Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered a coy response after being asked about Paul Pogba following his side’s Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig on Tuesday night. The France international’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client wanted to leave Old Trafford before the game. But the Norweigan has refused to engage in a war of words.
United went into the match against RB Leipzig knowing they just needed a point to reach the last 16 of the competition.
But they were instead consigned to defeat on a disappointing night of Champions League action, meaning they’ll have to make do with a spot in the Europa League in 2021 instead.
Manchester City ace Angelino put the Bundesliga giants in front, beating David De Gea with a powerful strike that sailed into the bottom corner.
Amador Haidara nd Justin Kluivert then struck, sealing victory in the process, with late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Pogba not enough.
And Solskjaer opened up on Pogba after the game, saying: “You have to ask Paul if he is happy or not, I won’t speak for him.
“He’s working hard in training and he needs to focus on his performances. Now is not the time to discuss transfers.”
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“You have to feel sorry for yourself for a few minutes tonight but we have to focus on Saturday. We have a big game on Saturday, that’s the one we have to look forward to.”
United captain Harry Maguire had his say on the defeat after the match, saying: ”We started the game too slow.
“It wasn’t good enough. The first 20 minutes we weren’t at it. They put two balls in the box and we failed to deal with them.
“We have to look at ourselves, we gave ourselves too much to do. You’ve seen how close we came at the end but we started too slow and we can’t keep falling behind.
“We said on Saturday at half-time, 2-0 down, the next goal is crucial and we said it again tonight.
“They made it 3-0 and the task becomes even bigger. The third goal proved to be the crucial one but even three down we came close at the end.
“I don’t want to look at excuses. We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That’s the basics.
“If you can’t defend crosses you’re going to lose games. I don’t want to look at shape – it’s not an excuse.
“It’s a tough group but we felt we should get through. That’s the standards of this club.
“I’m gutted for everyone, we worked so hard to reach this competition. No matter what group we got it would be tough. We have to do more.”