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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba‘s relationship with head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly ‘slowly fading’, with the Frenchman said to be determined to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Pogba previously clashed with Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer’s predecessor, with the Portuguese boss reportedly calling the player ‘a virus’ in front of the United team after a 2-2 draw against Southampton on December 1.

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A little over two weeks later, on December 18, Mourinho was sacked by United after falling 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool. The Reds beat United 3-1 in Mourinho’s last game, with Pogba an unused substitute.

Pogba has been one of United’s star performers since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho as head coach in December.

Indeed, the 26-year-old has now contributed 14 goals and 11 assists in 40 appearances for the Red Devils this term.

Talk of a potential summer switch to Real Madrid or Barcelona is refusing to go away, though, with Pogba believed to be determined to force a move to Spain.

Solskjaer recently insisted that United would keep hold of the midfielder this summer, but according to Le Parisien, the relationship between the two has deteriorated, which could lead to an exit.

Pogba – who played the full 90 minutes as United lost 1-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night – has a contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2021, with the option of a further year.

The France midfielder initially enjoyed a resurgence in form under Solskjaer when he arrived to replace Jose Mourinho on an initial interim basis in December.

Pogba scored nine times in Solskjaer’s first 12 matches but hasn’t found the net since United’s 2-0 win at Chelsea in the FA Cup in February.

United are sixth in the Premier League standings, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with matches against Manchester City and Chelsea still to come, as well as a trip to Goodison Park to play Everton.

And World Cup winner Pogba, 26, is not prepared to miss out on Champions League football next season.

Speaking while on international duty with France in March about the potential of linking up with Zidane, Pogba told reporters: “Like I’ve always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“There is also (Zinedine) Zidane as a coach and it’s a dream for anybody who likes football.”

United play West Ham on Saturday in the Premier League’s late kick-off.