Jose Mourinho has confirmed reports that Paul Pogba has been told that he will no longer be considered to wear the captain’s armband, but has denied the pair have fallen out.
In the build-up to Manchester United‘s defeat to Derby last night, there were widespread reports that Mourinho had informed the £89m midfielder in front of the whole squad that he would no longer be one of his captains, before leaving him out of the Carabao Cup clash.
It was reported that this was the latest escalation in the ongoing rift between the pair, with Pogba having recently urged his manager to play more attacking football in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend.
However, speaking after Tuesday night’s defeat to Derby County, while confirming the reports about the captain’s armband, Mourinho denied that he had fallen out with the club record signing:
“The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “But no fall-out. No problems at all.
“The same person that decides Paul is not the second captain anymore was exactly the same person that 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.”