Paul Pogba does not have a problem with Jose Mourinho; it seems the media made a big deal of nothing…


For months now there has been a lot of media speculation suggesting that there has been, and still are problems between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Paul Pogba. The ‘gutter press’ has seemingly ensured that their ‘concocted’ stories were proliferated throughout the media throughout late February and March and into the international break, with more regurgitated tripe being reported after Pogba scored a stunning free-kick and assisted another goal for France in the past week.

That then drew suggestions that Pogba would be benched again for United when they faced Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Shock horror, the media were wrong with that suggestion. The media make a hell of a lot of money when it comes to Manchester United. The headlines have dominated the newspapers regarding every aspect of the club, even them being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Sevilla was bigger news than the fact Manchester City and Liverpool were drawn against each other in the quarter-final stage.

Pogba has now stated that there is nothing happening between himself and Mourinho despite how it may have looked. Pogba was benched for many matches during the time it was reported the pair had issues, the continuance of the Frenchman being benched continued the rumours. There is a saying, a picture tells a thousand words, but in this instance, it seems to be an action what has caused these words. The media are fastly becoming an even bigger joke – even reports linking Anthony Martial with an exit, with his agent meeting Juventus was made up and confirmed as just that.

The Frenchman, speaking to Telefoot and reported by Sky Sports, spoke about being benched which in turn has made him stronger. Pogba also stated that it was not him who chooses the team ahead of each match. Pogba said:

“It’s true [being benched] has never happened to me, but it can strengthen me. You have to go through these periods to make you stronger.

“There is no problem with Mourinho. It’s not me who picks the team. Ask the coach if you want to know why I play less. I respect his choices.”

The speculation suggesting that Pogba and Mourinho has problems getting on, then turned into transfer speculation and players who United had been linked to in the past few months, were now speculation to be a replacement for Pogba, despite many not being at the same level as Pogba, or offering the type of performances the Frenchman can offer, when he is in form. I guess facts never stop journalists from telling a story! There was me thinking that journalism was about informing the public of things that were going on, rather than having an agenda and making things up?

Speaking about the transfer speculation which has suggested Pogba would be replaced this summer, the Frenchman said:

“It’s too early to talk about a departure from United, the situation can change.”

During his time with the France national team, Pogba spoke to journalists about different things. One thing that struck the headlines and fueled transfer rumours was the fact that Pogba spoke about Neymar. The 25-year-old said he would like to play with Neymar, which to the media meant that Pogba wanted to either play for Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar was coming to Manchester United, or even the pair would transfer to Real Madrid this summer. Those were the suggestions. Pogba, speaking about what he said about Neymar, said:

“Neymar? I said I dream of playing with him, [Lionel] Messi or Cristiano [Ronaldo], but that doesn’t mean that I want to move clubs.”

It just goes to show that the media are like. They seem to have made something trivial turn into something big, which was clearly not at that level. It makes me wonder how much money the media made with these false reports and whether they will be called out for literally making things up just so they can give their editors something new, something which will last many different rehashes and something would continue the anti-United agenda the media seem to love being a part of. Some things change but the media in the United Kingdom, especially the tabloids, will not.

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