Pogba accuses Mourinho of ‘going against players’

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has attacked his former manager Jose Mourinho’s man-management style, accusing him of going against players and making them feel like they don’t exist anymore.

Following Mourinho’s appointment at United in 2016, the Portuguese manager made Pogba the world’s most expensive player.

Pogba was instrumental as United claimed a League Cup and Europa League double in 2017, but the pair had an uneasy relationship before Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 and succeeded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Mourinho’s relationship with some of his players deteriorated following that first campaign and there were reports of a training ground spat with Pogba after the France midfielder was stripped of the United vice-captaincy in September 2018.

“What I have now with Ole is different because he wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba said in a Sky Sports interview.

“Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.

“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho. Everybody sees that and the next day you don’t know what happened. That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho. And I cannot explain to you because, even me, I don’t know,” he said.

Pogba’s comments came after United piled the pressure on Mourinho with a 3-1 win at Tottenham last Sunday.

Spurs are six points off the top four with just seven Premier League games to play.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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