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Antonio Rudiger's 'disgusting' pre-match comments may harm Paul Pogba biting defence

However, former France midfielder Patrick Vieira thought Pogba’s reaction made it clear he was bitten.

“When you see that Pogba reaction, it felt like a bite,” Vieira said.

“So I don’t really understand what he was trying to do there, Rudiger.”

Meanwhile, former United captain Roy Keane insisted it could have been a lot worse and it was only a “nibble” from Rudiger.

“I think it was more of a nibble wasn’t it than a bite,” Keane reacted.

“Yeah it wasn’t a proper bite. But a silly thing to do.”

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Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger caught on camera biting Paul Pogba in France vs Germany match

Antonio Rudiger appeared to sensationally bite Paul Pogba towards the end of the first half of Germany’s Euro 2020 opener with France and the Manchester United midfielder was furious that the officials did not check the incident. The German defender was goal side and touch tight to his opposite number, as he tried to prevent his movement.

But in bizarre scenes, replays showed that Rudiger appeared to in fact bite Pogba on the back.

The reaction from the France maestro was immediate, as he screamed in shock.

He then ran to the linesman to see if he saw the incident but the officials were not willing to take a second look.

Pogba did not take no for an answer though, which would suggest he felt there was clear intent behind the actions of Rudiger.

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Hard man Roy Keane was keen to stick by his reputation.

“I think it was more of a nibble wasn’t it than a bite,” he said.

“Yeah it wasn’t a proper bite. But a silly thing to do.”

UEFA will be expected to assess the incident after the match to decide whether Rudiger could face punishment.

Interestingly, just three days ago Rudiger admitted he was not scared of using the dark arts against the opposition and his comments may not do his case any favours when protesting his innocence.

“Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” he said.

“Just be disgusting, not always act nice, nice, nice, nice or playfully nice, nice, nice.”

“You have to set your mark against these players.”

It’s not the first time biting has featured at a major tournament in recent times.

Back in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez was hit with a four-month ban by FIFA for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

It was the third time he’d been punished for the same offence.

The Uruguayan striker accepted a seven-match ban during his time with Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakka on the shoulder.

He was later hit with a 10-match ban by the FA for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

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Man Utd must keep Pogba, Liverpool need two signings, Man City and Kane unstoppable – DUNN

Matthew Dunn draws a veil over the final weekend of Premier League action and assesses what needs to happen at each of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool after the 2020/21 season.

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It was an awesome final display of superiority against Everton and a thoroughly-deserved third title win in four years.

The bulk of Pep Guardiola’s players are going to mature rather than age and their big miss in terms of stellar names will be Sergio Aguero, who hardly played this season.

That is the frightening thing. Add a world-class No 9 into a side already scoring goals and nobody will be able to touch City next season right from the get-go.

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His rant about the Premier League not looking after their Europa League final chances by refusing to move the entire final day fixtures was straight out of the maestro’s playbook.

In fairness, though, by signing Edinson Cavani he sharpened United’s attack for the run-in and bought time to strengthen the squad around him.

If Paul Pogba can be persuaded to fully commit to the project, a top class centre-back would also allow Dean Henderson to develop right at the back, while a rejuvenated Jesse Lingard could keep Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood on their toes.

Investment around the squad this summer could see them ready to snatch the final piece of the jigsaw next season when the No 9 merry-go-round has run its course this summer.

LIVERPOOL

Sorry, Jurgen Klopp, but having built one championship-winning side, the proof of your greatness has to be building another.

This needs to be a summer of change at Anfield – otherwise things could quickly become stale.

Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez will be like two new signings in themselves, and at least their back-ups now have a little more experience.

Gini Wijnaldum is the one Klopp needs most urgently to replace. Thiago Alcantara could yet work in the set-up but he needs a high-energy foil. Yves Bissouma at Brighton has many of those qualities.

But mainly Klopp needs to reinvent his front line. Mo Salah could be part of it, coming in off the right, but a more conspicuous No 9 to ease some of the pressure is a must.

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Solskjaer’s defiant Pogba transfer stance made clear in four words

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his stance clear on a possible Paul Pogba transfer this summer by declaring “I enjoy managing him”.

Manchester United could have a decision to make if they are unable to persuade Pogba to sign a contract extension in the coming months, with his current deal due to enter its final year.

Failure to do so would likely force the club’s hand into selling the Frenchman, but Solskjaer has remained confident United can tie Pogba down for the long-term.

It was only back in December that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client’s time in Manchester was over and he needed a “change of air”.

But since then Pogba’s form has vastly improved and he seems a lot happier at Old Trafford, where Solskjaer appears to have little intentions of letting him go.

“No, of course not,” said Solskjaer when asked if he would cash-in on Pogba in the summer., as reports AS. “I have always said with Paul that I enjoy managing him, I enjoy coaching him, I enjoy talking to him and I also enjoy challenging him because he is a winner.

“He wants to be better and that’s why he listens. You can see he’s enjoying himself here as well. He has a smile on his face.”

Real Madrid and Juventus continue to be linked with Pogba’s signature but neither club appears to be in any position financially to launch a bid.

Moreover, Pogba himself has stressed in recent months he is committed to United’s cause, and with the team performing well again, may now be more inclined to stay put.

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He is thought to be settled in the area with his family, and certainly seems to have a great relationship with his manager, as Solskjaer was keen to point out further.

“It’s important we treat each other with respect and I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect,” the United boss added.

“But there are some players you have known since they were young lads and that’s the case with Paul: the longer you have known them the easier it is to have a bond with them.”

United can go some way to satisfying Pogba’s ambition on Thursday by reaching the Europa League final. They have a 6-2 lead over Roma heading into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

The club will now have to reschedule their Premier League fixture with Liverpool however, which was due to be played on Sunday, until mass fan protests outside Old Trafford forced officials into postponing the game.

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Paul Pogba hails Man Utd team-mate as ‘future of football’ in Mbappe comparison

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United have a player who stands alongside PSG star Kylian Mbappe as “the future of football”.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Liverpool on Sunday looking to cement second place in the Premier League and inflict a damaging blow on their fierce rivals’ top four hopes.

Pogba goes into the game with his future shrouded in doubt, with United ready to offer the World Cup winner a new deal after his agent Mino Raiola teased the possibility of a swap deal for Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard.

But one player whose does seem set to stay at Old Trafford for the long haul is Marcus Rashford – who Pogba believes is on a level with his fellow France international Mbappe.

The midfielder was asked to compare the two players in a Q&A with fans – while he also gave his verdict on who is the best finisher at United.

“They’re two big, big, big talents,” Pogba said of Rashford and Mbappe in the Q&A on United’s official website.

“I think they are so young and so talented. They achieved so much for their young age. I think they are the present and the future of football.”

Pogba was asked who is United’s best finisher, after Luke Shaw was praised by team-mates for his shooting in training.

The 28-year-old said it was a toss-up between Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani while also aiming a cheeky dig at skipper Harry Maguire.

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“This a nice one. Besides him [Shaw]? I would like to say Maguire,” Pogba joked.

“The best finisher, I think it’s Mason. Yeah, Mason, I would say. And Edi. Yeah, Mason with the feet and Edi with his head.”

United are set to open talks with Paul Pogba about a new £400,000-a-week contract this month in a bid to prevent the club’s £89million walking away for nothing at the end of next season.

But they have also been looking at potential replacements and are prepared to sell the midfielder this summer if the demands of his agent become too prohibitive or if he threatens to run down the final 12 months of his current deal.

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Mkhitaryan opens up on what bothered him about Pogba treatment at Man Utd

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan took issue with the criticism directed at Paul Pogba during his Manchester United days.

The Armenian moved to Old Trafford in the same summer as the Red Devils’ record signing.

Pogba’s second spell at United has seen him come in for regular criticism, but Mkhitaryan felt some of it was directed at his life away from the pitch.

The 28-year-old’s charismatic nature attracts a certain amount of attention, be that good or bad.

But Pogba’s former team-mate has stuck up for him insisting people need to see the whole picture before they judge him.

He told The Athletic : “It doesn’t matter if you are Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba or someone else, they will see something in you, small details to criticise.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has issued his support to Paul Pogba
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has issued his support to Paul Pogba

“When Paul was playing everyone was criticising him for his hairstyle. I don’t think that has something to do with football, that’s his personal life.

“If he plays bad, criticise him for his bad performance, not his hairstyle. That’s not good. It has nothing to do with football.

“And you know, some people that don’t know him, some people who haven’t trained with him or played with him they don’t see these kinds of things.

“You have to be in the team, you have to see the way he trains, the way he thinks, the way he suffers and then say if he played good or he played bad.”

The Frenchman has copped criticism for his decisions off the pitch
The Frenchman has copped criticism for his decisions off the pitch

Mkhitaryan has since left Manchester and is now at Roma, the team standing between United and the Europa League final.

He endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho before finding his feet and has largely fond memories.

“What I want to say is that I had a hard time but after the first two or three months there, I had a very good time,” he added.

The playmaker will renew acquaintances with several former team-mates on Thursday night when Roma visit United in the first-leg of their semi-final.

Paul Pogba makes huge Man Utd salary demand as Mino Raiola explores transfer options

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has asked for a £500,000 per week salary to commit to the Red Devils beyond the end of next season, according to reports. The Frenchman’s future has been shrouded with uncertainty in recent months, with his current deal at Old Trafford set to expire in the summer of 2022.
Pogba has been one of United’s best performers since the turn of the year, chipping in with a number of vital contributions to keep the Red Devils on course for a second-placed finish in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old also scored the winner against AC Milan in his side’s Europa League round of 16 second-leg clash at the San Siro, furthering United’s ambitions of a second continental triumph in four years.

Despite his influential role at the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s midfield this season, Pogba is yet to agree fresh terms with his current employers.

A number of clubs have been linked with his services as a result of the situation, with potential suitors including the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid and former club Juventus.

United could be faced with a dilemma over whether to sell Pogba this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season.

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If the Red Devils are serious about keeping hold of their man, they are likely to be forced into making an unprecedented financial commitment in order to do so.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has informed club chiefs that an offer of £500,000 per week would be required to stand any chance of striking an agreement, according to the Daily Star.

The controversial 53-year-old, who has struggled to stay away from the limelight during Pogba’s time at Old Trafford, is also said to have sounded out Real, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain to relay his client’s demands.

It is claimed that, in practice, the World Cup winner could pocket around £800,000 each week when his lucrative image rights are taken into consideration.

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This figure would easily make Pogba the highest-paid player in United’s long and storied history.

He insisted back in January that he was eager to extend his stay at the club, telling BT Sport that he remains fully focused on helping the Red Devils to restore their former glory.

“I have a contract, I’m here, I’m enjoying myself,” said Pogba.

“Everybody knows that I have one year left, so I’m going to speak to the club to see what’s going on.

“Now my objective, my goal, is to win something that’s all I’m thinking about is to win, bring my energy, do the best I can to help the team the most.

“That’s all I’m thinking of. The contract is not important, just to win.”

Pogba was brought back to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, with the 20-time Premier League champions shelling out a club-record transfer fee in the region of £91m to secure his signature.

Since rejoining United’s ranks he has played 191 matches in all competitions, scoring 37 goals and providing another 39 assists in the process.

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Paul Pogba reignites feud with Jose Mourinho, accuses former Man Utd boss of treating players ‘like they don’t exist’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reopened his rift with Jose Mourinho, laying into his former manager by claiming he “goes against” players and treats them “like they don’t exist anymore.”

French star Pogba endured a tetchy relationship with Mourinho towards the end of the Portuguese manager’s reign at United, with their tensions widely cited as among the reasons why the coach was handed his marching orders in December of 2018.

The deterioration came after Mourinho had made Pogba his vice-captain, only to strip him of the role in a very public bust-up between the pair.

Things had started well enough when Pogba rejoined United for a then world-record fee in the summer of 2016, with Mourinho having joined three months previously.

United won the League Cup and Europa League title in 2017 and managed a second-place Premier League finish in 2018.

However, things then deteriorated rapidly in Mourinho’s third season in charge as he was shown the door, being replaced by current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Pogba has compared management styles between the two bosses – and the Portuguese does not come out favorably in the eyes of the World Cup winner.

“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba in a snippet of an interview which will later be aired in full.

“[Solskjaer] wouldn’t go against the players. Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.”

Pogba, 28, has stood accused of failing to live up to expectations for much of his second coming at United, but claimed that under Mourinho players were left trying to second-guess what kind of mood the manager would be in.   

“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everybody saw that, and the next day you don’t know what happened,” said the Frenchman.

“That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don’t know.

“Maybe [Solskjaer’s methods work] because he is a bit closer to the people. Every coach has their own way to coach and deal with players, and as a player you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn’t suit you and sometimes it does.”

Pogba also pointed to the revival of United left-back Luke Shaw, a player publicly maligned by Mourinho as he struggled for form, but who has been resurgent this season under Solskjaer’s softer touch.

“Ole has helped Luke a lot, it was a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proved he has the quality he always had and the trust of the manager,” said Pogba.

Pogba, Shaw and Mourinho came face to face in a frosty exchange after United beat Tottenham in the Premier League last weekend. That was a game marred by claims of diving against Spurs star Son Heung-min and a bizarre post-match spat between Mourinho and Solskjaer, in which the latter accused the former of being “a bad father” for claiming he would not feed the South Korean star if he were his son.  
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Pogba claimed Mourinho’s comments were a classic diversion tactic to shift attention away from another dismal defeat for a struggling Spurs team.

“I don’t know what happened, I’m sure Mourinho said something that would make people speak, that’s what he does,” said Pogba.

“We got the result we wanted, Ole knows it and we enjoyed that moment because we know Mourinho and we know what he likes. We don’t need this [war of words], we just focus on us.

“We won the game, he lost the game and he doesn’t want to speak about the game, he wants to speak about the dad of someone, that’s what he does. Everybody knows him, it’s very Mourinho.”
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United have enjoyed steady progress under Solskjaer this season, and booked their spot in the Europa League semi-finals by wrapping up a routine 4-0 aggregate victory against Granada on Thursday night – a game for which Pogba was named captain.

Next up is a trip to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday as United look to strengthen their hold on second spot in the table.

In contrast, Spurs are labouring down in seventh spot, six points adrift of the Champions League places as they face a tricky trip to Everton on Friday night. 

Mourinho’s men do have a League Cup final against Manchester City to look forward to at the end of April as they bid to salvage some silverware from a disappointing campaign.  
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Man Utd ace Paul Pogba gives scathing Jose Mourinho verdict and makes Solskjaer comparison

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hit out at the methods of his former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho. Pogba and Mourinho did not see eye to eye in their time together at Old Trafford, especially in the final few months of the Portuguese’s reign.
“Every coach has their own way to coach and deal with players, and as a player you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn’t suit you and sometimes it does.

“Ole has helped Luke a lot, it was a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proved he has the quality he always had and the trust of the manager.”

Mourinho was critical of Solskjaer’s comments following United’s 3-1 win over his Tottenham side last Sunday.

Solskjaer claimed he would not feed his son if he acted like Son Heung-min when the Spurs star went down under a challenge from Scott McTominay in the first half.

But Pogba says Mourinho was just keen to speak about anything apart from the result.

“I don’t know what happened, I’m sure Mourinho said something that would make people speak, that’s what he does,” he continued.

“We got the result we wanted, Ole knows it and we enjoyed that moment because we know Mourinho and we know what he likes. We don’t need this [war of words], we just focus on us.

“We won the game, he lost the game and he doesn’t want to speak about the game, he wants to speak about the dad of someone, that’s what he does. Everybody knows him, it’s very Mourinho.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends clear Man Utd transfer message to Paul Pogba and Mino Raiola

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, speaking in December, declared that the France midfielder “needs a change of scenery” and saying: “Paul is unhappy at Man Utd. The best solution for all parties is a transfer in the next [summer] window.”

The super-agent declared that Pogba will depart United once his contract expires in the summer of 2022 rather than sign a new deal before then.

The 28-year-old has spent five years in Manchester since rejoining the club from Juventus for a club-record £89million fee in 2016.

Since then, Pogba has been continually linked with a move to Real Madrid or a return to Juve, with Raiola confirming the Italian giants “could be his next destination” late last year.

It is unclear if either club would be able to put the funds together to sign World Cup winner Pogba this summer, with Real Madrid solely enticed by the idea of trying to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund at present.

But Solskjaer has declared that United’s stance is set – they want Pogba to put pen to paper on a fresh contract.

“While he’s been at the club Paul has always wanted what is best for Man United,” the Norwegian declared. “He’s been such an important part of the squad on and off the pitch.

“Paul is a player we want to see at Man United and play well. Just to have him back fit for the last two months, he’s going to be important to us.

“We know he can be the difference between many, many points or going through in Europe like we did against AC Milan.

“The focus is now on finishing the season strongly and Paul knows what my thoughts are.”

Pogba was one of United’s best performers before sustaining a hamstring injury in February and has produced five goals and three assists in 30 appearances this season.

The Frenchman is now back to full fitness and Solskjaer is delighted to have Pogba, who was named the club’s Player of the Month in January, back available.

“We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us,” he said.

“I’m just happy he’s focused and playing really well. He’s happy within himself and that’s important: you can see Paul enjoying football himself with a red shirt on.

“Our conversations remain private, of course. But for example, Paul is a Manchester United player through and through.

“He’s been here in two spells. He came as a kid, he’s learnt about the history of the club, the passion of the club.

“He wants to do the best for United when he’s here and I think we’ve seen that – that he really cares for his team and he’s trying to be as successful as everyone else.”