Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at claims stating that relations with midfielder Paul Pogba have been damaged. Due to the Frenchman’s dwindling playing time, many believed it was down to ha bust up with the manager, probably punishing him for his actions.
The 23-year-old has been subbed off twice in his last three league games for the Old Trafford outfit, while being left out on the bench for the third one, thus not allowing to play the entire course of the game for three matches in a row. This led to reports stating that Mourinho has a problem with him, while certain news stories went on to state that Pogba regrets picking United over Real Madrid as they are unwilling to play a midfield three, which would benefit his game.
Addressing claims of a bust up, Mourinho said (via ESPN): “A big lie that our relation is not good, that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team so be objective and say what we all know.
“In the last couple of matches he didn’t play well. Period. End of story. Now it’s my problem and Paul’s to improve his performance level, you don’t need to be a liar.”
Many have been critical of Pogba’s performances of late and have blamed Mourinho and his system for failing to get the best out of the Frenchman. The critics continue to state that United need to build the team around Pogba and that Mourinho must start playing to the player’s strengths or he might end up losing a player with world-class potential.
However, the Portuguese was hell-bent that the midfielder has been played in his preferred position and it is now down to him to regain his form and start performing once again for the Red Devils.
“The position is quite ridiculous. I would like you to tell me which position Pogba played in against Newcastle. Any one of you want to tell me?
“We play with Matic as a six, Lingard on the right side of Matic and Pogba on the left side. You know which is the Pogba preferred system? 433. Do you know Pogba’s favourite position in 433? Eight on the left.
“So it’s easy and honest and objective to say Paul didn’t play well against Newcastle but some of the guys are paid millions, don’t let people read things that are not true, you are paid to read the game and explain the game, don’t say bulls—.”