Man United boss Solskjaer plays down Haaland reports says Pogba is staying


Pogba has not played for United since September's clash against Arsenal and is now nursing an ankle injury which has kept him out of action since that draw.

"I understand the interest".

'Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United, ' Raiola added.

Yet it is United who so far appear to be winning the race, with manager Solskjaer thought to have travelled to Salzburg last week to meet with the player he once coached at Molde.

"I think that Paul really went home", Raiola told The Telegraph.

"His form was fantastic and it has been fantastic".

"We are looking for good players all the time and Erling has had a nice development".

"It has to be the right player, the right age, he's got to fit into this squad and for the right value".

"When he comes back and plays well, with a smile on his face, and does what he did a year ago when I came here [it will end]", he said. Both Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez could be great additions at Old Trafford and bolster the club's midfield and with Pogba not hugely committed to the club it might be time to let him go. I can't risk any setbacks on injury.

Raiola confirmed that Real Madrid had tried to sign the World Cup victor last summer but insisted that the 26 year-old would not push for a move and go against the United manager's wishes.

Haaland took a Norwegian Airlines flight from Stavanger in his homeland to Manchester, which was due to land around 10.15am.

Haaland is one of the most sought after players in Europe after a sensational six months in Austria.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer went on to suggest he is hoping to make signings in the upcoming transfer window, as he laid out his criteria for the type of players he will target.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrated a year in charge of the club with victory over the resilient League Two side, goals from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and a Ryan Jackson own goal booking a Manchester derby meeting with Manchester City in the last four. I don't think they should go for anyone in January.

Pushed on whether he was saying Haaland was not coming to Manchester, the Norwegian said: "Well, he is not coming to Manchester because. well, I know the boy and I know his friends and all this". You need that clarity.



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