Paul Pogba transfer: Manchester United star remains ‘desperate’ to leave and plans to push for January exit

27 Sep

Paul Pogba will push to leave Manchester United in January following the latest episode in his Old Trafford nightmare, reports claim.

The Frenchman was overlooked for the captaincy as United scraped past Rochdale on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Pogba is reportedly fed up at Old Trafford
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And Pogba, returning to the side following an injury setback, did not take a spot kick during the shootout victory despite being one of the club’s regular takers.

The 26-year-old publicly expressed a desire to move on in the summer, with his brother admitting a switch to Real Madrid would be a dream for the midfielder.

His absence at a team-bonding meal on Wednesday led to further scrutiny on his Old Trafford future and, according to The Sun, there is no chance of Pogba signing a new contract with the club.

The newspaper reports that the World Cup winner, whose current deal expires in June 2021, will try to force his way out in January.

United reportedly value Pogba at £180million, with Juventus and Real Madrid the front-runners for his signature.

However, neither club were willing to match that price tag during the summer, and the Red Devils would be seriously light in midfield without Pogba.

Any transfer could hinge on United finding a suitable replacement, with West Ham’s Declan Rice and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff both previously linked with moves to Old Trafford.


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Paul Pogba transfer: Manchester United star remains ‘desperate’ to leave and plans to push for January exit

27 Sep

Paul Pogba will push to leave Manchester United in January following the latest episode in his Old Trafford nightmare, reports claim.

The Frenchman was overlooked for the captaincy as United scraped past Rochdale on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Pogba is reportedly fed up at Old Trafford
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And Pogba, returning to the side following an injury setback, did not take a spot kick during the shootout victory despite being one of the club’s regular takers.

The 26-year-old publicly expressed a desire to move on in the summer, with his brother admitting a switch to Real Madrid would be a dream for the midfielder.

His absence at a team-bonding meal on Wednesday led to further scrutiny on his Old Trafford future and, according to The Sun, there is no chance of Pogba signing a new contract with the club.

The newspaper reports that the World Cup winner, whose current deal expires in June 2021, will try to force his way out in January.

United reportedly value Pogba at £180million, with Juventus and Real Madrid the front-runners for his signature.

However, neither club were willing to match that price tag during the summer, and the Red Devils would be seriously light in midfield without Pogba.

Any transfer could hinge on United finding a suitable replacement, with West Ham’s Declan Rice and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff both previously linked with moves to Old Trafford.


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Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba’s push for January Man United exit, Newcastle in £125m takeover bid, Rochdale teen scouted by Premier League club

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Paul Pogba will renew his attempts to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly ready to activate the £32m buy-out clause in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s contract. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba still wants to leave Manchester United and will look to seal a transfer elsewhere in January, reports claim
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Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a fresh attempt to buy Newcastle United with a new consortium, offering to pay owner Mike Ashley £125m up front. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United have been scouting 16-year-old Rochdale defender Luke Matheson since he made his first-team debut last year. The youngster hit the headlines this week after scoring against Man United in the Carabao Cup. (Chronicle)

Watford star Ismaila Sarr believes Liverpool forward and Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane is currently the best player in the world. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are seeking compensation in the region of £7m from Liverpool for teenager Harvey Elliott, with an impasse between the clubs over his value likely to be resolved by a tribunal. (The Times)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he was “surprised and flattered” to hear Jurgen Klopp tip him to be his successor as Liverpool manager.  (Daily Star)

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Newcastle have been keeping an eye on 16-year-old Luke Matheson for over a year[/caption]

Arsenal’s players held a blind vote to decide who will be the club’s captains as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his five-man leadership group. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are lining up a January move for French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, having sent a scout to Lyon’s last three games. (Daily Mail)

David Beckham is set to move into football agency – with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 17, a potential client. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will both appeal against the decision to fine Barca €300 (£265) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at Atletico. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko, having missed the chance to sign the 30-year-old Ukraine international for about £8m in the summer. (The Sun)

Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba’s push for January Man United exit, Newcastle in £125m takeover bid, Rochdale teen scouted by Premier League club

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Paul Pogba will renew his attempts to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly ready to activate the £32m buy-out clause in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s contract. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba still wants to leave Manchester United and will look to seal a transfer elsewhere in January, reports claim
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Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a fresh attempt to buy Newcastle United with a new consortium, offering to pay owner Mike Ashley £125m up front. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United have been scouting 16-year-old Rochdale defender Luke Matheson since he made his first-team debut last year. The youngster hit the headlines this week after scoring against Man United in the Carabao Cup. (Chronicle)

Watford star Ismaila Sarr believes Liverpool forward and Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane is currently the best player in the world. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are seeking compensation in the region of £7m from Liverpool for teenager Harvey Elliott, with an impasse between the clubs over his value likely to be resolved by a tribunal. (The Times)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he was “surprised and flattered” to hear Jurgen Klopp tip him to be his successor as Liverpool manager.  (Daily Star)

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Newcastle have been keeping an eye on 16-year-old Luke Matheson for over a year[/caption]

Arsenal’s players held a blind vote to decide who will be the club’s captains as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his five-man leadership group. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are lining up a January move for French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, having sent a scout to Lyon’s last three games. (Daily Mail)

David Beckham is set to move into football agency – with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 17, a potential client. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will both appeal against the decision to fine Barca €300 (£265) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at Atletico. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko, having missed the chance to sign the 30-year-old Ukraine international for about £8m in the summer. (The Sun)

Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba’s push for January Man United exit, Newcastle in £125m takeover bid, Rochdale teen scouted by Premier League club

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Paul Pogba will renew his attempts to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly ready to activate the £32m buy-out clause in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s contract. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba still wants to leave Manchester United and will look to seal a transfer elsewhere in January, reports claim
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Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a fresh attempt to buy Newcastle United with a new consortium, offering to pay owner Mike Ashley £125m up front. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United have been scouting 16-year-old Rochdale defender Luke Matheson since he made his first-team debut last year. The youngster hit the headlines this week after scoring against Man United in the Carabao Cup. (Chronicle)

Watford star Ismaila Sarr believes Liverpool forward and Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane is currently the best player in the world. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are seeking compensation in the region of £7m from Liverpool for teenager Harvey Elliott, with an impasse between the clubs over his value likely to be resolved by a tribunal. (The Times)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he was “surprised and flattered” to hear Jurgen Klopp tip him to be his successor as Liverpool manager.  (Daily Star)

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Newcastle have been keeping an eye on 16-year-old Luke Matheson for over a year[/caption]

Arsenal’s players held a blind vote to decide who will be the club’s captains as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his five-man leadership group. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are lining up a January move for French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, having sent a scout to Lyon’s last three games. (Daily Mail)

David Beckham is set to move into football agency – with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 17, a potential client. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will both appeal against the decision to fine Barca €300 (£265) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at Atletico. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko, having missed the chance to sign the 30-year-old Ukraine international for about £8m in the summer. (The Sun)

Arsenal must sign Kalidou Koulibaly to challenge for silverware says Emmanuel Frimpong who also criticises Gunners’ current defence

26 Sep

Arsenal are far, far away from challenging Liverpool and Manchester City for Premier League success, but signing Kalidou Koulibaly will do much to help the Gunners close the gap.

This is according to former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who spoke exclusively to MetaRatings to discuss the north Londoners’ recent struggles.

It has been a chaotic start to the season for Unai Emery’s side, who have both scored and conceded goals for fun in their opening six league matches.

Unai Emery’s side are scoring a bucketload of goals – but continue to concede plenty too
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While they currently sit fourth in the table with three wins and only one defeat from their games, Emery has been coming under pressure as no one believes Arsenal’s results are sustainable while they continue to put in such shaky performances.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is rescuing points for the Emirates club on a weekly basis, with his incredible goal scoring abilities making up for Arsenal’s defensive frailties.

Emery hoped to fix the Gunners’ backline during the summer transfer window by signing David Luiz from Chelsea, but he appears to have become even more error-prone in north London than he was in the west of the capital.

And Frimpong, who played for Arsenal’s first-team after graduating from their academy, says the defence is keeping the Gunners well behind their English rivals.

Discussing how far Arsenal have fallen, Frimpong said: “Pretty far, to be honest.

“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certainly weaker, when you compare it to Liverpool or Man City.

“David Luiz has been making some mistakes, and in my opinion there’s little difference between Luiz and Mustafi; I would rather see Callum Chambers selected.

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“They need to be buying better defenders, like Koulibaly, who can make a big impact on Arsenal’s team.”

Asked whether Koulibaly is the difference between Arsenal challenging for silverware or challenging for the top four, Frimpong added: “Yes, a Koulibaly!

“They have to improve the defence to challenge.”

Kouliblay, the Napoli centre-back, is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders in world football and has been linked with a host of top European clubs over the past few years.

Koulibaly has played over 200 games for Napoli and become a truly elite defender
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Chelsea wanted him under both their former managers Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, while the 28-year-old has also been targeted by Man City and Liverpool in recent seasons.

Currently, the Senegal international is said to be on Man United’s radar but they face a fight with Barcelona to sign Koulibaly when the transfer window reopens in January.

Arsenal must sign Kalidou Koulibaly to challenge for silverware says Emmanuel Frimpong who also criticises Gunners’ current defence

26 Sep

Arsenal are far, far away from challenging Liverpool and Manchester City for Premier League success, but signing Kalidou Koulibaly will do much to help the Gunners close the gap.

This is according to former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who spoke exclusively to MetaRatings to discuss the north Londoners’ recent struggles.

It has been a chaotic start to the season for Unai Emery’s side, who have both scored and conceded goals for fun in their opening six league matches.

Unai Emery’s side are scoring a bucketload of goals – but continue to concede plenty too
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While they currently sit fourth in the table with three wins and only one defeat from their games, Emery has been coming under pressure as no one believes Arsenal’s results are sustainable while they continue to put in such shaky performances.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is rescuing points for the Emirates club on a weekly basis, with his incredible goal scoring abilities making up for Arsenal’s defensive frailties.

Emery hoped to fix the Gunners’ backline during the summer transfer window by signing David Luiz from Chelsea, but he appears to have become even more error-prone in north London than he was in the west of the capital.

And Frimpong, who played for Arsenal’s first-team after graduating from their academy, says the defence is keeping the Gunners well behind their English rivals.

Discussing how far Arsenal have fallen, Frimpong said: “Pretty far, to be honest.

“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certainly weaker, when you compare it to Liverpool or Man City.

“David Luiz has been making some mistakes, and in my opinion there’s little difference between Luiz and Mustafi; I would rather see Callum Chambers selected.

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“They need to be buying better defenders, like Koulibaly, who can make a big impact on Arsenal’s team.”

Asked whether Koulibaly is the difference between Arsenal challenging for silverware or challenging for the top four, Frimpong added: “Yes, a Koulibaly!

“They have to improve the defence to challenge.”

Kouliblay, the Napoli centre-back, is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders in world football and has been linked with a host of top European clubs over the past few years.

Koulibaly has played over 200 games for Napoli and become a truly elite defender
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Chelsea wanted him under both their former managers Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, while the 28-year-old has also been targeted by Man City and Liverpool in recent seasons.

Currently, the Senegal international is said to be on Man United’s radar but they face a fight with Barcelona to sign Koulibaly when the transfer window reopens in January.

Transfer news and football gossip: Real Madrid want Eriksen and Pochettino from Tottenham, Sterling a ‘perfect signing’ for Barcelona and how Manchester United can challenge ‘for everything’

26 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Real Madrid want Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract agreement with them in January, and will then move for manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham fear Eriksen will reject attempts to sell him in January, meaning he will likely leave on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mail)

Mauricio Pochettino and Christian Eriksen could both be on their way to Real Madrid
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Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is said to be ‘waiting in the wings’ for the Spurs job should Pochettino walk away. (The Sun)

Barcelona legend Xavi sees Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as the perfect signing if he one day takes charge at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)

Kevin de Bruyne has been told he should leave Manchester City and join Paris Saint-Germain if he ever wants to win the Champions League, by his former manager at Genk. (Het Nieuwsblad)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to put a £250m valuation on Harry Kane in a bid to keep the England striker at the end of what could be another season without a trophy for Spurs. (Daily Telegraph)

Pochettino has hinted he is planning to make signings in the January transfer window in the wake of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of League Two Colchester United. (Daily Express)

Man City star Raheem Sterling has been described as the ‘perfect signing’ for Barcelona, but Barca legend Xavi
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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with owners the Glazer family about making “cultural” changes at the club. (Daily Express)

Red Bull Salzburg’s 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland has opened the door to a move to Manchester United – FULL STORY

Manchester United can be challengers “for everything” if they just add four world-class players to their team, according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. (Bein Sports)

Juventus’ 33-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic turned down a £7m-a-year offer to play in Qatar so he has the chance to join Manchester Unitedin January. (Daily Mail)

Argentina giants Boca Juniors are to make a firm offer to sign Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy, although those links have been rubbished by his agent Mino Raiola. (AS)

Transfer news and football gossip: Real Madrid want Eriksen and Pochettino from Tottenham, Sterling a ‘perfect signing’ for Barcelona and how Manchester United can challenge ‘for everything’

26 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Real Madrid want Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract agreement with them in January, and will then move for manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham fear Eriksen will reject attempts to sell him in January, meaning he will likely leave on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mail)

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is said to be ‘waiting in the wings’ for the Spurs job should Pochettino walk away. (The Sun)

Barcelona legend Xavi sees Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as the perfect signing if he one day takes charge at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)

Kevin de Bruyne has been told he should leave Manchester City and join Paris Saint-Germain if he ever wants to win the Champions League, by his former manager at Genk. (Het Nieuwsblad)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to put a £250m valuation on Harry Kane in a bid to keep the England striker at the end of what could be another season without a trophy for Spurs. (Daily Telegraph)

Pochettino has hinted he is planning to make signings in the January transfer window in the wake of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of League Two Colchester United. (Daily Express)

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with owners the Glazer family about making “cultural” changes at the club. (Daily Express)

Red Bull Salzburg’s 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland has opened the door to a move to Manchester United – FULL STORY

Manchester United can be challengers “for everything” if they just add four world-class players to their team, according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. (Bein Sports)

Juventus’ 33-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic turned down a £7m-a-year offer to play in Qatar so he has the chance to join Manchester Unitedin January. (Daily Mail)

Argentina giants Boca Juniors are to make a firm offer to sign Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy, although those links have been rubbished by his agent Mino Raiola. (AS)

Five Man United transfers for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January, including Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and West Ham youngster Declan Rice

26 Sep

It’s been a pretty dismal start to the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United side.

The Red Devils have two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six games, scoring eight goals – as many as rivals Manchester City scored in just one game over the weekend, in their 8-0 rout of Watford.

Manchester United have had a torrid campaign so far
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Their latest 2-0 loss to West Ham has unsurprisingly led to a barrage of criticism, with legendary former midfielder Roy Keane saying ‘it’s scary how far they’ve fallen’ since the club’s title-winning days under Sir Alex Ferguson.

And despite spending nearly £150million on Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka over the summer, it’s clear there is plenty more to do in the transfer market if the club wants to compete at the top with Man City and Liverpool.

A defensive midfielder, an attacking midfielder and a striker is what appears to be most needed at the club, so who should United target in January?

talkSPORT.com has identified five players United should target if they have any hope of reaching the top four this season…


Declan Rice (West Ham)

United are crying out for a defensive midfielder, with the performances of Nemanja Matic deteriorating and Scott McTominay not an out-and-out holding midfielder.

A player is desperately needed to sit in front of the back four and provide Paul Pogba with the freedom to get forward – and Declan Rice fits the bill.

He is young and English – which is seemingly Solskjaer’s criteria – and he is already a first-team regular for the Hammers and an England international.

According to reports, United could test the water with a £90m bid next summer – however, should results worsen before the turn of the year, Solskjaer may have to find cover immediately and test West Ham with a January bid.

United should target Rice in January
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Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Another player United should go all out to sign is German sensation Havertz.

Havertz scored 20 goals for Leverkusen in all competitions last season is one of the hottest young talents in Germany.

He recently made it clear he wants a move next summer and United have reportedly been told that they will pay have to £90m if they want to sign him.

According to the Daily Express, Solskjaer is ready to join a host of top European clubs who want to lure the 20-year-old away from Leverkusen.

The Norwegian boss faces competition from Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool – who have all shown an interest in signing the German international.

Havertz is one of the brightest talents in Germany
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Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Should United fail in their pursuit of Havertz, they should go all out for Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen.

The Dane is clearly unsettled at the club and has looked out of sorts this season.

The north London club may be willing to cash in on the midfielder before his contract runs out in the summer – but it is believed he want a move to Spain and also wishes to play in the Champions League.

On his day, Eriksen is one of the very best creative players in the world – and his 50 goals and 60 assists in just over 200 Premier League appearances serve as evidence for that.

The 27-year-old is Premier League proven and would have no difficulty in adjusting to the English game – Solskjaer shouldn’t think twice about trying to sign him in January.

Eriksen has looked out of sorts this season
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Mario Mandzukic (Juventus)

Mandzukic reportedly wants a Premier League transfer in January – and the experienced marksman may be the perfect short-term option up front for the Red Devils.

United were close to signing the veteran forward during the summer – but Ed Woodward pulled out of a deal, believing £14m was too much to pay for a 33-year-old.

The Juventus striker has offers on the table from Qatar, however, Tuttosport report Mandzukic is holding out for offers from England.

Whether it’s a short-term six month loan deal or even a permanent contract, Mandzukic could be a handy acquisition as he guarantees goals.

Mandzukic could be a solid short-term signing for Juventus
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Erling Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg)

Another option United have is to target the promising teenager Haaland.

The wonderkid of Red Bull Salzburg lit up the Champions League in his very first appearance last week, hitting a first-half hat-trick in devastating fashion.

United watched Haaland back when Solskjaer was his manager at Molde and he is a big admirer of the forward.

“He can become a top striker for sure,” Solskjaer said in July 2018. “He reminds me of the type of striker Lukaku is.”

Signing Haaland undoubtedly comes with its risks due to his inexperience, but if it pays off United may have sorted a No.9 for years to come.

Haaland is one to watch this season following a stunning start to the season
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