Martial close to new Manchester United deal after breakthrough

Manchester United's preparations for their FA Cup fourth round trip to Arsenal on Friday night are in full swing as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces another huge test of his management. 'Not bad, is it? 'He can be absolutely top-class.

Speaking after the deal was signed, Solskjaer said, "He's an intelligent player and wants to learn all the time".

Mourinho has forged a reputation across his career for producing effective but, not necessarily pretty football, justifying his cause with a very lucrative trophy cabinet.

Rooney left Old Trafford in 2017 as the club's greatest goalscorer, while Ronaldo has been crowned the world's best player five times and Solskjaer believes Rashford, who has scored in four-consecutive Premier League games, can reach the same level. It also happened to be a wonderfully well-taken effort that demonstrated Rashford's sky-high confidence - flicking the ball inside Pascal Gross and curling his shot beyond goalkeeper David Button.

Crucially, Mitchell has known Mauricio Pochettino - the favourite to get the United job despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's excellent job as caretaker boss - since they were together at Southampton.

The report claims that Pogba wanted to leave the side in the winter window if Mourinho remained in charge. He's on the training pitch all the time and at times you have to drag him off, because he just wants to be out there. I've been driving around a bit to find my bearings again.

"He is a proper Manc".

"You can't kick him and keep him down, he'll stand up for a fight and stand up for himself and a team-mate".

The former Arsenal man was an unused substitute on Saturday as United defeated Brighton 2-1 at Old Trafford.

"The Manchester United players at the end were obviously not trying for Mourinho as they just switched the tap on and off".

United take on Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday before returning to league action against Burnley on January 29. 'But we're going into a series of games now where the pressure will be on us to make sure that we get points'.

  • Steve Townsend