Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come to the defence of Paul Pogba, insisting that he has no problem following the emergence of a picture featuring the midfielder with Zinedine Zidane.
The France intentional is currently recovering from injury and spent the recent international break in Dubai, where a picture surfaced of the Frenchman alongside compatriot and Real Madrid manager Zidane.
Pogba was heavily linked with a move to the Spanish giants throughout the summer, though Solskjaer admits the meeting between the pair was by chance and nothing to do with a potential move away from Manchester United.
Pogba has been heavily criticised for his performances ever since arriving at Old Trafford as the worlds most expensive player in 2016, though the United boss has defended the 26-year-old, admitting that he has been playing through the pain barrier as he struggles with a series of niggling injuries.
Photo: Pogba and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane at the Transform Altitude Performance Center in Dubai. The source states their encounter was a coincidence #mulive [mirror] pic.twitter.com/055oxMMKaP
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“I’ve not heard Paul Pogba say he doesn’t want to be here. Paul is part of our plan going forward,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“He has been playing through the pain-barrier. He has been criticised left, right and centre, but when he came back against Rochdale and Arsenal he could’ve easily not played.
“He wanted to play, he wanted to try to get back and it was too painful. He’s had a scan, he’s on the way back and he’s been on a few days off, working but he is away from here.
“And then there is a picture and being at Manchester United you do get pictures and speculation – but I don’t have any problem with that at all.”