Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his intentions regarding Paul Pogba public after reportedly axing him from the trip to Spain.
Solskjaer and his players have flown out to Marbella on Friday morning for a warm-weather training camp, but Pogba was not on the flight to Spain.
The Daily Star claim Solskjaer has ordered Pogba not to travel and say the France World-Cup winner “will not join his team-mates on the trip after being told he was not wanted in southern Spain”.
The report claims Pogba “has been left to his own devices” while Solskjaer’s first-team squad, including new boy Odion Ighalo get in some rest and recuperation in the sun.
It’s worth noting that Sky Sports‘ angle is somewhat different and they suggest Pogba will “remain in Manchester with fellow long-term casualty Scott McTominay as the pair look to complete their rehab”.
And that will most probably be the club’s official line when they are quizzed about Pogba’s omission.
However, it is understood Pogba, who has made only eight appearances this season, is still not fit enough to train and Solskjaer does not want him around the first-team squad.
The news is certainly the most blatant sign yet that Solskjaer has reached breaking point with the £89million signing and that the Norwegian will offload the player in the summer.
The player’s agent Mino Raiola admitted last month that his client may consider leaving United in the summer.
In an interview with Sky Sports News, Raiola said: “I expect my players to be happy and I expect the clubs to be happy. That is my work. I do not want to work in front of what might be happening in the summer.
“For now he (Pogba) needs to be getting fit and then it is my job to get both parties if possible, happy. If one of those parties is not happy then there are other ways to resolve that.
“But that is not today the way to talk or to speculate. I don’t say anything for sure. There’s only one thing for sure in life and that is that one day you die.
“So we need to see in the summer if Paul is still in the plans of Manchester United and if Manchester United is still in the plans of Paul.”
Solskjaer said in January that Pogba, who suffered an ankle injury in September and returned in December – will be out again for up to four weeks through injury.