Aug 10 2016

Futures of Manchester United star duo and Januzaj revealed

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Juan Mata will continue at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window and will not be sold by Jose Mourinho, reports Sky Sports.

The Spain international was ostracized by manager Mourinho during their time at Chelsea, with the latter eventually selling the Spaniard to the Red Devils in the 2014 January transfer window. The 53-year-old replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford earlier in May and following his appointment, there were concerns over Mata’s future with his current employers.

There is no dearth of number 10s in United team, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney’s almost certain to be the first choice central attacking midfielders. He can also play on the right side of the wings as that is where Van Gaal deployed him for the majority of the last season.

Mata’s departure stories were fuelled recently as Mourinho subbed him of at Wembley after just 27 minutes of stay on the pitch. United manager later played down the incident though. The former Chelsea star is expected to be an inverted wing forward in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 system.

Sky Sports also reveals that German veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has no future at Old Trafford, as the 34-year-old seems to  have already played his last match for the Premier League giants.

There are offers in the table from several clubs for Schweinsteiger and Turkish publication AMK reports that Galatasaray may make an approach for the World Cup winning defender if they fail to land Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.

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Sky Sports also report that Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj  is expected to go out on loan spell again as  Mourinho believes the 21-year-old would benefit from  first team football elsewhere. 


Aug 09 2016

Mourinho explains plans for Pogba, wage details revealed

 

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Paul Pogba landed in Manchester yesterday to complete a medical ahead of his return to the club from Juventus and is now officially a Manchester United player, as he has signed a five year deal.

United manager Jose Mourinho has urged new signing  Pogba to be the fulcrum of the club for the next decade and beyond. The most drawn out transfer saga in recent football history has seen the France international becoming the most expensive footballer in the world. The Red Devils paid a fee of €105 million to the Turin club to secure his signature.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss had some words of high praise for the 23-year-old French midfielder.

”Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future. He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is,” Mourinho told United’s official website

”At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve. He has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”

As revealed by Squawka, the Red Devils will pay Pogba an astronomical £300,000 a week wage,  including bonuses, as he is set to become the joint top-earner of the club. Pogba will earn £15.6 million annually and £78 million over the course of his five-year contract if all of the bonus payments clauses are triggered.

Pogba’s agent Mino Riola has tweeted this, as his client has become a Red Devil again.

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Aug 09 2016

Real Madrid summer target reveals reason for joining Manchester United

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Manchester United have confirmed they have completed the signing of 23-year-old Paul Pogba in a world record fee on Monday. 

The official club statement is: ”Manchester United is delighted to announce that Paul Pogba has completed his transfer from Italian club Juventus. Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.”

The midfielder has scored 28 goals for Juventus (in 124 appearances ), nine more than any United central midfielder has scored in this period of 4 years. 

Official contract agreed between United, Juventus &  Pogba for €105m plus €5m in bonuses. According to The Telegraph, Pogba fee is €105million and €5million are add-on  bonuses.

Here is the official Juventus Statement:

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Pogba left United and joined Juventus as a free agent in the summer of 2012. In Italy, he established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Europe and his form has seen him attract interest from top clubs across Europe. Real Madrid were also interested in signing him, according to the Express.

However, it is the Red Devils who won the race for the France international’s signature and the star midfielder has revealed exactly why he has chosen to rejoin his former club this summer.

“I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with José Mourinho,” Pogba told United’s official website. 

”I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends. But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford.”

”I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.” – cited Pogba as the reason for joining the Manchester club.


Aug 09 2016

Photo: Paul Pogba in Manchester United shirt

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Manchester United have confirmed they have completed the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba on Monday.

The 23-year-old has returned to Old Trafford, four years after leaving the Red Devils as a free agent in 2012. He joined the Turin club, where he established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. He won four league titles with the Old Lady.

Pogba, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Juventus was also a target for Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Champions League winner’s coach Zinedine Zidane was also looking at the option of signing the France international in the summer transfer window, according to the Express.

However, the French midfielder snubbed a chance to join the 11-time European champions in favour of United. He has signed a five-year deal with United, with an option to further extend it by one more year.

A statement on United’s official website read, “Manchester United is delighted to announce that Paul Pogba has completed his transfer from Italian club Juventus. Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.”

“Paul, 23, has been with Juventus for four seasons, making 124 appearances and scoring 28 goals. He joined the Bianconeri from United in 2012. The midfielder has been capped by France on 38 occasions, scoring 6 goals and was a member of the recent squad that reached the final of Euro 2016.”


Aug 08 2016

Manchester United given permission to complete fourth summer signing

Manchester United have just confirmed that France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is set to undergo medical at AON training complex and have used the hashtag ”Pogback”. 

The Manchester Evening News have reported that the Serie A side Juventus  are in London for West Ham clash and their spokesman has confirmed the 23 year old midfielder has been allowed to go to Manchester to complete his transfer.

The official statement, released by United, regarding Pogba is: ”Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

The Red Devils got £800k for Pogba from Juventus back in 2012. They are about to re-sign him for more than £100 million, which would set a new transfer record, shrouding the £86 million transfer fee that Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur  for Gareth Bale back in 2013.

As quoted by BBC, Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager at the time when Pogba left the Red Devils in 2012, said on the player’s decision: “I don’t think he showed us any respect at all so, to be honest, I’m quite happy [he is leaving].” Pogba also expressed his unhappiness over the treatment from the Manchester club.

But as they say, letting go is knowing that there is a future, hopefully Pogba and United will go on to win many Titles and accolades.


Aug 06 2016

Report: Manchester United complete fourth summer signing

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”Go to the Winchester, have a pint and wait for this all to blow over” – If we replace Winchester with Manchester and link it with the Paul Pogba saga, this famous Simon Pegg quote will immaculately depict the psyche of Manchester United fans.

Now the wait seems to over, as according to the Daily record, Pogba has signed for United in a mind-boggling  £110 million deal.

United and Juventus sources have reportedly told the Daily Record that the terms of this transfer were agreed back on Wednesday. The Serie A club’s asking price was £108.9 million for the France international, including a £83.8m payment to the Turin club and a further £25.1 million add-on to cover a 30 per cent sell-on clause owed to Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola.

The 23-year-old left Old Trafford as a free agent in 2012, despite the Red Devils’ attempts to keep him at the club. The Frenchman has established himself into one of the world class players, having impressed for both club and country. 

United manager Jose Mourinho has already admitted that his side are closing in on completing fourth summer signing and the Portuguese coach revealed that he wants it to be done before the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season. 

The Manchester Evening News have said  United could complete Pogba transfer over weekend though. According to Independent, Paul Pogba deal to be announced  by the Red Devils ‘once midfielder returns from holiday’.


Aug 06 2016

Timeline set for Manchester United to complete fourth summer signing

Paul Pogba looks pensive on United bench

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the Red Devils will complete their fourth signing before the end of next week. This has hinted that Juventus star Paul Pogba could be edging closer towards completing a switch to England.

The 23-year-old left Old Trafford as a free agent four years ago and is currently one of the best midfielders in Europe. His form for both club and country has seen him attract interest from Jose Mourinho’s side.

Earlier, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager admitted that he is not willing to talk about players of other teams, when asked about Pogba rumours. The France international is a target for United and is linked with a world-record move to rejoin his former club.

The 2016-17 Premier League season will kick start next weekend and United will take on AFC Bournemouth in the first match of the new campaign. Mourinho remains hopeful that his side can complete their fourth signing of the summer transfer window before August 14.

“I don’t like to speak about other players. Other managers like to do that. What matters to me is only what happens in my house, not the house of my neighbour. Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn’t. It stays like this,” Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by ESPN FC.

“Honestly, the market closes on Aug. 31, but I think my club is trying to do everything to close our market before Aug. 14. So hopefully be next week we will have our squad closed.” 


Aug 05 2016

Photo: Manchester United star duo spotted in training prior to Leicester clash

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Manchester United maanger Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are fit to face Leicester City in Sunday’s Community Shield fixture at Wembley.

The centre-half Smalling and centre-back cum defensive midfielder Fosu-Mensah were both snapped with the senior squad at the Aon Training Complex, today morning, after missing out the pre-season matches against Galatasaray  and Everton. 

Though Smalling was not at the best of his elements in the FA Cup final, the English-man is a vital cog in the wheel for United, as even in the pre-season games, he and a decent right-back were utterly missed. Fosu-Mensah has also donned full ground now.

“They are fine now,” Mourinho told MUTV. “They have recovered and they are training with the group as normal, so they are fine. Everybody needs minutes – that is the reality. We had so little time to play and Smalling is a player who has not even played one minute, but it is a little bit the same for everyone.”

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Putting more light on the players’ attitude and approach in training, Mourinho said: “The reality is that they are working magnificently well, they are working really hard and I am really confident for the season because of the attitude they have. Of course we need time but in training they use every minute they have on the pitch to try to improve and adapt to new ideas. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Though the ”Special one” does not have any more significant injury in his squad, the manager seems to get a bit of crack on his forehead in a bid to improve the match fitness of his players, who joined late in training, owing to their  international commitments this summer, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial, who joined first team training in the last week of July.

“One thing is to start five weeks ago like some of them and another thing is to start one week ago, it is completely different. But with the way we work we try to bring them on as fast as we can. I won’t say to top form but to a level where they are ready to compete,” United manager explained.

“That is the reality of modern football, especially when you are a team with a lot of players that go to the Euros and the Copa America. They come later, they don’t have enough holiday and we have to make them ready for the competition in a short period of time.”

“It is hard but this is what we have and complaining or crying is not the way to do it. The way to do is to work hard, like they are doing all the time.”



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