Jose Mourinho's touchline comments may be investigated by lip reader

Heather Diaz
October 12, 2018

The Manchester United midfielder was dramatically stripped of the vice-captaincy at Old Trafford last month by Mourinho.

The reported friction between Pogba and Mourinho has been a persistent sub-plot over the course of United's struggles, with the France midfielder at one stage claiming the team should "attack, attack, attack".

Pogba has faced criticism for failing to repeat his impressive performances at the World Cup for United, who have slumped early in the season.

France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba believes he did not focus on his game after claiming the summer World Cup trophy with the Les Bleus in Russian Federation just like club boss Jose Mourinho predicted.

"I've never played for the France team to be captain, already being here is a big thing for me" Pogba said.

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Pogba insists he is the ideal go-between for the older players and younger members of Didier Deschamps' squad.

Under him, United have won 79 of those contests - including last weekend's stunning 3-2 comeback against Newcastle United - giving him a 60% win percentage, while also losing 25 times. It puts pressure on the manager. "That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard", he said. This is my opinion and I would have said that to him.

Prior to the World Cup, Pogba had stated his ambition of stepping up his role within the France squad, and he was credited by teammates with having given a number of inspirational dressing room speeches during Les Bleus' summer triumph.

However, following the break, there was an evident step in terms of the performance levels and Pogba was one of those who stepped up his game after Mourinho made a decision to play him in a deeper midfield role than his usual position.

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