Saturday 17 August 2019

Midfielder 'set to stay' at United - Solskjaer

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

Mike Whalley

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has acknowledged he cannot guarantee that Paul Pogba will be a Manchester United player next season, but is confident that the midfielder will stay.

Pogba's long-term future has become a subject of speculation, given his tail-off in form and the continuing suggestion of interest from Real Madrid.

The France international did little to dispel that talk at the end of March when saying that Real were "a dream club", although he was quick to add that he was happy.

Solskjaer, though, has declared that he expects Pogba, who has a contract with United until 2021, will still be at Old Trafford next season.

The United manager said: "You can't guarantee anything in football, but I think Paul is going to be here."

Pogba, who was often accused of underperforming before Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, appeared to have rediscovered his best form when Solskjaer was appointed as the replacement, initially as caretaker-manager, in December.

He scored eight goals and provided five assists in his first 10 games for the Norwegian, but his impact has waned since, and it was something of a surprise to many when he was named in the Professional Footballers' Association team of the year.

Solskjaer, though, is sure that Pogba can cope with the criticism. He said:

"That's just the standards he sets. He's a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us."

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