Paul Pogba a Man United player "as long as you do not see me with Barcelona jersey"

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Paul Pogba insists he remains a Manchester United player “as long as you do not see me with the Barcelona jersey”, but has failed to state defiantly that he is happy at Old Trafford.

In an interview to be broadcast with French football show Telefoot due to be aired on Sunday, Pogba seemed to indicate he would be open to joining Barcelona in the future should United decide to sell him.

Since joining up with France’s squad for the international break, Pogba has sparked speculation over his future by suggesting that he could leave Old Trafford as early as the January transfer window.

“I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months,” he said earlier this week before Les Bleus drew 0-0 in their UEFA Nations League opener with Germany.

Pogba has once again rejected the chance to confirm he will see out his contract at United and dropped another hint about his turbulent relationship with Jose Mourinho.

“I’m under contract,” Pogba tells Telefoot in the interview.

“There were little things with the coach [Mourinho], the relationship is always the same.

“We have goals in common, we want to win, that’s all that matters. As long as you do not see me with the Barcelona jersey, it’s because I’m in Manchester. It will always be rumours.”

Barca were keen on signing Pogba in the summer but United rejected an offer of £45 million plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes for the midfielder.

Pogba still has three years remaining on his current contract and United also have the option to extend it for a further season until the summer of 2022.

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Man United left-back Luke Shaw handed fresh England start against Spain

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Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is set to make his first appearance in more than a year for England after he was selected to start Saturday night’s Nations League-clash against Spain (22:45 UAE).

Shaw, 23, had seen his promising career derailed by September 2015’s horrific leg fracture and subsequent mixed relationship with club boss Jose Mourinho.

But the World Cup 2014 call-up has played every minute for the Red Devils this term and impressed throughout.

These star turns were rewarded by manager Gareth Southgate when he chose his first XI since the Three Lions’ surprise run to fourth place in the 2018 edition.

Shaw – who last played for England in March 2017 – missed out on selection for that tournament.

Another player to start the game at Wembley was Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez. Injury ruled him out of the summer’s event in Russia.

ENGLAND (5-3-2)

Jordan Pickford; Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Joe Gomez, Luke Shaw; Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard; Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane

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International Champions Cup organiser calls Jose Mourinho a "pain in the butt"

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Mourinho during United's US tour this summer.

International Champions Cup organiser Charlie Stillitano has branded Jose Mourinho a “pain in the butt” over the Manchester United manager’s determination to have training facilities exactly to his specifications for the preseason tournament.

Mourinho had voiced his complaints during United’s summer tour to the US, though his concerns had more to do with the limited availability of players in his squad due to the World Cup.

Stillitano had expressed his support for Mourinho over that particular gripe, and his latest comments were also meant tongue-in-cheek.

“Jose, he’s a pain in the butt when it comes to making sure everything is perfect at his training facility,” Stillitano told ESPN FC.

The two seem to enjoy a good relationship, judging by the American executive’s remarks.

“He’s a good man and he’s been really good to us and I understand him better than most I’d say,” Stillitano said of Mourinho.

“I think managers that I know see us as the guys who take them abroad. And for them the reality is that they take it very seriously. The managers take it very seriously. And the commercial people take it very serious for their business to grow their brand.

“But the managers take it more than anybody, want the right atmosphere, want the right training environment. They want to prepare their team and our tournament has become the best tournament of its kind, and its kind is really to prepare the team, so they take it very seriously.”

Stillitano also said he and Mourinho “had a few cheeky words together,” about the proposed La Liga fixture in the USA, with reports from Spain suggesting that Barcelona will play Girona in Miami in January.

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