Solskjaer risks overseeing worst Man Utd run in 27 years

Solskjaer risks overseeing worst Man Utd run in 27 years

Solskjaer risks overseeing worst Man Utd run in 27 years

Pogba sparked intense speculation about his future last month when suggesting Madrid were "a dream club for every player" despite declaring himself happy at Old Trafford.

However, he reckons chances of Champions League qualification will be over for United if they fail to pick up three points at Old Trafford against the Hammers.

United are in the middle of a barren run across all competitions, with four defeats from their last five games and they have another mountain to climb at Camp Nou next Tuesday. I want to work with Mick Phelan and I want him to do the job he's doing. "Who's going to be the voice in and around [the place]". Pogba is their outstanding player not just on the pitch but in a commercial sense, and this is crucial to United's strategy.

United are yet to see the best of a forward with just two goals to his name this season but are preparing to offer him another clean slate.

"I don't know how the talks have been going, but we've let him focus on his fitness", Solskjaer said.

"We've got a lot of big stuff ahead of us and some important challenges that we are still competing for so, yeah, it's great!" "That's how ruthless we have to be".

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"He had his highest ever output physically on Wednesday night against Barcelona, he'd never ran as much in a United shirt".

Ander Herrera is planning to leave on a free transfer and club captain Antonio Valencia will depart in the summer, while there remains questions about Juan Mata's future and the number of players United will bring in to close the gap.

"He's available and we've got Jonah [Phil Jones], who could also play there".

Pogba scored four goals and assisted three more in Solskjaer's first three games as manager, clearly boosted by a change in manager with the pair having worked together before in the club's youth system. "That was brilliant the way the effort and attitude is there".

"We played against a Barcelona team that sets the standard in European football", the 46-year-old told a news conference on Friday.

"Unfortunately that has come at a time when there are contract talks but that is ongoing so I can not really comment too much on how far they have come down the line and what he is deciding". The first, and most obvious, is that United are under no obligation to sell their star player whom they signed for a (then world record) €95m deal in the summer of 2016.

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