Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba’s frosty training ground exchange was because of an Instagram post, according to reports. The pair were filmed clashing in training earlier today, with their war of words reportedly coming because the midfielder posted a laughing video during Manchester United’s Carabao Cup exit on penalties to Derby County on Tuesday.
Pogba sat out the Carabao Cup game, but was back in training on Wednesday only to be filmed in an awkward exchange with the United boss. Pogba seemed surprised by something said to him by Mourinho – and the pair begin an exchange that lasted two minutes, alongside members of United’s coaching staff.
Frosty footage just in from @ManUtd’s training session between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho…
What has been said between the pair this morning? pic.twitter.com/nRiTEgDJlH
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 26, 2018
Pogba appeared to point at Luke Shaw and Andreas Pereira, who feature in an Instagram story he posted from the stands during Tuesday’s defeat at Old Trafford.
Sky Sports News’ microphones picked up Mourinho bringing United press officer John Allen into the conversation, asking him: “When did Paul post that Instagram?” The midfielder, who left the ground before the penalty-shootout, also took to Instagram following his chat with Mourinho posting a selfie in his car, alongside a ‘crazy face emoji’.
In the build-up to the Derby game Mourinho had told the World Cup winner that he would not captain United again in front of the squad. Those actions are reported to have infuriated the player, with Mourinho believed to be trying to assert his authority over the player as a reminder about who is in charge at the club.
Asked about those reports last night, Mourinho 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.”