Solskjaer responds to comments made by Pogba’s agent

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed super-agent Mino Raiola for his latest comments linking midfielder Paul Pogba with a return to Juventus.

“I’ve not spoken to Mino that is for sure. And, no, I haven’t sat down and told Paul to tell Mino what he should say. Paul is our player and not Mino’s,” he said, as cited by Goal.

“Paul’s a footballer and he wants to play football. He knows he has to work hard now to get back to his best as he’s been out for so long. It’s a challenge as well for him to get back to his shape.

“It’s a difficult period in your career [being injured] but it is part and parcel of being a player – so I’m not going to give you a headline that his season has been such and such.

“He’s started running on the treadmill so he’s getting closer – it’s been a long haul so hopefully we can see him back soon.”

The 26-year-old has made just eight appearances this season due to an ankle injury and could reportedly make his injury comeback in the Manchester derby on March 8.

“Paul’s an important player for us but we learn so much about the others as well,” Ole added.

“Some of the players have really stepped up and taken on responsibility and shown what they can be and what they are for Man United. It’s unfortunate if you get one of your best players injured of course, but that’s just part of it, part of being here.

“I can’t feel sorry for myself because we’ve had all these injuries – we’re building a squad that can cope with this.”