It seems almost impossible to keep Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba out of the headlines lately, and reports have emerged today suggesting that it is not just his relationship with his manager Jose Mourinho that has deteriorated, but the France international is also losing friends within the Old Trafford dressing room.
Mourinho is said to be furious with Pogba for putting in match winning performances one week and then failing to perform in the following game, as happened in the West Brom game after the 25-year-old had inspired the Red Devils to a 3-2 comeback victory in the Manchester Derby.
According to a pretty damning report in the Daily Mail the pairs relationship is now being compared to what occurred between Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham, which ended in the former England captain being sold to Real Madrid for his supposed distraction by off the pitch events.
‘He’s been acting like a petulant child,’ says the Mail’s source.
‘Jose can’t be doing with someone who is always seeking the spotlight and not focusing on their football. You can see he’s getting p****d off with it.
‘There are definitely similarities with Beckham and Sir Alex in the clash of egos and the manager being unhappy with all the other stuff. Jose would sell him, but the club won’t allow it.
‘He’s given most of the players the cold shoulder since Sunday, but there’s more tension with Pogba. How can you play like that against Man City and then how he did in the West Brom game?’
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The report then goes on to suggest that many United players have begun to tire of Pogba’s attention seeking behaviour and are starting to distance themselves from him.
“Pogba has become an isolated figure as senior players, tired of his antics, have distanced themselves from him.” Chris Wheeler and Simon Jone wrote.
“Some are said to be relieved he will miss the tour of the United States this summer because he will be at the World Cup with France. The 25-year-old still has a clique of friends — Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini and Joel Pereira — and usually sits with them at meal times.”
“But it has been noted that other players who were close to him — Romelu Lukaku and, to a lesser extent, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford — have been more circumspect, conscious of the manager’s disapproval. Even the bond with Zlatan Ibrahimovic was said to have been less strong before the Swede left Old Trafford.”