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Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he has open and honest conversations with Paul Pogba.
The French international has received a lot of media attention this season, mainly due to comments from his agent Mino Raiola, who has said he wants to remove Pogba from Manchester United.
Since Raiola made his explosive comments in December, Pogba’s form has improved.
He has been influential in games and has been scoring goals, and now he seems settled in a United that is at the top of the Premier League.
Solskjaer has earned praise for bringing out the best in the former Juventus player, suggesting frank conversations have influenced the 27-year-old’s improved form.
“Paul’s job is to get in shape and play football,” Solskjaer said. “My job is to be open and honest with him and give him my advice and I’ve never had a problem with him.
“I speak openly and directly with Paul. I’m not going to tell anyone what my advice is, but I’ve always had a good relationship with him.
“He comes from a big family, he’s very understandable, he’s a very sensitive boy and he knows what I’m talking about when we talk.”
Pogba has been criticized for not contributing enough to United, but Solskjaer says that is not the case, and that the multilingual Frenchman works behind the scenes to help move the club forward.
“He is also direct and honest with me,” Solskjaer said. “And what people don’t see with Paul is that even when he’s not playing, he’s contributed a lot in the background.
“Sometimes he even acts as a performer, even when he’s not playing.
“He always respects my decisions and we have always had a very good working relationship.”
Pogba has scored victory goals in two of United’s last three games, against Burnley and Fulham, and is likely to play a significant role when the Red Devils host Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.
The two teams played a 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Anfield last weekend.