2pm Manchester United news and transfer gossip: Paul Pogba admits dip, Mata extension talks, Rooney picks Messi, Antony Martial’s £7million goal, Lukaku X-rated rant, Jose Mourinho fan trouble

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PAUL Pogba has admitted his form dropped off after the World Cup – and revealed his true thoughts about the captaincy role.


Thursday January 01, 1970

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Thursday January 01, 1970

Paul Pogba admits he DID lose focus after winning the World Cup
Paul Pogba admits he DID lose focus after winning the World Cup
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GET IN THE HOLE

CARLOS TEVEZ has revealed that he has “never” liked football and would rather watch golf instead.

The former Manchester United and City star claims he enjoys having the ball at his feet but would switch over if El Clasico is on.

A MATA OF TIME

MANCHESTER UNITED want to hold showdown contract extension talks with Juan Mata this month.


Thursday January 01, 1970

The 30-year-old can leave on a free next summer and will be able to start negotiating a deal away from Old Trafford with foreign clubs in January.

PEP-PED TO NIC

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal look set to miss out on Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.

It is understood Bayern Munich are plotting a January move for the striker.

RED ALERT

MANCHESTER UNITED will be on red alert after Toby Alderweireld admitted contract negotiations with Tottenham have stalled.

The Spurs defender, 29, was targeted by United in the summer transfer window but the Red Devils missed out on landing him.

POGBA: I DROPPED OFF

PAUL POGBA admits he DID lose focus after winning the World Cup – as Jose Mourinho warned he might.

The France star has spoken out while on French duty – and revealed what he really thinks about role of captain.

MARTIAL FLAW

MANCHESTER UNITED’S dramatic win against Newcastle saved Jose Mourinho’s job – but cost the club millions.

United battled back after falling 0-2 down at Old Trafford inside ten minutes, but here’s why the club’s accountants weren’t celebrating.

LION KING

WAYNE ROONEY has reiterated his belief that Lionel Messi is the best player of all time — NOT former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Manchester United and England legend played competitively against Messi four times during his 13-year stint at Old Trafford.

‘DEVASTATED’

MICHAEL CARRICK’S dream Arsenal move fell through because Cesc Fabregas “played a blinder” in the Community Shield.

The former Tottenham and Manchester United midfielder was itching to leave West Ham for Premier League football in 2004.

‘DON’T GIVE A F***’

ROMELU LUKAKU has hit back at critics in an X-rated rant after calls were made for the Manchester United striker to be dropped.

The Belgian has come under fire after going six games without a goal in all competitions.

JOSE GOES EXTRA MIL

MANCHESTER UNITED are tracking Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports.

United boss Jose Mourinho will run the rule over the defender during the current international with a potential bid lined up for January, say Serbian outlet Telegraf.

POLLS APART

JOSE MOURINHO is the second least popular manager in the Premier League among his own fans despite Saturday’s incredible comeback against Newcastle.

Only Mark Hughes fared worse in SunSport’s exclusive Voice of the Fans approval ratings, with the Manchester United boss getting just 38 per cent of supporters onside.

WHAT JOSE TOLD LAMPS

JOSE MOURINHO reveals he told Frank Lampard he has the potential to become a great football manager.

Manchester United were surprisingly dumped out of the Carabao Cup as they were beaten on penalties by Championship side Derby following a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last week.