However, Pogba is still keen to depart and will refuse any offer of a new contract in Manchester.
The midfielder has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he is committed to United this season, but he sees his long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
United placed a £180m price tag on their star man's head this summer, a fee which proved too large for Madrid.
Los Blancos could return for Pogba next summer, though, and United may be involved in a similar transfer saga ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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