‘Pogba would have thrived in Man Utd treble team’

first_imgPaul Pogba would have cut it in Manchester United’s all-conquering treble team.That is the view of 1999 hero Teddy Sheringham, who says the stars of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most successful side would have got the best of out the mercurial Frenchman.Pogba has received widespread criticism since rejoining United from Juventus in 2016 for not living up to his undoubted ability. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Sheringham says the World Cup winner would have been at home in a midfield that contained Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and David Beckham – and that the senior stars of that side would have made sure he was focused on winning rather than showboating.When asked if Pogba – rejuvenated under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – could have figured alongside the players who won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in the same season, Sheringham told Stadium Astro: “I think he would because he is a very talented player.“He would have been brought back down to earth at the right times when he’s… not stepping out of line, because you’re not stepping out of line, you’re just not doing the right things at the right times.“That’s what made our team so good. We did all the right things at the right times.“There’s a lot of players who do the wrong things constantly. You have to do the right things at the right times for you to be part of a team.“I think he would have been told by the senior members, ‘pass the ball. Stop showing how good you are. We play as a team’.Manchester United 1999 Champions League“The more you keep telling them, you hope that the penny drops.“There’s always times to do that bit of flashness, to get you out of a problem on the football pitch, but not every time you get it.”Solskjaer, a team-mate of Sheringham in the 1999 team, is credited with making Pogba blossom again after he endured a strained relationship with previous manager Jose Mourinho, sacked last month.The 25-year-old said of his new boss this week: “Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that.“It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Somalia top UN aid official voices alarm at intensified fighting worsening drought

“The current fighting in Belet Xaawo has forced thousands of people to flee anew, both within the country and across the border into the town of Mandera in Kenya. The people remaining in Belet Xaawo are moving out of the town due to lack of water and food,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, who visited Somalia last month.“During my recent visit to the country I was especially concerned about increased displacement and the worrying effects of drought on extremely vulnerable people. Now, that concern has increased still further,” she told a news conference in New York.Fighting between Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government and Al-Shabaab Islamic militants in the southern Belet Xaawo area has driven thousands of Somalis from their homes as well as some 5,500 residents of the Kenyan border town of Mandera, while a flare-up of conflict in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has displaced 4,400 people in the last nine days, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Accounts from Mandera indicate that both the TFG and Al-Shabaab are mobilizing their forces for a possible confrontation, Ms. Amos said, voicing growing concern at reports of a rising civilian toll attributable to all parties to the conflict. “I again urge all parties to the conflict and AMISOM [the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia] to comply with international humanitarian law in order to minimize harm to the civilians,” she added.According to ambulance services and hospital sources in Mogadishu, 62 civilians have been killed there and 232 others wounded in the last two weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.The recent fighting in Belet Xaawo and Mogadishu has hindered aid deliveries, the Office added, with none taking place at all in Belet Xaawo at the moment as the security situation remains tense. The drought in Puntland, northern Somalia, continues to deteriorate, with water shortages reported in many parts, and drought-affected people are still moving into Mogadishu, but at a lower rate due to the recent surge in fighting, OCHA stated. Both UN agencies and national bodies are bringing in water. In the past week the UN World Food Programme (WFP) delivered 1,470 metric tons of mixed food to 168,600 people through emergency school and institutional feeding and general food distribution. In central regions, it is collaborating with eight non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support some 18,200 malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women.Somalia has lacked a functioning central government since 1991 and had been plagued by factional fighting ever since. 4 March 2011Humanitarian AidWith intensified fighting in Somalia driving thousands more people from their homes in recent days and a devastating drought continuing to worsen, the top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced growing alarm for a nation that has already endured 20 years of war. read more