Pogba opens up: Mourinho puts players to the side like they don't exist

16.4.2021.  
Pogba opens up: Mourinho puts players to the side like they don't exist

It was never a secret that the relationship between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho cracked when the Portuguese tactician was at Old Trafford. Finally, after a long break, the midfielder opened up on the problems he had with Mourinho by comparing him to his current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Pogba seemingly also waited for the right time to fire at Mourinho, as the Spurs manager is enduring tough times in London. While United is flourishing after a win over Tottenham.


"What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn't go against the players. He wouldn't go against the players. 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," started Pogba.


The issue Mourinho is having now is most likely a generational thing. As he was always the one for challenging the players and making them work for him. Now, it doesn't work so well with him as the players seemingly don't have the introspective to do so, or their egos are too big.


Pogba explained how they had a strong relationship before and he didn't understand the reason why it deteriorated. Even though he had 42 goal involvements in 108 matches, his playing level wasn't at the expected mark.


"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. So, yeah."


The biggest difference in the United squad since the managerial change is the resurgence of Luke Shaw. A player who was criticized the harshest by Mourinho when he was at the club, saying he needs his footballing brain to play well. Pogba used it as an example of why Solskjaer's methods work.


"Maybe because he is a bit closer to the people. Every coach has their own way to coach and deal with players, and as a player you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn't suit you and sometimes it does. Ole has helped Luke a lot, it was a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proved he has the quality he always had and the trust of the manager."



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