Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident that Paul Pogba will keep at Manchester United.
The 26-year-old has been the topic of intense speculation more than the summer season, with his openness about a want for a new challenge elsewhere compounded by comments from his agent Mino Raiola.
But in contrast to fellow wantaway star Romelu Lukaku, Pogba knuckled down throughout pre-season and offered two assists in the four- win more than Chelsea in United’s Premier League opener.
The midfielder was naturally upbeat following that victory but speak swirled after a lot more when he also admitted “there’s generally that query mark” about his future.
“You generally place query marks about Paul,” United boss Solskjaer stated when these comments have been place to him ahead of Monday’s trip to Wolves.
“I do not consider it is odd saying appreciate playing, I have entertaining with my group-mates, I appreciate what I’m undertaking, I like my job and appreciate the game.
“Of course, that sentence with the query mark about him, there’s generally query marks about Paul.
“There’s not a single press conference that I’ve not answered a query about Paul Pogba. Eighty per cent of what he stated was that he enjoyed that game and his time right here.”
Asked about the other 20 per cent, Solskjaer stated: “That’s the query mark. Is he questioning you or are you placing query marks on him? I’ve got definitely no issues on Paul.”
Hyperlinks to Genuine Madrid persist and Mathias Pogba this week claimed his brother desires to leave.
Pushed on whether or not Pogba will certainly be a United player when the European transfer window shuts on September two, Solskjaer stated: “Unless some… for me, yeah, he’s going to keep.”
When the Globe Cup winner appears set to keep, certainly anything has to give when it comes to defensive choices.
Harry Maguire’s record-breaking arrival has swollen the quantity of initially-group central defenders to seven, while Eric Bailly faces a spell on the sidelines injured.
Victor Lindelof partnered the former Leicester defender on the opening weekend, though academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe – who Solskjaer believes has a “big, huge element of this club in the future” – was named on the bench.
Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo have been conspicuous by their absence from the squad, with the United manager conceding they are overstocked.
“That will be for us to operate out, and of course I do have as well lots of centre-backs to preserve every person delighted,” Solskjaer stated.
“But we want to win games, we want to carry out, so we’re going to choose the players that will give us the most significant opportunity to win games. They’re all excellent centre-backs and I know that we will want fairly a handful of of them.
“Of course, Eric’s injury implies that at the moment I’ve got six match ones, which is perhaps a single as well lots of to preserve every person involved.
“But then that is our jobs, to make the most of what we have now, and for them as effectively to make confident each day in instruction.
“And when they get the opportunity, due to the fact they will – we’ve got loads of games, play effectively when you get it. All of these, Marcos, Phil, Chris… they’ve been right here for a lengthy time and they’ve verified that they can do it.”
Solutions are not fairly so abundant in attack, while Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all got on the scoresheet against Chelsea.
It was a dream debut for Welsh winger James, though the latter pair ultimately have the opportunity to dominate the attack – even if Solskjaer sees 17-year-old Mason Greenwood coming into his personal.
“I want each of them to be a lot more scoring effortless targets,” Solskjaer stated of Martial and Rashford. “Because you do not have to operate as well tough to score them, just a small bit of movement.
“It was a good counter-attack, good runs by Anthony and I consider perhaps he felt he ought to have got the initially pass, it went a small bit wide out to Jesse (Lingard) and he stopped.
“But then he got himself back in a very good position and even even though he may have mishit it, it went in, so if you can get 5 added targets like this each season, each of them, that is 10.”
Asked whether or not Rashford or Martial is the most all-natural finisher, he stated with a smile: “Well, they’ve nevertheless got a way to go due to the fact Mason’s a lot more of a all-natural finisher than them two.”