United manager plays down Pogba rift

 thewest.com.au  07/10/2019 06:16:00 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down talk Paul Pogba is unhappy at the club, hinting that the media may have an agenda against the star midfielder.

Pogba appeared to exchange some harsh words with teammate Jesse Lingard during a light team walk after touching down in Perth on Monday.

Manchester United played down the incident, saying the two players werent in a spat.

Pogbas manager has already publicly stated that the French World Cup winner wants to leave Manchester United, with Juventus and Real Madrid the two clubs he has been linked to.

Solskjaer was peppered with questions about Pogba during his press conference in Perth on Wednesday.

The new coach did his best to play down the drama.

Its been portrayed as a fight between the two boys, Solskjaer said.

I know youre here to sell papers and sell stories, but theres no problems between the boys at all.

The pre-season has been very good.

He (Pogba) is a top bloke. Theres never been any problems. Hes got a heart of gold.

Solskjaer did his best to deflect talk about Pogbas future.

Agents talk all the time. Weve not had any bids from any clubs. Thats all I can say about this matter, he said.

What I will say is that Paul has never put himself out of the team. Hes always wanted to play. Hes always given his best.

Pauls never been a concern for me. When hes on the pitch hes working hard. Hes a true professional.

Manchester United play Perth Glory on Saturday night, before facing off against Leeds four days later.

More than 10,000 fans are expected to turn out for Uniteds open training session at the WACA Ground on Thursday evening.

Solskjaer praised the facilities in Perth, and said the pre-season tour would form an important part of Manchesters bid to power up the table next season.

The Red Devils finished a disappointing sixth last season - a whopping 32 points adrift of arch rivals and eventual champions Manchester City.

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