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For long periods in 2019-20, it appeared as though qualification for elite European competition would be beyond Manchester United.
The clock also looked to be ticking on Paul Pogba’s second stint at Old Trafford, with regular rounds of transfer talk seeing him linked with a move elsewhere.
The World Cup winner has hinted that his long-term future lies at United, as he looks forward to gracing the Champions League again with the Red Devils.
Pogba had suggested in the past that he was ready to take on a new challenge, while injury struggles were doing his cause few favours when it came to proving a point in England.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were, however, to enjoy a collective reversal in fortune from January with the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting proving to be a catalyst.
Exit rumours have faded away around the France international, with few clubs in a position financially to make an approach for a player that would demand a sizeable fee.
The 27-year-old appears to have no issue with that and, amid talk of a new contract being put to him, has indicated that he will be sticking around in Manchester.
He posted on social media after helping United to a 2-0 victory over Leicester which secured them a third-place finish: “Let’s gooooooo Champions League baby.”
Solskjaer has always maintained that Pogba is going nowhere, with a welcome return to form and fitness justifying that faith.