Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Paul Pogba is happy at Manchester United despite the Frenchman admitting it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid.
Pogba, who has been linked with Madrid and Barcelona in the past, made the claim during the recent international break.
‘Real Madrid is a dream for everyone,’ he said. ‘It is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Zidane is the manager there. It is a dream for every child and every player.
‘Now, I am happy in Manchester. I play, we have a new manager. For now, I am at Manchester. Later, we don’t know what the future holds.’
Real boss Zinedine Zidane fuelled the speculation by acknowledging Pogba’s comments and saying that he has always admired his fellow Frenchman.
‘I really like Pogba and you know that,’ said Zidane. ‘I know him very well, he’s a different kind of player and he can provide many things because of his skills. He knows how to attack and defend. He’s always said that he likes Madrid.’
But Solskjaer insisted that United’s record £89million record signing is settled at Old Trafford and reiterated that he wants to build the team around him.
‘I don’t like to talk about other teams’ players, of course, but this is another challenge with international breaks,’ said Solskjaer. ‘Players are available all the time as well and it’s a different environment.
‘Paul is a very nice and polite man who answered a general question on Zidane who is an icon in France, a fantastic manager. He used to be a fantastic player.
‘He’s just politely answered that question but Paul’s happy here. He’s going to be a big, big part you like to build your team around him and that hasn’t changed at all.’
Solskjaer was speaking ahead of United’s trip to Wolves on Tuesday night when they hope to cement their place in the top four.
The United boss confirmed that Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial will be available again after recent injuries. Lukaku missed Belgium’s internationals with a foot problem but was fit enough to be on the bench against Watford on Saturday, while Martial withdrew from the France squad with a knee injury and then came off in the Watford game.
Victor Lindelof will also travel after missing the game for personal reasons, having received death threats for pulling out of the Sweden squad.
Goals from Martial and Rashford on Saturday mean four United players have reached double figures in the Premier League for the first time since 1996.
‘It’s very important,’ said Solskjaer. ‘I’m surprised it’s so long ago. It’s a good thing to have more sources of goals. It gives opponent a difficult challenge that they know goals will come from different angles and hopefully we’ll have a few more and new challenges.’
United face a Wolves team that knocked them out of the FA Cup quarter-finals just over a fortnight ago, and Solskjaer admits that they learned some lessons at Molineux.
‘Quite a few and, of course, we have to because if we turn up against a good team like they are not at our level we’ll get the result we deserve,’ he added. ‘Last time we didn’t play well enough. We had the ball 70 per cent of the time, but sometimes possession doesn’t mean you’re going to create chances and score goals.
‘When we came in three months ago, we were 11 points behind and now we’re in that position. We’ve just got to go into the next seven games with the same attitude. Let’s go for it see how far it takes us.
‘Now we’ve got into this position let’s just keep carrying on. Don’t change your approach on how to attack games. Sometimes you get more of the ball, sometimes you have to defend well.’
Solskjaer confirmed that he is discussions with United chief Ed Woodward and co-chairman Joel Glazer over appointing a technical director, hopefully before the start of next season.
He is also confident that his assistant Mike Phelan will be given a permanent position at the club after the Norwegian signed a three-year contract to become full-time manager last week.
‘Football has changed and the structure at football clubs has changed,’ said Solskjaer. ‘Me and Ed, and Joel for that matter, are looking to how this club can be ran as smoothly and as well as possible. So we’ll see what the club will end up with.
‘It used to be club secretaries back then when we were founded more than 100 years ago, but that’s the way football goes. A manager can’t do as much as he used to do when my gaffer started. I think the demands of football nowadays means you’ve got to split responsibilities. I’m feeling older and older, but 46 is a good number.’
On Phelan, he added: ‘We’ve had the Watford game and now Wolves, but I think Ed and Mick will get things sorted very soon. He’s a key part of the club.’
Source: Daily Mail