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Solskjaer: United begin their pre-season tour on Saturday.
Solskjaer: United begin their pre-season tour on Saturday.

'We are Man United, we don't have to sell players': Solskjaer plays down Pogba exit talk

United boss insists it’s business as usual despite transfer speculation.
Jul 10th 2019, 8:25 AM 4,761 12

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER revealed that Manchester United have not yet received bids for any of their players, including wantaway superstar Paul Pogba.

Pogba, 26, is expected to leave Old Trafford this close season after his agent Mino Raiola publicly declared that the midfielder wants an exit.

The French World Cup winner has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, while Romelu Lukaku is also reportedly set to leave United, with Inter apparently interested in the striker.

However, speaking at a news conference in Perth on Wednesday, Solskjaer said United were yet to receive bids for any of their players.

“There has been loads of talks and speculations about many of our players, both ins and outs. For me, it’s business as usual,” he said.

“When you’re at Man United, you expect all these things to pop up in the summer and of course I’ve been in touch with Paul, spoken to Paul, spoken to Rom, spoken to Rashy [Marcus Rashford], Jesse [Lingard], spoken to all the players more or less over the summer as you do, you keep in touch with them.

As far as I’m aware and up until now, we don’t have any bids for any of our players… Paul, or most of our players, [have] got long contracts. We are Man United, we don’t have to sell players.

Pogba, who is contracted until 2021, was reported to have had a bust-up with Lingard after an exchange between the pair on Tuesday.

Solskjaer was unhappy with those reports, accusing the media of having an “agenda” against Pogba.

“It looks like there is an agenda against Paul. He’s a top, top bloke. He’s a great, great professional. He’s never been any problem. He’s got a heart of gold,” the Norwegian said.

“For example, Jesse and Paul yesterday walking around, and it’s been portrayed as it’s a fight between the two boys. I know you’re here to sell papers and sell stories, but there’s no problem between the boys at all.

“They are all professional and pre-season has been very, very good so far.”

Manchester United will face A-League club Perth Glory in a friendly on Saturday.

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