Mourinho and Pogba have had a series of disputes this season with their biggest one being caught on camera in September
Jose Mourinho reportedly believes Paul Pogba’s entourage are the cause of the friction between the Portuguese and the Manchester United midfielder.
Mourinho and Pogba’s relationship appears to have broken down in recent times with their biggest fallout being caught on camera in September.
The Red Devils boss rebuked Pogba for posting a jokey video on Instagram during United’s embarrassing Carabao Cup defeat to Championship side Derby last month.
But according to the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho actually sees Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola as the main source for the conflict rather than the player himself.
Mourinho seemed keen to patch things up with Pogba at the start of the season as the Frenchman was captain for United’s opening two Premier League matches.
But after repeatedly undermining his boss during post-match interviews, Mourinho told Pogba he would never captain the team again.
“The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” Mourinho said.
“But no fall-out. No problems at all.
“The same person that decides Paul is not second captain anymore was exactly the same person that decides that Paul was the second captain, myself.
“I am the manager, I can make these decisions, no fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don’t have to explain.”
“Paul was not the vice-captain,” Mourinho clarified three days later. “We had [Antonio] Valencia as the captain and then we had the group of players that could be the vice-captain.
“One day I give to David de Gea, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling. I thought about Paul already last season because a player of a different generation, younger player and the captain of the future because Valencia, Young they come more or less same age, same generation.
“Paul was not the vice-captain. We don’t have the vice-captain. It depends on the match, depends on if Valencia is playing.
“If Valencia is playing he’s the captain. If Valencia is not playing I will try to go in another direction.”