Man Utd: Solskjaer praises match-winner Pogba
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Manchester United star Paul Pogba recently sparked a huge reaction by criticising Jose Mourinho. And comments made by Wayne Rooney three years ago suggest the current Derby boss is in agreement. The Tottenham boss spent two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford before being sacked and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Speaking on Friday, Pogba told Sky Sports that Mourinho would isolate players.
“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players,” he said. “He wouldn’t go against the players.
“Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.
“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everybody saw that, and the next day you don’t know what happened.
“That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don’t know. So, yeah.”
He then added: “Maybe [Solskjaer’s methods work] because he is a bit closer to the people.
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“Every coach has their own way to coach and deal with players, and as a player you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn’t suit you and sometimes it does.
“Ole has helped Luke a lot, it was a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proved he has the quality he always had and the trust of the manager.”
Pogba also accused Mourinho of using distraction tactics after United beat Tottenham 3-1 on Sunday.
“I don’t know what happened, I’m sure Mourinho said something that would make people speak, that’s what he does,” said the 27-year-old.
“We got the result we wanted, Ole knows it and we enjoyed that moment because we know Mourinho and we know what he likes. We don’t need this [war of words], we just focus on us.
“We won the game, he lost the game and he doesn’t want to speak about the game, he wants to speak about the dad of someone, that’s what he does. Everybody knows him, it’s very Mourinho.”
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Mourinho, for his part, has insisted he ‘couldn’t care less’ about Pogba’s remarks.
And comments made by Rooney in December 2018, just days after a 5-1 win over Cardiff, now make for interesting reading.
He said Mourinho didn’t keep the players on his side, often giving them the cold shoulder instead.
“In my opinion, obviously being there for a year with him, he didn’t (keep players onside),” Rooney said.
“I think that was the one surprise I had – the communication with the players wasn’t as much as it could have been.
“When you leave a player out of a game, sometimes, for a player, it gives a bit of freedom of the mind when the manager says I’m leaving you out for this reason or for that reason. But the players didn’t get that.
“I think that’s the most difficult thing for a player to try and work out why you’re not playing.
“The big thing with Jose was the communication with the players, and I know the players weren’t happy with him.
“There was nothing like, ‘You’re not doing this, you’re not doing that. So, you’re not given something to go and work on and make yourself better at those certain things.
“I knew Zlatan was one of his big signings, Zlatan came in and was scoring goals. And I maybe wasn’t playing at the level I knew I could do so I knew that was the reason. That was more or less what made my mind up to go and play elsewhere.”
United’s feud with Mourinho has been reignited in recent times.
And it was perhaps telling that Pogba gave the interview to Sky Sports, meaning the club itself were happy for him to give his say.
Pogba is expected to feature when United lock horns with Burnley in their Premier League clash on Sunday.
And victory for the Red Devils will boost their chances of finishing second in the table, something that’s happened just once since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement seven years ago.
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