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How Man Utd could line up on the opening day of season after £200m spending spree



Manchester United have already dipped their toe in the transfer market this summer but it’s only just the tip of the iceberg if reports are to be believed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came excruciatingly close to winning his first piece of silverware as Red Devils boss last season only for United to lose the Europa League final on penalties.

Manchester United showed vast improvements in the Premier League, finishing second above 2020 champions Liverpool.

But they were still a long way off winners Manchester City, who finished a cool 12 points clear of their rivals.

Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his squad this summer and mount a genuine title challenge this coming season.

United have already agreed on a deal with Jadon Sancho, with the Dortmund star set to complete his £73million switch this week.

The Red Devils boss has now turned his attention to signing a centre-back, with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane on his wishlist.

Solskjaer would also like to get his hands on a new central midfielder and United have been strongly linked with a move for Declan Rice in recent months.

If the Norwegian can snap up all three players it could set United back around £200million, but it would put the Red Devils in the driving seat to win the title.

Solskjaer is likely to swap David de Gea with Dean Henderson between the sticks for United next season.

The Spaniard’s form has been declining in recent seasons and he was heavily criticised following United’s Europa League final defeat.

De Gea also lost his place in the Spain team, with compatriot Unai Simon taking the number 1 shirt for this summer’s Euros.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the sensational, in-form Luke Shaw are expected to keep their places on the flanks, despite Kieran Trippier being linked with a move to United.

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Tokyo Olympics: All Nigeria’s table tennis reps knocked out



Africa’s highest-ranked player Quadri Aruna on Tuesday crashed out of the men’s singles event of the table tennis competition at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Aruna who reached the quarter-finals of the event at the Rio Games in 2016 could not go far this time around as he lost 2-4 in the third round.

He lost to Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 15-13 9-11 6-11 11-7 7-11 6-11.

His exit has brought a sad end to Team Nigeria’s campaign in the sport at this Games.

His three teammates in the sport —— Funke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem, Olajide Omotayo —- have all been eliminated.

Nigeria did not qualify for the doubles events.

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John Terry leaves Aston Villa, reveals next plan



Aston Villa assistant coach, John Terry, has announced his departure from the club.

Terry, in a statement via Aston Villa’s official website on Monday, also revealed his next plan.

The Chelsea legend had since been linked with vacancies at Bristol City and West Brom United.

Terry’s statement read in part, “It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on.

“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully, take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.

“I’ll forever be indebted to the gaffer for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at such a wonderful club.

“Finally, I would also like to thank all the players and staff and wish them all the very best for the season ahead and say a huge thank you to the wonderful Aston Villa fans for their support.”

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Solskjaer opens up on Pogba rejecting new Man United contract to join PSG



Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on midfielder, Paul Pogba rejecting a new contract at the club in a bid to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Solskjaer also expressed confidence that Pogba will be part of his Man United squad next season.

He said this while reacting to reports that the France international has rejected a new deal at the club because he wants to join PSG.

Pogba, whose current deal with Man United will expire next summer, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford to join PSG.

But Solskjaer has now described the report as ‘speculations’.

Asked if Pogba has rejected a contract and whether Man United will need to sell him, Solskjaer told reporters following the Red Devils’ pre-season 4-2 defeat against QPR on Saturday: “There are always speculations about Paul.

“The talks between the club and Paul’s representatives, I am not in the detail of every single one of them, so I have got nothing to say really about that.

Asked further on PSG’s interest in Pogba, Solskjaer continued: “There’s always speculation about Paul and there’s always clubs being interested.

“Of course, we have seen Paul at his best and Paul knows what we feel about it. And of course, I have enjoyed my time working with him and hopefully, we can work together. Let’s see what happens.”

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