Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant that he can help want-away midfielder, Paul Pogba, hit peak form if the United star stays at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman’s future has been clouded in uncertainty since the end of last season and United have expressed their desire to keep hold of the Real Madrid or Juventus target, who is valued at around £170million.
Pogba, and his agent have publicly expressed a desire to leave the club this summer more than once; but Solskjaer is confident he can motivate the world cup winner to be a key player for the Manchester United in the coming season.
‘I can give him a new challenge,’ Solskjaer explained.
‘Paul is a top boy and a great player. He’s never, ever been a problem. If we get him playing again like he did when I came in, he will win you over.
‘I’ve not been upset by anything he’s said because we’ve had many conversations and I know exactly what Paul is thinking.
‘I can’t dive into hypothetical questions and all that. We’ve not had offers.’
Solskjaer also addressed growing speculation about striker, Romelu Lukaku, who is believed to be closing in on a move away from the club.
Although he did not confirm the rumors, the Norwegian manager indicated that he will need to bring in a replacement striker if Lukaku is sold- with Inter Milan the likely destination- before revealing that United’s struggling £500,000-a-week star, Alexis Sanchez would stay at the club.
‘At the moment, yes I am,’ said the United boss, adding that he will ‘have to help’ Sanchez get back to his best.
‘They’ve got to come in and grab their chances. Alexis is quality and he showed it in Copa America.’
Having already bought in Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in this summer’s transfer window, Solskjaer however admitted to the club- currently in pursuit of £90m-rated Harry Maguire- facing difficulties in trying to secure their main targets for the right price.
‘It’s not like we’re going to sign 10 players, it can’t be a quick fix,’ he said. ‘It took time with Aaron and it took time with Dan but they got it over the line.
‘I understand that the market has changed. Prices have soared. Sometimes, because of the wealth, maybe we have had to pay more, a bigger premium to get players in. That’s just the world we live in.’