Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed the notion that Paul Pogba’s performances have been affected by talk linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu ever since Zinedine Zidane return, with the re-appointed Real Madrid boss openly admitting he likes the £89 million man.
While Pogba’s form initially spiked following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, his performances have seemingly dipped since the talk of of a move to Real Madrid begun, with some reports in France even suggesting that there has been a breakdown in his relationship with the Norwegian.
However, speaking ahead of this evening’s game against West Ham, Solskjaer has said that Pogba is still ‘positive’ and ‘focused’.
“There might be a campaign [from Real Madrid], you never know what there is,” he told a press conference before todays clash with West Ham.
“But in my talks with Paul he’s always been positive. I don’t see a difference in him when I chat to him. He’s focused on performing and he’s a proud player. He always gives his best.
“He has made a difference for us in a few games, but so has Romelu [Lukaku], so has Marcus [Rashford]. There have been different players in different periods that have made the difference. It’s not just about one player. It’s not just about Paul.
“He had his highest ever output physically on Wednesday night against Barcelona , he’d never ran as much in a United shirt. That was brilliant.
“The effort and attitude is there. I thought in the first-half, we speak about Fred and Scott McTominay, but I thought Paul made us play. He settled us down a bit, in the first-half especially. We just fell away towards the end. But the effort he put in was tremendous.”