Jose Mourinho Denies Rumours Of Rift With Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is probably Manchester United's most important player and yet it feels sometimes like his own manager doesn't even like him. Jose Mourinho has denied any rumour that they don't like each other though.
Manchester United might have won their opening day fixture, in a 2-1 win over Leicester City, but there aren't many fans or pundits not expecting the usual Jose Mourinho third season meltdown to occur at some point this season.
The United boss is famed for things going pretty well in his third term and that's usually after he's had brilliant success in at least one of his previous two seasons at the helm of the club, winning the league.
At Old Trafford things are slightly different. They may have won the EFL Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge, and finished second in his second, but there is no league title to fall back on.
Now the first shoots of the disastrous third season have sprung, especially with reports that Paul Pogba has had enough of his manager and wants to leave.
However in his pre match press conference ahead of United's game with Brighton at the weekend the former Inter boss rejected the claims of a rift with the Frenchman and praised him to , saying:
"The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks, and I've never been so happy with him as I am now.
"That's the truth. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him. He came here on Monday, he trained three days.
"I asked for his support, for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties.
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"He did it better and for more time than we could expect. When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it's exactly what I want.
"Exactly what I demand from my players is what he is giving me. He is working well, he is playing well. I repeat, I couldn't be happier than what I am.
"He's very polite. He's very educated. He's never had a fight with me, never had a hard change of words. Everything is respected.
"I have no problems at all."
Reports that Pogba wanted to leave, and that there has been a rift between the player and the manager ran side by side amidst rumours that Barcelona were interested in the World Cup winner.
It's important for the Red Devils to keep hold of the 25 year old and if they manage to keep him happy then there's every chance he's be at Old Trafford longer than his manager.