Man Utd news: Fofana transfer urged, Pogba on dressing room ahead of Liverpool, Shaw key

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Manchester United went top of the table on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Burnley and they are set for a hugely important game against defending champions Liverpool on Sunday. Ahead of the all-important clash, Express Sport rounds up all the latest United news.

United urged to sign Fofana

Red Devils legend Paul Scholes has urged the club to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, telling ESPN: “When we won titles, so many of our wins at Liverpool were 1-0 or 2-1 after having to dig it out for 80 minutes.

“You accept you’re going to have days like that against the top teams, when you don’t dominate the game and have to battle to stay in it. You have to be able to defend properly and withstand the opposition’s attacks, but I’m still to be convinced that this United side can do that.

“As a back-four, I worry about how good they really are. At full-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is just about defending, which is fine for a game at Liverpool, but I’m not sure what Luke Shaw brings to the team.

“In the middle, Ole still has to find Harry Maguire’s best partner. Eric Bailly has pace, but he is rash and picks up too many injuries. Victor Lindelof plays the position better and seems to be Ole’s preferred option, but again, he is not totally convincing.

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“If I was Ole and could sign a defender this month, I’d go for Wesley Fofana at Leicester. He’s only 20, but he has been outstanding and he has the potential to be anything he wants to be. United have done OK at the back this season, but they have been exposed when playing against the big teams and that’s another problem they need to solve.”

Pogba offers insight into squad mentality ahead of Liverpool clash

Paul Pogba has admitted that United’s squad are looking forward to their clash with Liverpool but realise it will be “very difficult”.

Speaking to United’s official website, Pogba said: “It’s Liverpool, the neighbours, we know the story. I know the story. When you arrive in Manchester you know the story about Liverpool and Manchester United. We know it’s a big game. When you play at United there are always big games but this one is a battle. It’s going to be a battle.

“We’re there but we know it’s going to be tough, very, very difficult. We know it. Beautiful things don’t come easy, so we know we’re going to have to get through this. We’re there and it’s going to be very hard. How much we want it, that’s the question because I think we can [do it].

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Asked how much United want to win the game, Pogba added: “Very much, very much. It’s hard work, but we have to keep the focus and keep our heads and keep doing what we’ve been doing. The last game, winning like that, makes the difference I think.

You never know in this league, it’s always very hard. I think we’ve been doing great with our results and performance, all of the team. It’s our focus. We know we can do it and we have to believe. Anything can happen.

Shaw praised ahead of Liverpool test 

Former United defender Mikael Silvestre believes left-back Luke Shaw is “showing Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and even Aaron Wan-Bissaka the way to play”, ahead of their trip to Anfield.

“The margin will be very thin this weekend,” he said, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet.  “It’s a game where Manchester United need to avoid giving free-kicks away. Don’t concede corners or soft free-kicks around the box.

“That would be my advice because I’d expect everything else to naturally be spot on with the guys. Luke Shaw has had a lot of time out through injury but when he has played he’s done very well. He’s been so solid and he’s brought some much-needed consistency.

“He’s getting better and better, and having been at United for a while now it’s good to see him playing a main role in the starting line-up. He’s showing Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and even Aaron Wan-Bissaka the way to play.

He added: “When you play for Manchester United you need to be conscious that there will be competition for places from other international players.

“The demand and speed of the games means it’s normal to have another guy there to compete against and every day you have to do your best in training and prove why you deserve a place in the starting line-up.”

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