Real Madrid ‘force’ interest in Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as Ronaldo is labelled ‘a genius’ – Manchester Evening News

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Paul Pogba is said to be back on Real Madrid’s radar as his contract edges towards its expiry, while Luke Shaw was left baffled after he was penalised for a high-foot which resulted in a penalty for Hungary in England’s World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night…

“What a player”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s international goalscoring tally has increased yet after he bagged a hat-trick against Luxembourg on Tuesday.

In taking home the match ball he scored his 58th hat-trick for club and country as he reached 115 international goals.

His goals helped take Portugal to within a point of group leaders Serbia and he now returns to club duty as United embark on their toughest run of fixtures so far this season.

United legend Roy Keane was almost lost for words when describing his former teammate, telling ITV : “Do I say it again? The man’s a genius. Absolutely amazing, what a player.”

We can’t argue with that, Roy

Luke Shaw baffled

England went behind in their clash with Hungary on Tuesday after Roland Sallai fired his spot-kick into the bottom corner.

The initial penalty came about after Shaw hesitated before attempting an acrobatic clearance as Loic Nego flung his head towards the ball before going to ground.

Shaw was left bemused by the decision and claimed the Hungary right-back was looking for the penalty.



Luke Shaw gave away a penalty on Tuesday evening

“For me, it is soft,” Shaw said of the penalty when speaking to BeIN (as quoted by TeamTalk ).

“I don’t know what else I can do in that situation. I was clearly first to the ball and I cleared the ball.

“It looked like he wasn’t even going for the ball. I think he just knew my foot was a bit high so he just dived at my foot and rolled around like he had been shot.

“He just dived in, not for the ball but clearly to roll about and do that. He got what he wanted and it is disappointing from the ref. That is my opinion and I think he was wrong.”

Pogba back on Real’s radar

Pogba’s future continues to dominate the back pages with Juventus just one of the clubs touted with a move for the Frenchman.

Already this season he has seven assists in as many games, establishing himself as one of the focal points of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack.

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Now, Spanish publication AS report that Pogba is back on Real Madrid’s radar ‘with force’ and that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been sounding out the France midfielder’s situation for several weeks.

The report adds that the move for the World Cup winner will be used as an extra ploy to convince Kylian Mbappe to join the La Liga side as he too looks to be on the move next summer.

Solskjaer last spoke on Pogba’s future last month. When asked if the return of Ronaldo can help keep Pogba at Old Trafford he said: “Yeah, well, it’s up to us now to get results and to prove to ourselves that we can win trophies.

“Because, I think everyone who signs for Man United wants to win trophies, wants to be part of a winning Man United – that’s the most magical feeling in the world, to be part of a winning Man United team.

“So, yep, I think everyone is just focusing on doing our best and let’s see where we go.”

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