Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba quickly deleted a controversial social media post of him smiling after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club on Tuesday.
Mourinho was dismissed on Tuesday after United’s worst start in 28 years left them trailing Premier League leaders Liverpool by 19 points.
The volatile Mourinho’s exit was in part triggered by the breakdown of his relationship with France midfielder Pogba, who did not even make an appearance as a substitute for Sunday’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.
Pogba took to Instagram just moments after news of Mourinho’s sacking broke, posting a picture of himself smiling and writing “caption this” next to it
A number of pundits and former pros have criticised Pogba following his post including ex-United defender and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.
Former United midfielder Fletcher knew Pogba during the Frenchman’s first spell with the club as a youngster and he says his old team-mate “needs a kick up the backside”.
Fletcher fears Mourinho’s sacking could convince the flamboyant Pogba that he can now get away with whatever behaviour he feels like, unless the new manager clamps down quickly.
“I don’t think he’s conducted himself well recently and I think he needs a kick up the backside,” Fletcher told the BBC.
“I think his post today, whether it was his team or whatever, it was totally out of order. That’s a big concern for me.
“Everybody talked about, ‘Who’s going to go, is it going to be Pogba or Mourinho’. Now, if Pogba starts thinking that he’s bigger than Mourinho, there’s your next problem.
“Somebody needs to get control of Paul and say, ‘Listen, this hasn’t been a battle between Mourinho and Pogba and you’ve won, you’ve got to go and prove yourself now.’
“A manager’s got to come in there and demand more from him, to lead this team forward.”
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