It’s often felt like Manchester United wasn’t big enough for both Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba in recent months. One of them had to go.
In the end, Mourinho was the man forced to leave Old Trafford, sacked two days after United’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield - a match in which Pogba failed to get off the subs’ bench.
Pogba, who posted a controversial tweet shortly after Mourinho’s sacking was announced, was presumably one of the most relieved players inside the United dressing room after hearing the news.
The French midfielder, however, still has plenty to do in order to get some United fans back onside.
There’s been a backlash against the club’s record signing in recent days, particularly after his ill-advised ‘Caption this!’ tweet, which he swiftly deleted.
Pogba, who rejoined United in an £89.3 million move from Juventus in the summer of 2016, has flattered to deceive over the past two-and-a-half seasons.
But United’s new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will attempt to bring the best out of the midfielder who, on his day, is undoubtedly world class.
Solskjaer already knows Pogba, having worked with the France international during his two-and-a-half year spell as United’s reserve-team manager between 2008 and 2010.
But can the Norwegian understand why Mourinho was leaving Pogba out of United’s starting line-up?
Well, Solskjaer spoke about Pogba at United’s Christmas party on Thursday - in an exclusive obtained by long-established United fanzine Red News - and gave his honest thoughts about the 25-year-old.
"We've got a World Cup winner on the pitch, it just excites me,” Solskjaer said. “Just imagine how much we can do with these players.
“It’s been great, and they've been really receptive, they have been very good."
Bit of a difference to how Mourinho spoke about Pogba in recent months, eh?
Solskjaer’s comments about the Frenchman will come as a breath of fresh air for United fans, who hope they’ll now see the best of club’s most expensive player.
Pogba will have an opportunity to impress his new manager on Saturday night, when the Red Devils take on Cardiff City.