Reports: Paul Pogba unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wants to reunite with former teammates

Reports: Paul Pogba unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wants to reunite with former teammates

According to reports from Italy, Manchester United star Paul Pogba is unhappy with his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and he wants to rejoin his former club Juventus next summer.

It is Daily Mail, who reports via TuttoSport that Pogba is ready to “push for a return” to Juventus next summer. Earlier this summer, he tried in vain to secure a dream move to La Liga giants Real Madrid, despite manager Zinedine Zidane’s interest in signing him.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner left Juventus to join Manchester United in 2016, for a then-world record transfer fee of £89million.

And now, another Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that the 27-year-old has a poor relationship with his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that the relationship between Pogba and Solskjaer is “poor”, amidst strong interest from Juventus.

Meanwhile, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola also wants the player to shift back to Juventus, and is reportedly confident of convincing the Bianconeri to re-sign him, according to Express.

During this summer, Raiola successfully brokered a deal that saw AFC Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt move to Turin.

At the same time, former United manager David Moyes has warned the club that they must keep Pogba at all costs.

“He is still Manchester United’s best midfielder player,” Moyes told TalkSport, before adding:

“He could probably play for any team in the world, certainly in Europe. He’d get a game for any team.”

Reports: Juventus ready to offer player plus cash to sign Paul Pogba in January transfer window

Manchester United star Paul Pogba

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was the subject of interest from both Real Madrid and Juventus all throughout the summer transfer window but the Premier League giants managed to keep hold of him. However, it looks increasingly likely that the Frenchman will be on his way out of the club next summer, if not in January transfer window.

Pogba was on top of Madrid’s agenda but the Premier League giants quoted a sum of €200 million for the Frenchman which they couldn’t match. Los Blancos weren’t ready to shell out a huge amount, especially after having signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea for €100 million.

And while Madrid have slowly distanced themselves from the Frenchman, Juventus are back in the market for him. If reports in Tuttosport are to be believed, they are ready to approach United with a player plus cash bid for their former midfielder in the upcoming January transfer window.

The report claims that the Serie A giants are ready to offer the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Emre Can, Blaise Matuidi or Daniele Rugani in exchange. It goes on to add that Pogba prefers a return to Italy as well and it will be interesting to see if United accept Juve’s offer of player plus cash.

Reports: Real Madrid identify €60m-rated Paul Pogba alternative, will offer player plus cash in exchange

Real Madrid failed in their pursuit of Manchester United star Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window. The Red Devils refused to lower their valuation of €200 million and Florentino Perez had to pull out of the move. Los Blancos have now turned their attention towards other options and a 60 million-rated Ligue 1 midfielder is on their radar.

Madrid were in the market for a world-class midfielder in the summer and apart from Pogba, the likes of Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, Ajax’s Donny Van de Beek and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes were on their radar. However, they failed to reinforce their midfield which has forced them into continuing their search.

If reports from Don Balon are to be believed, they have identified Olympique Lyon’s Houssem Aouar as a potential alternative for Pogba. The 21-year-old is expected to cost them around €60 million, much cheaper when compared to the French World Cup-winning star.

Florentino Perez believes the attacking midfielder can grow into a good player and is thus ready to invest in him. The report claims that Madrid can offer former Lyon star Mariano Diaz in exchange for Aouar. Moreover, the Ligue 1 champions would be happy to have Diaz back in their side.

Reports: Florentino Perez to offer Real Madrid star to Manchester United & two more Premier League clubs in potential swap deals

Reports: Ex-Real Madrid manager 'begged' club to recall on-loan star before getting sacked

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, after being linked with a move away from Real Madrid throughout the summer transfer window, stayed put at the club and it seemed as if he’s found his way into manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans. However, an ill-timed injury might have ended his time with Los Blancos as president Florentino Perez is now looking to offload him.

The Colombia international returned from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich in the summer window and was linked with moves to Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli and Atletico Madrid. However, both the moves failed to materialise and ultimately, James was drafted into the Madrid starting XI by Zidane, starting four matches for them in La Liga.

An injury, however, halted his progress and he now looks set to be on his way to the English Premier League, if reports from El Desmarque are to be believed. With Isco making a return from injury, both Perez and Zidane want to give the Spain international a longer rope and have deemed James surplus to requirements.

The report claims that Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers are the three club Perez has offered the 28-year-old to. However, there’s another angle to the story as Real Madrid president wants the aforementioned clubs to include Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen and Ruben Neves respectively in any potential deal for James.

Paul Pogba closing in on Manchester United return – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Paul Pogba Manchester United

Paul Pogba should be back in the Manchester United fold shortly after the international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed “it won’t be too long” before Paul Pogba is available again as the France international nears a return from his ankle injury.

World Cup winner Pogba has missed United’s past seven games with an injury he suffered back in September.

The France midfielder said last week that he would need another “two weeks of rehabilitation” after the plaster comes off his leg.

However, the timeframe given by Solskjaer would still see Pogba miss the Premier League trip to Sheffield United and the Europa League visit to Astana at the end of November.

“I think he said it himself, didn’t he?” Solskjaer told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

“He won’t be too long before he’s out of his cast, he’s going to work through the international break and hopefully we’ll have him back in early December.”

 

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Pogba will definitely be absent for Thursday’s Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade, a fixture that defender Victor Lindelof will also miss.

The centre-back suffered a back injury against Chelsea in the EFL Cup last week and although he completed 90 minutes against Bournemouth on Saturday, Solskjaer has ruled Lindelof out of Thursday’s fixture at Old Trafford.

“He won’t be fit for tomorrow, no,” the Norwegian added.

“He got a knock against Chelsea and he didn’t come through the game against Bournemouth without the reaction, so he’ll be out tomorrow.”

Lack of creativity rears its head as Pogba-less Man United revert to type

A 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday epitomised Manchester United’s lack of creativity as their run of away wins came to an end.

There is a train of thought that Manchester United would be better off without Paul Pogba.

Move on from an inconsistent performer, cut your losses on your record signing, and perhaps United could benefit without ‘the headache’ of their World Cup-winning Frenchman.

Yet that theory gained little support on Saturday.

United, shorn of their only dynamic midfielder for a fourth successive Premier League game, reverted to type, displaying a lack of creativity and ideas in going down 1-0 to Bournemouth, whose winner was scored by Manchester United academy graduate Joshua King.

The Cherries had not kept a clean sheet prior to their last home game against Norwich City and yet their defence enjoyed a largely worry-free afternoon in the wind and rain.

A central-midfield three of Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira might have impressed in the win over Norwich City on Sunday, but the trio epitomised everything that is wrong with this United, producing ponderous, pedestrian play and failing to conjure up anything of note in an attacking sense.

Pereira was the chief culprit. The Brazilian made only 25 passes and completed just 60 per cent of them – the fewest of any outfield United player. The most damning statistic, though, was that he failed to complete one pass to his team’s centre forward Anthony Martial.

His performance was not an anomaly. Pereira has scored just once and contributed only two assists in 30 Premier League appearances, while making four big chances and providing one throughball.

Given he turns 24 on New Year’s Day, you have to wonder whether Pereira is ever going to be good enough for United.

His infuriating moments on Saturday included failing to beat the first man from a set piece and overhitting what should have been a routine pass to Martial as he approached the Cherries’ penalty area.

And when Solskjaer looked to his bench to replace his underperforming midfielder 68 minutes in, his only real option was the woefully out-of-form Jesse Lingard – a man who is yet to have a shot on target, provide an assist or deliver a throughball this season.

Solskjaer had spoken of the “good relationship” Fred and McTominay have in the build up to this game, but neither man is known for their creativity or flair.

Fred at least tried to take the challenge on, creating more chances than anyone else on the pitch on Saturday, but in seven appearances this season he not scored, provided an assist or a big chance.

The problem is, without Pogba, who can make something happen in that United midfield?

Saturday’s showing should serve as a cautionary tale for those wanting Pogba gone.

Zinedine Zidane: I don’t have to convince Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is back training with Real Madrid after injury, but Zinedine Zidane says there is no reason to rush him back to keep him happy.

Zinedine Zidane insists he is not obliged to recall Gareth Bale to the Real Madrid team as soon as possible in order to convince him to stay at the club.

The Wales star’s future has again come into doubt after he travelled to London this week reportedly to meet with his agent, Jonathan Barnett.

Speaking after the 5-0 win over Leganes on Wednesday, Zidane stressed he still has a good working relationship with Bale, who has not played for Madrid since October 5 after suffering a knock on international duty.

Zidane says the forward is now back training with the Madrid squad but does not agree he must rush Bale back into action in order to show the player that he has a future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“The subject is in the past. He is here and he’s on the pitch, bit by bit, training,” Zidane told reporters on Friday ahead of the LaLiga clash with Real Betis.

“We’re with him in order for him to get back in the team. Nothing more.

“I don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to convince him about anything because he’s here. He’s training, he’s still not available, but he’s here at Real Madrid.”

 

While Bale’s future remains unclear, Madrid continue to be linked with a possible move for Paul Pogba, who was tipped to move to the Spanish capital in the previous transfer window.

With the France midfielder having stayed at United while Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro have all had injuries this season, Federico Valverde has taken his opportunity to impress at the heart of Zidane’s side.

However, the Madrid boss does not consider Valverde to be a player in exactly the same mould as Pogba.

“I don’t look at him like that. He’s a very young player, who has a lot of future and present. He’s doing well,” Zidane said.

“I’m not surprised by him or anyone else, either. He’s an important player in the squad. There are 25 first-team players and that’s that.”

The 5-0 win over Leganes was another match in which Eden Hazard was unable to add to his solitary Madrid goal since his move from Chelsea before the start of the season.

But Zidane has dismissed the notion that the Belgium star is “shy” when it comes to going for goal.

“I don’t think he’s shy,” Zidane said. “He sees things many others don’t see, so sometimes he tries the pass rather than the shot.

“Everyone wants to see Hazard scoring goals. He looks better every day.”

Reports: After Pogba, Manchester United could lose another starlet to Juventus on a free transfer

Manchester United brought in Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016, paying big bucks for his capture. The Red Devils had lost him on a free transfer to Juventus back in 2012 after the youngster chose not to renew his deal. Reports claim that the Manchester outfit could now lose another youngster to the Bianconeri in a similar manner. 

According to a report by Daily Mail, Juventus are monitoring Manchester United starlet Tahith Chong over a potential move. The youngster is yet to break into the first team and is out of contract next summer – a situation which the Bianconeri are looking to exploit.

The Italian giants used a similar tactic to capture Paul Pogba from the Red Devils in 2012. The Frenchman was left disappointed at the lack of first-team opportunities, despite being at the club since 2009. He eventually left the club on a free in 2012.

Over the years, Pogba developed into one of the best midfielders in the world, forming an impressive midfield partnership with the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in Turin. Seeing his impressive growth, Manchester United re-signed the Frenchman in 2016 for a then world-record fee.

Just as it was with Pogba, the Red Devils are yet to reach a contract agreement with Chong, who was reportedly even watched by Juventus representatives in a U-23 match. He will be out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Reports: Manchester United star Paul Pogba came close to signing for European giants this summer

Manchester United star Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United career has been an enigma so far. The Frenchman has been inconsistent since his return and has divided fans with his performances. Furthermore, he has consistently dropped hints regarding a move elsewhere and reports claim he was close to sealing one this summer. 

According to a report by Spanish publication, Sport, Paul Pogba came close to leaving Manchester United for Paris Saint Germain this summer. The Frenchman was said to be a target for Real Madrid and Juventus in the summer but rumours now claim that the Parisian club came closest to signing him.

The report states that after a move to Real Madrid broke down, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, tried to push his client towards PSG in order to make him play alongside Kylian Mbappe. However, the transfer moved along slowly and with Raiola’s busy schedule on deadline day, it ultimately broke down.

Furthermore, the report claims that another key reason behind Pogba’s failed move was Marco Verratti’s contract extension. The Italian midfielder recently signed a new five-year contract with the French giants, forcing them to abandon the move for the Manchester United star.

Still at Old Trafford then, Pogba started the season wonderfully, assisting twice in a four-nil win over Chelsea. However, he lost his form soon, missing a crucial penalty against Wolves and recent injuries have seen him spend more time off the pitch than on it.

Reports: Real Madrid rule out signing key targets in January despite Zinedine Zidane’s demands

Reports: Real Madrid rule out signing key targets in January despite Zinedine Zidane's interest

The latest word around the rumour mill is that La Liga giants Real Madrid have ruled out the signing of their key targets – Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen – in January, despite manager Zinedine Zidane’s strong demands that he needs a new player at the earliest.

This is according to Daily Mail, who has reported that Real Madrid President Florentino Perez told Zidane to stop focusing on new transfers and instead utilise the squad that he currently has, after sanctioning a £300million spending spree in the summer.

Los Blancos signed Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao and Takefusa Kubo in the summer – while Kubo left to Real Mallorca on loan, most of the other big names have failed to impress at the Santiago Bernabeu till date.

Hazard, for instance, has scored just a single goal so far, while Jovic is yet to open his goals tally for the ongoing 2019-20 season.

Zidane wanted to sign Pogba or Eriksen or both players in January, as he is keen to revamp Real Madrid’s midfield which currently consists of ageing and out-of-players like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Isco.

But according to the English news agency, he is unlikely to get his wish granted as Perez wants to cut down on expenditure after a busy summer transfer window.

Manchester United handed major blow as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives Paul Pogba’s latest injury update

Manchester United handed major blow as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives Paul Pogba's latest injury update

According to Premier League giants Manchester United’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, star midfielder Paul Pogba could remain sidelined until December, due to a “troublesome” ankle injury.

While speaking during the post-match press conference after Manchester United’s win in the Premier League against Norwich City, Solskjaer revealed that the “best-case scenario” for a potential Pogba return, would be the game against Sheffield United immediately after the international break in November.

“I don’t think we’ll see him maybe before December. He [Pogba] will be out for a while,” he said, before adding:

“He needs time to fully, fully recover, so don’t think he’ll be back… maybe Sheffield United after the international break but probably December before you can see him.”

“I’m not the doctor but there is an injury there that needs healing, yeah. Ankle rather than foot,” the Norwegian concluded.

Manchester Evening News says that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has played in only two of Manchester United’s last ten games, after he suffered his ankle injury during the 1-1 draw against Southampton on August 31.

He did make a return for the English League Cup third-round match against Rochdale on September 25, before lining up against Arsenal five days later – but has played for neither club nor country since then.

Quotes via Manchester Evening News.

Paul Pogba set to be out until December – Solskjaer reveals Manchester United injury blow

Manchester United star Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is not expected to return for Manchester United before December, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Paul Pogba is set to be sidelined until December due to an ankle injury.

The United star sustained the problem against Southampton on August 31 and seemingly aggravated it after making two appearances upon his return.

Pogba has not featured since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on September 30 and Solskjaer does not anticipate him returning for another month.

“I don’t think we’ll see him maybe before December,” Solskjaer told reporters. “He’ll be out for a while.

“He needs time to fully, fully recover, so I don’t think he’ll be back.

“Maybe Sheffield United [on November 24] after the international break but probably December before you can see him.

“It’s the ankle rather than foot. I’m not the doctor but there is an injury there that needs healing.”

 

Pogba – who has been linked to LaLiga giants Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus – has made five Premier League appearances this season without scoring for United.

The 26-year-old has managed just six outings in total across all competitions as United sit seventh in the Premier League and feature in the Europa League and EFL Cup.

Reports: Manchester United name final Paul Pogba price; to reinvest transfer fee into two strikers

Reports: Manchester United name final Paul Pogba price; to reinvest transfer fee into two strikers

Manchester United have decided that they want €180million for Paul Pogba, if Real Madrid want to sign him in January. It has also been reported that the transfer fee they get from Pogba’s sale will be used to sign two strikers – Tottenham’s Harry Kane and RB Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland.

This is according to Don Balon, who has reported that Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will let go of Pogba if he continues to perform poorly in the matches to follow. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has failed to impress in the ongoing 2019-20 season so far, and a recent injury meant that he had to be sidelined for a few weeks as well.

Meanwhile, the lack of an efficient No.9 has tormented the Red Devils further, with the side slipping down to 14th place in the Premier League table. As a result, Solskjaer wants the club to sign Kane and Haaland, who have been doing fairly well for their respective teams so far.

Haaland is a top target for several other teams as well – including Real Madrid, who have also expressed interest in signing the youngster next summer. The 19-year-old forward hailing from Norway has already scored 20 goals and provided five assists, in just 13 appearances for RB Salzburg this season.

How Manchester United could line up against Norwich City in their Premier League encounter

Manchester United have received some timely boosts ahead of their must-win tie against Norwich City. The Red Devils are currently fifteenth in the table with ten points, three above the Canaries. The pressure is high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to win this one and here is how he could potentially line his team up. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that his Red Devils can get better of the run-down Canaries when the two teams meet in the Premier League. United are without a win in four league matches, with their last one coming back in September against Leicester City. Coincidentally, Norwich’s last win came on the same day as Manchester United’s, when they shocked reigning champions Manchester City by three goals to two.

Starting in goal for this one will be David de Gea. The Spaniard overcame an injury blow amidst fears over his long-term fitness and started the match against Liverpool. He will retain his spot in the starting eleven, barring any late calamity.

Solskjaer will be tempted to line up in a 3-4-3 formation for this match, with the set-up proving effective in their last two matches. As a result, the three defenders in line for a start are Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Marcos Rojo, with Phil Jones on the bench. Eric Bailly is out injured while late tests will reveal Axel Tuanzebe’s fate.

Ashley Young and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are expected to start as wing-backs, despite the mid-week showing of youngster Brandon Williams. The pair will provide width going forward and will help create a tight five-man defence to stop Norwich’s quick counters.

In midfield, Fred is expected to partner Scott McTominay, with Paul Pogba still on the sidelines. Andreas Pereira is likely to drop to the bench, while Nemanja Matic is yet to prove his fitness for this match.

Now fully fit, Anthony Martial is expected to lead the line for the Red Devils. Martial has been out injured since August but recovered from the damage recently. The Frenchman played, and scored, for the club in their mid-week Europa League encounter versus Partizan Belgrade.

Joining Martial in a three-pronged attack will be Marcus Rashford and Daniel James. The pair combined for seven goals in the early phase of this season and will look to rediscover their scoring form.

A big task awaits Manchester United at Carrow Road. The team has failed to score more than once in all but one of their league matches so far but are now faced with the second-worst defence in the league. The Canaries do pack attacking prowess, however, and can inflict further pain upon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.