Paul Pogba: Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick says it is not his job to convince World Cup winner to stay | Football News

Ralf Rangnick says it’s not his job to convince Paul Pogba or any other player to stay at Manchester United.

The midfielder’s future is once again the subject of intense speculation, with Pogba expiring next summer.

Rangnick said Pogba was due to return to the UK from Dubai on Friday, where he embarked on a warm-weather rehabilitation program to recover from a thigh injury he sustained on international duty with France in November.

The United interim boss predicts it will take another two weeks before Pogba can return to training in the first team and then another two weeks to reach the level of intensity required to play in his United system.

Rangnick spoke on the phone with the World Cup winner on Tuesday and hopes to meet him in person on Sunday, the day after United’s next Premier League match against Norwich.

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The 63-year-old said he is looking forward to working with Pogba, but said it wasn’t his job – nor anyone else’s at the club – to convince any player of the merits of staying at United.

“The players have to want to stay and play for the club,” Rangnick said.

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“For a big club like Manchester United, if a player doesn’t want to play for a club like Manchester United, even in the long run, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.

“This is such a big club [with] such fantastic support, I don’t think anyone in the club should try to get the player to stay.

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Paul Pogba was due to return to the UK on Friday

“But on the other hand let’s wait and see. I talked to him for 15 minutes on the phone a few days ago. Let’s get him back, get back in shape, train with the team and then we’ll see where we go. [and] how the team has developed since then.

“He can be an important player, I am fully aware of that, but this applies to all the other players we have.

“I am not only Paul Pogba’s coach once he is fully fit, I am also the manager of all the other players and my ambition is to improve them, to grow every single player, and this is only possible by improving the performance of the whole team ».

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Rangnick also said he told team doctor Steve McNally and head of rehabilitation and physiotherapy Robin Sadler that in the future he did not want players to leave the club for treatment.

The German is set to make significant changes to the side that drew with Young Boys in a dead Champions League match on Wednesday night.

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That line-up featured 11 changes from the team that faced and beat Crystal Palace last Sunday in Rangnick’s first official match in office after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rangnick said they managed two training groups this week and that the players who played against Palace were rested on Tuesday as part of preparations for the Norwich game.

Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who entered the field on Wednesday night, is in doubt for Saturday’s side after injuring his wrist and knee during the European match. Diogo Dalot is likely to return to the starting eleven in his place.

Rangnick said Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic was another “question mark” with a cold, although he tested negative for Covid-19.

Rangnick ‘more than happy’ with start

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Rangnick told Sky Sports he was “more than happy” with his team’s attitude since becoming interim manager of Manchester United and said the club will decide his future.

Rangnick, in office until the summer of late November after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, immediately started improving United and led them to his first clean sheet at home in the Premier League this season in his managerial debut against Crystal Palace, before a much-changed draw with Young Boys in the Champions League.

Now at work for more than two weeks, the German said Sky Sports those matches – and fifteen days of training – helped him keep up with the quality of his new team, and that he was happy with their response to their bad start to the season before visiting Norwich, live Saturday night football.

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“So far, I am more than satisfied with their attitude and their desire to learn and obtain information that will help them improve not only against [without] the ball but with it, “he said.

“Having only two goalless until the Crystal Palace game and no clean sheets since April at Old Trafford, it was very clear to me where our first goal should be for the first two days and weeks.

“If we can produce more clean sheets, if we don’t even allow it [the opponent] even just shooting on goal, the more I am convinced that we will win games because with this group of players we are always able to create chances and score goals. “

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