Man United legend defends Paul Pogba after Jose Mourinho sacking

The Man United legend criticises the media for focusing on Jose Mourinho-Paul Pogba drama after the manager's sacking

Man United star Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Patrice Evra has played down the significance of Paul Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho after Manchester United sacked the manager on Tuesday.

The Red Devils opted for a change of management less than 48 hours after Manchester United suffered a humiliating 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield.

Manchester United’s most expensive player didn’t make it off the bench in the north-west derby, even after Xherdan Shaqiri’s quick-fire double gave Liverpool FC a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes left in the clash.

The Mourinho-Pogba saga started in the Champions League round of 16 last season when the Portuguese coach opted to drop the France star to the bench for the first leg at Sevilla.

He made an attempt to revive relations with the World Cup winner after Mourinho made Pogba his vice captain at Manchester United ahead of the 2018-19 season.

However, the Manchester United record signing was stripped of the responsibility after he appeared to criticise Mourinho’s tactics after a 1-1 draw with Wolves in September.

Pogba has been in and out of the Manchester United starting XI since that transgression.

His last start under Mourinho came in November when Pogba struggled in a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Pogba was on the bench for their next three Premier League games to fuel speculation surrounding his long-term future at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United defender Evra, who was team-mates with Pogba during his first spell at the club, played down the significance of the Mourinho-Pogba drama.

Evra wrote on Twitter: “The thing that is annoying me the most right now is why are people so focused on @paulpogba and Jose Mourinho. Let’s focus on rebuilding something solid instead of being in a playground. Doing this is only disrespecting the badge, from now we only need positivity. #ManUtd #MUFC”

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