Pogba just a player and not bigger than Man Utd – Mourinho

Date published: Friday 28th September 2018 2:06

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho refused to give away what he said to Paul Pogba during their frosty training ground exchange.

Boss Jose Mourinho took the step to strip Paul Pogba of the vice-captaincy on Tuesday when he told the player but the Portuguese coach has insisted he doesn’t have to explain his decision.

Over the weekend, Pogba seemed to criticise Mourinho’s playing style as he urged the team to “attack” when playing at Old Trafford.

A clip emerged on Wednesday which appeared to show a rather tense exchange between the pair ahead of training.

However, the Portuguese refused to disclose what was said, insisting the pair have a good relationship.

“Exactly that,” Mourinho told reporters.

“That’s exactly that, I think Paul told that in one of his appearances in the famous mixed zone and is exactly, he is correct. Is a good relation, player manager.

“No, I cannot tell you [what was said]. The training session was open, you had some cameras with some potential to get some of the words, maybe you have to change the potential if you want to know everything that is said because I’m not going to comment, it was a conversation.”

Mourinho also revealed in further detail why he chose to strip Pogba of the vice-captaincy.

“I explain very detailed to the people that has to know in detail, which is the squad and especially Paul, so Paul and the other players in the squad know in detail the reason why myself and my coaching staff, we decide to do that and I always analyse a player as a player when a player is captain.

“I analyse the player by the player and captain perspective. And after weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff we made the decision Paul is just a player and not a captain. Decision made.

“I informed the player and the players and when I was asked before the match on Tuesday I confirm and now I confirm and now end of the story.

“I can anticipate more questions by saying the relation of player manager is good, is not anymore a relation, captain or whether the captain’s manager, the relation is good, nobody trained better than Paul Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, nobody trained better than him, some trained as well, but nobody better. And tomorrow he plays, so end of the story.

“He’s a player like the others, no player is bigger than the club and if I’m happy with his work he plays if I’m not happy he doesn’t play, I’m happy with his work this week, really happy, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday especially because today was not so significant but he trained really well.

“The team needs good players, players with personality to play, he has and he plays tomorrow. The only thing I’m concerned is you don’t ask me questions which is more important, the match.”


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