Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has well and truly opened up about his relationship with Jose Mourinho in an explosive new interview.
Pogba, who didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with Mourinho during his time at Old Trafford, explained the differences in coaching and management between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his former boss, as well as various other topics.
He also accused the Portuguese manager of casting him aside without any explanation.
“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba told Sky Sports. “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. That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don’t know. So, yeah.”
Mourinho had a turbulent and at times, volatile relationship with Pogba during his time at Manchester United and that precarious relationship looked to be at boiling point when awkward footage from Carrington emerged.
The incident was described as ‘frosty’ at the time, with Pogba’s glances at his manager far from welcoming. Mourinho, meanwhile, looked equally as frustrated by his player’s actions.
It came after Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy.
In his recent interview with Sky Sports, Pogba explained the difference between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho while pointing out some of the Norwegian’s best assets.
“Maybe [Solskjaer’s methods work] because he is a bit closer to the people,” the World Cup winner explained.
“Every coach has their own way to coach and deal with players, and as a player, you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn’t suit you and sometimes it does.
“Ole has helped Luke a lot, it was a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proved he has the quality he always had and the trust of the manager.”
Pogba also spoke about Mourinho’s actions after Spurs’ defeat against Manchester United last weekend. The 58-year-old slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his comments about Son Heung-Min in his post-match interview.
“I don’t know what happened, I’m sure Mourinho said something that would make people speak, that’s what he does.
“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 [war of words], 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.”
The French midfielder certainly didn’t hold back in the interview. You will be able to watch the extended version with Pogba from 1.30pm on Super Sunday.
“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players.”
Paul Pogba has delivered a scathing verdict on Jose Mourinho’s man-management, accusing the ex-#MUFC boss of casting players aside without explanation…
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