Solskjaer purrs after Pogba pulls strings in big win for Man Utd
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Manchester United icon Gary Neville doesn’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can do anything to stop Paul Pogba leaving next summer. The Red Devils enjoyed the perfect Premier League opener against Leeds on Saturday with the added bonus of unveiling their second marquee signing of the summer in Raphael Varane.
It proved to be a cinematic performance from Solskjaer’s side, particularly in the second half after Leeds had equalised to make it 1-1.
Bruno Fernandes grabbed his hat-trick in emphatic fashion with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box.
Mason Greenwood and Fred also got in on the act, but Pogba was arguably the star of the show for the Red Devils.
The France international provided four assists as he controlled the game for United.
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He looked at his very best and showed exactly why United paid a then world record fee of £89million to sign Pogba back in 2016.
In the years since Pogba’s return to Old Trafford, he’s faced ongoing criticism for inconsistent performances though.
More than that, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has continued to spark doubt on the midfielder’s desire to stay at United.
Rumours of a big-money move to Real Madrid have persisted for years now, but any more this summer looks unlikely.
However, United have a decision to make with Pogba’s contract set to expire in 12 months.
Contract talks are ongoing and there has been some suggestion that he could sign an extension.
But Neville isn’t convinced, admitting he believes Pogba will decide to join either Real or Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent next summer.
“Leeds are the perfect opponents because they play one-on-one and Manchester United pulled them apart,” he said on Sky Sports.
“Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba were outstanding and it was a really good start from Manchester United.
“It’s an absolute given that if Fernandes and Pogba are at Manchester United, they will both play.
“But l think what we will see is Pogba on the left of a front three for big games and he may play deeper in some games at Old Trafford when they need to unlock teams. He will create chances.
“Manchester United need one outstanding season from Pogba because he is going to leave next summer.
“I think Pogba will be excited by the team United are building but he has a decision to make: does he want to commit his future to Manchester United?
“If it’s a new contract, it will be for three or four or five years and that means the best years of his career will be at Manchester United.
“I think Paul Pogba has an ambition to play somewhere else – and that’s been clear for the last couple of years. His agent has told us that and I think he will take that opportunity.
“I think right now he will be thinking, ‘I like this team but I do want to go to Real Madrid or Paris’.”
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