Pogba loves Man Utd but wanting to prove himself at the top saw him quit once – and it could happen again, says Berbatov – The Sun

PAUL POGBA loves Manchester United but his need to prove he can play at the top saw him leave once – and it could happen again, says Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian striker was at Old Trafford when Pogba was a youngster, before the Frenchman quit for Juventus in 2012.


But Berbatov told Betfair Pogba is "shy" and "hard-working" despite his outgoing social media demeanour and just wants to be the best he can be.

Looking back at the World Cup winner's early days at Old Trafford, Berbatov said: "I remember when Paul Pogba used to come and train with us in the first team.

"He would put in the effort to impress the boss, the coaches and the players. You could see straight away the talent in Pogba.

"Even then he had that big stride and he could read the game and intercept passes really well, it was difficult back then to go past him.

"The only thing he was lacking back then was that confidence, because he was coming from the second team and training with the first team which was a big thing.

"Of course, he was a bit shy, he probably could have done better but it's understandable when you are in that situation because you are in awe of the players around you and that can sometimes stop you from performing."

He was always meant to come back to United because I think he loves it there.

Berbatov continued by saying Pogba was right to quit United for Juventus – and again made the correct call in returning in 2016 for a then-world-record £89million.

The ex-United and Tottenham star said: "People say he should have stayed at United and developed playing under Sir Alex Ferguson…

"In the end he didn't get much of a chance to play and his desire to play more football was the reason he went to Juventus in my opinion.

"He went to Juventus and he was unbelievable, the goals he scored, the way he clicked with the players around him was great.

"He was always meant to come back to United because I think he loves it there and he associates himself with English football – the way the training is, the way the games are and the culture of it.

"He's still one of the best even though he gets criticised most of the time, of course, he can do better but he needs to stay fit and healthy which is exactly what I want for him.

"I think it was the right decision for him to move to Italy, he wanted to prove to everybody that he could play at that age and he did exactly that."

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How Man Utd could line-up after £140m loan and Real Madrid stars Martin Odegaard and Rodriguez swapped for Paul Pogba – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED'S £140million loan has boosted their chances of signing some big names this summer.

But Paul Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from the club after making just seven league appearances this season.

Solskjaer has confirmed Pogba is fit to play when football returns and he has been pictured at Carrington this week.

Real Madrid have reportedly offered United four big-name stars in a swap deal for the French World Cup winner.

Martin Odegaard, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vasquez and former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz will be included.

United fans have been drooling over the thought of a Pogba and Fernandes partnership in the midfield after they were spotted training together this week.

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Black man died after cop knelt on his neck and ignored 'I can't breathe' pleas

A black man died shortly after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck as he pleaded that he could not breathe.

The man, who has not been identified, died on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a hospital following the struggle with the officers.

Police were initially called to investigate a report of a forgery at a business and found the man matching the suspect’s description in his car, police spokesman John Elder said.

‘He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress,’ Elder said.

The video of the incident, which was posted to Facebook by Darnella Frazier, shows the white officer kneeling on the man’s neck as he is heard crying out in pain and gasping for breath.

‘I can’t breathe. Please, I need my neck, I can’t breathe, shit,’ the man can be heard saying after an officer asks him what he wants.

‘Get up and get in the car,’ one of the officers says as the man cries out.

‘I can’t…my neck, I’m through,’ he responds as his face is pressed against the pavement.

‘My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts,’ he continued as bystanders tell officers to let him up.

‘This is why you don’t do drugs kids,’ an officer can be heard saying.

At the video’s four-minute mark, the man goes limp with the officer’s knee still on his neck.

The man was eventually taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died a short time later.

‘Whatever the man may have done should not have ended with a death sentence,’ Nekima Levy-Armstrong, a prominent local activist, told the Star Tribune.

‘What started as an alleged economic incident once again turned deadly for a black man.’

The FBI andThe Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are reportedly investigating the incident. All body camera footage has been turned over to the BCA as part of the investigation.

Per protocol, the officers involved have been put on paid leave. They have not been identified as of Tuesday.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey commented on the deadly incident Tuesday and urged anyone planning on protesting to take precautions because of the coronavirus outbreak.

‘If you’re sad, I get it, if you’re angry, that makes complete sense, if you feel the need to protest, of course, we want to make sure people are able to express themselves,’ Frey said.

‘There is another danger out there right now, which is Covid-19.’

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Man Utd scrap pre-season tour plans with first trip to India cancelled amid pandemic and other clubs to follow – The Sun


MANCHESTER UNITED have pulled the plug on a lucrative tour to India this summer as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bite.

Old Trafford chiefs have already admitted that due to the Covid-19 they will not go on tour over the next few months.

United had planned to play a match in India as football continues to grow in the sub-continent.

Pre-season tours have become big business for Premier League clubs with United heading to the Far East and Australia last summer.

United's chief financial officer Cliff Baty revealed that this year's tour had been cancelled.

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Man Utd joined by City in £70m transfer race for Kai Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen striker high on shopping list – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY have joined the £70m transfer race for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

The 20-year-old German has been one of the best forwards in Europe this season, scoring 12 goals already including two on Monday against Werder Bremen.

The attacking midfielder has been scouted by some of the elite clubs across the continent, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

And City have joined that extensive list, with Pep Guardiola understood to be a huge admirer of his talents.

He will be one of the most targeted players when the transfer window opens this summer, with Leverkusen demanding around £100m.

But he could be available for around £70m due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the market, causing fees to crash.

City are starting to look at life without David Silva, as the 34-year-old's career at the Etihad slowly comes to an end after a stellar career.

Havertz is a different type of midfielder, who plays further forward and is expected to become a full-time No9 in the future.

Sergio Aguero does not have long left in Manchester either, and the German could eventually move into his position one day.


Guardiola has sent scouts to watch the Leverkusen star, who is understood to be open to the idea of playing abroad.

Bayern Munich have shown interest, but also want Leroy Sane, and they would not be able to afford deals for both players.

The Premier League Champions have no intentions of selling their German winger, and would demand upwards of £100m to let him leave.

City will have a decent budget to spend this summer, but how much depends on their Champions League future next season.

Their appeal will be heard at The Court of Arbitration for Sport, who will decide their fate over a two-year axe from Europe next month..

They were found guilty of breaching strict Financial Fair Play rules by Uefa in February, and were also handed a heavy fine.

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Man Utd ‘don’t have the money for £100m Jadon Sancho’ transfer, taunt rival fans as damning figures show huge debt rise – The Sun

RIVAL fans lined up to mock Manchester United's dwindling hopes of signing Jadon Sancho after the club's troubling financial picture was revealed.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and a lack of Champions League football, debts soared to £429million – a rise of £127.4m.

Ed Woodward has previously insisted big-money acquisitions are off the table in the coming summer.

Yet rumours of the Red Devils landing Sancho, Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish or James Maddison have refused to go away.

Therefore supporters of rival clubs took aim at their optimistic United counterparts – although some still harboured ambitions of bringing in the Borussia Dortmund star themselves.

Twitter user Vince wrote: "Man United fans will hide their faces now their club's little secret has been revealed. It's official, you don't have the money for Sancho."

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Man Utd ‘make contact with Alassane Plea’s reps’ over transfer after stunning goalscoring season for Monchengladbach – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly lining up a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made contact with the French forward’s representatives over a stunning move to Old Trafford this summer.

Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

And it’s reckoned Plea is available for just £25m when the transfer window opens.

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Man Utd ready to step up £52.5m Milan Skriniar transfer hunt with Inter Milan willing to sell defender this summer – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are hoping to sign highly-rated Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer, according to reports.

The 25-year-old's performances for Antonio Conte's side have put him on the radar of Europe's biggest clubs.

Technically proficient and physically imposing, the 6ft 2in defender is viewed by many as the ideal modern defender.

And according to the Mirror, Inter have decided to cash in on the Slovakian – despite him still having three years remaining on his contract.

The Italians, who currently occupy a Champions League spot in the Serie A table, will demand around £52.5million for Skriniar – having splashed out £30m to sign him from Sampdoria in 2017.

This deal made him the most expensive Slovakian in football history, and any move away from San Siro would smash that record once again.

He has made 118 appearances at the heart of Inter's defence as they have steadily improved in the last three years.

The likes of Manchester City and Barcelona have been interested in Skriniar.

But United's biggest competition will come from Real Madrid.

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Man Utd’s new 2020-21 kit ‘leaked’ and fans are disgusted by ‘bus seat’ design – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED'S new kit has been leaked online but fans are disgusted by the "bus seat" design.

Pictures claiming to show the Red Devils' home strip for the 2020/21 season surfaced online earlier today but United fans are not keen.


Norwegian Facebook group Busby Babes Norge posted the images and they were quickly shared across multiple platforms.

The design shows United's classic red shirt with an open v-neck style white collar.

It is complete with the Adidas logo and the Chevrolet and Kohler shirt sponsors.



There is also white trim around the sleeves but it is the main body that has Red Devils fans so concerned.

The images show black and yellow rectangles of various sizes dashed across the torso leaving the sleeves in block red.

And fans think it looks more like something you would see on public transport rather than a shirt you would wear with pride.

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Five Bundesliga stars Man Utd could sign including Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Kai Havertz – The Sun

GERMAN football returns this Saturday with Bundesliga stars, and potential Manchester United transfer targets, back in action.

The Red Devils' desire for Jadon Sancho is well known but there are a number of other star players on show that could fit the bill in Manchester.

Timo Werner, Erling Haaland, Kai Havertz and Dayot Upamecano are just some of the incredibly talented youngsters starring in the division.

Games get back underway behind closed doors on Saturday, with every remaining fixture shown live on BT Sport.

Borussia Dortmund are first up with the Ruhr Derby versus Schalke 04 at 2.30pm, the same time as RB Leipzig's clash with Freiburg, before Bayern Munich travel to Union Berlin on Sunday.

Here, SunSport runs down the star names United may be keeping tabs on when the action resumes.

JADON SANCHO

Ed Woodward has stated that United are unlikely to be making any big-name signings this summer – but if they are, they will surely start with Sancho.

Personal terms talks are thought to have been going on for months ahead of United launching an official bid to Dortmund.

And with 14 goals and 15 assists to his name, Borussia will be looking to the England winger to help close up their four-point gap to Bayern.

With wins in each of his last four Bundesliga appearances, Sancho hitting the ground running could convince United to do what it takes to bring him back to Manchester.

ERLING HAALAND

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were highly tipped to capture the Norwegian hotshot before he signed for Dortmund in the summer.

The chances of a fresh move at the end of the coming season may be pretty slim but scouts will no doubt be keeping tabs on his progress.

A staggering start of 12 goals in 11 games opened the floodgates on Haaland's time in Germany and he is thought to be available for around £63million.

United might like to let the teenager accrue a little experience before making their next swoop but if rival interest from Real Madrid becomes serious they may have no choice but to fire off a bid.

KAI HAVERTZ

After a couple of seasons in the mire, Bayer Leverkusen returned to the Champions League this year and they have Kai Havertz to thank.

Already capped seven times by Germany at the age of 20, the attacking midfielder rifled home 20 goals last campaign.

Although he struggled to star in Europe's elite club competition this time around, many expect Havertz to develop into the latest Bundesliga star.

Whether this summer is the right time for him to leave could depend on who can afford him, with United joined by Chelsea and Liverpool in sniffing around.

DAYOT UPAMECANO

Football's coronavirus-affected transfer market may still find room to squabble over Dayot Upamecano this summer.

Out of contract in 2021, the RB Leipzig centre-back will nevertheless be highly valued by his wealthy club.

Arsenal failed with a £55m bid last year and could come back again, possibly being joined by United.

A defender is reportedly on Solskjaer's wishlist but admittedly drops below the need for attacking reinforcements – should those deals fail, watch this space.

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