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Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes partnership is going to be dangerous, says Alan Shearer

Premier League all-time top scorer Alan Shearer has described the potential partnership of Manchester United midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes as dangerous. The due linked up competitively fir the first time in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in North London on Friday with the Frenchman likely to start against Sheffield United.

The former Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and England striker, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career spoke about the two United players on Match of the Day on Saturday evening, the first after a three-months break because of the coronavirus pandemic which suspended the league. Shearer said:

“Bruno Fernandes was the best player on the park. His first touch and his first thought is to look and to play forward, and he makes the players ahead of him better players because of that.

“The options that he now provides because of that, his energy, his ability to pick the right pass, whereas before he arrived they were struggling in that position.

“If Pogba’s going to play on a regular basis, or decides to stay, then it could be a very, very good partnership.

“When he came on, he was excellent, he looked up for the fight, and they looked a dangerous partnership.

“It’s time for him to deliver now, there’s far too much talk about him off the pitch, he’s got to do it now.”

Pogba was substituted into the game in the 63rd minute of the match and his performance inspired United to earn a point, coming back from a goal down, albeit from the penalty spot after the Frenchman won the penalty, which Fernandes scored, making it his fourth goal of the season. It was Pogba’s eighth appearance of the season and good to see him back.

Pogba could have earned himself a start against Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, a must-win match for United, if they intend to keep chase on Chelsea, who are now five points clear of them inside the top four. United, after stuttering against Spurs, will need to ensure they win every game, hoping that Chelsea do lose some matches.

If both Pogba and Fernandes can inspire United with some brilliant creativity, allowing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood get amongst the goals, it could be a good end to the season for United. Pogba and Fernandes will add some brilliant dynamism into United’s midfield.

United left-back, Luke Shaw feels that Pogba has earned a start against the Blades at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening with the Frenchman making his first appearance for the club since Boxing Day. After his 63rd minute introduction against Spurs, Pogba won a penalty for United in the 81st minute with United earning a draw. About Pogba, Shaw said:

“I told him afterwards how much of a difference he made.

“He didn’t play for that long but obviously it’s great to have him and Marcus Rashford back in the side.

“They are very important players and maybe we can see Paul from the start on Wednesday.”

United will be ready for the Blades on Wednesday, who will be without Dean Henderson as he cannot play against United and defender John Egan, who was sent off in the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. This is an important match for United as Wolverhampton Wanderers are level on points with United and the Blades are just two points adrift. If United do not win, they could have a lot to lose.

Peter Schmeichel ‘convinced’ that Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United this summer

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel feels that French midfielder Paul Pogba will remain at the Old Trafford club this summer. There has been a lot of speculation linking the French FIFA World Cup winner for the last few years, linking him to Barcelona, Real Madrid and with a return to Juventus, the club he arrived back to United from.

It has been four years since the 27-year-old returned to United, a club he described as his destiny. However, the player announced that he wanted a new challenge last summer on a promotional tour of the Far East, which is something that never materialised last summer and may be stopped from happening this summer too.

Pogba returned to action after a spell on the sidelines with ankle injuries this season, the latter needing surgery and his recovering during the coronavirus pandemic, getting himself match fit over the past month or so and coming off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur, a match United drew 1-1 in, needing a win in their next match against Sheffield United.

The United treble winner feels that Pogba is ready to remain at United, possibly set out to achieve what he wanted to achieve when he returned to the club in the summer of 2016. He even thinks that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man management skills could be a key factor in keeping the Frenchman this summer. Schmeichel said:

“I’m absolutely convinced he wants to stay. I think we’ll somebody, more of a player we saw a year ago.

“One thing is how he’s portrayed in the media for what he does and what he says himself, and another thing is what his agent is doing. And a completely different thing is what it’s really like.

“He wanted to come back to Manchester United, he wanted to come back. And he has got, like any other player at that level in the world, he’s got his pride. And I don’t think he wants to leave. I don’t think so.

“I think when Ole came, we straight away saw with Ole’s guidance and his knowledge with Paul, we saw precisely what he can give us. And that’s a lot.

“Unfortunately I don’t think he’s gotten great representation. He’s such a valuable asset so it’s great to shift him to another club, because that’s a lot of money to make.

“I think that if you have somebody telling you that in your ear at some point you’re bound to be confused. You’re a young player. All he should be content and focused on is playing.

“I hope with this period of being out of the game, I hope that with Ole’s management skills, he’s going to come back and love playing for Manchester United.”

Paul Pogba might not start against Tottenham Hotspur for a number of reasons – reports

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba might not be in line to start against Tottenham Hotspur with the Premier League returns for the club on Friday evening. The Frenchman has been absent for much of the season with ankle injuries, the latest needing surgery. The player recovered during the league’s suspension and is fit to play now.

However, Pogba is likely to be on the bench against Jose Mourinho’s side with many expecting him to start his first match for the club since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal back in September. It would seem that there will be a wait before that actually happens. Pogba has made just eight appearances for United this season, assisting twice.

Pogba seemingly understands that he will have to win his place back in the team, which is only fair considering the performances of Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic during the period the Frenchman was out of action with ankle injuries. The Athletic has suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plans for United’s return.

It would be right for Solskjaer to pick the players who were behind United’s 11-match unbeaten run in which they had scored 29 goals, conceding just two and keeping nine clean sheets before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football. Pogba, who was absent for all this, does need to win his place back in the team.

It would be possible for Pogba to do this in two or three matches, maybe sooner, if he comes off the bench against Spurs and leads United to a first victory at the North London clubs new stadium. The Frenchman is one of the best players in the team in terms of ability and on his day he can do things that many in the squad have not been able to do.

However, the Pogba that United needs in the team is the Pogba who helped inspire United to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford in the opening Premier League fixture, also the player who inspired United to come back from 2-0 down against Manchester City, winning 3-2. If this Pogba returns, the harmony in the squad will be rich better than it is.

Paul Pogba will remain at Manchester United this summer, according to Adnan Januzaj

Former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has suggested that Paul Pogba has told him that he will not try to force a move from the Old Trafford club this summer. The 25-year-old now plays for Real Sociedad in Spain and is performing well there this season. Januzaj became close friends with Pogba when the pair were coming through the academy.

The due remain in contact with each other and the Belgian suggested that Pogba will knuckle down under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his agent, Mino Raiola has talked the talk but not walked the walk for the past year or so, always talking about his player moving on. Speaking about the Frenchman remaining at United, Januzaj said:

“I think Paul [Pogba] is staying. I am still very, very close with Paul. We have known each other since we were kids, when we both played in the United youth teams.

“Our families are also close friends and we keep in contact. That will never change.”

It would be good news for United if Pogba was happy to continue at the club. His contract is due to expire in the summer of 2021, however, a further year could be added to that contract, which was agreed when the player made his return to United in the summer of 2016, at the time suggesting that the Old Trafford club was his destiny.

This season has not been the best for Pogba, making eight appearances, scoring no goals but assisting twice, sitting much of the season out with ankle injuries, the latter needing surgery with the player ready to return to action for the delayed close of the season. The midfield has changed at the club with the addition of Bruno Fernandes.

Many United supporters, including myself, are looking forward to seeing the duo in action together in the midfield, both of whom can play advanced roles, swapping during the match to keep the opposition at bay. Pogba could return against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday, facing up against former United manager Jose Mourinho.

Januzaj still shows some resentment about being forced out of the Old Trafford club under Louis van Gaal, who managed the club from the summer of 2014 until after the Emirates FA Cup final in May 2016, being sacked by the club days after winning the first major honour post-Sir Alex Ferguson. Speaking about this tough period, Januzaj said:

“Louis van Gaal? I should not defend myself against him. The stats speak for themselves. Every time I scored or gave an assist, he put me on the bench in the next game.

“Thankfully there are people at Manchester United who did rate me. Ryan Giggs is one of the people at Manchester United who I owe so much to.

“When he was still a player, he was always giving me good advice – and I also learnt a lot from him when he was a coach. I started so young and this is what people forget. I am only 25 now.

“My best years as a player must still come. I am a skilful, attacking player who has never had any injuries. I still have 10 years ahead of me.”

Januzaj did look like the next best thing at United during David Moyes’ tenure at the club but things did not work out for him under the Dutchman, which is a shame. After being loaned to Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, Januzaj was sold to Real Sociedad for £9 million and this season has made 22 appearances, scoring six goals and four assists.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes both told to make sacrifices ahead of Manchester United link-up

Manchester United midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could be a big success as a midfield partnership, as long as both players are willing to make sacrifices along the way, says former United midfielder Darren Fletcher. Fernandes has impressed ever since signing for the club in January, playing nine times and scoring three goals and four assists.

Pogba will need to step up to the plate for the remainder of the season after sitting out most of the season with ankle injuries, playing just eight times, scoring no goals but assisting twice. Both players are yet to play in the same team competitively, although they played together in a 2-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion – a training match at Old Trafford.

United will be back in Premier League action next Friday as they travel to London to face Tottenham Hotspur at their new stadium, the first time United will have played there. Supporters of the club have been looking forward to seeing the pair line-up in midfield for United, with both considered to be two of the best players at the club.

Fletcher recently spoke on the United Podcast, saying that the prospect of the two players actually playing together this season and forming a partnership was an intriguing one, warning that they would need to adapt to each other. When asked if he thinks the duo will be able to work together in the centre of the pitch, Fletcher stated:

“Without doubt, of course. Great players can come together. Somebody might have to sacrifice a little bit of something – that’s part of being in a team, it’s not an individual sport.

“When you play with a certain midfield, whether it’s a midfield three, you adapt your game to complement each other.

“That’s what I had to do at United. I was in the team with lots of different midfielders, lots of combinations and, if a certain midfielder was playing, I would try to take up positions to allow him to benefit and he would do things to allow me to benefit.

“It’s all about being compatible and recognising the strengths of your fellow team-mates and how to get your best performance, but, ultimately, you might be sacrificing what you do best to allow someone else to excel, which helps the team win.”

United will need to take to the ground already in a running position to face Spurs in a week’s time. Dele Alli will be missing from the match as he has been suspended by the Football Association, but Harry Kane should be fit to face United with former manager, Jose Mourinho now in charge of Spurs. United will need to work hard for the important three points.

Speaking specifically about Fernandes, who arrived at the club from Sporting Clube de Portugal during the January transfer window, who has been a ray of sunlight in the team ever since his arrival, helping contribute to United 11 match unbeaten run, scoring 29 goals, conceding twice and keeping nine clean sheets. Fletcher said:

“I think he’s been fantastic. Listen, his ability has been there for everyone to see. For me, it’s been his personality and his attitude.

“He tries things, he tries difficult passes but, when he gives it away, it’s his reaction after he does it. It’s fantastic, his hunger to try and get the ball back. He doesn’t throw his arms up in the air or sulk and moan.

“He’s bossing people on the pitch, he’s taking responsibility. He’s looked like the epitome of a Manchester United player. He wants to be there, he wants the ball, he demands the ball.

“He’s seen Old Trafford as his theatre and he’s relishing it. He’s sort of been a breath of fresh air with personality more than anything, which is what you need to play for Manchester United. Ability is not enough.

“You need personality to play for Manchester United – and he epitomises it.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking forward to the resumption of the season with United still sitting in fifth place in the Premier League and seeking to finish in the top four to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Of course, they have the change by also winning the UEFA Europa League this season but winning in the league will be the best opportunity to get what the club needs to achieve.

Paul Pogba must earn his place back in the Manchester United team, says Paul Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has stated that French midfielder Paul Pogba should have to earn his place back in the squad after his injury lay-off. The Frenchman has not played for United since Boxing Day when he played 45 minutes in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old French World Cup winner has suffered two major injures this season, both ankle injuries, on both ankles – the latter requiring surgery. If the season had not been suspended by the coronavirus pandemic, Pogba might not have played again this season, however, he has now recovered and is training with his teammates.

Pogba has played eight times this season, seven times in the Premier League, where he has two assists to his name and once in the Carabao Cup. I am sure he will be looking forward to getting back on the pitch and representing United for the remainder of the season, no matter what is planned for after the season is over – whether the player stays or goes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy to see his prized asset returning and the United supporters are thirsty to see him playing alongside January signing Bruno Fernandes in midfield, which could well make the best United midfield since the days of Scholes and Roy Keane at the club. Scholes, 45, has commented on Pogba and how he needs to do more to get back into the squad at the club, saying:

“Paul [Pogba] has got a little bit of work to do to get into the team. Before the outbreak happened, you have to say that the players that were playing – Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred – they were really doing well in midfield.

“It’s not going to be straightforward for Paul. He’s got some work on his hands just to get back into the team. But we all know what Paul’s capable of. He’s a top player when he’s on form. The better players you play with – surely that can only be to the benefit of the team.”

Ryan Giggs, a former teammate of Scholes, feels that Pogba should be returned to the starting XI, playing alongside Fernandes, which is what will probably happen, if the player is fit enough to start matches for the club – he has been training for long enough so he should be. Giggs, talking about Pogba and Fernandes, said:

“Good players should be able to play with good players but we’ll have to wait and see. They both have lots of quality, it’s about if they can compliment each other now.”

Mino Raiola could be the only person wanting Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United; PSG now interested in the Frenchman – reports

Manchester United reportedly believe that Mino Raiola, the agent of French midfielder Paul Pogba, is the only person pushing to get the 27-year-old to leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer, according to reports. The FIFA World Cup winner has been linked with a return to Juventus, a move to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the financial problems which have been caused by the coronavirus pandemic, seem to have given United a problem in trying to secure the £89 million they paid for the player four years ago, if the player is sold this summer. Last summer, after announcing that he wanted a new challenge, United wanted £150 million for him.

A move to Real Madrid was not viable because of the players £15 million wage each year, something the Spanish club were not keen on having at the club, which would spark a wage row amongst a number of players at the club. Something Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at United seemed to park, considering the Chilean offered next to nothing at the club.

The Times states that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the Frenchman as integral to his squad and has plans for him in the future, so based on that, the Norwegian would like to see him stay at the club he once described as his destiny. Club legend, Bryan Robson, whose quotes were carried by the newspaper, seemed to suggest just that, talking about Pogba and January signing, Bruno Fernandes, saying:

“They are both special talents. We all know that Paul is a great talent. What he’s got to do now is to fit into whatever role that Ole wants him to play, whether that’s further forwards, with Fernandes dropping back, or the other way around.

“It’s like when people used to say [Steven] Gerrard and [Frank] Lampard couldn’t play together because they were similar but I think they could have done.

“Lampard was always going to be an attacking player, and Gerrard had it in his locker to defend and read the game well.

“He could play that sitting role, and Paul has got the ability to do it too, but what he has got to do is to take on more responsibility on the defensive side of the game if Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is going to ask him to play that role.”

United supporters are excited to see what United can achieve with both Pogba and Fernandes playing in the same team. It would be fair to say that the Frenchman would not be the only player expected to pull the string in midfield, making it easier for him to shine. Personally, playing in a deeper role could suit him now, running forward to support the attack.

Slightly contradicting this report is another one from the same newspaper, confirming that Pogba is open to a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, which would be an embarrassing move for him, given the fact the club, despite having Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in attack, do not seem to be a force in the UEFA Champions League.

French news outlet, Le10Sport, suggest the French champions have thrown their hat into the ringer United World Cup winning midfielder. They go on to suggest the Real Madrid is the club leading the race to sign Pogba, despite reports stating his wages would be a problem. Juventus are also mentioned, probably trying to find more past it players to add.

It would seem that nothing will cast aside this speculation other than Pogba himself committing his future to the Old Trafford club, not only signing a new contract but publicly announcing that he does not see his future anywhere else. However, I do not think for one minute that this will ever happen. If it does, perhaps I called it? That is what a journalist would claim after covering all the bases.

Paul Pogba could have been signed in 2013 but David Moyes opted for failed Cesc Fabregas approach instead

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes could have signed Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in the summer of 2013, instead the replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson opted to spend the summer chasing Cesc Fabregas, who had no intention of joining the Old Trafford club, according to reports.

Moyes was rightfully sacked in April 2014 after seeing United regress considerable despite being the reigning champions of the Premier League, exiting the FA Cup in the first round, the League Cup in the semi-final, falling to Sunderland on penalties and getting knocked out of the UEFA Champions League weeks before he was sacked.

United finished seventh that season, which was pretty much defined at the time Moyes was sacked. The man nicknamed the ditherer, especially in the transfer window, seems to have made pigs ear of his time as United manager, despite being given a six-year contract at the moment he replaced the legend that was Ferguson.

Just one year after Pogba left the Old Trafford club as a free agent, not yet breaking into the first team at the club, the Frenchman, at least according to The Athletic, was open to returning to the Theatre of Dreams, however, the ‘Chosen One’ opted to chase Cesc Fabregas, who was at Barcelona the time, despite having no intention to sign for United.

At the time, Moyes was led to believe that Fabregas was interested in leaving the Catalan club with Andres Iniesta and Xavi the chosen midfielders, giving him little playing time. United made a £25 million bid for the former Arsenal midfielder, which was unsuccessful and resulted in the player staying in Spain for another year.

Pogba, at the time, had not become the star that he had seasons later for Juventus but a little bit of hindsight could have saved United from an £89 million club and then world record fee from being spent on the player. However, United could still have Moyes at the club now, which based on what we know, does not bear thinking about.

Obviously, Arsenal were the club that Fabregas wanted to return to but seemingly, based on comments from the player, that did not happen either, instead the player agreed to return to London, with Chelsea, a year after United were interested in signing the player. It is probably for the best as the player was close to passing his best. Fabregas said:

“Once I decide to leave (Barcelona), Arsenal will have the first option of any other club and I cannot speak to any other club for one week to see if Arsenal want me or not.

“Arsene didn’t give an answer, we just had to wait one full week to see if they responded. Definitely this was my first option, in my mind I’m telling everyone I’m going to Arsenal – this is what I want.

“Arsene can see this. I didn’t want to be a beggar, they know the situation, in one week they haven’t said anything, straight away I knew they probably didn’t want me back.

“They waited the full week without giving me a response. After the week I had to take my chance, I had Manchester City, United and then I spoke to Mourinho – which I didn’t think would ever happen.

“To be honest, after I left the room with Mourinho I said, ‘that’s it, I don’t need to talk to anyone else, I’m going to Chelsea.’ What he told me, the team he wanted to make, what he thought of me, how he wanted me to play, this is what I wanted.

“On top of that it’s London and not Manchester, London was my home.”

Looking back at the mistakes that were made by United and Moyes, I would not change them for the world. Ed Woodward had to learn a lesson and the only shame there is that is took more than six years for that to happen. The days of chasing players all summer seem to have gone with United now chasing player they want who will make the team better.

Real Madrid could offer four players in order to sign Paul Pogba this summer – reports

Real Madrid could offer four players to Manchester United join order to sign French World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, according to reports. It would seem that instead of this being actual news, it is a suggestion with nothing concrete to go by, despite the way the report was written. Such is typical in journalism today.

However, with the coronavirus pandemic raging on around the world and only one top European football league back up and running – the Bundesliga, it would seem that a swap deal could be an option, If United were to be tempted with players involved, which might be tough considering the fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will his his own thoughts.

It is stated that Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 21, James Rodriguez, 28, Lucaz Vazquez, 28, and Brahim Diaz, 20, could be offered to the Old Trafford club. However, there is no solid proof that these players could be involved. Obviously, United would need to see that any players in a swap deal could be utilised in the squad.

Odegaard has spent the season on loan at Real Sociedad, making a total of 28 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals, assisting eight more. He is a central midfielder who can play in the attacking role in the middle and on the right-wing although most appearances have been in attacking midfield. He could have a big future ahead of him.

Rodriguez has played 13 times this season, scoring one goal and two assists. He was once a player on United’s radar, before and after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, however, they did not get their man. It’s a no for me. Vazquez has made just 18 appearances, scoring three goals and two assists. Once linked to United, but things have now changed.

Diaz, formerly of Manchester City, could be a star in the making and has a good career ahead of him. He has made just seven appearances this season, scoring one goal and one assist. If a swap deal was on the cards, Toni Kroos, even at the age of 30 would be a good player to start with, if Solskjaer wanted him at the club.

Five players who could be sold to bring in new additions at Manchester United this summer

Manchester United will by no doubt have plans for the summer transfer window and those plans could have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic, purely because of the financial after effects of the pandemic. United have been linked to many players so far this summer with the main ones Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Billingham.

United are a club in debt and they have been since the Glazers purchased the club, leaving the debt with the club. It is a lot less than it was a decade ago but is still there, waiting to be paid off. The coronavirus pandemic has already cost the club and looks set to continue haemorrhaging money as long as supporters are kept out of stadiums.

United still have many players at the club who are either assets who could be sold to bring in money for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reinforce his squad or players who are no longer part of the future of the club but worth money that could be used by the manager to change the direction of the club. Here are five players who could be sold this summer.

Paul Pogba: The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from United since he stated that he wanted a new challenge last summer.

It would seem obviously that Pogba would be the most likely player to bring in the funds for United to sign the players they want to sign this summer. Last summer, the Frenchman was said to have a £150 million price tag, however, the coronavirus pandemic will affect fees club could get for players, apparently which seems United would suffer.

Players United are interested in, Sancho for instance, are not being valued differently by their clubs, even with the pandemic here, which shows that United are expected to cut their losses when selling players, but make more losses by paying inflated fees just for being Manchester United, which seems a bit strange.

Jesse Lingard: His last few seasons at the club have not been the best with his form questionably poor right now, seemingly likely to leave.

Lingard is not likely to bring in a lot of money for United this summer but Transfermarkt seem to value him at £15.75 million, which could be a good starting point for the club. However, with his lack of form and the fact he’s not scored a single goal in the Premier League this season, it might be hard to find clubs who are interested in the player.

He could add some depth to other clubs, but the financial market is going to affect the clubs that could have been interested in the player, which might result in either United having to sell for under his value or loan the player for the 2020/21 season, possibly with a compulsory purchase agreement in the contract or something.

Chris Smalling: A loan spell at Roma seems to have cut the chord at United, seemingly ready to make the move permanent.

The former England defender was in effect excess at the club last summer following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. United have not really missed Smalling this season and have a few players in reserve should they need them; Axel Tuanzebe, Teden Mengi but the more experienced Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

That said, the latter two could be cut this summer too, not that their transfers would raise a lot of money. £15 million could be a figure that United accept for the 30-year-old with two more years remaining on his contract. His form might add more to his price but in the current market, United should take what they can, as long as it resembles a good fee.

Alexis Sanchez: The player seems so far out of Solskjaer’s plans that he should be happy with any club that would want him.

The Chilean international moved to United from Arsenal over two years ago now with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the other direction. Both players have seemingly lost their places at either club and both will be seeking a move away from the club. Sanchez has not been missed at United, not even with the forward shortage due to injury.

Daniel James has not yet been at United for a year and has four goals and seven assists to his name, nearly beating Sanchez’s five goals and nine assist at the club, showing he could be easily replaced. Inter Milan do not seem keen to take him and he has been linked to Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal for Sancho, as impossible as that may sound.

Andreas Pereira: He’s not really a player that United need right now. He can do things on the pitch but will never be first choice.

For me, Andreas Pereira is not a player that should be in United’s first team. He has little to offer and does not seem to be a player that United could utilise as a winger, an attacking midfielder or even a midfielder. He had bright hopes when coming through the academy but United is not the club for him to succeed at.

He might want to fight for his place in the team but over the past few years, he has been given opportunities to find his feet at the club and it is not coming. Right now in the midfield, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic are all ahead of him. Playing as a winger, Marcus Rashford, James and Mason Greenwood are better.

I don’t expect United to sell all of these players. It seems that the Pogba saga is slowly losing speed with wages likely to be a problem, which, unless clubs find the money, means he will stay put at United, even if he does not want to. The other four though, are expendable with the club able to find moves for them, even if they don’t want to leave.

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