Mourinho gave up on Pogba over reaction to Lampard advice

Date published: Thursday 20th December 2018 10:47

Jose Mourinho gave up on Paul Pogba after the midfielder reacted badly to being told to play like Frank Lampard, according to reports.

The France international and Mourinho’s relationship soured badly towards the end of the Portuguese coach’s reign after several high-profile incidents between the pair, including a training ground clash.

The Sun claims that Mourinho tried to improve Pogba’s attitude after he stripped the Manchester United midfielder of the vice-captaincy earlier in the season.

Mourinho pointed to Lampard as the example of the ‘perfect midfielder’ for Pogba to try and emulate during a meeting between the pair.

However, the report continues by claiming that the advice went down badly as Pogba asked Mourinho if Lampard had won a World Cup.

Pogba won the World Cup in the summer with France but his displays for United have been a long way from those produced in Russia.

Sources close to Mourinho told The Sun that from that moment on the manager decided Pogba was ‘impossible to work with’ due to his ‘petulance and arrogance’.

Since Mourinho’s departure, reports have claimed that Pogba high-fived team-mates in the dressing room on learning the news, while he was heard shouting ‘He f**ked with the wrong baller‘.

Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been brought in until the end of the campaign and will be joined by first-team coach Mike Phelan, who will work alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.

 

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