Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated Paul Pogba’s desire to win trophies with Manchester United this season – and also hailed his attitude on and off the pitch.
The midfielder faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford, having flirted with a “dream” move to Real Madrid in recent years.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola recently said the midfielder is unlikely to leave in January, but he also stated that the France international was unhappy at the club and was open to a change.
Pogba posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had no intention of going anywhere soon, although his form under Solskjaer has been far from consistent this year.
But Solskjaer has now lifted the lid on Pogba’s short-term future, claiming that the World Cup winner is intent on helping United secure success.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: “Paul has been here for a while, and of course he wants to win more trophies.
“He’s got a very, very good attitude to the training and his football. He loves football and he’s ambitious. He wants to have success like most of the others that are in the squad.
“We’re not all the same, but I would say that this squad has impressed me with their attitude, spirit and the way they go about their work.
“It’s down to us to win trophies, and then let’s see who will be part of the team going forward.”
United have endured a mixed season so far, having been knocked out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion.
But Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Leeds has put them within touching distance of Premier League leaders Liverpool – and Solskjaer is pleased with the progress.
Speaking about changing the mentality at the club, he added: “A lot of it comes down to recruitment.
“You’ve got to be very, very sure that they’re the right people, that they’re hungry enough to learn and humble enough to learn.
“They come from different backgrounds and they’re used to different playing styles, but we have always had in the core of our play quick, attacking football.
“You have to be humble enough to know that you have to work hard.
“The [6-2 win] against Leeds set new standards for me. The players have shown that they are capable of matching the fittest teams in Europe, and that’s a great sign for me.”