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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defied two Paul Pogba requests at start of the season | Football | Sport


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defied two requests from Paul Pogba before the season started, reports say.

Pogba was linked with a move away from Old Trafford during the summer transfer window, with the France international hellbent on joining La Liga giants Real Madrid.

However, he ended up staying at Manchester United with Solskjaer doing everything he could to ensure that be the case.

Yet Four Four Two claim Solskjaer defied two Pogba requests at the start of the season, with the first regarding his positioning.

During the Norweigan’s reign, Pogba has moved positions.

He enjoyed his best spell playing on the left of a three-man midfield, starring as United blitzed the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, PSG and Arsenal.

That allowed the World Cup winner to get forward more with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic (and later Scott McTominay) offering him defensive protection.

However, Solskjaer ultimately decided to change things up.

The United boss has instead burdened Pogba with more defensive duties, with the 26-year-old forced to play in a deeper role.

Yet at the start of the season the United midfielder wanted to play further forward and Solskjaer, so far, has refused to grant him his wish.

A second thing Pogba wanted was the Red Devils captaincy.

The role was available at United during the summer following the departure of club legend Antonio Valencia, who left on a free transfer.

But Solskjaer again said no, instead choosing to give the responsibility of leading the side to Ashley Young.

To make matters worse for Pogba, both David De Gea and Axel Tuanzebe appear to be ahead of him in the captaincy list for the time being.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has confirmed both Pogba and De Gea are primed to miss Sunday’s mouthwatering Premier League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

“David needs a scan,” the Norwegian said.

“I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.

“Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier.

“He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.”

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