Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urges ‘vital’ Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford to reject transfer offers

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are ‘vital’ to Manchester United’s future, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford they are ‘vital’ to the club’s future amid strong interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Solskjaer was appointed United’s manager on a full-time basis on Thursday and the 46-year-old is looking to overhaul his squad in the summer after being promised a £250million warchest.

Borussia Dortmund and England wonderkid Jadon Sancho is at the top of Solskjaer’s wishlist and the Norwegian is also desperate to keep hold of his star players ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

United’s owners believe the club can make a genuine assault on the title under Solskjaer next season and Pogba and Rashford are viewed as key figures going forward.

Pogba has been heavily linked with Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid, while Barcelona are eyeing a move for Rashford as they search for Luis Suarez’s long-term replacement.

Asked if the pair will realise all their ambitions at Old Trafford, Solskjaer replied: ‘That’s our aim as a club to be achieving what we have done in the past and that is the expectations here.

‘And of course we are hoping to build a team strong enough worthy of the history of the club.

Solskjaer became United’s permanent manager this week (Picture: Getty)

‘They are vital for our future.’

‘You have got loads of players who you can build a team around and those [Pogba and Rashford] are two that you asked me about.’

While Pogba is said to be ‘serious’ about joining Madrid this summer, reports suggest Rashford is ready to commit his long-term future to the Red Devils.

Rashford, who is tied into a contract until the summer of 2020, has no interest in a potential move to the Nou Camp despite the recent speculation surrounding his future.

The England attacker is convinced Solkjaer is the right man to take United forward following a toxic period under Jose Mourinho.

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