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Joe Cole sends United warning to Declan Rice as he makes damning claim about Pogba

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Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has claimed Paul Pogba, insisting that he does not add anything to Man United team at the moment.

This is as he warned Declan Rice against a move from West Ham United to the Red Devils.

‘I don’t think Pogba adds anything to this side. His race is run at Man United.

‘Ever since Bruno Fernandes walked through the door, I think he’s just a percentage better than Pogba in all areas and there’s only room for one of them in the team because of egos.

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‘So I think his time is done. He needs a new challenge. But I’m a big fan of Bruno Fernandes.’

Meanwhile, Cole does not feel the Red Devils represent a significant step up at the moment for Declan Rice despite leapfrogging the Hammers in the table.

Asked if Rice should go to United, Cole replied: ‘I wouldn’t go if I was Declan Rice, no. I think you run the risk of going there and still not winning trophies.

‘I think if Man City were on the table, you’d go there because in recent years it guarantees you trophies and I think Declan would want that.

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‘But for me there’s no reason for him to not stay at West Ham if the progress is still going in that [upward] pattern, but that’s for him and the owners. He needs better players around him at West Ham to go to that next level.’

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Man United might have lost out as target gives list of condition for next club

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Man United’s transfer target Christian Eriksen has hinted that he is hoping to return to the Champions League ahead of a potential summer move.

The Red Devils have been eyeing his signature after he became one of Brentford’s star performers since his January transfer but the fact that the United will not be in the Champions League next season means they might have lost out already.

The Danish midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season having only penned a six-month deal with Brentford in the January transfer window – his first return to football following his shocking cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Speaking to Viaplay after the Bees’ 3-2 comeback victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday evening, the 30-year-old said: “I do not think that there are some football players who can just pick and choose between clubs, because there are many criteria that come into play. There are also many clubs that need to see one’s path before that happens.

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“I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision. I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”

Speaking last month, he said: “Obviously Christian is a fantastic player, but I know that I will answer this question from now until the end of the season and hopefully we end up signing him.

“But if he ends up at another club, it is what it is,” he continued. “I think we went into this with open eyes and this is the outcome we hoped for, that he performs fantastic and that we perform well and the other hope is that he performs after the summer.”

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United receive words from Barcelona on Ten Hag’s target, De Jong

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Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany has told Man United that the club have not decided to sell Frenkie De Jong this summer.

Man United are keen with Erik ten Hag hoping to make him his first signing as the overhauling at Old Trafford is set to begin.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping tabs on De Jong’s situation as Barcelona are considering selling their £65 million signing in order to balance their finances.

But speaking on Sunday, Alemany claims Barcelona have yet to determine whether they will be open to offers for De Jong this summer.

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‘We have not made any decision regarding the squad,’ Alemany told Movistar.

‘Frenkie is a quality player, he’s very important and we will go from situation to situation.

‘We are conditioned by financial fair play, conditioned by the situation inherited by the club. We must be patient.

‘We are clear that we are going to strengthen the team. It is necessary and we want to opt for the titles next year.’

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However, some pundits have claimed that De Jong could be another flop like Donny Van de Beek at Old Trafford as he might not get playing time due to the competition that is expected in the team.

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Solskjaer mentioned as former player notes one major mistake made by United

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Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has noted that the Red Devils made a big mistake to have sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He is not the first to have made this claim as some feels the Solskjaer should have been given more time.

Recall that United sacked Solskjaer after a dismal 4-1 defeat to Watford in November when the club was seventh in the table and 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea at the time.

Ralf Rangnick was announced appointment as interim boss the following month and was supposed to provide the Red Devils with the structure and impetus to kick on and challenge for the top four but he failed.

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Speaking to Paddy Power, the former Brazil ace said: “With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, fans weren’t happy with the style of football United were playing but the mistake wasn’t hiring Ralf Rangnick, it was firing Solskjaer.

“It’s never a mistake to bring in a new manager but Rangnick has a clearly defined methodology of pressing, bringing through young players, and the team moving as one. It’s hard for the players to adapt to this new style so quickly.

“The mistake was firing Solskjaer and bringing in someone with a completely different methodology and that’s impacted United’s results.

“He [Rangnick] hasn’t really improved on the way United played when Solskjaer was in charge, and we still see the same low quality and low intensity performances.

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“They should have stuck with Solskjaer until the end of the season and given the new manager pre-season.”

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No holiday for Ten Hag as he makes stunning confession about United job

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New United manager Erik ten Hag has no holiday after rounding up with Ajax.

He said he would be starting the job as Man United manager the next day (Monday) because there is a lot of work to be done at Old Trafford.

The incoming manager has terminated his contract with Ajax six weeks early and is now getting started as United manager.

Although Ralf Rangnick will still be in charge of just one last match on the final day of the season when United travel to London to play Crystal Palace.

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The best United can do is secure a sixth-place finish with a win against the Eagles after already failing to secure Champions League football for next season.

Ten Hag makes a stunning confession by claiming that there is a lot of work to be done at Old Trafford.

“It’s time to turn the switch now,” said Ten Hag, following Ajax’s final game of the campaign, which finished level against Vitesse. “It’s something that is needed because there is a lot to take care of and I have the energy for it.

“Tomorrow there will be a party with the (Ajax) staff, but I am not going to Curacao. I think that’s understandable. There is a lot of work to do there (United). That is the case with every club.”

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He added: “A number of things still need to be organised in the staff and also in the selection [at Man United]. We will be working intensively on this from tomorrow.”

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Ten Hag could be signing another “Van de Beek,” Pundit tells fans reasons to be concerned

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Erik Ten Hag is understood to be keen on bringing Frenkie de Jong to Man United and Danny Mills said he could turn out to be a flop like Donny van de Beek.

The ex-Man City and England defender told Football Insider that De Jong may be behind Van De Beek in the Man United pecking order if sings from Barcelona.

It would be recalled that the pair worked together at Ajax, along with Van De Beek, before De Jong moved to Barcelona in January 2019 for an initial £65million fee while Van De Beek moved to Old Trafford 18 months later.

“It’s never easy stepping into the Premier League, no matter how good you are,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Especially if you’re coming from a few years at Barcelona after being in the Dutch league.

“You look at Haaland but he’s different. He’s a physical specimen, sensational. He’s going to have no issue whatsoever dealing with the pace and power of the game.

“At Man United, you’ve got some players coming back. I would expect they want Donny van de Beek back because there are links there.

“Man United will have options. All managers like to go back to a player they know and have worked with.

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“In an important area like midfield, you want consistency and reliability. If that means going to get a player you’ve worked with previously, we’ve seen it time and time again, it’s often the best way.”

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Declan Rice’s teammate speaks on his move to either Chelsea or United

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West Ham’s Michail Antonio has been asked about the possible departure of Chelsea and Manchester United target Declan Rice.

Rice, 23, has just two years left on his contract and has rejected the Hammers’ offer of an eight-year extension which would boost his wages to £200,000-a-week.

Chelsea and Manchester United are both keen to land him this summer with the Premier League giants in need of a top quality central-midfielder.

His teammate Antonio was asked if he has tried to make Rice stay at West Ham but the Jamaican international refused to be drawn on the topic.

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his teammate Antonio was asked if he has tried to make Rice stay at West Ham but the Jamaican international refused to be drawn on the topic.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: ‘Dec has not even touched his best yet. He is unbelievable. What I see every day in training, he’s got so much more to do, got so much more to learn.

‘But what he’s doing right now, he’s up there with one of the best in the Premier League already.

‘Whatever Dec wants to do, I’ll be happy for him. I love him as a player. I love him as a person. So his decision is his at the end of the day.’

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Erik ten Hag reveals what would happen tomorrow, as he finally bids goodbye to Ajax

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Erik ten Hag has stated that he will begin to think of Man United from tomorrow as he bids farewell to Ajax.

The 52-year-old took charge of his final game with Ajax on Sunday as they drew 2-2 with Vitesse to end their title-winning Eredivisie campaign.

Ten Hag therefore, hinted that one of the first issues he would handle at United would he how Cristiano Ronaldo would remain part of his squad.

‘From tomorrow, my focus will be on United, and I will of course get deep into things there,’ Ten Hag said after his final game with Ajax on Sunday.

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‘What I have to say about it is, the detailed analysis still has to begin, I still have to work with the team, but let me be clear that at United there are a lot of good players around.

‘We have to make them function as a team but definitely Ronaldo, he is a giant.’

Meanwhile, Ronaldo already said that he is willing to remain at United, despite their failure to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, but has insisted Ten Hag will need time to make an impact.

‘What I know about him is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach,’ Ronaldo said in an interview with United.

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‘But we need to give him time. Things need to change the way he wants.

‘I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.

‘We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well.

‘I wish him the best and let’s believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies.’

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Xavi gave United hint they can sign star midfielder

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Barcelona manager Xavi has given Man United a major hint that they could land their star target after admitting that Frenkie de Jong might be sold this summer.

The Dutch midfielder is understood to be wanted by incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, who worked with De Jong at Ajax before the player’s 2019 move to Spain.

Erik ten Hag will take charge of the summer transfer market for the Red Devils as soon as he joins and that means it’s going to be his first assignment that will help his performance next season.

While a transfer exit is not Xavi’s preference, the Barcelona boss has stated that De Jong’s future may be taken out of his hands.

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“For me he is very important,” Xavi told reporters on Saturday.

“He has been a starter practically every game, except when he has been rotated due to tiredness, fatigue or competition. For me he is fundamental.

“But we all depend on the economic situation of the club.”

Man United had a very had season and they want to get it right with the new manager set to overhaul the team and bring in fresh players that can deliver good performances to return the club to it’s glory days.

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