Kylian Mbappe sharpened up for the start of the new season by showing his pace and stamina during an agility training test for Paris Saint-Germain.
The test records reaction times and speed as athletes try to get close to a light and get back to base before the light goes off and the next one goes on.
Mbappe’s future with the club has been the subject of much debate over the the summer, with rumours that the 20-year-old could be on the move.
PSG play Nimes in their opening match of the new French Ligue 1 season on August 11.
Marcus Rashford’s fine strike was followed by an impressive James Garner effort as the Red Devils opened pre-season with a victory far more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline against Perth Glory suggests.
Pogba came on at half-time as Solskjaer completely rotated his side at the huge Optus Stadium, where the World Cup winner received a largely warm reception despite publicly admitting his openness to “a new challenge somewhere else”.
Agent Mino Raiola compounded matters by talking about how he is working to get his client a move, but Solskjaer says he would still consider the midfielder for a leadership role this season.
“No, it hasn’t (been decided),” the United boss said of the captaincy, having seen Antonio Valencia depart in the summer.
“So we’ve got quite a few possibilities there and when the season starts we’ll announce.
“Of course we’ll have a good assessment, see how pre-season goes, so there we go.
“But, as you saw, Ashley (Young) will wear it when he’s playing until we decide on someone, yeah.”
Asked if Pogba is under consideration for the role, Solskjaer said: “Yeah.”
The France midfielder regularly captained United at the start of the 2018-19 season, only for Jose Mourinho to swiftly take away any vice-captain responsibilities as their relationship deteriorated.
Pushed further on Pogba’s resuming a captaincy position, Solskjaer added: “Well, I don’t think that needs explaining. We’ll discuss that later on.”
The club-record signing was asked for an interview as he made his way out of Optus Stadium, but simply responded: “No need”. Pogba said similar to another reporter.
Speculation about outgoings will continue throughout the tour, while Solskjaer kept his cards close to his chest when it came to signings.
PA understands that United are still trying to sign Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, while they are scouring the market for a midfielder.
“I think you need to speak to Ed (Woodward, executive vice-chairman) or others,” the United boss said about transfers.
“At the moment, I can’t give you any updates, no.
“Well, timing is obviously an issue but we’re working, as I’ve said before, so of course we’re optimistic.”
Solskjaer was more forthcoming when it came to the performance of his squad in their pre-season opener, with Daniel James impressing and Aaron Wan-Bissaka showing signs of promise in their first match in a United shirt.
“Both the new lads did well, both Dan and Aaron,” he said, having confirmed Luke Shaw went off with a hamstring issue.
“You had Mason (Greenwood), Angel (Gomes), Jimmy (Garner), you know the young lads, Chongy [Tahith Chong].
“I think they also showed that they can make it as a Man United player and the more experienced ones did a job because we got 45 minutes out of most and it was a professional workout from everyone.”
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Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo is prepared to sell Neymar after the Brazil forward failed to report for pre-season training.
Neymar was scheduled to report back to the French club’s training ground on Monday but was absent without leave as speculation surrounds a move back to his former club Barcelona.
A club statement read: “PSG affirms that the player Neymar Jr was not present at the time and place required, without prior authorisation from the club.
“PSG regrets this situation and will take appropriate action.”
Leonardo would not be drawn further on possible sanctions, telling Le Parisien the club will follow an “internal procedure” and “consider the measures to be taken”.
But he admitted the club have had “superficial” contact with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu about a move for Neymar, who joined PSG from Barca for a world-record fee of £200million in 2017.
Asked if the 27-year-old had told him he wants to leave, Leonardo told Le Parisien: “It’s clear to everyone. But in football, you say one thing one day and another the next.
“I spoke to him and his entourage. The position is clear for everyone.
“Only one thing is certain today: he is under contract with us for three years. And since we have not received an offer, there is nothing to discuss.
“We have not received any offers. But we have had, it is true, superficial contact (with Barcelona).
“They said they want to buy him but that we are not selling. It was (Bartomeu) who said that. But we have not seen that Barcelona are truly in a position to buy him.
“A move of this magnitude is not just a question of emotions. It is a financial question.
“Neymar can leave PSG, if there is an offer which suits everyone. But up to now, we do not know if anyone wants to buy him, or at what price. It will not be done in a day, that’s for sure.
“PSG want to count on players who want to be here and build something big. We do not need players who are doing a favour to the club by being here.”
Neymar missed the Copa America tournament – which Brazil won by beating Peru 3-1 in Sunday’s final – due to an ankle injury sustained in a friendly against Qatar last month.
He is banned for three matches at the start of the new Ligue 1 season after lashing out at a fan at the end of PSG’s shock French Cup final defeat to Rennes in April.
The former Santos forward will also miss his next three European matches after insulting match officials at the end of his side’s Champions League defeat to Manchester United in March.
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