Sunday 26 January 2020

I have to respond on the pitch - Pogba

Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Reuters
Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Reuters

James Ducker

Paul Pogba has insisted he has "no problem" with Jose Mourinho and claimed the prospect of leaving Manchester United this summer was "not on my mind".

Pogba's relationship with Mourinho has come under severe strain and doubts have been cast over his future at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, claimed this month that Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, had offered them the player in January and there have also been reports of Raiola offering his client to Paris St-Germain.

The France midfielder has been dropped for a series of big matches and substituted in others, with Mourinho demanding greater consistency from his club-record £89 million signing, whom he has accused of following up good performances with too many "bad" or "so-so" displays.


Pogba recovered from a dismal showing in the 1-0 defeat by bottom club West Bromwich Albion to help inspire United to victories against Bournemouth in the Premier League last Wednesday and Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, when he provided a fine cross for Alexis Sanchez to score.

And Pogba said in the aftermath of the win over Spurs that he had to accept Mourinho's reasons for not playing him and that it was up to him to convince the manager.

"He is the coach, he makes the decisions," Pogba, 25, told French TV channel Canal+. "Me, I am a player. I accept it and I have to respond on the pitch.

"Mourinho has made me captain. He gave me the keys, the responsibilities at a great club like Manchester United.

"You know, if I was to listen to everyone, then I would be going to Marseille, Amiens or Rennes, Manchester City, Real Madrid, I would be everywhere. For the time being, I am at Manchester United and I am only thinking about the present.

"We are in the FA Cup final and then the World Cup is coming. Transfers, all that sort of thing, are not on my mind." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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