Juan Mata speaks positively about Paul Pogba amid transfer speculation

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has said that Paul Pogba remains a positive and good influence on the team despite the speculation regarding the Frenchman’s future. The 26-year-old has recently cited that he would prefer a fresh challenge away from Old Trafford and reports have since linked him with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid.

Speaking to reporters, Mata spoke about the good traits of the 2018 World Cup winner and cited that the midfielder is content with the current proceedings at the club, he said:“We all know Paul and he’s a fantastic midfielder and he’s a very good guy, very positive, good influence for everyone. I think he’s happy, he brings everyone together. But I cannot speak for other people. I cannot speak for myself, for my present and my future in the club. And obviously as a team-mate, and as a friend also, I would like him to stay and to be happy because he is a very good player for us, but I cannot say much else.”

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Lukaku’s agent urges Inter to speed up discussions with Manchester United

The agent of Romelu Lukaku has said that Inter Milan need to speed up negotiations with Manchester United in order to secure the services of the Belgian this summer. The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Nerazzurri in recent weeks but the club have not been able to negotiate a transfer fee for his signature.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello said that he had meeting with Nerazzurri’s sporting director Beppe Marotta to understand the club’s plans for the player. He added that there has been no progress in terms of any transfer and the move remains a complicated dream for the moment.

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Glazers make for more misery at Manchester United

Now that the players have returned for the new campaign and almost instantly have been redistributed to the other side of the planet for a money-spinning tour of Oz, fans are inevitably turning their rage on the Glazers. With what so far is a very much unaltered squad from last year, we were hoping for a busy summer following a difficult season, and yet so far we’ve only managed to sign a full back.

City, on the other hand, have already strengthened their squad, while it’s unlikely that Liverpool will be staying away from the market completely this summer either. In order to avoid falling further behind, we need to be closing the gap on our rivals in terms of quality but instead, we are told that we must sell before buying. (more…)

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba aiming for a fresh challenge

France international Paul Pogba has acknowledged that he could pursue a fresh challenge away from Manchester United this summer. The midfielder has spent the past three seasons with the Red Devils and the previous one was his best on the individual scale with 16 goals and 11 assists across all competitions.

Speaking to The Guardian, Pogba said that that it could be time to secure a fresh challenge elsewhere amid the speculated interest from Real Madrid, he told: “For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else. I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

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Robin van Persie insists Solskjaer should be given time at Manchester United

Former Manchester United star Robin van Persie has said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be afforded with sufficient time in the managerial role before judging his future. The Norwegian initially joined the Red Devils on an interim basis in December but he was handed with the permanent job in March after drastically changing the club’s fortunes.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Van Persie said that the manager nowadays don’t have much security with their jobs but United should show more belief towards Ole, considering he is one of their own, he quipped: “I think it’s the perfect match, it’s just they’re having a bad spell. Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you’re out. Is that the solution? Give someone time, especially if it’s a kid from the club.”

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Gary Neville insists David de Gea needs fans support amid torrid run

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has said that David de Gea needs the support from the fans and teammates amid the recent run of poor form. The Spain international has been guilty of making numerous goalkeeping mistakes in the past month and the most recent of those came during the 1-1 Premier League draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville said that De Gea has been the standout performer for the Red Devils over the years and the faithful are unlikely to turn on him on the basis of the recent showing. He added that he requires as much support from the fans and teammates to overcome the current patch of form.

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United’s Transfer Policy is Changing for the Better

Manchester United’s transfer policy this summer appears to be considerably different from recent seasons, with Swansea City’s Daniel James and Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff rumored to be the first arrivals of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign. While some rival fans may have taken these moves as a sign that United are no longer aiming for the title, these more understated arrivals could be exactly what Old Trafford needs.

Fred (£53 million), Eric Bailly (£34 million) and Alexis Sanchez (swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan) have all arrived in recent seasons as established players commanding huge salaries, but they have rarely delivered on the pitch. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is insanity, or at least Albert Einstein thought so. While he may not have been commenting on a football club’s transfer strategy, it accurately applies to United’s case. (more…)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops update on Ander Herrera’s situation

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Ander Herrera is currently working hard to recover from a hamstring problem, which has affected him over the past few months. The Spain international has missed the past three games for the club through a muscular injury and Ole remains unsure over a possible return date for the midfielder.

Speaking in a news conference, Ole acknowledged that the midfielder is trying his best to recover from the ongoing fitness concern. He added that the current issue may not help in the contract discussions with the club, although he has no idea regarding the future of the former Athletic Bilbao graduate.

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Solskjaer dismisses speculation linking Pogba to Real Madrid

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims that Paul Pogba is unaffected by all the transfer speculation that has been linking him with Real Madrid. The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona during the January window but that never materialised. Now, however, the talk about Real Madrid has emerged and it does not seem to go away. The Los Blancos are interested in signing a high profile player after bringing in Zinedine Zidane back as the manager. Madrid have already announced a couple of big-money deals but the need for a galactico is apparent.

The club have been holding talks with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, but there is also a likelihood of the club making a move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. The former Juventus star was linked with a move to Madrid before he joined United in a then-world record move in 2016. Still only 26 years old, it is easy to see why a club like Madrid after the player, who can dominate midfield like no other. There is also the romance of playing under Zinedine Zidane and it appeals to every French player. Yet,Solskjaer says that it is not a very since Pogba has been getting his head down and focusing on United.

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Derby Day Tension Building for Reds Supporters

To all fans of United and City, the Manchester derby is always an important fixture but this month’s clash at Old Trafford is probably more vital than most.

When the teams run out for the rearranged match on Wednesday 24th April, the Red half of Manchester will be chasing three points in their bid to claim a top-four spot in the Premier League, while the Blue sector will be hoping for yet another victory that could help them take a giant step towards successfully defending the title.

Either way, something has to give, and it’s hard to see either side losing this game and still going on to achieve their objective at the end of the season – but this applies especially to United.

While it’s not inconceivable that City could drop points against United and still win the Premier League title, it’s highly unlikely that the Reds can lose this game and remain in contention for a Champions League spot next season.

Successive away defeats in the league, to Arsenal and Wolves, have suddenly put the brakes on United’s sprint for a top-four place under recently installed full-time manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – not to mention their FA Cup defeat at Molineux in mid-March.

Despite these setbacks, the dream remains a possibility for the Reds, but if United are going to clinch a Champions League place next season, it would appear that they will most certainly have to beat local rivals City in what – for fans – will be one of the most nervous derbies of recent campaigns.

United fans face predicament

This in itself will present Reds fans with another giant dilemma. As much as they want to play in the Champions League next season, the majority would probably also like to see City edge out Liverpool in the race to win the domestic title.

While the rivalry between United and City is usually intense, it can be even more explosive with the ‘other’ Reds, 35 miles down the M62.

It is a predicament not a single United fan is likely to relish. In short, the choice for the clubs’ supporters is simple: do they want to witness City clinching a fourth Premier League title in eight seasons or would they prefer to see Liverpool win their first title since 1990?

For most followers of United, the word to explain this conundrum is certainly not ‘simple’.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford in the summer of 2013, City has been the dominant force in Manchester – and in English football, too.

Before this, the last time City were top dogs in their own metropolis was around 50 years ago, when the Light Blues lifted four major trophies between 1968 and 1970.

What many United fans remember is almost two decades of Liverpool domination. While Old Trafford at one point waited 26 years between league titles (1967 and 1993), Liverpool won 11 and few United supporters will want to usher in a new era of glory for the Merseysiders.

United fans will certainly want their own team to win on April 24th, but maybe with a heavier heart than normal, knowing full well the only beneficiary of such a result will be their deadly rivals Liverpool.

Whatever the outcome later this month, current Premier League betting certainly favours City for the title, with odds of 4/9 to win outright at the time of writing.

United supporters would, of course, be much happier if their own club could pull off a major shock and win the Champions League this season, which would guarantee their participation in the competition again for 2019/20.

Unfortunately, with United outsiders for this prestigious European title, perhaps what many fans are thinking is that the team should go all out and salvage what’s left of the 2018-19 Premier League season – especially if it means coming up trumps in the legendary derby. At this stage of proceedings, it’s clearly the safest route to take.

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