Fresh Pogba-Mourinho bust-up barely days after Premier League opener

Tanya Simon
August 16, 2018

Zinedine Zidane as Manchester United's new manager.

Intriguingly, Zidane now allegedly wants to replace Mourinho at Old Trafford, which is fascinating because it was Mourinho who first brought Zidane into the Real Madrid backroom setup back in 2010, and somewhat emulates how Mourinho replaced his former mentor in Louis van Gaal.

The 46-year-old is now out of work since resigning as manager of Los Blancos in May just five days after winning his third consecutive Champions League trophy.

Barcelona will keep tabs on Pogba, who has endured an increasingly-difficult relationship with Jose Mourinho.

"There has been chat in the media about him being unhappy, but I think the newspapers and social media are always focused on that side of things, trying to find problems that aren't necessarily there, constantly exaggerating - it's on the pitch that matters". It came to a head when he was left out of the line-up for both legs of the Champions League last-16 defeat by Sevilla. It's over, the market is closed.

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The Portuguese coach, who is a combative personality, also is reported to have a strained relationship with some of his players having publicly criticised Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw.

The 29-year-old has been at United since July 2014 when he signed from Athletic Bilbao and has since racked up 161 appearances for the club across all competitions.

"[Pogba's agent] Mino Raiola has agreed personal terms with Barca worth £89.5m over five years, but United have already rejected one bid from the Catalans and are determined to resist until the transfer window shuts in Spain at the end of the month".

"I know some United fans want a more expansive attacking game and I can understand their frustrations, but the result is the most important thing, especially at the start of the season, and you need to be tactically clever".

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