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Ralf Rangnick defends Paul Pogba after being booed by Man Utd fans.


Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has defended Paul Pogba after the midfielder was booed by his own fans during Manchester United’s narrow victory over struggling Norwich on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick strike saved United’s blushes after they had thrown away a two-goal lead to be pegged back 2-2 at Old Trafford, courtesy of goals from Kieran Dowell and Teemu Pukki.

Pogba drew the ire of the home support on two occasions on what was a fraught afternoon following fan protests against the club’s owners, the Glazer family, before kick-off.

The 29-year-old was substituted with 17 minutes to go with the score still at 2-2 and was booed as he left the field. Then, reacting angrily to what had happened after full-time, Pogba cupped his hand to his ear before heading down the tunnel and was jeered once again.

Speaking after the match, Man Utd interim manager Rangnick attempted to defend his player but accepted the supporters’ frustration.

“Support in the stadium today was great. I can fully understand that the fans are frustrated,” He said. “So are we and so are the players and the staff, but I don’t think they should target individual players.

“Things have stayed, as far as I know, peaceful. I don’t think it makes sense to take or target any individual or players.

“If so, it is a collective responsibility. Even if you want to look into the past, it really doesn’t make any sense.”

Pogba is out of contract at the end of the season and 90min understands he is increasingly likely to leave the club on a free transfer, with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid all possible destinations.




Paul Pogba insists ‘nothing decided’ on Manchester United future.


Paul Pogba has insisted that he is yet to make a decision on his future, while also admitting that playing for France is a ‘breath of fresh air’ compared to turning out for Manchester United.

Pogba’s United contract expires at the end of the season and there is intense speculation that he could leave the club.

However, as 90min reported back in January, the midfielder is delaying deciding his future. In a recent interview with Telefoot, Pogba confirmed this and explained that he is keeping his options open.

“Nothing is decided on my future, nothing is done. I can decide tomorrow, as I can decide during the transfer window. I want to come back, finish the season well,” he said.

Noble Reporters Media understands there are four clubs in the running to sign, or re-sign, Pogba this summer: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Juventus and current side Man Utd.

Although penning fresh terms with United cannot be ruled out at this stage, the 28-year-old did hint at discontent at Old Trafford this season.

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“Totally [playing for France is a breath of fresh air]. That’s the truth. There were difficult moments at and I needed this break to regain my energy and confidence,” he added.

“Sometimes when I wasn’t playing or the results weren’t good, coming here [to the French team], it gives a boost, a breath of air that also helps me to come back well to my club.”

Pogba went on to admit that United’s lack of trophies in recent years had been a source of frustration.

“The season is not over yet, but almost because we don’t have any more titles to play for. I want to win titles, to play for something and this year and the last few years we haven’t won a title. It’s sad.”


Paul Pogba reveals he’s open to joining PSG.


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed he would be open to joining Paris Saint-Germain at some point in the future, admitting he would like to play alongside his international teammates at club level.

Pogba’s contract expires in just three months, but despite his time at Old Trafford dwindling, 90min understands the midfielder is still considering all the options available to him before deciding his next move.

The 29-year-old could yet stay at Man Utd once it becomes clear who the next manager will be, but alongside Real Madrid and former club Juventus, PSG is a potential destination back in his hometown.

Asked about the possibility of joining the Ligue 1 giants while on international duty with France, Pogba admitted he would be open to that possibility.

“Why not?” he told Le Figaro. “It’s always nice to play with your team-mates in the national team and club.”

In further quotes to the Parisian tabloid earlier this week, Pogba gave the clearest indication yet that he is unhappy at United and could seek pastures new when his current terms expire in June.

“[Didier Deschamps] gave me a role that I know [for France], but, at Manchester United, do I really have a role? I ask the question and I don’t have the answer,” he said.

“I have much more playing time [with France], the system is different than at club level. In fact, it’s simple, with Les Bleus, I play, and moreover, in my position. I know my role, I feel the confidence of the coach and the players.”

Regarding the club’s lack of trophies, he added: “I have to be honest, I’m not happy with that – over the last five seasons, but really not at all. This year it’s dead, we won’t win anything again.

“Whether it’s with Manchester or another club, I want to win trophies.”


Paul Pogba discusses suffering from depression at Man Utd.


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed suffering with ‘unmistakable signs’ of depression during his career, as well as admitting a lack of clarity over his role at the club and his frustration over failure to win trophies in the last five years.

Pogba, whose home was burgled last week during United’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, re-joined the club to much fanfare for a world record fee in 2016. But his time back in Manchester, where he had previously spent four years in the youth ranks, has been mixed and the occasionally world class Frenchman has often been criticised for a lack of consistency.

Currently away with the French national team, Pogba has opened up on his personal struggles and his feelings about his situation in an interview with Parisian tabloid Le Figaro.

Pogba on ‘unmistakable signs’ of depression
“I’ve had depression in my career, but we don’t talk about it,” the player said. “Sometimes you don’t know you are, you just want to isolate yourself, be alone, these are unmistakable signs.

“Personally, it began when I was with Jose Mourinho in Manchester. You ask yourself questions, you wonder if you are at fault, because you have never experienced these moments in your life.”

Pogba on his lack of a clear role at Man Utd
The difference between the consistency of Pogba’s performances for France compared to his up and down club displays have been quite stark for several years.

“[Didier Deschamps] gave me a role that I know [for France], but, at Manchester United, do I really have a role? I ask the question and I don’t have the answer,” he commented.

“I have much more playing time [with France], the system is different than at club level. In fact, it’s simple, with Les Bleus, I play, and moreover, in my position. I know my role, I feel the confidence of the coach and the players,

“It’s normal to feel this difference with Manchester, because it’s hard to be regular when you often change your position, your system of play or your partners.”


Pogba on dissatisfaction with a lack of trophies
Since winning the EFL Cup and Europa League in 2016/17, Pogba’s debut season back at United, the club has failed to add any more silverware for what is now five consecutive seasons.

He has said his next plans is: “To keep winning, to keep progressing, and to make up for those years when I couldn’t win trophies.

“I have to be honest, I’m not happy with that – over the last five seasons, but really not at all. This year it’s dead, we won’t win anything again. Whether it’s with Manchester or another club, I want to win trophies.”

Pogba on the recent burglary at his home
Pogba also spoke about the recent break-in that saw burglars enter his home and steal a safe, all while his young children were in the property. Thankfully, no harm came to the infants, with the nanny caring for them opting to lock herself in a room with them to stay out of danger.

“There was my mother’s jewellery in [the safe], my World Cup medal. What scared me the most, is that my two children were at home with the nanny during the incident. The most important thing is that my children are doing fine,” Pogba said.

The 29-year-old even alluded to his struggles for consistent form at United stemming from the lack of a defined role on the pitch, which is the converse of how he operates for France


Cristiano Ronaldo has “never been a problem” – Pogba insists.


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has leapt to the defence of teammate Cristiano Ronaldo following his hat-trick against Tottenham on Saturday.

The Portugal forward became football’s all-time record goal scorer (at least by FIFA’s statistics) following his treble in a crucial 3-2 win that lifted Man Utd back into the top four.

Ronaldo had come under criticism following a run of one goal in ten games and there were suggestions that his presence in the team was a negative one, but Pogba has rubbished this talk and hailed United’s number seven as the best striker in history.

“He [Ronaldo] has never been a problem. You have the best striker in history in our team, he cannot be a problem. Today the performance from him and all the team was very brilliant,” Pogba said to media post-game.

“Ronaldo was brilliant. I think that’s all we needed – a reaction. We scored beautiful goals. Even when we conceded a goal, we came back and scored again. The mentality was there again today.

“Everybody knows Cristiano – there’s no need to talk about him. That’s what he does. He didn’t play in the last game, but he comes back and scores three goals. Everybody’s happy.


“It was good today. You can hear the fans – they were pushing us and feeling it. I think today was a very good performance as a team and a very good reaction from the City game.

“We kept believing. In the second half we didn’t get the nice passing, and the movement I think wasn’t there. We gave them a bit of confidence, that’s why they scored. But we got a corner and scored the winning goal.”

Ronaldo’s hat-trick sees him climb to second in the race for the Premier League golden boot, now level with Liverpool duo on 12 goals. However, he remains eight behind runaway leader Mohamed Salah.

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United rise to fourth place with Saturday’s victory but have played four games more than Arsenal who sit two points behind them.

They head into Tuesday’s huge Champions League last 16 with Atletico Madrid with their talisman back in form

Solskjaer reveal United’s decision on Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.


Juventus are rumoured to want to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo because his contract is too much of a financial strain as it is..

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that the club has an ‘open dialogue’ with star midfielder Paul Pogba about his contract situation and future at Old Trafford.

Agent Mino Raiola openly claimed in December that Pogba had become unhappy at United and wanted to leave.

He also effectively threatened the club by pointing out that his client can leave as a free agent when his current contract expires in 2022 if they refuse to sell.


Raiola was widely criticised for the timing and bluntness of his message in the same week as a crunch Champions League game against RB Leipzig that United went on to lose.

Pogba and Solskjaer appear to be on good terms | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Pogba was not directly involved but was at least thought to be complicit because he never took any action to deny what his agent had said if it was untrue.

However, things appear to have changed since then. Pogba was in and out of the United lineup at that time and has now re-taken a regular starting place in a team that has improved enough to have forced its way into the Premier League title race for the first time since 2013.

The Frenchman appears happier on the pitch and it is reflected in more consistent performances.


Previously, he cut a frustrated figure head and shoulders above teammates below his level.

Now, others are much closer to him and complementing his game and vice versa.


It is still not certain either way will happen at the end of the season – whether he signs a contract or pursues a transfer away, but Solskjaer’s comments suggest there is a healthy relationship between the player and club and the situation will continue to be monitored.

Pogba is out of contract at Old Trafford in 2022 | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul, so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us of course,” the United is quoted as saying by NoRM‘s known Media.

“I’m just happy he’s focused, he’s playing really well and he’s happy in himself and that’s important. You can see Paul now enjoying playing football with a red shirt on.”


If United cannot convince Pogba to sign a new contract, a sale this coming is a must to recoup a transfer fee before he is able to leave as a free agent in 2022.

Equally, the player, soon to turn 28, will be aware that inking a fresh deal will see him commit the remainder of his best years to the club.

It could end up that staying put and signing a new contract is Pogba’s only realistic option.

Man Utd & Paul Pogba must make a decision by the summer | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out any possible market for him, with the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona all interested but strapped for cash. Were he to run down his contract and try his luck in free agency, he may find that any offers can’t match his expectation.


Real are prioritising a move for Kylian Mbappe this year but are expected to have to sell a number of players and potentially finance some of the transfer with a loan to afford it.

Juventus are rumoured to want to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo because his contract is too much of a financial strain as it is, while Barcelona are in full-on financial crisis with debts estimated to have spiralled to €1bn.



Paul Pogba ready to decide his Manchester United future.


Pogba recently insisted that he will continue to be happy at Old Trafford as long as his side keep on winning, admitting that he struggles to cope when United come out on the losing side – just as they did on Wednesday.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he will sit down with the club at the end of the season to discuss his contract situation.

The Frenchman has entered the final 18 months of his current deal and was widely expected to be sold in the coming summer after agent Mino Raiola publicly claimed Pogba wanted to leave Old Trafford because he was ‘unhappy’.

However, those comments came before Pogba rediscovered his best form and led United towards the top of the Premier League table. All of a sudden, an exit no longer seems as certain as it was just one month ago, and Pogba confessed that he is ready to talk to the club about his future.


“I am on contract, I am here, I am enjoying myself,” Pogba told BT Sport in the build-up to United’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield United. “Everybody knows that I have one year left, I’m going to speak with the club and see what’s going on.

“For now, my objective, my goal is to win something. That’s all I’m thinking about is to win.”

His future is a tricky one to get your head around. In terms of potential landing spots, it’s Real Madrid and Juventus who are usually named a suitors, although neither side has anywhere close to the money needed to land the midfielder.

Should United sell in the summer, they know they would likely make a loss on the £89m they spent to bring him back to Old Trafford in 2016, but he’d still be one of the most expensive transfers of the summer.


However, whether United actually want to sell is a different matter. Now that he has shaken off the injuries which have plagued him for the last year, Pogba looks like the game-changing midfielder he was supposed to be, and it’s no coincidence that United’s upturn his form has come at the same time as Pogba’s resurgence.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire to keep Pogba around, but he may have to keep his side in a title battle if he is to convince the World Cup winner to stay.



Paul Pogba isn’t your prisoner – Raiola tells Solskjaer

Mino Raiola hit out at Solskjaer after the Norwegian said Monday that “Paul is our player, not Mino’s.”

“Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer’s property, Paul is Paul Pogba’s (property),” Raiola said, responding to Solskjaer.

“You cannot own a human being already for a long time in the UK or anywhere else. I hope Solskjaer do(es) not want to suggest that Paul is his prisoner.

“Before Solskjaer makes comments about things I say he should inform himself better about the content of what has been said.”

Paul Pogba joined Manchester United in 2016 for a reported fee of $116 million.
Pogba has been sidelined with an ankle injury having played just seven Premier League games this season.

The midfielder’s absence has coincided with Manchester United’ struggles — the giant is seventh in the Premier League with exactly half the points of leader Liverpool’s 76.

Raiola added: “I am a free citizen who can think and express my thoughts. Until now I was maybe nice to him. Solskjaer should just remember things that he said in the summer to Paul.

“I think Solskjaer may be frustrated for different reasons and is now mixing up some issues. I think that Solskjaer has other things to worry about. At least if I was him I would.”

Mino Raiola is one of the most powerful agents in football.
Solskjaer was asked about Raiola’s comments following United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea Monday, which came courtesy of goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire.

“I don’t have to comment through the media on Mino, I can probably speak to him myself,” the former United star told Sky Sports.

Paul Pogba

“It’s not my area, Paul and Mino have their conversations and that’s fine.”

Pogba signed a five-year deal for United in2016 for a reported fee of €105 million ($116 million). He has made 150 appearances and scored 31 goals for the club.
United next plays Club Brugge in a Europa League round-of-32 clash Thursday.