Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Discusses Paul Pogba Situation Ahead of Manchester Derby

Max Cooper
Dec 12, 2020, 3:15 PM GMT
Pogba's Manchester United future is in serious doubt
Pogba's Manchester United future is in serious doubt | Boris Streubel/Getty Images
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed that Paul Pogba still has 'the hunger and appetite' to play for Manchester United, despite his agent claiming that he is ready to move away from the club in January.

Super-agent Mino Raiola broke the news that the Frenchman was unhappy in Manchester and wanted to leave in the next transfer window on Monday, only a day before the Red Devils travelled to Germany for a vital Champions League clash with RB Leipzig.

Pogba is still ready to fight for the Man Utd badge, according to his coach
Pogba is still ready to fight for the Man Utd badge, according to his coach | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Man Utd have acted quickly to quash any rumours of a potential move to interested party Juventus, sparking a war of words between the club and Pogba's agent. And Solskjaer has tried to extinguish the fire even further, by claiming the 27-year-old has the 'hunger' to fight for the badge on the red jersey.

"Paul's got the hunger and appetite to play," the Norwegian said.

"He wants to train and he's focused on performing when he gets a chance."

Pogba has played a big part in Man Utd's recent outings, scoring a stunning long-range strike in a 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Saturday, before coming off the bench against Leipzig and almost inspiring a dramatic comeback.

Pogba was a big hit during his four-year stay at Juventus
Pogba was a big hit during his four-year stay at Juventus | Dino Panato/Getty Images

The Red Devils' latest failings in the Champions League will have done the club no favours in their quest to keep Pogba, especially with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici admitting the Bianconeri 'love him very much'.

And the feeling of admiration is mutual. Pogba is intent on sealing a move back to Turin, having left the Italian giants to rejoin Man Utd in 2016.

Despite his determination to engineer a transfer away from the club, Solskjaer maintains that the World Cup winner is not causing any disruption within the dressing room, and he has never downed tools or refused to train.

Solskjaer has come to the defence of his superstar
Solskjaer has come to the defence of his superstar | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

"There's been other players refusing to train and refusing to play - they're not here any more, of course - but Paul's not once done that," said Solskjaer.

"He's got the quality and the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig, when he had a positive impact."

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