Jose Mourinho replies when asked about Man United rift with Paul Pogba
The Manchester United manager opens up about a potential rift with Paul Pogba
Jose Mourinho has rubbished reports of a rift with Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils boss has used Pogba sparingly in the second half of the 2017-18 season since his return from a knee problem.
The 25-year-old has received criticism from his manager for his ineffective performances in the current campaign.
Indeed, Pogba has struggled in the middle of the park when asked to play alongside Nemanja Matic as part of a midfield pair.
The Manchester United star started on the bench for both legs of their Champions League last-16 tie against Sevilla, which the Red Devils lost 2-1.
Pogba was linked with a potential move to Real Madrid in the aftermath of their European exit, while Pep Guardiola claimed that the midfielder’s agent offered Manchester City in the January transfer window.
Speaking to ESPN about a reported rift between the Manchester United boss and Pogba, Mourinho said:
“If that happened 10 or 15 years back, it would bother me a lot, because in that time it wouldn’t have lies in journalism.
“Actually, I don’t even know who’s a journalist and who isn’t anymore, because nowadays anyone can be a journalist. In fact, me and Paul [Pogba] never had a personal issue.
“If you tell me that we would have problems because me, as a coach, create different things than someone else and vice versa, ok. But personal issues, absolutely not.
“And I feel happy to say that Paul can be a lot of things, but there’s a think I can assure you: he’s very polite.”
Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table and on course to finish in the top four for the first time under Mourinho.
The Red Devils will take on Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley next month.