1 game away from making worst run

Solskjaer’s Man United are 1 game away from creating worst record

– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United have just one defeat to equal the club’s worst run in a season

– The first time the club set the record of losing five out of six matches was in 1992 under Sir Alex Ferguson

– A defeat for them in this weekend’s Premier League encounter against West Ham will see them equal the 27-year-old record Manchester United will hope they can bounce back to winning ways when they welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford this weekend.

The Red Devils have suffered four defeats in their last five matches in all competitions ahead of their Premier League encounter against the Hammers. A run which was last recorded by United in December 2015 under former Dutch manager Louis van Gaal.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men could record their worst ever run since the 1992 season if they lose to Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the game tomorrow. A defeat for them after the game will see them equal the worst ever record by the club under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1992, before the Premier League was created.

SunSport reports that the only way United can prevent their worst run in 26 years is to avoid defeat against 11th placed West Ham.

Solskjaer’s men will also be hoping they can avenge their 3-1 defeat to the Hammers at the London Stadium in September 2018. A goal each from Felipe Anderson and Marco Arnautovic as well as a Victor Lindelof own-goal saw West Ham cart all three points away after the match.

Chris Smalling says ‘bring it on’ as he wishes to face Messi

Chris Smalling says ‘bring it on’ as he wishes to face Messi

– Chris Smalling has insisted that Man United match against Barcelona is not all about Messi

– The European heavyweights are set to clash in the Champions League first leg quarter final – Smalling added that Man United have faced other top European sides who have the best players Chris Smalling has insisted that Manchester United are confident going into their Champions League quarterfinal tie with prospect of facing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Barcelona will be looking to reach the semi-final for the first time since the 2014-15 season when they went on the win the competition. Messi has managed 43 goals and 21 assists in all competitions and is playing one of his finest football in his illustrious career.

The Argentine captain scored an exquisite goal in Barca’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid as they moved 11 points clear in La Liga, and they have not lost a tie in Europe, winning five games and drawing three. But despite Messi’s form this campaign, United defender Smalling said “bring it on” ahead of their titanic clash with the Catalans.

It’s something to relish I think,” said the United centre-back. “This season, we have been lucky enough to face [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Kylian] Mbappe and they are all challenges that I definitely relish and I think players at this club relish. “I say bring it on.” Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer echoed Smalling’s sentiment, saying: “What kind of plan can you have to stop one of the best players in the world? “As Chris says, we are looking forward to it, we relish the opportunity but this season, we have played against Juventus with Ronaldo, PSG with Mbappe, we’ve had Chelsea and [Eden] Hazard.

“[Messi] is a fantastic player. And he will go down in history as one of the best individual players ever. I have to say – he will be difficult to stop but it’s never impossible.

“It’s not like it is Messi against Manchester United. [Luis] Suarez, [Philippe] Coutinho, [Ivan] Rakitic, [Arturo] Vidal, there are so many players we cannot just focus on one player. We know we have to play against 11 of them.”

Ferguson name player that can stop Messi in Man u vs Barcelona crash tonight

Ferguson confident Smalling can stop Messi from shining

Man United vs Barcelona Champions League clash will see Lionel Messi return to Old Trafford one more time

Alex Ferguson| Getty Images

The 31-year-old was a thorn in the flesh of the Red Devils when Barca won the European title in 2011

Messi and Smalling| source: UGC | Image by Getty Images

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chris Smalling, has the quality to stop Messi from punishing his former side this evening Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Chris Smalling can stop Lionel Messi from punishing the Premier League side in their Champions League quarterfinal clash.

The Red Devils welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford on Wednesday, April 10, for the first leg of their UCL last eight fixtures, with the concluding part set for the Camp Nou next week in Spain.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will have the Blaugrana’s captain to deal with, having punished them in their last two competitive encounters in 2009 and 2011.

Messi scored on both occasions that saw the Spanish League giants lift the European title twice within three years.

Ferguson, according to SunSport, has identified Smalling as the only player who can frustrate the 31-year-old from putting up an impressive performance in the game. Fergie wrote in his 2013 autobiography: “You need centre-backs who are prepared to drop right on top of Messi and not worry about what is happening behind them. “He will drift away to the side. That’s fine. He’s less of a threat on the side than he is through the centre. “After the inquest I told myself: ‘When we play Barcelona next time in a Champions League final, I would have Jones and Smalling, or Smalling and Evans, right on top of Messi. I wasn’t going to let him torture us again.”

Messi comes into this game on the back of his 43 goals in 40 matches in all competitions so far this campaign, and he could increase the tally in this meeting.

While reacting to his side facing Lionel Messi, Smalling said: “Facing Lionel Messi is something to relish. “But we have faced Ronaldo and Mbappe and these are all challenges that this club relish and I say ‘bring it on

Man United boss Solskjaer reveals how many points his team needs after Wolves loss to secure top 4

Solskjaer insists Man United can finish in top 4 with 5 wins 2

– Ole Gunnar Solskajer believes Manchester United can still finish in top four – The Red Devils were defeated by Wolves at the Molineux in an EPL match

– Solskjaer has told his players to win five out the remaining six matches left to finish in top 4 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested to his Manchester United players that they need to win all six games left in the Premier League or atleast five of the six to secure a Champions League spot next season.

The Red Devils suffered a 2-1 defeat to Wolves at the Molineux which dealt the club a major blow to their top four finish in the Premier League this season. United would have been in third position if they had won and would have handed them a major boost to play in the elite competition next season.

If Chelsea defeat Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, April 3, Solskjaer men will slip down to sixth with just six matches left to play. And if Tottenham register their first win at their new stadium against Crystal Palace, it will see United slip further within touching distance.

The Norwegian boss has admitted that his team will need to win all but one of their remaining matches to stand a chance for a top four finish. And since one of the last six fixtures involves a derby against Manchester City, Solskjaer will be leaving no room for one more defeat.

He said: “We need 15 points in the last six games [to make the top four], so we don’t have room for many more losses.”

The crunch game against their city rivals on April 24, puts further pressure on United to get maximum points in their next two matches.

Man United have a weekend off due to the FA Cup semi-final matches, which could allow Arsenal and Chelsea gather more points in the meantime.

The Gunners travel to Goodison Park to play Everton before Maurizio Sarri’s side take on West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

The Hammers are United’s next opponent on April 13, and there is potential that by kick-off, Solskjaer’s side will be six points off a top four spot.

And Solskjaer’s men can not afford to drop points from that match and the trip to Everton a week later heading into the City clash.

Paul Pogba

Full name
Paul Labile Pogba

Date of birth
15 March 1993

Place of birth
Lagny-sur-Marne, France

Height
1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)

Playing position
Midfielder

Current team
Manchester United

Number
6

Paul Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the French national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and deep-lying playmaker.

Born in Lagny-sur-Marne, Pogba showed much promise as a youngster, flourishing as a member of local youth teams. He eventually joined the youth team of Ligue 1 side Le Havre, before a protracted transfer brought him to Manchester United in 2009.

After beginning his senior career with Manchester United two years later, limited appearances persuaded him to depart to join Italian side Juventus on a free transfer in 2012, where he helped the club to four consecutive Serie A titles, as well as two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.

During his time in Italy, Pogba further established himself as one of the most promising young players in the world, and received the Golden Boy award in 2013, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014. In 2016, Pogba was named to the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year, as well as the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI, after helping Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, their first in 12 years.

Pogba’s performances at Juventus allowed him to return to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million).

The fee paid for him remains the highest paid by an English club. In his first season back, he won the League Cup and the Europa League.

Internationally, he captained France to victory at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and took home the award for the Best Player for his performances during the tournament.

He made his debut for the senior team a year later, and featured prominently at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was awarded the Best Young Player Award for his performances.

He later represented his nation at UEFA Euro 2016 on home soil, where he finished as a runner-up, before winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup after scoring in the final.

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Paul Pogba: Man United want Bale, Kroos in exchange for record signing

Paul Pogba could be allowed to join Real Madrid only if Kroos and Bale move to Old Trafford

– The Red Devils are hoping they can exploit Los Blancos’ interests in the French man to sign the two stars this summer

– Pogba has been immensely superb for United since the arrival of Solskjaer in December as they are battling to finish top four this campaign Manchester United are reportedly planning to allow their star man Paul Pogba join Real Madrid but only for one condition.

The Premier League side want Los Blancos duo of Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos before sanctioning the deal for Pogba to move the other way.

Pogba has thrived under the reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who arrived at Old Trafford as replacement to Jose Mourinho last December.

SunSport quoting Spanish paper AS reports that the Galacticos are doing all they can they sign the 2018 World Cup winning star at the end of this campaign.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils on the other hand seem unready to part ways with the Paul Pogba.

The publication further revealed that Solskjaer has told the club not to sell the France international, who has scored eleven goals and five assists in 28 EPL fixtures.

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Bale has been on United’s radar for some time now, and the arrival of Zinedine Zidane on his second stint puts the Welsh man’s future at the club in doubt. It is also possible that Kroos might likely lose his place in Real’s starting XI if Pogba ends up joining the club.

Zidane recently admitted he is a big fan of Pogba, saying: “I really like Pogba and you know that. I know him very well. “He’s a different kind of player and he can provide many things because of his skills. He knows how to attack and defend.

“However, he’s not my player. He plays for United and we have to respect that. He’s always said that he likes Madrid.

Man United, Tottenham to face off with Serie A giants for 1 prestigious prize

Inter Milan vs Manchester United: Nerazzurri to face Red Devils in 2019 ICC edition

– Inter Milan vs Man United clash will be one of the fixtures to look out for in the 2019 edition of the International Champions Cup in Singapore
– Tottenham and Juventus are the other fixture to complete the list of fixtures for the tourney
Italian League side Inter Milan will battle Manchester United in the 2019 edition of the International Champions Cup staging in Singapore this summer.

Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur complete the line-up of club sides to compete in the pre-season tourney which will take place a weekend on July 20th and July 21st.

According to the organisers of the event, just two matches will take place on the above named dates with the Red Devils battling Inter in the first game.

While Juventus face-off with Tottenham Hotspur in the second game in a new format drawn for the competition.

While reacting to questions about the event, Executive Chairman of Relevent Sports Group Charlie Stillitano said they took the tourney back to the country so the fans can relate with their stars.

Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter and Manchester United have been confirmed for the Singapore leg of the International Champions Cup (ICC) this July

Tickets will go on sale to the general public from 10am on Apr 4 via Sports Hub Tix

We are very pleased to bring the International Champions Cup to Singapore again. The event is the only platform for fans in the region to get up close to their favourite teams ,”
“Manchester United, Inter, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur are clubs with strong support in the region, and we believe the fans will be happy to see them in action .”
Meanwhile, Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board added: ” With some of the biggest names in European football joining us for the International Champions Cup this year, Singapore will be an even more attractive travel destination for sports fans this July.
As the only Southeast Asian stop of the ICC, we look forward to welcoming football fans from around the region, and aim to provide a memorable experience for our visitors that goes beyond the pitch .”
” This year, the International Champions Cup Singapore welcomes AIA as its first-ever Presenting Partner .”

Also, AIA Group Chief Executive and President, Ng Keng Hooi said: ” AIA is proud to be the Presenting Partner of the 2019 International Champions Cup Singapore, especially during our Centennial year,”

Juventus will play the International Champions Cup in Asia this summer:
21 July: Juventus-Tottenham
24 July: Juventus-Inter

It is a wonderful opportunity for our customers, agents, partners and staff to witness Tottenham Hotspur, with their many international stars, compete in Asia .
” This year’s tournament will cap a long-awaited return to the city state for both Premier League sides .
” It will also be their first appearance at the new National Stadium after Tottenham graced the old Kallang venue in 1995, and Fabien Barthez’s cameo as an outfield player headlined the Red Devils’ last visit in 2001 .”

The Premier League clubs had earlier visited Singapore in 1995 and 2001 respectively, and will play at the new National Stadium of Singapore.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s most loved item as Man United boss sold for £390,000

Sir Alex Ferguson’s last chewing gum as Man United boss sold for £390,000

– Sir Alex Ferguson’s last chewing gum as Manchester United manager was sold for £390,000

– Ferguson became Manchester United manager in 1986 and left the English club in 2013

– The 77-year-old went through at least 3,000 packets of chewing gum while at Old Trafford Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the best football managers in the world considering his achievements when he was in charge of Premier League side Manchester United.

Ferguson became Manchester United manager in 1986 and gave a player like Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to shine at Old Trafford.
In May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson retired from active coaching, and since then, he has been involved in football but not as a manager.

Ferguson was known as the man who likes chewing gum as hardly would you see him on the touchline without gum in his mouth.

He was in charge of 1,500 games in his glorious 26-year stint in charge of Manchester United and he went through at least 3,000 packets of chewing gum according to sportbible.

The report added that a lot of people were desperate to be the proud owners of Ferguson’s last gum and the winning bid was a staggering £390,000. Meanwhile, Manchester United currently occupy fifth position on the Premier League standings with 58 points after 30 games.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Sir Alex Ferguson traveled with Manchester United stars to Paris for their Champions League encounter with Paris-Saint-Germain.

Ferguson’s presence was a major morale booster for interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players. United were beaten 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter at Old Trafford in which Frenchman Paul Pogba got a red card, but they won 3-1 in Paris.