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Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias Pogba has pointed finger at former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after his brother’s recent purple patch under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba has really come into his own since the appointment of Solskjaer, registering 4 goals and 3 assists across all competitions under the new manager.
The 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in December was enough for the United hierarchy to pull the trigger on Mourinho, with reports claiming that the Special One had fallen out with Pogba and a few of the senior players.
Pogba and Mourinho’s tumultuous relationship hit the rock-bottom when the Frenchman was stripped of his captaincy by the Portuguese gaffer earlier in the season, with the latter claiming that the 25-year-old was a bad influence on his teammates.
And Mathias Pogba pointed the finger at Mourinho when explaining his brother’s revival at Old Trafford.
“The problem was Mourinho, right down the line,” Mathias Pogba, 28, told RMC Sport. “In the locker room, outside the locker room…everything.
“I know my brother, and you tell him, go, play, the rest, he will do it.”
Mathias Pogba added: “From what we see of Mourinho, he always wants to be the maestro – the centre of attention
“Paul, he does not even calculate that aspect, you respect him, he will respect you, you trust him, he will perform for you in big matches.”
Jesse Lingard has said of a welcome return to form for an £89 million asset: “I can definitely, definitely, see the Paul I used to know.
“I have seen him playing through the ranks and he is back to that player, the player we know.
“Paul’s enjoying his football. He’s playing in the role he likes to play in just inside, off the left.
“He has the freedom to make things happen. He has always got forward in that position and scored goals.
“Ole has helped him 100%. He has given him the confidence and licence to be free, to play his game and do what we know he can.”