Youngsters Set To Feature Heavily

Afternoon Bulletin

DONE DEAL

Manchester United have reportedly secured the transfer of 16-year-old Espanyol wonder kid Arnau Puigmal. The deal has been secured and will be completed once the transfer window opens next month. Jose Mourinho and Nicky Butt have added another kid with potential to their ever improving academy. The two sides also have developed a roadmap which will see Puigmal become a first-team regular in the next few years.

FOSU-MENSAH SHOCK

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is on the verge of making his comeback after suffering a shoulder injury in last month’s Manchester Derby. Early reports suggested that his season was over with Mourinho even confirming the same. But, Fosu-Mensah has surprised everyone with his quick return. Mourinho even admitted that Fosu-Mensah’s return gives him more selection headaches ahead of the final in Stockholm on Wednesday.

SERGIO IN SQUAD

Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero has been named to the Argentina squad for the friendlies against Singapore and Brazil. Romero is the only United representative in the Argentine squad after the injury to Marcos Rojo means he will be out until at the new campaign.

KEANE NEWS

Burnley are set to up the asking price for Michael Keane to offset the loss they will take because of United’s discount option. Burnley value the English defender at £25m meaning United will only have to pay £18.75m to secure the defender’s services. Burnley, however, are set to up the asking price to £30m and recoup his price tag.

THE KIDS

Jose Mourinho is preparing to hand minutes to as many as 10 youngsters in tomorrow’s finale against Crystal Palace. The 10 players name-checked by Mourinho are – Joel Pereira, Kieran O’Hara, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matty Willock, Angel Gomes, Zak Dearnley, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe. 16-year-old Angel Gomes was spotted training with the first team on Friday and could become United’s youngest ever debutant. Paul Pogba will also feature against the Londoners as he looks to improve fitness after missing 2 matches due to compassionate reasons.

TAKING THE PRESSURE OFF

Jose Mourinho wants Paul Pogba’s world record fee to be beaten at the earliest so that the pressure on the Frenchman is lowered. Mourinho said: “I think the problem is the tag, the price tag on his back. I hope next summer he’s not anymore the highest transfer fee and then the pressure goes to somebody else. If his transfer fee was half of it, everybody would say ‘what a buy,’ ‘he’s playing more than good’. But everybody expects performances according to that huge transfer fee and that brings pressure and that brings sometimes unfair analysis.”