Manchester United are currently enjoying a positive pre-season campaign ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full campaign in charge, but a dark cloud still looms over the future of Paul Pogba.
Pogba has made no secret of his desire to find a new challenge this summer after United endured a dismal end to the season last time out.
However, a deal for the World Cup winner to join Real Madrid is by no means a certainty, with United’s valuation enough to bring Los Blancos’ summer spending to almost £400million.
With the chances of Pogba staying at United looking more likely each day, the club have taken precautionary measures to avoid any further controversy.
The Times have claimed that the club do not want Pogba talking to the media while their preparations for the new season continue, in an effort to limit any disruption to the rest of the playing squad.
Solskjaer has been keen to outline the club’s stance over two of his big name players, with Romelu Lukaku heavily linked with a transfer to Inter Milan.
The Norwegian has claimed that no players will be sold if their valuation isn’t met, which could see United keep hold of their top scorers from the past two seasons.
“As far as I am aware and up to now, we don’t have any bids for any of our players,” he said earlier this month.
“We are Man United – we don’t have to sell players. Agents talk all the time.
“Paul is a top bloke, a great professional. He has never put himself out of the team.
“He has always wanted to play and he always gives his best.”
One team-mate of Pogba’s that is desperate to seem him stay at Old Trafford is Juan Mata, who sent a plea to the Frenchman in an interview on Monday.
“We all know Paul and he’s a fantastic midfielder and he’s a very good guy, very positive, good influence for everyone,” Mata said.
“I think he’s happy, he brings everyone together. But I cannot speak for other people.
“I cannot speak for myself, for my present and my future in the club.
“And obviously as a team-mate, and as a friend also, I would like him to stay and to be happy because he is a very good player for us, but I cannot say much else.”