Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba in Man United training-ground spat


"The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore. The same person who takes the decision to make him second captain makes this decision now".

"No fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don't have to explain".

Furthermore, Mourinho's treatment of Pogba and other players has "angered and frustrated" many Manchester United players, ESPN's Mark Ogden reported Wednesday, citing sources.

Derby County's Jack Marriott celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates at the Old Trafford in Manchester September 25, 2018.

Rewarding Pogba's outburst in this way would set a unsafe precedent, particularly at a time when player-power is more prevalent than ever. We had the personality to take penalties and play the way we did.

It was therefore a surprise when Pogba was handed the captain's armband for the opening-weekend 2-1 win over Leicester City as a stand-in for regular skipper Antonio Valencia.

It was a downbeat conclusion to a torrid day for United after relations between Mourinho and French World Cup victor Pogba reportedly hit a new low.

One source has said, however, Mourinho is "picking fights with his players and then asking them to play for him", with another claiming the atmosphere between Mourinho and his squad has been hard since the players returned to preseason training in July.

But according to ESPNFC, United's senior players are "angry and frustrated" with Pogba being stripped of the captaincy, and the French player reportedly also being vocal about wanting a more attacking style of play at the club.

And their latest bust-up has seen Mourinho strip the Frenchman of his duties as vice-captain at United.

On Tuesday, Mourinho insisted that there wasn't any fallout between the two.

"It's right up there", said Lampard when asked how the trumph compared to his highs as a player.

The France midfielder was rested for the clash and watched on from the stands.

Moments later, United goalkeeper Sergio Romero saw red for handling another Wilson effort outside the area. Marouane Fellaini came to United's rescue in the fifth minute of stoppage time with an equaliser.