Pogba offered to City/ Klopp doesn’t need derby win/magnificent Manon

What is a news story?

It’s when I say, “Wow! I didn’t know that.”

Today’s Paul Pogba story is in that category..

Pep Guardiola has revealed that super-agent Mino Raiola offered Pogba to him in this January transfer window.

And Mino offered Mkhitaryan to Pep as well.

The City manager says this the day before the Manchester derby?

In The Times, Jason Burt, no less, calls it “extraordinary.”

This comes very soon after Mino said, “Pep Guardiola, the coach, is fantastic. As a person he’s an absolute zero. He’s a coward, a dog.”

Three days on, Liverpool’s 3-0 win against City in that Champions League first leg still feels like the biggest result of the season in England.

Jurgen Klopp is sure to rest half his team before Tuesday night’s second leg at the Etihad. A semi-final place would be huge for Klopp, his squad and the fans.

TEAM NEWS:

Everton (4-3-3) Pickford; Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines; Rooney, Schneiderlin, Davies; Walcott, Tosun, Bolasie.
Subs: Robles, Martina, Gueye, Niasse, Funes Mori, Calvert-Lewin, Baningime.

Liverpool (4-3-3) Karius; Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Klavan; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Ings, Solanke.
Subs: Mignolet, Firmino, Moreno, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Masterson, Alexander-Arnold, Jones.

We got Orchestra Stalls tickets for Manon and the show was stunning.

A pulsating story told in three fast-moving Acts. The music was fantastic, the costumes were wonderful, the dancing electrifying, with Manon saucily played by former Bolshoi principal Natalia Osipova.

Americans were sitting either side of us and there were dozens of Russians there too.

Verdict: Exciting and memorable, a fabulous night out, best show we’ve seen since Jerusalem seven years ago.

We came home by a different route, getting on the Piccadilly Line from Covent Garden. There were no seats and I was standing next to a bearded guy whose two sons were seated. Seeing us, the guy asked the younger boy to sit on his brother’s lap so Jan could sit down. He did that and it was OK, since the older boy was much bigger and it was obviously not the first time they’d done this.

The man said they’d just come from the match.
“Who won?”
“Arsenal, four one. “
“Who scored?”
“Ramsey got two, Lacazette two.”

Jan was chatting to the younger boy but I couldn’t hear what they were saying and then we got off at Green Park and boarded a Jubilee Line train and Jan said the lad, who was about eight, is a striker who liked the way Ramsey scored with the side of his boot.

At pilates on Friday morning, one of my pals, a painter, was excited to hear about Manon and said she’d try to get tickets.

Two weeks ago Jan met her friend Non at the National Portrait Gallery and later on they walked up to Covent Garden, as Non lives in Palmers Green, which is on the Piccadilly Line.

Jan went to the temporary box office and the guy said, “I’m sold out…but I’ve just had two returns.”

How jammy was that?

The last time we saw Manon, with Jennifer Penney, was before we had the kids. A photograph in the informative programme shows Penney, a tall Canadian, dancing the role in 1978.

Bloody hell!

Forty years is a long time between Manons.