Aug 9, 2016
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Manchester United: Pogba announcement made; Jones’ future in doubt; striker in demand

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The deal has finally been done and Paul Pogba is finally a Manchester United player once again. The move has now been confirmed for a fee believed to be around £89 million, the most expensive that the Red Devils have ever paid for a player. Now with the media hyping up the deal to the maximum extent, the club and player are in for a busy few days as he returns to training and joins his new teammates for the first time.

 

The move does not come as a great shock, having been in the pipeline for months, but United fans and staff will be relieved to see that it has finally been confirmed without any unexpected hitches. The 23-year-old midfielder will now turn his attentions to returning the club to the Champions League with a title challenge this season, having already stated, “I’m sure Mourinho will make me a better player and a better person.” With Balon D’Or hopes, Pogba will seek to prove himself and settle in quickly at Old Trafford to justify the fee paid by the club.

However, one player who could be heading the other way is defender, Phil Jones, after his Manchester United future was put into doubt as he was left out of the 18 man squad for Sunday’s Community Shield victory at Wembley. Having once been tipped for greatness by the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce, the Manchester Evening News now claim that his future is in more doubt than ever, especially considering the fact that first choice central defender Chris Smalling has not trained all pre-season and Jones was still left out.

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Speculation has linked the ex-Blackburn man with a loan move to Hull City, but Steve Bruce’s departure may have changed things on that front and as of yet there is no concrete interest from any clubs. After an injury hit few years at Old Trafford, this season will be vital for the central defender, who can also play at right back or in holding midfield, as he hopes to prove that he does have the quality to play at the highest level.

He could be joined on the Manchester United exit list by young striker James Wilson, with ESPN claiming that Birmingham City are the latest Championship club to express an interest in taking the youngster on loan after he has formed part of Jose Mourinho’s first team squad this pre-season.

 

Having trained with Mourinho’s squad, he is clearly highly rated, but there is stiff competition for places with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford already righting for places. Having scored five goals in 25 games at Brighton last season and now aged 20, Wilson will have to prove himself this campaign if he is to eventually work his way into the United first team and become an Old Trafford regular.


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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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