Manchester United are still in talks with Paul Pogba on a new contract, but they are not the midfielder’s immediate target, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba came off the bench to send United to the Europa League quarter-finals, with his close-range final securing a 1-0 win at San Siro and a 2-1 cumulative success over Milan.
The France star is out of contract at the end of next season and has been heavily linked with a return to Juventus.
Solskjaer believes Pogba’s performance exemplified his affection for the club, but contract talks are not at the forefront of his mind.
“I think everyone in the squad, Paul included, is just focused on doing the best we can this season,” Solskjaer said at a press conference ahead of the FA quarter-final Cup Sunday with Leicester City.
“I don’t think any energy would be used for speculation. Of course we have discussions and discussions, when you see Paul playing like that, training, it shows how much he cares about us, how much he enjoys playing and how much we can benefit from his playing. ”
Solskjaer doesn’t expect Pogba to play the full game against Leicester, although he is convinced that the World Cup winner can still have an influence.
“We will have to see how long he can play,” Solskjaer added. “I don’t think he can last 90 minutes, I’m not sure he can start.
“You see the impact he can have if he comes in as a replacement. If he feels good, maybe we can start him too. I hope he’s ready to start.”
Marcus Rashford is uncertain after giving way to Pogba with an apparent injury, while Edinson Cavani could miss again with a blow.
Anthony Martial has missed the last two games with a hip injury, despite still being selected for the France squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
However, Solskjaer is not affected by the inclusion of Martial by Didier Deschamps.
“I just want Anthony to be in good shape. Same with Paul, we just want them to go and play. They missed too many games,” Solskjaer said.
“It was a hip injury he suffered against Milan a week ago. We were hoping he would be ready for West Ham. Then he couldn’t do that one, he was on the point of being in good shape for this one [Milan second leg], I hope it will be Sunday.
“We’re not sure because he hasn’t reacted the way we would like. It will just benefit him if he’s fit enough to go with France and play.”