Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has stated that he doesn’t care about Paul Pogba’s comments after his sides 2-1 win over Leicester City last weekend.
Despite being made captain for his sides opening Premier League fixture Pogba’s post-match comments were interpreted by many as suggesting that all was not well in his relationship with his manager.
However, speaking ahead of his sides next game away to Brighton on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho insisted he has no interest in what Pogba said to the media and he only cares that the France international continues to produce the goods on the pitch.
“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, Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference.
“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 and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.
“I don’t care [about his 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 and me, but please don’t say lies, don’t put him in a situation that people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy, he is.
“He never had a fight with me. We never had a heated exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.
Pogba’s comments created a media storm this week which has seen many pundits suggest that the 25-year-old midfielder has more power at Old Trafford than Mourinho, but the Portuguese coach was again adamant that he is not concerned, telling the media to ask the man himself for clarification of his comments.
“You have to ask Paul,” he said.
“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’m not going to ask him. I want him to work the way he is doing and play the way he is doing and that’s all that matters.”