The pair have been fighting in the media in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways since the season began. Pogba has publicly questioned Mourinho’s approach, in terms of style of play, at Old Trafford while Mourinho removed the Frenchman of the vice-captaincy at Man United.
All the while, there has been no word internally or externally from the club.
The Guardian report that Mourinho was expecting senior officials to make it clear to players that excessive player power would not win against the manager.
After this did not happen, Mourinho now feels undermined and is currently concerned that the situation has been allowed to continue for too long and thus unsalvageable issues have been created at the club.
Mourinho believes that United were wrong not to make it fundamentally obvious to Pogba and his representatives that public comments going against the manager and the club would not be tolerated. Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, also tweeted a reaction to club legend Paul Scholes’ comments about a “lack of leaders” in the United side after a 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League in August.
It is felt that Raiola shouldn’t have been allowed to get away with saying whatever he likes, even if it’s damaging to the side.
The Guardian suggest Mourinho wanted to see both private and public support from the United board in his battle over player power at Old Trafford.