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Solskjaer: Pogba still focused as Real Madrid reports swirl

Solskjaer: Pogba still focused as Real Madrid reports swirl

Manchester United has fallen to sixth place in the Premier League and is looking to get back into the top four this weekend when it faces West Ham on Saturday.

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds after the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg, soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Pogba's form has dropped off too, with the France midfielder struggling to recapture the outstanding displays that he produced in the early weeks after Solskjaer was appointed, initially as caretaker manager.

Real Madrid continue to look for ways to help Zinedine Zidane restructure the team in the summer, and with Paul Pogba's name continuing to appear, Casemiro has admitted that the French midfielder could play with any team. He's focused on performing and he's a proud player.

One suspects that Manchester United, who are without the suspended Ashley Young and Luke Shaw and the injured Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia, will play a scratch side with one eye on Camp Nou.

"But now it's about West Ham and focusing on a good performance to give us three points".

The France worldwide, playing in midfield alongside Fred and Scott McTominay, was credited by his manager with stabilising United after they went behind to Luke Shaw's early own goal.

West Ham United via Getty Images
West Ham United via Getty Images

"He had his highest-ever output physically so he has never run as much in a Man United shirt". 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.

"We need players here who are going to be able to take us forward", he said.

"We have a certain standard here", Solskjaer added.

Put to Solskjaer that Pogba's statistics have tailed off dramatically, the United boss said: "I think he has made a difference for us in a few games, so has Romelu (Lukaku), so has Marcus (Rashford). That was brilliant, the effort and attitude is there".

"You want to see players step up and say now: 'I want to be part of this.' You saw Fred and Scott [McTominay] the other day took the mantle up".

"What Mick does is more than just being an assistant manager, even if he is an assistant manager. He's a fantastic guy to have around".




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