A rift between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba has been the reason cited quite strongly over the past months linking the Frenchman to an exit from Old Trafford.
The differences between Manchester United‘s key duo were believed to have risen to a height during the second half of last season.
Now, despite the English purchasing window having come to a close, Pogba still remains linked to Barcelona by virtue of their window remaining open till the end of this month.
To add fuel to the fire, Pogba recently went on to reveal the following: “There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.” Now, Mourinho has addressed that statement.
Mourinho stated: “The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now. That’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him.
“He came here on a Monday, trained for three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties, he did it better and for more time than we could expect.”
Addressing the ‘fine’ remark, Jose explicitly states: “I don’t care. I repeat: I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, the fans, and that is what it is.
“He’s working extremely well here but I have to say in his defence, write what you want about him, write what you want about me, please don’t say lies.
“Don’t put him in a situation that people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy, he is a polite, educated guy. He never had a fight with me. We never had a heated or exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.”
The Portuguese tactician went on to add that during his tenure at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial has been the only player to get fined, which proves it isn’t an easy feat to achieve. These words could certainly put to rest the ‘rift’ factor that has been repeatedly cited.