Jose Mourinho’s Paul Pogba swipe backs up Man Utd star’s point perfectly
Paul Pogba recently opened up on the differences between Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, shortly before the Portuguese was sacked by Tottenham.
The two endured a tumultuous relationship when Mourinho was at Manchester United, first making him vice-captain, before removing him from that role and ultimately freezing him out altogether.
"What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn't go against the players," Pogba told Sky Sports last week.
"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," he continued.
"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."
Mourinho and Pogba were involved in an awkward training ground spat at the start of the 2018/19 season and Jamie Carragher’s latest story about the enigmatic manager sheds a light on the root of those problems.
While Pogba was in Russia spearheading France to World Cup glory, Mourinho was back in Manchester. But rather than be excited to get his record signing back, he was more concerned at aiming a dig about his attitude within the club.
“When Jose was United’s manager he invited me to the Carrington training ground where we talked about the modern game and challenges of getting his current squad to become warriors like John Terry and Didier Drogba at Chelsea,” Carragher recalled in his Telegraph column.
We shared stories about one of our pet hates – players who refuse to play with slight injuries.
“’I can’t stand it when someone is out with what they call 'a knock'. I don't even believe they are injured’, I said. Jose agreed. He is cut from the same cloth.
“Then he lamented how a lot of modern players are untouchable, making it more difficult to enforce discipline.
“At the time, France were about to win the World Cup.
“Imagine what Pogba will be like when he gets back!’, he joked.”
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