How would you define the rivalry between the fans of Manchester United and Liverpool

By February 07, 2019
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    Mason Greenwood could start Manchester United's Premier League opener against Chelsea, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Greenwood netted his first goal for the senior side on Wednesday, converting from Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross to open the scoring in the 4-0 friendly defeat of Leeds United in Perth.

    The 17-year-old played three times in the league last season and made his first start in the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Old Trafford on the final day.

    And although Solskjaer has plenty of attacking riches at his disposal, including Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and new signing Daniel James, he is prepared to consider using Greenwood when they face Frank Lampard's side on August 11.

    "He's got a chance of starting that one, definitely," he said. "He's more than capable and will always be there, in and around the box, creating chances. If he keeps going as he does... it's difficult to keep players out who perform well.

    "Of course, we've been delighted with the goal he scored. It's important for strikers to get that [first] goal, even though we always know he's capable of scoring goals and maybe that's a weight off his shoulders. I think his movement, his cleverness, he's going to be a very good player, the young boy.

    "He can play all front four positions, he can play 10, seven, 11, nine, he's a natural footballer. With his left foot coming in, he can play anywhere along the front line."

    Greenwood has earned rave reviews with his performances at youth level for United and is confident enough with both feet that he often takes penalties with his right and free-kicks with his left.

    "He's almost what you call 50-50, maybe 51-49 left-footed, and you see a talented boy there and he has every opportunity to make it as a Man United player," Solskjaer said.

    "Of course, it's also going to be about luck, stay clear of injuries, be professional and I'm sure he's going to grab his chance because he's got everything there for him."

    Further goals from Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial sealed a convincing win for United to follow on from the 2-0 victory over Perth Glory.

    "We scored four goals, created a lot more chances than in the last game, so very pleased with the workout," Solskjaer added to MUTV.

  • Manchester United rout Leeds in impressive pre-season display Manchester United rout Leeds in impressive pre-season display

    Manchester United thrashed Leeds United 4-0 in the final match of the Perth leg of their pre-season tour on Wednesday.

    Goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial secured an impressive victory over their old rivals at Optus Stadium.

    United eased to a 2-0 win over Perth Glory in their first Australian friendly last week, but there was more to admire about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as they dismantled their Championship opponents.

    Teenager Greenwood broke the deadlock before Rashford produced a smart turn and finish to double the lead before half-time after some fine work from Paul Pogba, who again performed well despite continued speculation over his future.

    United were without the ill David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku, who is carrying a knock, and made sure of the win when Jones headed in Andreas Pereira's corner in a second half that yielded 11 changes to the line-up.

    Martial buried the fourth from the penalty spot after Liam Cooper had brought down the lively Tahith Chong.

    United will now head to Singapore for an International Champions Cup meeting with Inter, who have reportedly prepared an offer of £60million plus bonuses to take Lukaku to San Siro.

  • Raiola will not rule out Pogba following De Ligt to Juventus Raiola will not rule out Pogba following De Ligt to Juventus

    Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has refused to discount the prospect of the Manchester United midfielder returning to Juventus.

    Raiola has confirmed the France star is keen for a new challenge three years after returning to United from Juve in what was then a world-record fee of £89.3million.

    Pogba appears most likely to join either Real Madrid or Juve if he leaves Old Trafford, although both clubs are likely to face difficulty in generating sufficient funds to tempt United into a sale.

    The Serie A champions are poised to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax in a deal that could reportedly cost them as much as €80m, meaning they would almost certainly need to sell players or offer a part-exchange deal to United to stand any chance of securing Pogba's signature.

    However, Raiola is not prepared to rule out Pogba's return to Turin, telling reporters on Wednesday: "I live my life day by day. This is what I can say. Today I am here; tomorrow, I don't know."

    For now, Raiola is more concerned with finalising De Ligt's move to Juve from Eredivisie champions Ajax.

    Describing reports linking the centre-back with Barcelona as "bull***t", he thinks De Ligt's decision to join Juve could prove pivotal to his aspirations of becoming the world's best player.

    "It's not a matter of being ambitious or not," he said. "Juventus is the club that most suits his career ideas.

    "It is important for a defender to play in Italy, to learn. In his mind, he wants to become the best footballer in the world. That is why this is a necessary stage in his career.

    "Amongst the youngsters [in the world] he is number one, for sure. Then, it is not too hard to become the best in the world, but you have to work for it.

    "He is the most similar player to - or even better than - [Pavel] Nedved in terms of mentality, and he is similar to Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] for his ambition. He has got everything to become what he has to become."

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