‘Jose goes against his players… and he treats them like they don’t exist’: Paul Pogba re-opens his feud with old boss Jose Mourinho, slamming his Man United management and new ‘son’s dinner’ row
- Paul Pogba has taken a swipe at former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
- The pair had a training ground bust-up in front of the TV cameras in 2018
- Mourinho had stripped the French midfielder of the United vice-captaincy
- Pogba said Mourinho would cast players aside without any explanation
- He contrasted his methods with those of current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- And Pogba said Mourinho’s ‘son’s dinner’ comments were to distract from loss
Paul Pogba has taken a swipe at Jose Mourinho, accusing the former Manchester United manager of casting himself and other players aside with no explanation.
Contrasting Mourinho with current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the French star also accused Mourinho of using diversion tactics after his Tottenham side went down 3-1 to United last Sunday.
The midfielder and Mourinho had a rocky relationship towards the end of the manager’s time in charge at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba has re-opened his feud with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, accusing him of casting him and other players aside without any explanation
Pogba and Mourinho had a training ground bust-up in full view of the TV cameras in 2018
Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy in September 2018 in front of his team-mates and the pair had a training ground bust-up shortly afterwards that was picked up by TV cameras.
Mourinho was sacked three months later and replaced by Solskjaer, who is aiming to win his first silverware as United boss in the UEFA Europa League.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Pogba was scathing in his view of Mourinho, saying: ‘What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players. He wouldn’t go against the players.
‘Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.
‘Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everybody saw that, and the next day you don’t know what happened.
Mourinho watches on as Pogba prays ahead of last Sunday’s Tottenham vs Man United match
The Frenchman contrasted his relationship with Mourinho with that of current boss Solskjaer
‘That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don’t know. So, yeah.’
Pogba, who won the League Cup and Europa League during Mourinho’s first season at United before their relationship soured, spoke about the fall-out from Sunday’s win at Spurs.
Edinson Cavani saw a first-half opener disallowed by VAR after Scott McTominay made contact with Son Heung-Min’s face with a stray arm in the build-up.
Solskjaer criticised Son’s reaction, saying the referee had been ‘conned’, leading to a heated argument and a war of words with Mourinho.
Goal was overturned after Scott McTominay’s hand made contact with Son Heung-min’s face
Chris Kavanagh made the decision after being advised to check the incident at the monitor
The Norwegian made the remark that if his own son had gone down as easily ‘and needs 10 of his mates to help him up, he won’t get any food.’
Mourinho responded: ‘I just want to say, Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole, because I think a father – I am a father – you have feed your kids, it doesn’t matter what they do.’
Pogba has suggested Mourinho made the comments because he didn’t want to speak about the defeat.
‘I don’t know what happened, I’m sure Mourinho said something that would make people speak, that’s what he does,’ Pogba said.
Pogba has been in good form for United this season, a highlight being his winner at AC Milan
‘We got the result we wanted, Ole knows it and we enjoyed that moment because we know Mourinho and we know what he likes. We don’t need this [argument], we just focus on us.
‘We won the game, he lost the game and he doesn’t want to speak about the game, he wants to speak about the dad of someone, that’s what he does.
‘Everybody knows him, it’s very Mourinho.’
United, fresh from a 4-0 aggregate win over Granada to set up a Europa League semi-final against Roma, host Burnley on Sunday as they look to consolidate second spot in the Premier League.
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