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PAUL POGBA will leave Manchester United in summer provided an agreement can be reached, according to Fabrizio Romano.

However, the midfielder will stay at the club this January with the Italian journalist describing a move this month as "impossible".

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  • MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Harry Maguire has taunted Liverpool by claiming Manchester United “expect” to end their incredible Anfield record today.

    Champions Liverpool are unbeaten at home for a whopping 67 matches, a run stretching nearly three years.

    But ahead of today’s shootout, United skipper Maguire said: “We’re the biggest club in the world.

    “And whatever anyone says on the outside, we go into every game not only wanting to win but expected — and expecting — to win.

    “We don’t need to hype this one up, everyone knows how important it is.

    “And there is definitely a feeling that we can go anywhere and beat  anyone.

    “That’s the mentality we have in this dressing room — winning at all costs.

    “It’s something we have changed round, we’ve made that the environment we’re in now.”

    United go to the home of their fiercest rivals topping the table at this stage of a season for the first time since legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

    Victory would not only end Liverpool’s proud home record but also send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side six points clear of the Premier League champions at the top of the table.

    And Maguire added: “Of course it will be tough to go there and get a result.

    “But we are confident, we are Manchester United, and we know we can win any game, whoever we play.”

    Elsewhere, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed the reasoning behind his infamous ‘hairdryer’ treatment.

    The former Manchester United boss is renowned for his dressing-room blasts — locking horns with big personalities like Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane and David Beckham.

    But the Scot claims his tantrums were necessary.

    He said: “On the issue of losing my temper, I only ever did it for the right reason. One was to remind them of the expectation of playing for Manchester United.

    “I always told them the truth. But I never ever brought it up after the game on a Sunday or Monday.

    “It was all over in the dressing room and I expected it to.

    “The odd time it would leak out but what I really had to remind the players was the expectation I placed on them in training sessions and what we did for them every day and what we expected to get out of them.

    “It was the expectation of the three points.”

  • FERGIE FURY

    Sir Alex Ferguson revealed the reasoning behind his infamous ‘hairdryer’ treatment.

    The former Manchester United boss is renowned for his dressing-room blasts — locking horns with big personalities like Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane and David Beckham. But the Scot claims his tantrums were necessary.

    He said: “On the issue of losing my temper, I only ever did it for the right reason. One was to remind them of the expectation of playing for Manchester United.

    “I always told them the truth. But I never ever brought it up after the game on a Sunday or Monday. It was all over in the dressing room and I expected it to.

    “The odd time it would leak out but what I really had to remind the players was the expectation I placed on them in training sessions and what we did for them every day and what we expected to get out of them.

    “It was the expectation of the three points.”

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    United go to the home of their fiercest rivals  topping the table at this stage of a season for the first time  since legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

    Victory would not only end Liverpool’s proud home record but also send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side six points clear of the Premier League champions at the top of the table.

    And Maguire added: “Of course it will be tough to go there and get a result.

    “But we are confident, we are Manchester United, and we know we can win any game, whoever we play.”

  • POWER SHIFT

    Harry Maguire has taunted Liverpool by claiming Manchester United “expect” to end their incredible Anfield record today.

    Champions Liverpool are unbeaten at home for a whopping 67 matches, a run stretching nearly three years.

    But ahead of today’s shootout, United skipper Maguire said: “We’re the biggest club in the world.

    “And whatever anyone says on the outside, we go into every game not only wanting to win but expected — and expecting — to win.

    “We don’t need to hype this one up, everyone knows how important it is. And there is definitely a feeling that we can go anywhere and beat anyone.

    “That’s the mentality we have in this dressing room — winning at all costs. It’s something we have changed round, we’ve made that the environment we’re in now...

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    “The manager came in, sometimes he was yelling, and then he’d say, ‘Well, it is what it is, boys, pick your head up, shower and go home’.

    “When you lose against a rival, the whole world is black for you. You just want to go home and think about what you’ve done wrong. You want the next game to come quickly to cover for your mistakes if you did some and recover from the loss. It’s a s*** feeling.

    “We started well and then it all went sideways. We were desperate to do something, but in our desperation we made more mistakes and the other team took advantage of it.

    “At the end you go into a spiral and you can’t get out of it. The only thing that mattered is the result and the bad taste in your mouth.

    “But even though we lost the game, in the end we won the Premier League. This is the important thing. Even if United lose the game against Liverpool, there are still a lot of games to go and correct a loss.

    “Obviously it’s better to win it, but if you lose, it’s a marathon not a sprint.”

  • 'WE ARE BACK' - EXCLUSIVE

    The last time Manchester United and Liverpool finished first and second in the Premier League, Dimitar Berbatov trudged off the pitch after a 4-1 home hammering by their rivals in 2008-09.

    These bitter rivals were battling it out for the title in similar circumstances to the way they meet at Anfield today, with United having a slight advantage.

    But despite that heavy defeat at Old Trafford almost 12 years ago, Berbatov got the last laugh as his side went on to win the Premier League ahead of the Reds.

    The ex-striker, 39, recalled: “It’s never a good feeling to lose and the feeling when you lose to a rival is even worse. It is when they score four past you…

    “The dressing room was silent, thinking about the game and regretting what you’d done...

  • SILENCE IS GOLDEN - HARRY REDKNAPP EXCLUSIVE

    Ahead of Manchester United's crunch clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, Harry Redknapp told SunSport the lack of fans will play into the Red Devils' hands.

    He said: "We know football will never truly be back until the grounds are full of fans again but for Manchester United, silence is golden.

    They go to Anfield to face one of their fiercest rivals looking down on Liverpool, top of the table at this stage for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left.

    It’s always one of the biggest games of the season and the fact they’re first and second makes this one even spicier.

    You can imagine what it would be like in ‘normal times’, packed to the rafters, the Kop belting out the songs and lifting their team. For visiting sides, it’s as intimidating as it gets.

    Lots of Liverpool players over the years will tell you it makes them feel ten feet tall and plenty of opponents – even the most experienced – have turned to jelly. But take away that crowd and it’s a huge loss.

  • MATA OF TIME

    Manchester United star Juan Mata could be on the verge of a return to Valencia, according to reports in Spain.

    Owner Peter Lim has welcomed the signing of the former Spanish international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

    According to Spanish newspaper La Razon, Lim is happy to sign Mata because Valencia will not have to pay a transfer fee.

    The 32-year-old has struggled to hold down a place at United in recent years, making just 19 Premier League appearances last season.

    He played for Valencia between 2007 and 2011 before moving to Chelsea. But Mata may reject Lim’s advances due to the owner’s lack of popularity at the club.

    Valencia reportedly gave their players IOU notes in August 2020 because they could not afford to pay them. They are also at risk of being relegated from LaLiga for the first time since 1986.

  • ODION IN THE USA?

    Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo is flirting with the idea of a move to MLS – and could be eyeing David Beckham-owned Inter Miami as his next destination.

    The 31-year-old’s loan deal with United expires at the end of January and he could seek a transfer Stateside instead of returning to parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

    Ighalo told ESPN: “I have been watching MLS and the league is doing well and I would like to play in the MLS.

    “I have to wait for offers and if the opportunity arises, I will take it because the league is doing well and it is a good life and I would love it. 

    “Lots of players go there. Even Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is there, also Giovanni dos Santos [used to be].

    “Being an experienced player, going there, doing well. It is an opportunity if it comes for me. The David Beckham club [Inter Miami] is growing, so if an opportunity arises, why not?”

  • PAUL NO PUNCHES

    Paul Pogba has laser focus ahead of Sunday's top of the table clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

    The Frenchman is on a fine run of form and is looking forward to helping his team tomorrow where a win will see United go six points clear of the bitter local rivals.

  • TOP POG

    Paul Pogba says he is feeling good ahead of Manchester United's game against Liverpool tomorrow.

    The Frenchman admitted he hated being left on the bench earlier this season but is much better ahead of Sunday's top of the table clash at Anfield.

    He said: “I’ve been feeling very good in myself, physically and mentally as well. I’ve been playing and when you’re playing, you get your form.

    “It’s a huge difference when you start one game and don’t start another one, or if you don’t start for a few games.

    “Obviously, the team helped the players to be in good form, we’ve been playing very well. The players and the staff have been playing me, trusting me.

    “I have to focus in myself and give my best. On the left, on the right, in the middle, striker, defender, anything. As long as I’m on the pitch I give my best and as much as I can do to help my team.”

  • BON APPETIT

    Romelu Lukaku is ‘indisputably’ better than ex-Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

    That’s according to Italy icon Roberto Boninsegna, who has stoked the flames ahead of Inter Milan’s crunch clash with Juventus on Sunday.

    Inter star Lukaku, 27, has 12 goals in 16 league games this term and fired home 23 strikes last season.

    Meanwhile, legendary hitman Ronaldo has 15 goals in just 13 Serie A matches for Juventus, and 19 in 18 games across all competitions.

    The 22-time Italy international told Tutto Juve: “The only Inter player who made things difficult for the Fiorentina defence was Lukaku, who had just returned.

    “[They are a] Beautiful duo, Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo. I think Lukaku is a more decisive player, it’s indisuputable. Ronaldo was a great player but I think he’s declining a little bit."

  • IRON BRU

    Bruno Fernandes has warned Manchester United team-mates he does not want to play with ‘yes men’.

    And the Portuguese superstar says constructive criticism is the way forward after leading the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League.

    He told the Players’ Tribune: “In Portugal, this is how you play football. This is how you communicate. If you say or do something wrong, I’ll tell you about it. I live football like it has to be lived – in the moment.

    "But it stays on the pitch. That’s it. And tomorrow, we’re all friends again. We hug, we get on with it. To be honest, I like criticism because it helps you to improve and understand that you can’t relax.

    "It motivates me. You know, some people surround themselves with ‘yes men’, but that’s not me. I want people like my friends on the playgrounds who aren’t afraid to point the finger at me and tell me where I’m going wrong.

    “I like to come home after a match and hear, ‘I love you, but you really should’ve scored today. Good passing, yes, but many missed chances’.”

  • IT'S A-PAUL-ING

    Paul Pogba admitted he 'hates' to be on the bench for Manchester United.

    The Frenchman was left out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on several occasions earlier in the season but says he feels much better ahead of United's top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

    Pogba has played 15 times in the Premier League this campaign but he only started the game in ten of those.

    However, the 27-year-old has played the full 90 minutes in United's last three league games and explained how he hates being left out after United's 1-0 win at Burnley on Tuesday.

    Having scored the winner, Pogba told Sky Sports: "I hate to be on the bench, I don't like it. It doesn't mean that other players don't deserve to be playing but for myself, I don't like it.

    "I'm a winner, I just want to play football and help my team. When I'm on the bench and I don't come on, I feel like I can't help my team-mates so I feel bad and I don't like it."

  • PAU WOW

    Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised Manchester United target Pau Torres.

    The Villarreal defender has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, with United said to be interested as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targets a left-footed centre-back to improve his backline.

    Emery told Football.London: "Pau Torres is an amazing player – I think he’s top.

    "I’ve been a coach in Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal and I’ve never seen a centre-back like Pau Torres.

    “I think he’s going to play at the highest level.

    "He’s playing now in the national team but he can play in the top teams in Europe very soon.”

  • NEVILLE ADVICE

    Gary Neville has teased Manchester United fans by suggesting he will ask Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start Eric Bailly against Liverpool on Sunday.

    The Ivorian defender impressed alongside Harry Maguire in midweek as United kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win against Burnley.

  • OLE EXPECTING EXITS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more players to leave Manchester United after Timothy Fosu-Mensah's departure from the club.

    Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero have been told they can leave the club, while out-of-favour Jesse Lingard has been linked with a move elsewhere.

    Solskjaer told United's official website: “You can’t really say no because, in football, things just crop up.

    “There are opportunities that we can’t really say no to and, if it’s the best for the club and the player, then it’s something we'll look at."

    Defender Fosu-Mensah left United to join Bayer Leverkusen this week.

  • UNITED 'BETTER SIDE' THAN ONE YEAR AGO

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels his side are a better team than the last time they faced this weekend's opponents Liverpool.

    United fell to a 2-0 defeat at Anfield this time last year in their last encounter with Liverpool, who went on to lift the Premier League title at the end of the season.

    Solskjaer said: "We’re a much better side now than a year ago.

    “But then again we lost that game to a (Virgil) Van Dijk header from a corner and a counter attack with the last kick of the game from our corner – so we weren’t a million miles away then either.

    “It’s a misperception people say we were a million miles away. We did have some moments in that game ourselves.

    “I think the last few years it’s been two teams running away with it by the end of October so at least now we’re in it halfway.”

  • BRUNO THE MAGPIE?

    Rafael Benitez has revealed that Newcastle were interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes while he was still at Sporting Lisbon.

    Benitez told The Times: “Bruno Fernandes was a player we were following at Newcastle United.

    "He was at Sporting Lisbon and he had an issue with his club. There was a chance he could leave on a free.

    “We were progressing but the problem was that the matter would go to court and that would complicate it. The club didn’t want that."

    The Portuguese has 11 goals and eight assists so far this campaign, and has helped United to the top of the Premier League.

  • IGHALO FUTURE

    Odion Ighalo has interest from the Premier League as well as MLS clubs when his Manchester United loan expires at the end of the month.

    The Nigeria international is on loan at United from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

    Ighalo's representatives have been hard at work to resolve the forward's future, with one telling BBC Sport Africa: "I can confirm that some Premier League clubs, two teams outside of England and some clubs in the Middle East have made formal enquiries."

  • SCHOLES WANTS FOXES DEFENDER AT UTD

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana.

    Speaking ahead of United's clash with Liverpool this weekend, Scholes told ESPN: “When we won titles, so many of our wins at Liverpool were 1-0 or 2-1 after having to dig it out for 80 minutes.

    “You accept you’re going to have days like that against the top teams, when you don’t dominate the game and have to battle to stay in it.

    “You have to be able to defend properly and withstand the opposition’s attacks, but I’m still to be convinced that this United side can do that.

    “If I was Ole and could sign a defender this month, I’d go for Wesley Fofana at Leicester.

    “He’s only 20, but he has been outstanding and he has the potential to be anything he wants to be."

  • BARCA WANT DALOT

    Barcelona are reportedly interested in Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot.

    Dalot has impressed on loan at AC Milan this season and Barca could table a £9.7m offer for the 21-year-old.

    However, United wanted a £27m option to buy in the deal to send Dalot to Milan in the summer, something the Rossoneri wouldn't agree to.

    The Portuguese youth international joined United from Porto in a £19.8m deal in 2018.

  • RONALDO BLOW

    Manchester United hopes of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo have been dealt a blow.

    Calciomercato reports Juventus are preparing to offer the Portuguese superstar a one-year extension to his current deal, which expires in 2022.

    Rumours over the summer suggested Juve were hoping to offload the 35-year-old's massive wages but two new sponsorship deals mean keeping Ronaldo is now on the agenda.

  • HENDERSON HANGOVER

    Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has opened up about missing out on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in 2011.

    Ferguson revealed in his 2013 biography that United had turned down the chance to sign Henderson from Sunderland, after being warned by the club's medical staff his running style could lead to injury problems.

    Ferguson said: "We were ready to make a bid for Jordan Henderson at Sunderland. I spoke to Steve Bruce and he loved the guy.

    “And then our medical department said they were not happy with his running style - he could be the type to have injuries.

    “I must say it was one of my bits of management to make sure the player is always available.

    “If you sign a player and he is not available for you, it is a waste of time so that is the point I have to make about Jordan.

    “We loved him as a player and he has proved that now, he has been fantastic and all the stories I am being told, it tells me I missed out on a really good person.”

    Manchester United host Henderson and Liverpool this Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash in the Premier League.

  • HAA LA LAND

    Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should target Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window.

    The Borussia Dortmund has been linked with an Old Trafford reunion with his former Molde manager since his time at Red Bull Salzburg but United were beaten to his signature by the Black and Yellows.

    Owen said: “If he had an open cheque book, if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I’d be playing [Rashford, Martial and Greenwood] in wider positions, and I’d probably try and buy someone like Haaland because that’s the future of your team for about 10 years.”

    Haaland has scored 19 goals in just 16 appearances for Borussia Dortmund this campaign.

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