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Shoretire prepares for Carabao Cup clash

Shola Shoretire trained with the Manchester United first-team earlier this week ahead of their Carabao Cup clash on Wednesday.

United welcome West Ham to Old Trafford as the two sides battle it out for a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Shoretire, who had been previously training with the U23s despite impressing in pre-season, could be in line for a place in Solskjær's squad for the tie.

The United boss may be keen to afford some of his side's academy players a chance at Old Trafford on Wednesday, though Solskjær's desperation to win his first trophy as United manager may see him field a strong side as he looks to go deep into the tournament.

Pogba tempted Varane away from Real Madrid

Raphael Varane has revealed that Paul Pogba was a major factor in his decision to move to Manchester United, claiming the French midfielder's positive energy persuaded him to seal the deal.

The former Real Madrid defender joined United in a deal worth £41 million plus add-ons, penning a four-year deal at the club.

"Paul spoke to me about the club, about the atmosphere, about the expectations. Of course, he is a great player, but he also has very good, positive energy," Varane said to Sky Sports of Pogba's involvement in his move.

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Paul Pogba tempted Raphael Varane to United

"He is a leader for the group. I’ve known him for a very long time so I’m happy to play with him."

Zidane has already made United decision

Zinedine Zidane has already made his intentions clear over his possible appointment as Manchester United head coach, amid rumours the Frenchman could replace Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hot seat.

Solskjær has come under further scrutiny following United's disappointing loss to Young Boys in the Champions League, with many fans taking to social media begging Zidane to take the reins.

Zidane's agent, Alain Migliaccio, has previously spoken about the prospect of his client one day managing at Old Trafford, saying: "It does not really attract him."

This is likely to come as a major blow for fans desperate for Zidane to take over at United.

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Raiola teases exit of former £67.5 million-rated target

Mino Raiola has teased the prospect of former Manchester United target Matthijs de Ligt leaving Juventus next summer.

The Daily Mirror reported back in 2019 that United were pursuing a deal for the Dutchman following a recommendation from scout Marcel Bout. United ultimately chose not to make a move, with Juventus prising De Ligt away from Ajax.

However, Raiola has now hinted United may get another chance to sign him.

“I think he [Alessio Romagnoli] and De Ligt are among the best defenders in Europe. De Ligt has a contract, while Romagnoli’s deal expires next year,” Raiola said.

“Pay attention because De Ligt could leave Juve at the end of the season. That’s how the market works, there are many clubs interested in signing him.”