Solskjaer responds to Sancho rumours, Martial looks like a Ferrari, Man United told Dortmund bluffing on possible deal
Solskjaer responds to Sancho rumours, Martial looks like Ferrari, Hargreaves opens up and claimed Dortmund bluffing on Sancho in Manchester United roundup…
Manchester United star Anthony Martial looked a “£100 million player” and was labelled a “Ferrari” by Owen Hargreaves
France forward Martial won the penalty from which Bruno Fernandes scored to send United to the semi-finals via a 1-0 extra-time win in Cologne on Monday.
It is just another impressive performance by the Frenchman this season, as he looks to make sure that he is considered to be the clubs number one at the start of the new season next month.
And former United midfielder Hargreaves was effusive in his praise when commenting on Martial’s fine performance as part of his role as a pundit for BT Sport: “Everyone’s got an opinion on Martial. He’s a Ferrari,” he said.
“He just looked like a £100 million player.”
His performance also drew applause from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been impressed by the 24-year-old striker’s development over the course of the season.
“He was sharp,” the Norwegian coach told reporters.
“Anthony has developed throughout the season, he was involved with the penalty.
“He’s impossible to stop at times when he gets the ball into his feet and he drives at people, his balance, he can go either way.
“The only thing now is to put that ball in the back of the net again. I’m delighted with his performance, though.”
Jadon Sancho will soon be a Manchester United player, with Borussia Dortmund simply playing hardball, according to Owen Hargreaves.
There has been alot of speculation in the media over the past few days that Manchester United are on the Verge of bringing the exciting Sancho back to the English game, and are just trying to figure out a fee to complete a deal.
Since leaving Manchester City for the Bundesliga, Sancho has gone one to be one of the most creative and exciting players in the game right now, with the Englishman a real source of goals for Dortmund.
Dortmund set a deadline of Monday to reach an agreement, otherwise there would be no deal. And with no agreement in sight, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has declared that Sancho will be staying in Germany next season.
Hargreaves, though, believes this is simply a bargaining tactic designed to extract a few more million from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
“Bluff. I’m calling bluff, I think he’ll be a Man Utd player in a pretty short time,” the former Manchester United midfielder told BT Sport.
“They are just trying to get some more money out of it. It’s the nature of the beast.
“Obviously they know United are really interested and they are pretty heavy into negotiations. I think they are bluffing and they know he is going to leave at that price.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to talk about Manchester United’s chase for Jadon Sancho as the Red Devils advanced to the Europa League semi-finals.
It is no secret that Manchester United are huge fans of Sancho and have been linked with a move for the young man for some time now, with reports suggesting that they are even prepared to pay £100 million to get a deal done.
But away from the rumours, United booked their spot in the final four of Europe’s secondary club competition after edging Danish opponents Copenhagen 1-0 in extra time on Monday.
Bruno Fernandes’ 95th-minute penalty secured a semi-final showdown with either Premier League rivals Wolves or La Liga outfit Sevilla, and On the match itself in Cologne, Solskjaer said: “I am delighted that we’re through. I think we deserved to win tonight. It could have been one of those nights that you ended up with a penalty shootout. They made it hard for us.
“It’s a good team we played against, well organised. They had a gameplan – we knew they were going to be hard to break down. We knew we would get chances.”
But attention then turned to Borussia Dortmund star Sancho post-match amid ongoing speculation over the England international’s future, as Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insisted Sancho will stay at the Bundesliga club.
Asked about Sancho, Solskjaer was quoted on the SUN: “I can’t comment on other team’s players, I can’t do that. You know that. I never do.”
This is a transfer that has been talked about for months and although it seems that a possible deal is over, only time will tell if he actually stays at Dortmund, the window is open until October.