Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has heaped praise on the performance of Paul Pogba following the club’s 2-0 triumph over Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. The France international has been one of the club’s in-form players since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he continued to provide another commanding performance with a goal and an assist against the Blues.
Speaking after the game, Mata was full of admiration for his teammate, who made the key difference during the first period. He added to praise the midfielder’s all-round ability on the playing field and hailed him as one of the best midfielders in the world, he said: “Yes, he assisted the cross for the first goal, scored the second one. Even in the second half, 80, 85 minutes he was still defending, going forwards. He’s very, very complete. He’s got physique, he’s got quality, he’s got a pass, he can go box to box. He’s one of the best. Today he showed why.”
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is not confident of David de Gea extending his contract with the club. The Spain international has been with the Red Devils for the past seven-and-a-half seasons and during his period, he has transformed into one of the world’smost sought after goalkeepers.
As a result, there has been regular speculation regarding his future at Old Trafford and speaking to Sky Sports News, Mourinho has acknowledged that the club are still far off from extending his current deal, he said: “I am not confident. I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens. Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”
Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc believes Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has plenty of time to improve on his game and he could become a key player for club and country in the next few years. The Frenchman has come for plenty of stick owing to his inconsistent performances at Old Trafford but Blanc is confident that Pogba will reach his potential in the future.
He said:“I think [Pogba] still has room to improve. In my generation, we have very physically impressive players, like Patrick Vieira, for example. Technically speaking Patrick is really good, but he is not as good as Pogba, especially in terms of attacking. [Pogba] is well ahead of the other players in terms of physical levels. In the next few years, I think if Pogba does not suffer from injury problems, he will be one of the key players for France and also his club, we’re lucky enough to have Pogba.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that Paul Pogba would not be leaving the club during this summer’s transfer window. The France international has experienced a mixed run of form this season and this has witnessed him feature on the substitutes’ bench on a couple of occasions.
Despite this, the Frenchman has remained a valuable member of Mourinho’s side since his arrival and the Portuguese manager has now ruled out the possibility of his exit by saying: “I think he’s going to be here next season. That’s my feeling. I can give the guarantee that I don’t want him to leave, that the club doesn’t want to sell him and I can give you the guarantee that we don’t have any approach from him or his agent or from any club. In this moment for me, he’s staying, yes.” Continue reading
France captain Hugo Lloris believes compatriot Paul Pogba is still struggling to find his form after overcoming multiple injuries during the current campaign. The midfielder started the season in sublime fashion as he contributed goals as well as assists for Manchester United, but his game time became restricted from September after suffering a hamstring issue.
Pogba has since not been in the best of form for the Red Devils, and Lloris admits that it is a complicated situation. The 24-year-old’s inconsistency has cost him a regular role with United, but Lloris has backed the midfielder to return to his old-self sooner rather than later, he said: “Paul stays a strong player in our team, he is one of our leaders.
Manchester United are preparing a bid for Chelsea’s out-of-favour midfielder Juan Mata, according to the Telegraph.
The Spain international has been regularly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since the start of the season, with the champions often mentioned as potential suitors.
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On the back of winning the 2012 Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that his friend and former teammate Rio Ferdinand tried to convince him to re-join Manchester United in the summer, according to the Mirror.
The Portuguese international, who beat Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to the award at the ceremony in Zurich yesterday evening, was linked with a return to Old Trafford at the end of last season.
Barcelona have joined the race to sign Manchester United sensation Adnan Januzaj, the Mail Online understands.
The eighteen year old, whose stunning match winning double secured a first win in three Premier League games for the champions, will be out of contract at the end of the season and a number of clubs are said to be monitoring his situation.