Rumors swirl that Paul Pogba, frustrated by his deployment at Manchester United and buoyed in confidence by the World Cup victory, wants to leave Manchester United.
But his manager is standing firm.
Jose Mourinho says that the 25-year-old Frenchman has always remained professional at Old Trafford. “The only thing that is clear for me is that the player never – never in all these days we are together – never told me that he wants to leave,” Mourinho said of Pogba.
To Mourinho, no news is good news. “At this moment, I am in the dark,” Mourinho admitted, but said he’s taking that as a good sign. “If he doesn’t tell me he wants to leave, it’s because he wants to stay. That’s my conclusion, no?”
There’s only one way the Manchester United boss will believe Pogba wants to go. “If I watch [Pogba’s agent] Mr. [Mino] Raiola on the screen saying the player wants to leave, and that he is organizing a way for him to try to leave or so on, then I will believe.”
Pogba was criticized last year for his play as Manchester United finished second in the Premier League, but after watching him play well as France won the World Cup, many have turned to Mourinho as the source of Pogba’s underperformance. The Frenchman seems to have stricter instructions while playing for his club as opposed to the national team, and the freedom he was given in Russia this summer seemed to have a positive effect on his performance.