Mourinho insists Pogba is ‘happy’ at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho has said that Paul Pogba is ‘happy, despite speculation suggesting he wants to leave.

The relationship between Paul Pogba and Mourinho has become strained in recent months, with some reports suggesting that the midfielder wants to leave Manchester United this summer.

Recent days have seen Pogba linked with a move to Barcelona, with United thought to have rejected a derisory bid of £45 million plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes in return for the Frenchman.

While the Transfer Deadline for Premier League clubs has now passed, transfer windows around Europe are still open, meaning that players are still able to leave English clubs.

However, when asked about the situation surrounding the £89 million man, Mourinho said that Pogba is happy, and even suggested that he could feature in tonight’s Premier League opener against Leicester, despite only having been in training for four days:

“He arrived Monday, happy, proud, a desire to work,” Mourinho said in his press conference on Thursday.

“He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, he’s one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels.

“But it’s the same conversation as with Young, Fellaini, Lingard, it’s the same. To know how they feel physically mentally to try to give us a help. If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half-an-hour. We don’t have many solutions and want to go with everything we have.

“I see him very well. but we need words with that small group to see if they can give us a hand. Important match tomorrow and every point is important. We have to try and get the best out of every player.

“If they play tomorrow they play after four days,” Mourinho added of the returning players. “One thing is what you can expect from the players with a proper pre-season and another is what you expect from a player with three or four days training.

“Of course I’d prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old-boys without experience and without the power to be a Premier League player directly. I’d prefer to have them even if they are not top, top, top. I believe that other managers in the same situation have the same feeling.

“To have them at least on the bench is one more option.”