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Paul Pogba has reportedly expressed a desire to remain a United player, but only on a managerial decision.
Reports claim that United were just £5m short with their bid for Wolves star Ruben Neves, with both clubs playing hardball.
And finally, German legend and former United player Bastian Schweinsteiger has explained why Ralf Rangnick is good for the club.
It has been a game of cat and mouse trying to find out whether or not Pogba stays at Old Trafford. With just five months remaining on his current contract, it seemed the Frenchman would be leaving for free, but reports claim things could take a drastic turn.
The Daily Mail has reported that the midfielder is ready to make a U-turn and wants to stay at the club, but only if caretaker boss Rangnick remains in charge. The report also suggests that Pogba has been won over by the German coach’s vision of building a midfield around him.
our view: This is quite interesting considering that Pogba has yet to play for Rangnick since his arrival, and also sparks a lot of debate. Are United trying one last time to create a team with Pogba in the centre? Or do they cut ties and move into a new era?
It’s always been such a difficult situation with Pogba because he hasn’t played as well as we hoped, but the talent is there in spades. However, Rangnick’s stay as manager would seem like a missed opportunity with a number of managers across Europe interested in the job.
neves close to fail
It wouldn’t be a United daily recap without linking the club with a midfielder. Unfortunately, there is no good news yet, as the situation surrounding Neves will bring even more frustration to United fans.
Neves to Old Trafford was reported by The Daily Star to have failed to materialize as United’s purported £35m offer was £5m below Wolves’ assessment of the player. The report also explains how the Midlands club are confident they will keep Neves even beyond the summer.
our view: Isn’t this the most united story ever? A player who ticks all the boxes in terms of what the club needs, but refuses to raise the offer for just £5m more to get his man. If this report is accurate, it won’t be the slightest surprise. It feels like United are in a midfield version of Groundhog Day.
Schweinsteiger’s Praise of Rangnick
Schweinsteiger is not exactly known for his time at Old Trafford, but his career was brilliant. The former midfielder spoke to the club’s official media and took a look at Rangnick.
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“I actually know him quite well as coach of Stuttgart and Schalke, but especially when he was working as coach for Red Bull Leipzig,” Schweinsteiger told the UTD Podcast. “He was doing great things like the way he works, how he sees the game, how he sees the club.
“He can really help Man United create a new era, not only with the game on the pitch but also for the whole club. That is what is needed at the moment and that is why I think he is the right person.”
our view: Schweinsteiger’s words of praise will fill United fans with more hope that Rangnick can salvage what has been a difficult first half of the season. Nobody really knows who will be the permanent coach next season. Still, words like these, combined with Pogba’s apparent desire to remain under new management, would begin to lead to the idea that Rangnick might have an eye on the permanent job.
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