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Man United's Pogba dreams of playing with Neymar

Pogba last faced Neymar in a pre-season friendly in 2017. Credit: PA

Paul Pogba has said he would love to play alongside Neymar later in his career.

Midfielder Pogba received praise from the Brazilian striker two years ago, when Neymar said the Frenchman had the necessary qualities to fit into Barcelona's team.

As it turned out, there was no Nou Camp union for the pair. Pogba left Juventus in August 2016 to embark on a second spell at Manchester United, while last summer Neymar left Barcelona for Paris St Germain.

But Pogba still hopes their career paths one day meet, saying of Neymar's praise: "I remember what he said, I'd love to play with him. He is the definition of joy on the pitch.

"In Brazil, football is everything. It's life, everyone there plays. When I watch him on the pitch enjoying himself, with his technique and his agility ... I love watching him."

In an interview with Argentinian broadcaster TyC Sports, widely reported in the French press, Pogba emphasised his long-term wish to play together with the £200.6million striker.

"He has a different style, he has his own style. And when you talk about Neymar, everyone knows him," Pogba said. "Everyone knows who Neymar is and what he does. For me, it would be a pleasure to be able to play with him one day."

Pogba has struggled for game time at United in recent weeks, with manager Jose Mourinho frequently preferring 21-year-old Scott McTominay.

Pogba is currently on duty with the France national team, with Les Bleus facing Colombia on Friday and World Cup hosts Russia next Tuesday.

Man Utd trigger one-year contract extension for Young

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Manchester United have triggered a one-year contract extension clause to retain the services of Ashley Young until the end of next season.

The 32-year-old's deal was due to expire this summer but United have confirmed they have taken up the option of an extra 12 months.

Winger turned full-back Young has been in fine form this season and is back in the England picture ahead of the World Cup.

His inclusion in the latest squad for friendlies against Holland and Italy this month suggests he has a strong chance of going to the World Cup in Russia.

Young has predominantly played as attacking midfielder or forward throughout his career, both centrally and out wide, but he has proved a competent left-back under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Young joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 and featured in the side that won the Premier League in 2013.

He had a spell out of favour under Louis van Gaal and he was also used sparingly in Mourinho's first campaign in charge last season.

Indeed, he was linked with a big-money move to China in January 2017 but he stayed on to fight for his place at Old Trafford and has become an integral part of Mourinho's side.



Rojo signs new Manchester United deal

Rojo has been one of Man United's stand out performers under Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

Marcos Rojo has been given a new and improved deal at Manchester United until at least 2021.

The 27-year-old defender has impressed under Jose Mourinho, having moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon four years ago.

Rojo, whose progress was halted by a knee injury last April, returned to make 10 appearances this term but has been sidelined since early February.

"Since I joined Manchester United, it has been everything I thought it would be and more," said the Argentina international, who has penned a new deal until 2021 with the option of a further year.

"I am extremely happy to extend my stay at this great club.

"When I joined, my aim was to help the team win trophies and we have done that over the past couple of seasons."

Man Utd's Carrick to retire at the end of the season

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Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season and join Jose Mourinho's coaching staff.

The 36-year-old is the longest-serving player at Old Trafford, having joined from Tottenham in 2006 and gone onto win the Champions League and five Premier League titles, among many other trophies.

Carrick, capped 34 times by England, has looked likely to leave United in recent summers only to pen extensions at a club that rewarded his fine service with a testimonial last year.

The 36-year-old was handed the captain's armband last summer after the exit of Wayne Rooney but has only made three starts in all competitions this season.

It has long been expected that Carrick would hang up his boots at the end of the campaign - something the veteran confirmed on Monday, along with his intention to take up manager Mourinho's offer to join the coaching staff.

"There comes a time when as much as you like it or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football," the 36-year-old said.

"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine. It's something you've got to accept so that's where I am at.

"It's kind of been sorted out (for a coaching role). We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet.

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