Paul Pogba Denies Jose Mourinho Problem, Dismisses Manchester United Exit Talk

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates victory after The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on April 21, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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Paul Pogba has said he and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho have no problem with one another and has dismissed talk of him leaving the club this summer.

The France international's relationship with the manager has been the subject of much speculation this season, leading to rumours of a potential exit from Old Trafford for the 25-year-old, but he moved to set the record straight.

"I do not have any problem with Mourinho, I do not think he has either," Pogba told Canal Football (h/t MailOnline's Tom Farmery). "He's the coach, he's going to make choices and I as a player, I accept them. That is all."

SEVILLA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Paul Pogba of Manchester United, coach Jose Mourinho of Manchester United  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Sevilla v Manchester United at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21, 2018 in Sevilla
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Chris Wheeler and Simon Jones of the Daily Mail recently reported Mourinho was willing to sell Pogba because of the pair's fractious relationship, with the midfielder to be given a price tag of £140 million.

Meanwhile, according to Tuttosport (h/t Sport Witness), Pogba's former club Juventus have made contact with his agent Mino Raiola regarding a return to Turin and said the "possibility exists" that it could happen.

However, on his future, Pogba added in the Canal Football interview: "For now I'm at Manchester United, I really only think about the present. Transfers are not in my head. You know, if I listened to everyone, I would be everywhere."

He has been the subject of much scrutiny since he returned to the club for £89 million in 2016, particularly in recent months because of some inconsistent form.

After bagging a brace against Manchester City to help delay their Premier League title win, Pogba was substituted less than an hour into United's 1-0 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.

He followed that up with a strong performance and an assist for Romelu Lukaku as United beat Bournemouth 2-0, earning praise from sports writer Sam Pilger:

Another impressive assist followed in the Red Devils' 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final, per BT Sport Football:

That assist took his tally to 12 in all competitions for the season, and he has also found the net on five occasions, including the two goals against City.

Football writer Liam Canning praised his showing against Spurs and called for him to put on such displays more frequently:

That has been Pogba's biggest problem since his return to Old Trafford: While his talent has never been in doubt, he needs to be able to perform at a high level consistently if he's to reach his full potential.

His performances can also elevate the team, so finding that consistency can have a significant impact on United's ability to meet their ambitions.

A positive relationship with the manager can help in that regard, too, so it should come as a relief to United supporters that Pogba has played down talk of a rift between the pair.  

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