Forget signing Gareth Bale AND Cristiano Ronaldo – that’s my message to Jose Mourinho.

It smacks of short-term desperation if United splash the cash going for either of these two.

Obviously, Jose Mourinho is under enormous pressure to compete both domestically and abroad with City but these two Real Madrid superstars are not the answer.

Bale is injury prone and that affects his match fitness in Spain and that would make him a very expensive sick note at Old Trafford.

I keep being asked if I have changed my mind about Bale becoming a red…well, I haven’t and never will even after that brilliant overhead goal that broke Liverpool hearts in the Champions League final defeat.

With Ronaldo, the cruel truth is he’s past his sell-by date although still capable of match-winning performances. He’s been, and I stress been, one of the best players the world has ever known.

I tell you this if you give me a choice between Bale, Ronaldo and Rashford it would be the Wythenshawe-born lad every time. Rashford epitomises all that is good about United who are famous worldwide for their expertise bringing through local youngsters and he’s certainly a young player for the future who should always start for me so his confidence is always sky high.

If United do want a high profile superstar – and sell a few shirts which sadly is always a factor – then Mourinho should challenge City who are reputedly back in for the ex-Monaco midfielder cum striker  Kylian  Mbappe if his club PSG are hit under a UEFA financial fair play clampdown.

Why? Well, he’s 19 compared with 28-year-old Bale and 33-year-old Ronaldo! So guess who represents the best value?

Mbappe is a 25/1 shot at Betfred alongside Paul Pogba with another French star Antoine  Griezmann 16/1 to be player of the world cup.

I’m increasingly convinced France at 6/1 behind joint 9/2 favourites Brazil and Germany will be outright winners in Russia.

One thing I will be watching out for with great interest will be the form of Pogba, who will be given a chance to express himself on the international stage unlike the greatly restricted role Mourinho has him playing.

With the Premier League top scorer Mo Salah withdrawn in tears from the Kiev final with a shoulder injury that is being treated by specialists in Spain this week there is a huge question mark about his participation for Egypt in the world cup. The possible exclusion of Mo has led to Egypt drifting from 4/1 at Betfred to 11/2 to head the weak group A going into the knock-out stages.

Meanwhile, Betfred have newly-promoted Fulham 7/4 third favourites to be relegated next season from the Premier League with another promoted club Cardiff 4/5, Huddersfield 5/4, Brighton 2/1, Watford 9/4, Burnley 3/1 while Bournemouth, Newcastle and Wolves are all 5/1 for the drop.

On the RL front I was glad to see Warrington get back to winning ways with the hard-fought 30-12 triumph over Hull FC which keeps them handily placed in third spot in Betfred Super League behind Saints and Wigan – and I reckon they will end up being the top three with fourth spot contested between Castleford and Leeds with Catalans possibly making an 11th hour bid for a top-four finish.

The spotlight switches to the Challenge Cup this weekend – and you know what I fancy Wire to overcome Wigan to make the semi-finals. The Wolves are 13/8 with us to win by six in the tie of the round at the Halliwell Jones on Saturday.

Here’s my last four: Warrington, Huddersfield, Saints and Leeds. Agree? Well, that’s 10/3 at Betfred.