Paul Pogba has added fuel to the fire of his rapidly disintegrating relationship with Jose Mourinho by turning down interviews in the wake of Manchester United’s latest defeat with a four-word reply: “You want me dead?”
A 3-1 loss at West Ham on Saturday means United have taken 10 points from their first seven games of the season, recording their joint worst start to a Premier League season, equalling the beginning of the ill-fated David Moyes era.
Pogba was replaced by Mourinho during the second half at the London Stadium to wrap up a week of controversy involving the pair, who were seemingly involved in a training ground confrontation on Wednesday.
That came after Mourinho’s men were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Frank Lampard’s Derby County at home and while the Portuguese denied a row with Pogba, he has stripped the France star of the vice-captaincy.
After a 2-1 home win against Leicester City on the first weekend of the season, Pogba indicated in post-match interviews that he could not speak his mind for fear of being fined by the club.