Solskjaer: I think Pogba will stay at Man United

There are no guarantees in football, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned, but the Manchester United manager believes Paul Pogba is not leaving.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba   -  Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United next season despite speculation increasing over a possible move to Real Madrid. 

Reports linking the World Cup winner to LaLiga giant Madrid have ramped up amid United's poor run of results, which have seriously damaged the club's hopes of securing Champions League qualification. 

Solskjaer's side has lost seven of its past nine matches in all competitions, lending weight to the view that a struggling squad must be overhauled in the next transfer window. 

The potential sale of Pogba, signed from Juventus for £89million in 2016, could fund several new additions but the Red Devils manager is confident his star asset will stay at Old Trafford.

 

"You can't guarantee anything in football, but yes I think Pogba will be here," Solskjaer said. 

"I can assure you he is determined to be a success at Manchester United. 

"That's just the standards he sets because when he's creating chances, scoring goals, doing loads of work... that's just media, supporters, everyone looks to Paul [and asks] 'could you have done better?' 

"Paul's done fantastic for us. He's a human being as well, we're all the same, we want him to do well. He's a leader in the dressing room and on the pitch. 

"And, back to if I can guarantee [Pogba staying], I would say yes. You never can guarantee, but he will be here as far as I can answer that."

Different leaders

Ex-Red Devils captain Roy Keane publicly criticised 26-year-old Pogba ahead of the 2-0 midweek defeat to rival Manchester City, accusing the France international of playing for himself and failing to lead sufficiently. 

Solskjaer countered that view, insisting his former team-mate's confrontational style is not consistent with the modern game. 

"We have a squad full of talented players and leadership is so many different things," the Norwegian said. 

"I think you know as well the world has changed, so you don't have a Robbo [Bryan Robson], a Keane or a Steve Bruce in our dressing room. We're all different 

"I loved to play under Roy Keane, and everyone here spoke about Robbo, but society is different now. 

"I don't lead the same way Alex Ferguson did, or [Louis] Van Gaal or [Jose] Mourinho, we're all different leaders." 

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