Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Five major issues facing Man United boss Solskjaer ahead of next season

Five major issues facing Man United boss Solskjaer ahead of next season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to hose down speculation that Paul Pogba is unhappy and set to leave the club, declaring the media have an "agenda" against the French World Cup victor.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that David De Gea will soon sign a new contract with Manchester United.

"There's been loads of talks and speculation about many of our players, both ins and outs", he said.

"As far as I'm aware there have been no bids for any players".

He has also been used in a deeper role by Mauricio Pochettino, so he can play in that role at Manchester United should they deploy a competent defensive midfielder alongside him. "I don't want to call it an agenda against Paul", said Solskjaer.

"He's a top, top bloke, he's a great professional, he has never been any problem, he has got a heart of gold".

"I had many injuries in the time when I was there".

"Jesse and Paul yesterday walking around was portrayed as a fight between the two boys and I know you're here to sell papers and stories but they're all professional".

"Paul has never been a concern for me".

Pogba signed for Manchester United again in 2016 and he has two years left on his contract with the Red Devils as well as an additional year clause which gives the club the opportunity to extend his current deal by a year.

"The player has done nothing wrong", said Raiola exclusively to talkSPORT's Jim White.

"And of course I've been in touch with Paul, spoken to Paul".

But when Solskjaer faced the media for the first time this season from United's training base in Australia, he denied either star is close to leaving in what has been dubbed a "strong message".

As a result, United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Solskjaer will ask Pogba to wait a year before quitting. "So we hope he will stay here for many years", Solskjaer added.

The English Premier League team plays its first match on Saturday against the A-League's Perth Glory.

"I think that's how they wanted, and I think maybe it's just Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turning things around a little bit, using some of the mentality of Sir Alex Ferguson to turn this into a siege mentality - "us against them" at Manchester United, and looking to get positive results from that".

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