‘I am the manager [and] I can make these decisions,’ said Jose Mourinho on Pogba being stripped-off of captaincy at Manchester United.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has been given the honour of being the team’s captain on a few occasions when regular skipper Antonio Valencia has been absent from the starting XI.
However, Mourinho confirmed the rumours that Pogba will no more captain the United side, which emerged after Monday’s training sessions.
The news was reportedly conveyed to the players and Pogba in special during Monday’s training session at the AON Training Complex in Carrington.
Mourinho’s comments come two days after Paul Pogba seemed to have aimed a dig at his manager for not favouring an attacking style of football.
“The only truth is that I made the decision for him not to be second captain any more but there is no fallout, no problem,” Mourinho said after the loss against Derby County.
“I am the manager I can make these decisions.
“No fallout at all, no problem at all, just a decision that I don’t have to explain.”
Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho’s relationship is getting worse and worse… pic.twitter.com/ygSrcqhYTE
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 26, 2018
The Red Devils are already eight points behind league leaders Liverpool in the Premier League standings having played just six games so far this season and chances of a Champions League berth next season are looking bleak if things go this way.
After a 2-1 win over Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League, the France international stated that he would be fined if he spoke the truth about what he thinks about things at the club and questioned the team’s attitude after a 3-2 loss at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on the second match day.
Jose Mourinho is remaining defiant over the Paul Pogba saga… pic.twitter.com/A7KKAtphON
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Manchester United lost to Derby County in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, and Pogba was not named in the match-day squad. Derby County made a strong comeback in the second half, and eventually won on penalties.