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Paul Pogba Looks Set To Stay At Manchester United

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The coronavirus pandemic has hit football clubs hard. Virtually all revenue streams have come to a streaking halt and although the return of the game looks near, the last two months have had a devastating impact on the sporting economy.

Such financial implications will no doubt impact the next transfer window and club’s abilities to spend lavishly. Although rumours continue to circulate, fans must take every story with a pinch of salt – most European teams have required the furlough scheme or pay cuts to simply survive these challenging times.

So, if transfer recruitment is going to be limited, many clubs may not be fearful in losing some of their most prised assets. In Manchester United’s case, their chances of keeping Paul Pogba this summer have improved dramatically.

The Frenchman often finds himself at the centre of transfer speculation, and with just over twelve months left on his current contract, rumours began picking up serious traction at the start of the year. Real Madrid and Juventus have predominantly been the two clubs cited with the most serious interest, hardly surprising given Zinedine Zidane’s long-term admiration of the player and the midfielder’s history with the Italian side.

Although United have the option to extend the Frenchman’s deal by a further year, as of now, this is the last summer the club have to cash in if the player desires to leave. As per The Times though, the Red Devils are ‘confident’ Pogba will be at Old Trafford next season.

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The report cites that they believe ‘Mino Raiola is the only person who wants him to leave’, and that the Frenchman remains very much in their plans. Since returning from his ankle injury, Pogba has been described as ‘competitive’ in training, with plans being put into place for the midfielder to strike up a partnership with Bruno Fernandes.

As United hunt for Champions League qualification, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hopeful of the duo hitting it off together on the field. The above story highlights United’s intentions to carry on building a side that includes Pogba, with the outside noise not distracting the club’s progressive plans.

Large doubts have been placed on nine-figure transfer fees this summer, meaning nobody will be able to match United’s valuation of the player. As things stand, there’s no realistic avenue for Pogba to depart this summer.

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Odion Ighalo’s Loan Extension Is Justified

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It’s official – Odion Jude Ighalo’s loan deal has been extended and the first Nigerian ever to play for Manchester United will stay until January 2021, at the very least.

The 30-year old was originally set to spend six months with the Reds, patching up the hole left by the injured Marcus Rashford. However, nobody could have predicted how well he would go on to perform, right from the off.

In just three starts and a few appearances off the bench, Ighalo notched four goals and an assist, equating to a direct involvement in a goal every 63.8 minutes. Whilst many fans, myself included, might have doubted how much he could bring to the team, it is clear that he has given everything for the shirt and his form has looked just as, if not more impressive than even his best seasons at Watford.

Option to Buy

Furthermore, the highly reliable Fabrizio ‘Here we go!’ Romano has also stated that whilst it was previously thought that United were reluctant towards a permanent deal, there is now an option to buy included in the extension. If he makes even half the impact he did in just eight appearances since arriving, it’s likely to be a no-brainer, as the forward has quickly gone down as a cult hero with fans.

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Nevertheless, it’s sure to be a classic case of ‘head or heart?’ when it comes to crunch time, as although Ighalo has made no secret that his move to the team he has supported since he was a child has been a dream come true, Shanghai Shenua are rumoured to be offering him a contract until 2024, worth up to £400k a week.

Head or Heart?

Whilst many might think it sensible for a player of his age to see out his career in China, especially with such a great deal on the table, United seem increasingly happy to keep him a part of squad, despite the return of senior figures and the possibility of new forward signings. Let’s not forget, it wasn’t long ago that a source stated Ighalo ‘would play for free’ and this isn’t FIFA: 30 isn’t that old and with the right motivation, he could still have plenty of playing time left at a high level.

Either way, I don’t think many fans would say no to keeping him as a rotation player in the wider squad. He has already proven himself a more than effective option in the Europa League; his strength and ability to hold up the ball – not to mention an impressive amount of close control – would make him the perfect, old-school number nine to boss lesser defences in the domestic cups, let alone come off the bench in a pinch. I say, if he’s happy to stay, we’re happy to have him.

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Barcelona Tried To Sign Marcus Rashford Last Summer

Marcus Rashford and Barcelona were in contract talks last summer, according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo.

The Englishman signed a new deal with Manchester United in July 2019 until 2023, with there being an option to extend for a further year. Rashford cited that the club has ‘been everything in his life’ since joining as a youngster, making his decision to commit a rather straightforward one.

As per the above report though, Barcelona contacted Rashford’s agent and brother, Dwaine Maynard, over bringing the forward to the Nou Camp. At the time, his deal with United was set to expire in 2020, meaning concrete interest from elsewhere could have caused a precarious situation for the Reds.

However, due to doubts about moving country and also no guarantee of a starting spot, Rashford stayed at Old Trafford. Talks are not though to have entered an advanced stage, with the La Liga giants hoping that the player himself would put pressure on the Red Devils to force a sale.

The forward’s decision to remain in Manchester has no doubt benefited United – Rashford has grown to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key attacking outlet, standing tall as the club’s top scorer this season with nineteen goals.

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Manchester United ‘Lead Race’ For Kai Havertz

Manchester United are leading the race for Kai Havertz, as reported by the Sun’s Alan Nixon.

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder had become one of the most prised assets in Europe, recently becoming the youngest-ever player to reach thirty Bundesliga goals. Since the start of last season, the 20-year-old has registered twenty-eight league goals, inevitably sparking transfer speculation around his future.

Bayern Munich have been cited in having an interest, given the pulling power they possess in Germany, but The Sun report United in being the favourites. The Red Devils are expected to open up with a £50m offer, but they recognise it may took may to get the deal over the line.

Havertz’ versatility is cited in being a key factor behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interest, given the player’s ability to operate wide and also through the middle. The German could potentially kill two birds with one stone, adding some quality to the middle of the park at Old Trafford, whilst acting as cover for the flanks too.

His contract expires in 2022, meaning Leverkusen have two summers left to cash in on their star player. Would they risk letting him enter the final year of his deal in this economical climate, or would they take a guaranteed fee this summer? Given United’s willingness to push on in the upcoming transfer market, it’s a story worth following.

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A Look Into Manchester United Target Eduardo Camavinga

Manchester United are hopeful of beating Real Madrid to the signature of Eduardo Camavinga, as per The Metro. The Red Devils believe to have the upper hand in the deal, as they would be willing to loan the teenager back to Rennes next season.

The 17-year-old is considered one of France’s most promising midfielders, being yet another talent to emerge from their U21 setup. He has made thirty-six club appearances this season – numbers that simply categorise the teenager in being a class above those in his age range. Camavinga has already established himself in being a key starter for Rennes, helping them qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history this year.

Although his quick development has seen the label of ‘generational’ be thrown his direction, it’s of no surprise to see the midfielder flourish in such a setup. Rennes have been on the rise under young coach Julien Stéphan, who has established a fresh, young core to his side. The club has always been an ideal stepping stone for French talents to showcase their worth, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Joris Gnagnon all coming through their ranks, before being sold on in the transfer market.

Camavinga looks destined to add his name to this list, with his all-rounded style of play in the middle of the park gaining attention from bigger clubs. The 17-year-old is a composed figure on the ball, always keen to start attacks from deep. His positional awareness, particularly when it comes to defensive screening, is far advanced beyond his years – averaging 1.4 interceptions per game.

Coinciding with this defensive trait, the Frenchman also flourishes in regaining possession and retaining the ball for his side. No player in the entire division has averaged more tackles per game than the teenager this season – 4.2. Yet again, it’s a stat not many would associate with a player that made his senior debut just a year ago.

The Metro state that the Red Devils would be keen to loan Camavinga back to Rennes for a year, as this would be most beneficial for his development. Regardless of United’s sudden intentions for the player, he is simply a talent too good to pass up on.

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Manchester United’s 20/21 Kit

If you’re anything like me, seeing the first pictures of next season’s strip is more than just another shirt. A kit can go on to denote historic years in football and imprint themselves on the defining memories of entire chapters in a club’s history.

Whilst shirt sales may be more costly and less important than they use to be in this TV-money era, there is still a wonderful sense of childlike excitement whenever we get to see what our team will be wearing next year.

With that being said, I’m sure most of you felt an overwhelming sense of relief at the newest images of the 20/21 strips that were leaked this week. The home kit look leaps and bounds better than the previously rumoured and now infamous ‘bus-seat’ design that had been circulating the internet – although there is evidence of the slightly different coloured streaks still present. As for the away kit, it is neither the ‘snakeskin’ gold, nor the ever-jarring blue, but sees the welcome return of black.

As opposed to defining details like this season’s Treble-inspired crest or the prominent patterns of the away and third kits, these new kits go for a wavey, textured look and classic white accents. The almost fleece-like pattern is weaved horizontally across both shirts, and although the specs are yet to be confirmed by official release, it looks like this design will compliment a tighter, stretch-fit style.

Cut and Paste?

One criticism that can be levelled at both kits is the lack of innovation. Both the home and away kit work off the same, relatively minimalist template, with the only apparent variation being the base colour. What’s more is that not only is the design very simple, but it is actually an Adidas template we’ve already seen only a couple of years ago on the 16/17 away shirt – the memory of which will forever be tied to the Europa League final, for instance.

All in all, these new shirts aren’t a drastic departure from kits seen in recent years – the closest comparisons being the aforementioned 16/17 away shirt and Mourinho’s second season 17/18 home shirt – but they still tick all essential boxes for a good United kit. Besides, if last year’s away kit has taught us anything, it’s that big, bold changes don’t always make for memorable in a good way.

Whilst Adidas might not push the boundaries with their designs and have rightfully faced criticism over their simple templates approach in recent years, when it comes to United, you can’t go too far wrong sticking to the classic red, white and black. The images released look to be the most genuine yet and if they do prove to be the confirmed kits for next season, I’ll happily be copping both.

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Jude Bellingham To Manchester United Update

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Manchester United are prepared to pay in the region of £30m for Jude Bellingham this summer, as per James Robson of the Evening Standard.

The Birmingham City midfielder has become one of the most prised assets in England, with the 16-year-old racking up thirty-two league games this season. His ability to perform so quickly at senior level has caught the attention of many top clubs, with Borussia Dortmund emerging as the main competitors for his signature.

United’s interest in the player has been well documented, with Bellingham being given a tour of the Carrington complex back in January, alongside a private meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils are keen to not let this talent slip through their grasp, with the above report even citing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s promise that that player would be competing for first-team football straight away.

Although the club boast such an established history in granting such youngsters an opportunity to showcase their talent, convincing the player to join will not be straightforward. The Bundesliga has grown to become a popular stepping stone for English talents early on in their career, with Jadon Sancho setting the trend back in 2017.

Dortmund themselves have shown their desire to start young players from an early age, making their set-up equally as desirable to United. The Red Devils were also dealt a blow from German publication Bild (via Sport Witness) on Wednesday morning, who reported that Bellingham and the Bundesliga side have ‘agreed personal terms’.

It must be noted though that no agreement between Birmingham and the club was cited, arguably the most challenging obstacle in this economical climate. From the Red Devils’ perspective, the deal is far from lost, and the English side have the finances to invest in such players this summer.

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Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba Return to Full Fitness

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided some celebratory worthy news, by confirming that both Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are back to full-fitness.

Manchester United have resumed training in preparation for the return of the Premier League and whilst a date has not been set, June is looking a likely date. The club find themselves in a unique position too, as they will be one of few teams that will be re-entering the field with a stronger squad prior to lockdown.

Fans have longed for the return of both Pogba and Rashford, and it looks as though they will be seeing the duo back when football resumes. Speaking to United’s official site, Solskjaer gave the following update on the two players:

“They’re looking good, they’ve joined training now and they’ve done everything the other boys have been doing. No reaction so far, touch wood. When we get started, it looks like we can have a full squad to choose from.”

Pogba hasn’t featured for the club this year, after suffering an ankle injury on Boxing Day. His time on the sidelines has been longer than first predicted, inevitably sparking transfer speculation around the Frenchman. An Old Trafford exit looks unlikely given the current economical climate though, and fans just want to see the midfielder strike up a partnership with Bruno Fernandes in the middle.

One player that will benefit from this potential duo is Rashford himself, who has been out of action since January. The Englishman was enjoying his best ever-goal-scoring season prior to his injury, still standing tall as the side’s top-scorer despite his prolonged absence. Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have helped soften the blow, but the 22-year-old has grown to become the first name on Solskjaer’s team-sheet.

The manager’s good news has no doubt been welcomed by fans, as United have every chance of breaking into the top-four with their star duo back in the side. The Red Devils enjoyed a strong run of form before lockdown, remaining undefeated in their last eleven games, winning nine. Add Rashford and Pogba to the mix, and third place doesn’t seem like a far-fetched dream.

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Josh King Teams Up With Solskjaer’s Agent

Manchester United made a move for Josh King last January, during their desperate hunt for a new striker on deadline day.

The term ‘desperate’ is certainly applicable, with the club offering the Cherries a matter of hours to accept a ‘take it or leave it’ offer of £20m. Given Bournemouth’s precarious position near the bottom end of the table, and no time to sign a direct replacement, the side were unsurprisingly reluctant to let go one of their key players.

Despite the potential move looking like a wild goose chase, the King transfer is actually one years in the making. The player came through the ranks at United back in 2009, with there being an underlying hope of the forward one day returning, when he departed for Blackburn Rovers as a 23-year-old back in 2013.

Since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, King has never had a better opportunity to seal a dream move back to Old Trafford. The reliable David Ornstein (via The Athletic) reported back in January that the manager had once told his fellow Norwegian after a game that he would ‘one day bring him back to the club’.

In the midst of Odion Ighalo’s inevitable exit, speculation regarding King has once again risen. United are looking for a striker who can rotate with Anthony Martial, whilst at the same time not hindering the progression of the generational Mason Greenwood. Sky Sports have reported that the Red Devils are once again interested in the Bournemouth forward, who would no doubt be keen on a move back to Manchester, in a last career opportunity to represent a ‘top six’ club.

The player has even gone back to agent Jim Solbakken (via Instagram), a long-term friend and colleague of Solskjaer himself. King’s current contract at Bournemouth also expires in 2021, meaning this summer is the last chance the Cherries have to cash in on his services.

On paper, the transfer looks to be making all the necessary early steps. It’s one that makes sense given the squad role he’d be happy to play at Old Trafford and his fellow countryman is a fan. We expect this story to continue to pick up traction.

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Ryan Giggs Full Of Praise For Dylan Levitt

Ryan Giggs has been full of praise for Manchester United youngster Dylan Levitt.

The 19-year-old has impressed for the club’s U23s this season, scoring three and assisting four from the middle of the park, in just twelve league games. Such form saw the teenager be granted a start for the senior side away to Astana back in November, a fixture where he showcased his ability to perform on the main stage.

Over the course of the ninety-minutes, Levitt maintained a pass success rate of 96.2%, completing two long balls and a ‘key’ pass too. It was a cameo that confirmed the standpoint that the player was ready for first-team football, with the youngster now looking poised to leave the Red Devils on loan next season.

His rise through the ranks has been picked up by those involved at the club, with Giggs being at the forefront of such. The Wales manager even called the teenager up to his national squad back in May 2019. Although he wasn’t granted his debut, it was an indication that Levitt was being regarded as a future first-team member.

Speaking on the midfielder, Giggs told United’s official site:

“When Dylan was in the squad, we had must-win games so I couldn’t really throw him in and put him in that pressure cooker. But, in training, he’s one of the best. He’s my kind of player – a good character, quiet but tough, and he’s one that I’ll be taking a big look at over the next year or so.

This reference to integrating Levitt into the first-team over the next year is certainly encouraging news, and one the player will be keen to capitalise on. A loan move looks to be the most realistic avenue in securing these minutes, with Giggs continuing to say:

“I want him to develop and if he does and, if he plays more games, then he’ll definitely be in the reckoning. He’s a really intelligent player with a good range of passing and he stands out in training in every session.”

The teenager is currently on the path to stardom, and should he continue working to impress and improve, he will become a key member for both his national side and the Red Devils.

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