Paul Pogba, who signed the record of £89 million for Manchester United, said there was “no need” to talk after helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team start their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win over Perth Glory.
The goals scored by Marcus Rashford and James Garner in the second half proved crucial at Optus Stadium.
Pogba gave Rashford a view in his first game since his desire to leave Old Trafford was expressed, a view that has since been reinforced twice by his adviser Mino Raiola.
The midfielder refused to talk to reporters after the match and said there was “no need” to do so.
Real Madrid and Juventus are both interested in the 26-year-old, although neither club has made an offer. United sees Pogba as worth over 150 million pounds.
Pogba was overlooked for the captain in Perth when Juan Mata wore the bracelet after half, although Solskjaer said the French midfielder would be considered for this season’s role.
“I don’t think this needs to be explained, we’ll discuss it later,” Solskjaer said when asked why he was thinking of Pogba for the role.
Lukaku future uncertain
Romelu Lukaku is the second top-notch player to have an uncertain future at United.
The Belgian missed the game on Saturday with a “tingling sensation,” Solskjaer said, expecting to be ready for Wednesday’s encounter with championship outfitter Leeds, who will arrive in Perth on Sunday.
Lukaku’s future, however, seems to depend on the suitor Inter Milan to sell Argentina striker Mauro Icardi.
This possibility seems to have come a step closer after Inter said Icardi would return to Milan from their training camp in Lugano. He will not be considered for the club’s Asian tour, which includes a match against United in Singapore on 20 July.
Lukaku told journalists: “You will know something next week” when he was asked about his future after the match.
As with Pogba, Solskjaer said that his club had received no bids for the 75 million pounds forward and added, “Let’s see when the season starts” when asked if he could see Lukaku staying at Old Trafford beyond 8 August.
The new boys
Despite interest in a number of players, including Leicester defender Harry Maguire and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, United have only signed two players since disappointing sixth place in the Premier League last season. Winger Daniel James began the first half of Saturday’s match, defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka the second.
Solskjaer then praised both men, although Welsh international James had little opportunity to show the electric pace that prompted United to pay Swansea £15 million for him.
With the English U21’s Wan-Bissaka operating further back, the 45 million pound former Crystal Palace Full-Back could at least make a bigger impression.
Solskjaer wants to make further additions, although he refused to provide further details.
“You need to talk to Ed[Woodward, Vice Chairman] or others,” he said.
“We’re working, as I said before. Timing is a problem, but we are optimistic.”