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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Believes Fans Can Convince Paul Pogba to Stay at Manchester United

By Amreen
Pogba continues to be linked with an exit from United
Pogba continues to be linked with an exit from United / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful fans can persuade Paul Pogba to extend his stay at Manchester United.

The Red Devils' faithful returned to Old Trafford for their first Premier League game of the new season, as Pogba set up four goals to inspire his side to an incredible 5-1 victory over Leeds United.

The Frenchman will be a free agent when his current deal runs out next June, but Solskjaer believes the return of fans to Old Trafford will help build bonds and could play a huge role in Pogba's decision.

When asked if the love from supporters can change Pogba’s mind, Solskjaer replied: "The short answer is yes!"

He added: "The last 18 months have been strange. The only interaction has been through media. You’ve watched the games on telly and haven’t had that connection.

"So to be reunited with the fans again, like Paul and Bruno (Fernandes) today, is important. This is Man United, the real Man United. This is how I sold Man United to Edinson (Cavani) for example. You can’t leave after one season playing with no fans. That’s Man United: fans, players, everyone together."

Solskjaer was delighted with United’s performance as a hat-trick from Fernandes, and other goals from Mason Greenwood and Fred swept aside Leeds with ease.

"Paul has got that vision, he has got that quality," said the United boss. "I know the headlines will probably be about Bruno or Paul but this is a team effort. I am very impressed with Paul’s fitness levels as well. He looks fit, ready to go. I love seeing Paul and Bruno, these guys smiling.

"Sir Alex Ferguson, the gaffer, always used to say enjoy yourself. Express yourself. You’ve got to enjoy the privilege and the pressure and the responsibility of playing in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford and millions watching on TV. But to get to smile, you have to do the hard work."