Pogba leaves transfer question open after perfect United start

Sports | REUTERS 13 Aug 2019

Paul Pogba says there is still a "question mark" over his future following Manchester United's 4-0 victory over Chelsea in the first match of their English Premier League.

The France midfielder said during the close season he wanted to leave the Old Trafford club, and he was linked with Real Madrid and Juventus.

He said after the Chelsea game, in which he set up the third and fourth goals: "I always feel good when I play football. I do the things I like. I give my all."

He added: "I'm aware things have been said. Only time will tell. There's always that question mark."

The Premier League transfer window closed on Thursday, a day before the start of the season, but top-flight clubs in England can still sell players to Europe, where the window closes on September 2.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Pogba's professionalism after the game.

He also said new signing Harry Maguire had brought a sense of calm as center back in a defense that conceded 54 league goals last season.

Marcus Rashford hit two goals, with Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James also on the score sheet, but Maguire was named man of the match for an assured display.

Maguire became the world's most expensive defender when United paid 80 million (HK$757 million) to get him from Leicester just before the start of the season.

"Maguire did exactly what we signed him for - his presence in both boxes, his calmness and composure on the ball," Solskjaer said. "He's a leader and he, [goalkeeper] David de Gea and Victor Lindelof marshaled that back line really well. It is important to have strong personalities at the back."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard defended his team selection after criticism from his former boss, Jose Mourinho.

"Well, I can't drag people out of the medical room to play," Lampard said, though "I don't have to be too concerned about what anyone else says.

"What is clear is the squad is the squad that we have got. I believe in it and if we go into half time two or three-nil up - as we probably should have done if we were more clinical and with a stroke of luck here and there - the game could have been completely different."

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