Friday, 17 August, 2018

Paul Pogba's Manchester United future unsettled by Jose Mourinho's criticism

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Sergio Cook | 07 August, 2018, 10:56

Barcelona are hoping to add Paul Pogba to their list of summer signings, but it is unlikely that Manchester United will allow the World Cup victor to go without a swap deal in place.

While Pogba has not publicly confirmed he wants to leave United, rumours of a breakdown in communications with United boss Mourinho have circulated throughout 2018 and now it appears someone in the Frenchman's camp have given Barca encouragement that a move could be possible.

The Red Devils paid big money to snare Pogba away from Italian champions Juventus two years ago, but he has been subject to criticism at Old Trafford, while there are also question marks over his relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Pogba made 37 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United last season.

The Portuguese harshly criticised some of the younger players on tour with his team in the U.S., while he has also warned the board over their lack of activity in the transfer window.

Mourinho was in Russian Federation on punditry duty and offered little in the way of praise for Pogba, while during a pre-season interview with beIN Sports he suggested the midfielder "started average". Thank you. He's my friend, I grew up with him.

Raiola would love to make the deal happen - although he faces a huge battle to persuade United to sell with no time to find a replacement.

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Pogba, who did not accompany United on the US tour, will meet Mourinho this week after returning to United's Carrington training centre Monday after a three-week break following France's World Cup triumph.

The deal could hinge on Marcos Rojo leaving United and he has yet to be convinced that a move to Everton is the best option for him.

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