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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has 'no doubts' Paul Pogba is staying at Manchester United

Norwegian comfortable with Frenchman's future despite midfielder missing Saturday's friendly with AC Milan

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, right, is confident that Paul Pogba is going to stay at Manchester United. PA Photo
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, right, is confident that Paul Pogba is going to stay at Manchester United. PA Photo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba remains committed to Manchester United after missing the club's final pre-season game.

Pogba - who said in June that "it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else" - was absent for the International Champions Cup penalty shoot-out win over AC Milan in Cardiff with what Solskjaer had described as a "back spasm".

It was reported on Friday night that staff and players were shocked when the France midfielder failed to turn up for the scheduled flight.


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But Solskjaer said Pogba's name being included in the party was down to an administrative error, and he was aware that the World Cup winner would not be travelling to Cardiff.

Asked whether he was concerned about Pogba's commitment to United, Solskjaer replied: "I've no doubts at all.

"I wasn't expecting him (on the plane). I spoke to him after training and he didn't feel right.

"Paul will probably be back early next week training. It's not an injury, he just felt some pain. We didn't want to risk anything this weekend and he should be OK for Chelsea. I hope so."

United, meanwhile, are close to completing the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester.

The 26-year-old England defender will cost £80 million (Dh357.2m) - and Solskjaer expects him to be in contention to make his debut against Chelsea in next weekend's Premier League opener.

"Hopefully the last little details will be in place, so we can announce something very soon," Solskjaer said.

"Let's get the last details over the line. But he's played a few games over the summer so we'll just have to assess him as and when."

On his team selection for the Chelsea game, Solskjaer added: "I've got an idea.

"It's been five good weeks, some players have done well to get into the team when you thought they would need some time.

"But eight days is a long time in football."

Updated: August 4, 2019 08:35 AM

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