Real Madrid's derby humiliation has made the signing of Paul Pogba a matter of urgency, while United are close to bringing in replacements.
The fall-out from Real Madrid's 7-3 thrashing by Atlético Madrid has demonstrated beyond any doubt that, when it comes to the derbi madrileño, there is simply no such thing as a friendly. The defeat at the MetLife Arena, which at times looked like being even heavier than it was, has set the alarm bells ringing among the Madrid fans and the members of the Bernabéu board. Judging by Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos' post-match remarks in New Jersey, though, that doesn't seem to be the case within the dressing room.
Real Madrid increasingly confident of signing Pogba
At Madrid, two separate developments have boosted their confidence that they'll get their man. Firstly, the fact that Pogba's brother, Mathias, has signed for Spanish club CD Manchego and will be living near to the Spanish capital and, secondly, that United are looking well-placed to snap up midfield reinforcements ahead of the close of the Premier League transfer window on 8 August, in the shape of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Bruno Fernandes. Two new signings that would leave the Red Devils needing to bring in revenue to offset the outlay, and with an excess of midfielders on their books.
That could be Madrid's signal to go after Pogba with everything they've got...