Paul Pogba's Manchester United future in doubt after Premier League opener

Two years after returning to Manchester United from Juventus, Paul Pogba's future at Old Trafford has looked in doubt amid an increasingly strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

The France World Cup winner did captain United yesterday and netted a penalty in the 2-1 victory over Leicester.

But post-match comments stirred fresh intrigue. Although Premier League clubs can't sign players until January, Pogba could still be sold to a leading European league this month.

"There are things and there are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined," Pogba told reporters, before walking off.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba Source: Getty


All Whites star Ryan Thomas to join Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven

All Whites midfielder Ryan Thomas' remarkable rise in Europe has taken the next step with an agreement in place for him to join Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.

Thomas, 23, has been playing in Holland since 2013, making 143 appearances in all competitions for PEC Zwolle.

However, his performances haven't gone unnoticed, with PSV agreeing a fee for the versatile midfielder.

PEC Zwolle fans' tribute to All Whites star Ryan Thomas
PEC Zwolle fans' tribute to All Whites star Ryan Thomas Source: Twitter/PEC Zwolle

Still subject to a medical, Thomas will join PSV on the eve of the Eredivise season opener, sitting out PEC's first game this weekend.

"I think it's time to take the next step in my development," Thomas told the club's official website.

"I learned a lot at Zwolle. The fact that I can now show what I have in store at a top club like PSV is fantastic."

Ryan Thomas of PEC Zwolle Source: Getty



Tottenham create history by not making a single transfer window signing

Tottenham have become the first team in Premier League history not to make a summer signing since the transfer window's inception in 2003.

The club were linked with a number of names, notably Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, for whom they had a $48m bid rejected.

Their failure to bring anyone in is the first time a Premier League club has not made a signing in the 15 years of the summer transfer window.

It is at odds with boss Mauricio Pochettino's perceived wish, where he challenged the club to be "brave and take risks" at the end of last season.

The tonic to that lack of transfer activity is that Spurs have been able to keep all of their top stars, with a number of them tied down to new deals.

The window remains open to European clubs until the end of August, so there is still the possibility of players going out even after the English deadline passes.

Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Dembele could still leave in the next few weeks, but Pochettino has been able to keep hold of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Kieran Trippier.

Alderweireld was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but firm interest never materialised.

"We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very difficult to add players to that," Pochettino added.

"We didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is difficult to add players.

"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players. It's about if you really need them or not and then if you can get your target or not.

"It's true our targets are always the same level as Manchester United, Manchester City or Real Madrid but for different circumstances we can't achieve that.

"I am not worried, I am not sad, I am so happy. To keep our best players was our objective and goal and we have achieved that - at the moment, we will see what happens in the next 20 days in Europe."

Pochettino does accept how the lack of activity might be viewed externally, but is happy with the club's vision.

"Of course it's difficult to understand ... but sometimes in football you need to behave differently," he said.

"If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together.

"There's no reason to not trust in our squad and no reason not to believe in our club or believe in what we can do."

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela, left, celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game against Swansea City with teammates during the English FA Cup, quarterfinal soccer match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Saturday March 17, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
Tottenham progressed thanks to three long-range goals. Source: Associated Press