MBAPPE’S BACKED AS EURO STAR

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

THE CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE is back this week – but don’t ex­pect Paul Pogba to be the com­pe­ti­tion’s big­gest star.

Why? Be­cause the Manch­ester United mid­fielder doesn’t ap­pear to see it that way. He is clearly back­ing his World Cup-win­ning team-mate Kylian Mbappe, 19, to con­tinue to shine on the big stage. And if he does that could be bad news for Liver­pool, who are first up to face Mbappe and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates at An­field on Tues­day. Pogba, 25, said: “Kylian has much more tal­ent than I have. Have you seen what he can do at his age? I never had that level of abil­ity.” There are, of course, plenty of oth­ers who’ll back them­selves to be head­line acts in Europe this year. Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, now with Ju­ven­tus af­ter win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion four times with Real Madrid, will be look­ing to take his suc­cess to Italy. His old ri­val Lionel Messi will be striv­ing to re­store Barcelona to the pin­na­cle in Europe and then there’s Mbappe’s PSG col­league Ney­mar.

And the cast list doesn’t end there, ei­ther. Gareth Bale, for in­stance, will have the plat­form to be the main man at Real fol­low­ing Ron­aldo’s de­par­ture.

But pacy Mbappe (left) will be a player in a hurry to con­tinue a suc­cess story which has even Pogba im­pressed. PAUL HETHERINGTON JOSE

★ MOUR­INHO has told Manch­ester a say in United he wants of the club’s the ap­point­ment as the di­rec­tor of foot­ball, work­ing new man will be

Old Traf­ford closely with the

So it is boss on trans­fers. Atletico no sur­prise that Berta Madrid’s An­drea with the is be­ing linked is job, as Mour­inho un­der­stood to rate him highly.

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