Paul Pogba told reporters that there was “no need” to talk when asked about his future after Manchester United’s win over Perth Glory.
United kicked their pre-season campaign off to a winning start with goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner in Australia.
Pogba played the second half of that game, assisting Rashford’s opener and then being mentioned as a potential captaincy candidate by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But a Metro exclusive says the manager is ‘concerned’ by the ‘influence’ he holds over the United dressing room, and he ‘fears his authority could be undermined’ if the Frenchman is made skipper.
Solskjaer is said to be ‘increasingly concerned by the example Pogba has set to the younger players at the club’ and ‘is wary of indulging Pogba any further’ after being left ‘angry’ by his comments last month.
The “new challenge” the Frenchman was seeking has yet to come to fruition, with United even increasing their valuation of Pogba amid Real Madrid’s interest.
The Daily Mirror claim United ‘will not sell’ the midfielder ‘at ANY price’ after the English transfer window closes on August 8. There is a ‘worry’ that Real will go all the way until their own deadline – September 2 – to pursue a deal closer to their £100m valuation.
But Solskjaer considers selling Pogba without a viable replacement as ‘unthinkable’, so no move will be sanctioned at a time when United cannot sign anyone.