Jose Mourinho says he “couldn’t care less” about Paul Pogba’s assessment of their relationship towards the end of his time at Manchester United.
Mourinho was dismissed by United midway through the 2018-19 season after two-and-a-half years in charge.
His relationship with members of United’s squad was said to have deteriorated, with an apparent training ground argument with Pogba coming after the midfielder was stripped of his vice-captaincy role in September 2018.
𝗙𝗨𝗟𝗟-𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘 ⏱ The points are shared at Goodison Park.
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Speaking ahead of United’s game against Burnley on Sunday, Pogba suggested current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a better man-management style than Mourinho.
“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba told Sky Sports. “He wouldn’t go against the players.
“Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.
“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everybody saw that, and the next day you don’t know what happened. That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don’t know.”
Pogba’s comments were put to Mourinho after his side’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Everton on Friday a result that leaves them five points adrift of the top four having also played a game more than all of their rivals.
The Portuguese coach told Sky Sports: “I would like to say I couldn’t care less with what he says, I couldn’t care less. I’m not interested at all.”
Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs secured a point at Goodison Park, though the England international was unable to finish the game due to an ankle injury.