Here are the Manchester United evening headlines for Saturday, November 28.
McTominay defends Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is ‘misunderstood’, according to his Manchester United teammate Scott McTominay.
The World Cup winner has had a difficult year under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during which he has suffered reduced playing time.
The former Juventus midfielder has just one year left on his current Man United contract and he made no secret of his admiration for Real Madrid, most recently during the international break in October.
That saw Pogba criticised by fans and pundits alike when he described international duty as a ‘breath of fresh air’.
One person that didn’t criticise Pogba was McTominay, explaining that people have the wrong impression of the Frenchman.
“I remember watching Pogba at Juventus when I was in the reserves at United,” he told Pro Direct Soccer.
“I was like ‘this guy is ridiculous’.
“People don’t know him. People don’t. They don’t know him for who he is. He is very misunderstood, in my opinion, for the way he is, his personality and what he brings the team.
“Obviously he can have a bad game, everyone can have a bad game but because it’s Paul Pogba it’s magnified to a different level.
“When he plays well, he’s up there with the very best. Top class.”
Greenwood reveals Solskjaer’s advice
Mason Greenwood has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s handling of young players and the advice he gives him.
The Manchester United boss has played a significant role in developing Greenwood at Old Trafford.
Now the starlet has revealed what advice Solskjaer gave him before his debut against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, citing as the best advice he’s ever been given.
Speaking to World Soccer Magazine, Greenwood said he was told to play with a smile on his face.
“It was Ole, the manager,” the teenager said.
“He says to all of the young players that are coming up: ‘Just go out there with a smile on your face. You are playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, just go out there and express yourself. You’ve been waiting for this all of your life, so just go out there and enjoy it.'”
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Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Champions League with a 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes’ brace set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course for a third successive win, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James also on the scoresheet.
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Hasenhuttl explains the only way Southampton can win
Ralph Hasenhuttl has outlined the key requirements for Southampton to earn a win against Manchester United this weekend.
The Saints have been on a good run of form lately, going seven unbeaten, and they will be aiming to maintain that streak against Man Utd.
Hasenhuttl has been at the centre of that success and admitted this week that his team will require a ‘perfect job’ if they are to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
“Simply do a perfect job,” said Hasenhuttl when asked about his approach. “It sounds simple, but it’s difficult to do it, because they have a strong side and they are on a good run, especially in away games, where they have a good record.
“We know it is tough, we are the underdog, but we go in this game to be as competitive as possible and to be a strong opponent and let’s have a look at how many issues we can cause them and how much problems we can make for them and then we can hopefully take something.”