No Move For Pogba Says Ole
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Paul Pogba will remain with the club beyond the end of the European transfer window at the beginning of next month.
Pogba has been linked with interest from Real Madrid and Juventus. However, United have insisted all summer that the Frenchman will not be sold and Solskjaer re-iterated that in comments made before last night’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at Molyneux.
“You always put question marks around Paul, don’t you?” Solskjaer said.
“I’ve got no concerns on Paul. For me, he is going to stay.
“I don’t think it is odd saying, ‘I enjoy playing, I have fun with my team-mates, I enjoy what I’m doing, I love my job – and I’ve enjoyed the game’.
“Of course, that sentence with the question mark about him – there’s always question marks about Paul Pogba.
“There’s not one press conference where I have not answered a question about Paul Pogba.
“Eighty per cent of what he said is ‘I enjoyed the game’ and his time now.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has been criticised for having two designated penalty takers in the same Manchester United side. It comes after Paul Pogba missed a penalty in draw with Wolves. Pogba stepped up to the spot and saw his effort saved by keeper Rui Patricio.
Last week Marcus Rashford scored from the spot in the 4-0 win over Chelsea and after the match Solskjaer said whoever takes the penalty is decided at the time,
“The two of them are designated penalty takers, it’s up to them there and then,” the United boss said after the game.
But BBC Radio Five Live pundit Chris Sutton says such a policy is down to weak management.
“It is the job of the manager to designate. That is a huge moment. United could have won the game” Sutton said on Monday night.
“You can’t say, ‘I’ll leave it down to the players’. I like Ole but that’s weak management.
“Rashford may have missed as well, but we’d have understood because he took the last one. He shouldn’t be allowed to make that decision himself. It wouldn’t be allowed under someone like former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.”