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  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING UTD FANS,

    Paul Pogba is finished at Manchester United.

    That is the opinion of his agent Mino Raiola who says the player is unhappy and can no longer express himself on the pitch.

    He told Tuttosport: said: “I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United.”

    Raiola went on to say that it is time for United’s board to stop skirting around the subject and sell him soon before he becomes a free agent in 18 months time, insisting he has no intention of signing a new deal.

    He added: “It is useless to go around it.

    “Better to speak clearly, look ahead and not waste time looking for culprits: Paul at Manchester United is unhappy, he is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him.

    “He has to change teams, he has to change the air. He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution for the parties is to sell in the next market."

    Raiola's comments came just hours after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted his team is ready to step up and fire the club into the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

    United need a point away at RB Leipzig in their final game of Group H to do just that.

    And having lost only once away from home all season boss Solskjaer is convinced they have the talent and belief to get the job done.

    Solskjaer said: “Knockout games or games like this that you can go through are big, the players are at Manchester United because they have qualities we’ve looked for.

    “I’m sure they will prove that’s the reason why they’re here, they will show it.

    “The character of the group is getting better and better.

    “It’s something we want, games like this.”

    And finally, United are hopeful Edinson Cavani will escape a ban for his ‘negrito’ Instagram comment thanks to a ‘cultural context’ argument.

    The Uruguayan striker, 33, wrote ‘gracias negrito’ in response to a friend congratulating his two-goal performance during the 3-2 win over Southampton.

    Cavani – who joined United in the summer on a free transfer – faces a minimum three-game ban from the FA for the comment, despite the striker offering a public apology.

    But United hope to escape any suspension by offering ‘cultural context’, according to The Athletic.

    It’s claimed United will show proof the term is only used by way of a nickname for the friend in question AND that it’s commonly used in his circle of pals.

  • Joe Brophy

    GAME OVER

    Mino Raiola has claimed he is working to 'delete FIFA from existing' following the row over Zlatan Ibrahimovic's image rights.

    Ex-Utd star Ibrahimovic – who is represented by Raiola – called for an investigation into FIFA 21 as he claimed his 'name and face' was used without permission.

    Raiola has insisted he will not give up the battle with EA Sports, world football governing body Fifa and the players' union Fifpro.

    Speaking to Tuttosport, the super agent said: "I am currently working to delete FIFA from existing."

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Paul Pogba is 'unhappy' at Manchester United according to his agent.

    Mino Raiola told Tuttosport: "Paul is unhappy. He is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him.

    "He has to change teams; he has to change the air.

    "He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, but I think the best solution for the parties is to sell him in the next market."

  • Joe Brophy

    DEVIL MAY CARE

    RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has issued a message to Manchester United.

    He told a pre-match press conference: "We have tried to learn our lessons from the 5-0 defeat in Manchester. The final scoreline was a bit high, we didn't play that bad.

    "Overall, we had too few chances in their box and weren't aggressive enough in the final third. We were almost too scared to attack. We need to play differently on Tuesday night – we have to find more ways of attacking and try to get behind their defence.

    "We are prepared for Manchester United stepping up a gear. They've shown on a number of occasions so far this season that they can come from behind. They are dangerous right up until the final whistle. The game is only over when the referee blows for full time.

    "We won't look back on the past meeting. The group is complicated for both teams. We need to win to get through. The heavy defeat in Manchester hasn't made it any easier for us.

    "They have been top of the table throughout the group, but their defeat to PSG has changed things for them. We want to win at all costs and reach the knockouts!"

  • Joe Brophy

    LYING IN WAIT

    Manchester United's players have flown out to Germany for tomorrow's crunch Champions League clash against RB Leipzig.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Manchester United will look to Kieran Trippier to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, according to reports.

    Trippier, 30, has just 18 months left on his contract at Atletico Madrid.

    According to the Telegraph, the Red Devils are long-term admirers of Trippier and will be on the shortlist when they look to bolster the squad at the end of the season.

    United want Trippier to relieve the pressure on Wan-Bissaka with Solskjaer short of options in his position.

  • Joe Brophy

    MATA OF FACT

    Juan Mata also admitted he has a 'soft spot' for Messi as he insisted he is the greatest player of all time.

    He continued: "I have a soft spot – which is very easy to have – for Messi.

    "He is a guy that every time I see him play football he makes my life better.

    "I would give him the trophy for the best player every year.

    "I will give him the trophy for the best player ever because, what he's done in his career and what he still does, is just unbelievable.

    "I always make fun with my friends, because whenever somebody has a bad day they put a video of Messi on YouTube and then the day improves."

  • Joe Brophy

    MATA OF TIME

    Juan Mata has made it clear that he does NOT want Lionel Messi to join Manchester City.

    The Spaniard, 32, wants to see him at Old Trafford if he does decide to make the move to Manchester.

    When asked about the chances of Messi joining City, Mata said: "Well I hope not – I hope not for the betterment of my club.

    "I don't know what will happen, but I hope he doesn't go there.

    "If he comes to Manchester I hope it's to my club and not the other.

    "There were rumours, for example, that Cristiano Ronaldo might come back to Manchester in the future.

    "One of the things that I realised in professional football is that you should focus on what you can control and forget about what you cannot."

  • Joe Brophy

    LEFT TO LEIPZIG

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his Manchester United team is ready to step up and fire the club into the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

    United need a point away at RB Leipzig in their final game of Group H to do just that.

    And having lost only once away from home all season boss Solskjaer is convinced they have the talent and belief to get the job done.

    Solskjaer said: “Knockout games or games like this that you can go through are big, the players are at Manchester United because they have qualities we’ve looked for.

    “I’m sure they will prove that’s the reason why they're here, they will show it.

    “The character of the group is getting better and better.

    “It’s something we want, games like this.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CAV A PLAN

    Manchester United are hopeful Edinson Cavani will escape a ban for his 'negrito' Instagram comment thanks to a 'cultural context' argument.

    The Uruguayan striker, 33, wrote 'gracias negrito' in response to a friend congratulating his two-goal performance during the 3-2 win over Southampton.

    Cavani – who joined United in the summer on a free transfer – faces a minimum three-game ban from the FA for the comment, despite the striker offering a public apology.

    But United hope to escape any suspension by offering 'cultural context', according to The Athletic.

    It's claimed United will show proof the term is only used by way of a nickname for the friend in question AND that it's commonly used in his circle of pals.

  • Joe Brophy

    FIRST THE WORST

    Manchester United would be in the relegation zone if matches ended at half-time.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad are proving to be slow starters in the Premier League so far this season.

    In fact, if games were to last just 45 minutes, United would be 19th in the table – with just ONE win from their first ten matches.

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL OVER NOW

    Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has reportedly said it's 'all over' for the Frenchman at Manchester United.

    The midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time and super-agent Raiola has all but confirmed his future lies elsewhere.

    Raiola is quoted as telling Italian outlet TuttoSport: “I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United."

    The bombshell comes just a day before United's Champions League showdown away at RB Leipzig where they need at least a draw to qualify for the knockout stage.

  • Marc Mayo

    TUG OF WAR

    Premier League giants are locked in a transfer tug-of-war to sign centre-back Sebastian Walukiewicz, according to reports.

    Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all interested in the 20-year-old Cagliari ace despite him signing a new contract last week.

    Although his new deal expires in the summer of 2024, it won't deter Europe's top clubs from launching their move.

    According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan are also in the mix with Cagliari valuing him at £54million.

    The Poland international has shown terrific potential following his breakthrough season last campaign.

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  • Marc Mayo

    GARTH VADER

    Paul Pogba is ‘irritating beyond belief’ – in the eyes of Garth Crooks.

    The former Manchester United striker and pundit told BBC Sport that the French star was ‘dismal’ in the first-half versus West Ham, before a stunning second period.

    Picking Pogba in his team of the week, Crooks wrote: “I felt somewhat compelled to put Paul Pogba in my TOTW on the basis that if I had left him out readers would have said that I have a problem with him.

    “Well, that's because I do. The France international is irritating beyond belief. For an hour his performance was awful and then, out of nothing, he produces the most wonderful finish.

    “I would have brought him and Greenwood off at half-time – which rather explains why I'm not the manager of Manchester United. 

    “After a dismal first-half, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed calmness and courage when it seemed all around him were in a mild state of panic.”

  • Marc Mayo

    MARTIAL LAW

    Rene Meulensteen believes Anthony Martial should be played on the left-wing if he is to return to goalscoring form.

    The Frenchman has been out of sorts this season and ex-United assistant Meulensteen wants to see him change position.

    He told Stadium Astro: “It’s never nice when players hit a little bit of a spell with a lack of form.

    “I don’t think he is playing as much as he did last year, when he started a lot of games up front. I think with strikers, you have got chances that you could score and you get chances that you should score.

    “There are certain moments where he could have scored, but more than anything there are big chances – like the one against Paris Saint-Germain, those are the ones you should score.

    “Martial is a good player and I still think that his best position is on the left-hand side coming in, I don’t think he’s an out-and-out striker.”

  • Marc Mayo

    LUC OF THE DRAW

    Manchester United are considering a £13.5million bid to sign Lucas Vazquez from Real Madrid.

    That is according to Defensa Central, who report on the Spaniard being seen as an attacking alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    Don’t bet your house on it…

  • Marc Mayo

    REDS CAN HANDLE THE PRESSURE

    Harry Maguire is confident in Manchester United's ability to get a result tomorrow night with the spotlight on them.

    He said: "I joined this club to play in the biggest games possible. It is a statement which shows the big players turn up in the big games.

    "Similar to vs Leicester last season when we had to win to be in the Champions League."

    He added: "We spoke about it this morning. We want to win the game. We go there and look to win, like we do in every game.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    HARRY NOT CONCERNED

    Inconsistent form is not bogging down Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.

    He has told reporters this afternoon: "The inconsistency in terms of results, we’ve been good, so we’re not looking at them.

    "We started well at Everton and Southampton but conceded at bad times.

    "We are working hard. Consistency has been a lot better of late. We feel ready, we are prepared."

  • Marc Mayo

    IN IT TO WIN IT

    A draw will qualify Manchester United for the knockouts tomorrow but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to breed a winning mentality in his side.

    He said: “You have got to approach the game, anything can happen.

    “You can’t sit back an hope for a nil-nil draw. That is not in our genes. 

    “We showed vs PSG we wanted to win, we will do it again.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SAME AGAIN

    Manchester United will be out to repeat their 5-0 win over RB Leipzig in Germany and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to recall the game ahead of their rematch.

    He told reporters: “You can’t ignore it. We remember it fondly, because we did many things right.

    “We have prepared well and we know RB Leipzig well enough to know they are unpredictable.

    “The better opponents you play against, it will give you confidence.

    “We have just got to do our job tomorrow first.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    WOOD YOU RATHER?

    After his goal on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Mason Greenwood to excel in midweek.

    Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial's absence from the team against RB Leipzig will mean another chance for the youngster.

    Solskjaer said: "Mason is a very talented forward, one of the best I have worked with.

    "He creates chances for himself and we have a great chance of scoring goals.

    "He will only improve with people around the team and it is exciting to work with him."

  • Marc Mayo

    EDINSON OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is speaking ahead of tomorrow's trip to RB Leipzig.

    And neither Anthony Martial nor Edinson Cavani will be fit for the game.

    But David De Gea and Luke Shaw are both fit for the matchday squad.

    Solskjaer said: "David is travelling, Luke is travelling.

    "Edinson and Anthony only minor niggles, but won’t be making the trip."

  • Marc Mayo

    WAIT JES A MINUTE

    Jesse Lingard will ask to leave Manchester United in January unless they can extend his contract.

    The club hold a one-year option on the midfielder’s contract, which expires in June.

    TeamTALK claim Lingard wants to leave if the option is not taken by January.

    Celtic and Rangers are both said to be keen on the player with interest emanating from Spain, Germany and Italy.

  • Marc Mayo

    POSITIVE THINKING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has all the vibes for the new week.

    Can Manchester United make it a big one?

  • Marc Mayo

    DIFFERENT CLASS

    Patrice Evra laughed off a suggestion that Donny van de Beek is as good as Paul Pogba.

    The Frenchman’s worldie past West Ham on the weekend left his countryman shrugging off van de Beek’s quality in comparison – while the pair battle for a spot in the United team.

    Evra told Sky Sports: “What a great goal from Paul.

    “When people compare him to Van de Beek, it just makes me laugh. Look at that goal.”

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