But He Admits There Has Been No Fall-Out With Mourinho
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba insists he will come through his current dip in form, but he says there is no problem beween him and coach Jose Mourinho.
The France international has had to endure a spell on the bench recently although he played the full 90 minutes in United’s 2-0 victory over Swansea City on Saturday.
But speaking to the French TV programme Telefoot in an interview that was recorded in the recent international break he refused to rule out a move to Old Trafford.
“It has never happened to me before but it can only strengthen me.I have to go through this to pass to the next level, I think,” he said.
Much has been made of the animated conversation Pogba had on the touchline with Jose Mourinho during United’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in January, but the midfielder tried to play down that particular incident.
“It was nothing. It was just tactical,” he said.“No headaches, just a misunderstanding, we misunderstood, it’s nothing,
“He is my coach, I respect all his decisions. If I play less then it’s something I did not know in my young career. I have often played 90 minutes.That’s it, it happened.”
Pogba has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer and he was asked about the possibility of a transfer. However, his answer will fail to calm the fears of United supporters.
“It’s too early to say that, we’ll see when I go back. The situation can change.”
Umtiti: “Several Clubs Are Interested”
Meanwhile, Manchester United transfer target Samuel Umtiti has tried to play down the prospect of a move to Old Trafford. However, he admits he is “worried” by the size of his release clause.
Umtiti is being linked with a Manchester United switch this summer after failing to sign a new deal at Barcelona. He is reported to have turned down a new contract with the Catalan side amidst rumours he has been offered £250,000 a week by United.
The France international defender currently has a release fee of €60million (£52million). That puts him within reach of United and a number of other Premier League clubs.
“My contract extension? This is a subject that I do not want to talk about too much,” he told Canal Plus.
“For my part, nothing has begun.There may be an interest on their part but for the moment nothing has begun,” he assured in preamble.
“The release fee is not high, everyone is aware of it. It’s something that concerns me but it does not interest me.
“Manchester United? The truth is that there are several clubs interested. But I have so many goals to achieve with Barcelona that for the moment the question does not arise. Everything goes very fast but what I can say is that I am very happy.”