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Is Pogba ready for greater responsibilities at Old Trafford

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Manchester United’s dressing room is finally going to experience peace and unity among players after their lengthy crises came to an end on Tuesday.

The board members fired José Mourinho earlier in the week due to his fractured relationship with his players. His inability to get positive results also played a huge role in his dismissal.

Post Mourinho Era

Now that the Portuguese manager is gone, all Manchester United supporters across the world are hoping to see their team return back to reckoning just as how it used to be during sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.

The board members made an unexpected decision to hire former player Solskjaer as interim manager who will manage the team till the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Though the Norwegian is an unknown figure to most of Manchester United supporters, the 45-year-old worked as the club’s youth manager for two years (2008- 10) before heading to his country to take up a coaching job with Molde.

Pogba to lead United once again?

In his first speech as United manager, Solskjaer made his desire to build the team round Paul Pogba known to the public.

According to the former Cardiff and United star, Pogba is a great young man who can lead his team to higher places and he’s ready to give him room to dictate play.

“I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt. I had him with David Gray and Etzaz Hussain,”

“That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid  hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.” Solskjaer told reporters.

Having tutored the Frenchman during his first spell at Old Trafford, Solskjaer is confident the 26-year-old playmaker posses all it takes to lead his teammates.

Is Pogba mature enough for a leadership role?

Irrespective of his obvious qualities, Pogba’s leadership trait remains questionable and unproven.

During Mourinho’s two years and some months at Old Trafford, the world cup winner didn’t portray any quality of a good leader.

His unruly attitude toward the 55-year-old manager was the bedrock of all crises that were experienced within the club’s dressing room.

The needless wild celebration to Mourinho’s dismissal was a proof that the former Juventus lacks the maturity to lead a team that’s as huge as the Old Trafford Outfits.

Having said that, it would be unfair to conclude that the midfielder is not capable to lead the team to greater glory.

It won’t be too demanding to give the Frenchman another chance to show his leadership skill on the pitch with or without the captain’s armband.

Saturday’s fixture against Cardiff City offers Pogba the best chance to show if he’s worthy of leading his teammates on and off the pitch or Solskjaer should look for another player to lead his players.

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Can Man Utd Afford To Lose Romelu Lukaku

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It’s no longer news that Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is closing in on a move to Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan but what’s surprising is the ease with which the Red Devils are willing to let him go.

Romelu Lukaku has been at Manchester United for two years since his £75m move from Merseyside giants Everton but his time at Old Trafford is gradually coming to an end.

The player recently talked up the Italian Serie A and his dream is close to becoming a reality after Inter Milan opened negotiations with Manchester United for the Belgian international hitman.

Lukaku has already agreed on personal terms with Inter Milan, but the two clubs are yet to agree on a transfer fee for him.

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has been the chief catalyst for the Nerazzurri as confirmed by sporting director Piero Ausilio.

According to him, the move for Lukaku is at the request of Conte who was appointed the Inter Milan manager last month.

Italian tactician Conte is a big fan of Lukaku whom he tried to sign during his time as a Chelsea manager.

Conte tried had failed to sign Lukaku in 2017 before his move to Manchester United.

Since his transfer to Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku has scored the most goals for the Red Devils (42 goals). Let’s examine the consequences of letting the Belgian striker leave for Inter Milan.
1. Goal Threat – Romelu Lukaku possesses a potent goalscoring threat and Manchester United might struggle to replace his goals if he leaves the club for Inter Milan this summer.

2. Proven Premier League Experience – The Manchester United striker has proven Premier League experience spamming clubs like Chelsea, West Brom, Stoke City and Everton. Manchester United might struggle to find a replacement with equal or more Premier League experience. Lukaku is the joint 19th leading goalscorer in Premier League history with 113 goals.

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Liverpool Urged To Sign Antoine Griezmann

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Newly crowned European champions Liverpool have been told to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.

Liverpool were advised to sign the French World Cup winner by ESPN pundit Craig Burley.

According to him, Antoine Griezmann would be a very good fit for Liverpool who already boast of one of the most fearsome attacks in world football.

The Liverpool front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have performed well for the club on a consistent basis but Antoine Griezmann has a quality of his own.

He was a key member of the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia via a 4-2 win over surprise finalists Croatia in their final clash in Moscow.

Antoine Griezmann has already confirmed that he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer after five years at the club.

The 28-year-old signed for Atletico Madrid after the Spanish capital club reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for his transfer.

Spanish champions Barcelona are thought to be in pole position to secure his transfer by paying the €120m release clause but PSG are also showing interest in the player.

He is also linked with other clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.

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Bristol City Eyeing Permanent Transfer For 26-Year-Old Chelsea Loanee

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English Championship club Bristol City are plotting a permanent deal for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Tomas Kalas spent last season on loan at Bristol City whom he joined from Chelsea during last summer’s transfer window.

The Robins are keen to make his loan move to the club permanent this summer.

Kalas was in superb form for Bristol City but he was unable to propel them to the Championship playoffs as the Robins narrowly missed out on the playoff cut on the final day of the regular season.

The 26-year-old is the longest serving player at Chelsea after the Blues paid Czech side Sigma Olomouc £5.2m to secure his transfer in 2010.

Tomas Kalas has previously had loan spells at clubs like Middlesboro and Fulham whom he helped to secure promotion to the Premier League during the 2017/18 season.

He was not retained by Fulham for the Premier League season which turned out to be a poor one for the Cottagers.

Fulham will play their football in the English Championship next season after they suffered relegation from the top flight of English football for the first time.

The Cottagers finished second from bottom at the end of the latest Premier League season.

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Bayern Retain Interest In 18-Year-Old Liverpool Target

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German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich still retain an interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi according to Bundesliga football expert Christian Falk.

He made this known in a chat with Get German Football News.

According to him, Bayern Munich want to sign both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Leroy Sane.

He further revealed that that the Bavarian giants will leave the transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi until next summer if they get Sane this summer.

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been strongly linked with the Bavarian giants this summer though the Premier League champions want to retain his services and also offer him a new contract.

Christian Falk revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Bayern Munich have an understanding that he will move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer next summer if they sign Sane this summer.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool as well as Borussia Dortmund.

The 18-year-old is presently recovering from a serious Achilles injury sustained towards the end of the season.

He suffered the unfortunate injury during a home league game against Watford.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is already back in light training as he recovers from the Achilles injury.

The young winger has one year left on his contract and he’s expected to be back in action in three months.

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Liverpool In Pole Position To Sign £25m Italian Midfielder

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Premier League giants Liverpool are the favourites to sign highly rated Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali who has had a very good season.

This is according to the newest reports coming out of the British media.

Sandro Tonali could be a Liverpool player soonest with an official bid expected for him by next month.

The 19-year-old had been earning rave reviews for his impressive performances for Brescia in Italian football.

Sandro Tonali has a release clause of around £25m in his present deal which will run out tomorrow.

The young Italian midfielder has been attracting the interest of clubs from Juventus to Inter Milan to Chelsea but they are still yet to make an offer.

The Liverpool midfield is crying out for more creativity ahead of the new season and Sandro Tonali could be the man to add the creative spark.

Sandro Tonali scored three goals and also provided seven assists for his Italian club.

Liverpool lacked the creative spark needed to dominate games and the signing of a new midfielder will go a long way to correct the lack of creativity.

Apart from Sandro Tonali, Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese midfielder also has suitors from everywhere.

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Liverpool Forward Told To Join Barcelona For This Reason

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been told to consider a move to Spanish champions Barcelona by Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o.

In a chat with the BBC, Eto’o told Salah to join Spanish champions Barcelona because of the playing style at the Nou Camp.

According to him, the playing style at Barcelona will definitely suit Mohamed Salah.

Egyptian national team star Salah has been in superb form since joining the Reds from fellow Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.

The former Chelsea winger sealed a €44m move from AS Roma to Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah announced himself to the British audience when he scored 44 goals in just 52 games for the Reds with 32 of those goals coming in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old helped Liverpool qualify for Champions League football and also reached the final of the competition before he was substituted as a result of a shoulder injury.

Real Madrid won that Champions League final via a 3-1 win for the Los Merengues who were able to benefit from the injury to Salah.

Liverpool have come back in a stronger way after they won the Champions League title via a 2-0 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur with Salah getting one of the goals.

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Man Utd Striker To Earn €6m Per Annum At Inter Milan

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Italian giants Inter Milan ushered in a new era following the appointment of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this summer.

The Italians have made Conte their new manager after the dismissal of Luciano Spalletti at the end of the last campaign.

Upon his first managerial appointment since he left Chelsea last summer, Conte has set his sights on a move for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

The 26-year-old is the top transfer target for Inter Milan this summer as demanded by Conte and the latest reports claim that the player has agreed on a deal with the Nerazzurri.

According to the publication from the stables of popular Italian transfer news portal La Gazzetta dello Sport, Romelu Lukaku has agreed on a €6m yearly salary with Inter Milan though the Nerazzurri will also have to agree on a fee with Manchester United for him.

Romelu Lukaku has previously talked about a possible football career in Italy and he could get his wish this summer.

The former Chelsea player has spent just two years at Manchester United since his big money transfer from fellow Premier League side Everton.

Lukaku finished as the Red Devils’ topscorer in his first season at Manchester United with 27 goals in all competitions before netting just 15 goals in all competitions in his second season.

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33-Year-Old Ex-Man Utd Goalie Rejects New Burnley Deal

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Premier League club Burnley are in a spot of bother after their dependable goalkeeper Tom Heaton turned down their offer of a new contract.

This is according to the report from The Sun which revealed that both parties (Burnley and Tom Heaton) have been in new contract talks for a while.

It was further revealed that new contract talks have stalled, thus putting the long-term future of Tom Heaton at Burnley in serious doubt.

Tom Heaton has been a top performer for the Clarets since he joined them from Manchester United six years ago.

The 33-year-old has been attracting the interest of the other Premier League clubs and Burnley might need to sell him this summer to avoid losing him for free next summer.

Tom Heaton has one year left on his current deal with the Clarets and the club must make a decision if he fails to sign a new contract.

The ex-Manchester United shot stopper was in good form for Burnley towards the end of the season after recovering from a shoulder injury that kept him out of action for almost a year.

The injury forced him to miss the World Cup last summer for the England national team but he has since regained his place in the Three Lions squad.

Tom Heaton was part of the England team that finished third at the just concluded UEFA Nations League finals.

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Burnley Plotting Summer Move For Cousin Of £75m Man Utd Star

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Premier League club Burnley are said to be plotting a move for Rapid Vienna fullback Boli Mbombo during this summer’s transfer window.

This is according to the publication from the stables of The Sun which claimed that Burnley have been monitoring the progress of the player.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been on the trail of the defender for some time and he’s ready to make his move for him this summer.

The Clarets are not the only clubs in the hunt for Boli Mbombo this summer.

Relegated Premier League club Huddersfield Town are also interested in signing the 23-year-old defender.

Huddersfield Town suffered relegation from the Premier League during the just concluded campaign after they finished bottom of the table at the end of the stipulated 38 games.

They will campaign in the English Championship for the new season.

Boli Mbombo is a cousin of Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku and both players could be on the move this summer.

Belgian international Romelu Lukaku has been attracting the interest of Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan after former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was made the Inter Milan manager.

Lukaku could leave Manchester United this summer after two years at Old Trafford following his £75m move from fellow Premier League club Everton.

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4-3-3: How Man Utd Will Set Up With Wantaway PSG Star In Their Ranks

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Premier League giants Manchester United are one of several clubs interested in a transfer for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho though the player is reluctant to join the Red Devils mainly due to his affiliation with Liverpool.

Coutinho left Liverpool in a controversial manner enroute his multi-million pounds transfer to Spanish champions Barcelona during the 2018 winter transfer window, but he has not been able to live up to his hefty price tag.

His performances for the Blaugrana have not been up to scratch.

Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona in a deal reported to be around £142m thus making him the third most expensive player in the history of world football.

Only the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were signed for more money.

Ironically, PSG are one of the clubs keen to sign him this summer as he takes his decision on his next move.

Coutinho enjoys a good working relationship with Brazilian teammate Neymar and he could link up with him at PSG if the French giants are willing to pay a lot of money for him.

The future of Neymar at PSG is unclear at the moment with the player holding out for a return to Barcelona.

Brazilian magician Coutinho has also been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Manchester United. Let’s examine how Manchester United will line up if they manage to pull off a deal for Coutinho.

Manchester United Starting XI (4-3-3): David De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay; Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford.

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