Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have pulled the plug on rumours linking Paul Pogba with a Manchester United exit by insisting he’s got “no doubts at all” the midfielder will remain.
Following a mixed three years at United, Pogba announced in June a desire for a “new challenge” elsewhere. His agent, Mino Raiola, has since been working on sorting out an Old Trafford departure.
Reports have since regularly linked Real Madrid with a move for the France international this summer. Head coach Zinedine Zidane is an admirer of his compatriot and feels he will bolster his midfield ranks.
However, Pogba returned to United for pre-season last month and has gone on to feature in all of their friendlies expect for Saturday’s one against AC Milan in Cardiff due to a back spasm problem.
The 26-year-old, in fact, failed to show up at all at the Principality Stadium. Naturally, this stirred up rumours that something may have happened back in Manchester to cause his absence.
Even without Pogba, though, United managed to finish pre-season unbeaten following a 5-4 penalty shootout win against Milan after drawing 2-2 in their International Champions Cup clash.
But, in a post-match conference, Solskjaer made the big announcement that Pogba will not be leaving United after all.
“Yeah, no doubts at all,” said Solskjaer on whether the midfielder is staying.
The Red Devils boss also expects to be able to count on Pogba for their Premier League opener against Chelsea on August 11.
“No, I wasn’t expecting him. I spoke to him after training and he didn’t feel right,” continued Solskjaer via the Evening Standard.
“He’ll probably be back early on next week training, yeah. It’s not an injury, it’s just some pain.
“He’s not injured but I wasn’t going to risk anything this weekend. He should be okay for Chelsea.”
Incidentally, Solskjaer’s big announcement on Pogba’s future came the very same night Donny van de Beek confirmed Real are in talks with Ajax to sign him this summer.
Los Blancos have allegedly given up on signing their number one midfield target and now hope to sign the Ajax youngster for around €60m.