Ole Gunnar Solskajer has detailed what Paul Pogba’s role against Barcelona will involve and spoken about the Manchester United man’s future.
Pogba has flourished under Solskajer since his arrival in December, but the improvement in his form has also coincided with stories of him leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has publicly stated he is an admirer of his fellow countryman, while Pogba’s former club Juventus have also been linked with a move for the midfielder.
Solskjaer though, speaking at his Barcelona news conference, believes the 25-year-old will stay put this summer.
“Paul is looking forward to tomorrow. He is only focused on playing well tomorrow, I can not see him not playing for Manchester United next season,” said Solskjaer.
“It is not about one player. Every player has to perform at the top level. At his best Paul can run a game like this. Paul’s job is to be the creator, to drive forward. Of course I expect him to perform tomorrow.”
Asked whether contract talks with certain players was a distraction ahead of Wednesday’s Old Trafford date with Ernesto Valverde’s men, Solskajer said: “Not at all, we are all focused on this game.
“Contact talks will just go on, everyone is focused on the game tomorrow knowing we can create a special atmosphere. We will need the crowd in a game like this. Hopefully a bit of rain, will make for a special evening.”
Solskjaer, who is hoping to include Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic against Barca, was also asked what his game plan will be in hosting the LaLiga giants first.
“Champions League throw up so many strange results. It’s not going to be decided until we play 90 minutes in the Nou Camp we just have to make sure we perform to our best and have a result to take over to Barcelona,” added Solskjaer.
“Confidence is high. The result and what we did against PSG and how we have climbed the table, clawing back points. I think the players have given themselves and the supporters great belief. We lose games, we should have won. Wolves in the FA Cup we are disappointed with.
“I can feel the tension, the excitement., I felt the mood ahead of PSG home game was different. We have learnt from that PSG game, how we got dragged into making fouls. European football, you have to be more patient in your tackles. Some of these players will have tricks up their sleeves.”