Paul Pogba has finally addressed his future at Manchester United – five days after it emerged his voluble agent Mino Raiola had said the Frenchman’s career at the club was ‘over’.
United’s week was dominated by speculation surrounding Pogba’s future following the publication of a Tuttosport interview with Raiola prior to United’s crunch Champions League match against RB Leipzig.
Snippets of the interview, which was conducted the previous week, were published on Monday before the interview was published in full on Tuesday – the same day as United’s game in Germany.
Both Raiola and Pogba faced criticism over the timing of the interview but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was adamant Raiola’s comments had no bearing on United’s Champions League exit.
Pogba started a second successive Premier League game against City on Saturday and took to Instagram after the drab draw to discuss his future.
“I’ve always fought and will always fight for @manchesterunited, my teammates and the fans,” Pogba wrote. “Bla bla is not important. The future is far, today is what matters and I am 1000% involved! Always strong together.. all has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change. When you don’t know what’s going on inside don’t talk #SpeakTheTruthOrRemainSilent #united #talktothehand.”
Speaking about the situation with Pogba during his press conference on Friday, Solskjaer said: “I think I said during the week that this is a team game and Paul is part of this team. He’s very focused on contributing when he’s here.
“He’s got the hunger and appetite to play and wants to play. He wants to train and he trains. There have been other players refusing to train and refusing to play – they’re not here anymore of course – but Paul’s not once done that.
“He’s just focused on performing when he gets a chance. That’s the good thing about Paul. He’s got the quality and the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig.”