Paul Pogba has labeled a report suggesting he snubbed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s loss to Liverpool and suspended contract talks as “fake news”.
The 28-year-old was sent off on Sunday for a challenge on Naby Keita during United’s 5-0 loss after coming in at halftime.
According to a report in The sunPogba apologized to his team-mates but did not speak to manager Solskjaer and put talks about a new contract on hold after the game.
But Pogba labeled the report on social media as “fake news” and called it “big lies to make headlines”.
Pogba’s current contract expires in the summer when he can leave the club for free.
Speak with The times of his client, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said: “You should ask Manchester United. At the moment everything is calm. There is no update.”
Ole remains boss of Utd despite some players’ reservations
Solskjaer is expected to remain in charge of Manchester United, despite the heavy defeat to Liverpool and the fact that a small number of players have reservations about their manager.
The majority – if not all – of the United squad love Solskjaer as a man and believe he has done great things at the club, but some doubt he can bring success to the club.
Sky Sports News has learned that some players are insecure about coaching methods with insufficient emphasis on pressure and small parties.
Solskjaer oversaw training on Tuesday and the team did not return to action until Saturday when they play against Tottenham Saturday night football live from 5 p.m Sky Sports Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson was present at Carrington but it is clear the former United boss was not there to talk to Solskjaer or the squad.
Conte probably doesn’t fit Man Utd’s profile
Air in Italy reports that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been in touch with United about the takeover, should they decide to change anything.
However, Sky Sports News understands that there is nothing concrete in the process for him to become United boss.
If United were looking for a replacement for Solskjaer, they would probably want a manager with a different profile.
Conte is in no particular rush to get back to work and will take his time and study all proposals submitted to him.
He is likely to have more options in the summer, given his success at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
Merson says: only luck saved Ole the bag
Sky Sports expert Paul Merson:
“I don’t care what anyone says, but if another manager at another club in Europe lost 5-0 at home to your biggest rivals, the manager is gone. If Chelsea or Arsenal lost 5-0 at home to Tottenham, the manager would do well to be there on Monday morning.
“Manchester United have only won one Premier League game in five, that’s just not acceptable, and yet the manager still has a job. I don’t know what’s going on at the club.”
Essential football podcast: what’s next for Ole and Man Utd?
In the latest edition of the Essential Football Podcast, we look back on all the action from another busy weekend in the Premier League, with Alice Piper on board air sports editor Peter Smith and senior football journalist Gerard Brand discuss the fallout from Old Trafford.
The duo asks where now for United and Solskjaer, as well as drawing their attention to whether the “best player in the world”, Mohamed Salah, will stay with Liverpool.