Paul Pogba returned to the Theater of Dreams at a time when the coach of the Red Devils was the controversial Portuguese Jose Mourinho, but his cooperation with Mr. Special was not so good, although he won two trophies with United during his stay at the club - Europa League and League Cup.
The Red Devils beat Granada in both quarterfinal matches of the Europa League, broke the black series against the Spanish teams at Old Trafford, and a few steps separate them from repeating the success from 2017. Between the two matches with the team from Andalusia, the victory over Tottenham in London was imprinted, and after the game, not much was said about the result and the game of the two teams, but the verbal war between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho was at the epicenter.
The Portuguese strategist likes to be in the center of attention, and in an interview with Sky Sports, Paul Pogba recalled the period when he worked with Mourinho at Manchester United… "One day I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everyone saw it, and the next day you don't know what happened.
"It's a strange thing about the relationship with Mourinho and I can't explain it to you, because the reasons are not clear to me either," said Paul Pogba. The Frenchman played a key role in the campaign for the Europa League under Mourinho's baton, but his love broke when the Portuguese took away his armband in September 2018.
At the time, Pogba was the second captain, and a few months later Mourinho packed his bags and left Old Trafford.
Mourinho vs Solskjaer
The Frenchman drew a parallel between Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "The relationship with Solskjaer is different, he would never go against a player.
Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick some players, but he doesn’t reject them, he doesn’t push them aside as if they no longer exist." "That is the difference between Solskjaer and Mourinho. Solskjaer's methods may work that way because he has a closer relationship with the players.
" The French midfielder is not the only player who has entered into conflicts with the Portuguese. On the sidelines was Luke Shaw, and Mourinho said Shaw lacks football intelligence. Shaw recently said that Mourinho rightly criticized him in order to improve his performance, but he also admitted that it was an extremely difficult period for him at Old Trafford.
Since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the United bench, the left-back has flourished and returned to the national team of England. "Every coach has his own way of working with players, and you as a player have to adapt to coaching ideas.
Sometimes it suits you, and sometimes not." "Ole helped Luke Shaw a lot, who had a difficult season under Mourinho, but he proved that he has a quality that has never been disputable, if there is the trust of the manager ", Pogba pointed out.