The Paul Pogba transfer saga has dominated this summer at fallen Premier League giants Manchester United.
Frenchman Pogba is unarguably the best player at Manchester United and the Red Devils face a big battle to keep him at the club this summer amidst the intense transfer interest from two European Superpowers.
Italian champions Juventus and Spanish giants Real Madrid have both been heavily linked with the Manchester United midfielder.
He had a very good career during his time at Juventus and the Italians want to re-sign him, while Real Madrid manager and French football legend Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.
Paul Pogba intensified the transfer rumours surrounding him last month after he admitted to wanting a new challenge after three years in his second Manchester United spell.
The 26-year-old returned to Manchester United in 2016 after spending four years with Juventus having come through the ranks at Manchester United before joining the Italians on a free transfer in 2012.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to hang on to the services of Paul Pogba as he plots to take the Red Devils back to the top of European football. Let’s examine three major reasons why Solskjaer and Manchester United can’t afford to lose the services of Paul Pogba this summer.
- X-factor – Paul Pogba is regarded as one of the best midfielders in world football and he’s the x-factor in the current Manchester United squad. The £89m player adds immense quality to the Manchester United team.
- Lack Of Quality Replacement – Manchester United will struggle to find an adequate replacement for Paul Pogba if they let the Frenchman join Juventus or Real Madrid this summer. Only few midfielders can match Paul Pogba for quality ino world football.
- Disrupt Preseason – With 27 days left before the start of the new season, the sale of Paul Pogba will definitely disrupt Solskjaer and his plans for the 2019/20 season.
Southampton draw reveals Man United’s weaknesses
Man United failed to secure a win against Southampton in their Monday evening football as they played a 2-2 draw at the Old Trafford.
The development has now caused a setback in their bid to secure a Champions League spot and to move ahead of Chelsea and Leicester City at the end of the season.
Before now, Man United was on a winning spree with a good goal margin and that flooded the media with praises of the team. Every analysis fell in their favour with some players being praised like Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and youngster Mason Greenwood.
However, the 2-2 draw speaks a lot about the reality that was blinded by the previous wins and unknown to many about the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team but they are now exposed.
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The honeymoon ends, reality starts for Greenwood
The youngster was praised and compared to football legend Cristiano Ronaldo but the game against Southampton proved the analysis was a lie. He struggled in the game. The English League is a very difficult one and for a player to be hailed in that manner, he must face the real tests. Half-a-season form is not enough to judge
Paul Pogba not perfect
The game also exposed flaws in Paul Pogba’s game; he was casual in possession and could not catch up with the intensity of the Saints. That went a long way in affecting the team but no doubt the team needs him to succeed.
Martial deserves his respect
Martial seems not to have gotten the praise he deserves. He set up a goal for Marcus Rashford and scored a brilliant one despite missing a one-on-one situation in the early part of the game.
Need for defenders
Following Luke Shaw’s injury, Solskjaer introduced Bradon Williams and he had a clash as well. They both struggle with fitness. There is a need for more options at the back.
Klopp determined to raise funds with this player
Emerging reports claim that Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could be available to leave the Anfield in the summer transfer window.
It is therefore reported that he is expected to leave on a free deal but manager Jurgen Klopp is making efforts to cash in on the player to be able to aid the summer transfer window.
No doubt, Dejan Lovren’s stay at Liverpool is over as he can no longer be guaranteed a regular playing time because of the competition in the team.
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Goa reports that Dejan Lovren already has a number of interests waiting to land his signature and the German boss will take advantage of that to earn a fee.
Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg are reported to be leading amongst other suitors for Dejan Lovren with Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma and two unnamed English Premier League clubs lined up for his signature.
Jurgen Klopp is hoping to cash in to be able to execute some transfer deals as the club hierarchy are unwilling to engage in the summer transfer window with funds.
The Reds manager seeks to add a minimum of one player to his squad with a defender as a top priority so as to defend the EPL title next season.
Solskjaer’s job has been made more difficult ahead of transfer window
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his attention on securing qualification to the Champions League next season with just a few games left. The Red Devils face big competition from Chelsea and Leicester City for the ticket.
Afterwards, the attention would be shifted to the summer transfer window as that remains another big challenge for the Red Devils boss because the success in the market will largely affect the club’s performance next season.
One of the players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to keep, Andreas Pereria has made his decision to leave the club known and that remains an issue for the manager who is keen to build a formidable team for next season’s challenge.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already told the young midfielder that he is part of his plans for the club but Andreas Pereria is concerned with his lack of playing time especially with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January and the fitness of France international Paul Pogba.
Andreas Pereria cannot be guaranteed a role in the team anymore and will be seeking to leave the team with interests available for him, according to Dutch outlet, Het Belang van Limburg.
This remains a challenge for the Red Devils boss who seeks to have the 24-year-old as cover for the two major midfielders in the team.
Egyptian player on his way to Arsenal
Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny could be on his way back to Arsenal after a year away from the club on loan with Turkish side Besiktas.
The Turkish outfit seems not to be satisfied and convinced with the quality of the Arsenal man and is, therefore, not considering the option of a loan extension or a permanent buy. More to his unsatisfactory performance is the fact that his fee would be high as well as his weekly wage.
It is reported that manager Sergan Yalcin would bring in another option as he is already trailing Mehmet Topal, a 31-year-old defensive midfielder, preferring him than the Arsenal man.
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Although, Mohamed Elneny’s case at the Turkish outfit might not be concluded as it is reported that the club president is interested in his service and a deal is likely.
However, we will wait until the end of the season to know what becomes of the Arsenal midfielder who has a contract with the Gunners until 2022.
There are already claims that the North London outfit will seek a buyer for the Egyptian midfielder as manager Mikel Arteta will not be in need of him, especially if a deal for Dani Ceballos is made permanent in this summer transfer window.
Liverpool will lose Klopp sooner than expected
With the success he has enjoyed as Liverpool manager, it is expected that German boss Jurgen Klopp will remain in charge of Anfield for many more years, as witnessed in the cases of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at Man United and Arsenal respectively but that may not happen.
Jurgen Klopp will only be at the Anfield for four years and will leave thereafter. He signed a new deal with Liverpool in 2019 which will expire in 2024. The former Borussia Dortmund manager has hinted that he does not plan to stay longer than his current contract as he hopes to return to Germany, his country home.
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According to Klopp, he will have a year rest and will be staying without a job to cool off and prepare for the next challenge but what he will be doing then, is unknown.
Jurgen Klopp has refused to comment on claims that he would be returning to Germany to pick up the national team job as the opportunity will be waiting for him. This is because he might be considering managing a club side which he already loves.
Bayern Munich or his former team Borussia Dortmund will be his likely destination but the future will present itself with an opportunity for the Reds boss, who is no doubt in the history book at Anfield.
Klopp reveals incredible next season plans
Apparently, the plans for English Premier League champions, Liverpool ahead of next season will be to defend the title with the hope of winning it again.
Manager Jurgen Klopp led the Red team to secure their first EPL title in 30 years with the success attributed to the entire team. The talents in the team and experience paid off.
However, in his plan for next season, manager Jurgen Klopp gave a hint that three youngsters; Neco Williams, Curtis Jones, and Harvey Elliott would be a major part of the team’s title defence.
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This has raised fears over the ability of the trio to add quality to the team especially with the prediction that next season will be a lot more difficult but manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the fears, stressing that he considers performance than age in his team selection.
According to him, there will be no special training for the trio despite their lack of experience, revealing that they will rather hold normal training with the team.
Neco Williams is 19 of age and has enjoyed more exposure than his compatriots having had 5 first-team opportunities. Curtis Jones has had just one as a substitute while Harvey Elliott has had two substitute appearances also.
Solskjaer exposes sorry state of De Gea many do not know
Man United goalkeeper David De Gea seems to be the only one not enjoying the present mood the Old Trafford as he is been criticized for his performance this season.
The Red Devils fans have been left divided over David De Gea and his performance with some calling for him to be sole and replaced in this summer transfer window.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has risen to the defence of the Spanish shot-stopper, noting that he is one of the best the world can boast of and has impressed despite the difficult time.
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However, the Red Devils boss exposed something that is a dent to the career of the former Atletico Madrid player, noting that despite being a good goalkeeper, he has not achieved by winning the titles his talent deserves at United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made this claim ahead of David De Gea’s 400th appearance for the Red Devils to beat Peter Schmeichel’s record as foreign players with the most game in the club’s history.
Since joining Man United in 2011, David De Gea has only won 4 trophies, including 1 English Premier League title and 1 Europa League.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds the belief that a player with such quality should have won more.
See the players leaving Man United on Loan
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that a number of the club’s youngsters will be leaving the club on loan in the coming summer transfer window.
The Red Devils have been uprising in the talents amongst youngsters in the team with some of them having a first-team opportunity but most of them will have to create some space in the team ahead of the coming season.
In-form youngster Mason Greenwood and Bradon William are expected to remain at the club as they have both made 71 appearances for the first team between them, giving the hint of their impact in the team but the likes of Tahith Chong, James Garner and Angel are expected to be sent out because they might not earn playing time.
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Because of the prospect of these young lads, there is a need to nurture and grow their skills which will only be made possible with regular playing time, the reason why the Red Devils will be sanctioning loan deals for them.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on next season as he wants to challenge for titles and hope of making a statement in the Champions League if he qualifies. He will, therefore, be bringing in additions to the team that can help give them the advantage they need to achieve their goals.