KEY POINTS

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer banks on Paul Pogba to stay with the team's new and improved lineup
  • Pogba is said to have changed his stance about leaving after Cristiano Ronaldo arrived
  • Solskjaer insists he doesn't care whether the Frenchman gets an assist or not

Despite failing to offer Paul Pogba a fresh set of terms this past transfer window, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident the midfielder will stay.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has brought about a lot of changes in Manchester United, including Pogba’s stance on his rumored exit.

As it stands, the World Cup winner is now “leaning towards” staying with the Red Devils, The Athletic reported.

The subject was discussed during Solskjaer’s recent press conference. and the Manchester United boss was quizzed to reveal the truth about Pogba.

According to Solskjaer, Pogba wants to win just like any other player who signed with Manchester United.

In that case, there’s a great chance the Frenchman will stay as the current squad is a lot better than it was in the past seasons.

“Well, it's up to us now to get results and to prove to ourselves we can win trophies," Solskjaer said when asked whether Manchester United can convince Pogba to stay. "Everyone who signs for Man United wants to win trophies. To be a part of a winning Man United, it's the most magical feeling in the world. Everyone's just focusing on doing our best and let's see where we go."

"The aim when we go into this tournament now is to go all the way, it's gonna be difficult, it always is,” he added. “We've added some experience, quality, and youth and are better prepared this year for what is to come. We've had enough disappointments, that's for sure. We've had some big moments but this team has grown and matured over the last few seasons, that was always the plan.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Photo: POOL / Nick Potts

Pogba is off to a hot start this season doing what he does best – provide an assist. To date, he already dished out seven assists in four matches.

For Solskjaer, he is well aware of what Pogba can do and he doesn’t need to see him filling out the box score.

“Paul has come back in good shape,” the manager stressed. “He's worked really hard over the summer. He's come back lean and fit. What does an assist consist of? A square pass to Bruno and he puts it in the top corner? Or a great ball for Mason? Paul has always been a great passer and he's not got assists from his best passes this season. I don't pay attention to assists, it's a social media thing. But Paul has played well for sure.”

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates scoring against Fulham Pogba and Fernandes have been crucial for Man Utd in the ongoing season. Photo: POOL / PETER CZIBORRA