Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba doesn’t seem to have the best of relationships, and rumours during the summer linked Pogba with a move to Barcelona, but United were never going to sell their record signing.
Mourinho’s relationship with Pogba took a dive after the Portuguese announced that he has stripped the World Cup winner of his captaincy.
“The only truth is that I made the decision of Pogba not to be the second-captain anymore,” Mourinho said.
“No fall out. The person who made the decision to be second-captain was also me. Just one decision which I don’t have to explain.”
This came after Pogba criticised the manager’s tactics as he insisted that the team should attack more.
Pogba said: “When we are at home we should attack, attack, attack. That’s Old Trafford. We are here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Man United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake today.
“We were winning 1-0 so it was positive for us. Then we tried to defend a bit more against the counter-attack. We stopped playing forward like in the first half and we didn’t really put them in trouble.”
Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has now told both Mourinho and Pogba to get their acts together, sort out their differences and put the team first.
“If you are a captain or vice-captain, you’re more often than not speaking on behalf of the players, and there is nothing wrong with giving the manager your thoughts,” Berbatov wrote in his Betfair column.
“But this shouldn’t be done in the media – it helps nobody for these arguments to be played out in public. Apart from the media themselves of course!
“In modern football, players are very powerful, they are the stars of the show. It’s normal for them to have opinions, but they need to be backed up.
“I’m really surprised it has got to this stage. This sort of thing really needs to be kept in-house. You’re all grown-ups, figure it out in the dressing room.
“For Mourinho to have gone as far as removing the vice captaincy, Pogba must have provoked him – whether it was the comments after the Wolves game or something else. But these arguments affect everybody else and start having an impact on the pitch.
“As someone who wants Manchester United to do well, I’m fed up of waking up and seeing these headlines. Football should be about what happens on the pitch, not who has the biggest dick. It’s a stupid situation.”