Man Utd Hit Out at ‘Nonsense’ Claims of Bust-Up Between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba

Machester United have refuted the claims stating manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba were involved in a bust-up following the latter’s comments after starring in the Premier League opener against Leicester City last Friday.

United beat the Foxes 2-1 thanks to the Frenchman’s heroics. But the player didn’t seem best pleased after the match, despite being handed the captain’s armband in the first game of the season.

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“If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best,” he told reporters. “There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”

The statement has cast major doubt on the player’s future at Old Trafford and several newspapers have reported that Mourinho warned Pogba not to vent through the media and told him to ask for a transfer if he wants out.

It was also reported that Pogba retorted, telling the manager that any future attempts to speak to him formally should be made through his agent Mino Raiola. According to Sky Sports, though, the club have branded the reports ‘absolute nonsense’ and insist that the relationship between Mourinho and Pogba is still ‘good’.

Meanwhile, former United midfielder Paul Ince has slammed the Frenchman’s attitude, referring to Pogba as disrespectful and lacking in professionalism.

“Paul Pogba has got too much to say,” Ince said in criticism of the World Cup winner. “Mourinho made him captain last week, which is a huge honour and one which he seems to underestimate. If Jose really thought so little of him, I doubt he’d have given him the armband.


“He had a great game, a real captain’s performance, but no one is talking about that because they’re too busy focusing on his off-field antics. I’m just not sure why he’s coming out publicly and disrespecting the club. 

“He’s let himself down. All he needs to speak about is the team and their performances, rather than himself. It shows a lack of professionalism and discipline.”

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Man Utd Star Romelu Lukaku Shockingly Considers Early International Retirement

​​Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has made a shocking claim regarding his future, suggesting that he intends to retire from international duty following Euro 2020.

In an interview with Business Insider, via the Mirror, the former ​Chelsea man – Belgium’s top scorer of all-time – claimed that he’s planning to pack it in after the next European ​Championship, when he will be aged just 27. Lukaku said: “After the Euros, I think I’ll stop.

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“I’m 25, I’m not even in my prime yet. So I still see them [younger players] as competition right now because they try to take my spot and I don’t want to give it up to them. So, like, another two years, and then they can have it.”

It is unclear whether Lukaku genuinely intends to retire for international football after the next major tournament, or whether it was merely a throwaway comment. Certainly, Belgium fans will be alarmed by powerful striker’s claims, given his great importance to the national team. In the 2018 World CupLukaku netted on four occasions, as his side finished 3rd in the tournament.

With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on the horizon, at makes little sense for Lukaku to retire from international football at such an early age. The towering forward has an opportunity to keep his name in the record books for years to come, if he keeps adding to the forty goals he’s notched up for his country thus far.

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In other news, ​Valencia are believed to be eyeing up a move for their former star Juan Mata, who has just one year left on his Old Trafford contract. The 30-year-old made a name for himself with the Spanish side, before joining Chelsea in 2011. Mata then made the switch to United in 2014, for a then club record fee of £37m.

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Sergio Aguero Reveals the Man Utd Star He Has a ‘Good Friendship’ With Despite Club Rivalry

​Sergio Aguero has revealed that he and ​Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea are firm friends despite their rivalry on the field.

Aguero and De Gea were teammates at Atletico Madrid before both of them moved to separate halves of Manchester in 2011. They have maintained their friendship, and Aguero names De Gea among his best friends off the pitch.

The ​Manchester City striker lives a solitary existence in England, although his son visits once a month. “Benjamin lives with his mother in Argentina. He goes to school there,” said Aguero, quoted by the ​Manchester Evening News.

“He spends a week here every month. He has a room here and when my siblings come, they stay here too.

“But most of the time I’m on my own. If not, I’ll hang out with Nico Otamendi — or David de Gea. I hang out a lot with De Gea because we played together at ​Atletico Madrid. We have a good friendship. But he plays at United and I play at City.”

Aguero was speaking as part of the “All or Nothing” Amazon documentary, which premiered on Wednesday evening.

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The documentary follows City throughout last season, in which Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned ​Premier League champions, breaking multiple records along the way.

It was also a landmark campaign for Aguero as he became Manchester City’s all-time top scorer, surpassing the previous record of Eric Brook. In the recent Community Shield win over ​Chelsea, Aguero became the first City player to score 200 goals for the club.

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Valencia Eye Emotional Juan Mata Reunion as Man Utd Star Enters Final Year of Contract

​Manchester United midfielder ​Juan Mata could be set for an emotional return to Valencia as he enters the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old has held initial talks over extending his stay with the Red Devils, but these talks have stalled and it seems that Mata may have his heart set on a return to the Mestalla.

Valencia was the club where Mata made his name. They signed him after Real Madrid released him in 2007 and he went on to make over 170 appearances for Los Che.

He joined Chelsea in 2011 and was part of the team that won the Champions League in 2012. After three years with the Blues he moved on to Old Trafford and is now entering his sixth season as a United player.

Valencia want to bring Mata back to the club and he would be keen on a return as well, but they would probably have to wait until next summer due to Mata’s high wages at United, which Valencia cannot match.

A United source told ​the Sun: “It is well known Juan is wanted by Valencia. There is a strong connection between the two.

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“His deal is up next summer and it looks likely he’ll leave unless something changes soon.

“We know Juan’s motives are not related to money and there’s a very strong emotional attachment to take into account.”

Mata has scored 39 goals in 187 appearances for United.

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Ajax Defender Daley Blind Claims Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho Is a ‘True Winner’

After leaving ​Manchester United last month to return to ​his boyhood club Ajax, Daley Blind has spoken of his ‘very positive’ experience at United under manager Jose Mourinho. Departing after a four-year term at the club, Blind insisted he had no problems with the manager despite being made surplus to requirements.

Blind only left Old Trafford last month, however he has been quick to heap praise on his ex-boss. In a video of his post-match interview, published by ​Voetbal Zone after his side defeated Standard Liege in the Champions League qualifiers, the Dutch international said: “I learnt a lot [from Mourinho], he is a true winner and he is the best in transferring that to the group.”

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Ajax were hard pressed in the first leg, drawing 2-2 after conceding a 94th minute equaliser. When asked if his old manager’s game management could have helped Ajax in the tie, he responded: “When you look at the first away game against Liege, we can definitely make improvement there.”

Blind spent two years of his time at the Red Devils under Mourinho, having previously been brought in by the Portuguese’s predecessor Louis van Gaal following their success together in the 2014 World Cup.

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“I’ve played 150 games and won four trophies with them. I’ve really had a great time with lots of beautiful moments,” Blind added. “I am very thankful for the fans there that was great. I am very thankful to Mourinho. It was nice working with him.”

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