Manchester United star Paul Pogba was angry at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to the Norwegian’s sacking back November, according to reports. The midfielder’s future is currently up in the air, with his contract due to expire at the end of the campaign. However, he’s significantly happier under Ralf Rangnick.
Solskjaer managed Pogba at youth level for United.
And he made the France international a vital asset during his time at the helm, particularly during his first two years in charge.
It was widely reported that the pair had a good rapport behind the scenes, in stark contrast to when Jose Mourinho ruled the roost.
Yet the Manchester Evening News say Pogba was angry with Solskjaer for throwing him on as a substitute in the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool in November.
With the game already gone, the Frenchman was brought on to help keep Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds at bay.
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Pep Guardiola dropped that bombshell back in 2018, with the United midfielder on the fringes of the action under Mourinho at the time.
He’s also previously been linked with Chelsea, though that was when Antonio Conte was manager. What Thomas Tuchel’s stance would be is currently unclear.
There are clubs abroad who will be eyeing Pogba, however.
Real Madrid have longstanding interest, though Kylian Mbappe appears to be their priority transfer target at the current moment in time.
PSG are also in the mix, while Juventus and Barcelona have also been linked as well.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, former Premier League hitman Darren Bent urged Pogba to join Chelsea to play alongside N’Golo Kante.
He said: “When Paul Pogba plays alongside Kante, he looks a completely different player!
“If they were to go and sign him, Chelsea, wow, that midfield three. But again, he doesn’t really score enough goals.”
When asked if he would get more time on the ball if he played in midfield for Chelsea alongside Kante, he responded: “Yeah, he would.”
Rangnick recently admitted that Pogba may be motivated by the prospect of impressing his potential suitors.
“It’s not a question if a player has an expiring contract, the question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group, how much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board,” he said.
“As long as this is the case, why shouldn’t Paul Pogba now, after two and a half months of injury, fully fit again, and he wants to show the fans of Manchester United, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be?
“Even if it’s only to show enough for a new contract elsewhere, he will be highly motivated to do that and why should I then not play him?
“But there is a difference in how players deal with their current situation.
“If they handle that in a professional way, an ambitious way, I will play players although they have a contract expiring in the summer.”
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