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    Man Utd’s ‘slim’ title hopes depend on Paul Pogba producing ‘two or three months of brilliance’, claims Gary Neville

    GARY NEVILLE reckons Manchester United’s ‘slim’ chance of winning the Premier League depend on Paul Pogba producing ‘two or three months of brilliance’.
    Neville’s former side still sit top of the table after they held champions Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

    Paul Pogba missed a late chance for Manchester United Credit: EPA

    Gary Neville says Paul Pogba is key to Manchester United’s success Credit: PA:Press Association

    Frenchman Pogba had a golden chance to win the game late on, but he blasted his effort inside the penalty box right at keeper Alisson.
    And ex-United captain Neville – who lifted the title EIGHT times at Old Trafford – said the World Cup winner is key to club’s success this season.
    He said on Sky Sports: “I think Manchester United’s chances of winning this league are slim – Liverpool and Man City are still the best two teams in this league.

    “But the slim chance they have to win this league will depend on something like Paul Pogba delivering a cameo of two or three months of brilliance, which he is capable of.
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    “He’s got confidence, he’s got arrogance – good arrogance, in a sense that he believes in himself.
    “He thinks he should be playing in the biggest games in the world, and winning titles, and thinking positive thoughts, thinking you’re the best is a big thing when you’re looking to win.”

    United have not won the league since 2013, but Pogba recently revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad have the belief to pip rivals City and Liverpool.
    But boss Solskjaer admitted he was frustrated with his side’s showing on Merseyside with performances needing to improve in their title race.

    He said: “We didn’t deserve the three points because we didn’t play well enough.
    “We didn’t impose ourselves on the game, especially first half.
    “We grew in the game and thought it was there to win in the second half and created two massive chances.
    “We can play better than this, we know that. We can be more composed; we can have the ball more.
    “We had to defend really often, and we gave the ball away too often. A couple of things we need to improve on.”

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    Valencia owner Peter Lim drops Juan Mata transfer hint as he eyes bringing star back to club on free from Man Utd

    MANCHESTER UNITED star Juan Mata could be on the verge of a return to Valencia, according to reports in Spain.
    Owner Peter Lim has welcomed the signing of the former Spanish international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

    Mata, 32, has featured just six times in the Premier League this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    According to Spanish newspaper La Razon, Lim is happy to sign Mata because Valencia will not have to pay a transfer fee.
    The 32-year-old has struggled to hold down a place at United in recent years, making just 19 Premier League appearances last season.
    He played for Valencia between 2007 and 2011 before moving to Chelsea.
    But Mata may reject Lim’s advances due to the owner’s lack of popularity at the club.

    Valencia reportedly gave their players IOU notes in August 2020 because they could not afford to pay them.
    They are also at risk of being relegated from LaLiga for the first time since 1986.

    They currently sit 14th, just three points above Elche in the relegation zone having played two games more.

    A win against Valladolid last weekend has boosted their survival hopes.
    Mata has won plenty of trophies during his career, including the World Cup, Euros and Champions League.
    He joined Manchester United from Chelsea in January 2014 for a then club-record fee of £37.1million.

    Lim purchased Valencia in 2014 and was responsible for hiring Gary Neville as manager in December 2015.
    Neville was sacked in March 2016 with the lowest win percentage in LaLiga history for a Valencia manager.
    Lim is also a shareholder in League Two side Salford City, which Neville co-owns.
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    Paul Pogba warns Liverpool that ‘focused’ Man Utd CAN be champions after going top for first time in 40 MONTHS

    PAUL POGBA believes Manchester United have a new-found focus which can turn them into champions.
    His winner at Burnley put the Red Devils top of the Premier League for the first time in 40 MONTHS.

    Paul Pogba believes Manchester United have a new-found focus which can turn them into championsCredit: Reuters

    And victory at bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday would send them six points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s champions.
    Pogba, 27, said: “Now we are there and we need to stay there. Now is the difficult part.
    “Our heads are focused on the league and we need to keep it up and keep going.”

    While the season has not even reached its halfway point, Pogba reckons United have made a huge statement by going top.
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    The £89million Frenchman added: “It is — and you know even for us and the fans it is great. But there is a long way to go.”
    United had to play a patient game against a resolute Burnley before Pogba made the breakthrough with a 16-yard volley.

    Pogba said: “It proved that we are really focused. That’s how we improve, that’s how we get better.
    “It was a difficult game and it’s going to be harder and harder.”

    Pogba latched on to a brilliant ball from Marcus Rashford to fire home his 71st-minute volley at Turf Moor.
    Having finally found his top form for the club four years after signing, he cannot hide his joy at what is happening right now.
    He said: “I’m really happy; I’m really happy with the performance.
    “Everyone kept the focus and we were good defensively. The performance was great.”
    Pogba praised Marcus Rashford for the cross that set him up for his goal.

    Paul Pogba praised Marcus Rashford for the cross that set him up for his goalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    He said: “It was a great ball and I had the feeling to just go and shoot and it went in.
    “I volleyed it and it touched someone and went in. Sometimes, that’s the perfect goal, the perfect moment; the perfect pass makes the perfect goal.
    “The shot wasn’t the best but it went in.”
    Anthony Martial is a doubt for Sunday’s trip to Anfield.
    He pulled his hamstring as he fluffed a late chance and was withdrawn in injury time.

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    Man Utd would win Premier League title if Solskjaer seals Erling Haaland transfer this month, claims Agbonlahor

    MANCHESTER UNITED could win the Premier League this season if they signed Erling Haaland, claims Gabby Agbonlahor.
    United are behind leaders Liverpool only on goal difference, but are armed with a game in hand over their great rivals.

    Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has attracted attention from across EuropeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to sign Erling HaalandCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And to boost their chances of a first league title since 2013, former Aston Villa forward Agbonlahor has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign goal machine Haaland.
    He told talkSPORT: “You look at the Premier League teams that could do with him now – Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, they could all do with him.
    “What would he do for any of those clubs now? If they had him in January, whoever signed him would win the league.”

    Haaland has attracted attention across Europe – including from Real Madrid and Barcelona – having scored 19 in 16 games for Borussia Dortmund this season.
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    The Norwegian striker joined the Bundesliga giants last year, having snubbed a move to Old Trafford.
    Manager Solskjaer met with the 20-year-old but failed to convince him move to Old Trafford as he instead joined Dortmund for just £18m.

    Now, Agbonlahor reckons the Germans could demand £180m for their star man, but tipped Bayern Munich and Madrid as the frontrunners to sign him.
    He said: “He’s the most complete striker out there for me.

    “We’re talking about Premier League clubs wanting him. I think Bayern Munich or Real Madrid are the favourites to get him.
    “I feel like Borussia Dortmund can ask for whatever they want. If you’re talking about £100million for Sancho, you’re talking £180m for Haaland.
    “You’re talking ridiculous money. He’ll be the most expensive player ever when he leaves Dortmund because he’s getting better.
    “He’s learning, he looks hungry. He’s not happy just to be at Dortmund and score goals, he’s trying to improve his game and he’s going to get better and better.”

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    Man Utd fan Tyson Fury sends support message to Crawley ahead of Leeds FA Cup clash and says he’s rooting for underdog

    TYSON FURY sent a message of support to League Two’s Crawley and said he is rooting for the underdog against Leeds.
    Crawley host the Premier League side in round three of the FA Cup and have it all to do against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

    Tyson Fury sent his message of support to League Two’s Crawley

    Tyson Fury is a big Manchester United fan Credit: Getty – Contributor

    But they have heavyweight backing in the form of WBC champion Fury – a Manchester United fan – who is rooting for a classic cup upset.
    He said: “This is a special message to Crawley Town.
    “Hi guys, I know you have a big game against Leeds but never underestimate the underdog.

    “I have been the underdog so many times in my career and always come out on top. Come on the boys!”
    Fury, 32, will also have an eye on his local side Morecambe who travel to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
    Crawley are in the FA Cup third round for the first time since 2013, when they were knocked out by Reading.
    But this time around, as well as support from unbeaten Fury, they have celebrity status with The Only Way is Essex star Mark Wright in the squad.

    The former Tottenham trainee had a loan spell at the club in 2006-07 – before his carving out a successful reality and media career.
    His return to the club has been filmed by the BBC for a new TV documentary.
    And he will also be joined by his brother Josh, after the midfielder signed from Leyton Orient.

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    Man Utd set to miss out on transfer target Moises Caicedo after Brighton launch swoop for Ecuador wonderkid

    BRIGHTON have launched a bid for Ecuador wonderkid and Manchester United target Moises Caicedo, reports say.
    Caicedo has also attracted attention from Chelsea, West Ham and Everton.

    Brighton have launched a bid for Ecuador wonderkid Moises Caicedo,Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, Brighton are the first to make an official move for the 19-year-old
    Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle are said to be open to selling the player, with Albion now set to move to personal terms.
    It was understood the club were looking for a £5.5million transfer fee plus add-ons, as well as a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

    Caicedo’s manager Santiago Morales recently denied that United have made a move for the midfielder – but admitted he was likely to leave.
    Morales told Radio La Red: “There is interest from various teams for Moises Caicedo and we believe that we will not have him this year.
    “There is much speculation with Moises Caicedo, but we haven’t had any communication with Manchester United.
    “We are surprised that they even talk about values, but we haven’t spoken with Manchester United, although we have spoken with other great teams in the world.”

    Despite Brighton moving to pole position in the race to sign Caicedo, the young talent admitted he looks up to United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.

    He said: “Manchester United are my favourite club.
    “I really like the game of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, I learn a lot from them every time I see them.
    “I always try to do what they do, that’s why they are there.”

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    Man Utd boss Solskjaer confirms Facundo Pellistri has coronavirus but says football has to keep going to boost morale

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says football has to keep going to keep people’s spirits up.
    There are growing calls for the season to be halted with Covid-19 cases rising in the game.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says football has to keep going to keep people’s spirits upCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    United confirmed 19-year-old winger Facundo Pellistri tested positive for coronavirus, ruling him out of their FA Cup tie with Watford.
    But Solskjaer believes the positive mental aspect of people being able to watch matches on TV is also important.
    He said: “First of all, you’re worried about what’s happening in society and the country, it’s a big thing.
    “I personally feel safe within our bubble, we’ve taken all the steps we’ve had to in following protocols and guidelines, the players have been following as well as they can.

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    “What’s happening outside is frightening and we have a responsibility and duty to steer clear and keep within the bubbles.
    “I hope we can continue playing because it’s a positive impact for anyone.
    “When I’m at home and don’t have a game you’re looking forward to watching a game on telly and the mental well-being of football has been a big positive, I think.”

    Solskjaer’s comments are in contrast to Newcastle boss Steve Bruce who thinks it is “morally wrong” to continue playing.
    While a number of top flight clubs have been hit hard by Covid-19, United have largely been okay.
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    United confirmed Facundo Pellistri tested positive for coronavirusCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Only Uruguayan Pellistri is currently isolating due to a positive test.
    Solskjaer said: “We’ve had the odd case and Facundo got a positive, so he reported that on his Twitter.
    “We don’t normally comment on who they are, but Facundo is well and hopefully he’ll be back with us soon, he’s been with the reserves and 23s and wasn’t really in our group over Xmas.
    “Apart from that, we have a full and fit squad.”
    United take on Watford in the FA Cup third round aiming to bounce back from a fourth successive semi-final defeat when they went down 2-0 to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

    Solskjaer is expecting the same bounce back as they have had to other set-backs this season.
    He said: “You’re disappointed when you go out, you always are, we wanted to go one step further but have shown many times this season we can bounced back after disappointments.
    “We did it after defeats to Arsenal, after Tottenham and after going out of the Champions League, the boys have always reacted well.
    “We go into the next game wanting to win this, we enter this competition wanting to win.
    “There are a few players that had a few knocks, there’ll be a few changes but we’ll still field a team I’m confident in.”

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    Man Utd star Paul Pogba has sights set on ‘big stuff’ as he looks to win trophies and get over ANOTHER semi-final loss

    PAUL POGBA has his sights set on ‘the big stuff’ after shaking off yet another semi-final disappointment.
    Manchester United went out of the Carabao Cup to neighbours City for the second time in 13 months on top of last-four defeats in the FA Cup and Europa League last season.

    Paul Pogba has spoke of his desire to win ‘the big stuff’ following the cup semi-final defeat to Manchester CityCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    But with the chance to go top of the Premier League next week if they avoid defeat at Burnley, Pogba, 27, already has his eyes on a bigger prize.
    He said: “The club is built on winning big things so that is all we want to get — the big stuff.
    “We have to learn. Next time, we will do better. Last year they dominated us, that wasn’t the case so we are improving.”

    United team-mate Bruno Fernandes agreed and posted on Instagram: “I’m very sad to once again don’t reach a final.
    “We have to learn and understand we can’t make the same mistakes.”
    Meanwhile Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised United fans one of the most exciting young players in world football with the arrival of Amad Diallo.
    The Red Devils have confirmed the £37million transfer of 18-year-old Diallo from Atalanta as their first January signing.

    Solskjaer said: “As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.

    Pogba seems keen to stay at United to help them win more silverwareCredit: –

    “Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.
    The winger – who is yet to decide on his shirt number – told the United website: “After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United.
    “I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.
    “This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game.
    “The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.
    “I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”
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