Saturday 19 January 2019

Pogba has words with Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has strongly denied he has fallen out with Paul Pogba
Jose Mourinho has strongly denied he has fallen out with Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has exchanged words with Jose Mourinho and demanded a change in Manchester United's formation to grant him more freedom, according to reports.

The Frenchman, United's club-record signing, has been desperately out of form since the turn of the year, and was even dropped by his manager for the recent Premier League win over Huddersfield.

Many critics and pundits believe Pogba has become a luxury player they cannot continue to pander to, with his role as part of a two-man midfield frequently exposing United.

And it appears Pogba shares those concerns and is reported to have requested that Mourinho alter the team's shape and grant him an attacking role on the left side of midfield three.

United have generally lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation since Alexis Sanchez's arrival from Arsenal in January, with Pogba loosely sitting in front of the defence.

But he is unhappy and feels his ability to influence matches has been reduced due to the defensive duties he is expected to perform, and wants to be given a freer role.

Mourinho is not of the same opinion, and believes Pogba's physical and technical qualities should make him capable of excelling alongside Nemanja Matic.

The Portuguese coach is growing frustrated with how little Pogba adheres to tactical instructions in terms of his defensive contribution and how he uses the ball when in possession.

United travel to Huddersfield for an FA Cup clash tomorrow evening.

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