Jose Mourinho Reveals Why He Dropped Paul Pogba And When He’ll Bring Him Back Into The Team
Manchester United may have returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over struggling Fulham, but it wasn’t fun and games for everyone on the winning side at Old Trafford, as Paul Pogba was forced to watch on from the sidelines, again.
The Frenchman was dropped for the mid-week 2-2 draw against Arsenal, and was once again made to take in the action from the bench, although this time he didn’t even make it onto the pitch, as Jose Mourinho instead opted to bring on Marcos Rojo, Fred, and Scott McTominay, no doubt much to the frustration of Pogba.
In the aftermath of the match Mourinho, who oversaw United’s biggest victory of the season, was quizzed as to why he left out the World Cup winner.
“He (Pogba) has to play with the same mentality as the rest of the team is,” said Mourinho, as quoted in The Metro.
Ouch. Something is clearly wrong behind the scenes. The manager is questioning the mentality of United’s most expensive ever purchase, who won the World Cup a few months ago, which is unlikely to sit well with Pogba, who could well look to leave Old Trafford in the New Year.
However, Mourinho did reveal when he planned to bring the midfielder back to his starting line-up.
“Paul can be a fantastic player, he is going to start against Valencia and he will have a fantastic game to play to show everyone how good he is.”
In what could well be construed as a subtle dig at Pogba, Mourinho also suggested not everyone in his team was pulling their weight.
“The players understand when we have 11 players sticking together we can be a much better team.
“The players understood after Arsenal, when with a bad result you can be happy. They wanted to bring that same mentality to the game today.
“When the players give everything, the feeling is still positive. When you give everything for the club, you are a better team.”