Wayne Rooney has spoken about Paul Pogba's struggles under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United


If any manager was going to bring the best out of Paul Pogba, it looked to be Jose Mourinho.

And that’s why the Portuguese boss splashed the cash for him in 2016, bringing him back to Manchester United for £89million.

However, the pair proved they were far from a match made in heaven.

Away from the field, the relationship just didn’t work.

Mourinho publicly stated that Pogba would never captain United again following comments the Frenchman made after their 1-1 draw against Wolves earlier in the season.

It didn’t stop there though as the pair were then involved in a heated discussion in training following their Carabao Cup defeat to Derby.

And it was no different on the pitch either.

With Mourinho at the helm, the midfielder could only bag three league goals this season.

Fast forward to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign and Pogba already has four to his name in just five games.

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That says it all really.

And United legend Wayne Rooney believes the poor relationship the pair had made it difficult for Pogba to grace the Old Trafford stage, telling ESPN: "Well I think with Paul, I watched him come through the academy at United and he's got a lot of ability, but the difficult time he was going through... if you don't have a good relationship with the coach, then it's difficult to be at your top if you feel like the coach is scrutinising every decision you make, every pass you make.


"Paul Pogba will give the ball away, he'll try passes [and] it won't be the right pass at times, but you have to let him do that because two or three of them passes will create goals, will create opportunities.”

Rooney also added that the reason the pair struggled to form a bond was due to their ‘big egos’, saying: "I think he found it difficult under Mourinho.

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“I think a player and a manager with big egos clashed and the outcome was never going to be great."

Spirits are much higher for Pogba now though and it’s no secret that the managerial change has been a driving force behind his newfound form.

United fans, how impressed have you been with Pogba under Solskjaer? Have your say in the comments below.

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