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Rio Ferdinand names Daniel James as Manchester United’s most influential player

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has said that Daniel James has been the Red Devils’ most influential player during the opening stages of the campaign. The Wales international was the least high-profile signing made by United during the summer transfer window but he has already made an impressive contribution in the attack with three goals in the Premier League.


Speaking to TalkSPORT, Ferdinand said that no one expected James to make a quick impression but he has certainly become the most influential player within the squad, he told: “I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United career. He’s probably been their most influential player so far, so what does that really say about that squad? You’re buying someone from Swansea who was probably brought in as someone who is going to flourish at a later date. However, he’s been forced to the forefront as their main man in the team at the moment. That really says where Manchester United are at this minute in time.”

Solskjaer praises Scott McTominay in the aftermath of Leicester City win

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised midfielder Scott McTominay in the aftermath of the club’s 1-0 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford. The Red Devils took an early lead through a Marcus Rashford penalty in the eighth minute and thereafter put up a strong defensive display to restrict the Foxes from a clear sight of goal.


Speaking after the game, Solskjaer was pleased with the defensive resolve shown by the players following a run of three winless league games. He added to praise the performance of McTominay, who won his aerial duels while making the joint-most recoveries during the course of the game, he told: “I thought McTominay was excellent. He lost the ball a few times, but you expect that because he’s still learning his role. He goes into tackles and he’s a leader. I wouldn’t want to go into a 50-50 with him! I thought he did excellent all day.”

Solskjaer wants more goals from Marcus Rashford this season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting Marcus Rashford to kick on from the previous season and contribute more goals in the Premier League. The England international managed just 10 goals in the top-flight during the course of the 2018/19 campaign, but Solskjaer believes the forward can show an improvement this term with the additional experience gained.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think Marcus is developing really well. He’s growing, you see his stature now, his body. He’s capable of playing more this year. He struggled with his ankle last season, so this year I expect more from him. But the whole squad, we’re fitter, we’re stronger. You can see in that second half we are more than capable of lasting games. He’s getting fitter and is a year older. We’ve had six weeks to work on a shape we want to look like and he’s exceptional when there’s space in behind.”

Wayne Rooney speaks on Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has urged the club’s board to make a decision over Paul Pogba’s future before the start of the Premier League season. The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer but so far, Los Blancos have not made an official approach to land his signature.

Still, the speculation over the midfielder’s future has refused to cease and Rooney has suggested that Pogba’s future may be dependent on the mutual decision between the manager, board and the player himself, he said: “Should they [sell him]? It’s obviously down to the club, the board, the manager but also the player. I think if the player wants to stay, he’ll stay and prove what a good player he is. Again I think behind the scenes I’m sure they’re working on ways whether it’s to keep him or to let him go.”

Solskjaer wants more goals from Marcus Rashford this season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting Marcus Rashford to kick on from the previous season and contribute more goals in the Premier League. The England international managed just 10 goals in the top-flight during the course of the 2018/19 campaign, but Solskjaer believes the forward can show an improvement this term with the additional experience gained.


Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think Marcus is developing really well. He’s growing, you see his stature now, his body. He’s capable of playing more this year. He struggled with his ankle last season, so this year I expect more from him. But the whole squad, we’re fitter, we’re stronger. You can see in that second half we are more than capable of lasting games. He’s getting fitter and is a year older. We’ve had six weeks to work on a shape we want to look like and he’s exceptional when there’s space in behind.”

Paul Pogba’s attitude does not help Manchester United – Andy Mitten

Football expert Andy Mitten has said that Manchester United should consider the sale of midfielder Paul Pogba, given he does not represent with the right attitude. The Red Devils only managed a sixth-place finish in the Premier League last season and much of the blame was put on Pogba despite the fact that he was the club’s top-scorer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mitten said that the situation of Pogba has been an unedifying mess. He added that the midfielder has not lived up to the expectations due to the inconsistency and the club would be better off without the France international, he told: “It’s an unedifying mess. Pogba joined Manchester United in 2016 to make Manchester United great again.

Neville insists Manchester United won’t win the league in next two years

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has said that the Red Devils don’t stand a chance of competing for the Premier League title in the next few seasons. The Mancunian giants managed a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Premier League last term and reports have since emerged that they could be working with a limited pre-sales budget of around £100m.

Speaking to The Bild, Neville insisted that United are in need of a major squad rebuild and they may require at least two more seasons before they can start competing for the Premier League crown, he said: “There has to be a lot of change here. With the exchange of some players it is not done. It will not be possible for United to become a champion for the next two years.”

Bridge believes Luke Shaw should be England’s first-choice left-back

Former England and Chelsea star Wayne Bridge believes Luke Shaw should be regarded as the first-choice left-back for the Three Lions. The 23-year-old was recently crowned as Manchester United’s Player of the Year following an impressive upturn in league form but that has not been sufficient to earn him a spot with the Three Lions for the Nations League finals.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Bridge said that Shaw has made a tremendous comeback after his double leg break four years ago and personally, he would have him as the first-choice left-back with the Three Lions, he told: “I think Luke Shaw’s a brilliant player. I think he had a nasty, nasty injury (a double leg break in 2015) and all credit to him for coming back from it and I think he’s probably been one of United’s better players. He’s done really well playing in a team that hasn’t been performing that well. I’d put him at number one spot.”

Ruud Gullit slams Solskjaer’s tactics for Manchester United against Barcelona

Former Dutch star Ruud Gullit has said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the tactics wrong during the recent double-legged quarter-final tie against Barcelona in the Champions League. The Red Devils were beaten by a convincing 4-0 scoreline across both legs where they struggled to manage sufficient attempts on goal.

Speaking to BeIN Sports, Gullit insisted that United should have been more adventurous in their home patch rather than seeking to do the same at the Camp Nou, he said: “Manchester United made a mistake I think, tactically. I can understand when you play at home that you want to score goals and be more adventurous and they decided not to do it in the first leg.

Paul Ince hands warning to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid Manchester United’s average form

Manchester United legend Paul Ince has said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to find a solution to the club’s recent run of poor form. The Red Devils have done tremendously well in the second part of the season to come on the cusp of the top four, but they have recently suffered a couple of defeats which have slightly distanced them from the Champions League places.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Ince said that Ole has done a fantastic job in reviving the club’s top-four prospects this term, but the club need to get their act together to seal the objective of Champions League football for next season, he told: “They need to be picking up results, especially when they’ve still got the likes of Man City to play if they want to make those Champions League spots. Ultimately, Man United have to be in the Champions League. It’s simply not good enough if they’re not. Don’t get me wrong, Ole has done a fantastic job in getting them to this point, but they need to finish the job off.”