Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has gained the limelight once again moments after Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club on Tuesday.
In the wake of the Portuguese’s sacking, Pogba put up a social media post, which featured a picture of himself smiling ambiguously with the words written, ‘caption this’. The post was then deleted by the Frenchman.
This drew a lot of attention from fans and pundits alike. It did not go well with former United defender Gary Neville, who slammed the midfielder.
Paul Pogba's account Tweeted this after the announcement of José Mourinho's departure from Manchester United before quickly deleting it… pic.twitter.com/8Xwl2MxYhp
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 18, 2018
“ Caption This “
You do one as well !
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 18, 2018
Neville was supported by former English international and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who said, “Spot on! Plenty of clubs in Europe doing fine without him!!”
Former United hero Patrice Evra slammed everyone for focusing on Pogba and Jose. He asked for a wave of positivity.
The thing that is annoying me the most right now is why are people so focused on @paulpogba and Jose Mourinho. Let's focus on rebuilding something solid instead of being in a playground. Doing this is only disrespecting the badge, from now we only need positivity. #ManUtd #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ClmWqmgf7G
— Patrice Evra (@Evra) December 18, 2018
Journalist Chris Williams stated that Pogba’s post was a scheduled event which was part of a marketing campaign. But it was taken down as things went out of hand on social media sites.
Confirmed by contact within @adidassoccer: "#Pogba's social media posts were a scheduled event, part of a marketing campaign. Immediately taken down once it became apparent that it could be misconstrued as disrespectful to Manchester United and José Mourinho"
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) December 18, 2018
Pogba and Jose had shared a fractious relationship between them since last season. When Mourinho appointed Pogba as captain in absence of Antonio Valencia for United’s first game of the season, there was a hope among fans that things are on the better side.
But Pogba was stripped of vice-captaincy and nothing seemed to go on the right note between the duo. Jose criticised the player, whose performances took a beating. Recently, he was dropped from the last few EPL matches.