Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said he didn’t need to convince players to stay with the Premier League club as media speculate about the future of French World Cup winner Paul Pogba.
The 28-year-old will return to Manchester from Dubai, where he spent some time in rehabilitation in November after a thigh injury and could still play in Rangnick’s plans, despite being out of contract at the end of this season.
United are in talks with Pogba over a new deal, but the midfielder has often been linked with a departure from Old Trafford since returning from Juventus in 2016 for a then world record £89million ($118.09million).
“I wouldn’t say he isn’t worthy of keeping, but of course players have to want to play and stay for a club and a big club like United,” Rangnick said ahead of Saturday’s league trip to Norwich City.
“If a player doesn’t want to play for a club like United in the medium or long term, I don’t think there’s any point in convincing him to change his mind.
“He can be an important player, but this applies to everyone else… I am not just the coach of Pogba, I am also the coach of everyone else and my ambition is to… improve every individual, this is possible by improving the team’s performance.”
Anthony Martial’s agent said the French forward wanted to leave United due to a lack of playing time.
“Anthony wants to leave the club in January,” Martial’s representative Philippe Lamboley, the executive director of USFA Management, told Sky Sports. “He just has to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”
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