The relationship between Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and star midfielder Paul Pogba appears to have reached a breaking point.
Following the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford, the Frenchman opined how the Mancunian giants should focus on playing a more offensive style of football, especially whilst on their home turf.
“When we are at home, we should attack, attack, attack. That’s Old Trafford,” Pogba was quoted as saying in his post-match interview.
The 25-year-old was then asked precisely what has been stopping his team from playing attacking football, to which he replied: “I can’t tell you because I’m a player. It’s not me. I’m not the manager, I cannot, like, say that, but obviously we should show more options of playing.”
These comments by the 2018 World Cup-winning midfielder obviously did not go down too well with Mourinho, who appears to have reacted emphatically.
According to The Times, the Portuguese tactician scheduled an impromptu meeting at Carrington on Tuesday, ahead of United’s Carabao Cup clash against Derby County.
In the meeting, Mourinho told the entire squad that Paul Pogba will never again be named the Manchester United captain under his management.
An inside source from Carrington revealed: “Jose Mourinho told the players that Paul Pogba will not be the captain because he doesn’t represent what a captain is and Manchester United is bigger than anyone.”
Surprisingly, these comments by the controversial manager were received positively by the players, which suggests that the team is most-likely fed up of the France international’s antics.
“The players were happy with that decision and the reasons behind the manager’s decision,” the source added.
What does this development mean as far as Pogba’s future in Manchester is concerned? Only time will tell.