Man United boss Solskjaer responds to Pogba’s Real Madrid comments/Confirms Maguire ‘knock’


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this afternoon spoke out over the situations of a pair of his side’s star men – Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire.

‘Here for another two years’

Much of the media chatter surrounding ongoings at Old Trafford over the last couple of weeks has centered on Paul Pogba.

This comes with the French midfielder having once again opened the door to a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Speaking whilst on international duty earlier this week, Pogba confirmed that lining out in the colours of Los Blancos would represent ‘a dream’ fulfilled:

‘We have all heard that things have been said. What to say? Yes, all footballers would love to play for Real Madrid. It might be a dream.’

‘It is a dream for me, why not one day?’

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 19, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Understandably, on the back of the 27-year-old’s comments, speculation surrounding Pogba’s future, which had for the most part died down, has since resurfaced in force.

The Red Devils faithful, meanwhile, have made their frustrations clear, with many of the opinion that their star midfielder’s ‘come and get me’ plea proved completely disrespectful.

As such, during a press conference ahead of his side’s meeting with Newcastle tomorrow night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was inevitably drawn on Pogba’s future.

The United boss, however, was quick to assure that the former Juventus man will be going nowhere anytime soon:

‘Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years. I’m sure Paul is focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best of Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.’

‘Got great resilience’

Later in his press conference, meanwhile, Solskjaer was also drawn on the struggles of Harry Maguire.

Stopper Maguire has come in for heavy criticism of late, amid a concerning spell of form.

After looking some way short of his best over the early weeks of the Premier League campaign, the English international was given his marching orders during the Three Lions’ meeting with Denmark during the week, only adding to the mounting pressure on his shoulders.

The Red Devils boss, however, assured that he remains fully behind Maguire, backing the 27-year-old to ‘bounce back’ over the weeks ahead:

‘In football you’re in the headlights all the time, and when Harry is part of the England team that beats No 1 ranked Belgium it’s a normal day, and then you get the headlines when you get a sending off, that’s football for you, there’s so many ups and downs, we have to deal with it individually and as a group.’

‘Harry has got great resilience, I know he’ll bounce back, I know he wants to play and work his way out of the last couple of games he’s been criticised.’

Solskjaer also went on to reveal that Maguire is actually a doubt to feature versus Newcastle on Saturday, having picked up a fitness issue whilst on international duty:

‘He picked up a knock just before he came off. So, I’m just hopeful he’ll be fit, I had a look at him yesterday and we’ll test him today.’

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