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CARRAGHER – POGBA IS A LIABILITY

Premier League legend and Sky Sport pundit Jamie Carragher has said that Manchester United summer marquee addition Paul Pogba is a defensive liability.


The Red Devils were gifted a clear chance to make the top four but they were lacklustre in their game against Bournemouth.

“He’s not a game changer. It was a signal of their intentions to spend £90 million on someone I would say isn’t a finished article,” Chelsea legend Frank Lampard said in his criticism of Pogba after the game.

United were forced to a 1-1 draw that would likely see them finish outside of the top four this season.

“He hasn’t quite delivered and he hasn’t been a game-changer,” Lampard added.

When Carragher had his turn to speak, he was unsparing in his criticism.

“He’s still nowhere near good enough and hasn’t got the discipline. He’s a liability defensively. What he does give you is a fantastic passing range. There’s no doubt he has a great relationship with [Zlatan] Ibra[himovic],” the Reds legend said. (more…)

Mourinho ready to allow players to leave

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he will not prevent any player from leaving the club if he is unhappy.


He said that he has an open-door policy and that players are free to leave if they feel that they are not getting enough playing time at the moment.

He said that clubs are welcome to place bids for players that are currently not playing regularly in the squad but Manchester United reserve the rights to accept or refuse any bid.

Jose Mourinho said that he already knows his best team and that there might be changes coming during the January transfer window. He believes that there are some fringe players that might benefit from moving away from the club as he cannot guarantee whether they will get enough playing time by staying at the club. (more…)

Luke Shaw Keen to Get Back into José Mourinho’s Plans

Luke Shaw appears to have lost his place in the Manchester United first-team after missing out on the 4-0 loss against Chelsea.


However, he was recalled for the EFL Cup clash with Manchester City in the midweek. A game against City is always of massive importance, but Shaw failing to make it to the league match and then featuring in the EFL Cup game suggests that he has fallen down the pecking order at United. It is not the first time thatShaw has faced the situation since his £30 million move from Southampton in 2014.

Still only 21,Shaw has the capability to get back into Mourinho’s favour with some good performances. He certainly helped his case by being part of the defence that kept a clean sheet against City in the 1-0 win. The victory no pits Manchester United against West Ham in the last eight of the EFL Cup. (more…)

Ryan Giggs will be leaving Manchester United in the summer

It is believed that Ryan Giggs will be leaving Manchester United in the summer.


Indeed, the former Manchester United player has refused a reduced coaching role at the club and wants to move on. It is reported that Jose Mourinho wants to bring his own staff to Old Trafford and as such offered Ryan Giggs a new role at the club. But the latter has already made up his mind to leave the club.

It is reported that Ryan Giggs has been frustrated by the way Manchester United treated him. Indeed, there was an agreement in place that he will be given the Manchester job after the departure of Louis Van Gaal, but instead, the club chose to go for Jose Mourinho.

However, Ryan Giggs have yet to have a direct discussion with Jose Mourinho about his future. The Portuguese manager is due to start work with his staff on Monday, and it is believed that the Portuguese manager might make an effort to keep Giggs at the club.
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Louis van Gaal said that MarouaneFellaini should learn to control himself

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that MarouaneFellaini will have to learn to control himself on the pitch.

The Manchester United player was guilty of elbowing Robert Huth and has been banned for 3 matches.


Louis van Gaal, however, admitted that it was a human reaction as footage has shown that Huth was pulling out his hair. He conceded that Manchester United has no intentions of appealing the ban despite the fact that the ban would prevent Fellaini from missing the remaining games of the season.

The Dutch manager said it was unfortunate that the referee did not see the action properly and given that the Huth has also received a 3-match ban there was a foul in the penalty area. For him, this means that his team has been denied a penalty in the game.

However, he added that he would not want to complain too much as he respects what Leicester have achieved this season by winning the title and he congratulated them for their achievements. (more…)

Dunga has backed his decision of replacing Coutinho with Kak

The Selecao manager Dunga has backed his decision of replacing Coutinho with Kaka in the squad that he has announced for the upcoming couple of games.

It has come as a big surprise for everyone that Dunga took a backward step and went back to Kaka instead of encouraging a young talent like Coutinho.

Dunga had brought Coutinho into the side straightaway after he took charge following Brazil’s World Cup disaster and the young winger did not disappoint him.

The 23-year old played a little bit in Copa America and he was okay in that tournament in terms of his form.

He might not have been extraordinary, but, he would have thought he did well enough to retain his place in the squad.

However, in Dunga’s view, it was not the case. According to the boss, Coutinho failed to make the most of his opportunity and thus, had to make space for Kaka.

Addressing the press after the announcement of the squad the other day, Dunga said, “Philippe has had his opportunity. He played in Copa America. You have to understand that it’s not possible to do the rebuilding work with young players only. Experience is needed as well.” (more…)

Louis Van Gaal has warned the Manchester United supporters that the club faces a very strong test

Louis Van Gaal has warned the Manchester United supporters that the club faces a very strong test for the scouting network in the summer.

After having spent £ 150 million last summer, the club are expected to once again continue the spending spree. They have already completed the signing of Dutch winger Depay, who has cost the club £ 25 million. More names are expected to come along the way. Last season represented a good start to the new signings like Angel di Maria, but almost all of them have gone off the boil in the second half of the campaign.

It was only the presence of players like Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney that helped United get back into the Champions League in the first time of asking. After having secured European football once again, Van Gaal says that the target for the upcoming season is to win the title. The Red Devils are set to finish a whopping 15 points behind champions Chelsea, but Van Gaal reckons that they cannot only close the gap but also challenge for the title next season. However, it will largely depend upon the success of the club’s summer signings. After a tough start to his life at Old Trafford, Van Gaal appears to be the best man for the job. (more…)


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