“United can’t afford”, Ian Wright makes big claim about Mourinho and Pogba’s strained relationship

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Premier League legend Ian Wright has claimed that there is strained relationship between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba at Old Trafford. The France international has failed to complete the full 90 minutes in any of his previous four outings, and he was only a substitute during Wednesday’s Champions League tie versus Sevilla.

Writing on his column for The Sun, Wright highlighted that all is not good between the manager and the player, and their relationship is seemingly at a new low, he wrote: “I think we are about to discover a lot about United, the players and the manager.

“Jose can defend his relationship with Paul [Pogba] as much as he likes but it’s pretty obvious everything is far from rosy. I’m not suggesting it’s daggers drawn between the two, or that Pogba wants out. That’s too far. But I am hearing they aren’t as close as a few months ago, and that’s something United can’t afford.”

Mourinho cleared the air earlier last week by insisting that there is nothing between him and Pogba, but you could sense that the Frenchman has lost some of his early-season confidence after finding himself behind young graduate Scott McTominay in the pecking order.

United produced a rather boring display on the attack front during the goalless draw versus Sevilla, and it will be interesting to see whether Jose Mourinho opts for the 4-3-3 formation against former club Chelsea this weekend, given Pogba looked way off from his best in Andalusia – after coming in for the injured Ander Herrera.

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