On Wednesday morning we saw a spectacular scene at Manchester United training ground where there was a video which was clearly showing United manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba in heated training-ground bust-up.
Pogba and Mourinho were spotted having a go at each other at Carrington on Wednesday after an embarrassing Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County. As the power struggle continues at the Old Trafford between the manager and the players – let’s have a look at the timeline.
1. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Mourinho was unimpressed with Paul Pogba before he signed his contract with Man United. Pogba’s social media and marketing presence were clear from an expensively produced video, featuring rapper Stormzy, announcing his return quickly went viral, while the hashtag ‘Pogback’ was created.
2. During his second season – Pogba suffered from a hamstring injury and despite staying at home and recovering from the same – the midfielder decided to take a break in Miami and Jose was left fuming with the player’s attitude.
3. The pair had a big argument at Wembley Stadium in January when Pogba was substituted by Mourinho with the club losing against Tottenham. Next week Mourinho dropped Pogba from playing XI.
4. During a post-match TV interview after beating Liverpool 2-1 in March, Pogba interrupted Mourinho with a handshake. The coach found it disrespectful.
5. Jose Mourinho is also not happy with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, who had offered Pogba to Manchester City in January. Pep Guardiola revealed – “Two months ago he (Raiola) offered me (Henrikh) Mhikitaryan and Pogba to play with us. He was interested in Mhikitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Pogba is an incredible player. A top, top player. I said no. We don’t have the money enough to buy Pogba because he is so expensive.”
6. Speaking at the end of last season, Pogba admitted that he and Mourinho were not that friendly.
7. During the summer, Pogba told Ed Woodward he wanted to leave Old Trafford to move to Barcelona. United were not willing to listen to any offers and Jose against got pissed with the Frenchman.
8. Pogba has always been very vocal about Jose’s negative tactics whenever the team has not done well. It surely has not gone down well with the manager.