Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it crystal clear that Paul Pogba isn’t going anywhere no matter what Zinedine Zidane is plotting.
Zidane’s desire to sign up Pogba for Real Madrid this summer is one of football’s worst-kept secrets. However, nothing major has happened with Solskjaer regularly reiterating that he expects the United midfielder to stay.
Literally out of nowhere, though, Zidane hinted on Saturday that Los Blancos could welcome one or two big signings before Monday’s transfer deadline.
The Real manager has frequently refused to rule out a summer move for Pogba, who himself is open to an Old Trafford exit.
But Solskjaer is having none of it and insists the World Cup winner will remain at United come Tuesday morning.
“Paul Pogba will be playing for us,” said Solskjaer, according to Yahoo.
Admittedly, though, fans would’ve forgiven the Red Devils boss for thinking of selling Pogba following a lacklustre display in their 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton.
The former world-record signing almost constantly lost ball possession, and seemingly relied more on muscle than talent in the game itself. He then sustained an ankle injury, and hobbled out of St. Mary’s.
“I think we as a team after about half an hour started giving sloppy balls away and Paul was one of them. He wasn’t any different to anyone else,” continued Solskjaer on Pogba.
“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.
“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. And he got a bad knock on his ankle.
“He twisted it, I think, but he’ll go away 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.”
Daniel James was the goalscorer for United with a superb 10th-minute opener before Jannik Vestergaard’s header cancelled it out for Southampton.
Now Pogba will head off to Paris for France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania next Saturday in Group H.