Paul Pogba to start? How Manchester United could line up against Perth Glory in pre-season opener

12 Jul

Paul Pogba could start in Manchester United’s pre-season opener against Perth Glory on Saturday.

Last week, the France star’s agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed his client wanted to leave Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United this summer

The confirmation came after Real Madrid target Pogba admitted ‘it could be time for a new challenge’.

Despite his desire to leave, the 26-year-old is set to play a part in United’s pre-season tour of Australia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Perth Glory and Leeds United before jetting off to play Inter Milan and Sevilla in Singapore and China, respectively.

There could be debuts for summer signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this weekend.

Daniel James is an exciting addition to Manchester United’s squad

James will be hoping to hit the ground running after an impressive breakthrough 2018/19 season with Swansea, while Wan-Bissaka is expected to become the club’s first-choice right-back.

Romelu Lukaku, who has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, and Anthony Martial could sit out of the Perth Glory clash after picking up knocks in training.

Marcus Rashford is likely to lead the line as he hopes to improve on his 13-goal tally from last season.

There could also be starts for United academy graduates Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes who were both given first-team minutes by Solskjaer last term.

Axel Tuanzebe, who won promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa in May, could also have a chance to impress Solskjaer after returning from his loan spell.

Reports claim David de Gea is close to signing a new United deal and is set to keep his No.1 spot despite a shaky end to the 2018/19 season.

Is this how Manchester United could line up against Perth Glory?

Giving Usain Bolt a professional contract would be ‘farcical’, blasts former Premier League striker now in A-League

26 Oct

Usain Bolt will never make it as a footballer, according to former Premier League and current A-League striker Andy Keogh, who says the Olympic legend’s first touch is ‘like a trampoline’.

Usain Bolt turning pro would be a ‘kick in the teeth’ for proper footballers, says Keogh

The greatest sprinter of all-time has been offered a contract by Australian side Central Coast Mariners following a trial period with the club.

The Australian FA has said it is working with the Mariners to help fund a deal for the 32-year-old Jamaican.

But Keogh, the former Wolves star now playing for Perth Glory in the A-League, is unconvinced by Bolt’s ability and says giving him a contract would be ‘facial’ and would make a mockery of the game.

“It’s nice to have the attention on the A-League but him playing in the A-League, that’s not for me,” Keogh told Off the Ball.

“For me, he’s not going to be able to make it [as a footballer].

“He’s shown a bit [of potential] but it’s a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.”

Bolt scored twice for Central Coast Mariners in a recent friendly

Asked about the Jamaican’s first touch, he added: “From what I’ve seen, it’s like a trampoline, so I’m not too sure.

“If there’s someone who genuinely thinks he’d be a good football addition, I don’t think they should be in a position to make those calls.

“It’s fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it’s a little bit farcical.

“He says he’s chasing a dream of becoming a professional footballer yet he’s come out with quotes about he wants X amount [of money] when, if you’re chasing the dream, it’s not about the money and he’s obviously contradicted himself massively there.”

Keogh left Blackpool to move to Australian football in 2014
Keogh played in the Premier League for Wolves, making 129 appearances and scoring 23 goals in six years with the club

Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m world records, retired from athletics last year.

The Mariners have said that “without the contribution of an external third party” it was unlikely that Bolt and the club would agree terms.

Bolt turned down a two-year deal with Maltese champions Valletta FC earlier this month.