Manchester United Football Club earned a hard-fought three points on the Premier League’s opening day, with Leicester putting up an excellent fight.
The Red Devils were sent on their way thanks to a spot-kick from Paul Pogba, who put in an excellent performance to help the Old Trafford club to victory. However, in the aftermath, the 24-year-old hinted at unhappiness with life under Jose Mourinho.
For the week following, things all went quiet on that front. Now, though, the self-proclaimed Special One has spoken out and confirmed that from his side, there is absolutely no problem with the relationship between the pair.
“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now,” Mourinho said, per the Manchester Evening News.
“That’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him, he came here on Monday, trained for three days, I asked for his support, for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties, he did it better and for more time than we could expect.”
“When he says he did it for the fans and for the team is exactly what I want, is exactly what I demand from my players, he’s working well, he’s playing well, he does it for the fans, he does it for the team and that’s what I want, I want him to play for the team, which he is doing, and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”
“I don’t care,” Mourinho added of Pogba’s ‘fine’ comments. “I repeat: I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, the fans, and that is what it is. He’s working extremely well here but I have to say in his defence, write what you want about him, write what you want about me, please don’t say lies. Please don’t put him in a situation where people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy, which he is. He’s very polite, he’s very educated. He never had a fight with me. We never had a heated or exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.”
This really is some high praise indeed. Pogba had a phenomenal summer for his country at the World Cup, let’s hope he’s brought that form back to United.
Although Mourinho confirmed there is no issue, I do believe from Pogba’s standpoint something is going on. We all know how vocal the Frenchman can be, if there was nothing wrong, I’d have banked on him taking to social media to insist that everything was fine; that hasn’t been the case.
Handing him the captain’s arm-band was certainly a smart move. No doubt that’ll be a massive morale boost for a player who has had a mixed couple of seasons back in Manchester United red. This campaign will undoubtedly be his best yet, however.