Paul Pogba has delivered a scathing verdict on the management of Jose Mourinho, accusing the former Manchester United manager of separating players, including himself, without explanation.
Pogba – Mourinho’s world record signing following his appointment to Old Trafford in 2016 – was instrumental as the Portuguese guided United to the League Cup and Europa League glory in 2017 in their debut season in the head.
But Mourinho’s relations with some of his players have deteriorated after a trophy-less second season and a poor start to the 2018/19 campaign, characterized by a spat training ground with Pogba after the player was stripped of the vice-chancellor. United captain in September 2018.
Mourinho was relieved of his post three months later when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the helm, and Pogba has lifted the veil on the contrasting methods of the current United manager and his predecessor.
“What I have now with Ole is different, it wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba said exclusively. Sky Sports in an interview that will take place entirely before Manchester United Super sunday confront Burnley. “He wouldn’t go against the players.
“Maybe Ole wouldn’t choose them, but it’s not like he’s putting them aside as if they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.
“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everyone saw that, and the next day you don’t know what happened. It’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I can’t explain it to you because even I don’t know. So yes.”
Pogba: Ole helped Shaw after tough season with Jose
Pogba wasn’t the only player who disagreed with Mourinho, with Luke Shaw being left out of the first-team fold after the former United boss suggested he lacked football intelligence.
Shaw had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain. It was because he was in front of me and I was thinking for him, I was making a very specific decision for him. He can’t play with my understanding of the game; he must reflect and speed up the process. He is old enough to have a better understanding of the game.
Shaw previously said Mourinho was right to criticize him in an attempt to improve his performance, but the left-back recently admitted it was a “very difficult period” in his career.
Since Solskjaer’s appointment, however, Shaw has thrived, forcing his return to the English setup after a three-year absence, and Pogba believes the current United manager has played a crucial role in helping his team-mate’s qualities take hold. the top. .
“Perhaps [Solskjaer’s methods work] because he’s a little closer to the people, ”Pogba explained.
“Each coach has their own way of coaching and dealing with players, and as a player you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn’t suit you and sometimes it suits you.
“Ole has helped Luke a lot, it has been a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proven he has the quality he always had and the confidence of the manager.”
Pogba: Mourinho lost and didn’t want to talk about gambling
Pogba’s comments came after United avenged October’s humiliating 6-1 defeat to Spurs by Mourinho with a 3-1 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Mourinho hit back at Solskjaer in a heated exchange of words after the United boss criticized Heung-Min Son’s involvement in Edinson Cavani’s controversial opener.
Pogba was equally dismissive of Mourinho’s attempt to shy away from Tottenham’s performance, adding: “I don’t know what happened, I’m sure Mourinho said something that would get people talking, it is what he does.
“We got the result we wanted, Ole knows that and we enjoyed that moment because we know Mourinho and we know what he likes. We don’t need that. [war of words], we just focus on ourselves.
“We won the game, he lost the game and he doesn’t want to talk about the game, he wants to talk about someone’s dad, that’s what he does. Everyone knows him, he’s very Mourinho. “
Mourinho enraged by comments from Solskjaer’s son
Mourinho’s angry reaction to Solskjaer after the Norwegian hit Son dominated the fallout from United’s victory at Spurs.
Solskjaer complained that Son “cheated” the referee with his role in United’s denied goal during the first half, falling after being caught by Scott McTominay’s stray arm before Cavani scored.
VAR looked into the issue, sending referee Chris Kavanagh to the field screen with the goal disallowed. Son then put Spurs in the lead, but United hit back with goals from Fred, Cavani and substitute Mason Greenwood to get three points.
Speaking after the game, the United boss said Sky Sports: “I must say that if my son has this in front of one of his companions, stays three minutes and needs 10 of his companions to help him get up, he won’t have any food.”
Mourinho replied, “I just want to say that Sonny is very lucky his dad is a better person than Ole, because I think a dad – I’m a dad – you always have to feed your kids no matter what. they do.
“If you have to steal to feed your children, you steal. I am very, very disappointed, and as they say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese, I already told Ole what I was thinking. of his comments. “
How to follow Man Utd vs Burnley
Manchester United vs Burnley will be broadcast live Super sunday at Sky Sports Premier League and Main event from 3.30 p.m. kick off 4 p.m.
Sky Sports customers can watch clips of the game in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
Watch the extended interview with Paul Pogba as well as the analysis of Sky Sports experts in the studio from 1:30 p.m. Super sunday.