France manager Didier Deschamps has claimed that the supposed feud between Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba has been greatly exaggerated. The pair have been the subject of intense media speculation over the last few weeks, following a frosty exchange during a training session last month. According to Deschamps however, Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho is not as fractured as it appears.
Paul Pogba was one of the stand-put performers of this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. The 25-year-old emerged as a leader for the French national team, guiding them all the way to the final, where he scored a decisive goal against opponents Croatia. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Pogba’s World Cup campaign however, was how different his performances were in a France shirt, compared to those in the red of Manchester United. The dynamic midfielder appeared to cast aside his usual virtuosity in favour of a calmer, more refined approach, often taking the simpler passing option, and helping his team defensively.
While Pogba has given a handful of good performances this season, he has not quite managed to maintain the form that saw France lift the World Cup, something that could be a result of a turbulent relationship with domestic manager Jose Mourinho.
Indeed, speculation of a rift between the Manchester United coach and player has made for numerous headlines, but according to France boss Didier Deschamps, the papers do not tell the full story.
“I think that it is exaggerated. Maybe you didn’t watch the last game because I saw a great Paul Pogba.” said Deschamps.”I think that Jose Mourinho saw the same thing as me. Some things happened, and I think that like often, we make a big deal of maybe not so much.
“It’s true that there are some facts, and some may have jumped to certain conclusions.
“When I see how Paul behaves towards his current club situation some may say that he’s done everything he could mentally and when it comes to his individual performances to help the club.”
France are set to take on Iceland in a friendly match this Thursday (October 11).