Man Utd star Paul Pogba aims subtle dig at Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praise
Manchester United star Paul Pogba has aimed a dig at Jose Mourinho by claiming the Red Devils were sometimes ‘too defensive’ before. The Red Devils midfielder has impressed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since returning from injury, finding the net in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. And he’s set to keep his place in the side for United’s crunch Premier League showdown with Southampton on Sunday night.
Speaking to United’s official website, Pogba praised Solskjaer and aimed a dig at Mourinho in the process.
“Like I said before, it’s about the team. You can call it a proper team,” he told United Review.
“Sometimes before, we were maybe too defensive or too offensive and we didn’t have this balance or this control; now you can see we have that balance and there is more structure and we’ve been working hard on that.”
The United midfielder had his issues with Mourinho throughout their time at the club together, even having a public argument on the club’s training ground.
In the end, though, Ed Woodward chose to back the midfielder rather than the current Tottenham boss.
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“We don’t want to let this opportunity go away. We’re going to do our best to go and get those two trophies by giving everything.
“We feel great. That is the mentality now – you have a positive mentality when you have a good result, but you also have to have the ability to get through the games like we did in the last few games.
“Every game is a final and we have to get the result that we need, that’s the mindset.
“It’s never enough for us, we have to carry on and keep fighting and keep pushing yourself to get better and better.
On the top four race, he said: “We have to think about us, to be honest.
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“If we win all our games I don’t think we have something to worry about. You have to win. We don’t think about other teams or other results, we have to focus on ourselves.”
Meanwhile, United legend Rio Ferdinand recently hailed Pogba and expressed a belief the 2018 World Cup winner was benefitting from Fernandes’ arrival.
“Paul will have been sat there thinking, ‘I want to see this, I want to see if this is the truth, if he’s really this good and I believe I’ll be able to play with him’,” he told the BBC.
“Paul has come in and had a new lease of life where he doesn’t feel as though all the responsibility in terms of the creative aspect is about him and has to go through him.
“I think that was a big burden on him.”
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