Pogba: ‘I dont have to be best friends with Mourinho’

Paul Pogba has said that he doesn’t have to be ‘best friends’ with Jose Mourinho in order for his time at Manchester United to be a success.

The Frenchman has had his relationship with the United boss scrutinised after a number of sub-par performances this season.

The £89 million man started the season like a player who was finally about to justify his at one time world record transfer fee. However, a hamstring injury would keep Pogba out of action for a number of months, and upon his return, he just didn’t look like the same player.

His disappointing form saw him dropped to the bench for a number of games, with rumours speculating that the midfielder could be sold after an apparent rift with Jose Mourinho.

Speaking to French TV station Canal+ though, Pogba has said that it not important whether he is friends with his manager, only that he performs on the field:

“There were times where I wasn’t playing, I was on the bench. There was a lot of talk, people thought it wasn’t working out,” Pogba said.

“But a coach and a player don’t have to be best friends, we don’t have to go to restaurants together. I had a few little problems too… football is sometimes all about the mental side. He put me on the bench and I gave my response on the pitch. I always give everything I’ve got.”

Pogba also added that he enjoyed the responsibility of being made Captain on a number of occasions, something he hopes will stand him in good stead for his future:

“He made me progress in leadership. I had the armband with Mourinho, it was the first time in a club, it’s important for me, it makes me grow to be also a leader in the France team.”

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