Pogba always ready to play, more hungry than other Man U players – Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Paul Pogba still has the desire to play for Manchester United despite his agent claiming the midfielder is “unhappy” at Old Trafford and “needs a change of scenery”.

Mino Raiola’s remarks were published on the eve of United’s crucial Champions League encounter at RB Leipzig, a match they lost to finish third in Group H and drop into the Europa League knockouts.

Gary Neville criticised the “terrible timing” of the comments and urged Pogba to release his own statement if he was in disagreement with Raiola, while fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher told the club to “get rid” of the 27-year-old.

Speaking after the 3-2 Leipzig defeat, in which Pogba came off the bench to score United’s second, Solskjaer said Raiola should realise “this is a team sport and we work together”.

Ahead of the derby at home to Manchester City on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, Solskjaer stressed Pogba has remained professional during training – unlike some players who have since departed.

“I think I said during the week, of course, that this is a team game. Paul is part of this team, he’s very focused on contributing when he’s here,” Solskjaer said.

“He’s got a hunger, an appetite to play. He wants to play, he wants to train. There have been other players that have refused to train or play, they’re not here anymore of course, but Paul has not once done that. He’s just focused on performing when he gets the chance.

“That’s the good thing about Paul. He has got the quality, but has also got the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig – he did have a positive impact.

“The short answer: he’s part of the squad tomorrow.”