The Players That Jose Mourinho Fell Out With And What Happened Next
Is there anyone surprised that Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba have had a falling out? History tells us that the Manchester United manager isn't always the easiest person to get on with but what usually happens following the disagreement?
Paul Pogba's open criticism of the way Manchester United played against Wolves last weekend was never going to go down well and the Red Devils' boss responded by dropping him from the squad to play Derby and telling him he'd never captain the club again.
Of course it now seems impossible that long term the pair stay at Old Trafford together and will likely end up with both leaving in the summer.
The thing is this is all inevitable. Mourinho has fallen out with players a lot in the past. Here's some of the biggest and what happened after.
Iker Casillas - The best example of Mourinho's past falling outs. The Real Madrid goalkeeper was a legend and an icon at the Bernabeu but soon found himself the villain in his manager's eyes. Casillas contacted Barcelona captain Xavi to put an end to their hostilities following a clash at the Clasico for the sake of the national team. 'Mourinho saw him as a grass, a mole, a traitor and an egoist,' Diego Torres wrote in his biography, The Special One. Casillas was eventually replaced by Diego Lopez by Mourinho as the number one and would eventually leave the Bernabeu under Carlo Ancelotti saying, "This was an inheritance from the previous era," as he left.
Sergio Ramos and Pepe - Bang these two into the same feud for Mourinho and it of course relates to the falling out with Casillas. Lots of people inside the Real dressing room weren't happy with the manager's treatment of the goalkeeper. Pepe told the press Casillas deserved more respect whilst Ramos also fell out with Jose for saying the club's 'dirty laundry' shouldn't be aired in public and he got dropped for a Champions League game. The pair went to Florentino Perez and said, "Presi, in June, either Mourinho leaves, or we will..." eventually he did.
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Juan Mata - Mata won Chelsea's Player of the Year award two seasons in a row before the 'Special One' returned to Stamford Bridge. He was soon pushed out to the wing and then dropped for his lack of work rate and inability to play Mourinho's system. He was sold to Manchester United for £40 million in the January. When Jose moved to Old Trafford in 2016 most feared Mata would once again be pushed out but the Spaniard is still there. He rarely gets to play his favoured number 10 role but he's been more for the Red Devils than most would have expected under the Portuguese manager.
Kevin de Bruyne - Mourinho's history of not playing youth and De Bruyne's return as a Manchester City player prove this one came back to bite him. The Belgian couldn't force his way into Mourinho's team at Chelsea and had to be sold for a relatively cheap price. Speaking in 2015 about De Bruyne's need for football his former manager said, "With De Bruyne, if you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision...But if he was at Chelsea and not at Wolfsburg, he wouldn't have reached this level. It was like a wall, a block. He was not ready to compete. He was an upset kid, training very bad."
Luke Shaw - During his time at Manchester United the former Porto manager has often criticised Luke Shaw for his fitness, form and mental attitude. Even when the left back had a good performance against Everton in April 2017 the manager took credit for it saying, 'He [Shaw] had a good performance but it was his body with my brain. He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him.' It's looked pretty certain the previous two summers that the former Saints player would be sold but instead he's worked his hardest and is now United's best and first choice left back and one of their form players this season, a rare win for Mourinho's tactics perhaps.
That's just scratching the surface to be honest as there's plenty of others who have had their fallings out with the manager.
Mourinho hasn't ended up with too many wins and one way or another it seems either he or the player involved ends up leaving, when it comes to Pogba it might be both of them only time will tell.
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