It has been reported that Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has been left shocked at the club following his omission for the past two games.
Paul Pogba has been left shocked at being dropped by José Mourinho, with the Manchester United midfielder left out of the starting XI for the past two games against Arsenal and Fulham.
The relationship between player and manager has been rocky since the start of the season. Yet despite Mourinho having terse words for Pogba privately and publicly, the France international did not expect to be left out of the XI.
Pogba did not start the 1-0 victory over Young Boys in the Champions League last month either, coming on as a second-half substitute.
He was reinstated for the 2-2 draw at Southampton in the following match but was particularly disappointing. Mourinho afterwards indicated Pogba was one of his players who lacked a “mad dog” spirit and has not started him since.
Pogba made a 15-minute appearance against Arsenal but was left on the bench last Saturday against Fulham, the inexperienced Scott McTominay being preferred as a replacement midfielder.
Pogba has decided to keep his cool and train as normal but he may seek to speak to Mourinho if the manager continues to exclude him. The World Cup winner looks set to start Wednesday night’s Champions League game at Valencia, with multiple changes anticipated given that United have qualified for the knockout stage.
“I’m looking for him to play well and to have a good impact in the game and a good impact in the team, a team with many players that don’t have many miles on their legs,” Mourinho said.
“A team with some players that are not playing a lot, so I hope that people like Paul and a couple of others that are normally in the team and they have that number of miles that players need to be at that top level, I hope he can have a good impact on the team”.