Solskjaer on possible Grealish deal, Ole wants midfielder to sign up, Pogba drops hint he is ready to sign, Nuno responds to Jimenez claim, £52m defender linked in Top Man United of the week
Solskjaer on Grealish, Ole wants Pogba deal, Pogba feeling great, Nuno responds to Jimenez claim, Skriniar linked in top Manchester United stories of the week
ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Manchester United interest in Jack Grealish ahead of the Aston Villa clash
The Aston Villa playmaker is on United’s transfer list with Solskjaer keen to strengthen when the window opens again, and it is believed that they are willing to pay the £60 million it could take to land Grealish in the transfer window.
Grealish has been a standout performer for Villa this season and has constantly showcased his ability for the relegation threatened side, and while the Norwegian would not confirm the club’s longstanding interest in the 24-year-old, he said Grealish should take the reports as a compliment.
“I don’t think this is the place for me to discuss our priorities in the transfer market. We’ve been linked with many good players and every individual linked with Man United looks at it as a compliment,” Solskjaer said.
There’s no need for me to discuss where we’re going try to strengthen.”
“Every time that any player plays against Man United it’s a challenge. First of all because Man United is a good team, but also because the whole world is watching,” Solskjaer added
“It’s not just playing before the Man United supporters or manager or team, it’s for himself. You want to prove to your family and yourself that you are a good player. I can’t answer any different than that.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping Manchester United can agree a new contract with Paul Pogba ahead of the summer window.
No-one has ever doubted the ability of Pogba during his time at Old Trafford and no one has ever believed that he cannot lead the club to glory, it has just been his performance levels and attitude in the pitch that has bothered many out there.
But since the return of the Premier League and the partnership with Bruno Fernandes, Pogba looks like a totally different player and is putting in the type of performances that many Manchester United fans had been hoping to see.
But with the player still tipped with a move away from Old Trafford – with his agent Mino Raiola keen to engineer a move – Solskjaer is hopeful he will extend his stay.
“I can’t comment on discussions between players and the clubs but of course we want to keep the best players around the club,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports
“We want to build a squad for the future. Scott [McTominay] and Nemanja [Matic] are similar in position but they are at different stages in their careers. One is at the start, one really experienced, and then we also need players in that mid-range group.
“Hopefully we can do something. I know that since Paul came back he is looking better and better, he is enjoying his football and let’s see where it takes us.”
The much talked about midfielder Paul Pogba has told fans that he is feeling “great” again at Manchester United
An enforced break has worked in the Frenchman’s favour, with Pogba now back to full health and working on nailing down a role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s engine room, as he seeks to forge an exciting partnership with the brilliant Bruno Fernandes.
The Frenchman is starting to look like that £100 million player that Manchester United paid just a few seasons ago, and with Solskjaer seeking to get the midfielder signed up to a new deal, Pogba has admitted he is is feeling great at the club again
“Just being back training, touching the ball and doing what I love is amazing; I missed it so much,” Pogba told United Review.
“You realise when you’re out for a long time how much you really enjoy playing football and how much you love it. So obviously I’m really, really happy and so blessed to be back and be fully fit now, and I’m enjoying being back with the team.
“I feel great, I feel much, much better now. I’ve been training well and they [the club] have been looking after me very well.
“I’ve been doing some extra work and treatment on my ankle and the rest of my body. And my team-mates as well, they’ve helped me to come back and feel confident. It’s like I never left, the guys still trust in me and always believe in me and that’s helped me a lot as well.”
“You can tell that the team is improving a lot,” he continued.
“We play more as a team than we did before, we enjoy it even more, we defend together, we attack together, and this team is stronger as well.
“The players who are on the bench or who don’t play every time, when they come on they help the team so the mentality is good and is right. All this together has put us where we are today.”
Manchester United could turn their attention to Milan Skriniar if they can’t get a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly over the line.
Manchester United failed to get any business done during the January window for a new defender, but it will mean that Ole Gunnar Solskajer will be able to delve into the clubs transfer kitty and add a few players to the squad in the summer that will add some experience, and quality in the right areas of the pitch.
And one name that will be high up on the shopping list of United boss is that of Skriniar, who is easily regarded as one of the finest central defenders in Seria A, and around Europe.
With the arrival of Antonio Conte and the consequent change in defence, Skriniar has lost some his edge and the centre-back has been unable to replicate the high-level performances that he managed to put in last season, which has made him very unhappy with the game time he has been receiving.
And his lack of performances at the back has meant that former Chelsea boss Conte has decided to play Alessandro Bastoni on a weekly basis ahead of Skriniar, with reports suggesting that the Italian is more suited to his idea of football.
Now reports on the Independent have claimed that with Manchester City keen to wrap up a possible deal for Koulibaly, United may now decide to make a move to try and bring Skriniar to the Premier League in a deal worth around £52 million.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo refused to be riled after Mexico manager Gerardo Martino said Raul Jimenez should join Manchester United.
Jimenez has been in spectacular form for Wolves this season and has been one of the main reasons why they are still in Europe and were challenging for the right to be in the Champions League next season.
His 24-goals for Wolves this season has attracted big interest though, with the likes of Manchester United and Juventus reportedly ready to offer around the £50 million mark to try and secure his services in the summer.
And the forward’s international boss even came out this week and suggested that a move to Old Trafford would be a good decision for Jimenez to make, claiming that it would be a better move for him to make than a switch to Turin.
But amid the big speculation regarding one of his star men, Nuno remained relaxed about Martino’s comments, He said: “It’s not an issue for us, we have a competition and a game to play. We have a lot of things in front of us.
“It’s not the moment to think about anything else. I’m sure Raul is totally, 100 per cent focused on what he has to do at Wolves.
“They are things which you can’t control, it’s up to you to decide if you pay attention or not. I admire Tata (Martino), he is a big manager, and honestly it doesn’t distract us.”
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