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Pogba defends Solskjaer against Mourinho

Paul Pogba has backed Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his row against Jose Mourinho by claiming that his current Coach is a better man-manager.

Interestingly, the former Real Madrid boss broke the Red Devils’ transfer record to sign the Frenchman from Juventus in 2016 and they won the Europa League and League Cup together.

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“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba told Sky Sports. “He wouldn’t go against the players.

“Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.

“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everybody saw that, and the next day you don’t know what happened. That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don’t know. So, yeah.”

Pogba was one of the many players to fall out with Mourinho during his time in charge of Manchester United, most notably in a training ground row after the player was stripped of the vice-captaincy in September 2018.

Mourinho was sacked three months after his disagreement with Pogba and replaced by caretaker manager Solskjaer, who would later get the job on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, the row between Mourinho and Ole had started when the Norwegian claimed that South Korean star Heung-min Son went down too easily during both sides clash last weekend which led to United’s goal being chopped off.

Solskjaer said: “We shouldn’t be conned. If my son stayed down for three minutes and needed 10 mates to help him up, he wouldn’t get any food.”

Mourinho’s did not hold back as he replied Ole: “First of all, let me tell you something. I’m very, very surprised that after the comments that Ole made on Sonny, you don’t ask me about it. Because – and I told Ole already this because I met him just a few minutes ago – if it’s me, telling that player A, B or C from another club, if it was my son I wouldn’t give him dinner tonight, what would be the reaction of that?

“It’s very, very sad. I think it’s really sad that you don’t ask me about that. It’s sad you don’t have the moral honestly to treat me the same way as you treat others.

“In relation to that, I just want to say that Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole. I am a father. I think as a father you have always to feed your kids. Doesn’t matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal.

“I’m very, very disappointed. As we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese. I told Ole already what I think about his comments and I’m very disappointed that in five, six, seven questions you ignore the dimensions of that comment.”

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