Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba can fire Man United to trophies this season after his decisive strike at AC Milan and insists the midfielder has ‘shown how much he cares for us’ despite his agent claiming he’s unhappy and no new deal agreed
- Paul Pogba scored the only goal as Manchester United defeated AC Milan
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the midfielder can help them win cups this term
- United boss wants him to put his contract situation to one side for the time being
- He said Pogba has ‘shown he cares for us’ despite his agent saying he’s unhappy
- Pogba’s deal expires next year and the midfielder is being linked with move away
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba can temporarily park his contractual situation to fire Manchester United to trophies this season.
Pogba is in talks with United over extending his current deal, which expires next year, and his intervention at AC Milan booked them a place in the Europa League’s last eight.
The 28-year-old had been missing with a hamstring injury for six weeks and is set to play some part of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba can fire Manchester United to cup glory this season
Pogba scored the only goal as United beat AC Milan to advance to the Europa League quarters
‘When you see Paul playing like Thursday night, when you see him come back training, it shows how much he cares for us and how much he enjoys playing and how much we can benefit from having him here,’ Solskjaer said.
The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, said he was ‘unhappy’ at the club in December. United want Pogba to commit his future to Old Trafford and Solskjaer spoke positively of his impact on his team-mates.
‘Everyone in the team – Paul included – are just focused on doing as well as we can this season,’ Solskjaer added. ‘We feel or hope a trophy can be a catalyst for more to come.
Solskjaer wants Pogba to put aside his contract situation to focus on United’s trophy chances
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said the midfielder is unhappy and is drumming up interest in him
‘I don’t think any energy will be used on the speculation. Of course we’ve got discussions and talks. I hope he’s ready to start [at Leicester]. I don’t think he can last 90 minutes.’
United head to the King Power Stadium having conceded just once in their last seven matches and Solskjaer revealed there had been a dressing room inquest as to how AC Milan were allowed to snatch a stoppage-time equaliser in last week’s first leg.
Their issues are going forward, with none of their senior forwards having scored for almost a month. Mason Greenwood has found the net just four times this season, after scoring 17 in his breakthrough year, and Solskjaer told the 19-year-old not to overthink inside the box.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, has also defended the performances of Mason Greenwood this season
‘Mason is really maturing and his performances are top class,’ the United boss said. ‘His hold-up play, link-up play has improved so much. His physical strength has improved, his awareness has always been there but he’s getting confidence.
‘This season has been a big step forward for him. Now the next step for him is to stop thinking about finishing because he doesn’t have to think about it. Just do it. Trust yourself. All the other bits are there. That’s what I tell him. He’ll be fine, he’ll really kick on soon.’
Solskjaer is unsure whether Marcus Rashford will be available after picking up a knock at the San Siro.
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