Much has been said about the alleged lack of rapport between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.
The duo has reportedly had multiple fallouts this season, and the reports have gone as far as to suggest that Mourinho’s job may be in danger, as Manchester United don’t wish to part ways with Pogba.
Prior to their decisive Champions League game against Juventus, Mourinho chose Pogba to be the player to sit beside him during the pre-match press conference. Quite predictably, the question of the apparent fallout was raised, and Mourinho’s response is quite interesting.
Mourinho responded with the following when quizzed on the rapport with between him and the Frenchman: “One thing is what the press says, and another thing is what Paul says and of course another thing is what I say.”
He went on to address how the press constantly put down their interaction to be a cold shoulder: “The press says we have a terrible relationship, Paul some weeks ago said we had a typical coach-player relationship, I think we have a good relationship. I would classify it as a good relationship between a coach and a football player.”
Surely, this puts to rest all doubts that the duo share a bad rapport, and slashes all questions about Mourinho not continuing at Old Trafford, pending satisfactory performances, of course.
Even Pogba had his say during the same conference, and chose to respond on him being stripped of his vice-captaincy, a vital episode in the Mourinho-Pogba saga: “It didn’t affect me. I’m still playing and really happy to play. The manager is the one who chooses who is going to be captain.
“If he takes the armband away, it doesn’t change anything for me. I just want to play, perform and give my best for the team, the fans and the club and that’s it. It didn’t really touch me or affect me.”
A stark contrast from reports claiming that the move was a breaking point for the midfielder, who had chosen to move to Barcelona soon.