Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has pleaded with supporters to always remember what controversial French midfielder, Paul Pogba, has done for the club and what he still has to offer while admitting that he sees the former Juventus star as the ‘top’ player amongst his ranks.
The midfielder has been a subject of transfer speculations since he admitted at the end of last season that he is ready to take on a “new challenge” elsewhere.
Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Pogba said:
“After everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well, I think for me, it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
His agent, Mino Raiola has since confirmed the player’s interest in leaving Old Trafford, claiming that everyone at United knows that his client wants to move.
“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul [Pogba] to move on,” Raiola told times. “We’re in the process of that.”
“Everyone knows what Paul’s feelings are. Everyone within the club, from the manager to the owners knows what Paul’s wishes are.”
These comments has garnered much transfer interest from Juventus and Real Madrid, with the latter believed to be ready to offer £80m plus a player for the 26-year-old, but United’s demands of around £170m means the player might be set to stay at the Old Trafford for the new campaign.
The consistent transfer speculation and most importantly, Pogba’s comment, which was seen by most fans as a huge disrespect towards the club, has ignited some dislike and even anger towards the World Cup winner, but Norwegian boss has seemingly beseeched the Old Trafford faithfuls to show their support instead.
“I think our fans know what Paul [Pogba] has given to the club and what he can give us,” said Ole.
“Of course, there’s a loud small minority. Paul has been an absolute top in the group, me and the players will testify to that.”
“He’s never been a problem. We’re just grateful when he performs as well as he does.”
United will face Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday and Pogba is set to start the game.