Paul Pogba is set to be fined by Manchester United for posting a ‘disrespectful’ picture on social media in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
The photo of a smirking Pogba appeared on the player’s Instagram account on Tuesday with the message ‘caption this’.
The post was deleted 10 minutes later but not before it was liked by more than 64,000 people and drew a response from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who wrote: ‘You can do one as well!’
United bosses were angered by the post which they believe was in bad taste and disrespectful by the club’s £89million record signing. Pogba, who earns £300,000 a week at Old Trafford, is expected to be fined for his actions.
The breakdown of the Frenchman’s relationship with Mourinho has overshadowed much of the season at United.
Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy in September and left on the bench as an unused substitute for the manager’s last two league games.
His compatriot Patrice Evra, who could be handed a role in the new set-up, responded by tweeting on Tuesday: ‘The thing that is annoying me the most right now is why are people so focused on Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho.
‘Let’s focus on rebuilding something solid instead of being in a playground. Doing this is only disrespecting the badge, from now we only need positivity.’
MOURINHO AT UNITED: TIMELINE OF HIGHS… BUT MAINLY LOWS
May 27, 2016: Jose Mourinho appoint Manchester United manager on a three-year deal.
August 9: United sign Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world-record £89million, adding to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly.
February 26, 2017: United pick up their first major trophy under Mourinho, beating Southampton 3-2 in the Carabao Cup final.
May 24: Their finest night under Mourinho. United return to the Champions League by defeating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final in Stockholm, but finish sixth in the Premier League.
Summer 2017: United act swiftly to sign Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku.
October 21: They take 20 points from the first 24 available but Mourinho is criticised for a negative approach in a 0-0 draw at Anfield and his team then lose at Huddersfield.
December 10: United lose 2-1 at home against Manchester City to fall 11 points behind their rivals. Bristol City then beat them in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
January 22, 2018: They sign Alexis Sanchez under the noses of City, but he doesn’t adapt and has scored four goals for the club.
January 26: Mourinho signs a new contract with an option to stay until 2021.
January 31: Pogba is substituted as United lose 2-0 at Tottenham. Pep Guardiola later alleges that Pogba’s agent had offered the player to City that month.
March 13: United crash out of the Champions League to Sevilla, but beat City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to finish second in the Premier League.
May: Mourinho criticises Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford following defeat by Brighton. United then lose the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
July: Mourinho clashes with his boss Ed Woodward over the club’s transfer policy.
Autumn: United lose against Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham and are knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Derby, but appear to turn a corner with comeback wins against Newcastle and Juventus.
December 7: Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes issues a statement: ‘Jose is very happy at the club and the club is very happy with him.’
December 16: United lose 3-1 at Liverpool and Mourinho is sacked within 48 hours.