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Pogba sale won’t be a big loss, says former United midfielder

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has said that the Red Devils wouldn’t be at a loss if they sell Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has divided opinions at Old Trafford since he openly expressed his desire to leave the club.

And, Scholes said there wouldn’t much problem if he did so.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Scholes said: “I think it’s quite clear he wants to leave the club.”

“He wanted to move to Real Madrid [in the summer] and for whatever reason it didn’t happen.”

“If they ask him to stay for a year then we’ll see what happens. But I don’t think it will be a big loss to United [if he does go].”

“At the end of the day his form hasn’t been great anyway over the last three or three years he’s been there.”

“I’m sure there’s more players there who can step in and do just as good a job.”

Scholes also spoke about the lacking firepower in the United squad at the moment. The Red Devils sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan this summer, but failed to bring a proper striker, with Anthony Martial currently being deployed in that role.

“That’s the one thing that disappoints me,” the former Red Devils midfielder told talkSPORT.

“He [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] obviously knew they were going to sell Lukaku at some point, but not to have a centre-forward lined up seems like a mistake to me.”

“Whether they did, whether it dragged on too long from the club’s point of view, I don’t know.”

“They’re going into a season without a centre-forward when it’s a club that is known for its attacking style and had probably four centre-forwards in its heyday.”

“So to go in there with [Marcus] Rashford and [Anthony] Martial, who you’re not quite sure if they’re left wingers or centre-forwards, we don’t know. But I’m sure it’ll get sorted.”

 

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Evra reveals how he battled depression

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Evra reveals how he battled depression
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However, Manchester United and France national team full back and recently retired Instagram star Patrice Evra has admitted that he battled depression post his transfer away from Old Trafford.

Evra was a part of one of the most successful Manchester United teams who went on to win multiple trophies both in England and in Europe.

Evra left soon after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and went on to join Juventus where he was once again a serial winner for the Turin based outfit..

However, the happy go lucky footballer, who is known for his energy both on and off the field, recently opened up about how he faced depression back in 2014.

“I left for personal reasons and joined a big club like Juventus,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “It was really weird for me in the first few months to wear their shirt.

“Even if I am a funny and positive guy, I was a little bit depressed for a few months. I couldn’t accept the fact that I had to leave United. I’m a Mancunian and I’m happy to be home.

“When I’m back here it feels like home. Even if I have to finish as a groundsman, I will. United is in my DNA.”

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OFFICIAL: Manchester United Signs Defender To A New Contract

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OFFICIAL: Manchester United Signs Defender To A New Contract

It’s contract season at Old Trafford and you will be pleased to know that Victor Lindelof has signed an extension with Manchester United.

The Swiss international has been rewarded with a salary bump just a couple of days after David De Gea’s new deal.

Right after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as United manager, Lindelof has shrugged off all doubts about his abilities and has emerged as an instrumental piece in this new age Red Devils side. He now shares regular defensive responsibilities next to record-signing, Harry Maguire.

“I know that everyone at the club shares this vision and will give everything to get Manchester United back to where it belongs,” said Lindelof after putting pen to paper on the new contract.

”I’m still young and know I can improve further but with the help of the boss and his coaching staff, I believe that only good things are ahead for this great club.”

Speaking about the centre-half, Solskjaer said, “Victor has established himself here and has become a very important part of our team. He brings calmness on the pitch and I can see that he is determined to help this club and to be successful here.

“I’m extremely happy that he has committed his future to Manchester United. We’re all looking forward to working together to deliver the success and get United back to where we know the club belongs.”

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Manchester United defender returns to training after cancer treatment

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Manchester United defender returns to training after cancer treatment
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Manchester United U23 defender Max Taylor has returned for training this week after cancer treatment. 

The 19-year-old CB joined United in 2014 and signed his first professional contract last year. Max Taylor signed his first professional contract at Manchester United in 2018 but started his chemotherapy in February this year. He is back with his teammates for the first time this week having successfully completed chemotherapy for cancer. 

He told ManUtd.com: “I feel immensely proud and happy to be back on the pitch with my team-mates and friends.

“Without the invaluable support of my family, team-mates and of course the nurses and doctors, my return to training at this stage would not have been possible.

“I want to thank all of the club’s medical and sports science staff I have worked with throughout my rehabilitation.

“The next step is to continue working hard in the gym and out on the grass to hopefully make my return on the pitch.”

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How Close Jadon Sancho Actually Came To Signing For Manchester United

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How Close Jadon Sancho Actually Came To Signing For Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc revealed just how close Jadon Sancho came to signing with Manchester United.

The Englishman enjoyed a breakout season last year after quitting Manchester City and being handed a chance in the Dortmund first team by Lucien Favre.

Sancho were in elite company mid-way through the season, registering as many assists as Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard in Europe’s top five leagues. He finished the campaign with 13 goals and 19 assists in 43 appearances.

United expressed a strong interest in the 19-year-old in January and were reportedly even willing to pay his €100m asking price. Zorc revealed that United approached them but BVB were not interested in selling Sancho, for any amount of cash.

When asked about how close United came in stealing away the winger, Zorc replied, “Not close at all. We didn’t talk to them. They were asking us for a meeting. Sancho is not for sale.”

Speculation still follows Sancho around as he continues to impress for the Bundesliga outfit. He has already collected 6 assists and 3 goals in 7 appearances this season and is improving by each game.

With Marco Reus fitting in more centrally, Sancho has become an integral part of the Dortmund’s attack, being handed the freedom to create from wide spaces.

He featured against Barcelona on Tuesday night and constantly troubled Ernesto Valverde’s backline. He ended up winning his side a penalty which, unfortunately, Reus missed to end the match goalless.

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The Lesson Manchester United Learn Through Sanchez Transfer: Gary Neville

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The Lesson Manchester United Learn Through Sanchez Transfer: Gary Neville

Gary Neville believes Manchester United learnt a very painful message through Alexis Sanchez’s transfer.

The Chilean has been shipped out to Inter Milan this summer after a very poor 18 months at Old Trafford.

“To be fair, we’d watched Alexis Sanchez for three, four, five years at Arsenal,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“He was tenacious, goalscorer, giving his all every single minute of every game, nobody could have seen the disaster that was about to happen. I don’t know what happened to him.

“That wasn’t Alexis Sanchez that played at Manchester United that we watched. He’d been proven, you knew that United were only going to get a couple of years out of him but he was almost free in some senses, I know his wages were massive.

“But my point is no one could have seen how bad he could have been but it was a lesson to United. Falcao, Di Maria, Schweinsteiger, Sanchez – they’ve done it and they’ve spent and wasted hundreds of millions of pounds on these players.”

Sanchez’s presence will not be missed at Manchester even if the Red Devils are thinly stacked this season. Inter have been offered a chance to buy him out permanently and it is more than likely, the Nerazzurri will follow through next summer.

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Ronaldo reveals how he came close to joining Arsenal before Manchester United

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Former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he was very close to joining Arsenal back in 2003.

The then 18-year-old star was courted by a number of giants, with Arsene Wenger also being one of the interested managers in poaching him. However, Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to move for his services and secured him in a £12m deal from Sporting CP.

Ronaldo had a successful career at Old Trafford, winning four Premier League titles, a Champions League title and a Ballon d’Or.

Speaking to long-time Arsenal fan Piers Morgan, CR7 jokingly apoligised for not joining the Gunners.

“It’s true. Very close. One stop, incredible. Seriously. I want to apologise, okay.”

“Forgive me for not joining Arsenal.”

“This is what should have happened, it’s what I’ve dreamed of for the last 16 years,” said the presenter.

“It didn’t happen but, Arsenal, I appreciate what they did for me.”

“Especially Arsene Wenger – but you know football and in football you never know.”

Ronaldo is currently plying his trade at Italian Serie A champions Juventus. The Portuguese ace will have majority of limelight as the Bianconeri aim to win the European accolade this season.

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James reveals he nearly quit football when he was 12

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Manchester United newcomer Daniel James has lifted the lid on how he almost quit football when he was 12. The Welshman joined the Red Devils in summer this season and has seen off a great start to his career in the Premier League, scoring 3 goals in first 5 games for the club.

“At the start, when I got to nearly 12 years old, I actually nearly gave up football,” he told Inside United.

“I had a serious meeting with the coaches at Hull [for them] to say: ‘No, we think you’ve got the ability and we want you to stay on here’. Thankfully, from there, I did stay on.”

“There were times when I wasn’t enjoying it, but I think as a person I developed a lot, especially when I went to play my first game for Wales when I was 14,”

“I think that’s why I’ve come to be a winger now. Otherwise, I think I’d play in a different position.”

“Obviously, I did enjoy my football — it was just that I was missing out with friends,” he added. “But they are the sacrifices that sometimes you have to make as a footballer, to make it. I know nowadays there’s a lot more.”

“I was training three times a week, where most boys now are training every day. That’s the sacrifice you’ve got to make. It is difficult, especially for parents as well.”

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Evra says players need to ‘bleed for the club’

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Former Manchester United captain and legend Patrice Evra has said that the players need to give it their all and bleed for the club if they want to be successful. The Frenchman also praised Solskjaer’s appointment as manager but said that it is upto the players to deliver the results on the pitch.

“We’ve had too many managers, David Moyes, [Louis] van Gaal, [Jose] Mourinho. I just think for the players it’s difficult.”

“One manager wants to play one way, another manager wants to play another way, you need to know the value of the club and Manchester United.”

“That’s why I think Ole is a good appointment for the club. He knows the philosophy of the club.”

“It’s difficult when you come to Manchester United from the outside, people don’t accept you straight away. You need to bleed for this club before people accept you.”

Evra also added that David de Gea shouldn’t be winning the POTY award as it sends across a wrong message.

“I always wish that he is the best player in the world, but I never wish him to be the best player at Manchester United because that means something is wrong with my midfield, with my attack, with my defence,” said Evra.

“So, please David, win the best goalkeeper in the world but not the Player of the Year here!”

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Is Sancho going to join United?

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Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund has said that he is solely focused on Borussia Dortmund amidst claims linking him with a move to Manchester United.

“I can’t tell the future. I just take it game by game. I just wanna give 100 per cent for Borussia Dortmund,” Sancho told Viasport .

“I really want to do well with Dortmund. Obviously, I want to win titles and give everything.”

“It’s crazy. Everything has come so fast,” Sancho told Viasat .

“But I have a great team. They keep me humbled. I just take it game by game and give 100%.”

His club director Zorc meanwhile declared that the player is not for sale.

“We didn’t talk to them [United],” Zorc told Viasport.

“They were asking us for a meeting [during the off-season]. Sancho is not for sale.”

So good has been the Enlgand international’s form, that his teammate Achraf Hakimi has backed him to win the Ballon d’Or in the future.

“In a few years, if he continues at this level, he will be a candidate,” Hakimi told Marca.

“For me, he is a spectacular player. We know he is a player who still has to learn and improve because he is very young…but he is very good.”

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