Manchester United have unified Paulo Pogba’s contract for one year, extending the French midfielder’s deal until June 2022, British media reported on Friday.
The 27-year-old man from Juventus returned to a then-world record deal worth £ 89 million ($ 114.93 million) in 2016, but Pogba suffered from inconsistent form and injury at Old Trafford, constantly speculating about his future.
According to reports, United’s decision to extend the contract was made before Pogba said an international obligation to France to one day want to play for Real Madrid.
United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer withdrew those comments from a Frenchman who would not have worked next month in June during a press conference on the eve of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United.
“Paul is our player, he will be here for another two years and he is confident he is focusing on doing what is best for us and we want to see Paul’s best things,” Solskjaer said. “Over the next couple of years, I’m sure we’ll do our best.”
United captain Harry Maguire, meanwhile, wants to play and overcome his poor recent club and country appearances, but may miss Newcastle’s knockout, Solskjaer added.
Maguire suffered a terrible time before the international break in Tottenham Hotspur’s 6: 1 throw and suffered an injury until Denmark sent England’s 1-0 loss to the League of Nations on Wednesday.
But Solskjaer backed the 27-year-old, who also took part in England’s 2: 1 victory over Belgium so critics could respond appropriately if he was fit enough to play this weekend.
“When Harry is part of the England team that beat Belgium in first place, it’s a normal day. Then you get the headlines when you send, it’s football. You have to deal with it, “Solskjaer told reporters.
“Harry has great resilience. He knows he will bounce. He wants to play and get away from the last couple of games he’s been criticized for.
“But he raised the knock just before he left the next night to see him today.”
United’s defeat to the Spurs left a third point in so many matches, and Solskjaer said his players were ready to change their fate.
“We know we started the season badly and that game ended very badly … we know we have to look better, but now we had two weeks to think about it, to work,” Solskjaer said.
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