Ole: Pogba is determined to succeed at United
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for Paul Pogba in his pre-match press conference on Friday, revealing that the Frenchman is highly motivated to achieve success at the club.
It has been a mixed week for the World Cup winner, who was part of the disappointing derby defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday evening, but was later named in the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year for 2018/19.
Solskjaer was quizzed on the midfielder at the Aon Training Complex ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea, and spoke eloquently on the Academy’s graduate’s future, the pressure placed on his performances for United and his leadership qualities.
“You can't guarantee anything in football,” admitted the boss, when asked about Pogba’s future, “but, yes, I think Paul is going to be here [next season]. I can assure you that he is now very determined to succeed at Man United.”
Pogba has a career-best 16 goals already this term.
Reporters followed up by asking for the Norwegian’s thoughts on the often-extreme reactions to our no.6’s performances.
“That's just the standards he's set,” explained the boss. "He's creating chances, scoring goals, he's doing loads of work - and that's just media, that's supporters, it's everyone, that we look to Paul: could you have done better?
Ole was keen to point out Pogba’s contribution this season – which, to date, has yielded 16 goals and 11 assists – as well as his qualities as a person.
“Paul's done fantastic for us, and you can see in games he's a human being as well,” continued Solskjaer. “He's a human being. He's human, and we're all the same [in] that we want him to do well.
“He's a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us."
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