Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to remain at the club next season, he told reporters Friday.
The enigmatic French World Cup winner soared at the start of Solskjaer’s reign, scoring nine times in his opening 12 matches.
His form has dipped considerably in recent weeks, with United slipping to seven defeats in their last nine games.
Regardless, Real Madrid have still been heavily linked with summer move for Pogba - offering the 26-year-old the chance to work under his compatriot Zinedine Zidane.
But Solskjaer believes the midfielder will remain at the club.
Ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea, Solskjaer said: “You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes, I think Paul is going to be here.
“I can assure you he is very determined to succeed at Manchester United.”
Pogba’s initial run of form under Solskjaer is one of the main reasons he was controversially voted in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year while it also helped the Norwegian land the permanent role at Old Trafford.
And Solskjaer defended his player when asked about why his performance levels have dipped.
“That’s just the standards he’s set,” he said.
“When he’s creating chances, scoring goals, doing loads of work – media, supporters, it’s everyone who looks to Paul. Could he have done better?
“Paul’s done fantastic for us. He’s human. We’re all the same that we want him to do well. He’s a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us. He will be here as far as I can answer that.”
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