‘Jose goes against his players… and he treats them like they don’t exist’: Paul Pogba re-opens his feud with old boss Mourinho, slamming his Manchester United management and new ‘son’s dinner’ row
- Paul Pogba has taken a swipe at former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
- The pair had a training-ground bust-up in front of the TV cameras in 2018
- Mourinho had stripped the French midfielder of the United vice-captaincy
- Pogba said Mourinho would cast players aside without any explanation
- He contrasted his methods with those of current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- And Pogba said Mourinho’s ‘son’s dinner’ comments were to distract from loss
Paul Pogba has reignited his feud with Jose Mourinho, claiming Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would never turn on the players like his predecessor did at Old Trafford.
The pair’s relationship became toxic before the Portuguese coach was sacked in December 2018.
Mourinho stripped Pogba of the vice-captaincy, but it is a sign of the Frenchman’s renaissance under Solskjaer that he was made skipper for Thursday’s Europa League win over Granada.
Paul Pogba has re-opened his feud with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, accusing him of casting him and other players aside without any explanation
Pogba and Mourinho had a training ground bust-up in full view of the TV cameras in 2018
‘Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho. Everybody saw that and the next day you don’t know what happened,’ said Pogba. ‘That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don’t know.
‘What I have with Ole is different because he wouldn’t go against the players. Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.’
Solskjaer and Mourinho clashed after United’s win at Tottenham last weekend. Pogba believes it was typical of Mourinho to try to divert attention away from his side’s 3-1 defeat.
‘I’m sure Mourinho said something that made people speak, that’s what he does,’ Pogba told Sky Sports before the game against Burnley at Old Trafford tomorrow.
Mourinho watches on as Pogba prays ahead of last Sunday’s Tottenham vs Man United match
The Frenchman contrasted his relationship with Mourinho with that of current boss Solskjaer
‘He doesn’t want to speak about the game. It’s very Mourinho.’
Pogba, who won the League Cup and Europa League during Mourinho’s first season at United before their relationship soured, spoke about the fallout from Sunday’s win at Spurs.
Edinson Cavani saw a first-half opener disallowed by VAR after Scott McTominay made contact with Son Heung-min’s face with a stray arm in the build-up.
Goal was overturned after Scott McTominay’s hand made contact with Son Heung-min’s face
Solskjaer criticised Son’s reaction, saying the referee had been ‘conned’, leading to a heated argument and a war of words with Mourinho.
The Norwegian made the remark that if his own son had gone down as easily ‘and needs 10 of his mates to help him up, he won’t get any food.’
Mourinho responded: ‘I just want to say, Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole, because I think a father – I am a father – you have to feed your kids, it doesn’t matter what they do.’
Pogba has been in good form for United this season, a highlight being his winner at AC Milan