Jose Mourinho ‘thinks’ Paul Pogba will still be a Manchester United player next season amid fresh speculation over the Frenchman’s future at Old Trafford.
Last month it was reported that Pogba could be sold this summer just two years after completing a club record £89million return to United from Juventus.
Reports claim that Paris Saint-Germain are exploring ways of signing Pogba after his agent Mino Raiola offered the player to Europe’s top clubs. Pep Guardiola has already revealed that Manchester City were approached by Raiola in January.
Mourinho was less than certain when asked about Pogba’s situation ahead of the trip to West Ham on Thursday night.
‘I think he’s going to be here next season. That’s my feeling,’ said the United boss.
Mourinho was reminded that it’s only a week since he guaranteed that David de Gea would be at Old Trafford next season after saying there was ‘no chance’ he would leave for Real Madrid.
‘I can give the guarantee that I don’t want him (Pogba) to leave, that the club doesn’t want to sell him and I can give you the guarantee that we don’t have any approach from him or his agent or from any club,’ said Mourinho. ‘In this moment for me, he’s staying, yes.’
The Portuguese coach dismissed the possibility that Marcus Rashford could be sent out on loan to get more first-team football under his belt.
Rashford failed to take his opportunity in the absence of Romelu Lukaku when United suffered a shock defeat at Brighton last week.
But despite appearing to criticise the young England international afterwards, Mourinho does not believe Rashford needs to play regularly elsewhere to impress him.
‘To impress me? He impresses me. That’s the reason why he was selected for every match of the season absolutely every match of the season and that’s why he played in so many of them. So he doesn’t need to leave to play or to need anything.’