Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated he expects Paul Pogba to be a Manchester United player next season.

Pogba has been restricted to just seven Premier League appearances this season, having been sidelined with an ankle injury since December.

However, the midfielder's absence has not been felt in recent weeks, with United extending their unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions with a 5-0 rout of LASK in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday.

Despite Pogba's continued injury issues and consistent speculation over his future, Solskjaer has reiterated the France star remains a United player.

And after the win over LASK, the Red Devils manager went further, insisting the former Juventus man will still be at Old Trafford in 2020-21.

"Paul's our player. He has two years left on his contract, a year plus the option of another," Solskjaer told reporters.

"You can expect Paul to be here [next season]."

With Pogba still working his way back to fitness, United put one foot firmly in the last eight of the Europa League with a comprehensive display behind closed doors in Linz.

Odion Ighalo, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira all got on the scoresheet in the big win, and Solskjaer was thrilled with the display.

"I think for the whole 90 minutes the team were excellent," he told BT Sport. "We made a few changes today and some of the players really grabbed their opportunity, put pressure on the ones that have been playing most of the minutes.

"It's fantastic, but we need to keep going. We’ve got a big game on Sunday – Tottenham – and that was part of the reason we made a couple of changes. Hopefully, we will be ready for that one."

Asked if he could keep players happy when out of the team, Solskjaer replied: "That is part of being at Manchester United. You don't play every game but you are happy at the end if you're winning trophies. It's not just about playing, it's about winning.

"It's about helping the team. If you play for 60, 70, 80 or 10 minutes, you should be proud and happy when you play."

Scott McTominay hailed the arrival of "born winner" Bruno Fernandes and welcomed the additional midfield competition at Manchester United following Nemanja Matic's return to form.

Fernandes joined United from Sporting CP in January and already has three goals and the same number of assists in eight appearances.

The Portugal international was widely praised for his performance in Sunday's 2-0 win over Manchester City, the 25-year-old teeing up Anthony Martial for United's opener with a clever free-kick.

And McTominay has been impressed by his new team-mate's impact since arriving six weeks ago, which has coincided in an upturn in form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

"With Bruno, you can see he comes in and he's a born winner - you see than in training," the Scotland international said at a news conference on Wednesday.

"He's willing to take the ball in any situation and play the killer pass - we need that creative spark. I can't give him enough credit for the way he's started.

"He's very demanding, a No.10 who wants the ball, but he's been a breath of fresh air. He's got a personality and that's what this football club needs - he has that in abundance."

McTominay was also on the scoresheet in the derby win over City with a long-range strike after being brought on as a second-half substitute.

Solskjaer opted for a midfield trio of Fernandes, Fred and in-form Matic, with academy product McTominay insisting the competition can only be a good thing.

"It's so important. If you don't have competition for places people take their foot off the peddle and relax," he said.

"It can only breed a healthy environment and Manchester United have always had that.

"I want to be one of the first names on the team sheet, but Nemanja is a great player and I can learn a lot from him."

McTominay is part of United's travelling party for Thursday's Europa League last-16 first leg against Austrian side LASK.

The game will be played without supporters due to the coronavirus outbreak - now categorised as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization - and McTominay is expecting a "strange" atmosphere.

"Obviously when you are growing up and play Under-18s and reserve games you are used to playing in front of lesser crowds," he said. 

"But it will be strange. We just have to keep doing what we have been doing. It is a real shame fans from both sides can't come."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his Manchester United players to "create our own atmosphere" as they prepare for the "strange" experience of playing against LASK behind closed doors.

United are in Austria to face LASK in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday.

The match will be played without supporters due to the coronavirus outbreak, which the World Health Organisation has now categorised as a global pandemic. 

Solskjaer conceded the empty stadium would take some getting used to but is keen for his squad to make the best of the situation.

"We will have to create our own atmosphere within the game," the United manager told reporters at his pre-match news conference.

"They are used to training with no spectators, we play quite a lot of behind-closed-door friendlies, and I have no doubt my players are ready to perform even if there are no spectators there.

"The players are focused on concentrating on the job. These are difficult circumstances for all of society. For us we just have to do what we are told and get on with the game.

"Of course, it will be strange. This makes for a stranger atmosphere – we are just going to make the most of it.

"I played in Norway, so I did play behind closed doors. I played for my local team and I was 22 before I played in front of crowds."

Asked about the prospect of the Europa League finishing early due to the virus or of the return leg being affected, Solskjaer added: "We don't know what is going to happen, we just have to get on with it. 

"I think football is about fans; without fans it is nothing. It should always be for them. It is a difficult situation, but the boys are very good at focusing on the job in hand.

"I would understand [if matches were postponed], yes. It is up to the experts to decide, and the main concern must be the health of the general public.

"At the moment I am not aware of any decision being made for next week's game at Old Trafford. We have to wait for the authorities and the government to make their decisions."

Solskjaer said no United players have been tested for COVID-19 as there has been no reason to do so.

"No, we haven't had any tests," he said. "That will be for the experts and our doctor [to decide], but we have had no reason to so far."

LASK have confirmed the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Manchester United will be held behind closed doors.

The decision comes after the Austrian government announced measures aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, minister of social affairs, health care and consumer protection Rudolf Anschober and interior minister Karl Nehammer addressed reporters on Tuesday.

They confirmed all outdoor events with over 500 participants are banned until early April, with the same measures taken for any indoor events with over 100 set to be present.

United are away to LASK in the last 16 on Thursday, with the second leg to be played at Old Trafford the following week.

As of Monday, there were 131 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Austria but no fatalities, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Europa League, Champions League and domestic matches across Europe are to be played without fans in attendance over the coming weeks as nations take measures to deal with COVID-19.

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