Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits out at reports over Paul Pogba rift: ‘Blatant lies’

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits out at reports over Paul Pogba rift: ‘Blatant lies’
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at reports over a rift with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, dismissing the speculation as "blatant lies".

A humiliating 5-0 defeat to fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend was the low point of a woeful recent run for the Red Devils and has seen the manager come under intense pressure amid serious questions over his future in the job.

Solskjaer's case has not been helped by suggestions of dressing room unrest, with claims that some players have lost faith in his capabilities after an inept tactical approach on Sunday.

Indeed, it was reported earlier this week that Pogba had snubbed the Norwegian after being named on the bench against Liverpool and then sent off just 15 minutes after coming on for a terrible challenge on Naby Keita.

The French international was even said to have put talks over an extension to his United contract - which is due to expire next summer - on hold for the foreseeable future.

However, Pogba himself was quick to denounce those reports on social media, calling them "fake news" and "big lies to make big headlines".

An irate Solskjaer also blasted talk of a falling out with one of his most high-profile players as he faced the media on Friday before a key showdown with Tottenham at the weekend.

He said: "I don't tend to read social media, but when Paul came up to me, angry...

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"We expect to be criticised, because hands up, the performance wasn't good enough, you expect to hear it from right, left and centre. But we can't accept when lies are being made up, and Paul came to me and told me what he had put out on his social media account.

"We're better than that as a group. The culture is better, the environment is better. When it's blatant lies, they have to stand up and say so. All the opinions and reports, fine, but don't make lies about players or me."

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