Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Manchester United have no obligation to sell their players amid reports linking Paul Pogba with a summer exit from the club.
The France international topped a number of metrics for the Red Devils last season, creating more chances (55), completing more dribbles (60) and providing more assists (9) in the Premier League than any other player at the club.
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- Since returning to Old Trafford in 2016, Pogba has won two major honours with Man Utd.
- The Frenchman has scored 31 goals in 135 appearances during that time.
- However, Pogba had a public falling out with Jose Mourinho last season.
- His attitude has often come under question from fans and pundits.
- Solskjaer has defended his star man after agent Mino Raiola confirmed his client’s desire to leave.
But that hasn’t stopped his form and attitude being questioned by pundits and sections of the Man Utd support, with Pogba subsequently throwing admiring glances toward the likes of Real Madrid and former club Juventus.
However, with the rumour mill going wild, Solskjaer has insisted United have received no offers for any of their players and voiced a reminder that they are under no obligation to sell if bids do materialise.
“As far as I am aware, we don’t have any bids for our players,” said Solskjaer.
“We’re Manchester United, we don’t have to sell and don’t have to overpay. You have to have the right players at the right price and if you look at the squad we’ve got now there are so many good players.”
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Solskjaer also defended Pogba, insisting the midfielder has a “heart of gold” and any suggestion otherwise is an “agenda” against him.
“It’s an agenda against Paul, he’s a great, great professional, never been any problems, he has a heart of gold,” said the Norwegian.
“Paul’s never put himself out of the team, always given his best and I can’t report anything other than that agents talk all the time.
“I can’t be sitting here talking about Paul and what agents are saying, we’ve got a few years left of his contract and he’s been fantastic.”