Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been addressing the media today ahead of his side’s trip to the London Stadium tomorrow to face West Ham in Saturday’s early kick-off.
As expected, Mourinho’s much-publicised decision to strip Paul Pogba of the Manchester United vice-captaincy was high on the agenda and the Portuguese coach seemed to suggest he made this choice as the France international seems to think he is bigger than the club he represents.
“Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that,” He said in his pre-match press conference.
However, Mourinho would not reveal the exact details behind his decision, only that he had explained his reasoning to the Old Trafford clubs hierarchy and playing squad.
“I explain very detailed to the people that has to know in detail, which is the squad and especially Paul, so Paul and the other players in the squad know in detail the reason why myself and my coaching staff, we decide to do that,” said Mourinho.
“I always analyse a player as a player when a player is captain, I analyse the player by the player and captain perspective, and after weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff, we made the decision Paul is just a player and not a captain.
“Decision-made, I informed the player and the players and when I was asked after the match on Tuesday, I confirmed and now I confirm and now it’s the end of the story,” he added.
“I can anticipate more questions by saying the relation of player and manager is good, is not anymore a relation, captain or whether the captain’s manager, the relation is good.”
Mourinho did though confirm that his £89 million will play tomorrow against West Ham.