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MAN UTD were beaten by West Brom in a friendly but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got to see Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in competitive action for the first time.

Pogba and Fernandes played in a 2-1 defeat against the Baggies, but United's second string, featuring Odion Ighalo then won 3-1 in their game.

Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…

  • JU ARE OUT

    Juventus are “open to selling” Aaron Ramsey after just 12 months at the club as they look to recoup funds amid the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Welshman arrived at the Italian champions last summer on a free transfer after leaving Arsenal, and managed 24 appearances this season despite missing seven games through injury.

    But according to the Daily Mail, Juve bosses are said to be putting Ramsey up for sale as they desperately attempt to cut their wage bill.

    Ramsey earns a staggering £400,000-a-week in Turin – something the club will struggle to maintain.

    And his hefty wages could cause a stumbling bloke for any potential suitor, with Manchester United understood to be monitoring the midfielder's situation in Italy.

    If the ex-Gunner was to move back to the Premier League, he would be expected to take a pay cut.

    Or possibly Juve could look to loan the 29-year-old, while still paying a cut of his wages.

  • TOP PHWOAR

    Solskjaer could land a seven-figure bonus by leading Manchester United to the Champions League in the next few weeks.

    The Old Trafford chief’s contract has various incentives, including one for restoring the club into Uefa’s top competition.

    Solskjaer is believed to earn less than half of the £15million a year that his predecessor Jose Mourinho raked in.

    But the Norwegian can make up some of the difference by hitting targets.

    And the 47-year-old still has a good chance of claiming the cash for reaching the Champions League going into Project Restart next week.

  • GET IMM IN

    Man Utd may have finally found a replacement for Romelu Lukaku in Lazio striker Ciro Immobile.

    Lukaku left for Inter Milan in a £76.5million deal last summer and at the time boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided not to invest in a player to take his spot at Old Trafford.

    But now the Norwegian is reportedly considering an approach for Italian forward Immobile, according to Calciomercato.

    Reports in Italy suggest the player would be open to the move and is complimented by the interest from United.

    Lazio are likely to be reluctant to let go of the prolific 30-year-old.

    Immobile's stunning return of 27 goals in just 26 league games has helped the Italian side climb to second in the table, one point behind reigning champions Juventus.

  • GREENWOOD TOP OF STATS

    Utd striker Greenwood has hit the target with 57.1 per cent of shot this term – better than anyone else in the league.

    That is based on those who meet the minimum requirement (an average of .395 shots per squad game).

    This total does not include penalties.

    Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri is in second spot, with Leicester City marksman Jamie Vardy managing an impressive third place, considering he has had 57 shots in total (compared to Mason's 21 and Emerson's 13).

    Anthony Martial is the next-best Red, in 13th position overall, with a record of 47.5 per cent of his 59 shots finding the target.

  • SIMPLES

    Gary Neville is certain it will be easy for Fernandes and Pogba to play together.

    The Man Utd icon cited the example of De Bruyne and Silva doing so effortlessly at Man City.

    Nev tweeted: “I don't understand the sentiment of 'how do Pogba and Fernandes' fit together.

    “They won't be in a 2 sitting! With more fluid systems today than 20 years ago it should be simple.

    “We've just watched De Bruyne and David Silva play together for 3 years in a MDF 3.”

  • REDDY FOR RETURN

    How much are you looking forward to seeing these guys back in action, United fans?

  • CRIS CROSS?

    Cristiano Ronaldo got into a bit of shoulder-to-shoulder with AC Milan star Luis Paqueta last night.

    Ronaldo hit the post with a penalty and was fouled several times in Juventus' 0-0 draw with the Rossoneri, but the Old Lady went through to the Coppa Italia final.

  • BROGBA

    Is Paul Pogba to Bruno Fernandes something Reds fans will be able to see on a regular basis till the end of the season?

    We were given a glimpse of it last night.

  • FINALLY

    Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes finally started together in United's friendly against West Brom yesterday ahead of Friday night's HUGE Prem return vs Spurs

  • MORNING UNITED FANS

    It's finally started – the partnership that could become one of the greatest hits or misses in United's history.

    Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba teamed up in midfield as United warmed up for Friday's Premier League comeback at Tottenham with two 60-minute practice games against West Brom at Old Trafford.
    United lost 2-1, then won 3-1 – with Andreas Pereira responding to the challenge for his position with a delightful solo goal.

    Fit-again French World Cup winner Pogba has again been linked with Juventus over the past 24 hours, albeit more speculatively this time, as the Serie A giants are reportedly hoping to offload Aaron Ramsey.

    But United fans will be keen to see how he links up with Fernandes – the main man since his January arrival from Porto – once the real action restarts.

    Meanwhile, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could land a seven-figure bonus by leading United to the Champions League in the next few weeks, thanks to the incentives in his contract.

    The Red Devils are fifth, three points behind Chelsea in fourth.

    Solskjaer is believed to earn less than half predecessor Jose Mourinho's annual £15million-a-year pay. 

     And in an exclusive SunSport interview Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand tipped United to make the top four.

    He said: “With that squad they ought to…there is talk Pogba is looking really good in training.”   

  • DRUG TESTS RAMPED UP AGAIN

    Premier League stars have not been drug tested for THREE MONTHS.

    But anti-doping officers are set to massively ramp up testing next week ahead of the restart.

    Although clubs resumed training weeks ago, testers have not been seen at any training grounds for spot checks to track either performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.

    Instead, all focus at grounds has been on tests for Covid-19.

    Potentially, during the lockdown, some players could have used recreational drugs and not been tested.

    Even though this time was effectively out of competition, that would still have been breaking rules.

    Next week, UK Anti-Doping are set to give an update of their drug-testing procedures in the Premier League, along with the Championship and clubs in the League One and League Two play-offs.

  • MONEY JAER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could land a seven-figure bonus by leading Manchester United to the Champions League in the next few weeks.

    The Old Trafford chief’s contract has various incentives, including one for restoring the club into Uefa’s top competition.

    Solskjaer is believed to earn less than half of the £15million a year that his predecessor Jose Mourinho raked in.

    But the Norwegian can make up some of the difference by hitting targets.

    And the 47-year-old still has a good chance of claiming the cash for reaching the Champions League going into Project Restart next week.

    When the Premier League was halted back in mid-March, his Red Devils were in fifth place — three points behind Chelsea in fourth.

  • RIO HAILS OLE

    Former Old Trafford and England centre-back Rio Ferdinand backed up his top-four prediction for fifth-placed United by praising boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's progress.

    Ferdinand said: “They haven’t lost in about ten games and signs of Ole’s good management are coming to fruition now.

    “i’ve never lost faith in Ole despite all the criticism he was getting.

    “I believe in him and if he makes that top four he’ll have done a good job.

    “!He also still has the Europa League to aim for if we can get that going again.”

  • FOURTH SAYS FERD

    United legend Rio Ferdinand has tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men to nick a Champions League spot, in an exclusive interview with Sun Head of Sport Shaun Custis.

    Asked about United's top four hopes once the season resumes next week, ex-England defender Ferdy said: “With that squad they ought to.

    “Paul Pogba is fit again, as is Marcus Rashford, there is talk Pogba is looking really good in training.

    “He and Bruno Fernandes can form a productive midfield partnership in a three with someone like Scott McTominay.

    “Don’t forget United were on a good streak when the season was halted — and had just beaten Manchester City not long after winning at Chelsea.”

  • STARS USE 'UNIQUE POSITION' FOR GOOD

    Karren Brady expanded her praise of Premier League players' actions for Black Lives Matter.

    She said: “Some Premier League club captains are only in their early 20s but understand that, by speaking out against racial injustice, they are in a unique position of being able to back a cause that can have a permanent and impactful change onsociety to make things better for future generations.

    “Wearing a Black Lives Matter message on their shirts is a peaceful and powerful message that will have a massive global impact, with every Premier League match being broadcast across the globe, reaching 212 territories and 643 million homes.

    “At West Ham, our players will today stand together at London Stadium and show the world exactly what we represent by posing for a (socially distanced) squad photograph in support of the fight against racism and discrimination.”

  • BRADY HAILS PLAYERS' TOP ACTION

    SunSport columnist Karren Brady says Premier League players returning with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on their shirts shows they can be a force for change.

    Following protests after George Floyd's “senseless death as his neck was knelt on by a US police officer, the West Ham vice-chairperson believes Prem “captains have channelled that hurt, frustration and anger into positive activism, using their massive reach and influence”.

    She added: “Five players alone have 120million Instagram followers between them. I can’t even begin to calculate what the other 495 will add to that total number, but many hundreds of millions more.

    “The players feel empowered to share their sentiments in such an open and honest way with their followers in the hope of creating lasting change.

    “This is an age where you can educate, influence and inspire and make a real difference for generations to come.”

  • HE CAN BE TOP POG

    SunSport Analyst Danny Higginbotham believes Paul Pogba can “win back the hearts of Manchester United fans” when the season resumes – and show he is their best player “on his day”.

    Higgo says: “They all know how good he can be.

    “Pogba’s absence has been both physical and mental, with his agent suggesting he is eyeing a move away and is not interested in staying at Old Trafford.

    “Come Friday night, as Man Utd take on Spurs, all eyes will be on him to see how he reacts, as well as on how the fans take to him from behind their keyboards on social media.

    “But if he goes on to that pitch and shows everyone the player we all know he can be, then the supporters will not be bothered by his antics in the past.

    “On his day he is still United’s best player and he will benefit greatly from the presence of Bruno Fernandes alongside him.”

  • JUVE NOT GONE AWAY

    Paul Pogba is once again being linked with Juventus – after the Serie A giants were tipped to offload fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

    French World Cup winner Pogba lined up alongside new United star Bruno Fernandes amid two practice games against West Brom at Old Trafford today.

    And the renewed speculation in Italy is that Juve have not yet completely given up on resigning Pogba this summer, despite financial hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • TOP GESTURE

    THE Premier League have confirmed players will have 'Black Lives Matter' on the back of their shirt instead of their names when the season restarts.

    It will be in affect for the opening 12 games of the restart, and when names return a BLM logo will feature on shirts for the rest of the season along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

    A statement from players at all 20 clubs read: “We, the Players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for All, regardless of their colour or creed.

    “This symbol is a sign of unity from all Players, all Staff, all Clubs, all Match Officials and the Premier League blacklivesmatter playerstogether.”

    The Premier League will return on June 17 after every top-flight club approved the proposed matchday protocol.

  • POGBA AND BRUNO FINALLY PLAY TOGETHER

    Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba were paired together in the opener, reportedly a 2-1 loss.

    The United Stand quote one source as saying the Portuguese midfielder got on the scoresheet with a penalty – before missing a second spot-kick.

    However, the Red Devils came out on top of the second fixture, according to the Telegraph's John Percy, with a 3-1 victory.

    United fans are eagerly awaiting Pogba's return from an ankle injury when they take on Tottenham next week.

    The Frenchman is thought to have slotted alongside Fernandes in the midfield for the first game, with Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Timothy Fosu-Mensah also involved.

    Jessica Dicks, daughter of WBA coach Julian, also tweeted the results.

  • UTD BAGG WIN AND A LOSS

    United stolemarch on many of their Premier League rivals with two pocket-sized friendlies against West Brom – a defeat followed by victory.

    An experienced line-up for second-placed Championship side WBA won 2-1, before United beat a much younger Baggies' line-up 3-1.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men return to Prem action after he three-month coronavirus lockdown with a trip to Spurs next Friday.

  • RASH TO JUDGMENT

    United striker Marcus Rashford revealed how much United have missed playing with a gleeful tweet after their two friendlies with West Brom.

    The England star, who has been busy helping charities during the coronavirus pandemic, posted: “Loved every minute of it.”

  • LINGZ CAN ONLY GET BETTER

    United midfielder Jesse Lingard has created his own face masks which will retail at £12 with all proceeds going to the NHS.

    England ace Lingard already has his own clothing brand under the same moniker but the charitable star is now set to provide football fans with stylish masks to keep them safe amid the coronavirus crisis.

    Lingard revealed his plans on Instagram on Friday ahead of June 15 when wearing masks on public transport will become compulsory.

    He said: “As you know from Monday 15th June, it is mandatory that everybody wears face masks on public transport.

    “So I have decided to create these, JLingz face masks to protect you and others. Of course, all proceeds will go to the NHS, to help to continue the support they are doing.

    “They are doing an amazing job and this is a little thank you from me. So everybody stay safe out there. Lots of love, Jesse.”

    It is the latest admirable move from the Old Trafford squad after Lingard's close pal Marcus Rashford's amazing fundraising efforts.

  • HOME GOAL

    United boast more homegrown players in their squad than any other team in Europe's top five leagues.

    A whopping 40.7 per cent of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team are made up of stars raised through the Old Trafford academy.

    Since the Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho, more and more game time has been afforded to youngsters with the transfer policy also decidedly more local than during previous regimes.

    Joining familiar names Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in the senior squad this year have been James Garner, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe and Mason Greenwood.

    Scott McTominay and Timothy Fosu-Mensah also count as homegrown talents, even though they represent Scotland and the Netherlands respectively, thanks to their education in the United system.

  • RAMSEY'S EXIT TIP

    Juventus are “open to selling” Aaron Ramsey – who has been linked with United – after just 12 months as they tackle the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Wales midfielder, 29, arrived at the Italian champions last summer on a free transfer after leaving Arsenal, playing 24 games despite sitting out seven matches with injury.

    But the Daily Mail say Juve bosses areputting the £400,000-a-week earne up for sale.

    Ramsey earns a staggering £400,000-a-week in Turin – something the club will struggle to maintain.

    But If the ex-Gunner was to move back to the Premier League, he would be expected to take a pay cut.

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