Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his conversations with Paul Pogba will remain private after the Manchester United midfielder’s brother cast doubt on his future again this week.
Mathias Pogba warned his sibling could ‘go for free’ if United fail to sell the France international in the summer, as Pogba‘s contract expires in 2022.
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, outlined his intention to engineer a transfer after this season ends in an interview with Tuttosport in December and the World Cup winner has wanted out of United for around three years.
United fans voted Pogba the club’s player of the month for January, having scored winners at Burnley and Fulham, and the 27-year-old could return to the starting line-up against Everton on Saturday. Solskjaer is pleased with Pogba’s form but skirted around the issue of his future.
“Our conversations remain private, of course,” Solskjaer said. “But Paul knows… for example, Paul is a Man United player through and through, he’s been here in two spells. He came as a kid, he’s learnt about the history of the club, the passion of the club, he wants to do the best for Man United when he’s here and I think we’ve seen that, that he really cares for his team and he’s trying to be as successful as everyone else. Our conversations have to remain private.
“Speculation about Paul is always going to be there. We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us.
“I’m just happy he’s focused and playing really well and he’s happy within himself and that’s important. You can see Paul enjoying football himself with a red shirt on.
“I think you should ask Paul what he’s done [to improve]. Because the answer is Paul has really knuckled down, he’s worked hard, he’s got his fitness, I have said this many a time, he had a bad season last season with injuries and he had Covid this season and an injury, but he really works hard and is playing in a team that plays well and he’s a big inspiration for everyone.
“He always has a big smile… well not always a big smile because in training yesterday when his team lost you can see how that affects him and he wasn’t happy! But today is a new day and he is ready to go again tomorrow.”