Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declares he does not “have any problem” with Paul Pogba being pictured on a seaside with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane in the UAE.
Pogba, who has been healing from injury in the Middle East, was spotted talking to Zidane in Dubai this week – feeding speculation about his future at Old Trafford.
Questioned about the picture, Solskjaer said: “Here we go with the picture! I’ve not heard Paul Pogba say he doesn’t want to be here. Paul wants to stay here and play well.”
But, one reporter was fast to point out Pogba said “it could be time for a new challenge” in the summer while his representative, Mino Raiola, proved that he wanted to leave Man United.
Zidane was interested in bringing France international to the Bernabeu in the summer – and is reportedly still set on getting the Pogba – but Solskjaer says the midfielder plays an essential role in his Man United vision.
“Paul is part of our plan going forward,” added Solskjaer.
“He has been playing through the pain barrier. He has been criticised left, right and centre, but when he came back against Rochdale and Arsenal, he could’ve easily not played.
“He wanted to play, he wanted to try to get back, and it was too painful. He’s had a scan, he’s on the way back, and he’s been on a few days off, working but he is away from here.
“Then there is a picture and being at Manchester United you do get pictures and speculation – but I don’t have any problem with that at all.”