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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Man Utd determined to block Paul Pogba from sealing Real Madrid transfer in January


Latest delay in Pogba's return from injury has raised questions over midfielder's commitment, but United are determined to keep him amid renewed speculation of Madrid move

Manchester United are determined to stop Paul Pogba from moving to Real Madrid in the January transfer window.

Pogba agitated for a move to Madrid last summer, while he was also linked with a return to former club Juventus.

And speculation over a new year switch has increased after the midfielder's comeback from injury was postponed in bizarre circumstances.

Pogba has been out since the end of September with an ankle injury, his return was further delayed when United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed he was ill.

But in social media footage of him dancing at his brother's wedding he appeared to be in good health - raising further questions over the France star's commitment to United.

However, just as they did last summer, United are set to stand firm against any bids for their £89million record signing in January, according to the Daily Mail.

World Cup winner Pogba has 18 months left on his contract – although United have the option to extend it by another year – and the 26-year-old has told the club he has no intention of signing a new one.

But the Mail says United have not changed their stance on keeping hold of the player, even though they plan to sign two central midfielders before the start of next season.

Pogba claimed he should be back “soon” when quizzed about his return when he was spotted walking his dogs near his Cheshire home on Monday.

There have been questions over how well he will fit into the fast-paced style manager Solskjaer is developing at United.

And the manager expressed frustration when asked about Pogba's return, saying: “Of all things, he’s struck down ill now.

"He's been off for two or three days - three days probably - so that’s not beneficial. That’s probably set him back quite a bit.”

However, Solskjaer is adamant that Pogba remains a big part of his plans, despite United’s upturn in form without him in recent games.

“As I’ve said so many times, Paul’s a top, top player that we want to see playing his best football at Man United,” said the Norwegian.

“We can talk about Paul all day long and it’s games like Everton for example, when you’re lacking that one creative pass or ideas maybe.

“He has that quality that not many midfielders in the world have so to get him back would be great.

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