Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho have reportedly been ‘at loggerheads’ since Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez.
Almost always a guaranteed starter when available since he returned to Old Trafford in summer 2016, Pogba was dropped against Huddersfield earlier this month.
The midfielder started against Tottenham and Newcastle, but was substituted just after the hour mark in both defeats, having failed to impress in midfield.
French newspaper L’Equipe run a feature on how Pogba has ‘some regrets’ over joining United almost two years ago, and that he has ‘‘never hidden his initial attraction to Real Madrid’.
The main reason given is that his relationship with Mourinho has become ‘difficult’. Thanks to Sport Witness for the translations.
But L’Equipe are not the only ones reporting as such, as chief Mourinho lickspittle Duncan Castles also weighs in. He says the pair are ‘at loggerheads’ and that Pogba feels his ability is ‘being limited’ in the club’s current formation.
Pogba would like Mourinho to alter his formation to a midfield three with him playing in an attacking role on the left-hand side – where he excelled at Juventus, which most pundits and experts have pointed out.
Mourinho has been left ‘unimpressed’ with what Pogba has brought to the table since Sanchez arrived, and the Portuguese is ‘annoyed’ with the player.
‘Mourinho’s position is that an individual with Pogba’s physical and technical qualities should be capable of excelling in any midfield role,’ Castles writes in his Daily Record piece.
Oh dear, oh dear. Graeme Souness was right all along.