Pogba claim, Solskjaer-Rashfors message, De Ligt move, Rabiot meeting in Man United, Liverpool Tuesday news
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can coach Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to become a better finisher.
Rashford is regarded as one of the finest talents in world football and is tipped to become an absolute superstar for both United and England in the coming years, but in recent months he has looked nothing like the winderkid that burst onto the stage and set Old Trafford alight.
That is partly down to Jose Mourinho’s handing of the young man and his constant criticism of the players performances, which dampened Rashford’d confidence and ultimatley led to his lack of goals, with the Englishman struggling at times this season.
And earlier this month, just before he got the sack from United, Mourinho dismissed Rashford’s chances of improving in front of goal by claiming that the 21-year-old needed ‘natural qualities’ to succeed.
However, after making a great start to life as United manager with three wins from thre, Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United as a player, believes hcan work with the young man and eventually turn him into a world class finisher.
‘I wasn’t born with it. I studied finishing, I studied goals, I studied movement,’ said Solskjaer.
‘I worked on my mentality because that’s key. ‘You will always miss chances but you can’t do anything about them once they’ve gone. It’s always about the next chance.
‘You have got to be one step ahead as a striker, to create that space you need. ‘Apart from the ball, when you’re a striker it is space that’s your best friend. You need space.
‘I worked with Cristiano, Wayne, Danny Welbeck, Tevez was here. That was a good start for me.
‘But my strength was putting the ball in the net and I am sure I can give these boys a little bit of detail into scoring goals. ‘But in terms of talent and physical attributes, the strikers here have got loads more than I had.’
Mario Melchiot has claimed a ‘happier’ Paul Pogba can help drive Manchester United forward.
Since his return back to Old Trafford, Pogba has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with poor performances, bust-ups with Jose Mourinho and rumours that he wants a return to Juventus all taking over the news.
But since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in, he has looked a totally different player and looks every ince the star that dominated Serie A with Juventus as he helped the United hero get off to a great start as Red Devils coach
And Melchiot feels Pogba is delivering because of his more liberated role in United’s midfield just ahead of Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, telling the Sky Sports website: “When it goes well or it goes bad, everybody is watching him. I like him as a player and watching him with the happiness that he had (against Bournemouth).
“That’s how I was introduced to him, he was a lively kid with a lot of energy and a lot of happiness, I think that’s what he is bringing to the field now.
“He is so key because of the position he plays. I always felt that when people played him out of position you were never going to get the best out of him. When they gave him the free role, he really delivered.
“I know there are many moments in the season when he didn’t take the opportunity as well as he is taking them now.
“He is the player that Manchester United need. He can make United be what they want to be.”
Reports have claimed Liverpool ‘have held meetings’ with PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot about a possible move to Anfield.
Rabiot is one of the most gifted and talented players at PSG, but has been unable to agree new terms that will keep him at the club for the foreseeable future, with reports in the media claiming he is demanding far more than what PSG are prepared to offer.
His contract situation has led to speculation that he will leave the club in the coming transfer windows, with Liverpool just one of a number of top clubs that are reportedly keen on trying to nail down his signature.
And now French newspaper L’Equipe say there have been ‘several meetings’ over Rabiot potentially heading to Anfield although it is unclear if the Reds have contacted the player’s camp or PSG directly.
PSG sporting director Antero Henrique recently confirmed that Rabiot will not be staying beyond this season, he told Yahoo France: “At this point, no. It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player.
“The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club by being free at the end of the season, i.e. at the end of his contract. For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”
Reports have claimed Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars has accepted Manchester United target Matthijs de Ligt will be leaving the club.
De Ligt is one of the most sought after youngsters in world football and is already starting to establish himself as one of the best ball-playing centre-halves in Europe with the Dutch side, despite the fact he is only 19-years of age.
He has already played over 60 times in Holland’s top flight and his performances have caught the attentions of United, who have one of the worst back-line records this season and have already shopped more goals in the Premier League this season than they did in the whole of last year.
Ajax are no fools and have no intention of letting the talented Dutchman leave for anything less than £60 million, believing he has the qualities to develop into the best central defender in Europe.
But despite their fight to keep hold of their star man, Overmars has accepted de Ligt will be leaving the club and is already planning how to spend those substantial transfer proceeds in January.
And according to the Times, United bigwig Ed Woodward is ready to sanction a mega-money deal for De Ligt and hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer funds to complete a few transfer deals in order to help get the club back into a top four spot.
The news comes just a few weeks weeks his National boss Ronald Koeman announced that De Ligt would leave the Dutch Champions sooner rather than later, with the former Everton and Southampton boss telling the TalkSport website: “It is obvious a player of the level of Matthijs will move into a higher league soon.
“I have talked about him a lot and the truth is he should be playing at a much higher level, he has the ability to make it to the very top in football.
“He made his debut in the Champions League group stage and then his next game was on a plastic pitch away against Excelsior, that is not something that is sustainable.
“Besides, the pace of the Eredivisie is not as high.”