Manchester United chief Woodward signed Pogba from Juventus in the summer of 2016 but, three years on, and the France international is being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The World Cup winner flirted with a move to the Bernabeu back in March and, since then, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has publicly insisted the 26-year-old will stay, saying: “You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes I think Paul’s gonna be here, he’s very determined to succeed at Man Utd.

“It’s the standards he sets because when he’s creating chances, scoring goals, doing loads of work, the media, supporters, everyone looks to Paul and says could you have done better.

“He’s done fantastic for us, he’s a human being as well and we’re all the same, we want him to do well.

“He’s a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us.

“Going back to if I can guarantee, I would say yes, I can guarantee – although in life you can never – but he will be here as far as I’m concerned.”

Yet the Daily Mail say Pogba has told United team-mates he wants to join Real.

He reportedly thinks the club have not evolved since his return three years ago, with the Red Devils way off Liverpool and Manchester City on the domestic front.

The Daily Mail add, however, that Woodward still wants to keep him.

The United chief sees Pogba as a huge commercial asset, despite the player dividing opinion among the Old Trafford faithful.

Some see him as the man to lead in a bright new era.

But others are concerned about his dressing room influence, with reports even suggesting club insiders have their doubts.

Meanwhile, pundit Mark Lawrenson believes United should allow Pogba to join Real as part of a swap deal for Gareth Bale.

Bale is likely to leave the La Liga giants with manager Zinedine Zidane unconvinced.

And Lawrenson said of Pogba: “In terms of Paul Pogba, I’m just so not convinced.

“If you could swap him for Gareth Bale, swap him all day.

“I think Bale is a big-game player and will get you loads of goals.

“He’s also left-sided which is unusual. That might be the way forward.”

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