Mourinho: ‘I couldn’t care less’ what Pogba says

Date published: Saturday 17th April 2021 7:35 - Joe Williams

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Jose Mourinho claims he “couldn’t care less” what Paul Pogba says after the Manchester United midfielder accused him of going “against the players”.

Mourinho made Pogba the world’s most expensive player following his 2016 appointment as Manchester United manager.

Pogba was instrumental as United claimed a League Cup and Europa League double in 2017, but the pair had an uneasy relationship before Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 and succeeded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


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Mourinho’s relationship with some of his players had deteriorated following  that first campaign and there were reports of a training ground spat with Pogba after the France midfielder player was stripped of the United vice-captaincy in September 2018.

“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players. He wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Pogba’s comments came after United piled the pressure on Mourinho with a 3-1 win at Tottenham last Sunday.

Solskjaer and Mourinho clashed in a heated exchange of words after the United boss was unhappy when Son Heung-min went down in the build-up to Edinson Cavani’s controversial disallowed opener.

Mourinho said he was left “very disappointed” by Solskjaer’s claims that he would not feed his son if he had behaved like Son.

And now Mourinho has responded to Pogba’s comments suggesting that the Portuguese coach was going against the players at Old Trafford.

Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I would like to say that I couldn’t care less with what he says. I couldn’t care less. Not interested at all.”

 

Meanwhile, Harry Kane limped out of Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Everton last night with his team-mate Eric Dier commenting on the injury after the match.

Dier said: “Obviously it is always worrying when you see him limping because he doesn’t fall over easily. He takes a lot of knocks and gets on with it, but it is obviously early days to say what it is or how bad it is.

“He is a tough boy and he will do as good as he can to be ready.”

 

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