Jose Mourinho has said Paul Pogba is no longer the Manchester United vice-captain. Reports emerged that the Portuguese delivered his message to the United squad at the club’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday as he looks to remind the players that he is in charge.
And Mourinho confirmed the news after United’s defeat to Derby County in the third round of the Carabao Cup but insisted a dispute between the two was not the reason behind the decision. He told Sky Sports: “The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain any more but no fall-out, no problems at all.
“The same person that decides that Paul is not the second captain anymore is the same person who decides that Paul was the second captain. Myself. I am the manager, I can make these decisions. No fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don’t have to explain.” Pogba and Mourinho’s difficult relationship has been well documented but it seems Pogba’s comments after United’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Wolves at the weekend was the final straw in the wake of the dramatic declaration.
The midfielder insisted that as United were the home team they needed to attack a lot more. Referencing a song United fans sing when they urge their team to get forward, Pogba said: “When we are at home we should attack, attack, attack. “That’s Old Trafford. We are here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Man United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake today.
“I can’t tell you [who was to blame for the result] because I’m a player. It’s not me.” And according to The Times, the United players were happy with Mourinho’s decision. A Carrington source said: “José Mourinho told the players that Paul Pogba will not be the captain because he doesn’t represent what a captain is and Manchester United is bigger than anyone.
“The players were happy with that decision and the reasons behind the manager’s decision.” The £89million player was dropped from the squad list for their Carabao Cup defeat. This will cast even more doubt over Pogba’s future at the club with Barcelona and Juventus reportedly showing interest in his services during the summer.
However, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – who is also at loggerheads with Mourinho – has vowed to keep the 25-year-old.