The 3-0 humbling of Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend in the Premier League has given those associated with Manchester United plenty of gusto, that’s for sure.
The Lilywhites were poor but more importantly the Red Devils were a slick unit, and as a result this week has seen a host of superlatives thrown their way. Naturally it will take more than just beating a lacklustre Spurs side for Louis van Gaal to silence his critics, but it’s a step in the right direction.
With the season slowly approaching its end though there’s more to discuss than just United’s weekly form. Big rumours are the catch of the day with the summer transfer window on the horizon, and in that sense we pride ourselves at being expert anglers.
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Another day, another Paul Pogba transfer bomb; that seems to be the routine these days. Well, rather than draw from the well of click-hungry despair we’ve stumbled upon some interesting quotes from Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta to lead our transfer charge.
Amidst strong suggestions that this season could be Pogba’s last in Turin - the indications are that United are amongst his suitors - Marotta has moved to all but rule out a Juventus sale, implying that even a bid of €80 million would be rebuffed.
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Since his touchdown in Italy Pogba has become something of a cult-hero for Juventus and is certainly a hit with the fans, and Marotta feels that the club need to keep players of his talent if they’re to make more headway in Europe.
"There are clubs that are ready to spend 70 to 80 million euros for Pogba," he said.
"There are many suitors for Pogba, but we do not want to open negotiations and we want him to stay with us. If we want to increase our level, we need players of great quality and Pogba is one of them."
In lighter news Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling appear to have been caught up in the wave of optimism at Old Trafford, with both men claiming that the aim is now to finish second in the Premier League.
The initial expectation for Van Gaal’s men during his debut season in England was to clinch a Champions League spot virtue of a top four position, but given their recent results those objectives have been galvanised.
With just nine games left to play this term United are fourth, two points behind Manchester City who are in second and one point behind Arsenal who occupy third. They might not be playing the best football but Van Gaal’s system certainly seems to be efficient.
And finally a somewhat shell-shocked Hugo Lloris has admitted that Tottenham were taken by surprise when they suffered a battering in Manchester at the weekend. He and his Spurs teammates travelled to the north of England in high spirits given that they’ve been in decent form, but were sent packing following a 3-0 drubbing.