Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his stance clear on a possible Paul Pogba transfer this summer by declaring “I enjoy managing him”.
Manchester United could have a decision to make if they are unable to persuade Pogba to sign a contract extension in the coming months, with his current deal due to enter its final year.
Failure to do so would likely force the club’s hand into selling the Frenchman, but Solskjaer has remained confident United can tie Pogba down for the long-term.
It was only back in December that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client’s time in Manchester was over and he needed a “change of air”.
But since then Pogba’s form has vastly improved and he seems a lot happier at Old Trafford, where Solskjaer appears to have little intentions of letting him go.
“No, of course not,” said Solskjaer when asked if he would cash-in on Pogba in the summer., as reports AS. “I have always said with Paul that I enjoy managing him, I enjoy coaching him, I enjoy talking to him and I also enjoy challenging him because he is a winner.
“He wants to be better and that’s why he listens. You can see he’s enjoying himself here as well. He has a smile on his face.”
Real Madrid and Juventus continue to be linked with Pogba’s signature but neither club appears to be in any position financially to launch a bid.
Moreover, Pogba himself has stressed in recent months he is committed to United’s cause, and with the team performing well again, may now be more inclined to stay put.
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He is thought to be settled in the area with his family, and certainly seems to have a great relationship with his manager, as Solskjaer was keen to point out further.
“It’s important we treat each other with respect and I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect,” the United boss added.
“But there are some players you have known since they were young lads and that’s the case with Paul: the longer you have known them the easier it is to have a bond with them.”
United can go some way to satisfying Pogba’s ambition on Thursday by reaching the Europa League final. They have a 6-2 lead over Roma heading into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.
The club will now have to reschedule their Premier League fixture with Liverpool however, which was due to be played on Sunday, until mass fan protests outside Old Trafford forced officials into postponing the game.
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