Solskjaer ‘furious’ as Man Utd transfer plan leaked ahead of January

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly furious that Mino Raiola announced Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United in the January transfer window.

The bombshell was announced on the eve of the Red Devils' crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig last week.

Manchester United ended up losing the match and crashing out the competition, putting Solskjaer under even more pressure.

Raiola claimed Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United and suggested it would be the best outcome for all parties if he is allowed to leave at the earliest available opportunity.

He even suggested Juventus would be a good fit for the Frenchman.

The super agent has since played down his comments somewhat, saying it is more likely that Pogba will leave United in the summer transfer window instead.

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But reports from Sky Sport in Italy claim that United have completely changed their stance and are now pushing to offload Pogba in January.

It's been claimed that Solskjaer is furious with the way in which Raiola has handled the situation and that if the opportunity to sell Pogba emerges next month the Red Devils will take it.

It's unclear whether United will look to replace Pogba with another midfielder should they find a buyer for the Frenchman.

But Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward promised earlier this month to bankroll the club in the summer window.

"What happens on the field is clearly our top priority," said Woodward, in a fans' forum meeting held virtually with Manchester United supporters.

"And while it's not the same without fans in the stadium, we've seen lots of highs since our last meeting in April, with that 14-game unbeaten run to finish third in last season's Premier League run and great wins against PSG and RB Leipzig on our return to the Champions League this season.

"Of course, we recognise there's more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies.

"But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players.

"I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic.

"I believe we've delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200million (£180m) since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period.

"We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows."

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