By Will Griffee For Mailonline
Published: 23:53 GMT, 1 January 2020 | Updated: 02:03 GMT, 2 January 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims that Paul Pogba’s ‘people’ are advising him to undergo surgery.
The Frenchman is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering yet another setback and his relationship with Manchester United appears to be deteriorating ever further.
He aggravated the ankle problem that has kept him from full fitness since August and Solskjaer’s remark about the surgery appeared to be a thinly veiled dig, citing the influence of Pogba’s entourage.
Paul Pogba has been advised to have surgery by ‘his people’ according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
After United’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal on Wednesday, the Norwegian explained his take on the situation.
Asked when Pogba was expected to return, he said: ‘Three or four weeks maybe, I don’t know.
‘He’s been advised to have an operation by his people and he’ll probably do that.’
The 46-year-old’s use of ‘his people’ could be seen as a swipe given the recent criticism of United from Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.
Raiola had been publicly scathing of the Old Trafford club to La Repubblica in saying: ‘Pogba’s problem is Manchester United. It’s a club out of touch with reality and without a sporting project.
The Manchester United manager’s choice of words was interesting and seemed to be a dig
United have been frustrated in their attempts to get Pogba back to full fitness this season
‘I wouldn’t take anyone there, they would even ruin Maradona, Pele and Maldini. Paul needs a club and a squad, one like Juventus was before.’
The tension between Pogba, his representatives and United is ratcheting up and Solskjaer’s remarks could be telling.
On Match of the Day, Alan Shearer also pointed out Solskjaer’s choice of words.
He said: ‘Players often have their own physios that they see. But it was interesting that he said “his people”. I wonder what he thinks.’
Having said that it was Pogba’s advisers encouraging him to have surgery, Solskjaer later changed tack to emphasise the role United are playing in the midfielder’s recovery.
Mino Raiola’s recent criticism of the club might have caused the pointed remark by Solskjaer
The Frenchman is still struggling with the same ankle injury that he suffered in late August
‘It’s been advised that he’ll do it as soon as [possible]. We look after our players’ health and are not gonna take any risk with any players that don’t feel able to play on,’ he added.
‘We’ve had scans and it’s nothing major. It’s something that has to be sorted and dealt with within a time frame and he’s been advised to do it as soon as [possible] and he’ll probably do it as soon as.
‘So he’ll be out for three or four weeks probably. We’ve had consultants looking at him as well and the club has been looking at it, the scans have been done by us. We’ve been without him all season, so the boys who’ve been playing have been fantastic.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been told to have surgery
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