The bitter feud between Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and his boss Jose Mourinho has reignited again.
After Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday night, the Portuguese boss blamed Pogba for being reckless in possession and, it was even reported over the weekend, that he was labelled ‘a virus’ by his boss.
Now, according to The Sun, Pogba has fired back at Mourinho and warned him to stop highlighting him as the core of United’s problems.
The Times say the Frenchman complained to the United boss his style of play restricts the movement of their attacking players, leaving the World Cup-winner with few passing options.
It was reported Mourinho called the 25-year-old “a virus” in the away dressing room in front of the whole squad.
Mourinho blasted Pogba by saying: “You don’t play, you don’t respect players and supporters and you kill the mentality of good, honest people around you.”
DD understands Mourinho’s comments were more general in his criticism as he raged against a fall in standards and discipline from his players, saying he, as manager, wasn’t the only one to blame for recent performances.
Pogba has been notably poor in recent games amid concerns from staff that he has once again set his sights on leaving Old Trafford. He is not alone with other team-mates also considering their futures.
He was understood to be frustrated further on Saturday by how United were forced to set up in midfield with Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic behind in a makeshift three-man defence.
Pogba himself was restored to United’s starting line-up amid an injury crisis having been dropped for the Champions League win over Young Boys last week.
United are back in Premier League action on Wednesday night against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Mourinho is facing more reshuffling ahead of the clash. Striker Marcus Rashford is nursing an ankle injury while Chris Smalling has a hairline fracture in his foot.
At his Tuesday press conference, Mourinho even refused to give away updates on which players were injured to United’s in-house TV station as he tries to protect his team selection.
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