Yet Pogba wanted to quit United during Mourinho’s final months in charge, a situation confirmed by the player’s older brother, Mathias, who represents French third division side Tours. Asked if Pogba had been considering leaving Old Trafford because of Mourinho, Mathias Pogba told Telefoot: “Of course. It comes into your mind. But today he is where he is. He was under contract so he had to grit his teeth and keep working.”
Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Ashley Young, who are all out of contract in the summer, have been offered new deals by United. Herrera, who is expected to stay, has been an unsung hero for Solskjaer.
Yet while the Spain midfielder believes it will be “impossible” for Solskjaer to remain unbeaten until the end of the season, he said a run of nine wins and one draw had given the team confidence they could beat Paris St-Germain, Liverpool and Chelsea over a critical next month.
“In the Premier League, it’s impossible to go unbeaten from when the manager came in – to have 25 or 30 games unbeaten,” Herrera said. “We knew it was going to be impossible to win every single game, but we’re going the right way.”
Asked if United could topple PSG in the Champions League as well as overcome Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round and Liverpool in the league, Herrera is confident, but sounded a note a caution. “We can, but the best way to prepare for the PSG game is to try to win away at Fulham [on Saturday],” he said. “It will be a big mistake if we think further than Fulham. That’s a massive game for us because Chelsea are playing City [the next day]. Let’s go game by game, because if you lose one game you regret.”