United Cup exit adds to Mourinho woe after Pogba rift
Paul Pogba's fractured relationship with Jose Mourinho hit an all-time low yesterday when the Manchester United supremo told the Frenchman in front of team-mates that he will never captain the club again.
Mourinho broke the bombshell news to his stunned squad at United's Carrington training ground after reacting furiously to Pogba's criticism of the team's tactics at Old Trafford in the wake of last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Wolves.
The United manager - whose woes deepened last night when they beaten by Derby in a League Cup penalty shoot-out at Old Trafford - is thought to have accused Pogba of believing he is bigger than the club as the Portuguese's patience with his club record €105m signing snapped.
The turn of events puts the two biggest personalities at Old Trafford in direct confrontation and creates a huge headache for Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice-chairman.
Woodward will be under pressure to back Mourinho's stance over Pogba, but doubts over whether the manager will still be in charge beyond the summer will complicate making any decison.
While United have insisted Pogba is not for sale, his latest spat with Mourinho may intensify the Frenchman's desire to join Barcelona, who have been courting the 25-year-old since the summer.
Pogba had claimed after the Wolves game that United needed to attack more at Old Trafford and offer more movement up front in an apparent dig at Mourinho's tactics, even though it was from his mistake early in the second half that the Midlands club equalised. (© Daily Telegraph, London)