Paul Pogba set to sign new five-year Man Utd deal after stunning u-turn

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Paul Pogba is set to stay at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United expect to announce a contract extension for Paul Pogba at the end of the season with the Frenchman close to agreeing a new five-year deal.

The midfielder has one year to run on the five-year deal he signed in 2016 when he re-signed for the club from Juventus, though United have a 12-month extension clause which they’ll trigger next January.

Pogba has twice requested to leave the club since he rejoined them four years ago and he looked destined to leave Old Trafford in 2018 after falling out with Jose Mourinho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival improved United’s chances of keeping Pogba but the Frenchman remained intent on leaving last summer and he spoke of wanting a ‘new challenge’ at a club event on the Red Devils’ pre-season tour in 2019.

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However, the pandemic has had a grave effect on club finances across the world and few clubs could afford United’s £100m asking price for Pogba, nevermind his £250,000-a-week wages.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Pogba effectively has two years to run on his existing deal (Picture: Getty)

But beyond that, Pogba is now far happier at Old Trafford as he can see the direction that Solskjaer is taking the side, particularly following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

According to the Sun, that has resulted in Pogba entering into contract talks with the club and United are confident of announcing a new five-year deal for the midfielder at the end of the season.

That would represent a stunning turnaround for the Frenchman and would be a shot in the arm for Solskjaer, who had been planning for life without the midfielder.

Pogba’s decision to stay could see United postpone a move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, as the Englishman had initially been lined up as a replacement for Pogba.

Pogba has been in fine form for United since the Premier League restarted but he was below-par in their 2-2 draw against Southampton at Monday.

He’s started United’s last five matches after six months out and Solskjaer admits he could be rested against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

‘I’ve been speaking more or less every day with Paul. He knows he wouldn’t be dropped,’ said Solskjaer.

‘When Paul plays like this, he wouldn’t be dropped from any team in the world — France or Manchester United — but he’s been out for a long, long time.

‘There was a question mark before the game against Southampton but he felt ready for it, which was great, so now let’s see how he is.

‘He’s been fantastic since the restart and brought a lot to the team.’

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