Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has lifted the lid on the strained relationship between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.
Mourinho brought Pogba back to Manchester United for a then world record transfer fee of £89 million in the summer of 2016, with Zlatan also arriving at Old Trafford from PSG at the same time.
However, Pogba struggled to ever really perform at his best on a consistent basis under Mourinho, with rumours of a breakdown in his relationship with his coach constantly dominating the headlines.
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan has now revealed that both Pogba and Mourinho had little confidence in each other, and that the France internationals recent upturn in form under United’s caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is because he is being afforded freedom to express himself.
“There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach.’’ Zlatan told ESPN.
“Obviously, he has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul [Pogba] is one of them.
“Paul didn’t feel confidence from the coach, and the coach didn’t feel confidence for Paul.
“It’s difficult to perform as a player if you don’t have confidence from the coach and you don’t have that energy, that motivation, and Jose felt the same thing about Paul.”
“These things happen, and that is part of the game also; I mean, not everybody can go among each other and do well together.
“I feel like you come to a moment where it is too blocked and one goes or the other one goes. At this moment, the coach left, and Paul is more free now.”