Paul Pogba Admits To Problems With Jose Mourinho At Manchester United But Claims Being A Sub ‘Helped Him Grow’

The Manchester United midfielder has admitted having 'small issues' with manager Mourinho

Paul Pogba has downplayed his rift with Jose Mourinho last season, claiming his ‘small issues’ with the Manchester United boss ‘were nothing in the end’.

The France midfielder fell out of favour at Old Trafford during the previous campaign and was not guaranteed a starting position despite costing £89million in 2016.

Pogba even held showdown talks with Mourinho in February, with the pair discussing the 25-year-old’s best position and form following a string of poor performances.

Paul Pogba trains alongside his France team-mates ahead of their game against Denmark

Jose Mourinho gives instructions to Pogba during a Champions League tie against Sevilla

And speaking during a press conference at the World Cup, Pogba admitted that his relationship with the former Chelsea boss had not been without its problems.

He said: ‘It was a better season than the previous one.

‘It was an experience. There were some small issues [with Mourinho], but they were nothing in the end.’

Although Pogba appeared 37 times in all competitions last season, the ex-Juventus star was not always an automatic pick and struggled for consistency.

He came off the bench four times in all competitions and was substituted on seven occasions as Mourinho attempted to get the best out of him.

Pogba added: ‘Being a substitute, that sort of thing, it helps you to grow. I have to accept it.’

Mourinho is believed to have run out of patience with Pogba, who was offered to rivals Manchester City during the January transfer window.

Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian could also depart Old Trafford this summer.

 

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