PAUL POGBA has spoken out for the first time since Jose Mourinho’s sacking and said it was poor results that led to the decision – not their ongoing row.
The World Cup winner and Mourinho had various falling outs over matters including Pogba’s role and United’s style of play – but the Frenchman is now flourishing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba rarely got on before the Portuguese boss was sacked in December[/caption]
Pogba is currently with the French national team where he will face Moldova on Friday and Iceland on Monday.
The midfielder was asked whether his feud with Mourinho led to the Portuguese’s sacking and insisted he was not to blame.
He said: “What was the matter? We were not winning, so they decided to change the coach.
“The results are what matters most. If we were winning, we would have good results and the coach would have remained in his position.”
The £89.3million man felt like he was being made a scapegoat for United’s worst league start in 28 years.
Pogba captained United to victory in the opening game of this season against Leicester but later hinted at the difficult relationship with Mourinho, saying: “There are things, and there are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined.”
By the following month Mourinho said Pogba would never captain the club again.
Towards the end of the manager’s reign Pogba was benched and didn’t feature in his last three matches in charge, including the 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, a day after Mourinho was sacked, Pogba has been one of United’s best players, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists in 17 games.
Pogba has made no secret of his affection for Solskjaer and how he wants him to become permanent manager.
He told Sky Sports this week: “Of course we want him to stay, the results have been great. I have a great relationship with him, he has a great relationship with the players.
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“When a player is happy, he wants to keep being happy. Solskjaer deserves it. He knows the club, he knows everything about the club.
“He is a really happy coach that gave confidence back to the players.
“This gave us the freedom to play and enjoy football again because maybe we lost that with the results that we had before.”
Pogba has said he wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to remain at Manchester United[/caption]