Paul Pogba.

Solskjaer: Pogba just needs to focus

Tuesday 08 December 2020 23:15

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the Paul Pogba situation, following the 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

The Frenchman came off the bench and has been awarded the Reds' second goal, although it did take touches off three other players before finding the back of the net. A telling cross by the midfielder in injury-time was also agonisingly close to forcing an own goal from Nordi Mukiele, with keeper Peter Gulacsi thankful the ball cannoned off his foot.

Much of the pre-match talk had centred around comments made by Pogba's agent Mino Raiola but Ole insisted this is not the time to be talking about transfer speculation.

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It wasn't to be for the Reds after a bad start to the final Champions League group game.

“You’ve got to ask Paul if he’s happy or not happy," Ole told BT Sport. "I’m not going to speak for him. But Paul is focused on doing his best for the team when he’s here. He’s working hard in training and he just needs to focus on his performances.

“Now is not the time to discuss transfer targets or ins and outs at the club.”

Pogba will hope to earn a starting spot for Saturday's Manchester derby, with his two-goal display against City in 2018, one of his undoubted highlights in a red shirt.

When asked whether his plans for the key RB Leipzig tie were affected by the story, Ole replied at his press conference: "The squad is fine. They’re a team and they stick together.

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"As soon as Paul’s agent realises this is a team sport and we work together, the better. That’s probably the last thing I’ll say about that. I don’t want to spend energy on that.

“What we speak about in the background is something else and I’m not going to talk about Paul’s agent any more."