Manchester United are reportedly keen to extend Paul Pogba ’s contract – despite the midfielder’s struggles under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
Pogba has fallen out of favour under Solskjaer at Old Trafford, starting just two of United’s last seven fixtures and sometimes playing out of position when used as a substitute.
The 27-year-old has admitted he is currently going through the most difficult period of his career, meaning it has been a “breath of fresh air” for him to join up with France on international break.
Nevertheless, it is believed United have triggered the one-year extension in his contract, which was due to expire next summer.
And according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils are keen to tie Pogba down to an even longer deal in the near future.
However, talks between the player’s representatives and club officials are yet to reach an “advanced” stage.
Pogba has suffered defeat in his last two Premier League starts for United, with both of them coming at home.
The France international gave away a penalty in each match, allowing Tottenham to seal a 6-1 rout at Old Trafford on October 4 before costing them in their 1-0 defeat against Arsenal on November 1.
When asked on RTL about his current woes, Pogba said: “I had never known such a difficult period in my career. The France team is a breath of fresh air, the group is exceptional, it's magic.”
United legend Paul Scholes would not be too disheartened to see Pogba leave the club, telling talkSPORT in September: “I think it’s quite clear he wants to leave the club.
“He wanted to move to Real Madrid and for whatever reason it didn’t happen.
“If they ask him to stay for a year then we’ll see what happens. But I don’t think it will be a big loss to United [if he does go].
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“At the end of the day his form hasn’t been great anyway over the last three or four years he’s been there.
“I’m sure there’s more players there who can step in and do just as good a job.”
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