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Lee Clark: Man Utd must sell Pogba; Who's betting against Klopp?; Fulham honour

Would I consider selling Paul Pogba if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

Without a doubt.

The entire scenario is causing unnecessary media hype away from the football side for Ole and Manchester United, which at the moment is going well.

What Ole has to decide is if it is worth continuing with the media circus that comes with Paul Pogba. Does he do enough to justify it? Sometimes you'll have players in your team that bring that type of baggage, but they are so important to the team and to the group that you try and manage that situation.

Now, has Paul delivered enough at Old Trafford since he's been back? Probably not.

Does Ole see in his rebuild of Manchester United that Paul could flourish with the type of players he's bringing to the club, such as Bruno Fernandes?

That's the decision Ole will have to make, he's the one who is working with Paul on a daily basis and knows the player inside-out. It's all a judgement from him.

Part of the problem is obviously Mino Raiola.

Agents like him are very powerful people, and they know it. Whether you like them or dislike them, football agents, and certainly with the top, top players, you have to deal with them. They aren't under any rules or regulations in what they want to do, so ultimately you have unfortunately confront the situation.

I must imagine Manchester United and Ole are getting frustrated when an agent of one of your top players is coming out and criticising the club in public. That can't be helpful for anyone, certainly for the relationship between Pogba and the club. It can only cause issues, which don't really need to be there. Those things that Raiola mentioned doesn't have to go into the public domain. Surely he can pick up the phone and speak with those people directly. I don't think washing the dirty linen in public is a good thing in any kind of scenario. It should be done face to face.

There's been times in my own management career when the demands of an agent have made deals collapse, without a doubt.

I think from my own personal experiences, having an agent as a player, too many players in today's world let their agents dictate and decide what they are going to do.

Ultimately it should be down to the player. As a player once you make the decision, the agent is then working for you to get the best financial package, I understand that. But in today's world there is a big emphasis from the agent dictating the path these players are taking in their careers.


MAN CITY AND LIVERPOOL IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Whenever anyone comes away from the Bernabeu with a win it's a fantastic result. Certainly with what's happened at Manchester City at the last few weeks with the European ban, and the fact people have written them off because of Liverpool's dominance this season, there was a little bit of a black cloud hanging over their season.

But Pep and his players have maintained a strong focus and they've went there and got the result. The strong thing for me was when Pep spoke after the game reiterating to everyone that the tie is not over, because Real certainly have the quality of players to get a positive result at the Etihad. The ban is down the legal road now, it has nothing to do with football. But Pep seems confident in his club and what the hierarchy can do. Everyone is waiting with bated breath really because it is quite a unique situation if the ban is upheld.

This is an obvious thing to say, but it's going to be difficult for Liverpool against Atletico Madrid in the second leg. Diego Simeone is one of the best ever at setting teams up defensively, as we saw from their win in Madrid.

That being said, you are talking about one of the most in-form teams in Europe in Jurgen Klopp's Reds. Who is going to be the betting man who says Liverpool can't go through after what they've achieved already this season?

They've been unbelievable in every respect this season. And personally I want all the British teams to be successful and I want a British team to go and win the Champions League.

It's an exciting one for the neutral to watch Simeone try and stop Liverpool's ruthless attack from scoring at Anfield. A mouthwatering clash, don't miss it, whatever you do!


FULHAM HONOUR

I was incredibly proud to receive the Fulham Forever award at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.

It is a club that is very close to my heart. I had a terrific time there and had great success. So I was delighted to be recognised by the club, to go back and see the supporters and thank them for the support they gave me over the years. It was an added bonus that the team got a 94th minute winner, so they are still on course to get promoted!

There were some big highlights during my time at Fulham. The win over Manchester United is right up there. Fergie's team would go on to win the league again that season, and to beat them at their home, which not many teams did in that period, and a win that was fully deserved, was certainly special. It wasn't a fluke either, it was a deserved 3-1. And to score one of those goals made it a standout game, over many really, because we had a successful period at that time.

When you travelled to the traditional 'big' clubs back then, you had to be aware of the unbelievable qualities they had and you had to do a little bit of a restrictive low block but what we had in that team was great attacking players and speed on the counter attack and players who can handle the football so we did the defensive work set out by Chris Coleman and Steve Keen at the time we had the quality then to hurt opponents with the ball and that's what we did.

There wasn't the divide in the division as there is now. You can basically tell which teams are going to be down the bottom end of the table and the teams that are going to be up at the top, basically before the season starts. Back then it wasn't just survival which was on everyone's mind, which seems to be the case at the moment. Everyone now is just hoping to get past that 40 point mark, and that wasn't the case in our Fulham team. It was going into every game expecting to win, no matter the opponent, and trying to win. Some games you came up short, but you always gave it a go.


HUDDERSFIELD AND COWLEY

Danny Cowley has come in and done a really strong job at Huddersfield Town.

He has stabilised things after a turbulent year in which they lost their position in the Premier League and then didn't start well in their Championship campaign. I think Danny and his staff have got the club going in the right direction.

They are still not 100 per cent clear of the relegation places, but with Danny at the helm I think they'll be okay, especially after seeing such terrific results as the win over Bristol City this week.

I think everyone at the club is confident they will get the results to avoid the drop this season. Once they do that, Danny can then look at trying to get a promotion push going for next season and relive the dream, the fantastic story that was that stint in the Premier League.

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