Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the ongoing links with a move to Real Madrid.
The United boss dismissed the speculation following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton in the Premier League.
Pogba has played in every game of the Red Devils’ sluggish start to the season – claiming five points from their opening four games – and Solskjaer has made it clear the Frenchman is a key figure in his plans.
And yet, rumours about a possible move to Spain have not gone away.
Earlier in the summer the midfielder admitted he wanted to leave Old Trafford, saying it is ‘time for a new challenge’, and his agent Mino Raiola is reportedly still trying to get him out of the club before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.
Reports this week claimed Raiola had made one last plea to United to let him go, but that Pogba is now willing to wait a year to make his dream move to the Bernabeu.
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Despite his underwhelming display against Southampton on Saturday, Solskjaer backed the France midfielder to live up to the lofty expectations placed on him, and insisted he will not be leaving Old Trafford this season.
“I think we as a team after about half an hour started giving sloppy balls away and Paul was one of them,” said the boss at St Mary’s.
“He wasn’t any different to anyone else, we as a team didn’t play well but in the last 20 minutes or half an hour he did create loads for us going forward.
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“Everyone expects everything from him every game, he has to defend, he has to attack, he has to win headers, he has to dribble past people, he has to make passes. That’s just Paul and he’ll thrive on that.
“Paul Pogba will be playing for us.”
The midfielder was seen limping off the pitch after the game, having played the full 90 minutes.
But Solskjaer doesn’t believe the injury is serious, describing it as ‘a bad knock on the ankle’, and hopes he will return to the club fit following the upcoming international break.
“He twisted his ankle, I think,” confirmed the boss.
“But he’ll go away on international duty now and hopefully it’s not too bad and he can play for France because I know how much he loves his country and playing for them.”