Jose Mourinho explains why he started Scott McTominay over Paul Pogba vs Sevilla

Published Add your comment

Football News

What is going on between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba at Manchester United?

After the Portuguese boss spent a then-world-record fee on the French midfielder last summer, it looked as though Pogba would have a long and successful career at Old Trafford.

However, there are now murmurings that he’s not necessarily happy at the club and his relationship with Mourinho is strained.

There’s no doubt that Pogba’s form has dipped in recent weeks.

He was poor during United’s 2-0 loss to Spurs and was dragged off. He was left on the bench for the visit of Huddersfield in the league a few days later before he was, once again, substituted during their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.

Reports then emerged that there was a big row between Pogba and Mourinho and that the midfielder was now regretting his move to the Theatre of Dreams.

And when he pulled out of United’s FA Cup clash with Huddersfield at the weekend due to illness, the speculation certainly didn’t go away.

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League

To make matters even worse, Pogba was left on the bench for United’s Champions League last-16 clash against Sevilla. Twenty-one-year-old Scott McTominay was selected in his place with many United fans left scratching their heads.

But why wasn't Pogba playing in one of the biggest matches of the season?


Well, as you’d expect, that was the first question asked by BT Sport’s Des Kelly when Mourinho had his pre-match interview.

Mourinho’s explanation?

"Because McTominay is working hard every day, he is feeling good and strong, he played the last match for 90 minutes and Paul last Saturday wasn’t able to play and this is the kind of game where I think a player must feel 100," he explained.


“We are going to play with 3 midfielders and Paul can play in one of the two roles where Herrera and McTominay are going to play.

“Paul created some doubt by not playing on Saturday by his own decision, he was not feeling good and that created some doubt.”


“By his own decision.” It seems Mourinho wasn’t too happy with Pogba pulling out of the FA Cup tie against Huddersfield due to his illness. In fact, the manager even claimed he “didn’t care” about Pogba’s illness ahead of the clash against Huddersfield.

One thing is for sure, Mourinho is only fuelling the speculation by continuing to leave Pogba out.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Paul Pogba
Manchester United
Jose Mourinho

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again