Mourinho admits he needs answers over Pogba’s Manchester United future
Jose Mourinho has admitted he is “in the dark” over whether Paul Pogba’s staying at Manchester United.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola wants to secure a move abroad for United’s £89million record signing next summer – with Spanish champions Barcelona the preferred destination.
World Cup 2018 winner Pogba has himself refused to commit his long-term future to the Red Devils, who he has already left once when he joined Juventus in 2012, fuelling the belief he and his agent will push for a big-money move next summer.
Mourinho claimed the France midfielder had made no mention to him of wanting to leave United, but admitted he could not guarantee Raiola was not working behind the scenes to engineer a transfer next summer.
“I don’t know if that is true,” he said. “I also need the agent to tell me – or tell you in a way that I can see.
“If I watch Mr Raiola on the screen saying the players wants to leave, and that he is organising a way for him to try to leave or so on, then I will believe.
“At this moment, I am in the dark. The only thing that is clear for me is that the player never – never, in all these days we are together – told me that he wants to leave.
“Paul came back after the World Cup. He never told me he wants to leave. If he doesn’t tell me he wants to leave, it’s because he wants to stay. That’s my conclusion, no?”
Mourinho also launched a fierce defence of his handling of Marcus Rashford and accused pundits of telling “compulsive lies” about his approach with the striker.
After Rashford scored twice in as many games on England duty last week, pundits – most notably Jamie Carragher – said the forward needed to leave Old Trafford to get more game-time and further his career.
Mourinho responded by producing a sheet of paper from which he quoted stats in relation to the 20-year-old’s time under him.
“Some of them [the pundits] they wake up in the morning and the first thing they think about is Jose Mourinho,” he said. “So I can imagine on Sunday I’m going to be criticised for not playing Marcus, but it’s not my fault, he’s suspended, so probably you should remind them that he is suspended and cannot play.
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“With me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5744 minutes, 63.8 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals. So the people speaking about these minutes, I think they’re a bit confused.
“Marcus is not Dominic Solanke, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he’s Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.”
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