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MANCHESTER UNITED were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw on a plastic pitch against AZ, but it could have a lot worse.
The Red Devils failed to manage a single shot on target as they were outplayed for much of the fixture – and now they could be without Paul Pogba once again when they take on Newcastle United.
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MANCHESTER UNITED have denied Paul Pogba is demanding an incredible £600,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman, 26, has been injured in recent weeks and missed their dismal 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar.
And the club have responded irately to reports he and agent Mino Raiola are looking to double his wages.
The World Cup-winning midfielder is eager to join Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid and remains a doubt for the Red Devils' trip to Newcastle.
A source told the Mail: “Paul still has two years lef ton his current deal with an option of an extra year so there's been to talks about a new contract and nothing from Paul saying he wants to increase his wages.
“He's fully focused on getting 100 per cent fit again and helping the team.
“Anyone that says he's been asking for £600,000-a-week is wrong and it's a surprise to us when someone in the game like Karren Brady refers to it.”
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has told his Manchester United stars that they have to be “strong” to handle criticism.
The Red Devils travel toNewcastle United today having not won any of their last ten games on the road.
And the Norwegian said: “You’ve got to be strong when you play for Man United. You’re going to be in the headlines whether you win or lose, that’s just part of being a Man United player, you’ve got to be mentally strong and look after yourself.
“We do talk to them, we work on their mentality, you have to trust yourself and trust what you’re doing.
“We work on us, we try and improve and work on what we’re going to do.
“I’ve been at that end of the table, it’s not nice, you don’t like to be bottom three, it wasn’t a nice feeling at Cardiff and it wasn’t a nice feeling at Molde when we got one point in the first six games, but it’s going to turn around.
“Points are hard to come by, but it’s very even. There’s two teams who look like running away with things and the rest of us are going to fight for those third and fourth positions.
“It’s just turned October, I’ve been part of teams here where we haven’t started the season as well as we hoped for, but we’ve got two more points this season from the equivalent games we played last year.
“It’s not all that bad, sometimes you look behind the results.”
EXCLUSIVE by Phil Cadden: RYAN GIGGS says Manchester United need to sign FIVE more players to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s under-fire side have won just five of their last 22 matches, and are winless in ten away games, ahead of today’s crunch Prem clash at Newcastle.
But club legend and now Wales boss Giggs, who won 34 trophies during a glittering Old Trafford career, believes the Norwegian is not even halfway through his squad overhaul, with the midfield and strikeforce the next focus.
He said: “I see what Ole is doing and I support that. He’s brought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight.
“So he needs another four or five. But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.
“What he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.”
MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly interested in making a move for Mexican striker Jose Juan Macias.
The 20-year-old has been dubbed the new Javier Hernandez and has been prolific this year on loan at Liga MX side Leon – scoring 16 goals in 31 matches.
Marca believe that United are one of a number of European sides vying for his signature, including Cologne and Real Betis.
Macias even scored on his Mexico debut against Trinidad and Tobago after being handed a debut by former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino.
His compatriot Hernandez was a popular figure at Old Trafford, scoring 59 goals in 157 appearances for the Red Devils between 2010 and 2015.F
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