Southampton skipper Fonte, 32, has become Jose Mourinho’s top defensive target, with the centre back stalling on talks over a new deal at St Mary’s.
And Puel is not happy that news of United’s interest has leaked just days before the two teams meet at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman said: “It is strange this rumour appeared just before the game with United.
“It is a possibility that it has come out of United. It is strange.
“For me it’s just a rumour and it’s a surprise to see this against United two days before but it’s not a problem for us.
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