Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no problem with the picture of Paul Pogba and Zinedine Zidane which was published in the tabloids on Friday morning.
Pogba has been doing warm-weather training in Dubai as he bids to return from a nagging ankle injury – although the trip has increased speculation about his future.
Talk has been rife about the France international since admitting his openness to leaving in the summer, while the publication of a photo of him with Real Madrid boss Zidane in Dubai has set tongues wagging.
“I’ve not heard Paul say he doesn’t want to be here,” Solskjaer said. “Paul wants to stay here and play well.”
Put to him he has said he wanted a new challenge in June, he added: “Paul is part of our plan going forward and Paul knows that.
“I’ve spoken to him so many times. He’s been playing through the pain barrier and he’s been criticised left, right and centre but when he came back for Rochdale and Arsenal he could easily have opted to not try to play them, but he wanted to play, he wanted to try to get back.
Photo: Pogba and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane at the Transform Altitude Performance Center in Dubai. The source states their encounter was a coincidence #mulive [mirror] pic.twitter.com/055oxMMKaP
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“It was too painful so he had that scan but he’s on the way back, he’s mending, he’s recovering.
“He’s been on a few days off working but he’s away from here and then there’s a picture.
“When you’re at Man United, you do get pictures, speculation, I don’t have any problem with that at all.”