Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives his reaction to Paul Pogba meeting Zinedine Zidane


Solskjaer , the Manchester United manager
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , the Manchester United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on August 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Manchester United manager has insisted that there is no issue between him and the French midfielder whom he sees as a part of his long-term plan at the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he has no problems with Paul Pogba meeting Zinedine Zidane during a warm-weather training camp in Dubai.

The French World Cup winner was recuperating in the Middle East during the international break to recover from the ankle injury that will keep him out of United’s crucial clash with Liverpool at the weekend.

With Real Madrid manager also attending a conference in Dubai, the pair ran into each other, igniting fresh speculation about the future of Pogba at Old Trafford.

The £89m rated midfielder was a subject of concrete interest of the Spanish giants in the summer, with Zidane reportedly a huge fan of what Pogba has to offer.

Solskjaer gives his reaction to Pogba meeting Zidane

Speaking ahead of his team’s weekend clash against Liverpool, Solskjaer told the gathered journalists that he has no problems with Pogba meeting the Real Madrid manager.

Asked about the pictures which emerged on social media showing Pogba in conversation with Zidane, Solskjaer declared: “I don’t have any problem with that at all.”

“Paul is part of our plan. And I’ve spoken to Paul so many times. He’s been playing through the pain barrier and has been criticized left, right and center.

“He’s on the way back [from injury], he’s recovering, he’s mending, he’s been on a few days off working but he’s away from here.

“And it’s a picture. When you’re at Man United [it is bound to happen]. You do get pictures, speculation. I don’t have any problem with it at all.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Pogba still has two years left on his United deal, with a clause giving both the sides the option to further extend their relationship by another year.

However, if the Red Devils are unable to qualify for the Champions League for the 2nd season running, then it is unlikely that the midfielder would want to remain at the club beyond next summer.

That seems a hard ask of the current United side which is going into this Sunday’s clash sitting at 12th place in the Premier League table, just 2 points off relegation places.

Provided they suffer a heavy defeat on Sunday, and if results elsewhere go against their way, United might find themselves in the relegation places on Monday.

As a result, with United unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League, the future of Paul Pogba will once again be a subject of huge speculation come next summer.

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