It’s been a tumultuous few days for Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, but the Frenchman appears to have put it all behind him.
The latest furore between World Cup winner Pogba and his Portuguese manager began with the 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford at the weekend.
Mourinho was unhappy that his players didn’t follow his instructions and couldn’t preserve a 1-0 lead, while Pogba said afterwards that he wants United to “attack, attack, attack” when they play at home instead of going back into their shell.
It didn’t help his cause that he was the man who lost possession that led to the Wolves equaliser.
Mourinho responded by stripping Pogba of the second captain role, although he denied that there had been a fall-out between the two, amid rumours of the midfielder wanting a move to Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Then the Red Devils’ League Cup campaign crashed to a halt when they lost 8-7 on penalties to Derby County at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, after the match ended 2-2.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Pogba – who was rested for the game – recorded himself in the stands, laughing with teammates Luke Shaw and Andreas Pereira.
When he made the video, it was during the first half when United were in front, and he posted it to Instagram.
The Sun tabloid newspaper reported that the video only went through after the final whistle – due to a bad wifi signal!
And that is what ultimately led to the training ground bust-up between the two on Wednesday, when Mourinho called in United press officer John Allen to ask him “When did Paul post to Instagram?”
Pogba seemed to already shrug off his latest row with Mourinho on Wednesday when he posted a photo of an earring with a winking-face emoji after training.
And on Thursday, he tried to show that he wasn’t being weighed down too much by all the controversy by singing along to Vegedream’s “Ramenez La Coupe A La Maison”, which means “Bring the cup home”.
French musician Vegedream pays tribute to the players and manager Didier Deschamps for winning the World Cup in Russia, and Pogba sang the line that bears his name and posted the video to Instagram on Thursday, with the caption “Will never get old”.
Now it remains to be seen whether the 25-year-old will feature for United in their next Premier League clash against West Ham in London on Saturday (1.30pm SA time kickoff).