Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

José Mourinho and Paul Pogba in frosty training ground exchange

José Mourinho and Paul Pogba in frosty training ground exchange

A terse training ground exchange on Wednesday gave little indication that the relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba will improve any time soon.

The France global captained the side in the Premier League openers against Leicester and Brighton in the absence of Antonio Valencia, just as he did in last week's Champions League win at Young Boys.

"The same person that decides Paul is not second captain anymore is exactly the same person that decides Paul was second captain - myself".

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 France global said United should "attack, attack, attack" when playing at Old Trafford in a none too disguised criticism of Mourinho's approach.

"Wolves should also be playing strong sides".

The 25-year-old was dispossessed in the move that led to Joao Moutinho's equaliser.

"I think the World Cup is the flawless habitat for a player like him to give [their] best", Mourinho told ESPN FC. That's Old Trafford. We are here to attack. "That was our mistake".

It was a tense end to the game but Derby kept their cool, scoring all of their spotkicks in front of United's fans in the Stretford End.

That speculation is unlikely to die down as long as Mourinho, who signed a extended contract until 2020 earlier this year, remains in charge.

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Furthermore, Mourinho's treatment of Pogba and other players has "angered and frustrated" many Manchester United players, ESPN's Mark Ogden reported Wednesday, citing sources.

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"You don't have much time to have the ball, to turn, to one-touch".

"Teams that are going to be solid in the Premier League should be going for that".

Pogba has been United's stand-in captain for three games when regular skipper Antonio Valencia has been missing.

Despite being rested for the third-round tie, the 25-year-old remained a hot topic as it was claimed in the build-up that Mourinho had told the World Cup victor that he would not captain United again in front of the squad.

Carragher came to the defence of Mourinho by pointing to his time at Chelsea as evidence that it is not him with the problem and insisted United would be wise to stick with him through this hard period.

The retired England midfielder took over the reins of Derby in the summer as Lampard got his managerial career under way.

"It's not helpful. It's a loaded answer", Redknapp said, speaking on Sky Sports.

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