Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho and midfielder Paul Pogba “are not on talking terms, a report in England has said.† The pair are said to be communicating through assistant manager, Rui Faria.
Mourinho publicly criticised Pogba for unimpressive performances, which stemmed from the latter’s complaint of being played out of position at Manchester United following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January. The former Juventus man lamented Mourinho’s new arrangement in the heart of United’s midfield does not suit his style of play as an offensive midfielder.
The Portuguese told a press conference the Frenchman “must learn to play in his new role”. Pogba was subsequently benched by Mourinho in the Champions League home and away tie against Sevilla earlier in the month and was also left out of the club’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
According to The Mail,† the former FC Porto coach is “playing hardball” with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw, saying he (Mourinho) does not believe player power can lead to his sack at the club; a similar situation during his time at Real Madrid and more recently in Chelsea.
The former Chelsea manager have had to leap to the defence of his £89 million acquisition from Juventus in the past, following criticisms that he was yet to justify the huge amount United splashed on him in 2016.