Paul Pogba has been told by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho he will never captain the club again while the Portuguese remains in charge , according to reports on Tuesday , as tensions between United ’ s star midfielder and manager continue to rise .
Pogba has deputised as skipper in the absence of club captain Antonio Valencia on three occasions this season against Leicester and Brighton in the Premier League and a Champions League trip to Young Boys .
However , the French World Cup winner’ s latest outspoken comments criticising United ’ s overly negative tactics after a 1 – 1 draw at home to newly – promoted Wolves on Saturday have provoked a reaction from Mourinho.
According to The Times , Mourinho informed Pogba in front of his team – mates on Tuesday , claiming the 25 -year – old “ doesn ’ t represent what a captain is and Manchester United is bigger than anyone ” .
Pogba was not named in the squad for Tuesday ’ s League Cup clash with Derby , but Mourinho confirmed he had been rested along with a number of other first -team regulars including David de Gea rather than dropped .
The decision is the latest twist in an acrimonious relationship between the pair dating back to Mourinho dropping Pogba routinely for big games last season .
“ Mourinho’ s message to the United squad , delivered at Carrington today , was designed to underline his authority and remind the players that he is in charge , ” added The Times report.
Fresh from playing a pivotal role in France ’ s World Cup success , Pogba , who cost United a then world record £ 89 million ( $ 116 million ) to bring back to the club from Juventus in 2016 , has started to deliver on his price tag this season .
He has scored four times in seven appearances and also set up Fred ’ s opener against Wolves at the weekend .
However , he was also at fault when losing possession for Wolves ’ equaliser that left United already eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool after six games .
“ We are at home and we should play much better against Wolves . We are here to attack , ” Pogba told the media after the match .
“ I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking . That was our mistake . ”
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Pogba has already been linked with a move away from Old Trafford with Barcelona interested before the close of the summer transfer window .
That speculation is unlikely to die down as long as Mourinho, who signed an extended contract until 2020 earlier this year , remains in charge .
( AFP )
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