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Manchester United could be without Paul Pogba for the visit of Arsenal on Monday night in the Premier League.
The World Cup winner made his return from injury during United’s narrow victory against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup but picked up a knock that could rule him out of the game against the Gunners.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have also been ruled out of the clash meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand Mason Greenwood a start in attack.
On the transfer front, United continue to be linked with numerous strikers given their current injury woes in the final third.
Reports suggest that the Reds could revive a move for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and scouts have also been impressed by Atalanta forward Duvan Zapata.
United urged to sign Verratti in order to get best out of Pogba
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that signing Marco Verratti could be the perfect way for United to get the best out of Paul Pogba.
“Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s best player,” Murphy told the Daily Mail.
Given they don’t have many, if any, other world-class outfield players, Solskjaer was right to block any chance of him going to Real Madrid in the summer. United need him if they are going to get anywhere.
“Pogba is versatile but giving him a different position and job in the team each week doesn’t do him in any favours. When I see Pogba, I see player who can see a pass, shoot with both feet, and make things happen.
“I think he’s most useful to the team as the furthest forward midfielder in a 4-3-3, with two players like Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic behind him to allow him the freedom to create without being over-burdened with defensive responsibilities. Matic is solid, Scott McTominay is solid, but they aren’t Carrick. Pogba tries to do the job but he hasn’t got the defensive awareness Carrick had, he is best served further up the pitch.
“For me, it’s a glaring miss that has affected United’s whole build-up play. Manchester City have a player who can do it, Fernandinho.
“Someone like Marco Verratti at PSG would have been ideal.
“He came to Old Trafford with his side and ran the show. I think Maguire and Wan-Bissaka were good signings but a midfielder maestro has been a necessity since Carrick retired last year, and probably should have been sorted before that when they knew he was going to stop.”
What the Glazers told David Moyes after Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United transfer request
Following his final match in charge at Old Trafford in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Rooney had handed in a transfer request following a meeting with Ferguson where he voiced reservations about his role in the team.
Moyes had managed Rooney for two seasons at Everton, where their relationship ended so acrimoniously Moyes later sued Rooney over comments made in his 2006 autobiography.
Chris Smalling puts in MOTM performance for Roma
The striker Manchester United should have signed in the summer
BBC pundit Danny Murphy believes Manchester United should have tried to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the summer.
United failed to sign a forward after letting Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave.
Murphy believes the Reds should have moved for the Poland international.
He told the Daily Mail:
“If keeping Sanchez this season wasn’t viable, they needed to bring an experienced big-hitter even if they didn’t work.
“I don’t know if Robert Lewandowski at Bayern was realistic but someone of the 31-year-old’s profile.
“There is a reason Manchester United have played eight matches this season and only scored more than once on one occasion.”
Kieran Tierney could make Arsenal Premier League debut vs Man Utd
Arsenal summer signing Kieran Tierney could make his Premier League debut for the Gunners against Manchester United.
The Scot has been sidelined since joining from Celtic.
His return would be a welcome boost for Unai Emery’s men.
Pundit claims Jurgen Klopp would take two Man Utd players
BBC pundit Danny Murphy thinks Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would take two players from the current Manchester United squad.
The ex-Liverpool midfielder believes the German would use both Daniel James and Marcus Rashford in his team.
He told the Daily Mail:
“United need more quality to catch up to their rivals but that doesn’t mean they don’t have any at the club.
“I think Jurgen Klopp would take Marcus Rashford and Daniel James all day long.
“They would fit in with his philosophy very well.”
Lindelof agent confirms Barcelona interest in client
Victor Lindelof’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, insists Barcelona tried to sign the player in the summer.
“Victor Nilsson Lindelöf was perhaps Manchester United’s best player last season and with that comes interest from clubs who are better on the pitch right now,” he told Sport Bladet . “When Mathijs De Ligt chose Juventus, Victor became Barcelonas first choice. His play style, his DNA is very close to the way Barcelona plays.
“He’s one of the best center backs on his feet and Barcelona wanted him. That was it. I can talk openly about that now.”
United fans make predictable complaint after weekend results
To be fair Rochdale only got two days off after their gruelling match vs United.15:10
Smalling set for clean sheet?
It is goalless between Roma and Lecce.
United fans want Shaw to start tomorrow
If fit it seems the majority of United fans want Luke Shaw to play tomorrow.14:46
Tevez to thank for United’s Maguire move?
A bit of a strange one here, but bare with us.
Tony Cascarino believes United signed Harry Maguire this summer because they were so determined not to lose out on a key transfer to Man City like they did with Carlos Tevez in 2009.
“I think they’ve really felt they’ve had a bloody nose, Man United, over Carlos Tevez years ago,” Cascarino said on talkSPORT.
“I think they really took that badly where Tevez and City and ‘Welcome to Manchester’.
“They made that deal happen by the financial terms. They really made an offer that Tevez couldn’t refuse.
“I think United will not let that happen again.
“So they were always going bigger than Manchester City [for Maguire].
“If Man City would have offered this I think United would have gone in ‘we’ll pay him that and we’ll drive this deal through’.
“I think Pep [Guardiola] realised that, they weren’t going to win the battle to get Harry Maguire.
“It was always going to be United who were prepared to go that one step further than City.”
Injury round-up ahead of Arsenal
United could be without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for their Premier League fixture against Arsenal.
Martial has been out for over a month with a thigh injury and Rashford missed the League Cup win over Rochdale with a groin strain, while Pogba suffered a knock to his ankle against Rochdale. Mason Greenwood is poised to start, as the only recognised striker.
Luke Shaw (hamstring) has resumed full training and will be assessed before the Monday night encounter. Phil Jones and long-term absentee Eric Bailly are out.
“Er… not really!” Solskjaer said when asked if he had any positive team news. “Luke’s back in training today, so let’s see how he is. He’s getting there so let’s see how he reacts the next couple of days. He’s been working really hard, so we hope to see him before the international break. Maybe Monday, but not too sure.
“Rashford and Martial? I wouldn’t put my life on it but that’s part of this game, you work with what you have and we’re looking forward to this game.”