Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Paul Pogba after the Manchester United midfielder’s drab display in Tuesday night’s defeat at Wolves.
The Frenchman struggled as Chris Smalling’s own goal condemned 10-man United to a 2-1 loss – their third in four games – as they missed the chance to climb back into the Champions League spots.
Pogba is a target for Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane recently suggested the compatriots could team up at the Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old had said it would be a ‘dream’ to play under Zidane, and Solskjaer refused to stick the boot in when assessing Pogba’s performance in the Black Country.
He said: “Sometimes today he could have easily had an assist. And it was great play with him and Rom [Lukaku]. It’s figures and numbers, he is working as hard as any player in the team. Some days it just doesn’t come off.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer admitted United have no room for error in their top-four quest after conceding they blew it at Wolves.
United remain fifth in the Premier League, behind Tottenham on goal difference, with six games left and face Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg next week.
Solskjaer said: “I said we needed 15 points from the last seven games (to make the top four), we now need 15 in the last six, so we don’t have room for many more losses.
“We are a very good team, so it’ll be difficult for anyone playing against us. Our performance deserved the win.
“We created our own downfall. It was a very good performance until they scored their second goal.
“But for their keeper we should have won. We created enough chances to win the game so I don’t think there’s any ‘resetting’ (after his fast start as United manager).”