Solskjaer told to bin Man Utd star after not being missed in defining week

Date published: Monday 9th December 2019 4:40

Ian Holloway has called on Manchester United to sell midfielder Paul Pogba, claiming that his presence was not missed in a crucial week for the Red Devils.

United earned a vital win over Tottenham at Old Trafford last Wednesday before beating Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to ease the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pogba, who is suffering from a long-term ankle injury and is set to return in the coming weeks, was again absent as other stars such as Scott McTominay impressed in midfield.

Speaking to Alan Brazil on talkSPORT, former Crystal Palace boss Holloway urged the United hierarchy to observe how the club are performing without the Frenchman in the side.

“I’d put [Pogba] in the back of my car and drive him off, go away,” the pundit said. “Do you think they’re missing him? I don’t, not at all.

“What could they do with the money Al? That’s what I’m saying. I’m sure if you give Ole… if you look at his last three signings I love them all and have done well.

“Get rid of Pogba, give [Solskjaer] that amount of money, re-buy and I think they will be in a much better place.”

Holloway also claimed that Pogba is not buying into the mentality Solskjaer is trying to instill at Old Trafford.

He said: “The focus they had [under Sir Alex Ferguson] on winning and what it takes to win was there every week, every minute, all the time.

“That was put there by their manager. I believe their new manager is trying to do that and some of the lads aren’t having it.

“[Pogba’s] one of them because he cannot do it week in, week out.”

In other news, RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland – who has been linked with a move to United – has opened up on the speculation surrounding his future.

 

 

The 19-year-old said: “I’m just focused on my job: playing football. I try to enjoy what I do every day, and go in with a clear mindset and enjoy the moment right now.

“My focus now is on Salzburg and me as a player. It is not hard at all. I am enjoying every day playing football.”

Haaland has taken the Champions League by storm on his debut in the competition and his tally of eight goals so far is bettered only by Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

 

 

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