Paul Pogba has attacked José Mourinho’s man-management style, accusing him of “going against players” and making them feel like “they don’t exist any more”.
Mourinho made Pogba the world’s most expensive player after 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 Solskjær.
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 because he wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba said in a Sky Sports interview. “It’s not like you put them on the side and they don’t exist any more. I think that’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.
“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho. Everybody sees 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 me, I don’t know.”
Pogba’s comments came after United piled the pressure on Mourinho with a 3-1 win at Tottenham last Sunday. Solskjær and Mourinho clashed in a heated exchange of words after the United manager was was unhappy when Son Heung-min went down in the buildup to Edinson Cavani’s controversial disallowed goal.
Mourinho said he was left “very disappointed” by Solskjær’s claims that he would not feed his son if he had behaved like Son, but Pogba accused the Portuguese of using deflection tactics to take the focus from Tottenham’s performance.
Pogba said: “I am sure Mourinho said something that made people speak. That’s what he does. We got the result that we wanted. Ole knows it and we enjoyed that moment. We know Mourinho and what he likes. We don’t need this.
“We just focus on us, we won the game, he lost the game, and he doesn’t want to speak about the game. He wants to speak about the dad of someone; that’s what he does. Everybody knows it. It’s very Mourinho.”