Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand clash as Real Madrid ‘pulls out’ race for Manchester United star – Anil Kandola

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Rio Ferdinand has slammed Gary Neville and other United critics off the back of the club’s disappointing draw against Newcastle.

As his contract ticks down, reports suggest Real Madrid have now pulled out of the race to sign United midfielder Paul Pogba.

And finally, reports claim that United have been given a huge transfer boost by one of Chelsea’s star players.

Rio vs Gary

Ferdinand and Neville can both be considered United legends and were on the same page for many years during their incredibly successful careers at Old Trafford.

But they have taken conflicting views on the current situation at Old Trafford.

Speaking on his podcast, Vibe with five, Ferdinand turned to Neville’s comments for United after the disappointing 1-1 draw at Newcastle, where the former English right-back called some players “whingebags”.

Ferdinand said: “A lot of the press that came out after that fight, including one of my old teammates Gary Neville, made me think we were in a relegation battle based on the comments people made, and the way the mood became negative.

“Yes, we have not played the type of football that people or fans have become accustomed to, but Ralf Rangnick did not inherit a team in good shape.”

Our views: United could cope with players standing up and being spoken to, just like Ferdinand did here. Too late to dust your boots off, Rio?

And no, we’re not whingebags, Gary!

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Madrid pulls the Pogba plug

For quite some time, Pogba’s future has been a topic of discussion, and as his contract now enters the last six months, he is more likely to end his United days.

It hurts to say it, but he has not reached his great potential in a red jersey.

One of the teams that has been strongly linked with Pogba is the Spanish giant Real Madrid, but Los Blancos has apparently decided to look elsewhere.

The Mail reported that Madrid will now focus all their attention on acquiring the services of Pogba’s compatriot Kylian Mbappe, whose contract also expires this summer.

Our views: Pogba will almost certainly leave Old Trafford, and the same report claims that the World Cup winner is now likely to join Paris Saint-Germain or his former team Juventus.

Although United fans would have loved that Pogba reached his potential as the returning hero, it feels as if that race has been run and it would suit all parties if the 28-year-old were to move on.

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Rudiger to United?

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is undoubtedly a hugely talented midfielder, but his situation at his current club seems to point to a shift away from Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid were a team associated with making a move for Rudiger, however ABC reports that the Spanish club was deterred by his agent’s greedy ‘demands for a signing fee of £ 17 million.

The German television company Sky Sport claimed last month that United could be Rudiger’s favorite destination and that a major obstacle could have been removed to make way for a transfer coup.

Our views: Although this feels a bit unlikely, Rudiger to United would be brilliant. Not only would he offer solid skills at the back, but he would provide the direct competition for Harry Maguire has long needed.

And let’s be honest, United have never bothered to sign on Chelsea’s sloppy seconds!

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