Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he has the ambition of playing for Real Madrid, although he is content at Manchester United at the present point of time. The France international was heavily linked with an exit from Old Trafford following his mixed relationship with Jose Mourinho in the first half of the season but his stance seems to have changed with the Portuguese’s departure from the helm.
Speaking to reporters, Pogba indicated that he is presently content with his proceedings at Manchester United, where he was recently handed the captain’s armband under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, the World Cup winner did not hide his ambition to play for the outgoing European champions and stated that he has the dream of pursuing the switch at some time in the future, he said: “At the moment I’m happy in Manchester. I play. There’s a new coach. Real Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve always said it is a dream club for every player.”
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The calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take over at Manchester United on a full-time basis are growing louder and now the Class of ’92 are beginning to join the chorus of approval. Ryan Giggs has become the latest ex-player to recommend Solskjaer for the hot seat at Old Trafford and you’ve got to imagine now that the most successful crop of players in the clubs history are weighing in, the hands of the powers that be at Manchester United will become slightly more tied.
Giggs has suggested that the club appoint Solskjaer but keep it private so that the Norwegian can begin planning for the future now and not in the summer when precious time would have elapsed. One of the main reasons Giggs alludes to is that Manchester United have been playing catch up for a while now and haven’t been building for the future correctly. Continue reading “Giggs backs Solskjaer for Man Utd job”
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Manchester United were tactically weak in the midfield department where Paris Saint-Germain dominated the proceedings. The Red Devils were fancied to outclass a Les Parisiens side, who were without the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani upfront but they experienced the complete opposite with the French club securing a 2-0 triumph in the end.
Speaking on BeIN Sports, Wenger indicated that United were dominated in the centre of the park where the French outfit went with five midfielders compared to their three. He added to emphasise the importance of holding onto possession for longer periods at home which was simply not the case for United during the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie.
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Morocco international Medhi Benatia has revealed that he turned down advances from Manchester United and Arsenal in order to raise his children in a muslim-based country. The central defender has been tipped to head to the Premier League from Juventus during the winter period before he made the shock move to Qatar with Al Duhail.
The former Roma man has since made his debut for the Middle East outfit and speaking to the club’s official website, he has now revealed that the move was based on religious reasons, he said: “I faced criticism from the Moroccan sports critics after moving to Doha but I want everyone to respect my decision because it was the best for me and for my family.”
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Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has highlighted that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought back the happiness within the squad after guiding the club to five successive victories. The Norwegian was hired as the interim boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho and the 45-year-old has managed to transform the club’s fortunes with the perfect record.
Speaking to Manutd.com, Romeo highlighted that the squad are much happy than they were before and this has partly contributed to the improved performances on the playing field, he said: “We’ve had a great run. Not just the results, but the way in which we have won the games as well. Scoring five goals in one match was a big boost to confidence and was really something. What we’re showing now, after a great Christmas, is only right for a club of this stature, [it] proves what we can do. [The manager] knows what he wants to achieve – both for the club and us as individuals. You can see he has brought to the club a certain happiness and it is going well.”
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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has said that the players at his former club are equally responsible for the Red Devils’ average Premier League season. The Mancunian giants recently took the decision to axe Mourinho from the head coach role but Keane believes the players should be likewise blamed for the results after not playing at their full capacity under the Portuguese.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said:“I do think the players, obviously, get away with murder. Just the way they hide behind the manager, Mourinho. Whatever you say about the players, they have thrown him under the bus and people have said Mourinho has been falling out with players, well you would fall out with players. That’s the name of the game and players turn up overweight or players are not training properly and not producing. And then for some of them to down tools, you know, shame on some of them players.”
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Manchester United favourite Dimitar Berbatov has urged the Red Devils’ hierarchy to listen to Jose Mourinho’s transfer demands at the turn of the year. The Mancunian giants have made an uncharacteristic start to the season with just 20 points from their opening 12 matches and the run already sees them 12 points behind table-toppers Manchester City.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Berbatov admitted that United are not in the best of position at the moment but they should still back the Portuguese head coach when the transfer window reopens. He added that the central defence remains the position of concern and the board ought to pursue at least one recruit in the New Year, though it certainly won’t be easy.
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