Solskjaer convinced paul Pogba to stay at Old Trafford by telling him he wants to build the squad around him

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United by reportedly telling the Frenchman he intends to build his team around him.

Pogba endured a strained relationship with Jose Mourinho, falling out with the former Red Devils boss on multiple occasions before his sacking in December.

Under caretaker manager Solskjaer, a revitalised Pogba has scored six goals in nine appearances to help United make up valuable ground on the top four.

According to The Sun, French World Cup winner Pogba wanted to leave Manchester United on loan before the January transfer window because of Mourinho.

It is claimed the 25-year-old, who only returned to Old Trafford in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee, would have looked to make a permanent transfer in the summer. But, like a number of Manchester United players, Pogba has had a change of heart since Solskjaer took over.

Solskjaer reportedly convinced Pogba to remain at the Theatre of Dreams by informing him he would be the focal point of his team at United.

Last month, Solskjaer insisted Pogba was captaincy material, telling reporters: ‘He’s a character, he influences people, he cares and he really wants to be successful.

‘I know him from before and when he’s enjoying himself he brings so many good things with him.

‘He knows he can’t do it by himself, he knows it’s a team game but you can see the personality, you can see what winning the World Cup meant to him, so for me, yes, he’s captain material.’

Pogba, meanwhile, has paid tribute to Solskjaer for bringing back his smile at Manchester United. ‘Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that,’ he said. ‘It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.’

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