Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Paul Pogba will not be making a last-minute move from Manchester United.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who has been trying to sign his fellow Frenchman all summer, said he would spring one or two “surprises” before the European transfer window closes on Monday night.

But United boss Solskjaer said: “Paul Pogba will be playing for us.”

The Norwegian also defended Pogba’s role in the 1-1 draw with ten-man Southampton at St Mary’s, which means United have made their worst start to a season since 1992.

They scored first through Daniel James, but their passing became sloppy to allow Southampton back into it, Pogba being the worst culprit.

Solskjaer added: “I think as a team after about half an hour we started giving sloppy balls away.

“Paul was one of them but he wasn’t any different to anyone else. As a team we didn’t play well.

“In the last half an hour he did create loads for us going forward.”

“Everyone expects everything from him in every game.

“He has to defend, he has to attack, he has to win headers, he has to win tackles, he has to dribble, he has to make passes. That’s just Paul and he’ll thrive on that.”

Pogba limped off with an ankle injury but Solskjaer expects him to join up with France for international duty.

The draw, United’s third game without a win since the opening weekend thumping of Chelsea, means they have just five points from four games.

Back in 1992-93, Alex Ferguson’s side managed four points yet went on to win the title.

There is no hope of Solskjaer’s side pulling off the same feat.

But he insisted they are moving in the right direction as he bids to return to the club’s tradition of playing on the front foot rather than counter-attacking. He said: “You can say it’s a long-term plan but we deserved to win the last three games as well.

“We dominated the last three games and we know we are on the right track, getting used to that way of playing.

“The one thing you cannot control in football is results and outcomes.

“You can keep control of the effort, the attitude, what we’re doing in training.

“We’re on the right track, we’re working. And, as I said to the boys, we have to learn to win these games.

“I know we are a young team but that’s not an excuse. We have plenty of quality.”

Source: The Sun

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