French World Cup victor Paul Pogba looks to be staying at Old Trafford despite interest from Real Madrid, as Manchester United triggered a one-year contract extension for the player whose deal was set to expire next summer.
United have not officially announced the deal, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared to let slip the details at his press conference on Friday. "In the next couple of years, I'm sure we'll get the best out of him".
It is unlikely that the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona will buy a 28-year-old who is not playing world-class football week in, week out and if he stays at Old Trafford until his contract expires, it is unlikely that any club would pay him the kind of wages he earns at United when he is 29 unless they were absolutely convinced by his performances.
"The spotlight should be on me, because I'm the manager and I'm responsible", said Solskjaer.
'Man United board are still intentioned to open talks with Pogba over a long-terms new contract, but no official negotiations have started yet as Pogba confirmed days ago.
Meanwhile, United skipper Harry Maguire is keen to play on and overcome his poor recent displays for club and country but could miss the Newcastle game with a knock, Solskjaer added. "He's clearly not happy with them but then welcome to Man Utd, you are everyone's favourite target if something goes wrong". "You have to deal with it", Solskjaer told reporters. He wants to play and work his way out of the last couple of games he's been criticized for.
"We know we've started the season badly and that game ended really badly. we know we have to perform better but we've now had two weeks to think about it, work on it", Solskjaer said.
"We can't listen to everyone outside, we've just got to get on with it".
United now sit in 16th place having lost two of their opening three league games of the new season.