Solskjaer says Pogba could yet be given United armband


Manchester United appear unwilling to pay Leicester City the £85 million that they are demanding for centre-back Harry Maguire, and are considering Benoit Badiashile from Monaco if the deal falls through, according to L'Equipe.

One person who has felt the need to talk is Pogba's agent Mino Raiola, who confirmed earlier this month the France worldwide wants to leave United.

Since his appointment, new boss Solskjaer have tried pairs of Jones, Smalling and Lindelof but also faced the same heat and thus has made it a priority again to add a central defender who can slot straight into his starting line-up next season.

James, signed from Swansea last month, was handed a starting role in Perth and emerged as United's most impressive performer of the opening period.

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Pogba started on the bench when United took on Perth Glory in a friendly on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side begin their Premier League campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11.

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Last season ended with just two wins from the final 12 games and Solskjaer is keen to get off to a flying start when the new campaign kicks off against Chelsea on August 11.

Lukaku missed training in Perth on Thursday evening and instead took partin a gym session.

Asked if the World Cup victor was a candidate to wear the armband, following United's first pre season match, Solskjaer said, "Yep.

We'll probably see them on Wednesday, I reckon", Solskjaer said to MUTV. "That's important over the next few weeks to get that link up over the next few weeks to get the best out of them and the best out of me".

United, in their new gold away strip, controlled a subdued first half with speedy winger Daniel James eye-catching on the left flank.

However, Pogba is taking part in United's pre-season duties in Australia and latest reports suggest he is unwilling to damage his relationship with the club by trying to force them into a sale.