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Solskjaer prepared to sell Pogba

But it didn’t happen

Day 3 - Roskilde Festival 2018

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was prepared to sell midfielder Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window, but a move never materialised.

The main problem, and you’ll be surprised here, was that Real Madrid never placed a bid for the French World Cup winner. Instead they focused their cash on securing Eden Hazard from Chelsea, and were unable to shift Gareth Bale from their wage bill despite almost selling him to a Chinese Super League club.

Solskjaer was outwardly bullish about keeping Pogba at the club, and Ed Woodward is known to want to keep the 26-year-old midfielder due to his marketing importance, which is more important to Woodward and United than actually winning trophies.

The Norwegian manager, however, was prepared to accept a sizeable offer it was made at the start of the window and as long as a hefty amount of funds was used for reinvestment in the squad, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

However, Real failed to make an offer and that saw Pogba drift through the summer before starting the season for United in the same kind of form as usual - showing his brilliance and his indifference, at times in the same match.

United did not make much of a dent in the transfer window in terms of buying players - they have though shifted Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, and Antonio Valencia. They added just Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Dan James and Harry Maguire.

As a result, the club continue to struggle on the pitch, and they next play Leicester City after the international break.