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Man Utd boss rules out Pogba sale, plays down Haaland speculation

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Published on December 20, 2019 - Duration: 01:36s

Man Utd boss rules out Pogba sale, plays down Haaland speculation

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out selling midfielder Paul Pogba in January and denied media reports that the club are in talks with Salzburg striker Erling Haaland over a possible transfer.

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Man Utd boss rules out Pogba sale, plays down Haaland speculation

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 20, 2019) (MUTV - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "He's training so, but he's not been training with us for long so he's training and that's a step forward for us." REPORTER: "Do you understand why there's all the interest around him." SOLSKJAER: "Yeah, of course, because he's a fantastic player, charismatic personality, and for us we're happy that he's here." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "It was something that really needed sorting but I don't think that I should give you all the medical information.

That's not down to me but he's now feeling good.

He's getting better, so it's worked." REPORTER: "Just with regards to him and your midfield resources, there's no way at all he could be sold in January?

Because you know he has previously said, last summer for example, about a new challenge, there's no way he's going anywhere in January?" SOLSKJAER: "No, he's not getting sold in January no." 4.

WHITE FLASH 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "I don't think that he's en route here to be fair so not through me anyway, so I can't comment on other team's players, I've said that many a time, but that's just one them things that in this job you get so many speculations all the time." 6.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "Well, he is not coming to Manchester, well, I know the boy and I know his friends and he's on a Christmas holiday." REPORTER: "In Manchester?" SOLSKJAER: "No, well, you can't fly anywhere from Stavanger, can you?

So, you need to go via-via." STORY: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out selling midfielder Paul Pogba in January and denied media reports that the club are in talks with Salzburg striker Erling Haaland over a possible transfer.

France international Pogba has made six appearances for United this season and none since Sept.

30 due to an ankle injury.

He has returned to training after an illness and Solskjaer is hoping the 26-year-old will be back in action before the end of the year.

"No, (Pogba) is not getting sold in January," the Norwegian told a news conference on Friday.

"I hope (he can play again this year).

Let's see how he feels.

I'm not going to push him ... we need him to be 100% fit.

I can't risk any setbacks.

"Paul has been fantastic when he has played for us.

We know we've got one of the best players in the world ... He needs time to get fit, but he will make a difference for us." United have been linked with a January move for Solskjaer's 19-year-old compatriot Haaland, who has scored 24 goals in 20 league and Champions League appearances for Austrian side Salzburg this season.

The speculation intensified on Friday (December 20) after media reports that Haaland, who played under Solskjaer when he was in charge of Norwegian club Molde, was on a flight to Manchester but the United boss gave short shrift to the idea.

"I don't think he's en route here, to be fair," Solskjaer said.

"I know the boy and I know his friends and he's on a Christmas holiday.

You can't fly anywhere from Stavanger (in Norway).

"I can't comment on other teams' players.

I've said that many times and that's just one of those things that in this job you get.

So much speculation all the time." Solskjaer did admit, however, that United, who are sixth in the table ahead of Sunday's against basement-side Watford, are in the market for January reinforcements.

"We are hopeful of signing someone," he said.

"You always hope but it's not nailed on.

It has to be the right player, right age, going to fit into this squad and for the right value so we're always looking." (Production: Francis Maguire)

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