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Bayern and United to fight for Baines, Hazard is a blue and Pogba says goodbye

With four days left until Sunday’s title decider, Fleet Street has taken its eyes off the title race for a day and concentrated them on the transfer gossip. United fans might wish to look away now as the news aren’t exactly exciting.

Let’s start with the Mirror that reveals that Paul Pogba has finally made his mind up and decided to snub United to join newly-crowned Serie A champions Juventus. The young midfielder, says the paper, was to be a “key player in Reds’ future” but has opted for a four-year deal with the Bianconeri which will see him pocket £20,000 a week.

The Telegraph reports the same story along with the news – already reported yesterday by some papers – that United are prepared to go head-to-head with Everton for highly rated teenager Nick Powell.

The midfielder has scored 15 goals this term for the Railwaymen and is valued at around £2.5 million.

While Everton might try to hijack United’s bid for Powell, both team’s path might cross again with the Mirror reporting that United are to make an offer for Leighton Baines.

The Everton left-back, 27, is not going to be cheap according to reports, particularly as Champions League finalist Bayern Munich have renewed their interest in the former Wigan man, meaning that Fergie will face a strong competition in the summer.

One player for whom the race is apparently already being lost is Eden Hazard.

The Lille playmaker declared in an interview with French TV Canal + that next year he’ll be not wearing red. “It’s the blue that I’ll be wearing next season. Definitely the blue.”

In other news, the Sun reports that Phil Jones has been delighted with his debut season for the club and that he was left surprised by the number of games he’s played this season.

Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)



  1. Traverse

    May 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

    He probably is going to City (£££) but those quotes are false. Same as the Sneijder ones saying he wants to play in the Champions League and for United. Can’t find a reliable source for either of them.

    Baines would be great, but at what price?

    • Opti

      May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      @Traverse: 10 million for Baines

      • Stephen

        May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        @Opti: The Baines transfer is jut folly. Firstly he is 27, Fergie never rarely goes for players of that age. Secondly if he did, Evra would have to be sold and he is our Vice Captain and the manager loves him.
        I am not saying I agree, but it will never happen so pointless to debate.

        • Opti

          May 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          @Stephen: I was just answering Traverse’s Q. I think 10 million for Baines would be great and force Evra to step up or step out.

        • Stephen

          May 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

          @Opti: It would be a sensible fee, but it simply won’t happen #lazyjournalism

        • Opti

          May 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

          @Stephen: very true 😀

      • Traverse

        May 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        @Opti: I just dont see Everton selling us Englands 2nd best LB for as low as £10mil. I’d love them to, but I don’t see it.

  2. Moscow

    May 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Good job Fergie, so we really dodged a bullet not signing Sneijder because he would have got in the way of Pogba, who looks like a great long term prospect for us now 🙄

    I expect Kagawa, Gaitan (so another winger), and a defender to arrive. We’re back baby 🙄 🙄

    • Stephen

      May 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      @Moscow: The whole Sneijder transfer saga was a farce from start to finish. Clearly money was an issue with either the fee or wages. Then stating he was not signed because he would have held up the progress of the greedy Frenchman was farcical. If he had played Pogba more it may have encouraged him to stay, bringing Scholes out of retirement, which proved a good idea, hardly showed desire to play him. When we went with Park and Rafael in midfield against Blackburn to some degree you can understand his frustration. Yes he is only 19 but football is a young mans game, Fergie should have given him more game time, but on the flip side Pogba should have been more patient. He will hardly break through at Juve, he will be sent on loan for the next 10 seasons before they will play him!

  3. Un17ed

    May 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    unted always behind the race @the market…i’m not really surprise if Hazzard will wearing a blue shirt!!alternatively,get van persie,gaitan&sneijder..!!i really hope this time united making a surprise move @the market…

    • Stephen

      May 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      @Un17ed: What, like last season, or when we stole a march on Smalling, Vida, Evra, Ronaldo, Nani and Hernadez?

  4. Ronnie

    May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Whether or not Eden Hazard gets another chance to be in the red jersey , that’s not my concern . My concern is centered towards Shinji Kagawa and Leighton Baines . Bring in Shinji Kagawa Fergie 🙂

  5. Owen

    May 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hazard is blue or red does nt matter really…What is horrible is that even Manchester has turned blue and seems to remain for good long period. 😥

  6. Craig Mc

    May 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    United are such a bunch of ditherers when it comes to going in and getting a player these days. They mess about, and mess about until others jump in and usurp United intentions, thru our delay tactics. Silva wanted to come to us, we delayed and lost. So is has been for so many good players – delay and lose. I keep hearing Fergie say that United policy is by young players and bring them thru. Please tell me who we have bought other than Rafael, who didn’t cost a lot, that we have brought thru. Then tell me how many young players we have paid far more than we should have done for, who they didn’t bring thru, and wasted so much money on. Bloody pathetic and puts our buying policy as poor judgement!

    • RMJ

      May 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      @Craig Mc: well it all started when Kenyon jumped ship and stole our targets back when he joined Chelsea…since then this has been the case..not surprised..i sure dont want to pay over the odds fees

    • Stephen

      May 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

      @RMJ:@Craig Mc: Calm down the season hasn’t finished yet 😯 😯
      We need to do our business before the Euro’s, if we havn’t recruited by then we can all judge, but come on there is still one game to go!
      Last season we were very quick off the mark, with Jones, De Gea and Young, lets give the management at least a chance.

  7. Traverse

    May 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Two lots of bad news today. Firstly (in terms of slowing down the development of our squad) Fergie has said Scholes and Giggs will play on next season, and we’ll probably keep Berbatov unless we get a good offer for him. Sigh.

    In actual news, Portuguese police will question Manchester United over the signing of Bebe in a corruption investigation. Seems they know something we’ve all suspected since day 1.

    • Stephen

      May 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      @Traverse: Developemnt of what players? We have now no youthful centre mids, bar Cleverley and Welbeck is ahead of Berba in the pecking order of the strikers?

    • Moscow

      May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      @Traverse: 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

  8. Chris

    May 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Shinji Kagawa would be a good signing, and if we can recruit Hazard I’d be happy with that. And we need some cover at full-backs. But perhaps even more important is that we recruit 1 or 2 defensive / holding midfielders. We need to be able to play a 4-5-1 system to compete with City, and Europe’s top clubs. We have the wingers already in Young, Valencia and Nani, but haven’t replace Hargreaves since we let him go. City’s midfield in the April 30th derby was very strong; Nasri, Y Toure, G Barry, D Silva, with Tevez supporting Aguero. We used to be able to do the same when we had Tevez and Ronaldo, but we’re struggling to decide what our best 4-5-1 is now. Carrick can still do the role Barry does for City (and can do it even better, but he needs quality alongside him). Carrick has always been at his best alongside Scholes so we need to replace Scholes with a ‘complete’ midfielfer – I’m thinking Schweinsteiger would fit the bill.

  9. tonymontanna4united

    May 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    To hell with hazard. I knew from day 1 his attitude was questionable. And if his head aint right, theres really no point.
    A top class player? Maybe. A top class twat? Definitely.

    Pogbas a real disappointment though. Theres no ifs, ends and buts here. The lad WILL be a great player.
    People saying “if he doesnt want to play for us its his loss”, well no not really, its actually our loss. Perhaps moreso ours than his, as we are crying out for somebody, any fucking body, to come in and do a job in that midfield of ours.
    People say we should stand our ground and not give in to these millionaire footballers demands. Well thats true. Thats admirable even. But its foolish at the same time.
    The fact of the matter is, players wanting more money is just the way football is these days. If we think players sign for this club just for the priviledge of pulling on a united jersey, then were deluded. Pure cold cash is all that matters to players today, foreign and english.
    So really for the sake of an extra £10k a week, is it worth getting rid of a player who could be the answer to our midfield problems. Is it not a good investment at the end of the day, giving him an extra £10k a week in his wage packet, rather than going out and spending £15m for a lad whose probably at exactly the same level as pogba?
    You can all make your own decisions there, i personally think weve buggered this up.
    Fergie shouldnt have bigged him up and promised his games if he never had any intention of playing him. And he should have had his contract signed up last year, and had him loaned out this season.
    Just my opinion, but i think this is yet another example of our penny pinching regime costing us again.

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