Juventus’ hopes of buying back Paul Pogba look dead in the water as Manchester United and the midfielder seem ready to extend their relationship.
Juve were tipped to go all out for Pogba’s return before the coronavirus pandemic, but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced this morning that he was confident the Frenchman would sign a new contract soon.
“Of course we want to keep the best players around the club and hopefully we can do something,” he said at a press conference.
“We want to build a squad for the future. We have secured one at the start and another who is really experienced. But we also need players in the mid-range group.
“Since Paul has come back he’s looking better and better. He’s enjoying his football so let’s see where it takes us.”
The 27-year-old, for his part, has slotted straight back into the Red Devils’ team after his ankle injury, starting their last three Premier League matches.
His partnership with new boy Bruno Fernandes has been a major factor in the side’s resurgence, and he admits he is enjoying his football again.
“It’s like I never left, the guys still trust in me and always believe in me and that’s helped me a lot as well.
“You can tell that the team is improving a lot,” he told United Review.
“We play more as a team than we did before, we enjoy it even more, we defend together, we attack together, and this team is stronger as well.
“The players who are on the bench or who don’t play every time, when they come on they help the team so the mentality is good and is right. All this together has put us where we are today.”
“From behind I just enjoy it. I’m enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals. You just keep applauding, it’s beautiful… they make me enjoy football every time.
“To become a top, top team we just need to forget about the last game. We do it, we play well, we do great but then we forget about it and we think about the next one,” he explained.
“Take last week, we don’t think about what happened, we are focused on going again. We have to always keep having the goal to improve ourselves and never get satisfied with what we did.
“For example, Martial scored three goals, his first hat-trick, then he goes again, you have to carry on… he wants to take another ball home, you know!
“You have to have this mentality, score a goal and do it again and again… Bruno, Rashy, Mason… hey if you got two goals, great, but go for three, why not.
“You have to keep this mentality, keep a clean sheet too… we want to keep working on this and we have the mentality to do it.
“That’s also the mentality of this club, it’s always been like that. We’re never satisfied with one trophy or one game we win or two games or 10 games, you want more, you always want more.
“That’s what makes Manchester United the biggest club, for me, in England.”
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