Manchester United have no intention of selling Paul Pogba over the January transfer window amid interest from Juventus, according to ESPN‘s Mark Ogden.
The Frenchman’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has continued to encounter difficulty ever since August.
Mourinho reportedly branded Pogba as a ‘virus’ after the 2-2 draw with Southampton and has not started him for games against Arsenal or Fulham, noting on Saturday that his commitment to the team had to be better.
“He has to play with the same mentality as the team is playing,” he said. “You always have to be a good professional, to give everything for the club – not, like people like to say, the manager. It is for the club.
“The players understand that when we have 11 sticking together, fighting together, working together as a unit, we can be a much better team.”
And according to Ogden, while Man United and Juventus maintain a close relationship at board level and speak regularly, there is an understanding between the two that Pogba is not for sale over the January transfer window.
The relationship between Mourinho and Pogba never feels too close away from encountering friction. Even before the season started, reports suggested that the Frenchman was angered by his manager’s comments on how he performed at the World Cup.
By the time Pogba criticised Mourinho’s negative approach in September, lost the vice-captaincy, and had that infamous training ground stare-off, many claimed their relationship was simply untenable. At the moment, there is little evidence to suggest otherwise.