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Aaron Wan-Bissaka mistake

Manchester United should have signed Kieran Trippier instead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Steve Walsh claims.

“United have made a lot of signings,” Walsh told The Athletic. “Look at £50 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

“Now, perhaps it is too early and he will improve, but my eyes tell me when he gets the ball he is not the best.

“He is a good athlete and very quick, strong, and a good defender, but United don’t need a good defender, they need someone who can play, get on the ball.

“If I had been at United, I would have said, ‘Put your £50 million away, go and get Kieran Trippier for half that.

“He is an England international. He isn’t a great defender or a physical specimen, but he can play right-back and get the ball in early and you have strikers who can score goals.’

“It is common sense.”

Paul Pogba update

United have the upper hand regarding Paul Pogba’s future, despite knowing the Frenchman wants to leave, France football expert Julien Laurens claims.

“I don’t think so,” he said on ESPN FC when asked if there was a strong chance of Pogba leaving.

“He still has another 18 months left on his contract, and then another year that the club can trigger – and only the club.

“Basically, [he has] two and a half years more on his deal.

“United feel in a very comfortable position, which you can understand. They know Pogba wanted to leave in the summer, they know he still wants to go.

“He’s had a rough season so far with all those injuries, and until recently he’s had his whole foot in a cast. Things haven’t been great for him this season.

“For United, it’s the case of not wanting to sell him.

“If Juventus want to bring him back, they can always make an offer. Can they afford him with his transfer fee and wages, especially after the last two years and all the investment, the huge squad they have, I’m not so sure.

“But I can see why for Cristiano and Juventus, it would make sense to try and bring Pogba back where he had so many successful years.”

Real Madrid swap deal

Manchester United could sign Gareth Bale in January.

The Sun say Real Madrid are convinced the Wales international will complete a transfer to Old Trafford.

Real want to use Bale in a swap deal to land Paul Pogba next year.

The Sun add that if a deal cannot be agreed in January, it will most likely happen in the summer.

Arsenal battle

United and Arsenal are hoping to sign Hartlepool’s Brad Young.

The Sun say the Premier League big boys are battling to land the 17-year-old.

The 6ft 4in shotstopper recently signed a professional contract with Hartlepool.

United and Arsenal could both make moves for the goalkeeper next year.

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