Manchester United news: Paul Pogba and Mino Raiola warned by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that club don’t need to sell

Business as usual

The manager has been speaking to the press in Australia as Pogba’s agent angles for a move away from the club

Manchester United do not have to sell anyone, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says.

His comments come a day after wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, told talkSPORT he hopes the player’s future can be sorted soon.

Pogba is taking part in pre-season training, but is keen to leave Man United

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Pogba is taking part in pre-season training, but is keen to leave Man United

Pogba has made no secret of his desire to move on and in his first press conference since last season, Solskjaer fielded questions about the happiness of United’s record signing.

“There has been loads of talk and speculation, of course, about all our players or many of our players, both ins and outs,” he said.

“For me, it’s business as usual. When you’re Man United, you expect all these things to pop up in the summer,” Solskjaer added.

“And of course I’ve been in touch with Paul, spoken to Paul. Spoken to Rom [Romelu Lukaku], spoken to Rashy [Marcus Rashford], Jesse [Lingar] – I’ve spoken to all the players, more or less, over the summer. As you do, you keep in touch with them.

Paul Pogba suggests that he could be open to a move away from Manchester United

“As far as I am aware and up to now, we don’t have any bids for any of our players so there’s no reason to say other than Paul – or most of our players – have long contracts.

“We are Man United – we don’t have to sell players.”

Solskjaer, though, seemed to agree with Raiola about Pogab’s attitude towards the club. “Agents talk all the time. Paul is a top bloke, a great professional. He has never put himself out of the team. He has always wanted to play and he always gives his best.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was speaking to media in Perth and said the club are in no need to sell players

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was speaking to media in Perth and said the club are in no need to sell players

Pogba has been linked with both Juventus and Real Madrid and, speaking to the Sports Bar on talkSPORT, football journalist Mark Langdon discussed the obstacles Real face in buying Pogba.

They have already spent heavily on Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic and now need to sell players to raise funds for the costly United midfielder.

Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas, Isco and James Rodriguez are all believed to be up for sale and Langdon believes the Colombian is the best chance of making some fast cash.

“James Rodriguez is one player they can sell,” he said. “There’s a fair bit of interest from Napoli and Atletico Madrid and that would be more likely route for Real Madrid to make money than to get rid of Gareth Bale.”


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United are in Australia for the first part of their pre-season tour and will face Perth Glory on Saturday 13 July before playing English rivals Leeds United four days later.

The club then travel to Singapore and will play Serie A side Inter at the National Stadium on Saturday 20 July where another wantaway player, Lukaku, could play against his next club.

The striker’s agent has been vocal about Inter’s desire to land him.

However, it has been reported Lukaku has also been offered to Juve and Napoli, managed by former Chelsea bosses Maurizio Sarri and Carlo Ancelotti respectively.

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