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Paul Pogba’s future at Man United already decided

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The speculations linked to Paul Pogba may finally come to an end as Man United are reportedly ready to end the relationship and sell their record signing in the coming summer transfer window.

The France international’s controversial agent, Mino Raiola has always fuelled speculations about the future of the World Cup winner and he recently came out open to state that his client was ready to leave Old Trafford during an explosive interview last month.

Meanwhile, United had triggered a clause in Paul Pogba’s contract to extend his deal for a further 12 months.

However, the fact that Paul Pogba has been left on the bench for a good number of games will make him and his agent unhappy to want to seek a move away from Old Trafford.

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Although, he has been returned back to the team and has helped the Red Devils to get to the top of the summit, sharing the same point with Liverpool. This has delighted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who failed the former Juventus.

The recent development has now stopped Paul Pogba from seeking a move away from Man United as he is unwilling to sign a new long-term deal which forces the club to consider his sale to be able to cash in.

Man United are confident that the departure of Pogba will not affect the club with the presence of Bruno Fernandes who has become the talisman since his arrival about a year ago.

Nevertheless, Bruno Fernandes has hailed Paul Pogba’s contribution to the team, especially with their recent form.

He said: “I hope people are not in doubt on the qualities of Paul because we know he can play, he can help us and he can play really well. I think we are building something important. The most important for us is building a team, building a group of players who take care of each other.

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“As I sit in the stands in the last two or three minutes, everyone is shouting and hoping to don’t concede a goal and to take care of the ball. Everyone wanted the three points, everyone wanted that win and this is what it is all about. Now we have to build on this more and more.”

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Another United legend on his way back to Old Trafford?

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There are indications that Man United will welcome another legend as Edwin van der Sar hints at a possible return to Old Trafford once his contract with Ajax expires.

The former goalkeeper served as United’s no1 for six years, ending his playing career at Old Trafford in 2011 still has two years left with Ajax as they chief executive.

He has taken on a number of positions at boardroom level at hometown club Ajax, promoted to CEO in 2016.

van der Sar was talked about earlier this year as a possible replacement for Ed Woodward, who is set to leave his role as executive vice-chairman at the end of the year but he has to see out his contract with Ajax.

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But the 51-year-old has hinted he would relish the chance to take up a role at Old Trafford in the future.

Asked whether he would be tempted by an offer from United, van der Sar told RTL: ‘I am enjoying myself so much at Ajax.

‘I still have two years left here. I want to keep achieving things here with the club.

‘But I am sure that one day the moment will arrive.’

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Meanwhile, Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag is among those tipped to take over as United manager after Ralf Rangnick is gone.

Ralf Rangnick is now in charge until the end of the season and will be retained in a consultancy role until 2024.

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How Van Der Sat responded to United’s interest in Erik ten Hag

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Man United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has reportedly told the club of his desire to bring in Erik ten Hag and this has received positive response from Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar.

Ten Hag has enjoyed enormous success in charge of Ajax since 2017 with his chapter set to end and chief executive Van der Sar – who has also been linked with United – admits interest from clubs like United is inevitable given how well the side have been performing.

Asked about the speculation linking Ten Hag with a move to United in the future, former United shot-stopper Van der Sar told RTL 7: ‘This means that we are doing something well.

‘It’s the same with the players. When we perform well, the interest comes.

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‘If there is interest in our players or coach… we’ve all been blown away in the past. So be it, we have to make sure we’re ready by then, that the lists are filled in.’

Meanwhile, Dusan Tadic was full of praise for his manager and believes Ten Hag deserves to take over the reins at a European giant.

‘Everyone at Ajax was pleased he stayed. I hope he stays at Ajax for many more years,’ he told The Telegraph.

‘He is very smart, though. He knows the top clubs in Europe are looking at him. He has taken his time despite offers because they were not the right club to leave Ajax for. He does not have to rush, he can wait.

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‘He will choose his next club wisely. We shall see where he ends up but it will not be any surprise if he goes to one of the biggest. I hope he stays here, but of course others will want him because of what has done for Ajax.’

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Newcastle to land these three players including Man United star if they listen to Lee

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Newcastle United hero, Rob Lee has asked his former club to sign three players in January transfer window, including Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard.

Lee warns Magpies that they face being relegated if necessary action is not taken.

Asked to name the players Newcastle should target in the upcoming transfer window, Lee told Coffee Friend: ‘I would say Kieran Trippier, James Tarkowski and Jesse Lingard.

‘Lingard would score goals, it’s what Newcastle need. West Ham are probably desperate to get him back, he was unbelievable for them. He’s got energy, he gets around the pitch and he’ll get on the end of things and score goals.

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‘Tarkowski, he’s been in England squads, he’s a good defensive player, strong, quick and a bit of a leader.

‘I’ve always liked Trippier, they’re the players you could get and they’d want to come to Newcastle. That’s important.

‘We don’t want players coming to Newcastle just for the money, but players who want to play for this club and play for these fans. If we get those types of players in, we’ll be okay.’

Lee, who made 381 appearances during his ten-year spell at St James’ Park, added: ‘If Newcastle don’t bring in any reinforcements, we’ll go down.

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‘The players have improved since Eddie Howe has come in, but still, if Newcastle don’t get players in, it’s wise enough to know they aren’t good enough [to keep the club up].

‘There’s a reason why Newcastle are where they are. I was at the game on Saturday [against Burnley], Callum Wilson scored the goal, but did we look like scoring any more?

‘We had a couple of chances, but Callum Wilson seems to be the only person scoring. If he gets injured, we’re in serious trouble because no one else is scoring goals.’

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Man United working hard to land Chelsea player for free, any hope?

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Man United are working really hard to secure the signature of Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, having also registered their interest, according to reports.

The Germany international has established himself as a key part of Chelsea’s defence, but he is yet to agree a new deal with the club with his contract set to run out in the summer.

While Thomas Tuchel is keen for Rudiger to extend his stay with Chelsea, the defender is understood to be keen on a move with claims that his representative has had an ‘informal agreement’ with Real Madrid.

Speaking about Rudiger’s future last month, Tuchel said: ‘He’s been outstanding from the first day to now. I hope it stays like this.

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‘Defensively we are strong as usual and they deserve the praise for it.

‘They do a lot of invisible work, they protect each other, support and are brave in attacking. We want to be dangerous from set-pieces.

‘Everybody wants him to stay, it’s clear and he knows it but sometimes there is a delay in these things and there is obviously a delay.

‘It can happen these days but it does not affect his mentality, it doesn’t affect his quality, it doesn’t affect his behaviour.

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‘He is fully committed to Chelsea right now and I am absolutely sure he feels the trust, respect and love from the club and spectators.

‘He knows what he has here, a fantastic club, fantastic league. He’s a competitor.

‘We’ll have a bit of patience and hopefully a happy end.’

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Hargreaves ‘coaches’ Rangnick on who to play to get the best from Cristiano Ronaldo

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Owen Hargreaves has sent a message to Man United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, telling him he needs to bring back Paul Pogba to the heart of the midfield if he must get the best from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former midfielder admitted the performances from Fred and Scott McTominay but insisted that the Frenchman’s return will benefit Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rangnick was keen to praise both the Brazilian and his Scottish midfield partner after the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace but Hargreaves feels the side will benefit from the return of the injured Pogba.

‘If Pogba plays instead of, say, Fred or McTominay and United are playing in one half, then you’ve got another guy that can play a pass into Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.

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‘So I thought they played okay, but Marcus [Rashford] was really quiet today, Bruno [Fernandes] was pretty quiet today.

‘The full-backs were a big feature. The squad depth is amazing, it’s really, really good.

‘So getting those guys, Varane and Pogba, into the side, United have easily one of the strongest teams in the Premier League, but they need to start playing like it. And I thought today was a decent step towards that.’

Subsequent games will determine what happens to Man United team and who earns the trust of the manager.

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Rio Ferdinand names the two players who could suffer being sidelined by Rangnick

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Man United hero, Rio Ferdinand has warned and hinted that defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw could be sidelined by interim manager, Ralf Rangnick.

He said they face a ‘big fight’ to have been selected, especially after the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace which saw Fred deliver the goal.

Ferdinand said the English defenders now have ‘one hell of a job’ to get back into Rangnick’s side.

‘I’ve got to be honest, Wan-Bissaka has got a hell of a job getting back in this team. The same for Luke Shaw,’ Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel.

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‘They’ve both got one hell of a job. One thing this manager likes is full-backs who can actually play and get on the ball.

‘As well as doing the other stuff like pressing, he wants output with the ball. That’s the weakest part of Wan-Bissaka’s game, there’s going to be a big fight for him to get back into this team.’

Meanwhile, Rangnick said he was impressed by his team’s display at Old Trafford, telling BBC’s Match of the Day: ‘I am very happy with the way the team performed, especially the first half hour, with the pressing, it was exceptional.

‘The only thing missing was the 1-0 or 2-0. The way we defended, we had control of the whole game, the clean sheet was the most important part.

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‘I was pleasantly surprised’: Rangnick reflects on first Man Utd win over Palace.

‘These are the things we must improve. We need to keep clean sheets. With just the one training session, I was really impressed. We did much better than expected.

‘We always tried to be on the front foot. We were never not apart from maybe the last five minutes. At all other times we were trying to keep them away from our goal.’

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Man United to immediately sign manager who was just sacked some hours ago?

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With the permission and consent of interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, Man United are reportedly in the verge of singing axed RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch to take up a coaching role at Old Trafford.

The American coach who succeeded Julian Nagelsmann at the Bundesliga outfit, recorded just five wins in 14 league games and was dismissed on Sunday after just four months in charge. He could return to the dugout immediately.

However, he seems to have an existing relationship with Ralf Rangnick, the reason why he is favoured for a role.

Speaking about Rangnick’s influence, Marsch told The Coaches’ Voice earlier this year: ‘Ralf and I had very similar views about counter-pressing and transitions. Getting to know him then introduced me to a lot more detail in the game, and a deeper way of thinking about football.

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‘He has gone on to be a huge influence on me and my philosophy. It’s no surprise to me that so many successful coaches – such as Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann – have learned from Ralf.

‘The intensity he demands from his players is infectious. His modern style of football has had a huge impact on so many different clubs and coaches in Germany.’

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Man United told why they must not sign this former EPL manager, reasons given

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Man United have been warned by Danny Murphy not to sign former Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino as they search for their next permanent manager.

This is as he makes a case for Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers.

According to Murphy, it would be a disaster if United failed to land their No. 1 target, however, and says former Celtic and Liverpool manager Rodgers ‘ticks so many boxes’ for the job.

‘It is a shame for Manchester United that Brendan Rodgers once managed Liverpool. Otherwise I’d see him as the ideal fit to mastermind the long-term project at Old Trafford,’ Murphy told the Daily Mail.

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‘Past associations don’t have to be a deal-breaker but they don’t help, as Rafa Benitez is finding out at Everton, so Mauricio Pochettino looks the favourite to be in charge next season unless Ralf Rangnick does so well that he has to stay.

‘Rodgers ticks so many boxes: he has extensive experience but is still young enough to have the hunger and drive to take United forward.

‘In football, people tend to get judged on their last match rather than a career’s work but that’s unfair. Leicester’s form hasn’t been great this season but even with a lengthy injury list they are in the top half and lead their Europa League group.

‘It’s little more than six months since they won the FA Cup, beating Manchester United in the quarter-finals and Chelsea in the final. And twice in a row they’ve come close to qualifying for the Champions League.

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‘Rodgers knows what it’s like to handle the spotlight after managing Liverpool and Celtic. It’s exciting to think what he could do with the squad at Old Trafford because his track record at improving players is brilliant.

‘Rodgers knows what it’s like to handle the spotlight after managing Liverpool and Celtic. It’s exciting to think what he could do with the squad at Old Trafford because his track record at improving players is brilliant.’

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