Manchester United legend Paul Scholes claims that the club would not suffer much if they allowed wantaway record signing Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford.

Paul Scholes: 'Paul Pogba would not be a big loss for Manchester United'

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has claimed that Paul Pogba would not be a major loss for the club if they allowed him to leave.

The 26-year-old appeared set for the exit door during the summer after admitting that he would be interested in a move away, while his agent Mino Raiola stoked the flames amid continued speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

United were ultimately able to hang on to their record signing, although uncertainty continues to swirl around his long-term future and Scholes suggested that the club should allow him to leave.

"I think it's quite clear he wants to leave the club. He wanted to move to Real Madrid [in the summer] and for whatever reason it didn't happen," Scholes told talkSPORT.

"If they ask him to stay for a year then we'll see what happens. But I don't think it will be a big loss to United [if he does go].

"At the end of the day his form hasn't been great anyway over the last three or three years he's been there. I'm sure there's more players there who can step in and do just as good a job."

United are understood to be attempting to tie Pogba, who has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, down to a new contract at Old Trafford, with his current deal expiring in 2021.

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New Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah aiming for "bigger and better"

Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah has assured the club's fans he will do all he can to take them to "a bigger and better place".

Prince Abdullah won full control of the Premier League club on Monday when a bitter legal dispute with co-owner Kevin McCabe was settled by a high court judge in his favour.

"I can assure everybody that we will work hard to make the fans proud to make everything better," Prince Abdullah told a press conference at Bramall Lane.

"I am, and my team is, 100 per cent committed to the club. Actions speak louder than words."

"So I hope in five years' time when fans look back on this day, things will be much better and we will be with Chris (Wilder), taking us to a bigger and better place."

Prince Abdullah, full name Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and a grandson of King Abdulaziz, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, insisted he has the credentials to back his claims after his role as president of Saudi football club Al-Hilal.

"It won the club of the century in Asia, it has a huge fan base," he said. "It won more trophies than any other Asian club. It is a big club and has not gone, in the last 40 years, back-to-back years without a trophy.

"I know how to deal with the fans. I know what the fans want. I know how to deal with coaches. I've seen many great coaches work from close.

"I'm connected in the football world, I know the good agents. I know the business of football and I've been in football all my life, it's my passion."

In the High Court on Monday, Mr Justice Fancourt ruled that McCabe must sell his 50 per cent stake in the Blades to Prince Abdullah, who owns the other 50 per cent, for £5million, in line with a 2013 investment and shareholders agreement.

The judge also said Prince Abdullah's UTB firm will have to buy the club's property assets, valued between £35-40m, which include Bramall Lane stadium and the Sheffield United hotel, from McCabe's company Sheffield United Ltd.

Prince Abdullah told the press conference that it would not be a problem to finance the purchase of the assets and that money would be made available to manager Chris Wilder – who he wants to be with the Blades long term –  to strengthen his squad in January.

He also defended the Bin Laden family after it had been revealed in court that members had loaned Prince Abdullah £3million during his time as co-owner at Bramall Lane.

"I really get offended when people say the Bin Laden family is a bad name. Bin Laden is a really good family. Every family may have one bad person," he said.

"But they are a really respectable family. I had not done business with them in the past, but if I can do business with them (again) I'd be very happy to do business with them."

Prince Abdullah insisted he did not hold a grudge against previous co-owner McCabe, despite their legal battle which lasted over 18 months.

Despite already knowing the High Court had ruled in his favour, Prince Abdullah said, he arranged a meeting with McCabe in Paris in a bid to reach an out-of-court settlement.

"I like many things about Kevin. I like his family, I like (sons) Kevin and Scott. I tried to find a better way to end his relationship with the club."

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Winston Reid to step up West Ham United injury recovery

West Ham United defender Winston Reid is set to step up his recovery from injury by featuring for the club's development side.

The Hammers centre-back has been sidelined for well over a year since a serious injury sustained against Swansea City.

As a result, Manuel Pellegrini is keen to ease the 31-year-old, who is now in his 10th season with the club, back into action slowly, according to the Evening Standard.

Reid will not feature in the next Under-23s game against Middlesbrough but could make his return in the following fixture against Sunderland.

The New Zealand international scored the last-ever goal at Upton Park before the Hammers moved to the London Stadium and will compete with the likes of Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna for a position in the centre of defence when he eventually returns to full fitness.

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