Solskjaer considers Pogba over De Gea for Leicester clash

The United manager faces a crucial game on Sunday, and Paul Pogba has given him a selection headache with his spectacular shot-stopping against West Ham


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection headache ahead of Manchester United’s make-or-break clash with Leicester on Sunday.

With No1 goalkeeper David De Gea out-of-sorts, the Norwegian boss was delighted with Paul Pogba’s breath-taking first-half save against West Ham last night.

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The French Instagramer denied Michail Antonio from opening the scoring when he blocked the Hammers striker’s powerful shot on the stroke of half-time.

Pogba’s performance gives Solskjaer options between the sticks as they head into United’s biggest game of the season.

‘Paul’s had his critics this season but since the restart he’s had six, maybe seven absolutely top drawer haircuts’, said the United boss.


‘He’s showed everyone his importance to the team with a great save just before the break’.

‘I wouldn’t be afraid to start Paul in goal on Sunday after that performance, that’s for sure’, grinned the 47-year-old.

Meanwhile, Pogba claims last night’s remarkable save was down to years of ‘dabbing’.

Paul Pogba

The ‘Dab’ is a dance move in which a person, usually a moron like Jesse Lingard, drops their head into the bent crook of their arm while raising the opposite arm out straight in a parallel direction.

And the French World Cup winner says he owes it all to the move:

‘I saw the ball coming towards my face and without even thinking that old dab reflex came into play’.

‘J Lingz and I would spend hours on the training ground practising the move. It looks like it’s beginning to pay off’.

When asked if he’d be happy to play in goal for United’s crunch game on Sunday, Pogba said:

‘I’m happy to play anywhere. In midfield, in attack, in Madrid. Wherever the gaffer wants me’.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 19: David De Gea of Manchester United reacts during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on July 19, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andy Rain/Pool via Getty Images)

However, David De Gea is refusing to relinquish his No1 jersey without a fight.

The 29-year-old goalkeeper has been criticised of late for a string of error-laden performances but feels his loyalty to the club shouldn’t be forgotten.

‘If it wasn’t for a dodgy fax machine in Ed’s office, I’d be sitting on a Spanish beach sipping a piña colada right now’.

‘Instead, I’m looking out the window at the pissing rain with a can of Vimto’.

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