Manchester United have informed Sky Sports reporter James Cooper that reports of a feud between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho are “absolute nonsense”.
The Frenchman caused a stir after Man United’s win over Leicester City last Friday by noting he would be fined for saying how he really felt when asked if he was happy at Old Trafford.
Reports from well known tabloids have emerged this morning suggesting the pair’s relationship was at an all time low.
And United, in a move which is out of character for them, have “angrily” told Cooper – who specialises in affairs at Old Trafford – that there is no “bust up” between Mourinho and his star player.
“Manchester United have spoken to me this morning,” he said. “Which is very rare and unusual for Manchester United to react to stories at all, particularly to react so angrily.”
“And they are angry, they are incensed, they’re telling me there was no bust up between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.
“The reports of this are absolute nonsense. Furthermore, the relationship between the two people is good.”
It is somewhat coincidental that United’s best player – their biggest name – also turns out to be the one slandered the most by the media, presented as the main insurgent in the dressing room whose apparently toxic relationship with Mourinho will eventually spill over and cause things to implode.
And it is interesting that these reports have come out steadily ever since Pogba’s interview on Friday. The whole thing, as is often the case, feels carefully manufactured, although that doesn’t mean the reality of the situation beneath the frothy surface is perfect and rosy.
Mourinho’s press conference on Friday afternoon certainly promises to be an interesting one.