Pogba's Original Thoughts Of Working With Mourinho Make For An Awkward Situation Now

Manchester United's willingness to spend a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million for Paul Pogba showed how much faith the club had in the footballer.

To be fair, United supporters had watched the Frenchman head to Juventus and make a significant impact, believing it was a big mistake for former manager Sir Alex Ferguson to allow him to leave in 2012.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

When the 25-year-old came back to the Red Devils, he was obviously ready to settle back into the club and prove many of his critics wrong.

Interestingly, the United midfielder had some strong choice of words for manager José Mourinho, which is shocking to hear now when football fans have watched their relationship descend into chaos.

"I spoke with a lot of players when he was at [Real] Madrid; I spoke with [Álvaro] Morata, with [Raphaël] Varane," he told MUTV (via Goal).

"They all told me he's the coach for me, he'll make me improve a lot, he makes you work harder.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I spoke with him a few times and he gave me energy, positivity. I was thinking, 'why not?'

"I'm sure he can make me improve, make me a better player and a better person."


If we compare it to the current season, then it seems like there is no love lost between the pair of them.

Should the United boss have listened to Ferguson's comments about the former Juventus star, he might have backed out on completing the deal to make Pogba the club's record signing.

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

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