'Agenda' against Pogba

Sports | REUTERS 11 Jul 2019

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to hose down speculation that Paul Pogba is unhappy and set to leave the club, declaring the media have an "agenda" against the French World Cup winner.

Pogba's agent recently told The Times newspaper that the troubled 26-year-old intends to leave United, while the player, himself, said in Tokyo last month that he thought it might be time for a "new challenge somewhere else".

Italian Serie A club Juventus and La Liga giants Real Madrid have been linked with Pogba, and the speculation has followed United to Australia on their pre-season tour ahead of a match against A-League side Perth Glory on Saturday.

Pogba has two years left on his contract, with the option for a third, however, and Solskjaer hit out at media for indulging in the transfer talk.

"Agents talk all the time. As I said, we've not had any bids from any clubs," Solskjaer said. "That's all I can say about this matter.

"There is an agenda against Paul, he's a top, top bloke. A great professional, there's never been any problems and he's got a heart of gold."

Pogba, who moved to Old Trafford from Juventus for a then-world record transfer fee of 89.3 million (HK$870.558 million) in August 2016, has frustrated fans with his inconsistency.

United posted a video of the team taking a stroll through Perth on its social media accounts earlier in the week but the upbeat soundtrack of electronic music could not disguise what appeared to be a heated exchange between Pogba and teammate Jesse Lingard. "It's been portrayed as a fight between the two boys," Solskjaer said. "That's nothing, no problems between the boys at all."


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