Solskjaer: Pogba is enjoying himself

Saturday 01 May 2021 22:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Paul Pogba as ‘a winner’ and reiterated his view that he wants the Frenchman to remain at Manchester United for many years to come.

The midfielder is enjoying a superb run of form in the team and was once again on the scoresheet on Thursday as the Reds beat Roma 6-2 in the first leg of our Europa League semi-final.

Often linked with a move away from Old Trafford, Ole is used to fielding questions about our no.6’s future, as he did again this week ahead of Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Liverpool.
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“He knows my feelings about him and that I want him to stay,” the boss told reporters in the second half of his pre-match press conference. 

“It’s about creating an environment that we thrive in, a competitive environment and a team who challenge for trophies. 

“He and Edinson [Cavani] are winners but they are also human beings and it’s important that they enjoy coming in and enjoy playing for this team. If we can play like tonight [Thursday] against Liverpool, and they can feel our progress, our chances are probably bigger to keep them."
Solskjaer has known Pogba long before he was a global superstar and a World Cup winner, and the pair have worked together since the latter’s time in the United Academy.

During Ole’s spell as United boss, the midfielder has arguably played the best football of his United career and the boss spoke of how their relationship has helped Pogba’s development.

“I have worked with Paul now for a few years,” Ole explained. “I had him when he was a kid as well and I’ve always said I enjoy managing Paul; I enjoy coaching him, I enjoy talking to him and enjoy challenging him because he is a winner.

“He wants to be better, he has listened, and I think we can see that he is enjoying himself here as well.

“It is important that we treat each other with respect and I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect, but there are players that you know from when they are younger, and it is easier to get a bond with them.”