That Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now tends to leave Paul Pogba on the sidelines when he most needs a win reflects how little return on investment Manchester United are getting from their most expensive ever player.
"Unacceptable, fake news," Pogba, a converted Muslim, posted on Instagram with a screenshot of the article that reported his retirement.
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Jurgen Klopp's champions, without injured defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk, are now unbeaten in 62 Premier League home games at Anfield but had to dig deep after falling behind to an early penalty scored by Sander Berge.
Pogba was due to be out of contract at the end of this season and recently ramped up speculation that he could leave United by admitting it would be a "dream" to play for Real Madrid.
Premier League: Harry Maguire will 'bounce back' after poor start, says Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Harry Maguire will "bounce back" after his torrid start to the season but could miss Saturday's Premier League trip to Newcastle due to injury.
Premier League: Paul Pogba could miss Manchester United's first match due to late preseason training start
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Pogba has had only a “couple of training sessions” since recovering from the effects of the virus that ruled the midfielder out of international duty with France.
Mbappe, who took part in Monday evening's training session before learning the result of his test, is the seventh Paris Saint-Germain player to contract the virus. Neymar was among the first to test positive last week.
World Cup winner Pogba has been replaced by teenager Eduardo Camavinga, who was called up for the first time alongside Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
Europa League: Bruno Fernandes converts penalty against FC Copenhagen to take Manchester United into semis; Inter Milan seal last-four spot
Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty in extra time as Manchester United scraped past FC Copenhagen 1-0 on Monday in the quarter-finals of the Europa League
United must add more quality to their strongest 11 to bring them closer to the level of England’s top two but they also need greater strength in depth.
Premier League: Manchester United held by West Ham, need one point against Leicester to secure top-four spot
The point was enough to secure top-flight survival for West Ham who moved up to 15th place on 38 points — four points above 18th-placed Watford.
United are on a 17-match unbeaten streak in all competitions and Pogba has credited their recent run of form to striking a balance between attack and defence.
Premier League: Manchester United have to be realistic in transfer market, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
United have been linked with big-money moves for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish, but Solskjaer said the COVID-19 pandemic had changed the club’s views on player valuations.
Matic, who joined United in 2017, has enjoyed a dramatic improvement in form as the team’s enforcer since the January arrival of Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes
Targetting direct messages received on social media platforms, the Premier League says the central rapid response reporting system could lead to legal action where appropriate.
Premier League: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encouraged by Paul Pogba performance against Tottenham
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is desperate to make up for lost time after his long injury absence, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the France midfielder impressed in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham's lead — secured in the first half by Steven Bergwijn — was wiped out in the second half after United made two double changes.
Manchester United star Paul Pogba's Roll Royce seized by UK police for bearing French registration plate
Manchester United player Paul Pogba's Rolls Royce was seized after the star was pulled over for driving with a French number plate.
Premier League: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks leadership from Paul Pogba on return to action
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has to display the kind of leadership on the pitch that made him a World Cup winner with France when he returns to action in the Premier League, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.
Bruno Fernandes says he is relishing the opportunity to play alongside record-signing Paul Pogba when they resume their Premier League campaign after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.