Jose Mourinho clashes with Paul Pogba texting him i dont give trust for free.
A stormy meeting reportedly took place between Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho and midfielder Paul Pogba this week, with the Portuguese reminding the player who is in charge.
The France international has came in for criticism recently from Mourinho, who even dropped him from his starting line-up for Wednesday night’s draw with Sevilla.
According to a report in The Sun, the pair held heated talks in Mourinho’s office at Carrington, which did not go well.
Pogba had made his unhappiness with his position in the side known to Mourinho as well as his teammates’ unhappiness with tactics of late.
“Have a look at the sign on my door on the way out, it says I’m the coach,” Mourinho told Pogba. “I’m the boss.”
Other reports in the English media on Friday suggested that Pogba is so disgruntled that his agent Mino Raiola could now be on the lookout for a transfer.
However, the former Juventus man’s massive salary is the biggest obstacle to any hypothetical departure during the summer.
No longer an undisputed first choice at Old Trafford, Pogba has failed to complete 90 minutes in any of the last five games, being substituted twice and brought on in three others.
He put in a shift for his team and it’s this which Mourinho wants Pogba to take on board. The United manager is prepared to play him in the position he wants on the left-hand side of midfield, in a new, 4-3-3 formation.
What he will not do is give the player a ‘free’ role.
Even David Beckham had to do the dirty work at United, Mourinho pointed out on Wednesday.
‘When the team have the ball you attack. When you don’t, you defend,’ he said. ‘The top teams in the world – everybody works and has tactical discipline.
‘The next time I see David Beckham, I’m going to ask him, “When you played right wing for United, when their left back attacked, did you stay looking in the stands or track back?” Everybody knows I am not a big fan of Roy Keane or Paul Scholes, but I will ask them if they tracked back.’
McTominay could not be a more different character to Pogba. He is a reserved individual raised in the traditions of the club.
‘Maybe it’s because he’s this kind of profile,’ said Mourinho after McTominay played at Huddersfield on Saturday when Pogba was absent with an illness that has still not been explained. ‘A normal haircut, no tattoos, no big cars, no big watches, humble kid.’
The comparison with Pogba’s flamboyant hairstyles, Rolls-Royce, bling jewellery, dance moves and elaborate handshake routines was plain to see.
When the former Juventus man came off the bench in Seville, he was sporting a new red stripe in his hair. It was certainly more striking than his performance.
Pogba didn’t play badly but we expect so much more from a player of his calibre and there have not been nearly enough big performances from him in a United shirt.
The ostentatious image has not gone down well with everyone at United. Senior players are tiring of his antics and feel that he needs to focus more on his football.
In December, Sportsmail revealed that support staff were sent to Pogba’s house in Hale Barns to get him out of bed when he failed to report for training.
From Pogba’s point of view, he has been unsettled by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez as United’s new pin-up boy.
Woodward revealed earlier this month that the video posted to announce that signing smashed records on the club’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. This might not matter to most players, but it has irked Pogba, who is very active on social media and proud of his stats.
The events that have followed suggest his ego has been bruised.
His representatives are said to have contacted United over a pay rise to bring him into line with Sanchez’s £600,000 a week.
Then reports emerged in his native France suggesting that he was having ‘regrets’ over his return to United. On Thursday, there was talk of his representatives sounding out potential buyers this summer, such is his frustration.
It is very unlikely to come to that. The club have invested too much in Pogba to sell him so soon.
Pogba needs to knuckle down and Mourinho needs to bring him back into the fold. A premature parting of the ways suits no-one.