Jose Mourinho has fired back at recent reports that Paul Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United.
There had been suggestions that Pogba was becoming increasingly unhappy with how he was being played by Mourinho in the midfield, with one or two even alleging that the French international regretted returning to Old Trafford 18 months ago.
Speaking to the media ahead of his side’s FA Cup fifth round clash against Huddersfield, Mourinho reacted angrily to the reports and insisted that his working relationship with Pogba is fine.
“You can call it speculation, I would call it a lot of lies. Paul accepts he has not been playing well in the last few matches, but that is all. It is a big lie that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree about his best position and that we don’t have a good relationship.
“It is my problem that he is not playing well at the moment, but he will play in the FA Cup against Huddersfield, and that is the end of the story. We don’t fight every day and we don’t want to sell. I don’t want to be nasty to the punditry industry in this country – it must be the biggest in the world and they are being paid millions – but it is ridiculous to talk about Paul being played out of position.
“Against Newcastle Paul played in midfield, we had a six [Matic] and two eights [Lingard and Pogba], with Paul on the left hand side. If you ask Paul what is his preferred formation it is 4-3-3. If you ask him where he likes to play in that formation it is eight, on the left. That is exactly what he was doing against Newcastle.
“So it’s easy and honest and objective to say Paul didn’t play well against Newcastle but some of the guys are paid millions, don’t let people read things that are not true, you are paid to read the game and explain the game, don’t say bullshit.”
Mourinho went on to confirm that Pogba would feature in the cup match this weekend. The midfielder has been taken off by Mourinho in two of the last three Premier League matches – and was a substitute in the other, leading to suggestions that all was not well between club and player,
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