Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has denied reports that Paul Pogba is unhappy at Old Trafford, claiming that the midfielder is “working extremely well”.
Pogba has been linked with a transfer away from United this summer, and the player himself has given mixed signals regarding his future at the Premier League side.
Reports in the media have also said that there is a growing rift between Mourinho and Pogba, but the Portuguese has called on the media to ‘stop writing lies’ about the club-record signing.
At a press conference, the 55-year-old told reporters: “I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, the fans, and that is what it is.
“He’s working extremely well here but I have to say in his defence, write what you want about him, me, please don’t say lies, don’t put him in a situation that people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy, he is.
“He never had a fight with me. We never had a harsh exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.”
It is understood United rejected an offer for Pogba from Barcelona earlier in August and despite getting the captain’s armband for their Premier League’s opening win against Leicester, his comments after the game hinted at tensions at Old Trafford.
“If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best,” Pogba said having taken the unusual step of stopping on three occasions to speak to reporters at Old Trafford.
“There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined. It was a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 victory over Leicester that had Mourinho describing the 25-year-old as a “monster”.
United have reportedly ruled out the possibility of selling Pogba before the end of August.
Pogba missed United’s tour of the USA owing to his World Cup exploits but returned early for training and was a surprise starter against the Foxes.
United signed Pogba for a then-world record £93.25m fee in 2016 and he has three years remaining on his current Old Trafford deal.