Paul Ince urges Ed Woodward to ‘stamp out’ Man United drama
The Man United legend reflects on the current controversy at Old Trafford
Paul Ince has called upon Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward to end the public dispute between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils are in crisis mode following a third Premier League defeat of the current campaign at West Ham United on Saturday evening.
Manchester United slumped to a 3-1 loss to the Hammers at the London Stadium to drop down to tenth place in the Premier League table.
Mourinho stripped Pogba of the vice captaincy following the World Cup winner’s criticism of the team’s tactics in the wake of a 1-1 draw with Wolves last month.
The Red Devils boss attempted to explain his decision ahead of Manchester United’s surprise 8-7 loss on penalties to Championship side Derby County in the Carabao Cup.
The pair fuelled the media speculation surrounding their deteriorating relationship after Mourinho and Pogba was caught having a heated conversation during training last week.
Former Manchester United midfielder Ince likened the current drama at Manchester United to an episode of British soap opera Coronation Street.
“What’s happening between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba seems like a battle of wills or egos now,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“They both feel they have to win – but in a situation like this, nobody does. United’s poor run of results makes it feel like make-or-break time as they face Valencia tonight in the Champions League.
“It’s like a Coronation Street saga.
“The United fans have had enough of it. Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice chairman, needs to stamp it out now as it looks like all the bad feeling and suspicion is spreading throughout the squad.
“here’s always been bust-ups, whether between managers and players or team mates at football clubs or any team sport.”
But you keep them in-house and don’t air all your dirty linen in public. ”
Manchester United are in tenth place and nine points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC.
The Red Devils are five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur to raise questions about their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League.