Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the French media are attempting to accentuate hypothesis surounding Paul Pogba’s future because of his reference to compatriot Zinedine Zidane.
World Cup winner Pogba, 27, stated at France’s Clairefontaine coaching base final week that ‘all footballers want to play for Actual Madrid’ and it’s a ‘dream’ for him to affix Actual Madrid.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola stated final December the reappointment of Zidane as Actual coach was a key issue within the United midfielder’s curiosity in transferring to Spain. Pogba and Zidane had been pictured collectively in Dubai in the course of the October worldwide break final yr and Solskjaer is believed to have been sad with Zidane’s public makes an attempt to unsettle Pogba.
United re-signed Pogba in 2016 for a then-world document £89million and however the MEN revealed the membership has triggered the one-year extension in Pogba’s deal to tie him to Outdated Trafford till 2022.
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Zidane lobbied Actual president Florentino Perez to signal Pogba 4 years in the past and, supplied he’s nonetheless the Madrid coach subsequent summer time, an method is inevitable until United negotiate a brand new contract with the wantaway Pogba.
“When gamers are away on internationals they is perhaps affected by the questions,” Solskjaer stated. “Or it is the French connection there with Zidane, I feel that’s the angle the French media had.
“Paul has responded as he has. He has two years in his contract right here, I’m certain we’ll get one of the best out of him. We’re nonetheless working to get one of the best out of him right here.”
United have endured a disastrous begin to the season, shedding two of their three Premier League video games and conceding 11 targets to depart them 16th within the desk with a aim distinction of minus-seven.
Regardless of an encouraging finish to their home marketing campaign final time period, United nonetheless ended 2019-20 trophyless after three semi-final defeats and haven’t lifted silverware for the reason that Europa League triumph in Could 2017.
Solskjaer faces a testing interval earlier than the November internationals, with league video games towards Newcastle, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton peppered by Champions League ties with Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
“The highlight must be on me as a result of I’m the supervisor and I’m accountable,” Solskjaer harassed. “I maintain my hand up that you just do have the highlight on me.
“Final season was additionally exhausting, we performed 9 video games and gained two of the primary 9, which was troublesome. However, if you’re a part of Man United as participant or employees you’re used to this and you must be mentally sturdy and, for me, this era is one other likelihood to show and inform the gamers how a lot we consider in them. It’s about being centered for the subsequent sport as a result of I do know they’re able to getting outcomes and transferring up the desk.”
“It is a long-term venture, we’re taking it step-by-step. I feel possibly final season confirmed in glimpses that we do have potential to be getting nearer to the groups in entrance of us.
“Soccer now’s unusual we see some outcomes… After the restart it was a bit new and the unknown and it felt like everybody loved it. Now I really feel an increasing number of video games are getting sterile or extra like coaching video games. Among the internationals there was no level to them, actually.
“For us, now we’ve got to create that power in our sport now that we had, that’s the important thing for us now – that we bounce again and create that power – and it’s not going to be simple with out the followers.
“Hopefully we get the followers again in quickly within the meantime we have to discover that additional edge, that psychological edge.