United are back in the fight for Champions League qualification having enjoyed a remarkable revival since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s return to Old Trafford.
Central to their impressive form have been the showings of Pogba and Rashford, both of whom look to have been freed by their interim Manchester United manager.
Pogba’s performances have resulted in links to Real Madrid – a club that last week he admitted he “dreams” of playing for.
report United will knock back any offers that they receive for either Pogba or Rashford once the transfer window reopens.
Solskjaer, who players and staff anticipate will be appointed on a permanent basis, sees the duo as key to United’s long-term future.
And the Norwegian is therefore reluctant to even ponder the possibility of either one heading for the exit door this summer.
United are hard at work attempting to convince Marcus Rashford to extend his contract, which expires in 2020 but that the Red Devils can prolong by a year already.
Paul Pogba, meanwhile, is on the books at United until 2021 and United have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.
Solskjaer is said to have been working on United’s summer transfer strategy alongside Ed Woodward and co. for some time.
And there is a growing expectation he will soon be confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s full-time successor in Manchester before being given the chance to strengthen the squad he inherited.
United’s staggering stint under Solskjaer was rocked slightly by successive defeats to Arsenal and Wolves earlier this month.
And they will be desperate to get back on track this weekend when they return to Premier League action after the international break.
Javi Graci’s Watford come to town on Saturday off the back of a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last time out.
They did, though, lose to United when the sides met at Vicarage Road in September with Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling on target in a 2-1 victory.