KEY POINTS

  • Paul Pogba is contracted with Man Utd until 2022
  • He is yet to sign an extension with the club
  • He received a red card in Man Utd's 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday

A furious Paul Pogba, after being benched for the home game against Liverpool, has reportedly snubbed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Manchester United's 5-0 loss and also stalled contract talks with the club.

Pogba came off the bench in the second half at Old Trafford but lasted on the field only for 15 minutes. He received a red card for a bad foul on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita. While he apologized to his teammates for his carelessness, he did not speak to Solskjaer, reported The Sun.

The 28-year-old midfielder's current deal with Manchester United is due to end in the summer of 2022 and considering the present situation between the club and the player, it is likely to see Pogba leave Old Trafford for free. The Red Devils had signed Pogba at a club-record fee of $121 million in 2016.

While the report claimed that a furious Pogba has stalled contract talks with Manchester United, his agent, Mino Raiola, has confirmed that there are no negotiations underway between his client and the Old Trafford side at the moment.

"You would have to ask Manchester United about it. At this moment everything is calm. There is no update," Raiola told The Times.

The game against arch-rivals Liverpool was the second match in a row without Pogba in the starting XI. The Frenchman was on the bench even for Manchester United's comeback win against Atalanta in the Champions League.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford on August 14, 2021 in Manchester, England. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

It has also been reported that Solskjaer has lost the faith of all his star players in the Red Devils dressing room. He has been accused of not being able to resolve issues between his key forwards Mason Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo, which is believed to be one of the reasons behind the club's current struggles.

Pogba's previous start for Manchester United came in their 4-2 loss to Leicester City in the Premier League. After the loss, Pogba had suggested his side needs to be "more mature."

"We've had these kinds of games for a long time. We have not found the problem, conceding easy goals - we need to be more mature, play with more experience and arrogance in a good way. We need to find something, we need to change," Pogba said in a post-match interview, Eurosport reported.

Pogba received massive criticism from former players following his red card in the 5-0 loss against Liverpool. While Paul Scholes insisted Manchester United "won't miss anything" if Pogba doesn't play again, former Premier League defender Michael Gray said the Frenchman brings "bad blood" to the side.

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