Neville expects this major Man United player to leave this summer

Manchester United great Gary Neville has predicted Paul Pogba will leave this summer as he pleads with his former side to end all relationships with Mino Raiola.

The talented Frenchman’s future is very much up in the air of late and not helping matters is his outspoken agent.

Raiola famously clashed with Sir Alex Ferguson which resulted in Pogba departing to Juventus for free in the first place.

The legendary Scotsman had admitted publicly of his inability to get along with the agent and it seems history is repeating itself.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Raiola have been exchanging words indirectly through the media and United fans themselves are getting sick of it all.

According to Sports Mole, Neville said: “It will end in Pogba leaving Manchester United. What the club need to do is make a stance on that agent. He has messed them around for years with Pogba and others.

“Why they allow themselves to be played I will never know. He is a serious thorn in the side for them.

“United should stand strong and not do business with him and tell players if they are represented by him we won’t do deals with you.”

Many feel if Pogba has even the slightest desire to leave United then it should happen, even if it is just to end the media circus currently surrounding the club.

Solskjaer is consistently being asked about the World Cup winner’s future or the words of his agent and it’s something that’s growing increasingly annoying incredibly fast.

For all his talent, there are those who feel Pogba simply isn’t worth all the trouble and he’s better off being moved on.

Man Utd legend explains the reason Solskjaer has struggled lately

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has suggested the players should use the winter break to rest and recuperate from an intense season as it’s taken a toll on them mentally and physically.

Fans have been saying for weeks now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have appeared to exhaust themselves and that was the cause for their poor form.

It certainly begs the question of why United aren’t in physically great shape and whether that’s down to the players or the coaching staff.

Solskjaer suggested the players need to slowly build the endurance needed to play his tactics and that has resulted in injuries piling up.

The question could also be asked whether the legendary Norwegian has rotated or rested his players enough during the busy winter period.

According to the Express, Neville said: “I think they should just regroup to start with, it’s been a tough time for Manchester United.

“Ultimately just giving a rest to the players and just letting them get away from the club and then bringing them back and setting them up for that Chelsea game.

“It’s a pivotal game in the season, if Manchester United win that game they’re in business.

“If they lose that game they’re in trouble in terms of getting into the top four.

“Then they can maybe start to focus on the Europa League as being the only realistic chance of getting into the Champions League.

“I think it’s a really big couple of weeks for Manchester United, not even just for the players but for the coaching staff.

“They’ve taken a real battering with the whole club after the last couple of months so it’s been difficult.

“They’ve been inconsistent the team and with that comes a lot of pressure.

“I sense that the first week will be a lot of rest then the second week will be recuperation for that Chelsea game.”

Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal also fell under the same traps as they often didn’t rotate because the lack of quality in the squad was wondering.

It’s a risk of fielding a weaker team in order to rest players but potentially get battered by the opposition or play the stronger, more tired side in the hopes they can secure a win nonetheless.

Either way, hopefully the United players recover physically and build up a winning run as it’s needed if they hope to secure Champions League football for next season.

Pressure mounts on Ed Woodward as credibility lies in tatters

It has not been the best of weeks for Manchester United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward as the pressure mounts on him to keep his role at the club.

First, his decision to pull out of negotiations for Norwegian starlet Erling Braut Haaland was made to look like a huge gaffe as the 19-year-old scored a hat-trick in his first 20 minutes of football in the German Bundesliga.

Second, when it was feared that Harry Maguire had picked up a long term injury it emerged that Woodward had failed to include a recall clause in Chris Smalling’s loan deal with Roma.

Then, after it was confirmed that Marcus Rashford would be ruled out for at least two months, it was revealed that Woodward had similarly failed to include a recall clause in Alexis Sanchez’s loan deal with Inter Milan.

Woodward allowed Ander Herrera to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer and sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter without securing replacements for either player. With Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and now Marcus Rashford all long-term casualties, the stupidity of doing so is plain for all to see.

Former player Gary Neville has lambasted Woodward’s recruitment record in an interview with The Telegraph. ‘United have the second-highest wage bill in the world. And that’s the squad they’ve got. It’s unforgivable. It really is … I can’t believe the investment that’s been put into the squad … and you end up with that out on the pitch … If you don’t lose your job for essentially overseeing that investment, that wage bill, and putting that team out on the pitch then I have to say something is really wrong.’

Woodward’s appalling recruitment record does not just confine itself to players. The Sun revealed yesterday that Celtic and Scotland physio Tim Williamson was supposed to join United to bolster the overburdened medical department.

However, after three months of frustration in which he received no contact from Old Trafford to set up the necessary meetings, he told United to forget it and decided to stay at Celtic.

Patrice Evra has also this week suggested that Woodward is not a man of his word in an interview released on Twitter.

Woodward even this week received an embarrassing slap where it really hurts him – the commercial side – as Bloomberg published an article criticising the running of the club from a shareholder point of view.

Amongst other things, Bloomberg point out that ‘Since the IPO, Man Utd has returned 5.8% a year. Italy’s Juventus Football Club SpA, Germany’s Borussia Dortmund GmbH and AFC Ajax NV in the Netherlands, all publicly traded, have averaged returns of 22% in the same period.’

Woodward’s popularity is at an all-time low, with #SackWoodward trending on Twitter across the world.

All eyes are now on the Bruno Fernandes transfer, which is jumping in and out of the Essex man’s hands like a slippery bar of soap. The deal could prove to be make-or-break for Woodward: if he signs the 25-year-old before the end of this month, the pressure will be relieved, for a while at least. But if he fails to do so, even the loyal Glazer family may be forced to take action to finally put Ed out of his misery at the helm of this great club.

Gary Neville Reacts In Anger as Anthony Martial Squanders Chance in Manchester United’s Defeat to Liverpool (Video)

As Liverpool put two goals past historically fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday, courtesy of Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, former United defender Gary Neville was unable to contain his anger in the commentary box in the presence of former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher and Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler when Anthony Martial blasted […]

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‘Would eat his opponents nose’: Gary Neville’s high praise for Man Utd star

With a handful of man-of-the-match performances under his belt, Luke Shaw struggling for fitness and Ashley Young having left for to Inter Milan, it looks almost certain that Brandon Williams will start in Manchester United’s left back position against Liverpool tomorrow.

The ultimate challenge awaits the 19-year-old: containing arguably the Premier League’s most potent attacking force, Mo Salah.

A daunting prospect for any player, let alone a youngster who has played just seven previous Premier League matches in his short career.

Yet the Crumpsall-born full back has risen to every challenge thrown at him so far and there is an air of confidence about him that suggests he will once again thrive on the big occasion.

In August, all eyes were on the likes of Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes as youth players who might make the step up to the senior side this season. But Williams has surpassed them all and all but nailed down a permanent first team birth.

His performances have already earned him a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2022, with the option of a further year.

Williams has also already become something of a cult figure at Old Trafford.

If anyone should know about what it takes to be a Manchester United full back it is Gary Neville, who has taken to social media to extol the virtues of the young star, saying ‘he has that look in his eye of someone that would eat his opponent’s nose to win the match’.

With Liverpool unbeaten so far in the Premier League and United the only team that has managed to take points from them, keeping a clean sheet at Anfield on Sunday will be an enormous challenge. And yet, when you see Brandon Williams’ name on the team sheet, you take a big step forward toward believing it could be possible. ‘We got into the weekend full of confidence’, the defender said after beating Wolves in Wednesday’s FA Cup replay. And that is something you absolutely can believe.