Man United News: Paul Pogba, Man City Friendly, Squad Numbers

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We’ve rounded up a collection of links to the latest Manchester United news stories circulating within the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. In addition to the news stories links, we have a couple United transfer rumors to cover.

Of course, we have to begin with your daily “Is Paul Pogba coming to Old Trafford or not?” update.

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MUFC Target Paul Pogba Plays Hoops in Full Lebron James Cavs Uniform

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Paul Pogba, the midfielder who left Manchester United in 2012 is the hottest transfer rumor circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world right now. Will his return to Old Trafford actually happen? Well, no one really knows, but plenty of media outlets claims to possess that knowledge every single day.

Here’s a link to the latest on that. Now on to the reason that we’re here. Pogba played a recreational game of basketball in a full Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers uniform.

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Former Padres Hostess, Pageant Winner Laura Rutledge Gets New Gig

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ESPN just released the information on who who will be calling their college football broadcasts this upcoming season. Laura Rutledge will be on the sideline Thursday nights. It’s a position previously held by Jenn Brown, Erin Andrews and Kaylee Hartung.

Samantha Ponder, Allison Williams, Dawn Davenport and many, many others have served or currently serve in a similar role.  Play-by-play commentator Dave Flemming will move to Thursday nights and will call games alongside college football analyst Jesse Palmer in a two-man booth.

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Christen Press Has an Amazing First Year Playing Soccer Story

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United States Women’s National Team and Chicago Red Stars attacking midfielder Christen Press almost gave up soccer forever when she was four years old. Yes, the very same game that has defined her and created a livelihood. The Palos Verdes, California native didn’t touch the ball. Not even once. For the entire season during her first year of organized soccer.

Found out why in this animated video about Christen Press that U.S. Soccer created and promoted today.

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli Rated Fourth Most Valuable U21 in the World

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was the breakout star of the season; not just at White Hart Lane but in the Premier League in general. He also made a similar ascension for country just like he did for club, finding his way onto the England National Team. His sensational 2015-16 has seen his overall monetary value skyrocket.

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Liverpool FC Agree with Stoke City on £13 Million for Joe Allen

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As the summer transfer window heats up further, the rumors and gossip fly fast and furious. However, in this posting we have actual closed deals to discuss. Liverpool FC have completed both a sale (sort of) and purchase in the last 24 hours. Liverpool formally announced the arrival of Ragnar Klavan to boost their central defense.

Additionally, Press Association Sport reports that Liverpool and Stoke City have agreed on a £13 million deal for midfielder Joe Allen.

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Former Boston Celtics Hostess Molly McGrath Joins ESPN

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Former Boston Celtics hostess and FOX Sports personality Molly McGrath has joined ESPN; according to a network announcement. McGrath grew up in San Francisco, California and eventually moved across the country to attend Boston College, where she studied Broadcast Journalism and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Now she’ll be on the sidelines for ESPN college sports broadcasts.

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Anthony Martial #1, Marcus Rashford #7 on Most Valuable U21 List

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Earlier this week, teenage striker Marcus Rashford stumped for his teammate, fellow youngster Anthony Martial to be the cover boy for the next edition of the FIFA video game.

Here’s what he Tweeted regarding #FIFA17 from his official account:

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Liverpool FC Confirm Completion of Ragnar Klavan Deal

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Liverpool FC Manager Jurgen Klopp just said a couple days ago that the team doesn’t need to sign big names this summer transfer window. Klopp also said the next day that LFC will sign one or two more players this summer. Today’s news hold true to his words as Ragnar Klavan is certainly not a big name

The Estonia international defender, and now officially a member of LFC, is still a relatively big signing, given the current lack of options the Reds have in central defense.

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Paul Pogba to Man United Narrative Takes Yet Another Turn

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The phrase “agent-driven” is often used to describe transfer rumors that really have no genuine credibility, but receive substantial media coverage nonetheless. It’s probably fair to slap that label on the “Paul Pogba back to Man United: Will He or Won’t He?” saga.

The tedious, overblown narrative has now become this summer’s answer to David de Gea with Real Madrid last summer; or Arturo Vidal in 2014. And it took yet another turn today.

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If Mario Balotelli Leaves Liverpool FC for China, Andrea Pirlo Disapproves

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Mario Balotelli receives way more media coverage than a player with his CV deserves. It’s easy to understand why he’s so over-exposed however. Balotelli has such amazing natural talent, but he can’t figure out his to consistently maximize his gift. Thus we’re always intrigued by what he’s up to. Squandered talent stories are always compelling.

During the past couple years, he’s been a better citizen off the pitch, committing far fewer strange, silly and non-sensical acts. Of course he did do this in March of 2015.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Remarks Essentially One-Up Eric Cantona

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One of the biggest legends in Manchester United history gave a message for a man who could become a legend at Old Trafford in his own right.

Eric Cantona sent his official welcome to Zlatan Ibrahimovic on July 11th, letting Ibra know that he is still “King of Manchester” but that the Swede could be “the Prince” if he so chooses.

Today, a little over a week later, brought the mercurial Swede’s response and it was glorious.

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