Here’s a bombshell to start off your Friday: Pep Guardiola has claimed that Paul Pogba’s agent, the super-agent Mino Raiola, contacted him and said that both the Frenchman and Henrik Mkhitaryan were available in January. Raiola has responded by saying he never spoke to Guardiola, and a United source told the BBC that the Red Devils would not have sold Pogba nor Mkhitaryan to City. Of course, now we have Pep’s word against that of an agent who gets a massive slice of cash when his client makes a move. However, just think of Man City’s already stacked midfield, plus Paul Pogba, and the amount of money United would rake in by selling him.
Jurgen Klopp is not happy with the group of Liverpool fans who threw objects at Manchester City’s team bus ahead of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals at Anfield. UEFA have punished Liverpool with a fine for the behavior of those fans, who certainly do not represent even close to the majority of Liverpool fans -- both Klopp and Pep Guardiola said as much before the match. Klopp talked about the incident again speaking about the Merseyside Derby:
“I have to say apologies again for how things happened before the game. It’s so strange. You go with your own bus through the crowd and it feels fantastic and it’s great. It’s support, it’s passion. We come into the stadium and the first thing I heard was they had smashed the bus of Manchester City and it kills everything. You can’t feel it anymore. You give everyone the opportunity to do something good and because of a few idiots it might never happen again.”
According to Sam Stejskal of MLSSoccer.com, Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart and former New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis have been interviewed by the United States Soccer Federation for the newly-created General Manager role for the USMNT. In February, there were reports that Carlos Bocanegra, Vice President of Atlanta United, was in contention for the position, but he withdrew his name after the reports. He is on the board doing the interviews. Garth Lagerwey of the Seattle Sounders was also linked to the position.
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