Paul Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho is at breaking point again after the Manchester United midfielder was left upset by his manager’s comments on his World Cup performances, according to reports.
The Frenchman reported back to training at Carrington on Monday after a three-week break, having resisted Mourinho’s call to return early – unlike Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Romelu Lukaku.
Both Barcelona and Juventus are making late moves for Pogba, with agent Mino Raiola presenting a .er-plus-cash offer worth around £100m from the Catalan giants after flying in to Manchester.
Mourinho and Pogba were often at loggerheads last season, and now The Times report that their relationship is strained again after the United boss criticised his midfielder during, and after, the World Cup.
Mourinho was in Russia on punditry duty and offered little in the way of praise for Pogba, while during a pre-season interview with beIN Sports he suggested the midfielder ‘started average’.
Rather than outright congratulating Pogba after lifting the World Cup, he decided to send a not-so-subtle message, adding: ‘I hope he understands why he was very good [at the World Cup].’
The Portuguese coach also suggested that Pogba benefited from the World Cup bubble, where there are fewer distractions compared to the regular season – something else that miffed Pogba.
‘For one month the .ers are in a closed camp,’ Mourinho explained. ‘Isolated from the external world, isolated from commercial compromises and isolated from every possible influence.’
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