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Solskjaer to ask Pogba to do a Ronaldo for Man Utd?

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will plead with Paul Pogba to remain at the club for another season according to the Daily Mail this week.

As the quality of Manchester United slowly fades away, the pride and integrity follow suit. In a move reminiscent of Sir Alex Ferguson with Cristiano Ronaldo, Solskjaer is following suit. However, this time around it’s a completely different situation.

Paul Pogba has publicly humiliated his employers after telling a Japanese news source that he is looking to seek a “new challenge” whilst on his Asian tour. His agent Mino Raiola also made several comments about a matter that should have been dealt with in-house.

The World Cup winner is undoubtedly one of the greatest talents of modern football. But following his second spell at the club since 2016, there have merely been glimpses of excellence. Whilst the likes of Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne provides glimpses of excellence every other minute on the pitch.

However, as Ed Woodward reaps the rewards of Pogba being an Adidas ambassador and a major shirt seller. He is set and ready to throw the pride of the club down the gutter to keep an unhappy and under-performing Paul Pogba, in order to maintain relationships with their sponsors.

Round in circles?

A similar case happened many moons ago, back when Manchester United was at the top of world football with Cristiano Ronaldo. He was linked with a move to Real Madrid, but held off for a season whilst Manchester United put plans in place for his replacement; Gabriel Obertan, remember him? Probably not. Obertan currently plays for Erzurumspor in Turkey, the man he was meant to replace is now considered the world’s best footballer at 34 years of age for one of Europe’s most elite clubs; Juventus.

This lacklustre and last-minute approach to planning the future of the club is why Manchester United are now a club fighting for a top 5 position.

Manchester City has recently signed Rodri for £62million, a class midfielder from Atletico Madrid. The planning behind this signing is to replace Fernandinho with him after the next season or two where Fernandinho will still be one of the best midfielders in the league.

Manchester United are still yet to replace Ander Herrara and Fellaini.

Nay, Manchester United are still yet to replace Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic!

What’s the best outcome of this dilemma?

The general consensus is that fans would let Paul Pogba leave. Then use the funds to strengthen the entirety of the squad. Unfortunately for them, fans and chief officers have different goals, success on the pitch and brand names on the shirt, respectively.

In a recent press conference in Australia, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Pogba is a ‘professional’ with ‘a heart of gold’, which is a believable statement.

However, Solskjaer also claimed that there is a social media ‘agenda’ against Paul Pogba, which divides opinion as Pogba has been questionable in his methods of seeking a ‘new challenge’. On the other hand, some outlets have falsely reported a fight between the Frenchman and teammate Jesse Lingard, despite the full video showing the two were plainly joking.

Pogba is well within his rights to seek playing time with a more advanced football team. It is best for both parties to split ways, as the number 6 won’t receive a warm welcome from the local fans back in Manchester.

Why is Bristol City’s Adam Webster attracting Everton, Newcastle and Aston Villa?

A number of Premier League clubs are battling to sign Bristol City’s Adam Webster, with Villa leading the chase as it stands. They will be looking for a fee of at least £10 million and hoping an auction sees the fee rise way beyond that.

Webster made 44 appearances last season and led a solid defence that narrowly missed out on the playoffs, finishing 8th.

Very interestingly, Bristol City fans are urging their manager to accept any fee around £10 million, suggesting he’s worth nowhere near that fee (it was a troll), great tactics from The Robins fans. Aden Flint is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the Championship, and the general consensus is that he and Webster form a formidable partnership.

If a number of Premier League sides are chasing him for a fee north of 10 million, he must be a good player and one with plenty of potential. He’s a ‘ball-playing’ defender and can play left or right back, too, which will attract sides.

Maybe a move will push him to improve, and he’ll thrive on the pressure of playing top level football. I hope his move works out and he plays regularly, as we’ve seen moves similar to this not work out, resulting in a young player ruining his career by sitting on the bench every week.

Liverpool and Man Utd set eyes on promising target Junior Firpo

Real Betis are open to offers for their 22-year-old left-back Junior Firpo, Manchester United and Liverpool are leading the race for him.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have their eyes on Junior Firpo, whilst he is currently partaking in the under 21 Euros for Spain.

Last season, Firpo proved his place in Real Betis as the young full-back enjoyed 29 games, getting himself 3 goals and 5 assists in all competitions. Compared to Luke Shaw’s 1 goal and 5 assists over 40 appearances last season in all competitions.

Firpo has 34 career games in the left-midfield position and 12 career games at centre-back. Which not only demonstrates his versatility, but also his ability to attack and defend, an important trait needed in Premier League full-backs.

Manchester United and Liverpool are both seeking the left-back in order to provide support and competition to the men who start in that position for each club; Luke Shaw and Andy Robertson.

However, Liverpool may be willing to out-spend Man Utd on this occasion as, according to Liverpool Echo, Liverpool aren’t set for huge signings with ‘Klopp happy to merely tweak a squad‘ that won the Champions League last season. Whereas with Manchester United, Solskjaer and his fans in red are hoping for a huge £200million overhaul of their currently failing squad, meaning there may be other priorities for him and his budget.

Transfer Rumours: Stockport County chasing highly-rated Warrington midfielder

Named as one of the best players in non-league football, it’s no wonder that clubs are now looking at Warrington’s Ben Garrity, but who is he? 

The 21-year-old is a midfielder, who’s had a brilliant season with The Yellows and been a very effective partner on the field to Rob Evans. Now it is rumoured that Stockport County are interested in signing him.

For Stockport fans looking for some background on him, he comes very highly recommended, especially by Warrington’s midfielder, Evans. In a 2018 interview, he spoke about his teammate and said that he has the potential to play at a very high level.

Garrity was plucked from local league football in Liverpool and has now scored twice last season. He has been excellent in Warrington’s campaign to perform well last season, and Rob Evans has explained how the pair have been an effective duo. He also admires how the 21-year-old has stepped up to the task and got the job done. He now has plenty of time on his side to climb the footballing pyramid. 

In a most recent interview with The Yellows’ manager, Paul Carden, he has said that he expects “vultures to circle” around his side in regards to other clubs coming after his lads. Carden also expected Ben to be one of the highest in demand and it looks like he wasn’t wrong.

So now we wait to see whether the rumour is true and if so, what deal will be made? 

Is Wigan Athletic midfielder move to Stoke City, is it a good move?

Nick Powell is expected to complete a move to Stoke at the end of the month, following him rejecting a new contract offer at Wigan. The former Man United forward is in his second spell at the DW Stadium, will he regret a move away?

“Nick Powell is the next Paul Scholes” Sir Alex Ferguson’s words, not mine. His career has been plagued by injuries and poor career choices, but he’s still a top player on his day.

The 2011/12 season was when Powell’s career took off. He won every award at Crewe’s end of season awards and scored a wonder-goal in their play-off final win at Wembley. United came calling, dubbing him as a future England international.

The youngster was sent on loan to Wigan, where he set the world alight at our place. A joy to watch, made the game look so easy. Powell scored our first ever European goal against Maribor, before scoring again against Rubin Kazan. Although the highlight of that loan spell was undoubtedly the overhead kick vs Bolton, I had to get that in somewhere.

After a couple of failed loan spells at Leicester and Wolves, Powell came home, this time permanently. He suffered from injury for a majority of the season, when returning he almost kept us up single-handedly. Wigan 0-2 Barnsley 79 minutes. Powell comes on, scores a hat-trick, we win 3-2. That’s what he does.

The bloke was just different class in League One during the 2017/18 campaign, it wasn’t fair on other teams, we basically had 12 men. That season, Powell scored 15, assisted about 120 and didn’t really break a sweat. Powell > Dack by the way.

Last season was ruined by injury, again. After starting the season very well, hamstring troubles kept him out the side. Wigan managed him perfectly, only using him when we absolutely needed his magic, even subbing him off after 20/30 minutes sometimes.

Will he get that special treatment at Stoke? Hmm. He’s a god at Latics, he’ll be welcome to come back at any point. Just reject Stoke, stay at Wigan. You know it’s the right thing to do.

Right, someone pass a tissue.

Two Attributes That Bolton Wanderer’s Erhun Oztumer Could Bring to Hull City

Another day another big transfer rumour, this time it’s Bolton Wanderers midfielder Erhun Oztumer who is rumoured to be on his way out of the troubled club.

If rumours are to be believed, the man who featured for the Trotters 18 times last season is a wanted man, with Charlton Athletic and Hull City both interested in his services.

Oztumer only joined Bolton in 2018 from Walsall on a free, but with all the issues going on behind the scenes at Bolton they seem to be looking to cash in on the midfielder. With both Hull and Charlton playing their football in the Championship next season, it is realistic that Oztumer may be available for a cut-price fee, and for a man with his experience at this level, it could prove invaluable.

Things aren’t all rosy at Hull City however, manager Nigel Adkins recently turned down a new contract and is set to leave when the current one expires at the end of this month. Therefore, no guarantee’s can be made for Oztumer should he move there, perhaps whoever is brought in will want his own players and it could jeopardize his move.

With Hull looking his likely destination, we took a look at what Oztumer could bring to the mid-table Championship side…

Determination

Although Oztumer isn’t the biggest of players at 5″3, his career has seen him fight his way back into the Pro game, via the fourth division of Turkish football. Therefore, the 28-year-old is constantly fighting to prove to everyone that he belongs and is good enough for the Football League.

Having experienced Non-League football, Oztumer has some of that grit that can only come from playing on mud-baths for next to nothing but the love of the game, something which a few clubs need a little bit more of.

Composure on the ball

Oztumer has a wand of a left foot (YouTube it) is very composed with the ball and can be a tricky player to deal with given his low centre of gravity. Therefore if a team keeps the ball on the floor and plays, he can be a real asset from his attacking midfielder role, moving the entire team forward with one pass or run.

This issue comes when teams starting playing the long ball similar to what has happened at Bolton, at only 5″3 Oztumer will compete, but is never going to be favourite against some of the giants of the Championship such as Ryan Shawcross.

Bolton Wanderer’s Ben Alnwick Going Nowhere Despite Links Away

Ben Alnwick could leave Bolton Wanderers on a free, with links to Huddersfield, Wigan and Charlton Athletic.

Ben Alnwick is a 32 year-old established goalkeeper currently playing for Bolton Wanderers, who were recently relegated to League One.

Alnwick has been signed to fourteen different clubs since his career began in 2004, seven of which were loans from Tottenham Hotspur to clubs such as Luton, Leicester and Leeds. His experience majors at the Championship and the League One level of English Football, after failing to break into the first team at Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur. He failed to make a mark in the Premier League, much like Huddersfield Town, who are reportedly interested in his services.

With Huddersfield losing their goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to Everton for free, replacing him with Ben Alnwick, a man with over 250 career appearances, also for free, seems a sensible and suitable option for the recently Premier League level side.

However, according to Marc Iles, the Chief football writer at The Bolton News, Alnwick told him that “(Bolton) is still somewhere I enjoy playing my football. I love the place.”

Two Championship sides, Wigan and Huddersfield, could save Alnwick from returning to League One and allow him to do what he does best in a first-team selection in the Championship, as both clubs seek to replace their current number ones.

However, with regards to Alnwick’s comments, and his 28 appearances last season for Bolton Wanderers, it appears the shot-stopper’s allegiance lies with his current club.

Despite this, one fan responded to the aforementioned tweet by Marc Iles, the Chief football writer at The Bolton News, expressing concern for both the club and Alnwick himself. The tweet reads “Can we really afford 2 first team goalies though. Matthews is a good young keeper who will shine in that league. Fair play to him if he leaves, he’s got bills to pay at the end of the day”.

Ben Alnwick’s future isn’t set in stone, but at only 32 years of age, he could be a part of a team with a slightly brighter future than Bolton Wanderers. As both Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic are undoubtedly keen to see Premier League action once again, potentially allowing Alnwick to finally demonstrate his worth in the top flight of English football towards to final chapter of his career.

OPINION: Birmingham’s Lukas Jutkiewicz Fits The Wigan Athletic Bill Perfectly

The rumour mill has started. I usually take ‘transfer rumours’ with a pinch of salt, mainly because Wigan are apparently on the verge of signing Giovani Dos Santos and Jordan Rhodes every transfer window.

However, the link to Lukas Jutkiewicz which has surfaced over the past few days is very credible, given Wigan are in the market for a ‘target man’ type striker.

Paul Cook’s side finished a credible 18th place last campaign but scored just 51 goals. With Leon Clarke returning to Sheffield United and Nick Powell rejecting a new contract offer, the Latics will be left with limited attacking options.

Joe Garner netted eight goals last season, and youngster Callum Lang will be returning after his successful loan spell at Oldham, but I’m sure Cook will be on the lookout for a striker who can score around 15-20 goals and propel his side to a top-half finish.

Is Lukas Jutkiewicz the saviour to his problems?

He’s certainly a striker that would ‘fit the bill’ in terms of fitting into our style of play. Wigan have attacking threat on the wings, with Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs usually adopting the wide areas, however last season we didn’t have a finisher to benefit from their creativity. Jutkiewicz scored 14 goals last season, which is a good return in a Birmingham side that struggled for large parts of the season.

Whenever I’ve watched Jutkiewicz, he’s always been a handful for defenders. A similar type of player to Chris Wood who works hard, fights for every ball, constantly harrying defenders and always in the box at the right times. I expect Wigan to use Josh Windass more next season, and I feel like he could flourish playing ‘number 10’ behind a striker like Jutkiewicz.

It’s a yes from me, make Jutkiewicz a blue, a Wigan blue.

Would other Wigan fans be happy with the signing?

Man Utd fans React to ‘He’s Too God Damn Good’ Bruno Fernandes’ performance for Portugal

According to the Daily Star, Man United will announce the signing of Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes after the conclusion of Nations League 2019, with the fee rumoured to be around £62 million.

Fernandes and another proposed target for United, Joao Felix, both featured in Portugal’s 3-1 victory over Switzerland. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick deserves a mention.

Dan James will be Solksjaer’s first summer signing, assuming he passes the planned medical. He will join United in a deal that could be worth up to £18 million. It’s looking like their transfer strategy is to sign young, hungry talent that will give everything to wear the famous red shirt. The bang opposite to Alexis Sanchez, basically.

The massive re-building process is underway, let’s see what United fans made of Fernandes’ performance last night…

Man City Should Forget Rodrigo & Focus On These Two Instead

If you believe a lot of the media, Manchester City’s top target this summer is Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Rodrigo. Pep Guardiola sees the young Spaniard as the long term heir to the role of Fernandinho in the City starting eleven.

According to WhoScored.com, The Citizens have warned their top target that they will move on to others if they don’t receive a quick answer from the 22-year-old before they trigger his £62.2 million release clause.

Despite the pressure being applied by City, Rodrigo has urged for City to be patient so he can make his decision. Therefore, there is every chance City may have to look elsewhere.

Strengths of the young Spaniards game include his passing, his tackling and winning ariel duels. It’s these traits that have seen Rodrigo labelled in the Spanish press as the next Sergio Busquets, not a coincidence then that Barcelona are also interested in the young Spaniard.

While Rodrigo seems hesitant to leave his home country, here are a couple of alternatives that City should be looking at instead of him…

Tanguy Ndombele

22-year-old France International Ndombele who currently features for the French side Lyon would make a great alternate target for Man City. The young midfielder is attracting interest from across the Premier League and, while he is yet to confirm or deny whether he fancies a move away from France this year, perhaps City can get themselves to top of the pile.

Marcus Llorente

Despite not starting for Real Madrid, young Spaniard Marcus Llorente is a defensive midfielder, that the media would have you believe is on the lookout for a new club to join and guarantee first-team football. Whilst City may not be able to guarantee the starting position Llorente wants, perhaps City could persuade him to make the move and save themselves a chunk of money if the player does, in fact, want out of the Santiago Bernabeu.

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