Good morning everyone, Jay Asser here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on in the world of sport.
In his first appearance since lifting the World Cup with France, Pogba took control and converted from the penalty spot to give United a lead they would never relinquish. This was the kind of performance Jose Mourinho wanted to see from the Frenchman and afterward, he hailed Pogba’s “monster” effort.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, several other clubs begin their campaign today as Tottenham face Newcastle, Chelsea meet Huddersfield, Everton clash with Wolves, and more.
In Spain, recent World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric has agreed to a bumper deal with Real Madrid to extend his contract beyond 2020.
James Anderson decimated India’s batting order on the second day of the second Test at Lord’s, taking five wickets to leave the visitors in a precarious position heading into England’s innings. Check out Ashish Peter’s talking points from the rain-interrupted session.
Ajit Vijaykumar, meanwhile, made the case for Anderson to be considered among the fast-bowling greats.
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If you haven’t already, make sure to read Denzil Pinto’s in-depth piece on the growth of Abu Dhabi Cricket. The sport has taken off at all levels and the capital has much more to offer than just cricket too.
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Football: Newcastle v Tottenham, Premier League, 15:30
Huddersfield v Chelsea, Premier League, 18:00
Wolves v Everton, Premier League, 20:30
Cricket: England v India, second Test, 14:00
Manchester United’s scour of Europe for a new defender has seen them inquire about the possibility of signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa, reports l’Equipe.
The Red Devils are in the market for a new centre-back and potentially a left-back with Kurzawa a target for the latter spot after a meeting to discuss a move on Wednesday.
However, the French daily claims PSG boss Thomas Tuchel views the Les Bleus internationals as his first-choice, although the Parisians are said to be interested in Juventus star Alex Sandro, so Kurzawa may be moved on to facilitate the move.
Premier League side Wolves have also been linked with a £22million move for the 25-year-old.
Manchester United’s desperate bid to bring in a defender before the transfer window shuts could see them turn to Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.
According to Sky Sports News, Jose Mourinho has indicated the Germany centre-half is his No1 target but there are concerns from within the corridors of power over the World Cup winner’s injury record.
The 29-year-old has seen his Bayern career punctured by several injury issues with Boateng almost missing out on Germany’s disastrous campaign in Russia due to a hamstring complaint last season.
And while the funds are available for a defender – United are said to have had two bids, the second of which was worth around £60million, for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire turned down – they are instead trying to pursue a loan deal.
Boateng has three years remaining on his current deal and with the window closing for Premier League clubs at 20:00 (UAE time), time is of the essence.