Jose Mourinho opens up about Man United star: I couldn’t be happier with him
The Manchester United coach has had a turbulent summer with his star-player being heavily linked with a move to Barcelona
Jose Mourinho insists that he is happy with Paul Pogba despite rumours that the World Cup winner will be moving to FC Barcelona.
Pogba has been subject to bids from FC Barcelona but Manchester United have stood strong and now the rumours are that the La Liga champions will make a move for Pogba in January or indeed next summer.
Amid reports of Pogba’s unhappiness with the club, Mourinho has moved quickly to quash those claims.
Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s 3-1 loss to Brighton on Sunday, Mourinho said:
“The truth is we have been together for two years, and a couple of weeks, and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now,” Mourinho said via the Manchester United website.
“That’s the truth.”
Pogba scored the opening goal of Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester curtain-raiser earlier this month and United fans will be hoping that he can replicate the form he showed in Russia which made him a huge part of Les Bleus bringing the World Cup back to France for a second time.
He was reportedly subject to a players-plus-cash approach from Barcelona which United rejected.
And Mourinho insists that his star-player is giving all he can despite the speculation.
“I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him.
“He came here on Monday, he trained for three days, I asked for his support, for his contribution in an important match for us, when the team had difficulties,” he said.
“He did it, he did it better and for more time than we could expect. When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it’s exactly what I want.
“It’s exactly what I demand from my players, it is what he is giving me.”
Question marks have been raised over whether Pogba is really a team player as he has failed to replicate the understanding he showed at Juventus with Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, which made United pay a then world-record fee to bring him back to Old Trafford.
However, Mourinho refuted this claim: “He’s working well, he’s playing well, he does [it] for the fans, he does [it] for the team and that’s what I want.
“I want him to play for the team, which he’s doing, and, I repeat, I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”