Manchester United manager slams Paul Pogba speculation
Paul Pogba reported to be unhappy at Manchester United, although Jose Mourinho claims he has a positive relationship
February 16th, 2018
Manchester United sit second in the Premier League although it would be contentious to say they’re having a successful season and look likely to finish the campaign without a trophy.
Part of the problem has been the form of Paul Pogba. After a bright start to the season, injury and a loss of form has led Jose Mourinho to relegate the Frenchman to the bench, with the former Juventus midfielder having an underwhelming game at Newcastle.
However, Mourinho has been angered by reports suggesting Pogba is unhappy at Old Trafford and claims that the player is ready to bounce back from his recent malaise.
“You can call it speculation, I would call it a lot of lies,” Mourinho said. “Paul accepts he has not been playing well in the last few matches, but that is all. It is a big lie that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree about his best position and that we don’t have a good relationship.
“It is my problem that he is not playing well at the moment, but he will play in the FA Cup against Huddersfield, and that is the end of the story. We don’t fight every day and we don’t want to sell. I don’t want to be nasty to the punditry industry in this country – it must be the biggest in the world and they are being paid millions – but it is ridiculous to talk about Paul being played out of position.
“Against Newcastle Paul played in midfield, we had a six [Nemanja Matic] and two eights [Jesse Lingard and Pogba], with Paul on the left hand side. If you ask Paul what is his preferred formation it is 4-3-3. If you ask him where he likes to play in that formation it is eight, on the left. That is exactly what he was doing against Newcastle.”