The Paul Pogba transfer saga continues to rage on, but one person who will not become embroiled in it is his manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has accused the media of having some sort of agenda against the Frenchman. On the club's pre-season tour to Australia earlier today, he had this to say:
With Paul, it looks like it's going to be a media, I don't want to call it, but it's an agenda against Paul.
He's a top, top bloke. He's a great professional. He's never been any problem.
The accusations of a media agenda seem well off the mark, with both the player himself and his agent repeatedly making it known he wants out of Old Trafford.
While you expect a manager to stick up for their players, Solskjaer seems to be fighting a losing battle here. Pogba has been clear in his intentions, and there is very little United can do to spin the narrative in their favour.
While his manager seems to be willing to look beyond the current predicament, not all would be so warm towards the player.
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan was speaking on talkSPORT earlier today, when he expressed his disbelief that Solskjaer would speak of the player in such glowing terms. While the Norwegian described him as the ideal professional, his actions would seem to suggest otherwise.
That doesn’t sound to me like someone who is respectful of the obligations he has.
If he signed a four-year contract with this club, and he signed it of free, sane body and mind, isn’t it his job to please his employers rather than tell them how unsatisfied he has been for a significant period of time?
Is that respectful? No!
It’s all about Paul Pogba, and what Paul Pogba wants. Because Paul Pogba does what Paul Pogba wants to do.
We’ve sat here forever and a day debating the manner in which he operates, about when he opens his mouth and constantly talks to the media and makes opportune comments about his future – it’s been going on for two years!
You wouldn’t mind, you’d accept it, if he was really pulling up trees.
We can give stats about him being the best of a bad bunch, but it he was really pulling up trees for Manchester United we wouldn’t be sat here saying, ‘actually Pogba hasn’t done what we think Pogba should do’.
This is a take that most United fans would seem to agree with, with many having already run out of patience with the player.