Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urges Ed Woodward to make key transfer decision

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Ed Woodward to give Paul Pogba a new contract. The France international has been sensational alongside Bruno Fernandes since returning after undergoing ankle surgery.

Pogba, 27, is in the final 12 months of his current United contract.

The midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to Juventus, while Real Madrid are also keeping tabs on Pogba.

United recent tied down Scott Mctominay and Nemanja Matic with new Old Trafford contracts.

And Solskjaer has urged United chief Woodward to follow suit and give Pogba a new deal.

He said: “I can’t comment on discussions between the player and the club, but of course we want to keep the best players around the club.

“We want to build a squad for the future and Scott and Nemanja are in a similar position, but at different stages in their careers.

“One is at the start and one is really experienced. We also need players in the mid-range group. Hopefully we can do something (with Pogba).

“I know that since Paul’s come back he’s been looking better and better. He’s enjoying his football and let’s see where it takes us.”

While United are hoping to keep Pogba this summer, the Red Devils are also ready to splash the cash.

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Solskjaer is hoping to land Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, while Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is also a target.

A lot has been made of United’s transfer plans, with ex-Old Trafford ace Andy Cole backing Sancho to join.

Cole told MUTV: “You’re always looking to bring in players.

“There’s talk of Jadon Sancho coming in. Would he give Manchester United something different? Of course he would.

“I’m not going to sit here and say, “Oh no, he’s not good enough!” because of course he’s good enough.

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“He’s got pace, he’s got the ability to go past players, score goals and create.

“I think ultimately all those kind of things are going to be down to financial issues coming out of COVID-19 – financially, it’s hit every football club.

“But Manchester United will undoubtedly look to strengthen and look to add to what they have.”

United are back in action on Thursday evening against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The Red Devils are hoping to win their fifth straight game and extend their unbeaten run to 17 games.

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