Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unimpressed with one player ahead of Everton clash
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly unimpressed by Paul Pogba’s lack of will to returnfrom injury. The France international is expected to miss the Red Devils’ clash with Everton on Sunday.
Manchester United boss Solskjaer made the bold decision to keep Pogba during the summer transfer window, at a time where both Juventus and Real Madrid were pursuing his signature.
However, injury has limited the France international to just eight Premier League appearances in the time since.
Pogba has been out of action since the 4-1 thumping of Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
And, in his absence, the Red Devils have done well.
Bruno Fernandes has made an instant impact since joining from Sporting Lisbon and has overtaken Pogba to become the face of Solskaer’s side.
Fred looks resurgent, while Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic have both enjoyed positive campaigns as well.
- Man Utd chief Woodward may have already signed Pogba replacement
And GQ Magazine claim that Solskjaer has been unimpressed by Pogba’s desire to return from injury – or lack of it.
There’s definitely a strong sense that his time at United is winding down.
Mino Raiola, Pogba’s controversial super agent, has spent the last few weeks slamming both United and Solskaer.
And Real Madrid and Juventus remain keen on the 25-year-old, even if he’s likely to go for big money.
United wanted £160million last summer but know they’ll find it tougher getting a big fee for their star asset this time around.
Therefore, a fee as low as £50m has been mooted in some places.
- Man Utd chief Woodward open to signing one player as Pogba replacement
But whether Pogba stays or goes is something that only time will tell.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has expressed a belief that Fernandes and Pogba are unlikely to ever line up together.
“Bruno Fernandes has given Manchester United a lift and I hope he ends up being more successful there than Paul Pogba,” the former Arsenal man wrote in his Daily Star column.
“Pogba has left already in my opinion. His heart’s not in it.
“It’s a shame we’ll probably never get to see the two of the play together properly.”
Merson also thinks Pogba will have regrets, adding: “United are the biggest club in the world. I think one day he’ll look back and think: ‘I can’t believe it didn’t work out for me there. I could have been a legend.’
“I’m a fan of Pogba. He won a World Cup. But he disappoints me. It’s a shame.
“I never saw Pogba be a leader for United. And Fernandes is not that sort of player either. He’s not a Roy Keane or a Bryan Robson.
“But he’s a good player and he’s better than what they’ve got. He’s improved them and he brings a bit of composure.
“He’s a confident player as well and that spreads quickly. He looks like a good signing.
“If he isn’t more successful there than Pogba, he’s going to be disappointed.”
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