All is not well at Manchester United. Manager Jose Mourinho and his crafty French midfielder Paul Pogba are at odds at a time when the Red Devils are struggling for results.
On Wednesday morning, a video clip surfaced on social media showing an unpleasant exchange between Mourinho and Pogba at the training ground.
A draw over the weekend against Wolves at Old Trafford in Premier League saw Mourinho’s tactics questioned with the midfielder suggesting that they should play more “attacking” football while at home.
“We are at home and we should play much better against Wolves. We are here to attack,” Pogba said in the aftermath of the game against Wolves.
“When we play like [that] it’s easier for us. I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake.”
“Maybe the attitude should be better and we should play better because, again, we are at Old Trafford and we should just attack and press like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season,” the 25-year-old added.
The result was followed by an English Football League Cup (Carabao Cup) exit at home against Championship side Derby County on Tuesday night which Pogba had to watch from the stands having not been named in the matchday squad.
The situation has had the Portuguese manager strip the former Juventus star of his vice-captain status even when he (Mourinho) says there’s “no problem” between him and the player.
“The only truth is that I made the decision for him not to be second captain any more but there is no fallout, no problem,” Mourinho said.
“I am the manager I can make these decisions. No fallout at all, no problem at all, just a decision that I don’t have to explain,” he added.