Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Tuesday, 27 October.
Michael Owen was impressed by Edinson Cavani’s United debut
Edinson Cavani was given his Manchester United bow at the weekend, coming off the bench during the goalless draw against Chelsea in the Premier League.
The veteran striker, signed on a free after his release by Paris Saint-Germain, had just over 30 minutes to impress after replacing Daniel James.
However, former United striker Michael Owen saw enough in the Uruguayan’s display to convince him the 33-year-old will score goals for the club.
“I love this guy’s movement, he’s my type of striker,” Owen told Premier League Productions .
“I’ve always said half a yard at the near post is better than two or three yards at the back post because invariably the ball doesn’t get there.”
Like Cavani, Owen joined United late on in his career, and scored some big goals for the club in his 52 appearances for the Old Trafford club.
He expects the former PSG man to do the same, saying: “I think he’s going to score a few. As long as United have pressure on the opponents. They get crosses in.”
United issue statement after Pogba condemnation of ‘fake news’ story
Paul Pogba has moved to dismiss reports about his international future as ‘fake news’, and United have lent their support to the player with a statement of their own.
It had been reported that the midfielder was quitting the France national team in response to comments from French president Emmanuel Macron in the light of the murder of teacher Samuel Paty.
Describing the killing as an “Islamist terror attack”, Macron said Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.”
Pogba used social media to deny the reports that he was quitting international football in the light of the comments.
“Absolutely 100% unfounded news about me are going around, stating things I have never said or thought,” Pogba said on Instagram.
“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.”
United’s own statement sees them stand with the 27-year-old, reiterating that “Paul supports respect for his own religion and all religions, and is against any form of violence.”
Kylian Mbappe makes big promise in response to PSG’s United defeat
Marcus Rashford’s late goal at the Parc des Princes gave United a big victory over Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League group game.
It gave United the upper hand in the race to progress from a tough group also containing RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir, but PSG frontman Kylian Mbappe has pledged to provide a big response as his team travels to Turkey in the second gameweek.
“It’s not the first time that we’ve lost the first match of the group stage. We know how to react,” Mbappe told PSG’s official website.
“The matches succeed each other quickly and we’ll try to win in Istanbul in order to honour the shirt and the club.
“All matches are important, but when you play every two or three days, it remains difficult, even if you are the biggest competitor.”