Pogba denies Mourinho rift

Paul Pogba has denied that there is a rift between himself and manager Jose Mourinho after the Frenchman’s difficult season at Old Trafford.

The £89 million man scored six goals and provided 10 assists in the Premier League for United this season, but has seen questions pointed at him for what has been deemed as disappointing performances, especially around the turn of the year.

While he was extraordinarily influential in certain games, such as in the Manchester derby, in other games he was seemingly invisible, and was even dropped by Jose Mourinho for a number of matches, prompting speculation of a rift with his manager.

Asked by France Football if he was a “puzzle” to his coaches, he said: “I don’t know – you will have to see with them.

“There is the team, the coach has to make his choices. If he thinks he has to put me on the bench because I was not good or he prefers to change the system, it is his choice. This year, I have been on the bench.

“Why? I was injured. Then I had a virus. Against Newcastle, I was taken off, I had a virus and I could not breathe. Nobody knew, only the inside, me, the doctor, and I did not go crying in the media to say that I was not well.”

Asked if there is a problem with Mourinho, Pogba said: “I am not the coach. You will have to see with him. He made his choices. Have I had talks with him? Not necessarily. He took me off, like that. Like I said, I do my job he does his.”

Pogba’s form has seen him linked with a big money money to French Champions PSG, and while he didn’t rule out the move in the future, he denied that any such move is imminent:

“I am at Manchester, I have my contract here for now. All the rest is just words. That’s it. I am concentrating on the World Cup.

“It is always great to play with great players. But that does not mean I want to go over there.”

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