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Mourinho fights Mino Raiola over Paul Pogba

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is allegedly fuming with agent Mino Raiola as Paul Pogba continues to be linked with other clubs.

Pogba is just two years into a five-year contract at Old Trafford, but the France international has endured a mixed time at the Premier League giants under Mourinho.

The player has just helped his country win the World Cup, and it has resulted in the 25-year-old being associated with a potential switch to either Juventus or Barcelona.

Representative Raiola is said to have engineered a possible transfer to one of the European giants, and according to The Times, Mourinho has been left “fuming” about the situation.

However, the former Inter Milan manager was adamant that he has a happy camp.

“I have my players. I like my players. I like to work with my players,” Metro UK quoted him as saying ahead United’s clash with Leicester City on Friday.

“One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie. But the perception of the people is that it’s true, but it’s still a lie. So when you repeat 1,000 times that the relationship with my players is not good, it is a lie.

“But again the perception of the people that read is different. But I like my players. I like my group.”

Speaking specifically on Pogba, he said, “He arrived on Monday, happy, proud, with desire to work. He worked amazingly well on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

“He’s one of the players I need to speak to see how physically and mentally strong he feels. It’s the same conversation that I’m going to have with Young, Fellaini, Lingard to know how they feel to try to give us the help.

“If they feel they can help us [against Leicester on Friday, if it’s 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour. We don’t have many solutions and we want to go with everything we have.

“The way I see Paul is well is very well, but we need the words with that small group to see if they can give us a hand. It’s an important match tomorrow. Every point is important. We have to try the best with these players.”

United begin their new Premier League campaign against Leicester City this evening

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