— How Paul Pogba responded to Jose Mourinho calling him a ‘virus’ in front of teammates
Paul Pogba hit out at Jose Mourinho’s tactics as the two argued in front of the rest of the Manchester United squad following Saturday’s draw against Southampton.
The Red Devils dropped more points at St Mary’s despite battling back from two goals down, and it was claimed that Mourinho pinned the blame predominantly on Pogba afterwards.
The Daily Record reports that Mourinho labelled his record signing a ‘virus’ and hit out at the negative effect he has on the rest of his teammates and his lack of respect for the shirt.
Now further details of their exchange have emerged, with Pogba responding to Mourinho’s complaints about his attitude by taking a swipe of his own.
According to The Times, the Frenchman hit back at the lack of options in midfield and said he had no-one to pass to because Mourinho’s tactics do not allow players to move freely around him.
Pogba did not react angrily to Mourinho’s criticism and delivered his own critique in a calm manner, with the disagreement never getting out of hand.
The World Cup winner had a difficult game against Southampton, losing possession more times than any other United player on the pitch, while seven of his teammates had better passing accuracy.
Mourinho was critical of his midfield afterwards, telling BT Sport: ‘Doesn’t matter the system we play, has to do with the characteristics of the players.
‘We don’t have many – with all the respect, hope people understand what I mean – we don’t have many ‘mad dogs’. The ones that bite the ball all the time and press all the time, we don’t have many people with that spirit so nothing to do with the system.’