Lies, Lies, lies! - Mourinho blasts reports of problems with Pogba
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestion that that his relationship with star midfielder Paul Pogba has deteriorated and that he was dissatisfied with the Frenchman's work in a two-man midfield.
Pogba, 24, was said to be regretting his decision to return to Manchester United, and was reportedly irritated with having to play so deep.
"I think you are nice with your words, because when you say 'a lot of speculation' (regarding Pogba), you should say 'a lot of lies'," Mourinho said in response to the reports.
"Because I accept, and I can speak on Paul's behalf without any kind of problem, Paul accepts that he has not been playing well in the last few matches. But that's all.
"And if you want to speak about it, then that's one thing, and then your word 'speculation' maybe makes a little bit of sense ... be objective and say (it's) lies.
[It is] a big lie that our relationship is not good, a big lie that we don't communicate, a big lie that we don't agree
with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team.
"So, be objective and say what we all know: In the last couple of matches, he didn't play well. Period. End of story.
"Now, it's my problem and Paul's problem to deal with it and try to improve his performance level. You don't need to be a liar."