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Paul Pogba Given New Challeng By Club Legend

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Former Manchester United legend Gary Neville has challenged France international midfielder Paul Pogba to lead his fellow teammate into next season’s UEFA Champions League, he was also challenged to lead the team to win the Europa League this season.

Neville wants the former Juventus player to take it upon himself as a personal challenge to lead Manchester United to glory.

Gary Neville said:

“Paul Pogba is now the obsession because he’s the biggest player at the biggest club, he’s a World Cup winner and it should be a compliment that people are talking about it,” Neville told Off The Ball ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash against Leicester City on September 14.

“When I criticised Paul Pogba after the penalty incident at Wolves, I don’t see it as being any different than the criticism of Roy Keane or David Beckham or Wayne Rooney (during Neville’s playing career).

“The best player, the leader, the captain in the team, will stand up and he will take the brunt of the criticism. Just as the manager and the coach will.

“It won’t be the assistant coach, it won’t be the left-winger or the right-back or left-back, it will be the player who is the number one player in the team and that’s never changed.”

Nevile also added:

“I speak to people, apparently, he’s a great lad, he trains well, he’s a really good person – to be fair, I was at the club with him when he was a young lad.

“So when people criticise him or put the pressure on him or apply pressure to him, it’s because he’s the best, he’s the shining light.

“He’s the Bryan Robson of the 80’s now. United were in trouble, people hung everything on Bryan Robson, everybody now hangs a lot on Paul Pogba.

“But that’s the pressure that he wants, he wants to be the best player in the world. So now go and show us you’re the best player in the world.

“Carry this team, which is young, inexperienced, hasn’t got the most know-how, needs leaders and characters on the pitch.

“And I said two weeks ago on television, wouldn’t it be great if he thought of himself as being the Player of the Year this year.

“What does he need to do that? Carry Manchester United into the Champions League, win the Europa League, drive them forward.

“Take it as your responsibility, you’re at this club for 12 months and you’re going to be the best player in the league and one of the best players in the world.

“That’s what I want from Paul Pogba, that’s what I want from him because I believe he’s capable of doing it. I have faith in him to do it.

“But then I see an incident like Wolves, and that disappoints me. So he has to take the criticism for that.”

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EPL: United, Chelsea might yet face another transfer disappointment

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Both Man United and Chelsea might face a very big summer transfer disappointment as they are set to fail in their bid to acquire the signature of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

Jack Grealish has been on the radar of both clubs even before the end of the season after helping his team to avoid relegation in their last game of the campaign.

He was tipped to leave Aston Villa for a new challenge with Man United leading in the race. It was claimed that after Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish is next on the list.

Chelsea have also been keeping a tab on the player and were preparing a bid already for the summer transfer window.

However, Jack Grealish is set to stay with Aston Villa for more years with the Sun reporting that he would be handed a new bumper deal that will convince him of a stay.

The report claims that the deal will now have Jack Grealish earn £100 per week which is a very significant increase in his current deal with the club.

This development means that Man United and Chelsea will be left disappointed and will have to seek more options for a new midfielder to bolster their squad ahead of the coming season.

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Man City chief exposed what United missed in Ferran Torres

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There is no doubt Man United’s failure to win the signature of Ferran Torres from Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia is a big one.

This is going by the statement credited to Man City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain when he showered praise on the 20-year-old and exposed all of his qualities that would have been beneficial to the Red Devils who were also interested.

It was a two-team race between the two Manchester teams but the light-Blue side won the face by securing the signature of Ferran Torres for £20.8 million.

The Man City director noted that the club have been monitoring the progress with Ferran Torres and are impressed with what they have seen. According to him, his quality is what is needed at Etihad.

In exposing the qualities of Ferran Torres, the Man City chief stated that he is very quick, a direct and can create space with a singular movement, stressing that the young lad is a match-winner.

He noted that with a manager like Pep Guardiola, it is expected that Ferran Torres gets better and delivers great performance in the English Premier League.

Meanwhile, Man United are still in the struggle to convince German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund for the sale of England international winger, Jadon Sancho.

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What Willian told friends favours Arsenal

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North London outfit Arsenal have been favoured by the statement reportedly credited to Brazilian international and Chelsea winger, Willian on his wish for the future.

The West London outfit have been struggling to hand a new deal to the Brazilian but the terms have been the major challenge as the club have an existing policy for players who are above 30.

A number of clubs are already lined up for his services with Arsenal also indicating interests, alongside David Beckham’s Inter Miami with a bumper offer.

Bur from emerging reports, Willian has already told his friends of his desire to stay in London and play under manager Mikel Arteta with Arsenal already willing to hand him the three-year-deal he is requesting.

Mikel Arteta sees investment in Willian on a free deal as a wise one as he could add to the attacking strength of the club as well as help younger players with his experience.

Chelsea are only willing to give the 31-year-old a two-year deal and that has been rejected which means he would be a free player in few weeks.

Meanwhile, manager Frank Lampard is making frantic efforts to convince the club hierarchy for a three-year-deal for the Brazilian winger and that has been difficult to achieve.

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Frustrated United to end Sancho deal

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A deal for England international winger Jadon Sancho may no longer happen as English Premier League club, Man United are already getting frustrated by the delay in negotiation with the German Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund.

If reports in the media are to be believed, then the Red Devils have been in negotiation with the German Bundesliga club for the past weeks but are yet to make any breakthrough.

It is now being reported that talks between both clubs have broken down over a fee and other clauses that are frustrating the Red Devils.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of the England international and has been the one pushing the club to pull a deal through, a development that seems to have placed their transfer activities with other suitors on hold.

Borussia Dortmund are requesting for a fee of £100 million which Man United have refused to pay. They are reported to have brought down the fee but with the add-ons, the Red Devils will still have to pay more than the initial asking price.

Man United now feel they are being held ransom by Borussia Dortmund officials and are ready to walk away from the deal for other options that would be considered cheaper in this summer window.

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EPL: Arsenal now winning in race for Brazilian defender

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Gabriel Magalhaes

North London club, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is very aware of the need to reinforce his defence for the coming season and has been making efforts to land new players.

The North London club have been in the race for Brazilian international Gabriel Magalhaes for the past months alongside other suitors. It was earlier thought that the Gunners have lost out of the race but that has since changed following the latest report.

The French media outlet, France Bleu Nord reports that the Gunners are now in a better position to secure the service of Gabriel Magalhaes from French Ligue 1 side, Lille in this summer transfer window.

Italian Serie A club, Napoli were earlier mentioned as favourites but have been toppled by the English Premier League side for the deal as Lille are willing to part ways with Gabriel Magalhaes for the right price.

With qualification to the Europa League, the Gunners have been financially boosted to do some transfer deals this summer window and is now likely they will be able to meet with the £27 million tag placed on the player.

The 22-year-old is the kind of player needed by manager Mikel Arteta because he is young, strong, and technically sound to compete in the English Premier League.

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Solskjaer confirms Chris Smalling’s United future

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Chris Smalling has completed his loan term with Italian Serie A side, AS Roma, and has returned to his parent club, Man United amidst uncertainties over his future.

The uncertainty now seems to have been settled with the statement credited to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he reacts to the return of the defender.

Initial talks suggested a loan extension or a permanent stay in Italy after Chris Smalling impressed with AS Roma but negotiations did not work out and he has to return to his owners.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now confirmed Chris Smalling will be at the Old Trafford in the coming season by stating that the player is valuable to the club and could now have his chance.

The Red Devils manager reveals that he has been monitoring Chris Smalling in As Roma and is impressed with what he has seen. He is now assured that the defender can play regularly and also impress with the team in the comings season.

However, the return of Chris Smalling to the Old Trafford will not stop manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from bringing in new defenders in this summer transfer window as he hopes to get his team running again.

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United, Rangers in battle for prolific striker

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English Primer League club, Man United are reported to be in battle with Rangers for the signature of Charlie McNeill in this summer transfer window.

The 16-year-old Man City striker has been fantastic for the youth side, the reason why he is attracting interests from bigger sides as he seeks to leave Etihad for a senior team role.

Man City are offering Charlie McNeill a new contract but he has rejected the offer to secure a first-team football as that would not be guaranteed him under manager Pep Guardiola.

Man United are considering to hand an opportunity to Charlie McNeill if he can prove himself but they have been attracted by the impressive performance and quality of the youngster.

However, the Mail reports that Man United will face the battle with Rangers for the signature of Charlie McNeill as they have already met the player over the weekend for initial talks.

Should Rangers convince Charlie McNeill of a first-team football, there is no doubt he would consider a move ahead of the Old Trafford as it is very unlikely he would be considered for a first-team role in the coming season under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Meanwhile, the German Bundesliga club, RB Leipzig are also reported to be interested in Charlie McNeill.

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Man United submit £55m offer for Sancho option

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English Premier League club, Man United are set to dump their interest in England international winger Jadon Sancho and move in for other options this summer transfer window.

The Red Devils are yet to agree on a deal with German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and that is already getting the club frustrated as they are set to dump the deal for other options.

Man United have made it clear that they have been affected by the world pandemic and will not be able to meet the £100 million asking price from the Bundesliga club with both sides unwilling to change ground.

However, reports claim that Man United have already submitted an offer for Italian Serie A outfit, Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa which is regarded as a cheaper option.

Federico Chiesa’s future with the Serie A club looks dim and he would be allowed to leave the club for the right price should.

It is expected that the Red Devils will make up their mind on the Jadon Sancho deal and move on which will make them get serious with the deal for Federico Chiesa.

Federico Chiesa is known to be more experienced than the England international winger and could offer even more for the Red Devils.

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