Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is ‘fine’ after suffering racial abuse earlier this week.
The World Cup winner was subjected to vile abuse online after missing a second-half penalty in United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday evening.
Pogba has been backed by his manager with Twitter representatives planning to meet club officials to discuss the issue.
Ahead of United’s game with Crystal Palace on Saturday, Solskjaer also gave an update on Alexis Sanchez’s future.
The Chilean played in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Sheffield United on Tuesday in what could have been his last appearance for the club.
You can read the highlights of Solskjaer’s press conference below…
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On Pogba’s demeanour after suffering racial abuse
“Paul’s fine. Paul’s a strong character and it makes him stronger. When you speak to him, he’s fine and I just cannot believe we’re still sat here in 2019 talking about these instances.
“Social media is a place where people – as Harry (Maguire) said – can hide behind fake identities; I don’t think it’s not down to me to change it but there are so many ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s’ on Twitter – I know it’s not me.
“We’ve got to do something about it and the authorities have got to do something about the ones who spread this hate.
“You just feel sorry for them (the abusers), they must have problems themselves when they have to do this.
“We need to protect individuals and protect people. When there are death threats and racism, they are serious incidents. Sometimes you get annoyed.
“What can we do about it? Us as Man United, we’re not going to ban our players on social media.
“We have to spread the good word, because there is so much good we can use social media for, but we have to stop those incidents.”
On Sanchez’s future
“There are still talks with some clubs.
”But he played in that game (against Sheffield United) and he played well.
“So as I’ve said, he’s working hard and let’s see in September what’s going to happen.”
On Pogba still taking penalties
“Let’s see when we get the next one. We’re practising penalties still and Marcus (Rashford) and Paul are still on them.
“It’s not that I’ve left it to the players to sort out, we’ve nominated two. It’s not like there’s anarchy and do whatever you want.
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“Last season we had Marcus, Jesse (Lingard), Paul, who all scored penalties, probably more as well.
“There’s absolutely no fighting among them.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t win the game but the talk is always more difficult when you don’t get a result.”
On Crystal Palace
“It’s going be a tough game as all these games in the Premier League are, every single one they give you a different challenge and of course they’re a very well organised team.
“They’ve got pace up front, good counter-attacks, big on set-pieces and we have to do all parts of the game.
“We have to attack well, win the ball back when we lose it and we’ve got to be strong on set plays.
On Romelu Lukaku’s claims of being ‘unprotected’ during his two-year spell with Manchester United
“Lukaku? I’m not going to dive into that one; part of that interview was made when he was a Man United player, so I’d rather not.”
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