Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said the club does not have to sell players this summer amid reported interest in a number of players.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are among the names that have been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer. Both have been open about leaving the club this summer but Solskjaer said no bids have yet been made for any of his players.
Speaking during the first press conference of the summer tour in Perth, Solskjaer wasn’t concerned about his players’ future.
“There has been loads of talk and speculation, of course, about all our players or many of our players, both ins and outs. For me, it’s business as usual. When you’re Man United, you expect all these things to pop up in the summer,” the Norwegian said as quoted by the Guardian.
“As far as I am aware and up to now, we don’t have any bids for any of our players. We are Man United – we don’t have to sell players. Agents talk all the time. Paul is a top bloke, a great professional. He has never put himself out of the team. He has always wanted to play and he always gives his best,” Solskjaer added.
Solskjaer’s comments about Pogba in particular are interesting given the Frenchman’s agent has said he wants out the summer. Pogba himself has already expressed his desire to leave to seek a new challenge, but the United manager seems to be backing his man.
United’s manager will be looking to build confidence and squad unity this tour and is quick to praise his key players. Solskjaer will not repeat Jose Mourinho’s mistake of consistently criticising players in the media, so perhaps we should not look too much into his comments regarding Pogba as the Frenchman could still be offloaded this summer.