Tuesday 22 October 2019

Solskjaer vows to keep 'vital' duo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

James Ducker

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued a hands-off warning to Real Madrid and Barcelona over Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford by insisting both are "vital" to his plans to build a Manchester United team "worthy of the history of the club."

Pogba has flirted with Real in recent weeks and is admired by their French coach Zinedine Zidane, while Rashford - who is in talks over a long-term contract with United - has interested Barcelona.

As Solskjaer prepares to embark on a careful recruitment drive this summer, with a forward, midfielder, right-back and centre-back positions to fill, the new permanent United manager says it is imperative to retain his best players, including Pogba and Rashford.

"They are vital for our future," Solskjaer said. "You have got loads of players who you can build a team around and those are two.

"Of course, we are hoping to build a team strong enough [to be] worthy of the history of the club."

Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo could leave this summer but United are in contract stand-offs with goalkeeper David De Gea and midfielders Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.

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