Jose Mourinho has reportedly decided to drop the hammer on star midfielder Paul Pogba after the Red Devils’ abysmal display against bottom-placed West Brom in the Premier League last weekend.
Pogba, who started in United’s home clash against the Baggies after his sumptuous second-half performance at the Etihad in the Manchester derby, was subbed off by the gaffer early in the second half due to his poor display on-field.
And now, according to the report by Daily Mail, the Special One has ‘run out of patience’ with the Frenchman, and is ‘ready to let Pogba leave’ Old Trafford in the summer.
It was reported that the Portuguese tactician has included the former Juventus star on the list of players that can be sold this summer. It also includes the likes of Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian, and Daley Blind.
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Furthermore, the France international’s relationship with the gaffer has become even more strained in recent times, as he has been left on the bench or subbed off in seven of his last 11 games.
However, the Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, may still try to hold onto the former academy graduate, who returned to Old Trafford from Juve for a club record transfer fee of £89 million.
Meanwhile, Mourinho also let his disappointment known after the horrific defeat to West Brom, claiming that he won’t allow ‘reputations or price tags to cloud his thinking for Wembley,’ as United prepare to take on Tottenham in the semifinals of the FA Cup.
“What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team?” questioned Mourinho.
“I only know one criteria. It’s the way they play. It’s the only way I can select players. Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their beautiful face? The only way is to go with performance.
“If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final. It’s an opportunity for people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played today (against West Brom) don’t have a place in that team.”