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Knighthood for Rashford, the beginning of ‘Brogba’, and more…

Seven things we learned

It’s time to throw aside your Airfix model kits and copies of ‘the Ukulele for Dummies’, because the Prem is back…

Yep, things start up again on Wednesday, while United resume their season against Tottenham on Friday with a squad that looks raring to go. Rashford has dazzled in the prep matches and we’ve been teased by the prospect of the ‘Brogba’ in midfield (which is Bruno + Pogba to you and me). So with not long to go, let’s tuck into another edition of United Uncut while we wait…

SIR RASHY

Rashford has been a busy boy during lockdown, raising about £20m to supply three million meals to vulnerable children while working with the charity FareShare UK, and now he wants to do even more. In an emotional letter to Parliament this week, Rashy urged the government to reverse a decision not to provide free school meal vouchers during the summer, saying that “the system isn’t built for families like mine to succeed”.

I don’t normally like to discuss politics; I just want to write about football and Man United. But at the start of the lockdown, I’m sure many of you will remember how the government called on footballers to “play their part”. I’m looking at you Matt Hancock. “This is not about politics; this is about humanity,” Rashford wrote in his open letter. “Looking at ourselves in the mirror and feeling like we did everything we could to protect those who can’t, for whatever reason or circumstance, protect themselves.”

Through his activism, Rashford is raising awareness, raising funds, and using the power he possesses to fight for progression and change. As a United fan, I’m beyond impressed with out young forward and I’m bursting with pride. I’m sure you are, as well. The kid deserves a Knighthood after all this, don’t you think? Sir Marcus Rashford has a certain ring to it…

POGBACK

Three months without football has been good for something at least; Pogba and Rashford have been able to fully recover from their respective long-term injury problems and it looks as though they’ll be more than able to finish the season with the rest of the team. I’m intrigued, as I’m sure many of you are, to see Pogba back in action in particular. Now, finally free of injury, the stage is set for him to drive the club forward and qualify for next season’s Champions League. And he’ll have Bruno Fernandes alongside him. Let the ‘Brogba’ bromance commence, right?

But according to those know-it-alls over at The Athletic, Pogba, who last played on Boxing Day, probably won’t be in the starting line-up on Friday, but on the bench instead. Although he has trained well since lockdown eased, Ole is understood to be working on a starting XI without the Frenchman. Of course, we still have 16 matches left this season and Pogba will feature heavily. Fitness allowing.

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KEENO DEANO

Dean Henderson is in a bit of a pickle…

The big man has been outstanding for Sheffield United this season and is undoubtedly a star in the making. I see the England No.1 jersey in his not-so-distant future. On loan with the Blades at the moment, it was announced earlier this week that United have agreed to allow the goalie to extend his stay with Chris Wilder’s side for the next couple of months until this new-look season is complete.

However, what Dean does next season has yet to be decided. He could return to Old Trafford to fight with David De Gea and Sergio Romero for the No.1 spot, or he could remain in Sheffield. He might even fancy going elsewhere…

Personally I’d like to see him spend another year with the Blades before we make up our mind on whether we want him to replace De Gea. I think it was Schmeichel who said a few weeks back that goalkeeping for Sheffield United is very different to goalkeeping for Man United. I think in a year’s time, we’ll know for certain…

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FANTASY THAT!

Thought I’d give you lot a quick reminder that with the Premier League returning, so too does Dream Team…

All the info you need on the game’s grand return can be found right here, but essentially you still get three transfers every month on the first Friday of the month, and that’s being extended until August or whenever the season eventually ends. English teams across the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League are processed within Dream Team and contribute to points tallies lie always, and you can expect Game Weeks to be jam-packed full of fixtures — so make sure you study the full fixture list when it’s announced and make your changes accordingly.

Rashford (186 points) and Maguire (181 points) are two of the best players on the game at the moment in their respective positions, while Bruno is fast proving to be a Dream Team favourite. Now will also be a great time to pick up Pogba, who’s valued at just £4m.