Paul Pogba

The fixtures that could decide Solskjaer’s Manchester United future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasted defeat for the first time in his 12-game reign as Manchester United’s interim boss when Paris St Germain handed out a Champions League lesson at Old Trafford. A run of 10 wins and one draw before that reverse had prompted popular calls for him to be installed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement, and his chances could rest on what United do over the remainder of the season. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look Solskjaer’s next seven games and the role they could play in that decision. February 18: Chelsea (a), FA Cup fifth round United have an opportunity to extend their pursuit of a 13th FA Cup success when they head for Stamford Bridge, where they were denied a league victory by Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in October. However, they will face a Blue...

Focus on Paul Pogba as Manchester United slip up against Paris St Germain

The Frenchman took his haul under United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to eight goals in 10 games on Saturday. Fresh from his domestic double at the weekend, Paul Pogba looked to make his mark in the Champions League as Manchester United welcomed Paris St Germain to Old Trafford. The Frenchman took his haul under United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to eight goals in 10 games to help the Red Devils move into the Premier League top-four courtesy of a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday. PSG proved a step up in quality on Tuesday night though and here, Press Association Sport assesses Pogba’s contribution in the first leg of this blockbuster last-16 encounter. Role An intense first 45 minutes. #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/D9NtrokEVi — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 12, 2019 Pogba...

Result: Pogba sees red as PSG beat Man Utd

Paris Saint-Germain inflict a first defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain have put one foot into the quarter-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Old Trafford this evening. The Ligue 1 leaders switched gear in the second half as quickfire goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave the visitors two crucial away goals and a commanding advantage to take back to the Parc des Princes on March 6. The result sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffer his first defeat in his 12th match as United manager, and their misery was compounded late on when Paul Pogba was sent off to ensure that he will miss the return leg in P...

Juventus: ‘Move for Paul Pogba is unlikely’

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici admits that it will be “very difficult” for his team to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has admitted that it will be “very difficult” for his team to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United. Pogba was strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the latter stages of Jose Mourinho‘s tenure, with Barcelona and Juve credited with an interest. The 25-year-old won four Serie A titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016 and recently said that Turin was ‘his home’. However, last month, it was reported that Pogba was prepared to sit down and discuss a new contract with United due to his happiness in the current set-up under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Parati...

Solskjaer: Ideal time for in-form United to tackle PSG

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side are facing Paris St Germain at the perfect time as their outstanding run of form continues. When the draw for this match was made in December, few gave Jose Mourinho’s United much chance of advancing beyond the Champions League’s Round of 16. But United have been transformed since Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese, winning 10 and drawing one of his 11 games in charge. “We’ve given ourselves the best possible opportunity because of the way we’ve come into this game,” Solskjaer said. “We’re confident and we’re looking like a team. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it’s now.” United’s surge under Solskjaer has seen them force their way into the Premier League’s top four, but their upturn in form is yet to ...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Alexis Sanchez: ‘Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba has to be trusted’

Alexis Sanchez claims that Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba “has to be trusted” in order for the World Cup winner to produce his best form. Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has suggested that faith needs to be placed in Paul Pogba in order for the midfielder to produce his best form. Pogba has been a revelation since the appointment of caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with eight goals and five assists coming from 10 outings in all competitions. That is in sharp contrast to Pogba’s contribution under previous manager Jose Mourinho, and Sanchez has indicated that a show of ‘trust’ has proven to be the difference. The Chilean told The Mirror: “Paul Pogba is still young, but he is a great player, who has to be trusted in the team. “Now...

Juventus ‘prefer Isco, James Rodriguez to Paul Pogba’

Juventus would reportedly prefer to sign Real Madrid duo Isco and James Rodriguez over securing a reunion with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Juventus have reportedly decided that they would prefer to sign Isco and James Rodriguez over securing a deal for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The Italian giants are likely to be active in the summer window, and there have previously been suggestions that the Serie A leaders may attempt to bring about a reunion with former player Pogba. However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are more interested in adding more flexible players to their ranks with Isco and Rodriguez said to be on their radar. The two Real Madrid players could be available ahead of next season, with Isco currently out of favour under interim boss Santiago Solar...

Chris Smalling: ‘Manchester United lucky to have Paul Pogba’

Chris Smalling says that Manchester United are “very lucky” to have Paul Pogba, who continued his fine form against Fulham on Saturday. Chris Smalling has said that Manchester United are “very lucky” to have Paul Pogba in their team. Pogba has been in outstanding form for United since Jose Mourinho departed in December, with the Frenchman playing a key role in his team’s turnaround over the last couple of months. The 25-year-old has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances, while he has 13 goals and nine assists in 30 games for United in all competitions this term. The midfielder hit a brace in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham, which led to Smalling paying tribute to his teammate. “He’s got everything hasn’t he! I th...

Jamie Redknapp: ‘Paul Pogba is Premier League’s best player’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is fast becoming “the best Premier League player”, says pundit Jamie Redknapp. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is fast becoming “the best Premier League player”, according to pundit Jamie Redknapp. Pogba has been in outstanding form for United since Jose Mourinho departed in December, with the Frenchman playing a key role in his team’s turnaround over the last couple of months. The 25-year-old has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances, while he has 13 goals and nine assists in 30 games for United in all competitions this term. Redknapp has lavished praise on Pogba’s recent form, crediting the change in mood at Old Trafford as a key reason for the midfielder’s current success. ...

Result: Paul Pogba stars as Manchester United coast past Fulham

Paul Pogba scores twice as Manchester United coast to a 3-0 victory over struggling Fulham in Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Craven Cottage. Manchester United have moved into fourth place in the Premier League table with a 3-0 victory over Fulham in Saturday’s clash at Craven Cottage. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial put United into a two-goal lead within 23 minutes, before a spot kick from the impressive Pogba completed a comfortable afternoon for the visitors. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now won 10 of his 11 games in caretaker charge of United, while Fulham remain in 19th position and seven points adrift of safety. Fulham should have been ahead within the first 60 seconds of the game but after some good work from Andre Schurrle down the right flank, Luciano Vietto somehow fa...

Premier League Team of the Week – Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 25, including Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and five Chelsea players. The Premier League title race is hotting up with 13 games remaining of the season and the gap at the top of the table is now down to just three points. Manchester City cruised to a 3-1 win over Arsenal to put the pressure on Liverpool, who could only respond with a 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Monday night. Tottenham Hotspur are also right in the mix courtesy of their 1-0 win over Newcastle United, meaning that just five points now separate the top three. The battle for a top-four spot also took a few more twists and turns over the weekend as Arsenal slipped from fourth to sixth courtesy of their defeat at the Etihad coupled with wins for both Chelse...

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