“He never had a fight with me. We never had a warm (heated), a hard, I don’t know how you say, exchange of words. Everything is respected. I have no problems at all,” the United manager stated with photographs showing Pogba, and his team-mates, in high spirits at the club’s Carrington training ground ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture away to Brighton where they lost last season.
ogba answered Mourinho’s call to return to first-team action, after just three days training, following his post-World Cup holiday, for last Friday’s league match at home to Leicester City. It was after that game, however, that Pogba hinted at his unhappiness and said he could not go further for fear of being fined.
“You have to ask him. You have to ask him,” Mourinho said when asked what Pogba meant. “You know I’m here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so is not easy to be fined here. So you have to ask him. I didn’t ask him, I’m not going to ask him. I repeat I want him to work the way he is doing and to play the way he is doing and, for me, that’s the only thing that matters.”
Asked about Pogba’s comments, when the player also referred to the need for “trust” and singled out the fans and team-mates – but not the manager – Mourinho said: “I don’t care. I don’t care. I repeat: I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, I want him to play for the fans, and that is what he did. He’s woned terms to 2024.“I am very happy and very proud,” Masuaku said. “For me it was an easy decision.”The club wanted me to stay and so I didn’t even need to think about it – it was just a matter of time.”Now I am looking forward to the Premier Lerking extremely well here but I have to say in his defence that 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 that he’s not a polite, educated guy, which he is.”
n the absence of the injured Antonio Valencia who, like Nemanja Matic returned to full training on Thursday, but is not expected to be included in the squad to face Brighton, Pogba was awarded the captaincy. The 25-year-old will retain it for Sunday’s game, for which Jesse Lingard could feature after recovering from a groin problem, and until Valencia returns.
“The truth is we are together for two years andng Hornets striker agreed a season-long loan move back to the League One club. He spent the second-half of last season with Wimbledon.Downes told the club website: “I am just really pleased to get Michael back and I’m looking forward to him joining a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him (Pogba) as I am now, that’s the truth,” Mourinho said. “I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him. He came here on a Monday (last week), trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties, he did it, 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 giving me, he’s working well, playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team which he is doing and I repeat couldn’t be happier than what I am.”
ourinho is understood to have been surprised at Pogba’s comments especially as he believes he offered an ‘olive branch’ by making him captain. He was also angered by claims that he had had a bust-up with Pogba and had told him he could leave United if he wanted to.
Nevertheless Mourinho is certainly aware of the French international’s feelings with sources close to the player, who was dropped last season at times, suggesting he was unhappy with some of the criticism levelled at him by the manager over the summer. During the US tour Mourinho said Pogba’s form had improved during the World Cup because he was free of distractions and fully focussed on football.
Mourinho is also acutely icker says United are one of several clubs interested in signing Kabak from Stuttgart this summer.United, along with Schalke, Monaco, Bayern Munich, West Ham United and AC Milan are all keen on the 19-year-old Turkish centre-back.Kabak’s release clauaware the machinations to try and manoeuvre a move to Barcelona for Pogba who are playing a longer game in trying to make the transfer eventually happen.
Mourinho also confirmed that Matteo Darmian will stay at United with the club believing the Italian can provide back-up for either full-back position.