Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has “no doubts” that Paul Pogba will be a Manchester United player when the transfer window closes. This was after he was asked by ESPN if Paul Pogba would still be a United player at the end of the transfer window. The United midfielder didn’t travel with the team ahead of the 5-4 penalty win against AC Milan on Saturday in the Red Devils last pre-season club friendly at Cardiff.
Solskjaer said that the Frenchman complained of a back spasm and that was the reason why he didn’t play. Ole had this to say regarding the midfielder’s predicament.
“No doubts at all,” said Solskjaer when asked whether Pogba would still be a United player after the transfer deadline. “I wasn’t expecting him [on the flight to Cardiff]. I spoke to him after training and he didn’t feel right. He’ll probably be back early on next week training.
“It’s not an injury, it’s just some pain. He’s not injured, but I wasn’t going to risk anything this weekend. He should be OK for Chelsea.”
Solskjaer said that he’s hopeful that new signing Harry Maguire will be announced in 48 hours after he underwent a medical at Carrington on Saturday. United agreed to an £80m fee for Maguire on Friday. Maguire should make his debut this next Saturday 11th.
“Hopefully the last little details will be in place and we can announce something soon,” said Solskjaer.
I am so elated that we not only will keep Pogba, but that we signed Harry Maguire as well. In previous posts I reiterated in a why were we still pursuing Maguire, because United and Ed Woodward just couldn’t get a deal done with Leicester. But good things comes to those who wait, and patience and perseverance are great virtues.
I am glad that United kept working towards a deal even when it looked like these negotiations would have broken down and nothing would have come out of it. We just need to be as persistent regarding the Dybala-Lukaku swap deal and with Mario Mandzukic who we are having ongoing discussions and hopefully we’ll get one or both strikers which would be wonderful additions to a squad that is being rebuilt.
All eyes will be on Solskjaer and his players this season and they need to hit the ground running from the start by getting a win against one of our rivals Chelsea next Saturday. In the first half of the season we should lose very few games and we can’t afford to have too many draws either, if we are to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool in particular. Going on a long winning streak is preferred.
Manchester United needs to establish themselves as not only early contenders for the Premier league title, but we also need to show other people that we can compete for the other titles like the Europa League, FA Cup and the League Cup as well.