Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Tuesday, 24 November.
Ferdinand comments show new Pogba dilemma
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand’s defence of recent comments by Paul Pogba have shown the new dilemma facing his former club.
The French midfielder claimed going on international duty was like a “breath of fresh air” compared to being at United, comments which the BT Sport pundit went on the record to defend.
“I understand what he’s saying,” Ferdinand said . “You don’t want to hear it as a Manchester United fan, first and foremost, but we’ve been there, we know that when you’re in bad form as an individual, or collective as a team, going away with your national side is very much a breath of fresh air.
“It means you can take your mind off that pressure, get out of that pressure, go into international football and get a bit of confidence back.
“I think that’s what Paul’s done with two good games. He’ll be in a different frame of mind after that.”
United ‘draw up defender shortlist’
Manchester United have reportedly identified six central defenders as transfer targets for next summer.
RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde are also included, as are Premier League pair Ben White of Brighton and Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu.
Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are both expected to move on next year, while Brandon Williams is said to be a January loan target for Southampton, as per The Athletic .
United face wait for fan return
Football fans will be allowed to return to stadiums in England in small numbers after the end of the current lockdown, but Manchester United fans face a longer wait.
As highlighted by the MEN , any club who are based in Tier 3 (highest risk) of the lockdown system in England – including Manchester – will not be allowed to have fans return to the stadium when restrictions ease on Wednesday, December 2.
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Clubs in Tier 2 will have up to 2,000 fans – or 50 per cent capacity – allowed while those in Tier 1 will be allowed up to 4,000 in attendance.
United supporters will therefore have to wait longer than fans of some other Premier League clubs to return to Old Trafford, although things could change in the coming weeks.