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Ian Wright makes brilliant point about Fergie amidst Pogba-Mourinho drama

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For all his managerial genius, Jose Mourinho is no stranger to player-manager divides at his clubs.

William Gallas, Iker Casillas, Ricardo Quaresma and Juan Mata have all had their fall-outs with the Special One and you'd be mistaken for thinking Paul Pogba has joined the list.

A polemic between the two during the Tottenham game, followed by a restriction on game-time for the Frenchman has led fans to believe all isn't well at Manchester United. Even a cathartic hour-long meeting last week hasn't sought to quell the rumours.

So, is their actually drama or have things been blown out of proportion? Either way, the reports and rumours surrounding the pair have cast a heavy shadow over Old Trafford going into a crucial few months.

United fans have been keeping their fingers crossed that - going into their Champions League clash with Sevilla - it's all a fallacy.

Ian Wright has some serious words for Mourinho & Pogba

In the opinion of the Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright, though, it's 'obvious' that there's something wrong between Mourinho and Pogba.

Writing in his column for The Sun, the Arsenal legend had some serious words for the pair and particularly the Special One who he believes is entering a period that will define his United tenure.

Wright penned: "They're not exactly heading for the divorce courts yet — but it’s safe to say the honeymoon is over for Jose Mourinho. Let’s not beat about t  mhe bush here. The next month could well be the defining period of his time at Manchester United.


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"Two Champions League games against Sevilla — and that’s no tap-in, believe me — bookending two huge domestic battles with Chelsea and Liverpool. Tough enough at the best of times. But with everything you sense is bubbling just below the surface at Old Trafford, they become absolutely massive.

"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.

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"But I am hearing they aren’t as close as a few months ago, and that’s something United can’t afford. This is the stage of the season when everyone must be pulling in the same direction.

"You certainly don’t want tales of the star player not getting on with the manager, it has to be 'us against the world.'

Sir Alex would have done things differently 

"Pogba, 24, is a fantastic talent but has to be happy, he has to feel beautiful — and that is the art of man-management.

"Sir Alex was brilliant at it, particularly at this stage of the season.

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"When United were mopping up trophies, they invariably kicked on in the second half of the season. With others tiring, they relentlessly ploughed on.

"If they were in front at this stage, it was all over. If they were just a couple of points behind, you knew they’d pounce when others wobbled.

"Even if they were eight or ten points back, you felt it was a matter of time before you got their breath on your shoulder. Those days seem from a different galaxy now."

It's hard to see Ferguson being drawn into drama akin to this during his time at United, you've got to admit. And the quicker Mourinho can prove people wrong, the sooner he'll steady the ship at Old Trafford.

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