How Manchester United Players Reacted To Jose Mourinho's Sacking
Paul Pogba took to social media within minutes of Manchester United officially announcing the departure of Jose Mourinho. The midfielder, who infamously never saw eye-to-eye with the Portuguese coach, posted a picture of himself on both Twitter and Instagram, saying "Caption This" in what was widely viewed as a dig at his now former boss.
The post was subsequently deleted, and predictably blamed on being 'pre-scheduled'. This is of course a more than likely outcome, but the timing was nonetheless impeccable.
The Mirror now reports that the Man Utd squad were overjoyed when they were informed of the news of Mourinho's exit, with Pogba leading 'dressing room celebrations' as teammates 'high-fived' each other.
The same publication states that the mood was transformed in an instant, while defender Luke Shaw was shown beaming in his car as he arrived at the club's training ground.
Whether these reports have any truth to them is another matter, but it would surprise few if Pogba was ecstatic upon learning of the managerial casualty, given that he was benched for Mourinho's final three Premier League matches at the helm.
The Frenchman didn't even feature during the 4-1 win over Fulham, or Mourinho's final game in charge, a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Shaw has been plagued by injuries, a loss of form, and a confidence-crisis ever since he arrived at Old Trafford. He's been a figure of ridicule at times, with Mourinho once even stating that he used Shaw's body with his own head when instructing the Englishman during a match.
Now it's up to Man Utd's new interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to transform the club's fortunes, both on the pitch and off it. The short-term appointment may be a surprise one, but the former 'Super Sub' is an immensely popular figure at United, and it's hoped that his presence in the dugout, along with his assistant Mike Phelan, will lift the spirits following the club's worst ever start to a Premier League season.
It will be interesting to see which players he picks for Saturday's clash against struggling Cardiff, but you can bet your last penny that Pogba will play some part in the fixture.