Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Paul Pogba will follow in his footsteps by ignoring PSG’s interest and signing a new contract…
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Paul Pogba to sign a new contract at Old Trafford
- Manchester United boss set his own future with a new deal
- And he wants the Frenchman to ignore PSG’s interest and stay
- United are keen to sign a defender and remain interested in Raphael Varane
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Paul Pogba to join him in signing a new contract with Manchester United – and would appreciate Raphael Varane coming from Real Madrid to bolster the club’s defence.
Solskjaer was given a new three-year contract to stay at Old Trafford this weekend as a reward for stabilizing the club after Jose Mourinho.
But after seeing his weak side beaten 4-2 by QPR in a pre-season exhibition game, the Norwegian tackled the issues that needed to be resolved before United face a title challenge next season, starting with the future of Pogba, who has only a year to go. on his current deal and is wanted by Paris St Germain.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been given a new three-year contract as Manchester United boss
The manager now wants Paul Pogba to follow his example and entrust his future to the club
“Talks between Paul’s representatives and our club representatives are ongoing,” Solskjaer said.
“There is always speculation about Paul and there are always clubs that are interested, because of course we have seen Paul at his best.
“I’m not in the details of each of the discussions, but Paul knows what we think. It was a pleasure to work with Paul and hopefully we can (continue to) work together. The whole dialogue I’ve had with Paul is that he’s looking forward to the new season.”
United have already completed one major purchase this summer with Jadon Sancho who came over from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million.
Solskjaer’s priority now is to improve his squad’s defense with French World Cup winner Raphael Varane, a target Real Madrid must raise money for.
United have already signed Jadon Sancho this summer as a key signing for a £73m deal
It is clear that no personal terms have been agreed with Varane yet, but should that happen, the two clubs will try to negotiate a transfer fee with Madrid, seeking around £50million.
United finished second last season but conceded 44 goals, just the fourth best record in the division. Solskjaer sees it as something they need to improve on.
“We are getting closer to the team and the squad I had in mind with more attacking pace. We were unbeaten and scored a lot of goals, but we also need to tighten up at the back,” he said.
“There are many things we can improve upon. Defensively, we conceded a lot of goals. Setplays is an area we are working on. You never say a team is complete.
“We have gradually gotten better and become a better team. Hopefully now we can take the next step and that is a challenge for trophies. We want big things in April and May.”
Raphael Varane is still linked with a transfer at Old Trafford and the club are excited
Solskjaer, who was first appointed as interim in December 2018, has exceeded expectations and reintroduced United’s traditional values, earning him a stay until at least 2024 with the option of an extra year. .
His new contract also signifies the close relationship he has with John Murtough, who was appointed the club’s first football director earlier this year.
Under Murtough, United have been aiming to get key transfer cases like Sancho right before the new Premier League season kicks off. They have also spent £6 million to improve the club’s training ground.
Sancho and United’s other Euro 2020 stars were missing from Saturday’s defeat at QPR, with Solskjaer estimating his contingent for England, plus Brazil’s Fred, whose country played in the Copa America final, will begin their preparation for the season in 10 days. .
United’s stars who were involved with their national teams over the summer will return in 10 days
In their absence, the Championship club took advantage of a weak United squad to score through Scottish international Lyndon Dykes (two), Charlie Austin and Moses Odubajo.
United’s answers came from Jesse Lingard and 19-year-old Anthony Elanga, whose pre-season form is making Solskjaer think about hiring him.
“It would be easy to say the boy should go on loan, but he is doing so well for us,” said the 48-year-old United boss. “He’s electric, he’s got skill, and he’s not afraid of anything. He has the courage of a Man United player.
“He created chances and scored a good goal with his most difficult chance. I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays here. It depends, of course, we know it’s important for him to develop and get playing time, but right now he’s one of those we haven’t really decided yet.
“If he continues like this, I may want to keep him.”
Solskjaer revealed he has not yet decided whether Anthony Elanga will be loaned out this season seizoen