Jose Mourinho denies holding Paul Pogba talks with Didier Deschamps
By Zinny Boswell
Last Updated: 30/03/18 2:03pm
Jose Mourinho says speculation he has held discussions with Didier Deschamps over how best to utilise Paul Pogba is "absolutely false".
Reports had suggested Mourinho enlisted the help of the France boss in an attempt to help the troubled midfielder rediscover his form after struggling to tie down a place in the Manchester United starting line-up.
However, Mourinho rejected these claims, explaining that he and Deschamps have not been in contact for years.
"Not true," said the United boss. "The last time I spoke with Didier Deschamps was probably when we played against each other many years ago. I haven't spoken with Didier in a long time."
Pogba returned to form while away on international duty, scoring and assisting during France's 3-1 win over Russia on Tuesday, but Mourinho was tight-lipped when asked for his thoughts on the 25-year-old's performance.
"I don't comment on my players' performances for their national teams," he added.
Mourinho plays host to compatriot Carlos Carvalhal at Old Trafford on Saturday as Swansea battle for Premier League survival with just eight games left of the season.