Here are your Manchester United evening headlines for Monday, October 26.
Pogba shuts down France rumours
Paul Pogba has moved to describe reports of him considering international retirement as ‘total fake headlines’.
Reports claimed the Manchester United midfielder was set to quit the France national team over comments made by the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, who described the murder of teacher Samuel Paty as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’.
“I am appalled, angry, shocked and frustrated some ‘media’ sources use me to make total fake headlines in the sensible subject of French current events and adding the French National Team to the pot,” Pogba wrote on Instagram.
“I am against any and all forms of terror and violence. Unfortunately, some press people don’t act responsibly when writing the news, abusing their press freedom, not verifying if what they write/reproduce is true, creating a gossip chain without caring it affects people’s lives and my life.”
Pogba also directly criticised The Sun’s version of the story, which was not the original source.
“I am taking legal action against the publishers and spreaders of these 100% Fake News. In a quick shout out to The Sun, who normally could not care less: some of you guys probably went to school and will remember how your teacher said to always check your sources, don’t write without making sure. But hey, seems you did it again and in a very serious topic this time, shame on you!”
United move ‘bad’ for Van de Beek’s career – Van Basten
Marco van Basten has criticised Donny van de Beek’s move to Manchester United.
Van de Beek has struggled for game time since joining United from Ajax over the summer with the 23-year-old an unused substitute in his side’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.
And Van Basten has slammed United for not selecting Van de Beek while also hitting out at the player for deciding on a move to Old Trafford.
“It is very bad for such a boy to only play six or seven times in a year,” Van Basten, twice a European Cup winner with AC Milan, told Ziggo Sport.
“That’s terrible for your rhythm! You can earn a lot more, but you also have to see where you can play.
“Is it about a five-year contract that he can sign? No, that’s bull****. Then you shouldn’t go to Manchester United, but wait with it or for another club. You have to want to play football every week, and such a club is then bad for your career.”
Evra clarifies Van de Beek remarks
Former United defender Patrice Evra has clarified his comments on Van de Beek while accusing some of trying to ‘insult his knowledge of football’.
While appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports’ coverage of United’s clash with Chelsea, Evra was critical of the Reds’ move for Van de Beek, saying ‘we don’t need him’.
However, in a video posted on his Instagram account, the Frenchman – who won five Premier League titles during an eight-year spell at United – explained his stance.
“My dear United fans, I recently I made a comment on Sky saying we don’t need Donny van de Beek,” said Evra.
“People need to understand on TV, you need to get straight to the point. You don’t have time to explain why. I feel like a few people tried to insult my knowledge of football or they were born after the iPhone X so they don’t know real talk straight to the point. No filter.
“When I said we don’t need him – I will give you a few examples. Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic. You love them or you hate them when we have to play a big game, when you need to be strong, compact and run everywhere. They always deliver, this is my opinion.
“Donny van de Beek is better than Paul Pogba? No. A different player, but no. Bruno Fernandes? No.
“The way he played for Ajax, that’s what I want to see for United. But we have one problem. How many games has he started for United this season? That’s why I said we don’t need him, it wasn’t an urgent signing.”