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Solskjaer responds to Pogba’s desire for ‘a new challenge’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Paul Pogba’s admission that the midfielder would like ‘a new challenge’.

The France international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, having recently expressed his desire for ‘a new challenge somewhere else’ amid interest from Real Madrid.

Despite Pogba’s claims increasing speculation he could be set to leave the club, as well as comments from his agent, Solskjaer insists he has not been ‘upset’ with the 26-year-old’s comments.

The United boss has revealed he has held discussions with the former Juventus star on his future, and believes he can provide Pogba with the ‘new challenge’ he desires.

“I’ve not been upset by anything he’s said because we’ve had many conversations and I know exactly what Paul is thinking,” Solskjaer told an interview with the Telegraph. “I can give him a new challenge.

“I’ve said many times about Paul that he’s a top, top boy and a great player and 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.”

After initial doubts that the Frenchman wouldn’t turn up for the Reds’ pre-season tour of Australia, Singapore and China, the £89 million man has featured in both of their pre-season wins so far, even being named man of the match in today’s 4-0 win over Leeds United in Perth.

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