Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has angrily denied rumors about his poor relationship with Paul Pogba, saying the allegation is untrue.
According to report midfielder Pogba is unhappy with the more defensive position in which he has been used by Mourinho.
Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus for £89.3 million ($123.5 million, 100.5 million euros) in August 2016, has struggled in recent weeks and Mourinho has taken the 24-year-old off during two of the Red Devils’ last three matches.
Other reports said the arrival of Alexis Sanchez has unsettled the Frenchman.
At his press conference on Friday, ahead of the FA Cup fifth round tie against Huddersfield, an irate Mourinho said Pogba would play on Saturday and dismissed suggestions there was an issue between him and the France international.
According to him “I accept and I can speak on Paul’s behalf without any kind of problem’’, Paul accepts that he has not been playing well in the last few matches but that’s all.
He added “I don’t have to speak with you about my conversations with my players. I don’t have to tell you anything about it,”.
He continues “It’s my problem, it’s the player’s problem. It’s a big lie that the relationship is not good, a big lie that we don’t communicate, a big lie that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team.”
Mourinho, whose second-placed side are a huge 16 points behind runaway Premier League leaders and local rivals Manchester City, believes Pogba’s difficulties in overcoming hamstring and thigh injuries sustained in September have contributed to his struggles.