Paul Pogba's brother lifts lid on fallout with Jose Mourinho at Man United
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 08/01/19 10:01am
Jose Mourinho was to blame for the breakdown of his relationship with Paul Pogba, according to the midfielder’s brother.
The Portuguese was sacked by Manchester United after the club's worst start to a season in 28 years.
Fractures in his relationship with Pogba began to emerge in September when the France World Cup winner was stripped of the vice-captaincy before Sky Sports News filmed them having an animated disagreement on the training ground.
Now, Mathias Pogba, who plays for Tours in the French third division, has lifted the lid on the relationship behind the scenes by claiming the former manager's ego dominated the dressing room.
"It was Mourinho who was the problem," Mathias Pogba told RMC Sport. "Mourinho still wants to be the centre of attention. The problem was Mourinho, right down the line.
"In the locker room, outside the locker room...everything, I know my brother, and you tell him, 'Go. Go play ', the rest, he will do it.
"From what we see of Mourinho, he always wants to be the maestro, the centre of attention.
"(Paul) does not even calculate that aspect: you respect him, he will respect you, you trust him, he will produce big performances."
Pogba, formerly the world's most expensive player, was an unused substitute in Jose Mourinho's final game in charge - a comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
But he was immediately restored to the starting line-up by new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has responded with four goals and four assists as United won all four of the Norwegian's first four Premier League games in charge.