While news of Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho not sharing a fond relationship, along with the Frenchman’s hopes of joining Barcelona, has dominated the media for months, things have come to a head in recent days.
While the past weeks seemed to indicate that Pogba and Mourinho had put their differences aside and that the stellar midfielder would take a decision on his future next season, this week saw him stripped off of his vice-captaincy by Mourinho.
After the club’s dismal Carabao Cup defeat to Derby on penalties, the Portuguese gaffer revealed the reason behind his actions.
He stated the following, denying reports of a bust-up with the player: “No, the only truth is that I made a decision that Paul is not the second captain anymore. No fallout, just a decision that I can make, I’m the manager and I’ve made the decision.”
While the decision has been attributed to several possibilities, two have stood out. The first suggests that the stripping is due to Pogba demanding a change in philosophy from his teammates, publicly suggesting that the team must attack more often – an idea that most fans also endorse.
This seems likely, as Mourinho isn’t the kind of man to have a potential dissenter wearing the armband at his side.
This clash of egos could be very expensive for the club, and even further damaging to their on-field dynamic. How will this all end?