United In Perth: Solskjaer provides Pogba and De Gea updates

United In Perth: Solskjaer provides Pogba and De Gea updates


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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has says no bids have been made for Paul Pogba as speculation mounts around the Frenchman’s future at the club.

While addressing the media in Perth on Wednesday morning as part of United’s trip to Australia, Solskjaer spoke glowingly about the 26-year-old midfielder.

“There has been loads of talk and speculation about many of our players, both ins and outs,” he said.

“For me, it’s business as usual. When you are at Man United you expect all of these things to pop up in the summer and of course I’ve been in touch with Paul, spoken to Paul, spoken to Rom (Romelu Lukaku), spoken to Rashy (Marcus Rashford), Jesse (Lingard) … spoken to all the players more or less over the summer as you do.

“As far as I’m aware up until now we don’t have any bids for any of our players so there’s no reason to say anything other than our players have long contracts, we are Man United, we don’t have to sell players.”

Solskjaer also suggested that there is a media agenda against Pogba, and he pointed to an incident this week where it was suggested that he and Lingard had been involved in an altercation.

However, the full video footage was very much to the contrary.

“He’s a top, top bloke and a great, great professional,” Solskjaer said.

“He’s never been any problem, he’s got a heart of gold.

“For example, Jesse and Paul yesterday were walking around and it’s been portrayed as a fight between the two boys.

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“I know you’re here to sell papers and sell stories but there’s no problems between the boys at all, they’re all professionals and preseason has been very, very good so far.”

Pogba’s agent Mina Raiola has insisted that the player wishes to move on from Old Trafford for a second time but Solskjaer was visibly tired of the line of questioning from reporters.

“I can’t be sitting here talking about Paul all the time and what agents are saying,” he said.

“We’ve got a few years left of his contract and for me he has been fantastic when he has come back into training.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer remains optimistic that goalkeeper David De Gea will commit his future to United by signing a new contract.

Pogba joined United teammates for training at the WACA on Wednesday.

“David has had a summer now where he has been negotiating and thinking about his contract, so we hope that we’re going to get it sorted soon,” he said.

“I’m positive; of course, with David I’ve said many times how lucky I am and how happy we are to have him in the goal so we hope that he stays here for many years.”

United fans have been calling for reinforcements as the club tries to improve on last season’s sixth place finish in the Premier League.

So far, only youngsters Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have joined in the offseason but with a month to go until the transfer window shuts United may bring in more fresh faces.

“We’re still in the market and looking to do some business,” he said.

“We’re patient and as I said, we’re Man United, we don’t have to sell but we’re Man United, we don’t have to overpay either.

“You have to have the right players for the right price and if we look at the squad we have now there’s so many good players there.”

United are in Perth for 10 days where they will face reigning A-League premiers Perth Glory on Saturday night and Leeds United next Wednesday with both games at Optus Stadium.