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Paul Scholes claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can't trust Paul Pogba

By Amreen
Paul Pogba was dropped for Manchester United's home tie against Atalanta
Paul Pogba was dropped for Manchester United's home tie against Atalanta / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Paul Scholes has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not trust Paul Pogba anymore after leaving the Frenchman on the bench for Manchester United's Champions League home tie against Atalanta on Wednesday.

Pogba was dropped from the starting XI as Solskjaer opted to start Fred in midfield alongside Scott McTominay, and Scholes believes the Red Devils' boss made the decision to leave the 28-year-old out following his disappointing performance in the 4-2 defeat by Leicester at the weekend.

"He [Solskjaer] just does not trust him [Pogba] in that position," Scholes told BT Sport. "I think he has tried to trust him, he has given him so many chances and he really wants to, but he is seeing the lack of discipline he has in that position.

"It could cost them dearly and tonight is such an important game for him [Solskjaer]. 'Lack of trust in a player is not good. He [Pogba] will be disappointed but he has to get over it and fight back."

Fellow BT Sport pundit Peter Crouch agreed with Scholes, insisting the lack of trust in the World Cup-winning midfielder is 'obvious' and 'evident'.

"It [dropping Pogba] will get big headlines, but it is obvious he cannot trust him," Crouch added. "This is a big, big game for him [Solskjaer] and I think he rather he would have played Liverpool to be honest, because I think they will have more of the ball tonight, and they are expected to win.

"His lack of trust in Pogba is evident, he can trust Fred and McTominay to be disciplined, it is a big, big game for Solskjaer."

Before the game, Solskjaer was asked about his team selection and the decision to leave Pogba out, and said: "We’ve got plenty of games and we’ve looked at the last few games and we’ve looked a little bit open.

"We’ve been too easy to play through on counter-attacks and today we pick a team that we know will gives us legs, will give us energy. We know our fans want to see a team on the front foot."