Man United in full support of the Pogba operation, says Solskjaer
LONDON: Manchester United fully supported the decision that led to Paul Pogba underwent ankle surgery, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer He said Friday.
The Norwegian chief seemed to suggest, after the defeat of the New Year against Arsenal, that the people of Pogba had recommended surgery, which raised doubts about the club's contribution in the decision.
The winner of the World Cup in France returned after almost three months out with an ankle injury in a 2-0 loss at Watford on December 22 and also made an appearance from the bank in a 4-1 beating Newcastle four days later, but since then been marginalized again.
Speculation continues to surround the 26-year-old, who has been regularly linked to a departure from Old Trafford and whose agent, Mino Raiola, has been scathing about the club in comments made in Italian media.
But Solskjaer was willing to minimize any suggestion of disagreement regarding the injury, and said: Paul returned after a long period of time, (presented in) some games, had a reaction, did not go to Burnley.
He felt his ankle hurt, we did a scan. It is not the same injury, it is a different injury. Of course, when that scan is done, he also consults his own medical staff, like me. I wanted a second opinion and the advice was to do it.
About the injury, Solskjaer added: It is not important and probably, as I said, three or four weeks.
When asked again why he had suggested that it was the people of Pogba who were behind the decision to undergo surgery, he added: Just like when you consult your surgeon and who you trust.
Maybe that's my bad English: you have people you trust and talk to. When I had my injuries, knee operations, I had my people in Norway and Sweden that I talked to and Paul obviously also has people he trusts in, and that's important.
Solskjaer's team faces the wolves in the FA Cup third round at Molineux on Saturday, after being kicked out of the competition in the quarterfinals last season.
They won't give it to us, he said.
It's the fourth time in Molineux since I've been here and we haven't won yet. Liverpool lost there last season, City just lost there, so we have to win the right to win there. We have to give up and go there positive.
We want a reaction after the defeat against Arsenal, which everyone says was such a bad performance, so bad. But in my opinion, it was a good game of two good football teams.
Mason Greenwood, 18, who started and scored in the victory of Boxing Day at home against Newcastle and left the bench at Arsenal, could be in dispute.
You grow a lot. It is mentally and physically more robust, which of course is expected of an 18-year-old, Solskjaer said.
He has had about 12 months with us now and has grown fantastically, his confidence and performance in the best games. He played many cup matches and did well.
Solskjaer also confirmed that reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero would play in Molineux.