No Exit For Pogba
Manchester United won’t consider the sale of Paul Pogba either in January or next summer.
Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho ended up as being unworkable and was a considerable factor in the manager’s downfall. But with the Portugese boss now out of the way the United record signing is likely to enjoy a pivotal role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. He got on the scoresheet twice on Boxing Day as United defeated Huddersfield Town 3-1.
Juventus and Barcelona have both been linked with moves for Pogba – Juventus in January. But the chances of any sale have receded.
Allegri ‘To Be Considered’ By United
Manchester United will consider Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri as their next permanent manager – at least according to one report today.
The Italian coach has won the Serie A title in each of his four seasons in charge at Juventus. They already look set to make that five in a row with 16 wins and two draws in their opening 18 games so far this season. Second-placed Napoli are a distant nine points back.
Allegri was a candidate to take over at Arsenal in the summer following Arsene Wenger’s decision to step down at the Emirates.
ESPN FC claims to have been told by ‘sources’ that Allegri is in the running to take over at Manchester United. However, the article doesn’t say whether or not those ‘sources’ are inside Old Trafford and it is likely to be speculation on the part of the website.
Even so, Allegri is likely to be on United’s short-list. Certainly, he could earn a lot more money in the Premier League. He is on around £6.7million a year at Juventus. By contrast, Jose Mourinho was on £12million a year at United.
United Face Battle For Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is also a target for Manchester United. But the Argentine is wanted by Real Madrid and there could be a straight fight between the two giants at the end of the season.
But Spurs regard Madrid as a greater threat than United. The north London side are expected to demand anything between £34million and £42million in compensation from whoever lands Pochettino next summer.