Three years after returning to Old Trafford in what was a world-record deal, the 26-year-old is under the spotlight as talk grows around a summer exit.
Pogba admitted during the off-season that this “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else” – comments compounded by his agent Mino Raiola saying that he was “in the process” of arranging a move for the midfielder.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and former club Juventus have been strongly linked with a move for the World Cup winner, who was the focus of the cameras during United’s first session since arriving in Australia.
Solskjaer’s men arrived in Perth on Monday and went on a walkaround, where footage of a supposed argument between Pogba and Jesse Lingard caused ripples.
But the pair worked alongside one another as United’s first session in Australia got under way at the WACA on Tuesday, when new boys Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James formed part of the group.
Romelu Lukaku also took part in training, with Inter Milan circling around a player that, much like Pogba, appears keen to leave Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has plenty of questions to answer regarding his squad when he faces the media for the first time in a press conference on Wednesday.
Ander Herrera has revealed he left Manchester United because of a difference of opinion over his role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
The 29-year-old Spaniard signed for Paris St Germain on a free transfer earlier this month after five years at Old Trafford.
Asked why he left, Herrera told Spanish newspaper Marca: “I do not like looking at the past very much, but there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it.
“I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club and the fans for it and also Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay, but things did not happen, they arrived late, and by then I had already made the decision to play in Paris.”
Herrera’s former United team-mate David De Gea has repeatedly been linked with a move to PSG in recent years.
But Herrera was coy when asked about the possibility, citing the quality of PSG’s goalkeepers Alphonse Areola and Kevin Trapp.
He said: “David is my friend, I have a great relationship with him and, of course, he is one of the best in the world, for me top three. But here there are already two great goalkeepers.”
Herrera’s arrival in Paris coincided with continuing speculation over the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, but asked if he expected both to stay next season, he replied: “Yes, I believe it.”
World Cup winner Mbappe is currently one of the hottest properties in the game but Herrera knows the 20-year-old France forward has a way to go to reach the standard set by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He said: “One of the things that I admire in Messi and Cristiano is continuity, reliability year after year. That is very difficult and they are always decisive.
“Mbappe has everything to make it so, but time will tell if he manages to maintain that regularity.”
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“All you need is love” sung the Beatles in their 1967 release of the same name, and according to Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda, that’s what’s been missing from Manchester United misfit Alexis Sanchez’s game over the last 18 months.
Over three and a half seasons with Arsenal following his £35 million move from Barcelona – where he had to make way for the arrival of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez from Liverpool – Sanchez built a reputation as one of the most feared forwards in the Premier League.
He was twice voted Arsenal’s player of the year and featured in the 2014/15 Premier League team of the year.
But in his 18 months with United, Sanchez has lost both form and confidence, and now the Premier League giants are reportedly desperate to offload him and his reported £400,000 a week salary.
Yet Sanchez has shown signs of his old self at the Copa America, where he scored the winning shoot-out penalty against Colombia to send Chile into a semi-final meeting with neighbors Peru.
He also scored in each of Chile’s opening two matches, victories over Japan and Ecuador, meaning he’s scored more times in this month-long competition than he did in the entire Premier League campaign for United.
According to Rueda, it boils down to one thing that is missing from his life in rainy Manchester: “love.”
“In the national team and because of the attention they receive, the players don’t want to leave,” said the Colombian coach, who is no fan favorite himself due to leaving out popular goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from his Copa squad.
“Despite not playing for their clubs, they come here with commitment and forge a strong group.”
Sanchez is a hero in his country having been one of the stars of Chile’s back-to-back Copa America victories in 2015 and 2016 – the only ones in their history.
The Wonder Kid
He’s known as the “Nino Maravilla” – the Wonder Kid – in his homeland and is Chile’s record goalscorer with 43. There’s even been a film made about his life, in which he starred.
As well as scoring the winning penalty against Colombia, he netted the decisive goal in the 2-1 victory over Ecuador, and helped blow out the scoreline late on in the 4-0 thumping of Japan.
In Manchester, he managed just one Premier League goal in 20 appearances, although only nine of those were from the start.
He looked lost most of the time in the red shirt of United, rarely able to link up effectively with his team-mates or produce any of the pace and trickery that was a feature of his career at Udinese, Barcelona and Arsenal.
But he’s not alone in putting behind him disappointing club seasons to thrive with his national team.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez, seemingly unwanted by either his parent club Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, where he spent the last two seasons on loan, was all creativity and ingenuity with Colombia in Brazil until they lost to Chile.
And Philippe Coutinho, jeered by Barcelona’s fans and pilloried in the notoriously demanding Catalan press, scored a brace in Brazil’s opening match against Bolivia and remains an unconditional starter in coach Tite’s team.
But while they can be under-appreciated at their European clubs, they remain adored by their countries’ fans.
“That’s why players like Coutinho, James or Alexis, who didn’t have a great season, become themselves again with the national team,” said Rueda.
“The treatment that is given to the players as professionals and as people generates the reciprocity that allows them to give their all.”
In his current form, Sanchez looks not only capable of leading Chile to an unprecedented third straight Copa title, but is putting himself in the shop window to earn a move to one of Europe’s giants and end his United nightmare.