LONDON – Manchester United have denied claims that Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba were involved in a bust up as a result of the midfielder’s comments to the media after Friday’s win over Leicester, according a report from Sky News.
Pogba was given the captaincy for the game, in what was seen as an olive branch from Mourinho after their much-publicised feud last season. He lead United to a 2-1 victory; scoring from the penalty spot, impressing with his attacking play in the first half and working hard to ensure his team closed out the game.
However, Pogba’s widely reported comments to newspaper journalists after the game seemed to indicate that he wanted to leave the club. Particularly in light of reports of a rejected transfer bid from Barcelona. "If you're not happy, you cannot give your best," Pogba said. "There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined."
The Sun reported on Thursday that the pair’s relationship hit a new low when Mourinho called the World Cup winner in for a meeting. The article claims Mounrinho warned Pogba not to air his grievances in public and told him to put in a transfer request if he wanted to leave the club “again”.
Pogba is said to have told Mourinho that he should speak to his agent, Mino Raiola, if he wanted to have a formal discussion again. A subsequent report from Sky News said United has described the reports as "absolute nonsense" and Pogba and Mourinho remained on "good" terms.
Pogba joined United in 2016 for £93.25m in what was at the time the world’s highest fee ever paid for a player. The Manchester United academy graduate has three years left on his contract in what his second spell at the club, after leaving for Juventus as a youngster.
James Cooper: "Manchester United have spoken to me this morning. And they are angry, they're incensed, they're telling me there was no bust up between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. The reports of this are absolute nonsense. The relationship between the two people is good." [Sky]