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Pogba and Lingard should focus on Man Utd, claims Solskjaer

The two players have a year left on their current deals.

Everton v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Quarter Final
The three people in question.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Paul Pogba has to focus on maintaining his early season form.

United beat Leeds 5-1 in their opening fixture of the new Premier League season, with the 28-year-old French international providing four assists, after an impressive set of displays for the national team in their short Euro 2020 campaign.

Pogba has a year left on his contract but has reportedly been offered £400,000-a-week wages to extend his deal to stay at Old Trafford. He is believed to be wanted by French side Paris Saint-Germain, who are ready to take him on a free transfer at the end of next season. They have signed Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma on free transfers already this summer, as well as taking Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan.

Pogba is believed to have rejected the latest offer, and it remains to be seen if United will make any further attempt to keep him at the club. Solskjaer, however, was focused on his work on the pitch.

“Well, that’s negotiations with Paul’s representatives and the club,” said Solskjaer of any potential negotiations to come.

“For me and Paul, we work together every day here and we keep on trying to improve, improve the team and to enjoy ourselves.

“When you win games, you enjoy yourselves more and we’ve just got to make sure we don’t make this one game and everyone flies off on all these big headlines and all the praise we get.

“It’s about bringing more energy to the next one and being even better.

Solskjaer also had words for another attacking midfielder, Jesse Lingard. The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with West Ham last year and his good form was recognised by Gareth Southgate, and West Ham manager David Moyes is believed to be keen on taking him back for the new season.

“I think Jesse’s first priority is to get into our team,” said Solskjaer.

“I think whenever your employer is Manchester United, that’s your first priority and always is.”