In the latest Manchester United news, manager Jose Mourinho has insisted there has been no fallout with Paul Pogba despite the midfielder being stripped of the vice-captaincy.
France international Pogba, who played an integral role in helping his country win the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, captained United at the start of the season in the absence of Antonio Valencia.
However, the 25-year-old, who has scored two Premier League goals this term, won’t be wearing the armband anytime soon after Mourinho confirmed the midfielder is not even the vice-captain anymore.
The Portuguese tactician was quoted as saying by Sky Sports: “The only truth is that I made the decision for him not to be second captain any more but there is no fallout, no problem. I am the manager I can make these decisions.”
Although Mourinho insists all is rosy with Pogba, reports are suggesting otherwise and footage emerged on Wednesday morning appearing to show a frosty exchange between the pair on United’s training ground.
It is now thought the Frenchman could be heading for the exit door in January and a number of clubs, including Spanish giants Barcelona, are expected to make an official approach when the transfer window opens.
Pogba was left out of the Red Devils’ squad for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup third-round defeat to Derby County at Old Trafford, with the Rams winning 8-7 on penalties after the match ended 2-2.
The former Juventus star is expected to be recalled to the starting 11 for Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Ham United, who are on a two-game unbeaten run.