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Paul Pogba is not Cristiano Ronaldo – so do not treat him the way he is

Depending on your information service, Paul Pogba will be responsible for either moving to Real Madrid or doubling his salary at Manchester United. In any case, it is a problem that needs to be sorted.

And undoubtedly he looked better under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Better yes – but twice as good as the player Manchester United won at signing?

Barely. It could be argued that we did not really see this player because Pogba was seen as the kind of midfield powerhouse that could lead United to the title under Jose Mourinho.

Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United is again under growing scrutiny

Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United is again under growing scrutiny

Despite the Solskjaer inspired resurrection, United are still fighting for the next season in the Champions League. And even though it would be wrong to lay the blame at the feet of Pogba alone, it does not sound like the level of earnings that escalates to £ 460,000 a week.

That's the number mentioned to secure Pogba's next contract, which probably means that it's the number he has learned he could earn at Real Madrid. Maybe he could get even more if he publicly flirts with the idea of ​​signing with Old Trafford for longer. He would not be the first.

But is he worth it? Is there anything we have seen so far about Pogba that he should be rewarded in this way? He has a good second half of the season.

However, a Footballer of the Year shortlist would have to blow one or more names before relying on his name. And for nearly two million pounds a month should Manchester United not be that? The best. More influential than Virgil van Dijk, who improved faster than Raheem Sterling and was more valuable to his team than Eden Hazard. A player at the top of his game. Is that Pogba? Not yet, it is not.

Pogba scored twice over the weekend, while United scored a 2-1 victory over West Ham

Pogba scored twice over the weekend, while United scored a 2-1 victory over West Ham

It's not Alexis Sanchez, either, but it's his salary that sets the standard for wages at Old Trafford, and his arrival brought the rest of the crew to renegotiate their agents.

But Sanchez has not proven his pay, why should United feel compelled to make the same mistake twice? You can not be the club that gets into expensive maneuvers. Maybe it's time for Ed Woodward to call some bluffs

If Real Madrid wants Pogba and the people of Pogba believe it is £ 460,000 then ask for a fee that matches its status. Because Pogba is not Cristiano Ronaldo. When United lost Ronaldo, they must have feared to play against him again in the Champions League.

And those fears have proved correct. Ronaldo has won the Champions League four times since leaving Manchester United. They have not defeated Real Madrid in their three encounters since Ronaldo switched sides.

In the two games he started, he scored a goal. Is that what we could expect from Pogba in the opposition? Would he change the dynamics in his new club? Would he leave United for Europe?

He would have to be a different player than the one we saw; one who is capable of untoward moments of devastation, like the murderer, proceeds against Tottenham and West Ham, but also periods of anonymity.

Pogba was excellent when Manchester United ran a record run, which helped Solskjaer to a permanent appearance, but he also played every minute as United lost four games in five games against Arsenal, Barcelona and Wolves twice.

His prolific scoring run ended up on Saturday's penalties. Most recently, he met in the FA Cup on 18 February in the open cup against Chelsea.

Pogba improved under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but is he worth his wage demands?

Pogba improved under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but is he worth his wage demands?

And he is an excellent player. Nothing denies this. It has to be judged whether he is a player worth £ 460,000 a week for Manchester United. If there is no guarantee that he will not be detached or inconsistent, as it certainly seemed to Mourinho.

Since the Madrid talks began – which Pogba did little to do – one could even argue that his form has already suffered.

It is the biggest call of the summer: to make Pogba happy or to make it one of Real Madrid's most expensive problems.

Woods demanded the spirit of Seve

Seve Ballesteros hated being named the park champ. It was one of the reasons he had enjoyed holding him in the Ryder Cup in America. He found the day disrespectful. Actually it was the opposite.

Ballesteros' recovery from 1979 near a black Ford Cortina in Royal Lytham was the hallmark of a true champion. Golf is a game of meters and precision. Most shots played by professionals have been calculated and practiced a thousand times.

What they do outside of this comfort zone reveals their true nature. Ballesteros was a genius for a golf course. such is Tiger Woods. His blow to the ninth green in Augusta was the encapsulation of greatness. Like Ballesteros in the parking lot, the shot was the result of a mistake.

Tiger Woods won the Masters on Sunday for the fifth time in his phenomenal career

Tiger Woods won the Masters on Sunday for the fifth time in his phenomenal career

Woods found a dreadful part of the green field, 80 yards from the pin, two step changes and a side slope down. Each time the ball rolled down to another small plateau, it became faster. It seemed impossible to control. So this was not the kind of putt that no professional would have practiced, because no professional would imagine landing in such a strange corner.

It would be like practicing chopping out under a broom bush – or from the members' parking lot. The stuff should not happen. Nobody gave Woods a chance. It sure was a three-putt. Woods hit it 12 feet.

To clarify, the putt traveled much further, but the impulse of Woods' putter was no more than 12 feet. Gravity did the rest. He kept it as close as possible without it falling. And he played many holes more perfect than the ninth; But it was what he did to escape the difficulties, the improvisation and the emotion that set him apart.

Almost 20 years ago, I was sitting in St. Andrews on the third day of the Open at the end of the 17th to write an article about the iconic roadside hole and how the pros tackle this unique challenge. That was a bad idea.

When they were not in trouble, most came the same way. Until in the last group a ball came from a completely different route, took a line that still needed to be explored, and ended up just perfect. Tiger Woods.

These moments of inspiration are when you see the man.

Barton is a thug … who would have thought that?

Let's call it the Brexit effect. A treacherous path is chosen, reasonable warnings are made against it, these warnings have proved correct, but those who have made the decision continue the denial of reality.

Review of 2016. No-deal Brexit was never on the agenda. "The free trade agreement we have with the European Union should be one of the simplest in human history," Liam Fox said. He did not mention the crash as option one. Crash was not on the menu.

Now, that's what this group of incompetents wants people to believe has been voted for, rather than admitting they've done wrong. The exit from the EU was, as predicted, a precarious, complicated process. That the country would be poorer and the poorest regions would fall into crisis.

Joey Barton is allegedly severely attacked following an incident involving Barnsley's Daniel Stendel

Joey Barton is allegedly severely attacked following an incident involving Barnsley's Daniel Stendel

For the same reason, Fleetwood Town is standing next to Joey Barton, who is expected to be interviewed this week by the South Yorkshire police for alleged assault. Of course they are – to suspend him or not to support him until the investigation is pending, chairman Andy Pilley would imply that he was completely wrong in putting his club in the hands of a violent thug.

And Pilley does not want to admit that he was wrong, so he stands by his man, even though that man left Barnsley's manager to search for his teeth in the tunnel.

In Ipswich, the fans are happy that they were relegated less than mid-April in the League One. You need to.

Otherwise, they must admit that Mick McCarthy, under the circumstances and the budgetary constraints, has done an excellent job of keeping the club free from relegation problems, and if football was less than expansive, he had to survive.

Instead, they made his life a misery and he resigned. The successors, Paul Hurst and Paul Lambert, have won a total of four games in all competitions this season.

McCarthy won more in his last campaign between the 5th and 19th of August, winning a total of 17 games before being knocked out prematurely by a 1-0 win over Barnsley. However, to show dissatisfaction with an upcoming fixtures list that could include trips to Scunthorpe and Rochdale in the coming season, it would in many cases have to be admitted that he is misleadingly hard on McCarthy.

And in our post-referendum era, that would never be the case. Therefore, no deal was always the goal, Barton is perfect for Fleetwood, and McCarthy has done a lazy job without Ipswich being dismissed.

Everyone is happy.

Vunipola's view can not be a shock to England

There is a movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which pretty much summarizes our rosy attitude towards minorities. Three drag queens set out on a tour of the Australian outback, encountering bigotry, homophobia and transphobia.

Of course, this is until they meet a Native American community where they are welcomed and understood. You see, the natives have also experienced prejudices. They look through the painted outdoor areas and recognize the humanity inside.

Not at all like the real world. The world in which Muslim parents are horrified that homosexuality remains part of the sex education course, and in 2013 more than half of gay Jamaicans who participated in a national survey said they were victims of homophobic violence.

Billy Vunipola has been warned of controversial social media comments in support of Israel Folau

Billy Vunipola has been warned of controversial social media comments in support of Israel Folau

Maybe Billy Vunipola got into English society like that.

We want to take advantage of those who have a legacy of the Pacific Island because they have physical properties created for modern rugby. We just do not want them to think or feel like islanders in the Pacific, because that's hurting our senses. In this way, we can keep our new colonialism tasty.

Israel Folau, the son of Tongan parents born in New South Wales, said some offensively unpleasant things about homosexuals going to hell.

His view may be archaic and false, but this is not an uncommon belief among religious fundamentalists of different faiths. However, since he does not want to stop speaking out, this can cost Folau his career.

Vunipola, whose Tongan mother is also a Methodist, expressed his support and endangered his career. Channel 4 has dropped him off the promotions and he is being summoned by the RFU for questioning.

It is strange that the reactionary prejudices of Vunipola seemed to have surprised his employers. Who could have imagined a player with Pacific Islands who could represent views that correspond to the aspects of Christianity practiced in these areas?

Israel Folau's comments that homosexuals go to hell will probably cost him his career

Israel Folau's comments that homosexuals go to hell will probably cost him his career

Why could Vunipola not just be built that way, but how we think? There is a good boy.

Now, one could argue that Vunipola, while living his life in the West, has now adopted the progressive virtues of tolerance.

Beliefs are, however, a choice; Culture is a choice. Just as we decided on an Australian with a Pacific Island tradition and put him in an English jersey.

And now we are abusing him because he is not like us?

Palace has wasted a season

Crystal Palace again tried to win the game.

In Tottenham, they were 2-0 behind, before they came too late in the front row and fear several horrors. Against Manchester City, the same score triggered life and Palace actually pulled back a goal before being caught by a counterattack.

However, this is not a weak squad. It may be a game for one of the six teams in the Premier League standings above them, but too often they run out of minimal ambition.

Crystal Palace had a wasted season in which Roy Hodgson used such cautious tactics

Crystal Palace had a wasted season in which Roy Hodgson used such cautious tactics

Leicester is seventh but Palace beat her home and away this season. They also defeated wolves. If Palace loses Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, Roy Hodgson's caution may be warranted.

However, this season was a waste.

In the match on Monday night, the table stated that Tottenham is as far from the first two as Leicester from the first six: 16 points.

Regardless of what remedies exist for two transfer windows without any investment, it can not be said that it worked.

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