WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Pogba doubt

28/02/2012 09:45

Ian Ladyman writes in The Daily Mail...

United face up to losing Pogba
Manchester United's attempts to keep teenage prodigy Paul Pogba have hit crisis point. United have been in talks for weeks with the 18-year-old French midfielder about a new contract. But Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, admitted the teenager's future at Old Trafford was now 'precarious' after he was told to train alone after being left out of the squad for the second leg of the Europa League tie against Ajax. Raiola and United refused to confirm or deny that Pogba, out of contract in the summer, was excluded from first-team training last Friday. "It is a precarious situation. It is difficult," Raiola said. "United want him. It is up to the boy to make some decisions."

A number of papers have run quotes from MUTV's post-match interview with Paul Scholes, where the veteran midfielder claimed United may have to win every game until the end of the season in order to win the league, Louis Saha, in the lead-up to Sunday's match between Tottenham and United, reveals to The Sun how he once earned a half-time rollicking from Sir Alex Ferguson, despite having scored two goals.

Elsewhere, The Guardian turn the spotlight onto England's friendly with Holland, with Danny Taylor arguing that, without Wayne Rooney, the Three Lions emit more of a meow than a roar. "It is becoming increasingly clear that, behind Rooney, England look conspicuously short when it comes to finding a centre-forward with the authentic qualities needed at this level." Danny Welbeck and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge are tipped to lead the line against Holland.

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