Man United expect Paul Pogba to stay in January amid contract uncertainty

Sources told ESPN that Manchester United expect Paul Pogba to stay during the January transfer window despite the midfielder approaching the end of his contract at Old Trafford.

Pogba will be a free agent in the summer and can start formal negotiations with clubs outside England from 1 January.

Sources have told ESPN that United will consider offers for Pogba in January if the France international confirms to the club that he has no intention of signing a new deal, but that has not happened yet.

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The 28-year-old is close to making a comeback after suffering a muscle injury in November and, according to sources, has expressed his willingness to work with interim coach Ralf Rangnick.

Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are among the clubs that have expressed interest in Pogba while he has not yet ruled out signing an extension at United.

Jesse Lingard’s contract will also expire next summer, and while he is also set to stay at the club in January, it appears he is set to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Lingard, 29, is keen to find regular first-team football and has concerns he won’t make enough matches at Old Trafford to get back into the England squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Dean Henderson’s future is also up in the air. Sources told ESPN that further meetings between United and the England goalkeeper are scheduled next week to discuss the possibility of a loan deal next month.

United reopened their training base in Carrington on Tuesday after a lockdown forced by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay, Fred, Mason Greenwood and Luke Shaw have been reported to test with others expected on Wednesday in a surprise comeback.

Ewan Sharp was at Carrington on Wednesday with the former FC Toronto coach due to be added to the Rangnick staff as assistant coach and analyst following the departures of Kieran McKenna and Martin Burt to Ipswich Town.

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