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Kieron Dyer tells incredible Paul Scholes story

Why didn’t Paul Scholes play more games for England?

Paul Scholes is undoubtably one of the best players to have ever played football in England.

Manchester born and bred, Scholes made 499 appearances for Manchester United having been at the club since the age of 14.

Scholes won 25 major honours whilst playing for United and is debatably the club’s greatest ever central midfielder.

It is therefore a great surprise to note that Scholes only ever played for England 66 times.

Sven-Goran Eriksson would play Scholes on the left hand side of the midfield to accommodate the midfield pairing of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

There is no denying the Gerrard and Lampard were quality players but failing to play Paul Scholes in his correct position was a massive mistake.

Scholes retired from international football in 2004, before he was even 29 years old, as he was not happy about being played out of position. Scholes stated that his family life and club career with United were ‘more important’ to him.

It is fair to say that England missed Scholes over the next few years. The ginger midfielder could have played a vital role in the 2006 and he most certainly would have aided England’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2008.

Kieron Dyer on Scholes

Kieron Dyer has 33 caps for England. The former Newcastle, West Ham and Ipswich man played with Scholes for the Three Lions for a number of years and has recently told a story revealing just how good Paul Scholes really was.

It’s hard to imagine that the England team could give one player a guard of honour after one training session.

It is unbelievable that Scholes wasn’t given more of a chance in the England set up and if he had been treated better, who knows how the national team could have fared.

Paul Ryan: We got ours with the tax cuts, now you all have to suffer

If he’s not offering up Medicare or Social Security or Medicaid or food stamps to the gods of the “Debt Crisis” (manufactured by his tax cuts scam), he’s threatening our lives.

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.@SpeakerRyan: “We have to fix health care if we’re going to get away from this debt crisis.” pic.twitter.com/A6K7YueF7l

— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) February 13, 2018

When Paul Ryan says he wants to “fix” health care, he’s essentially saying he wants to see more stories like this one, out of Texas.

A second grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School, 38-year-old Heather Holland, died Sunday due to complications of the flu.

In addition to a classroom of second graders, Holland left behind husband Frank Holland, a 10-year-old daughter, and a 7-year-old son.

Holland fell ill about a week ago and planned to pick up flu medication but felt the $116 copay was too high, her husband said.

She died from the flu because she needed the $116 for her kids. Which is how it should be in Paul Ryan’s world. Although the adherent of Ayn Rand would probably say she should have spent the money on the medicine and let her kids fend for themselves. They’re 7 and 10, they could get jobs, right?

Despite controversy, Logan Paul hasn’t done anything to be kicked off of YouTube

 Despite the controversy surrounding YouTube celebrity Logan Paul (thanks to a string of videos exploiting an apparent suicide and tasering a rat), the young media personality hasn’t done anything to warrant being kicked off of the platform that made him a star.
That’s according to chief executive Susan Wojcicki, who defended her company’s treatment of Paul’s video… Read More

Paul Pogba provides injury update following Newcastle defeat

Paul Pogba was seen limping through the mixed zone and apparently winced when asked about his injury following Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Frenchman pulled up and winced after taking a shot in the warm up and, despite usually being one of the last, went down the tunnel before anyone else, casting doubt over whether he would start against the Magpies.

He did manage to start but was clearly miles below his best, ambling through the game and losing the ball on several occasions before being hooked off after 65 minutes.

And while Jose Mourinho insisted after the game that Pogba had “no problems”, Press Association’s Simon Peach managed to capture a video which hints towards the exact opposite.

There was plenty that didn’t make much sense at St James’ Park: Mourinho’s decision to use a system that has failed them on numerous occasions already this season, along with the use of the same back four which crumbled at Wembley, are just a couple of examples.

But perhaps the most ludicrous of all was the decision to keep Pogba on the pitch despite it being clear that the Frenchman was operating at about 60 per cent.

This was notably different from performances criticised in the past. Even then, the 24-year-old always wanted the ball, always felt involved, determined to bend the game in United’s favour.

Against Newcastle, however, he seemed to float through the encounter like a ghost, barely noticeable at times, his mind and body clearly not in step with the game like usual. Supporters will only hope to see a replenished, fully-fit Pogba next time around.

Pundit explains what Paul Pogba must work on at Man United

Once again, in bizarre fashion Graeme Souness has been absolutely ruthless in his assessment of Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman can’t seem to escape from being scrutinised by the pundit who did not hold back by any means before the club faced Newcastle.

United ended up losing the match 1-0 in shocking fashion with Pogba playing a part from the start of the match although he was later substituted in the second half.

Some fans were concerned with the midfielder’s fitness as he seemed to pick up a knock in the pre-match routine and somewhat hobbled off after the game concluded.

Jose Mourinho denied claims of injury to Paul who wasn’t at his best against the lively home side and supporters can expect Souness to criticise him once more.

Paul Pogba has been in the limelight of late as critics, pundits, former players and fans all try to assess how to get the best out of him.

There’s no denying the former Juventus man’s ability but it might be fair to say he hasn’t been at his utmost best since joining the Red Devils.

Many supporters have grown frustrated with Mourinho’s insistence on playing Pogba in a double pivot 4-2-3-1 formation as it appears to restrict him.

Fans hope to see the midfielder given the freedom to express himself in a 4-3-3 formation as they witnessed in the match against Everton where he excelled.

Juventus also employed a three man midfield to get the best out of Paul, unshackling him and leaving the defensive work to the two other midfielders.

Jose Mourinho provides Paul Pogba update following Newcastle defeat

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Paul Pogba wasn’t carrying an injury during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Frenchman appeared to wince in pain after taking a shot in the warm-up at St James’ Park and, having spoken to Rui Faria, went back down the tunnel.

Pogba played nonetheless but he clearly didn’t look anywhere his best, ambling through the game and hardly ever producing a decisive touch, and was hooked off for Michael Carrick soon after his failure to compete at a set-piece allowed Newcastle to score.

But Mourinho, when asked about whether Pogba was carrying an injury, paused for a second – clearly thinking hard about what to say next – before replying: “No, no problems.”

Mourinho’s laconic response, along with the pause that preceded it, tells you that something is awry.

But that much was painfully clear on the pitch anyway. Pogba begun the game clearly limping and, aside from a few nice touches in the first half, descended quickly into anonymity – unable, or perhaps unwilling, to win 50/50s, leaving Nemanja Matic with a thankless and overwhelming task.

One obvious rule of thumb at the highest level is that anybody not at 100 per cent shouldn’t be on the pitch – especially against a Newcastle side described as ‘animals’ by Mourinho in the aftermath. And Pogba, needless to say, was nowhere near that.

Graeme Souness destroys Paul Pogba before Newcastle

Graeme Souness vs Paul Pogba

Manchester United are back in action on Sunday as they head to St James’ Park.

Ahead of the Newcastle game, former Magpies manager Graeme Souness has penned his weekly column for the Sunday Times.

In it, Souness has gone after Man United’s record signing Paul Pogba.

With Man United hoping to move 13 points behind Man City with a win over Newcastle, is Pogba delivering on his 100 million euro price tag?

For Souness the answer is clearly no.

‘Pogba struggles against the best’

Pogba was left out of the team for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield at Old Trafford last weekend.

However the French international is expected to be in Jose Mourinho’s XI on Sunday.

This season the 24-year-old has scored three Premier League goals and chipped in with nine assists in 15 games. Yet Souness has blasted Pogba in the broadsheet:

(Pogba) still doesn’t understand what is required to play that position properly.

Pogba simply cannot be one of two in central midfield. You cannot rely on him. Against the lesser teams you’ll get away with it, but against the better teams you’re not going to.

He plays like a schoolboy running after the ball in the playground.

Newcastle United vs Man United

Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle United side welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park this weekend. The visitors haven’t lost away to Newcastle since 2012.

An incredible 31 points separate the two sides ahead of kick off with Man United fighting to stay in the top four whereas Newcastle are battling against relegation.

The Magpies are without a win in their last 5 whilst United have dropped points just once, in 2018.

Newcastle took the lead at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture before a rampant United side responded with four goals to claim all three points.

Its likely to be a similar result this time around in the North East as Newcastle haven’t won at home (in the league) since October.

Also see: Jose Mourinho: Pep Guardiola ‘cries’.

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Paul Pogba is a creator not a destroyer, admits Danny Murphy

Paul Pogba should be used as a ‘creative player’ by Manchester United, according to Danny Murphy.

That’s instead of being a ‘destructive player’, despite Pogba generally being used in a creative role since his 2016 return to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman’s first season back at the club saw a significant number of ignorant evaluations of his talent. The focus was on his physical stature, power and pace rather than the astonishing technical ability which makes him one of the most complete players around in his position.

Murphy has now accepted that Pogba is indeed a creative force.

“Having watched Pogba on a regular basis, I think he’s more a creative player than a destructive one,” Murphy said on the Sky Sports show The Debate.

“He wants to go and make things happen.”

Murphy said that Pogba’s talent means he should be winning games by himself for United when the Reds require it.

“I’d like to see him win football matches for his team,” Murphy said of the 24-year-old. “Pogba has the potential to be what he wants to be.”

Pogba has been vital for United this season. Though he’s scored irregularly, his performances have often been brilliant.

He is yet to truly take a game by the scruff of the neck, though. When Pogba plays well, so too do United, and the same can be said when roles are reversed.

Depending on your outlook, that could be positive or negative.

Jose Mourinho sends an emphatic message to Paul Pogba's critics

Jose Mourinho has hit back at recent attacks on Paul Pogba’s playing style at Manchester United, insisting the Frenchman had more potential than most midfielders in the world.

The 24-year-old picked up widespread criticism after he was taken off during Man United’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Pogba’s subsequent exclusion from the starting XI for United’s win over Huddersfield Town three days later prompted further questions surrounding his approach on the pitch.

But Mourinho, when asked about Pogba once again ahead of the visit to Newcastle, hit back at those commenting on his style.

“Paul had a very professional behaviour,” he said. “This week was not different to what Paul is every week. He works well, he’s a good professional He likes to train. I’ve never had a single problem with him. He likes to train.”

“I was laughing over the past week because I heard and watched, read a few things, and I’m not English but I think I understand English enough when you want to say box to box.

“But with some comments from some important people in football I got a little confused.
For me box to box means box to box. You have to be good in this box and have to be good in that box.

“It means you have to defend well in this box, the physical condition and desire and stamina to go until the other box. In the other box you have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and so on.

“And when your team loses the ball you have to go to the other box. Now I’m confused when some people say box to box has to play free of defensive duties. That’s not a box to box. That’s a box in the box and stay in that box. Don’t move from that box!

“I think this country produced a lot of box to box players. I had the pleasure to coach some of them, but nowadays with some pundits, some agents, some family members, the concept of box to box is changing a little bit.

“It looks like we are going to a different concept. Box to box are not my words. I heard it for the first time in 2004 when I arrived. For me, with my Portuguese and trying to translate to the English I
just think midfield players.

“For me Paul is a midfield player. He’s not a left back, he’s not a striker. When people ask his best position: he’s a midfield player. It depends on the tactical system but he will always be a midfielder.

“Then with so many opinions, and we are in a world of opinions, people can get confused. There is no confusion between me and Paul. It’s difficult to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul.”

Mourinho received a similar question regarding Pogba last week and didn’t really answer it. This time, however, he wanted to make a point, and it wasn’t really about his star man at all.

The 55-year-old doesn’t see Pogba playing poorly whilst the majority of those watching spew over his languid, free-flowing and, yes, occasionally costly approach on the ball. What he sees, in effect, is the imposition of English standards on how midfielders should play and a vitriolic response when Pogba – how dare he – doesn’t satisfy the demands of our footballing culture.

And what he is also implying, albeit subtly, is that such a worldview is wrong, and that, really, to tell a midfielder of Pogba’s natural ability to be more ‘box to box’ and ‘tackle’ more is nothing short of laughable – and the prime reason why nothing ever changes after England fall short at a major competition.

To put it bluntly, our footballing language – the way we understand the beautiful game – is caveman-esque in comparison to others. Long balls, second balls, target men, fixed positions. These are staples of our very outlook on the game and perhaps we should start questioning whether they really do constitute the final answer.

Xabi Alonso, for example, once stated that it surprised him that English crowds admire tackling, which is deemed a recurso – or last resort – in Spanish football, whilst simultaneously growing frustrated at a player who applies pausa, an ability to put the breaks on, feint, and leave the onrushing opponent ten yards away.

In Italy, a player does not play a position but rather their role (ruolo), and managers will often discuss how a player has “interpreted their role” after the game. Passing and possession isn’t measured by numbers and is instead referred to as fraseggio, which literally means ‘phrasing’- a term used to describe musical expression and symphony.

I could go on. Football is interpreted differently by different cultures – just like anything, really – and the reason Pogba will never be appreciated fully in this country is strictly because he hails from a very different type of footballing education.

And, frankly, the fact that he doesn’t align with this country’s hopelessly backward definition of how to play the game is not his problem in the slightest.