Paul Pogba "respectful and professional" with Man United despite desire to leave, says agent

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Mino Raiola insists Paul Pogba has been “respectful and professional” with Manchester United despite his desire to leave the club this summer.

Pogba, United’s record signing, has travelled with the squad to Australia to kick-off their pre-season tour.

That is despite the fact Raiola, the player’s agent, said last week that everyone at Old Trafford is aware that Pogba wants to leave and that he was “in the process” of arranging a move for the midfielder.

Now Raiola has defended his client while questioning why United have not spoken out against criticism of the France international.

“The player has done nothing wrong, he has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola said in a statement released to talkSPORT.

“The club knows his feeling for a long time, it is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information and I’m also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.

“Hopefully there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties.”

Pogba trained with his United team-mates in Australia as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got their pre-season tour under way earlier on Tuesday.

Three years after returning to Old Trafford in what was a world-record deal, the 26-year-old admitted during the off-season that this “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

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.

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.

One line of enquiry is likely to be whether the club will launch a firm offer to sign Mario Lemina from Southampton.

PA understands United, as well as Arsenal and Leicester, have expressed an interest in Lemina, who played alongside Pogba at Juventus for the 2015/16 season.

Signed from the Serie A side two years ago, the 25-year-old looks set to leave St Mary’s this summer after a stop-start time on the south coast.

None of the Premier League trio have been willing to meet Southampton’s valuation as of yet.

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Wantaway star Paul Pogba trains with his Man United team-mates in Australia

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Wantaway star Paul Pogba trained with his Manchester United team-mates in Australia as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got their pre-season tour under way.

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.

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Ander Herrera opens up on why he left Man United for PSG

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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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