Pogba stay would boost Ole status

Real Madrid and Juventus are set for a straight battle to sign Man Utd star Paul Pogba amid claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants him out.

Throughout the summer the future of midfielder Paul Pogba has been at the centre of speculation at Manchester United.

Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the France international, who cast a frustrated figure last season under former United boss Jose Mourinho.

Following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, things seemed to improve for Pogba and his form with the Red Devils but United endured a disappointing end to the season and missed out on Champions League football.

Many thought that could spark the end of Pogba’s second stint at Old Trafford, especially with Real manager Zinedine Zidane pushing hard for his fellow Frenchman’s signature.

However, indications are that United will be keeping hold of the World Cup winner beyond the transfer deadline on the continent.

Real spent big to land Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard over the summer and there would have to be a serious change in the situation at the Santiago Bernabeu to see United’s star make the move to the Spanish capital.

Likewise Italian champions Juve were priced out of a move and there is no chance of a return to Turin for Pogba in the near future.

Should Pogba remain at the Red Devils it would represent another coup for Solskjaer, who also invested well through the summer transfer window.

Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all arrived at the Premier League giants and the trio impressed in the 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the campaign.

The intent of spending £80m on making Maguire the world’s most expensive defender will have only helped United’s cause in keeping hold of Pogba.

Having enjoyed such a successful spell in Serie A with Juventus, Pogba got used to winning and United have to provide that sort of environment to keep the playmaker happy.

Falling outside of the top-four this season is unlikely to be acceptable again for Pogba, who will feel he has to be playing Champions League football on a regular basis.

With the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all competing for those top-four places, there will be two massive clubs that miss out once again this season.

Keeping Pogba will bolster their chances and, if they do manage at least a top-four finish, then it could be the start of bringing the good times back to United under their Norwegian tactician.