Jose Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager mid-December as the 55-year-old was eased off his job two days after the disastrous 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
Mourinho was rumoured to have lost the Manchester United dressing room and had fallen out with a number of players, with the club record signing Paul Pogba at the heart of it.
Pogba’s form was consistently poor under Mourinho and the Portuguese dropped him on the bench in his last three games in charge of the club. Rumours were thick that Pogba was keen on leaving United last summer after his relationship with Mourinho deteriorated and he was almost certain to hand in a transfer request if the 55-year-old remained in charge.
Pogba’s brother Mathias Pogba has now admitted that Mourinho was the cause of the problems and wanted to be the centre of attention for everything.
“The problem was Mourinho, right down the line,” Pogba’s brother told French radio station RMC.
“In the locker room, outside the locker room, everything. From what we see of Mourinho, he always wants to be the maestro, the centre of attention.
“Paul doesn’t even calculate that aspect. You respect him, he will respect you, you trust him, he will make you big matches.”
Pogba is looking a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has already scored four goals in just four games, while assisting three goals.
The 25-year-old did not initially join the team on their trip to Dubai but has now joined United at their Dubai training camp on Monday after staying in Manchester for an extra day to receive treatment on an injury that kept him out of the 2-0 FA Cup third round win against Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Pogba stole the show as Manchester United defeated Bournemouth 4-1 at Old Trafford in December, and the World Cup winner aimed a sly dig at former manager Jose Mourinho by saying Solskjaer wants the team to attack and that is what the players want to do when they get on the pitch.
“I don’t know (the biggest change),” Pogba told Sky Sports. “Maybe we have just realised that we are Manchester United, we need to keep up and we need to be at the top of the league.
“The reaction of all the players, everybody doing themselves that is what we need. A team needs to enjoy playing football, we work for each other and that is the result on the pitch.
“Obviously it is different. We still won some games with the old manager, so it is just a different style of play. We are more offensive I would say, so we create more chances, and play a bit higher as well. So we try to play like that. That is how we want to play.
“We want to attack, and the manager wants to attack and that is what we do on the pitch.”