Manchester United evening headlines as Martial impresses manager

Manchester United evening headlines as Martial impresses manager
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Here are the Manchester United evening headlines for Monday, November 16.

France manager impressed with Martial

France boss Didier Deschamps has claimed Anthony Martial is showing encouraging signs of improvement.

The Manchester United forward started in his country’s Nations League win over Portugal on Sunday.

And Deschamps, while admitting there is room to get better, praised Martial.

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“He lacked in finishing – it seemed a little bit clumsy,” he told French media outlet TF1. “But sincerely, having watched the moments again, it came down to small margins.

“He is part of the group of players who have not been here for a long period of time, but he has changed during this period, on the pitch and off of it.

“With years, he has also gained maturity. He is much more determined – he already had quality. Things are more concrete.

“I feel a bit unfortunate for him because he was not rewarded with a goal [against Portugal] but he is very promising.”

United might have missed perfect chance to sell Pogba

Manchester United will likely be looking back at the summer of 2019 as the perfect opportunity to sell Paul Pogba.

The 27-year-old continues to prove a frustrating figure at Old Trafford, performing inconsistently and dividing supporters.

The financial situation following the coronavirus pandemic could mean that United are now only able to recoup around £20 million or £30 million for Pogba.

That fee would have been significantly higher a year ago, but the Frenchman is unlikely to be at the top of clubs’ shortlists given his recent performances.

Scholes reveals he almost joined Everton

Paul Scholes has revealed that he came close to joining Everton in 2011 after leaving Manchester United.

The midfielder eventually returned to Old Trafford, impressing and helping his side to another Premier League title despite his advancing age.

But he has admitted that things might have gone differently following an offer from Everton.

“I came back in September [2011] with Warren Joyce and the under 23s and I was training every day,” Scholes told DAZN.

United entered the international break by winning what was arguably their most important match of the season at Everton on Saturday.

The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat the Toffees thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.

United have a two-week break with many of their stars heading off on international duty – we’ll be keeping tabs on how they all perform, and on preparations for their next Premier League match against West Brom.

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“I felt as fit as I probably ever had done after having four months off – it was just the break I needed. I said to Joyce that I wanted to play again – I just wanted to play.

“Where it was I didn’t care. I didn’t expect United to want me back. I spoke to Phil Neville and he said, ‘Come and play for Everton.’

“I’ve never really wanted to play for anyone else or be involved with any other club but if that was the only option I had then I might have done it, I don’t know.”

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