Manchester United are a goldmine for ‘fake news’ and unscrupulous tabloids and websites are always taking it too far.

Dodgy transfer gossip has become the norm, sadly.

It’s time to start exposing the worst of the worst.

A repeat offender appears to be Bristol Live, which frankly has no connection to United.

That doesn’t stop it peddling clickbait gossip. Last night there were five United transfer stories published within 10 minutes.

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Here’s one instance. ‘Paul Pogba set for move away from Manchester United’.

There’s little substance to these claims. It references a report from Italy that Pogba is close to an agreement in principle with Barcelona.

So let’s get this right. A report in Bristol claims a source in Italy has heard a Manchester United player is close to moving to Spain.

Sounds very reliable. Hardly ‘set for move away’.

A media outlet has a choice when it hears dodgy gossip like this from Italy. It can treat it as gospel and hype it up even more, scrutinise it, or ignore it altogether. It’s clear which one they chose.

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There’s more.  “Manchester United given huge transfer update over Gareth Bale” screams another Bristol Live headline.

Great. This sounds good. ‘Huge’. He must be signing. Not quite.

The ‘huge’ update is the a second hand report from The Express that Gareth Bale is happy at Real Madrid and plans to stay.

Talk about misleading.

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They aren’t the only ones. The Star was at it again, titling yet another headline ‘Jose Mourinho sack‘, to lead into reaction from David Seaman to Paul Scholes quotes. Right.

Yes, Scholes is slamming Mourinho, but nowhere is it claimed Mourinho is set to be sacked by anybody. Except The Star, who appear to want to mislead their readers.

It’s up to supporters to be wise and not fall for these cheap tricks and stop giving the reports the attention they crave.

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