Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he will be ‘1000% involved’ in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s future plans after Saturday’s goalless draw against cross-city rivals Manchester City. The Frenchman has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, having been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time.
Pogba’s controversial agent Mino Raiola claimed in midweek that the Frenchman is unhappy and seeking a move away from United at the earliest opportunity.
“There’s no use ignoring it,” Raiola told Tuttosport. “It’s better to speak honestly, look to the future and not waste time trying to blame people: Paul is unhappy at Manchester United, he can no longer express himself as he wants to or in the way that’s expected of him.
“He needs to change team, he needs a change of scene. He has a contract that expires in a year-and-a-half’s time, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution would be for him to leave in the next transfer window.”
However, Pogba distanced himself from his agent’s comments on Saturday evening, telling fans on Instagram that he plans to remain with United for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve always fought and will always fight for Manchester United, my teammates and the fans,” he wrote.
“Bla bla is not important. The future is far, today is what matters and I am 1000% involved! Always strong together.. all has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change.
“When you don’t know what’s going on inside, don’t talk,” he added.
Pogba returned to United in 2016, signing from Juventus for a reported fee of £95m four years after leaving the Red Devils on a free transfer.
Solskjaer publicly defended his player ahead of Saturday’s match, revealing that he sees Pogba as a top professional and praising the 27-year-old for showing a clear desire to succeed with the 20-time Premier League champions.
“Paul is part of this team, he’s very focused on contributing when he’s here,” Solskjaer said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“He’s got a hunger, an appetite to play. He wants to play, he wants to train. There have been other players that have refused to train or play, they’re not here anymore of course, but Paul has not once done that. He’s just focused on performing when he gets the chance.
“That’s the good thing about Paul. He has got the quality, but has also got the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig – he did have a positive impact.”
United will be looking to return to winning ways on Thursday as they travel to Premier League basement boys Sheffield United, the only side in the division yet to register a victory this season.
Published at Sun, 13 Dec 2020 00:03:00 +0000